October 26, 2023
A Message from Mr. Finkle!
First the business section of the Broadcast...
National Honor Society
Last evening was wonderful as we inducted 37 members into the Delran high School chapter of the National Honor Society. This is an elite group and truly great representatives of our amazing school. Congratulations to all of our new members and their families. In addition, the Bel Canto choir was amazing!!!!
Governor's Educator of the Year Recognition Program
Delran Township Public Schools would like your help in nominating educators to represent our four schools. Once selected at the school level, educators have the opportunity to apply for county and state recognition.
If you would like to nominate a teacher, paraprofessional, and/or educational services professional that have truly inspired you as an educator, parent, community member, or student, please click on the links below to submit your nominations by 11:55 PM on November 3, 2023.
We would like to thank you in advance for helping us determine our Delran Township Public Schools Educator, Paraprofessional, and Educational Services Professional of the Year.
College Planning Night
Our annual College Planning Night has been moved to Thursday, November 2nd. The event begins at 6:30 PM and is run by our guidance department. This evening will focus on providing an overview of post-secondary options, presenting factors impacting college admissions, identifying student/family responsibilities in the college process, seeing available tools and resources, as well as offering a general timeline for Junior Year! We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd!
End of the Marking Period
The end of Marking Period 1 is fast approaching. Next Friday, November 3rd marks the end. The Testing Schedule will be in effect next week running from Tuesday through Friday.
Playoffs, GR, and Sports!
Congratulations to the Boys Soccer Team on their win yesterday. Good luck to Girls Soccer, Football, Field Hockey, and the Golden Regiment as they play today and Saturday. Soccer is today at 2:00, Football today at 6:00 pm at home, Field Hockey at Haddonfield on Saturday at 11:00 am, and the GR at 7:30 pm at South Brunswick High School.
The next Boys Soccer Game will be Home on Saturday at 10:00 am. When the Girls Win today, they will play home on Monday at 2:00. The Playoff Schedule will be in effect on Monday.
And now, for the Homecoming portion of the Broadcast...
As I look back on how Homecoming has evolved over the past 12 years, I was struck this year on how great the event truly was for the entire DHS community. From the announcement outside with the entire student body and faculty to the site visits that I made, to the banners, spirit week, charity races, floats, and of course the skits, the event is massive and yet, ran as smoothly as ever! All I saw last week were smiles from the students, faculty, and even parents (when they weren't totally exhausted). There were tears from the seniors and senior parents as they say good bye to one of the most deep-rooted traditions of DHS; however, they rose to the occasion and did an outstanding job in all phases of the week.
The Pep Rally was amazing and a huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Counard and Mrs. Spera for the amazing job they did organizing the event as well as all of the events of the week. The kids had a blast and cheered on their class as well as supporting others. It was truly an event that the entire community should be proud of.
Saturday, though we had some disagreement with the weather, Mother Nature ultimately helped us out and we were able to begin the parade and festivities on time!
And now for the results! As promised, HERE you will find all categories and the final results. We moved to a 4-3-2-1 scoring model this year which I believe worked out very well. I will plan a meeting with the Students, Class Parents, Advisors, and administration to discuss how this year went to see if any changes need to be made for next year. Should you have any suggestions of concerns, please reach out to your class parent so that they can raise them at the meeting.
For those of you who were unable to attend Saturday, HERE is a video of the entire presentation including the crowning of Homecoming Royalty, Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and class skits.
Below you will find many photos from the week including the banners, pep rally, parade, skit, court, and dance.
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In Mr. Whitaker’s senior college prep classes, we have begun working on developing college-level responses using RACE (restate, answer, cite, and explain). Students have continued to develop their explanations; constructing responses double the length of their citations. Students have continually done an amazing job helping one another develop this writing through group work, silent discussions, and illustrations using big post-it paper.
The students in Miss Schreiner and Mrs. Hayes' Forms and CP Forms of Literature and Composition 9 classes are finishing up a poetry unit, which included Robert Frost's famous "Stopping By Woods on a Snowing Evening" and "The Road Not Taken." Having just experienced their first Homecoming Week, the freshmen wrote acrostic poems entitled "Spirit Week." Each class was assigned a specific rhyme scheme and 3 examples of figurative language to include in their original poems.
