Delran High School Broadcast

April 18, 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 take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a wonderful holiday and a restful spring recess! School will resume on Monday, April 29th!

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Jones, DHS English Teacher, who was approved at the April 15th Board meeting as our new Assistant Principal as of July 1, 2019. Dr. Jones will replace Mrs. Lena Galati when she retires at the end of this school year. Please see her resume below. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Jones in her new role!

Congratulations to all the students who achieved Principal's List and Honor Roll List for the 3rd marking period. Principal's List students enjoyed a wonderful dessert this afternoon in recognition of their achievement.

Click here for the latest edition of the school newspaper, Bear Facts!

Testing Update

As of March 18, 2019, the State of New Jersey has stated that only students in Grades 9 and 10 are required to sit for the New Jersey State Learning Assessments(NJSLA) in both Mathematics and ELA. These tests will take place on April 30, May 1, 2, and 3. There will be a two-hour delay for all Juniors and Seniors. For more information, please refer to the STATE BROADCAST.

Although the Class of 2020 is not required to take the Math or ELA sections, they must sit for the NJSLA-Science which will be administered on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th.

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

Congratulation Dr. Danielle Jones

Delran High School is pleased to announce that Dr. Danielle Jones has been approved as our new Assistant Principal as of July 1, 2019. Dr. Jones earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, English, from Rider University and her Master’s in Educational Leadership and Supervision from William Paterson University. Dr. Jones then continued her studies to earn her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Innovation from Wilmington University.

Dr. Jones has been a part of the English Department here at DHS since 2007, teaching 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English as well as advising the high school newspaper, Bear Facts. Dr. Jones also has been a contributing member of the School Safety Team and has written countless curricula throughout her tenure here at DHS. She also taught at Rowan College at Burlington County, instructing students in writing and basic skills for elementary and middle school-aged students. Prior to Delran, Dr. Jones taught English at Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School in Camden, NJ.

I know the entire Delran community will welcome Dr. Jones with open arms as she navigates into the next phase of her career. She brings a great deal of knowledge in Second Language Acquisition Strategies for ELLs in mainstream classrooms. Her doctoral dissertation focused on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Legislation for middle and high school personnel and professional development.

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Graduation Robes Update

I wish to unveil the final iteration of the Delran High School graduation gown. I ask that you respect the decision as it was influenced greatly by the students.

Although many believe that the two color gowns is a DHS tradition, this is just not the case as the research had shown. Some graduating classes wore black, some brown, some had gender specific colors, while others had one robe for all. The most recent history had students wearing two seperate colors, divided by gender; however, this was not always the case. The student leaders certainly took this into consideration when making their recommendation.

As for the timing of the decision, again, the issue was not brought before me until fairly recently. As soon as I was approached, I brought it directly to the student government to discuss. I also gave the students the option of waiting another year to make this important decision and they decided that moving to one gown for all was important enough to do now.

Again, I appreciate your support of the programs here at Delran High School and look forward to continued success and student growth both inside and out of the classroom. We have great students here in Delran, and I look forward to seeing them walk across the dais on Thursday, June 20th to receive their well-earned diplomas!

Calendar of Events

  • 4/19-4/26 School Closed - Spring Recess
  • 4/29 School Resumes
  • 4/30 NJSLA-Math
  • 5/1 NJSLA-Math
  • 5/1 Academic Awards Evening, 6:30pm
  • 5/2 NJSLA-ELA
  • 5/2 Mr. Delran Contest, 6:30pm
  • 5/3 NJSLA-ELA
  • 5/4 Detention
  • 5/4 SAT
  • 5/6 AP US Gov & Politics Exam
  • 5/7 AP Spanish Lang & Culture
  • 5/7 NJSLA-S 11th Grade
  • 5/8 AP English Lit & Comp
  • 5/8 AP European History
  • 5/8 French Lang & Culture
  • 5/8 NJSLA-S 11th Grade
  • 5/9 AP Chemistry
  • 5/9 German Lang & Culture
  • 5/9 Band Day
  • 5/10 Activity -9
  • 5/10 AP US History
  • 5/10 9, 10, 11 SC Speeches/Election
  • View Full Calendar


Congrats Top 10th, 11th and 12th Grade Students

On Thursday, April 11th, the Burlington County Principals & Supervisors Association honored the top 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in Burlington County at their 31st Annual Academic Awards Dinner. Senior Stephen Grello, Junior Ryan Wachter and Sophomore Kyle Silva were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations to these wonderful young men! DHS is very proud of you!
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Teen Arts Festival Winners

The work of Nicole Willard-Moore, Katherine Flynn and Ryan McNinney were selected from the Teen Arts Festival as the best in Burlington County. They are now moving to the next level which is Best in the State. The winner will be selected at the end of May. Congratulations and good luck!

