The Boeckman Buzz

Sep 5, 2022

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Welcome Back BMS!

BMS Families,


We are excited to welcome our learners back into the building on Tuesday, September 6th! Please take a moment to watch our Welcome Back BMS video that our staff created!


Thank you to all of the families who attended the open house. Many of you experienced longer than expected lines for school photos. If you skipped photos, or did not attend open house, we will have an opportunity for picture re-takes on September 20th at school.


Spruce street is currently closed. This will impact our parking lot for parents who are dropping off. Please see below for a diagram on how traffic should flow inside the parking lot. Marschall Line does a wonderful job transporting our students, but please know that bus times may run a few minutes late during the first few days of school.


We look forward to a great 2022-2023 school year!


#WeAre192


Joe Sage, Principal

Spruce Street Closing

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.

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First Day of School Reminders

Prior to Tuesday

  • Check your schedule on Campus Portal - we have been balancing classes this week and making schedule changes. It is possible your schedule has been changed.
  • Begin preparing for your back-to-school routine. Set a bedtime and stick to it. Set an alarm clock. Pack your bag and lunch if you are getting one the night before.
  • DO NOT stress about your locker or finding classes. WEB leaders and teachers will be in the hallways helping with lockers and finding classrooms
  • Pack a water bottle


Tuesday - First Day of School

  • Doors open at 8:30 am
  • Parent Drop-off and Pick-up Door 11 - please reference the diagram above for recommended entry point and Spruce Street closing.
  • Students walking or riding bikes enter through Door 11 - bring a lock for your bike and skateboards must be stored in your locker
  • Remind your child to use the crosswalk and wait for adults with flags to invite them across. We have many high school drivers arrive for their sports at the time students are released.
  • Students are released at 3:30 pm

Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES

Tuesday, September 6....................................First Day of School

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

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

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

7th Grade Immunization Information

Updated immunization records must be submitted no later than September 6th. Please click here for more detailed information.

Physical Education

Our PE teachers are asking that all learners bring a change of clothing for PE classes. Locks and locker rooms will be available for changing. Clothing should be full-length/covering shirts and shorts or pants (that they can write their names on) and that are appropriate for movement in physical education class. They should always have athletic shoes for PE class.

Athletic Information

All students participating in school sports will need a sports physical on file with the school. Registration is online. Please click here for more information.

Educational Benefits

The U.S. Department of Agriculture did NOT extend the free meal program for the 2022-23 school year so meals will no longer be provided free to all students, and the free meal program does not carry-over for the first thirty days of the school year.


**If you did not submit and Educational Benefits application during the 2021-22 school year, your student(s) will begin accruing meal charges on the first day which they eat at school.


Please contact Chartwells at 651-460-3820 or foodservice@farmington.k12.mn.us, if you have any questions.

PBIS Parent Guide

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.

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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.

SCHOOL APPROPRIATE ATTIRE REMINDER

As families are preparing for the school year it is helpful to know our school expectations around attire. A general rule to follow is to wear clothing that would typically be worn in a casual, yet professional, setting. What is worn to the movies, mall, or pool, would not always be appropriate for school. At the end of the day, we want to create the best learning environment to help your child have success.


Below are five bullet points from our BMS Student Handbook and can also be found on student’s iPads.

  • Free of anything containing conveying obscene, racist, discriminatory, or violent messages.

  • Free from anything promoting or advertising alcohol, illicit drug, tobacco, or any illegal substances.

  • Consistent with what is typically worn in a casual, yet professional setting, including shirts, bottoms, and shoes.

  • Earbuds and other technology devices are only used when needed to support learning and follow the classroom expectations for use of such devices

  • Supportive of your safety and the safety of others


Thank you for supporting the school dress code at home and reinforcing it with your child. If needed, BMS administration may make the determination that a student’s dress is not appropriate for the school environment. In this event, efforts will be made to allow the student to fix the issue and minimize time out of class.

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


Objectives

  • 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.