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Kellogg Newsletter | January 2020

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Important Dates


  • 9 Student School Board
  • 9 Math & Science Night for EL Families
  • 10 Mayo High School Orientation
  • 13-14 Century 9th Grade Registration Meetings (at Kellogg for students only)
  • 13-23 Give Back Challenge
  • 13 PTSA Meeting, 6pm
  • 13 Spartan Night (Mayo)
  • 14 Q2 Cool Comets Store
  • 14 UMTYYMP Math Prep Class
  • 14 Panther Night (Century)
  • 16 Kellogg's Science Night
  • 17 Activity Night
  • 20 No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • 20 Rocket Night (John Marshall)
  • 23 End of 2nd Quarter
  • 24 No School (teacher work day)
  • 28-31 Grade 7 Surviving Winter with Quarry Hill


  • 3-21 ACCESS Testing (for ELs)
  • 6 Student School Board
  • 10 PTSA Meeting, 6pm
  • 17 No School (President's Day)
  • 20 Conferences 4:30-7:30
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9th Grade Registration

Kellogg Activity Night

Thank you to all that have already signed up to help with the January Activity Night (January 17, 6:00-8:30pm)! We are still rounding up a few more staff volunteers but it looks like we are on track to have enough supervision!

There are still a few slots left for parents that are interested in helping out! Please sign up by clicking on this link:

On the night of the event, please be sure to arrive a few minutes before kids are let out. 8:25pm would be ideal! We hate to ask volunteers to stay beyond their assigned time. Please be respectful of their time by picking up on time.

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Give Back Challenge

Kellogg's Student Advisory Club, led by Mr. Joos, is hosting a supply drive beginning Monday, January 13th. All supplies will be donated to Rochester’s Dorothy Day House, supporting homeless members of our community. Students are asked to bring in various items on the donation list, earning points for their Advisory. The idea for this supply drive and the scoring rubric were created by Kellogg students, based on the needs of the Dorothy Day House.

The supply drive ends Thursday, January 23rd.

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Afterschool Enrichment Program

Below is the flyer for the Kellogg Afterschool Enrichment Program! We have some very successful clubs that are continuing through the winter and there is still time to join!

Use this link to learn more!

If your child has ideas for clubs they would like to see in our afterschool program, please email Mr. Hair at

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From the Nurse

Cold & flu season is under way!

Below you will find the Rochester Public Schools standard document about illness. This is just a good reminder about illness including when a student should stay home and when they can return to school. Hopefully this helps guide your decision as to whether your child should stay home or not. If you have any questions, please feel free to call and talk with the Nurses Office 328-5813.

Please know, if you are calling your child in sick, we will ask for a complete list of symptoms including temperature over 100, cough, sore throat, vomiting etc. By providing a list of symptoms, you help us keep our Comet community safe and healthy!

Lori Dietrich, LPN

Health Office Nurse

Sara Gnagey, MS, RN, PHN

Licensed School Nurse

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Take Note!

Grading for Learning

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, Rochester Public Schools will be making a change to our grading practices.

In January, we shared Big Idea #1 of the Grading for Learning philosophy: Homework, quizzes, and other daily tasks are formative practice and should not negatively impact a summative academic grade.

This month, we look at the next Big Idea!

Big Idea #2

Reassessment is allowed on all summative assessments.

What It Means

At a certain point, teachers will ask students to show what they have learned using tests, presentations, and projects. Because this happens at one moment in time, it may not reflect everything a student has learned. Students should be able to try again if they feel they have more learning to show. Teachers may ask students to do some practice, relearning or reflection before they show what they have learned again.

A Message From Your Principal

Kellogg Families,

Earlier this year, I began featuring the Search Institute's Developmental Relationships Framework. So far, we have looked at

  • Expressing Care
  • Challenging Growth

This month, we will take a look at Providing Support.

As a reminder, we will continue to explore the Developmental Relationships Framework in the coming months. The resources I share here are available as free downloads on Search Institute's website, so you are welcome to jump ahead if this work speaks to you!

As Maya Angelou once said, "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." As a parent and educator, this work helps me do better.

I hope you enjoy this journey.

Working With You,

Angi McAndrews

Proud Principal

Kellogg Middle School

Mission Statement: Search Institute partners with organizations to conduct and apply research that promotes positive youth development and advances equity.

Element 3: Provide Support

Here are ways you can Provide Support for your young adolescent.

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You can use these prompts as conversation starters with a spouse or friend. It might also be helpful as a journal prompt about your pathway as a parent.

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Let's Connect!


Angi McAndrews, Principal


Mike Widman, Assistant Principal


Teri Linander, Associate Principal


Student Support Services

Amy Carstensen, 6th Grade Counselor


Darren Saner, 7th Grade Counselor


Darlene DoBell, 8th Grade Counselor


Sara Rich, School Social Worker


Akilah Sharif, School Social Worker



Lori Dietrich, School Nurse, LPN


Sara Gnagey, School Nurse, RN, LSN


Office Staff

Robyn Davis, Office Manager


Penny Ginther, Registrar & Attendance


Amy Clark, Receptionist


Tracy Malm, Receptionist