Class of 2018 Senior Newsletter
November 2017 Edition
For those of you that signed up for Tennessee Promise, there will be a mandatory meeting March 5, 2018 at 5:30 in the Blackman High School Cafeteria.For additional information you may contact Matthew Otero at 505.306.5755 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to learn more about the Tennessee Promise.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for student financial aid. It is also the HOPE Scholarship application if you have a 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT. All seniors must fill out the FAFSA at https://fafsa.ed.gov
The HOPE Scholarship is established and funded from the net proceeds of the state lottery and awarded to entering freshmen who are enrolled at an eligible postsecondary institution within sixteen (16) months after graduating from a TN eligible high school. Students must complete the FAFSA application, be a TN resident and meet the minimum high school GPA requirements of 3.0 GPA or 21 ACT . To learn more about the HOPE Scholarship, click here!
Click here to learn more about the Tennessee Promise.
It's the Final Countdown!
As of October 31st at 11:10am, you have...
Counselor Contact Information
A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge email@example.com ext. 22909
E-K, Ms. Bryan firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 22906
L-R, Mrs. Barber, email@example.com ext. 22907
S-Z, Mrs. Clawson firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 22908
College & Career/Crisis Intervention, Mrs. Breiner, email@example.com ext. 22905
Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 22904
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler email@example.com ext. 22910
Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 22946
Graduate with Honors & Distinction
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.
Money, Money, Money
Congratulations to the following Seniors...
Mikayla Barkley Freed-Hardeman
Macey Bell - UT Knoxville and UT Chatanooga
Chad Brandon - MTSU
Maridan Burgess - Tennessee Tech, Lipscomb University, MTSU
Elise Chessor - MTSU
Hannah Dean - MTSU
Emily Glass - UT Martin, Tennessee Tech and MTSU
Hannah Hicks - West Georgia, UT Martin, Western Kentucky and MTSU
Justin Holst - UT Knoxville and MTSU
Jaida Hunt - University of Alabama, UT Knoxville, and MTSU
Charles "Jacob" Kidd - MTSU
Brandon Rozenbaum - MTSU, UT Chatanooga
Anslee Strevel - UT Chatanooga and MTSU
Brinley Vinson - MTSU, UT Martin, University of Memphis, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Morehead State University
Kayla Zuck - Belmont
National Merit Finalists:
Let us know when you have been accepted and/or you receive any scholarships! Bring us in a copy of your acceptance letter or show us a screen shot. We'd love to highlight this great accomplishment!!
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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.
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
- 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!
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 email@example.com or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978
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