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Dassel-Cokato To Host Health & Safety Fair
Wednesday, March 19th
East Gym of Dassel-Cokato Middle School/High School Complex
“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 State Academic 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:
- Taylor LaZarre finished prelims in 13th place.
- Taylor finished finals in 12th place with 287.60 pts.
Friday prelims for swimming:
- 200 IM: Marcel P. 17th
- 50 free: Logan E. 11th place
- 100 fly: Marcel P. 12th place-school record, 54.51
- 100 free: Logan E. 13th place
- 200 free relay: Logan, Marcel, Josh H., Nolan W 12th place
- 400 free relay: Marcel, Josh, Tom S., Logan 12th place
- 50 free: Logan E tied for 13th
- 100 fly: Marcel 14th
- 100 free: Logan 10th
- 200 relay: 13th
- 400 relay: 12th
2 Wrestlers Headed to State
Congratulations to Tom Halonen and Tom Keskey on advancing to the Individual State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, Feb 28 & March 1st.
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 has been an avid supporter of education, agricultural education, and the FFA. Not a day goes by without Kevin doing something to support our organization. Whether it is coaching Parliamentary Procedure or Ag Sales, or connecting our members with leadership opportunities, Kevin is as committed to the FFA as any alumni in the country. D-C FFA was revitalized over the past 10+ years with much of the behind the scenes work coming from Kevin. Few chapters get to have the kind of support that Kevin is willing and able to provide.
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.
Dassel raises $10,200 for Jump Rope for Heart
Congratulations to Dassel Elementary students who raised over $10,000 for the fundraising event for the American Heart Association. This was a culminating event for their PhyEd unit where they learned about the heart and how to keep it healthy for a lifetime.
2014-2015 Kindergarten Parents
It is an exciting time of the year as we prepare for the new kindergarten students entering school in the Fall of 2014. Please click on this link to learn more information about the kindergarten programs at Dassel-Cokato Schools next year. The principals will also be discussing the programs during kindergarten roundup on March 18.
AAA Winners Announced
Michael Chvojicek and Kianna Goldsberry have been named the Dassel-Cokato 2013-14 Triple A winners. This very prestigious award honors excellence in academics, the fine arts, and athletics.
Kianna and Michael will be awarded $500 scholarships made possible by the Willard E. Hempel estate. In addition, they will represent DC at the Region 2AA banquet in February with an opportunity to win the section Triple A award and move on to state recognition.
(Photo courtesy of the Dassel-Cokato EnterpriseDispatch.)
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.
Cokato Elementary Named
"2013 Celebration School"
Cokato Elementary was named a “2013 Celebration School” by the Minnesota Department of Education for improving student achievement and decreasing the achievement gap between our students! Cokato Elementary was one of 48 schools in Minnesota named for this honor. Thank you to all of the students, staff, and parents for your hard work in helping us achieve this award!
Dassel Elementary Earns
MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
CELEBRATION SCHOOL AWARD
Dassel Elementary has earned the CELEBRATION SCHOOL eligible designation based on the 2013 Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) results.
The MDE CELEBRATION SCHOOL AWARD recognizes the accomplishments and hard work of Title I schools across the state. The purpose of this award is to identify Minnesota Title I schools that have both demonstrated excellence on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) recognizing student proficiency, student growth, closure of the achievement gap, and exhibited success with initiatives that have led to positive student outcomes.
CELEBRATION eligible schools are those schools with MMR scores that place them in the 60th to 85th percentile of top performing schools in Minnesota based on their MMR.
CONGRATULATIONS to all students and staff who work so hard every day to SHOW WHAT THEY KNOW!! We CELEBRATE their hard work all the time in many ways!
D-C Middle School MMR Rating
The Minnesota Department of Education released MCA data related to Minnesota schools Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR). DCMS faired very well with this rating receiving some great scores in student proficiency (99%) and our overall MMR rating of 82.89%. This is our highest MMR rating to date since the scoring started back in 2010.
We are very proud of our students and their efforts to show their learning when they take the MCA assessments!
All Day Every Day Kindergarten
Jeff Powers, Superintendent
In November of 2013 the Dassel-Cokato School Board began a process that is focused on offering All Day Every Day Kindergarten (ADED K) to every kindergarten student. In May of 2013 the State Legislature passed a bill that funds ADED as long as a district offers it to every incoming student. This funding should allow the district to afford the operating expenses of ADED K. After receiving survey information from parents of 2014 incoming kindergarten students the board also decided to provide a half time option for families that do not want their child in kindergarten full-time. The survey had a 51% response rate and indicated that 61% of respondents wanted ADED K while 37% did not. 2% of respondents stated that they were not going to send their children until 2015.
After looking at various options for housing more kindergarten students the board decided that the best option would be to add 2 classrooms to Dassel Elementary and 4 classrooms to Cokato Elementary. They chose this option primarily because it will allow the district to continue with two community based Kindergarten through Fourth Grade elementaries and it will allow for growth in the future. The additions will allow the district to accommodate up to 220 kindergarten students. Until our enrollment reaches that size there will be additional space that may allow us to improve our School Age Child Care program (Charger Kids Club) and our preschool opportunities.
The cost for building the additions will be around 2.3 million of which some will come out of our district fund balance and the remainder will be financed through a Certificate of Participation. The result of this type of financing is that the district will be lowering its’ fund balance and then making a manageable payment on the Certificate of Participation for a period of up to 10 years. Certificates of Participation are available to school districts at low, annually fixed interest rates. The school district will not spend the fund balance down below the 10% level determined as a minimum in school board policy. The bottom line is that the district will be able to add the necessary facilities without asking for more tax money in the form of a building bond.
As this article is written it looks like the new kindergarten facilities will open in December of 2014 which will cause a brief delay in our ability to provide ADED K. With the uncertainties that surround construction the facilities could be open sooner or later than October. The choices the school board has made regarding ADED K will result in an excellent opportunity for students and families in either full-time or half-time programs.
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.
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 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.
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.
FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY
As a continuation of our school pride theme, all students and staff are encouraged to wear the Dassel-Cokato Charger colors on Fridays throughout the year.
The colors are blue and white.
DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS
Here come the DC Chargers,
fighting to keep our honor;
Cheer for the DC Chargers,
we’ll win this game! (Rah, Rah, Rah!)
Here’s to the blue and white;
with all our might we’ll fight.
Onward to victory,
we’ll win this game tonight! (Fight!)
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Cokato, MN 55321