Volume 10 Number 14                                               October 25, 2019
General News
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.

New Student Admissions Application Discount

Spread the Word about Delone Catholic High School

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Each student has been asked to bring in $3 to go towards a gift certificate, as well as one of the food items below, to create food boxes for those in need in our community. Monetary and food donations are to be delivered to room 210 by Friday, Nov. 15. Those who bring both money and food will receive a dress down day on the last day of school before Christmas break. If you are interested in donating more, please follow the list below, as to keep the boxes even and consistent. Thank you for your generosity! 
Items for donation:
Canned meat or fish
Box of instant potatoes
Canned fruit (pineapple, mixed fruit)
Box or bag or rice
Cans of mixed vegetables/carrots
Box of stuffing
Box of hot chocolate mix
Egg noodles
Box of spaghetti/pasta
Fruit cups
Large box of cereal
Cans of soup
Four pack of toilet paper
Canned beans
Peanut butter
Box of crackers
Box of tissues
Pudding cups

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 Accreditation Update
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 first Student Performance Objective, which highlights College/Career readiness, is:

By 2026, Delone Catholic High School students will demonstrate an improvement in College and Career Readiness as measured by:
a.)    90% of our students will follow a progressive sequence of Naviance tasks, allowing them the best opportunity to make informed decisions about their post-secondary plans
b.)    5% increase in students participating in job shadowing/internship opportunities
c.)    5% increase in students earning additional credit outside the Delone Catholic High School Curriculum
d.)    20% increase in students attending college or career fairs/meeting with college representatives
e.)    5% increase in students attending Academic/Career-related summer programs  

Halloween Dress Down Day - Thursday, Oct. 31
Dress Down Day Rules and Regulation - No satanic, gory or vile outfits. No weapons, no fake blood, no hair dye, no overly long hair, no masks, no face paint and no pajamas. Hats are to be removed at the discretion of the teacher. Regular dress down day rules apply except clearly stated exceptions. 

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. 

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.

Save the Date - 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!

Squire Picnic Cancelled
The Squire Picnic scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27 has been cancelled due to low attendance. Our Squire Ambassadors and Student Council are working on another event for the third, fourth and fifth grade students. Details will be available shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lori Heberling at 717-637-5969 Ext. 209.

Attention Parents of Senior Students: Financial Aid Seminar at Delone Catholic HS
On Oct. 28, 2019, Delone Catholic will be hosting a financial aid seminar hosted by Angela Buchanan-Bloch, Campus Director of Financial Aid at H.A.C.C. This seminar will be of special interest to senior parents, especially those sending a student to college for the first time. Discussion topics will include: completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form needed to receive federal/state aid, filling out the CSS (College Scholarship Search) Profile, required by some colleges to qualify for scholarships at their school, and how to access other scholarship opportunities. These topics are relevant for students attending any college, not just H.A.C.C. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Ms. Buchanan-Boch will be available for questions at the conclusion of her presentation. All senior parents are encouraged to attend. 

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
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
Senior Class Works of Mercy Hours Deadline
Please note that as stated in the 2019-20 School Handbook, "For a ny senior, the service requirement must be completed by the end of the first semester.  Any senior service verification form turned in after this date will only be recognized as half the hours submitted." 

The end of the first semester is Jan. 14, 2020. Your student's Works of Mercy Hours totals as well as current Works of Mercy opportunties can be found on the PlusPortal in the Spiritual Life folder under School Links and Files.
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   COURTESY  -  The 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!
From the Athletics Department
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

Head Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach
Delone Catholic is currently accepting applications for a Freshman Boys' Basketball Head Coach. Please submit a letter of interest and a coaching resume to Mr. Tim Bonitz, Athletic Director at tbonitz@delonecatholic.org or 140 South Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, Pa. 17344.

From Our Partner Schools and Parishes
All Are Welcome to the ABVM Parish Fall Social

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Holiday Bazaar

Fan the Fire Youth Rally

St. Joseph Catholic School Designer Purse Bingo

From Our Community
Knights of Columbus Council 13692 Bingo 

October Health ENews 
Please click here to read the October edition of Health ENews regarding teens and vaping. 

Catholic Mutual Connection - October 2019
Please click here to read the October issue of the Catholic Mutual Connection that is dedicated to Fire Prevention. 

Parent Engagement Flyer - October 2019
The October Parent Engagement Flyer can help parents sort out the commercial from the faithful observance of Halloween, including All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. Sometimes the lines get blurred, but this quick guide can give a good explanation about these "Days of the Dead" and offer ways to celebrate them as a family with the Catholic faith in mind. 

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."