Comet Connection

Kellogg Family Newsletter | March 22, 2021


If you have not had a chance yet, please feel free to join in the PTSA Staff Appreciation event this week. Here's a link to the sign-up! Donations can be dropped off Monday & Tuesday 7am-3:30pm. Thanks to all that plan to participate! I know our staff will really appreciate the gesture as the plan and prepare for the upcoming model change!


Our last in the series of Principal Chats, speaking about our upcoming learning model change, will take place MONDAY! Please join us 12-12:30pm & 7:00-7:30pm



We are trying to get lots of things tackled this week, so things look a bit different than other weeks. Here's the plan.

  • Monday - regular day, no DL+ supports
  • Tuesday - regular day for grades 7-8, orientation day for grade 6 and new-to-Kellogg 7th & 8th graders
  • Wednesday - NO SCHOOL, grading day (teachers finalize Q3 report cards)
  • Thursday - NO SCHOOL, planning day for our learning model change
  • Friday - NO SCHOOL, planning day for our learning model change

Also, keep these things in mind.

  • Next week is spring break. There is no school all week.
  • The following week, our learning model change takes place. Classes start at 7:40am (online and in-person). Don't be late!

Rochester Regional Science and Engineering Fair RESULTS

Congratulations to all of the Kellogg Students who participated in this year’s science fair. The Rochester Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place virtually from February 13-19, 2021.

State Research Project Finalists – Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair

Annika Bartucz

Anders Gulbranson

Maggie Huebert

Ruby Lewis

Emily Ma

Dylan Murphy

Elizabeth Petersen

Susannah Petersen

Nisha Wetter

Quinn Williams

Eric Yang

State Research Project Alternates – Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair

Mahadev Krishnan

Farrah Shawki

Top in Category Awards:

Behavioral and Social Sciences: Honorable Mention, Nisha Wetter

Bioinformatics, Mathematics, & Systems Software: Emily Ma

Biomedical and Health Sciences: Honorable Mention, Eric Yang

Earth and Environmental Sciences: Honorable Mention, Quinn Williams

Energy – Sustainable Materials & Design: Avalynn Arnold Patterson

Engineering - Mechanics & Environmental: Annika Bartucz

Materials Science: Susannah Petersen

Plant Sciences: Ruby Lewis

Robotics & Intelligent Machines: Pranavagurubaran Senthilkumar

Lemelson Early Inventor Prize

Annika Bartucz

Local Awards (and sponsors):

Outstanding First Year Paper (Annie Sun): Karthik Anand

Outstanding First Year Project (Annie Sun): Maggie Huebert

Promise Awards for Kellogg Middle School Middle School: Avalynn Arnold Patterson and Farrah Shawki

Broadcom MASTERS - Top 10% of Middle School Projects

Annika Bartucz

Anders Gulbranson

Ruby Lewis

Emily Ma

National Science Service Awards

American Psychological Association: Farrah Shawki

ASM Materials Education Foundation Award: Susannah Petersen

NASA Earth Systems Science Award: Eliot Zastrow

*Special thanks to Mr. Haug for coordinating this year's science fair!


Need Help?

  • Target support to complete homework or troubleshoot technology

    • 8:00-3:15 daily

    • Google Classroom Code oklycwx

  • Kellogg Math Center (including math retakes)

    • Tues & Thurs 3:15-4:45pm

    • Google Classroom Code epmrd6w

  • Homework Help & Retake Center

    • Tues, Wed & Thurs 3:30-4:30pm

    • Google Classroom Code pfkmobf

  • 1:1 Support

    • Contact a teacher directly if you are interested in arranging 1:1 virtual or in-person support for your child!

  • Tech Support

    • Call 1-800-789-0051

    • 7am-7pm

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Please access the district middle school calendar here.


Teachers will post their plans each Monday morning for a peek at what's to come!


This site is designed for students & families! New content added regularly!

Century Track

If you registered for girls track, you MUST join our CHSTF google classroom. Instructions and the classroom code can be found on our website at

In Case You Missed It

Here are important pieces from last week's Comet Connection that are worth repeating!

We offer honors classes in English, science, and social studies. Here is a Google Slide presentation which includes information and the link to register: Registering for Middle School Honors Classes. Here is a direct link to the registration form: Kellogg Honors Classes Registration Form. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 25. Questions? Please contact Sarah Michet, Kellogg Gifted Specialist at

Please be sure to send as many of these supplies with your Comet as possible! The less we sahre, the more we mitigate!

ALL GRADES (unless otherwise noted)

  • Notebooks & Folders (ideally one set per class)

  • Scissors

  • Calculator (scientific in grades 7-8)

  • Color Pencils

  • Pencils

  • Glue Stick

  • Highlighter

  • Earbuds (or headphones)

  • Ruler

  • Tape

  • Eraser (grade 6 only)

  • Notecards (grades 6-7 only)

  • Binder (grade 7 only)

  • Loose-leaf paper (grades 6 & 8 only)

  • Graph paper (grade 8 only)

  • Kleenex (give to Target teacher)

Family Mental Health Sessions

Our March Family Mental Health Session, "Mindfulness During Challenging Times," will take place Thursday March 25 at 6:00pm. Use this link to join us! I will text a reminder & the link that evening! See the flyer below the February resources!

Student Mental Health Resource

Rochester Public Schools recognizes that we are all experiencing increased stress and worry during this time. In response, RPS is now partnering with community agencies to provide free virtual consultations to help address worries you might have about your child's mental wellness. These sessions will typically be with a community provider, not with an RPS staff member. Visit to schedule a 45 minute appointment with a trained mental health provider to discuss your concerns. These consultations can help you clarify what help your child might need and think about next steps. The mental health provider you meet with can connect you with resources for help. What is discussed during the consultation is confidential.

Click on the picture below for additional details!


Find supports or connect with Counselors and Social Workers!

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Angi McAndrews, Principal


Mike Widman, Assistant Principal


Teri Linander, Assistant Principal



Lori Dietrich, School Nurse, LPN


Office Staff

Robyn Davis, Office Manager


Lydia Ewing-Green, Registrar & Attendance


Denise Gifford, Receptionist (morning)


Amy Clark, Receptionist (afternoon)