Volume 10 Number 20                                              December 6, 2019
General News
Join Us for the Christmas Concert

Attention Recent Alumni: Campus Life 101 Scheduled

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

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 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.

Toys for Tots Collection
The Delone Catholic Interact Club is collecting Toys for Tots until Dec. 12. New, unwrapped toy donations can be given to a Delone Catholic student or dropped off in the main office during school hours. Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season!

New Student Admissions Application Discount
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Spread the Word about Delone Catholic High School

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!

Please Support the PTO Christmas Raffle
On Thursday, Nov. 14, your student received forty (40) PTO Christmas Raffle tickets. The cost for each ticket is $1 and the top prize is $500. This is the main PTO fundraiser and we are asking each school family to do their best to sell all forty tickets. There is a letter with the raffle tickets that details how the students may earn dress day downs based on ticket sales and submission dates. Raffle winners will be announced during halftime at the girls' home basketball game on Friday, Dec. 13.  This fundraiser supports classroom items and special events such as Open House, the Academic Banquet and the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. 

Interested in joining the PTO? Contact Mrs. Heather Hillson. Thank you in advance for supporting the Delone Catholic PTO. 

Celebrate the Season

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
Peer Ministry's Angel Tree Project

As we enter this season of Advent, please consider donating to Peer Ministry's Angel Tree Project. We have adopted six families who are going through a variety of struggles through the Adams Rescue Mission in Gettysburg. If you would like to donate money (of any amount - large or small!), we will use it to purchase gifts that are unclaimed by the students. Checks can be made out to Delone Catholic. Please have all gifts and monetary donations sent to the Spiritual Life Office by Monday, Dec. 10. Thank you for your generosity!  

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!
Celebrate Christ the King
This festival takes place at the location of our Kairos retreat.

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 COOPERATIONThe strength to work together toward a common objective.  A team that practices the virtue of COOPERATION is a tough team to beat! They realize that all members are valuable and are selfless enough to work together to achieve the goal. Your team is different when you use COOPERATION and that makes a big difference.
From the Athletics Department
Get Your Squires Merch for the Holidays
The Athletic Association is holding their annual Holiday Apparel Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school lobby. There will a huge selection of shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pullovers, sweatpants, hats and other specialty items in a variety of sizes. Please stop by to do some holiday shopping for all the Squires on your list! 

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.

Drink Donations Needed for Winter Sports
The Athletic Association is requesting a drink donation from each family to to help defray the expenses of the concessions stand. The specific item we need you to bring and the drop off times are listed below. Please note that we are requesting brand name products so we can offer quality items to our supporters. We appreciate your continued support of our fundraising efforts.

One case (24) of Pepsi cans
One case (24) of DIET COKE cans
One case (24) of Mountain Dew cans
One case (24) of A&W or Mug Root Beer cans
One 12-pack of 12oz bottles of BLUE (GLACIER FREEZE) Gatorade
One 12-pack of 12oz bottles of RED (FRUIT PUNCH) Gatorade
One 12-pack of 12oz bottles of PURPLE (GRAPE) Gatorade

Please drop off your donation in the school cafeteria at one of the following times:

Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (at holiday apparel sale)

Thank you very much for your contribution!

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
Winterfest at Immaculate Conception
Student volunteers are needed to help with this event. Please visit the Spiritual Life folder in the parent portal for times and complete details. Donations of homemade cookies are being accepted for the cookie walk. Pleases contact Sandy Bladen at 717-476-4798 for more information. 

7th Annual Noreen Neitz Memorial Run at the Rock
Two ways to register: Click here to print registration forms or click here to for online registration.

From Our Community
ReadyPA December Newsletter
In the December Ready PA Monthly, we "Ask a Health Care Professional" about this year's flu season. To ready the December edition, click here.

Christmas Tree Sale Benefit

If you are willing and able to volunteer to help sell Christmas trees, please  click here .

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."