Delran High School Broadcast

October 8, 2020

DELRAN HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

Delran High School, an inclusive learning community, provides educational opportunities for intellectual development while valuing the importance of cultural diversity and tradition.

A Message from Mr. Finkle!

We made it to October. Happy Autumn!


As we are entering the second month of school, I wish to address some areas that seem to be concerning to the community.


First and foremost, I believe that the structure, policies, and procedures that we follow at DHS keep students, faculty, and staff safe; however, we must remember that we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. I understand that when Dr. Brotschul sends out his emails concerning cases that involve the DHS community and the Delran community as a whole, many have a feeling of panic...is my child affected? What do I do now?


The promise that I will make to you is that if there is a situation where students are being directed to quarantine because they came into contact with a student, adult, or contact of a positive case, you will hear directly from me. In situations where there are a large number of students, I will ask Mrs. Bowman(nurse) or Dr. Bowen and Mr. Stolarick (APs) to assist me with the calls.


Secondly, if your child is experiencing symptoms, please keep him/her home! Sending a child with symptoms to school endangers the welfare of both your child as well as the entire DHS community. In addition, if your child does show symptoms, please call Mrs. Bowman (nurse) at 856-461-6100 x3011. It is up to all of us to keep each other safe during these times.


Thirdly, at this time, only individual students or smaller groups of students have been required to quarantine; however, as we have seen around the country and around the globe, there may be a situation that occurs where we too will have to move to a full-remote setting at Delran High School. In the eventuality that this is the case, we are prepared! The following Fully Remote Plan for Delran High School will be instituted if we are to close for live instruction for any long period of time. If we do implement this schedule, I will certainly be communicating that out to everyone. Please understand that this is an IF situation. My hope is that we all stay safe and follow the guidelines to keep each other safe and healthy.


Lastly, grades, grades, grades. There are two ways for you to support your child from home and also ensure that work is being completed and turned-in. First and foremost is the Parent Portal. The only grades that are factored into a student's grade will be found on the portal. The second way is to become an observer in Canvas. This will allow you to see assignments, how your child is performing, and will also enable you to communicate with your child's teachers directly through the program. Information on how to become an observer is available on the school's website.


Now, a lot is happening here at DHS as we all begin to settle into the "new normal." There are many announcements and changes to our "regular processes" contained in this Broadcast that involves everyone! I will try to disseminate as much information each and every issue so that everyone is both up to date and well aware of upcoming events. I ask that you read the entire broadcast as it will answer many of your questions. If it doesn't, please, as always, feel free to reach out to me at any time.


To that end, next week is a very busy week beginning tomorrow morning!


The first marking period interim grades will be posted on the Parent Portal on Friday, October 9th. Please make sure you are checking on your child's progress and reaching out to teachers or guidance counselors if you have any concerns.


The PSATs will be given to ALL Sophomores, Juniors, and select Seniors on Wednesday, October 14th. Dr. Danielle Bowen has provided detailed information posted below. We truly believe that this test is extremely important for all students regardless of their future plans. Please remember that the State of NJ does have a testing requirement and the PSATs can be used to satisfy this!


Additionally, on Wednesday, October 14th, remote students are to pick-up supplies and materials that they may need in the coming weeks. This will take place from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. More specific information is posted below. The teachers have been asked to communicate to your child whether they have materials to pick-up! If your child's teacher does not let them know that there are materials to pick-up, you do not need to attend. Future dates for pick-up/drop-off are December 2, February 3, March 17, and May 12.


As per the Delran High School Program of Studies, the deadline to add or drop courses is Friday, October 16th. Please make sure that your child communicates with his/her counselor if this is something that is being considered. Please note that students must carry a course load of at least six(6) courses and are not able to add any additional new courses to the schedule at this time.


