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Panther Pause Newsletter: May 11 - 15, 2020

Hello Black Hawk Middle School Parents/Guardians and Students,

I hope this message finds you well.  In last week’s edition of the Panther Pause you received the Trimester III Distance Learning Grading Parameters. Based on some of the feedback we received the following addendum has been added.  The final (full year grades) will be assigned primarily based on Trimester I and Trimester II.  Teachers will take into consideration students’ success and efforts during Distance Learning while assigning final grades. 

We want to assure you that your child’s commitment to do their very best with distance learning will be given due consideration in determining their final grade for the 2019-20 school year.  On behalf of the Black Hawk Middle School staff, we appreciate your efforts in supporting your child through distance learning. 

Congratulations to the 104 eighth grade students who are this year’s recipients of the President’s Education Award Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence.  The students who earned this prestigious award have maintained at a minimum a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) the last three years at Black Hawk Middle School.  Although we are not able to acknowledge these high achieving scholarly students in a formal “live” ceremony, we will proceed with a “virtual” online ceremony that will be available for parents, students and the staff to view beginning on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  The details of how one can access this “virtual” ceremony will be forthcoming.  For the 104 students who are receiving this award and their parents/guardians you can expect a packet in the mail late next week containing the certificate, program and congratulatory letter.  

We are in the process of completing the plan for the students to gather their belongings from school. Additional information regarding the pick-up details and dates will be forthcoming.  We are anticipating this happening the week of June 1-5.    

Please continue to encourage your child to check in with their Panther Time Teacher before 3:00 P.M. Monday - Friday.  It is very important when students are participating in distance learning, that they receive credit for their attendance.   As always thank you for your support!

Take Care,

Richard Wendorff – Principal

Reporting a Student’s Absence

Please report a student’s absence during Distance Learning:


  • Student's name (please spell the student's FIRST AND LAST name when calling)

  • Grade

  • Name of person reporting the absence

  • Reason for absence

  • Phone number where you can be reached on the absence date

Cafe Zupas Night for BHMS

Did you know Cafe Zupas is open for take-out and will be hosting our final fundraiser night for BHMS next week.  On Tuesday, May 12, from 5pm-8pm, Cafe Zupas will donate 25% of sales to our school.  You can order online, be sure to ender FUNDRAISER25  at checkout at  You can also order at their drive-thru, be sure to tell the cashier you are with the fundraiser so our school gets credit.  Cafe Zupas is located at 3340 Central Park Village, Eagan.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

As we complete the Teacher’s and Nurse’s Appreciation Week, we are  grateful to have a committed, compassionate, and caring staff that put students first. The teachers have done an amazing job facilitating distance learning. Feel free to reach out to one of our teachers to let them know how they have made a difference for your BHMS student. 



  • Orders can still be placed at  until 5/20.
  • Not sure if you’ve ordered? Check with your Panther Time Teacher or Ms. Amend-Marshall.
  • Yearbooks will be distributed with locker contents pickup in June. More info to come.

 Watch this video for a sneak-peek because… It’s in the YEARBOOK!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  There has never been a time more important than now to focus on your mental health and take proactive steps to take care of yourself both mentally and physically.  We understand the stress and anxiety that the Covid 19 outbreak and resulting school changes has caused to our entire school community. 

We want to challenge all Black Hawk students, staff and families to take part in a 28-day Mental Health Challenge to help encourage you to take steps that will positively impact your mental health!  Each day until the end of the school year one of your support staff - Ms. Nicol, Ms. Molly, Ms. Beck, or Ms. Heasley will post a challenge on the BHMS Counseling and Psychology Schoology group that we hope you will join us in! 

Please see more info at

Enrichments Utilizing Community Resources

With the challenge of people not being able to gather in large groups, organizations are finding ways to “bring people together” and create virtual audiences or offer enrichments for students. So that these places are not forgotten, they are offering resources to individuals and schools to utilize. Below are the links to a few of these; the list will probably continue to grow, so be on the lookout for more.

News From The Nurse

Please contact the school nurse if you have medications or other health supplies that need to be picked up from the health office. She will schedule a time with you to come pick these items up.

See the following information for communication via text, phone call, or email:

Phone #: 612-405-2805


One Book, One Minnesota Program

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library have announced a One Book, One Minnesota program this summer. Imagine a state-wide book club! The goal is to have as many Minnesotans as possible read the book Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DeCamillo. You can learn so much more about the program and all the events they are hosting by visiting the website.

One Book - One Minnesota