Volume 10 Number 42                                              May 8, 2020
General News
Principal's Perspective
Dear Delone Catholic Families, 

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week and we want to thank all our teachers for their hard work and dedication in doing their best to meet the needs of our students and to guide them in fulfilling our mission to become true and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. As their response to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine orders has demonstrated, our teachers and teachers nationwide perform an essential service to our students, their families, and the community at large and they are to be heralded as modern-day heroes. 

I also want to thank all the members of our extended family who came together to support Delone Catholic's Day of Giving. The outstanding outpouring of generosity gave testimony to the impact that Delone Catholic has had and will continue to have on our community and beyond to wherever Squires and Squirettes may find and avail themselves of opportunities to be "Doers of the Word." 

We received word that Bishop Gainer has offered to hold one baccalaureate Mass for all the diocesan high schools. That Mass will be May 27 at 7 p.m. It will be live streamed on the diocesan YouTube channel and recorded to be watched later if people wish. I enthusiastically encourage all our senior class families to join in and participate that evening. That said, our chaplain, Fr. Morelli, has expressed a keen desire to celebrate a special Mass for our own graduating seniors and I will share more on that development and options being explored for graduation and senior award ceremonies in a later update. 

Additionally, the Superintendent and the diocesan principals have been grappling with the concern that we and many of our students and families share on how the present response to the pandemic will affect students' grades. We understand there are many variables which must be considered on how best to minimize the effect this unprecedented event has on our students. While we cannot compensate for all variables, we believe we can do our best to be as equitable as possible when assessing how 4th marking period grades will be determined. Various grading options have been considered, including Pass/Fail. Inquiry into pass/fail grades with other agencies, however, has led us to believe that such an approach could negatively affect NCAA eligibility, scholarships, GPAs, and other student outcomes.   Therefore, we feel strongly that students should engage in the curriculum offered to maintain good academic standing and maximize their course grade outcomes.

Consequently, as long as students are engaging and completing assignments to the best of their ability in their classes (to be measured by earnestly attempting and submitting at least 50% of their assignments), they will not receive a grade lower than the average of the first three marking periods. Students not achieving this standard (of 50% submission) will receive a grade of no lower than 60% for the 4th marking period. We will operate from a premise of good faith that students would have performed either better or commensurate with their performance prior to school closure, not lower.

While we have stated that not completing work will result in a grade not lower than 60%, such a result can negatively impact a student's final average. The expectation, then, is placed on engagement and work completion which can only work to a student's benefit and shifts concerns from worry about grades to emphasis on learning . Students feeling overwhelmed or anxious are strongly encouraged to continue to reach out to their teachers and their guidance counselors. As a staff, we are aware of the circumstances impacting our community, our schools, and our country during this crisis and we continue to remain "reasonable, flexible and creative" in our approach to educating our students. 

With continued prayers for good health and internal peace. 

Richard La Rocca 

Uniform Update from Flynn O'Hara 
Please click HERE for a flyer with information on ordering uniforms from Flynn O'Hara

Congratulations to our York County Science and Engineering Fair Winners
Four Delone Catholic High School students received recognition at the York County Science and Engineering Fair (YCSEF) held at Penn State York March 7-10.  Freshmen students Jacob Fleming, Lily Shriner and Keefer Stiles and Sophomore student Tyler Hillson all placed first or second in their respective categories. Shriner and Stiles both received a special award from the American Meteorological Society for their projects measuring the health of waterways in Adams County. Stile's project also earned him the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Shriner's project was recognized by for excellence by York Township.

Hillson's project "Effectiveness of cephalopod ink as a non-toxic, naturally derived flame retardant" earned first place in his category, was recognized for special awards by the American Statistical Society and ASM Materials Education Foundation and earned him a $1500 award with the Adhesives Research Award. Hillson's work was ultimately recognized when he was named Reserve Grand Champion in the Senior Division.

Sophomore student Tyler Hillson is pictured here at the York County Science and Engineering Fair with his award winning entry. Hillson received a cash award from Adhesives Research Award, among other accolades, for his submission.

Jacob Fleming, Keefer Stiles, Tyler Hillson and Lily Shriner display their awards at the York County Science and Engineer Fair in March.

Delone Catholic Team Trivia Returns Next Week
We will be taking a break from our weekly Sunday evening Team Trivia in honor of Mother's Day weekend. It will return next Sunday.

DCMA Updates: Carnival, Mulch Sale and $100 Dinner
Thank you for your continued support of the Delone Catholic Music Association. 

Delone Catholic Carnival
The carnival has been cancelled for this year, due to the COVID19 restrictions on large gatherings.

$100 Dinner
Due to recent events and social distancing in place we will be postponing our $100  Dinner fundraiser to June 5, 2020.  All other details remain the same.  You do not need to be present to win!  If you have any questions or need to purchase more tickets please call (717) 752-4873 or e mail  Eric.michelleshriner@gmail.com

Mulch Sale
Due to the State shutdown of schools in response to COVID 19, the Delone Catholic Music Association 2020 mulch sale is cancelled. Thank you to all of the Associations supporters.

Spread the Word about Delone Catholic High School

From the Alumni and Advancement Office
Day of Giving: Thank You for Making a #SquireImpact
Thank you to all those who contributed to our Day of Giving on Apr. 30 to May 1. Your #SquireImpact will make a big difference to our students for the upcoming school year.

Ladies Tea Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delone Catholic will be unable to host the Ladies Tea this spring. We pray that those suffering during this time will find strength and healing, and that scientists and doctors will find treatments and a cure that will soon allow us to gather again. This special event will be held in 2021 as long as it is safe to do so.
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
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 REFLECTION - The strength to give serious thought and consideration to the important things in life. Our fast-paced world tempts us to give importance to superficial things, things that pass away in moments and to neglect the most important things in life, the things that lead to eternity.

A wise, mature and virtuous person always takes time to REFLECT on their purpose in life, their goals, the blessings they have received. Let's do everything we can to help one another REFLECT on what is truly important this week.

From the Athletics Department
Summer Sports Physicals
The on-site sport physicals scheduled for June 4 is now postponed until Monday, July 27 from 4-6 p.m. at Delone Catholic High School. All safety measures and recommendations will be observed if we are able to host physicals at that time. 

In light of the uncertainty of certain activities in the future, student athletes are encouraged to get physicals for the upcoming sports season from their own physician or organizations that provide physicals for high school sports.

Below is the link for the PIAA physical form that must be filled out by your physician if you choose to go to your private provider or organization that provides sport physicals.

***Please note, physicals are only valid for the upcoming school year if they are completed after June 1st, 2020.***

Summer Sports Camps
Due to the  uncertainty of what will be permitted over the next couple of months, it has been decided to cancel all summer youth sport camps hosted by Delone Catholic for this year.  This also includes the Flaherty Football clinic held by the Gastley organization.  Thank you for your understanding and we are excited to host our youth camps once again in 2021.

Third Annual Tommy Laudani Delone Dash 5K/3K Trail Run: UPDATE
Note the new date and title sponsor. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please click HERE for sponsorship forms. 

From Our Community
Dinner Raffle to Benefit The John Gastley Scholarship Foundation - NEW DATE
The John Gastley Scholarship Foundation (TJGSF) Dinner Raffle has reserved the date of Saturday, July 25 at SAVES to hold the dinner. 

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."