Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: October 31 - November 4, 2022


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looking ahead

We also do not have school on November 7th for conferences and November 8th for professional development.

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We do not allow costumes to be worn in school. They are distracting to the learning environment and we ask for your partnership with this.

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Fall Conferences & Teacher Meal

Our Fall Conferences will again be by appointment only. The link to register is below.

The dates and times for Fall Conferences are:

Thursday, November 3: 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Friday, November 4: 8:00am - 11:30am

Monday, November 7: 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Tuesday, November 8: NO SCHOOL

Click HERE to sign up for conferences.

Conferences sign ups will close at 1:00 AM on November 2nd.

We are providing a Taco Bar for our teachers on Monday, November 7.

Please click HERE to donate an item or two. Thank you in advance for your help!

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new attendance procedures

With safety in mind we are returning to some of our pre-covid attendance procedures.

Attendance is a key factor in student success! Parents are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments outside of the school day. If your student must miss school, please follow the following procedures in accordance with our attendance policy to ensure the absence is excused:

All Day Absence – Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line (952-707-2604) as soon as possible in the morning to report the absence. If this is not possible, parents may send a signed note to school when the student returns.

Arriving Late to School – Parent/Guardian must call the attendance line (952-707- 2604) as soon as possible in the morning AND the student must complete the sign-in form in the Main Office when they arrive at school. If a call is not possible, the student can bring a signed note to the office when they arrive at school AND complete the sign in form. If the student does not sign in upon arrival at school, they will not be excused.

Leaving Early from School (for an appointment, etc.) - We ask all Parents/Guardians to come into the building to sign out their students. Parent/Guardian must send a note into the office in the morning AND the student must pick up their departure pass before leaving school. With the pass in hand, they are able to leave class at the appropriate time, eliminating the wait for parents. If a call is the only option, it needs to be before 10:00 am and we cannot guarantee your student will be waiting for you for pickup. If the call is after 10:00 am we will call your student down for you when you arrive to sign them out. There is a short form that needs to be filled out as well. If the student is returning to school after the appointment, they should bring their departure pass back into the Office and get signed back into school.

PLEASE NOTE: If students are leaving school due to illness, they need to check out through the health office in order to be excused. A parent/guardian needs to be contacted by a nurse, and a pass will be issued for students when leaving school. We cannot go back and excuse students who do not check out before leaving. If they do not check out, they will not be excused.

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BUS Behavior

We have seen an increase in unsafe behavior on the buses as the year has progressed.

A reminder that riding the bus is a PRIVILEGE. If behavior on the bus is unsafe students may be suspended from the bus for a period of time.

The same behavior that is expected in school & classrooms is expected on the bus. Bus safety is necessary for all riders & drivers. Bus drivers cannot safely drive your children's buses when buses are loud and chaotic. Please talk with your child about what safe bus riding looks like.

We appreciate your support and partnership in helping get our students to and from school safely.

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School Hours

School hours for students are 7:50 AM - 2:30 PM.

  • Students will be able to enter the building beginning at 7:30 AM. They will grab a bagged breakfast (if they choose, meals are no longer free for all) and head to their locker and their first class, Advisory.
  • School ends at 2:30 PM
  • Buses leave NMS by 2:45 each day

Office Hours: 7:15 AM - 3:15 PM

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We are happy to be able to offer the following sports for our Winter Season:

Girls Basketball - First Practice: 10/31/22

Boys Basketball - First Practice: 1/3/23

Boys/Girls Wrestling - First Practice: 11/21/22

Fee: $70

Reduced fee if a student qualifies for educational benefits (free or reduced lunch): $25

Register HERE!

All students must have a current (within the last 3 years) sports physical on file. If you plan to participate in a winter sport and need a physical do this sooner rather than later. Students will not be allow to practice without the physical.

Sports Physical Form

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FALL 2022 - Spring 2023


Come sing and dance! We will sing in the fall and learn the basics of east Coast Swing... including Jam Circles with aerials!

Fall: Students will learn a variety of holiday music to be performed for others.

Spring: Students will learn specialized dance routines to perform during several field trips in the Spring. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to come along!

We meet every Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the choir room or auxiliary gym.

Year Long: $99.00

Click here to print a Singers and Swingers Registration

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Jazz Band is BACK!