Our College Planning Part 1 and SAT/ACT Information Night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 20th. All are invited to participate in this very important session. HERE is a very interesting article regarding filing early for Financial Aid. We will send out a specific invitation for this event next week so keep your eyes open next Thursday for the invite.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at dfinkle@delranschools.org or (856) 461-6100 x3005.

DHS Calendar of Events

  • 10/9 Interim Grades on Portal
  • 10/12 BOE Mtg., DMS, 7:30 PM
  • 10/14 PSAT/NMSQT
  • 10/14 Remote Students Pick Up Supplies, 1 to 3 PM
  • 10/20 College Planning Part 1 & SAT/ACT Info, 6 PM
  • 10/20 PTA Mtg., 7 PM
  • 10/24 ACT
  • 10/24 Detention
  • 10/27 Underclass Picture Make-Ups
  • 10/29 Underclass Picture Make-Ups
  • 10/27, 29, 30 & 11/2 Testing Schedule

DHS HAPPENINGS

INTERIM GRADES ON PORTAL

The first marking period interim grades will be posted on the Parent Portal on Friday, October 9th. Please log into the Parent Portal periodically to keep track of your child's progress and grades. If you need help signing into the portal, please contact Mrs. Denise Stellwag in the main office at extension 3000.

PSAT/NMSQT

Both hybrid and remote sophomores, juniors, and some seniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 14th from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. This test is beneficial to juniors who test because they may qualify for scholarships and other types of academic recognition.


Since this is usually a remote day, busing will be provided for both hybrid and remote Delaware and Rancocas students. A letter will be mailed home detailing the busing information. Students are expected to arrive at the building no later than 7:20 a.m. Upon arrival, students will report to their designated testing area.

On the test day, students should bring:


Certain items are prohibited in the testing area. The PSAT/NMSQT consists of evidence-based reading and writing as well as math sections. If students would like to see what the PSAT/NMSQT will be like, they can take this online practice test and evaluate their answers using the practice test answer key


If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Bowen at djones@delranschools.org.

Remote Students Pickup Supplies Day

On Wednesday, October 14th, remote students must come to DHS and pick up materials that they will need in the coming weeks from 1 to 3 pm. Juniors and seniors who will be in the building taking the PSAT are asked to pick up their supplies in the hallway outside the Performing Arts Center after they are done testing. Sophomores will find their materials in the hallway outside of the gymnasium.


For Freshmen and Seniors, we ask that you please use the bus lane to drive up to the doors outside the cafeteria and Performing Arts Center between the hours of 1 to 3 pm. We will have runners working to assist with this process.

Free Meal Request Form

As the 2020-2021 school year begins, we will be offering breakfast and lunch to PICK UP for those students who are learning both hybrid and fully remotely. This is available to ALL STUDENTS AT NO COST! Meals are available to ALL STUDENTS at NO CHARGE through December 31, 2020.


One hundred percent Remote Learners will receive all 5 breakfasts and all 5 lunches listed below. Hybrid Learners (learning remotely 3 days a week) will receive 3 breakfast and 3 lunches for the days that you are learning remotely. PICK UP DAY will be on WEDNESDAY at Delran High School (52 Hartford Road) or Delran Middle School (309 S Chester Ave) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

We are asking that you fill out this form PRIOR TO PICKING UP MEALS! Please place your order by 9 AM on TUESDAY! The form will be turned off at 9 am to allow us to organize and prepare the meals. The Meal Request Form is located on the school website under the Parent tab.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

All students who are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch need to complete an application for the 2020-2021 school year as soon as possible. Listed below are the applications in multiple languages:


Student Pictures

Just a reminder that underclassman make-up pictures will be held on Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th. Please click here for additional information and pricing.

Community Service Packet for Juniors

As part of the Delran High School, all United States History II students will complete a community service assignment by October 30, 2020 for the Seniors(Class of 2021) and June 1, 2021 for Juniors(Class of 2022). Covid19 brings with it challenges for students seeking to accomplish their 15 hours but this requirement is still attainable and we will work to provide you with several on-site service opportunities. Click here for the packet.

