BHS December Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department

Counselors:

A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge degeorgea@rcschools.net

E-K, Ms. Bryan bryanc@rcschools.net

L-R, Mrs. Barber, barbers@rcschools.net

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson clawsons@rcschools.net

College/Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner, breinerj@rcschools.net

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, garrottk@rcschools.net

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler sadlerm@rcschools.net

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, kasbeec@rcschools.net

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.

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

BCA Information Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 6pm

BHS Auditorium

Midterm Exam Schedule

Friday, Dec. 15: 1st period exam

Monday, Dec. 18: 2nd & 3rd period exams

Tuesday, Dec. 19: 4th & 5th period exams

Wednesday, Dec. 20: 6th & 7th period exams

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 kasbeec@rcschools.net or 904-3850 ext. 22746 to set it up. Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.

INow

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.

Tutoring

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

December 9th

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th


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

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. 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.

Senior Parent's Section

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Tennessee Promise

The state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. If your student applied by Nov. 1st, they must file their FAFSA by Jan. 16th, 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. 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, 2017. 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 www.fafsa.gov. Check with the schools that you’re interested in for their deadlines.

Graduating with Honors and Distinction

Honors

To graduate with honors students must meet the following ACT benchmarks:

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23


Distinction

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.

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.

NCAA

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 www.ncaaclearinghouse.net. NCAA requires 16 core courses. Make sure your student has met those requirements by talking with their coach and counselor.

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 weeksm@rcschools.net or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978.