Volume 10 Number 35                                              March 20, 2020
General News
Principal's Perspective - Let's Be Reasonable, Flexible and Creative
Dear Delone Catholic Families,

Our mission continues and so does the learning! Thank you for your continued patience as we
implement our response to the corona virus pandemic. We are trying our best to ensure that our
students' education continues through the use of flexible instruction days. Our teachers will engage in another in-service day on Monday, March 23. There will be no instruction on that day so that we can  reassess where we stand and to prepare for four more flexible instruction days (March 24 through  March 27). Please note that, if at home learning is extended beyond March 27, the Diocese has directed  us to maintain Mondays as non-instructional in-service days with teachers being available from 9 to 3 on  Tuesdays through Friday.

Teacher-student-parent communication is paramount in this process. If something happens within your home environment that interrupts the learning process, for example, serious illness or interrupted internet service, please communicate that information to your child's teachers and/or the school in a timely manner so that expectations regarding work completion can be adjusted accordingly. I have reiterated to my staff the need to be "reasonable, flexible and creative" in their attempts to deliver instruction with an emphasis on maintaining a continuity of learning. As I have indicated earlier, each teacher is in a different place with respect to technology and on-line learning so, again, I ask for your understanding.

Given the latest directive from the Governor, the building will no longer be accessible to the public as of 3 p.m. today. I will continue to update you as new information becomes available. I also ask that you continue to pray for our students, our staff, their families, and for all affected by this disease.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

May God bless you and give us all the strength to persevere.

Sincerely,

Richard La Rocca
Principal

Spread Some Cheer and Help The Yearbook Too!
Mrs. Melissa Braden, Art Teacher, is the instructor of our Publications class, whose primary purpose is to create the school yearbook. This is an intensive, year-long effort to represent the school and the students for the 2019-20 school year. In light of the current circumstances, many of the remaining sections and pages of the yearbook will not be available to be published. But not to worry! Mrs. Braden has an idea of ways to fill up those pages!

"I want to show the myriad of ways our Delone Catholic families are coping and staying positive through this weird time of sacrifice and adjustment. I am asking parents to send photos and short descriptions of the funny, creative and selfless things that they as families are doing to pass time, stay active and help others." 

Mrs. Braden is working on this project in conjunction with Mrs. Jennifer Hart, so please submit your photos, stories and/or videos to her at jhart@delonecatholic.org. Mrs. Hart may want to post some of these on Social Media, so please be aware of this when you submit your photos/videos.

A Word From Our Teachers and Staff
Here's a small sampling of what some of our teachers are doing as we navigate the waters of remote learning:

Father Morelli was able to live stream Mass at noon on Thursday in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph. Father Morelli has also emailed students with information on staying in touch and some spiritual resources.

Mr. Derf Maitland (English) has been very impressed with the technical acumen of his students. " For me, I was three-quarters of my way through each student in my AP class doing presentations on chapters in Jane Eyre  when school was closed. However, the remaining presenters have seamlessly used technology (specifically Hippo Video in this case) to record their presentation." 

This is an excellent example of how we help our students to be accountable and adaptable, an important life skill! The way that they are forging ahead with their education is to be commended.

Mr. Jim Colborn (Physical Science, Biology & Geometry) is using many online resources to continue his students' education:  "Many of my students are getting online to complete assignments that have been created in Google Forms, Edpuzzle.com, Wizer.me and Pearson video's.  Pearson is the publisher of my Biology Fundamental book and they have given total access to the online version of the book.  This allows me to create lessons, quizzes and tests that can be completed online by the students and synchronized with the students Google Classroom.  As a teacher I can monitor the students progress as they complete assignments and quizzes/tests." 

The Social Studies Department is using Google Meet to interact live with their students. Mrs. Diane Scanlon reports that the best part of her day is her Google Meet chats with her students. She had coffee with her AP US History class and got to meet some of the students' siblings and pets. A Google Classroom was also set up for Student Council so that students may keep in touch and share any concerns or ideas that can be brought to Administration. She reports that they are working well with the remote learning, and encourages them to speak up/interact with their teachers if they have questions or concerns. 

Stay tuned and follow us on Social Media for more stories and information on staying connected and educated during the school closure.

Seeking Businesses for Student Internship Opportunities
Delone Catholic High School is excited to provide innovative opportunities to engage our students in the context of real-life learning through academic internships. Through this program, students in their senior year would have the ability to work in a professional setting for one to two hours daily. Placement would be based on a student's career interests and pursued under the supervision of our internship coordinator in conjunction with an on-site mentor. In addition to exploring experiences on the job site, students will participate in monthly in-school seminars exploring career and workplace issues. All positions will be on an unpaid basis.

We are currently seeking businesses/companies that would have an interest working with our students in this program. Our plan is to begin this program the fall of 2020. If your business/company has an interest in working with us on this new adventure or if you have any questions about our program, please complete this REQUEST FORM and send it to Lori Heberling at Delone Catholic High School either via fax at 717-637-0442 or contact Mrs. Heberling via email at lheberling@delonecatholic.org .

Thank you for your consideration and interest in our internship program.

