DMMS: In The Middle

December, 2020

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Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!

At the end of each calendar year, I reflect on the past and select one word to serve as my focus for the upcoming year. I honestly do not know where to begin with last year! In all my time as an educator, I have never experienced anything like this. So with that said, I am leaning towards the word “Grateful” for 2021. With all the unusual events there are so many things to be grateful for as we begin a new year.

Here are a few things related to our past school year:

  1. I am grateful for the amazing DMMS Teaching and Paraprofessional Staff: They are working tirelessly to create new and engaging learning experiences for our students. Distance learning has forced all of us to rethink what and how things are taught. This is no simple task, as all of them are managing their own homes and missing the normalcy of having students in the building.

  2. I am grateful for the committed DMMS Students: I am beyond proud to share that our students have a 98.7% attendance rate!! This is amazing and shows the commitment that our students have to their education and future! This will truly pay off when we return to in person learning .Stay committed to your learning in 21 by attending class and completing all assignments.

  3. I am grateful for the DMMS Support Staff: They work with students and staff to make everyone successful! They are spending time with students to help them be successful both academically and emotionally. They have even been known to show up at a students homes to connect and support! Please call DMMS if we may be of assistance.

  4. I am grateful for the DMMS Staff that Serve our Students, Families and Community: They work everyday to make a difference in the lives of our students, staff and families. They answer the phone with a smile in their voice, they clean and make sure our learning spaces are tidy and safe, they prepare meals to be given to our students, families and community. These folks make us awesome!

  5. I am grateful for the DMMS Parents and Guardians: We literally could not have made it through the past year without the support and partnership you have given! We understand these are tough times but you have shown up, motivated and encouraged our students to participate in their learning, and for this we are GRATEFUL!

In closing, I challenge you to think of a word to focus on for 2021. Trust me - it is so much easier than a resolution! If you are feeling grateful, please reach out to an educator and share your gratitude. Everyone needs to feel appreciated. Stay healthy and have a Happy New Year!

In Gratitude,

Carmen Strahan-Molter

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Holiday Break Schedule:

Reminder: There will be no school December 23rd - January 3rd. Our office and building will be closed December 24th, 25th, December 31st, and January 1st. Enjoy this time to relax and recharge. We look forward to 2021 with optimism and hope.

How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade:

Here is a great article to help understand the transition to Standards Based Learning. This will help your family when having conversations around why learning is more important than the end grade. Check it out! How to Help Students Focus on What They’re Learning, Not the Grade


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Dakota Meadows Staff Gives BIG this Holiday Season!

Our incredible staff donated $510 (as well as games, books, treats, etc.) to create thirty-two holiday gift bags for students at DMMS.

They also shopped for, wrapped, and donated Christmas gifts for an entire family, who will not wake up to an empty Christmas tree because of their generosity.


Thank you to our generous PTA for the holiday gifts shared with our office staff. We appreciate all you do for DMMS throughout the year!

Would you like to get more involve this year? The PTA offers virtual monthly meetings (you do not have to attend to be a part of PTA) , opportunities to support students and staff and a great way to serve, meet and give back to your children and their school! Get involved today!

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FREE Online Study Assistance Offered to All MAPS Students:

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MAPS Food Service staff continues to go the extra mile!

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Dedicated Food Service employees from throughout the MAPS district have worked diligently in preparing, packaging, and distributing meals to all students during Distance Learning. We sincerely thank them, as well as our DMMS custodial staff, for going above and beyond to serve and take care of our students. What an incredible team effort!


Please click this link for information regarding free and reduced lunches available through MAPS. If you have not completed your application for this, please do so ASAP. A reminder was sent earlier to those families that contained the necessary information.

Coming in January...

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