Mr. Corso's Weekly Udate
March 14, 2021
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.
Principal, Black Mountain Middle School
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.
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.
Coffee with the Principal
On Tuesday, March 16 at 8:15am, BMMS will host our next Coffee with the Principal. We will discuss the recent decision related to the GATE program, our planning for 2020-21 8th Grade Promotion, as well as reviewing our return to campus. Your full name must be displayed in Zoom for you to participate in the meeting. I hope you consider joining us: https://powayusd.zoom.us/j/5668321138 Meeting ID: 566 832 1138
Last week, students in 6th and 7th grade learned about the elective selection process and course options for next year in their homeroom classes. That presentation is also available at this LINK. In the past, students completed a paper form to select their electives; this year, students will make their selections directly in Synergy. We encourage families to review this presentation together and discuss elective options to determine a first and alternate choice for electives. A step-by-step guide is also available at this LINK. The selection process on Synergy opened March 10 and closes this Friday. Please contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions.
Design39Campus is still accepting interest forms for grades 7 and 8 for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in submitting an interest form, please email Enrollment-Design39Campus@powayusd.com to receive a form. This form will be prioritized based upon the time stamp recorded upon submission of the form. Placement opportunities will be open until filled. Please visit our website to find out more about our campus. We ask that all parents view this video in order to submit an interest form: Video Link.
Coffee with the Principal
Congratulations to Mrs. Telles, our BMMS Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Hilton, our BMMS Classified Employee of the Year. Way to go Raiders!
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; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAD2FA2FE3-power4
Mondays: Art with Mrs. Pinkerton;
Mondays: Language Arts Support (6-8) with Ms. Schlosberg; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAD2FA2FE3-power6
Tuesdays: Creative Writing with Mr. Williams; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAD2FA2FE3-power7
Wednesdays: iReady Math Support with Ms. Pantfoeder; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAD2FA2FE3-power8
Wednesdays: Book Club with Ms. Schlosberg; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A49AAAD2FA2FE3-power9
Thursdays: iReady ELA Support with Mr. Williams;
BMMS Science Olympiad Bonds at Regionals
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
- Hidden Figures
- A League of Their Own
- Little Women
- Queen of Katwe
- 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
- Whale Rider
- Betty & Coretta
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
- A Ballerina’s Tale
- The Miracle Worker
- Speed Sisters