Delran High School Broadcast

January 6, 2022

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!

Hello there DHS Community!


I trust that everyone had a happy New Year celebration and spent quality time with friends and family. I am sure that it is no surprise to anyone, but we are now in the midst of another Covid-19 surge. Delran and Burlington County have moved into the Very-High virus spread category. This will not affect the delivery of instruction and we will continue to be in-person. I ask that you continue to stress the practice good hand-hygiene and the wearing of masks to help mitigate this surge. So far, the Google Meets for quarantined students are helping to prevent students from falling behind which makes me, as an educational leader, very happy. I know that we will get through this new surge and will come out the other end stronger as individuals and as a community!


Today, Dr. Brotschul announced that all Delran Township Schools will have a two-hour delayed opening tomorrow. HERE is the schedule for a delayed opening. If the forecast changes and there is a need to close the schools for the day, the decision will be made by 6:00 am and be communicated out by the Superintendent. I will also put the announcement out on Canvas if a decision is made to close.


As we begin the new calendar year, we are looking towards the end of the second grading period. After the 4-day weekend next week, we begin our Subject Area Testing Schedule. Final grades for First Semester classes and grades for all Marking Period 2 classes will be available on the Parent Portal on Thursday, January 27th.


In terms of Covid-19 and DHS, please make sure that if your child is experiencing symptoms, please keep them home and call Mrs. Bowman. If your child tests positive, please reach out to Mrs. Bowman as well so that we can set-up Google Codes for your child ASAP!


I look forward to seeing many of you at next week's PTA meeting. I will be filling the parents in on events both past and future at DHS and will be available to answer any questions that you have. Please see below for the join information of the meeting!


I hope that everyone stays safe and has a happy and healthy new year!


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

December Students of the Month

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Jackson Weber – Grade 12 – Nominated by Steve Rood-Ojalvo:


Two things caused me to nominate Jackson for the student of the month. One was his vocal achievements. Jackson recently earned membership in both the All-South Jersey Choir and in the All-State Choir.

The other was his willingness, as a senior, to try a new and challenging sport -- wrestling. I find it very unusual for seniors to break out of their ruts and comfort zones to try something challenging.

A final note -- while arriving to first period, my class this year, in the past has been a known problem, this year Jackson has addressed this challenge with effort and humor, and some success.



Brooke Obuchowski – Grade 10 – Nominated by Caitlin Como (December). She was also nominated (September) by Amy Sepesi – both write-ups are included below:


Como: Brooke is the "understudy" Board of Ed representative to the Student Council. She is always a very respectful, responsible, and diligent young lady. She attends all of our regular Executive Board Meetings despite her position not requiring it. What really motivated me to nominate Brooke this month was her efforts during the Student Council Blood Drive this year. Brooke was always one step ahead of what needed to be done - she stepped in multiple times to run around the school to find materials we needed or donors who missed their appointments. Brooke also helped care for the recovering students after they gave blood. Brooke did not stop moving and helping the entire event. Her dedication to the success of this event and service to the Student Council has been outstanding this year!


Sepesi: Although she is in 10th grade, Brooke is at the helm of The Bear Facts (the DHS student newspaper) as its editor-in-chief. Already, she's more than exceeded expectations. She wrote articles over the summer for our back-to-school edition and served as a representative of the student media during the district's visits with Secretary Cardona to recognize its work as part of the Labor Management Collaborative. Likewise, Brooke hasn't hesitated to mentor her peers in the class, many of whom are older than her. She jumps in to help them set up interview meetings, guides them in newspaper writing style, and coaches them in editing and layout. Finally, Brooke's enthusiasm has been contagious. She'll often follow up with me and her peers outside of school to help or offer new ideas. She's just what the newspaper needed.

COVID Testing

Burlington County testing site has moved to:

4390 Rte.130 North

Willingboro, NJ

See flyer for hours.

Yearbook

Time is running out to pre-order a 2022 “Spirit” yearbook!

