Saturday, March 3, 2018

Updates from Mrs. Curry and Mrs. Bassett

March Madness


What's happening?
We've left behind an winter season with so much to celebrate!  Group and individual speech claimed record-breaking performances; both basketball teams put up competitive seasons and post-seasons that showed their heart and determination; show choir posted winning performances; and the wrestlers proved themselves with a strong post-season.  Now, as mock trial takes center stage and the band continues with shining shows, we head into the Spring Season!

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Midpoint Check-in
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences take place March 6th and 8th, from 3:30 - 8:00 in the High School Gym.
    • Come visit! Stop in to chat with all or a few teachers, meet with a counselor for post-high school planning or academic support, and hear about what's happening in your child's education.
  • Check in with your son or daughter to see how school is going.
Student Assistance Program
  • We know students today deal with so many tough issues: relationships, social media, academic and extracurricular pressures, mental health difficulties of their own, family, or peers, substance abuse, and more.
    • Did you know all DCG students and families have free access to counseling through Employee and Family Resources (EFR)?
    • Help your child reach his potential, or just get back on her feet after a tough time through talking with a counselor, in person or over the phone.
      • Contact EFR directly
        • 24/7 Help Hotline: 1-800-327-4692 or 515-244-6090.
        • Set up counseling: 515-471-2337.
        • Ask Mrs. Curry, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bassett, or any staff member at school about meeting with a counselor.
          • A counselor visits the school each week to see students.
        • Online form: Click here to fill out a request online.
College and Career Planning
  • 4-Year Plan: If you have not yet met with Mrs. Curry or Mrs. Bassett to discuss your high school plan, including courses and post-secondary preparation, email and schedule a meeting soon!
  • ACT Registration and Prep: 
    • Juniors, this is a great time to plan your first or next ACT testing time.  Check out dates and preparation options here: http://www.act.org/. 
      • DCG will be hosting an ACT Prep workshop on March 28th.  Register here: http://www.doorwaytocollege.com/. 
      • Follow @ACTStudent on Twitter for excellent test prep options
  • Seniors, As you plan for college or careers after high school, use these resources to help you prepare: How to Succeed in College, Apprenticeships & Career Training.
    • Have you completed the FAFSA and checked for scholarships on the Scholarships Symbaloo?
    • Local Scholarship Opportunities are available throughout March.  
      • Seniors were introduced to these opportunities in late February.
      • See Mrs. Curry or Mrs. Baker for questions.
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Digital Footprint

Does your teenager understand what his Digital Footprint is?  


  • Here's how you can help teach this important concept: Footprint Friday, provided by SmartSocial.com helps parents and students monitor their Digital Footprint.  
  • Colleges and employers check the digital footprint of candidates, so it's important we are all aware of our Social Media Presence!
Sometimes cartoons say it best!
https://mikedunlop.coetail.com/2014/11/22/digital-footprints/ 


Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Updates from Mrs. Curry and Mrs. Bassett


February will fly by!


What's happening?
We've made the jump into second semester and with February full of music competitions, speech performances, athletic events, and (oh, yeah!) academic work, it will go fast!  Read below for some ideas on keeping up with studies, planning, and social life.

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Grades, Grades, Grades!
  • These can be stressful, or they can be an exciting way to see your learning and accomplishments grow!  Need some tips?  The Iowa College Access Network shares helpful advice:
    • "Get organized. Use a student planner to keep track of assignments, meetings and test dates. One way to use a planner is to plan backward. After you write down an assignment due date or test date, work backward in your planner to write down when you'll study and prepare. See a sample. (PDF)
    • Create a schedule and stick to it. Find a quiet place where you won't be distracted and make time every day for studying and homework.
    • Take good notes. Be sure to write down the key points, especially if the teacher repeats them.
    • Talk to your teacher. When a test is announced, ask if there is anything you should focus on or pay particular attention to. If you're struggling in class, your teacher can tell what you can do to improve your grade."
Iowa Assessments
  • Iowa Assessments will be held in the content-area courses on February 5th (Science), 8th (Math), and 13th (Reading).
  • These assessments are a great way for students to see their progress and for us as a school to collect data on our growth. The Iowa Assessment scores are used and publicized as a representation of DCG students, our building, and district.
College and Career Planning
  • 4-Year Plan: If you have not yet met with Mrs. Curry or Mrs. Bassett to discuss your high school plan, including courses and post-secondary preparation, email and schedule a meeting soon!
  • ACT Registration and Prep: 
    • Juniors, this is a great time to plan your first or next ACT testing time.  Check out dates and preparation options here: http://www.act.org/. 
      • DCG will be hosting an ACT Prep workshop on March 28th.  Register here: http://www.doorwaytocollege.com/. 
      • Follow @ACTStudent on Twitter for excellent test prep options
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Resources

Get some humor and advice from a Will Ferrell video from Common Sense Media.


Are you modeling the behavior you'd like to see in your children?


Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  

Friday, December 29, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Curry and Mrs. Bassett




Plan ahead in January


What's happening?
The first semester is quickly coming to a close!  Students will complete final work in classes during the week of January 8th, with finals taking place January 11th and 12th.  When 10th through 12th graders return refreshed from a 3-day weekend, they'll work with their advisors to plan for 2018-19 Course Registration, as well as post-secondary plans.  Keep reading for more details and resources!

