The Boeckman Buzz

May 1st-May 5th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

We have a few reminders on upcoming events as we approach the month of May!

Our parent ambassadors are working hard to put together a special week for our teachers! We are looking for some help from our families. Money donations are appreciated in any amount! You can bring cash or check to the office attention BMS Parent Ambassadors or Venmo Boeckmanparentambassadors. This will go towards meals and treats for the teachers.

If you are interested in purchasing a case of water or a 12 pack of pop, or, if you are interested in your child helping with a sidewalk chalk project, please email

May 5th, from 6:00 - 8:00, we will have our spring fling for 8th graders only. We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with the event. We need chaperones for the different spaces, help setting up and decorating, help cleaning up, and help in the concession stands. Please see the Signup Genius link below to sign up for a volunteer time slot. Sign up here.

We are excited this Tuesday to welcome our incoming 6th grade families, starting at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about the BMS experience!

As a reminder, our BMS Bike Rodeo has been reschedule for May 11th!

Looking forward to another great week at BMS!

-Joe Sage, Principal

Spring Band Concert Information

May 18 – 8:00pm Concert for Beginning Band, 6th Grade Band, and 8th Grade Band

Concert Location: FHS Recital Hall

Arrival: FHS at 7:30pm for the concert.

Dress: Band Shirt, Black pants

Tubas, baritones, French Horns – bring instruments from home

SPRING NWEA MAP Test – May 1 to May 19, 2023

Beginning May 1, learners will be asked to participate in the NWEA MAP test. The NWEA MAP tests are adaptive computer delivered assessments that are administered to more than 11 million students across the country, which provides a large National Norm sample for comparison. Farmington Schools chooses to administer tests in reading and math to students in grades 2 through 8. The adaptive nature of the tests means that the test adjusts to the student's responses. As a student answers correctly, the test gets more challenging. As they get items wrong, the test presents easier items. The purpose of the assessment is to identify the student's academic level in the specific content area, regardless of age, grade level or prior achievement.

To read more about the NWEA test, please visit the school website, linked here. There is a link to the Opt Out information for both the NWEA tests on the left side of the webpage. Please complete the form and return it to the front office. *Please note that if you Opted out in the fall, you do not need to resubmit the opt out form for the remainder of the year.

Specific Dates:

  • Week of May 1 - NWEA Math in regular math classes
  • Week of May 8 - NWEA Reading in regular LA classes
  • Week of May 15 - Makeups
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Social Emotional Learning Survey (May 15- 26, 2023)

We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the students in our district. ISD 192 values input from our students as they are important partners as we work to improve our communication, academic programming and overall experience for everyone.

In order to learn more about student experiences at school, we will be asking for feedback from students in grades 3-12 via an online survey they will be completing at school during the window of May 15-26, 2023. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.

The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.

To read more about this survey, click here.

Planning for Summer!

Are you ready to plan your child’s summer adventures? Registration is open for middle school summer camps, lessons, and activities for incoming 6-9th graders! There are a wide range of programs being offered through Community Education, including Movie & Film Production, Band Lessons, Advanced Cake Decorating, Tiger Athletic Camps, and many more!

Plan your child’s summer and reserve their spot by visiting


May 15 & 16....................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

May 18...........................................Beginning Band, 6th grade band, 8th grade band (8:00pm, FHS)

May 23............................................7th Grade band – (7:00pm, FHS)

May 29............................................NO SCHOOL

June 8.............................................Last Day of School - Early Release

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Getting to Know BMS Staff - Highlighting Steve Kielas

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? Being outside with family.

What is your favorite thing about BMS? The positivity

The first thing you notice about a person? Their attitude

Something you still want to learn? To be better at pickle-ball

What is your favorite breakfast for? Waffles

What is your favorite family tradition? Coloring Easter Eggs

Ocean waves or Rain sounds? Ocean Waves. I lived near the ocean for six years as a National Park Ranger, in New Jersey.

Early bird or night owl? Early Bird

Would you rather be stuck in an elevator or on a ski lift? Elevator

What is the last book you read? Fighting The Flying Circus -True Story by WW1 Ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacher

Summer Instrumental Music Offerings

Registration for summer instrumental music offerings including pops band, jazz band, ukulele, and semi-private lessons is now open. These offerings are available to learners entering grades 6-9 for the 2023-2024. Please check the flyer for more details.

Contact Rachel Gorden Mercer at or Joe Lasko at with questions.

Register here:

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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Feedback from Community - Rambling Park

In partnership with the Farmington School District, the City of Farmington is seeking your input on the master plan process for Rambling River Park. The city is interested in learning how residents and visitors use and experience Rambling River Park today and what desires they have for future investments in the park. At this time there are two ways to participate, and you can choose to do both! Click the links below to provide your feedback. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Farmington directly at 651-280-6800.


Social Pinpoint Map Comments submitted to the map that are unrelated to this project will be deleted.

April - 7 Mindsets Theme: Everything Is Possible

Dream Big – People who achieve the most in life realize that the greatest limitations are those they place on themselves. This applies to success in school, business, fitness, the quality of our relationships, and our impact on the lives of others. Dreaming big is about raising our expectations for our lives, because when we do, the future becomes bigger and brighter.

Embrace Creativity – The only time we are creating new things in life is when we’re being imaginative and innovative. If we want new experiences and things we’ve never had, we must do things we’ve never done. This could be reading a book to acquire new knowledge, debating a topic with a friend, or trying a new activity. Life can only change and expand through creative action!

Think Positive – People with a brighter outlook on life are not only happier, but also accomplish more. We must believe there is more for us in life, expect good things from others, and find the positives in all situations. These simple acts make us happier in the moment, and the future becomes infinitely brighter.

Act and Adjust – We must act if we want to get results. It is important to plan, but only if the plans drive us to action; if we do not act, nothing will change. The greatest obstacle to taking action is fear of failure, but the most successful people in the world don’t see failure, only feedback. Simply learn from mistakes and move forward, because this is the only way to make our dreams into reality. Act on them, and be prepared to adjust.

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.

Infinite Campus Mobile App

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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.