Student Parking Passes

Student parking passes are available for a $10.00 fee. The paperwork is online in the FamilyID system. Please click HERE to sign-up after registering with FamilyID! Seniors/juniors must present their license and a completed Student Automobile Form to the main office to receive a parking tag. If a student does not have a parking tag, a warning will be given to the student. If warnings are not heeded, the car will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

CURRICULUM REPORT

Science & Technology Department

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Renovations of our Spaces

In Phase Two of the construction in our digital fabrication spaces, two classrooms are soon to open to enhance technology application to problem-solving:


  • Woodshop gets an overhaul - Since 1975, the woodshop at Delran High School has remained much the same. Now, with enhanced ventilation, well-lit spaces, a self-contained CNC (computer numerical controlled) router room, and plenty of workspaces, we hope students will enjoy the upgrades to real-world, problem-solving tools.

  • Robotics Room - As part of a completely revamped space, the Robotics Room becomes one of three new spaces to take over the old Electronics room. This space will house our 18-21 Program, Health, and Robotics. The three separate spaces include upgrades to HVAC, lighting, and promote learning in appropriate sized rooms for their function.

Delran STEMBassador Applications Open

STEMbasssador applications will be accepted through Monday, October 12th. Go to the delranstem.org News Page and follow the directions to create your own Tallo account! This is where you can upload your application AND start your path to connect talent and opportunity.

STEM Community Engagement Events Go Virtual

In connection with the Delran Education Association, the National PTA, and the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance, virtual STEM events will soon be announced for students and families. More to come!

High School Dual Credit Program

Students can earn college credits and complete high school course requirements simultaneously! Students participating in the program get a reduced tuition rate of $100 per credit ($400/each four-credit course) with all additional fees waived. In comparison, a four-credit course at Stockton normally costs $1,895.72. Click here for additional information.

DHS College Planning Session Part 1

DHS College Planning Session: Part 1 will be hosted by the Guidance Department on Tuesday, October 20th at 6 pm in the PAC. This presentation will give an overview of the Junior Timeline for:


  • Standardized Testing
  • Using Naviance
  • NCAA Eligibility


We will have a sign-up sheet so that we can control the number of people in attendance in order to keep everyone safe! That will go out under a separate cover next week.


We hope that you will join us.

College 101: Preparing for College

The MS/HS PTA is hosting a Zoom meeting to discuss tips for college success including:


  • Planning now for the college experience - experiential learning and CAP courses
  • Supporting the process of choosing a major
  • Understanding the differences between 2-year and 4-year colleges and making an informed decision on college selection
  • Understanding the benefits of transferring from a community college to a 4-year institution
  • Supporting your child in the first year of college and beyond


The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 pm immediately after the PTA meeting. For additional information, please click here for the flyer and here to sign up for the meeting.

ATHLETIC NEWS

Mr. Guidotti's Update

Dear Parents/Guardians:


We are very fortunate to be near the beginning of what hopes to be a very rewarding fall athletics season. The COVID-19 experience has taught us many things and it is our hope that we remain focused on what is most important, maintaining the health and safety of our students while having the opportunity to play the games they love with their teammates and being coached by the adults they respect and look up to.


The State athletic association (NJSIAA) and the New Jersey COVID-19 regulations as set forth by the CDC, NJDOH, NJDOE required us to take a hard look at our present operating procedures and make the necessary adjustments to comply with the requirements that have been placed upon us. After discussions with Dr. Brotschul and the Delran Township Board of Education, a review of the capacities of our facilities, and a careful assessment of our ability to manage crowds while keeping everyone safe; it has been decided that the following measures will be put in place for all sporting events this fall, regardless of level. Specific football guidelines are below as well.


We are extremely excited for the upcoming season and we look forward to once again seeing our Delran student-athletes compete. Let’s do our part to ensure that these games continue while ensuring a safe environment for all.


