The Boeckman Buzz

October 31st-November 4th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

It was another great week at BMS. I continue to be impressed with the academic achievement and growth that we see in all of our learners. As principal, I want you to know how proud I am of this community of learners. I often reflect on my day and find the highlights to be when I get to interact with these amazing kids! They make our school and community a better place!

Friday night was an exciting one as we had a WEB activity after school. Thank you to all of our 8th grade WEB leaders who put on a terrific night which included food, games, open gym and a dance! See below for a few pictures from Spooky Tiger Pride Activity Night.

One of the items that I would like to draw attention to this week is our 7 Mindsets. We are providing opportunities for our learners during their transitions classes to learn about these mindsets in more detail. We currently cover one per month! During the month of October, the theme was "We are Connected." Starting tomorrow, we will be highlighting "Attitude of Gratitude." I have provided additional information on them below in the newsletter and will share more information on them as we progress through the school year.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! Thank you for your support and commitment to BMS!

-Joe Sage, Principal

Important Dates

November 7.....................................Band Concert @ FHS

November 15..................................Jazz Band Concert @ FHS

November 23-25.............................NO SCHOOL

December 1.....................................End of 1st Trimester

December 2.....................................NO SCHOOL

December 20...................................End of Quinmester 2

December 22-January 2.................NO SCHOOL

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

Social Emotional Learning Survey

Subject: Notification of Upcoming Survey

Date: October 28, 2022

To: Grades 3-12 Families

Social Emotional Learning Survey (November 15-22, 2022)

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 November 15-22, 2022. 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.

The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social emotional learning skills. SEL surveys ask students to reflect on things like their ability to keep working toward a goal and how much they are able to improve their own skills. The data is particularly helpful in that we can use it to gain insight into ISD 192’s Profiles of a Lifelong Learner, which you can access at our Strategic Framework Community Companion Guide.

Your Privacy

All responses in the separate student surveys will remain confidential to protect individual privacy. You may review a copy of the sample survey questions online by clicking on each of the survey categories below:

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Social Emotional Learning survey being conducted, you may opt out by completing this “Decline Survey Participation” form and returning it to your child’s teacher or main office by November 15, 2022.

We are partnering with a third-party vendor that specializes in SEL analytics for schools to support us in administering these surveys. You may learn more about Panorama Surveys by watching this video or visiting ttps://

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 651-460-1400

Joe Sage, Principal

Bridging Concert

The 8th grade band will be playing in a concert on Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:00pm at the FHS Recital Hall.

Students need to arrive at 5:30pm for rehearsal with the High School Wind Ensemble. They can be dropped off at Door #7. They need to wear BLACK BAND SHIRT, BLACK PANTS, and DARK SHOES. Tubas, Baritones, and French Horns need to bring instruments from home.


We recognize that some of our students will be excited about celebrating Halloween and wearing costumes, however, we will be business as usual at BMS and will not be allowing costumes during the school day. We encourage learners to enjoy Halloween outside of the school day.

Middle School Co-Ed Intramural Basketball 2022 - Last Chance for Sign Up!!

Do you want to play some basketball after school this fall? Intramural sports provide a safe, enjoyable environment for youth of any skill level to participate in a variety of recreational activities. Players will focus on the fundamentals of the game, enhance skills, discover the value and importance of good sportsmanship, and have fun!

Middle School Co-Ed Intramural Basketball 2022

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New Staff Spotlight - Sarah Vang

Name: Sarah Vang

Hometown: Red Wing, MN

Job prior to coming to BMS: Roseville Area Middle School/Fairview Alternative High School Art teacher (3 years)

What Colleges/Universities did you attend: BA in K-12 Visual Arts Education, St. Catherine University. Currently working on my MAED in Differentiated Instruction through Concordia St. Paul!

What do you most enjoy about this time of the year: I really enjoy the smell of fall. Also, my wife and I love partaking in outdoor activities (fishing and hiking) so the cooler weather and more active fish bite makes for a good time outside!

What is the best compliment you have ever received? Who was it from and why was it so meaningful: The best compliments I have ever received are from students, and them sharing how art class and I made them feel. I am out and proud to my students, and one student told me at the end of two years together that seeing me live honestly to myself helped them feel more comfortable with their identity and who they are. I have always wished to have a teacher that had a shared experience with identity as me, and I’m glad I can be that teacher for students. 😊

What is the furthest you have ever been from home: I lived in Japan for a year (Fukushima), and have visited Seoul, South Korea.

What interests you outside of the school: I enjoy creating art outside of the art classroom; my areas of concentration are drawing, painting, and graphic design with an emphasis in digital illustration and watercolor. I also enjoy anime, manga, and K-pop. I also love getting outside and hiking, canoeing, camping, and fishing!

Outdoor Winter Clothing Swap

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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.