Delran High School Broadcast
August 6, 2020
A Message from Mr. Finkle!
I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer! Just a reminder, the school calendar has been changed and school will now begin on Wednesday, September 9th. This will be a REMOTE day for every student. More information about the structure of the day will be forthcoming as the administration and staff are working very diligently to prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
Well, this is going to be a very interesting year as I am sure everyone is aware. If you have viewed any of Dr. Brotschul's morning talks which can be found on the district website, you understand that we are at the most basic level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, which is safety and security. We continue to plan for this school year keeping the student's and staff's safety at the forefront of every decision. To that end, please know that masks, which cover the nose and mouth, are MANDATORY when anyone is in the building. This goes for students, staff, and any visitors that enter DHS. We will provide mask breaks for students where they can be outside either during lunch or a study hall; however, at no other time should anyone be removing their mask.
I thank the community for completing the survey as to whether your child(ren) will be in the hybrid model or 100% remote. Now that we have that information, we need to develop a schedule for both groups. Next week, we will send you a mailing that will designate your child as either part of the Delaware or Rancocas cohort and a bit more explanation about the schedule. This is no easy task, so I ask for your patience as we work through a brand new situation.
Regardless of whether your child is on the Hybrid or Remote schedule, each student MUST have a computer for himself/herself at their disposal when they are working from home. The district will be moving to a 1:1 initiative; however, though computers were ordered in June, they will not be delivered until November. To that end, if your child requires a computer to use, please complete THIS FORM so that we can prepare a Chromebook for September.
I also wish to thank the 60 volunteers who came to DHS a couple of weeks ago to test out our new traffic patterns in the hallways and sanitizing protocols used in the classrooms. It was very informative for the administrators and certainly helped us to make decisions.
For the 2020-2021 school year, every student has been scheduled for a Study Hall. This is vitally important given the fact that many students have been struggling with the pandemic and our Guidance Counselors wish to work with students, both individually and in small groups, to help the students process what is happening in the world around them.
Social-Emotional Learning is vital for our students and we have also infused many of these lessons into our Physical Education program. Another change to the schedule from years past is that we no longer will be having labs for most science courses due to social distancing concerns.
For lunches, which I know is of concern to the community, we have designated 5 different areas for students to eat and remain socially distant. We have two areas in our existing cafeteria, our auxiliary gym, as well as two areas outside of the building that we are setting up with picnic tables. I anticipate approximately 90 students per lunch period on a typical day and believe that our plan will work to keep students safe.
Once class schedules are released, our Guidance Counselors will be available to make any changes that are necessary. Please understand that there are many restrictions on how classes can run and limits the number of students that can be in each classroom.
I understand that this is a lot to digest, so, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me at email@example.com or (856) 461-6100 x3005.
More Odds and Ends
FamilyID is now available. It is imperative that this is completed before school begins in order for your child to be "in good standing". If it is not completed, your child will not have the privileges offered to all Delran High School students. HERE is a link to the registration page. Please remember that if you already used FamilyID for fall sports, that IS NOT the registration page. You must go back in and register your child again for the new school year. If the registration is not completed by the beginning of the fall season, students are NOT ELIGIBLE to participate. Instructions are posted below.
If you have changed any contacts or phone numbers, it is imperative that you also sign-in to the Parent Portal so that the information can be updated in our student information system as well.
Listed below are very important dates and information for parents and students:
- For incoming Freshman and New Students to Delran High School in grades 10-12, our Orientation Program will be held on Wednesday, August 26th; however, at this time, we are unsure as to the format. With Governor Murphy decreasing the number of people to gather at an inside event to 25, it has certainly changed our plan. We are working on this and will mail out information shortly; however, the date will not change.
- Parents/Guardians of Seniors: Please click here to complete a mandatory 2021 Diploma Order Form.
- Click here for the Summer Assignments. They are posted on our website too. Encourage your child to have a strong start in the new school year by completing the summer reading they selected. For your child's Summer Reading book, please contact Dr. Danielle Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unsure of the choice.
