Mr. Corso's Weekly Principal Update

April 4, 2021

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Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message

Beginning Monday, April 19th, 2021, following Spring Break, Poway Unified will open middle schools to all in-person on-campus students for 4-days a week. This is an expansion of our in-person offering which is currently 2-days per week. We will combine our current cohort A/B to attend together, 4-days per week. You may choose to continue to have your child attend 2-days per week on their current assigned days. When we do combine cohorts, we will be keeping our present bell schedule. During lunch, students will be spread out on campus to increase social distancing. We are moving tables and tents to open up access for shade and seating throughout our campus.


Community Conversation on Racial Equity: PUSD is hosting another Community Conversation on Racial Equity for BMMS, Mt. Carmel High School and other feeder schools on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Please see the Flyer LINK for more information to sign up. We hope you consider participation. We highlighted some of our equity work on our website LINK.


Next week at a Glance:

Monday 4/5: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 ALL of Cohort A

Tuesday 4/6: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 ALL of Cohort A

Wednesday 4/7: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 ALL of Cohort B

Thursday 4/8: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 ALL of Cohort B

Friday 4/9: Asynchronous Day


Starting After Spring Break…

Monday 4/19: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 Cohort A + Cohort B

Tuesday 4/20: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 Cohort A + Cohort B

Wednesday 4/21: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 Cohort A + Cohort B

Thursday 4/22: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 Cohort A + Cohort B

Friday 4/23: Asynchronous Day


Bring Your Water Bottle: If your child is an on-campus learner, it would be helpful if they could bring a refillable water bottle with them each day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our water fountains are turned off, but we have water bottle refill stations available for students.


Wild Life on Campus: From time to time, we see some critters on the BMMS campus. We are reminding students if they see a critter, tell an adult. Do NOT approach any animals, snakes or birds. Stay Safe Raiders!


Ala Carte Items at Lunch and Nutrition Break (9:50am): We are prepared to serve ala carte items at lunches and nutrition breaks. Sales will be by using pin pad and account numbers. No payments or cash will be accepted at the school site. All account deposits need to be made using My School Bucks. Add funds to your student's account: https://www.myschoolbucks.com Apply for free and reduced meals: https://www.myschoolapps.com


We are excited to welcome back our students on-campus 4 days a week starting April 19. We also appreciate the hard work displayed by our virtual students.


Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

Learning Options for 2021-22

On March 25 and 30, 2021, representatives from the Poway Unified School District held an informational webinar describing in detail the learning options that will be available for our students starting Fall 2021. Please click the following link to find specific information, videos, and a recording of the events held in the previous weeks regarding these options.

Poway Unified - Enrollment and Continuing Student Registration Information (powayusd.com)

In summary, PUSD will be offering three different learning options for the 2021-22 school year:

  • Full-Day In-Person Instruction (Five days per week)

  • Connect Academy Virtual School (6-8) Middle School Only

  • Poway Virtual Courses PVC (9-12) High School Only

  • New Directions Independent Study (6-12)

As part of the Enrollment and/or Continuing Student Registration Process, parents/guardians will be asked to select which option they are interested in for their student. If your student is interested in participating in Poway Virtual Courses, you will need to complete the PVC Course Request Form by April 23, 2021. If you have questions, please review the information provided on our website and if your questions have not been answered, then email your student’s counselor or any administrator.

Mark Your Calendars: Spring Break No School April 10-18

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Coffee with the Principal

On Tuesday, April 6 at 8:15am, BMMS will host our next Coffee with the Principal. We will discuss our combined cohorts starting April 19 and 8th Grade Promotion. Your full name must be displayed in Zoom for you to participate in the meeting. I hope you consider joining us: https://powayusd.zoom.us/j/3140895327?pwd=Z3EwWlk1TWVCRGhRL2luMXBxanBsZz09

Meeting ID: 314 089 5327 Passcode: urAwesome

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BMMS Vaping Presentation for Families

Rosalinda Koch, our Student Services Specialist, is offering our families an opportunity to learn more about the dangers of vaping. The presentation is offered twice: in English April 7 and in Spanish April 21 at 6pm. We hope you consider joining us.


Topic: Parent Vaping Presentation (English)

Here is a link for registration: https://forms.gle/CPQBw2Jh5f19y88JA

Time: Apr 7, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87377348503?pwd=MWM2d3JUNzlvUTloU1hsNEtzanB1QT09

Meeting ID: 873 7734 8503 Passcode: sspresent


Topic: Presentacion del Uso de Cigarros Electronicos "Vaping" (Spanish)

Here is a link for registration: https://forms.gle/vkYoibg7135bxxBX9

Time: Apr 21, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87133620791?pwd=Sy9lVCs3TlI2YmdrbVk2Rm5jMU5nZz09

Meeting ID: 871 3362 0791 Passcode: sspresent

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Wacky Wednesday Spirit Day

Join us for our Wacky Wednesday spirit day on Wednesday, April 7th. Wear your wackiest clothes, craziest hairstyles, goofiest hats, and silliest socks. Be wacky! We will take a count in Homeroom for spirit points. Hope you participate Raiders!

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