Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

September 6, 2020

No School Monday, September 7, 2020 - Labor Day Holiday

Next week at a Glance:

Monday: No School - Labor Day

Tuesday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Wednesday: Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 (no student has both 4 and 5)

Thursday: Homeroom plus Periods 1-3

Friday: Homeroom plus Periods 4/5-7 (no student has both 4 and 5)

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Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind


It’s been a great start to the 2020-21 school year. Thank you students for your excitement, families for your patience and staff for your preparation to make this the best school year possible. We will continue to work together to engage our students and work together.


Office Hours: Think of Office Hours like classroom time. Zooms during Office Hours are for students and the teacher. Parents, please do not ask a teacher a question during a student Zoom. If you have a question for a teacher, please email or call that teacher. Black Mountain has 4 Office Hour days (Tuesday-Friday). Teachers will publish on their Canvas home page when they are available for Office Hours and how to contact them during this time.


Counselor's Corner: Welcome to this week's Counselor’s Corner newsletter. This newsletter is designed to provide you with weekly information from the BMMS Counseling Team. Here's a link to the Counselor's Corner newsletter for the week of Sept 7, 2020. https://www.smore.com/85pvj


Home Field Ambassadors: Home Field Advantage (HFA) is when all Raiders feel safe and part of a community where they are supported, empowered and united. It takes many people to truly create the HFA. We feel it’s important to recognize those persons who support and help to provide the HFA for our staff, as well as, our students. If you would like to nominate someone as a Home Field Ambassador, please email JoAnne Larson sjlarson@powayusd.com with your nominee and the “why”.


Back to School Night: Please Save the Date for Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6pm


Enjoy your three-day weekend!

Scott Corso

Principal

Black Mountain Middle School

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Official Time

Some parents asked “how will we know what time it is during the school day?” We placed the official time on our website for your reference.

It’s right here next to the Bulletin icon.

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Tech Help

Tech Help: Here are some tips that may help with some of your tech challenges...

  1. Zoom

    1. We have noticed that some students have a hard time getting into Zoom because someone else is logged in on their computer. Make sure no one else is logged in on that computer in any application. This helped a lot of people.

    2. We have some new teachers and some of their computer settings are still being updated by the district. If you can’t find a Homeroom Zoom link and you have that teacher during another class, go to that class and try that Zoom link.

    3. Zoom Version: Make sure you have the most updated version of Zoom on your computer. This link should help getting upgrades: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version

  2. Canvas Notifications: Are you getting too many emails from Canvas? Here’s a PDF to help you change your notifications: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d-sbzXmyq39LdgMA9l3osI4__y5W8BhU/view?usp=sharing

  3. PUSD Resources: Poway has many resources to help families with technology. Here are links to those resources:

    1. Parent Resources: https://powayusd.com/en-US/Departments/Tech-Innovation/Parent-Resources/Parent-Academy?viewmode=0

    2. Canvas for Parents: https://youtu.be/t-5sWZODhY8

    3. The PUSD IT Department will be offering additional tech support beginning September 2. Please email pusdithelp@powayusd.com if you need assistance with Canvas, MyPLAN, Zoom, or Chromebooks.

  4. Internet Access: We understand that some families could use some resources for affordable internet at home.

    1. COX Connect 2 Compete for qualifying families https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

    2. Spectrum Internet Assist for qualifying families https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

    3. AT&T Access program for qualifying families. https://www.att.com/internet/access/

If these programs don’t help your needs, please email our Assistant Principal Ryan Keller at rkeller@powayusd.com and share why it does not work.
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Science Olympiad

Are you interested in exploring fields of science that you’ve always wondered about? Science Olympiad (SO) is the premier National science competition that provides an opportunity for student teams to compete in 23 various STEM events. Classes and competition will be held virtually this year but include Anatomy, Circuit Lab, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Food Science, Fossils, Helicopters and Vehicle Design. If you would like to learn more about joining the BMMS SO award-winning team, plan to attend the SO Family Meeting on Friday, 9/11 6-7 pm (via Zoom). Email bmms.soteam@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the interest list.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Our Online Meal Application Process is FAST, SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. Click this link for the application and to learn more:

https://powayusdnutrition.com/?page=lunchapps

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