Volume 8 Number 19                                               January 5, 2018
General News
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.

Midterm Study Session - Fri., Jan. 5
All students are welcome to attend the Midterm Study Session hosted by the National Honor Society on Fri., Jan. 5th in the school cafeteria. Students are encouraged to bring their study guides and Chromebooks. NHS members and teachers will be available to give students study tips and advice. Pizza, snacks and note cards will be provided. 

Attention 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 is still spaces available to take the placement test on Sat., Feb. 10. 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. 

Job Opportunity - Long-Term Substitute Social Studies Teacher
Delone Catholic HS is seeking a long-term substitute Social Studies teacher for American Cultures and Psychology. The qualified individual would need to be available to teach from Feb. 19 to Mar. 23, 2018. Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to Mr. Richard La Rocca, Principal. 

Message from Mr. La Rocca on an Important Parent Survey 
Middle States Accredidation - Parent Input Needed
Middle States Accredidation - Parent Input Needed

Please take a moment to view this short video message from Mr. La Rocca regarding an upcoming Parent Survey. The Parent Survey is an important part of our Middle States Re-Accreditation. The survey will be sent to you by email at approximately 12 noon on Fri., Dec. 22. If you do not receive the survey, please contact  Mr. Dave Staub. Thank you in advance for your input on this important matter.

PTO Meeting - Mon., Jan. 8
The PTO will meet in the Teacher's Lounge (enter through the door beside the cafeteria) on Mon., Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. For more information, please contact Mrs. Vandergrift at  thevandergrifts@yahoo.com

New Regulation Regarding Students' Lunch Account Balances
An important change has taken place in State Law regarding meals for students with insufficient funds. The cashiers are no longer allowed to inform students about their account balance OR when their lunch account has gone into the negative. All communication will now be directed to the parents/guardians. Only if a student inquires first about their balance, can they be told. Negative Balance Emails will be sent to parents on a daily basis. Low Balance Emails will be sent up to three times a week. If a student's lunch account balance goes into the negative $17.50 or higher for Full Price students, or $2.00 or higher for Reduced Price students, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A MEAL! This new regulation only covers a reimbursable meal. It does not cover ala carte items.  The existing rule remains - if the student's account balance is in the negative, NO ala carte items will be allowed to be purchased.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Holly Sorice, at hsorice@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.

Midterm Exam Schedule and Dismissal
Please remember that mid-term examinations will be given on Jan. 10-12. Students should report to homeroom at 8 a.m. if they have an 8:15 a.m. exam. Students who do not have an exam until 9:45 a.m. should enter through the Main Entrance on S. Oxford Avenue and remain in the lobby until 9:30 a.m. 

Students are dismissed each day after their last exam. For most students, the second exam ends at  11 a.m., though Advanced Placement students, instructional support students and those students who have more than one class in the same department may be dismissed later. Please ask your child what time they will be finished testing each day.

The exam schedule is as follows:

Gettysburg School District has announced that it will bus students from Delone Catholic to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and Gettysburg Middle School on exam days, leaving at 11:15 a.m. The Delone Catholic bus service to Maryland will ONLY RUN AT 2:45 p.m. on exam days. (This is a change from previous years when the service ran twice on exam days at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.). Other Pennsylvania bus riders should check with their bus drivers and should make other transportation arrangements if necessary. 

For students who need to wait for a 2:45 p.m. bus pick-up, parents must complete this form. Once this form is submitted, students must stay on the indicated dates until 2:45 p.m. No changes are permitted. Please contact Mrs. Donna Tompkins with questions.

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.

Congratulations Mr. Brian Yealy '79
We are so very honored to be blessed with the time and talents of Mr. Brian Yealy '79, Music Teacher and Band and Chorus Director. He was recently chosen as one of the "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Dedicated faculty members like Mr. Yealy are the cornerstone of our inspired Delone Catholic community. Please take a moment to read his interview on pages 36-37 of the magazine. And he is on the cover too!

Annual Music Association Spaghetti Dinner & Movie Fundraiser
For a printable version of this flyer, click here.

2018 Catholic Daughters of the Americas Education Contest
Lancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023  of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools to enter our 2018 National Education Contest. This year's themes are:  "THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US, WE ARE FILLED WITH JOY." Ps 126 and "FINDING JOY IN MY LIFE."  Enter one or more contests: ART, ESSAY, POETRY, COMPUTER ART, MUSIC, and PHOTOGRAPHY in your division. The Education Contest Forms   (also available in Spanish)  have complete  contest rules and details. Entries must be postmarked by or delivered to Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 by February 15, 2018. 

Please note: all 1st place local winners will be entered in the state education contest, and 1st place state winners will be entered at the national level. An awards ceremony for local winners will be held in early June. (Please feel free to leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 or if you have any questions.)

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.

Catholic Diocese Night with the Hershey Bears - Feb. 3
Celebrate Catholic Schools' Week with the Hershey Bears Hockey team vs. Charlotte Checkers at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. for the Annual Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Night on Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets are discounted to $15 each for all ages from the regular admission price of $23. For tickets, click here or contact Janet Dise - jdise@HersheyPA.com .   The deadline for ticket orders is  Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 .

Tax Reform Success
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) would like to thank all the families who joined the campaign to contact Congress regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please click here to read about the recent success of this campaign.

From the Spiritual Life Office
Thank You from the Adams Rescue Mission
The Adams Rescue Mission would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the generosity of this year's Angel Tree collection. Students and faculty made donations of Christmas gifts during the month of December. 

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 RESOURCEFULThe strength to act effectively and imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.  Being RESOURCEFUL is necessary for everything in life. We need to be RESOURCEFUL if we expect to succeed this season, taking advantage of every talent we have as a team.

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
Consider a Donation to The Delone Catholic Fund

To make your tax deductible 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 BonusCardĀ® to our SCHOOL ID #20406.

From the Athletics Department
Athletic Association Cash Raffle
There are a limited number of tickets left for the 19th Annual Cash Raffle on Sat., Jan. 13. Ticket cost is  $100 and admits two adults (must be 21) for dinner and open bar. There are  42 cash prizes totaling $16,200, which includes a grand prize of $5,000. The Cash Raffle is being held at the SAVES Social Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please email or call Mrs. Patty Smith at 717-451-7618.

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. 

Winter Baseball Clinics
Our Delone Catholic Baseball team is hosting Winter clinics for boys in grades K-3 and 4-8. Beat the winter blues and brush up on your baseball skills with Coach Neumayer and members of our coaching staff and team. For registration information, click on one of the links below. 


Baseball Weight Lifting
Starting  Tues. Nov, 14 , the weight room at Delone Catholic will be open for baseball players. The lifting sessions will be supervised by the baseball coaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from  3:15-4:45 p.m.   The coaches will have a specific baseball lifting program/routine for the players.  It is encouraged that any interested baseball player who does not play a winter sport, try to attend as many sessions as possible. For more information, please contact Mr. Dave Neumayer at dneumayer@delonecatholic.org.

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
St. Teresa of Calcutta Kindergarten Open House
For a printable version of this flyer, click here.

Murder Mystery Dinner
For a printable version of this flyer, click here

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."

Delone Catholic High School
140 South Oxford Avenue
McSherrystown, Pa. 17344

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