In the Middle

February Newsletter from Dakota Meadows Middle School

Calendar Update

Due to the number of weather closures this winter, Mankato Area Public Schools will be making the following calendar adjustments. Our regularly scheduled late starts on March 12th, April 9th, and May 14th will become full school days, and April 22nd will change from a no school day to a full day of school for all students. These additional hours of instruction will support students in their continued learning this spring. #MAPSready

National Random Acts of Kindness Day Celebrated

Twenty-five DMMS students wrote over 1,000 positive messages on post-it notes for National Random Acts of Kindness day on February 17th. They were posted on every single locker and classroom door so on Monday, staff and students were flooded with the positivity of a 3x3 post-it note! #MAPSready

Math League & MathCounts Success

Dakota Meadows Math League students participated in five after school competitions with other local schools. This group not only participated but won the local competition. At the end of the regular meets, they also had the change to participate in the regional MathCounts competition.

Students participating were: Sam Gersich, Parker Keenan, Calvin O'Connor, Raymond Zhao, Noah Femrite, TJ Spriggs, Jonah Zhao and Logan Sandersfeld

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Save the Date - PTA Chipotle Fundraiser

Fundraiser For: Dakota Meadows Middle School PTA

Date: March 19, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Where: Chipotle Restaurant -- 1600 Warren St. Suite 1, Mankato, MN 56001
Note: Order must be placed in the Chipotle Restaurant by MSU campus. Online orders will not count towards the sales.

Eighth Grade Students Studying Volcanoes

Students in Mrs. Miller's science class participated in lab activities to learn more about what makes a volcano erupt.

Kiwanis Builders Club Sprouts

According to the DNR, insect population is down 33%. Bees are the most important pollinator of our fruits, vegetables, flowers, and crops. Kiwanis Builders Club is trying to help pollinators in Mankato by starting seeds and selling plants that attract pollinators. The money raised will go towards Kiwanis Builders Club to do more projects like these. To help your us grow our club, we suggest a donation of $1 per plant.

Purchase the sprouts on May 30-31st, after school, in the Dakota Meadows Parking Lot, Cafeteria side.

When you bring this home, plant directly in the ground. Make sure to water your plant daily. Our goal is to increase pollinators within the community. For further information email and

The Plant Cost: Suggested donation of $1 per plant.

Plants we’re selling

  • Purple Coneflower

  • Butterfly Weed

  • Purple Prairie Clover

  • Oregano


Career Readiness Day

On Tuesday, February 26th, students from Mahkato Trail visited Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Career Readiness Day focused on information students were studying in their 7th grade Explore My Strengths class. Students took an assessment in Naviance to learn about how personality types can be helpful in careers. They then learned about careers from university staff such as Agriculture, Business, Engineering, Science and more! #MAPSready

Spring PAC Meeting Information

Please make sure to take a look at this link if your child is interested in participating in a spring sport. Dates and times of meetings are listed and information on how to register your child.

Celebrating Black History Month at DMMS

In the media center throughout the month of February, students and staff were asked to place a heart by the quote that they loved the most.
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What Parents Need to Know About Instrgram.

Please click here to find out more information about Instagram from National Online Safety.
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AVID Classes

The 7/8th grade AVID classes at Dakota Meadows recently had a visit from Ben Ojika who is a graduating MSU student and athlete. The students were very engaged hearing Ben talk about some of the adversity he has faced throughout his life and how he has overcome challenges while remaining grateful and positive. Thank you for sharing with our students Ben! #MAPSready

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Momo Challenge

There has been quite the stir about the Momo challenge in the news lately. The Momo challenge is a form of cyberbullying prevalent on platforms such as WhatsApp and YouTube, through which children receive anonymous threatening messages tied to pictures of Momo and are challenged to engage in self harming activities. Just so you are aware, evidence of direct harm caused by the game is yet to be found. It is essentially a viral ghost story, or chain letter of old. Things like Momo can become social media storms because people love to share. It has become a viral topic, founded more on scaremongering headlines than well-researched facts.

Rather than sharing warnings that perpetuate and mythologize the Momo story, a better focus is to teach students good practices online. We will continue to educate our students on good digital citizenship. It is important that our students know that they should not be trying to contact strangers online, regardless of method; we should ensure students understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know; we should remind them that no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do; and we should have a conversation around how important each and every child is and self-harm is not okay.

Parents can help the conversation by fostering an atmosphere of openness and transparency about online activity. If parents notice their children switching screens on their devices when approached or new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices, it is worth checking on them. Parents should keep video games and YouTube watching in shared family spaces. They can also set up restrictions on phones and video games around friends and turning on restricted mode on YouTube so any inappropriate or offensive content is not available to children.

Mark Your Calendars

March 4th - Conferences 3:15 pm - 7:30 pm
March 4th- Mendota mayoral candidate speeches BIZ town 8:15am
March 5th- Minnesota mayoral candidate speeches BIZ town 8:15am
March 7th- Mendota Mayoral inauguration BIZ town 8:15am
March 7th-Minnesota Mayoral inauguration BIZ town 8:30 am
March 8th- No school
March 13th-BIZ town field trip all 6th graders 8:15 am - 4:00 pm
March 15th - 8th grade panoramic picture
March 18th- PTA meeting 6pm
March 18th - 8th grade Sakatah Anne Frank Field Trip
March 19th - 8th grade Minneopa Anne Frank Field Trip
Tues Mar 19th, 4pm - 8pm Chipotle Fundraiser Order must be placed in the Chipotle Restaurant by MSU campus. Online Orders will not count towards the sales. If there is $300 in sales, DMMS will get 33.3% of profits!!
March 25-29th 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!