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

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newsletter
August Newsletter


Student & Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)


Upcoming Events

 

New Teacher Orientation
August 20-22

Teacher Planning
August 25-28

MS Open House
Grades 6-8
5:00-7:00
August 27

5th Grade Orientation
Open House
5:00-7:00
August 28

Instrument Night
5:00-7:00
Band Room
August 28

Labor Day
(no school)
Sept 1

School Begins
Sept 2

D-C Homecoming
Oct 3

Teacher Workshop &
EM Convention

(no school)
Oct 15-17


Parent Portal Accounts

campus

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


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"


Preparing for 2014-15 School Year

School Calendar
School Supply List

Grades 6-8 Open House
(see below or August newsletter for more details)
5:00-7:00
August 27

5th Grade Orientation
(see below or August newsletter for more details)
5:00-7:00
August 28

Please see the 2014-2015 D-C School Supplement 
for more back to school details.
(published in the August 2014 Enterprise/Dispatch)


DCMS Welcomes New Principal: Alisa Johnson

DCMS welcomes new school principal, Alisa Johnson, She is starting her first year as principal at Dassel-Cokato Middle School. She lives in Dassel with her husband, who is the Safety and Health Coordinator at First District Association in Litchfield. They have three children: a senior, sophomore and a first grader. They enjoy family adventures and trips to the Dairy Queen.

Mrs. Johnson grew up west of Litchfield and graduated from LHS. She then attended Mankato State University for her education degree and also received degrees from St. Mary's and St. Cloud State University. Mrs. Johnson taught fifth grade for seventeen years and was the dean of students for three years and is now incredibly excited to be the principal. We look forward to a great school year with Alisa Johnson as our new principal!


From the Middle School Principal
Welcome back to the 2014-2015 school year!

On behalf of the staff at the Dassel-Cokato Middle School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2014-15 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students achieve their highest potential.  We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.  As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to ensure that happens!  We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she 1) attends school daily ready to learn; 2) completes all assignments given by teachers; 3) reads daily to develop love for reading and to improve literacy skills; 4) shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life; 5) informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area; and 6) knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school.  Your children receive the best education when you and our dedicated teachers work together as a team. It starts with parent enthusiasm, support in education, and involvement that inspires children to perform their best at school and it continues with the teacher’s ability to teach what each child will need to learn. Dassel-Cokato Middle School has a faculty and staff that care about your children and are eager to inspire their learning!        

There is a great amount of excitement ahead of us for this school year. There are new teachers and staff to meet, new books to read, new and additional digital learning opportunities in classrooms, new friends to meet, and many new skills to master in all content areas. I am looking forward to you sharing in these exciting times with your children! Our new staff to the middle school this year include: Joe Ekert in 6th grade, Bjorn Bakke in 7th/8th grade Social, Faye Nelson in 7th/8th grade ELA, Debbie Kinney in Special Education, and Ryan Weinandt is our new dean of students.  We also have some staff moving to other positions: Merrin Polzine-Lust is moving from  5th  to 6th grade, Amy Anderson is moving from 6th to 5th grade, and Jill Kittock and Kelly Johnson are  moving to full time 8th grade.  When you have an opportunity to meet these folks, please welcome them to our community and in their new positions. We are still in the process of hiring quality candidates for some of our positions yet unfilled and we have some great people to choose from in our process.

The Dassel – Cokato Middle School staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family.  We thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and look forward to meeting the new families and reconnecting with those of you who have been part of our school district. I encourage you to embrace these middle school years with your child.  Adolescence can be a tough time for some young people.  I believe a strong relationship between home and school can improve a child’s level of success!    

See you at our Open House evenings!
Alisa Johnson, Principal


Open House: 6th-8th Grades
August 27

On Wednesday evening, August 27, 2014 there will be an open house for students in grades 6th - 8th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Students and parents will be able to pick-up their schedule packets and visit with staff starting at 5:00 p.m. 

6th Grade: There will be a presentation for all 6th grade students and their parents at 6:00 p.m. in the PAC regarding the sixth grade educational field trip and other items related to sixth grade orientation.  This presentation is very important for all sixth grade families to attend. 

7th and 8th grade: students and their parents may meet with teachers anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Teachers will be in the hallways and their rooms to meet with you and answer any questions related to 7th or 8th grade. This is a great time to get your schedules, find your lockers, learn about curriculum, and meet up with friends.

Students who are unable to attend open house may pick their schedules up before school on the morning of September 4.


Open House: 5th Grade
August 28

On Thursday evening, August 28, 2014 there will be an orientation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for 5th grade students only.  Students will be able to pick-up their schedule packets and tour the middle school starting at 5:00 .m. We will have approximately a 30-45 minute presentation in the Performing Arts Center starting at 5:45 p.m. for students and parents. 

Fifth Grade students who cannot attend the Open House on August 28 are welcome to visit the morning of August 29.  Please try to attend orientation with your child.  The Dassel–Cokato Middle School staff is looking forward to meeting you!


Band and Choir Instrument Rental Night
August 28

Instrument Rental Night for prospective band students will take place on Thursday, August 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the band room.  Students from all middle school grades are invited to attend any time during this session.  Even if a student did not start band in 5th grade, it is never too late to start learning how to play an instrument and join band! 


Infinite Campus Parent and Student Account Tools

We will continue to offer parents Parent Portal through Infinite Campus, which will be used to maintain all our student and family information.  This program will allow parents access to their children’s grades, standardized test scores, lunch account balances, pay lunch money online, attendance records, contact information, and immunization records. To register for this service you can simply stop in the office during one of the open house nights and activate your account or call the office after September 15. Once your account is activated, you will set up a user ID and password that will give you secure access to your child’s records exclusively and be able to make school related payments online.  Registering once at one of the buildings will enable parents to see all of their children’s information regardless of the school building they attend. We hope this web-based access to information provides for you a convenient means of tracking your child’s school records.


7th Grade Vaccinations *IMMUNIZATION LAW CHANGE

Parents, the Minnesota School Immunization Law has changed. Incoming 7th graders must now have the Meningococcal vaccination (in addition to Tdap) prior to starting school in the fall. Please make sure you child's immunizations are up-to-date.

Students must have all required immunizations completed, or must have a conscientious objection form on file, before the back-to-school open house.

MN schools may not admit students who do not have complete immunization documentation on file. These are the immunizations your 7th grader needs:-Tdap, -Meningococcal, -Varicella (unless your child has already had 2 varicella immunizations or has had chicken pox). Your healthcare provider may recommend additional immunizations, but those listed above are the immunizations required for school attendance. Please contact the health office if you have any questions at 286-4100 ext. 1804.


DCMS MMR Rating

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.


Alisa Johnson
Principal

Phone: 320.286.4100 ext. 1600
Fax: 320.286.4176

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