BHS October Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department


Can you believe we are entering into October? Report cards will go out on Thursday, October 11th, and the county-wide parent teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 3:30-6:30. This is a great opportunity to meet with all of your student's teachers.

We have 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. Click here to visit the site.


A-D, Mrs. Borel

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Barber

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

Interim Mrs. Allen

College & Crisis, Mrs. Breiner,

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee

Follow us on Twitter!

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

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.


Thursday, Oct. 18th, 3:30-6:30pm


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 their counselor 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.

October 16th!

Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 8am

Blackman High School

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.


Tennessee provides summer programs for gifted and talented high school students that are rising juniors or seniors. Governor’s Schools take place in the month of June at various state universities in Tennessee. The programs provide challenging and intensive experiences in various disciplines. Students will have the opportunity to stay on campus, earn college credit, explore fields of interest ranging from engineering to heritage studies, entrepreneurship and more. Governor's School also meets the requirement for Distinction.

Applications can be obtained here or you can see your counselor. Governor's School for the Arts applications are due back to your counselor by Friday, October 27th. All other applications are due back by Wednesday, November 22nd.


Special Called Board Meetings on the Proposed Zoning for Rockvale High School and Rocky Fork Elementary School to be held at the following schools:

Blackman High School October 25, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Siegel High School November 8, 2018 6:30 P.M.

Stewarts Creek High School December 3, 2018 6:30 P.M.

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). 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. A prep course will be offered before and/or after school before the test. Stay tuned for more details. All students who are taking the test are invited.

SAT Dates:

Test Dates:

October 6th

November 3rd

December 1st

March 9th

May 4th

June 1st

ACT Dates

Test Dates:

October 27th

December 8th

February 9th

April 13th

June 8th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636.

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SMYRNA Cluster Town Hall meeting for parents is schedule for October 22, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Smyrna High School Gym.

Director of Schools Bill Spurlock will host a Town Hall meeting for parents in the Smyrna cluster. The meeting is intended for those parents with children in Smyrna High School, Smyrna Middle School, Smyrna Elementary School, Smyrna Primary School, John Colemon Elementary School, Thurman Francis Arts Academy, Stewartsboro Elementary School and Smyrna West Alternative 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.

Blackman Cluster - November 12, 2018

  • Blackman High School
  • Blackman Middle School
  • Blackman Elementary School
  • Brown's Chapel Elementary School

Siegel Cluster - December 10, 2018

  • Siegel High School
  • Siegel Middle School
  • Walter Hill Elementary School
  • Wilson Elementary School

Riverdale Cluster - January 2019

  • Riverdale High School
  • Barfield Elementary School
  • Christiana Elementary School
  • Christiana Middle School
  • Buchanana Elementary School
  • Whitworth-Buchanan School

Oakland Cluster - February 2019

  • Oakland High School
  • Oakland Middle School
  • Kittrell Elementary School
  • Lascassas Elementary School

Choice Schools - March 2019

  • Central Magnet School
  • Holloway High School
  • Homer Pittard Campus School
  • McFadden School of Excellence
  • Daniel-McKee Alternative School

Rockvale Cluster - May 2019

  • Rockvale High School
  • Rockvale Middle School
  • Rockvale Elementary School
  • Eagleville School

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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.

Senior Parent's Section

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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.

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.

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. You need to apply as soon as you can – the sooner the better! Schools and states often use FAFSA information to award nonfederal aid. Their deadlines are usually early in the year. You can find state deadlines at Check with the schools that you’re interested in for their deadlines.

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.

Tennessee Promise: APPLY BY NOV. 1

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 February 1, 2019. Apply at There will be an information meeting for students during the school day during C&I on Wednesday, October 10th. Students will receive their TN Promise handbook and more information about the spring meeting.

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


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.


Click here to visit the scholarship section on the BHS website.

Fire Safety Educational 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.