The Boeckman Buzz

September 3rd, 2023

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

We are excited to welcome our learners back into the building on Tuesday, September 5th! Please take a moment to watch our Welcome Back BMS video that our staff created for our learners and community! The video is linked below!

As a reminder, the Boeckman Buzz will come out on Sunday afternoons through email. Thank you to all of the families who attended the open house. We appreciated getting the opportunity to meet all of our learners. If you have any feedback or suggestions on our open house, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!

As we quickly approach the first day of school, I want to take a moment to share the excitement that our staff has around the 2023-2024 school year. The first day of school is always a special and memorable occasion. Our dedicated team of staff and teachers have been diligently preparing for this year and can't wait to welcome learners back into our school. We believe that the start of a new school year can represent a fresh start, a chance to make new friends, and an opportunity for growth and learning. We understand that it can be both an exciting and emotional time for parents as well, and we want to assure you that we are here to support both you and your child every step of the way. Thank you for putting your trust in us!

We look forward to a great 2023-2024 school year!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Joe Sage, Principal

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 -
  • 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

Tuesday, September 5....................................First Day of School

Tuesday, September 19..................................Picture Re-take day

Friday, October 6th..........................................Homecoming

Drills for the 2023-2024 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.

If you would like to opt your learner out of these conversations or drills in which we will demonstrate the lockdown tone sounds, please reach out to

App Store on School Issues iPads

New for the 2023-24 school year, required apps for learning will be available through Self Service on school issued iPads. Apple IDs are no longer required and the Apple App Store will not be accessible on a district iPad. Please note that this only applies to district iPads and does not impact any personal Apple IDs that an individual may have with Apple and use with other devices.

PE Attire

Students will not need to change for PE but we encourage them to have extra clothing in their PE locker for days they wear jeans, crocs, sandals and other non-athletic clothing. We are also encouraging having deodorant in their PE locker to help with personal hygiene. If there is a student that needs to change we will give them extra time to do so, but they will need to connect with the PE teacher. Learners should always have athletic shoes for any PE class. If illness or injury prevents a student from participating for a day please send a note or an email to your child’s PE teacher. If the student needs to be out more than a couple of days, a note from a physician should be given to the nurse.
7th Grade Immunization Information

Updated immunization records must be submitted no later than September 5th. Please click here for more detailed information.

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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Attendance Line

If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Boeckman Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1405 prior to 9:45 AM each day of the absence. We ask that parents/guardians provide the reason for the absence at the time they call. The school determines if the absence falls within the excused or unexcused parameters. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, the student’s absence is automatically unexcused.

Opt-In to Text Messages

In addition to emails and phone calls, you can opt to receive emergency notifications in the form of text messages from ISD 192. ISD 192 will utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings and safety alerts.*

You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

*Terms and Conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See for more info.

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 2023-24 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 2023-24, the fee to enroll in the iPad Protection Plan should show as zero. The application for Educational Benefits must be filled out every year.

Middle School Sports Opportunities

For years, Farmington Community Education has offered intramural co-ed basketball and an intramural co-ed combination of football & soccer. Starting in Fall 2023, Farmington CE will now be your source for the following interscholastic middle school sports: girls volleyball, girls tennis, girls soccer, boys soccer. Wrestling will be offered in the winter; and track & field will be offered in the spring.

Interscholastic Opportunities: this is for participants to compete against other middle schools in the BSC (Big Suburban Conference) as done previously. It is important to note that school-bus transportation will not be available to or from those other schools on meet/match days.

Continued intramural opportunities in co-ed football & soccer will be offered again in the fall and in co-ed basketball in the winter. Those will entail a combination of teaching of basic skills and drills and some game-like opportunities against others in the program. All participants are from Dodge and Boeckman. The after school shuttle bus will still be available for middle school students that need to get to the other building.

Registration opens June 28.

For more information visit

For more information, feel free to email

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Free Meals for Kids Mobile App

Only a click away, the Free Meals for Kids mobile app will help families and kids find free meals at schools and other sites across Minnesota.

How it works:

  1. Download the Free Meals for Kids app to your cell phone.
  2. Use the app to find the nearest site providing meals by GPS.
  3. Click on the nearby site and use the Site Updates tab for more details.
  4. Share the app with friends, neighbors and on social media.

Free Meals for Kids can be downloaded at Apple or Google Play app stores. There are free meal sites across the state at schools and community locations. The app provides location, directions to the site and hours and days of operation. More sites are added daily. For more information:

Download the free app via the app store on your smartphone, simply search "Free Meals for Kids”
App Store:

Google Play:

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360 Community Summer Resources

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We're Hiring!

Farmington School District has some great opportunities for you!

Click the link to apply for positions or reach out to the main office if interested.

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Teachers on Call

Farmington Area Public Schools has partnered with TEACHERS ON CALL for the hiring of our substitute teachers and paraprofessionals.

If you would like to sign up to sub as a teacher or paraprofessional for the Farmington Schools you will have to apply through TOC. Please email or call TOC directly to sign up as we will no longer be filling these positions through Farmington Schools. TOC also offers many benefits including, weekly paychecks, ability to easily sub at multiple districts and many insurance benefit options.

To Apply:

For more information contact Teachers On Call (TOC): 800-713-4439

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About us

The mission of BMS, 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