Pre-order by January 28, 2022, to guarantee a yearbook in June. The basic book package is $80.00. Add-ons are available to purchase through the website www.jostensyearbooks.com. or can also be placed through Ms. Carey in guidance. Checks should be made payable to DHS Special Funds-YEARBOOK.


Want a FREE yearbook?

You can earn a discount on the purchase price of the 2022 yearbook by selling advertising space to local businesses. Click this link for the advertising contract: and take it to community businesses asking if they will support the students of Delran High School SPIRIT by purchasing an advertisement.


Make sure to enter your full name at the top of the contract so that you earn the discount. Your yearbook will be discounted based on the total advertising sold:


  • Full Page: FREE
  • 1/2page: $40.00
  • ¼ page: $20.00
  • 1/8 page: $10.00


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carey in guidance. 856-461-6100 x 3012 or jcarey@delranschools.org


Senior Recognition Ads

The yearbook staff invites the parents of the seniors to add their personal touch to our publication by submitting a baby and/or childhood photo(s) and a personal message.

Celebrate your senior’s journey, milestones, and successes in the 2022 yearbook. This commemorative can be as small or as large as you need for incorporating your memory and message. Go to www.jostensadservice.com


  • 1/8 page: $75.00
  • ¼ page: $110.00
  • ½ page: $175.00
  • FULL page: $290.00

Yearbook is FREE with purchase of Full Page

  • If you have purchased the book Delran Yearbook will refund your payment in March.
  • If you did not purchase your student’s book, the Delran Yearbook will order it when finalizing counts in February

Class of 2022

FINAL REQUEST -Diploma Name Request - We are still waiting on about 60 forms. Parents of seniors who have not completed and handed in this form please do so as soon as possible.



Happy New Year Senior Parents!

We want to bring you up to date on our plans for this years’ Gift Basket Extravaganza. As previously mentioned, this years’ GBE will be held on Saturday, March 26th, and will directly benefit the Senior Class. Please know that the PTA is committed to helping you celebrate and honor your Senior but we certainly cannot do it without your help! Please help us in our fundraising efforts so that we can fully fund Project Graduation and present each student with a departing gift as they graduate from Delran High School and begin the next chapter in their lives.

Please read the attached letter from the GBE committee that includes all of the details and dates.

Thank you and hope to see you at the next PTA meeting on 1/11/22 @ 7:00 PM.


Senior Parent letter 1/2022 from PTA.

PTA NEWS

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Please join us for our next PTA meeting on January 11, 2022, @ 7:00 pm.

We will be in person at the DHS Library and available via Zoom.

Meeting info and Zoom Details

The meeting will include details about the upcoming GBE!

See you there!

High School Happenings

DHS JANUARY CALENDAR


  • 1/08 Saturday Detention
  • 1/11 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
  • 1/14 No Classes - Teacher in-service day
  • 1/17 No Classes - School Closed - MLK Observance
  • 1/18 BOE Meeting - 7:30 pm @ DHS
  • 1/21 end of marking period
  • 1/22 Saturday Detention

College Board

The College Board partners with scholarship providers through the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and PSAT™ 10 assessments. Through these partners, students across all major demographics can access over $300 million in scholarship awards.


Learn more at psat.org/scholarships. The scholarship opportunities below have upcoming deadlines, so be sure to apply to these programs today!


Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) closes January 9, 2022
RBSP awards $10,000 each year to the most talented high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship. Applicants must be Black/African American. Learn more and apply.


The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF)closes January 12, 2022

JRF Scholars receive grants of up to $30,000 over four years to complement the financial aid they receive from their colleges or universities. In addition, Scholars attend JRF’s annual four-day Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City and

other regional events throughout the year. Learn more and apply.

APIA Scholarscloses January 26, 2022 APIA Scholars provides scholarships to qualified students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage pursuing an undergraduate degree at a U.S.-accredited college or university. Scholarships range from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards. Learn more and apply.

Scholarship Opportunities

Many new scholarship opportunities are being posted on the Guidance webpage. OVER 20 added this week! Check back often as we make updates as information is received. Although many scholarships are exclusive to seniors, there are quite a few that accept applications from underclassmen.


