The Boeckman Buzz

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

Thank you again for your flexibility last week as we needed to have a FLEX Learning Day due to the poor weather conditions.

Congratulations to all of our learners who performed at the choir concert! It was an exceptional performance. We look forward to another performance this week. Our next choir concert will be on Tuesday night at FHS. Performances are at 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

We will start the registration process for the 2023-2024 school year at the end of January. A special registration email will be coming at the end of January to register for Boeckman classes for the 23-24 school year. However, high school registration is happening sooner. More information for our 8th graders from the high school is below in the newsletter.

Our next Parent Ambassador meeting will be on February 7th at 6:00 pm in the BMS Media Center.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

-Joe Sage, Principal


January 16......................................NO SCHOOL

January 17......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 24......................................Band Concerts @ FHS

23-24 Registration Information - 8th Grade Families

Hello 8th grade parents and guardians,

Farmington High School Counselors will be visiting Boeckman and Dodge Middle School on January 24th - 26th to provide your child with the necessary information to register for the 2023-2024 school year. Prior to our FHS counselor’s presentation, I would like to invite you to Farmington High School for an informational course registration presentation on Wednesday, January 18th at 5:30pm in the Recital Hall. The presentation is not required, but if you would prefer to be in the know and help your child with this process it is highly encouraged that you attend if you can. We will also be recording the presentation and will send that out to all 8th grade families. The presentation will include:

  • Registration dates and information for the 2023-2024 school year
  • An overview of Farmington High School
  • Tips to help your student select their high school courses.

In addition to this presentation, you can find all of the registration information on our registration website that will be updated and enhanced throughout the next few weeks. We also curate all of this information in one website that you can view here:

FHS Counselors:

  • Ms. Walker (A-BL Counselor)
  • Mr. Yager (Bo - F Counselor)
  • Ms. Kelly (G - KL Counselor)
  • Ms. Belko (Km - N Counselor)
  • Mr. Pfau (O - Si Counselor)
  • Ms. Newman (Sk - Z Counselor)

Thank you for partnering with us to make sure your student gets registered for their classes. If you have any specific questions feel free to reach out.

Reviewing Electronic Devices

Students should bring their school issued iPad, fully charged, to school daily. Personal electronic devices that become a distraction to learning may be taken and held in the main office until the end of the day. Repeat violations may result in a parent needing to pick up the device from school. The school district is not responsible for lost/stolen items.

Below you will see the BMS Technology Stoplight. This is used as a framework for when personal devices are allowed in the classroom.

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6th Grade Opportunity - History Pass

Sixth graders can go to any MNHS location for FREE! It's a great way for children to explore history during non-school hours.

Any child who is in 6th grade during the 2022-23 school year is eligible for this pass. The pass provides free admittance for the 6th grader (not parents or siblings) to Minnesota Historical Society sites and museums through August 31, 2023. Not valid for field trips, paid programs or specially priced exhibits.

WINTER NWEA MAP Test - January 9-February 10, 2023

Beginning January 9, some learners may be asked to participate in the NWEA MAP test. The NWEA MAP tests are adaptive computer delivered assessments that are administered to more than 11 million students across the country, which provides a large National Norm sample for comparison. Farmington Schools chooses to administer tests in reading and math to students in grades 2 through 8. The adaptive nature of the tests means that the test adjusts to the student's responses. As a student answers correctly, the test gets more challenging. As they get items wrong, the test presents easier items. The purpose of the assessment is to identify the student's academic level in the specific content area, regardless of age, grade level or prior achievement.

To read more about the NWEA MAP test, please visit the school website, linked here. There is a link to the Opt Out information for both the NWEA MAP tests on the left side of the webpage. Please complete the form and return it to the front office. *Please note that if you Opted out in the fall, you do not need to resubmit the opt out form for the remainder of the year.

January - 7 Mindsets Theme: Live to Give

Stretch Yourself – Live to Give can sound a bit selfish. While the best way to get what we want is to give what we can, the real point is to give because it is the right thing to do. When we live our best lives, we do the things we’re great at and get the best results. These results benefit us as well as others and the world around us, and that is the reason to do it. Oprah Winfrey gives millions of dollars to charity, but none of that will likely impact the world as much as the inspiration her talk show provided to billions. Great teachers have an immense impact simply by being great teachers. We give the most simply by being our best and living our ultimate lives. 2.

Make a Difference – The easiest and quickest way to feel better and become happier is to help someone else. Similarly, the best way to bring more good things into our lives is to start giving. When we do this, we create value with our lives and begin to receive value in return. In order to start or expand the flow of abundance in our lives, we must simply start making a difference every day in every little way that we can. 3.

