BCA February Newsletter

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Senior Spotlight: Wataru Tamura

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College Major: Mechanical Engineering

Dream School: University of Tokyo

Applied to: Georgia Tech, University of Tokyo, UTK, Princeton, and Stanford

Capstone Project: To assist teachers in teacher ESL Students

Clubs: Key Club, Spanish Club, Mu Alpha Theta, NHS, Beta Club, and SNHS

Sports: Soccer

Favorite Teacher: Ms. Wilson

Favorite Class: Dual Enrollment Calculus

Senior Spotlight: Marisa Rust

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Possible College Major(s): Social work or Biology

Dream School: Lipscomb

Colleges Applied To: Lipscomb University, Motlow State Community College, Purdue University

Club(s): National Honor Society

Sport(s): Ultimate Frisbee

Leadership Roles: Business Manager for The Blackman Voice

Favorite Teacher(s): Ms. Walker and Mr. Doherty because they both have been there for Marisa to talk to and go to for advice.

All-Time Favorite Class: Latin II

Most Influential Person: Catherine Kanemitsu because she always has a smile on her face and goes above and beyond for anyone in need of help.

Capstone Project: Every year 5,000 homeless youth die from illness, injury, or suicide. Marisa is holding a memorial service in their honor. It will also be a fundraiser for Safe Horizon, an organization that helps homeless youth and victims of domestic violence.

Senior Spotlight: Takashi Terauchi

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Possible College Major(s): Industrial Engineering

Dream School: Georgia Tech

Capstone Project: Takashi's capstone project is shortening Blackman High School's lunch line.

Colleges Applied To: Georgia Tech, UTK, MTSU

Clubs: Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honors Society, Beta Club, Spanish Club, SNHS

Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field

Favorite Teacher: Ms. Wilson

Favorite Class: Dual Enrollment

Most Influential Person: Tamura Wataru

Senior Spotlight: Kristina Kirk

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Dream School: Yale

Colleges Applied To: UTK, MTSU, Vanderbilt, UNE, TTU, Duke, Boston

Possible College Major(s): Biomolecular Engineering, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Nanotechnology

Capstone Project: Kristina researched the cause, effect, and solution to anthropomorphic pollution. Based on the knowledge she obtained, she created a theoretical utopian society that implements technology.

Clubs: French Club, Key Club, STEM Club, Science Olympiad Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Math Team, Book Club, Chess Club, National Honor Society, Quiz busters

Sports: Bowling

Leadership Roles: Vice president of STEM and Science Olympiad

Favorite Teacher: Dr. Dodd at Riverdale High School

All Time Favorite Class: Biology at Riverdale High School

Most Influential Person: Anyone and everyone that is out of the norm.

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Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Senior Capstone Project Reception

Tuesday, March 22nd, 6-7:30pm

BHS Media Center

The seniors will be presenting their Capstone projects to the public on March 22nd from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Media Center.

Senior Capstone Project: Tyler Forsberg

Tyler Forsberg presented his senior capstone project on sustainable energy to the Rutherford County Board of Education on January 14. His presentation was well-received and spurred much interest in the BCA Senior Capstone reception where the students will display their projects.
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Stats on Seniors

We have 25 BCA seniors. Together they have taken 494 AP/Dual Enrollment/Advanced Honors/Honors courses. The average GPA is 3.8, and the average ACT score is a 28. These seniors have been involved in over 207 extra-curricular activities. Impressive!!

BCA Admissions

Acceptance letters will be mailed by February 8th. When applicants have been informed that they have been offered admission to the Academy, they will be required to submit an online Academy Commitment Letter to secure their admission.

Registration Suggestions for 2016-2017

  • Upcoming sophomores: Honors English II, Honors Algebra II or Advanced Honors Geometry, and Honors Chemistry

  • Upcoming juniors: AP English III, AP U.S. History or Dual Enrollment U.S. History, and Speech or Critical Thinking (highly recommended junior year before capstone)

  • Upcoming seniors: Speech or Critical Thinking (if not already taken) and Capstone

Extra-Curricular Hours Reminder

Make sure to fill out and turn in your extra-curricular hours form to the front office as soon as you complete the hours.

