Delran High School Broadcast

February 10, 2017

Message from Mr. Daniel Finkle

Congratulations to the Bionic Bears, our DHS Robotics Team, on a successful showing at their first VEX Robotics Competition. Forty-five teams competed at BCIT on January 28, 2017. The Bionic Bears worked through the fall to design a robot using VEX parts, which could compete in this year’s “Starstruck” themed challenge. The 18-inch robot, controlled wirelessly, was able to lift and move 1-foot stars and cubes to the opposite side of a fence. The Bionic Bears placed 11th out of 35 teams competing in the Skills Test, and 15th of the 45 teams competing in the Field Competition. Considering many of the other teams came with years of experience, this is an outstanding first competition for the DHS team, and their coaches Mr. Smith and Mr. Rood-Ojalvo! DHS Robotics Team photos.

Important Senior Class News

All seniors are asked to stop by the cafeteria on Wednesday, February 15th,from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. to be measured for their graduation cap and gown. Please note that if seniors order their caps and gowns on Wednesday, the fee is $10.00. Any senior that does not make this meeting will pay the full price of $25.00. Save money by attending on February 15th! Any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Maria Lucidi or Ms. Suzanne Kerr immediately.

Seniors who are attending the senior class trip to Disney must attend the mandatory and informative meeting with a parent on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. During this meeting, important information about medications, luggage, luggage checks, flights, Disney parks, rules and regulations and important times will be discussed. We will also hear from Mr. Brian Stolarick, Assistant Principal and Mrs. Cindy Mignogna, DHS School Nurse, who will be traveling with the seniors to Florida.

Medical Forms are available HERE and can be printed prior to the meeting!

Thoughts From Dr. Brian Brotschul

Delran High School was named to the College Board Honor Roll for student achievement performance on Advanced Placement tests from 2014 to 2016.

According to the College Board, the AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts across the U.S. and Canada for increasing AP access to these students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher. AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

A special congratulations to the teachers that work so closely with the students in our charge! HERE you shall find information regarding a district student achievement trend on Advanced Placement tests taken by DHS students during the years 2014-2016.

The 2017 PARCC Parent Resource is now available. Please review the information carefully. Graduation requirements have changed for the incoming Class of 2021.

Mrs. Kari McGann's February Newsletter

In her February Parent Newsletter, Mrs. Kari McGann, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, reviews Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Science Saturdays, PARCC Assessment, Next Generation Science Standards and Lead Like a Girl Conference. Mrs. McGann's newsletter showcases our new Board of Education members, STEAM Up Summer Camp, and the Delran Robotics Team. Read all about it!

Sports News With Mr. Anthony Guidotti

Congratulations to the Delran High School wrestling, swim, girls' basketball, boys' basketball and boys' bowling teams for qualifying for the NJSIAA State Tournament.

The boys’ bowling team will compete in the NJSIAA Sectional Tournament on Saturday, February 11th at 1:00 p.m. at the Brunswick Zone in Deptford, NJ.

The boys' basketball team will play at Delaware Valley on Monday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m., and the Lady Bears will play at Point Pleasant Boro also at 7:00.

Opening day for spring sports is Friday, March 3rd. The ATS Portal is currently open. If you are playing a spring sport, please make sure all your information is completed in the portal. Directions for new students are posted on the athletic web page. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. David Caplin at extension 3126. Please submit your forms before March 3rd! Go Bears!!!

Congrats Principal's List & Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to all the students who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll List for the 2nd marking period. Principal's List students enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in recognition of their achievement. Both sets of students and their parents received a special pass that will provide free admission to athletic events and activities held during the 3rd marking period.

Congrats January Students of the Month

Congratulations to our January Students of the Month Kelly Mesisca and Mohammad Qamar!

Kelly was nominated by Mrs. Katharine Drachowski and Mr. Brian Stolarick for her academic performance, character, respect, attendance, classroom participation, leadership responsibility, school spirit, good work ethic, diligence and citizenship. Mrs. Drachowski and Mr. Stolarick stated that Kelly is a stellar student earning the Principal's List accolades who embodies all qualities and characteristics of a Student of the Month. Kelly led the way for the Teen Advisory Council to set up the Delran XFactor competition to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Camden. With Kelly's leadership, planning and diligence, they raises over $800.00 in one night.

