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.
 
I wanted to thank you for your continued efforts in keeping our entire school community safe and put to rest some concerns that have been brought to the attention of Administration. Please know that under no circumstances has any student or school staff member been allowed to be in school after receiving a positive COVID-19 test result. We are well aware of any member of our school community who is awaiting test results or has received a positive test result, and we have made the necessary arrangements with those individuals as well as performed contact tracing. If you have specific questions regarding any information relating to our school’s health and safety efforts, please refer to communications coming directly from Administration or published on the school’s website.

At this time, I thought it would be beneficial to provide you with some updated information and direction. Please understand that as a school Delone Catholic will always strive to keep you as informed as is legally possible. As you know no specific information pertaining to any individuals in our school community can be shared. Considering we experienced our first activity with COVID in November, I wanted to clarify the process we have implemented when addressing any COVID related issues which is detailed in our Reopening Plan.

When Delone Catholic is notified of a positive case in our school community, we follow the CDC guidelines and trace back 48 hours of the individual’s attendance at Delone Catholic. When necessary, we contact trace that student’s transportation, classes and lunch. We quarantine those close contacts for the recommended timeline. We notify the Superintendent of Schools, the Diocesan Health and Safety Team and the State Dept. of Health who we also provide the necessary details of the case. With these collective resources, we determine whether it is safe for our school to remain open for in-person instruction or temporarily move to a virtual model. These resources consider not just the number of current active cases, they take into account the source of the exposure (when possible), and the close contact connection (if present), the last time an individual was present at school and any family-related exposures. 

As positive COVID cases are reported to our school’s Administration, we attempt to pinpoint the source of the positive case to determine its origin. We have yet to find that the source of a positive COVID case stems from within our school building. From our investigations, 75 percent of our school’s COVID cases were contracted from individuals outside of the school community. The other 25 percent of the cases could not scientifically be tracked. As of Monday, Dec. 7, the current number of active, positive cases at Delone Catholic is four, none of which required contact tracing as the individuals were exposed over the Thanksgiving break.

This year has served to be the greatest challenge for everyone in our school community. Many of us have felt the impact of an increased level of stress and fear. To be in the position of carrying the health and safety of some many people every day, has pushed our faculty and staff to a level that I could have never imagined.  I ask that if you or your student begins to experience any symptoms or is exposed to an individual outside of school who has tested positive for COVID that you do not send your student to school and please contact us as soon as possible.  I ask that you continue to follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and social distancing. Finally, I ask that you trust that we will always strive to do what is in the best interest of not only your student, but of all the members of our school. 

Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for your continued support.
 
 
May God Bless You,
 
Donna Tompkins
Interim Principal


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.
Order Your Delonian Yearbook
We are now accepting orders for the 2020-21 Delonian Yearbook as well as Ads for Grads and advertising opportunities. Click HERE for a copy of all these order forms, or visit the website at www.delonecatholic.org and click on Quick Links/Parents/Yearbook forms.

ATTENTION 2019 Delonian Yearbooks in the Main Office: There are still 11 yearbooks being held for students in the Main Office. Please call to make arrangements to pick up your yearbook from last year.
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  
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Each year Delone Catholic is given an opportunity to host the ASVAB which gives students who may have an interest in the Armed Services a chance to learn about what career options they have within the military. Our scheduled day to hold the test, Dec. 16, was recently deemed to be a half virtual day for our students. We will still be holding the test, in person, at the school from 8:10 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m. If your child is interested in sitting for this exam, please print off this FORM and have him/her return it to their counselor by Dec. 4. If you have the means of filling it out, scanning it and returning it to us via email, that is acceptable as well. For questions, please contact Mr. Steve Hutton.
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
Our virtue this week is SELFLESSNESS - The strength to always serve others before yourself. We all know people who are very selfless but many times when we are young we are really focused on ourselves, our phones, toys, our video games, our fun. Let’s think about how each one of us can be more selfless. This week, do a chore at home or at school without being asked.
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. 
Athletic Association Annual Holiday Apparel Sale
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."