Dear Parents, Students and Families,






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Dear Parents, Students and Families, Health Fair

On Wednesday, March 19th we will be hosting a Health Fair in the East Gym. Stu-dents will be trained on Hands-Only CPR. Area Emergency responder teams and volunteers will team up to instruct more than 700 students and staff how to quick-ly 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 community is welcome to attend the Health Fair from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Senior Privilege Extended in Trimester III

Seniors will now have the opportunity to leave school at 2:35 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays if they meet the previously established criteria. There are a couple of exceptions. On Wednesday, March 19th we need the Seniors to stay for the Health Fair and during MCA testing on April 15th and 16th we will not have our FLEX schedule, so Seniors will need to stay at school. When we have Seniors stay for at school for an activity we will swap out the Monday and/or the Thursday of that week. We appreciate the great work the Class of 2014 is doing!

Senior Dates

Please review the Calendar of Events. Many are for Seniors as is much of the in-formation in Mr. Tool’s section. It is an exciting time for our Seniors as they start the count down to Commencement!

Spring Conferences Thursday, April 24th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Parents and students are invited to attend our final formal opportunity for face-to -face communication on student progress. We look forward to seeing you! 2014-15 Registration

The Guidance Office has been working hard on scheduling students for the 2014-15 school year. Our goal is to have a completed schedule for all students by the last day of the school year.

Stay the Course

Trimester III always brings a few challenges to us as students become a bit more antsy for graduation and summer break. It has been an outstanding school year with great focus from our students. It has also been a safe school year overall in terms of driving and good choices from our students on the nights and weekends. We are looking for continued focus from our students and appreciate the support we receive from our outstanding families! Let’s have a safe and productive spring! Dean A. Jennissen, DCHS Principal



Driver Ed. Teen/ Parent Night Choir Room 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. 20 Spring Break 24-28 April

Music Booster Meeting HS Choir Room

7:00 p.m. 7 FFA Meeting

HS Ag Room

7:30 p.m. 14 PSEO Grades due to HS Office for Academic Letter

Consideration 11 HS Parent/Teacher Conferences West Gym 4:00-7:00 p.m. 24 May Academic Awards Program PAC 8:00 p.m. 13

Yearbook Distribution Day During Flex 15 Distribution of Senior Cap/Gowns During Lunch 15-16 Prom Grand March West Gym 5:00 p.m. 17 Senior Breakfast &

Commencement Practice MS Commons 8:07-10:30 a.m. 23 Baccalaureate 7:15 p.m. Scholarship Program 8:15 p.m. PAC 28 June Graduation East Gym 2:00 p.m. 1


Greetings from DCHS!

What a year of successes! It seems we are announcing great performances, high rankings, and state-bound students on a weekly basis. It is truly a joy to see the students achieving at such a high level. Spring (green grass) is right around the corner which is evident as Mr. Ellis’ Home Construction class is happy to be out-side again!

Please review the following notices with your students for a successful spring:

Attendance: It is extremely important for your student to be in attendance every day through the last day of school. Please contact the high school office in the event your student is sick or if he/she is going to be ab-sent. Also, follow the call with a written note as soon as possible. Last, please try to schedule student ap-pointments after/before school and schedule any family vacations during Spring Break which is March 24-28.

Dress Code: Please review and discuss the DCHS dress code section of the student handbook (p.25) with your student….”Attire, which is unsafe, unhealthy, disruptive, obscene and/or offensive to generally accept-ed community standards, is prohibitaccept-ed.”

Conferences: I am always available to speak with families, parents, students about any concerns during conferences. This trimester’s conferences are held on April 24, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

MCA-III Testing in Reading (10th grade) and Math (11th grade) is on April 15th and 16th: It is important that all students attend school on these dates. During these testing dates please avoid making student ap-pointments, especially before noon. If your student is absent on the above dates, the test make-up dates are 17th and 18th for both Reading and Math. It is a great idea to talk with your student about any potential test anxieties and please call me if you need assistance. Get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast on both days. A granola snack and drink will be available to students.

The first round of MCA-III Science will be on March 17th and 18th for all students completing their Biology progression at the end of Trimester 2. Students who remain in Biology for Trimester 3 will be tested on May 15th.

DCHS Summary of Student Attendance Procedures and Policies for Upcoming State Tourna-ment Events: D-C students and families intending to view or participate in upcoming state tournament events are strongly encouraged to read the attendance policies on pages 8-12 in the student agenda book and on the “Handbook” link posted on the left side menu of the high school website. Please plan ahead and com-municate with the high school office in a timely manner. All state tournament absences must be

pre-approved prior to the day of absence and prior to the day of the activity.

