March 2022 Newsletter

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Principal's Message- Chris Meisch

I would like to start by thanking all of our students and staff for the hard work, commitment, and dedication demonstrated during the first two trimesters of the school year.


This third trimester will go fast, as it always does. Graduation and the end of the journey will be upon us before we know it. Please watch our website for communication as it relates to the senior breakfast, graduation rehearsal, and the ceremony itself.


I would like to ask all students and especially our Seniors to please review the Important Upcoming Events listed below. You all have many things to look forward to this Spring, and I know our staff is excited to share these experiences with you.


Spring Conferences Monday, April 11 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 will indeed have in-person spring conferences, and we look forward to seeing you. We were able to work through some scheduling concerns mentioned in last month's newsletter, and have since reinstated our conference night.
We appreciate your support and involvement. It takes a true team effort between students, staff, and parents to ensure we are continually striving toward academic achievement.


Finish Strong!

I encourage all of our students to continue with your pursuit of excellence, and to make Trimester Three the best one yet. Please be intentional about remaining focused and working hard. We appreciate you!


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Upcoming Important Dates

Check the HS Website Calendar for Current Events

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

Dean of Students Message- TJ Anderson

We will be starting MCA testing in Science on March 16 and all 10th grade students will be tested. In April all the 10th graders will be tested in Reading and all the 11th grade students will be tested in math. These tests will be completed on April 20. Please try not to make appointments on those two dates if at all possible. If you have any questions on this please contact me and I will be happy to discuss this with you.

  • 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 absent. Try to schedule student appointments after/before school and schedule family vacations during Spring Break.

  • Dress Code: As the temperatures rise there may be more dress code issues, Please review and discuss the DCHS dress code section of the online DCHS student handbook if they are not known.

  • As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Guidance Office- Mollie Wait , Amanda Scherping and Anne Mahoney

Guidance Office

  • 2022 Scholarships: DCHS Scholarship Application information is available starting March 1st and will be on the Guidance website and in the Guidance Office. Applications are due April 29th in the Guidance Office. We strongly encourage all applicants to attend the Scholarship Program on May 25th, 2022.

  • 2021-2022 Schedules: We are currently working on next year’s master schedule and student schedules. If conflicts arise in the student’s schedule, we will refer to their alternates first. If we are unable to find a solution, we will contact the student to discuss their options. Schedules will be available August 2022.

  • 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. Most schools begin awarding Financial Aid in March.

  • Graduation: Students must pass 58 of 60 classes and complete all testing requirements in order to graduate. If you have concerns regarding your student's progress, please contact your School Counselor ASAP.

  • 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 at the high school this spring.


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

Test Date: 4/2/22, Registration Deadline: 2/25/22, Late Registration: 3/11/2022

Test Date: 6/11/22 Registration Deadline: 5/6/22, Late Registration: 5/20/22 **Test administered at DCHS**


Social Worker

It's March and it might feel like winter is never ending, but have no fear, spring is right around the corner! Exercise your imagination and look forward to the outside world coming to life again by trying guided imagery. This mindful technique can change the way you are feeling both physically and emotionally. Head to changetochill.org to learn more about the benefits and different ways to achieve calm and stability.


Wright County Crisis Nursery

The Wright County Crisis Nursery is here for you! We offer free 24/7 short-term care for children ages 0-12 in licensed foster homes, childcare homes, and childcare centers. Parents dealing with personal stress or crises such as illness, housing problems, divorce or separation, financial strains, and more can benefit by calling the hotline. Along with care for children, the Crisis Nursery can provide referrals to additional community resources. To contact the Crisis Nursery, call 320-406-8606.

Changetochill.org

Are you getting enough sleep? It's recommended that teenagers get 9-12 hours of sleep each night. Getting adequate sleep reduces stress, restores our immune system, boosts our mood, and improves memory. Sleeping well is even associated with better grades and increased energy throughout the day. If you are a student, sleep is an especially important part of your education! Check out tips for better sleep at changetochill.org.
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