Class of 2018 January 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
As of January 5, 2018 you have 134 days until Graduation!!
Wednesday, May 16th, 8am
1301 East Main Street
Congratulations Seniors on your College Acceptances!
William Blankenship - MTSU
McKenzie Clark - University of Memphis
Griffin Collins - University of Tennessee Knoxville, MTSU
Susanna Davis - Austin Peay State University
Bailey Dorff - MTSU, Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis, UT Martin
Paz Dozie-Nnamah - UT Knoxville, Georgetown, Rice University, George Washington University
Jackson Giles - UT Chattanooga, MTSU, UT Knoxville, Tennessee Tech
Brooklyn Hopkins - MTSU Honors College, Tennessee Tech, ETSU
Amy Lin - MTSU, University of Alabama
Haley Perkins - MTSU, UT Knoxville
Andrew Reed - UT Knoxville Honors College
Tabitha Tripp - MTSU
Tennessee Promise: FILE YOUR FAFSA BY JAN. 16TH!
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.
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 www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach and counselor.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978.
Rutherford County Hiring Event
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Murfreesboro American Job Center will host a hiring event on April 10, 2018 at Blackman High School. We know that not all graduates have college plans, and those who attend college locally often work part time. This is a great way to bring those looking for a job into immediate contact with empolyers who are hiring. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming newsletters.