BCA September Newsletter

2019

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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2019 BCA Kickoff!

The BCA Kickoff was outstanding! Thank you to everyone for donating school supplies and canned goods for the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you to everyone who helped and volunteered their time! These students have the best support!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Seth Willow, winner of the MTSU summer reading essay contest!
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College Planning Night for Juniors and Seniors

Monday, Sep. 30th, 6-8pm

BHS Auditorium

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 set up in the cafeteria. Admission representatives will be available to speak with students as well.

Senior BCA Field Trip

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 8am

MTSU

The date is Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 2019

Field trip packets were given out during capstone.

All forms must be turned in to Mr. Reed by Thursday, Sept. 5th

BCA Pinning Ceremony

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 6:30pm

BHS Auditorium

Students who have completed the requirements for the 2019-2020 school year (current sophomores and/or juniors and seniors that have not been previously pinned) will be pinned. Current seniors will also present their research topics. It is mandatory for all sophomores and senior members. Every class is encouraged to attend; it will count as one of the three mandatory events.


Please dress as follows: Boys/Men wear dress pants, a dress shirt and a tie (suit jacket preferred but not mandatory). Girls/Women should wear modest dress pants/shirt or skirt/dress (no more than 3 inches above the knee). Parents are welcome to attend as well. Please email Mrs. Dabney at dabneyh@rcschools.net with any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

BCA Scholarship Opportunities!

Class of 2019 BCA students will have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships:



  • BHS will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student.
  • MTSU will award one $500 scholarship to an outstanding BCA student enrolling in MTSU.
  • Applications and deadlines: to be announced.

MTSU Student ID

All DE students received their MTSU ID last week. All freshman BCA students will receive their MTSU ID on Thursday, September 5th, during Mrs. Waite's class.



  • Access to all campus events (performances, free admission to athletic events)
  • Access to the MTSU Campus Recreation Center
  • Access to the James E. Walker Library
  • Discounts at various locations in Murfreesboro/Rutherford County
  • Orientation for students taking courses on campus
  • MTSU tutoring at http://www.mtsu.edu/studentsuccess/tutoring.php.
  • Access to the MTSU Writing Center
  • Access to The Albert Gore Sr. Research Center collections

BCA T-Shirt!

Congratulations to Brennan Reed for submitting the winning design for the BCA 2019-2020

T-Shirt! If you have not yet picked up your shirt, please see Mr. Reed.

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"A Conversation With..." Speaker Series

Confirmed guests include:


September 17th: Karah (Boyce) Pennington (Class of 2004).

Director of Human Resources at TrustPoint Hospital (Acadia Healthcare)

Special connection with late BHS student Ellen Dent



November 12th: Ben Smithson (Class of 2006)


Owner-operator at Smithson Speed and Engineering



February 11th: Kenny Meredith, Class of 2005


Kenny Meredith

2 Time Wrestling State Champ

2005 BHS Alumni

Works in St. Louis, MO now



March 26th: M Tara Crowl (Class of 2004)

I’m the author of EDEN’S WISH and EDEN’S ESCAPE, released by Disney-Hyperion in 2015 and 2016. I’ve loved reading and writing stories since I was a kid growing up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and worked in Hollywood after graduation, but then moved to Sydney, Australia for a Master’s program in writing at Macquarie University. I now live with my husband between New York City and our farm in upstate New York.

FREE ACT for Seniors: OCTOBER 15!!!

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 8am

3956 Blaze Drive

Murfreesboro, TN

Seniors- will be taking the ACT free of charge.


Sophomores/Juniors- will be taking a practice ACT. Feedback will be provided.


Freshman - will be taking a Career Interest/Aptitude Test. Feedback will be provided.

PSAT: Oct. 30

The PSAT will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 30th 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 after fall break (check or exact cash). Checks can be made out to Blackman High School. 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 and submit payment. A prep course will be offered before and/or after school before the test. Stay tuned for more details. All students who are taking the test are invited.


FREE PSAT Prep sessions Thursdays in the media center computer lab at 7:45 a.m.


Check out the PSAT Newsletter for more information!

https://www.smore.com/60md5-2019-psat-news

ACT Dates

September 14, 2019

October 26, 2019

December 14, 2019

February 8, 2020

April 4, 2020

June 13, 2020

July 18,l 2020


Register online at actstudent.org. The Blackman High School code is 431636.

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

· ROTC


Students can come by Mrs. Noffsinger's room in Mrs. Noffsinger's room is C15 to get a form or print one off of the BCA website. Forms should be turned in to Mrs. Noffsinger in C-15 or put in her mailbox.

Report Extra-Curricular Activity Hours Online

You can now report your extra-curricular hours online instead of using a paper form. 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

Blackman Collegiate Academy Standards

Blackman Collegiate Academy Academic Standards

All Collegiate Academy students are expected to lead the BHS student body in academics. Any student whose grade falls below a C or whose GPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on Academic Watch for a semester. During this time, students are expected to raise their grades accordingly. If students do not follow through with the academic expectations, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If the reason for the probation has been corrected, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the reason for the probation has not been corrected, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy. If you are on probation more than once or in more than one area (academics, extra-curricular, discipline) then you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Blackman Collegiate Academy Behavior Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with Blackman High School’s Student Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct, in which disciplinary action is taken by BHS administration, will result in a minimum of one semester of Disciplinary Probation. This includes violations of dress code and cell phone use which receive ISS. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed by the faculty Discipline Council. If there have not been any additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If additional violations of the Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action have occurred, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Blackman Collegiate Academy Extra Curricular Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to complete 20 extra-curricular hours each year. These can be acquired through clubs, athletics, and/or community service here at Blackman High School. Five out of the twenty required hours may be obtained from off-campus sources (church, volunteer organizations, non-profits, etc.) with approval from Mr. Green. If a student fails to meet the extra-curricular expectations, he or she will be placed on one semester of Probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If there have not been any additional violations and the extra-curricular requirements have been satisfied, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the extra-curricular requirements have not been met, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy. Seniors should have their hours completed, reported and inserted into their Capstone Portfolio by the due date of the last portfolio check (Fall Semester).


Blackman Collegiate Academy Events Attendance Standards

Students in the Collegiate Academy are expected to attend the following:

  • 4 Speaker Series per year. These are held during Impact once a month.
  • BCA Day at MTSU – These are throughout the school year. Dates for each grade level will be posted in the BCA Newsletter.
  • Attend 2 of the following events-
    • BCA Kickoff Cookout which is held one week before school resumes.
    • BCA Pinning Ceremony is held in the fall and mandatory for Seniors and Sophomores.
    • BCA Capstone Symposium – showcase of Senior BCA projects. Mandatory for Seniors and Juniors.

If a student fails to meet the events attendance expectations, he or she will be placed on one semester of probation. At the end of the probationary semester, your membership will be reassessed. If there have not been any additional violations and the events requirements have been satisfied, you will be reinstated as a member in good standing. If the events requirements have not been met, you will be dismissed from the Collegiate Academy.


Any student placed on probation will receive a written notice of probation, and parents will be notified. If the probation is caused by a disciplinary infraction, the student will have a disciplinary hearing to assess the infraction and the appropriate consequence.

Fire Safety Announcement!

A fire can breakout with little or no warning. The more prepared you are, the safer you will be. Have a meeting location at school and at home that everyone will gather after a fire evacuation. A meeting location will help you quickly verify that everyone made it out safely.

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. Gregory at gregoryco@rcschools.net

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


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