BCA November Newsletter

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Senior Spotlight: Emily Burgess

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Plans For College: University of Kentucky

Leadership Roles: Delta Company Commander and Band Council

Capstone Project: Emily's project is based on the research of neuroscience behind foreign language and the impact on elementary school educational level. She plans to work with Blackman Elementary School.

Other Hobbies: Key Club

Future Plans: Physician's Assistant

Favorite quote: "It's not that we are bad people; we just come from a bad place."

Senior Spotlight: Michaela Creech

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Plans For College: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, or Colorado State University

Leadership Roles: Blackman Ultimate Frisbee Team, co-captain, past forward captain of the Blackman Rugby Team

Capstone Project: Michaela is interested in horses, so as result, she is hosting a Horse Rescue Benefit. This event will include dinner and a silent auction to help raise money for Ferrell Hollow Farm to help raise awareness for horse abuse.

Hobbies: Volunteers at horse barn

Favorite quote: "Failure is not defeat until you stop trying."

BCA Speaker Series

The Blackman High Speaker Series is in full swing! Here are the speakers for the month of November:

  • Thursday, November 12th during Prime Time in the auditorium will be U.S. Army Keith M. Huber, Lt. General (Retired). He is with the MTSU ROTC and is a Senior Adviser for Veterans and Leadership Initiatives for the university.

  • Friday, November 20th in the library during Prime Time will be MTSU Admissions representative Hailey Horton. She will be speaking to BCA Seniors and NHS members about MTSU and college life.

If you get an idea for a future speaker, we would love to hear it! Email Mr. Seadorf at seadorfb@rcschools.net

ACT Night

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 6pm

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

ACT Night will be held in the BHS Auditorium. All students and parents are invited to attend.

BCA Information Night

Monday, Dec. 7th, 6:30pm

BHS Auditorium

Senior Project Help

Christine Monchecourt

Dakota Frech

  • Computer Refurb - Needs old computers and parts, specifically looking for a keyboard and mouse. Collection until Christmas break. Email Dakota at dakota.frech@yahoo.com.

Monica Nelson

  • Creating a music video showcasing each of the fine arts. Looking for participants who are in Theater III or IV, Band, or Choir. Sign up in the counseling office.

Catherine Kanemitsu

  • Book Drive - Needs donations of school appropriate books for K-12 students. Drop off for donations is in the BHS library. Donations through November 18th.

Upcoming Events

  • Benefit Dinner: Saturday, November 7th at 3 pm at Meridian Equine Education Center. There is no cost but donations are accepted to benefit Ferrell Hollow Farms, a local horse rescue. Come support Michaela Creech as she completes her senior project.

  • Ten Minute Play Festival: Saturday, December 12th at 7 pm in the BHS auditorium. Come support Josh Miller as he completes his senior project.

Tennessee Promise Sign-Up Deadline November 2nd

ATTENTION SENIORS: The deadline to sign up for the Tennessee Promise is November 2nd. If you haven't already, sign up at tnpromise.gov. There is a list of all seniors who have successfully signed up posted on the Counseling Office window. Stop by and make sure your name is on there!
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Extra Help

If your child is struggling in class, encourage them to get extra help during Prime Time, which is each day from 9:16-9:47. Also, the BHS National Honor Society students tutor during Prime Time 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. Click here to access the current Library Log.

Governor's School

Tennessee provides summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. Governor’s Schools take place in the month of June at various state universities in Tennessee. The programs provide challenging and intensive experiences in the following disciplines:

Arts—application now available to print at http://gsfta.com/

Substantial scholarships are awarded to students accepted! Most students attend for free.

  • Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre-Performance, Theatre-Technical, Film-Making, Dance, Visual Arts

Non-Arts—application available to print at https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe-governors-schools

All Non-Arts Schools are FREE!

  • Engineering (Bio-medical), Sciences, Humanities, International Studies, Prospective Teachers, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Business and IT Leadership, Agricultural Science, Computational Physics, Emerging Technologies, Scientific Models and Data Analysis

*Contact Ms. Villarreal for more information.



MTSU has invited all BCA juniors and seniors to experience a day on their campus on Thursday, November 5th. Students have already received the course catalog and field trip permission form and should return this to Ms. Bryan by Wednesday, October 28th. Students will have the opportunity to choose four different experiences in which to participate. Transportation will be provided by BHS. There is no cost to attend; however, students will need to bring money for lunch. Forms will also be available on the BCA website.


If your student has not gotten an MTSU ID, applications will be given out in English classes starting Monday and will need to be returned by Friday, November 6th. Applications will also be available on the BCA website.

Dual Enrollment


To be eligible for the Dual Enrollment program, students must:
1. be a junior or senior in high school;
2. have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA; or
3. have a minimum composite of 22 ACT (SAT composite of 1020); or equivalent ACT Plan test score

**Admission to MTSU and the Dual Enrollment program does not guarantee eligibility for all courses. Some courses require prerequisites and/or certain test subscores, including Math and English courses.


The tuition cost of a Dual Enrollment class is $166.00 per credit hour. This cost can be offset by the Dual Enrollment Grant, if the student applies and is ruled eligible. Students must maintain a 2.75 GPA for dual enrollment courses taken to stay eligible for the grant. The student should be prepared to pay the tuition cost in advance and then be reimbursed. Other anticipated costs include textbooks, $25 application fee, online course fees, and any applicable lab fees.

Dual Enrollment Grant

The total amount of grant money per student is $1200 total for their high school career. Current juniors get $500 for class one and two, which will cover the cost of a 3 hour class ($498 total per class). Current seniors were only set to get $300 for course 1 and 2, but MTSU decided to scholarship the additional $198 for the first two classes so that they too could have class one and two covered in full.

  • Current seniors

Current seniors who have not taken two DE classes in the fall can still take advantage of this additional money provided by MTSU ($198) for the Spring term to cover class one and two in full. For class 3 and 4 they will receive $100 per credit hour leaving them a balance of $198 for class 3 and 4.

  • Current juniors

Current juniors who have already taken two classes will receive $200 for class 3 (leaving a balance of $298) and nothing for class 4 (leaving a balance of $498).

*Students will register for spring dual enrollment classes after November 23rd. Although class 3 and 4 seem like a lot of out-of-pocket money, in-state undergraduate tuition cost is currently $1,011 for a 3 hours course, resulting in a savings of $513 when paying the full tuition amount for a dual enrollment course.

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BCA Contacts

Principal - Dr. Leisa Justus, justusl@rcschools.net, ext. 22901

Assistant Principal - Ken Reed, reedk@rcschools.net, ext. 22973

School Counselor - Christine Bryan, bryanc@rcschools.net. ext. 22906

Academics - Andrea Holder, holdera@rcschools.net, ext. 22960

Communication - Lois Walker, walkerlm@rcschools.net, ext. 22701

Electronic Portfolio - Ken Hardison, hardisonk@rcschools.net, ext. 22988

Extracurricular - Tim Pedigo, pedigot@rcschools.net, ext. 22995

Events - Hollye Dabney, dabneyh@rcschools.net, ext. 22738

Life Experience - Geneva Cook, cookg@rcschools.net, ext. 22942

Monthly Speakers - Brian Seadorf, seadorfb@rcschools.net, ext. 23036

Research - Rebecca Jones, jonesre@rcschools.net, ext. 22993