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.




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Curry and Mrs. Bassett

It's a great time for College Planning!

Don't miss an opportunity to learn some tips and tricks as you prepare for the next step. DCG High School will host a College Planning Night for sophomores, juniors, seniors, and their parents this Thursday evening.

We hope to see you there!
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College Planning Night
Thursday, September 14th
High School Auditorium

  
Sophomores and Juniors
6:30 PM College Planning
4-year plans
DMACC/High School Course Options
Timeline for remainder of high school
College visits, ACTs, Scholarships, etc.


Juniors and Seniors
7:30 PM Financial Aid
Financial options (loans, grants, scholarships)
FAFSA overview (new date/changes)
Scholarships


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Try this out!
Understood.org is a website with articles, research-based ideas, and more to help parents, students and educators.  Topics covered include study skills, social-emotional health, and general academic support.   




If you'd like additional information on the above topics or anything else to support you or your child, please reach out to Mrs. Cindy Bassett at cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us or Mrs. Megan Curry at mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

Off and Running!

What an exciting and successful start to the school year!  Teachers led classes in engaging learning activities, students jumped into their clubs and organizations with enthusiasm, and DCG High School buzzed with positive energy!

Our Fine Arts Program is rolling with Fall Play preparations, All-State Vocal practices, Marching Band work, and more! Student-athletes have been showing off their hard work. Both boys and girls cross country teams have brought in meet championships, the football team broke Pella's streak, volleyball players are clicking and winning, the dance team wow'd us at our first home football game and our state champion cheer team keeps our fan section strong!

A sneak peek at information from class meetings that helped kick off our school year:






If you'd like additional information on the above topics or anything else to support you or your child, please reach out to Mrs. Cindy Bassett at cbassett@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us or Mrs. Megan Curry at mcurry@dc-grimes.k12.ia.us.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

Welcome Back!

We are so excited to see students back in the hallways!  August started with students already hard at work with marching band, show choir camp, athletic practices, and more.  New Student Orientation was a success, thanks to our Student Council students who hosted our newest Mustangs and Fillies!  

2017-18 promises to be another year of great contributions and successes for DCG Students.    
  • The Class of 2018 will be working hard to prepare themselves for postsecondary opportunities.  This class has over 20 students participating in DMACC Career Academies, 25 participating in School-to-Work experiences, 7 in the Construction Project, and many more taking AP, advanced, and career exploration courses.
  • Our Student Council has been busy planning Homecoming 2017, which kicks off on September 24th and includes Homecoming Games, Dress-Up Days, a parade, Powder Puff, home athletic events, and culminates in the dance on Saturday, September 29th.  This year's theme is 'Around the World!'
  • In the past, over 80% of our student population has been involved in a school activity.  Let's keep this up, as participation in school clubs, sports, and other organizations increases a child's connectivity to school!
  • The Summer of 2017 kept our students busy with participation in sports, mission trips to places such as North Carolina and Guatemala, summer internships and experiences at Iowa State, University of Iowa, and more!  What great learning they'll now bring back to DCG!
Planning   
  • Juniors and Seniors, add this to your calendar: College Planning Night will be September 14th in the High School Auditorium.  This night is recommended for juniors and seniors, as well as their parents.  We'll have great information on college visits, applications, options, and financial aid.
  • Thinking about taking the ACT in the next 12 months?  Check out the testing dates below.
                                      
  • For study tips, sample test questions, and other free resources, follow @ACTstudent on Twitter. 
  • Sophomores, pick up a planning timeline from the Deans Office, if you have not yet done so.  This will help you prepare for the next couple years and beyond.

Build a relationship with your child
An Article from Parenting: "The 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids"


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  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry



College Readiness
  • College-bound Seniors, keep working on financial aid through Local Scholarships on your Google Classroom.
  • Seniors headed to the workforce or military, visit with Mrs. Bassett or Mrs. Curry if you'd like help with a job/housing search or any other support with your next step.
  • 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 29th.  Register here: http://www.doorwaytocollege.com/. 
    • Follow @ACTStudent on Twitter for excellent test prep options.
  • Sophomores, pick up a planning timeline from the Deans Office, if you have not yet done so.  This will help you prepare for the next couple years and beyond.
Teenagers and Stress
An Article from Psychology Today:"  5 Tips for Helping Teens Cope With Stress"
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-race-good-health/201402/5-tips-helping-teens-cope-stress 

Help your child prepare for college
Video presentation from 'Your Teen Magazine'
http://yourteenmag.com/teenager-school/teen-college-life/build-life-skills 

Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett if you need 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, March 5, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

What's happening?
We are in the midst of Parent/Teacher Conferences and Spring Break!  This is a great time to communicate with teachers as well as take advantage of some relaxation.  Our students work hard and stay busy; Conferences and Spring Break can be opportunities to celebrate that and re-charge for the final two months of the school year!

College Readiness
  • College-bound Seniors, keep working on financial aid through Local Scholarships on your Google Classroom.
  • Seniors headed to the workforce or military, visit with Mrs. Bassett or Mrs. Curry if you'd like help with a job/housing search or any other support with your next step.
  • Juniors, this is a great time to plan your first or next ACT testing time.  Check out dates and prep here: http://www.act.org/. 
    • DCG will be hosting an ACT Prep workshop on March 29th.  Register here: http://www.doorwaytocollege.com/. 
    • Follow @ACTStudent on Twitter for excellent test prep options.
  • Sophomores, pick up a planning timeline from the Deans Office, if you have not yet done so.  This will help you prepare for the next couple years and beyond.
Vacationing with Teens
An Article from 'Your Teen: For Parents'
Ideas for a Staycation, (Almost) Tech-Free Vacation, and more!
http://yourteenmag.com/family-life/planning-a-staycation-with-teenagers 

Help your child prepare for college
Video presentation from 'Your Teen Magazine'
http://yourteenmag.com/teenager-school/teen-college-life/build-life-skills 

Parents and Students: Please get in touch with Megan Curry or Cindy Bassett if you need 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