Volume 10 Number 15                                              November 1, 2019
General News
Principal's Perspective: Flexible Instruction Days (FIDs)
Dear Delone Catholic Families,
 
Praised be Jesus Christ! I am pleased to announce that our school, along with all the schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg, is implementing Flexible Instructional Days (a.k.a. FIDs), following a ruling by the State of Pennsylvania that now allows schools to use FIDs as part of the academic calendar.  FIDs are to be used when school is closed for inclement weather or similar circumstances. A FID will count as a full instructional school day and, correspondingly, an extra school day will NOT be added to the academic calendar. Please note, however, that the State only permits five school closings as FIDs. More than five FIDs would result in instructional days being added.
 
At Delone Catholic High School, we will adhere to the following procedure:
  • 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.
 
As educators we believe that continuity of instruction is important. By the Diocese implementing Flexible Instructional Days, students will not lose momentum in their learning which may be the case when days are added to the end of the calendar year. Flexible Instructional Days will allow students to continue to learn and provide a chance to do so in ways that are creative and engaging. There will not be any additional or surprise assessments as part of this process. 
 
The State gives us great flexibility, but they do mandate that we have a measurement for our attendance for each day, including Flexible Instructional Days. As an educational institution we will abide closely by this expectation. Therefore, if the vast majority of our students do not complete their work as required, we will not be able to count this day as a school calendar day and thus a day will be added to the end of the calendar year. 
 
Any specific questions in regards to FID assignments should be directed to your student's teacher(s). Each teacher's email address can be found on the Plusportals page.

Thank you for your understanding, support, and cooperation! We are excited for this new undertaking and are grateful for your trust and assistance in this matter, as in all things.
 
Blessings and best wishes to you and your family.
 
Sincerely,
 
Richard La Rocca
Principal


Guaranteed College Admissions and Scholarships for Delone Catholic Students
Mr. La Rocca, Delone Catholic High School principal, is pleased to announce that the school has entered into agreements with several colleges for guaranteed admissions and merit scholarships for Delone Catholic students meeting cumulative GPA and standardized testing requirements upon graduation. Each university's scholarship criteria can be found by clicking here. Stay tuned for more exciting news for post-secondary education options for our students.


Help Us Reach Our Mini-THON Goal
Delone Catholic High School will be joining in the efforts of more than 135 schools to work to conquer childhood cancer. Delone Catholic will host its Mini-THON based on the Penn State Dance Marathon known as THON- the largest student-run philanthropy in the nation in which students spend 46 hours on their feet to raise money for pediatric cancer patients. All proceeds will be donated to The Four Diamonds Fund, which assists children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care and comprehensive support. In our third year of hosting a Mini-THON, we are setting a goal of $5000.00. This year's Mini-THON will be held on Friday, March 6 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Delone Catholic HS. Please print and complete this registration packet to participate. 




New Student Admissions Application Discount

Spread the Word about Delone Catholic High School




Thanksgiving Food Drive - Nov. 11 to Nov. 15
Please click here for a list of donations needed.


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.

Middle States Update: Objective #2
The Excellence by Design Protocol set forth by the Middle States Association requires each school to have at least two Student Performance Objectives and one (optional) Operational  Objective.  These objectives undergo a technical review by members of the Middle States Association to ensure that what we are proposing is appropriately challenging, but also attainable.  Each objective is accompanied by an extensive action plan that specifically states how we as a school intend to achieve our particular objectives. Leading up to our Middle States Visit, we will highlight one of our new objectives each week.  Our second Student Performance Objective, which highlights success for our Instructional Support Students is:

By the year 2026, Delone Catholic High School will demonstrate an improvement in services for Instructional Support* students as measured by:
a.)    A graduation rate of 85% enrolled in the Instructional Support Program
b.)    A student participation rate of 85% in a program that pairs Junior and Senior Instructional Support Students with Freshmen and Sophomore Instructional Support Students
* Instructional Support (IS) students have approved documentation of diagnosed learning differences.

Class of 2020 Apparel Sale
Weaver Screen Printing is taking orders for Delone Catholic HS Class of 2020 apparel. The online store has short and long sleeve T-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants. These items make great Christmas or graduation gifts. 

Use the link at https://dchs2020.itemorder.com to place an order by Nov. 15. For more information, contact Dr. Carmen Brown.

Transportation Directives for Friday, Nov. 15
All Delone Catholic High School students will be dismissed at noon on Friday, Nov. 15. There is no bus transportation provided for Maryland or Pennsylvania students. All students will need to arrange for alternate transportation. No students will be able to remain in the school after 12 p.m., since there will be no faculty moderators or administrators available. 

