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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of January 13 - 17, 2020

Hello BHMS Parents, Guardians and Students,

Welcome back after the winter break!  I believe that the students are very happy to be back at school as we are as a staff. The two BHMS Science Olympiad Teams comprised of 24 students entered their first competition on January 4, 2020 at the University of Minnesota and I am very happy to share with you that they had a great experience.   Overall, twenty-three teams participated in the competition. The BHMS “Pacing Panther” team finished 8th and the “Pouncing Panther” team came in at 12th place. We had four pairs of students that earned medals, one gold, one silver and two bronze. Congratulations to both teams and those students who earned medals! 

Both teams are now in the process of preparing for the Regional Science Olympiad Team competition that will occur on February 8 at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville.  Ms. Schendel is the BHMS staff advisor/coach and students that currently participate on the Eastview High School Science Olympiad teams assist her.  In addition, the BHMS Science department staff members are providing support as well. We are extremely proud of the Black Hawk Middle School students that are participating in the Science Olympiad Teams and wish them the very best as they prepare for the next level of competition.

Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff – Principal

Grade Level Happenings

6th Grade

On January 14th and 15th, Black Hawk sixth graders will go on a two day field trip to the Works Museum and the Minnesota History Center. There, students will participate in hands-on activities that tie directly to their Science and Minnesota Studies courses.

At the Minnesota History Center, students will see history come to life. In the “They Chose Minnesota” lesson,  they will explore the economic and political "push and pull" factors that have influenced immigration to our state and then examine trunks with cherished objects that families have brought on their journey. Kids will also Play the Past-- it’s a student-directed field trip experience in which students use iPods to explore the Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and Then Now Wow galleries. Through critical thinking and collaboration, they earn badges and collect digital items for later use. Lastly, they will be able to explore the brand-new Our Home: Native Minnesota exhibit.

 At the Works Museum students will engage in a 2 Hour Catapults Building Session. During the session students will learn about levers and fulcrums while using hammers, drills, and saws to build their very own catapults. There will also be a one hour museum exploration for some mind-expanding fun in the interactive Experience Gallery. Students will get to experiment with simple machines, structures and shapes, sensors, and imaging and optical technologies. Students touch, try and build as they explore how things work!

 This month’s science challenge for January is the “Boat Float.” Students will create a boat out of 30 cm x 50 cm of foil, 3 straws, and 10 cm of tape with a goal of the boat holding 1000 grams of mass without sinking. Students can use their materials to engineer their design however they choose to create the best floating device possible.

7th Grade

With the Learning Fair behind us, students in seventh grade have been quite busy in all of their classes. To begin with American Studies, the era of Post Civil War is being studied. Here, students get the chance to find out what it’s like to be a cowhand, miner, and rancher. In addition, classes were involved in reconstructing the “Transcontinental Railroad” in mainstreet. Following up in our Communications classes with Mr. Lindell, seventh graders are involved in research for their Informative Speech and will be presenting them in the next week. Using what they have researched for their Informative Speech, many students will use this information to create a project in English as they move into a unit based on nonfiction text features and how they are organized; any connections that students make between their classes will help them better understand what they are learning. Moving into Math, our seventh graders in Pre-Algebra are studying ratios, rates, and proportions and then will focus on discount, tax, and interest. Also, Algebra students are involved in a Geometry lesson. Finally, our Science classes with Mr. Soruco and Ms. Digre are in a Genetics Unit; such topics as Heredity, DNA, cloning, and genetic engineering will be studied.  The monthly Science Challenge is Chromosomey Karyotype activity to diagnose genetic conditions.

With about a month before conferences, now is a great time to sit down with your child and look at grades and ask questions about what they are doing in school. As always, parents are welcome and encouraged to either email or Schoology message teachers if they have any questions. Thank you for your continued support in your child’s education.

8th Grade

Welcome back! And Welcome to 2020!!!

Our eighth grade students will be touring their respective high schools on Tuesday, January 14, between 9:30-11:00.  EHS and EVHS counselors will be at BHMS on January 16 to help students complete their 9th grade registration! Parent information evenings are as follows: EVHS Jan.8 and EHS Jan. 13. See individual high school websites for further details!

