BHS November Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department

A-D, Mrs. Borel

Interim A-D, Mrs. Allen

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Barber

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

College & Crisis, Mrs. Breiner

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee

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Graduation Requirements

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.


Tennessee provides summer programs for gifted and talented high school students that are rising juniors or seniors. Governor’s Schools take place in the month of June at various state universities in Tennessee. 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.

Applications can be obtained here or you can see your counselor. Governor's School for the Arts applications were due back to your counselor by Friday, October 27th. All other applications are due back by Wednesday, November 22nd.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Conferences are held every Thursday in the media center from 3:30-4:30. If you would like to schedule a conference to meet with all of your student's teachers, contact counseling secretary Mrs. Kasbee at or 904-3850 ext. 22744 to set it up. . Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.


Did you know you can check your child's grades online through INow? If you don't have access, stop by the attendance office for that information.


If your child is struggling in class, encourage them to get extra help during C&I, which is each day from 10:14-10:44. Also, the BHS National Honor Society students tutor during C&I 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.


Special Called Board Meetings on the Proposed Zoning for Rockvale High School and Rocky Fork Elementary School to be held at the following schools:

Siegel High School November 8, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Stewarts Creek High School December 3, 2018 6:30 P.M.


Director of Schools Bill Spurlock will host the next Town Hall meeting for parents on Nov. 12th beginning at 5:30 p.m. at BHS. The meeting is intended for those parents with children in Blackman High School, Blackman Middle School, Blackman Elementary School and Brown's Chapel Elementary School. Director Spurlock and other district leaders will address several topics about education initiatives and needs in Rutherford County and gather feedback from parents.

ACT Dates

Test Dates:

December 8th

February 9th

April 13th

June 8th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636.

SAT Dates:

Test Dates:

November 3rd

December 1st

March 9th

May 4th

June 1st

Attendance Matters!

A student who accumulates 10 or more unexcused absences will lose driving privileges, will not be permitted to participate in prom, and will not be permitted to participate in graduation exercises. After an excused absence, a student must turn in documentation (i.e. doctor note) to attendance office. Absences will be considered unexcused until documentation is received.

Fire Safety Educational Announcement

A fire can breakout with little or no warning. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be. Know your emergency evacuation routes at school and at home. Don't forget to identify a secondary evacuation route in case your primary route is not available.

Senior Parent's Section

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Seniors will be taking the ASVAB on Thursday, Nov. 15th!

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.

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.

FAFSA: Available October 1st

The FAFSA, officially known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the form that families 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. The FAFSA qualifies students for the HOPE Scholarship if they have a 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT score.

You can apply beginning Oct. 1, 2018. 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 Check with the schools that you’re interested in for their deadlines.

Eric Farmer from Tennessee Student Assistance will be at Blackman Tuesday, January 15 from 9-1pm and 5-7pm to help our senior students and parents of seniors complete their FAFSA. The library computer lab has been reserved.

Tennessee Promise: APPLY BY NOV. 1

The state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. The deadline for students to apply is by Nov. 1, 2018. Apply at

Students must file their FAFSA by February 1, 2019, attend mandatory meetings held at local high schools with the partnering organization, and complete 8 hours of community service for each semester they receive TN Promise funding.
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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.


Click here to visit the scholarship section on the BHS website.