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BHMS News from the Principal - September 28, 2020


Hello Black Hawk families,

Welcome to Week Three!  We are excited about entering into this week knowing that students and staff are starting to settle into a new type of school routine.  We hope you are navigating through this at home and finding a rhythm that works for your family.   The “Newness” of how we engage in distance learning whether in the hybrid or digital academy is an amazing challenge.  The time, effort, enthusiasm, and expertise our staff is devoting to support our students is inspiring.   We are here to support your student and family!  We appreciate all of you!  Your support, empathy, and understanding of all that we are trying to accomplish does not go unnoticed; we are grateful.  

Staying Healthy at Black Hawk Middle School

Please know as positive cases of COVID-19 are reported, either at Black Hawk or elsewhere in ISD 196 your students’ safety and that of our staff is of utmost concern.  Please make sure you are doing the daily Home Wellness Self-Screening prior to heading to school.  If you are not sure if you should send your student to school for any health related reason, please err on the side of caution and call to speak with our Black Hawk Nurse Molly McQuown at 651-683-8521.  The District’s COVID-19 Plan for Students, Families, and Guests is full of information and resources related to health and safety.

Important Dates in October

  • October 5th-9th ~ MAP Reading test 
  • Wednesday, October 7th ~ Middle School/Elementary School District Wide Professional Development Day No School K-8   
  • Tuesday, October 13th  ~ Principal/Parent Listening Sessions via Zoom Sign Up Here
  • Thursday & Friday, October 15 & 16 ~ Teacher Convention No School K-12
  • October 19th-23rd ~ MAP Math test begins

Parents of 6th Graders 

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Angela Schnobrich officially started today as our new 6th grade reading teacher!   Mrs. Schnobrich is excited to be joining the team at Blackhawk.  She comes to us with over 20 years of experience as a middle school teacher with a focus in English language arts and reading.  She is looking forward to sharing her love of reading and books with her 6th grade reading classes. 

Parents of 7th Graders

If your student started the year with Mr. Soruco as their science teacher, please note that we have a short-term sub in his classroom.  Mr. Patrick McDonough is a seasoned sub at Black Hawk and is happy to support us as we look for a long-term sub in Mr. Soruco’s absence for the remainder of the school year.

MAP Testing

Please look for information coming in the mail and via email regarding MAP testing in reading and math.  We will be testing all 6th and 7th grade students in their English Language Arts and Math classes, as well as a select group of 8th graders during the month of October.   Cohort C Digital Academy Students will sign up online for a time slot to take the test from home.  The MAP reading test will occur during the week of October 5th-9th and the MAP math test will occur the week of October 19th-23rd. 

Student Rights and Responsibilities

In the coming week, students will be watching our Student Rights and Responsibilities video during Panther Time.  If your student is Cohort C Digital Academy, they will be sent the video link and expected to watch the video at home.  The Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook is available to review at https://www.district196.org/about/overview-of-student-rights-and-responsibilities

Student Daily Attendance

Parents please help remind your child the importance of taking attendance  in the Campus Student app. first thing in the morning. Students are responsible for taking their daily attendance in the Campus Student app when they are distance learning from home (3 days per week).  When/if they are at Black Hawk, their Panther Time teacher will take their attendance (2 days per week).  Digital Academy (Cohort C) must take their own daily attendance in the Campus Student app.

Directions for the Campus Student app are located on the Student Resources page of the BHMS Website. 

Please request tech support using the TECH HELP form, also on the Student Resources site, or reach out to us at 651-683-8521

Academics - Student Resources

Tech Help Form

Meal Pick-up 

To order meals for your child to bring home for distance learning days, complete the take-home meal kit survey.

If your child is enrolled in the 196 Digital Academy and you would like to receive a five-day meal kit each week, complete the 196 Digital Academy five-day meal kit survey. (Meal kits for the digital academy are the same at each school.)

Please use the lower entrance when picking up meals on Wednesdays between 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

The lower entrance doors have the number 8 labeled above them.

Fall Athletics

Fall Athletics are in full swing.  We are excited!  Volleyball starts TODAY!  

Students who are in the building on their cohort day are able to stay in school and will be supervised in the cafeteria from 2:30-3:30 PM.  That time will be used to do class assignments with the possibility of some additional activities.  Cohort A and B students may go home after their in-building dismissal (2:25 PM) if approved by the parents but will have to have travel arrangements to return for the start of their sport session.  Students should not leave school and return prior to the 3:35 PM  sports start time.  Activity busses depart Black Hawk at 5 PM.

Athletic information can be found on our website: https://bhms.district196.org/athletics

Student physical form: https://www.district196.org/services/health-services/health-records

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick Up

If you need to drop off or pick up your student, please use the upper level parking lot. The lower level area is reserved for buses only. Please do not park or drop off in the yellow painted curb areas or painted crosswalk in the upper parking lot. Please drive slowly, with caution and yield to students in the crosswalk areas.

At the upper level parent drop off, please turn left at the barriers and drop off only at the painted crosswalk. A detailed drop off and pick up map can be found on the Family Resources page of the BHMS website.

https://bhms.district196.org/families/family-resources