DHS Broadcast

September 14, 2017

A message from Mr. Finkle!

First and foremost, I wish to welcome the parents of the Class of 2021 to Delran High School. It was great to meet so many of you at both Freshmen Orientation and our annual Back To School Night. I have linked the presentations in case you missed it!


For everyone, I cannot impress upon you the importance of signing up for Delran High School's FamilyID system. I sent home a letter with your child on the first day of school with directions on how to sign up. If you did not receive it, please click HERE . This system will be used for opening registration as well as specialized activities and even athletic participation in the future. Also, if your child is not registered in FamilyID, he/she will be unable to attend the Homecoming Dance or other activities which we certainly do not want to see. Thank you for your immediate attention to this!


I would also like to reiterate how important attendance will be at Delran High School. Everyone should be aware of the attendance rules for loss of credit:


12 unexcused absences in a full-year course;

9 unexcused absences in Physical Education;

6 unexcused absences in a semester course; and

3 unexcused absences in Health.


However, BOE Policy 2430 places an even greater importance on attendance. This policy states that if a student accumulates 12 or more absences he/she will be ineligible for activities beyond the school day for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year as well as the entire 2018-19 school year.


This policy also states that any student who does not pass two or more courses at the end of a marking period will be ineligible to participate in activities through the end of the next grading period. It also has a discipline component which states that any student who accumulates more than 15 points is ineligible for the remainder of the school year.


My hope is that we never have to have any more discussions about this policy; however, if I did not educate the community about this policy, I would feel worse if we had to use it.


So enough about policy!


This year we had a tremendously smooth opening. I wish to thank the Class of 2018 for their behavior and the welcoming feeling they gave to the underclassmen. Our Student Government adorned lockers with sayings to help the students get through the back to school blues and encouraged them to strive to achieve their wildest dreams.


As I communicate about upcoming events in the broadcasts, I want to call your attention to PSAT Day! This year it falls on October 11, 2017 and will be given free to all Sophomores and Juniors! Our Freshmen and Seniors will have a two-hour delayed opening to accommodate the testing.


Kaplan is a private company who helps prepare students for standardized tests. They again are offering the following service: Kaplan will once again bring you PSAT Prep Live, the only free, live PSAT prep program available to students online. Sign up now and gain instant access to quizzes and practice tests for the PSAT. Then join us beginning September 23 for live lessons. Get free prep HERE


I thank everyone and wish you a wonderful beginning of autumn. You should expect these broadcasts every other week throughout the school year. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at dfinkle@delranschools.org or 856-461-6100 x3005.


With Bear Pride and Spirit,


Dan Finkle

Student Council Hurricane Relief Car Wash

A big thank you to the Delran Community and DHS Student Council for this past weekend’s successful Hurricane Harvey Relief Car Wash. Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Como, and Ms. Lucidi helped direct over 25 DHS student volunteers to raise $550.00 dollars washing cars. The cars kept coming in and people demonstrated incredible generosity and good will. During the event we were reminded from a 1992 graduate of DHS, that the students performed the same fundraiser for the people affected by Hurricane Andrew. A participating parent also graciously decided to purchase 6 pizzas as a sign of appreciation for the students’ effort. Thank you parents for supporting such a valuable event and exuding the pride and ideals we have here in Delran.

Assistant Principal's Corner

APPS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Sit With Us-- This new app makes finding friends in the school cafeteria a piece of cake. “Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. The app allows students to designate themselves as “ambassadors,” thereby inviting others to join them. Ambassadors can then post “open lunch” events, which signal to anyone seeking company that they’re invited to join the ambassadors’ table.


ReThink-- ReThink is an award-winning, non-intrusive, innovative, patent-pending software product created by Trisha Prabhu, that stops cyberbullying before the damage is done! When an adolescent tries to post an offensive message on social media, ReThink uses its context-sensitive filtering technology to determine whether or not it’s offensive and gives the adolescent a second chance to reconsider their decision. Research shows that when adolescents are alerted to ReThink their decision, they change their minds 93% of the time. In this internationally acclaimed study, using ReThink, the overall willingness of the average adolescent to post an offensive message reduced from 71% to 4%.


Here at DHS, we are working with our School Safety Team and our student leaders to encourage the use of both of these life-changing apps.

