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News from the Principal - April 23, 2021


Hello Black Hawk Families, 

Together, we successfully navigated our “Fourth First Day of School” this year!  This means our team of dedicated educators are implementing the fourth model of teaching and learning in 13 months and our students continue to adapt and demonstrate resilience.  The Black Hawk team of educators continues to learn and grow right along with our students.  The craft of teaching in-person and on-line at the same time is truly challenging for ALL of us!  So, we rise to the occasion!

Per the directive of the Minnesota Department of Education, our students will be taking the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Reading Test in their English Language Arts class starting Monday, April 26th. We ask that students approach the test with the intent to do their very best; please support us in this effort as we know this has been a challenging year.  We want to ensure our community understands the novelty of this year, the test data it may produce, and we offer grace; we know taking standardized tests can cause stress and anxiety. 

At home, please encourage your students to take their time and do their best.  A good night's sleep and healthy breakfast can also help kick start the day in a positive way on test days and any day!  If you have any questions regarding the MCA Reading test, please feel free to contact us.  Thank you for supporting your child and helping them get prepared.  We appreciate it!  

Below you’ll find specifics on MCA testing in the coming weeks, updates on food service programming, important reminders about COVID, tips on navigating screen time with your teen, resources in the wake of the Chauvin verdict and social unrest, and you’ll also find opportunities for students to be involved in a variety of athletics and activities.  

Finally, we are looking for a BHMS parent to serve on the Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council.  You can read more by clicking this link.  If interested, please reach out directly to me or submit your application by May 3rd. 

MCA Testing

MCA testing will be held as follows:

Week of April 26: Reading during English classes (grades 6, 7, 8)

Week of May 3: Math during Math classes (grades 6, 7, 8)

Week of May 10: Science during Science classes (grade 8 only)

Digital Academy Students: April 28-Reading; May 5-Math; May 12-Science (must be in-building)

Information is available on the BHMS Assessments webpage

Food Service 

With secondary students returning to in-person learning, nutrition services will no longer be serving meals to the greater community. They will refocus on providing meals during the school day to our in-person learners and continue 7- day meal kits for students enrolled in our 196 Digital Academy. Please see this link for more information on the Changes to Meal Sites. Information on the following programs is available on the BHMS Food Services webpage

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch

  • Emergency Nutritional Benefits for 2021

  • Every Meal meal kits

  • SNAP Outreach

More information on Food Services Programs>

COVID - 19 Information 

Please take time to review District 196's Student Illness Decision Tree which can be found here. This information is available in English, Spanish and Somali. 

As a reminder, we ask that you do not send your child to school if they are sick. If anyone in your household is sick, please keep all siblings home as well until you receive further guidance from school staff. Many symptoms of allergies, common colds, or other respiratory viruses overlap with the symptoms of COVID-19. For the safety of our school community and to promote more in-person learning opportunities, we ask that you assume all symptoms are related to COVID-19 until you receive a negative test result or guidance from a healthcare provider that states otherwise.

Navigating Screen Time with your Teen

ISD 196’s partner in co-located mental health services  Associated Clinic of Psychology, has a nice guide on Navigating Technology and Screen Time in their latest newsletter available here:

Resources for Families
in the Wake of the Chauvin verdict and Social Unrest

EVHS Lightning Football

All Rising 9th graders at Eastview High School interested in Lightning Football are invited to an informational zoom meeting on Sunday, April 25, at 7:00 pm.  We will provide information about summer opportunities (weight room, camps, free clinics, etc.) as well as fall practice times/schedules.  Get the most up to date information and have your questions answered.  This meeting is for both players and parents.  We anticipate it lasting approximately 1 hour.  Zoom information is below:

Topic: Lightning Football All Program Summer/Fall Information    Time: Apr 25, 2021 07:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 875 3448 1479 Passcode: 215163

German Club - Sparks!

Guten Tag! Do you have an interest in learning German? Are you curious about Germany and German culture? Would you like to connect with people your age from around the world? You can do all this and more through SPARK Labs! SPARK Labs is offering free beginning German lessons via zoom on Wednesday afternoons. Beginning on May 5th, and running for 5 weeks you’ll be able to learn beginning German language skills and culture through fun, interactive activities and get to know others learning German as well. Email Herr Sebald at  to sign up and receive the session links. Hope to see you there!

ISD 196 Mountain Bike Team

FOR RIDERS ENTERING GRADES 6- 12 THIS FALL. If you like to Mountain Bike, join us May 5th to learn more about the 196 Mountain Bike Team and how you can join this fun and exciting sport!

ZOOM TEAM INFO MEETING: Wednesday, May 5th, 7pm - 8pm. For invite for you and your parents to join our season kickoff email Coach Jerry at:

BASIC TEAM INFORMATION: Co-ed and all inclusive. · Starting mid-July with practices Mondays and Thursdays at various local trails. · Ride with others of similar speed and skills. · Focus is on having fun, gaining skills and fitness. · Ride for FUN or RACE competitively, you choose! · We look forward to meeting you on May 5th!!


Interested in Being a Future
Eastview Lightning Dance Team Dancer? 

Come see what it is all about at our TRYOUT CLINIC: Friday, May 7,  from 4:00-6:00 pm

The Lightning Dance Team will be hosting a 1-day clinic for all dancers who may be interested in trying out for LDT in the upcoming years. This clinic will be open to all dancers currently in Grades 6-11. Dancers will learn required skills of the team, learn basic kick technique, as well as a fun combo. There will be time for Q & A with current team members and coaches. For dancers who will be trying for the team for the 2021-2022 season, this will be a sneak peek at the official tryout material!!  Required uniform: Form fitting, athletic/dance apparel, dance shoes, tennis shoes and a  mask.

More information about this and auditions for the 2021-22 dance season can be found on our Lightning Dance Team website.

**Click here to register to the Tryout Clinic

Community Education Classes

Develop Your Sports Skills with our High School Coaches!

We’re collaborating with high school coaches to host a variety of quality, exciting sports camp opportunities for athletes in kindergarten to grade 12. Head coaches and assistants have planned and prepared camp activities that will promote skill improvement and good sportsmanship, all while having fun! Participants should register for camps based on their grade for the 2021-22 school year. Hurry, register now! Sports camps are filling fast!

We’re Hiring!

Like kids? Teach swimming, be a lifeguard and work in our pools (ages 14+)! Financial assistance for training available mid-April, May or June. Apply today online!

Parents … Just for You!

Earn Your CPR/AED Certification

Blended learning provides access to online learning. Remote skills verification allows your instructor to evaluate your skills via your phone video or computer webcam. You will be contacted to arrange a time to pick up and return your manikins and supplies at Falcon Ridge Middle School. 

Any Day | Any Date | Any Time | $99 | QCPR-RSV-401

Who do I go to for help? 

Looking for contact information for Technology, Attendance, Teachers, Counselors, Grades and Schedules, Administrators? 

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Important Dates

  • April 26 - MCA Testing Begins

  • May 3 - Boys & Girls Track Begins (7th & 8th grade students)

  • May 3 - Boys Tennis Begins (6th, 7th & 8th grade students)

  • May 28 - No School

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