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Paraeducator Week: January 26-30th
Governor Dayton has proclaimed this week as Minnesota Paraprofessional Education Week. Our paraprofessionals work in a variety of positions in our school and district and are so valuable! It is with their talent and skills that our students can be successful in their learning! Throughout this week, please take a moment to share your thanks to those who have chosen to be such valuable components of our DC family. Thanks paraeducators for your commitment, support, and care for all of the students you work with throughout each day!
Snow Day Make-Up
(School in session)
6th Grade Student Wins District Spelling Bee
On Tuesday, January 20th, DCMS held their annual spelling bee. It started out with 24 contestants in grades 5-8. The bee went on for 14 rounds until Nicholas L. won by spelling the word "noctambulist" correctly. A noctambulist is someone who walks at night, especially in his or her sleep. The top two spellers will compete in St. Cloud at the regional spelling bee on February 12th. The third place finisher is an alternate in case one of the top two cannot go.
The place winners were:
1st Place: Nicholas L. (6th Grade)
2nd Place: Eleanor W. (8th Grade)
3rd Place: Elizabeth K. (8th Grade)
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.
Dassel Elementary Designated as 2014 Reward School
D-C is proud to share that Dassel Elementary has been designated a Minnesota Reward School for 2014. This designation puts Dassel Elementary in the top 15 percent of Title I schools in Minnesota.
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.
The Food Science students were tested on their knowledge of food science and how to apply that knowledge in real-life situations. Each team completed a timed team product development project, while the individual team members also completed practicums in food sensory evaluation, food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.
Advisor Eric Sawatzke expressed great pride in his team's hard work and accomplishments and extended a big thank you and congratuations to Danita Piepenburg for coaching the Food Science team.
Other high honors at the convention included the following:
National Chapter Award: DC FFA was awarded the 3-star National Chapter Award at convention this year. This award signifies that the chapter is working hard to be successful in all areas of development including, student, chapter, and community development. The 2013-2014 DC FFA Officer team completed an 18 page application highlighting the top 9 events held by DC FFA during the year.
American Degree: Jessica Juncewski earned the highest degree awarded by our organization. To earn her degree, Jessica had to earn $7,500 in her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), participate in 10 activities beyond the chapter level, complete 6 agriculture courses, and serve at least 50 hours of service learning projects.
National Officer: DC FFA helps train candidates for National FFA office. Six individuals are selected each year to serve our organization of over 610,000 members. These six students will travel the country and even to Japan to help inspire students to become involved and serve others. One candidate that DC FFA trained, Victoria Maloch from Arkansas, was selected as the 2014-2015 National FFA Secretary.
There are over 7,500 FFA chapters across the nation.
Recently, MN Cornerstone featured the team in an article.
Activities Office begins
new online registration process
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.
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!)
4852 Reardon Ave. SW
Cokato, MN 55321