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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://www.smore.com/7245u
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.
Principal, Black Mountain Middle School
Library Checkout System
Interested in Science Olympiad
Are you interested in exploring fields of science that you’ve always wondered about? Science Olympiad (SO) is the premier National science competition that provides an opportunity for student teams to compete in 23 various STEM events. Classes and competition will be held virtually this year but include Anatomy, Circuit Lab, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Fossils, Helicopters and Vehicle Design. If you would like to learn more about joining the BMMS SO award-winning team, email email@example.com for more information.
Interested in BMMS Robotics?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more! We would like to have a Zoom meeting with interested families to explain the options for this year and see if there is enough interest to move forward.
Social Justice Committee
Black Mountain Middle School will be forming a committee to examine and create a Social Justice Action Plan. This committee will be composed of students, families, staff, and community members. We plan to meet once a month (on Zoom), possibly Tuesday evenings. If you are interested, fill out the interest form by clicking the link. LINK