Delran High School Broadcast

December 22, 2016

Message From Mr. Finkle

Since this is my last communication with you for this year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our students and their families a wonderful holiday, a restful winter recess, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

When we return on Tuesday, January 3rd, we will turn the calendar and immediately begin to think about the 2017-2018 school year. 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 Schedule Waiver Form with a hard deadline of March 29, 2017. The 2017-2018 Program of Studies booklet and the Schedule Waiver Form will be available on our web site shortly. Stay tuned.....................

DHS Winter Concert

Congratulations and thank you to all the members of the Bel Canto Choir, the Grizzly Tones and the Concert Band for Tuesday night's beautiful and inspiring performance. A special thank you to Mrs. Katherine Drachowski and Mr. Tom Rafter for your hard work, dedication and support of our students!
Winter Concert 2017

The Bear Facts, 1st Edition 2016

To read all about the happenings at DHS and our students’ prospective on issues in the news today, please click on the BEAR FACTS – Fall Issue!

Lockheed Martin Women in Engineering Day 2016

Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, NJ annually hosts an Engineering Leadership Development Program specifically designed to encourage women in engineering. Each year, they bring female high school sophomores into their facility to engage them in hands on experiences in competition style events, while interacting with female engineering professionals. On Friday, November 18th, the following young women from DHS attended the inspiring event: Alexandra Azoulay, Sarah Schaefer, Katelyn Suszynski, Katherine Taveras and Nicole Ucheya. These young ladies have demonstrated an aptitude for science, technology, engineering and math; and we wish them well in their future educational endeavors.

Thank You For Your Support

The Adopt-A-Family Program is a non-profit fundraiser that DHS started ten years ago. From November to December, the program is dedicated to supporting low income families by collecting donations from the students at DHS based on the wish-lists provided by the families. Transition Project, Freshman Seminar students, and faculty members are the true game changers for this project. Extra-curricular clubs that also participated include: NHS, Student Council, Spanish Club, School Store, Board Office Staff, Tomorrow’s Teachers, Gay Straight Alliance, Transition Class, and DHS Staff Members. This year, we helped over 29 families (101 individuals) from Delran and Camden in need by providing gifts, gift cards, and holiday dinners. Thank you very much for your support and generosity!

Operation Cookie

The Delran History Club, along with help from Ms. Michelle Rubano's English classes, successfully sent 22 boxes of holiday treats to our active service personnel through "Operation Cookie." This is Delran High School's 9th year of taking time out and recognizing the sacrifice our military personnel by sending them treats that remind them of home during this holiday season. Again, thank you for your support and generosity!


PSAT scores were distributed on Wednesday and Thursday to all students who tested in October. Please go to and watch a two-minute video that will help you understand how to interpret your scores. You can then go to and enter your Access Code (on the front cover of your score report) to get your full report, including personalized feedback, practice, college planning and career exploration resources. You can:

  • See all your scores and if you are on track for college readiness
  • View detailed explanations of skills required to be college ready
  • Send your scores to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® for personalized practice recommendations
  • Search for colleges that fit your needs
  • Access your PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score used for participation in programs conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Start on your scholarship and college financial aid plan
  • Explore Roadmap to Careers to learn about jobs and college majors that are right for you
  • Get feedback on your readiness for AP courses

Please contact Mrs. Galati, Mr. Stolarick, or your child’s Guidance Counselor if you have any questions.

NJ's Top High School Marching Bands by County

Congratulations once again to the Golden Regiment Marching Band. Read all about it on!

The XFactor Competition

The Teen Advisory Council and the Interact Club are hosting the X Factor Music Competition on Thursday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Students interested in competing must complete a registration form located in the main office as soon as possible. For any questions, comments, or concerns, please email

Earn College Credit at No Cost at RCBC

RCBC recently received approval for the College Credit Now program. College Credit Now is an opportunity for college ready students from our four College Readiness partner schools to take classes for college credit. Not only are these classes at no cost to the student or the high school, but the program also includes book scholarships as well as tutoring support. Students can take up to two of the following courses at any of RCBC's campuses or through our online program during the 2017 Spring Semester, beginning January 20th:

ENG 101: College Composition

PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

SOC 101: Principles of Sociology

HIS 101: US History 1

CRJ 101: Intro to Criminal Justice

BIO 120/121: Basic Biology and Human Affairs (plus lab)

CHEM 107/108: Chemistry (plus lab)

PHY 120/121: Astronomy (plus lab)

Students are considered college ready if they meet any of the following criteria:

For English/Language Arts:

•a score of 24 on the ACT

•a score of 540 on the SAT Verbal/Critical Reading or

•a score of 480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing

•a score of 4 or 5 on the PARCC exam

For Mathematics:

•a score of 23 on the ACT

•a score of 530 on the SAT

•a score of 4 or 5 on the PARCC exam

Accuplacer scores are also considered. Students who meet these criteria and are interested in taking any of these can complete this form to nominate themselves for the program. Interested students with questions can contact

Class of 2017 News

The third payment for seniors attending the senior trip to Disney is due no later than Wednesday, January 11th. If seniors participated in fundraisers and would need to know their balance, please see Ms. Lucidi in Room 219 or email her at To keep abreast of all the Class of 2017 news, please visit their website.

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.

Available Scholarships

Attention Parents/Guardians of Seniors:

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.

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!

Progressive Basketball Shot Challenge

Radio Station 94.5 PST partnered with the US Army to give local high school students a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship at one of their high school basketball games. Students are encouraged to attend the game and sign up for the challenge. At halftime, one student will be picked and will have :24 seconds during halftime to make a layup, free throw, 3 pointer and a half-court shot. If the student makes all 4 in that order in :24 seconds, they will win a $10,000 scholarship from PST and the US Army! All DHS students are invited to attend the boys' varsity basketball game on Tuesday, January 10th at 6:15pm and register to win a $10,000 scholarship!

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.

Free Online Student ACT Test Prep Event

Your students are registered for the ACT® test, but are they ready? We invite you and your students to join us for a free online event to help prepare for the ACT– a live session covering all four subject areas on the ACT test. Our expert instructors will outline the most commonly tested concepts on the ACT and provide an overview of the powerful interactive instruction available through ACT® Kaplan® Online Prep Live. We look forward to seeing you and your students at our live event!

PTA Meeting Presentation

At next month's PTA meeting, Ms. Justine Carey from the counseling department will provide Naviance Training to all interested parents. Our resident Naviance "Guru" will take you through the program and highlight meaningful ways that you can work with your child throughout his/her high school career as they prepare to move onto college. This is a can't miss opportunity!

Bear Essentials - School Store

What a great gift idea!

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

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

12/24 - 1/2/17 School Closed - Winter Recess

1/3 BOE Mtg., Reorg Admin, BOE Office, 7:30 p.m.

1/6 BEAR Day, Period 2

1/9 BOE Mtg., DIS Cafeteria, 7:30 p.m.

1/10 PTA Mtg., DHS Media Center, 7:00 p.m.