Class of 2018 February Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department


A-D, Mrs. Borel

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Barber

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

College/Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow the Counseling Department on Twitter @BlazeCounseling for updates on events, scholarships, and important deadlines.

Congratulations Senior Students!

Congratulations to Hanna Nordin for being accepted to Rhodes College and being offered the Deihl Scholarship!

Kaeli Dorsey - UT Knoxville, University of Alabama, Ole Miss, MTSU

Timmy Gardner - UT Knoxville

Kacey James - MTSU, Motlow, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Ethan McDowell - University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Eastern Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technical University

Jason Letart - MTSU

Sara O'Brien - University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, MTSU

Amyia Davis - Ohio University, Union University, MTSU, Tennessee Technical University

Dakota Deuel - Motlow University

Madison Fabber - University of Tennessee Knoxville, MTSU

Ryan Foster - MTSU

Alexis Fouts - University of Tennessee Chattanooga, MTSU

Kyla Penick - MTSU

Peyton Tranas - University of Tennessee Chattanooga, MTSU, Belmont University

Rutherford County Hiring Event-Register now!

On April 10, Class of 2018 seniors from 9 Rutherford County high schools will travel to Blackman High School for the 2nd Annual Senior Hiring Event. With resumes in hand, students will be given the opportunity to pre-apply, interview, and be hired for job openings on the spot!

Whether looking for a full-time, part-time, or summer job after graduation, you don't want to miss this opportunity to network and apply with 60+ employers in a few of Rutherford County's fastest growing industries: construction, health care, hospitality and tourism, logistics and manufacturing...just to name a few. Military recruiters will also be in attendance.


To learn more information, view available job, or register, visit

Blackman High School Prom!

Friday, April 13th, 7:30-11:30pm

MTSU Student Union Ballroom


In order to graduate, all seniors must take the ACT and the CIVICS test. Make sure your senior has taken or will take both of these before the end of the year!

Tennessee Promise

That state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. If your student is eligible, they must attend a mandatory meeting on March 5th at 5:30 and complete 8 hours of community service.

File your FAFSA

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families must fill out to apply for federal grants, loans, and work-study funds for college students. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides more than $150 billion in student aid each year. File your FAFSA at The FAFSA qualifies students for the HOPE Scholarship if they have a 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT score.

ACT Dates

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636.


ILEAD ACT Prep is hosting an ACT preparation program filled with test taking strategies, ACT resources and core content! Breakfast will be provided!!!!

When: Saturdays beginning 2/17 from 7:30-3:30

Where: Blackman High School

Cost: $150.00

Deadline to register is February 13th. You must register online by clicking here.

ACT Prep with Shmoop

Thanks to Rutherford County Schools, you now have access to Shmoop's premium resources. Here is how to get started:

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Career and College Ready? One way you can prove this is by earning a Work Ethic Distinction. Earning a Work Ethic Distinction and meeting job-related requirements will guarantee an interview with participating Rutherford County employers. Click here to learn more about this amazing opportunity!

Adventurous, Energetic, Safety Conscious, Good with Guests? Looking for a job?

If you are 17 years old or older, adventurous, safety conscious, responsible with communicating with guests, and looking for a job, SOAR Adventure Tower might be your answer. SOAR Adventure Tower is looking for eligible applicants for the position of Adventure Guide. This is a part time position and dependant on business demands. If you are interested in applying, click here.

Graduation Practice

Wednesday, May 16th, 8am

1301 East Main Street

Murfreesboro, TN

Graduation rehearsal has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 16th at 8am at MTSU's Murphy Center. Participation in rehearsal is a must for seniors participating in graduation. Make sure you meet all 23 graduation requirements!

Transcript Requests

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.

College Day

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

Planning to play sports in college?

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 NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach and counselor.

Graduating with Honors and Distinction


To graduate with honors students must meet the following ACT benchmarks:

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23


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.

Scholarship Money!

Do you know that we have posted over $100,000 dollars worth of scholarships in the past month on our Blackman Counselor's page? If you are interested in applying for scholarship money to help fund your way through school, check out our scholarship list by clicking here!

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.