The Boeckman Buzz

September 4, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,

It was a great week at Boeckman Middle School! Hosting connection meetings and welcoming our cohort 1 and cohort 2 learners back to school felt amazing. Thank you for sharing your children with us and helping all of us have some normalcy amid this pandemic.

We’ve learned a couple of things this week as we implemented our new start times and safety protocols. With our new start times, we now have more activities using our facilities during the time we are dismissing from school. As a result, cars are parking in our bus loop and driving through our parent pick up. We are working on changing our signage on the bus loop and asking coaches of those activities to have their players to park in the east parking lot.

If you are picking your child up we ask that you do so at the curb and do not park in the north parking lot. This will help us keep them safe by not crossing the street that leads to our east parking lot. We also ask that parents pull up as far as they can. We are spacing kids out as much as we can outside and you may drive past them. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep our kids safe and to make pick up go as smoothly as possible.

This week we received new guidance on COVID symptoms and needing to stay home. Please review the new guidance linked below.

We shared pictures throughout the day on our social media. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or check out the pictures below of our first days of school. Have a great long weekend. There is NO SCHOOL on Monday in honor of Labor Day.

Megan Blazek, principal

Schedule for Remote Learning Days

Next week, all of us will be establishing our routine for remote learning days. It is important to think about creating the best possible learning space for your child. Below is an outline of a schedule and times that staff will be attempting to engage your child in supporting their learning. We realize that all families will have different schedules, but we are hoping this schedule will support you and your family in organizing the remote learning days. If our staff members have not interacted with your child before 10a, you will be receiving an automated phone call. If your family has circumstances that your child will not be able to interact before 10 am on remote learning days, please contact your child’s counselor (see counselor list below).

Your child's tiger connections and content teachers will be providing materials through Schoology on remote days and will have a Google Meets Nickname for the times they meet for virtual coaching.

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Farmington Academy distance learning activities begin this coming Tuesday, September 8 as well. Click here to access a video describing the Farmington Academy schedule.

Picture Retake Days

September 22nd - Cohort 1 (during the school day)

September 23rd - Cohort 2 (during the school day)

September 22nd and 23rd - Farmington Academy (7:00 - 8:30 am at Boeckman Middle School)

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6th Grade Orientation

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

This week we received new guidance from MDH on the health screen students and staff need to complete before coming to school.

Students and Staff should remain at home if they have:

Any of the following More Common Symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever of 100 or higher (daily home temperature check required)

* Without the use of fever-reducing medications

  • New onset or worsening cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • New loss of taste or smell

Or if they have any two or more of the Lesson Common Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Sore Throat

  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

  • Excessive fatigue

  • New onset of severe headache

  • New onset nasal congestion or runny nose

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.

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.

Hiring For School-Age Care Positions

The Farmington School District/Farmington Community Education is working to provide school-age child care to our essential tier 1 and other community members. The number of staff needs has increased. Positions still needing to be filled are: one on one positions that assist primarily one student with special needs during the day (workdays Wed-Fri) as well as instructor positions in charge of a small pod of children (Mon-Fri). If you know of anyone who loves kids, is responsible, and is age 18 or older and would be interested and available to work in our child care programs, please ask them to review our job openings list on the district website and apply. We start on Monday, so we’d love to get a few more people hired by then.

We also have a number of paraprofessional positions available as well.

If you know of someone who would be interested in the positions but can’t commit to a regular schedule, we are in need of substitute staff as well. They may call (651) 463-5040 or (651) 460-3200 or the Community Education office for more information on subbing.

Open positions are on our website at:

Distance Support Options for K-Grade 8 students

Grades 6-8 8:30-3:30 pm

Grades 2-5 8:30-3:30 pm

Grades K-1 8:30-11:30 am

Sign-up for individual days your family needs distance learning support!

Looking for an active, supervised option for your youth to get their schoolwork done and burn off some energy on their distance learning days? Check out the Distance Support In-Person options at the newly renovated Twist ‘N’ Tumble gym! This is a great opportunity for youth to receive assistance on their school work, while also having access to a gym. Distance Support In-Person options are run by dedicated, experienced staff and are available on days youth do not attend in-person school, excluding Fridays.

Sessions run from 8:30-11:30 am for youth in Kindergarten through 1st grade, and 8:30-3:30 pm for youth in 2nd-8th grade. Cost for K-1 is $40 and for 2nd-8th grade, $60. Age appropriate activities and assistance will be provided. To register or to receive more information please visit: Questions can be directed to or 651-460-3200.

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.
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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