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Letter from Dr. Kerber


Christmas, 2014

 
 
Happy Holidays to All:
 
I can hardly believe that six months have passed since I began my assignment as Superintendent in this great district.  Much has happened during that time:  common core curriculum, new staff, and opening of new classrooms and programs. All are operating well and I am grateful daily to come to work and do what is best for students.
 
It has been a difficult four years for public education in Pennsylvania.   Public school officials and boards of school directors await the prospect of increased financial assistance under a new administration.  I am amazed daily at what our teachers are able to offer and the eagerness with which students pursue new initiatives.  As I walk through classrooms, I am struck at the high level of work students are completing and information they are taking in.  Kindergarten students are writing, 4th graders work together to solve math problems, middle school students are gaining proficiency in measuring through planning and building and high school students compete in various technology challenges.
 
As the calendar year comes to a close, the middle school will say a fond farewell to Principal Anthony Mooney as he embarks on a new opportunity at Quaker Valley Middle School.  Mr. Mooney has been with the district since 2008 as teacher, dean and building administrator.  Mrs. Amy Anderson has been appointed Acting Middle School Principal.  She has been with the district since 2007 and served as English teacher, girls tennis coach, senior class and student council sponsor and member of multiple district and state education committees and boards.
 
In the New Year, the Board of School Directors along with Acting Business Manager John Frombach and I will begin work on the budget for the 2015-16 academic year.  As grant monies become available, I will continue to submit proposals for new programs including STEM initiatives at the primary and intermediate level.  The work is satisfying daily as the Board of School Directors, Management Team and I strive to do what is best for every child.  My door remains open and I welcome the opportunity to share with residents the ongoing plans for Blackhawk to rise from good to great. 
 
Blessed and safe holidays to all,
Melanie Kerber, Ed. D.
 

Swim Team Fundraiser

Washington Post Article


So how inequitable can school funding be within a single state? Let’s look at one of the most troubled in this respect, Pennsylvania.  Read the article HERE
Hey Cougar Fans!
Come out to see our awesome athletes at this week's HOME EVENTS

ALUMNI FLAG FOOTBALL GAME

Come watch our BHS Alumni in the
2nd Annual MAC SAFETY, Inc. 
FLAG FOOTBALL GAME
December 20th, 9:00 AM

more info
Blackhawk Celebrates the Holidays with Music!

The Blackhawk Music Department is hosting Holiday Programs at all schools.

** PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW **
Come enjoy our talented kids at one of these upcoming concerts.  

BHS Volleyball Tournament to Benefit Pediatric Cancer
SIGN UP A TEAM or COME OUT TO WATCH!
Sign up dates:      December 3rd - 19th during 6B Lunch
Tournament date:  Friday, January 9th @ 6:30pm
Find out the scoop!
AMAZON SMILE
Earn $$ for the Blackhawk Foundation by shopping on AMAZON!
Click here to view the flyer.
BHS Lip Dub Video
BHS students show you how to have a "Good Time" and get everyone feeling that "Good Feeling"!
Blackhawk High School Lip Sync Battles


Teachers and students battled in a series of lip sync battles for the ages!
District Survey
Please click HERE to take the District Survey.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Dear Community Members of Blackhawk School District:
 
In the past several months, members of the Board of School Directors have been approached by concerned district residents re: the current state of the Northwestern sports complex and the Northwestern School.  Northwestern is rapidly approaching its 60th birthday and continues to be a concern to District officials.  Necessary repairs to the building are quite costly.  Along with that is the need for electrical updates, renovations in the kitchen and lockers rooms, replacing aging equipment and paying for ongoing maintenance is an added expense.  Finally, the sports complex is inferior to today’s complexes that are used throughout the community for various groups, functions and occasions.  A group of concerned teachers, coaches, administrators, commissioners and several citizens in leadership positions have held two meetings to organize working groups with the purpose of identifying all options.  Although several School Directors and the Superintendent attend the meetings, there are no decisions made or votes cast.  The group is currently putting together reports and hopes to be prepared for public meetings in January.  Please visit the website often and stay current with our progress and learn about the dates, times and locations of community meetings.  All residents are invited to take the survey posted on our website.
 
Sports Complex Committee is researching the following:
 
1.       What are the assets and liabilities of current field and stadium
2.       What revenue can be generated from hosting events on a turf field
3.       What are the effects on property values
4.       What is the possibility of completing the project in phases
 
Fundraising committee members and related activities are exploring:
5.       What corporate donations can be generated
6.       How will we “sell” the idea to potential donors if a new stadium is proposed
7.       Determination of fundraising goals
8.       Determination of fundraising donor levels:  e.g. silver, gold, platinum, bronze, patron
 
On the Northwestern side, the assignments are as follows:
1.       Instructional Limitations currently at Northwestern
2.       Implications of radon and mold recurring issues
3.       “Going Green” sustainable projects related to energy and conservation
4.       Making a new building “tech friendly” for now and in the future
5.       Asbestos Removal
6.       Looking at other energy friendly new schools or under construction
STEM
Blackhawk School District is proud to be a partner with Carnegie Science Center and the STEM Excellence Pathways. 
Board Meetings
NOTICE OF BLACKHAWK SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS  MEETING:
The 2015 Meeting Schedule is now available.  Click here.
State of the District Address
Please click here to read the State of the District Address by Dr. Melanie Kerber
Student Accident Insurance
Please click here for Student Insurance brochure
Free and Reduced Price Family Application
Please click here to download the 2014-2015 Free and Reduced Price School Meals/Special Milk Program Family Application.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Lucaks at ext 1016.
Bus Schedule 2014-2015
Click here for the 2014-2015 bus schedule
Right-to-Know Law Information, Procedures & Forms
The Blackhawk Board of School Directors recognizes the importance of public records as the record of the district's actions and the repository of information about this district.  Public records of BSD are available for access and duplication in accordance with law and BSD board policy.

Procedures for Submitting a Request

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