Volume 10 Number 22                                              December 20, 2019
General News
Merry Christmas from Delone Catholic High School

Transportation Directives for Friday, Dec.20
Students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, Dec. 20. All the PA and MD school districts are providing transportation at noon EXCEPT for Bermudian Springs. Those students will need to make alternate transportation arrangements.

Save the Date: 8th Grade Dance at Delone Catholic
Delone Catholic's 9th Grade class invites all 8th grade students to a dance on Feb. 1, 2020. All 8th grade students from any public or private schools are welcome to attend. Cost is $5, payable at the door. Please register online at www.delonecatholic.org or by clicking here.

PTO Christmas Raffle Winners
The PTO would like to thank everyone who participated in the Christmas Raffle. Your involvement helps make it possible for the PTO to purchase items that are on the teachers' Wish Lists. We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

$500 - Butch Small
$300 - Tim Noel
$200 - Jennifer Kopp
$100 - Tammy Baker
$100 - Liz Tinkler
$100 - Jill Seymore
$100 - Wade and Kate Smith
$100 - Kathy Ambrose
$100 - Kurt Noback

Thank You from Toys for Tommy Laudani
Endless thanks to all that donated to the Toys for Tommy toy drive! Today the toys were delivered to pediatric patients at Johns Hopkins by Margaret Grenchik '18 and Bobby Laudani '17 in memory of Tommy Laudani '18. Tommy passed away in November 2018 after a brave battle with a rare form of cancer DSRCT. If anyone would still like to donate, Toys for Tommy is already accepting donations for next year. Please contact Margaret Grenchik at toysfortommylaudani@gmail.com for more information.

First Quarter Honor Roll Announced
Congratulations to our First Quarter Honor Roll recipients. Click here to see the full list. 

National Honor Society After-School Study Session
The National Honor Society will host a midterm study session after school on Friday, Jan. 10 from
3-5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Snacks will be provided and teachers will be stopping in to answer questions. Please feel free to join us!

Guidance Highlights, Quarter 2
Click here to read the Guidance e-newsletter for Quarter 2.

Inclement Weather Information and Flexible Instruction Days
The Delone Catholic Inclement Weather Policy is available by clicking here. For Maryland families who utilize the bus service, please refer to the charge below regarding different inclement weather closings and delays.

If Delone Catholic High School is closed for inclement weather, we will adhere to the Flexible Instruction Day procedure as outlined below: 
  • Announcements will be made indicating that Delone Catholic HS is closed via the ordinary channels (social media, radio, email, etc.)
  • A subsequent email will be sent indicating that we are using a Flexible Instructional Day.
  • Assignments will be communicated and/or made available online through Google classroom or via direct email from the teacher unless teachers have previously provided an assignment by an alternative means.
  • Teachers are expected to be available from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm during the FID to respond to students' questions.
  • Students will have two days upon returning to school to submit completed FID assignments.

Employment Opportunities at Delone Catholic HS

Employment Opportunity: Math/Science Teacher

Delone Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a full-time Mathematics/Science Teacher. Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Science or have related experience. Preferred candidates would have PA teaching certification, or in progress of certification, and have prior teaching experience. Candidates are expected to uphold the morals and values of the Catholic Church and Delone Catholic High School.  Interested applicants should send a resume with cover letter to Mr. Richard La Rocca, Principal, Delone Catholic High School, 140  S. Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, PA 17344 or email it to rlarocca@delonecatholic.org.

Employment Opportunity: Building Service Worker

Delone Catholic High School has an immediate opening for a year-round, full-time Building Service Worker for the evening shift (1:30 to 10 p.m.). This position includes responsibilities for the daily operations, custodial and external maintenance of buildings and grounds. Must be team oriented and comfortable working in an environment where discretion is necessary. This employee must be able to work with custodial supplies and equipment in addition to opening, closing and preparing areas for use and to work weekend hours as needed. This employee is considered emergency personnel and therefore required to report during inclement weather. This position requires a valid Pennsylvania driver's license, medical examination/TB test, as per Pennsylvania law, and all necessary PA and Diocesan Youth Protection clearances which are the responsibility of the applicant and do not ensure employment. Interested applicants should submit a resume of their work history to Mr. Richard La Rocca, Principal, Delone Catholic High School, 140 South Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, PA, 17344 or email rlarocca@delonecatholic.org.

New Student Admissions Application Discount
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Placement Test Dates for Incoming Freshmen
Delone Catholic desires a smooth and strong transition from grade school to high school for every student. To help ensure incoming freshmen are placed in the courses where they can be most successful, we  require each student to take the  High School Placement Test (HSPT). The test covers English, science and math.

Testing will take place at Delone Catholic HS in the school cafeteria. Please enter through the gym entrance on the South Street side. Arrival time is 8:30-8:45 a.m. Testing begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Students are asked to bring #2 pencils and a pen. Cell phones need to powered off and put away during testing. Snacks and drinks will be available during the breaks. Students will be dismissed by 1:15 p.m.

