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News from the Principal - December 7, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Families, 

Welcome to Trimester two (T2)!  You’ll find many of our teachers supporting students as they transition from T1 to T2 this week.  Some will still be tying up loose ends, engaging in enrichment, and setting the stage for the “middle” of the year.  We are so proud of our students who continue to show up and strive to thrive in this distance learning environment.  We are excited to start anew!  Many of us look forward to the fresh start a new trimester brings, allowing us to hit the “reset” button as we continue to learn and grow as individuals and as a community.  As we enter the “middle trimester” we are reflective and thoughtful about what went well T1.  We may also make small adjustments in our practices based on what we’ve learned, in order to support our students' success.  Educator and author Jimmy Casas states, “As educators, we often define success for some students based on where they begin. For others, it’s how they finish.  Yet for so many more students, the progress and growth they make in between is what should define their success...and ours too.”  So, here we find ourselves, together in the middle, the “in between” trimester.  Let’s commit to each other, as we start trimester 2, and prepare to move into 2021, that we won’t stop learning, growing, and making progress together! We’ve got this Panthers!

Panther Pride

In past years, we had the opportunity to honor many students and their accomplishments over the course of a trimester.  At the end of each trimester, BHMS hosted a “Panther Pride Celebration” filling our gymnasium with students and their families.  In an effort to continue this tradition, we are shifting and scaling things back as we adapt and learn new ways of doing things during a pandemic. As a result, the size of our celebration will shrink and we will host the celebration on Zoom.  We still look forward to recognizing many students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade who have demonstrated excellence and/or growth in the areas of: academics, distance learning persistence, attendance, and citizenship.  We look forward to honoring students, nominated by their Panther Time teacher, on Friday, December 18th.  Students receiving recognition will be notified by letter via United States Postal Service (USPS) and will also receive an electronic invitation to the ceremony.   Please know we will continue to look to improve our “old ways” of recognizing students and strive to highlight the good work our students are doing in new ways as well. 

Trimester II Begins

Looking ahead, December 2 - December 9 will be considered “Week 0” in Schoology for teachers and students.  This allows flexibility in making the transition from trimester 1 to trimester 2.  “Week 1” will be December 9th - December 16th.  Please remember there is NO SCHOOL for students on December 9th so new content might not be posted until the morning of December 10th.  

School Pictures

Due to full distance learning, school pictures were mailed out on Wednesday, December 2, if your student had placed an order earlier. Instructions are included in the packet if you would like to place an order. At this point in time, we do not have a date planned for retakes from Lifetouch.

What's YOUR Story?

The BHMS 2021 Yearbook is all about STUDENT and STUDENT experiences in this school year like no other! Your story is the BHMS STORY! Check out the BHMS Yearbook webpage to submit stories, pictures, and answer surveys to add YOUR STORY to the Yearbook.

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BHMS Grad Publishes Book, Spy School, Mood Pencils and More!

Read Booked for the Week, our library newsletter, to get all the details and to learn about fun activities.

Speech Team

The BHMS Speech team is breaking new ground… We are looking for some new and veteran members interested in joining us for a VIRTUAL SEASON! Whether you are a strong speaker looking for an audience or just want to improve your speaking skills- come investigate the art of spoken word.   

Join us for an informational Zoom meeting on Thursday, December 10th,  at 2:30 PM to get more details. Click on this link to join: BHMS SPEECH ZOOM LINK.  Contact michael.mccay@district196.org with questions.

Pandemic Arts Contest for Students

- Create a Short Film About Surviving in this Pandemic

The Minneapolis/St Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is hosting a virtual Pandemic Film Festival for teenage filmmakers to explore the effects of COVID-19 and social justice issues such as police brutality and homelessness on them and their families.

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to use their cameras or smartphones to create a three-to-five minute film on how they and their families are surviving COVID-19 or other social justice pandemics.

Prizes will be awarded to winning films in the 6-8 and 9-12 grade categories, and both the winning films and their creators will be featured in a virtual Pandemic Film Festival on February 28, 2021.

More Information> 

Who do I go to for help? 

Technology  Student Resources  bhms.district196.org/academics/student-resources
  Tech Help Form  district196.org/techhelp 
Student Schedules jay.williams@district196.org  nicole.tompkins@district196.org
Grades jay.williams@district196.org  nicole.tompkins@district196.org
Contacting Teachers Staff Directory  bhms.district196.org/families/staff-directory
Contacting Counselors 6th Grade  james.fischer@district196.org 
  7th Grade  jill.heasley@district196.org
  8th Grade  mary.beck@district196.org  
Contacting Administrators Principal  anne.kusch@district196.org
  Asst. Principal  jay.williams@district196.org
  Asst. Administrator  jeff.smith@district196.org
     

Food Services Programs

Information on the following programs is available on the BHMS Food Services webpagehttps://bhms.district196.org/families/food-services

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch
  • Every Meal meal kits (Formerly Sheridan Story)
  • ISD 196 7-Day Meal Kit Pick-up

More information>

Important Dates In December-January

December 9 No School - Teacher Workshop
December 18 Panther Pride Celebration 
December 22 Final Grades Posted in CAMPUS at the End of the School Day
Dec 23 - Jan 1    No School & Office Closed - Winter Break
January 4 School Resumes