The Boeckman Buzz

March 19, 2021

Big picture
BMS Staff Tiger Stripe

We are excited to announce that now you can give a BMS Staff member a Tiger Stripe by quickly filling out this form. You will select the staff member and your comments will be emailed to them.

Message from Principal Blazek

BMS Community,

As staff work to support our school community through the Derek Chauvin trial, we wanted to provide an update on the support available at BMS. We are prepared to support all learners through the possibility of heightened emotions and trauma throughout the coming months. Throughout this school year, we have focused on connection over content and intentionally building strong relationships with learners. The trusting relationships established will be critical as we move forward into the spring.

Below are some resources for families to consider to support conversations with your child. Additionally, your child can reach out to trusted adults at school if they have questions, emotions, or concerns regarding the current events in our communities. As always, teachers, counselors, and administrators will be available to learners in the coming weeks and months as we work to support the needs of all students.

Megan Blazek, Principal


Big picture
This schedule indicated what learners are in-person at BMS. If your child is not part of the in-person cohort they have a Virtual Coaching Day and should join their Tiger Connections virtually at 9:00 am, check their Schoology courses, and meet with teachers during their virtual coaching hours.

Message from our Counselors

This week marks the beginning of the trial of Derek Chauvin, who is the former police officer accused of killing George Floyd on May 25th, 2020. George Floyd’s death caused pain, trauma, and community discord. Some families may be following the trial closely or are having conversations about it, while others may not be aware of the trial at all. Our backgrounds, environments, and experiences all play a role in how this moment in history impacts us. If your student would like to talk more about this or needs a safe space to express emotions surrounding it, please feel free to reach out to the Boeckman School Counselors, their information is below.

Conversations that students have with counselors are confidential in nature. This means we keep our conversations with students private and do not share what we talk about with others. The exception to this is if the student plans to harm themself or others. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Nicole Pierce-Risvold | 6th Grade

Nicole McGuire | 7th Grade | Farmington Academy A-L

Ryan Turnquist | 8th Grade | Farmington Academy M-Z

Farmington Area Public Schools Face Covering Procedures

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.

Masks Required

Big picture
We need everyone's help with correct mask-wearing so we can keep kids in school. Please review how to appropriately wear a make with your child and ensure your child has a clean mask with them at school.

Return to Full In-Person Details

As previously communicated, more details would be shared regarding our return to full-in person learning at the middle schools. The middle schools will continue hybrid learning through Wednesday, March 24th. Thursday, March 25th and Friday, March 26th will be no school days for planning purposes as staff work to merge Cohort 1 and 2 according to MDE and MDH guidance.

Daily and Weekly Schedule

On Monday, March 29th the middle schools will transition to full in-person learning Monday through Friday. As we work to merge cohorts, the daily structure will look similar to what learners experienced in the hybrid model with a morning Tiger Connections, 6 period day, and afternoon Tiger Connections time. Learners will attend all these classes in person daily.

Health Screenings

As we continue in the hybrid model and begin our transition to an in-person learning model we ask that families continue to perform daily health screenings. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms we ask that you keep them home and reach out to our main office at 651-460-1400 to discuss the situation.

Bussing and Transportation

Transportation routes will be updated in Campus Portal on Thursday, March 25 and we encourage all families to check transportation information on that day. Your child's transportation information may or may not change as new routes are created.

Farmington Academy

Learners in Farmington Academy will continue with full distance learning. Students should continue to follow the established three week rotation between Farmington Academy teams.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Have a great rest of your week.

Parent Ambassadors

Each year our Parent Ambassadors are vital in supporting our school. This year we will be meeting quarterly in a virtual format at the following times. Parents/guardians are welcome to join us using the links below.

Meeting Dates and Times

Tuesday, April 13th @ 6:30 pm (

At the April meeting, we are going to be planning for Staff Appreciation week in May. We would like anyone interested in being part of that celebration to join us on April 13th.


At Farmington Area Public Schools, we are committed to providing our students with personalized learning experiences. To best achieve this, we regularly assess students’ growth. Various classroom and standardized assessments aid teachers in providing for individual instructional needs and identifying class trends. We strive to consider the whole picture when serving our students. Having multiple types of assessments helps provide a fuller picture of each student's needs.

Farmington Area Public Schools administer two sets of large-scale standardized assessments: the Minnesota State Accountability tests and the NWEA MAP tests. We highly encourage you to read more about what each assessment provides for your student(s), and have provided a chart for this purpose.

