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
December Newsletter


Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)

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


Upcoming Events

Winter Break
Dec 24-Jan 4

Classes Resume
Jan 5

Wear Orange
Jan 7

SOM & FLY Breakfasts
Jan 9

Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Jan 20

Parent Teacher Conferences
Jan 22 and 27

MS Spelling Bee
Jan 27


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"


Food Shelf Drive

Thank you to all that donated and supported the food drive this year! We TRIPLED the amount of donated items from last year!

food

Our donation total was about 1,100 items and $270. WOW!!!

Top Charger Time Honors:
1st Place: Sik (238)
2nd Place: Veith (177)

3rd Place: Rudebusch (107)


New Trimester!

The end of the first trimester was on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. We started our second trimester on Monday, December 1, 2014. After you receive report cards from DCMS, take a moment to talk with your child about his or her grades in each class and his or her successes. Part of the discussion can also center around your child’s effort in school and the impact it may have on academic performance. Here at the DCMS we provide many opportunities for students to excel in all classes or catch up if students need a little more time to complete assignments or projects through some school offered programs such as morning Media Center open each day at 7:15 a.m., Catch Up, STARS, or even Saturday School when needed. Teachers are also available to help students with questions before and after school. It is great for students to start out a new trimester ready for success!


2014-2015  DCMS Yearbook Orders 

The DC Middle School is offering full-color 64 page yearbooks for $15.  Order forms will be distributed through Charger Time on January 6th.  The order form deadline is January 31st.  Checks can be made payable to DC Middle School.  If your child does not have an order form, they may pick one up in the Middle School Media Center. 


MS Student Wins VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

We wish to congratulate Eleanor Weckwerth who was just notified that she won the local VFW's Patriot's Pen essay contest. This VFW sponsored competition gives students an opportunity to express their views on democracy. It is open to 6th-8th graders across the US. Last year there were more than 104,000 students who participated. The top 46 national winners all receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000, plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent.

The theme this year was "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans".  Eleanor's essay was selected as the winner at the local level. She and her parents will be invited to a VFW pizza party where she will be awarded $75. Her essay has already been sent to on to the district/regional level of the competition.  It would be great if her essay was chosen to advance to the state level!


Seeking Community Members to Share Their Career

The 8th grade students recently completed the ACT Explore test. This test is intended to help the students build high school course plans that will prepare them for college and work, and it introduces them to career options that are relevant to them. It is also a practice opportunity for the ACT test that students will take during their junior year. The results of the Explore test will show the students areas needing extra help or additional courses, suggestions for improving skills, and careers that match the students’ interests. Using these results, the students will research careers that interest them during our Career Unit in January.

During this unit, we also invite members of the community to come in to speak to the students about their chosen careers. This year’s date for career speeches will be Friday, January 23. Our hope is to have a variety of career speakers as choices for the students. If you are interested in speaking about your chosen career, please contact one of the 8th grade ELA teachers, Jill Kittock or Faye Nelson.
Jill Kittock:     320-286-4100 ext. 1632          Jill.Kittock@dc.k12.mn.us
Faye Nelson:   320-286-4100 ext. 1630          Faye.Nelson@dc.k12.mn.us


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.


Crash Lounge

Do you want a place to go hang out with your friends after school? Drop in at the
“Crash Lounge” in the Middle School Commons on Mondays after school until 5:00pm. This program is open to ALL Middle School Students grades 5th-8th on a drop in basis.

What is there to do?
Ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, darts, four square, board games, listen to music, watch movies, read books and magazines, do homework, talk and laugh with friends, open gym and swimming (when available) and much more!

Dates: November:  3, 10, 17, 24; December: 1, 8, 15, 22; January: 12, 19; February: 2, 9, 23.

Cost:  FREE!
Permission slips available in the office.


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