DHS Broadcast

February 22, 2018

A message from Mr. Finkle!

As I write this, many of us are still in shock over the events of Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In reaction to this horrific event, we have met as both a school and a district to ensure that our safety plans and procedures are rock solid.

The school administration and a representative from the Delran Police Department met this morning with the entire student body to explain the importance of our drills and procedures. We explained how they can help by relaying any information they find on social media or through talking with their friends to a trusted adult to hopefully avert any such occurrence here in Delran. We also explained that members of the Delran Police Department will continue the practice of visiting the school as an added level of protection.

In the remote chance that we do have an emergent situation here at DHS, we need to learn from previous situations. ne lockdown about a year ago that occurred in Cherry Hill allowed that community to become educated in case a similar event happened to occur. As an example, the items below outline important takeaways:

• Parents: Please resist the urge to rush to the school.

• Students and parents: Do not text and/or post information and images related to the crisis on social media. Posting and sharing information about occupants’ whereabouts potentially puts those in a lockdown at risk should there be monitoring taking place.

• Trust in the law enforcement officials and school district staff on site

We understand your level of concern in these types of situations; however, I guarantee that the only thing running through our minds will be the health and safety of the entire DHS community, especially our students.

Please understand that if you arrive at DHS for a meeting, you will not be buzzed in automatically and that you will be asked to show identification and the reason for your visit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me to discuss.

Science Fair Winners - Click HERE to see the wonderful work our students are doing as well as the winners!

Don't Get Vaped In- The Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative is working with Tobacco free For a Healthy NJ, and are excited to announce a new website, www.dontgetvapedin.com, addressing the risks of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The site provides accurate information, along with links to other online resources, for youth and young adults who may be considering use of these products. For more information about the #dontgetvapedin campaign, contact, Cristina Martins, Health Educator, at cmartins@snjpc.org.

Please see important information below from the PTA about graduation signs, senior stars as well as Gift Bag Extravaganza information!

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at dfinkle@delranschools.org or 856-461-6100 x3005.

Athletic News

One week of the Winter season remains and advancing in the state championships is on everyone’s minds. Girls’ Basketball received a 15 seed for the tournament that starts on February 27th. They will be travelling to Cinnaminson for a 4:00pm start. Please go and support their team. They have worked so hard all year. Boys’ Basketball will play their last game on February 22nd at Audubon. Injuries and illness played a role in many outcomes this year but the students never quit and we are so proud of them for that. The Delran Wrestling team finished 3rd in District 23 as a team. 7 students qualified to move on into Region 6 which started on February 21st. Burak Ozbay, Zach Bohn and Bryan Miraglia still remain in the tournament. They will be competing on February 23rd and 24th in hopes of remaining in the top 4 spots of their bracket which would qualify them for the state championships next weekend in Atlantic City. Good luck to all of the teams and students that remain and congratulations to all of the other students who participated in a Winter sport and devoted their time and energy to their team and teammates. Go Bears!!!

Attention to students who want to play a Spring sport! A new form has be added to the ATS requirements. The NJ Department of Education has created an Opioid Fact Sheet that must be reviewed and signed off by all athletes and parents before participation can occur on March 2nd. If you have already filled out all documents from a Fall or Winter sport, you must reenter ATS, review the Opioid Fact Sheet and complete the electronic signatures required. Once electronic signatures are complete, the Opioid Fact Sheet with signatures must be printed out and placed in the box on the front counter of the main office. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Guidotti or Mr. Caplin.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: if your student wants to participate in a sport during the school year, the student must have a valid physical. Once a new physical is complete, do not hold onto it. Turn the physical into Mr. Guidotti or Ms. Jordan so that it can be forwarded to the school physician for approval. Make sure that all information on the physical and health history form are filled out completely and accurately. In addition, a student may not participate in a sport unless the ATS portal has been completed. Directions on how to complete ATS can be found on Mr. Caplin’s teacher page.

"Little Shop of Horrors"

Come out and support our rising stars in this years Spring Musical- "Little Shop of Horrors"

February 24th, March 2nd and March 3rd at 8:00pm

February 25th and March 4th at 2:00pm

For more information and to reserve your tickets click HERE

AP Bulletins and Information Guides

AP Bulletins and Information Guides were distributed to all AP students on Thursday, February 1st. Students were instructed to share the information with their parents/guardians. Even if you are enrolled in the CAP Program, all colleges nationwide may not accept CAP credit, and it would be in a student’s best interest to also take the AP exam. Deadline for AP test registration is Friday, March 2nd. Return the registration form and fee to Mrs. Newman in Guidance. If you receive accommodations through an IEP or 504, you must apply to the College Board separately for AP accommodations by February 23rd. Your guidance counselor can assist.

