BCA November Newsletter


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Juniors visit MTSU

The Junior class visited MTSU last month and had a great time exploring the campus and learning about the many opportunities the university offers.

Save the Date: BCA Information Night

Monday, Dec. 2nd, 6pm

BHS library

BCA parent information night - Monday, December 2, 6:00 pm in library.

Save the Date: Capstone Symposium

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 6:30pm

BHS Cafeteria

The Capstone Symposium (formerly Gallery Walk) will be held on December 12 at 6:30 in the cafeteria.

BCA Treat Day!

Recently our BCA Parent Orginization treated our students & teachers to a fun treat for making through the first grading period.

BCA Parent Organization Corner- next meeting Nov. 4!

The BCAPO is a parent organization that supports BCA students and teachers through donations, encouragement and scholarship. BCA parents are encouraged to be a part of this organization! We meet once a month. Join the BCAPO Remind by texting @bhsbcapo to the number 81010.

The next BCA parent organization meeting is this Monday, November 4th at 6:30p. We will meet in the BHS Media Center.

Thanks to all the parents who donated snacks & drinks for our Blaze Bash fundraiser and treats for our BCA teacher treat day! Also a big THANK YOU to the parents who volunteered at these events.

The BCA parent organization will be selling Buttermilk Sky mini pies for the holidays. Details will be given at the next meeting.

The next BCA night at Donatos is Tuesday, November 19 from 11a to 10p. When you place your order, tell them you are with the Blackman High BCA! Orders can be for dine-in, delivery or carry-out.

Governor's School applications NOW OPEN!


Tennessee provides summer programs for gifted and talented high school students that are rising juniors or seniors. The programs provide challenging and intensive experiences in various disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to stay on campus, earn college credit, explore fields of interest ranging from engineering to heritage studies, entrepreneurship and more. Governor's School also meets the requirement for Distinction.

Here is a list of the 2020 Governor's Schools with a link to the application. The location and date of each is listed also. Applications should be returned to Mrs. Gregory by November 22, in order to meet the following postmark deadlines: December 1, 2019 is the deadline for ALL BUT the Agricultural Sciences - it is December 13, 2019.

Agricultural Sciences (Application) University of Tennessee Martin May 30 – June 26, 2020

Arts (Application) Middle Tennessee State University June 6 – June 27, 2020

Business, Innovation & Technology (Application) Tennessee Technological University
May 31 – June 27, 2020

Computational Physics (Application) Austin Peay State University June 7 – June 26, 2020

Emerging Technologies (Application) Tennessee Technological University May 31 – June 27, 2020

Humanities (Application) University of Tennessee Martin May 31 – June 26, 2020

Integration of Biological & Statistical Sciences (Application) East Tennessee State University
May 24 – June 26, 2020

International Studies (Application) University of Memphis May 30 – June 27, 2020

Prospective Teachers (Application) University of Tennessee Chattanooga
May 19 – June 204, 2020

Sciences & Engineering (Application) University of Tennessee Knoxville: May 31 – June 27, 2020

Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage (Application) East Tennessee State University
May 24 – June 26, 2020

Applications are now available. Here is a link to the frequently asked questions page: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/students/gov_sch/2020approved_gov_schools_faq.pdf

See Mrs. Gregory in the Spectrum Office for more information.

A Conversation with Speaker Series...

Ben Smithson- Tuesday, Nov 12 during Impact

Ben Smithson is a Blackman High Class of 2006 alumnus. He attended Tennessee Technological University College of Engineering and graduated in May 2010 with a BS degree in Manufacturing and Industrial Technology with minor in Business.

He is currently growing his own business, Smithson Speed and Engineering, focusing on building, restoring, and maintaining classic cars using skills such as project planning, vehicle design and engineering, metal fabrication, circuits and wiring, bodywork, and other mechanical aptitude and technical skills.

His previous work experience includes project management at Destaco, production engineer at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, process engineer at Nissan North America-Smyrna, process engineer at Walker Die Casting, Inc. and two summer internships at the Goodrich Corporation during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He is developing a promising career in the manufacturing field.

He will be discussing his life at Blackman High, how it influenced his career, and what it takes to make it in his industry.

Here is an article from Motor Trend magazine.


Here is another article from Scottie TV: http://www.scottiedtv.com/1932-chevrolet-hot-rod-street-rod-nationals-south-plus-2014/

Here is a video of his car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--6sezVTsfU

November Heart Healthy Message

Now that you’re a few months into the school year, you may be thinking about mixing things up a bit in your classroom. Maybe a new seating arrangement? A class incentive? How about some healthy new eating habits, too? Eat Smart Month is the perfect time to start. Nutrition Tips: Deeply colored fruits and vegetables like spinach, carrots, peaches and berries tend to be higher in vitamins and minerals than others, such as potatoes and corn. The extra calories in sugary drinks can not only pack on the pounds, but they usually don’t provide important nutrients. Reduce sodium by cutting back on the salty six: breads and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup, and sandwiches.

BCA Scholarship Opportunities

Class of 2019 BCA students will have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships:

  • BHS will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student.
  • MTSU will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student enrolling in MTSU.

Applications and deadlines to be announced.

MTSU Awarding Larger Scholarships for students with a 25 ACT score and 3.5 GPA

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ACT Dates

December 14, 2019

February 8, 2020

April 4, 2020

June 13, 2020

July 18, 2020

Register online at actstudent.org. The Blackman High School code is 431636.

Life Experience & Extra-Curricular Activities

Students must complete 40 hours of real-life experience in the area of his/her major. The experience must be approved by the faculty board. This experience can be completed any year but must be completed by April of the senior year. Click here for more information about life experience on the BCA website.

You can now report your extra-curricular hours online. Click here to find more information on extra-curricular hours and the link to report your hours. Fill out the form for each separate activity you complete and click submit. We will verify the hours each nine weeks with the club sponsor or coach.

BCA Courses

  • Freshmen: Honors English I, Honors Biology, and Honors World History or AP Human Geography (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Sophomores: Honors English II, Honors Algebra II or Advanced Honors Geometry, and Honors Chemistry (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Juniors: AP English III, AP U.S. History or Dual Enrollment U.S. History, and Speech or Critical Thinking (These are recommendations but not required. Speech and critical thinking are highly recommended junior year before capstone.)
  • Seniors: Speech or Critical Thinking (if not already taken) and Capstone

Blackman Collegiate Academy Standards

Visit the BCA website for information on the following standards:

  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Academic Standards
  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Behavior Standards
  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Extra Curricular Standards
  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Events Attendance Standards

Do You Have News?

We want to know about your accomplishments! If you want to be featured in the BCA Newsletter, send information and pictures to Mrs. Breiner at breinerj@rcschools.net.

Do you have BCA questions? Here’s who to contact:

Sign up for REMIND!

BCA Remind:

Text the following code to 81010

Freshman @bca2023

Sophomores @bhsbca2022

Juniors @bhsbca2021

Seniors @bhsbca2020