Quarter 1, 2017-18                                                                                    Volume 6, Number 1
The guidance and counseling needs of students will again be served by three full-time counselors - Mrs. Lori Heberling, Mr. Stephen Hutton and Mr. Christopher Cline. Please check your son/daughter's schedule for the name of the assigned counselor.  Mrs. Lori Heberling can be reached at the school phone number, 717-637-5969.  Mr. Hutton and Mr. Cline can be reached at Delone Catholic's Guidance Center, 717-624-6612.  Please continue to check the Guidance section of Delone Catholic's website for information concerning scholarships, upcoming events, SAT/ACT testing, and college and career resources.
Continued Excellence
The College Entrance Examination Board (College Board) in its report of high school averages for the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) have reported the information listed below for the graduates of the Class of 2017:
  National Delone Catholic
Critical Reading 538    570
Math 533

Nationally, over 50% of seniors take SATs. In the Delone Catholic Class of 2017, 92% of the class took the SAT.
Important For All Grades
Delone Catholic will conduct standardized testing on Wednesday, Oct. 11 this year. All juniors and sophomores will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). In addition to preparing students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the PSAT results are used as a first step to identify National Merit Scholars and commended students from among high school juniors across the United States. Registration information was given to the students during the week of September 11.  The test fee is $16, and that is due Wednesday, Oct. 4.  Juniors and Sophomores were acquainted with the format of the test and techniques used in taking the test successfully during their English classes by the Guidance Department. The test will be administered during the morning session. At the conclusion of testing, (approximately 12:30 pm) students will be dismissed for the day.

On Oct. 11, the day of the PSAT, any Junior or Sophomore who plans on riding the Pa. public school OR Md. buses may not leave the school campus until those buses arrive here at school.  They will be able to eat lunch in the cafeteria but will NEED TO BRING A LUNCH FROM HOME that day. These students must indicate that they will be taking the bus by signing a form that is available in the Guidance Center. Students are not required to stay in school if they can arrange alternate transportation.
Seniors will attend their class retreat on Oct. 11, and they will be dismissed upon their return to school at approximately 2:15 pm.  The Freshmen will be engaged in the following sessions that morning:  Freshmen Service Project, Health and Fitness, Career Inventory, and the TASC program.  They will be dismissed at approximately 12 p.m.  Freshmen are permitted to wear their gym uniform on Oct. 11 for Testing Day. If students do not yet have their DCHS gym uniform, they may wear their eighth grade gym uniform. 

Mark Your Calendars
The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will be given according to the schedule below. Please note that if a student misses the regular registration deadline he/she must pay an additional late registration fee or a standby fee.  Registration forms and study guides are available in the Guidance Center and in Mrs. Heberling's office (Room 206).  Delone Catholic  will serve as a test center on Nov. 4 and May 5.
2017-18 Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Dates
Date Test Regular Registration Deadline
(Postmark Date)
Late Registration Deadline
(Postmark Date)
Oct. 7
SAT I/II Sept. 8
Sept. 27
Nov. 4
SAT I/II Oct. 5 Oct. 25
Dec. 2 SAT I/II Nov. 2
Nov. 21
Mar. 10
SAT I/II Feb. 9 Feb. 28
May 5 SAT I/II April 6
April 25
June 2 SAT I/II May 3
May 23

October and April
Students may also opt to take American College Testing assessment test (ACT) . These tests are similar in content but somewhat broader in scope than the SATs in that in addition to covering verbal and mathematical skills, they also assess science and social studies reading skills. Many schools to which Delone Catholic students typically apply will accept either SATs or ACTs for admission consideration. Students who take this test may choose to take an essay test along with the regular ACT. Delone Catholic will serve as a test center for ACTs on Oct. 28 and April 14.
2017-18 American College Testing (ACT) Dates
Date Regular Registration Deadline
(Postmark Date)
Late Registration Deadline
(Postmark Date)
Oct. 28
Sept. 16 Sep. 30
Dec. 9 Nov. 4 Nov. 18
Feb. 10
Jan. 13
Jan. 20
April4 March 4 March 17
June 9
May 5 May 19
July 14 June 15
June 22
For Those Enlisting in the Military
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given at Delone Catholic  on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 in the morning. This test is administered, scored and interpreted by representatives of the United Sates Armed Services and is required for any student who wishes to enlist in a branch of the military. Seniors, juniors and sophomores who wish to take the test must provide written parent permission to do so. Forms will be sent to homerooms about two weeks in advance of the test. These forms must be returned no later than one week prior to the test day for students to take the test. Only students who wish to take this test must return the parent permission form.
Providing Services to Students
Members of Delone Catholic's Student Assistance Program team, Teachers Addressing Student Concerns (TASC) will provide services to students again this year. TASC members include school personnel and representatives from outside agencies. TASC is designed to provide assistance to students who are in danger of becoming involved with the abuse of alcohol or drugs or who are having difficulties with mental health issues. Students may be referred to the TASC team by themselves, by other students, by school personnel or by parents. All deliberations of the team are confidential. Referrals may be made by calling Lori Heberling at 717-637-5969 or the Guidance Center at 717-624-6612.
For Seniors
Seniors are encouraged to visit the school(s) in which they are seriously interested. There is no better way for students to discover the atmosphere on campus - what it is like to be a student at a particular school. As stated in the Delone Catholic High School Handbook/Planbook the following is Delone Catholic's policy regarding College Visitations: 