Receive Gracefully – One of the hardest things for people to deal with when they start living their dreams is that they’re uncomfortable receiving the new and wonderful things that come into their lives. They may not feel worthy or know how to react. As a result, when opportunity knocks or people want to help them, they shut the door and don’t allow themselves to accept what the universe is offering them. The problem is that these gifts could be a source of joy, fulfillment, and opportunity to their lives. If we don’t receive gracefully, we cut off the cycle of giving and limit our own potential. 4.

Create a Legacy – The only thing left when we leave this life is the impact we had on others and the world. The true meaning of our lives is only apparent when it transcends us. That’s why it’s vital to find those things that we’re passionate about and orient our lives around the legacy we want to leave. We must make our lives transcend us.

BMS Band Concert - January 24

The BMS bands will be performing in concerts on January 24, 2023 at the FHS Recital Hall. Concerts will be held as follows:

6:30pm concert - Beginning Band and 6th Grade Band

(Arrive at 5:45pm)

8:00pm concert - 7th Grade Band and 8th Grade Jazz Band

(Arrive at 7:30pm)

Students can be dropped off at Door #7. they need to wear BLACK BAND SHIRT, BLACK PANTS, and DARK SHOES. Tubas, Baritone and French Horns need to bring instruments from home.

Dance Clinic

WHO: Kindergarten – 8th Grade
WHAT: Join the Tiger Dance Team for four hours of dance instruction and be a star in our winter showcase!
WHEN: January 28th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Farmington High School

PERFORMANCE: Saturday, January 28th 2 PM

​$45 K-8th Grade
Fee Includes:
• Dance Camp Shirt
• Free Admission to the Showcase
• Warm-up exercise session
• Dance instruction taught by the Tiger Dance Team
• Healthy snack
• Dance Show Dress Rehearsal
• Group Finale
• Participation in the Tiger Dance Team Winter Showcase
• Autographed Poster

Clinic participants will be divided into groups according to their grade/age. Each group will be taught an age-appropriate routine, as well as a large group finale.

Check-in begins at 9:45 am on January 28th in the Farmington High School Athletic Entrance. Participants should arrive in what they will perform in.

Participants are invited to perform with the Tigers in their Winter Showcase immediately following the clinic. Participants should wear their clinic t-shirt, black bottoms (shorts/skirt and tights or black leggings) and tennis shoes or dance shoes. Admission to the showcase is free! Doors open to the public at 1:45 PM and the show begins at 2 pm.

All proceeds benefit the Farmington Tiger Dance Team.
For additional questions please contact or

Subbing for Farmington Area Schools

Farmington School District has some great opportunities for you! Have you ever thought about subbing as a teacher? Here is your chance to get more information about it. It is a great way to have the same schedule as your children and be involved in the schools. The links below will bring you to a website that will give you more information on how to get a license.

Also, please check out the other opportunities in the Farmington School District.

Important Winter Weather Reminders!

As the weather cools down and we head into the winter months, please take a moment to review the important winter weather information below:

Now is the time to be sure you have a plan for emergency closures and your contact information is up-to-date with your child's school. As the 2022 Annual Update window has closed, please contact the school office to make changes to your information.

Opt-in to receive text messages.

In addition to emails and phone calls, you will soon be able to receive emergency notifications in the form of SMS text messages from ISD 192. If we have an SMS text phone number for you on file AND you have not already opted-in by texting Y to 67587, on November 30, 2022 you should receive the following text from 67587 requesting you to opt-in to continue receiving important informational text messages from your child’s school:

Farmington Area Public Schools messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data

rates may apply. Msg freq varies.

If you opt-in, ISD 192 will utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings and safety alerts.* Please note that SMS messages will not replace emails and phone calls, but will be an additional form of communication.

You can participate in this service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

*Terms and Conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See for more info.

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BMS Website and the Boeckman Buzz

Please take some time to visit the BMS Website where you will find an abundance of helpful information to support your middle school student. The Boeckman Buzz is an electronic publication that you will receive via email every week from our principal Mr. Sage and the Boeckman Buzz is always available on the BMS website. It is very helpful to take time to read through this publication to keep updated on upcoming events and happenings.

About us

The mission of Boeckman Middle School, a learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity, to ensure each learner exercises ownership for continuous personal growth to have a positive impact on themselves and their communities through:

  • Honoring uniqueness and valuing diverse experiences

  • Safe and empathetic environments that foster authentic relationships

  • Nurturing joy and well-being

  • Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning

  • Partnering with our communities


  • Each learner continuously grows in their learning.

  • Each learner engages in reflection to guide their future decisions and actions.

  • Each learner explores a variety of ideas and experiences supporting personal growth.

Action Steps:

  • We will share and utilize research-based, culturally responsive practices to personalize learning. -

  • We will create safe and empathetic communities that optimize learning and prioritize well-being. -

  • We will develop and design reporting methods that promote ownership for learners and families while supporting a growth mindset.

  • We will create learner-centered systems that honor uniqueness and nurture curiosity.