In the Middle

February Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

Middle School Parent Night!

Please join the Dakota Meadows PTA for a night of learning about College and Career opportunities offered to our middle schoolers! Kim Mueller will describe district activities offered to our 6th, 7th and 8th graders -- things you'll want to know!

  • DMMS Flex Space/Learning Commons
  • Tuesday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m.

8th Grade Earth Science Students

Students discovered how the viscosity of magma and the amount of gas held under pressure determine the type of volcanic eruption.
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7th Grade Career Pathway Exploration Day Coming Soon!

All seventh graders will be participating in a Career Pathway Exploration Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Minnesota State University - Mankato. Our goal is to encourage students in career exploration and support them as they begin to explore how certain career areas match their interests, strengths, and abilities. We are excited for them to see to the wide range of careers in Greater Mankato!

Students will spend two hours on the campus of MSU-M, touring and using equipment in a variety of pathways and majors. We appreciate the opportunity to bring our students on a university campus and allow them to explore in a hands-on way.

7th Grade Field Trip Permission Form Link

Seventh Grade General Music Classes

Seventh grade students in Mrs. Zimmerman's general music class were learning to keep a steady beat, play complementary rhythms, and polyrhythms. Students also experimented with different timbres (with the boomwhackers) creating contrast.

DMMS Students Compete at Regional Science Fair

Students at DMMS competed in the Southern Minnesota Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 18th.

Dakota Meadows had several students qualifying for the State Science Fair:

Emma P., Brooklyn B., Lillian S., Jessica L., Ben K., Liz P., Erin H., Anna R., Faith K., Kahle D., Jack D., and Kallista B.

Congratulations to these students as they advance to the State Science Fair!

DMMS Student Qualifies for State Geography Bee

Congratulations to Connor M. for qualifying for the State Geography Bee. The state geography bee will be held on Friday, March 31st at Minnesota State University. Way to go Connor!

SCMBDA Honor Band Students

SCMBDA Honor Band was held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Mankato West High School

These students were selected from Dakota Meadows:

Anna B., flute

Ben C., baritone

William G., trombone

Sarah O., trombone

Jonah W., trombone

AVID Speaker

Community Engagement hosted a speaker in the AVID 7/8 classes on Feb 10. Pratibha Dhamala, Sales and Marketing Manager at Taylor Corp, shared her college and career journey with the students. She highlighted determination, hard work and respect for getting her where she is today after immigrating from Nepal at the age of 19 to attend college in Mankato. She also talked about the importance of mentors, volunteering and told the AVID students to not let outside influences and peer pressure deviate them from their goals.

Thank you so much to Pratibha for sharing her unique background with the AVID students!

Regional Spelling Bee Results

On February 21st, the Regional Spelling Bee was held in Mankato. After a historic 47 rounds, Briana J. from Fairmont Jr/Sr High School was named the Spelling Bee champion. Emily S. from Dakota Meadows Middle School was second (after a 27 head to head match with Briana) was second. Jack N. from Shakopee West Junior High was third (went out in round 18).

Congratulations to Emily S. for earning second place in this regional event for the second year in a row!

7th Grade Art Value Self-Portraits

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Upcoming Concerts and Events

March is Music In Our Schools Month, a national celebration of school music programs. These are upcoming concerts featuring Dakota Meadows music students:

• Thursday, March 2 - Westside Bands at Mankato West High School

• Thursday, March 9 - Westside Choirs at Mankato West High School

• Tuesday, March 14 - District 77 String Festival at East High School

• Saturday, March 4 SCMBDA Jazz Honor Band at Lakeville, MN

Representing Dakota Meadows in this festival will be Sarah O., trombone

• Saturday, March 4 - Austin Honor Band at Austin High School

These band students have been selected to perform from Dakota Meadows:

Ellie S., clarinet

Cole A., trumpet

Olivia C., baritone

William G., trombone

Jonah W., trombone

Faith K., percussion

DMMS Student Council News

At the beginning of February, the DMMS Student Council sold Valentine Grams. The money from this fundraiser benefited their Global Cause which is to supply water to families in Haiti.
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Spring Sports Registration

Online registration for spring sports is now open. Click HERE to view directions on how to register as well as information on Parent-Athlete-Coach (PAC) meetings.

Middle School Spring Sports Available

7 - 12 Adapted Bowling

7th and 8th Grade Baseball

7th and 8th grade Softball

7th and 8th grade Track and Field

7th and 8th Grade Golf

7-12 Boys Tennis

Seventh Grade U.S. Studies Classes Learn About WWI

Seventh grade U.S. Studies students on Mahkato trail completed a World War I Collage Project. Each student was required to create a visually appealing and accurate collage representing people, places, and events of WWI.

Diversity Council Visits DMMS

The Mankato Diversity Council has been visiting all of our social studies classes in February discussing respect, prejudice reduction, and bullying. Students in 8th grade social studies classes watched the video, “You Don’t Know Me,” which features students and teachers from our schools.

A little information about GMDC:

The Greater Mankato Diversity Council (GMDC) exists to enhance the Mankato area’s commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming community through diversity education. Our mission is to provide diversity education as a catalyst for social and economic success. GMDC strives to give people an understanding of diversity and build their cultural competence through Promoting Respect Workshops, multi-cultural activities, diversity events and more.

GMDC is a non-profit organization that actively affirms and promotes the full participation of all. GMDC is not an advocate for any particular group or individual. It serves as a resource to all and emphasizes respecting differences. (From their website)

Dates to Remember

March 2 West Side Bands Concert - 7:00 p.m. - West High Gymnasium

March 8 NAEP Testing - 8th Grade only

March 8 7th Grade Career Pathway Day - MSU-M

March 9 West Side Choirs Concert - 7:00 p.m. - West High Auditorium

March 10 Conference Day for Middle School Teachers- NO SCHOOL

March 14 Two hour late start

March 14 West & East String Festival Concert - 8:01 p.m. - East High Auditorium

March 24 End of third quarter

March 27 Prep Day - 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!