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News from the Principal - May 3, 2021

Hello BHMS Families

This week we are celebrating and recognizing our amazing teachers and school nurse for “Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week” in ISD 196!  We thank our community for the support and grace that has been extended to us as educators as we continue to navigate teaching and learning during the pandemic.  We celebrate the perseverance and tenacity of our teachers as they continually work to build relationships and support the learning of our students.  The work is never done and we appreciate the partnerships we are building with families to support our students.  

As we enter into week three of in person learning with approximately two-thirds of our student population on campus, we are thankful for the health status of our building.  To date, we attribute this to our staff in supporting students with practicing safety mitigation strategies and  our students for following through with these strategies.  Finally and most importantly we thank our families for keeping students home when they or their family members are not feeling well and for communicating the results of COVID tests.  By working together to ensure best practices in health and safety across the school, home, and community environments, we are able to increase our time focusing on students and learning and less on contact tracing.  Thank you for your continued support as we navigate best practices in public health together.

Please note, this Tuesday, May 4, EHS will host the district’s first ActioNOW! A platform for voice, celebration, and action for our African American families in District 196.  ISD 196 African-American Cultural Family Advocates, in conjunction with the EHS Football Booster Club and Chick-fil-A, are excited to host this event at EHS from 6-8 PM tomorrow night!  Black Hawk will be represented as we continue to expand safe spaces for our BIPOC community members.  EVHS will host another ActioNOW event on Tuesday, May 25th, from 6-8 PM.  Please reach out with questions!

What's YOUR Story?

The BHMS 2021 Yearbook is all about STUDENT and STUDENT experiences in this school year like no other! Your story is the BHMS STORY! Check out the BHMS Yearbook webpage to submit stories, pictures, and answer surveys to add YOUR STORY to the Yearbook.

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 sarah.amend-marshall@district196.org 

Rising 6th Grade Virtual Parent Nights

We will be having Open House for our rising 6th grade students on Tuesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 13 from 6 to 7 PM , virtually over Zoom.

Families with rising 6th grade students will receive an invitation via email next Monday, May 10.

More info>

6th Grade Parents: Immunizations and Sports Physicals:

Minnesota state law requires each student entering 7th grade in the 2021-22 school year to update immunizations. The state law requires all students to have the proper documentation on file for the following vaccines before they can attend school. Most students will need these 2 new vaccinations before 7th grade:

  • Tetanus/pertussis booster – Tdap (given after the 7th birthday)

  • Meningitis (meningococcal)

Health information and immunization dates on file at school can be found through your CAMPUS Parent Portal account. If we do not have your child’s updated immunization records on file, you will receive a letter in the mail to inform you of which immunizations your child will need before 7th grade. Please turn in an updated copy of any recent immunizations as soon as possible. Parents may object to immunizations for medical reasons or by conscientious exemption by filling out the Student Immunization Form, notarizing it, and submitting it to the school nurse.

Student Immunization Form English

Student Immunization Form Somali

Student Immunization Form Spanish

Your child should also have a sports physical completed by your doctor if your child will be participating in a school sport this upcoming school year. A sports physical is good for three years. Please call the nurse with any information or questions at 651-683-8521 or email at molly.mcquown@district196.org

Sports Physical Form

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.

BHMS Fundraiser Night at Cafe Zupas 

Come out for dinner and help us raise money for Black Hawk Middle School!   Our school fundraiser night at Cafe Zupas is Tuesday, May 11, from 4 - 9 pm. 

More info and how to order>

National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is designated as the National Mental Health Awareness Month. See the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for additional information and resources. The Mental Health (MH) team at BHMS will be doing a variety of things this month to help continue raising awareness with our students and our BH community. All students are members of our BHMS Student Support Schoology group and we will be having daily MH challenges posted here. If parents wish to join, the code is FD95-W6KT-ZG59Q.  Additionally, the Panther Time teachers will be presenting lessons to students each Monday during the month of May to help facilitate healthy coping skills and self care both in and out of the classroom environment.

Library Media News

May the Fourth Be with You: Checkout Star Wars books!  Meet authors Paula Yoo, Sarah Okner, Juliana Brandt, Ian Manuel, and Ann Hobbie.  Gaze at the gallery of Modigliani inspired portraits from 6th grade artists.  Tour the Caves of Lascaux.  Take part in several events from the Dakota County Library.  Be a member of the Teen Advisory Group at the Wescott branch of the DCL and more in Booked for the Week, May 3, 2021.

Parents Needed
for Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council

Parents in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools interested in becoming involved in districtwide conversations regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment are encouraged to apply for membership on the district’s Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC). Applications will be accepted through May 3.

Further information and Application>

Eagan Wildcat Football - Freshmen Orientation

All current 8th graders who are interested in playing football this coming fall are invited to Freshmen Orientation night. Players will be given a tour of the campus while parents receive information regarding the summer schedule along with what to expect this fall. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered!

Date/time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Location: Eagan High School

Check out our Wildcat Football page! [link]   Questions? Please reach out to Coach Nick Johnson (NJ) @ Nick.Johnson@district196.org 

Summer Eagan Trained

Middle School - For all students entering 6th - 8th grade, the Eagan Trained Ground Zero program focuses on developing the total athlete. ET will center on speed/mechanics while making the athlete more mobile. Concentrate on developing a solid base when it comes to lifting techniques through exercises that include bodyweight, MB’s, DB’s, bars, and loaded lifts. Developing great habits on how to train correctly is the key to success.

Register via Community Ed [link]

High School - For all incoming 9th grade students, Eagan Trained has a program built for our High School athletes.

Register via MyPaymentsPlus [link]  Questions? Please contact Coach Chad Gage @ Chad.Gage@district196.org 

Summer Youth & Middle School Wildcat Football Camp

Students entering Grades 7-8 

Eagan Football and Eagan Trained are teaming up!! Come meet many of the coaches, spend some time learning about the weight room, and participate in the combine! Football specific drills will be included, while the focus will be on learning how to compete at the high school level.

Students entering Grades 3-6

Receive quality instruction in football basics with an emphasis on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. In addition to quality instruction from members of the Eagan High School football coaching staff, camp attendees will receive guidance from 2021 Wildcat varsity football players. Participate in age­ appropriate activities focusing on stretching technique and running form, as well as passing, receiving, blocking, tackling, punting and kicking with lots of fun and competitive games. Receive a t-­shirt. 

Register via Community Ed [link] Questions? Please reach out to Coach Nick Johnson (NJ) @ Nick.Johnson@district196.org

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? 

BHMS Contact Information>

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 3 - Boys & Girls Track Begins (7th & 8th grade students)

  • May 3 - Boys Tennis Begins (6th, 7th & 8th grade students)

  • May 11 - Rising 6th Grade Virtual Parent Night  6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • May 13 - Rising 6th Grade Virtual Parent Night  6:00 - 7:00 pm

  • May 21 - Tri 3 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

View events on the BHMS Calendar> 

Community Education

Develop your skills with our high school coaches this summer! Head and assistant coaches have planned camp activities that will promote skill improvement and good sportsmanship, all while having fun! Check out specific camp information for all grades. Register now, camps are filling up!

Fore! Learn the game of golf. Develop or refine your skills this summer. Emerald Greens Golf Camp for Beginners and Intermediates (ages 5-14)

We’re hiring ages 14+! Be a Water Safety Aid and help kids learn to swim. Training available (financial assistance available too). Apply online.

Train to be a Jr Lifeguard.

Plan a summer full of fun and learning! Check out what we have instore especially for middle schoolers.