Class of 2019 December Newsletter

December 2018 Edition

Counselor Contact Information

If you ever have any questions or concerns, come by our offices or reach out to us:


A-D, Mrs. Borel ext. 22909

E-K, Ms. Bryan ext. 22906

L-R, Mrs. Barber, ext. 22907

Interim, Ms. Conniff,

S-Z, Mrs. Allen ext. 22908

Crisis/College, Mrs. Breiner, ext. 22905

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, ext. 22904

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler ext. 22910

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, ext. 22946

Signing Day for these Seniors! Congratulations!!!

Early Dismissal Days

Thursday, December 20

Thursday, January 31

Thursday, March 7

Wednesday, May 29

Midterm Exams

Friday, Dec. 14: 1st period exam

Monday, Dec. 17: 2nd & 3rd period exams

Tuesday, Dec. 18: 4th & 5th period exams

Wednesday, Dec. 19: 6th & 7th period exams


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

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

Yard Sign Fundraiser

The Blackman Collegiate Academy will be selling yard signs to honor our 2019 Seniors. These are signs for any senior with an option for a BCA logo for BCA students. Here is the link to order:

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Graduation Requirements

The following 23 credits are required for graduation:

English - 4 credits (English I, II, III, IV)

Math - 4 credits (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, 4th Math)

Science -3 credits (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, & 1 other Science)

Social Studies - 3 credits (World History, US History, Economics/Government)

Fine Art Credit - 1 credit (Art, Chorus, Band, Theatre, or General Music)

Foreign Language - 2 credits (2 years of the same language)

Focus Elective (Pathway) - 3 credits in one area

Elective - 1 credit

Wellness - 1.5 credits (Wellness and PE II or School Sport)

Personal Finance - .5 credit

*Students must also take the Civics Test and ACT in order to graduate.

Graduate with Honors & Distinction

Graduate with Honors by meeting the following ACT benchmarks:

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23

Meeting these benchmarks means that you are ready for freshman level college courses.


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

Graduation with Honors - recognized at graduation and eligible for an orange cord

Graduation with Distinction - recognized at graduation and eligible for an orange stole

* If you have met the requirements for either one, let your counselor know by the end of December.

FAFSA Assistance at BHS

Tuesday, Jan. 15th 2019 at 9am

BHS Library

Eric Farmer from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will be at BHS on Tuesday, January 15th 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.

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 directly affects their learning. 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.

PROM 2019!!

Friday, April 12th 2019 at 7:30pm

MTSU Ballroom

Money, Money, Money

Did you know that we have posted over $100,000 dollars worth of scholarships in the past month on our Blackman Counselor's page? Whoa! Did you also know that you don't have to always have the highest GPA or ACT score for some of those scholarships? Double Whoa! Be sure to check it out!

SAT Dates:

December 1st

March 9th

May 4th

June 1st

ACT Dates

December 8th

February 9th

April 13th

June 8th

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

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Transcript Request Form

Colleges and universities will require that you send an official transcript upon completing your application. You can fill pick up a form from Mrs. Sadler in the counseling office as well as submit your form. The cost of the transcript is $2. Your transcript will be ready for pick-up in 3 days or Mrs. Sadler can mail the transcript for you. Click here to request a transcript.

Planning to play sports in college?

  • If you are planning to play at a Division I or Division II school, you will need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center in order to compete. You must create a Certification Account with the NCAA Clearinghouse in order to make official visits to Division I and II schools or to sign a National Letter of Intent.
  • If you are planning to play at a Division III school or are undecided, you will need to create a profile page at the NCAA Clearinhouse. You will then receive an NCAA ID and important reminders will be sent to you as your complete high school.

Things to Know This Month

December Checklist

  • Complete all enrollment and scholarship applications. Review them with a parent, teacher, or counselor.
  • Be sure you have completed the FAFSA.
  • Finalize your college essay.
  • Complete letters of recommendations for applications that require them.
  • Check the list of scholarships posted on the Blackman Counseling Website for updated scholarship opportunities.
  • If you have not already done so, sign up and take the ACT.
  • Notify your counselor as you receive admission letters.

Launch My Career!

  • Need help searching for colleges, majors, and jobs while evaluating salaries and what matches your goals?
  • Launch My Career makes it possible to help you cut through what can be confusing and overwhelming information.
  • Click here to check out the Launch My Career TN website and use their tools to help you learn more about your future career!

A fire can breakout with little or no warning. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be. Know your emergency evacuation routes at school and at home. Don't forget to identify a secondary evacuation route in case your primary route is not available.

College Day

Students are allowed one college day that will count as a field trip. The process is simple. Bring in a note with what school you are visiting and when. We will staple that note to a college day form that you will get all of your teachers to sign before turning it in to the attendance office. After the visit, you will need to bring the attendance office a letter stating that you went on a tour so that the visit will count as a field trip.

Graduation Information!

When is Graduation?

Blackman High School’s 2018 Graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 7:00pm, at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center

Do guests have to have tickets in order to attend graduation?

There are no tickets for guests.

Is my senior limited on the number of guests he/she may invite?

There is no limit to the number of guests a senior may invite.

If my senior graduates in December, can he/she still participate in the May graduation ceremony?

Yes. He/She will need to complete the items listed for seniors.

Who do I contact for more information?

Information will be sent home with your senior in November, March, and late April. You may also contact Mr. Weeks, our graduation coordinator, if you need any assistance. His email address is or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978

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