BCA Speaker Series

The Blackman High Speaker Series is in full swing! Here are the speakers for second semester:

  • Wednesday, February 3rd: Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland will be speaking during Prime Time.
  • Monday, February 8th: Coreen King, BHS alumna and DECA member, owner of 3 businesses, will be speaking during Prime Time in the auditorium.
  • Wednesday, February 17th: Chris DeGeorge, Vanderbilt grad, Project Manager for Qualderm Partners in Brentwood will be speaking during Prime Time in the auditorium.
  • Thursday, March 10th: Undetermined young adult author speaking from the Se-Ya in the Boro Young Adult Book Festival.
  • Wednesday, March 16th: Sensei Bill Taylor from BSK Karate will be speaking during Prime Time (1:20 P.M.) in the auditorium.
  • Friday, April 8th: MTSU Psychology Professor and former MTSU football player Dr. Corey Teague will be speaking during Prime Time.
  • Thursday, April 14th: Mr. William Epps, Educator at Blackman High School will be speaking during Prime Time.

If you get an idea for a future speaker, we would love to hear it! Email Mr. Seadorf at seadorfb@rcschools.net.

Extra Help

If your child is struggling in class, encourage them to get extra help during Prime Time, which is each day from 9:16-9:47. Also, the BHS National Honor Society students tutor during Prime Time in the library. Students can get a pass to go in the library from 7:45-8:25. Click here to access the BHS tutoring brochure. Click here to access the current Library Log.
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STEM Conference at the Adventure Science Center

On Saturday, February 13th, the Adventure Science Center in Nashville is hosting the TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research) STEM Conference for Girls.

This is a daylong professional conference for high school girls, presented by women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) professions. Participants attend four, 55-minute sessions that explore a variety of STEM topics. Each presenter is eager to share details about her career with participants, answer their questions, help steer them to the right educational pathway, and give them a little taste of daily life in the workplace.

Registration is only $15 and includes lunch. Girls can register online at the following link: http://www.adventuresci.org/twister/.

Youth Leadership Rutherford Applications Now Available

Youth Leadership Rutherford applications are now available to current high school juniors for the 2016-2017 school year. Youth Leadership Rutherford is a selective personal development, civic education and community engagement initiative for high school seniors in Rutherford County. Conducted by the Leadership Rutherford Executive Director and the Business Education Partnership Foundation Executive Director, Youth Leadership Rutherford is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to community leadership development. Applications are due by February 19th.

Youth Leadership Rutherford consists of an overnight weekend (Friday - Saturday) orientation program in September, seven seminar days from October - April and graduation in May. Each day focuses on a major area of community concern and explores issues of leadership within the context of the subject. The goal of each program day is to open the minds of participants to the viewpoints surrounding each issue and to enable young people to become more visionary leaders. The program also includes six independent project assignments as well as a group project and student blogging.

ATTENTION JUNIORS: Applications Available for Rutherford Works High School Internship Programs

The Rutherford Works High School Internship Program is a partnership with employers who can offer students productive and meaningful work assignments with a learning component ideally related to their area of interest. The Internship Program will provide up to 40 rising seniors enrolled in Rutherford County Schools with the opportunity to gain paid work experience with a Rutherford County employer.

Students will gain exposure to a career field in which they are interested and/or have experience. They will learn about and begin to develop 21st Century skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace.

This internship will last a total of 4 weeks (64 work hours). In addition to gaining work experience students will also receive 4 hours of pre-employment training and 16 hours of work based learning. For more information or to apply, click here. Applications are due by February 29th at 4:30 p.m.

Math Circle at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt will continue their Math Circle for the spring semester. This semester they are focusing on solving non-standard problems. There will not be an entrance test this time, so all interested students will be admitted. For more information, visit http://my.vanderbilt.edu/mathcircle/.

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Academic Probation

Semester grades for Fall 2015 were checked on Jan 6th. BCA students were notified in writing if they have been placed on Academic Probation for the Spring 2016 Semester.

Also note that it is the responsibility of the BCA student to notify BCA Administrators if the student receives either ISS or OSS. BCA students have 72 hours to notify either Ken Reed, BCA Dean, or Andrea Holder, Academic and Disciplinary Committee Chairperson, of any suspensions.

