Delran High School Broadcast

October 21, 2019


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!

Congratulations to all our students who participated in Spirit Week and Homecoming. Their school spirit, imagination, and creativity were incredible. Every year, we are fascinated by our students' skills and talents and this year they did not disappoint. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered countless hours supervising and supporting our students. Spirit Week and Homecoming would not be possible without the entire community's support. The 2019 Homecoming results are posted below. Also, below you will find a special congratulations to R.J. Moten for being presented with his All-American Jersey and our 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.

Our College Planning Part 1 and SAT/ACT Information Night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd. All are invited to attend this very important evening.

The PSATs will be given to Sophomores, Juniors, and select Seniors on Wednesday, October 30th. Freshmen and non-testing Seniors will have a two-hour delay. Buses will run at the normal time and again two-hours later.

First marking period grades will be posted on the Parent Portal on Wednesday, November 6th. Please make sure you are checking on your child's progress and reaching out to teachers or counselors if you have any concerns.

Just a friendly reminder that school will be closed for the NJEA Convention on Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th. Enjoy the long weekend!

Last but not least, you are cordially invited to our Fall Play which will be held on Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. More information is posted below. We are looking forward to our students' performances!

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

Congrats Mrs. Siobhan McVay

Congratulations to Mrs. Siobhan McVay for being awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring recognize those who have made significant contributions to mentoring and thereby support the future productivity of the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, (STEM) workforce. The program was created to identify and recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. The National Science Foundation administers the awards program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Siobhan McVay is a science educator of 18 years, spending the past six years teaching 10-12th-grade Chemistry and Physical Sciences at Delran High School. She has also taught physical and biological sciences at Rahway High School. Siobhan holds high expectations for students as they engage in units centered on solutions to real-world problems. In her classroom, she encourages learners to do the intellectual lifting while working collaboratively with peers. Siobhan developed writing and standards-based assessment tools that are used school-wide. She has presented project-based learning units and learning scaffolds at the New Jersey Science Convention and New Jersey Writing Alliance. Siobhan worked with the Merck Institute for Science Education as a content area specialist providing workshops for Pennsylvania and New Jersey science educators. Working with fellow science teachers has allowed her to share and model inquiry and constructivist teaching methods, encouraging students to dig deep into science content. Siobhan serves as subject area leader at Delran as well as the advisor for the chemical engineering & manufacturing, and diversity clubs. Siobhan earned her B.S., with honors, in animal science and her secondary teaching certification from Michigan State University and a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Siobhan is certified to teach physical and biological sciences.

Mrs. McVay received a certificate signed by the President of the United States at an award ceremony which will take place in Washington, D.C.

DHS Calendar of Events

  • 10/22 College Planning Part 1 & SAT/ACT Information Session, 6:30 pm
  • 10/25 Bear 4
  • 10/25 Track or Treat, 4:30-6:00
  • 10/26 ACT
  • 10/26 Detention
  • 10/28 BOE Mtg., DMS, 7:30 pm
  • 10/28 Testing Schedule
  • 10/29 Testing Schedule
  • 10/29 PTA Mtg., 7:30 Media Center
  • 10/30 PSAT - Delayed Opening
  • 10/30 Never Alone Assembly, 9:30 am
  • 10/31 Testing Schedule
  • 11/1 Bear 1
  • 11/1 Testing Schedule
  • 11/2 SAT
  • 11/2 Detention


Congrats R. J. Moten

During the Pep Rally on Friday, R.J. Moten was presented with his United States Army 2020 All-American Bowl Jersey. The United States Army All-American Bowl will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2020 in San Antonio, TX. On behalf of the administration, faculty, staff, and community, we congratulate R.J. for his achievement and we wish him the best of luck at the University of Michigan.
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Delran's R.J. Moten | U.S. Army 2020 All-American Bowl Jersey Ceremony

Congrats September Students of the Month

Congratulations to Belladora Mendez and Kaua Freitas who were nominated to be our September Students of the Month!

Belladora was nominated by Mrs. Karen Rau and Mr. Garrett Lucas because of her academic performance and good work ethic. Belladora only recently transferred to Delran High School. Despite the unknown and new environment, she completed and presented her history research assignment on the 1920s. She exceeded all expectations in content, organization, and creativity. Her presentation was exemplary.

