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Panther Pause Newsletter: Week of March 2-6, 2020

For the latest District Information on the COVID-19 Virus:

Trimester II ends on Thursday, March 5. There will be no school on Friday, March 6, ~ Staff Development Day.


Hello BHMS Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the Black Hawk Middle School staff, congratulations to the 128 students who are the recipients of the trimester two Panther Pride Award.  The teachers nominate the students based on their outstanding achievement/accomplishments in the areas of Academics, Citizenship, Leadership or Co-Curricular activities.  We are very proud of these students and will acknowledge them in a formal ceremony on Thursday, March 5, at 7:15 a.m. in the gymnasium.  

Go Panthers!

Richard Wendorff

BHMS Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Kartik Saravanapandi for qualifying for the State Spelling Bee! This is the second year in a row that Kartik has qualified. Kartik was one of only 48 students across the entire state of Minnesota that scored high enough on the qualifying exam. Kartik will now compete against these other 47 students for a chance to go to Washington D.C. for the National Finals. The state competition will be held on March 24 in Shoreview. Way to Kartik and good luck!

MCA Testing 8th Grade

8th Grade English classes will be taking the MCA reading test next week starting on Tuesday. Students should try to eat a good breakfast and get a good night’s sleep.

Seventh Grade Food Drive: February 26 - March 5!

The seventh grade annual food drive is once again happening over the next week. This is an excellent opportunity to provide service to our community and show people how much we care! Food and other items collected will go to The Open Door Pantry, which is located in Eagan and provides multiple ways for people to get food.

In addition to seventh grade students bringing in items, we are also extending the invitation to all Black Hawk families and staff to contribute to the cause. Items can be brought in and dropped off in the box in the main office. Because The Open Door Pantry focuses on providing nutritious food, there are specific items they are looking for, depending on the demand of them. Some of these items include: Diapers, toilet paper, crunchy peanut butter, canned meat, cooking oil, bottles of 100% juice, personal hygiene items, oatmeal, cereal, pancake mix, rice, pasta, dried beans, condiments, and canned fruit and vegetables.


Attention Black Hawk Students and Families

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

Café Zupas Fundraiser Night

Help us raise money for Black Hawk Middle School! We’re teaming up with Café Zupas, in Eagan, for a Fundraiser Night on Tuesday, March 3, from 5 pm - 9 pm. Join us for a delicious house-made meal to earn up to 25% back for our school!  Please remember to tell the cashier you are here for the fundraiser. Zupas is located at 3340 Central Park Village, Eagan. 


Future 8th grade students will have the option to travel to Washington DC next October 15 -18.  We will fly into Washington D.C. on Thursday morning and visit historical sites and monuments while experiencing the excitement of our nation's capital! It will be an unforgettable experience.


This trip is supervised by teachers from BHMS and a certified tour guide from Brightspark Travel. This is not a school sponsored trip. Find more information on our website:


**Parents should plan to attend the informational meeting on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 PM in the Lecture Room at BHMS. Enter the building at the lower level bus entrances.  Should you have questions please email


Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ~ Margaret Fuller