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Panther Pause Newsletter: April 6 - 10, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Middle School Parents/ Guardians, Students and Staff,

I hope all is well with you!  We have completed our first week of distance learning and despite experiencing some technical issues involving Schoology it was great to reestablish positive connections with the students. During this time, please know that we understand the anxiety or uncertainty of working through some of these technical problems that may be associated with distance learning.  The BHMS staff have considered this and we will continue to work with you regarding course assignments and attendance.  We are confident that as we move into week number two that those issues will diminish.  If for some reason, your child was unable to participate in distance learning this first week, please contact their Panther Time teacher.  As always, thank you for your support!

Take care,

Richard Wendorff, Principal

News From The Nurse

Black Hawk Middle School's Licensed School Nurse, Molly McQuown, is available during distance learning for non-urgent medical questions and/or health support. She will be available Monday-Friday during normal Nurse Office Hours (7:30 am-3:30 pm). Please see the following information for communication via text, phone call, or email:

Phone #: 612-405-2805

Email: molly.mcquown@district196.org

Dakota County Library 

Dakota County Library is here for you. What does this look like?

All digital content remains accessible online—ebooks, audiobooks, research tools and databases, virtual programs, and online library card registration

Library staff will be available by phone or email, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. You are always welcome to contact me directly (contact info below), or the main Wescott Library number is 651-450-2900.

Libraries remain closed through at least April 10, but all physical materials currently checked out aren’t due until May 31.

Missing the Library?

Audible has free books for you to listen to. Check it out! Another source now free for students for audio books:

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Persuasive Writing Contest

– Why Sports Matter - $500 prize

Hey Kids! Love sports and love to write? Scholastic is hosting an online persuasive writing contest with a grand prize of $500. Entries are due by April 24th. See the link below for the complete competition information.

Scholastic Writing Contest Information

MCA Tests Cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year

The federal government in conjunction with the state of Minnesota has decided to discontinue the MCA tests for the remainder of the school year. Student’s grades or class placement will NOT be impacted moving forward for not having a 2019-2020 MCA score in reading, math or science.