Delran High School Broadcast

May 16, 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

I would like to bring to your attention a game that our students are playing outside of school. The game is called Assassin, and it is a live-action game in which players try to eliminate one another using mock weapons in an effort to become the last surviving player. In this case, our students are using water guns, and community members have mistaken them for real guns. I implore you to have a conversation with your child about this game, the choice of weapons they are using and the consequences that playing this game in the community may bring. We live in a world that includes real school shootings, gang-related shootings, and large crowd shootings and playing this game in the community has citizens on edge.

Interim Grades on Portal

The 4th marking period interim reports will be posted on the Parent Portal tomorrow, Friday, May 17th. Please check your child's grades in the event your child is at risk for failing a class. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher and/or guidance counselor.

DHS College Essay Application Workshop for the Class of 2020

The two sections that Mrs. Ani McHugh offered a few weeks ago are filled. However, she is two students shy of opening a third section. Please click here for detailed information. If your child is interested, please contact Mrs. Ani McHugh at immediately.

Art and Music Showcases

The Visual and Performing Arts Department is in the midst of concert season! The DHS Choral Department had a wonderful concert on Tuesday. The DHS/DMS Concert Bands will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd at 7pm. The DHS/DMS Jazz Band Concert and the "Night of the Arts" Art Show is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd. "Nights of the Arts" will begin at 6pm and the Jazz Band Concert will begin at 7pm.

School Calendar

With 22 school days left, I encourage parents/guardians to please review the school calendar. The end of the school year is packed with many important events. The Board of Education meeting scheduled on Monday, May 20th has been relocated to DHS from DMS. In observance of Memorial Day, school will be closed on Friday, May 24th, Monday, May 27th and Tuesday, May 28th.

Junior/Senior Prom

We will have an early dismissal on Friday, May 31st. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM - no exceptions! If students are not present for the entire school day, they will be denied entrance to the Prom.

Graduation Information

For our senior parents/guardians, important Graduation and Project Graduation information was mailed home last week and is posted in the Class of 2019 Headquarters below and on our web site. We encourage our seniors to complete and return the Post-Graduation Plans Form to Mrs. Kitty Newman in the Guidance Office. Please note that this information will be posted in the Graduation Program.

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

Calendar of Events

  • 5/17 BEAR 2
  • 5/17 Qtr. 4 Interims on Portal
  • 5/18 Detention
  • 5/20 Delran Stem Fair, 4:30pm
  • 5/20 BOE Mtg., DHS, 7:30 pm
  • 5/21 Peer Leaders to DMS
  • 5/22 DHS/DMS Concert Bands, 7pm
  • 5/23 "Night of the Arts", 6pm
  • 5/23 DHS/DMS Jazz Bands, 7pm
  • 5/24 Memorial Day - School Closed
  • 5/27 & 5/28 Memorial Day - School Closed
  • 5/29 Broadway Night, 7pm
  • 5/30 Arrive Alive Assembly
  • 5/31 Early Dismissal
  • 5/31 Junior/Senior Prom


Congratulations Simone Williams

Simone Williams, an 11th grader, was awarded The Princeton Prize in Race Relations Certificate of Accomplishment by Princeton University for promoting harmony, understanding, and respect amount people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in the schools and community.

She was nominated by Mrs. Siobhan McVay for being instrumental in the development and advancement of the Diversity Club at DHS. Simone has spent many hours cultivating its membership and serving as a liaison between the club and the school community. She planned activities and introduced new ideas and initiatives that have improved the scope and effectiveness of the club. Congratulation Simone!

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Culinary Arts Students at Wegmans

Two students from the Culinary Arts III program had a tremendous experience at Wegmans last week. They got to observe both “front” and “back of the house” operations as well as had some “hands-on” experience in the bakery area. We are very fortunate to have such a good partnership with Wegmans.

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DHS STEM Showcase at the NJ State House

Students from Delran High School participated in the STEM Showcase at the NJ State House. March was designated STEM Month in the State of New Jersey, and the NJ STEM Pathways Network hosted an opportunity for NJ legislators to learn more about STEM education and opportunities throughout the state.

Students from Mr. DeLoche's geometry class are featured in this STEM Showcase highlight video, and they brought two of their projects to highlight geometry applications in STEM fields. Paige Curtis, Mason Williams, and Abby Levan explained how geometric properties can be leveraged to design strong bridge structures. In addition, they explained how they designed catapults to reach a target, and then modified their designs to account for wind interference on the projectile.

State legislators were able to see firsthand how early STEM learning experiences can spark interest in future STEM careers. We are so proud of how well our geometry students represented our district!

April Students of the Month

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Thomas and Joseph Rush who were nominated to be our April Students of the Month!

Kaitlyn was nominated by Mrs. Karen Schmidt and Mrs. Jacquelyn McCann for her character, classroom participation, and good work ethic.

