Delran High School Broadcast

January 9, 2020


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!

Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family. I can't believe that half of the school year is almost over. On that note, we are beginning the process of finalizing our plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

On Wednesday, January 15th, we will host our annual AP/College Accelerated Program(CAP) Information Evening from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. The administration will give a general overview of our AP Program and our CAP Program. We will then answer any questions that you have about AP, CAP, and the differences! You will also have time to review AP materials and to speak with our AP students who are presently taking the courses. THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES IN THE CAP PROGRAM, SO IF YOUR CHILD PLANS TO TAKE A CAP COURSE, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO BE PRESENT TO UNDERSTAND THE CHANGES!

Our annual scheduling meetings with the students will be held on Thursday, January 16th, where the high school administration will highlight new courses and answer questions about scheduling courses and the process for the 2020-21 school year. The waiver process is the same and the Schedule Waiver Form has a hard deadline of February 28, 2020.

Click here for all the documents you will need to help your child pick his/her courses for the next school year. All documents are posted on our web site too.

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

DHS Calendar of Events

  • 1/10 DC Genocide/Vietnam Trip
  • 1/14 PTA Meeting, 7:00 pm
  • 1/15 Bear 2
  • 1/15 8th Grade Scheduling Assembly
  • 1/15 AP/CAP Night, 6:00 pm
  • 1/15 Elective Expo, 7:00 pm
  • 1/15 8th Grade Parent Orientation, 7:30 pm
  • 1/16 Course Selection Assemblies 9-11
  • 1/17 School Closed - Staff In-service Day
  • 1/18 Detention
  • 1/20 School Closed - MLK Day
  • 1/21-1/24 Testing Schedule
  • 1/21 BOE Mtg., DMS, 7:30 pm
  • 1/24 End of Qtr. 2
  • 1/27 Qtr. 3 Begins
  • 1/29 Qtr. 2 Grades on Portal


Congrats December Students of the Month

Congratulations to Brooke Wachter and Dustin Desher who were nominated to be our December Students of the Month!

Brooke was nominated by Mrs. Erica DeMichele, Mrs. Mary Jo Hutchinson and Mrs. Valerie Bowers because of her character, respect, leadership responsibility, and citizenship. Brooke is an energetic, kind and patient STEM Ambassador for the Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab. Even though she works a part-time job, in addition to her high achieving academic schedule, Brooke spends as much time in both the Fab Lab as well as with the Life Skills students at DHS. She was the primary educator for the Light Up the Winter Solstice STEM engagement as well as the Teacher Professional Development Series: Ornament and Coaster Making. She realizes the potential in a learner, be it a special needs student or a high school teacher. Brooke has been instrumental to the opening of the Life Skills Program and the start of the Unified Sports Program. Her love for special education and her determination for inclusion speaks volumes about her character. She attends special education night events and helps with fundraisers/projects taking place in the Life Skills room. She added Unified Soccer and Bowling to her busy schedule and has made life-long friendships with our Life Skills classmates. We have never met a student who was more sure of what she wanted to do in life and who was going to work harder to get there.

Dustin was nominated by Mrs. Jacquelyn McGhee and Mrs. Karen Schmidt because of his character, respect, leadership responsibility, school spirit, good work ethic, diligence, and citizenship. Dustin made an idea from a loose talk in a graphic design class a full-blown successful reality. Shortly after the Homecoming Dance, he was discussing how much fun he had and that he wished there was a winter dance. Dustin worked from the ground up starting with a petition and attended meetings with the administration in order to organize and create a dance that was a huge success. He was not intimidated by the fact that he was not on the Student Council or any of the other organizations, and instead, let his excitement and passion for the event spread and inspired and enlisted the help of these other groups. He learned valuable lessons about how much work it takes to run an event and how to overcome obstacles along the way. His enthusiasm, drive, and leadership led him to create an event that the entire school enjoyed. We hope his spirit can set a great example for his peers for not waiting for someone else to make ideas happened but to take the bulls by the horns yourself. We enjoyed getting daily updates on the process and we are incredibly happy that he was so successful.

Congratulations Brooke and Dustin!

