Volume 8 Number 26                                               February 23, 2018
General News
Principal's Perspective
Dear Delone Catholic Families,
In light of the recent tragedy of the school shootings in Florida, I thought it would be helpful to communicate with you regarding the safety measures that we have in place at our school. As a parent myself, I become as genuinely concerned as you do when incidents such as these occur.
           Please note that entrance to our school building is restricted throughout the school day, with access only available through the main entrance via a buzzer system monitored by the office. We have surveillance cameras monitoring some of the major public areas. We also maintain active communication with the McSherrystown Police Department, whose chief has already visited the school in the past week to review our safety procedures. At the beginning of the school year, we performed a safety walk-through to determine where upgrades were warranted. Our faculty is versed in emergency procedures for various occurrences, such as weather or intruder, and we plan to enact emergency drills with greater frequency to sharpen their skills and the reactions of our students.  A very successful lockdown drill was conducted on Wednesday afternoon. Furthermore, I invite you as parents to share any concerns you may have with me at any time. Additionally, I encourage you to have open communication with your children about such events to lessen their own anxieties. I have attached a few talking points (available by clicking here) from the National Association of School Psychologists to assist you with this conversation. 
           As I stressed to our staff at our faculty meeting this week, I believe that the greatest deterrence to such threats is to be vigilant, to report any concerns, and to develop strong relationships with our students so that they embrace the school environment as a safe place to be and to learn daily.  I impressed upon them that this approach must stem from the reality of our shared dignity as sons and daughters of God. We, as educators, must respect the inherent dignity of our students and vice-versa through all our interactions with one another.
          I hope that in sharing this information with you, you will feel confident in the belief that our school is a safe place for your children.  Lastly, I invite you to pray along with the whole school community for those tragically affected by this recent event, to pray for our own community and for our nation that such indiscriminate acts of violence come to an end once and for all.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
May God bless you always and in all ways!
Richard V. La Rocca

Delone Catholic Announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll
Congratulations to these students who made the 2nd Quarter Honor Roll.

Please also accept our sincerest apologies that Helen Phillips was inadvertently left off the honor roll list. Congratulations Helen on making First Honors for the Second Quarter!

8th and 9th Grade Dance - Sat., Mar. 24
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To register for the dance, click here.

Delone in the Dark Nights Scheduled
Delone Catholic High School Student Council will be hosting their annual "Delone in the Dark Nights" for students in sixth and seventh grades. There will be games, food, prizes, and the popular scavenger hunt in the dark. The students will be making their own pizza using various toppings. T his event is open to any sixth or seventh grader. Students do not have to attend a Catholic School to participate. To register, please click here for the forms. Extra forms may be found on the Delone Catholic website ( www.delonecatholic.org ) or picked up in the Main Office. The boys' night will be held on Friday, April 6, and the girls' night will be held on Friday, April 13.  Students are to be dropped off in the lobby using the student parking lot next to the Lawrence B. (Sonny) Sheppard , Jr. Memorial Gymnasium from 6-6:30 p.m. Pick-up times will be from 10:00-10:15 p.m.

English SAT Prep Course
An English SAT Prep will be offered on   April 3 , 4, 5 & 9, 10, 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Delone Catholic HS. The fee is $165 and is due on  Mar. 23 . More details can be found in this brochure. Please contact Ms. Jennifer Noel with any questions.

Junior Class Fundraiser - McDonald's Milkshake & Frappe Coupons
Delone Catholic's Junior Class is selling $1 coupons for McDonald's Milkshakes and Frappes. Each junior student has a selling goal of 15 coupons. The coupon is valid until May 31, 2018 and can be redeemed at the following McDonald's locations: Gettysburg, Hanover, Limekiln Rd., Manchester and New Oxford, Pa. Please see a junior student or contact Mr. John Fournie to purchase coupons. Coupon orders and payment are due by Mon., Mar. 12. Thank you for your participation.

National Honor Society - Paws for a Cause
Delone Catholic's National Honor Society is collecting donations Mar. 12 though Mar. 16 for the Adams County SPCA. Possible donations include: Dog and Cat Food or Treats (grain free), Dog and Cat Toys, Dog Collars/Leashes, Towels, Blankets, Puppy Pads, Paper Towels, Tissues and Toilet Paper, Disinfectant Wipes, Garbage Bags (55 gal & 13 gal), Stamps, Gift Cards (Walmart, Staples or Weis). 
Items may be sent in with a student or dropped off outside of the main office. T he homeroom from each grade that collects the most donations will receive a dress down day. 

Attention Incoming Freshman: Placement Testing and Algebra II Trigonometry Placement
HIgh School Placement Test - All Incoming Freshman
This year, the High School Placement Test (HSPT) is being administered at Delone Catholic High School and not in the deanery elementary schools. There are still spaces available to take the placement test on Sat., Mar. 31 There is no fee to take the test. Click here for a copy of the registration form. For incoming freshman who take the placement test in Maryland, please forward us a copy of the results once you receive them. Contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart at jhart@delonecatholic.org with any questions. 

