The Boeckman Buzz

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

As a friendly reminder, there is no school this coming Friday, March 10th.

Spring Conferences are this week! We wanted to make families aware that BMS will be hosting a Learner Showcase on Thursday, March 9 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. All families are invited to attend with their child to celebrate their accomplishments and learning this school year. Each classroom space will have evidence of learning or experiences in which families can engage. We are excited for this event and hope that you can join us!

The full conference schedule can be found below. The second night of conferences, Tuesday, March 14, BMS will provide time for families to engage in drop-in conferences. Families who attend the Learner Showcase of Learning do not have to attend the drop in conferences.

To provide more clarity, we would like to highlight the different components for each of these nights:

Scheduled Conferences: Teachers will send personal invitations to families that they would like to conference with. The purpose of these conferences is for teams to have extended periods of time meeting with families around how to best support their learner. Teachers will reach out to families to schedule meetings during this time.

Break: There will be no scheduled conferences during this time.

Learning Showcase: Each learner will be given a passport that will guide their experience this evening. Over the course of the next few weeks, they will be preparing this so they know what classrooms to attend and whether they will be demonstrating a skill or showing off an artifact. At each stop, learners will show family members either a skill they have learned in the class or an artifact they have created. The purpose is to highlight their learning! We hope to give you a look into what your child is learning about throughout the day!

Conferences (drop in) - Teachers will be stationed throughout the school in the cafeteria and in the team pods. You can come and visit with them as needed. Parents do not need to attend both the learner showcase and drop in conferences. Drop in conferences typically last around 5 minutes.

Thursday, March 9 (1:30-7:00) - Conferences by Invitation & Learner Showcase

1:30-4:15 pm: Scheduled Conferences by team

4:15-5:00pm: Break

5:00 -7:00 pm: Learner Showcase

Tuesday, March 14 (3:30-7:00) - Drop In Conferences

3:30-5:00 pm: Conferences (drop in)

5:00-5:30 pm: Dinner Break for Teachers

5:30-7:00 pm: Conferences (drop in)

We look forward to seeing you all this week!

-Joe Sage, Principal

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March 8...........................................7th Grade Field Trip

March 9...........................................End of 2nd Trimester

March 9...........................................Conferences & Learner Showcase - 2 Hour Early Release

March 10.........................................NO SCHOOL

March 13.........................................Band Jubilee @ FHS - 8th Grade

March 14.........................................Student Conferences

Missing iPad Covers

We have been noticing many learner iPads are missing the front cover. According to the iPad loan agreement if an iPad cover is not offering full protection, the district iPad Protection plan is void.

The current cost of a replacement iPad is $279.00 if the protection plan is void. If your learner’s iPad is missing the front cover, there are two options. If you still have the cover, it can be brought to the iPad office in the media Center and glued back on. If the cover is lost, it can be replaced for $35.00.

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Band Jubilee - March 13th

The BMS 8th grade band will perform in the Band Jubilee on Monday, March 13th at 7:00pm in the FHS gym. The 5th grade bands, DMS 8th grade band and the FHS Wind Ensemble will also perform. All band members should meet in the FHS large lecture hall (under the grand staircase) at 5:15. Please enter the building using Door 16 (flagpole door). Students will need to bring their instrument, music and should wear their band t-shirt, black pants and nice shoes.

Endeavor Cereal Drive

The Endeavor House held a cereal drive February 6-17 with outstanding results! They were able to donate over 300 pounds of cereal, food, cleaning wipes and tissues. As you can imagine, none of these items weigh very much so the amount donated was welcomed by the Farmington Food Shelf.

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Lost and Found

The Lost and Found has accumulated quite a few items. If your student is missing anything, please encourage them to stop down outside the main office to take a look.
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Getting to Know Our BMS Staff - Highlighting Rachel Gorden Mercer

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? On the weekend, I can usually be found cheering on Julia in a dance competition or Lucy at a hockey game. I also love hiking and biking with Eric, and never pass up a chance to hear live music!

What is your favorite thing about BMS? My favorite thing about BMS is the people I work with and their willingness to try new things. There’s never a shortage of people ready to play the guitar, uke, or join a band!

First thing you notice about a person? Their smile!

Something you still want to learn? I want to learn to play the cello. I have been working on it for about 20 years, and I am not very good, but I love the sound of a cello played well!

What is your favorite breakfast food? Waffles with strawberries and whip cream, but I NEED my coffee every day!

What is your favorite family tradition? Burning the Julekalendar in Dec. I learned this tradition in Denmark, and I love taking a pause each day with our family at dinner to relax and talk about the day until the number on the candle has melted.

Ocean waves or Rain sounds? Ocean waves, always. The beach is my happy place. Mix the sound of waves with a ukulele = heaven!

Early Bird or Night Owl? Definitely a Night Owl

Would you rather be Stuck in an Elevator or Stuck on a Ski Lift? Ski Lift

What is the last book you read? The Midnight Library

Important Winter Weather Reminders!

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.

January/February - 7 Mindsets Theme: 100% Accountable

Own Your Life – If we give away the freedom to act and think for ourselves, we’re more likely to become victims. This happens when we allow the opinions of others and their actions toward us to matter more than our own feelings about ourselves. We must begin the process of owning all aspects of our lives and actions, and take responsibility for every moment and situation. When we do, we prevent others from asserting control over our lives.

Overcome Limiting Beliefs – The greatest limitations in our lives are those we place on ourselves. These come in the form of fears, excuses, and what we call the countermindsets. It is these limiting beliefs that distort our belief systems and drive ineffective or destructive behaviors. We can, however, reprogram our thinking to overcome and eliminate limiting beliefs.

Focus Your Energy – The people who get the most out of life do the most with the 24 hours each day that we all have. These individuals spend more time doing things that give them energy and use this energy to learn and accomplish what’s most important to them. We must constantly restructure our time in order to get the most out of the moments we have. When we do this each day, we take powerful steps toward reaching our dreams.

Grow Through Life – Life is about learning, and it’s a process of continual growth. We must recognize this and seek growth from all experiences, good and bad. When we do, we are constantly getting better. We must also proactively develop our strengths and build new skills. As we do this, we truly become 100% Accountable and capable of creating the lives of our dreams.

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.

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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.