Kaitlyn is a very caring and giving individual. She is always willing to help a student in need no matter what that need might be. Her positive attitude is contagious in the classroom and she can always be counted on when necessary.

Joseph was nominated by Mrs. Erin Carson for his character, respect, attendance, class participation, school spirit, good work ethic, and citizenship.

Joey greets his classmates and teachers every morning with enthusiasm and a smile. He never has conflicts with others and often helps diffuse situations. Joey is the epidemy of what it means to be a positive citizen of DHS. He works hard on every assignment and keeps the groups he is a member of on task. He is a member of our football team and proudly discusses his teammates. Joey is a model of positive behavior.

Congratulations Kaitlyn and Joseph!

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2019 DHS College Application Essay Workshop

This workshop is designed for members of the Class of 2020 who plan to apply to colleges in the fall of 2019. At the end of this course, which will be held in Room 102 at DHS, students will have a completed final draft of a college application essay. Mrs. Ani McHugh, DHS English Department will be the instructor. Please click here for detailed information.


Delran STEM Fair

Delran STEM Fair, Monday, May 20th from 5:30-7:00pm at DHS. This year’s event is great for ALL families, of ALL ages!

  • Food Trucks! Not Your Mamas Tacos, Mary’s Mobile Diner, Just Fork It & Kona

  • Come see the renovations, almost completed by May 20th on the Fab Lab!

  • Virtual Reality from Palmyra Nature Cove’s Interactive Van as well as a demonstration of a Tesla coil from a Lockheed Martin engineer and MORE!

  • BRING $$$$$... Food Trucks, Lip Balms, Lotions, Plants, Bear Wear… all for sale!

  • Passport around the fair could win you a FREE week of STEAM Camp!

  • Monday night, bring your used or expired prescriptions. Delran Police will have a drop box.

Spring Cleanout

If you do spring cleanouts this weekend, please bring your household items to the STEM Fair on Monday.
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Fab Lab News

The bathrooms have been installed and the machines are being ordered. The potential for our students to learn 21st Century skills throughout the curriculum. For the fall, students enrolled in Technical Education courses, including Engineering and Drafting, Production Design 1 and Production Design 2 will be using the space. As we work through the tool use and make our space the most user-friendly, K-8 students, staff and community, we look forward to sustainable funding for this incredible space.

Are you interested in a STEM Career?

Did you know that over half of all jobs will be in a STEM field don’t require a four-year degree? Take our STEM Career Student Interest Survey to find out about additional opportunities and offerings from the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance.

STEAM Camp and Academy

Thanks to Dr. Anderson for a fantastic video clip of last year’s STEAM Academy Highlights!

To register for the Farm to Fork Week, which includes fun trips in South Jersey, go to our online registration form: 2019 Delran STEAM Camp & STEAM Academy Registration

For any questions about the features in this month’s 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!

Service Academy Information Day

Sean Gregory, Field Representative from the office of Congressman Andy Kim, is leading the Service Academy nomination process for our District. Any applicant looking to enter four of the five military service academies (Army, Navy, Air Force or Merchant Marine) must have a nomination from an elected official. This is often times an applicant’s congressperson. While the office provides the nomination, we also assist student applicants in understanding the process and being familiar with each academy before finalizing their application decision.

Toward that end, we will be hosting a Service Academy Information Day on Saturday, May 18th from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Students will be able to meet representatives from the four main service academies who will present information about their respective institution as well as take questions from the students and their parents.

Please note that this event is open to students of all ages. If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to contact me.

Sean Gregory

Field Representative

Congressman Andy Kim, NJ-03

(202) 430-3730

West Point - Army ROTC Presents The West Point Experience

Dear Candidate to West Point,

On Sunday, May 19th at 1pm at Seton Hall University, Jubilee Hall, South Orange, New Jersey, the West Point Field Force will present a briefing on What you will get from West Point that you will not get from an Ivy League Top Tier University

The West Point experience is focused around the four pillars of CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT not available at any other college. Character, Academic, Physical and Military. At West Point you will learn and incorporate the ideals of loyalty, respect, integrity, courage and honor in your daily life. You will learn failure can make you stronger. Going outside your comfort zone helps you grow. Character is relevant. Grit makes the difference in success in life and never, ever quit!

Academically, you will learn to communicate effectively and think critically and creatively. You will hear about the all expense paid internship programs available ONLY at West Point. Would you like to spend 3 weeks working in Washington at the National Security Council? How about 3 weeks in England studying Shakespeare? Maybe 3 weeks at Oxford University?

How about participation in one of the 130 Cadet Clubs including Academic, Sports, Hobby, Military, Religious and Support Clubs?

Did you know many graduates go on to all-expense paid graduate school?

