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News from the Principal - April 27, 2021

Hello Black Hawk Families, 

As we move into week two of in-person and Digital Learning, there are just two new reminders included in the News From the Principal.  Please take a moment to review drop off and pick up procedures in our upper lot in order to keep us all safe; note how the curbs are painted and remember pick up can extend to the far NW side of the parking lot along the curb extending to the tennis courts.  Make a plan with your student regarding where you park!  

Parents and guardians of current 7th (rising 8th) graders!  We are looking for 8th grade WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) mentor leaders.  These 8th grade leaders will mentor and support our rising 6th graders to support their transition into BHMS.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our counselors.  

MCA testing is in full swing.  This week, in-person students are testing in their ELA (English Language Arts) class and Digital Academy students will be coming in on Wednesday.  Next week, we’ll follow the same model for math testing.  Should you have any questions regarding MCA testing, please contact Jeff Smith, Assistant Administrator, or Roger Huling, Digital Resource teacher, at: or

Please continue to monitor the health of your student by using the Self Check prior to sending them to school every morning.  We are so happy to have the building feeling full with the buzz of learning; let’s work together to keep BHMS a safe, healthy, and happy place to be as we look towards a strong finish of this school year. 

Parents Dropping off Students at School

If you need to drop off or pick up your son/daughter, please use the upper level parking lot. The lower level area is reserved for buses only.

Please do not park in the yellow painted curb areas or center painted crosswalk in the upper parking lot. Please drive with caution and yield to students/district buses using the crosswalk areas.  Keep in mind students will be walking on the center painted crosswalk.

WEB Program

Is your current 7th grade student interested in mentoring our incoming 6th graders next year? If so, they are encouraged to apply to be a part of Black Hawk's WEB Leader Program.  Applications are due this Friday, April 30th.

More information>

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>

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:

Parents Needed
for Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council

Parents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools interested in becoming involved in districtwide conversations regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment are encouraged to apply for membership on the district’s Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC). Applications fwill be accepted through May 3.

Further information and Application>

Who do I go to for help? 

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

BHMS Contact Information>

Receive Messages Via Text Message

Please note you can now “opt” in to receive messages via text message.  Just text “opt in” to 67587. Standard message and data rates may apply. Participating carriers include : AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Alltel, Boost, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS and other carriers. For help information, text HELP to 67587, To opt out at any time, text STOP to 67587.

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 11 - 5th Grade Virtual Parent Night  6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • May 13 - 5th Grade Virtual Parent Night  6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • May 21 - Tri 3 Panther Pride 

  • May 26 - Presidential Award

  • May 28 - No School

  • May 31 - No School Memorial Day

  • June 4 - Boys Tennis, Boys & Girls Track Ends

  • June 11 - Last Day of School

View events on the BHMS Calendar>