The following two test dates are available:
Saturday, January 11, 2020 (snow make-up date: Saturday, January 18, 2020)
Saturday, February 8, 2020 (snow make-up date: Saturday, February 22, 2020)

To register for the test, please complete the  Placement Test Registration Form. For more information please contact  Mrs. Jennifer Hart, Director of Marketing and Admissions at 717-637-5969 Ext. 206.

Algebra II Trigonometry Placement Test
Any incoming freshman student who is currently taking an eighth grade Algebra class with an average of 87 percent or higher is invited to take the Algebra II Trigonometry placement test. If the student passes the test with at least a 75 percent, maintains an average of 87 percent or higher, and is recommended by his/her current teacher, he/she will be eligible to take Algebra II Trigonometry as a freshman when enrolling at Delone Catholic High School. 

The Algebra II Trigonometry placement test will be given on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 from 9-10:30 a.m. (snow make-up date is Saturday, March 7, 2020) at Delone Catholic High School. Students should report to the main entrance on S. Oxford Avenue between 8:45 and 8:55 a.m.  Students will be given 1 ¼ hour to complete the test and should be picked up by 10:30 a.m.  To register for the test, please complete  this form  no later than Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.  If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Mrs. Candy Sneeringer.

Action Photos of Fall Sports and Activities Now Available
Fall Sports and Activities photos are now available for purchase from Hanover Studio Photography. Photos make excellent personalized holiday gifts. Photos can be viewed at Hanover Studio Photography's website. Place your orders today!

From the Alumni and Advancement Office
50th Anniversary Celebration Planned
If you are a Delone Catholic athletics state champion or runner-up and plan to attend, please contact the Office of Advancement (717-637-5969, Ext. 211 or  advancement@delonecatholic.org ) by Tuesday, Dec. 17 so we know you are coming! 
Alumni: Please Share Your News
You may have graduated or moved on from Delone Catholic High School, but we never stop caring about you or being interested in your life. Use this form to share news with your Delone Catholic family - or to brag about your classmates and friends.
From the Spiritual Life Office
Advent Calendar 2019
As we spiritually journey toward Christmas, please enjoy Delone Catholic's annual digital Advent Calendar. Each day will feature a reflection, picture, or video from Mrs. Phenicie or one of the Peer Ministers based on the Mass readings of the day. Know of our prayers for you in this sacred time!
From the Diocesan Vocations Office
"They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks...."  If you think that God is calling you to serve the Lord of the harvest as a priest, deacon, sister or brother, reach out to Mrs. Phenicie, Fr. Morelli, or Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Director of Vocations at (717) 657-4804 or frjsawicki@hbgdiocese.org
Advent and Christmas Events at the Seton Shrine
Be sure to check out the amazing events coming up at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg to celebrate Christmas.
SportsLeader Virtue of the Week
One pillar of the SportsLeader program is a weekly virtue that we incorporate into our athletic practices and throughout our school community. Every week, we will share them here to encourage the students to take the virtue into their homes as well!

Our virtue this week is SELF CONTROLThe strength to direct your emotions and desires for a greater good.  A team that practices SELF CONTROL is tough to beat! Team members are able to do the right thing; for example not getting penalties or personal fouls for losing control in critical points of a game. You carry yourself differently when you are able to practice the virtue of SELF CONTROL and that does make a difference on or off the field of play.
From the Athletics Department
Guidelines for Spectators
As we kickoff the start of the winter sports season, please take a moment to read the Guidelines for Spectators. Go Squires!

Youth Baseball Clinics (Boys in Grades K-8)
Registration is now open for boys in Grades K-3 and 4-8 for the Youth Winter Baseball Clinics. Sign up today to brush up on your baseball skills with the Delone Catholic baseball team. Coaches and players will be conducting age-appropriate baseball instruction with each group. Kindergarten through third grade, please register using this form by Friday, Jan. 3. Grades 4-8, please register using this form by Friday, Feb. 7. Please contact Coach Dave Neumayer with any questions.

Boys's Assistant Lacrosse Coach - Offensive Coordinator Needed
The Delone Catholic Boys' Lacrosse program is seeking a qualified individual to fill a newly formed volunteer Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator position.

Qualifications for Candidates:
  • 4 years or more of competitive lacrosse playing experience
  • high energy, positive attitude with effective teaching techniques
  • passion for competition and the respect for the game
  • willingness and commitment to mentor young student-athletes in a Catholic high school environment
Coaching Duties
  • offensive drill creation, implementation and execution at practices
  • fundamental offensive lacrosse skill development for student-athletes 
  • roster  / depth chart management for offense
  • successful implementation of offensive schemes, concepts and overall character of the offensive unit.
  • work diligently to support and grow the positive culture of lacrosse at DCHS
Please send resume or inquiry via email to Athletic Director Tim Bonitz at tbonitz@delonecatholic.org

From Our Partner Schools and Parishes
Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Night at the Hershey Bears

From Our Community
ReadyPA December Newsletter
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Mission Statement
Delone Catholic High School educates and challenges students 
spiritually, academically, physically, socially and aesthetically, 
within the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 
This challenge will inspire students to encounter Jesus Christ personally and 
to "Be Doers of the Word."