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News from the Principal - May 17, 2021

Hello BHMS Families, 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here at Black Hawk we focus on the whole student, including social, emotional, physical, and psychological health. When students feel safe, welcomed, supported, and valued as part of a community, we know their chances of excelling in school increase both academically and socially. This month during Panther Time, students are learning about their brain and what happens when they are stressed.  Students are then engaging in dialogue around noticing their stress triggers, identifying and implementing coping strategies to identify and manage stress.   

There has never been a more important time than now to focus on mental health and take proactive steps to take care of yourself and your family’s health.  We understand the stress and anxiety that the COVID 19 pandemic and resulting school changes has caused to our entire school community. We encourage you to talk with your student about mental health to normalize the importance of mental health and reduce stigma.  Together we can tackle the stress of our daily lives and focus on what we can do in the present moment to support each other.  Let’s take the time to take care of ourselves, each other, and our community as we enter into the final four weeks of school. 

Below you’ll find community learning opportunities and resources.  Please explore these free opportunities and find what might be useful to you and your family.  

May is Mental Health Month - Dakota County Resources & Events

Minnesota Association of Children's Mental Health

MCA Make-Up Date for Digital Academy Students

The final MCA make-up time for Digital Academy students will be on Wednesday, May 19, 8:30 AM -noon.  More information and details will be provided via a Schoology message sent by the end of today (5/17).  Please contact Jeff Smith ( ) or Roger Huling ( ) with any questions.

Students to Keep iPads/Hotspots Over the Summer!

Students will again be allowed to keep their district-issued iPads and hotspots over the summer. This allows learning opportunities to continue throughout the break  Exceptions include graduating seniors and students unenrolling from District 196.  For more details and guidance around this, please visit the iPads and Technology website which can also be found in the About menu of the district’s website,  If you have questions, contact your child’s school or submit at  Thank you.

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Library Media News

Take part in the Little Free Library “Shelfie” challenge and win prizes.  Meet authors V.T. Bidania and Kao Kalia Yang.  Laughter is a great medicine - see what books can lift your mood. It’s Minnesota’s American Indian Month - checkout books by local authors.  Join other teens for Skribbl, the next Virtual Gaming Meetup with Dakota County Library.  Get these details and more in Booked for the Week, May 17, 2021.

What's YOUR Story?

Order your yearbook today! Yearbooks are still on sale! Check out the BHMS Yearbook webpage for the link to order. Our yearbook distribution this year will be delayed until the fall due to issues with the pandemic and our distributor, BUT it will be worth the wait! Stay-tuned for more information on Digital Yearbook Signing the last two weeks of school. Questions about the yearbook? Email Ms. Amend at 

Attendance Reminders

All students will need to continue to take their attendance every Wednesday in the Campus Student app. Digital Academy students continue to take attendance in the app Monday through Friday.

Food Service 

With secondary students returning to in-person learning, nutrition services will no longer be serving meals to the greater community. They will refocus on providing meals during the school day to our in-person learners and continue 7- day meal kits for students enrolled in our 196 Digital Academy. Please see this link for more information on the Changes to Meal Sites. Information on the following programs is available on the BHMS Food Services webpage

  • 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? 

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

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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.

Important Dates

  • May 21 - Tri III Panther Pride Award Video Premieres

  • May 26 - Presidential Award Award Video Premieres

  • May 28 - No School 

  • May 31 - No School Memorial Day

  • June 4 - Boys Tennis, Boys & Girls Track Ends

  • June 11 - Last Day of School

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