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Semester Finals
  • With the semester coming to a close, use study guides, class notes, worksheets, and any other materials teachers have provided you to prepare for final work in classes.
  • Don't procrastinate and cram!  Use these study tips to help your semester assessments go well.
Course Registration Week
  • Sophomores and Juniors will review and register for 2018-19 courses in advisory during the week of January 16th - January 19th.
    • More resources are below, but here's a great place to start planning for Course Registration: DCG Registration Site.
  • Seniors will review their current transcript and 4-year plan, while working with advisors, Mrs. Curry, Mr. Blum, and Mrs. Bassett to prepare for graduation and post-graduation school or work.
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Resources

  • Parents and students, use this Registration Symbaloo to prepare and plan for 2018-19 Course Registration, taking place January 19th, in Advisory.
  • Get ahead of test anxiety with these tips.


Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

Free Money in November?



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November is national scholarship month!  After the work of applying and excitement of being accepted to college, the only thing that can top that enthusiasm is earning free money to pay for that new education! So how do you plan to go about doing this? At the top of your list should be completing the FAFSA (fafsa.gov). The FAFSA became available on October 1st, so at this point in the year, you need to be hustling to complete your application. Upon completing your federal loan application, don’t forget to apply for state-specific aid applications (Iowacollegeaid.gov).

Upon completing the initial loan and grant applications, the fun begins with additional scholarship searches. Local scholarships come out on March 1, 2018, so in the meantime, it is best to get busy with other website that are helpful in the process. By using the Scholarship Symbaloo, stay up-to-date with the most recent scholarship search tools and scholarships

As you may have seen recently on the news, one young lady earned over $150,000 for her 3 degrees: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and PhD. Since she was able to earn this much money for her education, she wanted to help others and started the website: Scholarship Informer.  Check out the video of her story.

If you have questions about earning free money and any of the processes it entails, please stop in the Student Services Office for some help. Good luck!

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Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

November Happenings


What's happening?
Students are wrapping up successful fall seasons and gearing up for winter activities!  This is a great time for everyone to check their course schedules for next semester, work closely with teachers on academic progress, and get up-to-date on college planning.

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Seniors



Juniors

  • You will be scheduled to take the ASVAB on November 16th or 17th. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.  The exam has many benefits for participants, including career exploration and results that help students develop an understanding of their interests and skills.
  • Continue to explore post-secondary options.




Sophomores

  • Find ways to stay involved at DCG! Are you in sports? Have you tried Speech before? Consider great service clubs such as Key Club and Silver Cord!
  • Check your progress in classes. If you need extra support outside of class with your teacher or a tutor, talk with your teacher soon.


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Self-Esteem and Feeling Left Out
When your child is left out of something, be prepared to help cope. Article with 8 Tips

Family Time
Read about how family time can help your kids here

Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Curry and Mrs. Bassett

Fall is here!

Academics, activities, and college planning are in full swing!


What's happening?
Fall sports and marching band are rolling towards post-season, our singers are gearing up for their concert and All-State Auditions, and play practice is in full swing.  What an exciting time of the year!

Parent/Teacher Conferences are October 24th and 26th, from 3:30 - 8:00.  Come to the high school to visit with teachers about your child's progress!

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Seniors
The FAFSA opened up October 1st. If you need support filling this out, please talk to Mrs. Curry or Mrs. Bassett. This is also a great resource to guide you through the important financial aid process: 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA Form.

Juniors
This is a great time to look at using No School Days for College Visits! The College Board has a College Visit Guide with tips on making the most of visits, ideas to consider before you go, and more!

Sophomores
We're near the halfway point of 1st Semester; check your progress in all of your classes. What areas can you celebrate? Where do you need more support? Talk to your teachers and continue getting better!

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Students and Social Media
Is your child simply 'good at multi-tasking,' or just allowing Social Media to interfere with studies?  This article has tips for how to teach your child management skills.  Click here.

Keeping UP with the Times
Do you watch your teen struggle with stress?  There are great resources out there for helping work through this with your teenager!
Article: A Parent's Guide
Podcast: Risky Behavior

Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett for support with these or any other academic, college/career-planning, or mental health issues.  
mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us    
cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Basset and Mrs. Curry



What is Digital Citizenship?

Make yourself digitally aware with some tips and reliable resources.


What's the next big thing?
Sarahah topped the charts this summer as a highly-used anonymous social app, and some now predict tbh to be a more positive and popular version of it. Fortune Tech considers both in this article.

Islands is targeted towards college students but many think it may connect to high schoolers soon.

How do teens stay safe and positive on some of the most popular social apps?
This short video covers ways to help your child stay safe and make good decisions with his or her YouTube Channel. Video

What do I need to know about Snapchat?  This video sums it up in less than 2 minutes.  Click here to watch!

Teens and adults alike are using Snap; what are the positives?  5 Ways Snap(chat) benefits teens


Avoid online predators with these tips:



Stay updated
These are just a few of the apps being used for social media.  To find more, and learn about being positive and safe online, use these reliable online resources:
  • CyberWise
  • Common Sense Media
  • StaySafeOnline.org
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                           If you'd like additional information on the above topics or anything 
                     else to support you or your child, please reach out to Mrs. Megan Curry at 
               mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us or Mrs. Cindy Bassett at cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.