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Random Act of Kindness: Food Drive
March 6 - March 21
As part of the Middle School's challenge to inspire random acts of kindness in our school, Ms. Bickmann's power hour has undertaken a collective effort to set up a food drive.
GOAL: Collect 686 items (1 per middle school student)
WHO: Everyone is invited to participate
WHAT: Donate food to the Food Pantry at The Children's Hospital
*Items must be soups, mac and cheese, Compleats or meals that can be microwaved in their container OR individual snacks (usually sold in boxes or packs) such as trrail mix, chips, sandwich crackers, fruit cups, granola bars, etc.
WHERE: Students are to bring food items to their power hour teacher OR community members can add items to the collection at The Marketplace in Cokato.
WHEN: March 6 - March 21
WHY: To help those in need. Many families are at Children's Hospital for an extended stay and paying for food, lodging, etc. gets to be very expensive.
Dassel-Cokato To Host Health & Safety Fair
Wednesday, March 19th
East Gym of Dassel-Cokato Middle School/High School Complex
“Take Charge of Your Health!” is the theme for the 2014 Dassel-Cokato Health & Safety Fair. The event will feature more than 30 local and regional organizations that will present on a variety of health and safety topics ranging from Agricultural Safety to Zumba. The format of the event will focus on ACTIVE learning. Presenters will provide information and education in a way that engages students through exercise, games, hands-on activities and trivia challenges.
The entire day will be dedicated to health and safety. In addition to attending the Fair, Middle School students will have a guest speaker on Youth Cyber & Technology Safety.
High School students will be trained on Hands-Only CPR. Cokato Ambulance, Cokato Fire, Dassel Fire, and other Wright County Emergency Medical Service staff and volunteers will team up to instruct more than 700 students how to quickly identify cardiac arrest, give chest compressions, and use an AED (defibrillator). Students will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal story of a cardiac arrest survivor.
The goal of the Health & Safety Fair is to get kids to think about their health and wellbeing, introduce them to resources, and build relationships with the local health and wellness community.
The public is invited to attend from 3:00-4:30pm.
More than 30 organizations presenting!
Snap Fitness - Cokato Eye Clinic - Outdoor Safety - Allina Health - Meeker Co. Public Health - Wright Co. Public Health - Meeker Memorial Hospital - TATU - FFA - Ridgeview Sports Medicine - St. Cloud Dental Hygiene/Nursing - Community Ed - Hutchinson Mental Health - Wellspring Massage - DC Food Science team - Red Cross - School Nutrition - Dan & Becky’s Market - and more!
Yoga - Zumba - Games - Competitions
Health screenings - CPR training
DCMS Testing Season
In February and April 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 at MDE's website.
We appreciate when parents emphasize to their 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 Mrs. Alisa Johnson or Mr. Brian Franklin.
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.
We’d like to welcome the
Class of 2018 to the High School!
If you have not yet registered, please feel free to contact DCHS Guidance Counselor, Mr. Tool by email or phone 320-286-4205.
DCMS Student Wins Regional Spelling Bee
The Regional Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, February 13 at Resource Training & Solutions offices in Sartell. There were two similar Spelling Bees, morning and afternoon, with two winners from each session. Kyle, Dassel-Cokato eighth grader, was the runner up of the morning session. All four of Regional winners will advance to the Multi-region State Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 25 at Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Fergus Falls. The winner of that Bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC, May 25-31.
DCMS staff and students congratulate Kyle on his success and wish him well as he moves onto the Mutli-region State Spelling Bee!
Mobile Apps to Access DCMS Media Center Collection
The following apps are now available for mobile devices (iOS and Android).
|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
|Follett Enlight App ( ebook collection)
Checkout, download and read ebooks.
URL to type into App: https://wbb15799.follettshelf.com
|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.
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 email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Phone: 320.286.4100 ext. 1600
4852 Reardon Ave. S.W.
Cokato, MN 55321