Kaua was nominated by Mr. Brian Stolarick because of his character, respect, leadership responsibility, and school spirit. On his own initiative, Kaua went to Back-to-School night at Millbridge Elementary School and served as a translator for parents. By his actions, he has demonstrated support as well as school spirit in assisting staff, administration, and parents in times of need.

Congratulations Belladora and Kaua!

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Congrats Week of Respect Winners

Congratulations of the following winners of the Mix-It-Up Lunch Word Challenge during Week of Respect:

  • Period 5 Lunch: Kaylee Taylor, Rachael Brown, Seamus Schofield, Keith DeSousa and Benjamin Porreca
  • Period 6 Lunch: Matthew Ryan, Zachary Aubrey, Ryan Burrell, Dylan MacKinnon, Justin Lubicky and Reilly Eastburn
  • Period 7 Lunch: Jacob Robertson, Joseph Duffield, Kaitlyn Kalbach, Alyssa Marraffino and Rafaela Lucchese Dos Reis
  • Period 8 Lunch: Kendal Coldren, Lindsey Rodzon, Peyton Bridge, Julian Chiemingo-Rivera, and Laffit Clarke

These students were served lunch by Mr. Finkle with food prepared by Dr. Austin Anderson!

AP Exam(s) Registration and Payment Deadline

Delran High School will be administering AP Exams in May 2020. One of the major changes to the AP Exam this school year is the requirement of fall registration. Your child has to be decisive about what AP exam(s) he/she will take this Spring. He/she must retrieve and complete the “AP Test Registration Form” from an AP teacher. On this form, your child will list the desired AP exam(s) he/she wants to take. Please give your child a single check for the correct amount for the desired AP exam(s) payable to “DHS Special Funds.” Please have your child deliver the “AP Test Registration Form” and check to Mrs. Newman in the Guidance Office by November 1, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding AP exam registration or payment, please contact Mrs. Kitty Newman in Guidance or Dr. Danielle Jones as soon as possible.

Here are the following AP exam fees to consider:

  • Standard exam fee: $94.00 per exam

  • Reduced exam fee for eligible students: $53.00 per exam

  • Unused/canceled exam fee: $40.00 per exam

  • Late order fee btw. Nov. 16, 2019 and Mar. 13, 2020: $40.00 per exam (in addition to the base exam fee)

  • Late-testing fee: $40.00 per exam (in addition to the base exam fee) (Note: Contact Dr. Jones for excusable reasons when a late fee isn’t incurred for late-testing)


Again this year, we are very happy to offer the PSAT to every sophomore and junior at no cost to our families! The test will be given on Wednesday, October 30th in the morning. Freshmen and non-testing seniors will have a two-hour delay.

DHS Fall Play

The Delran High School Players are hard at work rehearsing the fall play Twelve Angry Women, the female version of the always popular drama Twelve Angry Men. The members of a jury are deliberating the verdict in the case of a young man accused of murdering his father. If he is found guilty, he gets the electric chair, and the verdict must be unanimous. As the women deliberate, they also fight with each other, disagree about the facts of the case, question the witness testimony, reenact the crime, reexamine the evidence, and eventually arrive at a verdict that's anything but certain. Starring Nafisah Dozier, Melek Yilmaz, Kayah Chisholm-McVay, Neve Boudreau, Madison Chafin, Robin Sadowski, Paige Curtis, Kate Swander, Lindsey Merrill, Anastasia Ramsdell, Javera Chaudhry, Julie Brennan, Cole Capriotti, and Reina Caraballo, the performances are Friday and Saturday nights, November 15th and 16th, at 8:00 pm in the PAC. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold at the door. Come join us for an explosive night of theatre!


Please remind your children that they need to bring their Student ID Cards to school every day. 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! If your child loses their card, they must obtain another card for a $10.00 fee.

STOPit - Online Reporting Tool

STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators.

Our students will have access to the STOPit mobile app, which has two simple but powerful features.

Report can be used by students to report incidents to school contacts anonymously.

Messenger can be used to engage in anonymous two-way communication with school contacts.

