Delran High School Broadcast

September 19, 2019


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!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful first two weeks of the school year. The hallways have been filled with excited, focused students and I look forward to a great school year.


We are pleased to have Stop-It here in Delran as another security measure to help and support our students. Students were able to download the App and we have had a few students utilizing it. Please speak with your child about the App and how it can help the entire DHS community stay safe. We will not tolerate any behaviors which infringe on the rights of anyone! We need everyone to help us fulfill that mission.


As I'm sure everyone has seen on the news, Vaping has caused the untimely deaths of at least 6 people to date and over 300 are currently under investigation. Bottom line, Vaping is not healthy for your child nor is it a safe alternative to smoking tobacco products. THIS INFORMATION from the New Jersey Department of Health outlines the dangers and assorted articles on the topic. As the number of teens using vape devices increases, these numbers will only rise. Please speak with your children about the harm they are doing to their bodies!

At DHS, we have inserted Vape education within our Health classes and our Student Assistance Counselor, Ms. Lauren Soto continues to gather and disseminate information to the students. This is an epidemic that needs to be addressed now before a tragedy occurs in our town. If your child needs support quitting, the NJ Quitline and Ms. Soto have resources to help and support both you and your child.

The Harrington Middle School in Mt. Laurel is hosting LIVE! What Every Parent Needs to know - Vaping - Save Your Breath on Tuesday, October 1st. Admission is free but you must order tickets. Click here for additional information.

Important Information

Listed below are very important dates and information for parents and students:

  1. Dr. Brotschul's letter regarding voluntary student accident insurance and Accident Insurance Protection information.
  2. Parents/Guardians of Seniors: Please click here to complete a mandatory 2020 Diploma Order Form.
  3. If you have changed any contacts or phone numbers, it is extremely important that you also sign-in to the Parent Portal so that the information can be updated in our student information system as well.
  4. If your child has any outstanding fines(obligations) or has not completed his/her community service requirement from last year (SENIORS), he/she will be ineligible to participate in co-curricular activities including athletics. Please contact the main office to clear up any obligations. Please contact Mr. Stolarick to speak with him concerning community service hours.
  5. Parents of Juniors, please familiarize yourself with the Community Service requirement. This link will give you both an overview and specifics of the program. All Juniors must complete 15 hours of community service. Summer is a perfect opportunity to get started or complete your requirement.

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

DHS Calendar of Events

  • 9/20 Activity 2 Period
  • 9/20 Freshman Elections
  • 9/20 Senior Group Picture, Gym
  • 9/21 Detention
  • 9/23 Senior Picture Make-ups
  • 9/23 BOE Mtg., DHS Cafeteria, 7:30 pm
  • 9/24 Senior Picture Make-ups
  • 9/24 Delran's Got Talent Auditions
  • 9/27 School Closed - Staff In-service
  • 10/1 ASVAB
  • 10/2 Delran's Got Talent
  • 10/3 Qtr. 1 - Mid Quarter
  • 10/3 DEF Magical Mayhem, 6:30 p.m.
  • 10/5 SAT
  • 10/5 Detention


College Acceleration Program (CAP) Course(s)

A friendly Reminder: Students who wish to register for a College Acceleration Program (CAP) course for the Fall 2019 term, must complete the online registration process prior to the end of September 2019. No refunds are available after the end of the registration periods. Please contact CAP Coordinator, Dr. Jones and/or Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Newman if you have any questions or concerns. Click here for additional CAP information.

Delran's Got Talent

Delran's Got Talent will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd. If you are interested in auditioning, please complete the sign-up form to reserve a spot at the Delran's Got Talent Screening that will take place on Tuesday, September 24th. Click here for the information flyer. You will receive an email from Miss Schreiner & Miss Davis, the Thespian Society advisors, with more detailed information about the screening.

Screening - Tuesday, September 24th
Dress Rehearsal - Tuesday, October 1st
Performance - Wednesday, October 2nd


Language Arts Department Updates

The English Department is excited to welcome 2 new teachers, Mrs. Amy Sepesi and Mrs. Dana Obst.

Along with welcoming new colleagues, the English Department was excited to participate in book talks with many different students and teachers as a part of the Delran Reads Initiative. Additionally, seniors in Mrs. Diane Vasso’s class are starting to read Frankenstein while the seniors in Ms. Michelle Rubano and Mrs. Caitlin Lesher’s class are starting The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Both units cross over quite nicely, calling into question the values of society and medical ethics. Mrs. Sepesi is all about the drama this marking period, her students are acting out Death of a Salesman and Macbeth.

