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News from the Principal - May 25, 2021


Black Hawk Families, 

We can hardly believe the year is coming to a close and a rapid one at that!  A reminder that there is no school this Friday, May 28th, and Monday, May 31st; please enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday weekend!  

Our final day of school is Friday, June 11th.  In-person and Digital Academy students will participate in a modified schedule in the morning.  ALL students, including Digital Academy students, are welcome to join us on campus for the last hour of the day (drop off and check in at 1:30 PM, upper entrance with the option to ride the bus home).  Grade levels will celebrate the end of the year, in three separate locations on school grounds.  Let’s hope the weather cooperates and we can enjoy some fun in the sun as we say our goodbyes.

You’ll find the nuts and bolts to the end of the year in the newsletter related to technology (keep your iPad and hotspot over the summer!), yearbook distribution (which will happen in the fall - don’t worry 8th graders - we’ll make sure you receive yours with ease!).  As always, reach out with questions and/or feedback as we wrap up this historic year of school.

ActioNOW at EVHS

Today, Tuesday, May 25, EVHS will host the district’s ActioNOW! A platform for voice, celebration, and action for our African American families in District 196 from 6 - 8 PM.  ISD 196 African-American Cultural Family Advocates (CFAs) in conjunction with district staff continue to work together to engage families and expand safe spaces for our BIPOC community members.  Please join us!

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.

More info and translations>

Band Instruments

Current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students that play French Horn, Euphonium and Tuba need to bring in home instruments back to school by Tuesday, May 25th.  Students with a district owned instrument (Band For All) that are not continuing are also due on Tuesday, May 25th.  Incoming 6th grader band students on French Horn, Euphonium (Baritone) or Tuba and district owned Band For All instruments can anticipate getting their instruments issued to them when school starts.  More details to come. 

2021 Yearbook Update

Due to scheduling with our yearbook company, the 2021 yearbook will not be delivered until Fall. BUT that means there is still plenty of time to order! We will be taking orders online through June 11. Place your order today!

Digital Yearbook Signing through Jostens will be available in June! Look for more information after Memorial Day! This is a great way for all our students to participate no matter whether at school or Digital Academy. 

Need to check if you have placed an order - check on the yearbook webpage: 

Information on Fall distribution will be communicated at a later date. If you have questions, please email Ms. Amend,

Students Leaving the District

Not Coming back to BHMS in the fall? Are you leaving the district? Please return: iPad, brick & cord and Hot Spot on your last day of school.  A tech tub located in the front office or by the Tech offices in the Media Center.  Have a great summer!

Library Media News

View the paparazzi pictures of students and staff from Dress Up Day.  Get ready to go back in time with ideas for Decade Day, which takes place this Thursday.  Are squirrels cute creatures or evil geniuses? - Watch the video and vote!  Meet the authors and illustrators of Begin with a Bee.  Think you know Hunger Games? - Join the trivia contest with Dakota County Library. Take a Little Free Library Selfie and win $10.00 to Vendella Coffee Haus.  Get the

details in Booked for the Week, May 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The CDC recommends everyone 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination to help protect against COVID-19. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Children 12 years and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Use the COVID-19 Vaccination Resources below to schedule an appointment for your child:

Dakota County vaccine scheduling 

Minnesota Community Vaccine Clinic scheduling 

Vaccine Connector

EVHS Girls Golf Team

8th grader Addison Schafer and BHMS alum Elara Egner are causing us to beam with Panther Pride!  They are both members of the EVHS Girls Golf team who just won the South Suburban Conference!  Congratulations Addison and Elara!

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Announced

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. For more information please see FCC webpage at 

Food Service 

  • 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? 

BHMS Contact Information>

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Important Dates

  • 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

View events on the BHMS Calendar>