Students in Mx. Obst’s CP Forms of Literature and Composition classes are reading The House on Mango Street for their Embracing One’s Identity Unit. Students also recently learned about culture and did a research assignment on the origins of the foods that they eat.
Mx. Obst’s Honors British Literature and Composition students recently did a Character Heads Project where they used direct and indirect characterization from Brave New World to make a visual representation of a character from the novel.
This month freshmen students explored databases available in the school library to research the culture and history of different foods. Using keywords and search techniques, we located articles to learn more about the origins of the foods we eat.
Several German language students were able to move about the classroom blindfolded per oral commands in German issued by their fellow students.
Honors Spanish 4 spent last week during Spirit Week working on a project inspired by the theme of Personal and public Identities and the Disney/Pixar movie "Inside Out" and created amazing visuals and presentations on their 'Islas de Personalidad' or Islands of Personality inside their heads that represent what makes them who they are.
Mr. DeLoche’s class showed off three new robot creations in the CP Robotics semester course.
Have you ever wondered where those terrific pet product ideas come from? Just enter the Fab Lab during Mr. Maraldo’s class, and you’ll see the research and CAD designs come to life, including a digital screen for fish in a fish tank. Watch as these designs go from 2D to 3D over the course of this unit.
DIY students are practicing sustainability by creating vessels using recycled materials with a theme of their choice. Students will use them as planters, cosmetics, bowls for candy or fruit, and LED light fixtures. They choose the function.
Students are currently studying Slot Construction. They began by graphing an initial design. Step 2 included creating their designs using cardboard. They will go on to make a Final drawing utilizing CorelDraw. The final step will include laser cutting the pieces from wood for a final assembly.
IMPORTANT CAP and AP EXAM INFORMATION
RCBC CAP REGISTRATION
Delran High School, in partnership with Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC), offers students taking select courses an opportunity to earn both high school and college credit. If your child is taking one or more of the courses that qualify, look for correspondence in the Parent Portal with complete information about the program. Your child will also receive a copy of this information in class. The deadline is October 31st to register.
AP TEST REGISTRATION
Delran High School will be administering AP Exams May 6-10 and May 13-17. Fall registration is required by November 3, 2023. If your child is currently enrolled in an AP course, look for correspondence in the Parent Portal with registration information. Your child will also receive a copy of this information in class.
It is time to purchase your 2023-2024 Yearbook! Please do so by using the link below:
If you make your purchase by 10/27, you will receive 4 FREE icons with your yearbook! If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Worman know.
High School Happenings
- 10/27 - Track or Treat - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- 10/28 - ACT
- 10/28 - Saturday Detention
- 11/2 College Planning Night 6:30 am
- 11/3 - End of Quarter 1
- 11/4 - SATs
- 11/4 - Saturday Detention
- 11/6- Quarter 2 Begins
- 11/8 - DHS Respect Day
- 11/9 - SCHOOL CLOSED - NJEA Convention
- 11/10 - SCHOOL CLOSED - NJEA Convention
- 11/14 - PTA Meeting
- 11/16- Financial Aid Night 6:30 pm
Welcome to Guidance
Class of 2024
College application season is underway! Many Early Action and Early Decision application deadlines are approaching on November 1 and November 15. Ensure that your student understands the admission plan they are selecting and is communicating with their counselor and teacher recommenders to ensure that their supporting documents are sent in advance of desired deadlines. Here is a helpful glossary of admissions plans.
Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC)
Rowan College at Burlington County (formerly Burlington County College) is a premier community college and is the most popular post-secondary choice of our graduating seniors each year. On November 6th during 2nd period, an admissions representative from RCBC will present to prospective applicants in the senior class. Students will sign up to attend with their Counselor or in Naviance.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The revised and simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will open in December 2023. The majority of college-bound seniors and their families will be required by their prospective colleges to complete the FAFSA in order to access financial aid. To help families prepare, The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority is hosting free, virtual workshops in both English and Spanish. A complete schedule can be found here.
Financial Aid Night at Delran High School
Families are also encouraged to attend Financial Aid Night on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. in our Media Center. Wil Casaine, Executive Director of Financial Aid at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), will provide an overview of the FAFSA and other financial aid processes and considerations.
Student Loan Guide
The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) is both a resource for and a sponsor of State grants, scholarships, and loan opportunities. Their Student Loan Guide highlights major state and federal loan programs.
