Delran High School Broadcast

May 4, 2017

Message from Mr. Daniel Finkle

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States?

On Thursday, May 18th we will be hosting Cruisin’ Smart® for our students. Cruisin’ Smart, a community education initiative of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, is a unique program that brings people face to face with the consequences of driving impaired or distracted by using true-life tragedies to instruct and change attitudes. Young speakers who are survivors of life-altering injuries warn their audiences that being impaired or distracted while driving can often result in a fate worse than death.

This is a very powerful and important message we will be bringing to the student body. As part of the program, our students will be receiving 2 brochures:

  1. “Student Safety Tips” – This brochure will include statistical information and facts/myths about the dangers of distracted driving. There will also be a reminder of how to develop a safety plan.

  2. “Parent/Guardian Talking Guide” – This brochure is for you. It includes statistical information about distractive driving as well as tips for you on how to have a conversation with your teen about the dangers of driving impaired and/or distracted. For your convenience, there is also a contract for you and your teen to develop.

I encourage you to ask your teen about these brochures, review the information and have a life changing conversation. A survey will be done after the program concerning some of the topics. Please click HERE to view the survey and the BOE Policy on surveying students.

Please, join with me and encourage your teen to pay attention to the road at all times. Remind them of the value of “Cruisin’ Smart” and the consequences of distracted and impaired driving. If you need any additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my staff.

Take Your Child To Work Day

On Thursday, April 27th, DHS celebrated Take Your Child to Work Day! The children participated in various and exciting educational activities planned by the faculty. They experienced first hand the in and outs of a teacher's daily work life. And of the course the day would not have been complete without a few spills here and there! It was a great learning experience for all! Below is a picture of our future educators!
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Thoughts from Dr. Brotschul

Please read the attached letter regarding the new Netflix original series title 13 Reasons Why that is very popular among teenagers in our schools and all over the country. The show is based on a young adult novel about a high school student who leaves behind 13 tape recordings detailing why she took her own life. In watching the series, children and teens could interpret the message that suicide is a viable and/or romanticized option. I urge all parents to talk to your children about this serious issue. I also provided the phone number to the National Suicide Hotline. School counselors and Child Study Team members are available to assist you with questions or concerns you may have.

Mrs. McGann's Parent Newsletter

In her April Parent Newsletter, Mrs. Kari McGann, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, discusses STEM Upcoming District Events, STEAM Up Summer Camp, How Parents Widen or Shrink Academic Gaps, Measuring Parent Involvement, New Novel Adoptions Grades 5-8 and Choice Summer Reading for DHS! The 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 District Calendars are also attached. Read all about it!


On Wednesday, April 26th, DHS honored 86 seniors and underclassmen for their academic excellence, club activity leadership skills and athletic success. Read all about it or view the video! Congratulations to all our accomplished students, and we look forward to honoring our seniors and underclassmen again at our Scholarship Night on Thursday, June 1st! During Scholarship Night, the Principal's Award and community scholarships will be presented to the seniors. We will also honor seniors and underclassmen with the #1 Club Award for spring sports!

Congrats Students of the Month

Congratulations to our April Students of the Month Marylin Huerta and Vince Cottrell!

Marylin was nominated by Mrs. Jacquelyn McGhee and Mrs. Monica DeBiase for her academic performance, character, respect, class participation, school spirit, good work ethic and diligence. Marylin is both a member of the Graphic Design class as well as the Animal Lover's Club. She always enters the class with a smile and is polite, friendly and respectful. She never hesitates to help others. Mariyn is very sympathetic, empathetic and will do anything to turn a negative situation into a positive one. She puts forth great effort in class and cares deeply about her work. Marylin is very conscientious and is always the first to sign up to volunteer for the Animal Lover's Club events. She was responsible for the huge success of our latest trip to the Bronx Zoo.

