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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of February 3 - 7, 2020

Hello BHMS Parents, Guardians and Students,

Today the students participated and experienced the second of four scheduled “Exploratory” sessions of this school year. This is a great opportunity for students to experience a variety of exploratory activities of their choosing.  At Black Hawk Middle School, we believe in creating and fostering a school environment where students have numerous opportunities to interact with peers and adults in a very positive way, which includes exploratory enrichments.

We are looking forward to hosting the speech meet on Saturday, February 1.  We are expecting nearly 400 students from area middle schools that will attend and participate in the speech meet tomorrow morning.   Good luck to all of the participants!

Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff – Principal 

Spring Musical

The Black Hawk Drama program is excited to announce auditions for our Spring Musical: Once On This Island. We are looking for a talented cast of 40 students to act, dance, and sing in this exciting production. At auditions, all students will rotate through three stations where they will sing, dance, and act for the various directors of the play. Together, the directing team will make the difficult casting decisions. 

 Not all students will get a part in the musical. There are many factors the directors look at when making casting decisions like experience, availability, talent, and overall dependability. Auditioning is a courageous act! Please encourage your child to take a risk and also support the results of their audition and our casting needs.

 Students will audition on either Monday, February 10, or Tuesday, February 11. Pick up an audition sheet in the library for more details. More information and audition materials on our website at

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:

 Library Media News

Battle of the Books will have activities and a discussion about the fantasy novel Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor on Tuesday, February 4, during homeroom.  Here’s a summary of the book: “Not fitting in anywhere, twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria but was born in America, and although her features are African, her skin is albino white. But when she discovers she has magical powers, she joins three others to study, learn, and change reality especially when it comes to outsmarting a career criminal who knows magic too.”  Remind your teammates to pick up this fast-paced book today!

 I Love to Read Month is just around the corner, and so is the Follett Book Fair.  Previews begin on Thursday, February 6.  Students can tour the fair and browse titles.  They are welcome to use iPads to take pictures of the book covers to create a wish list.  Sales during the school day will be on the 11th and 12th, and we’ll be open during conferences.

Spectator Policy - BHMS Athletics

Students are welcomed and encouraged to attend school activities as spectators and Panther fans of school athletic games and fine arts productions such as band concerts, choir concerts and plays.

School rules apply for student spectators during activities. Student spectators are asked to represent Black Hawk in a positive manner.  Students attending activities must remain in the spectator area of the activity and not be in other areas of the building.

Sixth grade students must be accompanied by a parent when attending after school activities as fans and are not to remain after school to wait for an activity to begin.

Seventh and eighth grade student spectators staying after school to watch an activity at or before 4:00 p.m. must remain in the lower entrance area near the locker rooms until 15 minutes prior to the start of the activity.

All student spectators must leave school at dismissal time if attending any activities after 4:00 p.m.  Thank you to all Panther fans for supporting BHMS activities!



January 29, 2019

Site Council members present:  Rich Wendorff, Roger Huling, Lori Mallory, Robin Cerio, John Rosten, Erin Stencil, Jeff Erickson, Roger Huling and Shana Fouts.  Minutes submitted by: Roxy Chlan

 Mr. Wendorff, Principal, shared the following:

Welcomed the Site Council members to the meeting.

Annual Parent Survey statements and potential changes. The Site Council decided that the Annual   Parent Survey should occur in March. The opportunity for students to be surveyed about their school experience were also discussed.  More information regarding the surveys will be forthcoming.

BHMS Marketing – Promotion Team Update.  Current initiatives for promoting “Good News”about BHMS was discussed and subcommittees were formed to coordinate the initiatives.

BHMS Open House – 5th Grade Parent Night program will be held on Thursday, March 12, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

School Spirit Week will be held February 18 -21 culminating in the annual Student vs. Staff Basketball Game on Friday, February 21.

 BHMS Booster Club update

Ms. Cerio, BHMS Parent Leader Representative, presented a brief report on district level news that was shared at a Parent Leader Meeting with Superintendent, Mary Kreger.

African American Parent Information Night

All are welcome to join us for a light meal and conversation. We will discuss National African American Parent Involvement Day Monday, February 10th.

WHEN AND WHERE Feb 6|5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership,

Environmental and Health Sciences

4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd | Eagan | MN 55122


March 5|Apple Valley High School | Apple Valley

May | Falcon Ridge Middle School | Apple Valley


Rashelle Redmon

Rashelle.Redmon@district196 .org


Community Education

Engaging in Family Digital Conversations 

The use of technology continues to increase in our daily lives which can bring both opportunities and challenges. How might we engage in conversations and take actions steps around balancing our technology use, make positive decisions, and recognize when it would be helpful to put it away or aside? Learn strategies to engage in these conversations, how to establish a family media plan, and discover possible tools to monitor and manage your child’s technology use.  


Mark Aronson, District 196 Learning and Technology/Math Coach, has an MA in elementary education from Rockhurst University, and Jenny Huling, District 196 Teaching and Learning Specialist, has an MA in Learning Technology from the University of St Thomas. Both have been instrumental in the implementation and training of the one-to-one technology initiative in District 196. 

Tuesday, February 4

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Black Hawk Middle School


To pre-register:

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible. ~ Christopher Reeve