Congrats 2019-2020 Student Council Executive Board

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Student Council Executive Board!

President: Ryan Wachter

Vice-President: Tulsi Patel

Recording Secretary: Olivia Schlosky

Corresponding Secretary: Khushi Patel

Treasurer: Kesandu Ucheya

Historian: Ethan Chou

Representatives: Mary Lane, Sera Lukens

Junior-Senior Prom Ticket Information

The Junior-Senior Prom will be held at the Collingswood Ballroom on Friday, May 31st from 7-11pm. Tickets will be $85.00 each and will be sold during lunch periods from Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 10th. Senior Pre-Sale will be held on Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd. Only seniors and their dates will be allowed to purchase tickets on those dates.

Prom Promise Forms will be available for pickup starting today at the late sign-in desk, in the main office, and outside Room 144. These forms must be submitted when students purchase their tickets. Checks must be made payable to DHS Special Funds. No exceptions and no late ticket sales will be offered. Please plan accordingly. See Mrs. Nicole Spera or Mr. David Atkinson with any questions.

2019 Summer Reading List

In an effort to continue to encourage reading over the summer, we have again created a list of top-rated books. Students at Delran High School will be able to read a book of their choice over the summer. Please view this presentation for information about the reading choices. Included you will find plot descriptions, grade-level recommendations and parental information.

After consulting with their parents, students should choose their top three (3) choices of books to read this summer. After all students have chosen, students will be notified which of their choices they will read this summer. Each student is only responsible for reading one (1) book. No changes may be made after the final selection is provided. Students should have chosen their book by this time; however, if not, HERE is the link for them to make their choice if they have not done so. Your child must use their Delran High School credentials in order to access the survey!

A school-wide culminating assessment will follow at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Support ShoeBox Recycling

Spring has sprung. Holidays are here. Dressing up for the occasions? New shoes? Give your old shoes new life. Bring them to the ShoeBox Recycling area in the DHS main foyer and outside the Athletic Training facility. There are also collection areas at DMS, DIS and Millbridge. This recycling effort is part of the Delran Township Schools Sustainability Project and is ongoing.


World Language Department

Spanish Honors 3 classes have created magazine covers and articles promoting healthy living en español. Students wrote on healthy eating, getting in shape and healthy habits. We are spending the last day before spring break sharing some favorite foods, writing menu descriptions and reviewing the delicious dishes of our peers! Honors 4 classes presented to their classmates on an issue of their choice affecting the environment and asked their peers to take action to improve the situation of their chosen issue en español of course!

Science & Technology Departments

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Power Plant on March 29th

PSE&G and the US NAVY, two of the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance partners, offered a fascinating behind the scenes tour of the PSEG Environmental Education Center, including the Emergency Management, and the Salem Nuclear Power Plant, the 2nd largest producer of electricity in the country. Students were surrounded by nuclear engineers, as their course of study is currently engaged in nuclear chemistry, and how energy is created through nuclear reactions.

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DHS Students Tour Universal Technical Institute on April 10th

Due to a teacher shortage of trained auto shop educators in the state, the Auto Shop at Delran High School went silent. As we transition to the Delran Innovation & Fabrication Lab in that space, we will continue to expose students STEM opportunities available to them after high school. Therefore, Delran’s new Technology Education teacher, Paul Maraldo, teamed up with the Universal Technology Institute’s Regional Representative, Bob Henken, to bring 29 of our Technology students to their 215,000 square foot facility. The school includes a four-year degree in Automotive and Diesel, at UTI Exton, PA. In fact, 47% of all automobile technicians in the country are UTI graduates. Those graduates are certified in BMW, Porsche, Infinity, Mercedes Benz (Robbinsville, NJ) Peterbilt, and guaranteed a job anywhere in the country, after graduation.

