DCHS September 2022 Newsletter

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Principal's Message- Chris Meisch

I would like to thank our amazing students and staff for a great start. It is an absolute honor and privilege for me to be a leader in this school district. I am proud of our students, staff, and community. Thank you for all you do!


I am looking forward to a great year at DCHS. As much as I appreciate the summer months, it is also super exciting to welcome our students back to the building.


I would like to use this newsletter as an opportunity to draw your attention to a few important dates that will be upon us before we know it. Our first Marked Reporting date will transpire on October 7th. Teachers will post grades on that date so that all students have an accurate and current snapshot of where they currently stand in each of their courses. This will be followed by our fall Parent/Teacher Conferences that will take place from 4:00-8:00 on October 17th.


Early this month I had the opportunity to meet with all grade levels down in the PAC. One of my many messages for our students was that it is absolutely imperative that all students continue to advocate for themselves. Please encourage all students to keep the line of communication open with their Advisor, their teachers, and the office staff.


We started this school year with several new staff in the building. I would like to bring your attention to one additional change that will take place a bit later this month. Towards the end of September, our Academic Dean Mrs. Scherping will be out on Maternity leave until the beginning of the third trimester. Darrin Allen will be transitioning out of his Social Studies Classroom and into this position. Darrin is looking forward to working with you and your students to set them up for future success. Caitlin Kantola will be stepping in and serving as the Long Term Sub in Social Studies.


Work Hard! Have Fun! Be Respectful! I look forward to a great school year!


Check the HS Website Calendar for Current Events

Click on the title above and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find the calendar

Dean of Students Message- Michael Kray

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Mike Kray, and I am the new Dassel-Cokato High School Dean of Students. I have been in the classroom as an English/Language Arts teacher for 27 years and coached several sports for even longer. The Dassel-Cokato students and staff have been extremely helpful and welcoming. I couldn’t be more excited to join this community!


Creating student opportunities has always been my focus in education. I am looking forward to helping students integrate into the school community, navigate challenges, and create opportunities. I believe a partnership between Dassel-Cokato Schools and the greater community is essential to maintaining the positive atmosphere I have experienced so far this year. It is normal for high school students to want to start being their own person. We can all do our part to maintain this strong DC Charger community by focusing on what we all do well. Ask your student what the BEST part of the day was. Encourage them to share their daily successes. Model a supportive atmosphere by reaching out to people who have made a positive impact on your student’s day (email a teacher and let them know what went well).


This year will be filled with learning and fun. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! It is truly an honor to have this opportunity to work and learn alongside all the students and staff at Dassel-Cokato High School!

320-286-4100 X-1803


Graduation: Just a quick reminder for planning purposes. The graduation ceremony has historically been on Sunday Afternoon. The ceremony this June will take place on the evening of Friday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm.

Guidance Office- Mollie Wait and Amanda Scherping

Hello! Happy September. We are excited to have you back!


Did you know that Mrs. Scherping is having a baby in September? She will be on maternity leave towards the end of September and returning at the start of the 3rd Trimester. We will be sending out more information to students and families about who their contact person will be in the High School Office while she is out. In the meantime, continue to contact Mrs. Scherping as normal and be on the lookout for updates!


2022-2023 student schedules can be viewed on Campus Portal. A limited number of students may have been moved from one section of a class to another in order to balance out class sizes. We also review spring testing data to determine if students are placed in the best courses for their academic success. If you have any concerns about schedules, please email or call to schedule an appointment.

PSEO Students: Please double check you have sent your PSEO schedule to your counselor to make sure you are fulfilling all of your graduation requirements and taking enough credits.

Dual Credit College classes through SCSU or SMSU: Juniors and Seniors who are taking DCHS college courses should have completed an E-application this Spring before school finished. If you have not done this you can still apply before school starts. Go to the Guidance Website for further instructions or email Mrs. Wait or Mrs. Scherping.

ACT: Register at www.actstudent.org. DCHS Code: 240-500


Check out the Guidance website for useful information and scholarship opportunities.

