The Boeckman Buzz

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

I want to start off by thanking all of the parents who volunteered at our Spring Fling! It was a wonderful night for all of our 8th grade learners!

We loved having the opportunity to meet our incoming 6th graders! Thank you to all of the 5th grade families who attended our information night!

Please save the following dates for the 23-24 school year.

August 24......................................6th Grade WEB Orientation 8:00am-12:30pm

August 29......................................Open House 2:00pm-7:00pm

September 5................................. First Day of School

This week we celebrate teacher appreciation week at BMS! If you would like to make a donation, please Venmo @Boeckmanparentambassadors or email

As a reminder, our BMS Bike Rodeo has been reschedule for May 11th!

Looking forward to another great week at BMS!

-Joe Sage, Principal

Spring Band Concert Information

May 18 – 8:00pm Concert for Beginning Band, 6th Grade Band, and 8th Grade Band

Concert Location: FHS Recital Hall

Arrival: FHS at 7:30pm for the concert.

Dress: Band Shirt, Black pants

Tubas, baritones, French Horns – bring instruments from home

iPad Checkout is Back

Families with learners who currently take iPads home in grades K-11 may now opt to checkout their district issued iPads for the summer months! This is our eighth year offering optional summer iPad checkout. Last year nearly 75% of eligible families and students opted to check out their issued iPads. Using RevTrak to agree to the updated 2023-24 iPad Loan Agreement will ensure that your child is set with their iPad check out for the entire 2023-24 academic year.

The option for Summer iPad checkout supports our efforts to foster open-ended, personalized learning opportunities; curiosity; exploration and continued access to creative tools and resources. It also allows students to continue to have access to technology that helps them stay connected to their schools, friends, family and the community during the summer months.

We encourage families to consider checking out their learner’s district issued iPad for the summer. With the optional summer iPad checkout, fewer returning students will need to be scheduled through a “fall checkout” process when schools are back in session. This will shorten the amount of time that students and teachers are without iPads next fall. Those opting for summer iPad checkout will be set until spring 2024.

The updated 2023--24 iPad Loan Agreement, which includes helpful information for iPads checked out for the summer and also the following school year, is available online. In addition, the RevTrak “iPad Loan Agreement” activities are live for each site allowing parents, guardians, and learners the ability to review and agree to the terms of the 2023-24 iPad Loan Agreement and either opt to ENROLL in, or WAIVE participation in the iPad Protection Plan. The enrollment fee for the optional iPad Protection Plan is $35 for the 2023-24 school year, with no additional fee for the summer months.

Please note that if you have not used RevTrak yet, you will need to create an account and also know your child’s student ID number to complete the registration process. If you used RevTrak for completing last year’s 2022-23 iPad Loan Agreement, the system has saved your parent and child account information. You will still need to know your learner’s Student ID number. The RevTrak e-Guides and Customer Account guide, along with the RevTrak Frequently Asked Questions provide helpful information for setting up and using the system.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more details on the optional summer iPad checkout, theiPad Protection Plan, and repair procedures. Later this month individual schools will share end-of-year collection information for those not choosing to take advantage of this opportunity.

For families opting to check out their learner’s iPad for the summer, please know that iPad collection dates vary by school. Therefore, it is strongly advised to please use RevTrak to review and agree to the 2023-24 iPad Loan Agreement, determine if you want to waive or enroll in the iPad Protection Plan, and complete the “checkout” process as soon as possible.

Thank you!

Farmington Area Public Schools, ISD 192
20655 Flagstaff Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 | 651-463-5000

SPRING NWEA MAP Test – May 1 to May 19, 2023

Beginning May 1, learners will 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 test, please visit the school website, linked here. There is a link to the Opt Out information for both the NWEA 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.

Specific Dates:

  • Week of May 8 - NWEA Reading in regular LA classes
  • Week of May 15 – Makeups
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Social Emotional Learning Survey (May 15- 26, 2023)

We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the students in our district. ISD 192 values input from our students as they are important partners as we work to improve our communication, academic programming and overall experience for everyone.

In order to learn more about student experiences at school, we will be asking for feedback from students in grades 3-12 via an online survey they will be completing at school during the window of May 15-26, 2023. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.

To read more about this survey, click here.

Planning for Summer!

Are you ready to plan your child’s summer adventures? Registration is open for middle school summer camps, lessons, and activities for incoming 6-9th graders! There are a wide range of programs being offered through Community Education, including Movie & Film Production, Band Lessons, Advanced Cake Decorating, Tiger Athletic Camps, and many more!

