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Eric Sawatzke

The high school winner of the LEEA (Leadership in Education Award) is Mr. Eric Sawatzke. Congratulations!

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Follow the link above to designate Dassel-Cokato High School as your Target school of choice. Then when you use your Target Charge Card, 1% of your purchase will be donated to our school.  This money is used to provide fees for students in need and rewards for student achievement.

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Infinite Campus is used to maintain all our student and family information. An exciting component of this software is the Parent Portal, which will allow parents better access to their children's grades, lunch account balances, standardized test scores, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records.

Please contact school secretary to activate your account.

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Welcome to D-C High School
"Promoting positive relationships, personal responsibility and academic rigor to prepare students for success in a changing world."

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.

Students Complete Class Triathlon


Eighteen students from one of Mr. Helget's Physical Education classes completed their final test on May 20th by completing a triathlon. The course began with a 425 yard swim at the High School Pool.  Many students, families and former DC graduates gathered to cheer on the participants. The event then transitioned to 20 mile biking segment which traveled to Dassel’s Spring Lake Park and on to Cokato’s Memorial Park.  Students finished the race by running 6.2 miles that ended up at the high school track. Staff, students and community volunteers helped to make this a successful event.

Emma and Warren Pringnitz Compete at Nationals

Emma and Warren Pringnitz advanced into duo quarter-finals at the Speech National Individual Event Tournament of Champions in Lincoln, Nebraska. Emma and Warren placed in the top thirty duo in the nation, and as a team, they tied for 9th out of 72 in the Act 1 division. (Emma and Warren are pictured above with coach Steinleitner.)

DCHS Team Places 8th
at the International DECA Conference


David Howell, Ryan Chvojicek, and Holton Miller represented Dassel-Cokato DECA at the DECA International Career Development Conference from April 25th-29th and placed 8th in the Virtual Business Retailing category. 

The boys ran a business simulation where they open up either an electronics, grocery, or sporting goods store which is chosen at random. They are in charge of staffing, stocking, marketing, pricing, and nearly all aspects of running the store. They compete against 7 other teams to see who will make the most profit.

There were more than 18,000 students attending the conference. Some from as far away as China.

DECA advisor, Mr. Neil Schlagel said, "All in all it was a great experience for them.  They are looking forward to competing again next year and trying to improve on their finish at the 2016 ICDC in Nashville."

The DC team qualified for nationals by taking first place in regional competition and finishing 3rd in the nation in the preliminary rounds out of more than 2500 teams.

FFA Attends State Convention
Ag Issues Headed to Nationals

Ag Issues

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.

Students of Excellence Honored

Students of Excellence

Isak Haataja, Rachel Larson, Erin Aho, and Matthew Dahlseng represented DCHS at the Students of Excellence Banquet in St. Cloud. Congratulations to them on their accomplishments!

Faculty Follies is a Success

Faculty Follies

Over 1,000 people attended Dassel-Cokato Faculty Follies on April 18. The lively crowd watched school staff perform skits and music in a spoof based on The Tonight Show theme featuring Jake Stang as Jakey Failin'. Over $5,100 was raised in ticket sales, and all profits will go toward student scholarships. A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated and attended.

Busche Headed to State in Speech

BuscheChristina Busche will be representing Dassel-Cokato at the State Tournament this Saturday, April 18th. Busche competes in the category of Discussion. The 2015 Discussion Topic is America's Image Abroad: Re-thinking Our Standing as the Only Remaining Global Superpower.

As a team, Dassel-Cokato placed 4th at the 2AA Section Speech Tournament.

DC Speech finalists were:
Front Row (L to R): Kailee Johnson, Meghan Johnson, Christina Busche
Back Row (L to R): Sara Cronk, Emma Pringnitz, Paul Mueller, Warren Pringnitz, Avery Schmidt, Miranda Pokornowski

Math League Participates at State

Math League

The DC Math League capped off a very successful season at the State Tournament held at South St. Paul High School yesterday. The state tournament team, comprised of seniors Matthew Crowe, Matthew Dahlseng, Jordan Haapala, sophomores Brandon Baatz, MacKenzie Gustafson, Brendon Johnson, Nathan Weckwerth and freshman Sara Cronk, earned a season high 66 points, well above their season average of 56 points per meet.

