In the Middle

November Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

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Veteran's Day Program

We want to thank everyone who helped with and attended the Veteran's Day assembly on November 12th. Dakota Meadows band and choir members performed several musical selections during the program. Three students from Ms. Regnier's class gave speeches:

Jana Johnson

Chris Nelson

Trent Fontaine

Vietnam War Veteran, Retired Colonel Tom Hallett also spoke at the assembly. In addition 26 veterans in our community were among the honored guests at our assembly.

We appreciate your service!

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Seventh Grade Students Attend Courage Retreat

All DMMS 7th grade students participated in the Courage Retreat this week hosted by Youth Frontiers. Youth Frontiers (YF) is a nonprofit organization that has been delivering retreats to schools since 1987. They provide schools with experiences that inspire character, civility and community so that our next generation of leaders is grounded in character. Last year, YF worked with nearly 124,000 students and educators throughout the country. The Courage Retreat is designed to inspire students to follow their hearts, use moral courage and make responsible decisions despite their fears.

To reinforce the positive effects of the retreat, we believe it’s important for the entire community

to be involved in supporting and communicating the messages delivered on the retreat.

Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to inquire about their retreat experience

once the student returns home by asking the following questions:

1. What activities did you find fun?

2. What were the small-group leaders like?

3. What were some of the social fears that you discussed during the small-group conversations?

4. What’s a fear you really struggle with?

5. What is one thing you can do tomorrow at school to show more courage?

Parent Circle Meeting

It may have been a day off for students, but our teachers were very busy! English Learner families at Dakota Meadows MS and West High School gathered for a Parent Circle Meeting. Information was shared about classes, grading, sports and more. Thank you to everyone who helped and for the families who attended, we appreciate you!

DMMS Math League

Congratulations to the DMMS Math League team on their successful competition at Prairie Winds on Tuesday, November 5th. Keep up the great work!"

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of the families attending fall conferences. We believe this method of conferencing holds many benefits.


* Assume accountability for their learning
* Learn to evaluate their progress
* Gain greater commitment to schoolwork and learning
* Become actively involved
* Build self-confidence and self-esteem • Build critical thinking skills
* Strengthens skill of organization, leadership, and speaking


* Learn more about their student’s learning and skills

* Help their student set positive goal(s) for all levels of learners

* Become an active participant in the student growth

Again we appreciate families taking time to attend conferences.

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Measuring a Tradition of P.R.I.D.E. - 1st All School Celebration

On Tuesday, November 20th, staff and students celebrated the success of students earning 5000 PRIDE slips since the beginning of the school year. Since students reached this goal, advisory teams were created to take on not only their peers but also their teachers. P4T students from West High School also attended the day and helped build the excitement in the stands and assisted with the volleyball games. Up next when students reach 10,000 PRIDE slips are mini-sessions where students will enjoy time with friends. Keep showing PRIDE!

College Knowledge

College Knowledge was the focus in advisory classroom during October. This was an opportunity for students to learn about life after high school and was related to any kind of schooling following high school (not just 4 year colleges and universities). A variety of activities and discussions took place throughout the month. One team building activity was the door decorating contest. Advisories planned, created, and decorated their advisory door/space during the month of October. Decorating the door could be based on a specific higher learning institution (community, technical college, private college, trade school or university) or multiple institutions, or college preparedness/readiness themes. The doors were judged based on the following: craftsmanship, visual impact, creativity, and originality. Winner advisories this year were:

6th grade 1st place was Mrs. Ringhofer 2nd place was Mrs. Hasse

7th grade: 1st place was Ms. Trott and 2nd place was Mrs. Kahle

8th grade: 1st place was Mrs. Stow and 2nd place was Mrs. Miller

Winter Clothing Drive

There is a coat, hat, mitten, snowpants, snow boot drive being promoted by Alpha Media which is Country 103.5, The Rock and KMKO. Families can drop off any gently used winter gear at any building in District 77. Items collected will be shared throughout the district. If we have excess we will also share with CADA, The Salvation Army, the Theresa House and any other community partners that may be in need. The school social workers will sort as needed and get to appropriate buildings so all kids and families are warm for the season!
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Middle School After School

Middle School After School is open to any DMMS student in grades 6-8. The program runs Monday - Thursday from 3 - 5:15 pm and features a Student Union where students can gather for social, recreational, and academic opportunities that include but are not limited to: special events, service projects, and time to complete homework. In addition to the Student Union, participants of Middle School After School can join clubs based on interests. This quarter over 100 DMMS students are participating in Student Union activities, Math Club, Creative Writing, Chess, Coding, Book Club, Kiwanis Builders Club, Drama Club & Middle School Speakers. New clubs are offered each quarter. Registration for Quarter #3 & Quarter #4 clubs is open. For more information or to register, contact MAPS Community Education & Recreation at (507) 387-5501

Please click on this link to see what students have been participating in this quarter.

Mark Your Calendar

  • November 29 - Holiday Choir Concert@ West High School 7pm
  • December 4 - Sixth Grade Holiday Band and Orchestra Concert @ DMMS School 4 - 5pm
  • December 4 - 7th & 8th Grade Holiday Band & Orchestra Concert @ DMMS School 7 - 8 pm
  • December 11- 2 hour late start
  • December 24-31 - No school

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!