Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

November 15, 2020

Mr. Corso's Principal's Weekly Update

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On Thursday, the PUSD School Board approved the following revisions to PUSD’s secondary reopening planning:

  • Secondary will continue with the current model of fully virtual learning while:

    • Purposefully increasing the numbers of students on campus through expanding small groups

    • Increasing pilot groups utilizing concurrent model

    • Refining virtual learning with input from students

  • All secondary teachers will be trained on the simultaneous/concurrent model

  • All secondary schools will open by January 19, utilizing concurrent/simultaneous model with the following schedule for students who chose the on-campus option:

    • Students attend on-campus 2 days/week

    • Students receive 2 days/week virtual instruction

    • Fridays will be asynchronous learning

Based on this new information, we are offering families the opportunity to change their learning preference response. In the summer, PUSD asked families for their preference. Please answer this new survey IF YOU HAVE CHANGED YOUR PREFERENCE by November 20 LINK

A NEW Way to Support Our Teachers: While we can’t gather in person for our traditional Fall Fest fundraising event, we can still come together to help our teachers meet the needs of our students. Our Education Foundation has organized a website listing the wish lists of our teachers. Go here LINK to see your students’ teachers’ wish lists.

Your donation goes directly to BMMS teachers to fund the items they need most. I also have a Principal’s Wish List that I created to fund the items that BMMS needs most to help our school run smoothly. Don’t see your teacher listed? They may not know what they need - yet! In that case, you can also donate to the Teacher Grants fund, and the Foundation will grant teachers’ needs throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

This website will run until midnight Tuesday, November 17th. This will replace Fall Fest, which has always been the primary source of parent-funded teacher donations. We thank you in advance for supporting our teachers and our students.

Thank you to those who have already donated!

Next week at a Glance (Nov. 16-20):

Monday: Late start, Periods 1-7

Tuesday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

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

Thursday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

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

Does Your Student Want to be Successful? Are they Struggling: I shared this special message LINK with them on Friday. Students who create a regular routine, turn on their cameras, ask questions and attend Office Hours can be more successful. Together, we can help them be their best.

ADOPT A FAMILY: As the coronavirus presents us with uncharted territory, PUSD is currently working hard to fill the needs of our families during this national pandemic. Please consider donating a gift card or adopting a family this holiday season for our BMMS families in need. Please go to the sign-up genius to see what gift cards are needed:

Drop off gift cards to our front office during school hours, 7:30am-3:00pm.

One of our teachers, Mrs. Telles, made a video celebrating relatives of BMMS staff that have served as military veterans. The video was shared with students on Friday during Homeroom. Here is a LINK.

All my best to your and your family,

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

No School Nov. 21-29: Thanksgiving Break

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Coffee with the Principal

Coffee with the Principal was moved to this upcoming Tuesday so I could provide more information on our return to campus. I hope you consider joining us:

Time: Nov 17, 2020 08:45 AM

Meeting ID: 928 4001 6647

Passcode: Coffee

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Home Field Ambassadors

Congrats to Connie Hunt - Attendance Clerk, the ASB Class and the Leadership Class. They are our Home Field Ambassadors for the Month of October! Connie has been instrumental in connecting with families to help them access classes. Our Leadership Class has made several student tech tips and virtual backgrounds for their peers while ASB has led various activities to keep our community connected. Thank you Home Field Ambassadors!
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