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.




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  

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