The Boeckman Buzz

August 21, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,

With each passing day our excitement builds about the upcoming school year. We are excited to connect with your children and again experience the energy they bring to our building. As we prepare for their return to school it is more important than ever that we continue to reduce our contact with others and to isolate if you are symptomatic or have been exposed and/or tested for COVID. These precautions along with wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands will help us bring children back to school safely.

This week an incredible amount of planning took place around COVID guidance and procedures, staff equity training, recess and lunch procedures, developing academic interventions to address the learning loss our students have experienced due school closures, and began planning with our Farmington Academy teachers. But, the most exciting event of the week was welcoming our new teachers to Farmington and Boeckman Middle School.

Mrs. Cordes - Art

Mrs. Ehlers - Special Education

Mrs. Hoyt - Family and Consumer Science

Mrs. Kielas - Technology Education

Mr. Moga - Special Education

Mrs. O’Malia - Art

Mrs. Volkmuth - Special Education

Mrs. Wilson - Math

Farmington Academy students can now see their teachers and courses in Campus. The Farmington Academy team will be crafting communication early next week with more details specifically about Farmington Academy’s learning experience, connection days and supply lists. The Farmington Academy consists of students and teachers from Boeckman and Dodge Middle School. Boeckman students who are on the Farmington Academy Team will continue to be Boeckman students and part of our community. This means you will continue to receive our communications and contact us with information and questions. Dan Thompson, our assistant principal is working directly with the Farmington Academy team and will be your contact here at Boeckman.

Thank you for your patience while we made sure our supply lists reflected what was necessary for hybrid learning. The supply lists are going to remain the same. The following additions can be added to each list if they are not already on there. The original supply lists are linked below.

  • Personal hand sanitizer

  • Personal hand lotion

  • Earbuds

  • Markers

  • Black Sharpie

  • Glue Sticks

  • Pencil Box

  • No PE Uniform

We will not be using lockers this year, and students will keep their school supplies in their backpacks. This will allow us to reduce the amount of communal supplies used in the classroom and congregating in the hallways. Teachers will still have communal supplies when needed and once they are used by a student the item will sit for 24 hours. If you are in need of school supplies please contact our office at 651-460-1400 and we will put together a backpack for your child. We are also accepting any donations of school supplies. These donations always help us make sure every child is prepared for learning.

We are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with your family during our connection days. We are finalizing the PTC Fast sign up on Monday with our staff and will have that out to you by the end of the day. During the connection days you and your child can have their pictures taken in the gym, pick up their iPad in the media center (if it was turned in), and meet with their Tiger Connections teacher.

Earlier this week an email came out about the change to our school start and end times. Please note the changes below; specifically when the building is open to students. Parent drop off is at the North end of the building (Auditorium and Tiger Field). The main office entrance will only be for visitors and students being dropped off after school has started. We will be using our vestibule to provide social distancing in our main office and cannot have students entering through the main office doors. The before school Ignite Program made changes to support both the hybrid model and changes to our start time. Please see the details below.

Schedules went live on Monday and with those now in your hands we would like to provide some additional information. Our specialists will no longer be offering elective courses, but will be providing all students with an experience in their area.

Full Year Elective Experiences

We were committed to keeping the full year elective experiences. If your child was registered for one of these full year elective experiences you will see if on their schedule in block 3, clubs, or extras. If the course is in clubs or extras those teachers will be pulling them during the day or Tiger Flex to provide the experience.

Specialist Experiences

The specialist teachers will now be providing all kids an experience for 6 weeks when they are on each team. Our calendar will be changing to trimesters as a result of the specialist rotation. Each trimester is approximately 12 weeks and during this time they will see four specialists. Our specialist schedule below will allow you to see what term your child will receive each specialist experience. These experiences will be based on electives we have offered in past years, but will be personalized to meet the needs of kids who may have taken them in previous years and are ready for a more in-depth experience.

Tiger Connections and Tiger Flex

Your child’s Tiger Connections and Tiger Flex teacher and classmates are the same. This was designed as a time at the beginning and end of the day where students will connect around social emotional learning, reflection, and academic planning.

Daily Schedule

Students will engage in learning all five days of the week. They will have two in-person days, two remote days, and one flex day. Every day will start by attending Tiger Connection and end with Tiger Flex. Attending Tiger Connections and Tiger Flex both in-person and virtually allow us to have students Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 connect daily. This link will take you to our draft of the daily schedule.

A few last items we need to draw everyone's attention to.

Health Screening Agreement

This has to be completed for every students before the first day of school. Please complete it asap.

Consent to Publish Student Work and Media Release

6th grade parents only - this is an opt out form you fill out for all three years your child goes to school here. You only need to fill it out if you want to opt out.

Bus Routes in Campus

We are looking into an issue with missing bus routes in Campus. You can see the bus stop and time. We are hoping to have all of the bus routes in there by Monday.

It is important to us that school is a positive experience for all of your children. Many things will be different for students as they return to school. As we welcome kids back to the building we will be focusing our conversations on what they can do and experience at school. We encourage all families to keep conversations positive and focused on what they are going to be doing at school. This is their 6th, 7th, or 8th grade year. They don’t get another one and we are going to make it awesome!

Megan Blazek, Principal

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First Week of School Aug. 31-Sept. 4

Connection Days: Aug. 31st - September 2nd
  • Learners will attend a scheduled Connection Conference with their family on one of these days.
  • Teachers return to school on Monday, and we will have sign up information out by the end of the day on Monday
  • There will be no classes or buses these days. Students do not attend school.

