In the Middle

March Newsletter for Dakota Meadows Middle School

MAPS Family Academy

Please join us on April 8, 2019 for Mankato Area Public School's Family Academy. There are six breakout sessions to choose from providing families tips, tools and strategies to stay engaged with your student. Food and childcare will be provided for registered participants and families. To register: Go to and click on Connect and then on Family Academy or call 507-387-5501. Click here to see the pdf of information.

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

  • 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

Carmen Strahan, Principal

PTA Chipolte Success


DMMS PTA is excited to announce that the Chipotle fundraiser last night helped raise $481.98 for Dakota Meadows. We appreciate everyone who stopped by to eat and help fund various programs and activities at DMMS.

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!

StringFest '19

Dakota Meadows orchestra students participated in an awesome StringFest '19 concert this year! It featured our orchestras form East and West playing together, and also featured MSU's Orchestra. At the end all of the orchestras united together to play a grand finale number, Dragon Slayer.
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Sixth Grade Students Attend JA BizTown

"JA BizTown is a 12,000 square foot simulated city located at our new state-of-the-art facility in St. Paul. Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this experiential learning lab where students become adults for a day. By working in one of 18 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business, manage a debit card and checking account, and work as a team. Volunteers are paired with small groups of students to help them make important business and personal finance decisions in their assigned JA BizTown shop. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated economy, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the 'real world'.” (from the JA BizTown website)
Chloe Aanenson, a Mankato Area Public Schools’ #DakotaMeadowsMSstudent, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes people across the country who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve the community and country. It’s presented as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Congratulations Chloe! #MAPSready

Sixth Grade Science Fair

Book Buffet & Book Tastings in the Media Center

Students visited the media center and participated in Book Buffets and Book Tastings with the media specialist, Mrs. Healy to explore a variety of books they might not have discovered on their own. #keepthemreading

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!

What Parents Need to Know About Fortnite

Please click here to find out more information about Fortnite from National Online Safety.

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

Click here to view 2018-19 Events at DMMS - Schedule is subject to change

Dakota Meadows Middle School

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