BMS Teacher Spotlight

There are exceptional things taking place here at Blackhawk. Take a look at just a sampling of the exciting things that are going on in our "neighborhood".

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Future Travel Agents

The students in Roberta, Nancy and Roula's social studies classes truly have the world at their fingertips thanks to a creative project based learning activity. 8th graders will take on a role of a lifetime as they become travel agents, planning historical trips for staff. As each student plans the trip of a lifetime, they will explore the following questions:


  • Why is time and space important for the study of history?
  • What features of an area make it more or less desirable to visit?
  • What means are available to consumers for obtaining goods and services that meet their needs?
The teachers are very interested to hear what their travel agents have in store for them. Best of luck!
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After School Highlights

The bell might ring at 2:55 but the learning and fun doesn't stop just because school is out. During the after school hours you will find that the hustle and bustle doesn't stop. You may find the scholastic bowl team prepping for competition, students finishing homework and catching up on work, Girls on the Run building morale, volleyball players working on their serves,and so much more. A million thanks to all of you who make the 3:00 - 4:00ish time slot loads of fun for our students.
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Awesome Advisory

Awesome Advisory

Building positive relationships with students plays a huge role in student success. In this issue of BMS Teacher Spotlight, we would like to recognize Julie Zabel for her awesome advisory. Here is a list of things that make this advisory cohesive and collaborative:

· No chromebooks: Advisory is time for face-to-face conversations

· Morning Message: Each day, students begin advisory by writing their answer to the message on the white board. This is a great way to spark conversation and learn about each other’s interests.

· Seat Preference: Students have the opportunity to sit anywhere they want during advisory. The freedom of choice was something that was earned due to the respectful nature of this group of students.

· Advisory Board: Julie has a bulletin board that is dedicated to her advisory class. Each month, students decide how to decorate their advisory board to showcase their personalities or to highlight a holiday during that month.

· Joke of the Day: Students try to figure out the riddle that Julie posts on her white board. You can bet it is always something witty!

Feel free to try out any of these ideas in your own advisory class. If you have any ideas of your own to share, please let us know! We will be sure to include them in an upcoming issue of BMS Teacher Spotlight!