Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: April 11 - 15, 2022


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mca reading test for grades 6-8 on april 12 & 13

Hello Nicollet Middle School Families,

In the coming weeks, the MCA assessments will take place at school.

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA): Given once annually, this state-designed and required test is given in math and reading for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and science for 8th graders. These scores are used to determine student progress towards meeting Minnesota Academic Standards.

If you want to help prepare your student for this test,visit the following website and select [Preparing For Testing]:

Dates for the test are as follows:

Dates: April 12th & 13th - MCA Reading - All Grades 6, 7, & 8

Dates: April 19th & 20th - MCA Math - All Grades 6, 7, & 8

Date: April 27th & 28th - MCA Science* - 8th Grade Only*

MCA Testing Schedule 2022

What can you do to help your student be successful? Please make sure they get a good night's sleep the night before testing, eat a healthy breakfast at home or school, wear comfortable clothing, get to school on time, and reassure them that they can do it!

If you have additional questions regarding testing, or any questions you may have please contact my office directly at 952-707-2640.

Thank you for your partnership in your students' learning.


Eddie Blaylark

Associate Principal and School Assessment Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Click for our Calendar of Events

NMS Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click on the link above to see this week's school menus!

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april is autism acceptance month

April is Autism Acceptance month. In honor of this month and consistent with the district CPSS framework, the 191 school psychologists would like to share some resources if you would like to learn more about autism and neurodiversity.

Article: What is neurodiversity and neurodivergence? -from

Autism Society: Autism Acceptance Month Resource Guide

Autism Society of Minnesota Webpage

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fun for the family

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ISD191 Middle School Theatre Proudly Presents: Annie!

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. As Annie always says, "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!"

Dates: April 13 - April 16

Time: 7:00 PM

Where: Burnsville High School ~ Mraz Center

Cost: $8.00

How: Tickets can be purchased online here and at the door

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Avid wants you!

District 191 secondary schools offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. AVID serves all students by ensuring they acquire the organizational and study skills needed for them to be successful. Students learn academic strategies to develop critical thinking skills and ask probing questions.

AVID Goals

  • Accelerate under-achieving students who have potential into more rigorous courses
  • Teach academic and social skills not targeted in other classes
  • Provide intensive support with in-class tutors and a strong student/teacher relationship
  • Create a positive peer group for students
  • Develop a sense of hope and personal achievement through hard work and determination

At the middle school level, the AVID class is built into students' Literary Arts classes. Use of AVID teaching methods, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, takes place in all classes and creates a college-going culture across all schools, so that every student benefits from this renowned national program.

We are accepting applications for current 6th & 7th graders. Apply here if interested!

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nicollet after school activities

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NEW: FISHING CLUB! Begins April 21st!

Attention anglers! The Nicollet fishing club will have its first meeting after school on Thursday, April 21st in room 318. There is no cost to join the fishing club and no equipment or experience necessary. All skill levels of fishing are welcome, so even if you are a beginner fisherperson (like Mr. Khamrattanome) you are welcome to join. The meeting will adjourn at 4:15 so students can take the activity bus home. Meetings will take place every other week.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Benson in room 318.

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Nicollet After School Activities

Science Club - Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 in room 311~ Mr. Nemetz and Ms. Challgren

Chess Club - Tuesday/Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 in the Media Center ~ Mr. Ribnick

Photojournalism Club - Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 124 ~ Ms. Holman

Singers & Swingers - Thursdays at 7:00 before school in the Aux Gym ~ Ms. Bakken

Student Council - Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 502/4 ~ Ms. Wilson

Prism - Every other Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 320 ~ Ms. Schmidt (Next meeting 4/12)

Spring Musical Annie - Monday - Friday from 3:00 - 4:30 in Choir Room ~ Ms. Bakken

The Drama Experience - Monday - Friday - from 3:00 - 4:30 ~ Mr. Orth

The Fishing Club - Every other Thursday from 3:00 - 4:15 in Room 318 ~ Mr. Benson (First meeting 4/21)

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It is time for Nicollet's annual SPRING PLANT FUNDRAISER event. There is something for everyone - Combination Baskets, Flowers, Annual & Perennials, Vegetables and Herbs

This year our event with Pahl's Market will be all online - Ordering & Payments - use this link to complete your order.

FINAL deadline for ordering is Sunday, APRIL 24th - with delivery on Wednesday, May 4th - just in time for Mother's Day.

Please direct all questions to Pam Olson at

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On March 28, 2022 registration for summer school will open to all K-7 students.

Dates: June 20 – July 28, Monday through Thursday (classes will NOT be held on Monday, July 4 but we will be making up July 4th on Friday, July 8)

Daily Class Schedule: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (program hours only, does not include transportation time)

Location: Eagle Ridge Middle School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage, MN 55378

Flyers with summer school information are below in several languages.

Here is the link for registration and additional information.

Questions Regarding Registration?
For Somali or English, please contact Hamde Daoud at or 952-707-4153.
For Spanish, please contact Eddieca Ontiveros at or 952-707-4142.

Questions Regarding Program?

Please contact Allison Jordan at or 952-707-4104

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Registration is now open for our 8th grade STEM Summer Success Academy. This program is for 8th graders transitioning to 9th grade. This is an opportunity for students who will be attending BHS in the fall to earn credits before starting high school.

You can find additional information here.

You can register HERE!

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The EDGE is a comprehensive youth program for kids entering grades 6-9 (or until your child turns 16), with a focus on building community, independence and positive interpersonal communication and socialization skills in a fun, recreational and educational environment where kids can feel success, achievement and recognition. Kids who attend The EDGE are involved in planning and have choices in activities. They take exciting trips and are active and out in the community.

Learn more and register here:
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BHS Sports & information

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Are you interested in joining a music class, but don't know what to join? Join choir at BHS!

  • NO auditions required!
  • NO music and/or singing experience needed!
  • It's a GREAT place to meet new people!
  • It fulfills the fine arts requirement that you need to graduate from high school!

Give it a try and email me - Ms. Leyva, the Choir Director at BHS ( - or the music teacher in your middle school.

Don't forget to check out Instagram page @bvilleschoir #goblaze

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The Blazettes is the Varsity and JV Dance Team at Burnsville High School, and they are seeking new dancers!

Try a one-day free clinic hosted by dance coaches and current dance team members. The clinic will be April 21, 2022 from 3:15pm - 4:30pm.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form. You and your listed parent will receive an email notification to let you know we received your registration.

Please contact Jen Waller ( with any questions or concerns.

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Burnsville Spirit Store

Spring is here, so now is the time to get all your spring and summer Blaze gear and spirit wear! We have t-shirts, shorts, hoodies, baseball hats, visors, umbrellas, blankets, and so much more to help you show off your Blaze pride at all of your spring and summer activities! Stop in the store Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-3:30 or order your items online at:

Did you earn a letter this year? The Spirit Store is the place to get your letter jacket and patches too! Stop by the store to order your jacket in person, email, or call 952-707-2195 during store hours to place your order. Patches can be purchased in store or through the online site. Order now, so you have your jacket before summer break!

Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and new arrivals:

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Nicollet News April 11, 2022
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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.

Phone: 952-707-2600


Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa: Tel: 952-373-1877

Si tiene alguna preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a Mary Lopez: Tel: 612-568-3022

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 and grow stronger together.