Congratulations to
Ms. Popelka
the 2013-2014
DCMS Leadership in Educational Excellence Recipient!


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.


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!)


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



April Newsletter

Student & Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)

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.

Upcoming Events

April 14-May 13

Administrative Assistant's Day
April 23

Porkchop Feed
Music Boosters
5:00 Cokato
April 25

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5-9

National Teacher Day
May 6

National School Nurse Day
May 7

Eligibility Date
May 9

8th Grade Field Trip
May 14

5th Grade Field Trips
May 14 & 15

4th Grade Visit to MS
May 16

Memorial Day
(no school)
May 26

Parent Portal Accounts


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.

Online Payment Center

Activities & CommEd

Pay Lunch Accounts in Campus Parent Portal

Help DCMS Raise Funds for Reading Counts Program

Charger Kids Club

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. Click here for more details.


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"

Success Indicator Survey

The Board of Education would like to invite you to participate in the Success Indicators Survey. The survey will be conducted through the Infinite Campus parent portal module, so please make sure you are set up to access parent portal and that the office has either an email or phone number to contact you. The survey will be open from April 25 - May 4, and your response will be anonymous.

2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments

The 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments are scheduled to be given to our students on the dates listed below.  Again this year, we have engaged in a variety of efforts to raise the scores our students achieve on these state-wide standardized tests of reading, math and science ability.

We also request your assistance in two areas.

First, please discuss these tests with your child and try to motivate her or him to perform on them at the highest possible level.  Because the tests do not impact their school grades, some students do not put forth their best effort when taking them. We do, however, use the results of these tests to determine course content and individualized instruction, which makes it critical that the scores represent students’ best efforts. Since the scores are used to compare our school to other schools in the state, we also hope to instill in our students a sense of pride in showing that Dassel-Cokato Middle School students are some of the smartest in the state!

A second area where we need your assistance is simply ensuring that your child attends school on the dates listed below, and that he or she shows up well-fed and rested on the test days.  A good night’s sleep, a good breakfast, and some parental encouragement can have a significant impact on test performance. 

With all of our preparation and some encouragement from you, we are confident that our students can, once again, produce very admirable test results for themselves and DCMS.

5th grade          April 16 & 17                                 
6th grade          April 14 & 15                               
7th grade          April 23 & 24                               
8th grade          April 21 & 22   

5th grade          April 30, May 1             
6th grade          April 28 & 29
7th grade          May 7 & 8
8th grade          May 5 & 6              

5th Grade         May 12
8th Grade         May 13

*There are student make up days built into the schedule for students who are absent on the days of regular scheduled tests.

If you would like more information about either of these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Alisa Johnson or Mr. Brian Franklin.

Porkshop Feed

DC Music, DC Music Boosters, and the Cokato Lions will be having a Pork Chop Feed Friday April 25th at 5:00pm at Cokato Elementary School to benefit DC Music programs.  Ask music students about tickets.

Seeking Volunteers

We are in need of volunteers on a weekly basis  to provide help and encouragement in a reading environment.  If you are interested, please contact Autum Nelson.

New Required Immunization for 7th grade

Please note that the meningococcal immunization is now required for entry into 7th grade. The meningococcal vaccine protects against bacterial meningitis, a serious infection.

Check your child’s shot records to be sure he or she is up-to-date.

These are the required immunizations for incoming 7th graders:
Varicella (chicken pox)                                                     
2 shots needed for 7th grade, unless student has had chicken pox disease

Hepatitis B                                                                           
3 shots needed for 7th grade

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)                                  
2 shots needed for 7th grade

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)               
1 shot needed at age 11 or older

1 shot needed for 7th grade

In order for your 7th grader to begin school in the fall, these immunizations must be complete, or a conscientious exemption must be on file at school.

Mobile Apps to Access DCMS Media Center Collection

The following apps are now available for mobile devices (iOS and Android).

destiny Destiny Quest App ( physical book collection)
Reserve books, see checkouts, send recommendations to friends. URL to type into App: http://destiny.dc.k12.mn.us
enlight Follett Enlight App ( ebook collection)
Checkout, download and read ebooks.
URL to type into App: https://wbb15799.follettshelf.com
catalist Catalist App (digital audiobook collection)
Checkout, download and listen to audiobooks.

The logins for the apps are the same logins used for the computers at DCMS.

Daily Attendance

Most of you are well aware of our policy requiring a note or a phone call to excuse an absence for your child.  Please remember to notify the office of your child’s absence either prior to the absence or on the day of the absence. If the office does not receive notification, a phone call will be made home. If you forget to call, we also encourage you to excuse absences with an email message on the same day. Simply send a message to both sarah.wolff@dc.k12.mn.us and holly.erickson@dc.k12.mn.us with an explanation for the absence.  When your child returns to school he or she will still need to check in with the office, to receive an absence pass, before returning to any classes.


This week 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. If you would like more information related to DCMS MMR scores, please contact Mr. Franklin or Mrs. Johnson.

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.

Brian Franklin

Phone: 320.286.4100 ext. 1600
Fax: 320.286.4176

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