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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of February 10-12, 2020

There will be no school on Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14. School will resume on Tuesday, February 18.

Hello BHMS Parents, Guardians and Students,

The Winter Parent-Teacher conferences will occur on Wednesday, February 12, from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 13, from 2:30-8:30 p.m.  The conference will be with your child’s Panther Time teacher; however, there is some scheduled open time available to visit with other teachers as well.

Wednesday:  4:00 - 4:30 (all grade levels)       5:00 – 5:30 (7th grade) 5:30 – 6:00 (6th and 8th grade)                     

Thursday:     4:00 – 4:30 (all grade levels)       5:00 – 5:30 (6th grade) 5:30 – 6:00 (7th and 8th grade)

Conference registration is still open at http://bit.ly/BHMS-Conferences and if you have any questions regarding conferences, please feel free to contact your child’s Panther Time teacher or the main office at 651-683-8521.

Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff – Principal

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February Grade Level Happenings

6th Grade:  In science we have had close to 100 students attempt the January science challenge “the boat float.” February's science challenge will be the “Zip Line Challenge” where students have to develop a carriage to go down a zip line and drop a golf ball into a target. It may be one of the more challenging science challenges yet! Throughout the month in science we will also be learning about Speed and Velocity and will conclude the month learning about Gravity and Friction. In Minnesota Studies, students have begun studying the U.S. Civil War. They will be learning about topics such as Dred and Harriet Scott at Fort Snelling and Charley Goddard (a member of Minnesota's First Regiment). 

 English and Reading are concluding the unit titled “Writer’s and Their Craft.” This unit has focused on looking at a writer through time and publications. What does the writer do consistently in various pieces? What has the writer changed or only used once or twice? Then students explore with these different mentor texts and try to use what they learn to publish their own pieces. We will be moving into a non-fiction unit of study after conferences. Students will be exploring texts on Energy (science topic). Students will learn text features and text structures throughout the unit.

7th Grade: The 7th grade is continuing its great year.  The students are working hard towards their academic work in Communications with their ‘Public Service Announcement’ assignment, gene’s in Science, Patterns of Organization and Story Writing in English, volleyball in Phy. Ed., and many other academic pieces during their day. 

The students do such a great job of maintaining focus and effort throughout these information-packed days and performing at a high level academically.  Many students are also participating in after school activities such as Boys Basketball, Chess Club, Future Cities, Math Counts, Math League, Board Games, Speech and Debate Team, and many others to come in different seasons.  The February monthly Science STEM challenge will explore the fossil record and learn how life changes through the different eras of time. See your science teacher to get the materials.

8th Grade: On January 29, 8th grade students volunteered at a mobile packing event in association with the organization, Feed My Starving Children.  They worked in teams to pack hundreds of meals to help end world hunger. Way to go, Panthers! We are pleased to provide students with an opportunity to create an accurate scale model of the solar system distances of the planets. Their  models should include the sun and all 8 planets (Mercury to Neptune) plus any Asteroid belts.

On Tuesday, February 11, students will have the opportunity to see a theatrical production entitled, Dollar Wars: The Empire Strikes Cash! A play about financial responsibility produced by CLIMB theater.  Thank you to Allianz Insurance Company and Dakota County for making this free dollar experience possible for the 8th grade students!

 Students are preparing for the final student-led conferences on February 12th and 13th.  Students and staff look forward to this time in order to share progress and create goals for a strong finish to their final year at BHMS.  It’s not too late to sign up for a conference! Also, check out the book fair in the media center while you are here!

ALERT! We are in need of more tissues!  If you are able to donate additional tissues, it would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for your generosity! Students will also participate in a grade level specific Exploratory session on February 21 prior to the popular Student vs. Staff annual basketball game!

Science Olympiad

We have our second competition for the Science Olympiad this weekend! Our two teams, the Pacing Panthers and Pouncing Panthers, will be competing at Kenwood Trail Middle School on Saturday afternoon against seven other schools from around the metro. We have been working hard to improve our projects and research from our last competition, and are excited to see how we do! 

Update! Congratulations to our Teams for a great job at the competition!

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AVID

8th graders - Are you interested in learning more about AVID in high school?  If so, come to an information session Monday the 10th during Panther Time in the MPR! 