Below are the policies for both Academic and Disciplinary Probation from the Collegiate Academy:

Academic Probation from the Collegiate Academy

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA and passing grades in all classes. If a student 's GPA falls below a 3.0 or if a student fails one or more classes, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation from the Collegiate Academy for the following semester. At the end of the probationary semester, the student's membership will be reassessed. If the reason for the probation has been corrected, he or she will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the reason for the probation has not been corrected, he or she will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.

Disciplinary Probation from the Collegiate Academy

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Blackman High School’s Student Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct, in which disciplinary action is taking by BHS administration, will result in one semester of Disciplinary Probation. At the end of the probationary semester, membership will be reassessed. If there have not been any additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action, the student will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action have occurred, the student will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


MTSU Leadership Seminar

We are excited to extend an invitation to the Blackman Collegiate Academy Juniors/Seniors. The Bridge is an opportunity for students to learn about the principles and techniques of effective leadership. We invite you to participate, AT NO COST, at the lunch and keynote speaker portion from 11:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th, held on the MTSU campus in the Student Union ballroom.

Students will be able to interact with 100 or more college students, who are emerging leaders at MTSU. The keynote speaker’s topic will focus on staying motivated and following your passion. While the speaker has not yet been confirmed, we are confident that he/she will be someone you will enjoy hearing. Last year’s speaker was former NFL football player, Phillip Tanner who played for the Cowboys, Colts, Bills, and 49ers.

If you are interested in attending, please sign up by February 3rd. There are only 60 available spots!! You can sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/NMo2XdI1Ct.

Dual Enrollment


To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program, students must:
1. be a junior or senior in high school;
2. have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA; or
3. have a minimum composite of 22 ACT (SAT composite of 1020); or equivalent ACT Plan test score

**Admission to MTSU and the Dual Enrollment program does not guarantee eligibility for all courses. Some courses require prerequisites and/or certain test subscores, including Math and English courses.


The tuition cost of a Dual Enrollment class is $166.00 per credit hour. This cost can be offset by the Dual Enrollment Grant, if the student applies and is ruled eligible. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA for dual enrollment courses taken to stay eligible for the grant. The student should be prepared to pay the tuition cost in advance and then be reimbursed. Other anticipated costs include textbooks, $25 application fee, online course fees, and any applicable lab fees.

Dual Enrollment Grant

The total amount of grant money per student is $1200 total for their high school career. Current juniors get $500 for class one and two, which will cover the cost of a 3 hour class ($498 total per class). Current seniors were only set to get $300 for course 1 and 2, but MTSU decided to scholarship the additional $198 for the first two classes so that they too could have class one and two covered in full.

  • Current seniors

Current seniors who have not taken two DE classes in the fall can still take advantage of this additional money provided by MTSU ($198) for the Spring term to cover class one and two in full. For class 3 and 4 they will receive $100 per credit hour leaving them a balance of $198 for class 3 and 4.

  • Current juniors

Current juniors who have already taken two classes will receive $200 for class 3 (leaving a balance of $298) and nothing for class 4 (leaving a balance of $498).

*Although class 3 and 4 seem like a lot of out-of-pocket money, in-state undergraduate tuition cost is currently $1,011 for a 3 hours course, resulting in a savings of $513 when paying the full tuition amount for a dual enrollment course.

Textbook Rentals

If you are taking dual enrollment courses, click here for information on textbook rentals through Textbook Brokers.
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BCA Contacts

Principal - Dr. Leisa Justus, justusl@rcschools.net, ext. 22901

Assistant Principal - Ken Reed, reedk@rcschools.net, ext. 22973

School Counselor - Christine Bryan, bryanc@rcschools.net. ext. 22906

Academics - Andrea Holder, holdera@rcschools.net, ext. 22960

Communication - Lois Walker, walkerlm@rcschools.net, ext. 22701

Electronic Portfolio - Ken Hardison, hardisonk@rcschools.net, ext. 22988

Extracurricular - Tim Pedigo, pedigot@rcschools.net, ext. 22995

Events - Hollye Dabney, dabneyh@rcschools.net, ext. 22738

Life Experience - Geneva Cook, cookg@rcschools.net, ext. 22942

Monthly Speakers - Brian Seadorf, seadorfb@rcschools.net, ext. 23036

Research - Rebecca Jones, jonesre@rcschools.net, ext. 22993