Delran High School Broadcast

December 13, 2018

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.

A Message from Mr. Finkle

Since this is my last communication with you for this year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a wonderful holiday, a restful winter recess, and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Be safe if you are traveling!

The PSAT results were distributed this afternoon. Please review the results with your child. Additional information is posted below with helpful links. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child's Guidance Counselor or Assistant Principal.

It's hard to believe that the second marking period is almost halfway done. Quarter 2 Interim Grades will be posted on the Parent Portal tomorrow, Friday, December 14th.

The DHS Choir/Band Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 18th at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center. It should be a wonderful evening of excellent musicianship and very entertaining. Fa-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la!

When we return on Wednesday, January 2nd, we will turn the calendar and immediately begin to think about the 2019-2020 school year. On Wednesday, January 16th, we will host our annual AP/College Accelerated Program(CAP) Information Evening. The presentation will be from 6:00 to 7:15pm and will be in a new and exciting format. The administration and supervisors 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! Previous attendees have raved about the evening and gave them much more insight into the courses we offer here at DHS. You will then have time to review AP materials and to speak with our AP students who are in the courses.

Our annual scheduling meeting with the students will be held on Thursday, January 17th, where the high school administration and supervisors will highlight new courses and answer questions about scheduling courses for next year. The process is the same and we will be using the Schedule Waiver Form with a hard deadline of February 28, 2019. The 2019-2020 Program of Studies booklet and the Schedule Waiver Form will be available on our web site shortly. Stay tuned.....................

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

PSAT Results

PSAT scores were distributed this afternoon to all students who tested in October. Please go to and watch a two-minute video that will help you understand how to interpret your scores. You can then go to and enter your Access Code (on the front cover of your score report) to get your full report, including personalized feedback, practice, college planning and career exploration resources. You can:

  • See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness
  • View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready
  • Send your scores to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations
  • Search for colleges that fit your needs
  • Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan
  • Explore Roadmap to Careers to learn about jobs and college majors that are right for you
  • Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses

Please contact Mrs. Galati, Mr. Stolarick, or your child’s Guidance Counselor if you have any questions.

Student IDs & Lunch Charges

Beginning January 2, 2019, students that lose or forget their student identification card can utilize a breakfast/lunch charge ticket up to three times only. After the third charge, students will have to get a new Student ID at a cost of $5.00. If a student does not have money to pay for a new identification card, an obligation of $5.00 will be assigned to the student until the fee is paid. Please remind your children that they need to bring their Student ID Cards to school everyday. They need their identification cards to print in the library, at the late sign-in desk, in the nurse’s office and to purchase lunch!

Calendar of Events

  • 12/14 BEAR - 4, Qtr. 2 Interim Grades on Portal
  • 12/15 Detention
  • 12/17 BOE Mtg., DHS Cafeteria, 7:30pm
  • 12/18 DHS Choir/Band Concert, 7pm
  • 12/19 ASVAB
  • 12/20 Staff-Student Basketball Game
  • 12/21 Early Dismissal, Life After Delran
  • 12/24 - 1/1 School Closed - Winter Recess
  • 1/2 School Reopens
  • 1/4 BEAR - 1
  • 1/5 Detention
  • View Full Calendar


Blood Drive

Thank you to all the students and staff members who participated in our very successful Blood Drive on Monday. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. Your donations will make a big difference in the lives of many patients!
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Congrats November Students of the Month

Congratulations to Rachel Sofroney and Jacob Miller who were nominated to be our November Students of the Month!

Rachel and Jacob were nominated by Ms. Lindsay Duham for making a positive impact on the culture and climate of Delran High School.

Rachel and Jacob are responsible for creating and decorating the chalkboard in the cafeteria. They have demonstrated good work ethic and excellent craftsmanship throughout the months with their ideas, from welcoming the Class of 2022, to celebrating Spirit Week, Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

We are grateful for their act of community service and look forward to their future creations!

Congratulations Rachel and Jacob!

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Interim Grades on Portal

The second marking period interim grades will be posted on the Parent Portal on Friday, December 14th. Please log into the Parent Portal periodically to keep track of your child's progress and grades. If you need help signing in to the portal, please contact Mrs. Denise Stellwag in the main office at extension 3000.

DHS Choir/Band Concert

You're invited for some holiday cheer to celebrate this special time of year! Please join us on Tuesday, December 18th at 7pm in the Performing Arts Center for the DHS Choir/Band Concert! All are welcome, and admission is free!


Science & Technology Department News


The Bionic Bears have been met three times a week for many weeks now, and will soon step up their meeting sessions, as the competitions grow closer. There is enough student interest and enough robot parts that we are able to field TWO teams for the VEX "Turning Point" competition this year. The first competition event will be held on February 2, 2019, in Millville, NJ. The students have made progress in creating a practice field set-up, learning to write code that gets a robot to take action, and in designing and building a new base and new arm for the new challenges. We still have lots of work to do before and after the holidays. Good luck Bionic Bears!

DHS Science Fair

The DHS Science Fair is slated for Tuesday, February 19th and preparations have begun. This is not the only fair your student can compete in! The regional competition, the Coriell Science Fair will be hosted on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Camden County Community College Campus in Blackwood. Click here to register your project for this fair, which includes college scholarships and cash prizes for winners. The last day to register your project and submit completed forms and research plan for Coriell is Friday, February 22nd. For more information, please contact the DHS Science Fair Coordinator, Kim Brewster at

Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab Kick Off Event

For updates, go to the Delran School’s Website in STEM. Or, click on the embedded links to see a timelapse of the evening and read the article from the Courier Post online.