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DHS Back to Eden Garden Program

Trees were cut down at DHS today, to make room for an extremely large garden space, funded through a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant from the NJEA. This project, in collaboration with the Sustainable Delran, Life Sanctuary, Horticulture and Technology students is an experiential learning opportunity to create a permaculture, outdoor learning environment at the school. To learn more about this amazing garden space, click here.

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DHS Science League Travels & Succeeds

  • Competition 3 on March 13th Winners-

    • Honors Physics- Highest score in the county!

    • Chemistry II- 2nd Place (Earning an 80% as compared to 1st Place of 84%)

    • Biology I & Biology II- 2nd Place

  • Competition 4 Final Competition on April 11th Winners (at Seneca)-

    • Chemistry II- 1st place and beat Lenape and Cherokee, Shawnee (Colin Kremus 92%; Ryan Wachter 76%) Colin will be eligible for a state award, but not all scores have been submitted from across the state

    • Biology I and Earth Science earned 2nd place awards- special kudos to Ryan Hamlet and Luke DeSiderio

    • Biology II - 1st place beating Lenape and Shawnee (we’ve been in 2nd all year); Kelly Anne Mitchell, highest score in the county; Claire Logue and Holly Schapell on the team.

    • Honors Physics- 1st place Ethan Chou had the highest score; Justin Ma came in 2nd

    • AP Physics - Our two seniors, Joe Sundenmeir and Brendon Depenbrock came in 3rd place

  • State Awards will be out sometime at the beginning of May - certificates will be sent to the school!

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Delran STEM Fair

Delran STEM Fair is set for May 20th at Delran High School from 5:30-7pm.

  • This year’s event is great for ALL families, of ALL ages.

  • To request a space to offer a “STEM Takeaway” to participants, register here: 2019 Delran STEM Fair Table Reservation & Registration


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

  • This year’s program will include Palmyra Nature Cove’s Interactive Van.

Fab Lab News

Construction is going smoothly. All plumbing, electrical and HVAC are being completed. Technical support from in-district and out of district professionals are working on the procurement of equipment for the space, to be open by the fall. Students enrolled in Technical Education course, including Engineering and Drafting, Production Design 1 and Production Design 2 will be using the space in September.
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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.

Computer Science Fair at TCNJ

The Center for Excellence in STEM Education will be hosting their first CS Fair on Wednesday, May 29th from 9am to 1pm at TCNJ in Ewing, NJ. Students can showcase their work or simply come to see what others are working on. They will have the opportunity to talk to TCNJ students majoring in various STEM-related fields and participate in contests to win prizes. Registration is free, but limited due to space. Financial assistance may be available to offset the cost of transportation to the event. Click here for more information and to register.

Registration is due by Wednesday, May 1st.

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

STEAM Camp and Academy

Looking to volunteer this summer at our Delran Cubs STEAM Up Camp, or participate in our Farm to Fork experience through the Delran STEAM Academy?

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

Volunteer Responsibilities include:

  • Camp training - one day before camp begins (1-2 hours) to meet the teacher and become familiar with the themes/kits/materials

  • Help teacher with setting up and cleaning up materials for experiments/models and projects

  • Help supervise campers in the class you’re assigned to

  • Guide students as they engage in the engineer design challenges

OR volunteer for two weeks, get the STEAM Academy FREE! Junior year volunteer hours (graduation requirement) can be completed within one week’s time in addition to this experience helping to boost your college application resume. The deadline to apply is April 30th via the Google Form Volunteer for STEAM Up Camp 2019.

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!

Parent-Family Information Sessions


will be hosting


Join us to recap your student’s Spring Ahead visit,

ask questions about academic advising and more

as your student begins their college career at RCBC.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Sessions begin at 6 pm on the Mount Laurel Campus in the Student Success Center Dining Hall.

Please visit to register today!

Click here for additional information.

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!

Rutgers Day

Rutgers University welcomes all visitors to Rutgers Day, a one-day celebration of learning and discovery with programming in Camden, New Brunswick/Piscataway, and Newark. Taking place on Saturday, April 27, 2019, Rutgers Day is the annual spring event to attend. Rutgers Day is your chance to get a glimpse of exciting things happening at New Jersey's state university. With free performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, and demonstrations, Rutgers Day will engage and inform you about the valuable contributions the university makes to the people of New Jersey and beyond. Departments, schools, and student organizations will show you what they are teaching, learning, and doing as part of a Rutgers education. All are welcome and admission is free!


