The Boeckman Buzz

January 9th - January 13th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

Happy New Year to all of our BMS families! I want to start off by thanking everyone for being flexible last week as mother nature decided it was time for more snow! Thank you for your partnership as we navigated through a snow day and Flex Learning day.

Last week, I had the privilege of serving our learners lunch. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my week. At BMS, our core values are integrity, responsibility and compassion. This was on full display as I interacted with so many of our BMS learners. The smiles, laughs and number of times I heard, "thank you" was spectacular. We have incredible kids at BMS and I feel extremely lucky to get to spend time with them each week!

As we kick off the new year, we also will dive into a new 7 Mindsets theme. The theme this month is "Live to Give." In transitions classes learners will learn about and reflect on the four critical components of:

  • Embrace Every Moment
  • Get in the Zone
  • Let Yourself be Vulnerable
  • Act with Purpose

The Time Is Now Mindset teaches us the importance of harnessing the power of the moment and taking purposeful action. The simple fact is that all of our power to act and make an impact exists in this moment. We cannot change the past, and the future hasn’t happened, so we must recognize that our only path to happiness, fulfillment and meaning is to take purposeful action in the present toward creating the lives of our dreams.

On January 12th and January 17th we will have choir performances at FHS at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. We are looking forward to two wonderful performances!

Have a great week!

-Joe Sage, Principal


January 12......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 16......................................NO SCHOOL

January 17......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 24......................................Band Concerts @ FHS

23-24 Registration Information

FHS 8th Grade Family Presentation:

Members of the FHS Administration and Counseling teams will be on site to present about what to expect when registering for High School classes for the first time. We will be going over some general things about FHS, how to plan for 4 years of high school, and some other frequently asked questions we get from incoming 9th grade families. Save the date for Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30-6:30 in the FHS Recital Hall

WINTER NWEA MAP Test - January 9-February 10, 2023

Beginning January 9, some learners may be asked to participate in the NWEA MAP test. 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 MAP test, please visit the school website, linked here. There is a link to the Opt Out information for both the NWEA MAP tests on the left side of the webpage. Please complete the form and return it to the front office. *Please note that if you Opted out in the fall, you do not need to resubmit the opt out form for the remainder of the year.

A message from our Health Office

Respiratory illness, including Influenza (flu), Covid-19 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), have increased significantly in Minnesota in the past several weeks.

Flu and RSV spread each year in Minnesota during the late fall and winter months. This year, we have an early season with a lot of spread, impacting pediatric capacity at hospitals, primary care clinics, and emergency rooms throughout Minnesota.


  • Symptoms of Flu and RSV include: a runny nose, sneezing, chills, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, and cough.
  • nfluenza is not “stomach flu”, a term used by some to describe illnesses causing vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Symptoms in many children and adults are generally mild.
  • Flu can be severe in children less than 5 years, particularly those under 2 years and those with underlying health conditions.
  • RSV can be severe especially in young infants and children with underlying heath conditions.

To limit the spread of Flu, RSV, and other viral respiratory diseases:

  • Get the flu vaccine. Make sure Covid -19 boosters are up to date.
  • Keep children home from school when they are sick with a fever of 100 degrees or higher-without fever reducing medication.
  • Keep children home if they are unable to participate in regular activities.
  • Encourage students to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water frequently, especially after coughing/sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs) daily, or every 6 hours if children are sick.
  • Do not allow sharing of anything that goes into the mouth (e.g., water bottles).
  • Clean and sanitize toys, objects, and surfaces daily, and more often if children are sick.
  • Masks can be worn to prevent the spread of illness.

Return to school

  • Students with flu can or RSV can return to school when they have been fever-free for 24 hours (without use of fever reducing medication) when they feel well enough to participate in routine activities.
  • Students who test positive for Covid-19 can return to school 5 days after the onset of symptoms if they are fever free and able to participate in routine activities. Mask use is encouraged for 5 days upon return to school.
  • Students should be able to eat and drink normally, have no respiratory difficulty, be alert and active and not have large amounts of secretions before return to school.

Thanks so much and stay healthy!

BMS Band Concert - January 24

The BMS bands will be performing in concerts on January 24, 2023 at the FHS Recital Hall. Concerts will be held as follows:

6:30pm concert - Beginning Band and 6th Grade Band

(Arrive at 5:45pm)

8:00pm concert - 7th Grade Band and 8th Grade Jazz Band

(Arrive at 7:30pm)

Students can be dropped off at Door #7. they need to wear BLACK BAND SHIRT, BLACK PANTS, and DARK SHOES. Tubas, Baritone and French Horns need to bring instruments from home.

Subbing for Farmington Area Schools

Farmington School District has some great opportunities for you! Have you ever thought about subbing as a teacher? Here is your chance to get more information about it. It is a great way to have the same schedule as your children and be involved in the schools. The links below will bring you to a website that will give you more information on how to get a license.

Also, please check out the other opportunities in the Farmington School District.

Important Winter Weather Reminders!

As the weather cools down and we head into the winter months, please take a moment to review the important winter weather information below:

Now is the time to be sure you have a plan for emergency closures and your contact information is up-to-date with your child's school. As the 2022 Annual Update window has closed, please contact the school office to make changes to your information.

Opt-in to receive text messages.

In addition to emails and phone calls, you will soon be able to receive emergency notifications in the form of SMS text messages from ISD 192. If we have an SMS text phone number for you on file AND you have not already opted-in by texting Y to 67587, on November 30, 2022 you should receive the following text from 67587 requesting you to opt-in to continue receiving important informational text messages from your child’s school:

Farmington Area Public Schools messages. Reply Y to confirm, HELP 4 info. Msg&data

rates may apply. Msg freq varies.

If you opt-in, ISD 192 will utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings and safety alerts.* Please note that SMS messages will not replace emails and phone calls, but will be an additional form of communication.

You can participate in this service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.

*Terms and Conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See for more info.

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BMS Website and the Boeckman Buzz

Please take some time to visit the BMS Website where you will find an abundance of helpful information to support your middle school student. The Boeckman Buzz is an electronic publication that you will receive via email every week from our principal Mr. Sage and the Boeckman Buzz is always available on the BMS website. It is very helpful to take time to read through this publication to keep updated on upcoming events and happenings.

About us

The mission of Boeckman Middle School, 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


  • Each learner continuously grows in their learning.

  • Each learner engages in reflection to guide their future decisions and actions.

  • Each learner explores a variety of ideas and experiences supporting personal growth.

Action Steps:

  • We will share and utilize research-based, culturally responsive practices to personalize learning. -

  • We will create safe and empathetic communities that optimize learning and prioritize well-being. -

  • We will develop and design reporting methods that promote ownership for learners and families while supporting a growth mindset.

  • We will create learner-centered systems that honor uniqueness and nurture curiosity.

Important Dates

January 12......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 16......................................NO SCHOOL

January 17......................................Choir Concerts @ FHS

January 24......................................Band Concerts @ FHS

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