All eighth grade students will be obtaining an E-Library card via Dakota County library systems this month! This will give our students more access to databases, ebooks, ezines, and videos to further their education!  We are excited about this opportunity!

Looking to the remainder of the month, we have some fun activities coming up!  On January 29 students will participate in a community building field trip in which we give out time and talents for others. Stay tuned for more information!  Students will also have the chance to sign up for an Exploratory Activity during the afternoon on January 31! Ask your child which activity she/he will be participating in that afternoon!

Our Science Challenge for the month of January is an earthquake-proof structure shake table challenge.

Downhill Ski and Snowboard Club Dates Planned!

The BHMS Downhill Ski and Snowboard Club is planning four trips to Afton Alps, including January 17, January 31, February 7, and February 21.

All of the trips take place after school, and transportation is included in the fee. Whether you are just starting out or have been on the slopes for a number of years, this club is for you. Registration forms are available in the office; the forms are also attached in the Ski Club Schoology Group (Access Code J4CQV-85SVP).

Questions can be addressed to the club’s advisers, Mr. Huling or Ms. Antanovich as well as sending a Schoology message to Mr. Huling. Registration forms are due in the office by January 13 and payment in FeePay for the first trip is due by January 14 (noon). If you are having difficulties logging into FeePay, please complete the form that your student brought home today and attach a check or cash for the lift/bus fee. You can also request a form by emailing Mr. Huling.

For those students who are skiing or snowboarding for the first time and are in need of a lesson, Afton Alps is offering beginner lessons at a discounted rate:

  • The rate is $34 per person for a 2-hour Epic Beginner Group Lesson
  • Ski or snowboard lessons offered
  • Participants are encouraged to sign up as early as possible
  • Lessons must be registered 48 hours in advance
  • Refunds are not allowed for cancellations within 48 hours of the lesson
  • Lessons will begin once the students have their gear (the advisers will help these students get ready)
  • Participants must bring a signed Release Liability waiver (by the parent)….Mr. Huling can provide this for you.
  • Parents must use the link to register directly with Afton….email Mr. Huling for this link, if you don’t have it.

BHMS Fundraiser Night at Cafe Zupas!

Come out for dinner and help us raise money for Black Hawk Middle School!   Our next school fundraiser night at Cafe Zupas is Tuesday, January 14, from 5 - 9 pm. Our school can earn up to 25% back if you tell the cashier you are here for the fundraiser. Online orders count too! Be sure to enter FUNDRAISER25  in the “Coupon Code” box at if ordering online. Cafe Zupas is located at 3340 Central Park Village in Eagan.

See you there!

Full Band Concerts

Thursday, January 23, @ 5:30 pm: White Day/ Peterson 6th and full 7th grade band

Thursday, January 23, @ 7:30 pm: Green Day/Anderson 6th and full 8th grade band

Tuesday, May 12, @ 5:30 pm: White Day/Peterson 6th and full 7th grade band

Tuesday, May 12, @ 7:30 pm: Green Day/Anderson 6th and full 8th grade band

Small Ensemble Concerts

Small Ensemble Concert (Does Not Apply To Every Student)

Sunday, January 26, FLEX Band 4:30 pm @ EHS Eagan Pyramid Concert

Tuesday, March 17, Small Ensembles 7:00 pm @ BHMS

To Be Determined Late May – Small/Flex Ensembles @ MN Zoo

District 196 Substitute Teachers

District 196 has a current need for Substitute Teachers.  If you are interested in subbing but do not have a standard teaching license, you may obtain a Short Call Substitute license through PELSBE with a 4-year degree.  Along with this Short Call Substitute license, you will need to attend a weeklong training class with District 196.  The final training class of the school year will be February 24-28, 2020 from 8:00am -12:15pm each day. If interested in becoming a Short Call substitute please start the process to obtain your short call license and sign up for the training class at  If you have any questions, please contact Barb Hall at 651-423-7761.

Community Education

It’s Complicated: Children, Social Media and Mental Health

Sat | Jan 11 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Free! | RHS

Social networking, cell phones, and video games are game changers for youth and families. As parents and caregivers, we want our children to take advantage of incredible new digital opportunities but worry about the impact of too much screen time on our kids health, social skills, and school performance.