FAMILY ID - MANDATORY REGISTRATION FOR ALL STUDENTS
Please log in to your family account and complete the registration for the 2020-2021 school year. Your information is saved from last year; however, you must agree to the handbook and other policies each year. Also, please update any personal contact information and emergency contacts.
FamilyID is also being employed for all Athletic registrations, parking permits, and Senior Diploma Forms. It will also be utilized during the school as well.
For those of you who do not have an account and are new to Delran High School, please follow the directions below.
A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link!
Follow these steps:
- To find your program, click on the link provided above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
- Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
- Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
- You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters, spam, junk, etc.)
- Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you into FamilyID.com
- Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
- Click the Save & Continue button when your form is complete.
- Review your registration summary.
- Click the green Submit button. After selecting "Submit", the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.
At any time, you may log in at www.familyid.com to update your information and to check your registration(s).
To view a completed registration, select the "Registration" tab on the blue bar.
- If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at: email@example.com or 888-800-5583 x1.
- Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.
Senior Portraits Information
Senior portraits will take place from Monday, August 17th to Thursday, August 20th in the Performing Arts Center.
This year, seniors have to log in and schedule their own appointments. To schedule your appointment, please log on to www.OurYear.com, use the Code 268, and choose your time slot. Any senior who does not log in and schedule an appointment will NOT have a time slot and cannot have their picture taken. You will have to reschedule at some point in September or October. This is all different due to COVID restrictions and social distancing regulations set by Lifetouch.
For your convenience, click here for the flyer.
2020 Virtual College Application Essay Course
Mrs. McHugh's 2-hour virtual course is designed for members of the Class of 2021 who are planning to apply to college in the fall of 2020.
Students will review and discuss sample essays and learn about the following during this single-session course:
The purpose of the college application essay
What admissions officers look for
Drafting and the revision process
Developing a narrative voice
Clarity in writing
Variety in sentence structure
Common missteps to avoid
Please click here for additional detailed information!
Message for the Class of 2024
The Guidance Counselors would like to invite our new students in the Class of 2024 and remind students that if they have not yet done so, to join our Google Classroom, 6vrahjh, in order to receive timely information from our department.
As the Guidance Counselors prepare for the coming school year and work on course scheduling, we may need to contact students to resolve conflicts/course corrections. We ask that students complete the Summer Contact Information Form so that we will be able to reach them in a timely fashion.
Student Parking Passes
DHS Calendar of Events
- 8/17 BOE Mtg., BOE, 6 pm
- 8/17-8/20 Senior Portraits
- 8/26 Freshman Orientation
- 8/26 Class of 2024 Convocation
- 9/1-9/3 School Closed - Staff In-service
- 9/7 School Closed - Labor Day
- 9/8 School Closed - Staff In-service
- 9/9 First Day of School - All students remotely.
- 9/10 Senior Trip Meeting, 6 pm
- 9/10 Back-To-School Night, 6:45 pm
- 9/12 ACT
- 9/18 Delran Reads
- 9/21-9/22 Senior Picture Make-ups
- 9/21 BOE Mtg., DHS, 7:30 pm
- 9/22 PTA Mtg, DHS, 7 pm
- 9/25 Activity - 2
- 9/25 Freshman Elections
- 9/25 Senior Group Picture - Gym
- 9/26 Detention
- 9/29 ASVAB - PAC
- View Full Calendar
All students 10th -12th have an account.
Naviance is a web-based tool that allows your student to explore their values, personality, strengths and correlate them to career clusters. It directs them to colleges with suggested majors so that they can build a list of colleges to explore.
Seniors and Juniors can see upcoming college visitations and request to attend directly in Naviance.
All students should be building their personal activity resume.
Ask your student to share with you what they are doing in Naviance.
Is your senior ready to send out college applications this fall? Click here to review what to do this summer to prepare for college admissions.
Students at all grade levels are encouraged to begin exploring colleges. Build colleges of interest in Naviance and plan campus visitations.
Throughout the school year scholarships are posted on the Guidance webpage, listed in Naviance, search engines are in Collegeboard.org, and Fast-web.com.
Click here for currently available scholarships.
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