Math Department Updates

Did you know that every math student at DHS is required to bring a TI graphing calculator to class each and every day? The DHS Math Department is committed to making certain that all students have access to these valuable and powerful tools whenever needed. If your student does not already have use of a TI calculator, the Math Department still has several calculators available for loan on a first come, first served basis. We urge families that wish to borrow a calculator from DHS to print a calculator request form or have students request a paper form from their math teacher soon. Calculators will be loaned out and returned similar to textbooks. Students will need to become proficient with the graphing and other advanced capabilities of the TI series of calculators in preparation for SAT and ACT and college placement tests. Calculators are going fast, get the loan request forms in soon!


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Governor’s School Accolades

This summer, Justin Ma participated in the 2019 Governor’s School in Science and Technology. He worked in a team of 6 on a research project called Combining the Power of Living Cells and Non-living Catalysts for the Production of Valuable Chemicals. This project explored an alternative to the industrial method of producing a chemical which relies on fossil fuels for production. The goal to decrease the carbon footprint on manufacturing processes, allowing the industry to change its manner of producing chemicals, and greening the Earth in the process. Kudos, Justin, in helping solve the problems of today!

Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance

Grant awards were given at last year’s first day of school to the staff. Once again, we are proud to say that our Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance partner, Lockheed Martin Moorestown, will be providing grant funding for our teachers to purchase STEM materials, outside of the normal budget for supplies.

To see the Staff Convocation Day presentation regarding last year’s grants and the sponsorship by Lockheed Martin Moorestown for this year’s grant cycle, click here.

Fab Lab News

The first teacher professional development and community event in the Delran Innovation and Fabrication Lab is occurring on Friday, September 27th. The event, entitled Creating Bravely: Fab@School will offer the following:

  • 50 teachers trained on die-cut paper machines and software

  • 120 books ordered through partner Barnes and Noble Moorestown, as a fundraiser to support future events.

  • 80 families are signed up to attend the book signing and Create Your Own Dot experience from 2:30-4:00 event, including:

    • A chance to use computer design software

    • 4 interactive stations

    • Meet and greet with the author

    • 3 demonstrations of some of the fabrication tools by our STEM Ambassadors

For more information on upcoming Community Events in the Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab, click here.

Thank you to our partners!

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Science Fairs

DHS will host a local science fair on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. A South Jersey Science Fair, the Coriell Science Fair, is on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Winners of Coriell move on to the Delaware Valley Regional Science Fair on Thursday, April 2nd. Every year, Delran students win prizes and scholarships from these events. Students should email Ms. Kimberly Brewster at or see her in Room 242 for more information.

Chemical Engineering and Manufacturing Club (ChEM Club)

Who: Anyone who has already taken Chemistry or Physical Science and passed with at least a 75% is welcome to apply! (You may not apply if you are currently enrolled in AP Chemistry.)

What: An after school program in which we will engage in the engineering design process and explore chemistry topics!

When: 2:30 - 4:30 pm.

Where: Room 142, Delran High School

How to apply: See Mrs. McVay in Room 142 to pick up an application. Interviews for applicants will be scheduled after review of applications.

DHS Green Team

DHS Green Team’s second meeting of the year is Thursday, September 19th. We are still accepting new members, so come join the force, working to make DHS a better place, including the new Back to Eden Garden and the biggest! Water Bottle sales will be accepted through Monday, September 30th. Please email Mr. Aaron Fiordimondo at, Ms. Michelle Rubano at, or a member of the Green Team to order.

DHS Robotics

The initial Robotics Team meeting will start on Thursday, September 19th after school in Room 106. Through the end of the year, we will be gearing up quickly to design and build a robot to compete in the latest VEX competition by the end of January 2020. Please see Mr. Leigh Smith (Room 144) or Mr. Steve Rood-Ojalvo (Room 106) with questions.

Ornithological Society of DHS

See Mr. Petitte in Room 241 for any questions. More to come!

Social Studies Department Update

Below you can find the content that will be studied in core Social Studies courses during the month of September.

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Special Education Department Update

There are so many wonderful things happening in our Special Education Department! The year started off with some construction for DHS! Our new Life Skills Program complete with a full kitchen, washer, and dryer has opened. Students in this class are being taught the functional life and job skills they need to be successful post-high school. Mrs. Kara Kline has done an excellent job of making a classroom feel like home!

Again this year, the Transition students are opening the Grizzly Cafe every day after school! They will also be providing breakfast to staff members who would like to order from Delran Bagel. Thank you to Mrs. Gabby Acevedo and Mrs. Rose Larson for running this amazing program! It has been a great success!

