The Dodge Dish

September 16, 2022

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DMS Community,

On Thursday, September 22 we invite any families to our parent ambassador meeting in the Tiger Den starting at 5:00. Principal Nelson and Assistant Principal Kaste will be sharing about the Dodge Middle School strategic plan and goals for the year. We will also give an update on our fundraiser, which starts on Monday, September 26th, as well as information on opportunities to volunteer at DMS. If interested, please complete this form.

As a reminder, grade levels have also created planners for learners and families. These are linked on the DMS webpage and will continue to run in the Dodge Dish for the remainder of the school year. Specific learning materials and experiences will still be posted to Schoology.

6th Grade Weekly Plans
7th Grade Weekly Plans
8th Grade Weekly Plans

Have a great weekend!

Andy Nelson, Principal

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Here are the weekly grade level planners. Check the below links for assignments as needed and more detailed information can be found in Schoology.

6th Grade Weekly Plans
7th Grade Weekly Plans
8th Grade Weekly Plans


Regular attendance is an integral part of your child’s education and school success. The following guidelines should help you decide about when and how long to keep your child home due to illness.

  • When a child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, the child should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal (without needing medication to keep the temperature down).
  • When a child has vomited or had diarrhea, the child should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • When a child has an unexplained rash, please check with your family physician before sending the child to school.
  • When your child is not running a fever, but is having excessive secretions, continual coughing or excessively tired it may also be good to keep him/her at home. Extra sleep, fluids, and possibly medication can be effective in resolving these symptoms and preventing a relapse.
  • Building nurses will assess students and determine if your child needs to go home if they become ill/exhibit signs or symptoms of illness during the school day.

Please have an “emergency plan” for the care of your child should he/she need to go home from school due to illness. Students who are ill should be picked up as soon as possible to help prevent the spread of illness.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to a healthy, productive time in school. Please contact the nurse at your child’s school if you have any questions.

Sayra Maberry, RN, LSN

Health Services Coordinator


  • Positive Students stay home 5 days from onset of symptoms
  • Masks strongly recommended for 5 days after return to school
  • Students do not need to stay home if they have had COVID in the last 90 days unless they have symptoms.
  • No quarantine for siblings or close contacts unless they are ill
  • Building nurses will determine if students need to go/stay home based on their symptoms and assessment.


Here are the two staff highlights from this week:


Click here for important reminders for student drop off and pick up. We do ask that vehicles line up on the route indicated in purple for safety reasons. Also, please be mindful of the crosswalk outside of door 17 as staff and learners exit the building.
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School pictures can now be ordered through Jostens.


Event Code: FE21022

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As we prepare for the new school year, we have some important news to share with you regarding educational benefits (the free and reduced-price lunch program): For the past two years, students have received free breakfast and lunch at school due to federal COVID-19 relief funds. The federal government has not allocated funding for this program for the 2022-2023 school year, so meals will no longer be provided free to all students.

This means that if you did not submit an Educational Benefits Program application during the 2021-22 school year, your student(s) will begin accruing meal charges on the first day in which they eat at school.Should you think that you may qualify for the program, please apply as soon as possible to avoid accruing unnecessary meal charges as we begin the new school year. Guidelines for qualifying for the Educational Benefits Program can be found on the attached form and at


Free weekend food from

Sign up to receive a free bag of food every weekend. Bags will be placed in student’s lockers on Fridays. There are no qualification requirements and your family's privacy is protected. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

Sign up link

Please call the office at 651-460-1500 if you prefer a paper copy of the sign-up form.

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Farmington Area Public Schools have a number of positions open for the 2022-2023 school year. If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners, we encourage you to apply today.

Click here to see all current opening at Farmington Area Public Schools.
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Click here to learn more about Murphy our therapy dog at DMS.
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We are looking for family and community volunteers to be present in our youths' lives at Dodge Middle School through Tiger Ambassadors. We are excited to offer this volunteer opportunity and welcome the larger Farmington community into DMS. We are hoping many of you take this opportunity to be involved in our learners’ experience. For more information click here and to indicate interest please complete this google form.


Please take some time to visit the DMS Website where you will find an abundance of helpful information to support your middle school student. Dodge Dish is an electronic publication that you will receive via email every week from our principal Mr. Nelson and the Dodge Dish is always available on the DMS website under “Social Media”. It is very helpful to take time to read through this publication to keep updated on upcoming events and happenings.


School supply lists can be found on the DMS website here. If you need support with school supplies, please contact your learner’s school counselor or complete this form.

Jennifer Hogan (A-K) 651-460-1598

Glee Slater (L-Z) 651-460-1599


ISD 192 may utilize surveys to gather student opinions and information about students, as outlined in Policy 520. The purpose of this policy is to establish the parameters of information that may be sought in student surveys.

For the 2022-2023 school year, ISD 192 anticipates student surveys to be administered as follows:

  • Social Emotional Learning surveys for grades 3-5 will take place in November 2022 and again in May 2023.
  • Social Emotional Learning and Equity & Inclusion surveys for grades 6-12 will take place in November 2022 and again in May 2023.
  • Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking Survey will take place in January/February 2023.
  • Safe Routes to School Survey (Boeckman Middle School only) will take place in October 2022.

Once the specific survey dates have been determined and the survey design process is complete, parents/guardians will be given direct, timely notice when their students are scheduled to participate in a student survey, the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of participating in the survey.

Questions may be directed to the building principal.


Download your free app for Campus Parent ​app (parents/guardians) or the Campus Student app (students) from your device's mobile app store for real-time access to grades, attendance, schedules, announcements and more!


If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Dodge Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1505 before 10:00 am each day of the absence. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, an automated phone call will be placed letting you know your student has been marked absent from school. To request a pre-excused absence, a parent/guardian needs to complete the online “Request to Waive Unexcused Status of Absence” form. This link can also be accessed by visiting the Dodge Middle School webpage under “QUICK LINKS” and “Pre-Arranged Student Absence”.


RevTrak is an electronic enrollment program and online payment system used by Farmington Public Schools (ISD #192). Parents need to create an account with RevTrak to complete the iPad loan agreement for their student; completed iPad loan agreements are required for students to receive a school issued iPad. To create an online account with RevTrak and complete the iPad loan agreement please click HERE. If you need further assistance navigating RevTrak you can click Step by Step Directions to Completing the iPad Loan Agreement.


Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 5pm

4200 208th Street West

Farmington, MN


Monday, Sep. 26th, 8:45am

4200 208th Street West

Farmington, MN


Friday, Sep. 30th, 7pm

20655 Flagstaff Avenue

Farmington, MN