Mohammad was nominated by Mr. Patrick Adams for his academic performance, character, respect, attendance, classroom participation, good work ethic, diligence and citizenship! Mr. Adams stated that Mohammad deserves to be the Student of the Month because of his academic performance in his class as well as his underlying qualities of honesty, integrity and kindness. He treats all faculty and fellow students with respect and works extremely hard in everything that he does. He provides insightful and meaningful comments to class discussions. Overall, he is simply a terrific and hard working student!

Congratulations and thank you Kelly and Mohammad for a job well done!

AP Exam Registration Information

AP students received the Bulletin for AP Students and Parents as well as a registration form on Wednesday, February 1st. Please review this information with your child. Encourage him/her to sign up to take the AP Exam even if he/she is already registered for the CAP Program. The deadline to register for AP testing is Wednesday, March 1st. The exam fee is $93.00.

For students who are enrolled in the federal lunch program, AP Exam fee subsidies vary from year-to-year. There is usually a federal contribution as well as a College Board contribution to help defray the cost for students. We should have some information by late February, but the specific discount will not be confirmed until late April or May. Last year, the entire cost was covered, but that’s no guarantee that the same will happen this year.

Checks must be made payable to DHS Special Funds. Please submit your payment along with the registration form. Also, if your child receives accommodations through an IEP or 504, he/she must apply to the College Board for AP accommodations by Friday, February 17th. Please contact Mrs. Lena Galati with questions.

Scheduling Change Waiver Deadline

Just a reminder that if you and your child wish to change any of the academic recommendations and take a higher level course, a Scheduling Waiver Form must be completed and submitted to Mrs. Kitty Newman, Guidance Secretary. The deadline for waiver forms is March 29, 2017. There are no exceptions for late waivers. We urge all of you to read the Program of Studies which can be found on our homepage, especially the first 17 pages as they contain a tremendous amount of helpful information.

Cinderella Spring Musical & Royal Tea Party

Delran High School presents Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella beginning Saturday, February 25th and ending Sunday, March 5th. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and senior citizens. Tickets for the evening and matinee performances will go on sale to the public beginning Thursday, February 16th.

DHS invites you to meet Cinderella and guests of the Royal Ball, dine on delicious Tea Party treats, decorate cookies, learn a royal dance and do crafts on Sunday, February 26th at 12:00 p.m. Don't forget to come dressed as your favorite princess or prince. Tickets for this special event are now available!

Golden Regiment Marching Band Accepting Members

The marching band in Delran known as the Golden Regiment had an incredible fall marching band season. The group, made up of 32 students, completed an undefeated season winning the US Bands Group 1A State Championship, Yamaha Cup Northeast Championship, and the US Bands Group 1A National Championship! The "GR" was also named the best marching band in Burlington County by, ousting talented bands such as Shawnee, Lenape, and Cherokee. Children interested in marching band should be on the lookout for information coming out in March! The Golden Regiment accepts members from 7th to 12th grades. Contact Mr. Rafter, Director of the GR, at with any questions.

Alumni Walk

Delran High School is proud to reintroduce the, DHS Alumni Walk.” The project is designed to provide the graduating seniors and DHS Alumni the opportunity to make their legacy a permanent piece of the landscape of Delran High School. This is the third year of the project, and we are hopeful to pave our way past the ticket booth this year. The project will allow members of the Delran High School family to congratulate, memorialize, and archive their relationships, memories, and friendships fostered here at DHS. Please consider buying a brick and making your legacy a permanent piece of DHS’s path to success. Please submit the order form with your payment to Mr. Brian Stolarick, Assistant Principal. Checks must be made payable to DHS Special Funds.

PTA Corner

Gift Basket Extravaganza

The 2017 Gift Basket Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 29th at DHS. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in DHS lobby. Tickets are only $20.00 per person and include 26 bidding tickets, 1 door prize ticket, 1 food ticket and 2 drink tickets. Tables are in groups of 8 or 10. Last year, we sold out in under 2 hours so please plan accordingly. Please contact Denise Klein at with any questions.

GBE Solicitation for Items

Do you have new items lying around your house taking up space? Perhaps you received something for Christmas that you do not like or have no use for. Why not donate it to the GBE? We will take those items and make a basket out of them.

Donations of new items and/or completed baskets for the GBE can be dropped off at the Senior Parent Trip Meeting on Wednesday, February 15th. Parents who drop off a completed basket before Saturday, April 1st will be entered into a drawing to win VIP parking at graduation.

