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September 2021

Last spring, RPS students were invited to submit ideas for what our new middle school, currently under construction, should be named. After much deliberation, we have found our new school's name. 

The criteria for determining the name:

  1. Reflect the School District’s values and beliefs
  2. Represent the diversity within our community
  3. Instill inspiration in students

The School Board received hundreds of submissions, and a School Board subcommittee narrowed the list to five finalists. From September 8 to September 16, 2021, community members voted on their favorite name, and we are happy to announce that our new middle school will be Dakota Middle School.

The word Dakota means “a friend or ally” and comes from the native people who have lived in this area since the 1600s. A student nominator said, “I believe our new middle school should be named this to represent the first settlers of our area.” Dakota Middle School is still on track to open in the Fall of 2022.

Stay In the Loop

Take a look the construction progress and what upcoming projects are being tackled in the next few weeks. Use the newsletters below to catch up.

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First page of the PDF file: In the Loop - Middle School Edition for December 2020
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Watch Live

Livestream of our projects will be available 24/7. Check out the images day by day, live feed, or overall timelapses of the project. These visual updates will help keep you informed on our progress.

Middle School Location

The new middle school is located at 5501 65th St NW, Rochester, MN.

New Middle School Location Satellite View on Map

RPS Middle School Beam Signing - 8.20.21

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