Boeckman Staff Newsletter
November 12, 2023
A Note from Joe...
Last year we published the following video as a way to remind us on the importance of being champions for our learners. Our staffs ability to build relationships with learners is second to none. We have so many "Mr. Jensen" moments at BMS. While many of us have seen the following clip, it serves as a good reminder as we are mid-way through the year around finding a learner that we can be a "Mr. Jensen" for!
We are also asking for some help at the end of the day. Please help our custodial team by making sure any breakfast that is eaten in TC is appropriately disposed of in the trash. It will be helpful to make sure there is no full cups of milk or juice that are open and placed in the trash. Also, at the end of the day, please put the chairs up, pick up your room and put trash outside your classroom door. This will be extremely helpful for our custodial team! Thank you!
Let's have a great week at BMS!
- Equity Team Planning Meeting (7:50, Collaboration Center)
Tuesday, Nov 13th
- 8th Grade Jazz Band Concert (FHS, 6:30 pm)
Wednesday, Nov 14th
- Equity Staff Meeting (7:50, Small Theater)
Thursday, Nov 15th
- Building Ops (Collaboration Center, 7:50)
- Courage Retreat Day 1
Friday, Nov 16th
- Courage Retreat Day 2
BMS New Staff Member Highlight - Rachel Lee
Name: Rachel Lee
What is your hometown: Hastings
What information would you like to share about yourself (family, interests/hobbies, college, etc.): I love to travel! Whether it’s with family, friends or for my kids sports I always have something on the calendar!
What is something people are surprised to learn about you: When I’m home you can find me at a local hockey rink or lacrosse field watching my kids.
What excites you the most to work at BMS: I am super excited to be here at Boeckman Middle School! The staff is amazing and so encouraging! I am super excited to get to know the students better and see all of their potential!
What is one big goal you have for this school year: I am super excited to get to know the students better and see all of their potential!
MIDDLE SCHOOLS RECEIVE GRANT FROM PRAIRIECARE FUND
Robert Boeckman Middle School and Levi P. Dodge Middle School have jointly received a $15,000 grant from the PrarieCare Fund for the purpose of implementing the 7 Mindsets program at both middle schools. The PrarieCare Fund works "to transform lives by fostering mental health and well-being among youth and families." The 7 Mindsets program, which is already used at some of our elementary schools, is designed to do just that.
Thank you to the PrarieCare Fund for this generous grant!
Nuts and Bolts...
- Boeckman Buzz - Link to the Boeckman Buzz (newsletter sent to families)
World Kindness Day – Monday – Ms. Jennings has put a lot of work into organizing a message in Tiger Talk about World Kindness Day, which is officially on Monday, November 13. Please see the email from Tenille that was sent on 11/9 at 10:46a for more information on how you can participate on Monday and throughout the week.
Jazz Band Concert – Our Jazz Band will be playing its first concert Tuesday evening at 6:30!
8th Grade Courage Retreat – This Thursday and Friday, our 8th graders will be participating in the Courage Retreat. Challenger will be on the 16th, and Gemini will be on the 17th. This will take place in gym 4 & 5 during these two days.
Thompson out Thursday & Friday – Dan will be out of the building on Thursday and Friday of this week. It is a good reminder to make sure you are using BMSMissionControl or calling 1400 when needing assistance.
PBIS Meeting on Tuesday (11/14) – Our PBIS team will meet on Tuesday morning. Please contact any of the following people to provide feedback and be on the lookout for information from the meeting later in the week. Terra Pingley, Dan Thompson, Christy Hoyt (Specialist Rep), Molly Meinke (8th Grade), Joe Clark (7thGrade), Lisa Burns (6th Grade), Molly Krey, Brook Roberts, Amber Castle
Emergency Drill – Modified Lockdown/Stay in Place: On Tuesday, Thompson will be on Tiger Talk discussing the Modfied Lockdown/Stay in Place process. Slide 3 in this slide deck contains the wording we will use when making an announcement. We will follow up with an announcement when it is “All-clear”. Please plan to take time on Tuesday to review this with your TC class after watching Tiger Talk.
Bathrooms & Passes – Thank you for everyone enforcing that students have passes and/or lanyards when in the hallway. Please consider developing a routine for your class that students do not leave for the first part of class and the last part of class. If you are in need of new passes, please see Tammy Babcock.
Response to Harm - In October we reviewed the ISD 192 Response to Harm protocol and engaged in scenario responses. Here are the scenario responses; please read through the scenario responses. As always, if you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Joe, Dan, or a member of the BMS Equity team.
World Kindness Day - Nov 13th
On Monday, November 13th it is World Kindness Day. We would like to recognize this day with our BMS learners, so we put together a TC activity for next week. We are hopeful that on Monday TC teachers can cover these notes in the presentation included at the bottom of this email with your learners. We recognize that your TC may have other agenda items to take care of; so if you are unable to go through this on Monday we are hopeful at some point next week you would take the time to do this. I will place the kindness notecards in your mailboxes by tomorrow to complete the activity that is mentioned at the end of this presentation. Please reach out to me with any questions!! Thank you so much.
Lifelong Learning: 10 Questions Teachers Can Use to Monitor their Own Behavior
PBIS MN states that the quickest way to change behavior is through pointing out what someone is doing well. Our staff has continuously praised the positive this year and it is shown in our data. To date, our staff has sent over 3200 Tiger Stripes from 72 different staff members. This is truly incredible.
The graphic below from Brookes Publishing, provides 10 questions that teachers can use to monitor their own behavior when responding to challenging behavior in the classroom. Take a minute to read these questions, reflect on them and continue to encourage positive behavior throughout our community.
Monday, November 13th-Friday, November 17th - 7:00am-10:00pm
Saturday, November 18th - 8:00am-11:00am
Sunday, November 19th - CLOSED
Monday, November 20th-Wednesday, November 22nd - 7:00am-10:00pm
Thursday, November 23rd-Saturday, November 25th - CLOSED
Sunday, November 26th - 2:30pm-5:30pm
Monday, November 27th-Friday, December 1st - 7:00am-10:00pm
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.
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.
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