Graduation Lawn Signs

Honor your graduate with a Graduation Lawn Sign. Signs are $25.00 each and include a lawn stake. Signs are available for both 8th & 12th grade graduates. Orders are due by Saturday, April 1st. Late orders will not be accepted. An Order form can be found HERE.

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 the Gift Basket Extravaganza and Project Graduation. Contact Theresa Heisler at for additional information.


College Open Houses

Rutgers Newark Inside Look Days

Rutgers University will host Rutgers Newark Inside Look Days on February 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27 and March 1, 6, 8, 20, 22, 27, and 29. Meet Rutgers students, faculty, and admissions staff and take a tour of the campus. The Newark campus is home to 8,000 residential and commuter students. The location provides students an endless array of corporate and cultural opportunities in the northern New Jersey/New York City area. Reservations are requested. Contact information is 973-353-5205 and Visit for more information about Rutgers University.

Rutgers School of Nursing Open House

Rutgers University will be offering a tour/information session of the Rutgers School of Nursing on the Piscataway/New Brunswick campus on Wednesday, February 15th starting at 10:00 a.m. Registration is required and more information is available at 732-445-4636 and To learn more about Rutgers University, please visit

Rutgers Day 2017

Rutgers Day 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00-4:00 at the Camden, Newark, and Piscataway/New Brunswick campuses. New Jerseyans of all ages are welcome to visit their State University for a day of fun, exploration and hundreds of activities. Admission and all events are Free. To learn more about Rutgers University, visit

Community Events

Delran Education Foundation Casino Night

The Delran Education Foundation is excited to announce their 2nd Annual Casino Night. The event will be held on Saturday, April 1st at The Madison in Riverside. Enjoy dinner, an open wine/beer bar, casino games, and prizes! All proceeds go directly to our nonprofit foundation which provides funding for innovative and exciting programs for Delran students. Tickets are available at This event SOLD OUT last year so be sure to order tickets now!

Delran Athletic Association Spring Registration

Registration is now open to Delran Residents only. See the flyer for detailed information. Deadline to register is Sunday, February 26th. Registration is also available online.

Delran Soccer Club Player Development Program

Delran Soccer Club presents their annual Player Development Program for boys and girls (5-9 years old) in the spring on Saturdays beginning March 11th. This program's vision is to create a fun and learning soccer environment while incorporating the player development philosophies of the United States Soccer Development Academy. See the flyer for detailed information.

Xtreme Training Soccer Academy

The Xtreme Training Soccer Academy is offering a "Spring Break Shooting & GK Clinic" as well as a "Bears Summer Soccer Camp" for all ages. Please see registration forms for additional information.

My Favorite Teacher Contest

Barnes & Noble is sponsoring "My Favorite Teacher Contest". Middle and high school students can submit an essay, poem, or letter describing how a teacher has influenced their life. The teacher will be entered for an opportunity to win $10,000 in cash prizes and more to split with the school. Deadline is Wednesday, March 1st. Visit their website for additional information.

Stress Reduction Strategies for Regaining Life's Balance

John Kriger of Kriger Consulting Inc. will present a Stress Reduction Strategies for Regaining Life's Balance seminar for parents and children on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00pm at Riverside High School. This is a free workshop and registration is not required. For additional information, please see their flyer.

3rd Annual Quartermania for Coach Frank Fund

The 3rd Annual Quartermania for the Coach Frank DeLuzio Memorial Fund will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Resurrection Parish on Conrow Road. Items donated by local vendors and individuals will be auctioned off for 1 to 4 quarter bids. You can win items retailing up to $400.00 for more quarters! This event sponsors scholarships for the DHS Class of 2017 and youth development programs in our community. See the flyer for detailed information.

Student volunteers are needed and community service hours are available. See flyer for contact information.

Rutgers Spring Football Game

Rutgers Football will hold its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 22nd at 3:00 p.m. at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway. Admission and parking are FREE for everyone, and all fans will receive a free 2017 Rutgers Football Big Ten Conference poster. Before the game, enjoy food, live music, kids activities, The Rutgers Band, Cheerleaders and more. This is a great opportunity for fans of all ages to enjoy New Jersey's Big Ten team. More details will be released soon--visit,, or call Rutgers Athletics at 866-445-4678. To purchase Rutgers merchandise, visit For more information about Rutgers University, go to