Nicollet News

Family Weekly Newsletter: April 25 - 29, 2022



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Upcoming Events

Click for our Calendar of Events

NMS Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click on the link above to see this week's school menus!

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mca science testing for 8th grade april 27 & 28

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MCA Testing Schedule 2022

What can you do to help your student be successful? Please make sure they get a good night's sleep the night before testing, eat a healthy breakfast at home or school, wear comfortable clothing, get to school on time, and reassure them that they can do it!

If you have additional questions regarding testing, or any questions you may have please contact my office directly at 952-707-2640.

Thank you for your partnership in your students' learning.


Eddie Blaylark

Associate Principal and School Assessment Coordinator

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check out our talented students!

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upcoming music concerts

May 10th - The Choir Concert will be in the Nicollet Cafeteria

2:05 - 6th, 7th & 8th grade Choir Concert

**For the choir concert please enter through door 20 directly to the right of door 1. There is an after school activity bus available for students who need it.

May 12th - All Band Concerts will be in the Nicollet Cafeteria

6:30 - 6th grade Band Concert

7:15 - 7th grade Band Concert

May 16th - All District Orchestra Concert will be at the BHS Mraz Center

6:00 - 6th - 12th grade Orchestra Concerts

May 19th - 8th Grade Band Concert in the Nicollet Cafeteria

6:00 - 8th grade Band Concert

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basketball champions!

BAC Basketball Champions!

On March 13, 2022, the 7th Grade Boys Burnsville Travelling team took 1st place at the State Tournament for tier 8 in Maple Grove. The team overcame an undefeated Hermanntown in the final game. Every player put forth their best effort into making this accomplishment happen.

The team comprised of students from 4 schools, brought together through the BAC (Burnsville Athletic Club). Please take you time to offer them a congratulations as you see them. We hope to see success next season as well. Looking to join them next year?

Check out the BAC or the local Athletic Club for most sports.

Players from Nicollet pictured below:

Conner Mcdevitt, John Blomer, Carter Kriss, Issac Sczepanski, Jayden Carpenter

Not pictured: Amir Harvey

Conner Mcdevitt, John Blomer, Carter Kriss, Issac Sczepanski, Jayden Carpenter  Not Pictured: Amir Harvey
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Save the Date!

CrossOver Chaos will be performing for audiences May 19-21 at 7pm and May 21 at 2pm. Ticketing information to come soon!
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Policy Reminder

We know that nerf, gel, and water guns are popular toys right now and we have had some discussions with students about the importance of leaving those at home as we work together to ensure a safe and distraction-free learning environment. Our school district policy is very clear that all weapons, including toy weapons, are not allowed on school grounds (which includes the bus). If you have questions, please review our 501 School Weapons Policy here.

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Students leaving early...

If your student is feeling ill during the day, they need to see the nurse before leaving. They should not be contacting family directly to be picked up without checking in with the nurse first.

Students need to go through the main office whenever they leave for the day. Please communicate with the office not your student about early pick ups.

If you know you need to pick your child up early please do the following:

1. Send a note in with your child indicating the time and who will be picking them up.

*The office will give them a pass to give to their teacher when they need to leave.

2. Upon arrival, call the office at 952-707-2600 so we know you're here.

3. The office will send your child out to you.

If you don't know ahead of time please do the following:

1. Please call as early as possible to let us know when you will be coming to get your child.

2. We will do our best to have them in the office but this is not always possible.

3. Upon your arrival please call 952-707-2600 and we will send your child out to you.

Other reminders:

If you are picking your student up at 2:30 or after, you will need to go to parent pick up so that our buses can get to our Special Education students.

After 2:30 we cannot guarantee we will be able to get a message to your student. We always do our best but it is a busy time of day.

Thank you so much for your cooperation! We appreciate your partnership in keeping our students safe and accounted for!

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Avid wants you!

District 191 secondary schools offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges. AVID serves all students by ensuring they acquire the organizational and study skills needed for them to be successful. Students learn academic strategies to develop critical thinking skills and ask probing questions.

