Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: May 31 - June 3, 2022



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Upcoming Events

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NMS Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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

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Please return your school instrument by June 8th. We are sending in all instruments for maintenance and cleaning. If you own your instrument please take it home for the summer as soon as possible. Thanks for a great year!

Mrs. Bakken

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nicollet newscast!

Nicollet News May 31, 2022
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end of year information

Chromebook Collection

Students will need to turn their chromebooks in on Wednesday, June 8th. All students are expected to turn in their chromebooks, they should hold onto their covers and chargers. If your student will not be in school that day they should make arrangements to turn it in before the last day of school.

Chromebooks will be disabled over the summer.

Thank you!

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We are seeing an increase of Covid cases in our schools. Please see below!

Please remember, if your student is experiencing any of the following symptoms, they MUST stay home from school.

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • New cough or a cough that gets worse

  • Difficulty/hard time breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Muscle pain

  • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

  • Severe/very bad headache

  • Chills

It’s essential that we all work together and stay vigilant so we can keep doing the things we want to do, including in-person learning, activities and athletics.

To report an absence due to COVID-related symptoms, a positive test, or close contact with a positive individual, you can call our attendance line - 952-707-2604 or complete this NMS Absence Report Google Form.


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nicollet after school activities

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Nicollet After School Activities

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

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

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

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

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

Prism - Every other Tuesday 3 - 4:30 in Room 320 ~ Ms. Schmidt

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Students leaving early...

If your student is feeling ill during the day, they need to see the nurse before leaving. They should not be contacting family directly to be picked up without checking in with the nurse first.

Students need to go through the main office whenever they leave for the day. Please communicate with the office not your student about early pick ups.

If you know you need to pick your child up early please do the following:

1. Send a note in with your child indicating the time and who will be picking them up.

*The office will give them a pass to give to their teacher when they need to leave.

2. Upon arrival, call the office at 952-707-2600 so we know you're here.

3. The office will send your child out to you.

If you don't know ahead of time please do the following:

1. Please call as early as possible to let us know when you will be coming to get your child.

2. We will do our best to have them in the office but this is not always possible.

3. Upon your arrival please call 952-707-2600 and we will send your child out to you.

Other reminders:

If you are picking your student up at 2:30 or after, you will need to go to parent pick up so that our buses can get to our Special Education students.

After 2:30 we cannot guarantee we will be able to get a message to your student. We always do our best but it is a busy time of day.

Thank you so much for your cooperation! We appreciate your partnership in keeping our students safe and accounted for!

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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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Through a partnership with Lakeville Area Schools, we are offering a unique summer opportunity for our current 5th, 6th and 7th-grade students. The Summer Bridge Math Academy uses engaging, interactive and FUN collaborative lessons, as well as offers activities that strengthen math skills and foster a love for math!

The Summer Bridge Math Academy is sponsored by Equity Services and is free of charge. Classes are taught by licensed teachers from both Burnsville and Lakeville.

AVID Summer Bridge will be in person at Burnsville High School. Bussing will be provided. Classes will begin June 20th and end July 7th (no class on July 4th). Classes will run from 8:30-12:30, Monday through Thursday.

Please review this information with your student. We hope you will consider enrolling your child in the Summer Bridge Math Academy!

Please apply online. If you are unable to apply online or have any questions please contact Rhonda Kaczor at 952-232-2046.

Please click here Summer Bridge Google Form to apply.

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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: 7:45 am – 3:00 pm (program hours only, does not include transportation time)

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

Breakfast and lunch are included as well as transportation if students qualify.

Here is the link for registration.

Please register as soon as possible, there are only 20 spots remaining!

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 the Program?

Please contact Allison Jordan at or 952-707-4104

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Registration is now open for students who will be 9th graders in the fall at BHS.

Summer programming is offered July 5-28, Monday through Thursday from 8:25-12:25.

Breakfast and lunch are provided as well as transportation if students qualify.

By attending and completing this program students can enter BHS with 2 credits before starting classes in the Fall. The focus of the program is learning how to be successful at BHS, STEM, and Youth Leadership/Service.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.

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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summer reading programs

Check the Dakota County Library Calendars for Events

Barnes and Noble

Download and print a Reading Journal. Then, read eight books and record the titles in the printed journal. Once you’ve read the 8 books, take your journal to your local Barnes and Noble to get a free book.

Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain

Read for at least 15 minutes each day. Download their free reading log to record your minutes. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, you can turn your completed log into your local HPB store and earn $5 Half-Price Books Bucks. You can also find tips and printable book lists.

KCEdventures Genre Challenge for Summer Reading

KCEdventures has created a bingo-style printable that covers 15 different genres. Try to read at least one book from each and record them on the sheet.

Sync Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Kids ages 13+ can win audiobooks by participating in this program that uses the OverDrive app. Don’t rule out audiobooks, they count as real reading!

Scholastic Summer Reading

From April 26 through September 3, visit the Scholastic summer zone for stories, games, and community. Keep track of your books. Read e-books. Meet favorite characters and authors. Print reading achievement reports.

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Eagan Police/FBI 2022 Youth Leadership Academy

The Eagan Police Department and the FBI are hosting the second annual Youth Leadership Academy on June 20-23, 2022. This academy is designed to offer lifelong enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional young leader’s drive for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world. The vision of the program is to develop an influential community of socially conscious and service-minded leaders, connected through association who positively shape the world.

The Youth Leadership Academy will focus on intensive instruction for well-rounded students ages 14-16. Students must have demonstrated high academic standards, leadership abilities and good citizenship to be accepted for this program. Extensive coursework and classroom instruction focus on issues faced by the youth of today and provides tools that can enhance their individual core talents.

The Youth Leadership Program is offered to the students at no charge and is run by law enforcement training instructors.

The 2022 academy will take place June 20-23, 2022 in Eagan, MN. Each day will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the four days, participants will take part in classroom study, physical challenges, guest lectures, and leadership experiences. The program focus is on leadership, ethics, and personal development. One day will include a physical training session at the MN Vikings Training Haus and one day will include a ropes challenge course at Base Camp.

The Eagan Youth Leadership Academy is sponsored by:

Eagan Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minneapolis

Thomson Reuters

Minnesota Vikings

2022 Flyer:

2022 Application:

Deadline to Apply is Friday, April 29, 2022!

Jill Ondrey
Crime Prevention Specialist
3830 Pilot Knob Rd | Eagan, MN 55122
Office: 651-675-5727

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BHS Sports & information

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Burnsville Spirit Store

Only a few weeks left to get your Blaze gear and spirit wear for this school year! The store will close for the summer starting June 3rd. Hop online to shop or stop in T/Th 10-3:30 through June 2nd.

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2022 Summer Strength and Speed Progam:

Hopefully we can all enjoy the sun today! Registration for the Summer Strength and Speed program is LIVE! We have an early bird promo code going for 10% off if you register by the end of the month of APRIL!

Enter "BHS10off" when you register at (if the link brings you to an error, open it in a fresh browser window). Every one receiving this email (excluding coaches) registered last year and should have a MindBody account. Please use the same login info you created before.

Remember the Summer program is the only time Burnsville High School student athletes pay for my year-round services as your go-to source for strength and speed. What a crazy deal!

Options have been arranged for student athletes who qualify for the financial aid programs through the office. We also have a promo code for families with more than one athlete (the early bird discount does not stack on top of this). Please reach out to me directly if any of these situations pertain to you.

Below is the tentative schedule that you’ll find looks fairly similar to last year. Take note that the first session starts at:

6:15AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 6:30 on Tuesday & Thursday.

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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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If you have any questions about the information within this 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.