The Special Education Department was awarded a $5,000 dollar grant from Special Olympics to start our own Unified Sports Program. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition. We will start the fall with Unified Soccer coached by Mr. Brian Croly! Please see the Athletics page for the schedule and come out to support our team! GO BEARS!

DHS College Planning Session Part 1

DHS College Planning Session: Part 1 will be hosted by the Guidance Department on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm. This presentation will give an overview of the Junior Timeline for:

  • Standardized Testing
  • Using Naviance
  • NCAA Eligibility

We look forward to seeing you there.

Senior Meetings with Counselors

Senior meetings with Guidance Counselors will run during the week of September 23rd to discuss the college application procedures and gentle reminders of their responsibilities. Ask your student to share what they learned with you.

RCBC Information Session

All seniors who are considering attending RCBC in the Fall should plan to attend the Spring Ahead Assembly during 2nd period on Wednesday, October 9th in the PAC. Students must register for this information session by logging in to their Naviance account and searching for the visit under “What’s New” on their homepage. All visiting schools are listed! Students are encouraged to register for other upcoming visits if they see their prospective colleges listed. Students should schedule an appointment with their counselor for assistance!

FAFSA Information

It is never too early to begin the process of applying for financial aid. Every senior and senior family with plans to attend a two-year or four-year college after graduation is encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA will be available as of October 1st. Pay attention to the deadlines given by each school where you plan to submit an application.

BCSCA College Fair

The Burlington County School Counselors Association’s COLLEGE FAIR is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th, from 6 to 8 pm, at Rowan College at Burlington County Please join us to learn more about the college admissions process and program offerings from over 80 colleges and universities. A full list of participating colleges will be available mid-October. Representatives from RCBC’s Financial Aid Department will be available to provide information and answer questions on options for financing your education.

Mr. Guidotti's Newsflash

It has truly been an exciting start to the Fall 2019 Athletic season. A quarter of the Fall season is complete and our students and coaches have been working very hard.

Team Updates

The Girls’ Soccer team defeated Moorestown yesterday on a golden goal during the first overtime. The Lady Bears are playing well as a team and their 4-2-1 record shows that they can compete with anyone. The Lady Bears' next game is this Friday at Florence.

The Cross-Country team is having a successful season so far and both the girls and boys are in the division title hunt. The boys are 9-1 while the girls are 8-1. The cross-country team will be competing at the Rancocas Valley Sports Complex this Saturday.

The Girls’ Tennis team has been battling in every match. The Lady Bears have two matches against Pemberton on Thursday and Friday this week that are important divisional matches. Come out and support the Lady Bears at their next home match on Friday.

The Boys’ Soccer team defeated Group 4 power South Brunswick on Tuesday bringing their record to 4-0-1. Every game a new student steps up and makes a difference on the scoreboard. Their next game is home is this afternoon against Lenape.

The Field Hockey team has started off their season in the right direction with a new coaching staff. The Lady Bears are currently 4-2 and looking forward to playing their next game on Friday at Florence.

The Football team came away with a big win last Friday against division opponent Bishop Eustace. Their next game is this Saturday at noon at Holy Cross Preparatory Academy. Let’s fill up those stands with brown and gold.

Unified Soccer Team

For the first time ever, Delran High School now has a Unified Soccer team. The team has a five-game schedule which starts on Friday, October 4th at Pennsauken. Their first home game is Friday, October 18th at 3 pm on the field next to the DHS cafeteria. Come out and support this exciting team as they make school history. For more information about Unified Sports, please click here.

Family ID for Winter Sports

Family ID for Winter 2019-2020 sports will open this Friday, September 20th for Winter Cheerleading, Basketball, Swimming, Bowling and Wrestling. Do not wait, register your child for a winter sport by using this link. Please use the same email that you used to register your child as a student at Delran High School on FamilyID. Turn in all-new valid physicals as soon as possible so the school physician has a chance to approve them before the season begins. Swimming and Bowling start on Monday, November 11th. Basketball, Wrestling, and Cheerleading begin on Monday, November 25th. Go Bears!!!

