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.


Monday, November 28, 2016

DCG High School Deans



Current Events

  • With only about 6 weeks left in the semester, this is a great time for students to be working closely with teachers, tutors, and other support to ensure they are getting the help they need to learn course material before time's up!
  • 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.
Planning
  • Visits: This is a great time of the year to set up a College Visit!  Get in touch with college admissions office to join a tour day or set up an individualized visit.
  • 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!
Health
  • As the holidays and all the excitement that they bring descend upon us, we may also feel extra stress and anxiety. For both kids and adults facing busy schedules and pressing obligations, these quick tips may help all relax and enjoy the good times a little easier: 5 Tips to Deal With Anxiety.