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2014 Additions and Alterations to Dassel and Cokato Elementary Schools
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Savoy places 8th in Serious Prose at State AA Speech Tournament; 5 Chargers Compete
Five D-C Charger speech team members participated in the Class AA speech tournament Friday, April 11, at Blaine High School. Sixty-one of the 114 schools in Class AA were represented.
Cali Patten, Ella Wuollet, Cicily Savoy, Avery Schmidt, and Korra-Shay Richards represented DCHS at the meet and were among the top 24 speakers in their respective categories.
Senior Cicily Savoy’s delivery of the serious prose piece, “Just Me” by Alexa McGrierson, left the room in tears during finals as she performed the emotional piece about identity, acceptance and family dynamics. Savoy placed 8th in the category of serious prose - a category that was stacked with 24 overall competitors. This was D-C's first competitor to make it to the Class AA State Final Round since Rachel Korhonen in 2009 for Extemporaneous Reading. Savoy previously placed 1st in the Section 2AA Championship to qualify for state.
This was the first year for Head Speech Coach, Beth Steinleitner and assistants, Anna Reedy and Elyse Kallgren. The coaches were thrilled to have five competitors representing D-C at the State Tournament. They are proud of the growth in all of the speakers this season and to end the season at the state level.
Dassel-Cokato Hosts Health & Safety Fair
“Take Charge of Your Health!” was the theme for the 2014 Dassel-Cokato Health & Safety Fair. The event featured more than 30 local and regional organizations that presented on a variety of health and safety topics ranging from Agricultural Safety to Zumba. The format of the event focused on ACTIVE learning. Presenters provided information and education in a way that engaged students through exercise, games, hands-on activities and trivia challenges.
High School students were trained on Hands-Only CPR. Cokato Ambulance, Cokato Fire, Dassel Fire, and other Wright County Emergency Medical Service staff and volunteers teamed up to instruct more than 700 students how to quickly identify cardiac arrest, give chest compressions, and use an AED (defibrillator). Students also had the opportunity to listen to the personal story of a cardiac arrest survivor.
Girls Hockey Wins State Academic Championship
The girls hockey team has advanced to the state tournament for the first time in school history with a very exciting win vs. Mankato East. Sarah Kivisto and Kennedy Sommerfeld scored goals for LDC as the Dragons won 3-2.
To top off their successful season, the team placed first in the State Academic Championship!
For the second year in a row, the team won the Section 2A Academic Championship. Last year LDC had a team GPA of 3.903 and Orono won the State Championship with a GPA of 3.904.
This year the Dragons had a team GPA of 3.952. To determine the team GPA, teams must submit the unweighted GPA’s of the girls on your Section Roster. For the initial scoring, they find the average of the Top 12 GPA’s on each team. If there is a tie, they use the next highest GPA on the team to see how that affects team average. Every player on LDC's section roster is on the A honor roll, so even the girls who weren’t in the Top 12 GPA’s that were submitted had excellent GPA’s.
Coach Impola commented, "I am very proud of the girls and I truly believe that their success in school has a correlation to their success on the ice."
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Math League Competes at State!
The Dassel-Cokato Math League competed in the State Tournament at South St. Paul High School on Monday, March 10.
Highlights of the day revolved around freshman Nathan Weckwerth, who earned a spot in the Math Bowl by finishing with one of the top ten scores of the 50 participants in the Invitational Event. He also tied for the second highest individual score in the tournament with two perfect scores in his individual events combined with his invitational score. Nathan ended the season with the ninth highest individual score in the state for the season.
With no seniors on this state tournament team, the rest of the team hopes to build on this great experience for next year.
FFA Food Science Team Places First in State
Congratulations to the Food Science team and coach Danita Piepenburg for winning the state Food Science CDE. Alyssa Torola, Mistin Peterson, Lydia Meredith, Christina Babb and alternate, Kaitlyn Uldrych designed a new pizza variety that they prepared and presented to executives from Totino's. They calculated and presented the nutritional information and production plans earning them a perfect score for the presentation portion of the event.
The team defeated 13 other teams from throughout the state. They will head to Louisville in October for nationals.
Cokato Elementary Named
"2013 Celebration School"
Cokato Elementary was named a “2013 Celebration School” by the Minnesota Department of Education for improving student achievement and decreasing the achievement gap between our students! Cokato Elementary was one of 48 schools in Minnesota named for this honor. Thank you to all of the students, staff, and parents for your hard work in helping us achieve this award!
Dassel Elementary Earns
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CELEBRATION SCHOOL AWARD
Dassel Elementary has earned the CELEBRATION SCHOOL eligible designation based on the 2013 Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) results.
