Class of 2018 December Newsletter

December 2017 Edition

Counselor Contact Information

If you ever have any questions or concerns, come by our offices or reach out to us:


A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge ext. 22909

E-K, Ms. Bryan ext. 22906

L-R, Mrs. Barber, ext. 22907

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson ext. 22908

College & Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner, ext. 22905

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, ext. 22904

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler ext. 22910

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, ext. 22946

It's the Final Countdown!

As of December 1st at 12:04pm, you have...

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Midterm Exams

Friday, Dec. 15: 1st period exam

Monday, Dec. 18: 2nd & 3rd period exams

Tuesday, Dec. 19: 4th & 5th period exams

Wednesday, Dec. 20: 6th & 7th period exams

Attendance Matters!

Attendance is important to every student's learning. Therefore, the state of Tennessee has included attendance on our accountability measurement. They are specifically looking at students who miss more than 10% of the days they are enrolled in the school. For example, if we are on day 70 of the school year, and a student has missed more than 7 days, he/she is on track to be chronically absent. This hurts the student and directly affects their learning. Therefore, we will be talking to students and parents with multiple absences. Please know that these conversations are intended to help students get the instruction that is so valuable.

Graduate with Honors & Distinction

Graduate with Honors by meeting the following ACT benchmarks:

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23

Meeting these benchmarks means that you are ready for freshman level college courses.


To graduate with distinction students must attain a 3.0 GPA and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Participate in at least one Governor’s School
  • Participate in one of the TN’s all State musical organizations
  • Be selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • Attain a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
  • Attain a score of 3 or higher on at least 2 Advanced Placement Exams
  • Earn 12 or more semester hours of transcripted postsecondary credit
  • Earn a nationally recognized industry certification

Graduation with Honors - recognized at graduation and eligible for an orange cord

Graduation with Distinction - recognized at graduation and eligible for an orange stole

* If you have met the requirements for either one, let your counselor know by the end of December.

Money, Money, Money

Did you know that we have posted over $100,000 dollars worth of scholarships in the past month on our Blackman Counselor's page? Whoa! Did you also know that you don't have to always have the highest GPA or ACT score for some of those scholarships? Double Whoa! Be sure to check it out!

ACT Dates

December 9th

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636. Click here to view the ACT Toolkit provided by the TN Dept. of Education.

Congratulations to the following Seniors...

College Acceptances!

Jacob Arning University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Memphis

Devyn Barnes - Austin Peay and East Tennessee State University

Ben Chumney- University of Tennessee Knoxville and Temple University

Mary Grace Mancuso- Lipscomb University Honors College and MTSU

Jonathan Miller - University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Nathan Nelson- University of Kansas, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina

Savannah O'Kelley- MTSU, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Patrick Owen - MTSU, Tennessee Tech University

Christina Reininger- Florida Southern University, MTSU

Sara Roesch- University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Naomi Sherman- MTSU, UT Martin

Samuel Speights- MTSU, Mississippi State University

Brandon Thomas- Bryan College, Huntington College

Kylie Watts - MTSU, Lipscomb University, Trevecca University

Let us know when you have been accepted and/or you receive any scholarships! Bring us in a copy of your acceptance letter or show us a screen shot. We'd love to highlight this great accomplishment!!

Tennessee Promise Mandatory Meeting

Monday, March 5th 2018 at 5:30pm

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN


For those of you that signed up for Tennessee Promise, there will be a mandatory meeting in the Blackman High School Cafeteria. For additional information you may contact Matthew Otero at 505.306.5755 or email him at

Click here to learn more about the Tennessee Promise.

Transcript Request Form

Colleges and universities will require that you send an official transcript upon completing your application. You can fill pick up a form from Mrs. Sadler in the counseling office as well as submit your form. The cost of the transcript is $2. Your transcript will be ready for pick-up in 3 days or Mrs. Sadler can mail the transcript for you. Click here to request a transcript.

Graduation Requirements

The following 23 credits are required for graduation:

English - 4 credits (English I, II, III, IV)

Math - 4 credits (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, 4th Math)

Science -3 credits (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, & 1 other Science)

Social Studies - 3 credits (World History, US History, Economics/Government)

Fine Art Credit - 1 credit (Art, Chorus, Band, Theatre, or General Music)

Foreign Language - 2 credits (2 years of the same language)

Focus Elective (Pathway) - 3 credits in one area

Elective - 1 credit

Wellness - 1.5 credits (Wellness and PE II or School Sport)

Personal Finance - .5 credit

*Students must also take the Civics Test and ACT in order to graduate.

Planning to play sports in college?

  • If you are planning to play at a Division I or Division II school, you will need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to compete. You must create a Certification Account with the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to make official visits to Division I and II schools or to sign a National Letter of Intent.
  • If you are planning to play at a Division III school or are undecided, you will need to create a profile page at the NCAA Clearinhouse. You will then receive an NCAA ID and important reminders will be sent to you as your complete high school.

Things to Know This Month

December Checklist

  • Complete all enrollment and scholarship applications. Review them with a parent, teacher, or counselor.
  • Be sure you have completed the FAFSA.
  • Finalize your college essay.
  • Complete letters of recommendations for applications that require them.
  • Check the list of scholarships posted on the Blackman Counseling Website for updated scholarship opportunities.
  • If you have not already done so, sign up and take the ACT.
  • Notify your counselor as you receive admission letters.

Launch My Career!

  • Need help searching for colleges, majors, and jobs while evaluating salaries and what matches your goals?
  • Launch My Career makes it possible to help you cut through what can be confusing and overwhelming information.
  • Click here to check out the Launch My Career TN website and use their tools to help you learn more about your future career!

College Day

Students are allowed one college day that will count as a field trip. The process is simple. Bring in a note with what school you are visiting and when. We will staple that note to a college day form that you will get all of your teachers to sign before turning it in to the attendance office. After the visit, you will need to bring the attendance office a letter stating that you went on a tour so that the visit will count as a field trip.

Graduation Information!

When is Graduation?

Blackman High School’s 2018 Graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 7:00pm, at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center

Do guests have to have tickets in order to attend graduation?

There are no tickets for guests.

Is my senior limited on the number of guests he/she may invite?

There is no limit to the number of guests a senior may invite.

If my senior graduates in December, can he/she still participate in the May graduation ceremony?

Yes. He/She will need to complete the items listed for seniors.

Who do I contact for more information?

Information will be sent home with your senior in November, March, and late April. You may also contact Mr. Weeks, our graduation coordinator, if you need any assistance. His email address is or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978

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