This year, we will not have the ability to test the MCA remotely. If your child is a Distance Learning student, they will be invited in to take the MCA in one of our buildings.

Parents and guardians do have the right to request their student(s) not participate in a scheduled assessment. If you wish your child not to take one or more of the planned assessments, please make sure you understand the role of the assessment and complete the appropriate form.

MCA Reading - April 21 & 22 (75 minute modified schedule)

MCA Math - April 28 & 29 (75 minute modified schedule)

MCA Science in Science classes May 3-7

May 13 - NWEA Reading (2 hour modified schedule)

May 20 - NWEA Math (2 hour modified schedule)

MCA/MTAS Non-Participation Form

NWEA Non-Participation Form

Big picture

Farmington Area Public Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is seeking nominations for our Super Advocate award. This nomination looks to honor adults, students and community members who have gone the extra mile to demonstrate kindness, courage, provided inclusion or a unique experience or service to our learners with disabilities.

If you have witnessed outstanding service on behalf of our learners with disabilities, our SEAC team wants to hear about it! We are specifically looking for nominations in four categories: Students, Teachers, Support Staff and Community Members. Nominations can be completed electronically at:

The deadline to nominate is: April 16, 2021

Questions can be directed to Sarah Kloeckl, Director of Special Services at

Middle School Track Registration is OPEN!

Middle School Track is for 7th and 8th Grades only.

Athletes will take the activity bus from DMS to the BMS track for M-F practices and meets.

MS Track season starts Monday, April 12- with a practice meeting at the BMS Gyms. (4 pm-5:15 daily)

3-5 Track Meets will be scheduled for the season ending late May.

Big picture

The Farmington Fishing team is adding a Junior team this summer

Big picture
Big picture

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families

MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing.

Schools and youth organizations can send messages and resources available on COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families to families to encourage testing. Getting tested every two weeks from now until the end of the school year can help keep schools open and sports operating, and ensure we are limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Attendance Line: 651-460-1405

All families must complete a Daily Health Screening prior to sending learners to school. If your learner has ANYof the following more common COVID-19 symptoms they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • 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

If your learner has ANY TWO or MORE of the less Common COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend school and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive fatigue
  • New onset of severe headache
  • New onset nasal congestion or runny nose

In either of these cases, any other learners in the same household must remain at home as well and cannot attend any activities, until it can be confirmed the symptoms are not COVID-19 related or a medical professional can provide an alternative diagnosis. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate, the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return according to Minnesota Department Health (MDH) guidance.

Quarantine Information

If your learner has had a COVID-19 test and is awaiting results, they (and any learners in the household) cannot attend school or any activities until the building nurse or building administrator has verified they are medically cleared to return. Please see the linked resource for additional information from MDH regarding What to do While You Wait for a COVID-19 Test Result. If it is determined that a learner must quarantine or isolate the building nurse or building administrator will help determine the date of return.

Linked is the MDH Decision Tree that schools and youth programs will use to determine who will need to quarantine or isolate depending on the given circumstances. It also indicates when a person in quarantine or isolation may return to school or activities. As you can see in the Decision Tree, if a learner is sent home with COVID-19 symptoms any other learner(s) living in the same household will be sent home too.

As outlined in the most recent MDH Guidance, if a learner is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case:

  • A 14-day quarantine remains the CDC’s recommendation for the greatest protection against COVID-19 and is required for household close contact and close contacts associated with athletics. Household and athletic close contacts cannot test out of quarantine.
  • A 10-day quarantine may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms.
  • A 7-day quarantine with a negative PCR test on or after day 5 may be considered for non-household close contact with no symptoms upon request. You can reach out directly to your school for additional information on shortened quarantine periods.
Big picture

Parent How-To Tech Help Video Resources

How to Find Campus Portal

This short video will show you how to find Campus Portal. If you need to set up your account call 651-469-1400

iPad Tech Help

iPad First Aid

This is the first stop for troubleshooting issues with iPads. If you are not able to troubleshoot your issue please make an appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick or call the district tech helpline.

In-Person or Virtual Appointments with BMS Tech Support

Using this link you can schedule an in-person or virtual appointment with Mrs. Tredinnick our BMS Tech Support. These appointments are for iPad Help or Repair.

Phone Number

For help with your iPad or other technology questions that might be able to be solved by phone while off-campus, please call our student and family tech helpline during normal school hours: 651-463-5090. If after school hours, please leave a message and include the student’s name, school, your contact information, and a brief description of the issue.

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
Big picture