Plan your child’s summer and reserve their spot by visiting


May 15 & 16....................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

May 18...........................................Beginning Band, 6th grade band, 8th grade band (8:00pm, FHS)

May 23............................................7th Grade band – (7:00pm, FHS)

May 29............................................NO SCHOOL

June 7.............................................8th Grade to Valleyfair

June 8.............................................Last Day of School - Early Release

**Save the Dates**

August 24......................................6th Grade WEB Orientation 8:00am-12:30pm

August 29......................................Open House 2:00pm-7:00pm

September 5................................. First Day of School

*Details for some activities will be shared closer to dates.

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Getting to Know BMS Staff - Highlighting Hilary Freeman

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? My favorite weekend activity is spending time with my kids. Backyard games in the summer and pizza with board games in the winter are a fun go to for us.

What is your favorite thing about BMS? My favorite thing about BMS is getting to know the students!

First thing you notice about a person? One of the first things I notice about a person is their sense of humor (love it when people don’t take themselves too seriously 😊)

Something you still want to learn? I would love to learn how to play the piano.

What is your favorite breakfast food? My favorite breakfast food has got to be Cinnabon. Large caramel pecan roll with extra frosting and caramel drizzle . . . yes please.

What is your favorite family tradition? My favorite family tradition is attending our candlelight Christmas Eve service at our church.

Ocean waves or rain sounds? Definitely rain sounds.

Early bird or night owl? I am an Early Bird. I wake up pretty happy and upbeat…drives my family crazy because they are night owls.

Would you rather be stuck in an elevator or stuck on a ski lift? I'd rather be stuck in an elevator. It would be way too cold on a ski lift, even if I could take my heater with me.

What is the last book you read? The last book I read was The Westing Game. I enjoy reading what my kids are reading in school.

Summer Instrumental Music Offerings

Registration for summer instrumental music offerings including pops band, jazz band, ukulele, and semi-private lessons is now open. These offerings are available to learners entering grades 6-9 for the 2023-2024. Please check the flyer for more details.

Contact Rachel Gorden Mercer at or Joe Lasko at with questions.

Register here:

Middle School Sports Opportunities

For years, Farmington Community Education has offered intramural co-ed basketball and an intramural co-ed combination of football & soccer. Starting in Fall 2023, Farmington CE will now be your source for the following interscholastic middle school sports: girls volleyball, girls tennis, girls soccer, boys soccer. Wrestling will be offered in the winter; and track & field will be offered in the spring.

Interscholastic Opportunities: this is for participants to compete against other middle schools in the BSC (Big Suburban Conference) as done previously. It is important to note that school-bus transportation will not be available to or from those other schools on meet/match days.

Continued intramural opportunities in co-ed football & soccer will be offered again in the fall and in co-ed basketball in the winter. Those will entail a combination of teaching of basic skills and drills and some game-like opportunities against others in the program. All participants are from Dodge and Boeckman. The after school shuttle bus will still be available for middle school students that need to get to the other building.

Registration opens June 28.

For more information visit

For more information, feel free to email

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Feedback from Community - Rambling Park

In partnership with the Farmington School District, the City of Farmington is seeking your input on the master plan process for Rambling River Park. The city is interested in learning how residents and visitors use and experience Rambling River Park today and what desires they have for future investments in the park. At this time there are two ways to participate, and you can choose to do both! Click the links below to provide your feedback. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Farmington directly at 651-280-6800.


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April - 7 Mindsets Theme: Everything Is Possible

Dream Big – People who achieve the most in life realize that the greatest limitations are those they place on themselves. This applies to success in school, business, fitness, the quality of our relationships, and our impact on the lives of others. Dreaming big is about raising our expectations for our lives, because when we do, the future becomes bigger and brighter.

Embrace Creativity – The only time we are creating new things in life is when we’re being imaginative and innovative. If we want new experiences and things we’ve never had, we must do things we’ve never done. This could be reading a book to acquire new knowledge, debating a topic with a friend, or trying a new activity. Life can only change and expand through creative action!

Think Positive – People with a brighter outlook on life are not only happier, but also accomplish more. We must believe there is more for us in life, expect good things from others, and find the positives in all situations. These simple acts make us happier in the moment, and the future becomes infinitely brighter.

Act and Adjust – We must act if we want to get results. It is important to plan, but only if the plans drive us to action; if we do not act, nothing will change. The greatest obstacle to taking action is fear of failure, but the most successful people in the world don’t see failure, only feedback. Simply learn from mistakes and move forward, because this is the only way to make our dreams into reality. Act on them, and be prepared to adjust.

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.

Infinite Campus Mobile App

Download your free app for Campus Parent ​app (parents/guardians) or the Campus Student app (students) from your device's mobile app store for real-time access to grades, attendance, schedules, announcements and more!

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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.