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News from the Principal - November 30, 2020

Here we are, November 30th, the last Monday of trimester 1 is upon us and December is... tomorrow?  Where does the time go?  As we close the first trimester and look towards the final month of 2020, I am drawn to a guiding principle used by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commision, the principal of Ubuntu which translates, “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.”  Sometimes Ubuntu is translated, “I am because you are.”  Simply put, we as educators are here, because of you, our students and families.  We are bound together in our community.  We are facing challenges like we’ve never seen before and need to remember we are in constant relationship with each other.  We are here to support and connect with one another when things are going well and when things are difficult.  As we educate in full distance learning we want you to know we are here working hard to find ways to ensure that we are engaging our students and creating safe classroom environments.  We want our students to have the opportunity to be seen, be heard, and be able to ask for help when they need it.  

Last Wednesday through us a curveball in our efforts to connect!  I hope you all received the School Messenger email and/or voicemail as the struggle with Schoology for both teachers and students was real!  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.

In the coming week your student(s) should be working with teachers to close the trimester strong.  Students who are close to passing classes should reach out to teachers for support and clarify what needs to be done to cross the finish line with a “P”, the former “D”.  Most of us “live” day to day in Schoology, this is where “In Progress” grades live.  Students with an overall percentage below 70% as a grade for any class will see an “IP” (in progress) grade in Schoology during the trimester. These “IP” grades in Schoology are temporary, and will eventually change for final report cards documented in Infinite Campus.  Please note the ISD 196 Middle School grading scale below. 

Schoology Grades
In progress Grades
Infinite Campus Grades
Final Grades
93 - 100 A A
90 - 93 A- A-
87 - 90 B+ B+
83 - 87 B B
80 - 83 B- B-
77 - 80 C+ C+
73 - 77 C C
70 - 73 C- C-
67 - 70 IP P (Pass)
63 - 67 IP P (Pass)
60 - 63 IP P (Pass)
Below 60 IP NG (no grade)


Student Experience Circles

During the month of December Principal Kusch will hold student experience circles by grade level to learn about what school was like trimester 1 from the student perspective.  What is working?  What’s not?  What are students wondering and worrying about?  What ideas do students have to make their 2020-2021 learning experience better?  Please encourage your student to sign up with the link below or in the Schoology message from Principal Kusch.  

Student Sign-up Link>

Counselor Newsletter  

The November issue of the Counselor Newsletter is available now, including information on Distance Learning Attendance and Parent Resources.

Updates from the Counseling Staff >

Library Media News - Looking for an Activity? 

Don't sit around the house being bored!  Here's your chance to be a published photographer and build a culture of reading in our BHMS family. Look through the list of ideas below, take your photo, and send it to our library media specialist, The photo will be in one of our future publications of Booked for the Week, our library newsletter.

Library Newsletter - Booked for the Week>

Who do I go to for help? 

Technology  Student Resources
  Tech Help Form 
Student Schedules
Contacting Teachers Staff Directory
Contacting Counselors 6th Grade 
  7th Grade
  8th Grade  
Contacting Administrators Principal
  Asst. Principal
  Asst. Administrator

Meal Kit Pick-up

All students are eligible for free seven-day meal kits to support their distance learning. To best meet the needs of our families, meal kits will be available for pick up near door number 8 at the lower entrance doors of Black Hawk Middle school at these times:

  • Monday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Digital Academy Meals will continue)

  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Friday 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Look for the banner and sign for the distribution location.  Families with children in multiple schools are encouraged to pick-up all seven-day meal kits at one school.

Initially, families will be asked to complete this Seven-Day Meal Kit Interest Survey. This will allow the Food and Nutrition Services department to prepare the number of meal kits needed. The survey only needs to be completed once.

More Food Services Information and Translations>

Important Dates In December-January

December 4 End of Trimester I
December 7 First Day of Trimester II
December 9 No School - Teacher Workshop
December 22 Final Grades Posted in CAMPUS at the End of the School Day
Dec 23 - Jan 1    No School & Office Closed - Winter Break
January 4 School Resumes