BHS October Parent Newsletter

-From the Counseling Department


Can you believe it's already October, and we are almost to fall break? Fall break is a great time to schedule college visits. Report cards will go out on Oct. 12th, and the county-wide parent teacher conferences will be held on Oct. 19th from 3:30-6:30. This is a great opportunity to meet with all of your child's teachers.

We have 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. Click here to visit the site.


A-D, Mrs. DeGeorge

*Interim A-D counselor - Mrs. Breiner,

E-K, Ms. Bryan

L-R, Mrs. Barber

S-Z, Mrs. Clawson

Counseling Secretary, Mrs. Sadler

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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.


Thursday, Oct. 19th, 3:30-6:30pm


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.


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.

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 13th (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. Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Cunningham will be offering practice sessions Oct. 9th-23rd before school from 7:30-8:15 in rooms G-20 and G-21. All students who are taking the test are invited.


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

ACT Dates

October 28th

December 9th

February 10th

April 14th

June 9th

Register online at 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:


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.


The Department of Education has developed an updated Parent Guide to Being TNReady for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view the guide.


There will be several meetings throughout the school year to educate parents and families of Special Education students of information on important topics and resources. Click here for more information.

Fire Safety Educational 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.

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: APPLY BY NOV. 1

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 There will be an information meeting for students during the school day during C&I on Friday, Oct. 13th. Students will receive their TN Promise handbook and more information about the spring meeting.

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.