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Black Hawk has a goal for all our students to graduate with the skills and abilities to be successful in college, career and community. This goal was developed with feedback from more than 2500 students, teachers and community members. You can see these skills above in what we call the MMSD Graduate Vision. Teachers support student development of Graduate Vision skills as part of the Academic and Career Planning process. MMSD is currently implementing Academic and Career Planning (ACP) in grades 6-12 to support all students in being College, Career, and Community Ready.

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Through Academic and Career Planning students are beginning to answer these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I going?
  • How will I get there?
  • Who are we together?

As part of Academic and Career Planning, students will explore educational and career opportunities, reflect on growth, and develop high school and post-high school plans.

Each student will maintain an e-portfolio (Google Site) to hold evidence of their exploration, growth, and next steps. This portfolio is housed within Xello, a post-secondary planning website. Throughout the course of middle school, students will add to their sites to present at their 8th grade Student Led Conference. At the end of 8th grade, students will complete a Portfolio Presentation by sharing key items from this portfolio to tell their story of growth, readiness, and next steps with an adult and teacher. We will share with you more information about this later this year.

At Black Hawk, students are on their path to being College, Career, and Community Ready!

  • Critical Reading strategies at all grade levels to help students prepare for the next level of rigor.
  • 6th grade Experiential Learning trip to a Madison college in March.
  • 7th grade Experiential Learning trip to FutureQuest (career exploration) in November.
  • 8th grade Student Led Conferences in March.

How do I support my student’s College, Career and Community Readiness?

How do I learn more?

Contact our ACP Coordinator: Natalie Miller-Wolf at