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  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Updates from Mrs. Bassett and Mrs. Curry

What's happening?
Classes are in full swing and student activities are keeping everyone busy!  From record-breaking successes in the Fine Arts to exciting competitions in athletics, DCG Mustangs and Fillies are continually achieving success!  We are already well into second semester and parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner.  Conferences are March 7th and 9th, but reach out to teachers anytime with questions and concerns.

College Readiness
  • Seniors, have you filled out the FAFSA to see what financial aid you might qualify for?  Click here to start now. https://fafsa.gov/
  • 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.
Social Media and Fitting In: Understand your child's 'FOMO'
An Article from 'Your Teen: For Parents'
http://yourteenmag.com/technology/fear-of-missing-out 

6 Teen Hookup Apps Parents Should Know
Helpful information from Cyberwise
http://www.cyberwise.org/single-post/2017/02/21/6-TEEN-HOOKUP-APPS-PARENTS-SHOULD-KNOW-ABOUT 

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, January 15, 2017

DCG High School Deans

2017-18 Course Registration for current 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders
The week of January 16th brings registration for the next school year already!  Advisors will guide students through the planning and registration process, with registration taking place in Advisory on Friday, January 20th.  Our High School Registration Site provides information on graduation and post-secondary credit requirements, course descriptions, DMACC class options, and more.  https://sites.google.com/dcgschools.com/dcghsregister/home?authuser=0 

College Readiness

  • Seniors, have you filled out the FAFSA to see what financial aid you might qualify for?  Click here to start now. https://fafsa.gov/
  • 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.  More information to come!
  •      Follow @ACTStudent on Twitter for excellent test prep options.


Cyberbullying: What to do
An Article from a Mom and Psychiatrist
http://www.melissadeuter.com/news/2016/12/5/stepping-in-when-your-teen-is-cyberbullied 


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, December 18, 2016

DCG High School Deans

Social Media

Planning
  • Seniors: If you haven't yet filled out your FAFSA, do so here.
  • Ready to register for the ACT? Register for the February 11th ACT. ACT Registration
    • The ACT Registration site also has practice questions, research, and college planning tools available!

Current Events

  • 9th, 10th, and 11th graders: Prepare for 2017-18 Course Registration by reviewing your current credits and high school requirements.
    • 10th and 11th graders can check their current credits by viewing their transcript on Infinite Campus
    • Read below for the graduation requirements:
    • Graduation Requirements by Department

      - - English/Language Arts - 8 credits required - -
      Required courses:
      English I                                            2 credits
      English II                                           2 credits
      English III                                         2 credits
      Speech or Advanced Speech             1 credit each
      Additional Elective:                                               
      • AP English Language & Composition
      • College Prep English
      • Creative Writing
      • College Literature
      • Novels
      • Applied English and Communication
      - - Social Studies - 6 credits required - -
      (Must take one course from each of the following groups)
      Group 1: (History) US History                    2 credits
            AP US History                         2 credits
      Group 2: (Geography)West. Civ: Foundations to Renaissance    1 credit
            West. Civ: Age of Exploration to Today 1 credit
      World Geography 1 credit
            AP World History         2 credits
      Group 3: (Civics) American Government                1 credit
            AP US Govt & Politics                   1 credit
      Group 4: (Economics) Economics                      1 credit
      Group 5: (Behavioral Sciences) Recent History 1 credit                
      Current Issues 1 credit              
      Sociology 1 credit
      Psychology                           1 credit
                                  
      Additional Elective:              
      • Advanced Civil War and World War II     

      - - Math - 6 credits required - -
      (Must take one course from each of the following groups)
      Group 1: Algebra                                       2 credits
                    Ext Algebra 1 & II                        4 credits (must complete all 4 credits)
      Group 2: Geometry                                     2 credits
                    Technical Math                 2 credits
      Group 3: Algebra II                                     2 credits
                    Essential Math                             1 credit
      Additional Electives:
      • AP Calculus AB  
      • AP Calculus BC
      • AP Statistics
      • Statistics
      • Calculus     
      • Financial Literacy I
      • Financial Literacy II                               
      • Probability & Statistics
      • Trigonometry/PreCalculus                                           
      - - Science - 6 credits required - -
      (Must make one choice from each of the following groups)
      For graduating classes of 2018, 2019 For graduating class of 2020 and beyond
      Group 1: Integrated Science (1 credit) Integrated Science (1 credit)
      Group 2: Cellular Biology (1 cr.) and Diversity of Life (1 cr.) OR Biology (2 credits)
                  Cellular Biology (1 cr.)  and AP Env. Science (2 cr.) OR AP Biology (2 credits)
            AP Biology (2 credits)
      Biology (2 credits)
      Group 3: Foundations of Physics & Engineering  
            Physics
            AP Physics I                                  
      Group 4: Chemistry                                      
            AP Chemistry                                  
      Additional Electives:
      • Anatomy and Physiology (11-12)
      • Ag Science I & II (10-12)
      • Horticulture I & II (11-12)
      • AP Environmental Science (10-12)
      • AP Physics II (12)

      - - Physical Education0.25 credit per semester enrolled
      - - Health  1 credit

      Graduation Requirements (Board Policy 505.4)
      No student shall graduate from the Dallas Center-Grimes Community High School until satisfactorily completing 48 credits.  Dallas Center-Grimes High School will recognize all credits from an approved high school for use in graduation. One credit is awarded for a class that meets five days a week for one period.  To be eligible for graduation, a student must successfully complete the above required courses.

  • Students will register for classes on January 20th. It's a great time to start looking through 4-year-plans and considering what classes will be best for your 2017-18 schedule.