Bollman

Congratulations to
Ms. Bollman
the 2014-2015
DCMS Leadership in Educational Excellence Recipient!


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 rest of 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!)

GO CHARGERS!!!


Volunteers Needed & Appreciated!

When you become involved in our school, at home or in the building, your children will thrive and our school truly does become a better school because of you! There are many ways to volunteer at DCMS.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about the opportunities, please contact Autum Nelson, volunteer coordinator, at 320-286-4100 ext. 1658.


School Closings

Notices of Dassel-Cokato School closings and other school emergencies will be broadcast again this year over:

  • WCCO (830 AM) Minneapolis
  • KRWC (1360 AM) Buffalo
  • KDUZ (1260AM) Hutchinson
  • KLFD (1410 AM) Litchfield
  • KARP (106.9 FM) Hutchinson
  • Channel 11 KARE TV

Character Counts
at DCMS

pillar

 

newsletter
March Newsletter


Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)

Preparing for MCAs
Family Resoures
Item Samplers
(Learning resources to help students prepare for MCAs.)


Upcoming Events

Spring Break
(no school)
March 23-27

Good Friday
(no school)
April 3

8th Grade Field Trip
Anne Frank
April 6

Start of MCAs
April 13

Eligibility Date
April 17

Administrative Assistants Day
April 22


Parent Portal Accounts

campus

Infinite Campus is used to maintain all our student and family information such as children's grades, lunch account balances, standardized test scores, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records.

A free mobile 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.

Please contact school secretary to activate your account.


Online Payment Center

Activities & CommEd

Pay Lunch Accounts in Campus Parent Portal


Preparing for MCAs

See the new MN Asessment Portal for item samplers and resources that will help prepare students for MCAs (click on STUDENT/FAMILY).

Additional links for increasing NWEA MAP Scores: Math / Rdg.


Help DCMS Raise Funds for Reading Counts Program


Charger Kids Club
2014-2015

Charger Kids Club is a school age childcare and enrichment program, designed to meet the year-round needs of working parents of students in grades K-6. See Charger Kids Club website for more details.


BUS PASSES

To allow any change in a student's pick-up or drop-off location, students must receive a Bus Pass. These requests must be received by the school office no later than 2:00 p.m. prior to the route change. For more details, please see the district transporation letter.

Welcome to D-C Middle School
"Together We're Better"


Follow Us on TWITTER

The Dassel –Cokato Middle School is now on TWITTER. You can find us at Dassel-Cokato MS! Watch for updates on important happenings with our middle schoolers!


Testing Season

At DCMS, our students take two important assessments, NWEA MAP and Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments; which are used to determine their math and reading proficiency levels. Locally, we use the results of both tests to diagnose students’ individual learning needs in order to provide appropriate targeted instruction. The Minnesota Department of Education uses the results of the MCA’s to assess our school’s instructional performance as compared to other schools in the state. If you are interested in seeing how we compare to state schools, you can check our school report card.

We appreciate when you emphasize to your children the importance of investing their best efforts when taking these tests. The results also help us create lessons that meet the needs of our students that are matched with the Minnesota State Standards. If you would like more information about either of these two assessments, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ryan Weinandt or Mrs. Alisa Johnson.


MathCounts at DCMS!

Ten DCMS students attended the Mathcounts competition at St. Cloud State University in February. Our Mathcounts team received fifth place. There were about 12 teams competing this year.

Out of about 112 individuals competing, Eleanor W. received 14th place in the individual competition. Eleanor was part of the Count-down round. During the Countdown round, they invite the top 16 students to compete in front of everyone. It is fun for the students and coaches to see how good other students are at solving math problems. All of the students did a nice job representing our school!


State Spelling Bee

Congratulations to both of our DC winners! They represented DC very well on February 23 at the State Spelling Bee held in Fergus Falls. The competition began with 21 spellers from 5th grade through 8th grade: one 5th grader, four 6th graders, 2 seventh graders, and 14 eighth graders. Students spelled words such as sonata, windily, maladroit, peccadillo, cheka, jacamar, eclectic, and schadenfreude . Eleanor made it to the fourth round, while Nicholas made it to the 10th round and finished fourth place.


AFTER SCHOOL CATCH-UP

Does your son or daughter need extra time to complete an assignment? Were they absent from school or miss a test? Are they on the verge of being ineligible for activities? Or do they just need to use the technology and programs in the school lab? If so, after school Catch-Up is the place to be! Catch-Up is held every Thursday after school from 3:00-5:00.


Parent Volunteers Needed

We are always looking for parents willing to assist with various middle school activities.  If you would like to be added to our list of volunteers, please contact Autum Nelson, our volunteer coordinator, at autum.nelson@dc.k12.mn.us.


Attendance Calling System

The middle school has recently begun piloting an attendance calling system.  If your child has been marked absent in at least two classes by 10:00 AM, they are considered absent and our CAMPUS system will automatically call you to confirm their absence.  Our hope is that then you will contact the office (if you haven’t done so already) to let us know the reason they are absent. 


DCMS Controlled Access

Just a reminder that all doors to DCMS will be locked during school hours. When visiting DCMS during all visitors will be required to buzz the middle school office staff who will greet you via intercom, verify visitor identity and the reason for the visit to our school. Once visitors have been provided access to DCMS they will be required to stop into the office, sign in, and acquire the proper identification badge to be worn while in the school. Most visitors will also be escorted to their desired location and back to the office during their visits. These extra steps in welcoming visitors to the district schools and DCMS is another way we can help keep our students and staff safe. If you have any questions related to the DCMS controlled access please contact me. In addition, please remember, students will not have access to DCMS until 7:15 each school day. The only door open before will be by the MS Commons where students would need to wait for access to the middle school.


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!)

GO CHARGERS!!!

 

 

 


Alisa Johnson
Principal

Phone: 320.286.4100 ext. 1600
Fax: 320.286.4176

Suite 1500
4852 Reardon Ave. S.W.
Cokato, MN 55321