For the most part, these scholarships are offered each year, so it’s a good idea for underclassmen to check out what is being offered and begin a “scholarship portfolio”. They can prepare the applications/essays, view the criteria, and think about letters of recommendation they may need.

The Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is accepting applications for their Memorial Scholarship Fund for Female Minority Students. See link for details.

Applications are being accepted until February 7, 2022.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Night was held on November 18th. The Director of Financial Aid at TCNJ presented beneficial information pertaining to the types of financial aid, the application process, and the financial aid package. Please see the Guidance webpage to view the Power Point presentation.

NJ Association for College Admission Counseling

Virtual College Exploration is for all New Jersey Students. Explore this website as a great resource with over 150 recorded webinars!!

ATHLETIC NEWS

Mr. Guidotti's Update

Delran High School Winter sports will be back at DHS this year. Delran High School has the pixellot system from NFHS for live streaming events. It is a subscription service. $10.99 per month gives you access to all home events including wrestling, boys basketball, and girls basketball. In addition, you will have access to any away teams that also use the NFHS pixellot system like Moorestown and Pennsauken when the Bears play there. The link to order your subscription is https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/delran-high-school-delran-nj


The Delran Bowling team continued their success in the new year with a win over Doane Academy on January 4th. Only one month left in the season, keep up the good work. The Bowling team will compete against Pemberton at Thunderbowl Lanes on January 7th.


Unfortunately, the Delran Swim team has been waiting for their next opponent. The last two meets have been postponed by the other schools. The team is practicing hard and is ready to take on Pemberton this Saturday, January 8th, at the Kroc Center. Good luck Bears!


The Delran Girls Basketball team remains undefeated so far on the season, 4-0. They are in the top 15 in South Jersey and are looking to move up the rankings. They are playing like a team and they are ready for the challenges ahead. Their next opponent will be at Paulsboro High School on Friday, January 7th. Paulsboro High School is only allowing 2-3 spectators per student at this time.


The Delran Boys Basketball team lost a few opponents this week so they are using this opportunity to fine-tune their offense and improve their strengths even more. The team is focused and they look to continue their success against Seneca on Friday, January 7th.


The Delran Wrestling team had a good showing at the annual tournament at Hunterdon Central over the Winter Break. The team will finally get a chance at a dual when they host Woodstown on Thursday, January 6th.


The Girls Wrestling team achieved another major milestone this week by participating in their first home dual against Pennsauken. It was a great atmosphere and the Lady Bears came to compete. The Bears defeated the Indians 27-24. Way to go ladies! Their next chance to compete will be on January 11th when Cherry Hill East comes to Delran High School.



Masks are required for all indoor extracurricular activities including Basketball and Wrestling. If you are coming to watch a sporting event, you must wear a mask.


We, like many other districts, are continuing to struggle with transportation for students and extracurricular activities due to a bus driver shortage. To combat this, we have changed game schedules and game times. We do, however, anticipate that there will be days that there just are no buses available. The Delran Township BOE has a Transportation by Private Vehicle policy (Policy 8660) in place for situations that may occur. In addition, the BOE along with the Superintendent has developed a permission process that would allow a driver of a student to carpool with other students in the event that a parent/guardian is unable to take their child to a board-approved activity. HERE is a permission form for parents who are able to transport their child to/from away sporting events. HERE is a permission form for parents who are unable to provide transportation, but agree to have their child transported by another parent. Students who drive are able to drive to the contest; however, they MAY NOT transport a teammate. In order for our students to get the most out of this school year, we must work together to develop solutions. Thank you so much for your support, patience, and understanding during these times of uncertainty.


We have been asked questions about our canine friends and whether they are allowed to attend home events. Unfortunately, the answer is no. Dogs are not allowed on district property at any time as we will not take on the liability. Please leave your dogs at home when you attend our events. Thank you very much!


The fitness center will be open Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm. A fitness center permission form must be filled out and dropped off at the main office before permission is granted. The form can be found here. At this time, masks must be worn while using the fitness center.

DELRAN HIGH SCHOOL NITTY GRITTIES

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