Both Report and Messenger empower students to stand up for themselves and for one another. Students have the power to help put an end to harmful and inappropriate behavior they see online through social media and other means. They can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are otherwise in need of assistance. Our goal with STOPit is to create safer, kinder, school communities both online and off.

No student information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student voluntarily includes it within the content of a report or message.

Both our school and STOPit are committed to protecting the privacy of student data. STOPit is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge, spearheaded by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association. You may review STOPit’s Privacy Policy for details, including more information on how anonymous reporting works.

Please note that we will be launching STOPit with a School Assembly tomorrow for Juniors and Seniors and on Monday for Freshmen and Sophomores. At that time, your child will be invited to download the STOPit app from the app store on his or her smartphone at no charge.

More information and resources can be found online at

2019 Homecoming Results

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Congrats 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the following DHS Alumni who were inducted into the DHS Hall of Fame on Saturday:


Vanessa Hejnas - Class of 2009

Sheila Long - Class of 1979

Michael Martin - Class of 1991

Aliyah Murray - Class of 2013

Jim Sheairs - Class of 1976

Jake Sweezy - Class of 2007

Contributor - John Dirr

Baseball Team - 1983 NJSIAA Group 2 State Champions

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Family and Consumer Science Dept. Update

Below you can find the content that is currently being studied by DHS Family and Consumer Science students.

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DHS College Planning Session Part 1

DHS College Planning Session: Part 1 will be hosted by the Guidance Department on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm. This presentation will give an overview of the Junior Timeline for:

  • Standardized Testing
  • Using Naviance
  • NCAA Eligibility

We look forward to seeing you there.

College Fair

THERE HAS BEEN A DATE CHANGE for the Burlington County School Counselors Association’s COLLEGE FAIR. It will be held on Wednesday, OCTOBER 23rd from 6-8 pm at Rowan College at Burlington County. Please join us to learn more about the college admissions process and program offerings from over 80 colleges and universities. Representatives from RCBC’s Financial Aid Department will be available to provide information and answer questions on options for financing your education.

FAFSA Now Available

The FAFSA is now available. It is never too early to begin the process of applying for financial aid. Every senior and senior family with plans to attend a two-year or four-year college after graduation is encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Pay attention to the deadlines given by each school where you plan to submit an application.

SAT Crash Course at DHS

Staffs Prep will be offering a SAT Crash Course on Monday, November 18th for Reading and Monday, November 25th for Math in preparation for the December 7th SAT test. The course will be held here at DHS in Room 102 from 6-9 pm. All DHS students will be able to take one course for $95.00 and $175.00 for both courses. To register, please visit Click here for additional information.

Mr. Guidotti's Newsflash

The 2019 Fall playoff season is here! This season has been so exciting and one of the most successful in recent memory. Please make it a point to come out to every playoff game and support our students and coaches.

Team Updates

The Unified Soccer team has had a successful experience so far in their first official season. This past Friday, the Unified Soccer team competed in their first home game against Pennsauken. The Bears won the game, 11-6. The Boys' and Girls' Soccer teams along with many other students and staff members came out to support the team with cheers and posters. The game was officiated by none other than Boys' Head Soccer Coach, Michael Otto. Their next game is this Friday, away at Cinnaminson.

The Football team is getting ready this week for their biggest game of the season. Friday night at 7 pm, the football team will host Northern Burlington for the division title. The game will also be Senior Night for football, cheerleading, and the Golden Regiment Marching Band.

The Girls' Tennis team participated in the BCSL Open today at Veteran's Park in Hamilton, NJ. The girls had a wonderful season and enjoyed being together for every match. The teams' overall record was 8-10.

The Girls' Soccer team has one more week until the postseason starts. The girls have an away game today at Lenape. Their final regular-season home game is Wednesday, October 23rd against Palmyra. The postseason for the Lady Bears begins on Monday, October 28th.

The Boys' Soccer team's season is close to the end. The boys have a final regular-season home game tomorrow, October 22nd, against Rancocas Valley. On Thursday, the varsity boys' team will travel to compete against Seton Hall Prep. The postseason for boys starts on Tuesday, October 29th.

As we have done in the past, school will let out at 1:57 in order for students and faculty to attend the home playoff games.

The Field Hockey team has been awarded the 5th seed in the Central Group 2 NJSIAA State Championship. Their regular-season record was 11-6-1. The Lady Bears have a tune-up game tomorrow at Burlington Township at 3:45 pm.