The MDE CELEBRATION SCHOOL AWARD recognizes the accomplishments and hard work of Title I schools across the state. The purpose of this award is to identify Minnesota Title I schools that have both demonstrated excellence on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) recognizing student proficiency, student growth, closure of the achievement gap, and exhibited success with initiatives that have led to positive student outcomes.
CELEBRATION eligible schools are those schools with MMR scores that place them in the 60th to 85th percentile of top performing schools in Minnesota based on their MMR.
CONGRATULATIONS to all students and staff who work so hard every day to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW!! We CELEBRATE their hard work all the time in many ways!
D-C Middle School MMR Rating
The Minnesota Department of Education released MCA data related to Minnesota schools Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR). DCMS faired very well with this rating receiving some great scores in student proficiency (99%) and our overall MMR rating of 82.89%. This is our highest MMR rating to date since the scoring started back in 2010.
We are very proud of our students and their efforts to show their learning when they take the MCA assessments!
All Day Every Day Kindergarten
Jeff Powers, Superintendent
In November of 2013 the Dassel-Cokato School Board began a process that is focused on offering All Day Every Day Kindergarten (ADED K) to every kindergarten student. In May of 2013 the State Legislature passed a bill that funds ADED as long as a district offers it to every incoming student. This funding should allow the district to afford the operating expenses of ADED K. After receiving survey information from parents of 2014 incoming kindergarten students the board also decided to provide a half time option for families that do not want their child in kindergarten full-time. The survey had a 51% response rate and indicated that 61% of respondents wanted ADED K while 37% did not. 2% of respondents stated that they were not going to send their children until 2015.
After looking at various options for housing more kindergarten students the board decided that the best option would be to add 2 classrooms to Dassel Elementary and 4 classrooms to Cokato Elementary. They chose this option primarily because it will allow the district to continue with two community based Kindergarten through Fourth Grade elementaries and it will allow for growth in the future. The additions will allow the district to accommodate up to 220 kindergarten students. Until our enrollment reaches that size there will be additional space that may allow us to improve our School Age Child Care program (Charger Kids Club) and our preschool opportunities.
The cost for building the additions will be around 2.3 million of which some will come out of our district fund balance and the remainder will be financed through a Certificate of Participation. The result of this type of financing is that the district will be lowering its’ fund balance and then making a manageable payment on the Certificate of Participation for a period of up to 10 years. Certificates of Participation are available to school districts at low, annually fixed interest rates. The school district will not spend the fund balance down below the 10% level determined as a minimum in school board policy. The bottom line is that the district will be able to add the necessary facilities without asking for more tax money in the form of a building bond.
As this article is written it looks like the new kindergarten facilities will open in December of 2014 which will cause a brief delay in our ability to provide ADED K. With the uncertainties that surround construction the facilities could be open sooner or later than October. The choices the school board has made regarding ADED K will result in an excellent opportunity for students and families in either full-time or half-time programs.
Free Mobile App Available for Parent/Student Portal
A free mobile app is now available for Dassel-Cokato Campus portals. The apps will allow students and parents to check key features of Dassel-Cokato’s Campus portal from their mobile devices.
The app is available from iTunes Apps Store, Google Play and Amazon Android App Store. Instructions for downloading the app can be found by logging into your Campus portal account and clicking one of the three app store icons on the bottom of your main page.
A six digit code for our district is also available on these directions; you will need this code when downloading the app onto your mobile device. Once downloaded onto your device, you will log into the app using the same username and password you use when logging onto the portal on the web (passwords are case sensitive).
The mobile app is designed for your convenience and “data on the go.” The web portal is still the place to go for complete details and reports such as transcripts and lunch account information.
For more details, please see the following videos provided by Infinite Campus:
If you have not yet activated your Campus parent portal account, please contact the building secretary at your child’s school for assistance. A single activation will allow you to see account information for all of your children in the district.
Dassel-Cokato Ranked 20th best High School in MN
In a recent US News and World Report ranking of Minnesota's 772 high schools, Dassel-Cokato was rated at number 20.
This very high placement was based on a comprehensive ranking methodology including educating all of its students and showing academic outcomes. More information about the report, as well as complete rankings, can be found on the US News and World Report website.
FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY
As a continuation of our school pride theme, all students and staff are encouraged to wear the Dassel-Cokato Charger colors on Fridays throughout the year.
The colors are blue and white.
DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS
Here come the DC Chargers,
fighting to keep our honor;
Cheer for the DC Chargers,
we’ll win this game! (Rah, Rah, Rah!)
Here’s to the blue and white;
with all our might we’ll fight.
Onward to victory,
we’ll win this game tonight! (Fight!)
4852 Reardon Ave. SW
Cokato, MN 55321