Class of 2019 Senior Newsletter

October 2018 Edition

Counselor Contact Information

If you ever have any questions or concerns, come by our offices or reach out to us:


A-D, Mrs. Borel ext. 22909

E-K, Ms. Bryan ext. 22906

L-R, Mrs. Barber, ext. 22907

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson ext. 22908,

Interim Mrs. Allen

Crisis/College, Mrs. Breiner, ext. 22905

Graduation Coach, Mrs. Garrott, ext. 22904

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler ext. 22910

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Kasbee, ext. 22946

Prudential Spirit of Community Award Nominee

Congratulations to Catherine Dodd who has been nominated for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. In each state and Washington, D.C., the top middle level and high school youth volunteer will be named state honorees and will receive an award of $1,000 and an engraved silver medallion as well as an all expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February of 2019.

Money, Money, Money

Did you know that we have posted over $100,000 dollars worth of scholarships in the past month on our Blackman Counselor's page? Whoa! Did you also know that you don't have to always have the highest GPA or ACT score for some of those scholarships? Double Whoa! Be sure to check it out!
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Congratulations to Keagan Hemsley!

Every October, about 1.6 million juniors across the country take the PSAT. Those who score in the top 1% achieve the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist. Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is a huge achievement along the path to college. We could not be more proud of our very own Keagan! Way to go!!!
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Transcript Request Form

Colleges and universities will require that you send an official transcript upon completing your application. You can fill pick up a form from Mrs. Sadler in the counseling office as well as submit your form. The cost of the transcript is $2. Your transcript will be ready for pick-up in 3 days or Mrs. Sadler can mail the transcript for you. Click here to request a transcript.

PROM 2019!

Friday, April 12th 2019 at 7:30pm

MTSU Ballroom

Graduation Requirements

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.

Graduate with Honors & Distinction

Graduate with Honors by meeting the following ACT benchmarks:

English: 18

Math: 22

Reading: 22

Science: 23

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.

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

October Checklist:

  • Work on enrollment and scholarship applications. Review them with a parent, teacher, or counselor.
  • Beginning October 1st, initiate filling out and making it a goal to comple the FAFSA.
  • If a college application requires an essay, work on completing those essays.
  • 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 Mrs. Breiner as you receive admission letters. There may be a treat involved!

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!

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.

Graduation Information!

Blackman High School Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

  • When is graduation?

Blackman High School’s 2019 Graduation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:30 p.m., 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.

  • Do seniors have to participate in graduation in order to graduate?

No. Participation in graduation is not a requirement for graduating from high school.

  • 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 or you may leave him a message at (615)904-3850 ext. 22978

Attendance Matters!

A student who accumulates 10 or more unexcused absences will lose driving privileges, will not be permitted to participate in prom, and will not be permitted to participate in graduation exercises. After an excused absence, a student must turn in documentation (i.e. doctor note) to attendance office. Absences will be considered unexcused until documentation is received.

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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.