In the Middle
March Newsletter for Dakota Meadows Middle School
MAPS Family Academy
Spring Testing Reminders
DMMS will be MCA testing in math, reading, and science during the months of April and May. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be testing in math and reading. Grade 8 will also be testing in science. Please view the schedule to see when your child will be testing.
April 17 & 18 - MCA Reading all grades
April 19-20 Make-up Reading
April 24 & 25 - MCA Math all grades
April 26-27 Make-up Math
April 30 and May 1-Science 8 MCA-Science Class
The MCA results will be mailed to your home this summer after the state of Minnesota generates a report. Each student will receive a score that falls in one of four achievement levels. The MCA is not a test that students pass or fail.
Please make sure your student has the following items ready for testing:
Chromebook charging cord in the case
EarBuds/ EarPhones in the case
Cell Phone at home or shut off in locker
Following are a few ways that parents can be positive participants in your child’s testing experience:
• Encourage your child to do his/her very best.
• Remind your child that it is important to listen carefully to the teacher when directions are given and to ask any questions, if possible, before she/he begins the test.
• Make certain that your child has a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before leaving home.
• Offer encouragement and support as you send her/him off to school.
If you would like further information about MCA testing, the Minnesota Department of Education has additional information regarding the MCA available online at www.education.state.mn.us.
Carmen Strahan, Principal
Sixth Grade Students Inline Skate
Dakota Meadows 6th graders completed a two-week inline skating activity sponsored by Skatetime, Minneapolis. A special thank you to DMMS PTA for sponsoring a portion of this opportunity for our students! Great experience developing skill-related fitness of balance, agility, and reaction time.
These students are ready for the Mankato/ North Mankato trails!
Sixth Grade Students Attend JA BizTown
Sixth Grade Science Fair
Fifth Grade Fun Day
On Friday, March 8, 2019, 5th graders from all MAPS area elementary schools experienced an early glimpse of life as a soon to be middle school students at Prairie Winds Middle School & Dakota Meadows Middle School.
The event, sponsored by Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education & Recreation Department was called, 5th Grade Fun Day! Each school hosted elementary youth for a half day event that included, social games, tours of the school, question & answer sessions lead by Middle School After School (Scarlet & Cougar) Leaders, and a trivia party hosted by Kato Karaoke featuring many great prizes, donated by local Mankato businesses.
Event organizers were pleased with the turnout and plan to host similar events in the future!
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Parking Lot Reminders
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please adhere to the following expectations to support safety:
Please be considerate of other drivers and the safety of their children.
Buses drop off students in the east lot near the gym (door #8) and pick up from the west lot (door #20) after school.
Parents drop off and pick up students in the east parking lot (door #8) near the gym before and after school. Please remain in a single file drop-off/pick-up lane. It is very dangerous when students cross moving lanes of traffic.
Use ALL of the sidewalk for dropping off and picking up. This includes from under the basketball hoops around the building to Howard Drive. Pull up as far as possible and students can walk to the door. This will allow more students to be dropped off at a time and the lines to move faster.
Main office entrance (Door #1) is NOT a designated drop-off or pick-up area before or after school. Our buses and special circumstances must have access to this area. ONLY vehicles with parking permits may use this area for drop off and/or pick up. Please respect this request!
Student pick-up for an appointment during the school day is located at the main office entrance (door #1).
Bikes must be locked upon arrival to the bike rack near the southwest corner of DMMS.
Students walking to school enter through the doors located on the east/gym (door #8) side of the school.
Activity buses pick up students for athletic practices near door #20, closest to the pond.
Students will remain outside until 8:05 a.m. for fresh air and movement.
Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.
Please see the included map diagram for additional information.
Thank you for following these expectations and assuring a safe arrival/departure!
Carmen Strahan, Principal
Dakota Meadows Middle School
Mark Your Calendar
Apr 1st - Spring Sports PAC Meeting, 6:00 pm, DMMS Cafeteria
April 2nd Spring Pictures
April 4th - 8th Grade Career Day
Apr 5th - City panel student council representatives meeting
Apr 10th - Deadline for ordering yearbooks. Click here to order yours today!
Apr 11th - PTA meeting 6pm
Apr 16-18th - MCA Reading 6th - 8th grade
Apr 19th - No school
Apr 24-26 - MCA Math 6th - 8th grade
Apr 30 - May 1st - MCA Science 8th grade only