AVID Goals

  • Accelerate under-achieving students who have potential into more rigorous courses
  • Teach academic and social skills not targeted in other classes
  • Provide intensive support with in-class tutors and a strong student/teacher relationship
  • Create a positive peer group for students
  • Develop a sense of hope and personal achievement through hard work and determination

At the middle school level, the AVID class is built into students' Literary Arts classes. Use of AVID teaching methods, such as Cornell note-taking and group collaboration, takes place in all classes and creates a college-going culture across all schools, so that every student benefits from this renowned national program.

We are accepting applications for current 6th & 7th graders. Apply here if interested!

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nicollet after school activities

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FISHING CLUB! Begins April 28th

Attention anglers! The Nicollet fishing club will have its first meeting after school on Thursday, April 28th in room 318. There is no cost to join the fishing club and no equipment or experience necessary. All skill levels of fishing are welcome, so even if you are a beginner fisherperson (like Mr. Khamrattanome) you are welcome to join. The meeting will adjourn at 4:15 so students can take the activity bus home. Meetings will take place every other week.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Benson in room 318.

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Happy Spring! Please come join the Environmental Club. We will be doing fun activities both inside and outside and making a positive impact on the environment.

We will be meeting every Thursday, starting April 28th through the end of May in room 328.

If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Challgren or Mrs. Philipsek.

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Nicollet After School Activities

Science Club - Mondays from 3:00 - 4:30 in room 311~ Mr. Nemetz and Ms. Challgren

Chess Club - Tuesday/Thursday from 3:00 - 4:30 in the Media Center ~ Mr. Ribnick

Photojournalism Club - Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 124 ~ Ms. Holman

Singers & Swingers - Thursdays at 7:00 before school in the Aux Gym ~ Ms. Bakken

Student Council - Tuesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 502/4 ~ Ms. Wilson

Prism - Every other Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30 in Room 320 ~ Ms. Schmidt (Next meeting 4/26)

The Drama Experience - Monday - Friday - from 3:00 - 4:30 ~ Mr. Orth

The Fishing Club - Every other Thursday from 3:00 - 4:15 in Room 318 ~ Mr. Benson

The Environmental Club - Thursdays at 3:00 in Room 328 ~ Mrs. Challgren & Mrs. Philipsek

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It is time for Nicollet's annual SPRING PLANT FUNDRAISER event. There is something for everyone - Combination Baskets, Flowers, Annual & Perennials, Vegetables and Herbs

This year our event with Pahl's Market will be all online - Ordering & Payments - use this link to complete your order.

FINAL deadline for ordering is Sunday, APRIL 24th - with delivery on Wednesday, May 4th - just in time for Mother's Day.

Please direct all questions to Pam Olson at

**Profits from this sale go right back to Nicollet!

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Dates: June 20 – July 28, Monday through Thursday (classes will NOT be held on Monday, July 4 but we will be making up July 4th on Friday, July 8)

Daily Class Schedule: 7:45 am – 3:00 pm (program hours only, does not include transportation time)

Location: Eagle Ridge Middle School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage, MN 55378

Breakfast and lunch are included as well as transportation if students qualify.

Here is the link for registration.

Please register as soon as possible, there are only 20 spots remaining!

Questions Regarding Registration?

For Somali or English, please contact Hamde Daoud at or 952-707-4153.
For Spanish, please contact Eddieca Ontiveros at or 952-707-4142.

Questions Regarding the Program?

Please contact Allison Jordan at or 952-707-4104

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Registration is now open for students who will be 9th graders in the fall at BHS.

Summer programming is offered July 5-28, Monday through Thursday from 8:25-12:25.

Breakfast and lunch are provided as well as transportation if students qualify.

By attending and completing this program students can enter BHS with 2 credits before starting classes in the Fall. The focus of the program is learning how to be successful at BHS, STEM, and Youth Leadership/Service.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited.

You can register HERE!

