Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

March 21, 2021

Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message March 21, 2020

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind

We are so excited. Thank you for helping BMMS become a 2021 California Distinguished School. This is possible because of our amazing students and supportive families. In case you didn’t see it, we celebrated on YouTube LINK

Thank you to everyone who has helped make the shift with expanding cohorts on campus this week. We were so glad to see many of our students back for one day. We are excited to welcome students back for 2 days a week! All PUSD middle and high schools will move to the two-day-a-week A/B concurrent learning schedule effective Monday, March 22. Next week:

Monday & Tuesday Cohort A Grades 6-8

Wednesday and Thursday Cohort B Grades 6-8

Next week at a Glance:

Monday 3/22: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 ALL of Cohort A

Tuesday 3/23: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 ALL of Cohort A

Wednesday 3/24: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3 ALL of Cohort B

Thursday 3/25: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 ALL of Cohort B

Friday 3/26: Asynchronous Day

SAFETY! When it comes to our students, safety is our #1 priority. One important way you can help with safety is to help make our parking lot and surrounding streets as safe as possible. Please watch this quick video with tips to make our parking lot and neighborhood safer...

Office Hours on Campus: If your student is on campus and wants to go to Office Hours in person, they should ask for an appointment with the appropriate teacher. If they need to access Office Hours on campus, but they are doing so on a computer, they can go to Rooms 307, 402, 702, 703, 1001, 1003, 1004, & 1006 for a place to login with supervision.

The gate between MCHS and BMMS is not accessible in order to promote safety and COVID protocols between both schools.

School lockers will not be accessible to promote social distancing.

Excellence displayed during the Racial Justice Challenge: Black Mountain Middle School celebrates the wonderful work submitted by our students during the Racial Justice Challenge. Way to go #HardWorkingRaiders​! Check out this video that highlights some of their work: LINK

3rd Trimester Power Hour: Power Hour is an after school program for students. We are offering some academic support and enrichment opportunities. Power Hour for the 3rd Trimester will includes math support, language arts support, creative writing, a book club, art, and Mandarin. Courses (all on Zoom) begin the Week of March 29. Power Hour is a way for students to connect socially in the virtual world. Please use the link provided to sign-up. Space is limited.

3rd Trimester Power Hour

2:45-3:45pm ALL Virtual - Zoom

Starting March 29

Ends May 20

No Power Hour the week of April 12 - Spring Break

Mondays + Wednesdays: Mandarin with Ms. Chen;

Mondays: Art with Mrs. Pinkerton;

Mondays: Language Arts Support (6-8) with Ms. Schlosberg;

Tuesdays: Creative Writing with Mr. Williams;

Wednesdays: Book Club with Ms. Schlosberg;

Thursdays: iReady ELA Support with Mr. Williams;

Science Olympiad: Our Science Olympiad team competed in the virtual San Diego Science Olympiad Regional tournament on Saturday, 2/27 and placed 5th, qualifying for SoCal State! The SoCal State tournament will be virtual and held on 4/3. Congratulations to all of our Science Olympiad team members and their coaches and supporters!

A Raider’s Story - Our ASES Team: Meet some of our ASES educators in the latest episode of A Raider’s Story: LINK

BMMS Hero Squad Fundraiser: Thank you, to those of you who have donated already to our School fundraiser with LLS to help fight against Cancer. We have had a successful first week of fundraising with our school raising an amazing $1,300 already. We have 2 more weeks of fundraising and any donation amount helps. Please consider donating to our BMMS Page using the link below, OR YOUR STUDENT's Homeroom class page. (That link will be mailed to you by the teacher or can be looked up on the BMMS Page)

This fundraiser is ONLY successful because of the amazingly generous families we have here at BMMS and for that, we are SO LUCKY, and THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts.

National History Day announced the winners for the San Diego Competition. I had 6 projects compete and our kids won Individual Documentary (Ellie K.) and runner up (Aadhya P.), and also won Group Documentary (Griffin S., Anay K., and Maanit M.). We are so proud of our students! Way to go #Hardworking Raiders!

My thoughts are with our Asian American families here at BMMS and throughout our country. Many Asian American and Pacific Islander families have felt the impact of racism. Black Mountain Middle School will continue to make inclusion and equity our priorities as we look to build the most inclusive community possible. Each and every one of our students, families and staff members deserve to feel safe and respected. Thank you for your support.

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

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