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"Promoting positive relationships, personal responsibility and academic rigor to prepare students for success in a changing world."
Class of 2015 Graduates from DCHS
The Class of 2015 graduated from DCHS on Sunday, June 7th. This year's class included 161 graduating seniors and 6 foreign exchange students. Twelve students were high honor students, and another 8 graduated with honor student status. Class Valedictorian was Erin Aho.
Summer Newsletter Notes: Laptop Roll-Out and More
We continued to implement laptop computers into classrooms and now have over 3/4 of the classrooms equipped with 32 computers in each. Having the laptops in place really expands a teacher’s ability to offer multiple ways for students to learn new information and demonstrate their understanding of the material. Along with the computers, teachers continue to receive on-going Staff Development to help them make best use of the technology available. Community support for technology has us transforming teaching and learning!
For next year, we are looking forward to offering an optional take-home laptop for every student every day. Please save the following dates as we offer “roll-out” nights for students and parents to attend with the goal being the distribution of computers to students prior to the first day of school. Both of these sessions will allow parents to drop-in and in approx. 1/2 hour, they should be able to complete the required steps to receive the laptop. Students and parents only need to attend one 1/2 hour session for all of their high school students.
Laptop “Roll-Out” Nights: Tuesday, September 1st from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 2nd (Regular Open House) from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Our FLEX program at the end of the day continues to provide an opportunity for self-motivated students to get additional support from teachers and to complete homework. With how busy our students are these days, a student who is focused can get a lot done in this 30-minute period at the end of the day! Next year, we are excited about the implementation of the Ramp-Up to Readiness Program during FLEX. Weekly, students will have an opportunity to build College and CareerReady knowledge and skills by participating in lessons designed by Career-Readiness researchers at the University of Minnesota. The end product for students will be a digital portfolio they will be able to take with them anywhere after high school that will help them when filling out job, school and scholarship applications. More so, they should have a more-clear idea of their talents and abilities as well as their path after high school.
Ryynanen to Compete in State Golf Meet
Troy Ryynanen finished fifth in the section golf tournament to qualify for the Class AA state competition at the Ridges of Sand Creek golf course in Jordan.
After an opening round score of 80 that left senior Troy Ryynanen in 7th place, he battled back with 3 birdies, 12 pars, 2 bogies and 1 double-bogie for a one over par 73. This tied for the lowest round of the day. Troy's two-day total of 153 gave him a fifth place overall finish.
High School Holds Annual Academic Awards Program
Pictured above are the 4-year letter winners. These students received their awards at the annual Academic Awards Program.
Academic letters were awarded to students in each grade, and many departments/programs distributed awards to students who have shown outstanding achievement in their academic areas.
FFA Attends State Convention
DC FFA had an very successful State FFA Convention with many teams scoring in the top 5 in the entire state. Highlighting the event was teh Ag Issues team who earned the state championship and will now compete at national in Louisville, KY in the fall. The Ag Issues team includes Emma Erickson, Mary Koivisto, Dylan Terning, David Kivisto and Josh Monson.
Other top finishers included the following second place finishers: Natalia Marttinen (Creed Speaking), Katrina Impola, Courtney Halonen, Abbi Anderson, Erin Aho (Foriculture Team), Jack Zeidler, Erynn Amundson, Katie Hendrickson, Mark Pringnitz, Eric Meredith, Nolan Marttinen (Novice Parlimentary Procedure), Spencer Flood, Melissa Moy, Max Burkhardt, Madeline Marttinen, Kaitlyn Niska, Natalia Marttinen (Parliamentary Procedure), and Emily Amundson (Prepared Public Speaking). The Nursery/Lanscaping team (Madeline Marttinen, Alicia Johnson, Nick Selseth, Melissa Moy) placed 4th.
As a team, D-C won a National Chapter Award for placing 10th in the state.
FFA Food Science Team First in the Nation
Thirteen members of the Dassel-Cokato FFA organization completed successfully at the 87th National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky during the last week of October.
The Food Science team took top honors, placing first in the nation, and Lydia Meredith placed first overall individually as well. Other members of the team included Christina Babb (12th overall), Alyssa Torola (18th), Mistin Petersen (39th) and Kaitlyn Uldrych (alternate). Each student of the winning team will receive a $1,000 prize.
Recently, MN Cornerstone featured the team in an article.
Activities Office new online registration
Dassel Cokato High School Activities Office is excited to announce a new online registration process for all 7th – 12th grade athletic and fine arts activities, beginning fall of 2014. This “paperless” process will make annual registration for activities easier for students, parents and the Activities Office staff. See letter for more information.
Dassel-Cokato Ranked 30th 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 30. This is the second year in a row that DCHS is ranked in the top 30.
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.
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