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The EDGE is a comprehensive youth program for kids entering grades 6-9 (or until your child turns 16), with a focus on building community, independence and positive interpersonal communication and socialization skills in a fun, recreational and educational environment where kids can feel success, achievement and recognition. Kids who attend The EDGE are involved in planning and have choices in activities. They take exciting trips and are active and out in the community.

Learn more and register here:
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Eagan Police/FBI 2022 Youth Leadership Academy

The Eagan Police Department and the FBI are hosting the second annual Youth Leadership Academy on June 20-23, 2022. This academy is designed to offer lifelong enrichment opportunities in support of exceptional young leader’s drive for knowledge and their desire to make a difference in the world. The vision of the program is to develop an influential community of socially conscious and service-minded leaders, connected through association who positively shape the world.

The Youth Leadership Academy will focus on intensive instruction for well-rounded students ages 14-16. Students must have demonstrated high academic standards, leadership abilities and good citizenship to be accepted for this program. Extensive coursework and classroom instruction focus on issues faced by the youth of today and provides tools that can enhance their individual core talents.

The Youth Leadership Program is offered to the students at no charge and is run by law enforcement training instructors.

The 2022 academy will take place June 20-23, 2022 in Eagan, MN. Each day will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the four days, participants will take part in classroom study, physical challenges, guest lectures, and leadership experiences. The program focus is on leadership, ethics, and personal development. One day will include a physical training session at the MN Vikings Training Haus and one day will include a ropes challenge course at Base Camp.

The Eagan Youth Leadership Academy is sponsored by:

Eagan Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minneapolis

Thomson Reuters

Minnesota Vikings

2022 Flyer:

2022 Application:

Deadline to Apply is Friday, April 29, 2022!

Jill Ondrey
Crime Prevention Specialist
3830 Pilot Knob Rd | Eagan, MN 55122
Office: 651-675-5727

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BHS Sports & information

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2022 Summer Strength and Speed Progam:

Hopefully we can all enjoy the sun today! Registration for the Summer Strength and Speed program is LIVE! We have an early bird promo code going for 10% off if you register by the end of the month of APRIL!

Enter "BHS10off" when you register at (if the link brings you to an error, open it in a fresh browser window). Every one receiving this email (excluding coaches) registered last year and should have a MindBody account. Please use the same login info you created before.

Remember the Summer program is the only time Burnsville High School student athletes pay for my year-round services as your go-to source for strength and speed. What a crazy deal!

Options have been arranged for student athletes who qualify for the financial aid programs through the office. We also have a promo code for families with more than one athlete (the early bird discount does not stack on top of this). Please reach out to me directly if any of these situations pertain to you.

Below is the tentative schedule that you’ll find looks fairly similar to last year. Take note that the first session starts at:

6:15AM Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 6:30 on Tuesday & Thursday.

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Are you interested in joining a music class, but don't know what to join? Join choir at BHS!

  • NO auditions required!
  • NO music and/or singing experience needed!
  • It's a GREAT place to meet new people!
  • It fulfills the fine arts requirement that you need to graduate from high school!

Give it a try and email me - Ms. Leyva, the Choir Director at BHS ( - or the music teacher in your middle school.

Don't forget to check out Instagram page @bvilleschoir #goblaze

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Burnsville Spirit Store

We are having a “Winter Gear Sale” with 15% off select winter items, now through May, while supplies last! Scarves, winter hats, mittens and choppers, blankets, winter vests and Sherpa zip-ups are all on sale now, in store or online, including our custom Love Your Melon beanies! Simply use code: WINTER15 when shopping our online site: For a list of items available for this special sale, please visit our Facebook page: :

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Nicollet News April 26, 2022
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If you have any questions about the information within this back to school newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Main Office via phone or email.

Phone: 952-707-2600


Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Nicollet Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa: Tel: 952-373-1877

Si tiene alguna preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a Mary Lopez: Tel: 612-568-3022

About Nicollet Middle School

Our vision here at Nicollet is that we will realize our individual strengths and RISE together to become future ready and community strong. RISE stands for Resourceful, Inclusive, Safe, and Excellence. We know that when we strive to achieve these characteristics as individuals and as a community, we will learn and grow stronger together.