BCA November Newsletter

The vision of the Collegiate Academy at Blackman High School is to create a challenging learning environment with a rigorous course of study where students can become well-rounded scholars who fulfill their potential as they transition from high school to post-secondary opportunities.

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BCA Pinning Ceremony

The Pinning Ceremony was a wonderful event! Current sophomores and/or juniors and seniors who had completed the requirements for the 16-17 school year that had not been previously pinned were pinned. Our current seniors also presented their research topics. Thank you to all who participated!

SAVE THE DATE: BCA Information Night

Tuesday, Dec. 5th, 6pm

BHS Auditorium

BCA students can attend this event to count as 1 of the 2 events that are mandatory each year. We would love you to be there to answer questions and show your support!


Thursday, Feb. 8th 2018 at 6pm

BHS Cafeteria

The BCA Gallery Walk will be held in the BHS Cafeteria on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 pm. This will be the last event that we will hold this season. All seniors must attend. All other grades will need to come if they have only attended one other event to meet the minimum requirements. Please contact Hollye Dabney at dabneyh@rcschools.net if you have any questions.

November Speaker Series "A Conversation With Marcela Gomez" on 11/16

Speaker: Marcela Gomez, Nashville Entrepreneur

When: Thursday, November 16th during C&I

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Marcela and her family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1981 where she graduated from high school. In 1989 she earned the bachelor’s degree in advertising from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá.

Miss Gómez specializes in connecting effectively with the diverse and continuously changing Hispanic markets, helping her clients know who they are, how they think, what they need and want and how they prefer to receive communication. Marcela has worked with packaged goods companies, universities, public utilities, consumer, corporate, nonprofit and business-to-business clients in industries, such a wireless, sports, transportation, education, government, banking and finance, food, healthcare, and the arts. She plays a key role in the development of marketing, communications and grassroots campaigns, from conception and brand development to production.

Gómez started her career in marketing and advertising in 1993 in Miami, Florida, with Editorial Unilit, as part of the organizing team of the industry’s only Spanish publishing religious trade show, Expolit. From 1996 to 2002, she worked in the Spanish-language division of Thomas Nelson Publishers where she produced marketing and sales tools for books and Bibles.

Her life as an entrepreneur started in 2002 with Hispanic Marketing Group, she has also been a partner and investor in other entrepreneurship ventures, most recently with Mi Tribu, an import and retail business of arts and crafts handmade by disenfranchised women in Latin American countries.

She is the current president and board chair of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. Marcela is a former board chair and inaugural board member of Conexión Americas, has served on the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce board of governors as well as the Metropolitan Nashville Human Relations Commission, Nashville Municipal Auditorium Commission and the boards of YWCA, Oasis Center and Center for Nonprofit Management boards. She enjoys films, theater, ballet, opera and the symphony. Marcela also loves to travel, dance, and try new restaurants. She has a 27-year-old son, Esteban Pedraza, who is an award winning film director residing in Brooklyn, NY.

BCA Field Trips

The field trip for freshmen to MTSU has been rescheduled to early February. MTSU has big plans for our freshmen and sophomores in February. Juniors will have a trip in March. More info to come!

Freshmen: February

Sophomores: February

Juniors: March 8th

**All field trips are mandatory.


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 were due back to your counselor by Friday, October 27th. All other applications are due back by Wednesday, November 22nd.


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, English 2020, Advanced Language and Calculus III

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

Congratulations to Sarah Oppmann

BCA junior Sarah Oppmann represented BHS in the RCS Arts Honors Series. Only 20 students were selected for honors from among more than 120 students who were invited. Way to go Sarah!

Upcoming Eagle Scout Project on Nov. 11: Noah Boyd

Noah Boyd will be doing his Eagle Scout Project on Nov. 11 from 9:00 am- 2:00 pm at the Sam Davis home in Smyrna. Noah's project is open to any BCA students who need volunteer hours. Any students who would like to volunteer would need to bring work gloves and a shovel or rake. Participants will be planting bushes, trees, and flowers and spreading mulch. Pizza and water will be provided for lunch.

Capstone Spotlight: Anslee Strevel

As part of her diabetes awareness capstone project, Anslee Strevel shared her diabetes awareness bracelets with teammates during C&I.

