Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: October 3-7, 2022


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Homecoming Football Game Reminders

Important Football Game Information

Students & Families: In preparation for Saturday's Homecoming football game, there are a few things that need to be shared. Kick off is 12:00 PM

1. There will be NO Bags or Backpacks of any kind allowed into the stadium. You will need to plan ahead, as we will not be responsible for holding bags.

2. Tickets are ONLY available online for our athletics events. NO CASH OR CHECKS. Students must purchase tickets for Football games. The link is:

3. Student behavior will be monitored and any inappropriate behavior will result in spectators directed to leave the game. Additional consequences may be given as well.

4. The Minnesota State High School League has placed a point of emphasis on spectator behavior at MSHSL events. The EXPECTATION for our students is that they cheer FOR our Blaze Football team and NOT AGAINST our opponents.

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School Hours

School hours for students are 7:50 AM - 2:30 PM.

  • Students will be able to enter the building beginning at 7:30 AM. They will grab a bagged breakfast (if they choose, meals are no longer free for all) and head to their locker and their first class, Advisory.
  • School ends at 2:30 PM, this is a change from last year.
  • Buses leave NMS by 2:45 each day

Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM

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Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

Below is a link regarding District 191's new Standard Response Protocol to various emergency/weather/incidents.

A reminder that opting into text messaging will allow you to be updated via text in the case of an emergency. Parents may do this by sending "Subscribe" to 67587.

ISD 191 SRP Communication to Families

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Gertens Winter Plant Fundraiser

Foundation 191 is a non-profit organization with volunteers who donate their time to raise funds in support of our students and teachers in ISD ONE91. Whether it is awarding scholarships for students moving on to post secondary schools or programs, or providing grant funds to teachers who have classroom needs for their students, Foundation 191 serves our students, families and community in partnership.

This year Foundation 191 is partnering with Sunny Gerten, one of the co-owners of Gertens Landscaping and Garden Center in Inver Grove Heights. Our own Adult Basic Education program has been providing free programming at Gertens for five years, and Foundation 191 is excited to partner with Gerten's to raise funds for students and teachers in our district.

Many teachers in our buildings have received classroom grants for supplies and materials. Our hope is that our district community may support Foundation 191 so we may continue to give back to our students and teachers in the coming year.


Foundation 191 receives 30% of all plant and greens sales and 15% of all gift card sales.


  1. Sale Opens: Friday, September 23rd
  2. Sale Closes: Thursday, October 20th @ 10 PM
  3. Delivery & Sorting: Friday, December 2nd
  4. Pick up by purchasers: Saturday, December 3rd at DEC
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Monday, October 3rd

Girls Tennis, 3:30 @Twin Oaks Middle School, Prior Lake

Tuesday, October 4th

Girls Soccer, 4:00 @Faribault Middle School, Faribault

Cross Country, 4:00 @Kenwood Trail Middle School, Lakeville South Invite

Wednesday, October 5th

Girls Soccer, 4:00 @Nicollet vs. Eagle Ridge Middle School

Boys Soccer, 4:00 @Eagle Ridge Middle School

Thursday, October 6th

Cross Country, 4:00 @Neill Park - Burnsville Invite

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Quiz Bowl has begun!

Open to all students, this activity competes against other metro area teams. Students quickly answer general knowledge questions.

Quiz Bowl meets Thursdays after school in Room 308.

Fun for all!


~Mr. Hartman

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Our Photojournalism club will meet every Tuesdays from 2:40 - 4:30 in room 100. Our club exists to allow students with a passion for photography to tell the story of Nicollet Middle School and our amazing community through their eyes! In this club, students will:

  • Help create the Nicollet Yearbook!
  • Learn to use a DSLR camera
  • Learn how to tell a story with photos.
  • Learn how to write captions for photos.
  • Get into football, tennis, cross country, track, wrestliing, basketball, etc. games and other events as "Staff Photographer".
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Student Council will begin meeting October 5th in Room 114 from 2:40. They will meet everyother week and meetings will last about an hour.
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Do you enjoy Dungeons & Dragons? Come play with some fellow Nicollet students! This fun club will meet on Wednesdays from 2:45 - 4:15. Want more information? Contact Mr. Iverson, he's in room 116.
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FALL 2021 - Spring 2022


Come sing and dance! We will sing in the fall and learn the basics of east Coast Swing... including Jam Circles with aerials!

