The Boeckman Buzz

September 17th, 2023

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

We had an exceptional week at BMS. On Thursday, we practiced our Run-Hide-Fight protocol. Our school engaged in a common presentation and provided opportunity to ask questions, seek clarification and become more familiar with the school campus. We were proud of our learners as we went through this important training.

We will continue to highlight our new staff in the upcoming weeks.

Please note that Tuesday, September 19th, is our official picture retake day.

We continue to highlight all of the great things are learners are accomplishing on our social media accounts. If you are interested in following, please click on the links below!

On Wednesday night, we will be holding an informational meeting to learn more about the upcoming referendum at 7:00 pm in the Small Theater at BMS.

We value and appreciate the partnership with our families. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to help!

Joe Sage, Principal

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Important Dates

Tuesday, September 19..................................Picture Re-take day

Friday, October 6th..........................................Homecoming

Tuesday, October 10th....................................Student Conferences - 2 Hour Early Release

Thursday, October 12th...................................Student Conferences

Friday, October 13th........................................Flexible Learning Day

Thursday, October 19th..................................NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 20th.......................................NO SCHOOL

*Details for some activities will be shared closer to dates.

Referendum Informational Meetings

Please join us for an information meeting to learn about the upcoming operating levy referendum.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 7 p.m. at Boeckman Middle Schools
  • Thursday, October 12, 2023 7 p.m. at Farmington High School

Many community groups and Parent Teacher Partnership (PTP) organizations are also hosting information meetings.

Learn more at

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BMS New Staff Member Highlight - Jayne Jacobson

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Name: Jayne Jacobson

Position: Success Coach

What is your hometown: Owatonna MN

What information would you like to share about yourself (family, interests/hobbies, college, etc.): We are a family of 6-Mike, Amanda, Nolan, Leone and dog Millie. We love cabin life, THE WILD, the Vikes and The Duluth Women's LAX team!

I have a BA from Concordia Moorhead, MA from The U of M, and Admin. from Minnesota State-Mankato.

What is something people are surprised to learn about you: I'm a mid level sign language learner.

What excites you the most to work at BMS: The Staff is amazingly supportive-thank you!! AND the students-can't wait to know them better!

What is one big goal you have for this school year: My goal is that staff, parents, and students will know by my actions that I'm here to help all succeed.

Meet the Health Assistant- Mrs. Spicer

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BMS Outriders Bike Club

Come join us before school for BMS Outriders Bike Club. The Bike Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am-8:30am starting 9/14 to 10/17 and will resume again in the spring. You will ride out for about 45 minutes on paths, trails and town streets.

BMS provides bikes and helmets. Please wear clothing warm enough for morning temperatures.

Meet at the Bike Room near door #6.

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Instructional Program Review

Want to be involved? Have a passion for Curriculum and Programming? Farmington Area Schools is currently looking for community members, parents and students to serve on our Instructional Program Review (IPR) Committee. This committee generally meets 3-4 Tuesdays a year, from 5:30pm – 7:pm.

This year the dates will be 9/19, 12/5 & 3/19. We review programming that is happening in the district and we appreciate all the feedback we receive. If you are interested in serving, please contact Deb Mayer-Schmitz ( and she will make sure you receive the agendas.

Thank you for your consideration.

FALL NWEA MAP Test - September 18 to October 6, 2023

The NWEA MAP tests are adaptive computer delivered assessments that are administered to more than 11 million students across the country, which provides a large National Norm sample for comparison. Farmington Schools chooses to administer tests in reading and math to students in grades 2 through 8. The adaptive nature of the tests means that the test adjusts to the student's responses. As a student answers correctly, the test gets more challenging. As they get items wrong, the test presents easier items. The purpose of the assessment is to identify the student's academic level in the specific content area, regardless of age, grade level or prior achievement.

To read more about the NWEA test, please visit the school website, linked here. There is a link to the Opt Out information for both the NWEA tests on the left side of the webpage. Here is a direct link to the form. Please complete the form and return it to the front office.

Specific Dates:

  • Week of Sept. 18 - NWEA Math in regular math classes
  • Week of Oct. 2 - NWEA Reading in regular LA classes

*If a learner misses a test, they will make it up upon return.

Every Meal Program at BMS

We are excited to partner with Every Meal to offer a free weekend meal program to all our students. Every Meal is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships. They strive to make a difference in children’s lives by focusing on food gaps like weekends, school breaks, and summer when they cannot receive food in school.

· Free for all families

· No qualifications required

· Students enrolled in the program will receive a 4-5 pound bag of nutritious, nonperishable food each week

· Every Meal does not collect information from families; privacy is protected

· Families may choose to participate in the program anytime throughout the school year

· Families may choose from a variety of different weekend food bag options

Please contact Tenille Jennings at or 651-460-1478 to participate or for more information.

After School and Evening Middle School Activities

Is your youth looking for an activity after school or in the evening? Intramural Co-Ed Flag Football or Soccer and IGNITE Golf Squad start the week of September 11, and Machine Sewing starts September 20! The activity bus is available for students to take right after school. Register your youth today through Community Education at:

In need of fee assistance to participate? Youth on free and reduced lunch or who have extenuating circumstances are eligible to apply for fee assistance. Apply here:

LIKE Documentary

LIKE is a film-based program that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care. The goal for this film is to inspire people of all ages, especially kids, to self-regulate. It’s not about blame. It’s about looking in the mirror and allowing ourselves to create balance in our lives and to learn to be there for each other.

Parents, guardians, middle school and high school students, please join us on Monday September 18th at Farmington High School for an evening of events.

Community Resource Fair – 5:30-6:30pm (over 20 agencies joining us)

Panel Discussion – 6:35-7:15pm

LIKE Documentary – 7:15-8:15pm

Attendance Line

If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Boeckman Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1405 prior to 9:45 AM each day of the absence. We ask that parents/guardians provide the reason for the absence at the time they call. The school determines if the absence falls within the excused or unexcused parameters. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, the student’s absence is automatically unexcused.

About us

The mission of BMS, a learner-centered community committed to personalization that nurtures curiosity, to ensure each learner exercises ownership for continuous personal growth to have a positive impact on themselves and their communities through:

  • Honoring uniqueness and valuing diverse experiences

  • Safe and empathetic environments that foster authentic relationships

  • Nurturing joy and well-being

  • Mistakes and reflection as essential components of learning

  • Partnering with our communities