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
January Newsletter


Parent Reference Guide
(contacts for FAQ)

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


Upcoming Events

FLY Field Trip
Jan 23

Eligibility Date
Jan 24

Paraprofessional Recognition Week
Jan 25-31

MS Parent Teacher Conferences
4:00-7:00
Jan 22

8th Grade Parent/Student Registration Meeting
7:15 HS Choir Rm
Jan 26

NWEA Winter Testing
Starts Feb 3

Activity Day Registration
Feb 12

Eligibility Date
Feb 13

Snow Day Make-Up
(School in session)
President's Day
Feb. 16

Activity Day
Feb 20

End of 2nd Trimester
March 5

Staff Development Day
(no school)
March 6

Spring Break
(no school)
March 23-27

Good Friday
(no school)
April 3


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"


Annual Spelling Bee Winners

On Tuesday, January 20th, DCMS held their annual spelling bee.  It started out with 24 contestants in grades 5-8. The bee went on for 14 rounds until Nicholas L. won by spelling the word "noctambulist" correctly. A noctambulist is someone who walks at night, especially in his or her sleep.  The top two spellers will compete in St. Cloud at the regional spelling bee on February 12th. The third place finisher is an alternate in case one of the top two cannot go.

The place winners were:
1st Place: Nicholas L. (6th Grade)
2nd Place: Eleanor W. (8th Grade)
3rd Place: Elizabeth K. (8th Grade)


Seeking Community Members to Share Their Career

During the 8th grade career unit, we 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:     320-286-4100 ext. 1632          Jill.Kittock@dc.k12.mn.us
Faye Nelson:   320-286-4100 ext. 1630          Faye.Nelson@dc.k12.mn.us


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. 


Parent Teacher Conferences

On January 22nd and 26th we will be having the middle school winter parent/teacher conferences. Conferences on January 22nd will be from 4:00-8:00 PM and on January 26th will be from 4:00-7:00 PM. Teachers will be sending more information home with students after the holiday break regarding conferences.

These conferences mark nearly the half-way point of your child’s school year. It is a great time to review and reflect on the first part of the year and set goals with your child for the remainder of the year. Please remember, you can always contact a teacher or set up a meeting if you have any questions or concerns about your child. We welcome the opportunity to talk with parents about their children. We look forward to seeing you either January 22nd or 26th.


2015-2016 Registration Information for Class of 2019

Parents, please take note of the following dates for upcoming registration events.

January 21st, 2015: Mr. Jennissen, DCHS Principal & Mr. Tool, DCHS Guidance Counselor will distribute the 2015-2016 registration materials and discuss the registration process to the 8th graders during their Math class.

January 26th, 2014: Parent/Student Registration Meeting: 7:15 pm in HS Choir Room.  This meeting is for incoming 9th graders and parents.  Please bring the registration materials to the meeting to take notes. 

February 5th, 2014: Student Registration in High School computer lab during school hours.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
DCHS Guidance Counselor, Mr. Tool at:
Ryan.Tool@dc.k12.mn.us or 320-286-4205.


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