Fall: Students will learn a variety of holiday music to be performed at the MOA.

Spring: Students will learn specialized dance routines to perform during several field trips in the Spring. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to come along!

We meet every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the choir room or auxiliary gym.

Year Long: $99.00


Click here to print a Singers and Swingers Registration

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Jazz Band is BACK!

Jazz band will improve overall playing skills and promote ear training. We have several fieldtrips during the year. We meet Tuesday & Friday mornings through Advisory. Can't be at school early? Students are more than welcome to join when they get to school and stay through Advisory!

Year Long: $99.00


Click here to print a Jazz Band Registration

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Chess Club!

Chess Club returns October 11th.

The Nicollet Chess Club is open to all students even if you do not know how to play chess! We meet after school Tuesdays and Thursdays starting October 11th in the media center. For those interested, we do have competitions and parties as well! Register through ISD 191 community education. Should you have questions or need financial assistance, please contact coach Brian Ribnick (

No class Nov 3, 8, 24, Dec 25, 27, Mar 9.

Register here

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Fishing Club will be returning this fall with Mr. Benson. Be on the lookout for more information coming out soon!
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THE GREEN TEAM - Thursdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 328, Ms. Philipsek & Ms. Challgren

Singers & Swingers - (Oct.)Thursdays 7:00AM in Choir Room, Ms. Bakken

Jazz Band - (Oct.)Tuesdays & Thursdays 7:00AM through Advisory in Band Room, Ms. Bakken

Chess Club - (starts 10/10) 2:30 - 4:00 in the Media Center, Mr. Ribnik & Mr. Voris

Quiz Bowl - Thursdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 308, Mr. Hartman

Fishing Club - Information coming soon! Mr. Benson

Photojournalism Yearbook Club - Tuesdays 2:45 - 4:30 in Room 100, Mr. Reeves

Student Council - Every other Wednesday 2:40 - 3:40 in Room 114, Mr. Iverson/Mr. Sorensen

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Wednesdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 116, Mr. Iverson

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BYC Starts October 25th!

Burnsville Youth Collaborative for Grade 6-8: Our BYC afterschool program combines academic support and enrichment along with recreational activities. The program runs Tuesday - Thursday from 3:00 - 5:30PM each day. Transportation is provided for students within the bus zone.

BYC is set to run: October 25, 2022 - April 27, 2023.


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Extra Opportunites

High School Sports for Grades 7-12:

Check out the Burnsville High School Athletics website for information.

Burnsville Athletic Club:

BAC Website

BAC October 2022 Newsletter

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School Transportation

If you have transportation questions please call: 952-707-2067 or 952-707-2069. They can address concerns about bus stops, times, etc.

You are able to view your bus information in ParentVue.

There is an activity bus that runs from Nicollet to Burnsville High School right after school. This bus is for students involved in BHS activities only. Passes will be used to ensure only students in activities are using this bus.

There will also be an after school bus that leaves Nicollet between 4:30 - 4:45 for those involved in Nicollet activities and sports.

For more information about bussing (pay to ride, etc), please go to:

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In order for us to effectively communicate with you throughout the school year, please make sure you update your address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact/s on PARENTVUE. This information is very important as it is the only way to contact you in the event of an emergency.

We will send weekly bulletins for families through email. We will also regularly call home with voicemail message updates.


Additionally, Parents/Guardians now have the option of receiving text notification from District 191 and its schools. Text messages are timely and relevant, including weather related school closure information, emergency announcements and others.

In order to participate, parents/guardians must opt-in by texting “subscribe” to the

number 68453.

