What a weekend to celebrate autumn! Research shows that spending time in nature supports our physical and mental health. Spending time outside enjoying the warmth and sunshine certainly allowed me to pause and refuel this weekend. I hope ALL of you were able to take a deep breath, slow down, and take the time to reflect and focus on what you and your family needs during this uncertain time. Sometimes a walk, bike ride, or time just sitting outside helps to clear our minds and recenter ourselves.
So how is your student doing? How are you doing? What support does your student and family need? Please know the faculty and staff at Black Hawk are here to support your student(s) in their journey this school year. Do not hesitate to reach out to teachers, counselors, administrators, cultural family advocates, and student support staff. Please call and let us know what you need; we’ll connect with someone who can problem solve with you to find the right support.
Conferences are coming up at the end of October and early November. This will be the perfect time to connect on how school is working for your student this fall. We are reflecting and wondering about how we are doing by studying and responding to how our students are doing. We need your support too! Please help to reinforce attendance taking by your student everyday they are learning from home. You can find directions HERE. Spend time with your student on a biweekly basis where they are showing you their grades and progress on their Schoology page. If you are interested in accessing Schoology as a parent click HERE and scroll down to Schoology, Family Access Instructions.
Health and Safety Update
Thank you to ALL our families. Your care, concern, and vigilance surrounding health and safety in our community is supporting a healthy school environment. Thank you for reviewing the Home Wellness Self-Screening everyday prior to sending your student to school. Should you wonder what to do if your student is showing symptoms, please refer to the District 196 Student Illness Decision Tree and call the Black Hawk school nurse, Molly McQuown at 651-905-5817 with questions. Our goal is to keep our students healthy and safe while providing an equitable educational experience where each student is learning, growing, and achieving during this uncertain time. We need your ongoing support and engagement to keep our learning community healthy, safe, and thriving. Please do not hesitate to call with questions.
Help Support Black Hawk with Café Zupas
Please support the Black Hawk Community by eating at Café Zupas this Tuesday, October 13, between the hours of 5-9 pm. Café Zupas is located in Eagan near the HyVee grocery store. Make sure you mention that you are from Black Hawk. A portion of your bill will be donated to the BHMS Booster Club. Thank you Boosters for organizing this fundraising event!
Math League and Future Cities
Information on the 2020-21 season and Schoology join codes:
Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 27 from 4-6 PM, Wednesday, October 28 from 3:30-5:30 PM, and Wednesday, November 4 from 8:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-8:30 PM. More details will be shared in next week’s News from the Principal. Again, our goal is to keep a healthy and safe learning environment so most of our conferences will be held over the phone or Zoom.
2021 Yearbooks are available to order from JOSTENS. Order early for the best price!
Watch Schoology for opportunities to share your 2020-21 school experiences with the yearbook, whether you are HYBRID learning or DIGITAL ACADEMY. We are ALL PANTHERS!
Free and Reduced Priced Lunch
Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
District 196 provides healthy meals each day for all students. And your family may qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals. If you participated in this program last school year and wish to participate again this year, you must submit a new application each year.
Federal funds and school-related fees are determined with this information. The failure to complete the application could result in the loss of millions of dollars to our school system, which would negatively affect teaching and learning in a significant way.
All students in our district are currently eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch through the extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s free meals program, however this funding is not guaranteed long-term. It is important families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals still apply this year.
To apply, visit https://paypams.com/Applynowisd196 or call 651-683-6958 if you need assistance filling out the application.
MAP TESTING - Digital Academy/Cohort C students
Any students who have not completed the Reading portion, may do so on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, October 12-14.
On any of the three days, students may check the general “MAP Test Schoology Group C” for instructions on logging into the NWEA test (link to website, session name, and password). Instructions will be posted by 8 am, and students should plan to begin/resume the test by noon, at the latest. Please be aware that tests will be stopped at 2:30 pm.
During the week of October 19-23, your student will be taking the Math Portion of the MAP test. Thank you to those who have already signed up for a time. If your student is not signed up, we ask that you sign up for ONE time slot. Please choose a time, if possible, when a parent is available to assist with any challenges the student may encounter.
Lifetouch will be taking school pictures on the dates listed below. More information will be forthcoming.
|Monday, Nov 2||Cohort A (During School Time)|
|Tuesday, Nov 3||Cohort B (During School Time)|
|Wednesday, Nov 4||Cohort C (By Appointment Using SignUp Genius Link Below)|
Digital Academy/Cohort C students, if you are interested in a student photo this year, please sign up for a specific time for the at school photo. Sign up times are 15 minute slots from 11 am -4 pm. Please drop off at the lower level doors during the sign up time. Students will come into school without a parent and must have a mask on. Parents can wait by the curb in their vehicle for the student to complete the photo. Ordering information will be on our website when we have the information from Lifetouch.
Important Dates in October & November
|Thursday, October 15||Teacher Convention No School K-12|
|Friday, October 16||Teacher Convention No School K-12|
|October 19-23||MAP math test|
|October 23||Fall sports end|
|October 27||Conferences 4-6 PM|
|October 28||Conferences 3:30-5:30 PM|
|November 2-3||School Pictures - Cohort A/B|
|November 4||School Pictures - Cohort C|
|November 4||8:30-11:30 AM and 3:30-8:30 PM|
Library Services for Cohort C (Digital Academy) Students
We want Cohort C students to feel connected to BHMS and make sure they have all the resources they need. Starting this week, cohort C students will have curbside pickup and in person library checkout options, so they can get printed books, too.
Learn how to request books and schedule a curbside pickup, offered on Wednesdays: https://bit.ly/3dlw2la
If you feel comfortable coming into the library on Wednesdays to browse shelves and choose books in person, learn more: https://bit.ly/3iYjAcE
Evening hours will be available approximately every other Wednesday for both checkout options.
DaKota County Library still has curbside pickup available even though their doors are open to patrons.
MackinVIA is an additional option for all BHMS students. Go to Self-service and install the latest app. To sign in, select “BLACK HAWK MIDDLE SCHOOL, EAGAN, MN.” Use your studentID and Collab password to login. Type the title you want in the search box and follow the prompts. There are other ways to search for resources, too. Here’s a link to a video from Mackin. https://player.vimeo.com/video/85825759
If you have questions, please email Ms. Ninteman, the library media specialist, at email@example.com. Happy reading!