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News from the Principal - January 8, 2021

Here we are, completing the first week of 2021 and what a week it’s been.  I’m thankful for the leaders in my life who have supported and shaped me in my practice of leading with humility, love, and putting students first.  Wednesday night I spent time reflecting on my practice, knowing that connecting with my teachers was essential, as they were going to be greeting students in the Zoom classroom after an unsettling day of news.  News that was unsettling in the way we bore witness to a scene unseen in our history; more trauma and stress in a time already weighing so heavily on all of us.  

So, I sent an email to my staff Wednesday night with honesty and words of calm encouragement and strategies to use in class such as using the three “Rs” when things are hard:  Regulate, Relate, and Resilience.  We held space together on Thursday morning before school started to connect and ground ourselves in the best way to support students: those that wanted to talk, those that didn’t, and all of those in between; because we are committed to serving all.  I was warmed by the email my middle school principal colleagues and I received from Superintendent Kreger that same morning; resources from the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).  Again, more words of humility, more support, more resources shared, more calm, and strategies to respond in difficult times.  

I would like to share some of those resources with you because, after all, we are in this together.  As you’ve heard me say many times this year, you, our parents, families, guardians, and caregivers, are our best partners in creating an educational experience that serves and meets the needs of ALL students.  I believe these uncertain times require the space for calm, compassion, and curiosity.  The calm to create safe spaces, the compassion to feel loved and safe, and the curiosity needed to create the change we need in our country and our democracy.  After all, a high quality education for ALL is at the core of a healthy democracy and it’s what every student deserves. 

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Rising 9th Grade Rising Registration

During the week of January 11-15 our 8th graders will be learning more about high school opportunities and the course selection process.  Students will be watching information videos from both Eagan (EHS) and Eastview High School (EVHS) in their Panther Time Advisory class on Monday and Tuesday morning.  Students are encouraged to attend advisory both days.  

Parents will have the opportunity to learn more in online information sessions on January 11th for EHS and January 13th for EVHS.  

January 14th and 15th EHS and EVHS will be joining our 8th graders in their Global Studies class to assist with registration and to introduce the Campus course planner.  The goal is for our students to leave these class sessions with the information necessary to register with their parent/guardian at home in Campus.  

If you have any questions or need additional information for EHS, please visit the EHS website or contact Dr. Pete Zak at EHS at 651-683-6904 or email pete.zak@district196.org.  If you have any questions or need additional information for EVHS, please visit the EVHS website or contact the Eastview High School Counseling Department contact at 952-431-8914 or contact molly.wellik@district196.org 

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!

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 amanda.schendel@district196.org  To learn more about the Science Olympiad in general, please visit https://www.soinc.org.

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! More information will be forthcoming the week of January 19th.

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  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 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 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20    No School - Staff Development Day