Go Bears!

FALL SPORTS spectator COVID GUIDELINES

General COVID-19 Fall Sports Guidelines including Girls & Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Field Hockey & Cross Country:


  1. As per NJSIAA and the Governor’s executive order, outdoor gatherings cannot exceed 500 people. The total number is dependent on the capacity of the individual venue.
  2. Everyone in attendance must properly wear a mask at all times.
  3. Everyone will be required to sit in the bleachers and be socially distanced. The bleachers will be marked for your convenience. If bleachers are unavailable for all spectators, social distancing will be enforced.
  4. Students will not be allowed to attend any games. This includes away games as our opponents have adopted similar procedures.
  5. Spectators will be limited to parents and immediate family of those participating in the event.
  6. Sanitary facilities will be limited to the Port-O Johns located near each of the fields. There will be no building access during athletic events.
  7. No food will be sold at games and there will be no concession stand. We ask that you do not bring any food as well.
  8. Non-alcoholic beverages, such as water, sports drinks, soda, and coffee and tea will be permitted. The game staff and administration reserve the right to inspect these items upon request. Please clean up after yourself to reduce contact with these items by our buildings & grounds staff.
  9. Please be cooperative with our game help staff if they ask you to do something so we can remain within the regulations placed upon us.
  10. At all events, once we have reached capacity, we will not allow any further admission into the venue.
  11. These rules will be shared with and applied to the visiting teams as well.


Football Specific COVID-19 Guidelines. This applies to Varsity, JV and Freshman Football Games:


  1. All of the general guidelines above are in effect for football games.
  2. No admission will be charged or collected this season.
  3. Admission to home games will be limited to the parents of players, band members, and cheerleaders. Two tickets will be provided ahead of time. One ticket will be given to each freshman football player.
  4. Admission to away games will be limited to the number of tickets allotted by the host school. We project that this will be limited to the parents/guardians of the players participating.
  5. The Marching Band and the Cheerleaders will not travel to away games. This is consistent throughout the conference.

Team Updates

Fall 2020 is in full swing and we are so excited to see everyone out on the fields and courts. The smiles on the students’ faces are amazing.


The Boys' Soccer Team began the season with an amazing 2OT victory over RV on Monday. The first game was also Senior Night. We will miss them all and everything that they have accomplished these past four years.


The Girls' Soccer Team is starting out the Fall season with two strong outings, both away victories at Bordentown and an overtime thriller at Cinnaminson. The Lady Bears are playing very well together. The team’s Senior Night will be Thursday, October 15th at 6 pm vs Burlington Township on the football field.


The Girls' Tennis Team played five matches already and the improvements are evident after each match. The Lady Bears are having a great time and enjoy being a tennis family. The senior match occurred last Friday. Our two seniors will be missed dearly. They will play today at DHS against Pemberton. Go get them Lady Bears!


The Boys' and Girls' Cross-Country Team had a great outing at the scrimmage back in September at Moorestown Friends. The coaches were impressed with their effort and look forward to an exciting season. Their first batch meet is Saturday, October 10th at Cinnaminson. Go Bears!


The Football Team worked very hard this summer and it showed on Friday, October 2nd with a dominating performance at Cinnaminson. It was a great way to ruin their Senior Night. This was our first victory against them in ten years. Our team looks focused and I’m sure this victory will be the first of many this year and beyond. Their next game is this Friday, October 9th at Northern Burlington.


The Field Hockey Team continues to grow as a family every day. Their effort at practices has shown during their first two contests this season. The team is bonding so well and the season is going to be exciting. The Lady Bears had their senior game on Tuesday, October 6th. All of the seniors will be missed because of everything that they have brought to the program. Their next game is this afternoon against RV at DHS.