8th Grade Students Taking Algebra 
Any incoming freshman student who is currently taking an 8th 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, 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 Sat., Apr. 7 at 9 a.m. 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.

Any student who meets these qualifications and would like to reserve a place for testing, please complete the Registration Form by clicking here

Any questions should be sent to Candy Sneeringer, Delone Catholic High School Mathematics Department Chairperson, at csneeringer@delonecatholic.org .

2018-19 Tuition Assistance Online Application Now Available
The 2018-19  Tuition Assistance Application through FACTS is now available. The tuition for the 2018-19 has not been set at this time, so please use 2017-18 tuition rates until that information is available. There is a $30 application fee.  The deadline to apply is April 17. For more information on Tuition and Assistance, please click here.

Now Accepting New Student Admissions

We invite you and your student to come and visit Delone Catholic High School and be inspired by the many exciting things happening here. From our stellar academic programs and services, to our commitment to Spiritual Life and our many clubs, activities and athletics, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss why Delone Catholic is an excellent fit for your child. Contact  Mrs. Jennifer Hart, Director of Marketing and Admissions at 717-637-5969 to schedule a personal tour of the school or a Squire Shadow day for your prospective student. For more information, visit www.DeloneCatholic.org under the Prospective Students tab.

2018 Parent Prom Dresscode Agreement and Dress Code Guidelines
We anticipate a beautiful evening for the 2018 Delone Catholic HS Junior and Senior Prom.Please click here to access the Parent and Student/Guest Dresscode Agreement. This form must be signed and returned to Delone Catholic HS by Thurs., April 5. For a copy of the Dresscode for Formal Dances (with sketches), please click here

If your student is bringing a guest that is NOT a Delone Catholic HS student, please complete and return these forms. 

Yearbook Orders and Ads for Grads
Forms are now available to place an order for the Delonian 2017-18 yearbook and place your Ads for Grads. Yearbook orders are due by Mar. 30, 2018 and submissions for Ads for Grads are due by May 1, 2018. For a copy of the 2017-18 Yearbook Order Form, click here. For a copy of the Ads for Grads Order Form, click here.

Delone Catholic HS's Mini-THON - Chaperones Needed
Delone Catholic's Mini-THON is Fri., Mar. 23 to Sat., Mar. 24 from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Adult chaperones are needed to help with this event. If you are able to donate some time as a chaperone, please click here to choose a time slot. For questions, please contact Carmen Brown at cbrown@delonecatholic.org

Inclement Weather Reminders
For closures and delays: Delone Catholic parents are notified via One-Call of school closures and delays. This information, along with early dismissals, is posted on the  school web site, Facebook and  Twitter as soon as possible. You may also call the school at 717-637-5969 and the recording will notify you of a delay or closure. WGAL is notified immediately upon the decision to delay or close. In addition to the WGAL T.V. channel, closures and delays are posted on the WGAL website . 

For early dismissals: Early dismissals are posted immediately on the  websiteFacebook, and  Twitter as we receive the calls from each school district. WGAL also posts school district dismissals on their  website

Remember: Phone calls from parents will not be accepted for dismissal requests. The phone lines are needed to receive information from the school districts. We also encourage students to call parents from the office to inform them of the different drop off schedule for bus transportation so that an adult may be available for the transport from the bus stop to home.

Please be alert to those weather forecasts for incoming snow possibilities. If you wish your student to be dismissed at a different time, you must send in a note with your student for each dismissal. No emails and no phone calls will be accepted. Notes must be turned in before homeroom, on the day they are to be applied. You may not submit one note for the duration of the school year. A note must be delivered on each separate occasion.

For Maryland families who utilize the bus service, please refer to the chart below regarding different inclement weather closings and delays.

Our Inclement Weather Policy is available on our web site or by clicking here.

Influenza Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Health
Some important information, tips and prevention techniques for Influenza. Click here for details.

Flynn & O'Hara Uniforms
The 2018 price list and Ways to Order information is available at www.DeloneCatholic.org under the Policies and Procedures/Dress Code tab. It can also be accessed by clicking here.

Free Online SAT and ACT Resources
There are free, online resources available to students to help them to prepare for the SAT and ACT. College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide preparation videos, instruction, problems and sample tests for the SAT. To access these materials, visit  www.khanacademy.org.  In addition, the free OpenEd Smart Library provides resources for preparing for the ACT. To access these materials, visit www.opened.com.

From the Spiritual Life Office
Help the Diocese of Harrisburg Celebrate Its 150th Anniversary
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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!

This week our virtue theme is COURTESYThe strength to always treat others with civility and honor. COURTESY is a much-needed virtue in today's world. We need to treat others with COURTESY and respect no matter their position or rank. Everybody deserves COURTESY!

