Congratulations to
Ms. Hall
the 2013-2014
Dassel Elem. Leadership in Educational Excellence Recipient!

School Closings

Notices of Dassel-Cokato School closings and other school emergencies will be broadcast again this year over:

Volunteers Needed & Appreciated!

When you become involved in our school, at home or in the building, your children will thrive and our school truly does become a better school because of you! There are many ways to volunteer at Dassel Elementary.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about the opportunities, please contact Mary Neu, volunteer coordinator, at 320-286-4100 ext. 1518.


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 rest of the year. The colors are blue and white.


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!)


Character Counts
Dassel Elementary



Every Wednesday is Kids Night at the Cokato Dairy Queen. Art made by one of the elementary classes will be on display at the DQ for the community to enjoy. The DQ will donate 10% of the sales from 5:00-8:00 p.m. that night to our elementary schools. What a fun and tasty way to contribute to our school.  Thank you, Dairy Queen!



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May Newsletter

Upcoming Events

New Teacher Orientation
August 20-22

Teacher Planning
August 25-28

Dassel Open House
August 28

Labor Day
(no school)
Sept 1

School Begins
Sept 2

Parent Portal Accounts


Infinite Campus is used to maintain all our student and family information. An exciting component of this software is the Parent Portal, which will allow parents better access to their children's grades, lunch account balances, standardized test scores, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records.

Please contact school secretary to activate your account.

Online Payment Center

Activities & CommEd

Pay Lunch Accounts in Campus Parent Portal



To allow any change in a student's pick-up or drop-off location, students must receive a Bus Pass. These requests must be received by the school office no later than 2:00 p.m. prior to the route change. For more details, please see the district transporation letter.


The 1st Thursday of each Month is Dassel Elementary's Day to Step-Up against Bullying! 

On this day our staff and students are to wear their Step-Up blue shirt/or any navy blue shirt and join us in taking a stand against bullying. We recite our No More Bullying Pledge and sing our song about making new friends. We talk about the tools needed to be prepared to end bullying in our school and community!   Thank you for your support, too!

Charger Kids Club

Charger Kids Club is a school age childcare and enrichment program, designed to meet the year-round needs of working parents of students in grades K-6. Click here for more details. 

Welcome to Dassel Elementary School
"Home of Kids Who Care"

Preparing for 2014-15 School Year

School Calendar
School Supply List

What Kind of Traveling Will You Be Doing this Summer?
Debbie Morris, Dassel Elementary Principal

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?
• An organizer of some sort – a spiral notebook with folder pockets works well.
• Paper – colored, construction, different sizes
• Sticky-notes
• Maps
• Pens, pencils – regular & colored, markers, crayons (store in a place where they will not melt)
• Any collected travel brochures or internet researched pages
• Any additional items that fit the travel experience

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:
Petey Moroni’s Camp Runamok Diary by Pat Cummings
Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
Franklin’s Canoe Trip by Paulette Bourgeois
The Camping Trip by Robin Michal Koontz
Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy Shaw
Desert Trip by Barbara Steiner
Three Days On A River In a Red Canoe by Vera Williams

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:

  • It encourages read-ing as a lifelong habit
  • It helps children keep their skills up (reading gets better when you practice it!)
  • Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.”
  • It is fun!

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:
Wednesday, June 25, from 8:00 – 10:00
Wednesday, July 16, from 8:00 – 10:00
Wednesday, August 6, from 8:00 – 10:00
Wednesday, August 20, from 8:00 – 10:00

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!


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!


School Parking - FINAL BW-Staff..pngAll 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.



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:

  • CARE Groups
  • Character Education  / Olweus Anti-Bullying curriculum
  • Jumpstart and STARS Programming
  • Everyday Math
  • Harcourt Reading
  • Science Exploration
  • Creative Art Discovery
  • Numerous Volunteer Coordinated Programs
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Technology / Media Center / Computer Lab
  • Rolling Tablet Carts
  • Quality Music Classes
  • Active and Healthy Phy Ed. Offerings
  • Odyssey / Title I Programming
  • Reading Corps (continued for the 2013 – 2014 school year)
  • MCA Test Prep Opportunities
  • Summer School Opportunities

2012 National Blue Ribbon School

2009 MN Academic Excellence Foundation School Spotlight Award

2009 MN Assoc. of Admin
Distinguished School Award

State School of Excellence 2004-05

National School of Excellence 1990

State School of Excellence 1988

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131 Williams Avenue East
PO Box 368
Dassel, MN 55325

Phone: 320.286.4100 x1500
Fax: 320.286.4151

Principal: Debbie Morris