Curriculum Corner

EXTRA SUPPORT IN MATH is right around the corner... Click on this special message from Mrs. Hutchinson, K-12 Supervisor of Mathematics & Business.



CALCULATOR POLICY

All students enrolled in a math class are required to have their own graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) with them in class each day. Students wishing to borrow a graphing calculator for the year must hand in the Calculator Loan Request form with parent signature. The deadline to submit this form was 9/12, however we will accommodate students who hand the form in late, as long as we still have calculators remaining to lend.

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 a copy of their license and insurance card to Mrs. Jordan in 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 the warnings do not seem to change behavior, the car will be towed away at the owner’s expense.

Counselor's Corner

Reminders:

● Tomorrow (September 15th) is the last day students are permitted make schedule changes. Students are responsible for making up all missed work including summer assignments for new course by October 1, 2017. Guides for further schedule changes are on page 12 of the program of studies.


● The guidance department will host their 3rd annual College Planning Information Night. We invite parents of college bound students to attend on October 12th, at 6:30pm.


Scholarship:

● Throughout the school year scholarships are posted on the Guidance webpage, listed in Naviance, search engines are in Collegeboard.org, and Fast-web.com

● Click here for currently available scholarships .

College Planning...What should we be doing?

● Is your senior ready to send out college applications this fall? Click here to review what to do to prepare for college admissions.


● Students at all grade levels are encouraged to begin exploring colleges. Build colleges of interest in Naviance and plan campus visitations.


Boston University will be hosting a reception in Philadelphia for high school juniors and seniors and their families, Sunday, September 17, 2017.


● There will be a Visual Arts Fair featuring schools specializing in: Dance; Music; Liberal Arts; Photography and Theatre at The University of Pennsylvania - The Palestra - Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


● Colleges conduct open houses and campus tours throughout the fall. Please check with your schools of interest for dates and times. You can also check the guidance page under “College Open Houses”



● Many also offer opportunities for prospective students to attend a class or otherwise gain greater insight into their campus and academic offerings. For example, Rider University allows students to register to be a “Student for a Day”. Visit https://www.rider.edu/admissions/undergraduate/visits/be-rider-student-day to register.


Rutgers School of Engineering is hosting “Knight for a Day Engineering Tours” in October and early November. For further information and to register go to http://soe.rutgers.edu/tours


● RCBC is hosting a Fall Open House event, RCBC FEST, on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 12 pm - 4 pm., to showcase information on Academic Programs, Student Resources and more. Visit www.rcbc.edu/celebration for further information

Yearbook 2018

The Delran High School Yearbook; Spirit, is excited to announce our new publishing partnership with Josten’s. Ordering information should be mailed the last week of August.

We are excited to offer an Early Bird ordering special. Purchase the book before October 27th and pay only $75.00 and 4 FREE ICONS embossed on your student’s cover when you purchase a name personalization.

Regular sales 10/27 – 2/23 the book will be $80.00

Delran Education Foundation

The Delran Education Foundation is looking for members. Please watch this video and sign up HERE! The DEF gave almost $30,000 in grants to teachers throughout the Delran Township School District!

Jake's Run4Play 2017

Everyone who registers before September 16, 2017 will receive a run/walk tee-shirt. After that date, while supplies last, each participant will receive a medal made especially for the Delran playground project.


Early bird registration goes through August 25th.
Early bird registration is $25 adult.
August 26th goes to $30.
September 26th goes to $35.
Students are $25

Sign Up

Athletic News

The Fall season has begun and there have been many exciting moments already. Football started the season with a dominating win at Robbinsville, 41-0. Girls' Tennis defeated Holy Cross 5-0. Girls' Soccer continues to improve every game and will be a tough team to beat come playoff time. Field Hockey earned a great 6-4 victory over Collingswood. Cross Country had a successful experience at the Moorestown batch meet on Tuesday. Several students ran personal best times. Finally, Boys' Soccer defeated the #7 nationally ranked Pennington Prep team on September 12th, 2-1. All of the teams are working so hard and the next few weeks should continue to bring more memorable moments. Go Bears!!!

Virtual Backpack is available for all current and past information.

DHS Nitty Gritties

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