The Cross-country team had a successful season during their scheduled batch meets. Both teams ended the season 12-5. The team will be participating in the State Sectional Championships at Thompson Park in Monroe, NJ. The sectional takes place on Saturday, November 9th.

Unified Soccer Team

The Unified Soccer Team kicked off their inaugural season on September 27th with games against Cinnaminson and Pennsauken. The students have all worked together to get to know each other and develop as a team.

The team has played four games thus far and their next game is this Friday, October 25th at 3 pm at Cinnaminson. The first home game was this past Friday and the players and coaches appreciate the support from all of the fans who were in attendance.

On Friday, November 1st, the season wraps up with a home game at 3 pm on the Band practice field. Please come out and support our student-athletes.

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Family ID for Winter Sports

Family ID for Winter 2019-2020 sports is now open for Winter Cheerleading, Basketball, Swimming, Bowling and Wrestling. Do not wait, register your child for a winter sport by using this link. Please use the same email that you used to register your child as a student at Delran High School on FamilyID. Turn in all-new valid physicals as soon as possible so the school physician has a chance to approve them before the season begins. Swimming and Bowling start on Monday, November 11th. Basketball, Wrestling, and Cheerleading begin on Monday, November 25th. Go Bears!!!

Class of 2020 Headquarters

Mandatory Information Needed

Dear Seniors:

Here are the links to submit your senior polls, bios, quote, and teacher polls. You can see a preview of each poll and topics on the pages below, but we are ONLY collecting answers through the Google Form links here. Each form requires you to sign in with your Delran account. If you have any questions about any of these, please see Mr. Austin Martinez, the yearbook Editors-in-Chief Kayla Daly and Natalie Hamlin, or anyone else you know in the yearbook class.

  • Senior Polls - Please include the first and last names of all seniors you want to submit. Avoid nicknames.

  • Senior Bios - All about you!! Include as much or as little as you’d like.

    • Don’t forget to email your baby picture to! Please include your first and last name in the subject line when you send us this picture.

  • Senior Quote - Must be school appropriate. Inappropriate quotes will not be included and you will not have a senior quote in the yearbook. If you’re not sure, ask your English Teacher or Mr. Martinez.

  • Staff/Faculty Polls - Each category is about our staff. Answer with any teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, etc.

Alumni Walk Information

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 Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Order Your Yearbook

The 2020 “Spirit” yearbook is on sale now. Take advantage of the Back to School Sales Special: Purchase the regularly priced book at $80.00, add on name embossing for $7.00 and you will get 4FREE icons embossed on your child’s cover. This special offer ends on Friday, October 25th. So go to and order now.

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Senior Calendar of Events

  • 10/22 College Planning Part 1, 6:30pm
  • 11/21 Financial Aid Night, 6:30pm
  • 12/6 Second Senior Trip Payment Due
  • 1/9 Third Senior Trip Payment Due
  • 2/12 Cap & Gown Measurements, 6pm
  • 2/12 Senior Trip Parent Mtg., 7pm
  • 2/21 Senior Trip Medical Forms Due to the Main Office
  • 3/9 Senior Trip Luggage Check, 6-7pm
  • 3/10-3/14 Senior Trip
  • 3/20 Senior Big Picture Outdoors, 845am
  • 4/3 Prom Fashion Show
  • 5/6 Mr. Delran Contest, 6:30pm
  • 5/7 Academic Awards Evening, 6:30pm
  • 5/29 Junior/Senior Prom
  • 6/2 Senior Night, 6pm
  • 6/4 Scholarship Night, 6:30pm
  • 6/18 Graduation Rehearsal, 12pm
  • 6/19 Graduation Rehearsal, 9am
  • 6/19 Graduation, 7pm
  • 6/19 Project Graduation, 9:30pm



College 101: Preparing for College

The MS/HS PTA is sponsoring "College 101: Preparing for College" on Tuesday, October 29th during their monthly meeting at 7 pm in the DHS Media Center. All are invited and welcomed to attend.
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Join the PTA

We are encouraging every parent to join the PTA! Membership only costs $5.00 and the money supports your children! Complete the form and send it to the Main Office with your student!

Community News

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