D-C Middle School Mission

The mission of the Dassel-Cokato Middle School is to encourage a positive attitude towards learning while preparing students with transferable and meaningful skills for life in a global society.

The Dassel-Cokato Middle School program is designed to meet the special needs of middle level students. The program strives to be transitional in nature, providing students the "bridge" between the self-contained classroom of the elementary school and the departmentalized curriculum of the high school.

We Believe the Dassel-Cokato Middle School Should:

  • meet the unique needs of early adolescents.
  • be child centered.
  • reflect the values and priorities of the community, parents, and students.
  • provide students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of interests and skills.
  • offer many opportunities for students to be successful physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
  • recognize and reward their successes.
  • encourage individual differences and attempt to meet unique student needs.
  • develop in students a respect for themselves and others.
  • develop in students a sense of interdependence and belonging.
  • emphasize academically challenging experiences that fosters thinking, problem solving and develop an attitude for life-long learning.
  • emphasize an allied arts curriculum that stimulates creativity, enjoyment and knowledge.
To achieve the broad goals of this vision, the Dassel-Cokato Middle School recognizes the importance of the environment in which children work. If we expect them to develop individual capacities in a wide variety of activities, the setting must be flexible and allow for risk taking. Worthwhile social attitudes can only be expected where both the children and adults have respect for one another, are friendly, and care for each other's needs.