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Panther Pause Newsletter: June 8 -10, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Middle School Parents / Guardians and Students,

Thank you for your part in helping make the student collection of belongings days this week a big success.  The process went very smoothly.  The staff members commented that it was great to see the students again even though it was curbside at Black Hawk.  We are very excited and looking forward to the Panther Parade end of the school year drive-by on Wednesday, June 10.  We value the opportunity to be able to say good-bye for the summer to you and the students.  Please note the time, directions and procedures for this special event below. Information on all of the End of Year items and activities can be found on our website:

Take care!

Richard Wendorff, Principal

Panther Parade

End of the School Year Drive-by Goodbye

Wednesday, June 10 - 12:45 p.m.-approximately 2:00 p.m.



Yearbooks are still available for order. Limited number. Order today!

Yearbook Signing: SOCIALLY DISTANCED EDITION: Digital Yearbook signing is still available through Jostens. Check the link above for more info.

Trimester III Grades

The trimester III grades will be available to access in the Campus Parent Portal on Monday, June 15.

Summer Academy

Summer Academy begins Monday, June 22, at 8:00 a.m.  Confirmation letters with program details were sent to enrolled students. 

2020-21 School Supply Lists

2020-21 school supply lists will be available on our website.

School Supply Lists

BHMS Site Council

We have parent/guardian openings on the Site Council for the 2020-21 school year.  If you are interested, please complete the application on our website.


Family Survey 

This annual Family Survey (formerly the Parent Survey) is designed for you to respond and provide input about your student's experience at BHMS.  It encompasses a wide range of areas that we feel are very important to gather valuable information which will be used for future planning. This year there are additional questions related to Distance Learning. Thank you for your honest input as we navigate this new reality.


Haiku Contest Winners Wells & Clark

Congratulations to Miette Wells & Evelyn Clark from Mrs. Jaeger's 6th grade English classes, who are winners in the Scholastic Favorite Book Haiku contest!  They are two of 10 winners nationally! Great work Miette & Evelyn!  We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to Gia Bazzano! 

Congratulations to Gia Bazzano for ranking 3rd place for the Ages 9-11 category in Dakota County Library’s 2020 Poetry Contest!The judges really enjoyed her poem, “The Big Race”. Her prize will be mailed to her home this upcoming week. All the winning poems will be announced and published on the Dakota County Library's website. Read Gia’s winning Poem.

New From The Nurse

Immunizations and Sports Physicals

Minnesota state law requires each student entering 7th grade in the 2020-21 school year to update their immunizations. Most students will need these two new vaccinations before 7th grade:

  • Tetanus/pertussis booster (Tdap)

  • Meningitis (meningococcal)

Please schedule a doctor's appointment to update immunizations before your student enters 7th grade. You may also complete a sports physical at this time if your child will be participating in a school sport.  Most clinics are continuing to provide well-child check ups, sports physicals and immunizations, and are taking precautions to ensure the safety of you and your family during your visit. If you have any questions, I encourage you to reach out to your specific health care provider.

If you are unsure of what immunization dates are on file at school, this information can be found through your Parent Portal account online. Call or email the school nurse, Molly McQuown, if you have any additional questions. Molly McQuown, 612-405-2805,

Library Media News

Maud Squad:  Congratulations to Mrs. Jaeger’s homeroom for reading the most Maud Squad books!   This is the second year in a row that Mrs. Jaeger’s team has won.  They should be proud of their dedication to reading.  Due to COVID19, details will be worked out as to if the celebration could be held later this summer or perhaps in the fall.  

Two other homerooms had high numbers of books read.  Let’s recognize Mrs. Cullen’s team and Mr. Fredrickson’s homeroom, where Brooklyn Tracyzyk read all ten books!

Thirteen students showed much spirit and read two or more of the Maud Squad books, which gets them invited to Maud’s Birthday Bash--Virtual Style!  They will get a birthday treat and use their knowledge of the books to compete for bookstore gift certificates.  Congratulations to Hannah Skarphol, Brady Dierberger, Abby Wanous, Brooklyn Traczyk, Greg Gronau, Hudson Weight, Ellie Ehrman, Natalie Brown, Chloe Larson, Naomi Agboh, Serena, Jyotsna Babu, and Riyana Abdurahman.

Fun Summer Opportunity with Dakota County Library:

The Summer Discovery reading program will be available June 8-July 31! 

  • Open to all kids and teens ages Birth - entering Grade 12.

  • Options for pre readers, readers, and teens.

  • To participate, visit any Dakota County Library location and pick up a Summer Discovery bag outside the building between 9 am and 5 pm between June 8 and July 31. One bag per person for the summer, please.

  • This bag will contain: a bookmark, a booklet with different activities to try out, an instruction sheet, anda free book! The book will be a surprise, but you will be able to choose the right category for you. 

  • There is no need to bring completed activity booklets back to the library--this year, you get your prize right at the beginning!

Alumni News

Some former Panthers took home some hardware after winning awards at the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Academy of Arts. In the cultural affairs category the winner was Olivia Cuoco and in the public affairs category the winner was Iqra Ismail.

Ben Kupinski, Rohan Vij were National Merit Finalists at Eastview High School this year! The Spotlight magazine has a story on former BHMS student Dan Meyers. Dan is now working for the Minnesota Wild as a coordinator of digital content. He also has written a book called “100 things every Wild fan should do before they die.”

Eagan Parks and Rec - LEVEL UP!

Summer in the Park for Ages 11-15, entering grades 6-10.

Level Up! will keep participants active, outdoors and engaged! With participant input, staff will plan activities, games, sports and crafts for varying interests and this specific age group! Cell phones will not be allowed during program hours, the focus will be on staying active! Join the fun this summer to explore new interests, meet new friends and make connections. And spend summer… in the park! Register at 

Helpful Resources for Families

Updated COVID 19 Dakota County Resources website:

Isuroon: Support for Somali and East African Families in Dakota County

Isuroon is available to assist children and their families navigate services and resources. They can provide consultation and problem solving to families, provide linkages to community resources and provide support and consultation to community partners. This service is free to Dakota County residents. 

Contact: Nasra Suleiman LSW
Family & Children Social Services Coordinator
Isuroon's Main Office: 612-886-2731
Behavioral Health Services: 612-236-4835