Burkholder: The Jag Wire

Week of March 1-5, 2021

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Last week, Supt. Jara announced a hybrid return to schools with a timeline. This announcement changed our school's testing plan so we closed the ability to accept responses for both parent surveys.

We are working hard to plan for the hybrid return of students and to revamp our school's testing plan. We will communicate with parents/guardians as soon as we have information to share.

Thank you,

Melissa Mendoza

CCSD Hybrid Timeline

What's Happening this Week!

Reading Week

Monday: March 1, 2021

  • Happy Monday!

Tuesday: March 2, 2021

  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am
  • Chipotle Fundraiser, located at 246 E Lake Mead Pkwy, 4pm-8pm

Wednesday: March 3, 2021

  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am

Thursday: March 4, 2021

  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am

Friday: March 5, 2021

  • Have a great weekend!

Reading Week Dress Up Days:

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Library Lounge

This week is Reading Week!

Nevada Reading Week serves to promote a life-long love of reading. From students in Pre-Kindergarten listening attentively on a circle rug to their teacher’s riveting read-aloud to high school seniors engaging in rigorous discussions about a novel, the joy of reading is evident.

This year’s theme is Change Your World - Read!

Nevada Reading Week Activities-March 1st-5th

Book Recommendation of the Week:

Beyond the Door, the first in the Time Out of Time duet from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a compelling coming-of-age story with fantasy and mythology. With his love of learning and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels like the only person who understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, the door opens, and mythical creatures appear in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, revealing an age-old battle of Light against Dark, and Timothy must embark on a quest to prevent the Dark from controlling the future and changing the past. But he can’t complete the quest alone. Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, to face an ancient evil, and in the process, this unlikely trio discover they are each more than meets the eye.

Read it here!

Class Code: xki6528

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Come support our fundraiser!

Come down to Chipotle, located at 246 E Lake Mead Pkwy, Tuesday, March 2nd from 4pm-8pm to raise money for Burkholder! Bring this flyer, printed or digitally, or tell the cashier you're there for Burkholder! Or order online.
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Classroom Highlights:

Performing Arts:

During our recent Spirit Week, Mr. Hsia and Ms. Glenn combined forces and hosted "Burkholder's Got Talent" for the band and orchestra students! Students were encouraged to submit videos/photos of their talent to share with the class and complete for a prize! The talents submitted ranged from playing their band/orchestra instrument, playing a secondary instrument, singing, stop motion videos, karate, video game builds, skateboard tricks, baking photos and artwork! There were so many great submissions that Mr. Hsia and Ms. Glenn couldn't choose just one! Instead, they each choose a top winner and finalist, for a total of 7 winners! You can watch videos of the winning submissions below! All students received a participation certificate and were congratulated on their achievements. We are extremely proud of our hard working, dedicated and talented students!
Burkholder's Got Talent Band Winner
Burkholder's Got Talent Orchestra Winner


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That idea of inner strength felt like a natural theme to bring into our 13th annual Doodle for Google contest: The 2021 contest theme is “I am strong because…” We’re asking students to creatively share how they keep moving forward when things get tough. When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

We are exploring our creative side with our art project.

Check out our Doodle for Google….

JV Quiz Club:

Let the games begin!!!

March 2

Burkholder vs Del Webb

If you like Jeopardy, or trivia, this is the club to watch!! Coached by Mr. Oliver and Mrs. Wapneski, we play a Jeopardy type trivia game every week. We meet online after school, typically on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The coaches ask the questions (sometimes we give hints) and the players race to buzz in, answer the questions and gain points for their team.

This year has been a little different. We are all online. We have learned a new buzz-in system that we will use at our matches against other middle schools in the district. We are learning how to collaborate on answers when we have a team question. Collaborating online is definitely different than when we can collaborate sitting right next to our teammates.

We have 5 fabulous trivia - brained students that meet every week to practice: Kaden B., Italia I., Odely R., Caitlyn R. and Meilea S. We practice while scrimmaging each other. Our first interscholastic scrimmage will be held on Tuesday, March 2. We will scrimmage Del Webb Middle School. Go JAGS!!!


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Reading Plus Leaderboard:

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Counselor's Corner

Course Planning:

It's hard to believe that the time is almost here for us to begin course planning for next school year! Mrs.(Cady) Burkhardt and Mrs. Bush have visited all 6th and 7th grade ELA classes and did a Course Planning and Career Exploration lesson with students. If you missed the lesson, it is imperative that you turn in your Google form for your elective choice. Here are the Google codes for your elective choices:

6th graders going to 7th grade- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdb4cdQzDNABMYtc5erPFgTHvXCKyi9RtAu1RMA4h0lW5A2tw/viewform

7th graders going to 8th grade-https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfS5C52QNYSWt7pPdwzl4Qq9rr0uaP0Zc8_jDz0QPtSB7LG0g/viewform

Students that do not turn in an elective form will be assigned an elective and no changes will be made in the fall when schedules are already developed. Also, be sure to review your transcript on Infinite Campus, under reports, and unofficial transcript to see if you met the promotion requirements. Here is a link to the CCSD promotion/retention policy: https://ccsd.net/departments/guidance-counseling/graduation-and-promotion

Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt will be presenting the CCSD Moving On Guide later in March. She will also be coordinating with Basic High School and Foothill for 8th graders as they transition to high school. Once dates are confirmed, they will be posted.

