November 2018 Levy / Bond Vote

The Dassel-Cokato School Board has decided to bring two questions to voters on November 6, 2018.  

The first question asks voters to increase our operations levy by $650/pupil for 10 years.  We are currently projected to deficit spend over $600,000 in 2018-19.  This levy would stabilize our budget and enable us to continue to staff at appropriate levels.  If the levy passes it will include an inflationary factor allowing it to keep pace with inflation.

The second question will be to support a bond that will include:  
  • Expansion/remodel of our Career and Technical Education facilities along with housing our ALC on school grounds.
  • Finishing the building started by the Dassel-Cokato Regional Ice and Sport Center with the result being a full-function ice rink during the skating season and a multi-purpose facility for the remainder of the year
  • Upgrading of the swimming pool HVAC systems so that they meet current specifications.
  • Further securing the entrances at all of our buildings so that we have more control over where visitors go when they come to the buildings
Each of these items provide better opportunities for our students through expanded programming, improved environmental conditions, and increased safety.

It is important to note that passage of the bond is contingent on passage of the levy.  If the levy doesn’t pass the bond cannot pass.  It makes no sense for us to expand facilities when we cannot afford our everyday operating expenses.

More detailed information regarding the levy and bond will be available on the district’s website, district.dc.k12.mn.us,  throughout the summer.

Dassel-Cokato Public Schools Strategic Plan 2018-2023

Summer Food Service

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P91owwYezGjh2iVetXYoKPdOuRTUlfyb

Students of Excellence Winners

Congratulations to (L-R) Sara Cronk, Madison Mayer, Kailee Johnson, and Dani Leung, our 2017-2018 Students of Excellence Award winners! This is the 31st year of the Students of Excellence Award, which was held on Wednesday April 25th at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. These students received this award based on their leadership skills, school and community involvement, and their academic achievements! Congratulations ladies!


Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra

CE students will be singing with the Minnesota Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Jay Fishman.


Theme
Music Tells a Story

Tuesday, May 1st 2018

Cokato Elementary
200 5th Street SW, Cokato

1st Performance
1:15—1:55pm

2nd Performance
2:05—2:45pm

The Great River Regional Library, Friends of the Cokato Area Library (FOCAL), and Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund bring us this AMAZING opportunity! This experience is a way for the orchestra members to share their talents with our state school districts and communities. For more information you can view their website at www.mnsinfonia.org/history-mission.

Success at the 2AA Visual Arts Festival


Last Friday, Dassel-Cokato High School's Art Department competed at the 2AA Regional Visual Arts Festival at Chaska, MN. DCHS students came away with 11 out of 17 artworks receiving superior ratings! This also marks the second year in a row to have a student advance to the state competition! Good luck at State Jessica, and congrats to everyone who showcased their amazing works!

Here is a link to the DCHS Art's website, which has photos of all the submitted artwork.

Speaking at the Rotary

Kailee Johnson, Sara Cronk, Jubal Nelson shared their State Speeches to the Rotary last Thursday, April 12th. Four DC Speakers will compete at State on Friday, April 20th at Apple Valley High School.


Drumline State Finals Results


DC Drumline finished a fantastic season in 2nd Place at the Minnesota Percussion Association State Finals Saturday night at St. Cloud State University.  This is by far the best finish ever for DC Drumline - the previous state titles were in a lower class of competition.  DC was moved up a class several years ago by the judges because of the difficult skills they are performing. When you look at scores below, DC is the 2nd highest of some great high school programs ! 

The DC Drumline Staff is so proud of all of the dedication, effort, time, and enthusiasm that DC students bring to floor every time they practice and perform!   

Thank you DC administration, staff, students, and community for all the support!    

Full results below: 

Percussion Scholastic Regional A Class
1. Grove Area Percussion 2 (Maple Grove) 79.225
2. St. Francis HS                                          78.088
3. Totino Grace HS                                       74.338
4. Foley HS                                                   72.775
5. Fusion Drumline of ISD 622                      72.325
6. Baldwin Woodville HS                               72.000
7. Sauk Rapids HS                                        71.875
8. South St. Paul HS                                     68.863
9. Buffalo HS                                                 68.575
10. Rocori HS                                                68.012 
11. Roosevelt HS                                          66.325

Percussion Scholastic A Class 
1. Irondale HS                                               90.800
2. Dassel-Cokato HS                                   88.275
3. Elk River HS                                              86.825
4. Burnsville HS                                             86.675
5. Grove Area Percussion 1 (Maple Grove)  83.788
6. Brookings HS                                            79.988
7. Forest Lake HS                                         78.400
8. Eagan HS                                                  76.125

Percussion Scholastic World Class
Eden Prairie HS                                            82.050

House of Charity

The House of Charity is a Homeless Shelter in Minneapolis.  Starting today we will be accepting donations in the Middle School office. 

NFHS Streaming DC Charger Events


Say Thank You to The People Who Coach Your Children!

Within the Dassel-Cokato Activities Department work over 70 coaches and advisors. Countless more work with our Community Education programs. Although our core mission is education during the regular school day the opportunities provided by extra-curricular and after-school program are extremely important. The many adults that dedicate their time to running these programs deserve our thanks and gratitude.

The hours worked by our coaches and advisors during games, at practices, and preparing for both events go well beyond the financial compensation they receive. Oftentimes they are giving up their time with families to support the efforts of our children and opportunities to earn more money doing more traditional jobs.
Unfortunately, the environment surrounding activities can become very negative because of parent and fan input. The competitive nature of athletics, and fine arts competitions, does not always bring out the best in us. 

Within our district I am seeing less willingness to provide leadership in our after school activities programs and some of that is driven by the constant stress that our coaches and advisors experience. 

I enjoy winning as much as anyone and expect us to run competitive programs. With that said, it is most important that all of us use activities to teach our children how to be good team mates, accept leadership, show leadership, and learn how to deal with wins and losses in a positive healthy manner. The future success of our children is much more grounded in the many positive character traits, disciplines, and qualities that are taught through activities than it is in their abilities as an athlete or performer. The percentages of people who make their living as an athlete or performer are infinitesimally small.

Let’s work together to help our students keep the proper perspective on activities and advocate for the many coaches and advisors that make our activity programs possible. Say thank you to your child’s coach or advisor. They greatly need all of us to provide them with support and encouragement!

Superintendent 

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!!!

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Online Payment Center

Pay Lunch Accounts in Campus Parent Portal


Fundraising Opportunities


Surplus Equipment Available on District Auction Site

The school district will be hosting an on-line public auction to liquidate end-of-life and surplus equipment. This site is open to the public. Interested participants may register by following the link above.

View the D-C Website in other languages

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Translated Website


Online Tutoring Available for Military Families

http://www.tutor.com/military


http://dc.lib.overdrive.com/