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BHMS Counseling Newsletter - October 2020


Black Hawk Today

BHMS Counselor Contact Information

Information from the BHMS Counseling Staff

Updates from the Counseling Staff

Welcome to the 2020-21 school! The counseling staff would like to take this opportunity to provide some information to help you and your student(s) transition to a new school year. We have added another counselor to Black Hawk, which will allow us to position one counselor each grade level. Our counselors are here to help and support each student with academic, social/emotional, and career growth. Please reach out to us if you have further questions.

Hybrid/Distance Learning Attendance

With distance and hybrid learning in full swing, please remember that students must be logging into their Infinite Campus account to record attendance on days they are not in school. If there are any issues with this, please make sure to contact the school to get assistance.

Step-by-step directions are available on the Student Resources and Attendance pages

Unity Day

October 21st is Unity Day! We are asking staff members and students to wear orange in solidarity to show that we are against bullying and harassment. We want to stand together for acceptance, inclusion, and kindness! Staff have ordered Unity Day shirts to show that message. If you would like to order your own, please visit the PACER website below.

Order a PACER T-shirt

The Sheridan Story

Are you a family that is looking for extra food? During these times, it can be very difficult for some families. We want to support families as much as possible. We are partnered with a local organization called The Sheridan Story, which provides families with extra food. You or your student may discretely pick up a bag of food to take home from our Black Hawk food shelf. This program is free for families. ALL students enrolled at Black Hawk are eligible for this program.

If you would like more information, please contact your student’s counselor at BHMS.

Growing Through Grief

Black Hawk Middle School is excited to once again be partnered through Park Nicollet’s Growing Through Grief program this year. If your student has experienced a significant loss, please reach out to your student’s counselor to receive more information about the program and how it can support your child.

ASSOCIATED CLINIC OF PSYCHOLOGY (ACP) 

SCHOOL-LINKED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE!

Emotional ups & downs are to be expected during this time of COVID crisis, but if your child is  experiencing any of the following, ​please consider reaching out to ACP for some extra support​: 

  • Increased problems in multiple areas of life: academic, social, family relationships, etc.
  • Excessive worry
  • Crying, hopelessness, or feeling sad
  • Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Feeling bad about themselves
  • Withdrawal from activities or relationships they used to enjoy
  • Engaging in negative behaviors
  • Self harm behaviors or statements like “I wish I weren’t here” 

Let ACP help!   ACP was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide school and community based therapy to students and their families throughout Dakota County. All services are conducted by qualified mental health professionals and practitioners.  Through the grant program, ACP is able to offer services to students in Dakota County regardless of insurance coverage. ACP will work directly with the insurance plan on your behalf to answer any questions.  You can make a referral :

By Phone: During regular business hours, you may call our school and home-based Client Coordinator at  612-455-8643.

If preferred or if a family member or parent could also use some support, referrals for clinic-based services can be made by calling ACP’s Apple Valley office at 952-432-1484, or the West St. Paul office at 651-450-0860. ​Clinic services are not grant supported.

Online: https://acp-mn.com/community-school-based/

SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL, AT HOME “yard” VISITS AND VIA TELEHEALTH

For more information on supporting your mental and emotional health, read the Mental Health Minute from ACP - Sept 2020