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News from the Principal - March 8, 2021


Here we go!  We are walking into, Zooming into, and navigating this last week of Tri 2 together!  These first few weeks of Hybrid 2.0 with students on campus, in the Zoom room, and learning together at the same time has been welcoming and humbling for us all.  We are so happy to have students back on campus and have embraced the somewhat daunting task of teaching in a manner we never have before. Thank you again to parents and caregivers for your patience, flexibility and support as we continue to embrace the challenges of this school year.  Most importantly, thank you to our students, most of whom do their best work when they’re on campus with their teachers and their peers: thinking, learning, growing, and inquiring about the world around them.

As we move into the final third of the year, I am thinking about a collective “Attitude of Gratitude” in the Black Hawk Community.  This starts with our Annual Food Drive, where we are working together as a community to raise $2021 dollars and 2021 pounds of food for the Open Door Pantry in Eagan, a food shelf that serves our school community and beyond. See details below on our final three days of collection this week!  We are grateful for this larger event to bring our community together, but also for the small everyday things that keep us going, namely, each other: the words of encouragement, a listening ear, a “smize” (smile with your eyes), a coffee, a note of encouragement.  An “Attitude of Gratitude” causes pause to stop and think about the strengths in our community; there are so many.  In a society where we sometimes focus first on what’s wrong, I encourage us to focus on what’s right and what our students need in order to be successful.  

In order to support the growth and development of ALL students, we need to notice and celebrate their strengths.  The Search Institute is a research based non-profit in Minnesota that has been doing research on youth and what they need to succeed since 1957.  The Search Institute has identified, “40 Positive Supports and Strengths that Young People Need to Succeed.”  Take a moment and check them out!  The Search Institute is a professional organization I have been tapping into for all of my years as an educator, grounding me and reminding me of what ALL of our kids deserve and need to succeed.

BHMS School Wide Food Drive

The 5th annual Food and Funds drive is underway in partnership with Open Door! Help us meet our goal of 2021 pounds of food and $2021 dollars to support families in our community. 
Learn more about how students and families can participate> 

Donate Now>

Help Support Black Hawk

Join the BHMS Booster Club and eat at Cafe Zupas on March 9 from 4-9 PM to raise money for BHMS. Curbside and Online Ordering available. 
Learn More>

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

Sports Update

7th and 8th grade girls and boys swimming/diving begins on March 29 and ends on April 30. Students participate on their cohort days, including digital academy students. (Updated dates)
More Information and Registration>

Tri 2 Panther Pride Video on BHMS Website

Virtual ceremony video available to view on Friday, March 12. Award recipients are recognized for student achievement in one or more of the following categories: academics, citizenship, leadership, or co-curricular activities.
Panther Pride Awards> 

Tri 2 Grades in Campus

Tri 2 Ends Friday March 12.  Students should have all late work turned in no later than 3:30 PM on Friday March 12. Please contact your student’s teachers for special consideration.  Grades will be posted and available to view on Friday, March 19 in Infinite Campus.
Infinite Campus>

Parent Listening Sessions

Parent Listening Sessions will be held again on Tuesday, March 16. Please use the Registration 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 Here>

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>

Library Media News

Change the World with Kindness- Debut student podcast from Kaiya.  Mr. Herem and Mr. McDonald Prepare for Pool Plunge- see the pictures here!  Meet Author Mélina Mangal.  Be the Next Minnesota Poet Laureate and more in Booked for the Week.

Food Services Programs

  • Free and Reduced Priced Lunch

  • Emergency Nutritional Benefits for 2021

  • Every Meal meal kits

  • SNAP Outreach

More information on Food Services Programs>

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>

Important Dates

  • March 12 ~ End of Tri 2

  • March 12 ~ Panther Pride Video Premiere available> 

  • March 17 ~ Teacher Workshop - No School

  • March 19 ~ Tri 2 Grades available in Campus

  • March 22- 26 ~ Spring Break - No School

  • March 29 ~ Swim and Dive Begins

View events on the BHMS Calendar>