General News
Talking with Mrs. Tompkins
Friday will be another Freedom Friday Dress down day for our students (ugly Christmas sweater is optional). We appreciate your continued diligence in performing the COVID screen and logging the results into the Plus Portal. Please refer to page 53 of the School Handbook for guidelines on the Dress Down Day dress code. As a reminder, leggings, yoga pants and pajama pants are not permitted. Students will be cited for not following dress code policies.
 
Important Schedule Changes
In working with the Diocese and their Health and Safety Team, we have made some adjustments to our academic calendar. We will be having two full days of virtual learning upon our return from Christmas break. The entire school will be virtual on Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 5. We will also be continuing with the virtual half-day instruction schedule for Wednesdays through January EXCEPT for the week of midterms. January 6, January 20 and January 27 will be a half day of virtual instruction with a half day of independent work. We have adjusted the half-day virtual instruction schedule to include some extra time between each class for students and teachers to switch gears. Please remind your students of the protocol outlined in the Virtual Learners Handbook when attending school virtually.

We will continue to monitor our weekly active COVID cases and make any necessary adjustments to our academic calendar with the assistance of the Diocese. Information will be provided to you as it becomes available. At this point, extracurricular activities are scheduled to resume on Jan 4, pending any changes from Governor Wolf.

Merry Christmas and Happy New
As a reminder, Monday, December 21 and Tuesday, December 22 will be full day in-person instruction. Wednesday, December 23 is a virtual half-day of instruction. Students will be "dismissed" at 11:50 a.m. to begin their Christmas break.

I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of the Delone Catholic students, faculty, staff, administration and your families as we end this historic calendar year. We have jumped many hurdles and banded together to safely educate our students in the most normal way possible. I have received so much support and kindness from those around me, and I will be saying a special prayer for all of you on Christmas morning. I leave you with this lovely Christmas prayer:

We pray for joy in our hearts, hope in our God, love to forgive, and peace upon the earth. We ask for the salvation of all our family members and friends, and we pray your blessings on all people. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with your love and power. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray
 
May God Bless You,
 
Donna Tompkins
Interim Principal
Guidance Highlights, Quarter 2
Click HERE to read the quarterly newsletter from the Guidance Department.
Ready for High School?
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High School Placement Test Registration
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. 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 High School Placement Test is being given on Saturday, January 16, 2021 (snow make-up date: Saturday, January 23, 2021) and Saturday, February 13, 2021 (snow make-up date: Saturday, February 20, 2021)

To register for the test, please complete the Placement Test Registration Form. For more information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart, Director of Enrollment and Outreach at 717-637-5969 Ext. 206.
Placement Test for Algebra II/Trigonmetry
Any incoming freshman student who is currently taking an 8th 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, February 27, 2021 from 9-10:30 a.m. (snow make-up date is Saturday, March 6, 2021) 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 click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail Mrs. Candy Sneeringer at csneeringer@delonecatholic.org  
From the 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
Important Information for Seniors
Please read the information below that was sent to senior students and their parents this week.

Seniors,

As we have all experienced, the 2020-21 school year has brought us unprecedented circumstances, and changes and adaptations have had to be made in almost all areas. I am aware of the struggles that many of you are having in earning your Works of Mercy hours in the Delone category because of limited opportunities. After discussion with the Administration, I have decided on the following points. Please read them carefully, and let me know of any questions you have or clarifications that need to be made.

  • At present, Seniors will no longer need to earn hours for the Delone category for the 2020-21 school year. Instead, any hours that are owed for the Delone category can be completed in either the Church or Community category (it will be up to the student's choosing).
  • If you have Delone hours to turn in, you still may do so.
  • If you already have opportunities to earn Delone hours set up, you may continue to earn them if you choose.
  • If you owe Church or Community hours, those hours still need to be completed in the appropriate categories.
  • For the 2020-21 school year only, the due date for turning in Works of Mercy hours has been extended to the end of the third quarter (Friday, March 19 at 3 p.m.).
  • After March 19, any remaining hours will double.

Please remember that the special additional opportunities of earning Works of Mercy hours as Spiritual Growth or Family hours still are options, making it possible for you to earn Works of Mercy hours from home when it is not safe or possible to serve elsewhere. See the Works of Mercy page of the website for more details on these opportunities and ideas of how to complete them.

Please know of my prayers as you enter the Christmas season and the second half of your Senior year. 

Mrs. Phenicie
From the Community
Support The John Gastley Scholarship Foudnation
Every first Wednesday of the month, Maggie's of Westminster will donate $1.00 for each 5 oz. uncooked crab cake purchased at 217 Frederick Street in Hanover from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to The John Gastley Scholarship Foundation. PRE-ORDERS are ENCOURAGED! Please contact:

Kim Pisula – (443) 744-0146 or Matt Pisula – (410) 905.9939

Thank you for your support!
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."