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Dassel-Cokato To Host Health & Safety Fair
“Take Charge of Your Health!” is the theme for the 2014 Dassel-Cokato Health & Safety Fair. The event will feature more than 30 local and regional organizations that will present on a variety of health and safety topics ranging from Agricultural Safety to Zumba. The format of the event will focus on ACTIVE learning. Presenters will provide information and education in a way that engages students through exercise, games, hands-on activities and trivia challenges.
The entire day will be dedicated to health and safety. In addition to attending the Fair, Middle School students will have a guest speaker on Youth Cyber & Technology Safety.
High School students will be trained on Hands-Only CPR. Cokato Ambulance, Cokato Fire, Dassel Fire, and other Wright County Emergency Medical Service staff and volunteers will team up to instruct more than 700 students how to quickly identify cardiac arrest, give chest compressions, and use an AED (defibrillator). Students will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal story of a cardiac arrest survivor.
The goal of the Health & Safety Fair is to get kids to think about their health and wellbeing, introduce them to resources, and build relationships with the local health and wellness community.
The public is invited to attend from 3:00-4:30pm.
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 Headed to State!
The DC Math League has earned a trip to the State Tournament by winning the last meet of the season by one point.
Nathan Weckwerth and Jordan Haapala each contributed 10 points (out of a possible 14) individually, and the team calculated correct answers for 5 of the 6 problems in the team event. Nathan was the top point scorer for the division. He will participate in the Invitational Event at the State Tournament. Jordan was the third highest scorer for the division.
The team will participate in the state meet on Monday, March 10 at South St. Paul High School. Other team members include Matthew Dahlseng, Emily Ertl, Elisa Burgstahler, Matthew Crowe, Meghan Johnson, Emily Linder, Avery Schmidt, Christina Busche, Alexis Iverson, and Brendon Johnson.
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.
5 Boys Swimmers/Divers Compete at State Meet
Congratulations to Logan Erickson, Josh Hughes, Marcel Pfeifer, Taylor LaZarre (pictured below) and Nolan Warren (not pictured) for competing at the state swimming and diving tournament at the U of M Aquatic Center, Feb 27-March 1. They will completed in the following events:
Friday prelims for swimming:
2 Wrestlers Compete at State
Congratulations to Tom Keskey and Tom Halonen on advancing to the Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, Feb 28 & March 1st.
2013-2014 School Calendar Change
The DC School Board officially altered the 2013-2014 School Calendar. The district will be holding school on Monday, February 17th (President's Day) and Monday, March 3rd to make-up 2 of the 3 days we have lost to inclement weather. As of 2/5/14, the last day of school will be Tuesday, June 3rd. If we have additional school closures that date will change.
The March 3 workshop day will be moved to the end of the school year.
DC FFA Alumni Chapter receives two prestigious awards
The weekend of March 1, the DC FFA Alumni/Boosters will be awarded the MN FFA Alumni Affiliate of the Year Award. This honor goes to one alumni chapter in the state each year. D-C’s alumni will be awarded for all their hard work in training FFA teams, fundraising for chapter member activities, and their overall support of DC FFA. Our local alumni chapter is clearly one of the most active in the state which is a direct correlation to the successes that local members have year in and year out.
DC FFA Alumni and Members will be on hand at the MN FFA Alumni Conference in Rochester this Saturday to receive this great honor.
At the State FFA Convention April 27029, the Minnesota FFA Association will induct Kevin Dahlman into the MN FFA Hall of Fame. The state selects 6-8 inductees into the MN FFA Hall of Fame each year.
Kevin believes so strongly in FFA that he has spent countless hours helping members throughout the state. As a past President of the MN FFA Alumni, Kevin has developed strong relationships with numerous FFA chapters. Kevin has worked with Parliamentary Procedure teams from many different chapters to help them to better understand the competition. He has also worked to increase the quality of leadership opportunities for FFA members through a more highly developed state alumni organization. Kevin is a resource, a coach, and a mentor for the members and advisors alike.
Kevin will be officially introduced as a Hall of Fame Inductee at the MN FFA Alumni Conference. He will then be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during the MN FFA Convention April 27-29th.
FFA Food Science Team Places First in State
Congratulations to the Food Science team and coach Danita Piepenburg for winning the state Food Science CDE. Alyssa Torola, Mistin Peterson, Lydia Meredith, Christina Babb and alternate, Kaitlyn Uldrych designed a new pizza variety that they prepared and presented to executives from Totino's. They calculated and presented the nutritional information and production plans earning them a perfect score for the presentation portion of the event.
The team defeated 13 other teams from throughout the state. They will head to Louisville in October for nationals.
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