Pathways to Affordable Education Webinar
On behalf of Congressman Andy Kim, an invitation has been extended to attend Pathways to Affordable Education, a webinar, on Monday, October 30th at 3:30 pm. The webinar will focus on how students and families can access resources to navigate the complex landscape of higher education finances. Registration is required.
Students can supplement any federal, state, and institutional aid that they may qualify for with private and corporate scholarships. Goingmerry.com and fastweb.com are reliable scholarship search engines. Local scholarships will be publicized by the Guidance Department throughout the year.
Class of 2024 and 2025
Burlington County School Counselors Association College Fair
The Burlington County School Counselors Association College Fair will be hosted at Rowan College Burlington County tonight, Thursday, October 26th at 6 pm. Over 60 colleges and universities will be in attendance. Students/families are asked to register here.
Upcoming College Visits
We are fortunate to host many colleges and universities on campus throughout the school year. To attend a meeting, Students must sign up in Naviance!
Our calendar of visits is updated frequently! Visits are also listed in Naviance and publicized in Canvas and during our morning announcements.
These visits are intended to help students learn more about local colleges and demonstrate their interest to our assigned Admissions Representative.
No preparation is needed for these meetings.
College Admissions Testing - ACT/SAT
Despite many colleges and universities maintaining their “test-optional” admissions programs, ALL college-bound students at Delran High School are encouraged to test! An explanation of “test-optional” admissions can be found here.
Students will register for the SAT at www.collegeboard.org
Students will register for the ACT at www.act.org
Fee waivers for both assessments are available for those students who qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch. Not sure if you qualify? Complete the appropriate form and return it to the Main Office.
Exploring In-State College Options
Choosing to attend an in-state college or university offers many benefits and often lowers the cost of attendance for students. The Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESSA) publishes an annual directory of all New Jersey higher education options. Hard copies of this publication are available for pick up in the Guidance Office. An electronic version can be found here.
Prospective College Athletes
Delran High School is proud of its athletic traditions and success. Students hoping to incorporate athletics in their college search should familiarize themselves with the NCAA’s eligibility requirements and recruiting protocols.
The NCAA’s Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete is a great resource.
Class of 2025
On Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm in the Media Center parents/guardians of the Class of 2025 are invited to attend Junior College Planning Night. An introduction to the college search and application process will be presented
College Board: Big Future
The College Board is much more than a standardized testing company. Their Big Future dashboard can help students in all grade levels learn more about college and career options. Additionally, Big Future Live regularly hosts virtual seminars for students and families to engage in a variety of topics related to college, career, and financial aid options.
Big Future is also a valuable resource to support students’ emotional well-being as they manage daily stresses and begin to plan for life after high school.
Working Papers for Minors
All New Jersey minors are required to have working papers as a condition of employment. Working papers have been available for pick-up in the Main Office. Beginning on June 1, 2023 working papers will only be accessible online and will be handled by employers and prospective minor employees, not the school. More specific information can be found here.
Mental Health and Wellness Support for New Jersey College Students
The New Jersey Department of Education recently announced a partnership with Uwill, to provide college students in New Jersey with free, 24/7 access to virtual mental health services. Services include teletherapy, crisis connection, and wellness programming, as well as access to a diverse network of licensed and qualified mental health providers who have received multicultural competency training. Currently, there are 44 colleges and universities participating in the partnership to provide these services to their students.
Please help us to share this resource with our alumni. To connect to services students should check the list of participating institutions and select their school.
All students in 10th through 12th grades have an account, please see the Guidance Department Website for additional information.
All high school students are encouraged to explore college opportunities.
Mr. Guidotti's Update
Any students who are interested in signing up for a Winter 2023-2024 sport at DHS, registration for all Winter sports is now open. The registration process is in the Parent Portal. In order to access the Parent Portal, you must:
- Answer the questions that Mr. Finkle has provided
- Once the questions are answered, you will have access to the Parent Portal
- Select the Signup link on the left side of the page
- Locate the particular sport that you wish to sign your child up for.
- Review and acknowledge the documents that are contained for your desired sport.
- Once you have acknowledged the documents, you will be able to select sign up for your chosen sport.
