The Boeckman Buzz

August 29, 2020

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Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Families,

This week we welcomed teachers and paraprofessionals back to school. It was wonderful having all of them back in the building and seeing all of the exciting plans they have for this upcoming school year. We are also excited to welcome back, Mr. Turnquist, to our counseling department. He will be in for Mrs. Korteum, while she is out this year.

Over the last six months, our custodial team has been hard at work. You will notice right away all of the fresh paint in our cafeteria and around our building, along with all of the pictures they hung of our community all over the building. As we create the 20-21 Boeckman community we will be adding more pictures. There are a few more surprises updates they did that I will let you discover on your own.

Connection Days are starting on Monday and our teachers are excited to welcome you back to school. When you come to school you will be greeted by our specialist teachers who will provide you with a map and help you find your Tiger Connections teacher. When meeting with your Tiger Connection teachers you can drop off any sanitizer, tissues, or wipes you purchased for the school.

You will notice right away that we have put many safety procedures into place.

  • Masks are required inside our buildings and signage is posted on all outside doors.
  • Upon entering we ask that you follow the arrows on the floor to keep the flow through the building consistent and socially distanced.
  • Both lunch room areas have been set up and tables marked for social distancing
  • Plexiglass is hung in various locations around the building.
  • In locations where students would stand in line, you will see 6ft socially distancing markers.
  • Teachers will have their classrooms set up for the connection meetings to take place with at least 6ft between them and your family. You can request a virtual connection meeting by emailing your child's Tiger Connection teacher.

Other safety procedures include:

  • Staff will be sanitizing tables and chairs between classes and lunches.
  • Sanitizer stations are in common spaces and hallways
  • Will be encouraging hand washing when possible
  • We will have routines for students to wash/sanitize upon entering a location and when exiting.
  • We will be socially distancing all individuals throughout the school day
  • We will not be using lockers and ask that students have a backpack with all of their supplies. They will store their mask in their backpack when eating or out for recess
  • We will not be ringing bells. Class transitions will be staggered to reduce congregating.
  • Parent drop off and pick-up will happen ONLY on the north end of the building (Auditorium)
  • When students arrive at school they will go directly to their Tiger Connection classroom
  • Tiger Connection dismissal at the end of the day will be staggered to prevent congregating at the buses and parent pick up
  • The main office seating area will be in the vestibule, and only two individuals can be in the main office waiting area at a time
  • New recess games have been painted outside that allow for social distancing

We are excited to welcome your children back to school this upcoming Thursday and Friday. Please check the district hybrid calendar and to confirm what day your child is attending school based on their cohort in Infinite Campus. The Health Screening Agreement and 7th-grade Immunization Records must be completed before the first day of school. See the information below for directions and links.

Thank you for all of your support as we have prepared to bring your children back to school in the hybrid model. We are committed to our community and excited we have this opportunity to connect with all of your children.

Megan Blazek, Principal

First Week of School Aug. 31-Sept. 4

Connection Days: Aug. 31st - September 2nd

There will be no classes or buses these days. Students do not attend school

Connection Meeting
Schedule a connection meeting with your child's Tiger Connections teacher using this link. All Tiger Connection teachers changed this year to keep kids and teachers on the same teams. Make sure to check your child's schedule in Campus Portal before scheduling your connection meeting

School Pictures

Jostens will be in the large gyms during the Connection Days to take school pictures. Parents should have received an email in ordering information. If you did not get an email Jostens will have directions for creating an account at the picture locations.

Monday, Aug. 31st 9:00am - 2:30 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 1st 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2nd 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Event Code: FE17120

iPad Pick-up

Learners who turned their iPad in last spring and new students need to pick up their iPad during connection days. Make an appointment with Mr. Strand during Connection Days, using this link. During this appointment you will sign the iPad Loan Agreement, chose to pay or waive the insurance ($35 cash or check), and set up your iPad. Teachers plan to have students begin using iPad the first day of school and making it necessary to pick them up during the connection days.


1st day of class is in-person (9:00 - 3:40) (remote learning days start after Labor Day)

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

We will be running an altered schedule on the first day of the in-person classes. The altered schedule allows us time for our 6th-grade WEB Orientation.

6th Grade Alternate Schedule - Thursday, Sept. 3 (Cohort 1); Friday, Sept. 4 (Cohort 2)

7th/8th Grade Alternate Schedule - Thursday, Sept. 3 (Cohort 1); Friday, Sept. 4 (Cohort 2)

Farmington Academy Connection Days and School Pictures

Farmington Academy

If your student is enrolled in Farmington Academy, you should have received a message from their Tiger Connections teacher inviting you to sign up for an initial connection meeting through Calendly. Please contact your child’s Tiger Connections teacher or call the BMS main office if further assistance is needed.

Schedules are now viewable in the parent portal and do reflect which teachers have been assigned to learners. Please note that the schedule does not provide additional details regarding support classes, advanced classes, elective details, or daily structure. Do know that these opportunities will still be addressed in our distance learning model.

Finally, if you would like to come into the building for your yearly school picture please do so during any of the offered times.

  • Monday, August 31st – 9:00am – 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 1st - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 2nd: 9:00am – 2:30 pm
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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.

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.

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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:

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.

Riverview Yearbooks

If you were a 5th grader at Riverview Elementary you can pick your yearbook up in the Boeckman Middle School office. If you signed up to buy one and didn’t pick it up, please do so next week in the Riverview office. If they are not paid for and collected they will sell them.

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.

IGNITE Before School Program

Community Education made the difficult decision to cancel the IGNITE before school program due to low enrollment. They are committed to reconsidering in the future as we return to full in-person school.

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