Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

December 13, 2020

Mr. Corso's Principal's Weekly Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind

Dec 14 - Asynchronous Day: Tomorrow Monday, 12/14, all student activities will be posted on Canvas and there will be no live zooms that day. Teachers will be involved in professional development related to concurrent instruction (our instructional model starting Jan. 19). Students will be required to log into each class on Canvas on 12/14 and there will be independent activities that need to be completed that day.

Next week (Dec. 14-18) at a Glance:

Monday: Asynchronous Day - No Students on Campus, No Live Zoom.

Tuesday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Wednesday: Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 (no student had both 4 and 5)

Thursday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Friday: Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 (no student had both 4 and 5)

Bell Schedule/Calendar: Below are links to our adjusted calendar and bell schedule (starting Jan. 4) for the remainder of the year. BMMS will shift to this schedule after Winter Break in preparation for our planned return of students on Jan. 19. We tried to keep our bell schedule as close to what it is now. Academy PE has been moved up to help families avoid conflict with extra curricular activities. On the calendar, there are some irregular weeks because of holidays. For those weeks, we wanted to ensure students on campus have equal access regardless of A/B grouping and we wanted to have all periods meet the same number of times per week.

Bell Schedule LINK

Calendar LINK

Sharing of Materials: Our PUSD guidebook is clear that students are not to share materials when on campus. This is an important protocol to help ensure a safer campus. This will include textbooks. If a textbook is necessary, students will have to bring them back and forth to school. We have asked teachers to consider students’ backpack load when they tell students textbooks are needed on campus.

Have a wonderful week,

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

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Coffee with the Principal Update

Below is an update from some of the questions asked at this week’s Coffee with the Principal. Thank you to all who attended.

Our next Coffee with the Principal is planned for Tuesday. Jan. 12 at 8:15am via Zoom.

  • Will ASES be returning to an in-person program once students return?: Once students return starting Jan. 19, we will also be able to offer a more traditional on campus ASES experience. If you are enrolled in ASES, more information will be coming soon from our ASES staff.

  • When will we know about the A/B Groupings for BMMS?: Before Winter Break, we will notify all families who plan on returning to campus if they are part of the A Group or the B Group.

  • What will be the Zoom expectations during Concurrent Learning?: As we transition to concurrent instruction in January, we will maintain our instruction/asynchronous time expectations. Instructional minutes each period will remain at 80. Instruction should continue to be around 30 minutes with asynchronous activities being 50 minutes. Students are not required to be on Zoom the entire time.

  • Can you provide a list of returning teachers?: We are working to see if we can provide any information about which teachers are returning to the classroom. We will provide any updates on this subject once we have them.

  • Do you have some tutoring resources for my student?: Power Hour is a great opportunity to get more help. See signups in this newsletter. Office Hours, which will continue with our shift to a new schedule, are also opportunities to receive help. There is also a PUSD Alumni Tutoring Program who offers tutoring in an array of subjects. For more information, contact or visit

  • On Asynchronous Days, will my student have to log in at a specific time?: No. They will have to log in at some point before 3pm and complete the activity of the day. We will also provide a suggested schedule for Asynchronous Days, but students can get the work done early if they choose.

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2nd Trimester Power Hour Signups

Power Hour is an after school program for students. This year we will offer some academic support and enrichment opportunities. Power Hour for the 2nd Trimester will include math support, language arts support, art, and Mandarin. Courses (all on Zoom) begin the Week of Jan. 11. Power Hour is a way for students to connect socially in the virtual world. Space is limited.

2nd Trimester Power Hour


Starting Jan. 11

Ends March 11

Mondays: Art with Mr. Peck;

Mondays/Wednesdays: Mandarin with Ms. Chen;

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

Tuesdays: Math Support (7-8) with Mr. Lantz,

Tuesdays: Math Support (6) with Mr. Williams,

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