Welcome to D-C High School
"Promoting positive relationships, personal responsibility and academic rigor to prepare students for success in a changing world."
Students Go "Under the Sea" For Prom 2013
The theme for prom 2013 was Under the Sea, and students participated in the grand march amidst a sunken ship, anchors and sea creatures. After the grand march, five bus-loads of prom goers headed off to Stillwater for an evening of dining, dancing and socializing on a riverboat. Later, the students were bussed to Huikko's Bowling Center in Buffalo for an after-prom party filled with a variety of fun activities.
HS Honors Students at Academic Awards Program
Dassel-Cokato High School held its annual Academic Awards program on Tuesday, May 14th. A large crowd was present to honor the top achievements of local high school students, including 52 seniors (pictured above) who received 4-year academic letter awards.
Other awards were presented to academic award recipients for each grade as well as department awards, All-State Academic Award winners and students earning scores of 30 or more on their ACT tests.
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.
Paul Beckermann Recognized as Semi-Finalist
On June 5th, Education Minnesota recognized the Teacher of the Year nominees and announced the 2013 MN Teacher of the Year at a special banquet celebration. Paul Beckermann was recognized as a semi-finalist and commented that "it is great to represent such a fantastic district."
Top Students Honors at Students of Excellence Banquet
Eric Dahlseng, Anna Webster, Tayler Morris and Isaac Darland were honored at the annual Students of Excellence banquet for their outstanding academic performance at Dassel-Cokato High School. Congratulations!
Dear DCHS Families,
The nice weather has everyone at school more and more excited about the end of another successful school year! It is hard to believe we are down to our last 8 weeks of school. As one of the seniors informed me, 7 more Mondays for them! Of course the seniors don’t have to come back for our Snow Days on June 3rd, 4th and 5th —they will have al-ready graduated! Well, as exciting as it is to think of the last day of school, we have a lot of ground to cover befor then!
We hope you will be able to join us for Conferences on Monday, April 18th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. It is important to get first-hand information regarding your student’s performance in each classroom. Students are encouraged to attend with their parents. Parents are also encouraged to check Parent Portal often and communicate with teachers after Confer-ences and up to the last day of school. It takes a team effort to keep stu-dents focused as the year wraps-up. We all know how tempting it can be to “coast” to the finish line rather than break the tape in a sprint! Having stated the importance of Conferences, I do want to apologize in advance for the staff that we will have gone during Conferences. Sever-al of our teachers are coaches as well and with the late start to our spring sports, most of our coaches will miss all or a portion of Confer-ences. We did indicate in this newsletter the instances where teachers will be gone (page 3). Again, I apologize that we could not make them available that evening. We will have put sign-up sheets for these teach-ers and they will contact parents that indicate they would like a follow-up.
Another aspect of the last days of school that is a highlight for me is cel-ebrating the successful high school careers of our seniors! Each year I am so thankful for senior classes that have worked hard, set a good ex-ample and are now ready for that next step in their lives. Seniors, you are bright, talented and ready to make a difference wherever your path leads. Finish strong and make us proud!
Dean A. Jennissen, DCHS Principal
Summer Happenings at DCHS and ALC
by Dean Jennissen, HS Principal
I hope you are enjoying all of the excitement of summertime! You may think it is completely quiet here at DCHS, but there is plenty going on as we plan for another school year.
For staff, many are still actively involved at DCHS during June, July and August. Teaching, curriculum writing and working on special projects to improve instruction takes place during the summer months.
For students summer will no doubt include working, hanging out with friends, church camps or mission trips and family trips to name a few. Whatever your plans, I wanted to be sure to let students and parents know of summer opportunities here at school and other opportunities to consider.
Students to be featured on KRWC
KRWC AM 1360 interviewed 5 Dassel-Cokato students. They will be aired the week of April 8th - April 12th at 6:25 AM & 4:25 PM.
Senior Privilege Expands to Two Days
Senior Privilege for 3rd Trimester will be two days! Starting Tuesday, March 5th, Seniors who meet the criteria will be able to leave Tuesdays AND Wednesdays after signing out with their FLEX teacher. Eligibility will be determined the first day of each week.
Moodle is becoming a key tool in many D-C Classrooms
If you have a student in the Dassel-Cokato School system, you may have heard the term Moodle being used in conversations about what is happening in class. Moodle is a learning management system (LMS) which is quickly becoming integral to many middle and high school classrooms.
Learning management systems like Moodle are online, virtual classrooms where students log into a secure website to access course materials, assignments and activities. Teachers can use this space to post resources and instructional materials for students, and students can use the space to participate in online learning activities and even submit homework assignments electronically.
Because it is web-based, it is accessible to students anytime and anywhere they have access to a computer and internet connection. This is very useful for students who are absent, forgot to bring an assignment home or simply want to review materials from class.
Students can access a teacher’s Moodle course from any page on the D-C school website. Under the students tab at the top of each page is a link to Moodle. After clicking this link, students can log into the site using their normal network username and password. Once logged in, students will be able to visit any Moodle course for which they have been enrolled. Not all courses have Moodle pages established, but these are becoming more common each year.
While similar to a regular website in many ways, courses set up in Moodle are often better for educational purposes because they are password protected and can offer powerful interactive learning experiences for students. (read more)
Free Mobile App Now 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