BHS January Parent Newsletter
-From the Counseling Department
Happy New Year & Welcome Back!
A-D, Mrs. Borel firstname.lastname@example.org
E-K, Ms. Bryan email@example.com
L-R, Mrs. Barber firstname.lastname@example.org
S-Z, Mrs. Clawson email@example.com
College/Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott email@example.com
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee email@example.com
English = 4 credits
Math = 4 credits
Science = 3 credits
Social Studies = 2 credits
Government/Economics = 1 credit
Fine Art = 1 credit
Personal Finance = ½ credit
Wellness = 1 ½ credit
Foreign Language = 2 credits
Elective focus (pathway) = 3 credits
Elective = 1 credit
*A total of 23 credits are needed for graduation.
**All seniors must take the ACT and the Civics Test to graduate.
Thursday, Jan. 11th, 4-6pm
BHS Media Center
BCA Application Timeline for 17-18 for New Applicants
- Applications are open- December 5th - January 12th
- Interviews/Writing Sample- January 18th - February 6th
- All letters will be mailed by February 16th.
Click here to apply. This is for new BCA applicants only.
Registration Timeline for the 2018-2019 School Year
January 22nd - February 27th
Counselors will meet with students individually during their English class to discuss their classes for next school year. We will begin with rising seniors and finish with rising sophomores. Students will bring home a packet of information with their teacher recommendations prior to meeting with their counselor. Students will be able to register online through INow at school after they meet with their counselor.
Verification forms will be sent home. A parent override form is required to take a course beyond the teacher recommended level and must be signed in person at BHS. The deadline for parent overrides is March 16th.
Signed verification forms with any changes are due to the counseling office. No changes will be made past this date.
Rutherford Works High School Internship Program Applications Available Jan. 12th
The Rutherford Works High School Internship Program is a partnership with employers who offer students productive and meaningful work assignments with a learning component ideally related to their area of interest. The Internship Program will provide 60 rising seniors who reside in Rutherford County the opportunity to gain paid work experience with a Rutherford County employer.
Students will learn about and begin to develop 21st Century skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace. The duration of internship is 4 weeks or 64 working hours. In addition to gaining work experience, students will also receive 4 hours of pre-employment training and 16 hours of work based learning.
The 2018 High School Internship Program application will be available on Friday, January 12. Click here for more information.
AP & Dual Enrollment Courses
AP Courses: English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, AP Psychology, Human Geography, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics C, Physics I, Physics II, Art History, Studio Art: 2-D
Dual Enrollment Courses through MTSU: English 1010, English 1020, College Algebra 1710, Applied Statistics 1530, US History 1010, US History 1020, COMM 2200, Psychology, Sociology, English 2020, Advanced Language and Calculus III, Spanish, Criminal Justice
Parent Teacher Conferences
Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOS)
- College-level high school courses offered multiple subjects
- Nationally recognized exams
- Post-secondary credit can be earned based on AP exam score
BHS offers: English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, AP Psychology, Human Geography, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics C, Physics I, Physics II, Art History, Studio Art: 2-D
- Post-secondary course taught at the post-secondary institution, high school, or online
- Post-secondary credit can be earned by passing the course
- BHS has partnered with MTSU's Dual Enrollment Program and currently offers: English 1010, English 1020, College Algebra 1710, Applied Statistics 1530, US History 1010, US History 1020, COMM 2200, Psychology, Sociology, English 2020, Advanced Language and Calculus III, Spanish, Criminal Justice
- Assessment by an independent certifying entity based on standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies
- Office Management - Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Expert, Microsoft Officer Master
- Nursing - CNA
- Emergency Services - Emergency Medical Responder
- Therapeutic Services - Emergency Medical Assistant
- Culinary Arts - Serve Safe Food Manager for III/IV, Serve Safe Food Associate in I or II
- Horticulture & Vet Science - Commercial Pesticide
- Networking Systems - CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A+, Cisco Certified Entry Network Tech, CompTIA Network +, Cisco Certified Network Associate
Statewide Dual Credit
- High school course aligned to statewide post-secondary standards
- Post-secondary credit can be earned based on challenge exam score
Local Dual Credit
- High school course aligned to standards at local post-secondary institution
- Post-secondary credit can be earned for the partnering institution based on challenge exam score
*Possible dual credit courses: Horticulture, Vet Science, A/V Production III, Teaching as a Profession, STEM IV, Court Systems
ACT Prep with Shmoop
Thanks to Rutherford County Schools, you now have access to Shmoop's premium resources. HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED:
- Your username is your full RCS email address: firstname.lastname@example.org (Example: email@example.com)
- Your password is your 7 digit state ID number (lunch number)
- If Shmoop asks you for a "magic word", contact Mrs. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Be sure to use our school's login page at: https://schools.shmoop.com/login/rutherfordcounty/blackman-high-school
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT MEETINGS 17-18
Fire Safety Educational Announcement
Senior Parent's Section
Tennessee Promise: FILE YOUR FAFSA BY JAN. 26TH!
File your FAFSA
You can apply beginning Oct. 1, 2017. You need to apply as soon as you can – the sooner the better! Schools and states often use FAFSA information to award nonfederal aid. Their deadlines are usually early in the year. You can find state deadlines at www.fafsa.gov. Check with the schools that you’re interested in for their deadlines.
Graduating with Honors and Distinction
To graduate with honors students must meet the following ACT benchmarks:
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
*Seniors must let their counselor know by December if they are graduating with distinction.
Colleges and universities will ask that your student send an official transcript when they apply. This is the process they should follow:
- Go to the counseling office and fill out a Transcript Request Form located beside Mrs. Sadler’s desk.
- Pay $2.
- It will be ready to pick up in 3 days or Mrs. Sadler can mail it for you.
If your student is planning to play sports at an NCAA Division I or II college, he/she must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach and counselor.
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 email@example.com or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978.