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
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.
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!
Thank you so much to Pratibha for sharing her unique background with the AVID students!
Regional Spelling Bee Results
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
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
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
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!