In the Middle

Dakota Meadows November/December Newsletter

Penny Wars Begins!

Dakota Meadows Student Council will be running Penny Wars to help generate money for the Mankato Sharing Tree. Typically the money collected during the Penny Wars helps to fill 50+ Sharing Tree cards.

Each advisory is asked to collect pennies and fill the container in the advisory classroom.

Positive points are earned for each penny brought in, but nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars are negative points. Students can give other advisories negative points by dropping change other than pennies in their containers. It’s that simple! Containers can’t be hidden in rooms. This is meant to be a fun advisory activity to generate money for a very worthy cause in our community.

Knowledge Bowl Success

Congratulation to Blake Como, Payton La Sota, Alex Olenius, Noah Veltsos, Matthew Smith, and Evan Ehmke on advancing to Regional Knowledge Bowl!

7-8 Grade Orchestra

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Geography Bee Finalists Announced

After a tie-breaker, the following students qualified for the 2017-2018 Geography Bee on January 12.

Ben Arndt, Theo Coyle, Caleb Crocker, Dylan Dopp, Jack Haggerty, Alex Juliar, Zakaria Ibrow, Erik Pearson, Jacob Smith, Drew Smook


Aidan Corbett and Gannon Rosenfeld

Good luck to all the finalists!

Veteran's Day Assembly

DMMS Students Attend WE Day

WE Day Minnesota was incredible!

"On November 8, 2017, thousands of change-makers packed the Xcel Energy Center for an unparalleled event. World-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth celebrated a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives." (from the WE Day website)

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Sixth Grade Artwork

PTA News

The next Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA meeting will be on Thursday, December 14th at 6pm. Mark your calendars!

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 6pm – 7pm (Come at 5:45pm to socialize!)

Location: DMMS (Dakota Meadows Middle School) Office Conference Room

Please use parking lot by Office Doors. Enter the door to the right of the main office door and follow hallway to the Conference Room.

Who: Parents, Guardians, DMMS Teachers & Staff

Why: PTA provides volunteer and financial support to Dakota Meadows Middle School Student and Teachers throughout the school year. We have many opportunities for you to get involved in driving a successful school year! Thank you for sharing your time and talents.

Please spread the word to anyone who would like to be involved with the PTA. We would love to see you at the next meeting!

Remaining DMMS PTA Meetings 2017-2018

Thursday, December 14, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Monday, May 14, 2018

Stuff-A-Truck Results

During November in Advisory, students were asked to bring in items for our Stuff-A-Truck food drive. Students and staff brought in 1,463 items. Advisories that brought in the most items for this activity were treated to a special breakfast treat in advisory from the student council. The advisories with the most items were:

Sixth Grade - 1st place, Mrs. Furth 2nd place, Ms. Breitbarth

Seventh Grade - 1st place, Mrs. Healy/Ms. Heiden 2nd place, Mr. Mueller

Eighth Grade - 1st place, Mrs. Kahle 2nd place, Mrs. Shirk

Eighth Grade Avid Students Visit 5C's

The AVID 8 class walked over to 5C's and participated in various activities with the pre-schoolers. They read, played, created, built, imagined and danced with the 2-4 year olds! We can't wait to go back!

Sixth Grade Band

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Chromebook Reminders

Best practices to prevent damages on the Chromebook:

  • ALWAYS carry the Chromebook in your carrying case

  • Keep the carrying case zipped up

  • Carry only the Chromebook in the district provided bag

  • Do not put the Chromebook in a backpack

  • Do not attempt to clean your Chromebook with cleaning products

  • Keep liquids away from your device

  • Charge your device in a safe location where it will not fall off of something

  • When charging be aware of the cord location so others do not trip on the cord

  • Always travel with the power cord in the extra pouch

8th Grade Band

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Wolf Center

Sixth grade students had an opportunity to learn more about wolves from the International Wolf Center in Ely , Minnesota. A speaker from the Wolf Center visited with our students and discussed the following:

"A program to help students and their families better understand the complicated issues surrounding wolves. Subjects covered include wolf biology, behavior, predator/prey relationships, mythology and fear of wolves, challenges wildlife face and the importance of wildland habitat." (From the Wolf Center website)

This two-year project is funded by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Our students were lucky to be one of the schools selected to have this experience.

7th Grade Band

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Choir Concert

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Ordering Yearbooks

Get a head start and order your 2018 yearbook early! $20 for a yearbook, $25 if you would like to inscribe your name on the cover of your yearbook. Click the following link to order your yearbook today.

Yearbook Ordering Site

Upcoming Events

December 25 - January 2 - No School - Winter Break

January 5 - School Dance (more information will be sent out as the date gets close)

Dakota Meadows Middle School

Assuring learning excellence and readiness for a changing world.


Preparedness - BE READY!

Respect - BE KIND!

Integrity - BE HONEST!

Determination - BE BRAVE!

Excellence - BE YOU!