MMSA 2015 Conference

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Join other educators for an opportunity to learn the best practices in middle level education! The Minnesota Middle School Association will be holding their annual confernce at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington on December 3rd and 4th, 2015. Watch this website for registration information in the months ahead!

Read on for more information and a sampling of last year's conference sessions. The 2015 conference sessions will be finalized in mid-November - consider being a presenter!

Call for Presenters at the 2015 MMSA Conference

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The Minnesota Middle School Association is calling for presenters at our annual conference December 3rd and 4th in Bloomington, MN.


Follow this link to the MMSA presenter form.

Art Contest

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The Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) is proud to announce an art contest for any student currently enrolled in a participating middle school or junior high in Minnesota. A logo/design created by a student will be featured on the cover of our program at the MMSA conference on December 3-4, 2015.  Our conference theme is, “Empower”. The theme emphasizes the importance of “Empowerment” in the middle level education.  All entries must follow the guidelines posted below.  The winning entry will be selected at the MMSA Board meeting on October 26, 2015.   

The winning artist will be awarded a $100.00 prize from MMSA !!

Start the Year with 'Get To Know You' Activities

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Get to know your students with this list of activities to start the school year. Read on to the next page!

Try these from Education World, too - follow the link!

Icebreakers Volume 5: All-About-You Activities for the First Days of School
One of Education World's most popular features returns this year with 19 new getting-to-know-you icebreakers for the first days of school!

Reflecting on a New School Year


Thank You for Making a Difference!

This is a story about more than kindness; its about the essence and power that compassion offers all humanity. Written by Elizabeth Silance Ballard, it was originally published in a 1974 issue of Home Life magazine as Three Letters from Teddy. It has become a classic that has been passed from one person to person for over three decades.

Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Incentive

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The Minnesota Twins recognize that good performance in school begins with good attendance and they’re excited to team up with Minnesota Middle School Association to create the Perfect Attendance Incentive Program.  We’ve had a great experience for many years and this year’s program was the best ever! The Twins recognized 54 students who had perfect attendance during the 2014-15 school year!


Be the first to sign up for the 2016 season - follow this link to the registration form.

For more information contact:

Chris Bussmann, Principal
Levi P. Dodge Middle School
Farmington, MN 55024


Improving Teacher Preparation

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Working to support effective teaching methods and practices, the U.S. Department of Education has been working with the broader education community on proposed regulations to strengthen teacher preparation programs.  A variety of materials have been posted on the website at including the press release, fact sheet, and detailed PowerPoint presentation regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in this arena.

Dare To Care: Those Who Inspire!

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Every day throughout our experiences in middle schools we are inspired by those very special people who impact others in meaningful ways. These remarkable people come in the form of students, teachers, teams, administrators, educational assistants, custodians, media specialists, and essentially anyone you can imagine! The Minnesota Middle School Association wants to recognize these caring individuals for "Daring to Care"!


Follow this link to nominate someone!

Agenda, Survey and CEU Certificates

Rick Wormeli

“Implementing Standards-Based Assessment and Grading”

Featuring: Rick Wormeli

June 29th, 2015 – Duluth, MN
- Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806

June 30th, 2015 – Lakeville, MN
- Lakeville South High School, 21135 Jacquard Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044


Powerpoint Presentation

Duluth Survey and CEU Certificates

Lakeville Survey and CEU Certificates

"Inspire, Challenge, Celebrate!"

The mission of the MMSA is to connect a community of educators to support and develop middle level education.

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