General News
Talking with Mrs. Tompkins
Friday will be another Freedom Friday Dress down day for our students. 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. Students will be cited for not following dress code policies.
 
Transportation Update
We received some good news regarding bus transportation for our students. Governor Wolf signed SB 1216 into law last week which mandates school districts to provide nonpublic schools transportation this school year regardless if they are only offering remote education to their public school students. If a district provided transportation to nonpublic students in the 2019-2020 school year, than they must provide transportation during the 2020-21 school year as well.

Inclement Weather Policy
With the potential of our public schools learning virtually, the decision to have students report to school when we experience inclement weather may be left to our deanery schools. If our public counterparts are in remote learning format, St. Teresa’s, St. Joseph’s and Delone Catholic will collectively make the decision for in-person learning or to utilize a virtual learning day. The Diocese has instructed schools to have no delayed openings due to inclement weather this year and to utilize FID days sparingly. For all impending inclement weather, we plan to utilize virtual school days and are also hoping to communicate the decision to families the night before whenever possible. When inclement weather is forecasted, students are reminded to bring any necessary materials home the day before to prepare for the potential of learning virtually for the day.

In-person and Virtual Learners Exam Schedule
Mid-term examinations are scheduled for Jan. 13, 14 and 15. For in-person students exams will be from 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. These students should report to their first exam room and not HR on these days. 

For virtual students, exams will be administered in the school cafeteria on Jan. 13, 14 and 15 from 12:00 to 2:45 p.m. These students should report directly to the cafeteria for their exams. The cafeteria will be thoroughly cleaned prior to virtual learners’ arrival. Students will be seated at least 10 feet apart and be required to wear face coverings at all times while on school property.

Please note that if your student is quarantined during mid-term exams, you will be contacted individually by your student’s teacher(s) regarding when his/her exam will be rescheduled. Rescheduled exam grade(s) may not appear on your student’s 2nd quarter report card. The exam schedule was emailed to parents yesterday and is listed on the school calendar.

Health and Safety Update
We currently have one active COVID-19 case in our school community. Any student or staff member identified as a close contact has been notified. Please continue to be diligent with mitigation efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, if your student tests positive for COVID-19, you must inform the school for the health and safety of the entire school community. You can access more information on symptoms, causes and prevention guidelines by using this link (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html).

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
On December 8, we held Mass for selected classes in honor of the Immaculate Conception. Although the Mass obligation was lifted, we were blessed to be able to have a group of students attend Mass in honor of this feast day. Selected classes of students attend Mass on Thursday, which is livestreamed on the school's YouTube channel.

In closing and in honor of Mary, the Mother of God, you may use this link to pray Pope Francis's Prayer for the Immaculate Conception (https://www.usccb.org/prayer-for-the-immaculate-conception).
 
May God Bless You,
 
Donna Tompkins
Interim Principal


PTO Chriistmas Raffle
Each year the PTO sponsors a Christmas raffle to raise funds for needed items around the school. In the recent past, funds from the Christmas raffle have helped to purchase a touchless water bottle filling station as well as contribute to teacher appreciation drawings. This year, the PTO would like to raise funds to purchase a new kiln for the art department. It is a cash prize raffle (and who doesn't need some extra Christmas cash), with a top prize of $500, second prize of $300, third prize of $200, and fourth through ninth prizes of $100. Tickets cost just $1.
 
Each student received 40 tickets in a numbered envelope before the Thanksgiving break. If he/she returns all the ticket stubs with payment by Dec. 10, he/she will earn 2 dress down days; by Dec. 17, one dress down day. All money and ticket studs must be turned into the school office by Dec. 17. The drawing will be held on Friday, Dec. 18 and you do not need to be present to win. (Please use the envelope provided to return stubs and payment. Checks may be made payable to Delone Catholic High School PTO.)
 
Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO Christmas raffle. If you have any questions or would like additional raffle tickets, please contact the school office.
First Quarter Honor Roll Announced
Congratulations to these student on the First Quarter Honor Roll.
Guidance Highlights, Quarter 2
Click HERE to read the quarterly newsletter from the Guidance Department.
Ready for High School?
To print a copy of the checklist, click HERE.
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  
Volunteers Needed: Christmas Tree Benefit Sale
Christmas Tree Sale Benefit
Neiderer Family Farm will be selling Christmas trees to raise money for the medical funds of two local families. As in previous years, trees will be sold at the intersection of High St & Radio Rd in Hanover for three weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun), starting Black Friday.  Anyone looking to volunteer at the tree lot can sign-up using the link below. Please contact Ben Neiderer at 717-698-0417 for any questions.

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
From the Spiritual Life Office: Virtue = Strength
This week we concentrate on the virtue of PATIENCE - the strength to endure delay, pain, discomfort and disappointment. This is one of the most difficult virtues to live. Why? This week, let us remind ourselves to take a deep breath and count to 10 when we get impatient and frustrated with something or someone.
From the Athletics Department
Important Message from the Athletic Director
Currently our Athletic Health and Safety plan states that athletes are only permitted to attend one session per day. This is being updated to state that athletes may only participate in one school sport per season.

For example, students cannot be participating in Spring/Fall sports open gyms/workouts if they are participating in a Winter sport. This update only applies to school related athletics at this time.

Additionally, we are not prohibiting participation with an outside organization, but the PIAA recommends against this as well.

As a school we promote students participating in multiple activities. However, in light of our current situation, the reason for this update is to enhance our mitigation efforts by keeping our cohorts of students more defined and prevent any cross contamination between teams. 
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."