Learn more about ParentVue at

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Schoology connects students to their teachers. Students get class assignments, link to readings and guides selected by their teacher, collaborate with classmates, and work on self-paced learning activities. Families can see upcoming assignments and announcements, view assignments, test schedules and daily grades for current classes, and more.

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Food and Nutrition Services

  • Free meals for all students have expired.
  • Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits.
  • Meal prices are based on the results of completing the Application for Educational Benefits. It may take up to 10 days for your application to be processed. Families will receive a letter in the mail letting them know if they have been approved or denied. Meals must be paid for until families are notified of the results.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year, and especially if there has been an increase to household members or decrease to household income.
  • Money is expected to be deposited into meal accounts prior to making meal purchases. Money MUST be in accounts to make la carte purchases.
    • Credit/Debit Cards online through PayPams website

    • Cash at secondary schools using NetCash machines in the cafeteria

    • Checks at secondary schools using the check drop box

    • Cash or checks at elementary schools in a marked envelope provided to the student's teacher

  • All students need to use their PIN (Personal Identification Number) at meals and should practice memorizing this 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Menus, nutrition, and allergen information can be found online at
  • A special diet statement must be completed and on record in order for the Food & Nutrition Services department to make accommodations.
  • Visit the Food and Nutrition Services webpage for more information:
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Parent Drop off & Pick up

Just a reminder that our parent drop-off location is on the east side of Nicollet near the tennis courts (the same location as parent pick-up). Please circle around the lot rather than pulling into parking spaces to avoid having your child cross through traffic to enter the school. Students should be picked up by 2:45pm. After school, you will only be able to turn RIGHT out of our parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation to make thIS process safe for EVERYONE.

If you are dropping your child off at school after 7:45 AM, please drop them off at the front of the school, door 1, because they will need to check into the office for a tardy pass to class.

Please do not enter the driveway between Sky Oaks and Nicollet. This is where buses are entering and exiting and dropping students off here is a safety concern.


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Electronics Policy

Please discuss the use of electronics at school with your child.

  • All students are issued a Chromebook from ISD191 to be used for instructional and educational purposes. No other electronic devices should be used in place of chromebooks during the school day.
  • All Chromebooks are to be used in alignment with the district electronics policy.
  • Headphone use is only allowed when requested by a teacher (no airpods).

  • Electronic devices are never allowed to be used in bathrooms or locker rooms.
  • Nicollet is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


  • Cellphones are away for the day. If brought to school devices should be away from the first bell of the day (7:50am) and should not be taken out until the last bell of the day (2:30pm).

Policy 524: Internet Acceptable use and Safety Policy

  • We understand the importance of students being able to access resources on the internet, both for current educational work and to help ensure students have the skills they need for future study and work.
  • We provide students access to our computer system, including the internet, expressly for educational purposes, including classroom activities, research and college/career readiness activities.
  • Students are expected to use our system in a safe manner and for these appropriate purposes.
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Health Services

School Nurse: Ms. Mjelleli "Nurse M"


Phone: 952-707-2603

Hours: 7:20AM - 3:20PM


  • Monitor immunization status of students
  • Manage health plans for students with health conditions
  • Provide first aid and emergency care to students and staff
  • Administer medication as ordered by a physician
  • Maintain health service records
  • Implement screening programs
  • Surveillance of Communicable disease

Reminder: Immunizations- all incoming 6th graders needs to get the T-dap booster and Meningitis vaccine before starting 7th grade.

For information about health services, please go to:
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If you have any questions about the information within this back to school newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Main Office via phone or email.

Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa.

Phone: 952-707-2600


About Nicollet Middle School

Our vision here at Nicollet is that we will realize our individual strengths and RISE together to become future ready and community strong. RISE stands for Resourceful, Inclusive, Safe, and Excellence. We know that when we strive to achieve these characteristics as individuals and as a community, we will learn together and grow stronger together.

School Hours: 7:50AM - 2:30PM