Class of 2018 January Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department

Happy New Year & Welcome Back!


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

As of January 5, 2018 you have 134 days until Graduation!!

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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!

Congratulations to Griffin!

Congratulations to Griffin Collins for being selected as a recipient of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship!

Congratulations Seniors on your College Acceptances!

Ejah Benesto - Motlow, MTSU

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

Attendance Matters!

Attendance is important to every student's learning. Therefore, the state of Tennessee has included attendance on our accountability measurement. They are specifically looking at students who miss more than 10% of the days they are enrolled in the school. For example, if we are on day 70 of the school year, and a student has missed more than 7 days, he/she is on track to be chronically absent. This hurts the student and the school and the District, but mainly it hurts students to miss instruction. Therefore, we will be talking to students and parents with multiple absences. Please know that these conversations are intended to help students get the instruction that is so valuable.

We have help for your FAFSA!!

We will have a representative from TSAC at BHS on January 11th from 8:00-11:00am and 4:00-6:00pm to help students and their parents complete their FAFSA in the Media Center.

Tennessee Promise: FILE YOUR FAFSA BY JAN. 16TH!

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. This provides more than $150 billion in student aid each year. The state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. If your student applied by Nov. 1st, they must file their FAFSA by Jan. 16th, attend a mandatory meeting on March 5th at 5:30, and complete 8 hours of community service.
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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.

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.

**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:

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.

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.

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