In this interactive and energizing presentation, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology impacts mental health and wellness. Understand the key ingredients for wellness in the digital age and share practical strategies for nurturing these at home. Explore a range of questions including:

Does social media use cause anxiety and depression?

What should I be on the lookout for as more and more of my child’s life goes online?

Is video game addiction real?

How can I help my child develop positive media habits?

Childcare is available for ages 2-12 (registration required).

Meets criteria for Minnesota Teacher licensure renewal in Mental Health and is approved for 1.5 CEUs.

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. David Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting together in 2010. In addition to her work with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin is a speaker with the Bolster Collaborative and teaches undergraduate students at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs where she teaches a program called Making Media, Making Change.

Es complicado: los Niños, las Redes Sociales y la Salud Mental

Las redes sociales, los teléfonos celulares y los videojuegos constituyen el punto de inflexión que hace que se cambie el juego para los jóvenes y las familias. Como padres y cuidadores, queremos que nuestros hijos aprovechen las nuevas e increíbles oportunidades digitales, pero nos preocupa el impacto para la salud, las habilidades sociales y el rendimiento escolar de nuestros hijos que pasan demasiado tiempo frente a la pantalla. Aprenda cómo la tecnología impacta la salud mental y el bienestar. Comprenda los componentes esenciales del bienestar en la era digital y comparta estrategias prácticas para fomentarlas en el hogar. Ayude a su hijo a desarrollar hábitos positivos con los medios de comunicación. Informamos que, durante el evento, tendremos servicio de guardería disponible para niños entre 2 a 12 años de edad (se requiere registrarse).  Erin Walsh, M.A., es una conferencista dinámica e informada sobre el desarrollo del cerebro y la crianza de jóvenes resilientes en la era digital. Erin fue decisiva en el movimiento de MediaWise junto con su padre, el Dr. David Walsh, durante diez (10) años en el National Institute on Media and the Family (Instituto Nacional de Medios y la Familia) antes de crear Mind Positive Parenting.

Sábado | 11 de Enero | de 9:00 a 10:30 a.m. | Gratis | RHS

Waa waxyaabo aad u dhib badan: Ilmaha, Baraha Bulshada (Social Media) iyo Caafimaadka Miyirka 

Baraha Bulshada, telefoonada gacanta, cayaaraha fiidyowyada waa wax isbedel weyn ku keenay nolosha dhalinyarada iyo qoysaska. Waalid ahaan iyo ilmo koriye ahaanba waxa aanu doonaynaa in ilmahayagu ay ka faa’iidaystaan teknoolijiyada cusub ee cajiibka ee soo korortay, laakiin waxa aanu ka wal-walnaa saameynta ay ku yeelan karaan inta badan daawashaha shaashadaha ilmahayaga caafimaadkooda, xirfadahooda bulshada iyo horukaca tacliintooda. Si aad wax uga ogaatid sida ay teknoolijiyada u saameyso caafimaadka miyirka fayoobida. Fahan waxa furaha u ah fayoobida waqtigan cusub lana wadaag xeelado wacan sida kuwaa loogu ababsan karo guriga. Ka caawi in ilmahaagu u sameysto caadooyin san oo la xiriira isticmaalka aaladaha korontada ku shaqeeya. Hayn (childcare) lagu hayo ilmaha da’ahoodu u dhaxeeyaan 2-12 waa la heli karaa (laakiin inaad isqorto ayaa loo baahan yahay)  Erin Walsh, M.A. waa aqoon yahanad aqoon siyaad ah u leh, korida maskaxda iyo korinta ilmo adkaysi u leh la qabsiga waqtigan casrisga ah. Erin waxay gacan weyn ku lehayd ururka la yiraa MediaWise oo uu ka aasaasay aabaheed, Dr. David Walsh, muddo tobon sanno ah Hay’ada la yiraa (National Institute on Media and the Family) ka hor inta uusan abuurin hay’ada kale ee la yiraa (Mind Positive Parenting).

Sabti | Jan 11 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Bilaash | Gratis | RHS


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