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Panther Pause Newsletter: June 1-5, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Middle School Parents / Guardians and Students,

I hope all is well with you!   This edition of the Panther Pause contains specific information and directions pertaining to the end of the year procedures.  This information is also located on the school website: . If you have any questions regarding the procedures, please contact your child’s Panther Time teacher.  We will continue with distance learning through the end of this school year and the Black Hawk staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your child with distance learning.   Have a nice 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.



We are still planning to distribute Yearbooks with the Locker Item Pick-up on June 2 and 3rd. If the shipment is delayed, we will get in touch with all those who have ordered with the alternate plan.

Missed your chance to order a Yearbook? We have less than 30 copies still available on a first-come-first-serve basis through FeePay (under Activities, search for “19-20 BHMS Yearbook”). You must order through FeePay, we cannot take orders/payment at the school. BEFORE you order, check with Ms. Amend to see if you are already on the list!


We are excited to announce that the BHMS yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students. 

Jostens has just launched the new Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not. Register for an account at yearbook

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. 

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,

Information from the Counselors, School Psychologist and School Nurse


Emotional ups & downs are to be expected during this time of COVID crisis, but if your child is experiencing any of the following, please consider reaching out for some extra support: ● Increased problems in multiple areas of life: academic, social, family relationships, etc ● Excessive worry ● Crying, hopelessness, or feeling sad ● Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits ● Feeling bad about themselves ● Withdrawal from activities or relationships they used to enjoy ● Engaging in negative behaviors ● Self harm behaviors or statements like “I wish I weren’t here”. 


Let us help! ACP was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide school and community based therapy to students and their families throughout Dakota County. All services are conducted by qualified mental health professionals and practitioners. Through the grant program, we are able to offer services to students in Dakota County regardless of insurance coverage. We will work directly with the insurance plan on your behalf to answer any questions. You can make a referral : By Phone: ● During regular business hours, you may call our school and home-based Client Coordinator at 612-455-8643. ● If preferred or if a family member or parent could also use some support, referrals for clinic-based services can be made by calling our Apple Valley office at 952-432-1484, or the West St. Paul office at 651-450-0860. Clinic services are not grant supported. Online: ● DURING THE ‘SAFER AT HOME’ ORDER, ALL SERVICES WILL OCCUR VIA TELEHEALTH


This information was also placed in your student's brown bag that you will be picking up curbside next week.


Additional food resource information:


Open Door Pantry Event at the Dakota County Northern Service Center

The Open Door will have a drive-up produce distribution event at the Northern Service Center on Monday, June 1 st from noon until 3pm.  Please pass this information on to anyone that has a food need.  The process will be different from last summer as people will remain in their vehicles and volunteers will place the pre-bagged produce into their vehicle. The location will be in the East parking lot – Cub Foods side of building. Another event is scheduled for July 6.  For the July date, we will be looking for volunteers so please watch for that email!


Open Door Pantry: Food Support and Community Resource Referral Information : 651-686-0787


The Open Door Pantry: Pop-Up Produce Stands

Cedar Knolls Park: Every Thursday, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Near the intersection of Galaxie Avenue and 127th Street, Apple Valley

  • Located in the main parking lot of the office.

  • No appointment necessary


Arbor Vista: Every 1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesday of the month, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

14750 Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55306

  •   Starting 5/20/2020

  •   Located at the office (address above).

  •   No appointment necessary