In the Middle

January Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

Chipolte Fundraiser

Fundraiser For: Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA
Date: 02/20/2018
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Chipotle Restaurant -- 1600 Warren St. Suite 1, Mankato, MN 56001
Note: Order must be placed in the Chipotle Restaurant by MSU campus. Online Orders will not count towards the sales.

Geography Bee

"The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion." (from the National Geographic website)

Students participating at DMMS this year were:
Caleb C.

Jacob S.

Theo C.

Alex J.

Zakaria I.

Eric P.

Aidan C.

Ben A.

Jack H.

Drew S.

Theo Coyle took first place and Jack Haggerty was the runner-up. Congratulations and good luck to Theo as he moves to the next level of competition!

2018 YWCA Women of Distinction Honoree - DMMS 6th Grade Student - Chloe Aanenson

It is with great excitement that the YWCA Mankato has announced one of our DMMS students, Chloe Aanenson, as a 2018 Young Women of Distinction honoree! Chloe will be recognized at the Women of Distinction event on Tuesday, March 27 along with some of the most influential women in our community. Chloe is our youngest award recipient to date. Ms. Aanenson is a 6th grade student at DMMS.

Aanenson will be the youngest Women of Distinction ever awarded. At only 11 years young, she has already been a Board Member and volunteer coach with the Miracle League of North Mankato, raising $3,000 for a new piece of playground equipment for the Fallenstein Playground. She is a leader in philanthropy at Dakota Meadows Middle School, serving on the student council, a member of the Builder’s Club, is in band and plays on the girls’ basketball team. Aaenenson is a former Girls on the Run participant with YWCA Mankato and now participates in the Heart & Sole program for girls in 6-8 grade.

Attached is the press release to read and share the news! You can find more information on the event online here. Women of Distinction Link

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee participants for 2018:

Daxter B., Sebastian H., Nora S., William H., Olivia T., Jonah Z., Erin S., Perry C., Lydia A., Parker K., Kaden F., Brenden G., Muhammad C., Anna V., Ben A.

Spelling Bee Champion: Erin Shang-Quartey

Erin will participate in the SCSC Regional Spelling Bee on February 20, 2018. Congratulations and Good Luck!

The Urban Game in U.S. Studies

Students on Mahkato Trail participated in a simulation of the Industrial Revolution called The Urban Game. As the rounds went on their tiny village became a more crowded city. Students learned how industry impacted the inhabitants and were introduced to topics such as tenement living, pollution, child labor, cotton factory working conditions, railroads, steel workers, and advances in industry.

Yearbook Are On Sale Now!

Order your 2018-2019 Yearbook Today!

Theme: Google

Price: $20 or $25 for inscribed yearbook

Link to ordering site:

Upcoming Events

February 8 - 8th Grade Registration for West

February 8 - 6th Grade Ski Trip

February 8 - PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

February 13 - 2 Hour Late Start

February 22 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 3:15-7:30 (more information coming soon)

February 26 - Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences 3:15-7:30 (more information coming soon)

March 1 - West Sides Band Concert at West 7:00

Parking Lot Reminders

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As always, our goal is the safe arrival and departure for all students, parents and guests. This means that all vehicles entering and leaving the property must participate in assuring safety.

Please adhere to the following expectations to support safety:

  • 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.

  • Please be considerate of other drivers and the safety of their children.

  • 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 the basketball hoops at door #20.

  • Students will remain outside until 8:05 a.m. for fresh air and movement.

  • Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.

Thank you for following these expectations and assuring a safe arrival/departure!

Follow Dakota Meadows on Twitter

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

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