Class of 2020 Headquarters

Alumni Walk Information

We are paving the way to celebrate Bear Pride! We are very hopeful this year’s Senior Class will buy a brick and cast their permanent legacy on DHS. It looks like we have established a new tradition of not only allowing a platform for individuals but also each graduating class as a whole, to leave their mark. Please consider purchasing a brick in order to pave the entire walkway. Click HERE for more information. All order are due by Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Senior Trip Information

Attention Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2020! We can’t believe that senior year is already here! We are reaching out to touch base about a few important notes regarding the trip. The total cost of the trip this year is $1,480.00. The following items are due by THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th:

  • A minimum payment of $500.00 in cash or check made payable to DHS Special Funds. Any money from individual fundraisers and deposits will be applied to the 3rd trip payment.
  • The Senior Trip Identification Information sheet.
  • The Disney Trip Contract must be completed and signed.
  • A copy of their photo ID (driver’s license or passport) submitted to Mrs. Karen Schmidt or Mr. Andrew Niemczak.

Additional information and all forms can be accessed on the Delran Seniors 2020 Google Classroom!

Order Your Yearbook

The 2020 “Spirit” yearbook is on sale now. Take advantage of the Back to School Sales Special: Purchase the regularly priced book at $80.00, add on name embossing for $7.00 and you will get 4FREE icons embossed on your child’s cover. This special offer ends on Friday, October 25th. So go to and order now.

Senior Calendar of Events

  • 9/20 Senior Group Picture - Gym
  • 9/20 First Senior Trip Payment Due
  • Senior Class Trip Agreement
  • Senior Trip Cost Breakdown
  • 9/23 & 24 Senior Picture Make-ups
  • 10/10 Grade Level Mtg.
  • 10/22 College Planning Part 1, 6:30pm
  • 11/21 Financial Aid Night, 6:30pm
  • 12/6 Second Senior Trip Payment Due
  • 1/9 Third Senior Trip Payment Due
  • 2/12 Cap & Gown Measurements, 6pm
  • 2/12 Senior Trip Parent Mtg., 7pm
  • 2/21 Senior Trip Medical Forms Due to the Main Office
  • 3/9 Senior Trip Luggage Check, 6-7pm
  • 3/10-3/14 Senior Trip
  • 3/20 Senior Big Picture Outdoors, 845am
  • 4/3 Prom Fashion Show
  • 5/6 Mr. Delran Contest, 6:30pm
  • 5/7 Academic Awards Evening, 6:30pm
  • 5/29 Junior/Senior Prom
  • 6/2 Senior Night, 6pm
  • 6/4 Scholarship Night, 6:30pm
  • 6/18 Graduation Rehearsal, 12pm
  • 6/19 Graduation Rehearsal, 9am
  • 6/19 Graduation, 7pm
  • 6/19 Project Graduation, 9:30pm



Join the PTA

We are encouraging every parent to join the PTA! Membership only costs $5.00 and the money supports your children! Complete the form and send it to the Main Office with your student!

PTA Email List

Sign up for the PTA EMAIL LIST! Stay informed of all the happenings with your student’s class! A reminder that each class has a different email representative and the same information is not being passed on! Sign up for any or all students at DMS or DHS! Complete the form and send it to the Main Office with your student!


Delran Education Foundation Volunteers Needed

The Delran Education Foundation is run entirely through the volunteer efforts of members of the Delran community. There are opportunities for interested individuals to help staff a fundraising event, to help plan an event, to solicit sponsorship from local businesses, to serve on one of our committees, or to serve on the Board of Trustees. The Foundation welcomes the support of anyone willing to contribute his or her time, even if the individual doesn’t have much time to give. Join Us. If you are willing to volunteer some of your time to support Delran’s students, please complete this form. Someone will be in touch with you soon, and we’ll work together to determine how you can help. Any questions can be directed to Kris Scanlon at

DEF Magical Mayhem Tickets

Tickets are NOW ON SALE for the Delran Education Foundation's fall event, Magical Mayhem, a family fun night of magic and mentalism with Comedy Magician Peter Juris on Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm at Delran High School. Doors will open at 6 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased here. Come out and support our children!

District Green Team News

Delran Green Team presents Toy Swap

  • Friday, October 18th, 6:30 pm exchange

  • Bring gently used toys and Halloween Costumes and swap for new ones

  • Or to donate, drop off at the Municipal Building and ask for the Green Team. They will recycle your toys and costumes for you!

  • Questions regarding drop off time please email

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DMS Green Team Community Yard Sale

DMS Yard Sale at 905 South Chester Avenue

  • Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 am to 12:oo pm

  • If you’d like to rent a table, send your form to Jennifer Frisella and Katie Conroy at DMS.

  • Tables cost $10.00 each

  • Any unwanted items after 12:00 pm will be picked up by our partner, Green Drop if you do not want to take anything back home.

  • Shoe Box Recycling will also take place! Bring your worn and unwanted shoes. Every pound of shoes goes back to funds for the Green Team.

  • Click here for the sign-up form.

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