DHS Broadcast

November 23, 2016

Message from Mr. Finkle

On behalf of the administration, faculty and staff, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving season! Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for reflection and family time. May yours be blessed! If you are traveling to be with family and friends, I wish you safe travels.

Principal's List & Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to all the students who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll List for the 1st marking period. Principal's List students enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in recognition of their achievement. Both sets of students and their parents received a special pass that will provide free admission to athletic events and activities held during the 2nd marking period.

Congratulations Boys Soccer Team

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month Kayla Daly and Margot Clarke. Kayla was nominated by Ms. Valerie Sanchirico for her character, school spirit, good work ethic, diligence and team work in her class and in cheerleading practice. Ms. Sanchirico said that Kayla is a great example of someone who balances their school work and extracurricular activities extremely well and does it with enthusiasm and a smile!

Margot was nominated by Ms. Michelle Rubano for her character, school spirit, diligence, citizenship and leadership responsibility. Ms. Rubano noticed Margot consistently making an effort to support a student with special needs by helping him feel comfortable and engaged in study hall and in the library. She also put her work aside to help him not only socially but academically too!

Congratulations and thank you Kayla and Margot for a job well done!

Congrats All South Jersey Chorus

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the All South Jersey Chorus:

Senior Deana Giles

Junior Kelly Deschaine

Sophomores Sophia Chascsa, Taylor Hamilton and Maura Lynn

Freshman Aimee Haberstick

Mrs. Drachowski and Ms. Finnan are extremely proud of your hard work and accomplishment to all who auditioned! The All South Jersey Chorus Concert will take place at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ on Saturday, January 28th and Sunday, January 29th!

PTA Reflections Contest Local Winners

Congratulations to the following students for winning at the local level for this year's PTA Reflections Contest:


Brendan Depenbrock Kevin Trude

Michael James Binning


Taylor Mahon Jada Miles

Nicole Ucheya Liam Pauli

Visual Arts

James Stenn Kiersten Gappa

August Greever Tahany Jerebica

Jack O'Donnell Tyler Bogie


Alyssa Hunt Hannah Kates

Jessica Syzmanski Brooke Wachter

All of these students will move on to the County Level for judging. Good luck!

Student Drop-off Safety Alert

Please continue to follow our parking lot procedures including designated drop-off areas and walkways. Students should only be dropped off on campus at the rear of the building in the two lanes nearest to the building. Please take extreme caution as students are crossing the two car lanes and exiting cars dropping off. We have seen an increased level of carpooling and encourage other families to join a car pool agreement. Reducing the number of cars dropping students off will increase our campus safety while reinforcing valuable community and environmental lessons.

2017 Yearbook On Sale

Go “Beneath the Surface” of this year's memories and highlights in academics, music, sports, clubs, and student life. Base price of the book starts at $83.00 (add on options are additional). Books ordered after Saturday, December 10th will increase to a late sale base price of $93.00. Ordering options are posted on the Yearbook website. Payment plans can be arranged directly with Ms. Carey at jcarey@delranschools.org or (856) 461-6100, ext. 3012.

Senior Parent's Commemorative

What can be a more fitting way to have a “Beneath the Surface” look of our graduating class than to invite the parents of the seniors to add their personal touch to our publication? You can submit a baby and/or childhood photo(s) of your child through the years along with a personal message. The commemorative can be as small or as large as you need for incorporating your memory and message. Go to www.smart-pay.com or the yearbook webpage. Submission deadline is December 16, 2016!

Get a FREE yearbook! You can earn a discount on the purchase price of the 2017 yearbook by selling advertising space to local businesses. Details and advertising contracts available on the Yearbook website.

New Coaching Personnel

Congratulations to our newly hired coaching staff:

Kimberly McGonigle - Head Swimming Coach

Allyson Hafner - Assistant Swimming Coach

Valerie Sanchirico - Head Cheerleading Coach (Winter)

Christopher Penna - Head Boys Lacrosse Coach

Danielle Worman - Head Softball Coach

Lorianna Mann - Assistant Softball Coach

Jamie Counard - Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Go Bears!!!

Lunch With Santa - December 3rd

Join the Class of 2017 at LUNCH WITH SANTA on Saturday, December 3rd at Delran Middle School. There are two seatings available 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The cost is $5.00 for lunch and/or $5.00 for a picture. Lunch includes your choice of a hot dog or chicken nuggets, chips, cookies and juice. Please return the form to your teacher with your selection and payment by Monday, November 28th. Your tickets will be waiting for you at the door on December 3rd. If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Coluzzi at Cyndi22@comcast.net.

Hour of Code 2016

December 5-11, 2016 is Computer Science Education Week, and we are encouraging all Delran families to participate in an Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Computer Science helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, all important skills for many of the jobs that will be available in the future. Did you know that there are 21,235 computing jobs available in the State of New Jersey? With only 1,535 Computer Science graduates and 165 schools that teach Computer Science in NJ, Delran would like to inspire more computer science college and career ready students. DHS offers both CP and AP Computer Science and all students K-8 have computer skill development including the use of Scratch at DMS.

