BCA October Newsletter

2019

The vision of the Collegiate Academy at Blackman High School is to create a challenging learning environment with a rigorous course of study where students can become well-rounded scholars who fulfill their potential as they transition from high school to post-secondary opportunities.

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2019 BCA Pinning Ceremony

The purpose of the BCA Pinning Ceremony is to acknowledge our BCA students who completed one full year or more in the BCA program. Along with being pinned, our senior BCA members presented their research topics.

Congratulations Jeffrey Wilson!!!

Every October, about 1.6 million juniors across the country take the PSAT. Those who score in the top 1% achieve the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist. Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge achievement along the path to college. We could not be more proud of our very own Jeffrey! Way to go!!!

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Congratulations to Callum Bagnall and Kyle Kigar, National Merit Commended Students!

Two of Blackman's other high performers on the PSAT have been named Commended Students based on a national selection index score of 212. Congratulations to these two young men!
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BCA Scholarship Opportunities!

Class of 2020 BCA students will have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships:


  • BHS will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student.
  • MTSU will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student enrolling in MTSU.
  • Applications and deadlines: to be announced.

Speaker Series

Thank you to our alumnus Karah Boyce Pennington (class of 2004) for speaking to our students about her experience in Human Resources at Trust Point Hospital!
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MTSU Student ID

All BCA and DE students should have received their MTSU ID last week. Below are just a few advantages our students are granted with their new ID!



  • Access to all campus events (performances, free admission to athletic events)
  • Access to the MTSU Campus Recreation Center
  • Access to the James E. Walker Library
  • Discounts at various locations in Murfreesboro/Rutherford County
  • Orientation for students taking courses on campus
  • MTSU tutoring at http://www.mtsu.edu/studentsuccess/tutoring.php.
  • Access to the MTSU Writing Center
  • Access to The Albert Gore Sr. Research Center collections

PSAT: Oct. 30th

The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 30th 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 after fall break (check or exact cash). Checks can be made out to Blackman High School. 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 and submit payment. PSAT prep sessions are held on Thursday mornings in the media center computer lab at 7:45. PSAT prep for 10/3 will be moved to Friday 10/4 due to a field trip. All students who are taking the test are invited.

OCTOBER 15!!!

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 8am

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

Seniors- will take the ACT free of charge.


Sophomores/Juniors- will take the ASVAB/career interest (no info will be shared with military recruiters)


Freshman - will complete You Science career/aptitude profile

ACT Dates


September 14, 2019

October 26, 2019

December 14, 2019

February 8, 2020

April 4, 2020

June13, 2020

July 18, 2020


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

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Fire 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.

Life Experience

Students must complete 40 hours of real-life experience in the area of his/her major. The experience must be approved by the faculty board. This experience can be completed any year but must be completed by April of the senior year. The experience may or may not be a part of the student’s senior research project. The experience should be meaningful and provide insight into the field of study the student is interested in. If you have already completed one of these classes in school please circle it on the form and write what year you took it.


· Blaze Bank

· Sketch it Up

· Blaze Bookstore

· The greenhouse

· IT Clinical classes

· Film/TV station work

· Supervised Agriculture Experience

· Culinary Café

· Health Sciences clinical

· Pre-school work

· Work based learning

· School fine arts performances

· Yearbook

· Newspaper

· ROTC


Students can come by Mrs. Noffsinger's room in D-1 to get a form or print one off of the BCA website. Forms should be turned in to Mrs. Noffsinger in D-1 or put in her mailbox.

Report Extra-Curricular Activity Hours Online

You can now report your extra-curricular hours online instead of using a paper form. Visit the Collegiate Academy website and located on the right is a link to report your hours. Fill out the form for each separate activity you complete and click submit. We will verify the hours each nine weeks with the club sponsor or coach. If you have any questions please email Mr. Green at greenk@rcschools.net

BCA Courses

  • Freshmen: Honors English I, Honors Biology, and Honors World History or AP Human Geography (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Sophomores: Honors English II, Honors Algebra II or Advanced Honors Geometry, and Honors Chemistry (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Juniors: AP English III, AP U.S. History or Dual Enrollment U.S. History, and Speech or Critical Thinking (These are recommendations but not required. Speech and critical thinking are highly recommended junior year before capstone.)
  • Seniors: Speech or Critical Thinking (if not already taken) and Capstone

Blackman Collegiate Academy Standards

Blackman Collegiate Academy Academic Standards

All Collegiate Academy students are expected to lead the BHS student body in academics. Any student whose grade falls below a C or whose GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on Academic Watch for a semester. During this time, students are expected to raise their grades accordingly. If students do not follow through with the academic expectations, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If the reason for the probation has been corrected, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the reason for the probation has not been corrected, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy. If you are on probation more than once or in more than one area (academics, extra-curricular, discipline) then you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Blackman Collegiate Academy Behavior Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Blackman High School’s Student Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct, in which disciplinary action is taken by BHS administration, will result in a minimum of one semester of Disciplinary Probation. This includes violations of dress code and cell phone use which receive ISS. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed by the faculty Discipline Council. If there have not been any additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action have occurred, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Blackman Collegiate Academy Extra Curricular Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to complete 20 extra-curricular hours each year. These can be acquired through clubs, athletics, and/or community service here at Blackman High School. Five out of the twenty required hours may be obtained from off-campus sources (church, volunteer organizations, non-profits, etc.) with approval from Mr. Green. If a student fails to meet the extra-curricular expectations, he or she will be placed on one semester of Probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If there have not been any additional violations and the extra-curricular requirements have been satisfied, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the extra-curricular requirements have not been met, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy. Seniors should have their hours completed, reported and inserted into their Capstone Portfolio by the due date of the last portfolio check (Fall Semester).


Blackman Collegiate Academy Events Attendance Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to attend the following:

  • 4 Speaker Series per year. These are held during Impact once a month.
  • BCA Day at MTSU – These are throughout the school year. Dates for each grade level will be posted in the BCA Newsletter.
  • Attend 2 of the following events-
    • BCA Kickoff Cookout which is held one week before school resumes.
    • BCA Pinning Ceremony is held in the fall and mandatory for Seniors and Sophomores.
    • BCA Capstone Symposium – showcase of Senior BCA projects. Mandatory for Seniors and Juniors.

If a student fails to meet the events attendance expectations, he or she will be placed on one semester of probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If there have not been any additional violations and the events requirements have been satisfied, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the events requirements have not been met, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Any student placed on probation will receive a written notice of probation, and parents will be notified. If the probation is caused by a disciplinary infraction, the student will have a disciplinary hearing to assess the infraction and the appropriate consequence.

Do You Have News?

We want to know about your accomplishments! If you want to be featured in the BCA Newsletter, send information and pictures to Mrs. Gregory at gregoryco@rcschools.net

Do you have BCA questions? Here’s who to contact: