Delran High School Broadcast

February 21, 2019

DHS Mission Statement

Delran High School, an inclusive learning community, provides educational opportunities for intellectual development, while valuing the importance of cultural diversity and tradition.

Mr. Finkle's Message

Congratulations to all our DHS Science Fair and Science League winners. We are very proud of you and your hard work! Detailed information is posted in the Curriculum Section. Please read this newsletter carefully to see all the exciting work our Science and Technology students are doing as well as important upcoming STEM events including our STEAM Camp/Academy and Volunteer Opportunity.

Congratulations to our wrestling team! Four of our wrestlers are District Champions. Nine of our Bears made the top 3 in their weight class which allows them to compete in the Region 6 Tournament! DHS is also extremely very proud of our first female wrestler who competed in the All-Female Region Wrestling Tournament and finished 2nd place in her weight class which qualifies her for the state championship in Atlantic City. Details are posted in the Athletic News section!

Please be reminded that the last day to submit a Scheduling Waiver Form for academic courses is Thursday, February 28th. There will be no exceptions to this date. All the necessary information is posted on our website and in the Virtual Backpack.

Don't forget Dr. Seuss' Birthday Brunch will be held on Saturday, March 2nd from 12 to 1:30 pm. Click here for ticket information!

You are cordially invited to our Spring Musical, Seussical, which will be held on March 1, 2, 8, 9 and 10. Detailed information is posted below. We are looking forward to our students' performances!

The Delran MS/HS PTA’s Gift Basket Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 13th at DHS. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 11th at 5:45 pm in the DHS Lobby. Additional information is posted below in the PTA News section.

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

Calendar of Events

  • 2/22 Bear - 4
  • 2/23 Detention
  • 2/27 NHS Volleyball Tournament, 6pm
  • 2/28 Scheduling Waiver Forms Due
  • 3/1 Bear - 1
  • 3/1 Qtr. 3 Mid Quarter
  • 3/1 Spring Musical, 7pm
  • 3/2 Spring Musical, 7pm
  • 3/7 Qtr. 3 Interims Grades on Portal
  • 3/8 Spring Musical, 7pm
  • 3/9 SAT
  • 3/9 Detention
  • 3/9 Spring Musical, 7pm
  • 3/10 Spring Musical, 2pm
  • View Full Calendar

AP Exam Registration

Students taking AP courses were handed a “Bulletin for AP Students and Parents” in their AP class. We encourage students to sign-up to take the AP Exam even if they have signed up for the CAP Program. The deadline to register for the AP test is Friday, March 1st. The exam fee is $94.00. The check should be made payable to DHS Special Funds.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Kitty Newman in Guidance at (856) 461-6100, x3008.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Brunch

Come hang with your pal The Cat In The Hat along with his friends! What's better than that? Be ready to dance, play games and get sweets, use icing and sprinkles for a cupcake feast! Dr. Seuss' Birthday Brunch will be held on Saturday, March 2nd from 12 to 1:30pm. Click here for ticket information!

Spring Musical - Seussical

DHS presents Seussical on March 1st, March 8th and March 9th at 7pm and on March 2nd and March 10th at 2pm in the Performing Arts Center! Reserved seating is available. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and children under the age of 10. Tickets can be purchased here. You can also purchase tickets in person beginning 1 hour before each performance.

Qtr. 3 Interim Grades on Portal

The 3rd marking period interim reports will be posted on the Parent Portal on Thursday, March 6th.


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DHS Science Fair

  • The fair took place on Tuesday, February 19th. This year, 61 projects were submitted.

  • To see the results of the fair, please click here.

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Science League

The Science League headed to Seneca High School in Tabernacle on Thursday, February 14th for their second competition of the 2019 season, and returned with another round of high scores and top honors! The Honors and AP Physics teams have picked up where they left off last year, earning 1st place rankings and several top-performer marks. Justin Ma and Brooke Wachter led the way for the Honors team and received the highest scores overall in the county! The AP team was led by top county scorer Joe Sundermier. For the second straight week, our AP Chemistry team earned a 1st place ranking as well! The team is led by top scorers Colin Kremus and Ryan Wachter. Colin's high mark of an 88 actually ranks him among the highest scoring students in the state! The AP Biology team earned another 2nd place finish and was led by sophomore Claire Logue, and the Earth Science team also finished in 2nd place and was led by freshman Ben Laster! The team looks to extend their early-season successes on March 14th and April 11th, as we wrap up the 2019 competitive campaign! Go Bears!!

Robotics Team

A record number of Robotics Team students traveled to our first and only VEX Robotics “Turning Point” competition on Saturday, February 2nd in Millville, NJ. Despite working late into the evening earlier in the week, only one robot was prepared to compete. We started with disaster -- we neglected to bring the wires needed to connect the controller to the motors. Through teamwork and generous competing teams, we were able to get our robot to work and compete. Many students got involved with the repairs and the hurried practices. Because of the poor start, we ended up near the bottom of the 2 dozen teams, but our performance steadily improved over the course of the morning. We were proud of the group effort in the face of adversity.

Pictured below are our Bionic Bears working on their robot.

Digital Fabrication Lab Update

Electrical upgrades are occurring on the lab, to accept the load of the tools. A YouTube video was created by the Delran Visual and Performing Arts Department about the lab. Go to the following link to watch our Kick-Off Event on 11/30/18. We are continuing our design phase of curriculum planning with our ecosystem partners, including Lockheed Martin, Perkins Center for the Arts, Rowan College at Burlington County, Radwell International, students, teachers and administrators on March 19th.

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Update

A $10,000 grant from the NJEA and Sustainable Jersey for Schools was won by the DHS Green Team for the work on the Back to Eden Garden Space. The images below show the original design plan, which will include students from Horticulture, Technology Education classes as well as Green Team members. The community partners include: Inside Out Design Studio, Life Sanctuary and the Delran Municipal Green Team. Construction will begin at the thawing of the ground, between the main building and the science wing.

STEAM Camp/Academy and Volunteer Opportunity

The two summer programs are enrolling students now:

  • Upcoming 3rd grade through 6th grade students can attend up to four weeks of camp, starting after July 4th.

  • Upcoming 7th through 12th grade students can attend the one week STEAM Academy, a Farm to Fork Experience, from July 29th to August 1st.

  • To volunteer as a camp counselor, please fill in the following Google Form.

ESL STEM Parent Engagement Night

On February 5th, our English as a Second Language families were invited to a special event funded through a Title III and New Jersey STEM Pathways Network Grant. The evening was very well attended, as the youngsters were able to engage their family in STEM “Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Guidance on how to support their child’s STEM learning at home, as well as upcoming Delran’s STEM opportunities for children and families were offered in their native language.

Upcoming Parent Engagement Night - March 18th

March is New Jersey STEM Month as acknowledged by the NJ State Legislature. The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network offered and the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance applied for a $2,000 grant to extend STEM to our families. This year, we will host three events (including the ESL STEM Family Engagement Night noted above). Enrollment is limited, and you must register through our Google Form to attend. The remaining unfilled session is on Monday, March 18th from 6:00 to 7:15. Click on this Form to register.

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Save the Date - STEM Fair

Delran STEM Fair is set for Monday, May 20th at DHS from 5:30 to 7:00pm. To find out more about participating in the fair, click here to go to the last year's newsletter to see if your organization would make a great addition.

Contact Information

For any questions about the features in this month's science and technology news, please contact Erica DeMichele (K-12 Supervisor of Science, Technology, Engineering, Co-STEM & Sustainability) at or (856) 461-6100 x3034. Follow her on Twitter @DeMicheleErica.

Important Message from Guidance

Scheduling for the 2019-2020 Year

The counselors will meet individually with each student beginning with Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen. They will review and finalize course selections with each student by mid-March.

If your student would like to move down a level or delete a recommended course, the Guidance Counselors will do so during this meeting.

Reminder: All waivers are due by Thursday, February 28th. Students should not wait until their meeting to submit their waiver form. We recommend that you submit the waiver form as soon as possible.


Senior Calendar of Events

  • 3/11 Senior Trip Luggage Check, 6-7pm
  • 3/12-3/16 Senior Trip
  • 3/22 Senior Big Picture Outdoors
  • 5/1 Academic Awards Evening, 6:30pm
  • 5/2 Mr. Delran Contest, 6:30pm
  • 5/31 Junior/Senior Prom
  • 6/4 Senior Night, 6pm
  • 6/6 Scholarship Night, 6:30pm
  • 6/19 Graduation Rehearsal, 12pm
  • 6/20 Graduation Rehearsal, 9am
  • 6/20 Graduation, 7pm
  • 6/20 Project Graduation, 9:30pm

Alumni Walk

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 Friday, April 5, 2019.

