Burkholder: The Jag Wire

Week of April 26-30, 2021

A LETTER FROM THE CURRICULUM OFFICE:

Dear Mighty Jaguar Families,


We will begin ELA SBAC testing this week in grades 6-8. Students will test in their testing locations from 8:10am-11:50am. All SBAC/CRT testing must be done in-person on campus. The health screening Parent and Guardian Guidance: Checking Your Student Before Leaving Home link is provided and must be reviewed prior to sending your child(ren) to school. The SBAC/CRT measures individual student achievement in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science.


Here is a breakdown of the school's testing dates:


6th grade: Cohort A and Last Name A-L Cohort C Students

ELA: Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4


7th grade: Cohort A and Last Name A-L Cohort C Students

ELA: Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4


8th grade: Cohort A and Last Name A-L Cohort C Students

ELA: Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Monday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 4

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6th grade: Cohort B and Last Name M-Z Cohort C Students

ELA: Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7


7th grade: Cohort B and Last Name M-Z Cohort C Students

ELA: Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7


8th grade: Cohort B and Last Name M-Z Cohort C Students

ELA: Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30 *EARBUDS NEEDED

Math: Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7


Wednesdays will continue to be a distance learning day for all students, following the existing bell schedule. Students will receive an email notifying them of their testing rooms prior to the test date. Please see the Testing Schedule for more information.


Students will be completing the tests on their school-issued Chromebooks. Every student must bring his/her Chromebook to school every day, fully charged. Please ensure that your child’s Chromebook is being charged every night and is ready for use prior to arrival at school. Additionally, portions of the ELA exam will require students to use wired headphones/earbuds. Please ensure that your son or daughter brings headphones/earbuds to school for testing. DO NOT bring a smartwatch or airpods, as these are not allowed. Have your child bring a book or magazine to read in case he/she finishes early. A sweater or a sweatshirt is recommended.


To ensure that we assess your child’s performance accurately, we are asking for your assistance. As is true for every school day, it is important that your son/daughter have a good night’s sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Finally, it is a good idea to discuss the tests at home, to encourage your son/daughter to do his/her best and to assure him/her that the results are primarily used to determine where additional help may be needed. Test results do not affect current class grades. To help prepare your child for testing, please refer to the Test Taking Tips.


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the school at 702-799-8080 ext 4200.

Sincerely,

Melissa E. Mendoza

Assistant Principal

Burkholder Middle School

TEST-TAKING TIPS

1. Eat a healthy, well-balanced breakfast. Your brain will be geared up and ready.

2. Try to relax. Roll your shoulders and head, take deep breaths, and stretch. You will answer more items correctly if you are relaxed and comfortable.

3. If you listen to and read all of the directions, you are sure to be a successful test taker. Knowing what to do is half the battle! It's easy to assume that you know what the directions say. Listen carefully, and read them over just to be certain. Answering two or three more questions correctly will improve your score.

4. Don’t focus on one item for too long. If it stumps you, move on and come back to it later. You've worked hard, and want your score to show it.

5. Answer options to multiple-choice items are often alike. Some are only partly correct. Read all the choices, eliminate ones that cannot be supported, and reread the question. Stumped? Go with your first impulse; it’s usually correct.

6. Read the question and try to figure out the answer BEFORE looking at the choices. If your answer is not there, try reading the question again.

7. Double check your answers. Don’t get a lower score due to silly mistakes!

8. Once you’re done with each section of the test, relax, stretch, and think about something fun. Bend over to tie your shoe or touch your toes. Get some blood back in your brain, so you’ll be ready for the next section.

9. And remember…be gritty and show your tenacity!

Online Registration for the 2021-22 school year

Online registration for Clark County School District (CCSD) students for the 2021-22 school year is now open.

The school year will open with students attending full-time face-to-face five days a week at all schools. Families who wish to continue with distance education will need to opt-in for distance education. The deadline to opt-in for full-time distance education is May 21, 2021, to allow schools time to plan staffing for the upcoming school year. Late requests for full-time distance education will be based on available space at each school.


Additional CCSD Press Release Information

What's Happening this Week!


