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News from the Principal - January 15, 2021

Walking into the three day weekend my thoughts have turned to Dr. Martin Luther King.  Growing up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, we did not celebrate MLK Day with a day off from school and the opportunity to observe and celebrate Dr. King through school or community events.  However, he was a central figure in my learning at LaCrosse Central High School.  Honestly, Dr. King was one of the few African Americans in history that we learned about.  

Many years later, through mostly my own study and curiosity, I’ve become acquainted with other leaders in the black community both historic and present.  As an educational leader, one of my core values is to seek out, listen to, and learn from other’s lived experiences and perspectives, specifically, different from my own.  I make a conscious effort in conversation and at the decision making table to pause and ask, “What perspective is missing?” 

At Black Hawk, our diversity and the breadth of lived experiences of our students and families is a resounding strength in our community, one to honor and celebrate. How we come together as a community  to learn, play, and problem solve is made more beautiful by the multitude of voices.  As Dr. King said on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City, “In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.  This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men.”  This quote provides me a sense of hope, peace, and calm.  

The only thing I would ask Dr. King to consider in 2021  is shifting his words from “brotherhood” to personhood and “men” to people.  After all, inclusion is at the heart of the BHMS community too and as my messages have gleaned before, what the world needs now is more love.  We want all of our students at Black Hawk to feel safe, loved, and supported in being exactly who they are.  In that spirit I invite you to join Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan in celebrating Dr. King with students across the state this Monday, January 18. This year's celebration is virtual and geared towards youth.  Click Here for More Information>

You might also enjoy this message of unity from the  ISD 196 high school choral music departments.  Seniors from across the four high school choirs made individual recordings which were then made into this video performance.  There are 4 former BHMS students included in the performance. We love to see our alumni in action! "Shed a Little Light" ISD 196 HS Choirs

BHMS Winter Choir Concert Premiers January 21

Over the past 3 months, our BHMS Choir students have been creating a virtual concert.  We are so excited to share their hard work with all their family and friends.  The official BHMS Winter (virtual) Choir Concert will premiere on Thursday, January 21, at 6:00 PM.  What does this mean?  It means that anyone with the link will be able to view the concert at that time or any time after the premiere.  The link will be shared with families through email and it will also be posted on the students’ choir Schoology page.  For those of you who might not have a student in choir but would like to watch the concert, use this link!  

BHMS Winter Choir Concert

Winter Conferences

Winter conferences will be held on:

February 2

  4:00 - 6:00 PM

February 3

  3:30 - 5:30 PM

February 10

  8:30 - 11:30 AM  &  3:30 - 8:30 PM

The middle school model of conferences has always been student lead.  Of course, this is challenging in our current model so we simply expected students to attend conferences with their parents. This allows school, students, and parents to collaborate and all be on the same page! 

Please watch for an email from the teacher your student will conference with next week.  The email will include directions on how to sign up for a conference time slot.  Please leave comments to share if you prefer a phone conference, Zoom conference, and/or  if you have other accommodations (e.g. an interpreter, or need to meet in person on campus).  

More information on Conferences>


Parents of EL students recently received information regarding your child taking the ACCESS Test at Black Hawk Middle School.  That test has been postponed. The ACCESS Test, originally scheduled on January 27 and February 3 along with the make-up dates on February 10 and 17, has been postponed until further notice.   Your child will not need to come to Black Hawk Middle School on the dates mentioned to take the test.

Information will be sent if the test is rescheduled.  Updated testing information can be found on our website at We apologize for any confusion.  Please email or or call the BHMS Office at 651-683-8521 if you have any questions.

The 2021 Spelling Bee Is On! 

If you would like to try and become the Black Hawk Middle School 2021 Spelling Bee champion, sign up today. Students can join the BHMS Spelling Bee Schoology page with the code DJQ5-H735-3HSZ9. You can also message Mr. Herem that you want to join. Any questions? 

Math League Results

Black Hawk Middle School’s Math League team has competed in two Minnesota Junior High Math League events so far this year. Black Hawk has finished in the top 10 in both events, getting 7th in the most recent event! It’s not too late to become a Math League competitor. Our next two events will be January 19th and 25th from 2:30 - 3:30 PM. Join Us, no experience required! Message Mr. Herem if you would like more information about how the meets work or would like to join. 

Receive School Messages Via Text

Please note you can now “opt” in to receive messages from BHMS 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 others. For help information, text HELP to 67587, To opt out at any time, text STOP to 67587.

Rising 7th & 8th Grade Registration Online

Our current 6th and 7th grade students will be registering online this year.  The registration window will be February 8th - 12th.  More information will be forthcoming this month.  Stay tuned!

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Rising 6th Grade Registration Online

Current 5th grade students will register online the week of February 1-5. Students will only choose their elective class. The choice is band or choir. BHMS Counselors will be joining 5th grade classrooms later this month to share information about BHMS.  5th grade teachers will support the registration process.

Craving Canes or Chick-Fil-A? Students are only “One Click Away!”

All BHMS students are “One Click Away” from being eligible to win a $10 take out meal from any restaurant in Eagan for simply taking their daily attendance in Campus!  

All students are entered into the weekly drawing unless they have any of the following attendance codes for the prior week: Unexcused (AUX), Absent from Virtual Learning (AVL), Participation Verified (PV), Vacation(AVA),  Illness (AIL), or At Parent's Request (APR).

A winner will be drawn from each grade level Thursday morning for the prior week (Wednesday to Wednesday).  Students will receive a celebratory phone call where they can place their order with an administrator; their preferred lunch or a gift card will be delivered in person on Friday.  

Quick Tips for Student Attendance in Campus

Science Olympiad

Black Hawk Middle School is arranging to have a team participate in this year’s Science Olympiad competitions. The team will be competing in virtual tournaments from around the country throughout the spring. To prepare for the competitions, the teams will meet on Zoom on Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Updates and information about practices, competitions, and other details will be posted in the Black Hawk Science Olympiad Schoology Group. (Access code: ZQR6-VZW4-2NNFW) 

If you are interested in participating, register by Tuesday, January 19th, using the Registration Form that can be found in the Schoology group or by clicking here:

Registration Form: BHMS Science Olympiad 

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Schendel at  To learn more about the Science Olympiad in general, please visit

Family Technology Office Hours

To help support families with technology questions and needs, District 196 is offering virtual office hours throughout the month of January. These will be an opportunity for families to connect with district support staff individually to ask questions and receive support around the technology tools that are part of the flexible learning plan. This can include how to navigate Seesaw, Schoology, the iPad, Zoom, and iPad apps.  

You must register in advance to schedule an appointment via this Community Education link. Times will be organized into 15-minute increments to provide time to as many families as we can. When you register, you will be asked when you are planning to join the virtual family office hours, what you would like to focus on during the 15 minutes, and if you would like an interpreter present.

For more information and to access our full catalog of digital resources, visit the 1:1 Parent Resources or 1:1 Student Resources pages.

Who do I go to for help? 

Technology  Student Resources
  Tech Help Form 
Student Schedules
Contacting Teachers Staff Directory
Contacting Counselors 6th Grade 
  7th Grade
  8th Grade  
Contacting Administrators Principal
  Asst. Principal
  Asst. Administrator

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>

Important Dates

January 18

No School -Dr. Martin Luther King Day

January 20

No School - Staff Development Day

February 2

Conferences 4:00 - 6:00 PM

February 3

Conferences 3:30 - 5:30 PM

February 10

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