Nathan Weckwerth was one point away from making the top ten in the individual Invitational Event. He received a trophy for his perfect regular season score and once again earned all points possible in his individual events in the team portion. Jordan Haapala also performed well individually with 11 of a possible 14 individual points.

The team earned their third consecutive trip to the State Tournament by winning the fifth and final meet of the 2014-2015 season at ACGC High School. DC took first place in all five meets for the regular season, beating Hutchinson, NLS, ACGC, BOLD and MACCRAY.

Leading the team all year has been sophomore Nathan Weckwerth, who earned the only perfect individual season score ever received in the Prairie Division. Not only is this an outstanding accomplishment, but Nathan also competed in the two most difficult events in all five meets. Needless to say, Nathan finished in first place individually for the division.

March Newsletter Highlights:

Senior Privilege--Seniors now have the opportunity to leave school at 2:35 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays if they meet the previously established criteria. There is one excep-tion; on Tuesday, May 19th, we will have our school’s Service Learning Day with-out a FLEX period, so Seniors will need to stay at school. When we have Seniors stay for at school for an activity, when possible, we will swap out the Monday and/or the Thursday of that week. Class of 2015, we appreciate you!

Key Dates for Seniors--Please review the Calendar of Events and note the special information on the Senior Breakfast this year since it is different than past years. Many of the dates are for Seniors as is much of the information in Mr. Tool’s section. It is an exciting time for our Seniors as they start the count down to Commencement!

Spring Conferences--Thursday, April 23rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Parents and students are invited to attend our final formal opportunity for face-to-face communication on student progress. We look forward to seeing you!

Testing--ACT Test for Juniors **Parents of Juniors, please read!
New this year in terms of testing is the requirement by the State Dept. of Educa-tion that requires every high school junior to take the ACT + Writing Test. The state-wide date is Tuesday, April 28th. DCHS Juniors will take the test that day starting in the morning and proceeding until the early afternoon. All Juniors should be in school that day, as this test is a requirement for them to graduate. Please contact Mr. Abernathy at 320-286-4100 ext. 1803 for more information.

Laptop Take Home--Next year we are implementing a system that will provide a laptop computer for every student to use during the school day and allow them the opportunity to take it home each night. There is much to do on our end to make this happen, and we are working diligently to have everything in place by next fall. Please watch for more information in the future regarding this entire process. We plan to have Parent/Student meetings in August to communicate more of the details. We are excited about the educational opportunities that will be provided to students by having computer access on a consistent basis.
Finish Strong!

Read more from the March Newsletter

LDC 14U Girls Hockey Team Second at State

The Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 14U Dragons girls hockey team traveled to New Ulm this weekend to participate in the 2015 14UB State Hockey Tournament, coming home with a second-place trophy.

(Read more) (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kotila.)

DECA Competes at State Career Development Conference

From March 8-10th, 26 students from the DC DECA Chapter competed at the State Career Development Conference in Minneapolis. There was some very formidable competition. More than 1,850 students attended the conference from around the state. This was the biggest state conference ever for MN DECA.  

Holton Miller, Ryan Chvojicek, and David Howell were recognized for their work in the Virtual Business Challenge. They took first place in the Central Region and third in the nation out of 2,571 teams. The team will next compete at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, April 24-29. 

Other highlights included: Kenzie Marco taking first in her section and making the finals in Advanced Employment Interview and Christina Busche making the finals in Business Services Marketing and finishing in the top 8 out of 60 students.  

Dahlseng, Koller are AAA Winners


Matthew Dahlseng and Hannah Koller are the 2014-15 Dassel-Cokato recipients of the AAA Award. The award is presented annually to a D-C male and female student who shows excellence in Academics, Arts and Athletics. Matt and Hannah will represent D-C at the Region 2AA banquet in February. Region 2AA winners will be announced at the banquet.

FFA Food Science Team First in the Nation

FFA Food Science

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.

Access ACT Prep here

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Dassel-Cokato High School
Suite 1600
4852 Reardon Ave. S.W.
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100 ext. 1800
Fax: (320) 286-4201

Mr. Dean Jennissen, Principal

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