Due to restrictions from the Governor’s office, limitations on spectators must occur so everyone can remain safe. Masks and Social Distancing must be followed at all times on Delran Township property. At this time, we are not allowing students at contests because of spacing and the inability to maintain social distancing. If the Governor changes any of the restrictions, the Delran community will be notified.

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Winter Sports Physicals Due

Exciting news! Delran will attempt to have Winter sports this school year! Please click here to begin registering your child for a Winter 2020-2021 sport. Registration will close on Friday, November 13th. Please turn in all new physicals to the DHS main office. Make sure that the physicals are filled in completely.


Any questions, please contact Maureen Flanagan at extension 3003 or Anthony Guidotti, Director of Athletics, at extension 3016.

CLASS OF 2021 HEADQUARTERS

Senior Trip Payments

The first payment for the senior trip to Disney World was due this past Tuesday. If you missed the deadline and your child would like to go, you MUST send your payment in tomorrow (Friday, October 9th). The first payment is $500.00 and you must submit a check or money order made payable to DHS Special Fund. Payments can be dropped off at the main office too.


All the information about the trip is provided in Canvas. There you can find the payment schedule, cost breakdown, what will happen in the event that the trip is canceled, and a frequently asked questions document. We will be using Canvas to post information all year so it is important that you can access Canvas as an observer for your child.


Directions on how to sign up for Canvas as a parent can be found on the district website. Once in Canvas, head to the Class of 2021 course, and on the homepage, you will find a link to the senior trip information. If you are using the Canvas app on your phone and you are having trouble finding the information, please try it on a computer.


If you have any questions about the senior trip, please contact Mr. Nate Marter at nmarter@delranschools.org or Ms. Maria Lucidi at mlucidi@delranschools.org.

Mum Flower Pick UP

Just a reminder that Mum Flower pick up is tomorrow (Friday, October 9th) from 4 to 7 pm at Bart’s Flower Inc., 294 Creek Road, Delran, NJ 08075.

Show Your Senior What A Star They Are

Purchase a Senior Star for only $10.00 or buy 2 for $15.00 for your special senior! Please see the flyer below for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact Sue O'Leary at 609-760-5744 or email at sueoleary154@comcast.net.
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PTA MESSAGE

PTA Membership, Communication, & Meeting

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!


The Middle School/High School PTA is excited for a new school year and to let you know about the changes we have implemented to keep you informed throughout the year.


Like everything else these days, the PTA has gone VIRTUAL! There are THREE areas that you will now be able to handle virtually for the PTA: Membership, Communication, and Meetings.


  1. Membership - To become a PTA Patron and purchase a membership, please go to our NEW Delran MS/HS Online Store. You will receive your membership card via email. The cost is only $8.00 per person, and that money goes directly back to the student body. For example, it helps support students with a hardship to purchase their senior yearbook or contribute to the cost of a band trip.
  2. Communication - We will be using MemberHub to communicate with our members. Please visit the Delran MS/HS Grade Level Sign-Up Page to register. You may enter more than one parent/guardian information to receive the email updates. It’s very important that you enter each of your students separately (if in different grades) to receive grade-level specific information. Include each student’s name, role as a student, and grade level/graduating class hub. Student email addresses are not required. PLEASE NOTE: If you signed up in the past, you must sign-up again to receive your child’s grade-specific information.
  3. Meetings - All of our PTA meetings moving forward will be held via Zoom. You can join to hear about upcoming events for the PTA and each grade. Our first PTA meeting will be on October 20th at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting information will be sent via email the day before the meeting. You do not need a Zoom account to join the meeting.


The PTA is dedicated to Delran students and families and will continue to provide support with safety in mind. Please keep in mind that in light of this year’s events, some of our activities and offerings may look a little different this year!


Be sure to check our website for updates and like our Facebook page to stay informed! For questions, feedback, or concerns please contact Delran.mshs.PTA@gmail.com or any of the PTA board members listed here.


Thank you and we look forward to a wonderful year!


Becky Whitmeyer

PTA President