Delran High School Broadcast

January 12, 2017

Message from Mr. Finkle

Just a reminder that school will be closed tomorrow for a teacher in-service day and on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

On Wednesday, January 18th, students will have meetings with the high school administration and content supervisors to begin to choose courses for next year. The process is very similar to the past three years, and we will be using the Waiver Form with a hard deadline of March 29, 2017. The 2017-2018 Program of Studies booklet and the Scheduling Waiver Form are available on our web site. Please read the Course Selection Information provided below very carefully. The portal will be open for students to choose elective courses on January 18th and will close on January 24th. Here are directions for completing the process.

For parents of juniors, if your child is interested in the Cooperative Marketing Education Program (Co-Op); please read the flyer provided by Ms. Geralyn Goodwin. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact her at (856) 461-6100, ext. 3018 or

We are encouraging parents whose children are interested in taking AP courses next school year to attend our AP Information Night on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

I wish to thank Ms. Justine Carey for her presentation at Tuesday's night PTA meeting. She presented the power of Naviance and its important features for both students and parents. A copy of the presentation is provided for your convenience.

Last but not least, Quarter 2 will end on Monday, January 23rd and Quarter 3 will begin on Tuesday, January 24th. Quarter 2 grades will be available on the portal on Tuesday, January 31st.


Welcome to Scheduling 2017-2018! I want to communicate to you some of the important dates to make scheduling for the 2017-2018 school year run smoothly. Before I do, I would 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. Also, in the list of classes, you will find our new courses highlighted in RED.

Now on to the nuts and bolts of scheduling:

  • The deadline for choosing elective courses is January 24th!
  • Scheduling of elective courses can now be done online through either the Student or Parent Portal.
  • After elective courses are chosen, each student will meet with his/her Guidance Counselor for a one-on-one scheduling meeting. During this meeting, the counselor will review the graduation requirements and attend to any student scheduling issues. On the portal, you will see that the academic course recommendations that have been made by your child’s current teacher.
  • 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.
  • Our schedule change calendar is found on Page 12 of the Program of Studies. If your child is struggling, then he/she can move if there is room in the lower level course; however, his/her schedule might be altered due to course meeting times. We want students to reach for the stars; however, we still want them to be kids and enjoy their time at DHS! A balance between school work and social experiences is vital.
  • Individual counselor meetings will conclude by the middle of March; therefore, if your child does not get a pass from guidance in the next few weeks, do not despair. Also, our classified students will have their scheduling meetings during their annual IEP review during the month of February.
  • After the meetings are concluded, all classes are “set in stone” until the scheduling process is done here at the high school. My goal is to have finalized schedules in your child’s hand in early June. At that time, level changes will be permitted until July 31st. Our Guidance office will be staffed throughout the month of July should you need assistance. It is not necessary to speak with your child’s specific counselor for course changes.

Congrats Teacher-of-the-Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Linda Mason, Chemistry Teacher, for being the 2016-2017 DHS Honoree for the Governor’s Teacher-of-the-Year Recognition Program!

Linda Mason has been an inspiration to countless students. She has superior intelligence and a matchless compassion. You will not find a staff member who treats their students with as much love, kindness, and concern. She is the one that students know they can to go for anything. She is a gifted educator and a valued member of the staff. The students of Delran, past and present, often name her as one of “those teachers” that had a major impact on their lives. Sometimes, it was sparking a passion or an interest in the sciences. And sometimes, it was as simple as being the teacher who really cared about their well-being. All of this speaks volumes about why there is no better candidate for this honor.

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month Jason Buffi and Marcos Lacerda!

Jason was nominated by Mr. Shaun DeLoche for his leadership responsibility, school spirit, good work ethic and diligence. Mr. DeLoche stated that Jason took the initiative to create a new school store logo that will be painted on the front wall of the store. He also created a series of marketing and advertising displays to help increase knowledge of the store and all the merchandise that is available. Mr. DeLoche is very proud that Jason is creating a better store for DHS because of his excellent work ethic and leadership skills.

Marcos Lacerda was nominated by Mrs. Cindy Mignogna for his character, respect, leadership responsibility, good work ethic, diligence and citizenship! Mrs. Mignogna stated that Marcos unselfishly gives his time to help new portuguese speaking students communicate with teachers and the school nurse. He helps Mrs. Mignogna explain mandated physical exams, immunizations and other needed medical documents. Marcos helps these non-English speaking families arrange doctor appointments and follow-up visits. He is a leader among his peers and exemplifies good character and citizenship. Most importantly, he is a positive role model and always has a smile on his face.