On Friday, November 30th, the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance in partnership with the Delran Township Board of Education kicked off the establishment of the district’s future Delran Innovation and Fabrication Laboratory (Fabrication Laboratory) with a groundbreaking ceremony at Delran High School in front of a crowd of 150.

Renovations are currently in the works to transform what used to be the school’s automotive shop into the future site of Delran’s Fabrication Laboratory. Construction work is set to begin in December and is expected to be completed by Fall 2019. The refurbished site will feature laser cutters, 3-D printers, woodworking equipment and other tools for hands-on learning that teaches students important technological skills.

The district launched the event to share their STEM cradle to career vision while introducing the plans for the Fabrication Laboratory to members of the community and state. Among the attendees were Commissioner of Education, Dr. Lamont O. Repollet; Senator, Troy Singleton (7th District); Assemblywoman, Carol Murphy (7th District); Chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee Assemblyman, Andrew Zwicker (16th District); and Philanthropist Laura Overdeck.

Intended to become a central hub of STEM learning in Burlington County, the Fabrication Laboratory will provide STEM-rich experiences for Delran students, Kindergarten through High School, and include some of the most state-of-the-art, hands-on digital fabrication learning tools available. “Innovative classrooms like this Fabrication Laboratory provide teachers with the tools to excite students about STEM concepts and support the development of critical STEM skills to prepare today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Dr. Lamont O. Repollet, New Jersey Commissioner of Education. “I congratulate the Delran STEM Ecosystem and school district for its success in securing this asset to further the education of Burlington County students.”

The Fabrication Laboratory will also provide opportunities for partnerships with higher education institutions. Currently, the Alliance is working closely with Rowan College at Burlington County to expand and enhance dual-enrollment credit opportunities for students and provide a pathway to enter various engineering programs with advanced standing.

The creation of the Fabrication Laboratory is an initiative led by the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance, a cross-sector partnership, launched in 2017 that seeks to provide provides all learners access to high-quality STEM education and work opportunities. The Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance is one of four designated STEM ecosystems across New Jersey, the others being: Liberty STEM Alliance, Newark STEAM Coalition, and South Jersey STEM & Innovation Partnership. These ecosystems are part of a national community of practice of 58 STEM learning ecosystems selected by the STEM Funders Network. The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network, chaired by Philanthropist Laura Overdeck, and managed by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.

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 and Sustainability) at or 856-461-6100 x3034. Follow her on Twitter @DeMicheleErica!

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World Language Department News

The holidays are a magical time for children around the world and Delran is no exception. The World Language Department is taking this time to infuse culture into their lessons with holiday traditions from German, French and Spanish speaking countries.

In the Spanish classes, students shared food and stories about a departed loved one to celebrate El Día de Los Muertos as a class. Each student created a virtual altar dedicated to a loved one who had passed. Altars typically include a favorite food item of the person who passed. Students prepared and brought in favorite food items of their loved one and as a class we shared food and stories about our departed family members.

The French classes will be celebrating these next few weeks by creating fake string lights to represent the Festival of Lights in Lyon. French classes will also be caroling at the end of December. This is a tradition the students seem to really enjoy.

An annual German custom has students making gingerbread houses to give as a treat to faculty members, while learning hymns and writing letters to St. Nikolas. Students will also visit the German Christmas Village in Philadelphia to learn about where most of our holiday activities originated from. (The pickle legend is NOT from Germany.) Let’s hope that Krampus doesn’t need to stop at any of their homes this season.

Amidst all these festives, the teachers in the World Language Department would like to wish everyone Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten, and Joyeux Noël!


Mr. Guidotti's Update

The bowling and swim teams have started off the 2018-2019 season strong. DHS swimming began the season with wins against Pemberton and Holy Cross during the first week. Many students placed first in their race. Next swim meet is Thursday, December 13th at RCBC Pemberton against Moorestown.

The bowling teams also started strong with wins over Doane Academy and Holy Cross. The teams have had consistent numbers and are having fun being together. The next bowling match is Thursday, December 13th at Hamilton Lanes against Bordentown.

The boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will start their seasons this Friday, December 14th. The Lady Bears will travel to BCIT Westampton. The Freshman boys’ basketball team will host Paul VI while Varsity and Junior Varsity will host Maple Shade.

The wrestling team's season officially begins for Delran High School on Saturday, December 15th as they participate in the Pine Barrens Tournament at Shawnee High School.

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 a few hours after the contest. If you have more questions, please contact Anthony Guidotti, Director of Athletics at

FamilyID is open right now for any students who are interested in participating in a Winter sport at Delran High School. Please log in and complete all sections of the registration. If you experience any issues, please contact Sue Jordan, ext. 3003 in the main office. If you need to turn in a new valid physical, please drop it off in the main office. A physical can take up to two weeks for approval from the school physician so do not wait to turn the forms in. If your child has been diagnosed with Asthma or uses an inhaler for any reason, you must complete an Asthma Treatment Plan with your doctor during your scheduled physical. If your vision is less than 20/40 in either eye you must get clearance from your eye doctor that you are cleared to participate.

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


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

Don't forget to order the 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

CREATE A CUSTOM YEARBOOK RECOGNITION FOR YOUR STUDENT. 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 ORDER A FULL PAGE AD and your senior’s book is FREE!


Due to the boy's soccer game, Mr. Finkle needed to reschedule the Homecoming Forum continuation meeting from last month. We will reconvene on January 15, 2019 at 6pm as a precursor to the regularly scheduled PTA meeting at 7pm.

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.


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