Find out how West Point graduates compete for and receive so many Rhodes, Marshall, Hertz, Olmsted, Mitchell, Truman and Fulbright Scholarships after graduation!

Also find out where your career will be in 10-15 years after graduation and the benefits not found in civilian life.

West Point is not for everyone but if this culture and these opportunities appeal to you take the chance on a once in a lifetime opportunity!

The two paths to Army Officership are West Point and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Both of these paths can provide FULL SCHOLARSHIPS. If you'd like to get more information about each of these paths to becoming an Officer, you are cordially invited to attend an information session.

Please bring your parents so they can learn about these opportunities too and help support you in this process.

You are welcome to bring guests so long as space is available. We look forward to meeting you!

This decision can change your life and maybe the world!


College Fairs Online

Parents, help your students expand their research in connecting with great affordable colleges and universities around the USA. Chat with admissions counselors to ask questions about academics, campus life, financial aid, scholarships and more! Have your students register now so they don't miss it! They can go online to now to register for the Northeastern region fair!

Free College Fair

EXCELERATE Tutoring will be hosting a free college fair for high school students on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Carman Tilelli Community Center in Cherry Hill. Admission is free!


Graduation Information

Please click here to read the informational letter from Mrs. Nicole Spera and Mr. David Atkinson. The purpose of this letter is to provide parents and students with information regarding important dates leading up to and including graduation.

Post-Graduation Plans Form

It is very important that every senior complete and return the Post-Graduation Plans Form to Mrs. Kitty Newman, Guidance Secretary. This information is posted in the Graduation Program. This mandatory form gives us permission to send your transcripts to your post-secondary school.

Project Graduation Information

The Delran Middle and High School PTA is proud to be sponsoring Project Graduation 2019 on Friday, June 20th from 9:15pm to 3:00am at The Moorestown Field House. Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free party for the graduates held on graduation night. It allows our graduates to celebrate with their fellow classmates in a safe environment. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased on the following dates:

  • June 4th - Senior Night
  • June 5th, 6th and 7th - during lunch periods
  • June 10th, 11th and 12th - late sign-in desk

To be guaranteed a prize at Project Graduation, tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, June 12th. Please see flyer for additional information.

Senior Calendar of Events

  • 5/31 Junior/Senior Prom
  • 6/4 Senior Night, 6pm
  • 6/6 Scholarship Night, 6:30pm
  • 6/19 Graduation Rehearsal, 12:30-2:30pm
  • 6/20 Graduation Rehearsal, 9am-12pm
  • 6/20 Graduation, 7pm
  • 6/20 Project Graduation, 9:15pm

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.


Mr. Guidotti's Update

It's playoff time and the Delran Bears are ready to compete for a championship.

The Golf team added another victory to their resume by defeating Pennsauken on Wednesday. The golf team's last match is the BCSL Open on Tuesday, May 28th at the Old York Country Club in Columbus, NJ.

The Girls' Lacrosse team won their first-round home playoff game on Tuesday against Point Pleasant Borough. It was a team effort and a convincing 20-7 victory. Their second-round matchup is Friday, May 17th at Red Bank Catholic. The game will be played at the Count Basie Park at 4pm.

The Baseball team continues to have a great season with another victory on Wednesday against Palmyra. The Bears find out today which seed they have received in the state tournament and who their first opponent will be on Monday, May 20th.

The Softball team defeated Palmyra 13-1 yesterday at Legion Field. The Lady Bears have earned a #2 seed in the South Group 2 State Tournament and will host Point Pleasant Borough today at 4pm at DHS. The Lady Bears are ready to show the South Group 2 bracket that they are not a team to mess with.

The Boys' Tennis team ended the season 6-10. The team mostly consists of freshman and sophomores who are still learning to play the game. Each member of the team has worked so hard all season and improved with every match and practice. We look forward to seeing their continued improvement and success in the future. Great job Bears!

The Boys' Lacrosse team were awarded the #12 seed in the state playoffs and traveled to Delaware Valley Regional for their first-round game yesterday. Even though the outcome was not what they were hoping for, the team never gave up. The opposing coaching staff had such nice things to say about the team and mentioned how impressed he was that the team continued to play at a high level from start to finish. The Bears ended the season with an 11-6 record. It was an exciting season and we are very proud of how the Bears represented Delran in every contest.

The Boys' and Girls' Track teams continue to produce great results at every meet and invitational. So many personal records have been made and school records have been broken. Both teams defeated Bordentown at their last double dual meet of the season. The Bears had a successful day at the Burlington County Open with many students appearing on the podium. The Bears will be competing at the BCSL Open this Saturday at Willingboro High School. Go Bears!!!

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


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.



Relay for Life - Moorestown

Relay for Life of Moorestown will be held on Friday, June 7th at 6pm at Moorestown High School. Please see the flyer for additional information.
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