BHS September Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department

Welcome back!

The Counseling Department has designed these newsletters that you will receive each month via email to keep you updated on the latest information and upcoming events. We will also post the newsletter on our counseling website. Check out the site at http://blackmancounselor.wix.com/counselorspage.


Counselors:

A-D, Mrs. Borel - borelc@rcschools.net


E-K, Ms. Bryan - bryanc@rcschools.net


L-R, Mrs. Barber - barbers@rcschools.net


S-Z, Mrs. Clawson clawsons@rcschools.net

**Interim: Elaine Allen - allene@rcschools.net


Crisis/College, JoJo Breiner - breinerj@rcschools.net


Graduation Coach, Kim Garrott - garrottk@rcschools.net


Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler sadlerm@rcschools.net

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Follow us on Twitter!

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

College Planning Night for Juniors and Seniors

Thursday, Sep. 6th, 6-8pm

Auditorium

Junior and senior students and parents are invited to attend our 2018 College Planning Night! We will have sessions on the FAFSA/HOPE/TN Promise, scholarships, AP courses, the ACT, the college admissions process, and NCAA. College representatives from over 20 schools will be on campus available to speak with students as well.

Rutherford County College Night

When: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 6:00–8:00 p.m

Where: Middle Tennessee State University Student Union Ballroom


Come meet representatives from approximately 50 colleges and universities from across Tennessee and the southeastern United States. Visit mtsu.edu/rccn for more details.

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.

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 the counseling office to set it up. Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.

INow

Did you know you can check your student's grades online through INow? If you so not have access, contact the attendance office for that information.

Parent Cluster Meeting!

First Town Hall meeting for parents set for LaVergne Cluster on September 17, 2018!



  • Director of Schools Bill Spurlock will host a Town Hall meeting for parents in the LaVergne Cluster on September 17th, at 5:30 p.m. in the LaVergne Middle School auditorium.
  • The meeting is intended for those parents with children in LaVergne High School, LaVergne Middle School, Rock Springs Middle School, LaVergne Primary School, Roy Waldron Elementary School, LaVergne Lake Elementary School, Rock Springs Elementary School and Cedar Grove Elementary School.
  • Director Spurlock will address several topics about education initiatives and needs in Rutherford County and gather feedback from parents.
  • Director Spurlock is planning similar meetings for all school clusters this year. A full schedule will be released soon for parents.

PSAT: Oct. 24th

The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 24th to freshmen, sophomores and juniors who sign up. Taking the PSAT as a junior is the only way to qualify to be a National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist. The cost is $17. Payment can be made to Mrs. Sadler in the Counseling office starting Sept. 24th through October 17th (check or exact cash). There are a limited number of PSAT testing slots available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to make your payment as soon as possible.


Students can pick up study materials from Mrs. Sadler when they sign up. A prep course will be offered before and/or after school before the test. Stay tuned for more details.

ILead ACT Prep Classes

ILEAD ACT Prep Classes

Location: Oakland High School Annex Building

Time: 8:30-11:30am

Date: Saturdays from 9/15/2018 - 10/20/2018 (No class during Fall Break)

Register Online: bit.ly/2pgqSOy

Fee: $150.00

OCTOBER 16!!!

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 8:15am

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

Seniors- will be taking the ACT free of charge.


Sophomores/Juniors- will be taking a practice ACT. Feedback will be provided.


Freshman - will be taking a Career Interest/Aptitude Test. Feedback will be provided.

Seniors - ACT free Retake

ACT Dates

Test Dates:

October 27th

December 8th

February 9th

April 13th

June 8th


Register online at actstudent.org. The Blackman High School code is 431636.

SAT DATES

Test Dates:

October 6th

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.

First Safety Announcement!

A fire can breakout with little or no warning. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be. Have a meeting location at school and at home that everyone will gather after a fire evacuation. A meeting location will help you quickly verify that everyone made it out safely.

Senior Parent's Section

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Senior Newsletters

Each month, seniors get a newsletter with scholarships and other helpful information. We will give the first one out in senior meetings, and students will receive the rest at the beginning of the month electronically in their email.

Graduating with Honors and Distinction

Honors

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

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23


Distinction

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 submit an application. 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. They are allowed two if they score a 30 or higher on their ACT. 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 and your student will then get all of their teachers to sign the form 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. Upon returning to school, the student will need a letter from the college stating that they toured their campus.

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 and have no later than February 1st to submit your application. You need to apply as soon as you can – the sooner the better! Schools and states use FAFSA information to award financial aide as well as scholarships. You can submit the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.gov

FAFSA FRENZY!

  • 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.
  • FAFSA opens October 1, 2018 and closes February 1, 2019

Tennessee Promise

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 November 1, 2018. Apply at tnpromise.gov.


Students must file their FAFSA by February 1st, 2019, attend two 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.

NCAA

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.

Scholarships

Click here to visit the scholarship section on the BHS website. Scholarships can also be found at www.collegeboard.org and www.fastweb.com