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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of Dec. 2-6, 2019

There will be no after school activities on today - Tuesday, November 26.  No school on Wednesday, November 27, Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29, for Thanksgiving Day Break.

Hello BHMS Parents, Guardians and Students,

It is hard to believe at times how quickly the school year moves on. Trimester 1 is behind us and now we are transitioning into Trimester 2 beginning on Monday, December 2. At Black Hawk, we have had a fantastic first trimester and are looking forward to the second trimester of the school year. The Trimester 1 grades will be available on Friday, December 13.  

Our Learning Fair is quickly approaching. As parents/guardians, you will have the opportunity to view the student’s Learning Fair projects on the following days and times:  Seventh and Eighth grade: Tuesday, December 10, from 5:30-7:00 PM and Sixth grade is held on Thursday, December 12, from 5:30-7:00 PM. 

Thank you to all of the parents/guardians and grandparents who attended the Trimester 1 Panther Pride awards ceremony on November 22.  Your support is very much appreciated!

Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff – Principal        

Library Media News 

Eighth-grade students will have even more access to reliable information sources with fine-free virtual student library cards for the Dakota County Library.  Parents and guardians will be sent a letter containing more information about this amazing program. The rollout and activation of these cards will be in early January during English classes.  

African American Parent Advisory Council

The African American CFA’s are hosting a Potluck for families and friends of African American Students in District 196. At the potluck we will have resources for families and activities for the kids. Bring a dish if you are able, meet others, and learn resources specific to your student.


December 5 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

Black Hawk Middle School 

1540 Deerwood Drive, Eagan, MN 55122

Next Meeting Date: 

Feb 6| Oak Ridge Magnet School | Eagan

March 5 | Apple Valley High School | Apple Valley

TBD | Falcon Ridge Middle School | Apple Valley

 For questions, contact: Rashelle Redmon, | 612-805-4838

Community Education

Vaping: What’s In the Mist? Teens continue to use different forms of tobacco, while also expanding into vaping (e-cigarettes) and have different views on marijuana. According to the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey, one in four Minnesota 11th graders reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. That represents a 54% increase from the 2016 survey, in which 17% of 11th graders reported vaping. The jump among eighth graders is even more significant, with nearly twice as many students (11% in 2019 compared to 5.7% in 2016) reporting using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days. More teens believe marijuana is harmless and 12.6% of teens used marijuana. Discover why so many kids are vaping, what they are vaping, the associated health concerns, and how you can detect and talk to your kids about vaping.

Rob Holladay delivers interactive, entertaining, educational presentations in a dynamic fashion all across America. He has worked with several wellness organizations, such as the American Lung Association, to learn and develop engaging presentations that deliver relevant information to youth and adults in a way that is relatable, engaging and memorable.

Tuesday, December 3,  at 7:00 PM Eagan High School Student Commons FREE

Please register at:

Spanish and Somali interpreters available

It’s fun to do the impossible.  ~ Walt Disney