Burkholder: The Jag Wire

Week of April 5-9, 2021

What's Happening this Week!

Monday: April 5, 2021


Tuesday: April 6, 2021

  • Classes Resume
  • Welcome Cohort A 6th, 7th & 8th grade students to campus
  • All Cohort B and Cohort C students will be Distance Learning
  • Food Distribution- Fiesta Hotel & Casino - 777 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., Henderson- 8am (until supplies last)

Wednesday: April 7, 2021

  • All students will be Distance Learning
  • Lunch Bunch, 10:50am-11:10am

Thursday: April 8, 2021

  • Welcome Cohort B 6th, 7th & 8th grade students to campus
  • All Cohort A and Cohort C students will be Distance Learning
  • Food Distribution- Fiesta Hotel & Casino - 777 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., Henderson- 8am (until supplies last)
  • Rubio's Fundraiser, 1205 W. Sunset Rd. Henderson, 4pm-8pm

Friday: April 9, 2021
  • Cohort B 6th, 7th & 8th grade students on campus
  • All Cohort A and Cohort C students will be Distance Learning

State Mandated Testing

Dear Burkholder Parents/Guardians,

Now that we have successfully introduced our students back onto campus with the Hybrid model, we must plan out our mandated state assessments.

State-mandated testing:

  • State-mandated testing will take place between April 12, 2021 and May 10, 2021.

  • Students may not take the SBAC, NAA, or WIDA outside of a secured testing environment; ALL testing must be done on campus.

  • Parents may opt their child/student out of any state mandated testing but our school has a goal of 95% student participation.

Please complete the Parent SBAC Survey by Tuesday, April 6, 2021. If you have already done this please disregard. Our goal is to have a returned parent survey for each Burkholder student regardless of whether or not your child(ren) is participating in any state mandated testing. Additionally, if you have questions regarding the survey, we will host informational sessions to answer any parent questions.

Schedule for Parent Sessions:

Session #1 - Tuesday, April 6 @ 1-1:30PM

Session #2 - Thursday, April 8@ 4-4:30PM

Please indicate a session date on the Parent Session Meeting form to receive a link to one of the meetings.

Thank you,

Melissa E. Mendoza

Assistant Principal

UPCOMING: SBAC Testing Schedule

The testing schedule for SBAC testing is as follows from 8:10 am - 11:50 am (regular school hours):

Cohort A Students-ALL GRADES:
ELA: Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27
Math: Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4
*Science: Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13>8th GRADE ONLY
**Cohort B and Cohort C (Last Name M-Z) students will follow their regular schedule.

Cohort B Students -ALL GRADES:
ELA: Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30
Math: Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7
*Science: Thursday, April 15 and Friday, April 16>8th GRADE ONLY
**Cohort A and Cohort C (Last Name A-L) students will follow their regular schedule.

Cohort C Students-ALL GRADES:
Students with the LAST Name A-L will come to school with the Cohort A group to test.
Students with the LAST Name M-Z will come to school with the Cohort B group to test.


Students should not arrive to school prior to 7:50 AM. Adults dropping their child off on campus are asked NOT to pull into the parking lot to drop students off, but to stay within the drive through lane to ensure safety for all. Dropping students off in between parking cars is dangerous. Again, please stay in the drive through lane in the front of the school.

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Students are returning to school everywhere across the United States, and since school zones, crosswalks, and school buses are most frequently used during the school months, it is important drivers remember the laws involving them. Keeping students safe should be everyone’s priority.

Schools and Speed Limits

Areas surrounding schools often experience heavy amounts of traffic around school start and end times. With so many children walking home or running to vehicles, it is important to drive at a slower speed. Pay special attention to the following areas:

  • School Zones: Often marked by flashing lights on a speed limit sign, you should slow down. Most areas require driving no faster than 20 miles per hour, but there are areas that require you drive under 15 miles per hour.
  • Neighborhoods: Remember that a speed limit is the fastest you should be going, not the required speed. In neighborhoods and other areas outside of the marked school zone, go slow and watch out for kids. It only takes a small distraction for the child to not pay attention and step into traffic.
Stopping for School Buses

School bus drivers are tasked with getting children to and from school safely. They stop at designated areas to pick up and drop off students. When a school bus stops, they pull on a lever that opens the door and starts signals on the front and back of the bus. A stop sign also extends out by the driver. These signal to other drivers that they need to stop. This helps keep students safe who may be running to catch the bus in the morning or crossing the street to get home in the afternoon.