District Nurse- Jenny Heidecker

Hello, and welcome back to school! I am excited to have you back, and am hopeful for a safe, and healthy school year. As a reminder, if your student isn’t feeling well, please keep them home, and notify the school of their absence. Students with fevers over 100, vomiting, diarrhea, or undiagnosed rash are asked to remain at home. They are free to return when 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication, and/or 24 hours have passed since the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.


If your student tests POSITIVE for COVID 19 please report the case to the district nurse (ME). Dassel-Cokato School is required to report positive cases to the MN Department of Health. COVID Positive students and staff are required to remain home and isolate for 5 days from either symptom onset or test date if not having symptoms. Stay home until all of the following are true:

  1. It has been 5 days since symptoms began AND

  2. You have been fever free for 24 hours AND

  3. Your symptoms are improving.

If the above parameters are true, and you rare able to end your isolation at day 5, it is strongly encouraged to wear a mask through day 10, UNLESS:

  • With 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.


REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SENIORS: The Meningococcal Booster is a requirement for students entering 12th grade for the 2022/2023 school year. The first dose of this vaccine was given to students entering 7th grade. Please complete this as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so, or fill out a conscientious objection form that is notarized, if choosing to opt out. This form is available under Departments/Health Services page on the ISD 466 website.


Please keep in mind that if your child needs medication while in school, certain guidelines must be followed:

  • Prescription medication must be stored in the health office. Exceptions are made for emergency medications, such as Epi-Pens and inhalers.

  • All medication must be in the original container, and have a pharmacy label if applicable.

  • A signed order from the physician is needed for all prescription medications, including Epi-Pens and inhalers.

  • A signed permission form from the parent or guardian is needed for ALL medications.

  • High School students are permitted to carry certain over-the-counter medications at the discretion of the School Nurse if a signed permission form from the parent or guardian is on file in the health office.

  • A health assistant or trained staff may distribute medications, only as delegated by the School Nurse.

  • We DO NOT provide Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or any other over-the-counter medications to students. If your student will need one of these, please know families will need to provide this, along with a signed permission form from the parent/guardian. WE DO NOT STOCK TYLENOL or IBUPROFEN FOR STUDENTS.

These guidelines are in place for the health and safety of all students. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at 320-286-4100 ext. 1804 or jenny.heidecker@dc.k12.mn.us.


Guidance Office - Mollie Wait and Amanda Scherping

Hello! Happy September. We are excited to have you back!


Did you know that Mrs. Scherping is having a baby in September? She will be on maternity leave towards the end of September and returning at the start of the 3rd Trimester. We will be sending out more information to students and families about who their contact person will be in the High School Office while she is out. In the meantime, continue to contact Mrs. Scherping as normal and be on the lookout for updates!


2022-2023 student schedules can be viewed on Campus Portal. A limited number of students may have been moved from one section of a class to another in order to balance out class sizes. We also review spring testing data to determine if students are placed in the best courses for their academic success. If you have any concerns about schedules, please email or call to schedule an appointment.

PSEO Students: Please double check you have sent your PSEO schedule to your counselor to make sure you are fulfilling all of your graduation requirements and taking enough credits.

Dual Credit College classes through SCSU or SMSU: Juniors and Seniors who are taking DCHS college courses should have completed an E-application this Spring before school finished. If you have not done this you can still apply before school starts. Go to the Guidance Website for further instructions or email Mrs. Wait or Mrs. Scherping.

ACT: Register at www.actstudent.org. DCHS Code: 240-500

Check out the Guidance website for useful information and scholarship opportunities.


Social Worker- Anne Mahoney

Need School Supplies? Call your School Social Worker at 320-286-4100

x 1806 for Anne Mahoney at the High School

x 1606 for Beth Steinleitner at the Middle School

x 1336 for Heidi Sickmann at Cokato Elementary School

x 1507 for Carmen Tschida at Dassel Elementary School


Is your child struggling with anxiety about the upcoming school year?

Call your School Social Worker and let's brainstorm how to best support you and your child.


Coat Drive - the School Social workers are now accepting new and gently used winter coats and snow pants to be given away to families at the high school/middle school conferences in October. Please bring donations of coats/snow pants to any of the School Social Worker offices by October 12th. Coats/snow pants of all sizes will be accepted.

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