In the Middle Newsletter

April/May Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

Southeast Minnesota Regional Honor Band (Austin, MN)


Six Dakota Meadows students were selected to The SE Minnesota Regional Honor Band held on Saturday, March 25 at Austin High School. Students from 30 schools in southern Minnesota participated in the festival, and the students all performed in a special concert that evening.


DMMS students who performed are:


Parker Keenan, bass clarinet

Carlee Emery, alto sax

Chance Jones, trumpet

Owen Essay, trombone

Max Willemsen, baritone

Toby Essay, tuba

7th Graders "Listen through Time"

As a kick-off to our "Listening through Time" project, 7th grade Mahkato students held listening conversations with community members to learn about what it was like to be young person in the 20th Century. They learned about bomb-shelters during the cold war era, presidential elections and the first computers people remembered. Students will compare these stories to historical events studied in US Studies.


In Communications, students have honed their skills of holding a genuine conversation with someone they don't know. In US Studies, they are learning major events, movements and people of the 20th Century. These 7th graders know how to ask great questions and paraphrase as active listeners. Earlier this quarter they interviewed classmates, our community guests, and now will interview older family or neighbors to collect more everyday stories. This project was inspired by the national listening project StoryCorps, whose mission reminds us that "everyone's story matters". https://storycorps.org/discover/


Thank you to our community guests:

Darrin Wacker and Judi Brandon (MAPS school board members)

Kuma Takamura (Greater Mankato Diversity Council Education Director)

Herb Kroon, Lisa Cownie (Rotary Club Members)

Doris Boyce, former MAPS English teacher

Thomas Sager (MAPS Director of Business Services)

Chromebooks Collection - May 24th and May 25th

All student Chromebooks will be handed in on either May 24th or May 25th during a specific class period. Students will need to turn in the Chromebook, bag, cord and brick.

7th Grade Pop Art On Display

Joe Schmit - Author and Sports Anchor Visits DMMS

Joe Schmit visited with DMMS students in April to discuss his book Silent Impact. Through research, Joe has discovered that "we make our biggest impressions when we are not trying to be impressive." That is what Silent Impact is all about. Your success and happiness are not related to your title or how many awards you have won but to the impact you have on others. He also talked about the 3 things that people making a Silent Impact have in common: Purpose, Persistence and Passion. Joe shared stories of people making a difference in other people's live and how are students at DMMS can make an impact too.

8th Grade Avid Students Explore Career Options

Eighth grade AVID students explored various career options and then created presentations to share with peers and staff members at DMMS.

DMMS Speech Club

DMMS speech students had been practicing a speech for two months and were able to share their piece with an audience at the Parents' Meet at West High School in April. Congratulations to these amazing students!


Katelynn Bergeman

Ryan Berlin

Autumn Black Bull

Isaiah Gettle

Sophie Gettle

Emily Glaser

Isyss Green

Izzy Koster

Desiree Maloney

Kylah Watson

Reflective Parent- Student Questions

Some questions you can use with your child to talk about his/her day at school.
Reflection questions for parents to ask students

7th Grade Students Visit the Minnesota State Capitol

7th Grade Students Visiting the Capitol

PTA Meeting Reminder

Make a Different in your Child’s Education!

We are welcoming NEW PTA members to the Dakota Meadows PTA for 2018/2019 school year. Please join us on Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 6pm in the conference room located by the school office. We will be assigning new chairs and planning for next year – and, we need someone like YOU!


PTA supports volunteer efforts, field trips, sporting uniforms, staff appreciation, playground equipment, community and more!

Please contact any of our current chairs to learn more. We hope to see you there!

6th Grade Students Participating in BizTown

Dakota Meadows sixth grade students have been working with Junior Achievement to learn what it takes to run a successful business and work as a team. Students will be traveling to Maplewood, MN to work in of 15 BizTown shops. Through activities in class and the trip to BizTown, students are understanding the connection between what they are learning in school to the greater world community.
Student being sworn is as mayor

Mark Your Calendar

May 14 - BizTown Minnesota Trail

May 14 - PTA meeting at 6:00

May 15 - BizTown Mendota Trail

May 15 - Spring Choir Concert at West High School

May 17 - 6th grade Track and Field / Outdoor Sports Day

May 21 - Spring Band and Orchestra Concert at West High School

May 24 - Chromebook turn-in day

May 25 - Chromebook turn-in day

May 25 - All library books are due back to the media center

June 1 - Last Day of School

DMMS Spirit Wear

Be sure to check out our NEW Dakota Meadows Spirit Wear!

20% of all proceeds will go directly back to our school to support our students/kids education.

DMMS spirit wear

Follow DMMS on Twitter

We have started a Twitter account that you can follow to see what is happening at DMMS. Follow us @DakotaMeadowsMS

Follow Mankato Area Public Schools on Social Media

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Dakota Meadows Middle School

DMMS PRIDE

Preparedness - BE READY!

Respect - BE KIND!

Integrity - BE HONEST!

Determination - BE BRAVE!

Excellence - BE YOU!