In addition to registering for a sport, you must have the following completed in order to participate:
- A valid physical
- Turn in any new physicals to the main office as soon as they are completed
- These forms can be found in the main office
- Asthma Treatment Plan
- This form needs to be completed with the physician if your child currently has asthma or using an inhaler
- This form can be found in the main office
- If your child has vision that is worse than 20/40 in either eye, you must turn in a clearance note from an eye doctor with the completed physical
- NJDOE Health History Update Questionnaire must be turned in to the main office before participation can occur. They are attached to the hard copies of the physical in the main office.
If you are interested in being a part of the Unified Bowling team for Winter 2023-2024, please register online through the Parent Portal in Realtime. The season goes from December 13th to February 28th. This program is a great way to meet new people and have lots of fun. For more information about Unified Sports, check out https://www.sonj.org/sports/unified-sports/ If you are interested, please email Coach Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional important information:
- Transportation Waivers for Fall sports are now available. Both forms can be accessed here or in the main office. Please complete and return ASAP if your child is participating in a Winter sport 2023-2024.
- No dogs allowed on the property
- No smoking allowed on the property
- Fitness Center permission form
- If your child is interested in using the fitness center after school, please print out this form and turn in to the main office.
On October 20th, the Delran Football team hosted Eastside in what was a very competitive game. Before the game, the spectators got a chance to celebrate all of the seniors involved in football, cheerleading, and marching band. We are so proud of all that these students have accomplished. The Bears ended the regular season as the 17 seed which has qualified them for a consolation bracket. The Bears will host West Deptford on October 26th.
The Delran Girls Soccer team ended the regular season with a critical victory over Audubon. The Bears ended the regular season with a 10-7 record, earning them a 3 seed in the South Group 2 section. The Bears will host 14-seed Lindenwold on October 26th at 2:00 pm. Come out and support the Bears on their quest for a sectional title.
The Delran Boys Soccer team ended the regular season with wins over Moorestown and Burlington Township, giving them a 10-7 record. The win over Burlington Township earned them the title of BCSL Liberty Division champions. The NJSIAA Group 2 South tournament started on October 25th. The Bears are the number one seed and they hosted Barnegat. The Bears poured it on and continued their scoring throughout the game resulting in an 8-0 victory. The Bears will not host Haddonfield on October 28th at 10:00 am in the sectional quarterfinals. Go Bears!
The Delran Cross Country team has produced great times all season and they are peaking at the right moment. The Bears will compete in the NJSIAA Central Sectional race on October 28th at Thompson Park in Jamesburg. The goal is to get a personal best time again in hopes of qualifying for the group tournament on November 4th. Good luck Bears, we are all rooting for you.
The Delran Field Hockey team had their best week of the season with wins over Bordentown and a tie to Pennsauken. This strong week earned the Bears a 15 seed in the NJSIAA South Group 2 tournament. The Bears will travel to Haddonfield on October 28th at 11:00 am. Delran is so proud of the effort all season. Give it all you got girls, leave everything on the turf.
The Delran Girls Tennis team finished the season with a 7-8 record, beating Palmyra on October 18th. The Palmyra match was our senior celebration so it was great to get the win for the seniors. These seniors will be missed. They have started something great here and the team looked up to them. This was a great season and the youth of the program are ready to make some noise next year.
The Delran Unified Soccer team is currently 5-0, earning a 4-1 victory at Burlington City on October 24th. The Bears look to continue their winning ways when they host Cinnaminson on October 26th. Come out and support this amazing group of students.
Delran High School and the Delran Athletic Department would like to remind all spectators about the expectations at all home and away contests. This information can be found in the Delran High School Athletic Handbook.
SPECTATOR’S CODE (Family & Friends)
The larger school community has an interest and investment in the success of our Athletic Program. These adults play a key role in reinforcing the educational goals of our program. Therefore, we expect these important program supporters to do the following:
- Be a positive role model through their behavior at athletic contests.
- Show respect for the opposing players, coaches, spectators, and support groups.
- Be respectful of all officials’ decisions.
- Recognize and show appreciation for an outstanding play by either team.
- Praise student-athletes in their attempt to improve themselves as students, as athletes, and as people.
- Gain an understanding and appreciation for the rules of the sport.
- Reinforce our alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-free policies by refraining from the use of any such substances before and during athletic contests.
- Remember that admission to a school athletic event is a privilege to observe the contest.
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