Sincerely,

Richard La Rocca
Principal

It's Time for Current Student Re-Registration 
Last week, an email was sent to parents with students in grades 9, 10 and 11, with a link and instructions for online student re-registration. The form is simple to complete, and the registration payment can be paid online (via ACH or bank account or credit card).  If you did not receive an email with a link or have any questions regarding completing the re-registration form, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart

Academic Calendar for 2020-21 School Year
Click HERE for a printable file.



Spread the Word about Delone Catholic High School




Some Fun Things to Do This Summer
Trout Unlimited River Camp - a great week fly fishing and learning about the streams of PA
(June 21-26) 
http://www.riverscamp.com/
Application deadline Feb. 29,2020

Chesapeake Bay Foundation student leadership expeditions - varying weeks but all deadlines by March!  https://www.cbf.org/join-us/education-program/student-leadership/summer-expeditions/

3. Penn State Mont Alto has 2 camps, one for students that may be interested in the medical field (June 17-21) and one for those interested in engineering/ general science (June 15-19)
https://montalto.psu.edu/ce
Application deadline March 27,2020

Challenge Camp - volunteers needed
Hanover Community church runs a 5-day camp where you can earn Works of Mercy hours sharing your gifts with children. See Mrs. Gadow for a volunteer form or visit the website after March 15 to sign up online www. hanovercommunitychurch.com

Harrisburg University - week-long day camps for high school students including Lego engineering, hydroponics, video game design, food and nutrition, nanotechnology and drones!  

Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community accepts teen volunteers. See their website for details https://www.crosskeysvillage.org/donate/volunteer/

Place Ads for Grads by May 1
Honor your graduate with a special message in this year's publication of the Delonian. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2020. The pricing and order form can be found by clicking here The Delonian staff would prefer that Ads for Grads be purchased on-line using Herff Jone's website www.YearbookOrderCenter.com and selecting Delone Catholic and using order number 4186. 

From the Guidance Office
Congratulations Lauren Little
Lauren Little, pictured here with her guidance counselor Mr. Steve Hutton, recently received the prestigious honor of an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. To attend one of the five U.S. service academies, a student must complete a rigorous application process, which includes securing nomination from a member of Congress. Once nominated, the student still needs to be accepted to the academy. 

Lauren plans to pursue Law and Legal Studies and will play softball for West Point as well. We are so very proud of Lauren's hard work and determination in making this dream become a reality. We look forward to following her future endeavors!



MEDECAMP 2020


From the Alumni and Advancement Office
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
Chaplain's Memo to Students
I hope your time in isolation is going as well as can be.  It looks like things are going to be different for quite a while.  I've been praying for all of you, your families and your teachers during this stressful time.  We all know that Christ is with us in any struggle, especially during this desert experience.

IF ANY OF YOU WANT TO GO TO CONFESSION, IF YOU NEED TO TALK EMAIL ME!!!
WE CAN PLAN TO MEET UP AT ST. JOES.  I'M STILL HERE FOR ANYTHING YOU NEED

A couple practical things for you to consider in your prayer life:

1. Mrs. Phenicie already share the Spiritual Communion prayer with you:
I know some of you were making it a practice to go to daily masses during Lent, and that this has thrown a wrench in that.  If it were up to me, I'd let you in the door for mass.  But it's not.  Usually, there is a dangerously high amount of people that come to daily mass (most of them elderly, no matter how much I beg them to stay home), and we can't take that risk to public health.  However, YOUR PRIESTS ARE STILL SAYING MASS FOR YOU EVERY DAY.  Bishop Gainer has ordered every priest to say one mass a day. 9 a.m. is when we are saying mass at St. Joseph Hanover, so if you like, you can pray a spiritual communion prayer in unity with my mass every day at 9 a.m.

2. For Sunday Worship there is a short liturgy that you can pray at home:

3. Pray the Angelus every day!

God Bless,
Fr. Morellii
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 theme for this week is DECISIVENESS. DECISIVENESS is described as the strength to firmly make decisions without wavering. Many times we make goals for ourselves but then we do not follow through on them, we waver and we give in to excuses. Let's be more firm with ourselves, using our willpower to conquer the negative feelings of laziness and selfishness that weigh us down and keep us from being the best versions of ourselves.
From the Athletics Department
POSTPONEMENTS for Athletic Fundraising Events
The following athletic fundraisers have been POSTPONED. Reschedule dates will be communicated with families in the future. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

BBQ with the Boomers (scheduled for March 14) - POSTPONED.
DCAA and Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg Big Bingo (scheduled for March 28) - POSTPONED

PIAA POSTPONES Basketball and Swimming Winter Championships
The PIAA Board of Directors decided to suspend the PIAA basketball and AA boys' and girls' swimming and diving championships for minimally a two-week period. To read the full press release on this announcement, click HERE

Third Annual Tommy Laudani Delone Dash 5K/3K Trail Run
Registration is now open for the Third Annual Tommy Laudani Delone Dash on Saturday, May 30. Online registration is available when you click HERE. For paper copies of the registration form or to sponsor this event, click HERE. We are looking forward to another great event!



From Our Community
Accepting Applications for the Major David Borden Young Patriot Award
New or returning Delone Catholic students can apply for $500 in tuition assistance to Delone Catholic High School. Roots for Boots is honored to offer this tuition assistance award in Major Borden's name to a student who understands and respects the sacrifice given for our freedom. For application and more information, click here. Application deadline is April 15, 2020.


Dinner Raffle to Benefit The John Gastley Scholarship Foundation

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."