The United States Coast Guard, Recruiting Office Atlantic City will be hosting their Annual Recruiting Open House on Saturday, May 4th at Training Center Cape May located at 1 Munro Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204.

For information please click HERE. To RSVP, Click HERE.

The Training Center Cape May will also be open to the Public from 10am to 4pm for the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival.

Ship Tours: Walking tours of Coast Guard ships. Please Note: Ship tours include steep steps, and require proper footwear. No open toed shoes or heels. Baby strollers are not allowed.

Trolley tours of Training Center Cape May: The Trolley Tours are the best way to get acquainted with the military base.

Cultural Exhibits, Community Organizations and Vendors: Extensive cultural, historical, and Coast Guard exhibits; Photo booth; displays; vendors. Food and beverages

USCG Static Helicopter Display: Meet with the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter.

Live Demonstrations: Check out special Coast Guard demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Visit the information tent at the festival entrance for times and locations.


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.

Senior Calendar of Events

  • 5/1 Academic Awards Evening, 6:30pm
  • 5/2 Mr. Delran Contest, 6:30pm
  • 5/31 Junior/Senior Prom
  • 6/4 Senior Night, 6pm
  • 6/6 Scholarship Night, 6:30pm
  • 6/19 Graduation Rehearsal, 12pm
  • 6/20 Graduation Rehearsal, 9am
  • 6/20 Graduation, 7pm
  • 6/20 Project Graduation, 9:30pm


Mr. Guidotti's Update

We are almost a month into the Spring 2019 season and there are many exciting updates coming from every team.

The Boys’ Tennis team is very young but they continue to improve at every match. They had a strong showing at the Burlington County Open on Tuesday and earned a great victory over Cinnaminson the next day. Come out to Veteran’s Park in Hamilton, NJ on Saturday, April 27th to cheer on the Bears in the annual BCSL Open.

The Girls’ Lacrosse team has a tough schedule and is battling to the end in every contest. The Lady Bears are stepping up and it shows on the field. It was nice to see the future of the Girls’ Lacrosse program at the Cinnaminson contest on Wednesday. The team will compete at Collingswood today at 4pm.

The Boys’ Lacrosse team is currently 3-5; however, their games have been very close and the team is playing at a high level. The boys defeated Holy Cross 19-2 in a game that every student was looking forward to. The next game for the Bears is today against Egg Harbor Township.

The Golf team defeated New Egypt at the Golden Pheasant Golf Club yesterday. The team is young but they are having fun and getting better at each practice and match. The team will compete at the Burlington County Open at Little Mill Country Club on Monday, April 29th.

The Baseball team has started off the season red hot and defeated its division rivals Holy Cross, Pemberton, and Cinnaminson all in the opening week. The team is 7-1 and looks to earn another division victory today at home against Bordentown.

The Softball team became the 2019 Doane Academy Softball Tournament champions this past weekend with convincing victories over Atlantic Christian and Doane Academy. The Lady Bears' next competition is Friday, April 19th at 10am against Salem.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Track teams earned historic victories over Holy Cross on Tuesday, April 16th. Many personal best records were achieved by many of the students. The boys won 100-30, the girls won 126-8. The girls’ team will compete at Georgian Court University on Saturday, April 20th in a relay invitational. The next double dual meet is on Tuesday, April 30th at DHS against Pemberton.

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.



Volunteers Needed

Have building skills? No skills? No problem! Volunteers are needed to help build Jake's Place at Delran's new Community Park on May 3rd, May 4th and May 5th from 7am to 7pm. Food and drinks will be provided. Experts will be available to help those that want to learn. This event is rain or shine! Please register at

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening

On Saturday, May 11th, Deborah Heart and Lung Center will be offering free cardiac arrest screenings to teens, ages 12-19, beginning at 9am. The screening is designed to find any undetected cardiac conditions in adolescents. Please register at

Tenby Chase Sharks Swim Team

Join the Tenby Chase Sharks Swim Team, ages 5 to 18. It's a great way to stay in shape for the Fall and Winter sports. Memberships are still available for the 2019 season. For additional information, please visit their website at See you at the pool.

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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