Mr. Corso's Weekly Udate

March 14, 2021

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Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind

As previously shared earlier this week, the PUSD Board of Education as well as the CDPH “Safe for Schools” Team approved our plan to bring students back in a phased-in approach, expanding the small cohort model. As we told you earlier this week, we will be expanding our on-campus cohorts with small groups divided by grade levels while we await the County entering the red tier. This temporary one-day-a-week schedule will stay in place until the County moves from the purple tier to the red tier, at which point we will notify you of the start date of when we will be moving to the A/B two day-a-week schedule.

Starting Monday, March 15, this is the temporary one-day-a-week schedule (see above image) for all students selecting to return to on-campus learning.

Students on Campus this Monday are 6th Grade Cohort A

Here is a video of our schedule LINK

Did you change your clocks for Day Light Savings Time? Spring Forward.

Students should bring their ID Cards to School Everyday. If they don’t have theirs, it can be picked up in the Front Office during school hours (M-F, 7:30am-3:00pm).

Please help remind your student to have their ID card in their backpack. You may also want to take a picture of the ID card and put it in their binder or a pocket in their backpack. They can even take a picture of it on their own cell phone and show that at the gate. See this video to learn more...LINK

Students can also download the Synergy App if they have a phone and show the App when entering. This has been our most successful option as we learn our new Kiosks. Thank you for your patience. #KindRaiders

Reminder for Students...Elective Choice for Next Year must be entered into Synergy by Friday, 3/19

Students must bring their textbooks to school each day. Students are not allowed to share materials, including textbooks.

Our Bell Schedule remains the same. Homeroom starts at 8:00am, whether on-campus or virtually. Here's a BMMS one page Bell Schedule (all 5 days on one page):

Important Note: The Gate between Mt. Carmel High School and BMMS will not be available.

We will not be using school lockers in order to promote social distancing.

2nd Trimester Ended Friday: Grades will be available soon for the 2nd Trimester. The 3rd Trimester starts Monday.

8th Grade Transition Meetings:

Your 8th grade student is being invited to attend a Student Transition Presentation on March 19th at 8:00am. These meetings are very important because counselors will show students how to select and register for next year’s classes. Please see the attached flyer for the Zoom details for the high school your student in planning on attending.

We appreciate the flexibility, grace and support we have received from our Black Mountain community.

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation will start next week. In anticipation of the imminent reopening of middle and high school on campus learning, the PUSD transportation department is pleased to offer the Spring Bus Pass (covering the remainder of the school year) at a new reduced price of $91.92 per student. This pass is prorated based on students attending two days a week. School Bus Passes that were previously purchased for the full semester price will have available credit. Any unused credit will be automatically applied to future purchases.

The PUSD transportation website is now open. Please use the link below to get to the on-line ordering page and click on the yellow school bus icon.

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Bus Loop

When busing starts on Monday, it is important families know that the lane closest to the school will be closed off AFTER SCHOOL until the buses have cleared out. Please be kind in our parking lot. We need all students, staff and families to be safe.

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Congratulations to Mrs. Telles, our BMMS Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Hilton, our BMMS Classified Employee of the Year. Way to go Raiders!

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3rd Trimester Power Hour

Power Hour is an after school program for students. We are offering some academic support and enrichment opportunities. Power Hour for the 3rd Trimester will includes math support, language arts support, creative writing, a book club, art, and Mandarin. Courses (all on Zoom) begin the Week of March 29. Power Hour is a way for students to connect socially in the virtual world. Please use the link provided to sign-up. Space is limited.

3rd Trimester Power Hour

2:45-3:45pm ALL Virtual - Zoom

Starting March 29

Ends May 20

No Power Hour the week of April 12 - Spring Break

Mondays + Wednesdays: Mandarin with Ms. Chen;

Mondays: Art with Mrs. Pinkerton;

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

Tuesdays: Creative Writing with Mr. Williams;

Wednesdays: iReady Math Support with Ms. Pantfoeder;

Wednesdays: Book Club with Ms. Schlosberg;

Thursdays: iReady ELA Support with Mr. Williams;

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BMMS Science Olympiad Bonds at Regionals

Our Science Olympiad team competed in the virtual San Diego Science Olympiad Regional tournament on Saturday, 2/27 and placed 5th, qualifying for SoCal State! The SoCal State tournament will be virtual and held on 4/3. We're really proud of the students that persevered through the challenges of the virtual learning and competition environment this year. Some even managed to successfully build and compete in events such as Helicopters and Mousetrap Vehicle virtually in their own homes through lots of Zoom sessions and guidance. Way to Go Raiders!
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February is Women's History Month

We wanted to share a movie watch list like we did with Black History Month. Netflix and other services have some great movies to watch to celebrate Women’s History Month. Please see the list below for some family fun and learning!


  • Akeelah & The Bee
  • Amelia
  • Hidden Figures
  • Jane
  • A League of Their Own
  • Little Women
  • Moana
  • Queen of Katwe
  • RBG


  • A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story
  • Captain Marvel
  • Girl Rising
  • He Named Me Malala
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Suffragette
  • Whale Rider


  • Betty & Coretta
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


  • A Ballerina’s Tale
  • Dolores
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Speed Sisters

AVID Fundraiser - Rubio's

Wednesday, March 24th, 5-8pm

12002 Carmel Mountain Road

San Diego, CA

Order online at or through the mobile app and enter promo code "donate" at checkout or present attached flyer for orders placed in restaurant

Peachjar Flyers

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