Burkholder: The Jag Wire

Week of February 1-5, 2021

From the Student Success Office (SSO):

Dear Burkholder Families,

Thank you for being incredible partners in educating our children. Building our social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year as we work together through this Pandemic and the challenges of distance learning.

We will be asking for your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey they will be completing during class. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete. 8th graders will take theirs during 1st period on February 1st.

The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on their positive feelings, challenging feelings, supportive relationships, and how they view themselves as learners.

We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our school’s response to their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.

If you have any questions about the SEL survey, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 702-799-8080 ext. 4202

Your partner in education,

Jessica Maleskey

Assistant Principal

What's Happening this Week!

National School Counseling Week

Monday: February 1, 2021

  • Student Survey: 8th graders take survey in 1st Period

Tuesday: February 2, 2021

  • Panda Express Fundraiser; 120 E. Lake Mead Pkwy Henderson, NV 89015, 9:30am-10pm
  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am

Wednesday: February 3, 2021

  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am

Thursday: February 4, 2021

  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am
  • FACES Workshop for Families; STEM engineering; 5-6pm

Friday: February 5, 2021
  • Have a great weekend!

Counselor's Corner

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5, 2021. School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today’s world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students’ academic, postsecondary and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential.

Our school counselors challenge all Burkholder families to complete one Family Mental Health Lesson available through Hope Squad in celebration of National School Counselor Week. Please visit the website below, scroll down to the section titled "Family Mental Health Lessons" and choose a lesson to complete that interests you and your child(ren): https://hopesquad.com/parents/

Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Bush (6th graders with last names A-L and all 7th graders) or Mrs. Cady (6th graders with last names M-Z and all 8th graders) anytime you need assistance. They are here for you!

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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Faces- S.T.E.M.

Hey Jaguar Families!

Here is a fun family activity for you! This is Thursday, February 4 at 5:00 pm. Please rsvp: https://forms.gle/J8M6Ra4fRZP4kdkv5. You will also need index cards and a toy car. This course is designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

(S.T.E.M.) practices. Parents/guardians will experience an engineering challenge by building a
parking garage. Parents/guardians will receive suggestions to engage their families in similar

challenges at home. Email Mrs. Bush or Ms. Cady if you have any questions.

Course Planning:

Hello Jaguars!

It's hard to believe that the time is almost here for us to begin course planning for next school year! Ms. Cady and Mrs. Bush will be visiting 6th and 7th grade classrooms beginning February 8th to help with your course selections for next year.

Basic High School and Foothill will be working with 8th graders as they transition to high school beginning mid February.

For all Jaguars, once we have finalized the course planning schedule we will notify you. Please feel free to reach out to your School Counselor with any questions or concerns about courses for next year. Mrs. Bush can be reached at bushjl@nv.ccsd.net for all current 7th grades and 6th graders A-L and Ms. Cady at Cadymj@nv.ccsd.net for all current 8th graders and 6th graders M-Z.

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

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


Come down to Panda Express, located at 120 E. Lake Mead Parkway Henderson, NV 89015, Tuesday, February 2nd from 9:30 am- 10pm to raise money for Burkholder! You must present this flyer, either digitally or printed, for us to receive credit towards our fundraiser.

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Nominate a Student, Teacher, Administrator, Support Staff, or Parent at https://www.cityofhenderson.com/education/mayors-honor-roll
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Leaderboard for Reading Plus:

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Library Lounge

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Google Classroom:

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders!

Please join the Library Google Classroom for book recommendations and Library updates. The class code is: cnuzrh4

Epic Books:

All students can also join the Library Class on Epic to read free books.

Class Code: xki6528

If you have an recommendations for great books on Epic, please email whitnl@nv.ccsd.net

Book Recommendation of the Week:

PSS 118 is just your typical school―except that it's a rickety old spaceship orbiting Jupiter. When the school is mysteriously attacked, thirteen-year-old Jack receives a cryptic message from his father (the school's recently-fired-for-tinkering-with-the-ship science teacher). Amidst the chaos, Jack discovers that his dad has built humanity's first light-speed engine―and given Jack control of it. To save the ship, Jack catapults it hundreds of light-years away and right into the clutches of the first aliens humans have ever seen. School hasn't just gotten out: it's gone clear across the galaxy. And now it's up to Jack and his friends to get everyone home.

Read it here!


You can vote for your favorite book for the Nevada Young Reader Award for 2021 at https://nevadalibraries.org/NYRA

Performing Arts:


The Intermediate and Advanced Band classes at Burkholder just finished up a unique unit on Film Music Composers! They spent the last few weeks learning about some of the top composers in the field including John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino. This unit covered how music affects our emotions in films and let us follow composers and their writing process. It also highlighted music career opportunities as professional studio musicians or composers. Students did research to learn who composed the music in some of their favorite movies, tv shows and video games, some of the most popular composers being Japanese Anime writers! It was a great unit full of interesting discussions and was a fun opportunity for students to share their media interests with their classmates. We are now transitioning into playing music from some of these composers! First up, Star Wars by John Williams! - Ms. Glenn (Band Director)


In our orchestra classes we first ventured into “The Carnival of the Animals”, and we found out that many animals have their own songs written for them, including the lion, roosters, tortoises, elephant, and kangaroos. The students had a lot of fun figuring out what kind of music and sounds each animal can create. However, in “The Carnival of the Animals” one important animal was surprisingly left out from the piece, the sharks. Thus, we have been dedicating our time in beginning orchestra classes learning about sharks, all kinds of sharks. We learned how to play baby shark, mommy shark, daddy shark, grandma shark, grandpa shark, and it goes something like this, D E GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG….to be continued…..F#.

The Burkholder orchestra students also learn how different movies and anime themes were made more effective and dramatic because of the soundtrack that is played in the background. These soundtracks affect the way we feel and pull our emotions to feel what the characters feel.

Art Class:

In this lesson, students will explore what it is like to view the world through someone else's eyes.

In this art project, students created a “mask” to allow others to see what it might feel like looking out from their point of view. This can be a physical or metaphorical mask.

Calling all Artists!

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit artwork for the 2021 VISION Middle School Art Exhibition. The exhibition is non-juried; all submissions will be displayed at the Winchester Culture Center Gallery from April 1 until April 29, 2021. An Opening Reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. on April 12, 2021, at the Winchester Culture Center Gallery [3130 McLeod Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89121] or virtually if necessary. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to share their artistic success and gain the experience of showing artwork in a public space.

This year's theme is, "Transformation" for any art students interested in creating artwork for this exhibit, please contact Mrs. Wilkinson, wilkims@nv.ccsd.net

Submission deadline is February 19, 2021

Parent Notification: Title 1 Budget Information

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Still time to join an after school club!

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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

Our Master Schedule

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BMS-Distance Learning Master Schedule
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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.