In the Middle

October Newsletter for Dakota Meadows Middle School

Safe Arrival & Departure at DMMS

As always, our goal is the safe arrival and departure for all students, parents and guests. This means that all vehicles entering and leaving the property must participate in assuring safety.

Please adhere to the following expectations to support safety:

  • Buses drop off students in the east lot near the gym (door #8) and pick up from the west lot (door #20) after school.

  • Parents drop off and pick up students in the east parking lot (door #8) near the gym before and after school. Please remain in a single file drop-off/pick-up lane. It is very dangerous when students cross moving lanes of traffic.

  • Use ALL of the sidewalk for dropping off and picking up. This includes from under the basketball hoops around the building to Howard Drive. Pull up as far as possible and students can walk to the door. This will allow more students to be dropped off at a time and the lines to move faster.

  • Please be considerate of other drivers and the safety of their children.

  • Main office entrance (Door #1) is NOT a designated drop-off or pick-up area before or after school. Our buses and special circumstances must have access to this area. ONLY vehicles with parking permits may use this area for drop off and/or pick up. Please respect this request!

  • Student pick-up for an appointment during the school day is located at the main office entrance (door #1).

  • Bikes must be locked upon arrival to the bike rack near the southwest corner of DMMS.

  • Students walking to school enter through the doors located on the east/gym (door #8) side of the school.

  • Activity buses pick up students for athletic practices near door #20, closest to the pond.

  • Students will remain outside until 8:05 a.m. for fresh air and movement.

  • Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.

Please see the included map diagram for additional information.

Thank you for following these expectations and assuring a safe arrival/departure!

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West High School Students Visit DMMS During Homecoming

Save the date for fall conferences

8th Grade Students Cooking in Ms. Boettcher's Class

Eighth grade students have been busy cooking in Ms. Boettcher's class the last few week. In these pictures, students are learning to prepare English muffin breakfast sandwiches.

Project for Teens Visits DMMS

P4Ters from West High Schools worked with the 7th-graders at DMMS to help them learn about healthy decision making. A big thank you to these students. They truly are making a difference!
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PTA Fundraiser

Please consider donating to the DMMS PTA's fundraiser One and Done. Help make DMMS the best it can be. Donate $20 or more per student and no more fundraisers this year. Donations help fund PTA programs and events that are not available through the regular DMMS budget like field trips, spelling bee and geography bee, book club, year end celebrations, outside play equipment (like the gaga pits), technology, classroom activities and much more. Click here to see how your donations will make a big difference at DMMS.

Thank you to all that have donated already!

When we reach our goal students will celebrate with an ice cream social. Please drop your donation off in the office.

Click on the PTA newsletter link here!

Protecting From the Flu

Protecting Yourself and Your Family Influenza (Flu) Information for Parents

What is influenza (flu)?

Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can be prevented by immunization. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.” Flu is caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.

What are the symptoms of influenza?

Influenza symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and put you in bed for several days.

What if you think your child has the flu?

Keep your child home from school if they have a fever of 100 degrees F or greater. The student may also need to stay home if they have a sore throat and/or coughing that disrupts their daily activities and ability to concentrate.
  • Have your child rest and drink lots of fluids.
  • Antibiotics will not help a person recover from the flu because flu is caused by a virus, not a bacteria.
  • Children may need fever reducing medications to keep their fever under control. Follow your child’s doctor’s instructions.
  • If you are concerned that something does not seem right with your child, call your doctor

    or clinic.

What can you do to protect your child and family?

  • Get vaccinated. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu shot every year.
  • Avoid being exposed to others who are sick with a flu-like illness.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough/sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Clean your hands often - with soap and water or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer.
  • Do not share drinking cups and straws.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets).

Call your child’s school if your child is home with an influenza-like illness. If you have any questions or concerns contact the nurse and/or health service at your child’s school.

After school opportunities at DMMS

Weather Related Information October 2018

Winter weather will be here before we know it. Please click here on the Weather Related Information October 2018

Mark Your Calendar

November 1 - DMMS School Dance 7:00-9:00 p.m.

November 6 - DMMS PTA meeting 6:00-7:00 p.m.

November 12 - Veteran's Day Assembly 8:30-9:15 a.m.

November 13 - Two-Hour Late Start

November 15 & 19 - Fall Student-Led Conferences

November 21, 22, & 23 - No School

November 27 - Mahkato Trail Courage Retreat

November 28 - Kasota Trail Courage Retreat

November 29 - Holiday Choir Concert at West High 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!