The Boeckman Buzz
August 18, 2023
A Note from Principal Sage
Schedules for the upcoming academic year are now available for viewing. Our priority is to ensure a balanced and enriching experience for learners. The registration process from last spring allowed us to gain an understanding of course preferences that students may have, which also influences our staffing and hiring process, but due to a wide variety of variables those preferences are not guaranteed. There is very limited ability to make changes based on preferences at this point in time.
However, if you identify a scheduling error, please complete THIS SURVEY for counselor review. For instance, having two math classes would be considered an error. Our staff return the week of August 28 and will review schedule error submissions. Any schedule changes made will be reflected in the Portal by the end of Friday, September 1st.
We appreciate your understanding as we strive to balance class sizes and provide quality learning experiences for our community.
Next week, WEB will host the 6th grade orientation. Our WEB leaders are excited to welcome 6th graders into our community and have an excited day planned. Transportation for the WEB day is provided and available in Campus Portal. Detailed information on WEB day can be found here. Due to some unforeseen technology issues, we will not be posting WEB transportation until Monday afternoon in Infinite Campus.
Transportation information will be live in Campus on Monday, August 28th. If you need a Campus Portal account, please contact the BMS main office at 651-460-1400.
Open House Night is on Tuesday, August 29th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm. This will be a great time to bring our Boeckman Middle School community together, meet teachers and other families, and learn about the upcoming school year. Students will have the opportunity to pick up their official schedules, tour the building, find their lockers, and have their school pictures taken. I hope to see each of you at the Open House! KONA ICE will be on site for a fun summer treat!
Enjoy the last two weeks of summer, we are beyond excited to welcome learners back into the building!
6th Grade WEB Event
We are very excited that your learner will be attending middle school in Farmington this year and we look forward to meeting them on Orientation Day – Thursday, August 24th, 2023. As you may know, our school participates in the nationwide W.E.B. Program, an organization whose primary purpose is to help sixth graders feel more comfortable and to help them achieve success in their first year of middle school.
The WEB sixth grade orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support sixth graders by assigning them an 8th grade WEB Leader as a mentor during this first year. This WEB Leader is a responsible older student who was hand selected from a large pool of applicants and has met the qualifications of being a good role model and a positive leader on our campus. Important information on this day can be found here.
Transportation - Campus Portal
Thursday, August 24, 8:00am-12:30pm.......6th Grade WEB Orientation
***Transportation is provided and route information will be available in Campus mid-August.
Tuesday, August 29 ..................................... Bus Routes will be available in Campus
***Different routes than 6th Grade Orientation Routes that will be in Campus before Aug. 24th
Tuesday, August 29, 2:00pm-7:00pm...........BMS Open House
Tuesday, September 5....................................First Day of School
Orientation Day for 6th grade students is August 24th from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please read this letter for more information.
Updated immunization records must be submitted no later than September 5th. Please click here for more detailed information.
Free and Reduced Applications - STILL NEED TO BE FILLED OUT
I know this has been in the family newsletter for several weeks but I wanted to bring to your close attention as the school year gets closer.
Applications for free and reduced price meals should still be completed in order to determine eligibility for other programs throughout the district. Applications can be found online, in the counseling office of the school and at the food service office located at 510 Walnut Street. Forms will be accepted beginning in July once the 2023-24 application is posted online and all completed forms should be returned to the food service office at the Walnut Street location.
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.
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.
iPad Loan Agreement
Returning students to Boeckman Middle School and/or families new to ISD 192 (including those incoming 6th-grade students) who elected NOT to sign out their iPads for the summer, will receive their iPads during the school day this year within the first couple weeks back to school. Families must complete the online user agreement and protection plan option for the 2023-24 school year before students receive their iPads. Any student that does not have a current user agreement and protection plan selection will not receive his/her iPad until the required documentation is received. You can access the iPad Loan Agreement and indicate your iPad protection plan preference by going to the main district iPad Loan Agreement page.
***Families/Students that elected to sign out their iPads for the summer DO NOT need to complete any of the above steps as you completed everything in the spring. You are set to go for the school year!
+++If you receive free or reduced lunch, have applied for, and have been approved for Educational Benefits for 2023-24, the fee to enroll in the iPad Protection Plan should show as zero. The application for Educational Benefits must be filled out every year.
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 http://bit.ly/192CEMiddleSchoolSports.
For more information, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Meals for Kids Mobile App
Only a click away, the Free Meals for Kids mobile app will help families and kids find free meals at schools and other sites across Minnesota.
How it works:
- Download the Free Meals for Kids app to your cell phone.
- Use the app to find the nearest site providing meals by GPS.
- Click on the nearby site and use the Site Updates tab for more details.
- Share the app with friends, neighbors and on social media.
Free Meals for Kids can be downloaded at Apple or Google Play app stores. There are free meal sites across the state at schools and community locations. The app provides location, directions to the site and hours and days of operation. More sites are added daily. For more information: www.hungerimpactpartners.org.
Download the free app via the app store on your smartphone, simply search "Free Meals for Kids”
App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/summer-eats-minnesota/id1230666424
360 Community Summer Resources
Teachers on Call
Farmington Area Public Schools has partnered with TEACHERS ON CALL for the hiring of our substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.
If you would like to sign up to sub as a teacher or paraprofessional for the Farmington Schools you will have to apply through TOC. Please email or call TOC directly to sign up as we will no longer be filling these positions through Farmington Schools. TOC also offers many benefits including, weekly paychecks, ability to easily sub at multiple districts and many insurance benefit options.
To Apply: teachersoncall.com
For more information contact Teachers On Call (TOC): 800-713-4439
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