Black Hawk Middle School
Principal Richard Wendorff takes much pride in Black Hawk Middle School (BHMS), where he has been principal for nine years. The school features a unique design, which was made specifically for the "house system" and to better serve middle schoolers. There are eight identical houses at BHMs, all connected to the sky-lit atrium known as Main Street.
The school also offers a block schedule, which means students are in class longer and are able to cover subjects in more depth. BHMS also has interdisciplinary teaching, which means two teachers will cover the same content in different subject areas. There is a door between the classrooms, and the teachers can open it if they want to teach together.
Also, Principal Wendorff noted that BHMS is fortunate to have the support of two high schools, Eagan and Eastview. Students will move on from BHMS to either Eagan or Eastview high schools.
Black Hawk Middle School has a multicertified staff who are able to teach many different content areas.
In addition, there is an award program and ceremony each trimester for students recognized for co-curriculars or academics, among other reasons. The school also gives students with a 3.5 GPA and higher the Presidential Academic Excellence Award.
Lastly, BHMS has a WEB program, which stands for "Where Everyone Belongs." Eighth grade WEB leaders help new sixth grade students adjust to middle school life.
- Fax: 651-683-8527
- Hours: School: Mon - Fri, 8am - 3pm; Sat, Sun, closed. Office: Mon - Fri, 7:30am - 4pm; Sat, Sun, closed.
- Handicap Accessible: There is an automatic door at the entrance.
- Founding Date: 1994
- Number of students: 900
- Male-to-female ratio: Teachers: There are about 60 percent female teachers to about 40 percent male teachers. Students: There are approximately 55 percent boys and 45 percent girls.
- Public/Private: Public
- Financial aid: No
- Student-to-teacher ratio: There is an average of 31 students to every one teacher.
- Parking: Free lot
- Number of faculty: There is a total of 127 teachers; however, some travel to other schools.
- How engaged is the school with the community?: The school is actively involved with Eagan Rotary (especially during teacher appreciation week). They also plan with Eagan and Eastview athletic associations and help out the community foundation (a nonprofit).
- What makes this community special?: The city's commitment to excellence. Businesses support education, and huge corporations in Eagan generously support the schools as well.
- Grade levels: The school teaches sixth through eighth grades.
- Special education: Yes
- Uniforms: No
- Features: Auditorium/stage, Cafeteria, Computer lab, Infirmary, Library, Sports facilities
- Extracurricular activities available: DECLAM, Future Cities Club, Knowledge Master Club, Math Counts, Math League, History Club
- Sports teams: Girls/boys tennis, cross country, volleyball, boys/girls soccer, basketball, track, wrestling, swimming