Welcome to Dassel Elementary School
"Home of Kids Who Care"
Preparing for 2014-15 School Year
What Kind of Traveling Will You Be Doing this Summer?
What kind of traveling will you be doing this summer? Travel experiences can provide amazing learning opportunities for children. To keep the learning going over the summer put together a summer learning journal.
What do you need?
Each day of your travels reflect about the day. Discuss what adventures were taken, what sights were seen, what was learned, and talk about the most enjoyable parts of the day. With thoughts flowing from the discussion, start a journal page. Don’t forget to put the date at the top of the page. Encourage your child to write out the day’s events and draw or illustrate his/her work.
Note: Research finds that when we allow students to share personal pieces of writing, such as postcards, journals, or letters, students recognize that writing is connected to the world we live in — it is not just an activity done in school. Students then begin to realize the relevance of writing not as an assignment, but as a way to communicate thoughts and ideas. This concept is supported by the theory of situated learning that espouses learning as a social and collaborative process that can occur outside of school as well as inside the classroom (Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989).
Next, ask your child to read their work to you or a family member when completed. Encourage creativity and independence when completing tasks. Include post cards, pictures, brochures, maps, etc. on the journal pages or in the spiral folder pockets. You might want to think about a ‘collection’ shoe box to store precious finds along the way. To wrap-up the journal project share with aunts & uncles and grandparents too. In the fall, think about sharing the project with the new classroom teacher and classmates. Children who learn from the real stories of their classmates become curious about the world around them. What a GREAT learning experience for everyone!
Now, if you don’t have an actual travel adventure planned you might want to check out travel adventure books from the library. Here is a small list of titles that reflect a summer theme:
To check out books over the summer, visit your local Public Library or check out the summer media center dates/times for Dassel Elementary.
Remember to Read this Summer
The benefits of students reading over the summer are many. Here are just a few:
The public library in Dassel is sponsoring a summer reading program – be sure to check out that fun program!
Also, the school media center will be open some Wednesday mornings this summer! Students of Dassel Elementary School can check out books. They can also use the computers to take Reading Counts tests.
Here is the schedule:
Happy Summer and Happy Reading!
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
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!
PARENTS WHO PICK UP & DROP OFF THEIR CHILDREN
All parents are asked to pick up their child or drop off their child on the EAST side of the school. For the safety of our students and staff, do not pick up or drop off children while buses are loading/unloading on the south side.
The doors to school will be locked until 7:45 a.m. each day, as we do not have supervision before that time. So please do not send your students to school earlier than 7:45 a.m.
BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED!
Our theme for the year is BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED! Throughout the year we will be working on ways to BELIEVE in accomplishing great things! We know that everyone can do it because WE BELIEVE IN YOU!!!
We BELIEVE that these programs help students achieve and succeed at Dassel Elementary:
2012 National Blue Ribbon School
2009 MN Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award
2009 MN Assoc. of Admin
State School of Excellence 2004-05
National School of Excellence 1990
State School of Excellence 1988
131 Williams Avenue East
Phone: 320.286.4100 x1500
Principal: Debbie Morris