The Boeckman Buzz

October 8, 2021

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Community Tiger Stripes

Last week, our form did not work for anyone outside of our school. We apologize for the glitch. If you would like, you are now able to recognize a staff member for their positive impact on our school. If you are willing, take a moment to send a Community Tiger Stripe. The message will be sent to the staff member. Thank you in advance for taking time to help continue to relentlessly recognize the positives within our community.

Football Game Expectations

During all school-sponsored events and in this case home football games, which will take place this Friday, we have high expectations for all Farmington students. Unfortunately, there have been several recent incidents during which unsupervised elementary and middle school students have not met the behavioral expectations set for them and have behaved in ways that do not reflect well on our schools or community.


We would like to remind families that high expectations for student behavior. All Farmington students are welcome at our events, but the same behavior expectations that apply to all students during the school day also apply when students attend school-sponsored events.


Activities that should not happen include but are not limited to:


  • Running
  • Tackling
  • Throwing objects including footballs



Any student not living up to these expectations will be escorted out and their parents will be contacted.


The FHS football games are some of the most heavily attended events at FHS. It is a wonderful event that can be enjoyed by the whole family, but we recommend that if students are not there to watch the game they should not attend. Please help us show tiger pride with kindness, courtesy, and respect for all. We appreciate everyone’s support in making our home events safe and fun for all those attending. Go tigers!

Conference Meal Planning

In previous years our parents have provided one conference meal for our staff. This year we will have parents provide the Oct. 19th meal. If you are interested in helping plan the conference meal for staff on October 19th. Please join us virtually at 10:00 am on Tuesday.


Conference Meal Planning

Tuesday, October 12 · 10:00 – 10:30 am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aia-pdnv-oxg

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 219-281-4211‬ PIN: ‪409 688 314‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/aia-pdnv-oxg?pin=4037644269195

Conferences (Oct. 14th and Oct. 19th)

Teachers will be setting their conference schedules on Oct. 14th and Oct. 19th and have the option to offer them virtually or in person. All conferences will be scheduled for 15 minutes with your child's Tiger Connections teacher.


Learners, parents/guardians will be meeting with their Tiger Connections teachers, and will not have individual conferences with each of their teachers. Your child's Tiger Connection teacher will be reaching out to you with their schedule and a link to sign up by Thursday, Oct. 7th. If your child works with a case manager or support staff you will receive an email with the option to schedule a second conference with them.

Conference Appointments with Counselors

Counselors are available for both virtual and in-person meetings during conferences this fall. We look forward to meeting with families that are interested. Please see below for our calendars to schedule one with us.


Tenille Jennings: 6th Grade Counselor

https://calendly.com/tjennings10/parent-teacher-conferences


Nicole Pierce: 7th Grade Counselor

https://calendly.com/npiercerisvold/fall-conferences


Nicole McGuire: 8th Grade Counselor

https://calendly.com/bmsmcguire/parent-conference

Flexible Learning Day Oct. 15th

Your child's Day B teachers will be available to connect on Schoology. Teachers will have assignments posted by the end of the school day prior to the scheduled flexible learning day. The assignments have been designed to be self-directed learning and should not require parental support. If your student has a question they should reach out to the teacher on Schoology.

New process for Student Absence for Illness

To help reduce the number of phone calls home to collect information on symptomatic learners, we have created an absence form that parents can choose to fill out instead of a phone call. They can still choose to leave a phone message on the attendance line. The absence form will be used for illness ONLY.

“Absence For Illness” Form Link - https://forms.gle/fGyPAzCLkoAtkVRY6

Step It Up Fundraiser - Update

THANK YOU for all the donations. We have raised over $24,000 and we are closing in on our goal of raising $35,000. The fundraiser continues, so please help us continue to raise funds for our school. The money goes towards supporting learning experiences and student opportunities at Boeckman Middle School. Our fundraising efforts have supported Courage Retreat, Project Diva, IXL, First Lego League, WIN Time experiences, and many other learning experiences.


If you missed it, it is not too late to participate, please see the information below from the kickoff this past week. Thank you again for your support. Cash and check donations can be given to your child's Tiger Connections Teacher.


Please Visit: www.stepitupkids.com/Boeckman55024

Parents ~ Here’s a 2 minute “how-to” video if you have any questions about registering


We look forward to incredible participation and thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.

Sub Info

Do you know someone who might be interested in subbing?

If you know of people who are responsible, reliable, kind individuals who enjoy students, could follow a sub plan and are looking for the flexibility of part time work, encourage them to explore their Short Call Sub License with MDE. https://mn.gov/pelsb/assets/Short%20Call%20Substitute%20Teaching%20License%20Guidance%20POST_tcm1113-451855.pdf


To learn more about substitute teaching in the district – click here: https://www.farmington.k12.mn.us/district_info/human_resources/substitute_information

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Steel Pan Band Concert - CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to host our evening Steel Pan Drum concert scheduled for Oct. 12. We will be producing a virtual concert to show all the hard work students have put into their pan playing. We will be recording our songs during class time and creating a video for your families to watch at your convenience. While nothing can make up for live music, we hope you can watch and appreciate the time and effort your child has put into learning something new.


