BHS February Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department


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

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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.

**All seniors must take the ACT and the Civics Test to graduate.

Registration Timeline for the 2018-2019 School Year

January 29th - February 27th

Counselors will meet with students individually during their English class to discuss their classes for next school year. We will begin with rising seniors and finish with rising sophomores. Students will bring home a packet of information with their teacher recommendations prior to meeting with their counselor. Students will be able to register online through INow at school after they meet with their counselor.

March 12th

Verification forms will be sent home. A parent override form is required to take a course beyond the teacher recommended level and must be signed in person at BHS. The deadline for parent overrides is March 16th.

March 16th

Signed verification forms with any changes are due to the counseling office. No changes will be made past this date.

Rutherford Works High School Internship Program Application Deadline February 9th

The Rutherford Works High School Internship Program is a partnership with employers who offer students productive and meaningful work assignments with a learning component ideally related to their area of interest. The Internship Program will provide 60 rising seniors who reside in Rutherford County the opportunity to gain paid work experience with a Rutherford County employer.

Students will learn about and begin to develop 21st Century skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace. The duration of internship is 4 weeks or 64 working hours. In addition to gaining work experience, students will also receive 4 hours of pre-employment training and 16 hours of work based learning. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Feb. 9th at 4:30 p.m.

Youth Leadership Rutherford Applications Now Available

Youth Leadership Rutherford is directed by the Leadership Rutherford Chair, Executive Director and Business Education Partnership Executive Director. Youth Leadership Rutherford consists of a weekend orientation program in September, seven seminar days from October- April, and graduation in May. Each day focuses on a major area of community concern and explores issues of leadership within the context of that subject. The goal of each day is to open the minds of participants to the viewpoints that surround each issue and enable young people to become more visionary leaders. Click here for more information.

Criteria for selection include:

  • Rising high school senior
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Demonstrated interest in leadership positions in school and/or community
  • Desire for personal growth opportunities
  • Commitment to completion of entire program


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.

AP & Dual Enrollment Courses

As we start looking to registration for next school year, we want you to know the AP and Dual Enrollment classes we currently offer.

AP Courses: English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, AP Psychology, Human Geography, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics C, Physics I, Physics II, Art History, Studio Art: 2-D

Dual Enrollment Courses through MTSU: English 1010, English 1020, College Algebra 1710, Applied Statistics 1530, US History 1010, US History 1020, COMM 2200, Psychology, Sociology, English 2020, Advanced Language and Calculus III, Spanish, Criminal Justice

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. 22746 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, contact 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.

Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOS)

BHS offers the following EPSOS:

Advanced Placement

  • College-level high school courses offered multiple subjects
  • Nationally recognized exams
  • Post-secondary credit can be earned based on AP exam score
  • BHS offers: English Language, English Literature, U.S. History, European History, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, AP Psychology, Human Geography, World History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics C, Physics I, Physics II, Art History, Studio Art: 2-D

Dual Enrollment

  • Post-secondary course taught at the post-secondary institution, high school, or online
  • Post-secondary credit can be earned by passing the course
  • BHS has partnered with MTSU's Dual Enrollment Program and currently offers: English 1010, English 1020, College Algebra 1710, Applied Statistics 1530, US History 1010, US History 1020, COMM 2200, Psychology, Sociology, English 2020, Advanced Language and Calculus III, Spanish, Criminal Justice

Industry Certification

  • Assessment by an independent certifying entity based on standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies
  • Office Management - Microsoft Office Specialist, Microsoft Expert, Microsoft Officer Master
  • Nursing - CNA
  • Emergency Services - Emergency Medical Responder
  • Therapeutic Services - Emergency Medical Assistant
  • Culinary Arts - Serve Safe Food Manager for III/IV, Serve Safe Food Associate in I or II
  • Horticulture & Vet Science - Commercial Pesticide
  • Networking Systems - CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A+, Cisco Certified Entry Network Tech, CompTIA Network +, Cisco Certified Network Associate

Statewide Dual Credit

  • High school course aligned to statewide post-secondary standards
  • Post-secondary credit can be earned based on challenge exam score

Local Dual Credit

  • High school course aligned to standards at local post-secondary institution
  • Post-secondary credit can be earned for the partnering institution based on challenge exam score

*Possible dual credit courses: Horticulture, Vet Science, A/V Production III, Teaching as a Profession, STEM IV, Court Systems

ACT Dates

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636. Click here to view the ACT Toolkit provided by the TN Dept. of Education.


ILEAD ACT Prep is hosting an ACT preparation program filled with test taking strategies, ACT resources and core content. Breakfast will be provided!

When: Saturdays beginning 2/17 from 7:30-3:30

Where: Blackman High School

Cost: $150.00

Deadline to register is February 13th. You must register online by clicking here.

ACT Prep with Shmoop

Thanks to Rutherford County Schools, you now have access to Shmoop's premium resources. HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED:

Parent Resources for TNReady

The Department of Education has developed an updated Parent Guide to Being TNReady for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view the guide.

Special Education Parent Meetings 17-18

There will be several meetings throughout the school year to educate parents and families of Special Education students of information on important topics and resources. Click here for more information.

Fire Safety Educational Announcement

A fire can breakout with little or no warning. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be. Emergency supply kits can help you be prepared. Items to keep in your emergency kit include a flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, whistle, phone lists, paper, pencil, water, and non-perishable snacks.

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Save the Date: Rutherford County Hiring Event April 10th

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Murfreesboro American Job Center will host a hiring event on April 10th 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. Employers will require a resume in order to proceed with an interview. Come dressed for success!

Students may register for the event now at the following link:

Senior Job Shadow Day

The Rutherford County Job Shadow Day will be held on March 20th. Please see Mrs. Noffsinger in room D-1 for more information.

Tennessee Promise

The state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. If your student is eligible, they must attend a mandatory meeting on March 5th at 5:30 and complete 8 hours of community service.

File your FAFSA

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. File your FAFSA at The FAFSA qualifies students for the HOPE Scholarship if they have a 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT score.

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 have 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.

Senior Newsletters

Each month, seniors get a newsletter with scholarships and other helpful information. We gave the first one out in senior meetings, and students will receive the rest electronically. All newsletters are posted here.


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.