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What's Happening at BHMS - September 2022 Edition

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Back to school

The first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 31! For everything back-to-school related, visit our website.

https://bhms.district196.org/families/back-to-school

Free weekend food program

Black Hawk Middle School is proud to once again offer the Every Meal (formerly Sheridan Story) free weekend food program. Students can pick up a bag of groceries to bring home for the weekend.

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Educational benefits for 22-23 school year

All District 196 families are encouraged to apply for the Educational Benefits Program (formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program) for the upcoming school year. A NEW application must be submitted each year. 

The Educational Benefits Program applications not only ensure students have access to nutritious meals, it also provides critical funding for Black Hawk and access to discounted activities and Community Education courses.

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Opt into iPad Protection Plan by Sept. 19

Families may opt into an optional iPad Protection Plan for the 2022-23 school year to help protect against unexpected damage costs. It's $20 per iPad for the school year. There is a reduced fee for students eligible for Educational Benefits, so make sure to check to see if you qualify.

All families are asked to accept or decline the optional iPad Protection Plan by Sept. 19, at which time a non-response will be considered declining the offer. Log into your MyPaymentsPlus account, search for “iPad” and select accept or decline the protection plan. Both options include the Student User Agreement for review and acknowledgement.

How can we help?

We want to support you and your student as we start the school year. Please let us know how by filling out this survey

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up

If you need to drop off or pick up your student during regularly scheduled hours (7:50 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.), please use the UPPER LEVEL (door 12) parking lot. The lower level area is reserved for buses. Please don't park or drop off in the yellow painted curb areas or painted crosswalk in the upper parking lot. Please drive slowly and yield to students in the crosswalk areas.

At the upper level parent drop off, please turn left at the barriers and drop off only at the painted crosswalk. A detailed drop off and pick up map can be found on the BHMS Family Resources webpage.

BHMS Student and Family handbook

Please review the Black Hawk Middle School Student & Family Handbook with your student. The handbook is a tool to create shared understanding between school and home to strengthen our relationship with expectations and boundaries. This allows for us to focus on student learning and manage the disruptions that happen during the school day with a consistent tool to refer back to when struggles arise. There will be opportunities for students and families to provide feedback on the handbook, and it will be revised annually.

THIS IS NEW! Cell phones should be put away for the entire school day (8:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.). They should be turned off or on airplane mode. If students need to call home, they should report to the office for a private space.

2022-23 yearbook

Order yours before September 15 for $35 - the very lowest price of the year!

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Co-curricular Activities

Arts & Activities

Information on all our current Clubs and, Teams and Activities can be found at https://bhms.district196.org/arts  Specific information for participants is communicated in Schoology.

Best Buddies

New club alert! Make a new friend, be a new friend - join Best Buddies! Students have a chance to be a part of a club that helps create a place of belonging, comfort, and fun. Meetings will be one time per month during the school day. Interested in more information or want to join? Talk to Mrs. Young in room 332. Her room is on the third floor by the elevator.

Athletics

The following sports start Sept. 8 after school:

Boys/Girls Cross Country (grades 6, 7, 8)

Boys Soccer (grades 7, 8)

Girls Soccer (grades 7, 8)

Girls Tennis (grades 6, 7, 8)

Girls Volleyball (grades 7, 8)

All sports end at 4:45 p.m.  Activity buses and parent pick up are at the LOWER LEVEL (door 8). All students should be picked up from school by 5 p.m.   

Students can still register if interested! To participate, a sports physical must be on file with the school nurse and registration completed on MyPayment Plus.

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Resources & Technology

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Student & Family Resources

The BHMS website has information for students and families to help you navigate the school year. Looking for information? Check out BHMS Student Resources and BHMS Family Resources.

Receive messages via text message

Opt in to receive school communication 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.

Counseling News

Do you have questions or does your student need support as the new school year gets started? Contact your student's grade level counselor: Tom Mitchell, 6th grade, Mary Beck, 7th grade, James Fischer, 8th grade.

BHMS Events

Black Hawk Blast fundraiser

Black Hawk Parent School Alliance hosts one big fundraiser each year, a donation campaign that culminates in a school-wide celebration - the Black Hawk BLAST on Friday, September 30 (rain date October 6). For more information or to donate, visit bhms.dstrict196.org>Community>Black Hawk Blast

Donations may be made online between now and October 7.  

In-person turn in dates where students can turn in donations before school are Tuesday September 20, and Tuesday, September 27.

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First Parent School Alliance meeting

Monday, September 19, 6 p.m. Come to our first PSA meeting of the year!

Important Dates

  • August 25 - Back-to-School Jamboree (open house from noon to 7 p.m.)

  • August 31 - First day of school!

  • September 5 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

  • September 8 - Fall Sports begin

  • September 19 - Parent School Alliance Meeting

  • September 29 - School Picture re-take day

  • September 30 - Black Hawk BLAST!

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District 196 events

ISD 196 Foundation Celebration

The District 196 Foundation will host its 2nd annual Celebration event on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at the Minnesota Vikings Museum in Eagan. The event is a fundraiser that will support the foundation’s mission to eliminate barriers to learning for students in Independent School District 196.

Guests can enjoy live music, a tour of the museum, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a short program. The event is open to all. Tickets cost $50 per person ($30 of which is tax deductible). Space is limited, so register now at www.district196foundation.org/events.

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