We want to thank Jeremy Kunkel and the PanOutreach Program for their time spent at Boeckman Middle School.


Thank you!

The Boeckman Music Staff

Sarah O’Banion

Joe Lasko

Rachel Gorden Mercer

Parent Ambassadors

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to reschedule our Parent Ambassador meeting. In reviewing parent feedback we decided to host the Parent Ambassador meeting during the day to allow for BMS staff to join and share about student experiences at Boeckman Middle School.


At our first meeting, we will be joined by Jenn Logan Allen a Language Arts teacher and our Facilitator of Instructional Support, and Tim Schlatter our Innovative Design and Learning Specialist. They will be sharing information about the purpose of Transitions, details of the planning that took place this summer, and what the student experience has been up to this point.


Our first meeting will take virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 9th at 10:00 am


Parent Ambassador Meeting

Tuesday, November 9 · 10:00 – 11:00 am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/idp-uxsv-mcp

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 470-485-8738‬ PIN: ‪514 934 062‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/idp-uxsv-mcp?pin=1254599604231

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What is Transitions?

Your learner has been experiencing a new course this year here at Boeckman called Transitions. It is broken down into three segments; lessons, coaching/work time, and inquiry. Lessons are provided to learners to help teach specific skills to help learners become adept at navigating our ever changing world. These are referred to as Personal Skills for Success at BMS (click the blue link to see the competency rubrics for the skills). Many companies have identified skills that they deem essential for workers to have in order to be a successful member of their business. Check out this Forbes article called, “Here Are The Top 5 Soft Skills I Look For In Candidates” to see how these skills could be used in the business world. The Personal Skills for Success that we are going to be focusing on with learners throughout their middle school experience are perseverance, collaboration, communication, and responsibility.


In addition to learning about Personal Skills for Success, learners will also have the opportunity to engage in coaching sessions with teachers. These sessions focus on strengthening skills learners are working on in their core content areas and reflecting on their Personal Skills for Success. When learners are not meeting with teachers in coaching sessions they have time to work on homework, work on projects, and in some cases, engage in learner-led inquiry projects.


We are excited for how this course meets the needs to help learners become well rounded and polish the skills needed for them to thrive in a world that can differ drastically, in terms of technology & jobs, from 2021. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

Every Meal Food Program

The Every Meal food program is back. Learners have an opportunity at any time to grab a bag of non-perishable food from the table outside the main office. This program is designed to fill in gaps of food sources and meet the needs of learners families who may need food support. Right now, we have Green and Orange bags available for anybody who is interested. If you would like to sign up for other options please fill out this LINK to ensure your choice is honored and you receive the food you need. You can sign up at anytime, and this program will be offered all year.


Green: contains canned chicken or tuna, rice, mac and cheese, soup, canned veggies or fruits


Orange: contains rice, corn flour, chiles, black or pinto beans, and diced chiles

'Devious Licks' Update (REPEAT)

Unfortunately, this trend continues to have a presence and we need your help in making sure it does not impact our community. The challenge involves students stealing increasingly bizarre objects from their schools, such as soap dispensers, printers, and even ceiling tiles.


It is rumored that the monthly challenges for October include some of the following: "smack the teacher", "sleep in and be late", "jab a breast", "flip off the front office"


Please make sure to monitor your child's social media and discuss with them the severity of participating in such acts. This is not who we are as a community and it does not reflect the core values that we teach at Boeckman of showing compassion, having integrity, and being responsible.

Social-Emotional Survey Coming Soon (repeat)

Please see the letter, linked HERE. Students will be asked to complete this survey during a Tiger Connection class during the week of October 4-8. The data provided by students completing the survey can ensure that the actions our schools are taking are working and will help inform our decisions to continue or change what we are doing to support learners. Please see the letter linked above for more information.
Order a BMS Yearbook Today (repeat)

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2021 Back to School Info (Repeat)

Click here for important Fall 2021 Health and Safety Information.

Important Infinite Campus Update (Repeat)

There are changes to Campus Parent and Campus Student mobile apps and the web address that you need to be aware of in preparation for the new school year.

Important Dates

Tuesday, October 12.....................................Steel Drum Concert - CANCELLED

Thursday, October 14....................................2 Hour Early Release - Conferences

Friday, October 15.........................................Flexible Learning Day

Monday, October 18......................................End of 1st Quinmester

Tuesday, October 19.....................................Conferences

Thursday, October 21...................................NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 22........................................NO SCHOOL


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

About us

The mission of BMS, a welcoming, learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity and innovation, is to ensure that each learner exercises agency for continuous personal growth in order to find joy and well-being for their future while positively impacting their communities through a system distinguished by:


  • 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