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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.
Extended access to school G-mail accounts for seniors
Because students only have access to their school Gmail accounts while at school, many seniors have used that account to complete online applications for scholarships, college entrance and FAFSA. This also means that some important email messages may continue to come to this school account throughout the summer.
To make sure graduating seniors don’t miss important messages in the transition period between high school and college or work, DCHS will keep student email accounts active for approximately 6 months past graduation. For this year’s seniors, that will be approximately the end of November 2014. During this 6 month period, students should transition all of their accounts to a new email address (college, work or personal).
After the 6 month extension period, all school accounts will be deleted, and emails and Google docs will no longer be accessible. If a Google doc has been shared with someone else, however, it will still be accessible to others sharing the file, even when the creator’s account has been deleted. It is only after everyone sharing a document deletes it that it is totally gone.
We hope this helps you in your future planning, and we wish you many successes as you transition to life after high school.
If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr. Beckermann.
FFA Does Well At State Level
Mages and Sandquist Place First
Dassel-Cokato has been selected as a Top Ten FFA chapter through the National Chapter Award Program.
Individually, Cassie Mages and Scott Sandquist have both been selected as state winners in their respective categories for the FFA Proficiency Award Program. This program honors students for their success in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE's). An SAE is an agriculturally related project that helps students develop career planning skills, record keeping, and self-evaluation. It can be compared to an internship; however, students are expected to conduct SAE's that will last throughout high school and potentially into their career. Cassie placed first for Poultry Production Entrepreneurship, and Scott placed first for Wildlife Management.
Both Cassie and Scott will now move on to the national selection process this summer. The applications will be narrowed down to the top 4 in the nation.
Girls Hockey Wins Academic State 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.
DECA Competes at State
From March 2-4, 21 students from the D-C DECA Chapter competed in the State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis. There was some very formidable competition. More than 1700 students attended the conference from around the state.
Gabriella Funk, Kenzie Marco, and Paige Sangren made the finals in the Community Service Campaign event. Mason Hjemeland made the finals in Employment Interview, and Ryan Chvojicek, Michael Chvojicek, David Howell, and Zach Martin finished in the top 8 for their Product Marketing Plan.
Corey Siltala earned a medal for having one of the highest test scores in Business Finance Series.
Phase II of the Digital Learning Initiative is Under Way at DCHS
Dassel-Cokato High School is entering year two of a Digital Learning Initiative which was approved by the local school board in the spring of 2012 and is currently one of four district-wide educational goals.
Some of the goals of the initiative include putting learning tools in the hands of all students, exploring blended learning delivery models, increasing student achievement in each subject area and equipping students with the 21st century technology skills they will need to be successful in an increasingly technological world.
Last year, the high school English Department completed phase I of the initiative by successfully integrating laptops and interactive software into every English classroom. The English teachers also developed and created online textbooks which are hosted in our local learning management system (LMS) Moodle.
Initial data has been encouraging. In a survey of all English students last year, over 90% said that they had better access to the learning resources they need to be successful in class because of the digital initiative and that they liked having course materials available online.
Eighty percent also said that they now take a more active role in their learning, and students ranked their interest and motivation for course work 15% higher than before the initiative began.
DCHS to Participate in Breakfast Study
In the fast-paced world we live in, getting out the door in the morning with a nutritious breakfast can sometimes be a challenge. What is the impact if we skip breakfast? Could our school or job performance be better if we start the day with a nutritious breakfast?
DCHS 9th and 10th Grade students and the University of Minnesota (U of M) are teaming up on a research project called “Project breakFAST: Fueling Academics and Strengthening Teens” to make school breakfast healthy and fun! DCHS was selected along with a small group of other schools in the MN to participate in this study. (Read more)
New Visitor Procedures at DCHS
Dear DCHS Families,
At DCHS the safety and security of students is our top priority. With the unfortunate events that occurred at Newtown, Connecticut last year, our staff began to discuss changes we could make to enhance the security of our students. The biggest change was to add controlled access to our building in which all school doors are locked from 8:07 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.. Anyone wishing to enter the school during this time will be asked to provide their name and purpose for the visit. The visitor will then need to report immediately to the high school office. Visitors will be escorted to the location they are visiting.
Along with secured entry to our building, DCHS has also changed the practice of “visiting” the high school. Beginning this year, visitors will be allowed to visit a staff member only if it is outside the staff member’s teaching time and they have permission from the staff member and administration. The practice of “stopping in” to see friends will no longer be allowed during the school day. While we certainly enjoy visitors, this change was decided by staff to enhance the safety and security of our students and staff.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new practices please contact us.
Dean Jennissen, Principal
Dennis Abernathy, Dean of Students
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.
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 provides you access to the following portal information:
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.
Weather Related Announcements
This year we are taking full-advantage of our Campus student system and added a feature that is able to contact all of our parents and staff in a very short period of time for important announcements from school. For late-starts, early-outs and cancellations Mr. Powers will use this system. Cell phone numbers, home phone numbers and other numbers for parents will be called with the notification . Mr. Powers will also contact radio and TV stations as he has done in the past. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the DCHS Office. (more)
Helpful Videos Available
The high school guidance staff and administration has held several help sessions this school year. You may view an archived video of the presentations online. You may also download or view the PowerPoint presentations shared at each. The sessions included information on college credit, financial aid, registration and the Plan test.
New ACT Prep Site Available
Minnesota Career Information System (MnCIS) and the new ACT Online Prep Course and Practice Tests are available to Dassel-Cokato students preparing to take the ACT.
The Online course allows students to take a pretest and then customizes lessons for them based on their pretest results. In addition to test content they also have some very good test strategies.
The other option students have is to take one of 3 practice tests in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. They can do this timed or untimed.
If students or parents have questions about this program, they should contact Mr. Tool in the HS guidance office.
Dassel-Cokato High School
4852 Reardon Ave. S.W.
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100 ext. 1800
Fax: (320) 286-4201
Mr. Dean Jennissen, Principal