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News from the Principal - February 16, 2021

Hello BHMS Families, 

As I shared with students last Thursday, today and tomorrow are great days for students to “Wake Up and Make Up” any late or missing assignments.  Conferences were a wrap just last week and with only 3 and a half weeks left in the trimester, our hope is you are connecting with your student(s) at home to support them in finishing their trimester strong.  Should questions arise, please reach out to your student’s Panther Time teacher or content specific teacher.  As always, administrators and counselors are ready to support too! 

All of our staff is back on campus today, preparing for Hybrid 2.0 where they will be teaching students on campus, in their classrooms, and students in the Zoom room at the same time!  You’ll notice that the schedule used in distance learning will terminate at the end of the day on Friday, February 19th.  The Hybrid 2.0 schedule https://bhms.district196.org/academics/daily-schedule  is very similar to the daily schedule used at the beginning of the school year.  Please note, Digital Academy students MAY NOT be Zooming the entire class period.  This will be determined by the classroom teacher and directly related to the learning activity.  Please note, teachers are being incredibly thoughtful about how to actively engage their students (in person and on Zoom) at the same time, how to provide some managed independent learning so they are able to connect with their students (in person and on Zoom) and be cognizant of the increase in potential screen time for students in the Digital Academy. 

As we continue to progress through this school year, a year like none other, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment where equity and achievement are front and center.  Please know, the challenges are great but our commitment to collaboration, communication, and building a strong vibrant BHMS community is our focus.  We aim to to serve and support our students, families, caregivers, and our team of educators.  As always, reach out to us with your questions, feedback, and ideas!  The African proverb reminds us that, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  BHMS is an extension of your family!  Please let us know what you need.  

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District 196 Online Learning Academy for
2021-2022 School Year

Interested in the new 196 Online Learning Academy?  District 196 will be sending more information regarding the 196 Online Learning Academy (K-12) for the 2021-2022 school year on Wednesday, February 24. 

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 8th Grader, Kartik Saravanapandi, the 2021 Black Hawk Middle School Spelling Bee champion! This is the second time he has been crowned the Black Hawk Spelling Bee champion. Kartik made it to the state competition as a 6th grader and finished in the top ten, an incredible accomplishment (Scripps cancelled the Spelling Bee last year). Kartik will take an online test against the other school champions in March to try and become the Minnesota champion and advance to the National Finals. One of the words Kartik spelled correctly was Lichenophagous (definition: feeding on lichens). Good luck to Kartik in the next round!

Online Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
Current 6th & 7th Grade Students

Online registration for current 6th and 7th grade students has been extended through February 17, 2021

The students will use the campus app on their iPad or parents can log into campus. Information and step-by step directions and support can be found on the Black Hawk Website> Academics>Online Registration

"Parenting in a Pandemic" webinar series begins February 17

Parents are being asked to do more than ever to support their children in digital learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. District administrators and educators recognize the difficulties parents are experiencing and are committed to providing families with additional support in these efforts.

Beginning February 10, District 196 Community Education is sponsoring a free webinar series called "Parenting in a Pandemic." The five-part series will be presented by Erin Walsh of Spark & Stitch Institute. Walsh created Spark & Stitch with her parents, Dr. Dave and Monica Walsh, to serve parents and educators by translating research in the fields of child and adolescent development, digital media and youth thriving. The organization is committed to sparking greater understanding of why kids need courage and connection to thrive and how to foster it in the digital age.

"Parenting in a Pandemic" consists of the following five webinars, all of which will begin at 6 p.m.:

  • February 17 – Working and Parenting at Home: Dreams, Realities and Survival

  • March 3 – Parenting in a Pandemic: The Many Faces of Stress

  • March 31 – Staying Engaged in Learning and Work: The Science of Motivation

  • April 14 – Screen time During COVID-19

  • April 21 – Setting Limits and Avoiding Power Struggles

The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. To register for one or all five of the webinars, go to https://bit.ly/3pW3kNX
 

Food and Nutrition News

Emergency Nutritional Benefits

Families in our district who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are now eligible for additional emergency nutritional benefits offered from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

If you have already qualified for free or reduced-price meals earlier this school year, you don’t need to do anything because your family will automatically receive these new benefits.  

However, if your family income has been affected by the pandemic and you have not completed an Application for Education Benefits (free or reduced-price meal application) for this school year, please complete and submit your application by Feb. 28, 2021. 

These benefits are provided by Federal “Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer” funds (P-EBT) and will be provided to any family who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals this school year. These additional benefits will be retroactive to September 2020. We urge families to apply right away. 

Families who qualify will receive separate electronic grocery cards for each student in the family. The cards would include funds (approximately $6.82/day) for each day your student was in distance learning during the school year. Cards will be mailed from the State of Minnesota in late March 2021. 

If you haven’t already done so, complete and submit your Application for Educational Benefits. Please review the FAQ about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer web page.

Seven-day Meal Kits Available for Pick-up

Beginning Wednesday,  February 22, seven-day meal kits will only be available on Wednesdays at all District 196 middle schools and high schools, and can be picked up from 10 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.

More information on Food Services Programs>

Free Food Distribution from Farmers to Families

Berean Baptist is once again serving as a distribution location for Farmers to Families.  This organization is providing boxes of fresh produce and dairy to any who have need. There is no intake process or proof of financial need required.  The food in the box includes things like potatoes, onions, apples and carrots, liquid whole eggs, yogurt, cheese, hot dogs, and sausage and an entire gallon of milk.

Distribution is scheduled for Friday,  February 26 from 2-6 PM.   All distribution is done in the parking lot at  Berean Baptist Church, 309 County Rd 42 E, Burnsville. Volunteers are able to provide a touchless service for anyone who drives through.  Please email kayl@bereanbaptist.com with any questions.

Who do I go to for help? 

Technology 

Student Resources 

bhms.district196.org/academics/student-resources

 

Tech Help Form 

district196.org/techhelp 

Student Schedules/ 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 

Important Dates

February 16

 Teacher Transition Day - No School

February 17

 Teacher Transition Day - No School 

February 22

 Hybrid Learning begins