The Boeckman Buzz
April 23, 2021
We are excited to announce that now you can give a BMS Staff member a Tiger Stripe by quickly filling out this form. You will select the staff member and your comments will be emailed to them.
Attendance Line: 651-460-1405
Week in Review (April 19-23)
The weather this week definitely did not feel like April, that is until Thursday when we were able to utilize our outdoor learning spaces. We absolutely love all of the outdoor space at Boeckman that allows us to provide many learning and team-building activities.
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community and this week we had to quarantine a number of learners. Our goal for the year is to finish in full in-person learning. We need everyone to commit to doing a daily health screening and staying home if needed in order to keep as many of our children in the classroom as possible.
You can help by
- Keeping learners home if they are not feeling well, When in doubt, keep them home.
- Keeping learners home if anyone in your family has COVID-19 Symptoms
- Keeping learners home if anyone in your family has taken a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results
Next week, we will be taking the MN State standardized test in Mathematics. Please see the note below about testing dates and times. If you have questions about testing, please reach out to Dan Thompson, our Assistant Principal (email@example.com).
Thank you for your continued support throughout this year.
Middle School Registration May 3rd - May 14th
Watch for an email on May 3rd with a link to the registration form, directions on how to enter their selections into Campus, and a link to our course descriptions. Registration needs to be complete by May 14th.
Current 5th-grade learners will all register for the 21-22 school year May 3-14. Our counselors will be hosting a virtual transition meeting in their 5th-grade classrooms. Through these meetings, children learn more about the transition to middle school and have an opportunity to ask questions about the middle school experience. Our administration, counselors, and 6th-grade teachers will be hosting a Virtual Parent Night on Tuesday, May 4th at 7 pm. 5th-grade parents will receive additional information about registration and the Virtual Parent night via email.
SAVE THE DATE!!
BMS Band Concert May 25 at the BMS Stadium. More details to come.
2020-21 ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
At Farmington Area Public Schools, we are committed to providing our students with personalized learning experiences. To best achieve this, we regularly assess students’ growth. Various classroom and standardized assessments aid teachers in providing for individual instructional needs and identifying class trends. We strive to consider the whole picture when serving our students. Having multiple types of assessments helps provide a fuller picture of each student's needs.
Farmington Area Public Schools administer two sets of large-scale standardized assessments: the Minnesota State Accountability tests and the NWEA MAP tests. We highly encourage you to read more about what each assessment provides for your student(s), and have provided a chart for this purpose.
Parents and guardians do have the right to request their student(s) not participate in a scheduled assessment. If you wish your child not to take one or more of the planned assessments, please make sure you understand the role of the assessment and complete the appropriate form (linked below).
MCA Math - April 28 & 29
MCA Science May 6 for 8th graders only.
May 13 - NWEA Reading
May 20 - NWEA Math
This year, we will not have the ability to test the MCA remotely. If your child is a Distance Learning student, they have been invited in to take the MCA test in-person at Boeckman. All Farmington Academy families that indicated they would like to have their child attend have been communicated with last week. If you did not receive this communication and would like your child to take the MCA test(s), please contact Dan Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org) asap.
How to prepare for MCA tests:
- Ensure your child comes to school on Wednesday & Thursday with a fully charged iPad
- Have your child bring their iPad charger in their backpack on testing days
- Encourage your child to make sure iPad has memory space & delete any unused apps
Again, please reach out to our Assistant Principal, Dan Thompson with any questions regarding testing.
Farmington Area Public Schools Face Covering Procedures
If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.
Linked is the MDH Decision Tree that schools and youth programs will use to determine who will need to quarantine or isolate depending on the given circumstances. It also indicates when a person in quarantine or isolation may return to school or activities. As you can see in the Decision Tree, if a learner is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms any other learner(s) living in the same household will be sent home too.
As outlined in the most recent MDH Guidance, if a learner is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:
- A 14-day quarantine remains the CDC’s recommendation for the greatest protection against COVID-19 and is required for household close contact and close contacts associated with athletics. Household and athletic close contacts cannot test out of quarantine.
- A 10-day quarantine may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms.
- A 7-day quarantine with a negative PCR test on or after day 5 may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms upon request. You can reach out directly to your school for additional information on shortened quarantine periods.
Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources
This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400
Boeckman Middle School Hours
School Hours: 9:00am - 3:40pm
Office Hours: 7:45am - 4:15pm
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families
Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Useful Phone Numbers
Food Service: 651-463-5025
Bus Company: 651-463-8689
School Fax: 651-460-1510
School Athletics: 651-252-2514
School Closing Line: 651-985-1100
Community Education: 651-460-3200
COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families
iPad Tech Help
This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.
In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support
Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.
For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.
- Personalization that honors the uniqueness of each learner
- Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning
- Openness to new ideas and innovation
- Safe environments that support a growth mindset
- Partnering with the community to champion our learners