REGISTRATION for the 2020-21 school year

Registration forms for our current 6th and 7th grade students will be handed out to students by the panther time teacher this week.  Students and parents should complete the registration card and return it to the main office during parent teacher conferences February 12 and 13. Directions are printed on the registration card. Course descriptions for the elective classes are on the back of the card and on the Black Hawk website. 

Read More about Elective Registration

BHMS Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Kartik S. for winning the Black Hawk Middle School Spelling Bee! This is Kartik’s second school championship in a row. Kartik will now take the online test to qualify for the state spelling bee. Good Luck Kartik. The spelling bee this year went over 15 rounds and there was some very tough competition. Coming in second place was eighth grader Neel N. 

Sixth grader Riley W. took third place and did an amazing job in his first year of the competition. The rest of the top ten also did an awesome job, they were: Sri M., Gabe S., Alexys T., Jideofor E., Finn B., Matthew M., and Natalie B. Great job everyone!

Math Team

Congratulations to the Black Hawk Math Team of Kartik S, Sri M, Emilio D, Chloe L, John S, Aimen P, Everett K, O’Reilly B, Luke H, and Mia D for their performance at the Minnesota Math Counts Competition.   The competition involved over 180 students from 20 schools in the South Metro. We had 2 students place in the top 20 for the individual rounds- Emilio Diaz placed 12th and Kartik Saravanapandi placed 17th. The team of Emilio, Kartik, Sri and Chloe placed 7th overall.  Way to go mathletes!

BHMS Spring Musical

Singers, Actors and Dancers! Come join us at auditions for the Musical – Once On This Island!

Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted, Caribbean tale tells the story of the power of love against the forces of prejudice, hatred and even death. Auditions will be held after school on Monday and Tuesday, February 10 and 11. Pick up a form in the library and go to the Spring Musical Webpage for all the audition materials. See Mr. McCay, Ms. Schendel or Ms. Amend with questions. More information and audition materials on our website.

More information and Audition materials

Volunteers Needed: Staff Conference Dinner

The Booster Club is sponsoring a sandwich & salad bar for the BHMS Teachers and Staff on Wednesday, February 12.   Please see the link below to sign up to help by donating an item for the meal or making a monetary donation or to help with set-up/clean-up.  All donations can be dropped off in the office. Please label your donation “conference dinner”. Please have everything to the office by Wednesday, February 12, by 4pm.  Thank you for your help!

Sign up to help or donate

Attention Black Hawk Students and Families

February’s  Panther Time theme is Kindness. There will be a variety of activities and discussion around this theme in morning Panther Time.

Yearbook – Order Today!

There's nothing else like a school yearbook. Get your hands on the limited edition collection of our stories from the year. Share it with your friends today and hang on to it for years to come!
Order Now: http://bit.ly/BHMSYearbookOrder19-20

Minnesota Institute of Talented Youth

The Minnesota Institute of Talented Youth is now taking applications for their summer programs. Programs range from creative writing to biomedical science to philosophy to java coding. If your child might be interested in these topics (and many more) learn more at www.mity.org. See Mr. Herem with any questions.

National African American Family Involvement Day

National African American Family Involvement Day is Monday, February 10, 2020.  National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) is a day in which parents are welcome to come to their child’s school, see what their day is like and to support their educational future.

Some of the broad goals of NAAPID are to:

Promote parent involvement in their child's education.

Promote and provide strategies for all parents and students to take full advantage of the educational  process at all levels of the educational system

Clerical Subs Needed

Enjoy working with children and have a flexible schedule?  We have an opportunity for you!

District 196 has a current need for Substitute paraprofessionals and instructional clerks. 

Paraprofessionals work closely with our special education students offering academic, behavior, or self-care assistance earning $14 per hour.  Instructional clerks typically assist in monitoring our playground and lunchrooms in our elementary schools earning $12.75 per hour. Opportunities are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30am to 4:00pm most weeks with flexibility to work a wide range of hours at multiple schools. Applicants will be required to pass a pre-employment physical and background check, complete an online Personal Care Attendant training (an easy training that typically takes approximately 15 minutes) and attend a clerical orientation.  If you are interested in finding out more information, please follow the link to our district website District Subbing Sign-Up and Information or call Barb Hall at 651-423-7761.

 

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