Burkholder: The Jag Wire

Week of February 8-12, 2021

A letter from Our Principal:

Dear Jaguar Families,

The Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of School Trustees voted on January 14, 2021, to approve the Superintendent's recommendation that schools be permitted to invite individual or small groups of students back to campus on a voluntary basis. The focus of these school visits may include: social-emotional wellness supports and interventions, academic screenings, academic interventions and/or small-group instruction. School faculty and staff are currently reviewing guidelines, assessing building readiness, and evaluating a variety of factors to identify students who may benefit from being invited to campus.

At Burkholder Middle School, we are using academic progress indicators, participation/attendance rates, and social/emotional wellness data to prepare a list of students who will most benefit from intermittent visits to school. Likewise, we are using survey responses to ensure we have faculty and staff available to be on campus to provide in-person support. This information will also determine the number of students we can meaningfully assist. At this time, there has not been a start date established for bringing small groups into the building, but we are developing a site proposal to be reviewed and approved by region leadership. Once we are given a start date, we will communicate directly with those parents whose students have been identified for on-campus opportunities.

We understand that many families are looking forward to the time when all students can return to school campuses. As we look forward to welcoming back our communities, we will keep you informed of any additions or enhancements to these plans. As always, health and safety will be our priority. We appreciate your support and patience as we begin offering limited opportunities for students to return to campus.

Your partner in education,

Christopher Hermes
Principal, Burkholder Middle School

What's Happening this Week!

Spirit Week

Monday: February 8, 2021

  • Acelero Drive Thru Food Distribution, 180 N Westminster Way, Henderson, NV- 7:30am
  • Course Planning with Counselors for 6th graders during ELA

Tuesday: February 9, 2021

  • Course Planning with Counselors for 6th graders during ELA
  • Hope Squad Supply Pick Up for 6th graders, Burkholder Middle School, 10:20-11:40am
  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am
  • Hope Squad Supply Pick Up for 6th graders, Burkholder Middle School, 2:30-3:30pm

Wednesday: February 10, 2021


Thursday: February 11, 2021

  • Course Planning with Counselors for 7th graders begins, during ELA
  • Hope Squad Supply Pick Up for 6th graders, Burkholder Middle School, 10:20-11:40am
  • Lunch Bunch, 11:10 -11:40am
  • Hope Squad 6th Grade Ratatouille Watch Party, 3:30-5:20pm

Friday: February 12, 2021
  • Hope Squad: Day of Hope

  • Online School Pep Rally

  • Have a great weekend!

Spirit Week Activity:

Spirit Week Announcement
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Hope Squad:

Attention 6th Graders:

In an effort to help build a sense of belonging, we are inviting you to join us for a movie viewing party! If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the following form: https://forms.gle/bYfG7WswM2PuYwYSA
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Classroom Highlights:


Our ELA teachers and students have been busy reading and writing since our return from the holiday break. The entire department is working on a POSITIVE POST-IT CAMPAIGN and found quotes to inspire, motivate, and lift our spirits. Look for them in the future weekly JAGWIRE. Also, our 6th grade students are engaging in a young adult dystopian novel "The Giver", written by Lois Lowry. This novel is from the point of view of Jonas, an eleven year old boy living in a futuristic society that has eliminated all pain, fear, war, and hatred. The 7th grade students have been working on building suspense with the story, "The Monkey's Paw". Finally, 8th grade students are researching careers and are writing about their future career choices. There was some excellent insight on possible career paths!

Reading Plus Leaderboard:

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Happenings in History!

8th grade students had the opportunity to showcase what they have learned about Chinese Dynasties by making a podcast last week. Students used vocaroo to record their 1-2 minute podcast about any dynasty of their choosing. Podcasts discussed rulers, government, religion, technological advancements and the fall of their chosen dynasty. Some excellent work was submitted by Mylee L., Victor H., Kyra T. as well as many others. Great job 8th graders!!!


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Greetings from the Math Department! We would like to thank all the students who have participated in class. There are many ways that students participate. They answer math questions in the chat or in a Jamboard, show their daily work by sharing their screen, share their notes on a camera, send work through a Google Doc and answer aloud in class.

When students need extra help they have shown up in the office hours or attended support sessions. They also have worked together in groups in the breakout rooms; some even connected with friends in a Google Meet to collaborate on math homework outside of “school”. Please take advantage of the available free resources to help support your child. CLICK HERE to see some available resources.

Our math classes also try to relax and have fun. Some classes have participated in a scavenger hunt, such as, “Show me something green in your camera” or solved riddles with the teachers. Other classes may “rap” with a teacher. Mr. Ballard “danced” with a student’s grandma one day to the song “To Be Real.” Some classes share jokes, quotes and riddles. We also have great talent, as shown when the students unmute themselves to sing happy birthday to fellow classmates.

Starting this week, our school will begin the MAP Accelerator Challenge! Grade-Levels will compete to see who can gain the most “levels up” per student in MAP Accelerator. Check out the Leaderboard Standings in the weekly JagWire.

We look forward to the upcoming months!

A little math trivia: the number of minutes in the month of February can be represented by x!

A math riddle: What is the number of squares on the outside edges of a chessboard, and how does that number relate to the month of February? Stay tuned for the answer in the next JagWire...

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Counselor's Corner

Attention 8th grade girls!

Please see the flyers below for an opportunity to participate in BattleBorn Girls Innovate. Here's the goal: they aim to introduce young women to Nevada STEAM careers and meet women role models, leaders, and mentors working in these fields. They host monthly online workshops where women speakers and role models head hands-on activities and talk to the students about the work they do and their STEAM journey. Sign up by February 18th! Free of charge! Email or call Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt or Mrs. Bush for more info!

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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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! Mrs.(Cady) Burkhardt and Mrs. Bush will be visiting 6th grade ELA classrooms February 8th and February 9th to help with your course selections for next year during Live sessions.

Seventh grade course planning will be February 11-Feb. 19th; also in ELA classrooms. Your ELA teacher will let you know which Live session day you will be meeting with Mrs. Bush.

Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt will be presenting the CCSD Moving On Guide later in February. She will also be coordinating with Basic High School and Foothill for 8th graders as they transition to high school. Once dates are confirmed, they will be posted.

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 Mrs. (Cady) Burkhardt 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

Food Distribution:

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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


702-799-8080 X 4032

Nominate a Student, Teacher, Administrator, Support Staff, or Parent at https://www.cityofhenderson.com/education/mayors-honor-roll
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Library Lounge

Book Recommendation of the Week:

When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.

Although it wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn’t be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him. But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

Read it here!

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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


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

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

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

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Our Master Schedule

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BMS-Distance Learning Master Schedule

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.