Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

May 2, 2021

Mr. Corso's Weekly Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind


As parents, my wife and I face some of the same challenges many of BMMS families have experienced. Social Media and the age of technology has made growing up in 2021 so different from the experience I had in middle school. My wife and I were talking the other day about a Tic Tock Challenge we heard about. The “blackout” challenge dared people to choke themselves until they became unconscious. As a result, a 12 year old boy who did the challenge died in Colorado (article link). That could have been my son or one of our BMMS students. It broke my heart. I am going to remind my kids at home about the dangers they might experience online. Here are some resources to help you have these types of conversations with your own children:

https://centercitypediatrics.com/social-media-safety-teens/

https://cyberbullying.org/smart-social-networking.pdf


Next Week at a Glance...

Monday 5/3: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Tuesday 5/4: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7

Wednesday 5/5: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Thursday 5/6: Start at 8am Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7

Friday 5/7: Asynchronous Day - TT

The Remainder of the Year at a Glance

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8th Grade Promotion Update

BMMS plans to hold both an on-campus and virtual promotion this year. The On-Campus Ceremony will be Friday, June 18, 8:30am-9:30am. There will be limited occupancy from a student’s household only, we will videotape the ceremony, & post it on YouTube the afternoon of June 18. Certificates for on-campus students will be received the day of Promotion. The Virtual Ceremony will be a video posted the morning of June 18 (like last year's virtual ceremony LINK). Virtual families will also have a June 11 picture opportunity in Quad. Certificates for virtual families will be sent home in the mail. We will be surveying families soon to ask for their preference.


Black Mountain Middle School Promotion

June 18, 2021

8:30am-9:30am

Lower Grass Field (Behind 10 Building)


MCHS Gate: We are excited to announce students may now use the walkway between MCHS and BMMS for exiting our campus. Our BMMS gate will be an exit-only gate until further notice. Students need to check in at the front of BMMS before the beginning of the school day but may exit through the back gate leading to MCHS. This gate is only for exiting now because we must acquire more equipment and personnel to support our check in process.
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Yearbook Parent Ads and Baby Pictures

Baby Pics If you would like to have a baby picture of your student(s) in the yearbook,

1. please attach a .JPEG or .TIFF file of the picture in an email addressed to chunt@powayusd.com

2. In the subject line, please type “Baby Pic” followed by the first and last name of your student. I would prefer digital images.


If you have no way to convert your picture to a digital file, please place the picture in an envelope and print your student’s first and last names as well as his or her Homeroom teacher’s name on the front, and drop it off with Mrs. Hunt in the front office


Parent Ads If you would like to leave a personal dedication to your student(s),

1. Send an email to chunt@powayusd.com with a message of no more than 140 characters, including spaces.

2. Select and attach a hi-resolution picture of your student(s) that you would like added.

3. Write “Parent Ad” and include your student’s first and last name(s) in the subject line.

4. Send a check for $25 payable to BMMS in an envelope to Mrs. Hunt in the front office


If you cannot do this via email, please send the message, picture, and check in an envelope to Mrs. Hunt. Include your student’s name and Homeroom teacher’s name on the front of the envelope. We are limited this year to 48 Parent Ads, so the first 48 to be turned in will be published. ALL BABY PICTURES AND PARENT ADs MUST BE RECEIVED BY Friday May 14th

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Home Field Ambassadors

Home Field Advantage (HFA) is when all Raiders feel safe and part of a community where they are supported, empowered and united. It takes many people to truly create the HFA. Our Home Field Ambassador for the month of April are Kayleigh Slavin and Lauren Surett. Mrs. Slavin is our incredible math teacher who led our Hero Squad fundraiser and supports teachers during the TPLES process. Mrs. Surett plays such an important role as an instructional aide in our English Language Learner/Emerging MultiLingual Learner program. Thank you both for helping provide the Home Field Advantage!

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BMMS Team Solving Problems Before They Happen

Black Mountain Future Problem Solving Team composed of 7th graders Humza E., Lukas L. and Ronak P. advanced from the regional competition to earn FIRST PLACE at the Future Problem Solvers (FPS) STATE BOWL. They beat out teams with students from 7th, 8th and 9th grade and have earned an invitation to the 2021 Future Problem Solving International Conference (IC). The team will now research the topic of “Neurotechnology” in preparation for the International Conference. The conference features outstanding creative problem solving champions from the following countries: Australia, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and most states within the USA and anticipates over 2,200 participants this year. #HardWorkingRaiders

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BMMS Shines at National History Day Competition

National History Day announced the winners for the San Diego Competition. Kim Treloar 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.). Way to go #HardWorkingRaiders!
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