If you have any questions about events on this calendar, please contact the HS office.

ALC Camping Trip


The DC ALC took 8 students camping this week at Collinwood Park for outdoor education class. The students camped in the large group site by Chelgren Lake. Students did typical camping chores of setting up tents, cooking food, collecting water, splitting firewood, etc. We also did some hiking of the Collinwood trails and canoeing/fishing on the lake. Students had assignments of fireside reading of Listening Point and the Sand County Almanac as well as star gazing (constellations, venus, type of moon, side of the Milky Way galaxy, 6 shooting stars) Students also had some fun of Bocce Ball, cards, games of connections, smore's, storytelling and so much more. We spent the night in 28 degree weather and woke up to a good amount of frost. Students did a great job of cleaning up camp and leaving no trace (LNT) They then followed up camping with doing service learning out at Collinwood park.


DCHS Service Learning Day

By Lydia Harju and Mara Peterson
DCHS Journalism students

Students of Dassel-Cokato High School had the opportunity to participate in a variety activities for 2017 Service Learning Day on October 10th.

“Service learning day is a day where students can spend the afternoon volunteering in the community, whether its on-campus or off-campus, to help people in need,” said Katie Scepaniak, high school Spanish teacher and an organizer of the event.

Brooke Dell, high school Spanish teacher and an organizer of the event, explained the committee that put the day together, met about 6 times to plan, starting last spring. Many of the activities had been done in previous years, along with new ideas students and staff came up with. Some of the activities included: The Sandwich Project, high school cleanup, dog toy and mitten making, pie baking and selling, and many others.

The Sandwich Project is an activity that Dassel-Cokato High School has been a part of in past years. The goal for the high school students was to make 2,500 sandwiches. Johanna Koivisto and Kara Kivisto, students at DCHS, mentioned how they were happy to give back to the
community.

“I think it’s important that all students have an opportunity to do something for the greater good,”said Dell. “It gets them exposed to what it feels like to do good in the world, and maybe encourage them to keep doing so.”

Many students agreed that the activities were enjoyable and had a positive impact on many people in our community. They had a chance to sign up for an activity that interests them to give back to the community. They were able to learn a lot about the activities that they signed up.

“It helps other people and it builds character,” said Hannah Aho, DCHS sophomore who was making mittens.

Service Learning Day impacts many students positively by being able to see how they are helping out in the world, whether it’s seeing the product they created or the person they are impacting.

Images courtesy of Ava Erickson

    
    
    



2017-2018 Daily Schedule Change

We have some changes from last year. Advisory, last year’s Flex, will now be between 1st and 2nd period. We feel the change from Flex to Advisory will allow for a for a more effective use of student time. Students will have Advisory all 5 days of the week. The function and purpose of Advisory will continue to be to allow students to monitor their progress and get organized, complete school work, and get help from teachers. We will also have DCTV, class meetings, and time to complete other school business during Advisory to avoid interfering with other instructional time during the day. One day a week of Advisory will be devoted to Career and College Readiness.

The late start day has also moved from Friday to Monday. This will allow the teachers the opportunity to meet in their Professional Learning Communities at the beginning of each each week. Monday 1st period will start at 8:25. The later start time of class Monday does not change bus times. Students can study in the high school library or visit with friends in the Commons before class begins. Tuesday through Friday the start time will be 8:07. We just wanted you to know in advance so you could plan accordingly.

New Daily Schedule


2017-2018 Academic Eligibility Dates

September 22, 2017
October 13, 2017
November 3, 2017
End of TRI 1

January 5, 2018
January 26, 2018
February 16, 2018
End of TRI 2

April 6, 2018
April 27, 2018
May 18, 2018
End of TRI 3


Weather Related Announcements

This year we are taking full-advantage of our Campus student system and added a feature that is able to contact all of our parents and staff in a very short period of time for important announcements from school. For late-starts, early-outs and cancellations Mr. Powers will use this system. Cell phone numbers, home phone numbers and other numbers for parents will be called with the notification . Mr. Powers will also contact radio and TV stations as he has done in the past. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the DCHS Office. (more)

ACT Prep Site Available

Minnesota Career Information System (MnCIS) and the new ACT Online Prep Course and Practice Tests are available to Dassel-Cokato students preparing to take the ACT.

The Online course allows students to take a pretest and then customizes lessons for them based on their pretest results. In addition to test content they also have some very good test strategies.

The other option students have is to take one of 3 practice tests in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. They can do this timed or untimed.

If students or parents have questions about this program, they should contact Mr. Tool in the HS guidance office.

Access ACT Prep here

Directions for logging in & setting up an account.

 
activities.dc.k12.mn.us/virtual-trophy-case

http://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1062836/Dassel-Cokato-High-School/2016-Yearbook/2015070204440715357/CATALOG_SHOP/

http://www.dc.k12.mn.us/teacher_websites/activities/charger_closet/index.htm

Testing

 
https://mncis.intocareers.org/materials/portal/home.html

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools

Laptop Information



The high school winner of the LEEA (Leadership in Education Award) is
Mr. Brian Westby. Congratulations!

 
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Parent Portal Accounts

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



Student Links


http://www.jostens.com/yearbooks/high-school-yearbooks.html