"Students who wish to visit a college or trade school should present a note of permission from parents to the Dean of Students and notify subject teachers ahead of time. When the student returns from a school visit, he/she must bring a note or letter from the college verifying that the student actually visited the school. This note should be signed by a school official and should include the date of the visit. Absences for educational experiences will be limited to four per year."

For Seniors
This is the time of year when Seniors start hearing back from colleges and universities they've applied to.  Not only do they find out if they've been accepted, but also if they've been awarded any scholarships.  Please encourage your student to bring copies of their acceptances and/or any scholarships received to their guidance counselor.  Starting with the Guidance Highlights in the second quarter we'll recognizing students for these accomplishments. 

For Juniors and Seniors
For the next two months there will be a number of college representatives visiting Delone Catholic to meet with juniors and seniors interested in learning more about their schools. Meeting with these college representatives to receive information and ask questions can be of tremendous help in a student's decision on where to apply for admission. A schedule of the visiting colleges can be found on the bulletin boards outside of the cafeteria, and Google Document was shared with every 11th and 12th grader, showing the same information.  Students who want to meet with a college representative should see their Guidance Counselor or submit a Guidance Conference Request Form and indicate the name of the college whose representative they wish to meet. Passes will be sent to homeroom the day of the college visit. The pass excuses the student from a class with the teacher's permission.  If a major test is scheduled, the teacher has the right to refuse the pass. Parents who wish to attend these sessions may do so by contacting the Delone Catholic Guidance Center at 717-624-6612.
Opens October 1 - Get Started Early!
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not printed in bulk. Parents and students are asked to apply on-line. As information becomes available this year, seniors will be advised about the application process. In any event this application cannot be submitted until on or after Oct. 1, 2017 Parents and students must check with the college or other post-secondary school financial aid officer to determine which of the various forms must be submitted for that particular school.

Students who will apply to private colleges may also have to submit a document called the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. This form requests additional information not required on the federal forms. The instructions on how to register to complete the Profile are available in the Guidance Center.

On November 9, 2017, Angela Buchanan-Bloch, Campus Director of Financial Aid at H.A.C.C., will come to Delone Catholic to conduct a seminar on financial aid and the completion of the FAFSA form.  We will meet at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.  She will be available for questions regarding this process during that time.

Keep Your Eyes Open
Scholarship information and applications are available in the Guidance Center. More detailed information about scholarships has been shared with every Senior in the form of a Google Document.  This document will be updated throughout the year with the various opportunities that are made available to our seniors. 
Homecoming is Approaching
Keep Your Students Safe
Exciting times are approaching for our students.  Homecoming is an occasion when alumni come back to visit, and school spirit is at an all-time high.  First there is the thrill of a home football game, and that is followed up with a dance the following night.  We must also be aware of the dangers that are out there.  Please talk to your student(s) about smart choices, not only for themselves, but for anyone that they might be with. 
Boost Your Career Focus
Delone Catholic's Externship Program is designed to provide students with opportunities for exposure to career-related activities in their area of interest.  It will allow students to interact with, observe, and assist individuals in the work environment. The goal of the program is to expose students to activities that will help them make more informed decisions about their future. It is expected that the host mentors not only create a safe environment for the student, but they should also demonstrate how academics are used in the work place. This is to be an unpaid experience for the student. 

Any Sophomore, Junior or Senior who is in both good academic and discipline standing is eligible to participate in the program. It is expected that the student remain in good academic and discipline standing while a part of the program as well. To gain the most out of the experience, the student should be expected to devote a minimum of 5 hours per week and for a minimum of a three month time period. Due to the eight day schedule that our students follow, there will be flexibility for hours, including during early dismissal times, open campuses, evenings and some Saturdays. This, of course, will depend on the specific job experience and their hours of operation. More information will be provided to students as opportunities are brought to our attention. Please contact your child's guidance counselor for more information.
With Tuition Reduction
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Delone Catholic Guidance Department
Mrs. Lori Heberling, Guidance Chair, 717-637-5969
Mr. Chris Cline, Guidance Counselor, 717-624-6612
Mr. Steve Hutton, Guidance Counselor, 717-624-6612

140 South Oxford Avenue ~  McSherrystown, Pa. 17344