The Boeckman Buzz

October 30, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,

October was National Bullying Prevention Month and here at Boeckman we wore orange, had discussions in Tiger Connections, and celebrated National Unity Day. On Unity Day our student council brought everyone in our building together to pledge their commitment to KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE, and INCLUSION.

Every day we are anti-bullying at Boeckman and we demonstrate our core values of integrity, compassion, and responsibility. Middle School is both an exciting and difficult time in our children's lives and as we wrap up Bullying Prevention Month we ask that all parents/guardians take time to talk with their children about the importance of KINDNESS, ACCEPTANCE, INCLUSION, and our BMS core values. Middle School students are looking for independence but need you more than ever to process through all of the social situations they encounter on a daily basis.

Last year we started our Friendly Presence program at Boeckman, which brought positive adult role models into our school hallways, lunchroom, recess areas, and classrooms. This year we are not able to bring visitors into the building during the school day, but it is still incredibly important that trusted adults are present in all aspects of our children's lives. In light of the pandemic, many of our children are connecting virtually more often. This is a good time to discuss with your child how you can support them by being involved and monitoring their presence on social media, knowing what they are watching, and knowing the gaming platforms they are engaging in. You can help reduce bullying and the effect on our children by knowing your children's friends, their families, and how they spend their time.

It has become easy to isolate during this pandemic and now more than ever we need to promote and model positive connections for our children. Thank you for being part of creating a positive community for our children.

Thank you,

Megan Blazek

BMS Hybird Learner Unity Tree

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Farmington Academy Unity Tree

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Socktober Sock Drive - Last Two Days

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Free At-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests

Now in Dakota County, we have access to ordering a free at-home COVID-19 saliva test. You can order a test online that will be shipped to your home, along with a prepaid package to return it.

When you are ready to take the test, you will log onto a website and do a video visit with a health care provider to receive instructions on how to take the tests.

The following link will give you more information:

All Learners Changing Passwords

All students must reset their passwords next week. This MUST be done by the end of the week. If they aren’t changed next week, student passwords will expire.

In Tiger Connections, teachers will:

1) Show this slideshow during TC next week

2) Have all students reset passwords in TC

3) Make sure that they use the correct email address (, NOT

4) If they have difficulties they will get help in the media center.

For learners who are remote, if you have difficulties use this link to schedule a virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support.

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Looking for Parent Ambassadors

Each year our Parent Ambassadors are vital in supporting our school. This year we will be meeting quarterly in a virtual format at the following times. Fill out this link if you are interested in being part of our Parent Ambassadors.

Meeting Dates and Times

Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 16th @ 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 20th @ 6:30 pm

Week at a Glance Reminder – Check Boeckman Website!

We want to make it as easy as possible for learners and parents to know what is happening in school. Each team is committed to keeping their Week at a Glance updated with teacher contact information, times for virtual coaching sessions, codes to access those sessions, and a snapshot of what is happening in each class. Week at a Glance documents can be found on the Boeckman website, under the “Academics” tab.

Small Group Counseling at Boeckman

The Boeckman Middle School Support Staff are preparing to start small group counseling groups. Group counseling, which involves a number of students working on shared tasks and developing supportive relationships in a group setting, is an efficient, effective, and positive way of providing support to students with academic, career, and social/emotional developmental issues and situational concerns. Group counseling can help reduce social isolation and negative emotions, as well as increase positive peer relations and a sense of belonging. In group counseling, affect, cognition, and behavior are emphasized. The group creates a climate of trust, caring, understanding, and support that enables students to share their concerns with peers and the school counselor. The commitment for groups is about 6-8 weeks and will be done virtually on the days they are remote. Groups are psychoeducational in nature - meaning students are learning and practicing new skills to help with self-advocacy, emotional regulation, and coping. Groups are also confidential and information shared in the group is not shared outside of the group unless there are safety concerns. All students at Boeckman Middle School are offered the opportunity to participate in small group counseling services. If you have any concerns about your student participating in small group counseling, please contact the school at 651-460-1400. We encourage you to have a conversation at home with your learner about if participation in small group counseling is something you are interested in for your child prior to the opportunity to sign up next week. Students will sign up through their Tiger Connections teachers.

Group offerings:

Anxiety: This group helps students who struggle with anxiety. Specific topics include learning about how anxiety works, how anxiety feels, identifying anxiety triggers, thinking errors that contribute to the experience of anxiety, and learning coping strategies like relaxation training, guided imagery, and breathing.

Resiliency and Well-Being: This group helps students find ways to keep going when things get tough. Students who are struggling with stress could benefit from this group. There are lots of things to be stressed about. This group will help students identify strengths, and develop new skills in the areas of grit, emotional regulation, impulse control, flexible thinking, empathy, and self-efficacy.

Social Skills: This group will help students manage social situations. Students will engage in social situation scenarios looking at places and situations that cause them social stress. The group will learn ways to be socially aware and respond appropriately. Students who may benefit from this group may struggle with social conflict or making connections with peers.

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

iPad Tech Help

iPad First Aid

This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.

In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support

Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.

Phone Number

For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.

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