If you would like to participate with your students:

  • All you need is a device with an internet connection. (Students throughout the district will be participating in various activities related to coding this week, but you don't have to be at school to participate. Anyone can do an Hour of Code with no experience necessary.)
  • Go to www.code.org/learn and select a tutorial to try. Here is a link to sample coding for DHS students: DHS Sample Coding.
  • Click here for the Hour of Code Fact Sheet for Families for December 2016.
  • Click to see a video featuring Delran students from Millbridge to DHS talking about coding and Computer Science.
  • Click for a slide show including embedded video links on Hour of Code, why it is important and how you can participate at home.

Attention Junior Parents

Please ask your child about the Junior Guidance Presentation. It is recommended that you review the timeline that was distributed to students regarding important events during their Junior year. The presentation is posted on the Guidance webpage and on the Naviance homepage.

Available Scholarships

Attention Parents/Guardians of Seniors:

Please check the DHS website for all available scholarships. Scholarships are updated daily. This is a great opportunity for your child to earn money for college tuition. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Andrea James, Guidance Counselor, at extension 3010.

Free Money for College Workshop

Hold On To Education Foundation Inc. presents The Early Bird Gets the Scholarship free workshop for students and parents. Award winning professional grant writer and educational consultant Helena Kosoff-Sullivan will present secrets to success at winning free money for college on Wednesday, November 30th. Please see flyer for detailed information.

Hidden Figures STEM Contest

A $50,000 scholarship and a trip to Orlando are the top prizes for this contest which aims to find the next generation of women who will lead the way in STEM. The contest is open to female high school students interested in changing the world through STEM. The initial application, which includes two short essay questions about STEM, is due by Saturday, December 10th. This contest is inspired by the upcoming movie Hidden Figures, which will be in theaters in January. Click here for more information and to enter the contest!

STEM Career Interest Survey

If your child has an interest in STEM careers such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and is considering applying to a STEM-focused program in college, click here to add your name to our email list! Mrs. Mary Jo Hutchinson and Mrs. Erica DeMichele, District STEM Coordinators, will keep this list on file, and pass along information about any STEM-related programs or opportunities that arise.

If you filled out the survey last year, then you are still on our email list and there is no need to fill out the survey again.

Current Trends - Opiates & Extractions Workshop Presented by John Kriger

This highly acclaimed session offers an impactful overview of the most up-to-date information available today on adolescent behavioral trends, focusing intensely on the two primary issues facing parents, and professionals today; Opiates and Extractions. Learn the most current information on these two high-risk behaviors, and how they are drastically changing the risk potential for every family. Discover the risks, various sources of information and what every parent and professional is up against.

Here are just a few of the questions answered in this program:

  1. Why is fentanyl so dangerous?
  2. Are those who use these products at greater risk, than in the past; and if so why?
  3. What are Budder, Shatter, Dab, Flakka and the Deep Web?
  4. How are people becoming addicted to opiates and what are the risks?
  5. What is Narcan and can it actually protect someone from an overdose?

This program will be held on Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00 at Shawnee High School in Medford, NJ. The program is free for adults 18 years and older, and registration is not required.

Kaplan's Free Live Online College Admission Discussion

As the school year continues, many families will begin to think about college admissions. This process can be overwhelming for many families. To better equip families during this process, Kaplan would like to invite the parents to participate in a Live Online panel discussion, “More Than Grades: A Discussion on Your Child’s College Admissions Journey,” on Wednesday, November 30th at 7 PM ET—and you can participate anywhere you have an internet connection.

During this live 60-minute panel discussion moderated by Lorin Thomas-Tavel, COO of Kaplan Test Prep, we will explore the college admissions topics most important to parents, including a general overview about the application process for students and exclusive Q&A with college admissions experts. Our virtual guest panelists will include:

  • Harlan Cohen, the New York Times bestselling author of the book, “The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College”
  • Delorean Menifee, Director of Admissions, Butler University
  • Lee Weiss, Vice President Pre-College & K12 Programs, Kaplan Test Prep

Our aim is that this Live Online panel discussion will help parents and families become more confident and informed as they embark on their college admissions goals.

To register and receive event reminders, families can visit http://bit.ly/morethangrades. Participants will also be able to submit their questions for discussion about college admissions at this link as well. Space is limited, so we encourage families to register as soon as possible.

Donations Needed

The German Club is collecting new, unwrapped toys for their Toys for Tots community service project. Students and community members may drop off toys in the main lobby at DHS. If you have students attending the middle school, there is a box in their lobby as well. Thank you for your support during this holiday season!

Bear Essentials - School Store

What a great holiday gift idea!!

The Delran community is invited to purchase t-shirts and sweatshirts from the DHS school store. Showcase your Bear pride and spirit with our exclusive line of clothing. All proceeds go towards our senior scholarships that will be awarded in June. Please click on the link to begin shopping! School Store

Coming Up This Month..................................

11/23 Early Dismissal

11/24 Happy Thanksgiving, School Closed

11/25 School Closed

11/28 School Closed - Staff In-service

12/9 Qtr. 2 Mid-Quarter

12/9 Activity - Period 1

12/10 ACT

12/12 Blood Drive

12/12 BOE Mtg., 7:30 p.m., DHS Cafeteria