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Congrats PTA Local Reflections Winners

Congratulations to this year's local Reflection winners:

  • Literature: Michele Langowski, Alyssa Marraffino, Kaitlyn Messica and Corinne Langowski
  • Music Composition: Olivia Jones
  • Film: Nathan Spano
  • Visual Arts: Anthony Lavery, Colin Holloway, Ryan Kennedy, Skye Jung, Natalie Hamlin and J'Son Robinson
  • Photography: Angelina Mancarini, Derek Namnum, Gavin Moore, Emily Budzyn, Cassandra Wilson and Sabrina Baker

Their work was moved to the County Level Judging! Good luck in the next round!


World Language Department

French Honors II students had to do a video project and discuss their favorite outfits for 3 different occasions and say why they like them. French Honors III students had to talk about their daily routine and hobbies, and French Honors IV had to talk about their childhood and how their lives changed through time. This is all the vocabulary that students covered during the 2nd marking period. Please enjoy the videos!
Les loisirs video
Mon enfance Madelynn Duffield
Vos tenues vestimentaires Grace Diehl
Vos tenues vestimentaires Dozie Ucheya
Vos tenues vestimentaires Dec 11, 2019 at 7 30 PM

Social Studies Department

Below you can find the content that is being studied in core Social Studies courses.

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Lesson & Learning Activity Highlights

Mrs. Como's Genocide Studies and Mrs. Kolodi's Vietnam War classes are heading to Washington, DC on Friday, January 10th to experience Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Holocaust Museum and the Vietnam War Memorial.

Honors US I - Mr. Niemczak’s classes are completing an 1824 Mock Election Project where students and their campaign teams represent the four men running to be President of the United States (JQ Adams, Jackson, Clay, Crawford).

AP Human Geography - Mrs. Dykstra's class is running an awareness campaign about modern-day slavery and human trafficking in the United States. They have hung magnets on lockers and are submitting morning announcements to raise awareness.

Science Department

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Science Fair Information

There will be a Science Fair meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Newly interested students should speak to Miss Brewster in Room 242 immediately. See the requirements below!

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Ornithology Club

Ornithology Club Ornaments are still available! The proceeds from this limited edition ornament sale will go to benefit the Ornithology Club's trip to Central Park in New York City this spring as well as the pinning ceremony for over 80 students in the club at DHS.

Green Team

Students are being encouraged to take advantage of the Second Chance Breakfast opportunity from 8:10-8:20 am each morning. Signs are posted around the school to encourage students to eat! Survey data showed that 80% of the kids that use the breakfast program never used the cafeteria for breakfast. The benefits to students include:
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Chemistry Club

The ChEM Club has been meeting monthly after school. They work collaboratively to explore topics of interest to club members. The focus of study for November/December were crystals! In January and February, we will use saponification reactions to synthesize our own soap! See Mr. Sasse or Mrs. McVay if you have taken chemistry or physical science and are interested in participating in this year’s club.

Science League

The first meet of the season is upon us! Students will travel to Seneca for their competition today. Good luck team for another successful year! To join the Science League, please see Mr. Dave Atkinson in Room 144.

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Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab News

Students on the 3rd Grade Green Team Committee for the Philadelphia Zoo’s UNLESS Contest attended a field trip to the FAB Lab on January 3rd to create posters to encourage more learning about Monarch Butterfly's behavior and needs. With pollination needed to grow food, the Monarch is a very important species, as are all pollinators. The use of the digital fabrication tool, die-cut machines, and Fab@School software, student designs came to life, and lots of learning took place.

Additional STEM Family Engagement events for the 2019-2020 school year are planned to coincide with New Jersey STEM Month in March, as well as with the annual Delran STEM Fair in May. Go to for more info!

For any questions about the features in this month’s science news, contact

Erica DeMichele (K-12 Supervisor of Science, Technology, Engineering, Co-STEM, and Sustainability) at or 856-461-6100 x3034. Follow her on Twitter @DeMicheleErica or @DelranSTEM.

Scheduling for 2020-2021 School Year

Scheduling for the 2020-2021 academic year is beginning. All students will attend a scheduling meeting on Thursday, January 16th and will be directed to enter their elective requests and alternate options in the Realtime portal. Teachers will be discussing the course level recommendations in the next week or so. If you and your child would like to override the teacher's recommendation, a Waiver Form must be completed prior to Friday, February 28th. Guidance Counselors will begin meeting with students the last week of January through mid-March to review the teacher recommendations and electives they chose. Ninth graders will be seen first, followed by 10th and 11th graders. This is a change from years past; however, understand that these meetings are held to choose the courses for next year. When a student meets with his/her counselor has no bearing on what courses are actually scheduled. Courses are not first-come, first-served. The scheduling program is designed to meet all student's needs.

