Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

September 20, 2020

Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our Back to School Night. We hope you learned more about our school and the classes your students are taking. Your partnership with our staff is a key to student success. Here are some important links to our opening presentation: Google Slide Deck LINK YouTube Recording LINK

Text to Donate: Our Education Foundation announced our Text to Donate campaign. Thank you to those families who have already donated. Here is a FLYER about the campaign. It’s easy to give. Text the word RAIDERS to (858) 609-8666. The Education Foundation at Black Mountain Middle School is a 501(c)(3) organization, federal tax identification number 06-1703158

Next week at a Glance:

Monday: Late Start (9:10am) Periods 1-7

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)

Free Grab & Go Meals: PUSD is offering FREE Grab and Go breakfasts and lunches for students. Learn more here...English Version LINK Spanish Version LINK

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. We feel it’s important to recognize those persons who support and help to provide the HFA for our staff, as well as, our students. If you would like to nominate someone as a Home Field Ambassador, please email JoAnne Larson with your nominee and the “why”.

Math and English Diagnostics:

Beginning this week, students will be taking the i-Ready diagnostic assessment. This assessment is unique in that it will give us specific information about what your child knows and what he/she needs to work on next in math and reading. The purpose of this assessment is not to give your child a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your child’s learning.

Students will take the reading assessment the week of September 21, and the math assessment the week of September 28. Students will take the i-Ready assessment over the course of multiple days in short 45-minute segments. Language arts and math teachers will be proctoring the assessment live over Zoom during part of their instructional block. Students will access the i-Ready assessment by going to MyPlan and finding the i-Ready icon.

In regular circumstances, students take their i-Ready assessments at school, but during these special times they might need your help in providing a supportive environment to take assessments at home. The i-Ready diagnostic assessment is an adaptive assessment; students are only expected to answer 50% of the questions correctly. It is important that you do not help your child with understanding or answering questions. Your child will benefit from your support and encouragement to ensure the data provided to educators accurately reflects what they know and what they need to work on next so that our teachers can plan for student success. Click here for guidance and tools to help when your student is taking an i-Ready assessment at home.

Zoom: Parents, please do not ask a teacher a question during a student Zoom, whether that is during class time or Office Hours. If you have a question for a teacher, please email or call that teacher.

Counselor Corner: Here's the link for this week’s Counselor's Corner

PTSA News: Please consider joining our PTSA. Here is the form: LINK

Again, we appreciate all of your support.

A better school starts with each one of us.

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

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Library Checkout System

Our Library has created a weekly library book checkout system. You can request library books from our in-house library collection, to pick up from school on Wed. keep at home to read for two weeks before returning them. We will accept requests until 2:00pm on Tuesday. On Wed., you or your parents can come to the library door at the front of the school to pick up your book(s), between 9:30-11:30 or 1:30-3:30. Please wear a mask and make sure to social distance on the Black Mountain campus. Check out the form to learn more: Black Mountain Library Check-outs
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Parent University

Our first parent University will be October 20th at 6 pm. The subject will be Parenting in the Digital World and Clayton Crawford (Cyber Safety Expert) will discuss cyber safety and how to help parents monitor different platforms your kids might be utilizing. This Parent University will be a zoom. Sign up by going to this link: Please watch these short videos to get a sense of what will be presented: and
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Enjoy Chipotle and Support BMMS

If you dine at Chipotle on Wednesday, Sept 23 at the 11134 Rancho Carmel location near Best Buy, BMMS Foundation will receive a portion of the profits. The Foundation is raising money to help teachers with requests to support their virtual instruction. Online orders will be included in this fundraiser (enter the code JPHYPDH). Checkout the flyer HERE
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