Yearbook Information

Time is running out to purchase a 2019 Delran High School’s “Spirit”!

  • Regular sales now until Saturday, February 23rd at $80.00. This is the best way to guarantee a book is available to purchase.
  • Late sales (based on availability) through Saturday, April 27, 2019 for $90.00.

Ordering is easy:

1. Online:

2. Phone: 1-877-767-5217

3. See Ms. Justine Carey in guidance; or x3012.

Customize Your Yearbook - Class of 2019

The deadline to CREATE A CUSTOM YEARBOOK RECOGNITION FOR YOUR STUDENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED!!!!!! This is a great opportunity to celebrate your student’s success and milestones and reflect on the person your student has become.

For more information on how to order and page pricing, download the flyer or go to Final deadline is February 15th. ORDER A FULL PAGE AD and your senior’s book is FREE!


Mr. Guidotti's Update

The 2018-2019 Winter season at Delran High School is coming to an end but the excitement of tournament time is here!

The Lady Bears of Basketball celebrated Senior Night this past Tuesday against New Egypt. There was a great crowd and the game was exciting. The last home game for the team is this Saturday at 11:30am against Camden. The ladies were awarded the 16 seed for Monday, February 25th at Sterling High School. The game starts at 5:30pm. Please come out and support our Lady Bears.

The Boys’ Basketball team celebrating a great victory against Haddon Township this past Tuesday. The team will be honoring their seniors on Thursday, February 21st along with the senior members of the Winter Cheer team. The young men were awarded the 12 seed for Monday, February 25th at West Deptford High School. The game starts at 7pm. Please come out and support the Bears.

History was made at Delran High School! The Wrestling team hosted the first-ever District 24 Tournament at Delran High School on Saturday, February 16th. The turnout was amazing and we have only heard positive comments about the event from students, parents, coaches, officials and other Athletic Directors. The parents did a wonderful job of setting up, breaking down and providing excellent food at the concession stand.

The wrestlers showed great pride at the District Tournament with their performance on the mat. Nine of our Bears made the top 3 in their weight class which allows them to compete in the Region 6 Tournament that starts on February 21st. Four of our Bears are District Champions: Zachary Zuckerman at 126, Bryan Miraglia at 132, Berkant Haliloglu at 182 and Zachary Bohn at 195. We are very proud of all of their efforts all season.

More history was made for Delran High School on Sunday, February 17th. Freshman Emma Matera competed in the first ever All-Female Region Wrestling Tournament at Red Bank Regional High School. Emma finished 2nd place in her weight class which qualifies her for the state championships in Atlantic City from February 28th to March 2nd. Go get ‘em Emma! Delran High School and the community are in your corner all the way.

Go Bears!

Please click here for the Athletic Department's web page!


Gift Basket Extravaganza

Join us for our big event of the year! The Delran MS/HS PTA’s Gift Basket Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 13th at DHS. Doors will open at 5pm and calling begins promptly at 8pm. The theme is “UNDER THE BIG TOP”. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 11th at 5:45pm in the DHS Lobby - First Come, First Serve! Tickets are $25.00 per person and 1 table seat 8 or 10 (maximum of 2 tables can be bought by one person)! Yes, we had to raise the price a little due to inflation. You can purchase 1 or 2 tickets and you do NOT need to purchase a table! For $25.00 per ticket, you get admission, a sheet of 26 Regular basket tickets, door prize ticket, 1 food ticket and 2 water tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased during the event plus 50/50, Big, Premium & Mega Tickets. If you have any questions, please email Denise@delran.mshs.pta.

Graduation Yard Signs on Sale

The Delran MS/HS PTA is selling personalized yard signs for any 2019 graduate for both 12th grade and 8th grade. The yard signs are approximately 18” X 24” and include yard stakes. The cost is $25.00 per sign and you may order as many as you like. Please click here to order your sign! Deadline to order your sign is Wednesday, March 27th!
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Join the PTA

It only costs $5.00 to join and the money helps the students directly! Please send in the membership form with your money to your child's school in an envelope marked PTA.



Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey

The office of Assemblywoman Carol Murphy will now serve as a drop-off location for Operation Yellow Ribbon South Jersey. As you may know, Operation Yellow Ribbon supports our troops stationed in the Middle East by sending them care packages and coordinating welcome-home celebrations for those returning from deployment. Please click on the flyer for additional information.

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