Capstone Spotlight: Mary Grace Mancuso

As part of her capstone project, Mary Grace sponsored a basketball camp at the Boy's and Girl's Club of Murfreesboro. She recruited both the boys and girls basketball coaches and teams to help. Their participation and leadership was amazing, and there was an overwhelming participation from the kids. Way to go MG!

Capstone Spotlight: Madison Huffine

Madison Huffine completed her capstone project at the Community Center of Rutherford County. Forty plus students participated on a Saturday morning. All of the students had a chance to interact with the residents. They roamed the halls to invite them to come outside to hear the performance. When a resident committed, the students either rolled them out in their wheelchair or walked with them to their chairs. Following the performance, the students aided the residents in getting back to their rooms as they discussed the show. Finally, all of the students got to enjoy lunch at the Center with one another. As they reflected on the experience and shared in the feedback from the residents, they discussed returning at Christmas to do some type of holiday performance. Visit the video at: https://www.facebook.com/CommunityCareofRutherfordCounty/videos/vb.171384453333189/327034267768206/?type=2&theater


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.

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:

Life Experience

Students must complete 40 hours of real-life experience in the area of his/her major. The experience must be approved by the faculty board. This experience can be completed any year but must be completed by April of the senior year. The experience may or may not be a part of the student’s senior research project. The experience should be meaningful and provide insight into the field of study the student is interested in. If you have already completed one of these classes in school please circle it on the form and write what year you took it.

· Blaze Bank

· Sketch it Up

· Blaze Bookstore

· The greenhouse

· IT Clinical classes

· Film/TV station work

· Supervised Agriculture Experience

· Culinary Café

· Health Sciences clinical

· Pre-school work

· Work based learning

· School fine arts performances

· Yearbook

· Newspaper


Students can come by Mrs. Noffsinger's room in D-1 to get a form or print one off of the BCA website. Forms should be turned in to Mrs. Noffsinger in D-1 or put in her mailbox.

Report Extra-Curricular Activity Hours Online

Visit the Collegiate Academy website and located on the right is a link to report your hours. Fill out the form for each separate activity you complete and click submit. We will verify the hours each nine weeks with the club sponsor or coach. If you have any questions please email Mr. Green at greenk@rcschools.net

BCA Courses

  • Freshmen: Honors English I, Honors Biology, and Honors World History or AP Human Geography (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Sophomores: Honors English II, Honors Algebra II or Advanced Honors Geometry, and Honors Chemistry (must be enrolled in at least 2)
  • Juniors: AP English III, AP U.S. History or Dual Enrollment U.S. History, and Speech or Critical Thinking (These are recommendations but not required. Speech and critical thinking are highly recommended junior year before capstone.)
  • Seniors: Speech or Critical Thinking (if not already taken) and Capstone

Are you interested in participating in a parent organization for BCA?

Contact Form

Please fill out this form so we have your updated contact information: http://bit.ly/2wFXB5P.

Blackman Collegiate Academy Standards

Visit the BCA website for information on the following:

  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Academic Standards

  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Behavior Standards

  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Extra Curricular Standards

  • Blackman Collegiate Academy Events Attendance Standards

Do You Have News?

We want to know about your accomplishments! If you want to be featured in the BCA Newsletter, send information and pictures to Mrs. Clawson at clawsons@rcschools.net.

Do you have BCA questions? Here’s who to contact:

• Grants/Fund Raising - Mrs. Holder: holdera@rcschools.net

• Extra Curricular - Mr. Green: greenk@rcschools.net

• Life-Experience - Mrs. Noffsinger: noffsingerj@rcschools.net

• Research - Mrs. Jones: jonesre@rcschools.net

• Speaker Series - Mr. Seadorf: seadorfb@rcschools.net

• Academics - Mrs. DeGeorge but send info to Mr. Hardison until her

return: hardisonke@rcschools.net

• Communications - Mrs. Clawson: clawsons@rcschools.net

• Events/recognition - Mrs. Dabney: dabneyh@rcschools.net

• Capstone - Mrs. Baumann: baumannk@rcschools.net

• Dual Enrollment - Mrs. Garrott: garrottk@rcschools.net

• Applying - Ms. Bryan: bryanc@rcschools.net

• General information - Mr. Reed: reedk@rcschools.net

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