Jazz band will improve overall playing skills and promote ear training. We have several fieldtrips during the year. We meet Tuesday & Friday mornings through Advisory. Can't be at school early? Students are more than welcome to join when they get to school and stay through Advisory!

Year Long: $99.00

Click here to print a Jazz Band Registration

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Chess Club!

Chess Club returns October 11th.

The Nicollet Chess Club is open to all students even if you do not know how to play chess! We meet after school Tuesdays and Thursdays starting October 11th in the media center. For those interested, we do have competitions and parties as well! Register through ISD 191 community education. Should you have questions or need financial assistance, please contact coach Brian Ribnick ( or Assistant Coach Mark Burtnett (

Don't forget to turn in your fieldtrip forms for PAINTBALL!

No class Nov 3, 8, 24, Dec 25, 27, Mar 9.

Register here

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THE GREEN TEAM - Thursdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 328, Ms. Philipsek & Ms. Challgren

Singers & Swingers - Thursdays 7:00AM in Choir Room, Ms. Bakken

Jazz Band - Tues. & Fri. 7:00AM through Advisory in Band Room, Ms. Bakken

Chess Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00 in the Media Center, Mr. Ribnik & Mr. Burtnett

Quiz Bowl - Wednesdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 308, Mr. Hartman

Fishing Club - Information coming soon! Mr. Benson

Photojournalism Yearbook Club - Tuesdays 2:45 - 4:30 in Room 100, Mr. Reeves

Student Council - E/O Wednesday 2:40 - 3:40 in Room 114, Mr. Iverson/Mr. Sorensen

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Wednesdays 2:45 - 4:00 in Room 116, Mr. Iverson

Science Club - Tuesdays 2:30 - 4:00 in Room 311, Mr. Nemetz

The Drama Experience - M-Th 2:45 - 4:30 in Room 322, Mr. Orth

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BYC Starts October 25th!

Burnsville Youth Collaborative for Grade 6-8: Our BYC afterschool program combines academic support and enrichment along with recreational activities. The program runs Tuesday - Thursday from 3:00 - 5:30PM each day. Transportation is provided for students within the bus zone.

BYC is set to run: October 25, 2022 - April 27, 2023.



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Burnsville High School Theatre Guild is excited to kick off Season 62 with the horrifically delicious sci-fi rock musical Little Shop of Horrors. Directed by Erika Sasseville, the production will include seven performances November 10-19.

Based on the film by Roger Corman, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors begins with meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn discovering a new breed of plant that he names “Audrey II” (after his coworker crush). This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivorous plant promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour, as long as he keeps feeding it human blood!

Performances are Nov. 10-12 and Nov. 17-18 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances are at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for students. Show run time is about 2.5 hours, including a brief intermission.

Content warning: Little Shop of Horrors includes campy depictions of violence and themes that may not be appropriate for young children or sensitive audience members.

For tickets or more information, visit

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We are open during conferences!! Reward your stellar student with some Blaze gear or get your holiday shopping list started by stopping by the Burnsville Spirit Store during BHS conference next week. This is a great time to order your letter jackets too!

The store will be open Thursday 11/3 from 4-7:30pm, Friday 11/4 from 8am-11:30, and Monday 11/7 from 12-8pm.

Receive a FREE “B” car decal with any in-store purchase during these special conference hours.

If you can't make it in person, feel free to order online anytime:

Follow us on Facebook for the latest news, arrivals and updates:

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Extra Opportunites

High School Sports for Grades 7-12:

Check out the Burnsville High School Athletics website for information.

Burnsville Athletic Club:

BAC Website

BAC October 2022 Newsletter

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Standard Response Protocol (SRP)

Below is a link regarding District 191's new Standard Response Protocol to various emergency/weather/incidents.

A reminder that opting into text messaging will allow you to be updated via text in the case of an emergency. Parents may do this by sending "Subscribe" to 67587.

ISD 191 SRP Communication to Families

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In order for us to effectively communicate with you throughout the school year, please make sure you update your address, phone numbers, email address and emergency contact/s on PARENTVUE. This information is very important as it is the only way to contact you in the event of an emergency.

We will send weekly bulletins for families through email. We will also regularly call home with voicemail message updates.


