Fall 2021 Bus Driver Shortage
Similar to many school districts across the state and nation, ISD 196 is experiencing a severe bus driver shortage. As a result, bus transportation for offsite athletic events could be a challenge to arrange.
The ISD 196 Transportation Department is working hard to find drivers (even contracting out to other bus companies) to accommodate middle school bus requests for sports and other activities. Students participating on sports teams may need to be dismissed from 6th period no earlier than 2:45 to accommodate transportation timing.
In the event transportation is unavailable to an offsite athletic event, students and parents will be notified via school announcements (BHMS website, Schoology and p.a. announcement) by 2:00 p.m. the day of the event. Practices will replace any canceled competitions.
The Black Hawk Middle School athletic program provides a positive, structured, child-centered environment where students can learn, explore, experience and enjoy the benefits of participating in sports.
Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in any of the BHMS athletic programs. Students in grade 6 are invited to participate in cross-country, tennis and wrestling.
At Black Hawk, athletes are students first. To support our student-athletes to reach their full potential, BHMS holds students participating in co-curricular activities to the same standard of respect and responsibility that is expected in the classroom. Playing privileges may be affected if student athletes choose not to take responsibility regarding their academics and/or behavior during the school day. This is at the discretion of the coach, activities director and their teachers.
Middle School Co-curricular Activity Fees
Per District 196 policy 507.2AR, fees apply to middle school co-curricular participation as follows:
- $110 per student participating in a middle school athletic activity
- $44 per student participating in some middle school fine arts and academic clubs
- $385 cap on any combination of co-curricular activity fees.
Fees are paid through MyPaymentsPlus.
Registration for athletics is completed by having a sports physical on file with school nurse, and registering and fee payment on MyPaymentsPlus. Participation can begin only if student is properly registered.
Completed physicals which have been signed by a physician can be dropped off at the BHMS front office or faxed to 651-683-8527.
Seventh- and eighth grade students are also eligible to participate in the following high school programs for student-athletes in grades seven through twelve. If you are interested, please contact Eastview High School or Eagan High School.
- Girls Gymnastics (Winter)
- Downhill Skiing (Winter)
- Nordic Skiing (Winter)
- Girls Hockey (Winter)
- Girls Fastpitch Softball (Spring)
Eastview (EVAA) and Eagan (EAA) Athletic Associations also offer in-house and traveling athletic opportunities in sports, such as football, baseball and lacrosse, which are not offered through the District 196 middle schools.
The Dakota Hawks are an adapted athletics team from District 196 that plays in Minnesota State High School League-sanctioned sports of soccer (fall), floor hockey (winter) and softball (spring). Students are eligible to play beginning in seventh grade on any or all of these teams, provided they have a qualifying need.
In addition to the regular physical activity and healthy competition, this is a great way for student-athletes to meet new friends for six years, if they begin to play in seventh grade! Parents tend to form a tight-knit, positive and supportive community and enjoy the camaraderie of being a part of our successful program!
Head Coach/Rosemount Middle physical education teacher
As required by Title IX and other state and federal nondiscrimination laws, District 196 does not discriminate in employment or in any of its education programs and activities, including vocational opportunities, on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, familial status,* disability, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, membership or activity in a local human rights commission,* age or genetic information.* District 196 provides equal access to designated youth groups.
The Director of Human Resources, Tom Pederstuen (651-423-7859 – firstname.lastname@example.org) is the designated Title IX Coordinator and has also been designated to respond to employment-related inquiries regarding the district’s non- discrimination policies. The Director of Elementary Education, Sally Soliday (651-423-7782 – email@example.com) and the Director of Secondary Education, Michael Bolsoni (651-423-7712 – Michael.Bolsoni@district196.org) have been designated to respond to student-related inquiries regarding the district’s non-discrimination policies. The Director of Special Education, Janet Fimmen (651-423-7629 – firstname.lastname@example.org) has been designated to respond to inquiries concerning the rights of a student with a disability. The mailing address for all directors is 3455 153rd Street W, Rosemount, MN 55068. Title IX inquiries may also be referred to the Assistant Secretary of the US
Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
*Asterisked categories are limited to employment-related discrimination and harassment.