Diocesan Men's Conference
Men of the Diocese of Harrisburg All are welcome to the 7th   Diocese of Harrisburg Men's Conference, which is being held   Mar. 10, 2018   at Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg.  The theme is:  Men of Mary, Mercy, and the Eucharist.  You can get a registration brochure here at your church, or register on-line by clicking here.  
 The Men's Conference includes: 
Keynote Speaker - Father Chris Alar, nationally known speaker and expert on the message of Divine Mercy
  • Up to three workshops from 34 different choices.
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour with Benediction & praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • More than 20 Priests available to hear Confessions
  • Various Catholic Exhibitors and Materials
  • Beautiful Music by the Te Deum Singers
  • Mass Celebrated by Bishop Gainer
  • And Fellowship with men from throughout the Diocese
  Last year 1,100 men from the Diocese of Harrisburg attended.  It looks like it will we will have another very large crowd this year.  Do not miss this opportunity to deepen in the knowledge and love of Mary, Mercy, and the Eucharist and all the graces that the Lord Jesus wants for you and your family! 

Service Hours Reminder - Senior Students
The deadline for submitting Works of Mercy service hours for graduating seniors is 3 p.m. on March 16, 2018. After this time, the number of uncompleted service hours will double. Please contact Mrs. Kate Phenicie or visit www.DeloneCatholic.org web site under Spiritual Life for more information and opportunities to earn Works of Mercy service hours. 

From the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
SLOP Dinner Tickets On Sale
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Please Consider a Donation to the Delone Catholic Fund 

Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, we are more than halfway to our annual goal. Every gift to the Delone Catholic Fund reminds our students that our community believes in their potential to succeed. To make a donation, click here.

Giant A+ Rewards Program
Delone Catholic is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time family members and friends shop at any Giant Store. Please help our school and register your BonusCard® to our SCHOOL ID #20406.

From the Athletics Department
Dodgeball Tournament - Are You Up for the Challenge?
The Delone Catholic Wrestling team is hosting a Dodgeball Tournament on Thurs., Mar. 1 in the school gym beginning at 6 p.m. Coach Giraffa and Repasky are currently assembling a list of teams interested in participating. T eams would be made up of 6 players with up to 4 subs (8-10 players in total). Teams can be co-ed, all male or all female. If you are interested in submitting a team, please have the team captain send an e-mail to Coach Chad Giraffa with a list of team participants and a team name. Waiver forms and sign-up sheets will also be available in the school office. Deadline for team entry is Mon., Feb. 26.

4th Annual Bull Roast to Benefit Boys' Lacrosse Team


Spring Sports Apparel Order Forms Available
Show your school spirit with some new spring sports apparel. Order forms for our new designs for baseball, lacrosse, softball, tennis and track are available by clicking here. Deadline for orders and payments is Feb. 23.

Boys Lacrosse Update
Attention prospective, new and returning boys' lacrosse players! Pre-season lacrosse conditioning is taking place in the Old Gym every Tues.,  3:15-4:45 p.m. and workouts in the weight room are on Saturdays from  10 -11:30 a.m.  The varsity team is fielding players from grades 9 - 12

For more information, please contact Coach Wade Smith  coachsmith@delonecatholic.org

2018 Mason Dixon Linemen Clinic Scheduled
SAVE THE DATE for the 2018 Mason Dixon Linemen Clinic on Sat. June 23, 2018. We are looking forward to welcoming Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty '74 and his team of coaches back for this hands-on skills clinic for boys entering grades 7-12.

1st Annual Delone Dash 5k or 3k Trail Run
The Delone Catholic Cross Country team is hosting its 1st Annual Delone Dash 5k or 3k Trail Run on Sat., June 30 at Codorus State Memorial Park. The cost to register is $25 prior to June 15 and $30 after June 15.  Registration will take place from 8 to 9:45 a.m. and the race will begin at 10 a.m.

To register online, click here
To register by mail, click here for registration forms. 

Sponsors are needed for this event. Please click here to view the sponsorship information.  

For more information, please contact Coach Zinn at RichardZinn7@yahoo.com. We are looking forward to a great event!

Big Bingo Dates for 2018
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Spectator Guidelines
As the days are getting shorter and the weather is beginning to chill, we are looking forward to moving indoors to watch the hard work of Delone Catholic's student-athletes, visiting teams, coaches and officials.

Please take a moment to review the PIAA and Delone Catholic's expectations and guidelines for all spectators attending athletic events this season. 

Athletic Schedules Online
A complete schedule of sporting events, times and locations can be found at ArbiterLive.com or under the Athletics tab on  www.DeloneCatholic.org. 

From Our Schools and Parishes
Father Fisher Cuts Hair for Charity

St. Joseph's School, Hanover, Pa.

Designer Bag and Purse Bingo - Feb. 24
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St. Teresa of Calcutta Accepting Kindergarten Applications
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Crusaders SCRIP (Gift Card) Program 
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St. Joseph School Fundraiser
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St. Francis of Xavier Catholic School - Biennial Auction
Looking for something to do on St. Patrick's Day? Look no further! Join us at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for our 2018 Auction.  For reservations or to donate an item please check out our website  https://www.sfxcs-pa.org/biennial-auction/  Contact Kelly Brainard at 717-334-4221 or  kbrainard@sfxcs-pa.org

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Mission Statement
Delone Catholic High School exists to educate and challenge students 
spiritually, academically, physically, socially and aesthetically, 
within the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 
This challenge will inspire students to experience Jesus Christ personally and 
to "Be Doers of the Word."