The Boeckman Buzz

April 16, 2021

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BMS Staff Tiger Stripe

We are excited to announce that now you can give a BMS Staff member a Tiger Stripe by quickly filling out this form. You will select the staff member and your comments will be emailed to them.

Week in Review (April 12-16)

This last week we had our first Friday of in-person learning of the school year. It was AWESOME!!! Learners were able to sign up for WIN sessions (see pictures) below. It has been great to be back in the building and hearing the noise fill the hallways again.

As we continue this spring, it will be important for everyone to stay diligent about properly wearing masks and following our safety precautions. Please continue to discuss the importance of wearing masks and staying socially distant with your child.

Next week, we begin the MN State standardize testing. Please see the note below about testing dates and times. If you have questions about testing, please reach out to Dan Thompson, our Assistant Principal (

Thank you for your continued support throughout this year.

Megan Blazek

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The Minnesota School Walkout - Student Planned for April 19th

Though the walkout is not a school sponsored activity, we, as a district, support students who wish to participate in a peaceful protest; we also support those who do not wish to participate. However, the best way for us to ensure your child’s safety during the school day is to know where they are. We expect all students to stay on school grounds during school hours.

At Boeckman MS students can assemble peacefully in our bus loop while under constant supervision of building staff. Students should understand that if they choose to leave class to participate in the peaceful protest, they will be marked unexcused for the missed portion of the school day. As with any unexcused absence, students are expected to make up any missed work. Classes will continue during this time and all students are expected to promptly return to their designated classrooms after this brief event.


At Farmington Area Public Schools, we are committed to providing our students with personalized learning experiences. To best achieve this, we regularly assess students’ growth. Various classroom and standardized assessments aid teachers in providing for individual instructional needs and identifying class trends. We strive to consider the whole picture when serving our students. Having multiple types of assessments helps provide a fuller picture of each student's needs.

Farmington Area Public Schools administer two sets of large-scale standardized assessments: the Minnesota State Accountability tests and the NWEA MAP tests. We highly encourage you to read more about what each assessment provides for your student(s), and have provided a chart for this purpose.

Parents and guardians do have the right to request their student(s) not participate in a scheduled assessment. If you wish your child not to take one or more of the planned assessments, please make sure you understand the role of the assessment and complete the appropriate form (linked below).

MCA Reading - April 21 & 22

MCA Math - April 28 & 29

MCA Science in Science classes May 3-7

May 13 - NWEA Reading

May 20 - NWEA Math

MCA/MTAS Non-Participation Form

NWEA Non-Participation Form

This year, we will not have the ability to test the MCA remotely. If your child is a Distance Learning student, they have been invited in to take the MCA test in-person at Boeckman. All Farmington Academy families that indicated they would like to have their child attend have been communicated with last week. If you did not receive this communication and would like your child to take the MCA test(s), please contact Dan Thompson ( asap.

How to prepare for MCA tests:

  • Ensure your child comes to school on Wednesday & Thursday with a fully charged iPad
  • Have your child bring their iPad charger in their backpack on testing days
  • Encourage your child to make sure iPad has memory space & delete any unused apps

Again, please reach out to our Assistant Principal, Dan Thompson with any questions regarding testing.

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BMS Band Concert May 25 at the BMS Stadium. More details to come.

Message from our Counselors

This week marks the beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. George Floyd’s death caused pain, trauma, and community discord. Some families may be following the trial closely or are having conversations about it, while others may not be aware of the trial at all. Our backgrounds, environments, and experiences all play a role in how this moment in history impacts us. If your student would like to talk more about this or needs a safe space to express emotions surrounding it, please feel free to reach out to the Boeckman School Counselors, their information is below.

Conversations that students have with counselors are confidential in nature. This means we keep our conversations with students private and do not share what we talk about with others. The exception to this is if the student plans to harm themself or others. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Nicole Pierce-Risvold | 6th Grade

Nicole McGuire | 7th Grade | Farmington Academy A-L

Ryan Turnquist | 8th Grade | Farmington Academy M-Z

Farmington Area Public Schools Face Covering Procedures

Farmington Area Public Schools Face Coverings Procedures. This outlines the type of acceptable face coverings, times when it is permitted to remove it indoors, and directions on how to properly wear a face covering. In general, all students, staff, and other people present in school buildings and district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles are required to wear a face covering unless an accommodation or exemptions has been approved by an IEP team or building administration. Face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer does not know they are infected.

Masks Required

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We need everyone's help with correct mask-wearing so we can keep kids in school. Please review how to appropriately wear a make with your child and ensure your child has a clean mask with them at school.

Attendance Line: 651-460-1405

All families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school. If your learner has ANYof the following more common COVID-19 symptoms they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • Fever of 100 or higher (daily home temperature check required)
    • Without the use of fever reducing medications
  • New onset or worsening cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

If your learner has ANY TWO or MORE of the less Common COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive fatigue
  • New onset of severe headache
  • New onset nasal congestion or runny nose

In either of these cases, any other learners in the same household must remain at home as well and cannot attend any activities, until it can be confirmed the symptoms are not COVID-19 related or a medical professional can provide an alternative diagnosis. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate, the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return according to Minnesota Department Health (MDH) guidance.

Quarantine Information

If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.

Linked is the MDH Decision Tree that schools and youth programs will use to determine who will need to quarantine or isolate depending on the given circumstances. It also indicates when a person in quarantine or isolation may return to school or activities. As you can see in the Decision Tree, if a learner is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms any other learner(s) living in the same household will be sent home too.

As outlined in the most recent MDH Guidance, if a learner is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:

  • A 14-day quarantine remains the CDC’s recommendation for the greatest protection against COVID-19 and is required for household close contact and close contacts associated with athletics. Household and athletic close contacts cannot test out of quarantine.
  • A 10-day quarantine may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms.
  • A 7-day quarantine with a negative PCR test on or after day 5 may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms upon request. You can reach out directly to your school for additional information on shortened quarantine periods.
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Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources

How to Find Campus Portal

This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400

iPad Tech Help

iPad First Aid

This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.

In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support

Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.

Phone Number

For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.

About us

The mission of BMS, a welcoming, learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity and innovation, is to ensure that each learner exercises agency for continuous personal growth in order to find joy and well-being for their future while positively impacting their communities through a system distinguished by:

  • Personalization that honors the uniqueness of each learner
  • Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning
  • Openness to new ideas and innovation
  • Safe environments that support a growth mindset
  • Partnering with the community to champion our learners
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