Please feel free to reach out to your School Counselor with any questions or concerns about courses for next year or academic standing. Mrs. Bush can be reached at bushjl@nv.ccsd.net for all current 7th grades and 6th graders A-L and Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt at Cadymj@nv.ccsd.net for all current 8th graders and 6th graders M-Z.

Battleborn Girls:

Battle Born Girls Innovate will continue their virtual meetings for 8th graders interested in STEM careers. Sign up by March 11th.
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Girls In aviation day:


Dear parent/guardian,

You are invited to a virtual FACES (Family and Community Engagement Services) presentation, "College Prep Tips for the Middle School Parent". This will be held via Google Meets on Thursday, March 11, at 5:00 pm. Contact Mrs. Bush or Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt for any questions, Please RSVP by March 9th at: https://forms.gle/nCw6XuKh6ZhWAB4z9. After you register, a link will be emailed to you on the day of the presentation.

Join us for Lunch Bunch


Please join us, virtually, for "Lunch Bunch" every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11:10 am to 11:40 am, starting February 2nd.

This time to chat and hang out will be hosted and monitored by Mrs. Bush, Ms. Cady, and Ms. Groth during your lunch time.

Bring your lunch! Bring your pet! Just hang out! Students are expected to have cameras on during this time for maximum participation! Drop in for a few minutes to say hello or stay the whole time.

We know how much our kids miss socializing, so come hang out with us!

Please email Mrs. Bush at bushjl@nv.ccsd.net for the Google Meet Link

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Counselor Assistance

Ms. Julia Bush


Students: 6th Graders A - L & ALL 7th Graders

(702) 799-8080 X 4301

Ms. Marisa Cady-Burkhardt


Students: 6th Graders M - Z & All 8th Graders

(702) 799-8080 X 4302

Burkholder MS School Counseling Vision Statement: Students are life-long learners who are productive community leaders that emulate the core values of the school. They do so with an emphasis on excellence while having integrity and respect for themselves and others. They continue to demonstrate volunteerism in their communities and maintain a generous spirit of giving. They embrace differences and acknowledge the vast similarities in the human race. They are reflective in words and actions and are forward thinking individuals who continually make a positive impact on the world. Every student adapts to the ever-changing and complex world around them.

Need our Social Worker

Do you need assistance with mental health, emotional support, family issues, or community referrals? Please click the "Social Worker Assistance" button below to fill out the form and Mrs. Groth, our School Social Worker, will contact you.

Ms. Alexis Groth


702-799-8080 X 4351

Food Distribution:

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Special Ed Facilitator (SEIF)

If you need assistance or have questions regarding Special Education Services, please click the "Special Ed Facilitator Assistance" button below to complete the form and Mrs. Perez will contact you.

Ms. Eliza Perez


702-799-8080 X 4032

Need Chromebook repairs or have permanent connectivity issues?

If you are in need of Chromebook repairs or have permanent connectivity issues, please fill out the Google Form at burkholderms.org on the main page header "tech needs 2.0" button or click on the link here for assistance: Technology Needs 2.0

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Our Master Schedule

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BMS-Distance Learning Master Schedule

Important Numbers and Contact Information

Mr. Hermes, Principal -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4100 or hermecl@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Morlacci, Office Manager -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4100 or morlaja@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Mendoza, Assistant Principal -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4200 or mendome@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Smith, Assistant Principal Secretary -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4200 or villaba@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Maleskey, Assistant Principal -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4202 or malesjl@nv.ccsd.net

Mr. Nagy, Assistant Principal Secretary -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4202 or nagyzk@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Claessens, Registrar -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4065 or claesjr@nv.ccsd.net

Mr. Gongos, Computer Tech -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4015 or gongodj@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Little, Nurse -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4021 or littlpm@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Allman, FASA -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4022 or allmacr@nv.ccsd.net

Ms. Deputy, Attendance -- 702-799-8080 ext. 4202 or deputk1@nv.ccsd.net

Burkholder Middle School

Burkholder Middle School focuses on being an exemplary learning community through rigorous academic experiences to enhance knowledge. We build the foundation of this learning community through meaningful relationships, relevant and engaging learning, empowering student successes, and effective communication. We challenge students to advocate for themselves to become lifelong learners, inspire a love for learning, and utilize technology in today’s world.