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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of March 16-20, 2020

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Minnesota Scholastic Chess Championships

Three students from Black Hawk Middle School travelled to the Minnesota Scholastic Chess Championships last weekend and took 3rd place in state! What is so amazing about their third-place finish is that they were competing with only three people against teams of four. With one of their teammates gone on vacation, the others stepped up in a big way. Isaac T., an eighth grader, alo earned third overall as an individual. Kartik S., a seventh grader took 13th overall and Huy V., eighth grader, earned 16th. Way to represent Black Hawk Middle School guys!

Thank You From BHMS Booster Club

Thanks to everyone who came out for our Cafe Zupas night on March 3, our school will be receiving a check for $102!  Way to go Black Hawk families!

Library Media News

Yikes!  465 Library Books are Overdue:  At an average price of $15.00, that’s $6,975.00 worth of books!  Overdue notices are emailed to students every Friday morning. Encourage your student to check his or her email and return books or bring them in to the library to renew.  Students who get their library records into good standing by Friday, March 20, can get three tickets for the chance to win posters and books. Winners will be announced after spring break.  Thank you for helping to keep our collection strong and returning books so others can enjoy them, too.

Earn Tickets to Meet the Author An Na:  Did you know that only 7% of children’s books published in 2018 contained characters that were Asian/Pacific American or Asian Pacific Islander?  Mirrors- stories that reflect ourselves and our own culture, and windows- stories that let us learn about other people and their experiences, are necessary for helping people to form positive self-concepts.  Thanks to the generosity of Dakota County Library, BHMS has the privilege of hearing award-winning Korean American author An Na speak to us on the morning of Thursday, April 2.  The focus of her presentation will be on immigration and identity, which are often themes in her books. Students in grades 6 – 8 can earn tickets in two ways. They can read her book A Step from Heaven and participate in the book discussion.  The other way they can earn a ticket is to complete the application by writing a paragraph about why they wish to attend the presentation.  Copies of the book and applications are available in the library. For more information about windows and mirrors, read these articles:

ACT Testing Revision

District 196 high schools have revised schedules for ACT testing April 7

District 196 students in grades 9 and 12 will have a flexible learning day at home on Tuesday, April 7, due to ACT testing for students in grades 10 and 11 that will take place at Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount high schools, Area Learning Center and Dakota Ridge that day.

On April 7, all students in grade 11 will be offered the opportunity to take the ACT test during the school day, in accordance with state law. Students in grade 10 will also be expected to be at school April 7 to take the PreACT test. Both tests will be offered at no cost to students. The ACT is the primary admissions test for students attending colleges in the Midwest. The PreACT is a college-readiness test that measures achievement in English, math, reading and science, as well as students’ career interests and whether they are on track to pursue their goals after high school.

There is no make-up ACT test day this year. If school were to be canceled April 7 due to weather, the district’s ACT testing date would be moved online to April 21, but that is not a date for make-ups.


Horarios revisados de las escuelas preparatorias del Distrito 196 para el examen ACT el 7 de abril.

Los estudiantes del Distrito 196 en los grados 9 y 12 tendrán un día de aprendizaje flexible en el hogar el martes 7 de abril, debido a que los estudiantes de los grados 10 y 11 de las escuelas preparatorias de Area Learning Center y Dakota Ridge, Apple Valley, Eastview y Rosemount estarán tomando la prueba del ACT

El 7 de abril, a todos los estudiantes del grado 11 se les ofrecerá la oportunidad de tomar el examen ACT durante el día escolar, de acuerdo con la ley estatal. Los estudiantes del grado 10 también deberán estar en la escuela el 7 de abril para tomar el examen PreACT. Ambos exámenes se ofrecerán sin costo alguno. El ACT es el examen de admisión para los estudiantes que asistirán a universidades en el Medio Oeste de los Estados Unidos. El PreACT es un examen de preparación para la universidad que mide los niveles de inglés, matemáticas, lectura y ciencias, así como los intereses de futuras carreras de los estudiantes y si están en camino de alcanzar sus metas después de la escuela preparatoria.

Este año no contamos con un día de recuperación del examen ACT. Si la escuela se cancelara el 7 de abril debido al clima, la fecha del examen ACT del distrito se cambiaría al 21 de abril, pero no es una fecha de recuperación de examen.


Gudoonka 196 (District 196) wax buu ka bedelay qorshahii qaadida imtixaanada ACT da ee dugsiyada sare Abriil 7 deeda

Ardayda fasalada 9 aad iyo 12 aad ee Gudoonka 196 (District 196) waxaa la siin doonaa fursad ay maalinta Talaadadda ah ee bisha Abriil ay tahay 7 da ay guriga wax ugu baran karaan maadaama ay ardayda dhigata fasalada 10 naadka iyo 11 naadku ee dugsiyada sare ee magaalooyinka Apple Valley, Eagan, Eastview iyo Rosemount maalintaa la qaadayo imtixaanka la yiraa ACT ga.    

Abriil 7 deeda, dhamaan ardayda dhigata fasalada 11 aad waxaa loogu baaqi fursad ah inay qaataan imtixaanka ACT ga xilliga maalintii ah ee iskuulka la joogo sida uu qabo sharciga gobolku. Ardayda dhigata fasalka 10 naad waxaa laga rabaa sidoo kale inay iskuulka joogaan Abriil 7 deeda si ay u qaataan imtixaanka (PreACT) ka. Labada imtixaanba waxaa ardayda loo fidiyaa iyadoon wax kharash ahi uga bixin. (ACT) gu waa imtixaanka aasaaska u ah ogolaanshaha ardayda ee jaamacadaha nawaaxiga Midwest. (PreACT) waa imtixaan ah u diyaar garowga jaamacadaha oo cabira heerka tacliinta ee maadooyinka Ingiriiska, xisaabta, akhriska, iyo sayniska iyo sidoo kale ardaydu meheradaha ay jecel yihiin inay bartaan iyo inay ku jiraan jidkii ay ku gaari lahaayeen hadafyadoodaa dugsiga sare ka dib. 

Sannadkan maalin kale oo imtixaanka ACT da in la qaadan karaa ma jiri doonto. Hadii iskuulka la baajiyo Abriil 7 deeda hawada oo xumaata awgeed, maalinta uu gudoonku qaadayo imtixaanadiisa ACT da waxaa loo wareejin doonaa Abriil 21 keedii, laakiin maalintaasi ma aha maalin imtixaanku cidii uu dhaafay loogu celinayo. 

Community Education

Understanding the Adolescent Brain: Tools and Tips for Responding to Risky Teen Behavior

Explore how experiences and behaviors, along with outside influences, help develop the adolescent brain. Subjects such as “normal” developmental stages, stressors, adverse experiences, risk-taking, and how adolescents go about making choices will be discussed. There will be a highly interactive activity on communication and boundary skills. We will also offer tips and potential solutions for resolving any presenting problems such as substance use, mental illness, stigma, vaping, etc.

Tue | Mar 10 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Free! | BHMS

LIKE Screening

Explore the impact of social media on our lives. See LIKE, an IndieFlix original documentary. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. The goal of this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and empowering ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.  This event is offered in cooperation with the Dakota County Safe and Drug Free School Coordinators and the Dakota County Healthy Communities Collaborative. The Resource Fair will be open before and after the presentation. The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.

Mon | Apr 13 | 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Free! | RHS

Believe you can and you’re halfway there. Anonymous