Vince was nominated by Mr. Bill Bodenschatz for his character, respect, classroom participation, classroom participation, leadership responsibility and good work ethic! Mr. Bodenschatz stated that Vince is the most helpful student that he has ever taught. In almost every class, he offers to explain a different problem to his classmates without providing the answer so that they learn the concept. He calls on different students to ensure that his peers not only learn the material but are engaged during the process. This allows Mr. Bodenschatz the time to circulate throughout the classroom and see which students require further assistance.

Congratulations and thank you Marylin and Vince for a job well done!

Congrats 2017 Girls & Boys State Delegates

Congratulations to Emily Brenek, Kelly Deschaine, Corinne Kurtzer, Carly Rosvold, Samantha Wargny, Glenn Daly, Jimmy Chung, Devon Seville, Roy Kerstetter and Cole Hamlin for being selected to represent DHS at the 2017 American Legion Girls and Boys State Program in late June. This program is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. It teaches Americanism, Citizenship and the political system of our government.

The Mr. Delran Pageant

Delran High School is proud to present the Mr. Delran Pageant on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the Morris R. Burton Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00 each, and all proceeds go towards Bianca's Kids at Come out and spent a fun evening with our seniors, and support a wonderful organization that grant wishes to children in need.

Athletic News

There are only two weeks left in the regular season for spring sports at Delran High School and a lot of excitement has happened. Both boys’ and girls’ track teams are 3-0. The baseball team is 14-2 and continues to get acknowledged by the media as a team to watch during the post season. The softball team earned a much needed win over BCIT Westampton on Tuesday which keeps them in the running for a division title. The golf team posted some of the lowest scores on their home course recently bringing their current record to 7-3.

This week is the 2nd Annual Coaches vs Cancer games for the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams. The girls played Pennsauken yesterday, and the boys are playing Cinnaminson on Friday, May 5th. All monetary donations at these games will go directly to the American Cancer Society. Go Bears!

1st Annual Delran STEM Fair

You are cordially invited to attend the 1st Annual Delran STEM Fair to be held from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Delran Middle School before the Board of Education meeting on Monday, May 8th. The purpose of the STEM Fair is to showcase the amazing STEM work done throughout the school year by Delran students, as well as showcase STEM applications in many real-world businesses and careers with special displays by our community partners.

Besides many student displays, here are a few highlights of what you’ll see from our community partners:

  • Bolt, Volt, and Tesla cars on display
  • Lockheed Martin interactive engineering challenges
  • Delran Fire Department heat sensing equipment
  • Virtual Reality headset and littleBits engineering kits from Barnes & Noble
  • Hens from the Delran Backyard Chicken Pilot
  • Macroinvertebrate display from the Rancocas Creek Watershed
  • Delran Township’s new leaf truck
  • The US Army’s STEM vehicle (interactive 18-wheeler) and more!

2017 Junior-Senior Prom Information

This year’s Junior-Senior Prom will be held on Friday, May 19th from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Camden Aquarium. The Prom Promenade will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the DHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale during lunch periods in the cafeteria for $90.00 each, and students can pick up a picture order form at that time. The deadline to purchase tickets is Tuesday, May 9th! Prom Promise Forms are due at the time of ticket purchase and can be found in the main office. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Suzanne Kerr at or Ms. Maria Lucidi at

Project Dress Up

Calling all tweens and teens going to the prom or a dance! Project Dress Up is here to help you find your special dress for your prom, dance or special event that is extremely affordable. Come shop and pick out a stylish dress in a variety of sizes and colors plus accessories for free! Please click here for date, time, and location.

STEAM UP Summer Camp Needs DHS Student Counselors

Delran Cubs Camp is looking for DHS Student Counselors to work with Delran Science, Math and Art teachers as well as class sizes of 20 students. Work with a design task related to a real world experience. DHS Community Service hours can be completed entirely through this experience! See the program overview.

