BHS December Parent Newsletter
-From the Counseling Department
A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge email@example.com
E-K, Ms. Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org
L-R, Mrs. Barber, email@example.com
S-Z, Mrs. Clawson firstname.lastname@example.org
College/Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner, email@example.com
Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler email@example.com
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
AP & Dual Enrollment Courses
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
Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOS)
- 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
- 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
- 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 Prep with Shmoop
Thanks to Rutherford County Schools, you now have access to Shmoop's premium resources. HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED:
- Your username is your full RCS email address: email@example.com (Example: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Your password is your 7 digit state ID number (lunch number)
- If Shmoop asks you for a "magic word", contact Mrs. Brown at email@example.com
- Be sure to use our school's login page at: https://schools.shmoop.com/login/rutherfordcounty/blackman-high-school
SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENT MEETINGS 17-18
Fire Safety Educational Announcement
Senior Parent's Section
File your FAFSA
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
To graduate with honors students must meet the following ACT benchmarks:
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978.