The Boeckman Buzz

November 7th - November 11th

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A Note from Principal Sage

BMS Families,

We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the students in our district. ISD 192 values input from our students as they are important partners as we work to improve our communication, academic programming and overall experience for everyone.

In order to learn more about student experiences at school, we will be asking for feedback from students in grades 3-12 via an online survey they will be completing at school during the window of November 15-22, 2022. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether. The responses to these surveys will be completely confidential.

The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social emotional learning skills. SEL surveys ask students to reflect on things like their ability to keep working toward a goal and how much they are able to improve their own skills. The data is particularly helpful in that we can use it to gain insight into ISD 192’s Profiles of a Lifelong Learner, which you can access at our Strategic Framework Community Companion Guide.

Your Privacy

All responses in the separate student surveys will remain confidential to protect individual privacy. You may review a copy of the sample survey questions online by clicking on each of the survey categories below:

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Social Emotional Learning survey being conducted, you may opt out by completing this “Decline Survey Participation” form and returning it to your child’s teacher or main office by November 15, 2022.

We are partnering with a third-party vendor that specializes in SEL analytics for schools to support us in administering these surveys. You may learn more about Panorama Surveys by watching this video or visiting ttps://

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 651-460-1400

Joe Sage, Principal

Important Dates

November 7.....................................Band Concert @ FHS

November 15..................................Jazz Band Concert @ FHS

November 23-25.............................NO SCHOOL

December 1.....................................End of 1st Trimester

December 2.....................................NO SCHOOL

December 20...................................End of Quinmester 2

December 22-January 2.................NO SCHOOL

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

iPads and Chargers

BMS Families,

We would like to send a friendly reminder around the importance of learners bringing their iPads fully charged to school each day. We would greatly appreciate you helping us to ensure our learners are coming prepared each and every day! Thank you for your support!

-Joe Sage, Principal

Bridging Concert

The 8th grade band will be playing in a concert on Nov. 7, 2022 at 7:00pm at the FHS Recital Hall.

Students need to arrive at 5:30pm for rehearsal with the High School Wind Ensemble. They can be dropped off at Door #7. They need to wear BLACK BAND SHIRT, BLACK PANTS, and DARK SHOES. Tubas, Baritones, and French Horns need to bring instruments from home.

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New Staff Spotlight - Joe Clark

Name: Joe Clark

Hometown: Watertown, WI

Job prior to coming to BMS: 6th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, White Bear Lake

What Colleges/Universities did you attend: University of Wisconsin-Madison

What do you most enjoy about this time of the year: I love the energy that comes with a new school year, and I also enjoy having my Saturdays and Sundays full of Badger/Packer wins!

Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had and why were they the best: My high school History teachers, Mr. Kostka and Mr. Kemp. They knew a LOT about history, but they also made history interesting and fun above everything else. They are the reasons that I wanted to become a history teacher in the first place.

What is your proudest accomplishment: Graduating with my Master’s Degree from UW-Madison

What are you reading now (or read recently): I just finished Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman; am currently reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

What is the furthest you have ever been from home: I left the United States for the first time this summer! I went to Canada on a fishing trip, then on a European vacation (London/Dublin/Iceland)

What interests you outside of the school: I love playing and watching sports, especially basketball and golf. Being outside is also really important to me: I love to bike/ski/hike/paddle a kayak. When I’m not doing those things, reading a playing video games occupies whatever free time I have left!

Outdoor Winter Clothing Swap

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How to see learner progress in Infinite Campus

Questions about the learning levels or competencies that you see? Please talk to your learner's teacher or check out this Competency Slideshow!

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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.