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News from the Principal - March 1, 2021

BHMS School Wide Food Drive

We launched our school wide Annual Food and Fund Drive in partnership with Open Door last week.  Our goal this year is to collect 2021 pounds of food and $2021 dollars to support families in our community. 

Learn more about how students and families can participate> 

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.

Parent Listening Sessions

Parent Listening Sessions will be held again on Tuesday, March 16. Please use the Registration Link link to sign up and submit questions.  Those registered will receive an email with the Zoom link on Monday, March 15, to attend the session Tuesday AM or PM.

Register Now

MDH Recommends COVID Testing for Students and Families

COVID-19 testing for kids and families - The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Stock Market Club is Back!

$100,000!!! Do I have your attention now? The Stock Market Club Game is a FREE activity that helps students understand the ins and outs of investing in the stock market.

Learn more> 

Future Cities Competition

On Saturday evening, the Future Cities team from Black Hawk Middle School received two awards for their city on the moon named Emporia.

Read more about this student success>

Washington, D.C. Trip for Next Year’s 8th Grade Students

Future 8th grade students will have the option to travel to Washington, D.C. next October 21st - 24th, 2021. Students and parents of current 7th graders at BHMS should plan to attend the information Zoom meeting on Thursday, March 4th, at 7:00 PM

Details and more>


This fall, there will be the option for K-12 students to attend our new virtual school, 196Online. We have taken the best from our current digital academy program and implemented enhancements and improvements based on feedback from students and educators. 196Online is its own school and conducted completely online. It is an optional choice for families whose students may be more successful in a virtual learning environment. More information available at the following links.

Enrolling Now until March 4>  

Information Sessions available March 1>

Library Media News

Which teacher built a backyard igloo?  Help Kwame Alexander write a poem. Write for a national magazine, and more in this edition of Booked for the Week

Food Services Programs

  • Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Kit Pick-up

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch

  • Emergency Nutritional Benefits for 2021

  • Every Meal meal kits

  • SNAP Outreach

More information on Food Services Programs>

Important Dates

March 12

End of Tri 2

March 17

Teacher Workshop -  No School

March 19

T2 Final Grades Posted at the End of the School Day

March 22 - 26  

Spring Break -  No School


Who do I go to for help? Hybrid 2.0

Looking for contact information for Technology, Attendance, Teachers, Counselors, Grades and Schedules, Administrators? 

BHMS Contact Information>

Community Education

Delicious Desserts-Online (ages 6-16)

Tue | Mar 2 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | $15 | Live Online

Pizzazz Pizza Party-Online (ages 6-16)

Wed | Mar 3 | 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. | $15 | Live Online

Video Production for YouTube (grades 4-8)

Sat | Mar 6 & 13 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 2 sessions | $80 | Live Online

Greens Galore-Online Cooking (ages 6-16)

Tue | Mar 16 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | $15 | Live Online

Water Safety Aide – training for employment to teach swimming.

Mon-Thu | Mar 22 -  25 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | 4 sessions | $180 | BHMS

Financial assistance is available. Call 952-431-8777 for more information.

Parents … Just for You!

Parenting in a Pandemic

Empower yourself with strategies that will make you feel capable and motivated! Hear Erin Walsh, M.A., a dynamic knowledgeable speaker will provide practical, down-to-earth ideas and strategies this uncertain time.

Wed | Mar 3, 31, Apr 14 & 21| 6:00-7:00 p.m.| Pay What You Can | Live Online

Earn Your CPR/AED Certification

Blended learning provides access to online learning. Remote skills verification allows your instructor to evaluate your skills via your phone video or computer webcam. You will be contacted to arrange a time to pick up and return your manikins and supplies at Falcon Ridge Middle School. 

Any Day | Any Date | Any Time | $99 | QCPR-RSV-201