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Kellogg Newsletter | February 2020

Important Dates


  • 17 No School (President's Day)
  • 20 Conferences 4:30-7:30
  • 27 Orchestra Concert (8th grade & honors) 7:30
  • 28 Author Visit (grade 6)
  • 4 Student School Board
  • 6 No School (Professional Development)
  • 9 PTSA Meeting 6:00pm @ Media Center
  • 20 IBM Engineer Day
  • 23 Angst Screening & Discussion 6:00-8:00 @ Kellogg Auditorium
  • 24 Cool Comet Store (Q3)
  • 30 - Spring Break beings


  • 6-10 MCA Science Testing
  • 6 School Resumes (Spring Break ends)
  • 8-10 Grade 6 Quarry Hill
  • 10 Student School Board
  • 13-17 MCA Reading Testing
  • 13 PTSA Meetings 6:00pm @ Media Center
  • 17 Activity Night (tentative)
  • 20-24 MCA Math Testing
  • 24 Dental Clinic
  • 28 HG Grade 6 Orientation 6:00pm @ Kellogg Auditorium
  • 30 Grade 5 Orientation 6:00pm @ Kellogg Auditorium


  • 5 Grade 8 Panoramic Picture
  • 6-7 Grade 6 to Capitol
  • 11-15 NWEA Reading Testing
  • 11 PTSA Meeting 6:00 @ Media Center
  • 18-22 NWEA Math Testing
  • 25 No School (Memorial Day)


  • 2 Cool Comet Store (Q4)
  • 5 Last Day
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Save The Date!

RPS Middle Schools are collaborating to offer an event to support staff and parents in understanding our students. We have seen growing needs in Social and Emotional learning, along with anxiety being a factor for our students and staff.

This Indi Flix Original documentary will help jumpstart the conversation. After the film, we will have members from RPS facilitating a conversation in how we can best deal with this subject, as well as a way to support people with anxiety.

Kellogg Middle School Auditorium • March 23, 2020 • 6 PM • Free Event

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Conference Format

  • Conferences are open house style, first come first served.
  • Please limit your conversation with teachers to five minutes so everyone gets a chance to meet.
  • Grade 6 will be in classrooms.
  • Grade 7 will be in the gyms.
  • Grade 8 will be in the cafeteria.
  • All others will be in their classrooms.
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Student School Board

At the February Student School Board learned about the 2020 Census. When they returned from the meeting, they shared a few things they learned, including types of funding that are secured through an accurate census and the difference accuracy can make. In effort to educate our community, they asked that I share these graphics with parents via this month's newsletter.

To learn more about the US census, visit

To learn more about the Minnesota Census, visit

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No School Monday, February 17

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Just a reminder . . .

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Take Note!

Grading for Learning

By now we hope you have heard the news about Grading for Learning. This change in grading practices will begin next fall for all Rochester Public Schools!

Over the last two months, I shared the first two big ideas about Grading for Learning with you through this newsletter publication. Let's review!

  • Big Idea #1: Homework, quizzes, and other daily tasks are formative practice and should not negatively impact a summative academic grade.​​
  • Big Idea #2: Reassessment is allowed on all summative assessments.​​

Now let's take look at the next big ideas, creating the foundation of the Grading for Learning philosophy!

Big Idea #2

Nonacademic factors are not counted ​​in the summative academic grade.

What It Means

The way a student behaves in school does not necessarily show what a student has learned. Because grades are designed to show what students have learned, behavior and grades should be reported separately.

The district will be sending out a Parent Guide in the coming days. In addition, follow this link to learn more about the Grading for Learning philosophy and practices you should expect in the coming school year.

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
  • Providing Support

This month we will look at Sharing the Power.

As a reminder, we will continue to explore the Developmental Relationships Framework in the coming months. All 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 4: Share Power

Here are ways you can Share the Power with 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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We are always accepting Cool Comet prize donations!

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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