The Boeckman Buzz

September 24, 2021

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Important Message from District Health Svce Coordinator

Please take a minute to read this important message from ISD #192 District Health Service Coordinator, Sayra Maberry.

9.24.21 Update from the Counselors

Over the last couple of weeks, counselors have visited Transition classrooms to introduce ourselves to learners with our “Meet the Counselor” lesson. This was an opportunity to share with learners our role as counselors and how we can support them and their learning throughout the year. We played an interactive game and had students complete a needs assessment survey. Learners also got a glimpse of different ways to calm during our grand tour. Every house area is equipped with a Calm Kit, this contains tools and resources for learners to use when they need a break.

As the year continues, we will continue to visit Transition classrooms for other SEL lessons.

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Step It Up Fundraiser - Starts Monday

Our biggest fundraiser of the year starts Monday and we need your help! We are raising money to support learning experiences and student opportunities at Boeckman Middle School.

We know that parents and students are busy, and that is why we want to make the fundraiser as EASY and SUCCESSFUL as possible.

Our entire STEP IT UP! fundraiser can be completed in TEN MINUTES or less! Yes, really!!!!

The most important thing you can do to support our school is to help your child complete the first night “Golden Ticket” email campaign that they will bring home from school Monday.

To get our fundraiser off to a great start, we are asking each and every family to REGISTER and SEND OUT AT LEAST 10 EMAILS MONDAY NIGHT to friends and family, enlisting their support. Don’t forget to ADD YOURSELF you can donate online too!

All donations are processed via PayPal, so they are safe and secure, and the emails you send will only be used for this fundraiser (not saved for any other purpose).

While you have until the end of our fundraiser to raise money, this First Night Golden Ticket Assignment will not only qualify your child some fun PARTICIPATION REWARDS & MASSIVE GIVEAWAY DRAWINGS but will help us get off to an amazing start!

Please Visit:

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.

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Steel Pan Band

From Sept. 14-Oct. 12 we are very fortunate to have Jeremy Kunkel, from PanOutreach, at Boeckman Middle School working with our Explorations in Music and Band learners. They are all getting the opportunity to play these wonderful Steel Pan instruments!

This experience will culminate in an evening concert on October 12 at 6:00pm in the BMS Little Theater. To assist Jeremy in planning the music selections and rehearsing the groups, please fill out the form to let us know if your student will be participating in the concert. Students not choosing to participate in the concert are still playing in class.

Thank you for your support!

The Boeckman Middle School Music Department

Rachel Gorden Mercer

Joe Lasko

Sarah O'Banion

To learn more about the Pan Outreach program, visit their website:

Parent Ambassador Meeting - Tuesday, September 28th

Next Tuesday, September 28, we are excited to host our first Parent Ambassadors meeting from 6:30-7:30 pm in the BMS Media Center. Parent Ambassadors is a group of Boeckman parents that come together to engage in a conversation about life at Boeckman and collaboratively work with BMS administration to find ways to proactively support staff and learners throughout the school year. This group meets monthly, however may organize different events in-between meetings.

If you plan to attend the meeting, we would appreciate you helping us prepare by completing this short Google Survey, linked below.

A general agenda is below for these meetings. We would really encourage you to attend and join in the conversation. To be the middle school that meets all learners' needs and challenges each individual to reach their personal best needs to have a strong parent community. These meetings are one venue for us to build a partnership between our parents and the school.

6:30 - Welcome & Introductions

6:45 - Highlight of the school-based off Google Survey feedback

6:55 - Plan ways to support the BMS community

7:20 - Review action steps for different events

Thank you for considering joining in the conversation.

Megan Blazek, principal & Dan Thompson, assistant principal

BMS Administration

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Competencies vs. Standards - How are the different?

Academic standards define the content and skills of the discipline. Standards are the hub for instructional delivery. While most standards are at a low depth of knowledge, competencies are created at a higher cognitive demand. Competencies are aligned to state and national standards and allow learners to demonstrate the ability to apply or transfer content and skills in or across content areas.

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)

Order a BMS yearbook for only $25. Order personalization by 9/24/21 and get 4 free icons. **All sales are online.

NWEA Testing Dates (repeat)

We will be administering NWEA testing later this month. The math test will be September 13-17 and reading will be September 27-October 1. If you would like to opt out of the NWEA test and/or the MCA test, you will need to complete a form each year. This form can be found on the district webpage, linked here.

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Farmington Area Public Schools have a number of positions open for the 2021-2022 school year. If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners, we encourage you to apply today.

Looking for a job that follows the school year calendar? Apply for one of our paraprofessional openings.

Are you a nurse with a passion for helping youth? We have openings for nurses.

Interested in an active, hands-on job? We have custodial openings.

Click here to see all current openings at Farmington Area Public Schools.
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Parent Ambassadors (repeat)

Each year our Parent Ambassadors are vital in supporting our school community. This year we will be meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm and will alternate meeting in-person and virtually. During the Parent Ambassador meetings, we discuss current events at Boeckman Middle School, provide opportunities to get involved and give back to our school community and provide our staff with parent feedback.

We welcome all parents when they are able to make our meetings, and are looking forward to kicking the year off with you on September 28th!

Meeting Dates and Times

Tuesday, September 28th @ 6:30 (BMS Media Center)

Tuesday, October 26th @ 6:30 (Virtual)

Tuesday, November 23rd @ 6:30 (BMS Media Center)

Tuesday, January 25th @ 6:30 (Virtual)

Tuesday, February 22nd @ 6:30 (BMS Media Center)

Tuesday, March 22nd @ 6:30 (Virtual)

Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:30 (BMS Media Center)

Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:30 (Virtual)

Moana Jr. Auditions (Ages 5-18)

Castle Theater and Farmington Community Education proudly presents Disney’s Moana Jr! Auditions will be Oct 4th and 5th. Not everyone will be guaranteed a part. Rehearsals will run weeknights and evenings Oct 14-Dec 9. The performances will be Dec 10-19. More information can be found here or please register for your child’s preferred audition time here:

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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

Monday, September 27.................................Fundraiser Kickoff

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

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