BHS September Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department

Welcome back!

The Counseling Department has designed these newsletters that you will receive each month via email to keep you updated on the latest information and upcoming events. We will also post the newsletter on our counseling website. Check out the site at


A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge

*Interim A-D counselor - Mrs. Breiner,

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Van Winkle

*Interim L-R counselor - Mrs. Brock,

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

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College Planning Night for Juniors and Seniors

Thursday, Sep. 7th, 6-7:30pm


Junior and senior students and parents are invited to attend. We will have sessions on the FAFSA/HOPE/TN Promise, scholarships, AP courses, the ACT, the college admissions process, and NCAA. College representatives from over 20 schools will be there to speak with students as well.

Rutherford County College Night

When: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 6:00–8:00 p.m

Where: Middle Tennessee State University Student Union Ballroom

Come meet representatives from approximately 50 colleges and universities from across Tennessee and the southeastern United States. Visit for more details.

Music City Girls Lead

Music City Girls Lead! is a leadership academy produced by Lipscomb University in cooperation with the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four Nashville Local Organizing Committee, its chair Margaret Behm and Champions4Women chair Patricia Pierce. The first academy was held in Fall 2013. Since then, 140 young women have participated in seven academies and an alumni celebration with benefactor Dee Anna Smith, CEO of Sarah Cannon, HCA's global cancer institute.

The Academy is a series of classes and experiences for high school girls in grades 9-12 in the Middle Tennessee area. It strengthens girls in their pursuit of excellence through classroom and online learning, community experience and one-on-one mentoring.

Engaging the students are Nashville’s deep bench of local leaders and mentors, as well as international experts on leadership development. The Academy curriculum covers six areas: knowing your strengths and developing as a leader, collaborative, ethical leadership in multicultural society, creating compelling vision and voice, promoting wellness and health, and transforming vision into results.

Sessions are held on Saturdays at Lipscomb University’s Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership. Each academy culminates with a graduation ceremony and serves as a lasting legacy of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Final Four. You can apply at:

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.

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 their counselor to set it up. Conferences must be set up by Tuesday of the week you prefer.


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.

PSAT: Oct. 25th

The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 25th to freshmen, sophomores and juniors who sign up. Taking the PSAT as a junior is the only way to qualify to be a National Merit Finalist or Semi-finalist. The cost is $17. Payment can be made to Mrs. Sadler in the Counseling office starting Sept. 25th through October 18th (check or exact cash). There are a limited number of PSAT testing slots available on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to make your payment as soon as possible.

Students can pick up study materials from Mrs. Sadler when they sign up. A prep course will be offered before and/or after school before the test. Stay tuned to Mrs. Pugh (Spectrum Teacher) for information. All students who are taking the test are invited.

ACT Dates

October 28th

December 9th

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th

Register online at The Blackman High School code is 431636.

ACT Prep with Shmoop

Thanks to Rutherford County Schools, you now have access to Shmoop's premium resources. HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED:


This 5 week program will encompass a review of prior diagnostic results from students’ previous ACT test scores which provides an actual picture of skill deficiencies by subject to assist students in developing a strategic approach to focusing on their main areas of needs. If the student has not tested, benchmark testing will be conducted on the first Saturday.

Location: Middle Tennessee State University

Session II (Carson Kennedy Nursing Building,"CKNB")
Hours of Operation: Specified Saturdays (9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14 & 10/21)
Sign in (Lobby)/Breakfast from 7:30 a.m.
Class begins promptly from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session III (College of Education Building, "COE")
Hours of Operation: Specified Saturdays (10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 & 12/2)
Sign in (Lobby)/Breakfast from 7:30 a.m.
Class begins promptly from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Click here to sign up. All participants are required to make a non-refundable $100.00 donation at time of registration. For more information, contact Erin Abernathy, Program Director at (615) 653-6458.

Senior Parent's Section

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Senior Newsletters

Each month, seniors get a newsletter with scholarships and other helpful information. We will give the first one out in senior meetings, and students will receive the rest at the beginning of the month in their English class.

Graduating with Honors and Distinction


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

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23


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.

FAFSA: Available October 1st

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 Check with the schools that you’re interested in for their deadlines.

Tennessee Promise

The state of Tennessee is offering two years of tuition-free community or technical college through the TN Promise. The deadline for students to apply is by November 1, 2017. Apply at

Students must file their FAFSA by Jan. 16, 2018, attend mandatory meetings held at local high schools with the partnering organization, and complete 8 hours of community service for each semester they receive TN Promise funding.


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


Click here to visit the scholarship section on the BHS website. Have your child check out the scholarship bulletin board located in C-Hall.