Mr. Corso's Weekly Update

November 1, 2020

Did you remember to change your clock? Fall back one hour - November 1, 2020

Mr. Corso’s Principal’s Message

Positive Raiders: Responsible, Respectful, Hard Working and Kind

Thank you to those who attended our Return to Campus Parent Meeting last night. A link for last night’s Return to Campus presentation can be found HERE and the video of the meeting will be available on our school’s YouTube page later this week.

Here is a LINK to our most recent FAQ related to our Return to Campus.

Survey Coming Soon: Once BMMS agrees on an instructional model for our Return to Campus, we will share that with you and allow you the opportunity to share your preference for a learning environment if you have changed your mind.

In order to help our return to campus, BMMS could use more adults to help supervise classrooms and students on campus. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form below. Our volunteers would take attendance, make sure students are safe in the classroom, and assist with connecting online and staying on task. We will be interviewing volunteer candidates to ensure understanding of the expectations and meeting district requirements. Please click this link to share your interest in volunteering to supervise students: LINK More information about PUSD volunteers can be found at

Next week at a Glance (Nov. 2-6):

Monday: Periods 1-7, Late Start, 9:10am

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)

The BMMS Big I.D.E.A. (formerly Social Justice Committee): Our Social Justice Committee decided to change our name because social justice refers to issues within our society as a whole (like distribution of wealth, opportunity, etc within a society). Our new name is the BMMS Big I.D.E.A. Committee. IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness. Here is our mission statement: Black Mountain’s Big I.D.E.A. Committee will create opportunities for our students, staff and families to engage in conversations, develop plans, and take actions that promote inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness as it relates

to our Black Mountain community. Our next meeting is Tuesday, Dec 1, 6pm. To join us, please submit your name to this form: LINK

What does I.D.E.A. mean to you? : Staff, students and families, we want to hear from you. What does Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness mean to you? Pick one or more and tell us what it means to you. You can even sing your answer, write a poem or draw a picture. Be creative. The student with the most creative post will win a free hamburger from In-n-Out! Parents & Guardians you will need to Enter FlipGrid with the access code, BigIdea!. Submit your answers here at this Flipgrid by Nov.13 : LINK

Racial Equity Community Conversations: Many of you may have attended the first of a series of “Racial Equity Community Conversations” hosted by PUSD to support our ongoing work to ensure we are providing a safe and positive school culture and learning experience for ALL of our students and their families. The purpose of the “Racial Equity Community Conversations” is to foster trust with our families of color and build partnerships toward improving the experiences of our students of color on all campuses in PUSD. These conversations are organized by feeder pattern, elementary through high school, to ensure we are addressing any issues and concerns systemically as a team, partnering with parents, staff, students, and community members in our surrounding neighborhoods. Although we have completed an initial meeting for all five feeder patterns, we recognize many families/guardians were unable to attend. Accordingly, PUSD is hosting an additional session, via Zoom, on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm open to all PUSD families who were unable to attend their school’s feeder pattern session.

Our goal at this first meeting is to listen to our diverse community and learn from your experiences, so we can strengthen our efforts to improve racial equity in accordance with our recent PUSD Board Resolution Against Racism. Please RSVP here: You must RSVP in order to receive the Zoom link to attend, which will be sent out prior to next Monday night’s meeting. We look forward to you joining us in this important work!

Thank you for everyone’s support, grace and patience. I feel I can’t say that enough. I am proud to be part of a community working together to best support our students.

A better school starts with each one of us,

Scott Corso

Principal, Black Mountain Middle School

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Counselor’s Corner:

Here's a link to the Counselor's Corner newsletter:
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BMMS Virtual Book Fair

Dear families,

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from Nov. 2nd – Nov. 15th! All purchases benefit our school library and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more. You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

· Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs

· All orders ship direct to home

· FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

· All purchases support our school library and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

Our BMMS Librarian, Mrs. Chambers, has prepared this special slide presentation for you and your student:

BMMS PTSA Scholastic Book Fair Choices and Voices

Happy reading,

BMMS Library Staff

858-484-1300 ext 3937

*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.

The Week of November 9

The Week of November 9 will look a little different. There is no late start day the week of Nov 9. School starts at 8am each day

Monday, Nov. 9, 8am Homeroom followed by Periods 1-3

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 8am Homeroom followed by Periods 4/5-7

Wednesday, November 11 is a holiday - Veterans’ Day NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Nov. 12, 8am Homeroom followed by Periods 1-3

Friday, Nov. 13, 8am Homeroom followed by Periods 4/5-7