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Swimmers and Divers Do Well at State
Seven swimmers and divers have qualified for the state meet in 5 events. The meet will be held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the 18th,19th and 20th of November.
Elisa Burgstahler was honored as the section swimmer of the year, and Caitie Latt was named section diver of the year. The team also earned a Gold Standard for academic excellence.
State Meet Finals Updates:
The 200 Medley Relay Team: (Evans, Burgstahler, Jorgenson, Travis)--14th
200 Freestyle: Elisa Burgstahler--3rd (School Record)
Diving: Caitlin Latt--10th
100 Freestyle: Elisa Burgstahler--4th (School Record)
400 Freestyle Relay (Travis, Pokornowski, Evans, Burgstahler)--10th
State Meet Update Heading Into Finals:
After Diving Semi-Finals, Caitlin Latt is in 11th place.
200 Medley Relay Team (Evans, Burgstahler, Jorgenson, Travis), seeded 14th
Elisa Burgstahler, 200 Freestyle, seeded 1st
Elisa Burgstahler, 100 Freestyle, seeded 5th
400 Freestyle Relay: Travis, Pokornowski, Evans, Burgstahler, seeded 10th
200 Medley Relay: (Kallie Evans, Elisa Burgstahler, Emma Jorgenson, Olivia Travis)
200 Freestyle: Elisa Burgstahler (pool and section record time of 1:55.78)
Diving: Caitlin Latt (section champion) and Bethany Mayfield (4th)
100 Freestyle: Elisa Burgstahler (:52.62, school, pool and section record) and Oliva Travis (54.69, 2nd place)
400 Freestyle Relay: Olivia Travis, Hana Pokornowski, Kallie Evans, and Elisa Burgstahler (2nd place and school record of 3:41.14)
Alternates who will travel to the meet as well include Carli Kirchoff, Taylor Baumann, Amy Weiss, Emalie Johnson, and Emily Kivisto.
Dassel-Cokato MS and HS Honor Veterans
A record number of veterans attended the High School/Middle School Veteran's Day program where students and staff honored local veterans for their service and sacrifice. The keynote speaker for the event was Colonel Wilson, U.S. Army Retired, while Anna Holm (MS) and Katie Geesey (HS) read their student essays about "What does Veterans Day mean to me?"
Volleyball Team Finishes 6th at State
The Chargers finished 6th in the state tournament this past weekend. They lost to Hill-Murray Thursday night in the first round, 3 games to 1, before bouncing back Friday night to defeat Maple Lake in straight sets in the consolation bracket. The team ended their tournament by losing to Belle Plaine, 3 games to 0. Complete bracket results can be found on the Minnesota State High School League website.
The DCHS volleyball team qualified for the state tournament by capturing the section championship with a 3-1 victory over the Mainstreeters of Sauk Centre (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23). This was the Chargers' first ever state volleyball qualification.
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)
NHS Hosts Blood Drive
The National Honor Society hosted a blood drive on Halloween. Students and staff were invited to donate blood, and 66 complete units were collected. Each unit collected will be used to help up to 3 individuals in need.
Mark Peterson honored as HS LEEA Recipient
Mark Peterson (pictured above with HS Principal Dean Jennissen) was honored at the annual Leadership in Educational Excellence Award banquet in Saint Cloud. Mark was chosen as the LEEA recipient in a vote by his peers at Dassel-Cokato High School. Congratulations, Mark!
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.
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.
Moodle is 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 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