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Back to School Message to Families - August 4, 2021

August Greetings, Black Hawk Families!

Updated Back to School information can be found on our website at Families>Back to School

Here we are in the eighth month of 2021, almost two thirds through the calendar year!  Whew!  We are 18 months post-pandemic emergency distance learning but the effects are still all around us.  In order to support students with care, compassion, and intentionality we are starting the year with District Student Success days on September 1st and 2nd.  Both are designated half days of school (8:20-11:20 AM) to ease the transition back to a normal FULL DAY schedule on September 8.  Busing and food service will be provided. 

Additionally, on September 1st and 2nd from 12:30 - 6:00 PM, Panther Time Advisory Teachers will host 1:1, 15-minute conferences in-person at BHMS or via Zoom. We believe the triad relationship (school - student - parent/guardian) is essential to your student’s success. 

If your student is unable to attend the first two days of school, please follow typical attendance guidelines by emailing us at BHMSAttendance@district196.org or call us at (651) 683-8521. In the event of their absence, we encourage you to participate in the 1:1 Panther Time Zoom to make a connection before the first full day of school on Wednesday,  September 8th. 

As always, we are working to improve the experience of every student and family at BHMS.  We are VERY interested in what your student and YOU need as we start this new season of learning after a long disruption.  Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey for us! 

Schoology Support for Parents - This link provides videos to support your understanding of Schoology, our Learning Management System (LMS).  Students work in Schoology every day, so we ask parents to create an account or log into their existing account.  Schoology is where you can monitor your student’s assignments, work completion, and current grades. Should you need support, contact roger.huling@district196.org.

Infinite Campus - We refer to our Student Information System (SIS) as “Campus.” Parent accounts are necessary to keep track of important household information, emergency contact information, attendance, and report cards/end of term grades.  When you set up your account, you will be required to update emergency contact information.  You can request an activation key via the link or contact Nicole Tompkins in our main office (651) 683-8531.

Dress Code - Backpacks - Cell Phones - Please take some time to read over the latest iteration of school community agreements regarding dress code, backpacks/lockers, and cell phones.  This is an evolving document and feedback is welcome and encouraged.  Some BIG CHANGES are on the horizon for cell phone use at school.  Please review this document at home with your student.  Of course, we will be reviewing at school as well.  

Clothing for PE - Students are expected to change clothes for physical education classes. They should bring a change of clothes - athletic shoes, athletic pants, and a shirt, which can be kept in a PE locker in the locker room.  Students should bring a lock from home to secure their items. PE T-shirts will be on sale for $5 at our back-to-school event on August 31. Inventory is limited.

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, August 17th 
Student schedules will be visible online in Infinite Campus for parents to access.

Thursday, August 19th 6:00-6:45 PM 6th Grade 
and NEW student Informational Zoom  

We will meet on Zoom to preview the start of the school year and provide key information about what to expect on August 31, September 1, September 2, and the first month of school.  Zoom Link 

Tuesday, August 31st 12-7 PM Back-to-School Jamboree 
Students and families are invited to come to school for a casual and informative open house-type visit. You’ll be able to pick up a paper student schedule, register for co-curriculars, submit student physicals, apply for nutrition services educational benefit programs, access tech support as a parent, explore the building, purchase Panther spirit wear, meet faculty, staff, administration, and much more!  

*School pictures have been delayed due to 
photographer shortages, rescheduled dates TBD*

Tuesday, August 31st 7:30-8:00 PM Panther Time Zoom
Meet your student’s Panther Time (advisory) teacher and receive key information about the start of the year and the role of the Panther Time teacher. 

Wednesday, September 1st 8:20-11:30 AM Student Success First Day of School  
WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Day.  The primary purpose of WEB is to ease the transition to middle school.  Each sixth-grader is paired with an eighth-grade WEB leader who serves in a mentoring-like capacity throughout the year. Seventh- and eighth-graders will participate in designated activities with their grade-level teachers.

Thursday, September 2nd 8:20-11:30 AM Student Success Second Day of School 
Students will have the opportunity to run through a shortened daily schedule. This will allow them to navigate transitions between classes, practice the lunchroom routine, meet each of their teachers, connect with friends, and experience the overall feel of a middle school day. 

** Transportation will be provided to and from school on September 1st and 2nd 
and students will be served a meal during their time on campus in the morning**

Wednesday & Thursday, September 1st and 2nd 
12:30-6:00 PM Panther Time Advisory Conferences 

Your student’s Panther Time teacher/advisor will reach out to you August 25, 26, 27th to set up a 1:1 conference with you and your student.  The conference can be held in person or over Zoom, whichever works best for your family.  The school will be open during this time for self-guided tours, and check-ins with counselors, the school nurse, the school psychologist, and administration.  

**There will be NO CLASSES Friday September 3rd 
through Tuesday September 7th**

Wednesday, September 8 
First full day of regularly scheduled classes and the THIRD day of school

School hours 2021-2022

  • Doors Open: 7:50 a.m. Students may not be dropped off prior to 7:50 a.m.

  • Arrival of Buses: 8:00 a.m. (approx.)

  • Start of School: 8:20 a.m.

  • End of School: 3:10 p.m.

  • Students may not stay after school unless supervised by a staff member and in an organized activity - students must be picked up by  3:30 p.m.