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Panther Pause Newsletter: May 26 - 29, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Middle School Parents / Guardians and Students,

I hope you are enjoying this very nice spring like weather. As we begin to close out this school year, please note the end of the school year (news) items in the Panther Pause today. This includes the student/parent collection of belongings and the returning of school related items. In addition, we are very happy to have planned for and set up the Panther Parade- End of the School Year drive-by schedule. Providing the opportunity for closure with our students and parents is very important to the BHMS staff. Please refer to the guidelines and timeline in this edition of the Panther Pause regarding the end of the year events. Information is also available on our website:

Have a great weekend!

Take care!

Richard Wendorff – Principal

Student Collection of Belongings

June 2-4 (Specific dates and times by Panther Time)


Panther Parade -
End of the School Year Drive-by Goodbye

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


8th Grade Choir

8th Grade Choir families, please check your child’s Choir Schoology page for our annual 8th grade choir slideshow.  Typically, this slideshow is played at the concert while they sing.  Thursday, May 2, would have been our final concert together, in honor of that concert, please enjoy the final slideshow.  

Family Survey ( formerly the Parent 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.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this. 

Community Meals Update

Because of the Memorial Day Holiday there will be no meals distributed on Monday, May 25, 2020. Daily meals will resume on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Cedar Park Elementary, Dakota Ridge School, Echo Park Elementary, Oak Ridge Elementary and Thomas Lake Elementary. The 5-day meal kits will shift one day to Tuesday. Distribution of the 5-day meal kits will remain at the same time and locations.

Library Media News

Black Hawk Middle School had the honor of being chosen as one of the schools for an author visit from An Na, which was scheduled for the beginning of April.  Unfortunately, COVID-19 changed that plan.  Fortunately, Dakota County Library has generously sponsored a virtual event with An Na.  Even if you haven’t had a chance to read her books, you’ll still enjoy her talk.  It’s also a great way to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and increase understanding with Mental Health Awareness Month.

Here is the information from DCL:  Dakota County Library is excited to announce our upcoming virtual program: “Author Talk with An Na.”

Meet award-winning author An Na and join her for a two-part virtual event to hear how her own experiences inspired her novels that address the Asian American experience and mental illness. Sponsored by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Registration required. Registrants will receive an email with a link to the Zoom presentation prior to the event.

Register here for Part 1 on May 21 at 7 pm CST:

Register here for Part 2 on May 26 at 7 pm CST:

Biography: An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of four novels, including The Place Between Breaths, The Fold, Wait for Me, and A Step from Heaven, which was a National Book Award Finalist and won the ALA’s Michael L. Printz Award. Her honors include the International Reading Association Award and the Parents Choice Gold Award, and her books have been named as ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Kirkus Best Books and a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. For more information, visit