Congratulations and thank you Jason and Marcos for a job well done!

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.

Parent Newsletter from Mrs. Kari McGann

In her January Parent Newsletter, Mrs. Kari McGann, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, outlines the district's various ways in which we communicate school closings and delays, outlines the Next Generation New Science Standards and The New Jersey Learning Standards in Language Arts, announces our Teacher-of-the-Year for all four schools, and gives us Technology Tips for Assistance with math homework. Mrs. Mary Jo Hutchinson, Supervisor of Mathematics and Business, gives us an overview of our students participating in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week back in December. Read all about it!

Available Scholarships

Please check the DHS website for all available scholarships. Scholarships are updated daily. This is a great opportunity for your child to earn money for college tuition. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Andrea James, Guidance Counselor, at extension 3010.

Class of 2017 News

To keep abreast of all the Class of 2017 news, please visit the Class of 2017 website. If you need to reach the Senior Class Advisors, please email Ms. Maria Lucidi at or Ms. Suzanne Kerr at

2017 Yearbook on Sale

Go “Beneath the Surface” of this year's memories and highlights in academics, music, sports, clubs, and student life. Base price of the book starts at $93.00 (add on options are additional). Books must be ordered before Wednesday, January 25th to guarantee availability. Ordering options are posted on the Yearbook website. Payment plans can be arranged directly with Ms. Carey at or (856) 461-6100, ext. 3012.

Senior Parent's Commemorative

What can be a more fitting way to have a “Beneath the Surface” look of our graduating class than to invite the parents of the seniors to add their personal touch to our publication? You can submit a baby and/or childhood photo(s) of your child through the years along with a personal message. The commemorative can be as small or as large as you need for incorporating your memory and message. Go to or the yearbook webpage. Submission deadline is January 12, 2017!

Attention Junior Parents

Please ask your child about the Junior Guidance Presentation. It is recommended that you review the timeline that was distributed to students regarding important events during their Junior year. The presentation is posted on the Guidance webpage and on the Naviance homepage.

Students Can Connect to Free SAT Practice

CollegeBoard partnered with Khan Academy® to create Official SAT Practice for all students for free! Last month, more than four million students received their results from the October 2016 PSAT/NMSQT®. Official SAT Practice uses those results to put together personalized SAT® practice plans for each student. All they have to do is create and connect their Khan Academy and College Board accounts. It's quick, it's easy, and it will keep students on track for college. As an added bonus for students to link their accounts, we're donating laptops to public libraries in the district with the highest percentage of 2016 PSAT/NMSQT test takers who connect their accounts between October 1, 2016 and January 18, 2017, and in the three districts with the highest percentage who connect accounts any time on January 18th. See the flyer and quotes from students about this opportunity.

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 10:00am. Registration is required and more information is available at 732-445-4636 and To learn more about Rutgers University, please visit

ShoeBox Recycling

The party and gift giving season may be over, but what will you do with your old party shoes? You can give those old soles new life! Drop them in the ShoeBox Recycling box outside the athletic training room. You’ll be giving our overcrowded landfills a break, assist the economies of poor countries around the world and maintaining and improving the DHS Green Sustainability status.

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.


Daily Announcements

Important information, student academic and athletic achievements, schedule changes, club meetings, scholarships and current fundraisers are read to the student body daily. Keep up with all the daily happenings at DHS, and check out our web site frequently!

Coming Up This Month..................................

1/13 School Closed - In-service Day

1/16 School Closed - MLK Day

1/18 Course Selection Assemblies

1/19 AP Information Night, 6:00 p.m.

1/19 8th Grade Parent Orientation, 7:30 p.m.

1/23 End of Qtr. 2

1/24 Qtr. 3 Begins

1/31 Qtr. 2 Grades on Portal

View Full Calendar!

Bear Essentials - School Store

Show your Bear pride! The Delran community is invited to purchase t-shirts and sweatshirts from the DHS school store. Showcase your Bear pride and spirit with our exclusive line of clothing. All proceeds go towards our senior scholarships that will be awarded in June. Please click on the link to begin shopping! School Store