Popelka

Congratulations to
Ms. Popelka
the 2013-2014
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
May Newsletter


Student & Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)


Upcoming Events

Fall Eligibility Meeting and Registration
Thursday, August 7th
at 7 p.m. in PAC

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
Grades 6-8
5:00-7:00
August 28

Labor Day
(no school)
Sept 1

School Begins
Sept 2


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. Click here 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


Summer School

Our summer school program is an excellent opportunity for students to spend their June and July mornings improving their math, reading, and science skills. The program is designed to assist any students who could benefit from additional instruction and for students who have failed a course throughout the school year. 

Classes for students in grade 5- 6 are taught in multi-grade clusters and focus on math and reading skills. Classes for 7th grade students include remediation in math and reading, and a service project.  Eighth grade students focus on developing skills and goals necessary for high school success. 

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday
from 8:00-11:00
starting June 9 and ending July 10. 

If you have any questions regarding summer school please contact Principal Brian Franklin at 286-4100 ext. 1604.


Athletic/Fine Arts Eligibility Meeting and Registration Information

The mandatory annual elibigibility meeting will be held on Thursday, August 7th at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for all 7th-12th grade participants and their parents/guardians. Fall team meetings will follow the annual eligibility meeting. See activities page for more details.

Activities Office begins new online registration process

Dassel Cokato High School Activities Office is excited to announce a new online registration process for all 7th – 12th grade athletic and fine arts activities, beginning fall of 2014.  This “paperless” process will make annual registration for activities easier for students, parents and the Activities Office staff. See letter for more information. 


Middle School-A Different View During the Summer
Brian Franklin, Middle School Principal

When you drive by Dassel-Cokato Middle School during the summer months you can normally see a handful of cars in the parking lot. This is a much different view of the parking lot than during the school year. So what is happening during the summer at DCMS?

Our custodians are working hard to repair the wear and tear of the last school year and are preparing the school for the students’ return for next year with many projects. Our custodians are busy fixing lockers, doors, items used daily throughout the school year, and are also moving every part of each classroom out of the room to do a thorough cleaning. These are big projects for our custodial staff throughout the summer and they work as a great team to accomplish all of these projects.

Many of our teachers are here throughout the summer for various reasons. We have teachers who continue to teach summer school to help students maintain academic skills and remediate other skills as necessary. Other teachers are here at times throughout the summer to work in teams as they evaluate curriculum, write curriculum, and also modify curriculum to meet the changes of the Minnesota State Standards in subject areas. Once August arrives you may see more cars again as teachers are back in their classrooms to implement their new learning and prepare for new students. Finally, the latter part of August is filled with school related meetings and training as the entire staff comes back together to prepare the school for the arrival of students.

What about our middle school students? We hope they are always enjoying their summer with vacations, time with friends, maybe some part time employment. However; it is very important for them to stay engaged in learning. Current research suggests that most students will lose academic skills throughout the summer by as much as 25 percent. The setbacks in reading and mathematical can be between 2 to 3 months of grade-level equivalency. What can you do as a parent to help? Some suggestions are, read with your children daily, while on the road play learning games, while traveling make an attempt to learn more about the places you travel, and  if your child enjoys playing games, try to incorporate games that allow academic practice. Again, most of these suggestions are to help students remain engaged in learning and will hopefully help them maintain their skills from the previous school year. We also continue have the academic resources, games, and skill practice activities on our website. Our school website is accessible from any computer, tablet, or iPad with any internet connection and being able to stay connected to grade level skill practice can be helpful for all students.

All too fast it will be the end of summer and the school year will be upon us. Our hopes are that all students have a great summer filled with many learning opportunities both near and far! Learning is a 24 hour a day habit that many kids enjoy and do not even realize learning is happening. We are again excited to see the kids back in the hallways and classrooms as we prepare for another successful year here at DCMS.


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

Meningococcal                                                                   
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.


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.


Brian Franklin
Principal

Phone: 320.286.4100 ext. 1600
Fax: 320.286.4176

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