The Boeckman Buzz

September 12th - September 16th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

It was very exciting to welcome all of our learners back into the building last week! 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.

This week, we focused on intentionally teaching our expectations and what it means to “Show your Stripes”. At Boeckman, our community developed three core values of 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 22-23 school year.

We are looking forward to another great week at BMS.


Joe Sage, Principal

Drills for the 2022-23 School Year

Farmington Schools continue to review current research and update safety plans each year. Throughout the school year, we will practice and engage students in conversations about how we would respond in different situations (i.e. Fire Drill, Tornado Drill, and Run-Hide-Fight). Next week during Tiger Connections at Boeckman Middle School, we will engage our students in a common presentation and conversation about this enhanced approach to emergency preparedness.

Students will have opportunities to ask questions, seek clarification, and become even more familiar with their surroundings around our school campus. We will also familiarize our students to what the lockdown tone sounds like and demonstrate our blue indicating a Run-Hide-Fight situation. To read more about this, please click here.

FALL NWEA MAP Test – September 19 to October 14

Beginning September 19, students will be asked to participate in the NWEA MAP test. 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. You may use the 21-22 school year form if needed. Please return all forms to the front office.

Electronic Devices

Students should bring their school issued iPad, fully charged, to school daily. Personal electronic devices that become a distraction to learning may be taken and held in the main office until the end of the day. Repeat violations may result in a parent needing to pick up the device from school. The school district is not responsible for lost/stolen items.

Below you will see the BMS Technology Stoplight. This is used as a framework for when personal devices are allowed in the classroom.

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Important Dates

Tuesday, September 20..................................Picture Retake Day

Monday, September 26...................................Fundraiser Kickoff Day

Friday, September 30......................................Homecoming

Thursday, October 13.....................................Student Conferences - 2-hour Early Release

Friday, October 14...........................................Flexible Learning Day

Tuesday, October 18.......................................Student Conferences

Thursday, October 20-Friday, October 21......NO SCHOOL

BMS Outriders Bike Club

Come join us for BMS Outriders Bike Club.

We meet before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. We start Tuesday, 9/13. We will meet every T/Th until the week after MEA, weather permitting. Then, again in the Spring, starting in late April.

We provide the bikes and the helmets. You will learn about safety, basic maintenance, riding techniques, and we will ride out on paths and trails near BMS.

Come join in the fun!

Meet the Nurse - Nicole Hird

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New Staff Spotlight - Jenna Babb


Inver Grove Heights, MN

Job prior to coming to BMS:
8th & 9th Grade Spanish at the Math & Science Academy of Woodbury, MN

What Colleges/Universities did you attend?

Concordia College (BA – Spanish Education), Saint Mary’s University of MN (M.Ed. – Learning Design & Technology), & Western Governors University (MS – Curriculum & Instruction)!

What is something people are sometimes surprised to learn about you?

I love to plan events, like parties & events! My family always comes to me when they’re hosting an event so I can help!

Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had and why were they the best?

The best teacher I ever had was my high school Calculus teacher, Mr. Matt Lissick! Math was always a hard subject for me, and I wanted to challenge myself and take Calculus my senior year of high school but it made me very nervous. Throughout the class, Mr. Lissick went beyond just teaching us math – he made sure that he answered every question that we had, gave us time to explore and learn through non-traditional methods (like hands-on examples and multiple practice opportunities), and made math fun by connecting it to our lives. We also did Mindtrap tournaments every trimester which brought us out of math for a bit & let us work together as a class to defeat the other classes. Mr. Lissick made math memorable, understandable, and fun for me!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Completing my two Master’s degrees, one during the pandemic! I love learning and finding new ways to teach things to students, so it was more fun than work for me! I hold degrees in Learning Design & Technology and Curriculum & Instruction!

What is the furthest you have ever been from home?

I studied abroad in Trujillo, Peru the summer after I graduated from college to gain Spanish skills, experience life with a host family, and teach Spanish language arts to middle schoolers at a private school! It’s one of my most favorite experiences ever.

What is a quotation you find meaningful?

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What interests you outside of the school?

It’s hard to find me without my Kindle in my hand – I read almost every chance I get! I also love cooking and baking, finding most of my recipes on Tik Tok, and love to share what I’ve made with those around me!

What is one big goal you have for this school year?

I want to make a positive connection, in some way, with at least one student from every class I teach every day.

We're Hiring!

Farmington Area Public Schools have a number of positions open for the 2022-2023 school year. If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners, we encourage you to apply today.

Click here to see all current opening at Farmington Area Public Schools.
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Registration for intramural Football and Soccer is now open. 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!

Soccer Registration

Football Registration

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 2022-23 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 2022-23, the fee to enroll in the iPad Protection Plan should show as zero. The application for Educational Benefits must be filled out every year.

Spruce Street - CLOSED

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*Thank you to all of the parents who dropped off and made our parking lot a safe location for BMS learners! We will provide updates on Spruce Street as they become available.

Spruce Street will be closed for the next few weeks. This will have an impact on parents who are looking to head north towards Spruce Street to exit the parking lot. We ask that parents loop around the parking lot and exit onto Denmark if you are dropping off. Please drive slow, as we have many students who will be walking to and from school.

The recommended entry point for parents dropping off is the south entry on Denmark.

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.