The Boeckman Buzz
September 10th, 2023
A Note from Principal Sage
What a week! It was very exciting to welcome all of our learners back! Our classrooms and hallways were full of learning, laughter and smiles. Our learners did a wonderful job adjusting to be being back in school full time and I know they will continue to grow.
I had the opportunity to spend time in many of our classrooms this week. I observed learners collaborating, engaging in discussion, and critically thinking.
Our learners were eager to learn, participate and reconnect with their classmates. This has been refreshing to observe!
This week, we focused on intentionally teaching our expectations and what it means to be respectful, show compassion and have integrity. With each of these core values we have defined what it looks like in different areas throughout the school. We will continue to teach these expectations as we continue to build our learning community for the 23-24 school year.
We are looking forward to another great week at BMS.
Joe Sage, Principal
Tuesday, September 19..................................Picture Re-take day
Friday, October 6th..........................................Homecoming
Tuesday, October 10th....................................Student Conferences - 2 Hour Early Release
Thursday, October 12th...................................Student Conferences
Friday, October 13th........................................Flexible Learning Day
Thursday, October 19th..................................NO SCHOOL
Friday, October 20th.......................................NO SCHOOL
*Details for some activities will be shared closer to dates.
BMS New Staff Member Highlight - Tim McGroarty
Meet the Nurse - Mrs. Hird!
Instructional Program Review
This year the dates will be 9/19, 12/5 & 3/19. We review programming that is happening in the district and we appreciate all the feedback we receive. If you are interested in serving, please contact Deb Mayer-Schmitz (email@example.com) and she will make sure you receive the agendas.
Thank you for your consideration.
FALL NWEA MAP Test - September 18 to October 6, 2023
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. Here is a direct link to the form. Please complete the form and return it to the front office.
- Week of Sept. 18 - NWEA Math in regular math classes
- Week of Oct. 2 - NWEA Reading in regular LA classes
*If a learner misses a test, they will make it up upon return.
Drills for the 2023-2024 School Year
If you would like to opt your learner out of these conversations or drills in which we will demonstrate the lockdown tone sounds, please reach out to Jsage@farmington.k12.mn.us.
Every Meal Program at BMS
We are excited to partner with Every Meal to offer a free weekend meal program to all our students. Every Meal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships. They strive to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends, school breaks, and summer when they cannot receive food in school.
· Free for all families
· No qualifications required
· Students enrolled in the program will receive a 4-5 pound bag of nutritious, nonperishable food each week
· Every Meal does not collect information from families; privacy is protected
· Families may choose to participate in the program anytime throughout the school year
· Families may choose from a variety of different weekend food bag options
Please contact Tenille Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-460-1478 to participate or for more information.
After School and Evening Middle School Activities
s your youth looking for an activity after school or in the evening? Intramural Co-Ed Flag Football or Soccer and IGNITE Golf Squad start the week of September 11, and Machine Sewing starts September 20! The activity bus is available for students to take right after school. Register your youth today through Community Education at:https://bit.ly/CE192MiddleSchoolYouth23.
In need of fee assistance to participate? Youth on free and reduced lunch or who have extenuating circumstances are eligible to apply for fee assistance. Apply here: http://bit.ly/192CEyouthfeeassistance.
LIKE is a film-based program that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care. The goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and allowing ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.
Parents, guardians, middle school and high school students, please join us on Monday September 18th at Farmington High School for an evening of events.
Community Resource Fair – 5:30-6:30pm (over 20 agencies joining us)
Panel Discussion – 6:35-7:15pm
LIKE Documentary – 7:15-8:15pm
If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Boeckman Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1405 prior to 9:45 AM each day of the absence. We ask that parents/guardians provide the reason for the absence at the time they call. The school determines if the absence falls within the excused or unexcused parameters. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, the student’s absence is automatically unexcused.
Boeckman Middle School Hours
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:30pm
Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm
PBIS at Boeckman Middle School
The purpose of PBIS at Robert Boeckman Middle School is to foster an environment of responsibility, integrity, and compassion maximizing the potential of every learner to be academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally competent.
Useful Phone Numbers
Food Service: 651-463-5025
Bus Company: 651-463-8689
School Fax: 651-460-1510
School Athletics: 651-252-2514
School Closing Line: 651-985-1100
Community Education: 651-460-3200
PBIS at Boeckman Middle School
The mission of BMS, 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