MMSA Summer Institute 2017 Featuring Willow Sweeney !

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 - Lakeville High School, Lakeville, MN

Willow Sweeney is a co-founder of Top 20 Training that provides training and materials to empower leaders, teachers, parents and students to develop their potential. She and her Top 20 team have trained over 500,000 people throughout the United States. Her work focuses on helping others further develop their potential, through social and emotional skills and develop more effective workplace teams and cultures. Willow has co-authored Top 20 Teachers: The Revolution in American Education, Top 20 Parents: Raising Happy, Responsible and Emotionally Healthy Children and Top 20 Teens: Discovering the Best-kept Thinking, Learning and Communicating Secrets of Successful Teenagers.

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Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Winners

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Congratulations to these students and schools who participated in the Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Program! Even though the game was rained out we still want to recognize the students, parents and teachers who made this possible!


Elzetta Bitker,Ada-Borup High School
Jada Lara-Madrigal,Anthony Middle School
Dylan Frank,Barnum Elementary
Terra Quarles,Battle Creek Middle School
Conner Kronenberger,Cannon Falls Middle School
Brooke Barbee,Central Middle School
Maria Wagner,Century Middle School
Ellie Schmitz,Fisher Public School
Kiana Preston,Granada Huntley East Chain
Hunter Kresl,Highland
Trenton Cole,Highview Middle School
Mark Tamke,IJ Holton Intermediate School
Alexis O'Reilly,Jackson County Central Middle School
Marthalee Reveland,Jordan Middle School
Jason  Ogilvie,Kasson-Mantorville Middle School
Jared Krukow,Kellogg Middle School
Destiny Maanum,Kennedy Secondary School
Macy Tran,Kenwood Trail Middle School
Jordan Wolter,La Crescent Middle School
Nora Simondet,Levi P. Dodge Middle School
Cailey Calgaro,Little Falls Community Middle School
Jasleen  Kaur,Maplewood Middle School
Lexi Lamb,Minnesota Center
Olivier Chabin,Minnetonka Middle East
Mitchell Lageson,Monticello Middle School
Tyler  Sondag ,New Ulm Middle School
Kinsley Wilson ,North Branch Middle School
Alex Hartway,North Woods
Chloe Rozga,Northfield Middle School
Elliana  Madrid,Northwestern Middle School
Abu Kalokoh,Notre Dame Academy
Marshal  Lee,Oltman Middle School
Isaak Hackbarth,Ordean East Middle School
Franklin  Botzet-Johnson,Orono Middle School
Kelly  Fung,Pearson 6th Grade Center
Quincy Aaron,Robert Boeckman Middle School
Ethan  Bigot,Rockford Middle School Center for Environmental Studies
Jayden Kammers,ROCORI Middle School
Kaylee Finstuen,St Dominic
Noah  Anderson,St James Jr/Sr High School
Jaeden Sims,St Paul Washington Tech
Brooke Vohnoutka,St. John the Baptist
Trae Risto,Tri-City United (Selected to Throw the First Pitch!)
Lillian  Barney,Twin Oaks Middle School
Abigail Kosta,Virginia Secondary School
Kamron Mooney,Watertown Middle School
Danica Macho,Foley Middle School

MOYA Art Contest!

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March is the Month of the Young Adolescent (MOYA).  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 next December.  Our conference theme is, “Innovate”.  All entries must follow the guidelines posted below.  The winning entry will be selected at the MMSA Board meeting in July.    

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

MMSA Logo/Design Guidelines

  • All art work must fit in an area that is 6” wide and 6” high
  • All art work must be black and white.
  • Avoid very intricate, detailed, lightly shaded, small-scale drawings – these do not reproduce well.
  • All art work must be original.  No clip art, for example.
  • The title, “Innovate” should be included in the design.  The title may be hand written or typed.
  • Be sure to include name, grade, school and city on the back or on an attached piece of paper.  
  • One entry per student.
  • Link to download template.

All entries should be mailed to Melissa Benjamin by June 1st, 2017.

Melissa Benjamin
Orono Middle School
800 Old Crystal Bay Rd.
Long Lake, MN 55356


MMSA Writing Contest - Theme: Innovate !

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In recognition of March as the Month of the Young Adolescent, the Minnesota Middle School Association is pleased to announce this year’s writing contest. This contest is open to students currently enrolled in a middle school or junior high in Minnesota.  Our MMSA theme this year is “Innovate.”

The winning student will receive $100.00 and be published in this year’s Minnesota Middle School’s Conference Program in December.

All entries must be postmarked by June 1st, 2017.

More information from Association of Middle Level Education

Presenter Notes

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Thanks to all of our attendees for joining us at our annual conference on December 8-9, 2016. If you are looking to access past sessions, handouts, and presentations, please log in to the SCHED account you were invited to create as part of the conference.  If you need assistance with your account, please contact Chris at


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