Safety and Enforcement

Keeping students safe is a community responsibility. While you may be in a hurry to get to school, take your own kids to school, or get to work, it is important to slow down and pay attention to the laws. Since the consequences for breaking these laws can lead to serious injury and death, they have stiffer penalties. Plan to leave a little early and drive at a slower speed. Being a little late is better than causing serious injury or death to someone else, getting in a crash, or having to pay an expensive ticket.

Hybrid Schedule-Effective March 22, 2021

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Teen Scene:

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Trying to juggle hybrid learning and work? We can help!

Battle Born Kids and Teens are all-day recreational programs that support distance learning. Held at five recreation centers, the programs provide dedicated time for distance learning and planned activities.

Safekey and Teen Scene are before- and after-school recreational enrichment programs that provide homework time, activities and a snack. Safekey is held at every Henderson elementary school and Teen Scene at every Henderson middle school.

All programs follow the Clark County School District calendar.

Classroom Highlights:


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Library Lounge

Book Recommendation of the Week:

Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live with their newly discovered grandmother, Relda Grimm, in the strange town of Ferryport Landing. The girls soon learn a family secret: that they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm, whose book of fairy tales is actually a history book. When a terrorizing giant goes on a rampage through the town, it’s up to the Sisters Grimm to stop him and to solve the mystery of who set the giant loose in the first place. Was it Mayor Charming, formerly Prince Charming, who desperately wants his kingdom back? The Three Not-So-Little Pigs, the shifty town cops? Or one of the many other fairy-tale characters who seem to have it out for the Grimms?

Read it here!

Class Code: xki6528

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Counselor's Corner

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The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)'s Nevada Affiliate is pleased to announce that a Burkholder student, Mylee L., has won the 2021 Inspirations Award. The goal of the award is to encourage and inspire middle school girls to become aware of and consider pursuing careers in Technology and STEM career fields. Congratulations, Mylee! We are so proud of you.

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UNLV Summer Camp:

UNLV will host the Girls in Ubiquitous Computing and Intelligence (GUIC) summer camp for secondary female students between May 31 to Jul. 2 at UNLV. They are recruiting 40 female students from CCSD middle to high schools. Attached is the flyer for the GUIC summer camp. The application deadline is Monday, Apr. 12. Please see the attached flyer and the website http://nsil.sites.unlv.edu/Partners.html for additional information. Contact Mei Yang mei.yang@unlv.edu with any questions.

Future Basic High School Wolves:

For those of you that attended the pre-registration meeting last week, thank you! If you did not attend, this will provide you with the information that you need in order to submit your pre-registration form.

1. The pre-registration link is below. This is where you will select the classes that you want to take next year. If you do not submit this form by Wednesday, May 26th, the basic counselors will select your classes for you.


2. Also attached, is the course catalog which gives descriptions of the electives/CTE programs that Basic Academy offers.

3. The link below is a video that explains the ROTC program.


4. Check out the website for sports and up to date information.


Your Counselors at Basic
Mrs. Gutierrez (Last Name A - J) gutiekl@nv.ccsd.net
Ms. Marchon (Last Name K - Z) marchsl@nv.ccsd.net

8th graders attending Foothill High School:

Is your student is attending Foothill High School for the 2021-22 school year? Burkholder counselors have been hosting sessions to get students ready for the transition. Please talk to your child and make sure that they have watched the videos and have completed the Google Form below. Please email Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt with any questions.
Falcon Preview 2021
All You Need To Know From Your Foothill High School Counselors

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. If you did not complete your course selection for high school, and need assistance, please contact Mrs. Burkhardt.

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.

Students: Don't forget that you can still join us for Lunch Bunch!!


Please join us, virtually, for "Lunch Bunch" every Wednesday from 10:50 am to 11:10 am, starting March 24th.

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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Attention all students ages 13 and up. Here is a free resource for you:

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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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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.