1st day of classes for ALL students (9:00 - 3:40): Thursday, September 3rd

  • Thursday, September 3rd: Cohort 1 in-person; Cohort 2 distance - building opens @ 8:40
  • Friday, September 4th: Cohort 2 in-person; Cohort 1 distance - building opens @ 8:40

Daily Health Care Screening Agreement – Need Your Response For Each Child

We are asking that each family sign an agreement to administer a daily health care screening at home before sending your child to school. In order to do this, we ask that you CLICK HERE to complete a survey. If you have multiple children enrolled at Boeckman, you will need to complete the survey for each child. As part of our welcome back to school, we will need this agreement for each student planning to come into the building before school begins. Thank you for your help.

Consent to Publish Student Work & Media Release Form

Farmington Area Public Schools value the use of technology tools in the classroom. Utilization of technology may increase student engagement, encourage student participation, boost creativity, facilitate communication with other learners and educators in other parts of the nation and world, and expand the classroom experience beyond physical barriers. The use of technology tools may include, but not limited to blogs, videos, wikis, electronic pen pals, email, and others that make it possible to share content with classmates, students across the globe, and, where appropriate, the general public. Through the use of these educational tools, the school district may cause student work or video/audio images to be published by including materials in instructional materials, booklets, blogs, emails, websites, closed circuit television, messaging, video/audio connections or the Internet or intranet, brochures or flyers used in award ceremonies, sports, or fine arts presentation, and any other form that may be used to distribute or communicate work.


If you would like to deny consent for the school district to publish your child’s work and video/audio recordings,CLICK HERE.

Immunization Records - Incoming 7th Grade Students

Updated immunizations records must be submitted no later than August 25th. (State mandated for all incoming seventh graders) In order for your child to attend school, we must have proof of the following immunizations.

  • Proof of 2 MMR’s (one dose must be after age 1); 1 Tdap Booster (given after age 11); 3 Hepatitis B;

  • 3 Polio; 2 Chicken Pox (Varicella) spaced at least 28 days apart (or date of disease verified by MD);

  • 1 Meningococcal (given at age 11-12

Immunization records can be submitted via Fax (651-460-1410), emailed to Nurse Darrington (, or dropped off at the BMS Main Office M-T between 7:00 - 2:30.

6th Grade Orientation

WEB is alive and indeed, in full swing this year! Every year we work hard to create a welcome experience at BMS for incoming 6th graders and this year is no exception. This year, Orientation will take place in their Tiger Connections and your 6th grader will participate in their WEB orientation on their first in-person day of school (Either 9/3 or 9/4 depending on their assigned cohort). This will be a virtual event, that allows us to safely connect WEB leaders and 6th-grade students throughout our building. Students will log into the event during Tiger Connections where they have the support of a teacher. If your 6th grader is participating in Farmington Academy, they will also be having orientation on one of those two days with more detailed information to follow.

Farmington Area Public Schools Face Covering Procedures

By now everyone knows Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-81 requires “Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses and indoor public settings.” This order DOES include our district buildings and indoor spaces. As a district we have created the 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.

IGNITE Before School Program

Due to school start time changes, middle school buildings will not be open until 8:40 am for students to enter. Community Education has partnered with Dodge and Boeckman to provide a before school option for families who need to drop off youth before 8:40 am. This program will run daily from 7 to 8:40 am and will give youth space to study, create, exercise, and socialize before school. This is not a school age care program, it is a youth enrichment program.

Prices have been modified for a hybrid schedule for Term 1.

HYBRID PRICING for TERM 1 (8/31-2020-10/14) Registering for this option will cover the program for the days your youth are in person under the Hybrid Schedule.

$85 - Charged Aug 31st - Deadline to register or withdraw is August 25th at Midnight

**Because of the unknown nature of the effect of COVID-19 on the 20-21 school year, many details are subject to change. Program start will be dependent on enrollment, so interested participants will be notified on August 28th if the program will be able to run**

The drop in option has been removed due to logistical reasons related to COVID-19. It may be added in the future.

To register go to this website and questions about this program should be directed to

Accepting Donations

We are always accepting donations of school supplies, school clothing for children 11-14 years old, coats, winter gear, shoes, and personal items to share with children and families in need. If you have items to donate they can be dropped off in our main office M-Th 7:00 - 2:30. The main office is locked but open by appointment due to COVID 19. Please call 651-460-1400 when you arrive.

If you are a family in need of these items please call 651-460-1400 to schedule an appointment to visit our supply room.

High School Soccer Open to 8th Grade Students

Farmington High School has opened up Boys and Girls High School soccer to 8th grade students at the middle schools. Please contact the High School Athletic Office at 651-252-2514 if you are interested in registering or have any questions.
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Parent Schoology Accounts

Schoology is our teacher's primary mode of communication about classroom information. All parents are able to create their own Schoology accounts and have access to their child’s groups and courses. Parents receive an access code for each of their children. With this access, you will receive our school’s daily announcements and reminders, messages from teachers to their students, and course calendars. Course calendars will provide information about daily agendas, due dates, and dates of assessments. If you need your Schoology parent access code, please call the BMS main office as soon as possible at 651-460-1400.

Campus Portal Account

Your Campus Portal account gives you access to your child’s schedule, bus route, attendance, and academic progress throughout the school year. Families will receive an email when student schedules go live in mid-August. In order to see schedules in mid-August, you must have Campus Portal. If you need your Campus Portal setup, please call the BMS main office as soon as possible at 651-460-1400.

Make sure your census information is up to date in Campus Portal so we can contact you directly when the need arises.

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