The Boeckman Buzz

December 12th-December 16th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

Our first trimester of the school year ended last week. A reminder that this year families can check learning levels in Campus to get a real time overview of learning. The end of the trimester is a great time to take a look at your student’s progress in their content area classes, as well as their Personal Skills for Success. Here is a flyer on how you can get a snapshot of their learning through Infinite Campus. If you have any questions please talk to your learner or reach out to their teacher.

A highlight coming out of BMS this week was our courage retreat, which all 8th grade learners participated in. Youth Frontiers (YF) is a nonprofit organization that has been delivering retreats to schools since 1987. They provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility and community so that our next generation of leaders is grounded in character. On the Courage Retreat, the YF Programs Staff focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging learners in a variety of activities that enhance self-confidence, empathy and connectedness. It is a powerful event for our learners as we continue to build an exceptional learner culture.

December also brings a new 7 Mindsets theme, Live to Give. In transitions classes learners will learn about and reflect on the four critical components of:

  • Stretch Yourself
  • Make a Difference
  • Receive Gratefully
  • Create a Legacy

The Live to Give Mindset teaches the importance of serving others while maximizing our own potential. It tells us that abundance in life is a cycle; in order to receive love, respect, and financial security, we must first learn to give those things to others. This mindset also teaches us that the greatest gift we can ever give is to find and leverage our unique genius to maximize our positive impact on the world, knowing that good things will be returned to us in kind. In the lessons for this mindset, we guide students to think about the impact they want to make and the legacy they want to leave.

As a reminder, we will holding a Parent Ambassador Meeting this Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the BMS Media Center.

We are looking forward to another great week. Thank you for your continued support!

-Joe Sage, Principal

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Tory Techau - ISD 917 Inclusive Educator Award!

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Tory Techau for earning the ISD 917 Inclusive Educator Award for her work creating an inclusive learning environment for the many unique learners that make up our BMS Tiger Community. Ms. Techau was nominated by her ISD 917 colleague Heather Webb, who praised her for always welcoming all learners into her art classroom and encouraging their creativity in all circumstances.

Way to go, Ms. Techau! #WeAre192 #BMSPride

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Lego Legends - Champions Award Winners & Bid to State!

Here is a link to the awards video for the Lego League tournament that took place in Byron MN, over the weekend. To see the awards given to Boeckman, please start watching at at 30:07

Lego Legends won the Champions Award and a bid to the State tournament in St. Paul on February 10!

We are super proud of our learners and how the whole team performed and showed core values today!

Important Dates

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

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

January 12......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 16......................................NO SCHOOL

January 17......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 24......................................Band Concerts @ FHS

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

A message from our Health Office

Respiratory illness, including Influenza (flu), Covid-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), have increased significantly in Minnesota in the past several weeks.

Flu and RSV spread each year in Minnesota during the late fall and winter months. This year, we have an early season with a lot of spread, impacting pediatric capacity at hospitals, primary care clinics, and emergency rooms throughout Minnesota.


  • Symptoms of Flu and RSV include: a runny nose, sneezing, chills, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, and cough.
  • nfluenza is not “stomach flu”, a term used by some to describe illnesses causing vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Symptoms in many children and adults are generally mild.
  • Flu can be severe in children less than 5 years, particularly those under 2 years and those with underlying health conditions.
  • RSV can be severe especially in young infants and children with underlying heath conditions.

To limit the spread of Flu, RSV, and other viral respiratory diseases:

  • Get the flu vaccine. Make sure Covid -19 boosters are up to date.
  • Keep children home from school when they are sick with a fever of 100 degrees or higher-without fever reducing medication.
  • Keep children home if they are unable to participate in regular activities.
  • Encourage students to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently, especially after coughing/sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs) daily, or every 6 hours if children are sick.
  • Do not allow sharing of anything that goes into the mouth (e.g., water bottles).
  • Clean and sanitize toys, objects, and surfaces daily, and more often if children are sick.
  • Masks can be worn to prevent the spread of illness.

Return to school

  • Students with flu can or RSV can return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medication) when they feel well enough to participate in routine activities.
  • Students who test positive for Covid-19 can return to school 5 days after the onset of symptoms if they are fever free and able to participate in routine activities. Mask use is encouraged for 5 days upon return to school.
  • Students should be able to eat and drink normally, have no respiratory difficulty, be alert and active and not have large amounts of secretions before return to school.

Thanks so much and stay healthy!

Minnesota Community Care

Minnesota Community Care, Farmington Clinic, is right here in your community, staffed with highly skilled medical professionals. We are available to see patients from birth thru end-of-life care, and everything in-between. We would love to partner with you for your healthcare needs and offer resources for additional needs.

If you don’t have insurance, that’s no problem. We want you to receive the care you need, no matter what your financial situation. No one will be denied service because they cannot pay. Call with questions.

Services: General Physical Exams, Well Child Care, Immunizations, Dental Services, Maternal Care, Lab and X-ray, Diabetes Care, Onsite Pharmacy, Family Support and Mental Health Counseling

Location: Farmington

19685 Pilot Knob Rd

Farmington, MN 55107

Please call: 651.602.7500 or visit to make an appointment

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Subbing for Farmington Area Schools

Farmington School District has some great opportunities for you! Have you ever thought about subbing as a teacher? Here is your chance to get more information about it. It is a great way to have the same schedule as your children and be involved in the schools. The links below will bring you to a website that will give you more information on how to get a license.

Also, please check out the other opportunities in the Farmington School District.

Important Winter Weather Reminders!

As the weather cools down and we head into the winter months, please take a moment to review the important winter weather information below:

Now is the time to be sure you have a plan for emergency closures and your contact information is up-to-date with your child's school. As the 2022 Annual Update window has closed, please contact the school office to make changes to your information.

Opt-in to receive text messages.

In addition to emails and phone calls, you will soon be able to receive emergency notifications in the form of SMS text messages from ISD 192. If we have an SMS text phone number for you on file AND you have not already opted-in by texting Y to 67587, on November 30, 2022 you should receive the following text from 67587 requesting you to opt-in to continue receiving important informational text messages from your child’s school:

Farmington Area Public Schools messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data

rates may apply. Msg freq varies.

If you opt-in, ISD 192 will utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings and safety alerts.* Please note that SMS messages will not replace emails and phone calls, but will be an additional form of communication.

You can participate in this service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

*Terms and Conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See for more info.

Infinite Campus Mobile App

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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.