Scholarship Opportunities

Don’t miss out on Scholarship Opportunities! Many application deadlines are approaching in December and January. Get the information you need to apply under the Guidance Department section of our website or have your student stop in the Guidance Office to inquire about available scholarships!

Mr. Guidotti's Newsflash

The Winter season at Delran High School is already shaping up to be an exciting one!

The Boys’ and Girls’ Bowling Teams continue to improve their scores and are enjoying their time together. Their next match is at Laurel Lanes against Cinnaminson today!

The Unified Bowling Team had some time off during the holidays but has resumed practicing during their Physical Education class. The students are excited to get back on the lanes and their next match is here. They will be competing against Cherry Hill West at Laurel Lanes today!

The Girls’ Basketball Team came away with a convincing 52-20 victory over Salem Tech on Tuesday. The Lady Bears are really working hard at practice and it is showing on the court. Their next game is Friday, January 10th at home against Cinnaminson.

The Boys’ Basketball Team won the Collingswood Tournament over Winter Break and earned a hard-fought victory over Florence on Tuesday night. Their defense is outstanding and it causes many opponents to get frustrated. Their next game is away at Holy Cross on Friday, January 10th.

The Wrestling Team defeated Palmyra Monday night by a score of 74-3. Each bout was exciting and the athletes are improving every time they get on the mat. Their next match will be a quad at Ewing High School on Saturday, January 11th.

The members of the Girls’ Wrestling Team were given two opportunities to showcase their talents at two tournaments during Winter break. Pennsauken hosted the Queen of the East on December 22nd and Ewing hosted a tournament on December 30th. Several Lady Bears won their weight class or reached the finals. The Lady Bears are doing a great job at practice because they are listening to every word spoken by each coach and focusing every time they get on the mat. Keep up the great work ladies!

The Swim Team continues to earn victories in their new conference. The team earned a victory over Holy Cross on Saturday to improve to 4-1 on the young season. Many students are getting opportunities to get in the pool and show what they can do. Their next meet is today against Collingswood/Audubon at the Kroc Center at 6:30 pm.

"Beyond The Scoreboard" is a great video that explains the many benefits of participating in athletics.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at or (856) 461-6100 x3000.

Spring Sports Physical Exams Due

If your child plans to play a Spring sport for Delran High School, please submit a valid physical exam to the Attendance Clerk or the Director of Athletics as soon as it is completed. Do not wait. Family ID for Spring sports will be open for registration on Monday, January 13th. Please do not wait to complete all of the documents.

Reminder: If your child uses an inhaler, an Asthma Treatment Plan Form must be completed by the doctor when the physical exam is being conducted. Asthma Treatment Plan Forms can be obtained online or in the main office.

If your child has vision in either eye of less than 20/40, he/she must get a note from an eye doctor clearing them for participation.

Watch Every DHS Game

Having trouble getting to Delran High School winter events? Subscribe to the Delran page on Once you have subscribed, you can watch all basketball games and wrestling matches from the comfort of your home. The subscription is $10.00 a month or $40.00 for the entire Winter season. If you cannot watch the games live, they become on-demand options shortly after the contest. If you have more questions, please contact the Director of Athletics.

Class of 2020 Headquarters

2020 “Spirit” Yearbook on Sale Now

Order by January 31, 2020 to guarantee the availability of a yearbook in June. The basic book is $80.00. Ad-ons are available to purchase through the website Orders can also be placed through Ms. Justine Carey in guidance. Checks should be made payable to DHS Special Funds-YEARBOOK.

Senior Parent Ads - Deadline is Approaching

The deadline to order is quickly approaching. Go to to build your ad before January 13, 2020. 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) of your child through the years along with a personal message. This commemorative can be as small or as large as you need for incorporating your memory and message. Purchase a FULL PAGE and DHS YEARBOOK CLUB will give you a FREE yearbook.

Want a FREE yearbook?

You can earn a discount on the purchase price of the 2020 yearbook by selling advertising space to local businesses. Download the advertising contract from our webpage and take it to community businesses and ask them to help support the students of Delran High School SPIRT by their participation in our advertising section.

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 amount of advertising sold:


1/2 page: $41.50

1/4 page: $20.75

1/8 page: $10.25

If you have any questions, please contact me at (856) 461-6100 x3012 or

Ad commitments must be returned to Ms. Justine Carey by February 13, 2020.

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 Calendar of Events

  • 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


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