Join Us for the Fall Play

Band Truck Needed
The Delone band truck was incapacitated on September 27 en route to the Biglerville game. It has been deemed temporarily safe only for moving equipment from one part of the campus to another. The Delone Catholic Music Association is actively searching for a new band truck, preferably a 24' box truck with automatic transmission and a loading ramp. If any friends of Delone can provide guidance or contact information to aid the Music Association in its search, please contact president Jon Stiles, stiles518@embarqmail.com, 717-968-0608.


Interact Pit BBQ Fundraiser


The Delone Catholic High School Interact Club will be sponsoring a pit beef/ pork/turkey fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Delone Catholic High School parking lot on South Street. Little Everett's BBQ has been contracted to supply the food. Menu includes: sandwich $8, fries $3, drink $1; meal deal $11. Hog wings and baked goods will also be available. All profits from the fundraiser will be donated to the Hanover Area Council of Churches Provide-a-Lunch (PAL) Program. The PAL Program provides a hot meal to the less fortunate in our community. Please come out and support this worthy cause!

Diocesan Catechetical Conference 
The Catechetical Conference is Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Diocesan Center.  The registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 5. Details are as follows: 
  • Bishop Gainer is Principal Celebrant of Mass
  • Outstanding Keynote Presenter - Dr. Peter Murphy - Former USCCB Director of Evangelization and Catechesis and Currently with Diocese of Green Bay
  • 32 Great Workshops with Blue Ribbon Speakers on a Multitude of Topics
 
Teachers and catechists can register through their parish.  Registration is also available online. 
 
For those who have been there, this is an excellent conference!  It's an outstanding means of formation for anyone teaching the Catholic Faith in any capacity, e.g. Catholic School Teachers, Parish Religious Education Catechists, those Preparing Children for the Sacraments, etc....as well as for any adult interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith.

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
All Souls Remembrance - Let Us Pray for Your Loved Ones
Traditionally, the Church remembers those who have gone before us in faith throughout the month of November. Delone Catholic would like to remember the names of your loved ones in our prayers. Please use the form here to submit their names, and know that they will be held in prayer at our liturgies and days of Adoration throughout this month.
From the Diocesan Vocations Office
Nov. 3-9 is National Vocation Awareness Week. "The Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost." Will you share in Christ's saving mission as a priest, deacon, or in consecrated life? Talk to Fr. Morelli, Mrs. Phenicie, or Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Director of Vocations, at 717-657-4804 or frjsawicki@hbgdioces.org or check out diocesanpriest.org
Tolton: From Slave to Priest
Fireside Catholic Publishing Scholarship Opportunity
All seniors are invited to apply for the  Fireside  Catholic Publishing Scholarship, which recognizes high school seniors who put their faith into action daily with a $1,000 cash award. Applicants should write an essay of no more than 750 words on the topic "How is your Religious Education influencing your life?" From among the applicants, one will be chosen by a committee of Delone Catholic teachers to represent our school at the national level. Essays need to be submitted to Mrs. Phenicie by Nov. 15
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 ADVENTUREThe strength to undertake new and daring enterprises.  Many times we are fearful of new and daring things. Yet, often the only way we can really grow is to embrace new things, no matter how scary they may be in the beginning. When you wake up each day this week, decide to see each day as a new adventure. Dare to try something new, regardless if you succeed or fail. Experience the adventure of life!
From the Athletics Department
Winter Sports Apparel Sale
The Winter Sports Season is right around the corner. Be prepared with some new Squire swag. Click on the link below to view the order form. All orders and money are due by Nov. 15. 
Swimming (please contact the athletics office for embroidery items)

Friday's District Football Playoff Game
There will not be any pre-sale tickets for this Friday's District Football playoff game at Steelton Highspire.  All tickets will be sold at the gate and will be $6 for both students and adults.

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

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:

Wednesday, November 20th 4:30-6:00 (sub pick-up date)
Saturday, December 7th 9:00-1:00 (holiday apparel sale)

Thank you very much for your contribution!

From Our Partner Schools and Parishes
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Holiday Bazaar
 

St. Teresa of Calcutta Christmas Bazaar
 

Fan the Fire Youth Rally

St. Joseph Catholic School Designer Purse Bingo

Jingle Bell Dash
Two ways to register: Click here to print registration forms or click here to for online registration.

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
Knights of Columbus Council 13692 Bingo 

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."