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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of January 21 - 24, 2020

Due to the weather, there will be no after school activities and the Ski Club trip is cancelled. There will be no school  on Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day. School will resume on Tuesday, January 21. 

Hello BHMS Parents, Guardians and Students,

We are all looking forward to the Black Hawk Middle School Band Concerts scheduled for Thursday, January 23.  The students under the direction of Mr. Anderson and Mr. Peterson have been rehearsing very diligently in preparation for the concerts.  

Congratulations to the BHMS Math Team on a very successful season!  The Panther Team consisting of: Kartik, Sri, Neel, Huy, Luke, Chloe, Everett, and Emilio placed 4th in the district meet.   Kartik placed 4th in the individual competition.  Thank you to our Math Team advisors, Ms. Dehncke and Ms. Faris.

 Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff, Principal   

Speech Team

The 2019-2020 BHMS Speech Team is comprised of 70 dedicated students in grades 6th through 8th!  These students have been rehearsing and internalizing speeches that are 5-8 minutes in length. Students work with a coach each week to try different vocals and blocking to enhance their overall speech delivery in preparation for speech tournaments.   Each Saturday, these amazing orators, will be up early and well-dressed to participate in tournaments. At the high school level, ISD 196 has a well-known speech presence at both state and national levels. Many of those speech contenders found their start during their middle school speech years!  Way to go BHMS Speech Panthers!

Winter Conferences 

The Winter Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, from 3:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 13, from 2:30-8:30 pm.  The conference will be with your child’s Panther Time teacher. If you have not registered yet, please do so at this time. Registration is open at 

Booster Club

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Black Hawk Middle School at our fundraiser night at Cafe Zupas on January 14.  Our school will be receiving a check for $117.67 thanks to you! Way to go!

Volunteer Opportunity

BHMS is hosting a Speech Meet on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and we’d like to provide a concession stand for the participants.  Please see the attached link to SignUp Genius to signup for a shift working at the concession stand. Thanks for volunteering!

Vision Screening

The Lions Club has volunteered to assist with seventh grade vision screening this year. All seventh grade students will participate in the KidSight Vision Screening program on Tuesday, January 28. Parents will be notified if further vision testing is recommended. Vision screening does not replace a complete vision exam by an eye care professional. Students with glasses or contacts should wear them for the screening.  Please contact Molly McQuown, the school nurse, at if you have any questions, or if you do not want your child to participate in the vision screening.

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 8:00 am -12:15 pm 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.


The time is right to always do what is right. ~ Martin Luther King