Monday: April 26, 2021

  • Cohort A 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students on campus
  • All Cohort B students and Cohort C (M-Z students) will be Distance Learning
  • SBAC Testing- ELA grades 6-8 (Cohort A and Cohort C: A-L) from 8:10-11:50am
  • Acelero Drive Thru Food Distribution, 180 N Westminster, Henderson, 7:30am


Tuesday: April 27, 2021

  • Cohort A 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students on campus
  • All Cohort B students and Cohort C (M-Z students) will be Distance Learning
  • SBAC Testing- ELA grades 6-8 (Cohort A and Cohort C: A-L) from 8:10-11:50am

Wednesday: April 28, 2021

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

Thursday: April 29, 2021

  • Cohort B 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students on campus
  • All Cohort A students and Cohort C (A-L students) will be Distance Learning
  • SBAC Testing- ELA grades 6-8 (Cohort B and Cohort C: M-Z) from 8:10-11:50am

Friday: April 30, 2021
  • Cohort B 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students on campus
  • All Cohort A students and Cohort C (A-L students) will be Distance Learning
  • SBAC Testing- ELA grades 6-8 (Cohort B and Cohort C: M-Z) from 8:10-11:50am

CCSD NEWS RELEASE on March 11, 2021:

The Clark County School District released the following statement regarding SBAC testing on March 11:

“Students will soon begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, also known as the SBAC. We know this past year has been unprecedented as our community and the world worked together to deal with a pandemic. We ask our students and staff to do the best they can. Here are a few things CCSD wants you to know about SBAC to relieve any concerns or undue stress about the assessment:


  • Although we acknowledge and understand the path forward from the U.S. Department of Education requires all states to participate in federally mandated summative assessments, we want to stress the importance of safely transitioning our students back to in-person instruction as our top priority.
  • We will do the best we can to administer the SBAC while on campuses, however, the focus will be on student learning and mental wellness.
  • No school staff member, student, or parent should feel pressured about meeting participation requirements or accountability metrics. We encourage all schools to do the best they can for the spring administration of the SBAC.


We hope this helps provide you with a better understanding of the SBAC. Please know that our main focus is student learning and mental wellness.”

8th Grade SBAC Science Make-Ups

Science SBAC Makeups will be held on Wednesday, April 28 at the school from 8:10am to 11:50am. Students from Cohort A, Cohort B, and Cohort C can sign up and the student's regular CCSD bussing will be available.

Students are to sign up using the link provided below. Information is needed to create seating charts. Signup by 2pm on Tuesday, April 27th.

*The health screening Parent and Guardian Guidance: Checking Your Student Before Leaving Home link is provided and must be reviewed prior to sending your child(ren) to school.

HYBRID DAILY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Reminder: STUDENT ARRIVAL

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.

Classroom Highlights:

History Happenings

Mr. Oliver's History & Geography classes will be extensively researching financial literacy this week. All week long students will be learning necessary life skills; such as, Needs vs. Wants, Setting Financial Goals, Making Good Decisions with Money, and the different types of Income. Surveys, Videos, Nearpods, and Google map tours will be used to highlight the week's events.
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Science

Science classes are learning about waves, ecosystems, and the human body. Students are engaging in virtual lab simulations using Gizmos and lab activities in class.

ELA

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Library Lounge

Book Recommendation of the Week:

The ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park is devastated by the loss of gray wolves, illustrating nature’s intricate balancing act.

Read it here!

Class Code: xki6528

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Counselor's Corner

Course Planning:

Mrs.(Cady) Burkhardt and Mrs. Bush 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


If you did not complete your course selection for high school, and need assistance, please contact Mrs. Burkhardt. Here is the link for the Moving On Guide https://docs.google.com/presentation/u/0/?authuser=0&usp=slides_web.

Lunch Bunch!!

Students!


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


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

Counselor Assistance

Ms. Julia Bush

bushjl@nv.ccsd.net

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

(702) 799-8080 X 4301


Ms. Marisa Cady-Burkhardt

cadymj@nv.ccsd.net

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

grotha@nv.ccsd.net

702-799-8080 X 4351

Food Distribution Information

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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

vandeem@nv.ccsd.net

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

YEARBOOKS: WE HAVE 10 LEFT! ORDER YOURS TODAY!!!!!!

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Clubhouse Information and Pricing Here

Special for Boyd Clubhouse $15 for April and $15 for May

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.