Additionally, Parents/Guardians now have the option of receiving text notification from District 191 and its schools. Text messages are timely and relevant, including weather related school closure information, emergency announcements and others.

In order to participate, parents/guardians must opt-in by texting “subscribe” to the

number 67587.

Learn more about ParentVue at

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Schoology connects students to their teachers. Students get class assignments, link to readings and guides selected by their teacher, collaborate with classmates, and work on self-paced learning activities. Families can see upcoming assignments and announcements, view assignments, test schedules and daily grades for current classes, and more.

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Food and Nutrition Services

  • Free meals for all students have expired.
  • Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Educational Benefits.
  • Meal prices are based on the results of completing the Application for Educational Benefits. It may take up to 10 days for your application to be processed. Families will receive a letter in the mail letting them know if they have been approved or denied. Meals must be paid for until families are notified of the results.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year, and especially if there has been an increase to household members or decrease to household income.
  • Money is expected to be deposited into meal accounts prior to making meal purchases. Money MUST be in accounts to make la carte purchases.
    • Credit/Debit Cards online through PayPams website

    • Cash at secondary schools using NetCash machines in the cafeteria

    • Checks at secondary schools using the check drop box

    • Cash or checks at elementary schools in a marked envelope provided to the student's teacher

  • All students need to use their PIN (Personal Identification Number) at meals and should practice memorizing this 4 or 5 digit number.
  • Menus, nutrition, and allergen information can be found online at
  • A special diet statement must be completed and on record in order for the Food & Nutrition Services department to make accommodations.
  • Visit the Food and Nutrition Services webpage for more information:
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Parent Drop off & Pick up

Just a reminder that our parent drop-off location is on the east side of Nicollet near the tennis courts (the same location as parent pick-up). Please circle around the lot rather than pulling into parking spaces to avoid having your child cross through traffic to enter the school. Students should be picked up by 2:45pm. After school, you will only be able to turn RIGHT out of our parking lot. We appreciate your cooperation so this process is safe for EVERYONE.

If you are dropping your child off at school after 7:45 AM, please drop them off at the front of the school, door 1, because they will need to check into the office for a tardy pass to class.

Please do not enter the driveway between Sky Oaks and Nicollet. This is where buses are entering and exiting and dropping students off here is a safety concern.


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Electronics Policy

Please discuss the use of electronics at school with your child.

  • All students are issued a Chromebook from ISD191 to be used for instructional and educational purposes. No other electronic devices should be used in place of chromebooks during the school day.
  • All Chromebooks are to be used in alignment with the district electronics policy.
  • Headphone use is only allowed when requested by a teacher (no airpods).

  • Electronic devices are never allowed to be used in bathrooms or locker rooms.
  • Nicollet is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


  • Cellphones are away for the day. If brought to school devices should be away from the first bell of the day (7:50am) and should not be taken out until the last bell of the day (2:30pm).

Policy 524: Internet Acceptable use and Safety Policy

  • We understand the importance of students being able to access resources on the internet, both for current educational work and to help ensure students have the skills they need for future study and work.
  • We provide students access to our computer system, including the internet, expressly for educational purposes, including classroom activities, research and college/career readiness activities.
  • Students are expected to use our system in a safe manner and for these appropriate purposes.
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Health Services

School Nurse: Ms. Mjelleli "Nurse M"


Phone: 952-707-2603

Hours: 7:20AM - 3:20PM


  • Monitor immunization status of students
  • Manage health plans for students with health conditions
  • Provide first aid and emergency care to students and staff
  • Administer medication as ordered by a physician
  • Maintain health service records
  • Implement screening programs
  • Surveillance of Communicable disease

Reminder: Immunizations- all incoming 6th graders needs to get the T-dap booster and Meningitis vaccine before starting 7th grade.

For information about health services, please go to:


If you have any questions about the information within this back to school newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Main Office via phone or email.

Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa.

Phone: 952-707-2600


About Nicollet Middle School

Our vision here at Nicollet is that we will realize our individual strengths and RISE together to become future ready and community strong. RISE stands for Resourceful, Inclusive, Safe, and Excellence. We know that when we strive to achieve these characteristics as individuals and as a community, we will learn together and grow stronger together.

School Hours: 7:50AM - 2:30PM

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