Governor's STEM Scholars Program

The Governor's STEM Scholars Program provides students with firsthand learning about STEM professions and allows them to engage in meaningful dialogue with representatives of New Jersey's vast STEM industry, including research and development leaders, academic professionals, and state policymakers. The program offers scholars the ability to make mentoring connections that can last into their professional careers. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 26, 2017.

PTA Corner

General Membership Meeting / BINGO Night

Join us on Tuesday, May 9th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the DHS Cafeteria for our General Membership meeting honoring our PTA Reflections Award winners. Immediately following the meeting, join us for a few games of BINGO for a chance to win one of our many great prizes!

Senior Stars

Senior Stars are on sale for $5.00. Let your imagination run wild as you decorate a star in honor of your Class of 2017 graduate. Stars will be displayed at Project Graduation. Contact Theresa Heisler at for additional information.

German Club Service Project

The German Club is now collecting items for the homeless as part of their Open Paws service project. Please donate any items listed on the flyer between now and Thursday, June 1st to Mrs. Diamond in Room 202. Thank you for your support.

Homecoming Video

The Homecoming DVD is now available for students to purchase during lunch periods. The price is $15.00, and checks must be made payable to DHS Special Funds.

What are the Drugs in Your Child's World?

Research shows that parents are the number one anti-drug! Children who hear the anti-drug message are 50% less likely to start using. This pamphlet provides important drug facts, helpful parenting tips, and useful information. While not on the chart, alcohol remains the first choice among high school seniors!

Mahatma Gandhi Art & Writing Contest 2017

The Association of Indians in America - South Jersey (AIA-SJ) invites all New Jersey middle and high school students to submit their original works, written or art, based on the quotation from Mahatma Gandhi posted below. The deadline is Thursday, June 15th. See the guidelines and rules for participation as well as the web site for additional information.

"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization." - Mahatma Gandhi

Guidance Counselors Corner

SAT Practice Opportunities

Take a Kaplan SAT vs ACT Practice Test!

The Delran High School, National Honor Society is offering a SAT vs ACT combination practice test on Saturday, May 13th. The test event helps students not only practice important tests in a real world setting, but also identify areas to help them improve their scores before taking their official exams. Test participants will receive a detailed score report highlighting their personal strengths and weaknesses immediately after the test! They will need to bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet to use only after the completion of the test for scoring it. In order for the scoring to work properly, students MUST be registered for the practice test by TUESDAY, May 9th. Please register below!

Which Test Should You Take?


3 hours 25 minutes (w/ Essay)

Question formats are more straightforward

Tests knowledge gained in school

Time per question is quicker but less complex

No penalty for incorrect responses


3 hours (w/out optional Essay)

Questions align more closely with curriculum

Taught in school

No sentence completion questions

No penalty for incorrect responses

SAT vs ACT Practice Test Event:

Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please arrive 15-20 minutes early.

Location: Delran High School

Payment: A $10.00 fee will be collected upon sign in. Please bring CASH ONLY. All proceeds support the NHS.

To Bring: (2) #2 pencils, calculator, snacks and drinks are permitted. All students should bring a fully charged smart phone or tablet.

To register for the practice test, please visit the following website:

Please feel free to contact Kaplan Program Manager, Ashley LaFrance, at with any questions.

How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid

The New York Times published an interesting SAT Prep Course article: How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid!


Rowan University Money Boot Camp

Rowan University's Office of Student Enrichment and Family Connections is sponsoring the College Bound Money Boot Camp. This camp is designed as a one-day series of workshops and informational tables where students and their family members work side by side with the University's Admissions Office, Financial Aid Office and Lenders to gain a head start and competitive edge on the admission and payment process. This event is free for middle and high school students, parents, guidance counselors and others entering college for the first time on Saturday, May 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Deadline to register is Saturday, May 8th.


Community Events

Rothman Youth Sports Safety Symposium for Coaches

Rothman Institute is sponsoring a youth sports safety symposium for coaches on Saturday, May 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Panasonic Club at Lincoln Field. See the flyer for details.