To contact Dennis Abernathy: Please call 320-286-4203 or email


To contact Mr. Tool: 320-286-4205 or

2014 Scholarships: Local Common Scholarship Application is available on the Guidance website and in the Guidance Office. Applications are due April 3rd in the Guidance Office. We strongly encourage all applicants to attend the Scholarship Program on May 28, 2014 immediately following the Baccalaureate Service.

2014-2015 Schedules: We are currently working on next year’s master schedule and student schedules. If conflicts arise in the students schedule, we will refer to their alternates first. If we are unable to find a solu-tion, we will contact the student to discuss their options. We plan to distribute student schedules at the end of May. Mr. Tool will available until mid-June and starting again mid-August to address any scheduling con-cerns. Schedule changes to elective courses will not be done throughout the school year.

Financial Aid/FAFSA: You should begin receiving financial aid packages including grants, loans, work study, etc. soon. You still have time to complete the FAFSA if you have not already done so. Go to Most schools begin awarding Financial Aid in March.

Graduation: This is important to all students, but especially senior parents. Your student must pass 58 of 60 classes and complete all testing requirements in order to graduate. If you have concerns regarding your students’ progress, please contact me as soon as possible.

College Visits: This spring and summer is a great time for juniors to start taking college visits. Also check the Guidance website to find out when college representatives will be here this spring.

ACT: DCHS ACT Code: 240-500. Please register online at

Prom 2014 is quickly approaching and it is time to start planning for the after-prom party. This is a drug and alcohol free party that will be held at Grand Slam in Burnsville from 11:45 pm-3 am following prom. This event is sponsored by D-C parents and interested members of our community. Our goal is to provide a safe event for the students and to thank them for the many hours of entertainment they have provided us at con-certs, plays, athletic events, and other activities. This party is open to all D-C Juniors and Seniors and is all-inclusive with their dates. Singles are welcome to attend prom and the after-prom party as well. Dress Code is casual for the after-prom. As our goal is to keep every student safe, please encourage your child to attend if they will be out all night.

If you are interested in helping out in any way please email: or call Melissa at 320-309-7867 or Paula at 715-251-6572.

Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)

April 12, 2014 March 7, 2014 March 8– 21, 2014

June 14, 2014 May 9, 2014 May 10 – 23, 2014


School Nurse Message Annette Bohnsack

Norovirus or Influenza?

Flu season is upon us along with another illness that is very common this time of the year- Norovirus. People often refer to it as the “stomach flu”. However, it is not a type of influenza at all.

Here are some of the differences between Norovirus and Influenza: Norovirus

-The #1 cause of gastrointestinal illness

-Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain

-Spreads VERY easily. People are contagious upon onset of symptoms to at least 3 days and sometimes up to 2 weeks after recovery.

-Often mistaken for “flu” or “food-poisoning” Influenza

-Viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs

-Symptoms include fever, chills, body aches, sore throat and cough -Mainly spread through the air when a person coughs or sneezes

-The “flu shot” protects against this illness; it does not prevent symptoms of Norovirus

Norovirus and Influenza do have one thing in common- The best defense against BOTH is to wash your hands often and well!

Reminder: Children should stay home from school for 24 hours after an episode of vomiting, diarrhea or fever.

Contact School Nurse, Annette Bohnsack, for more information. 320-286-4100 Ext. 1804,

DC Health & Safety Fair -

Wednesday, March 19th - 9:30am-4:30pm

Take CHARGE of your health

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 - Well-spring Massage - DC Food Science team - Red Cross - School Nutrition - Dan & Becky’s Market - and more!

Active stations! Yoga, Zumba, Games, Competitions

Health screenings!

CPR training!

Raffle Prizes!


Message from the PTA

The mission of the Dassel


Cokato PTA is to foster communication between schools and families as well as

supporting children in their work of learning. The Dassel


Cokato PTA hopes to create a collaborative effort

with the schools, community, and parents/guardians to ensure a quality, well


rounded education for the

chil-dren in the D


C area.

The PTA will hold their next meeting on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Media Center.

The topic for this meeting will be Internet Safety.

Please watch the April newsletter, paper, and postings at

school for more details to come on the presenter for this topic.

We are also planning our next School Apparel


Details and order forms coming soon!! And, if you haven't done so, please like us on Facebook at



Cokato PTA.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting or the PTA, contact Abbey Lang at

You may also write or email at:



Cokato PTA

P. O. Box 632

Dassel, MN 55325



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