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News from the Principal - February 8, 2021

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON FEBRUARY 12, 15, 16 & 17.

I hope you are all staying safe and warm during these frigid February days!  We are staying warm at Black Hawk busily preparing for our return to campus in the Hybrid 2.0 - Zoom In Model.  

Monday, February 22, will be the first day students in Hybrid Cohort A return to campus.  Distance learning students in Cohort A (last names A-K) will join their peers via Zoom during the school day, at their regularly scheduled class times. 
Hybrid 2.0 Schedule here

Tuesday, February 23, will be the first day students in Hybrid Cohort B return to campus.  Distance learning students in Cohort B (last names L-Z) will join their peers via Zoom during the school day, at their regularly scheduled class times.  

The ONLY change from the Hybrid model we began earlier this school year, to the Hybrid 2.0 model we are moving into, is our distance learning students will join their teachers and peers in class, via Zoom, instead of having a separate class at the end of the school day.  This allows our distance learning students to have additional time with their teachers and peers.  It also opens 2:30-3:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for teachers to connect with students in need of support.  Wednesdays will continue to be an asynchronous learning day for students.  Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM is time for teachers to connect with students remotely or on campus to provide additional support.

Please note, we have never done this before!  This leaves us feeling energized, full of wonder, and of course excited to welcome our students back on campus and into the Zoom room during their regularly scheduled classes.  So, please be patient with us as we work to prepare for this shift in learning.  We are working diligently on the technical and instructional aspects of this change. We anticipate tweaks along the way as we monitor and adjust to ensure a safe, equitable environment where our students can continue to achieve and flourish.  

If you have any questions regarding the shift to Hybrid 2.0 or registration for our rising 7th and 8th grade students,  don’t hesitate to drop into our Open Admin Zoom from 6 PM to 7 PM on Wednesday, February 10th.  Use the following link to join us!  

Join Zoom Meeting - Parent Q & A

Hybrid 2.0 Return to School Survey

As a default, your child will continue in the model of learning (either 196 Digital Academy or in-person hybrid) as this fall. If you would like to change your child’s learning model, please complete this brief survey by 10 PM on Wednesday, February  10

English Survey

Spanish Survey

Somali Survey
 

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.

Conferences this Week! 

Winter conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 10, from 8:30 - 11:30 AM and 3:30 - 8:30 PM.

We look forward to seeing you at conferences.  As you know, conferences are being held over Zoom just as they were this last fall.  Please make sure that your student joins the conference.

If you have not heard from your student’s conferencing teacher via email or need assistance in setting up  a conference, please call the main office at 651-683-8521.

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

Current 6th and 7th grade students will register online for their 2021-2022 elective classes the week of February 8-11.

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

Library Media News

On these often cold, gray days of winter, there's nothing like art to inspire and lift us up.  In this issue of Booked for the Week, you'll be encouraged by the 7th grade art classes' banner and heartened by other work shared by artists, crafters, and makers from our BHMS family.  Experience Math League competitions from a student's point of view, discover books to read next, learn about FREE family fun, and hear the words of a history making poet.  Click the link today!  https://www.smore.com/65yva

"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 Services Programs

Information on the following programs is available on the BHMS Food Services webpage

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch

  • Every Meal meal kits (Formerly Sheridan Story) 

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 on the following dates: Friday, February 12, and 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 8

 Registration begins for rising 7th and 8th grade students

February 10  

 Conferences 8:30 - 11:30 AM & 3:30 - 8:30 PM

February 12

 No School

February 15

 Presidents’ Day - No School

February 16

 Teacher Transition Day - No School

February 17

 Teacher Transition Day - No School 

February 22

 Hybrid Learning begins