In the Middle

September Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

Welcome back students, staff and families!

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Sixth Grade Attends Pow Wow

On Friday, September 22nd, our Sixth Grade students had the awesome opportunity to engage in hands on learning at a Pow Wow. The experience aligned perfectly with the Minnesota Studies curriculum. While at the Pow Wow students participated in a variety of activities. The day started off with a demonstration from the St. Paul Raptor Center, which was a favorite part of the day for many. Students then moved into stations ranging from story telling, to tipi building, traditional Dakota foods, regalia and cradle boards, just to name a few. We ended our time with a round dance and some great traditional music. The Sixth Graders were wonderful historians on the field trip and asked many great questions. The students definitely showed off their DMMS PRIDE. Thank you again to all of our Sixth Graders for making it an awesome day, and thank you to everyone who accompanied us and added so much to the experience.
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October Family Academy

Mankato Area Public Schools' is launching a new Family Academy. Family Academy workshops give families tips and tools to help their children succeed in school. Click here for current session descriptions. Register online or call 507-387-5501 with questions or for assistance.

9/11 Speaker in Eighth Grade Global Studies Class

Irene Pieper spoke to Mr. Schoeneberger's Global Studies classes about her experience of being in the Pentagon on 9/11. She told of how her office was just a few offices down from where the plane hit. She told of the evacuation and her subsequent return to collect her personal belongings. Students gained a first hand account of what people experienced on that day.
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Eighth Grade Pop Art On Display

What is pop art:
A 1950’s art movement based on popular culture. Artists were responding to the nation’s consumer society. Pop art is a style of art which explores the everyday imagery that is so much a part of contemporary consumer culture (advertisements, consumer product packaging, celebrity photographs, and comic strips)

Students were to take a candy wrapper and make it two to three or even eight times it size. Make everyday objects more visible and make you look at them as works of art. Our 8th grade students did an awesome job with this assignment!

Top 20 Training Presentation For All Students

Tom Cody spoke to all students on Thursday, September 21st. His message discussed Above and Below the Line: How Our Thinking Governs Our Experience

Above the Line

A positive view on life and Positive attitudes and beliefs

how we see the world Hopeful and optimistic

Energetic moods and emotions Power to control my life

Focused on what is important


Below the Line

A negative view on life and Negative attitudes and beliefs

how we see the world Hopeless and pessimistic

Depressing moods and emotions Powerless victim of life

Lose focus on what is important

1. Living or Visiting

2. Life Looks Different from Above or Below the Line

3. Making Decisions Below the Line → Mess

4. Conditions Do Not Determine Experience: Keep Your Day

5. Invitations: conditions/situations that invite us to go Below the Line


The next Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA meeting will be on Thursday, September 28th at 6pm. Mark your calendars!

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Location: DMMS (Dakota Meadows Middle School) Office Conference Room

Please use parking lot by Office Doors. Enter the door to the right of the main office door and follow hallway to the Conference Room.

Who: Parents, Guardians, DMMS Teachers & Staff

Why: PTA provides volunteer and financial support to Dakota Meadows Middle School Student and Teachers throughout the school year. We have many opportunities for you to get involved in driving a successful school year! Thank you for sharing your time and talents. Hope to see you at this next meeting! P.S. There will be TREATS!

Please spread the word to anyone who would like to be involved with the PTA. We would love to see you at the next meeting!

See you September 28th!

Students are "Breaking Out" at DMMS

Some students and staff members have had the opportunity to participate in Breakout activities through an Educare Grant that Mrs. Healy received. What is a Breakout?
BreakoutEDU is a game that has students and staff thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, working collaboratively and having so much fun. Teams will are given a variety of clues in addition to the clues found in the room to use to help unlock the box before the other teams in the room do!

Dates to Remember

October 10 - 2 Hour Late Start

October 13 - Picture Retakes

October 17 - Vision Screening for 8th Grade Students

October 19 - No School

October 20 - No School

October 26 - 8th Grade Band rehearsal w/ Dallas Brass at West High School

October 27 - PTA Colorathon Fundraiser for all students - more information will follow

Parking Lot Reminders

We would like to thank you for respecting the parking lot pick-up and drop-off procedures! As always DMMS student safety is our number one priority. To assure student safety, parents please follow the designated flow and encourage students to sit on the passenger side of the car. This will avoid students from having to exit and walk in a traffic lane. The student drop off area starts at the basketball hoops and runs past the front door. If drivers use the full sidewalk area, approximately 20 cars can empty at one time. Finally, with cooler weather approaching please be reminded that students should exit when the car stops and NOT wait to move closer to the front door. These few items make a tremendous difference in student safety and the start of everyone’s day!

Dakota Meadows East Parking Lot Drop-Off Flow Chart

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!