If you receive free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for exam fee reductions and you should see Mrs. Galati or your guidance counselor. Duplicate Bulletins and registration forms are available in Guidance.

PTA Corner

Graduation Lawn Signs

Honor your graduate with a Graduation Lawn Sign. Signs are $25 each and include the lawn stake. They are available for both 8th & 12th grade graduates. Orders are due by March 30th. No late orders can be accepted. Click HERE for additional details.

Senior Stars

Senior Stars are on sale for $5.00. Let your imagination run wild as you decorate a star in honor of your Class of 2018 graduate. Stars will be displayed at the Gift Basket Extravaganza and Project Graduation. Contact Theresa Heisler at jetmheis@comcast.net for additional information. Click HERE for additional details.

Gift Basket Extravaganza

Our annual Gift Basket Extravaganza (GBE) will be held on Saturday, April 21st. Our theme is SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Doors will open at 5:00 pm and calling begins promptly at 8:00 pm.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 5th (same night as luggage check in/senior trip) starting at 5:30. Tickets are $20 and includes: 26 bidding tickets, 1 door prize ticket, 2 water tickets and 1 food ticket. Our tables seat 8 or 10 people.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit Project Graduation. Come out and enjoy a night out while supporting a great cause.

Gift Basket Extravaganza Donations

Do you have new items lying around your house taking up space? Perhaps you received something for Christmas that you don’t like or have no use for. Why not donate it to the GBE? We will take those items and make a basket out of them.

Donations of new items and/or completed baskets for the GBE can be dropped off at the Senior Parent Trip Meeting on February 13th. Please be sure to include a Basket Donation Form with all donations. Parents who drop off a completed basket before March 30th will be entered into a drawing to win VIP parking at graduation. Questions? Contact Denise Klein, Delran.mshs.pta@gmail.com.

Kindergarten Registration

Dear Delran Families,

We are attempting to locate children who live in Delran and are eligible for entrance into kindergarten for the September 2018-2019 school year.

If you have a child or know of a friend or neighbor who has a child in Delran who will be five (5) years of age ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30, 2018, please click here or visit the Delran Township Schools Website.

Thank you.

Math Calculator Reminder

As a reminder, every student at Delran High School is required to have his/her own graphing calculator and bring it to class daily. Calculators are available to borrow for the year for students who do not wish to purchase their own. With standardized test season approaching, students will need to bring their own graphing calculator for math testing dates. If your child still does not have a calculator, please fill out the Graphing Calculator Loan Form and return it to your child’s math teacher ASAP.

Alumni Walk

Alumni Walk Update- We are paving the way to celebrate Bear Pride! The Advisors from the Class of 2017 are working on their inlay design. 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. The link for purchasing a brick is below. We would also like to acknowledge the work of Best Cut Lawn-care and Landscaping for installing our bricks. They have donated their time and talents to DHS and provided their work free of charge. Thanks you Phil Velo and Best Cut.

Click HERE for more information.

Career Workshop at RCBC May 24th

Registration now open for JA’s Career Success Workshop at RCBC on May 24. Registration is free but space is limited (click here for registration). Students will:

· Connect with mentors from area business and industries who share their experiences, stories, and career advice.

· Participate in small group interactive activities that prepare them for success in college and the workplace including a STEM teambuilding activity, business communication techniques, and mock job interview.

· Explore education and career paths in high growth industries while spending the day on RCBC’s campus.

· This program aligns to NJ Student Learning Standard 9 for 21st Century Life and Careers and SEL Competencies.

Counselor's Corner

This Week in Guidance:


o should be finalizing college applications. Make sure you have informed your counselor and teacher recommenders!

o Mid-Year grade reports notify your counselor

o Did you know that there are many scholarship opportunities listed on the guidance webpage? This list is constantly updated. Go to: http://dhs.delranschools.org/students/guidance_department/scholarship_opportunities/

o Attached is a guide that breaks down the components of financial award letters. https://www.collegecovered.com/AwardLetterHandout?acmpgn=E_EAW_CSEM_BM_X_BMHS1

Course Selection for 2018-19 school year

o Now through Mid-March: Counselors will meet with students to finalize course selections. Students will bring a form home for final review and parent signature after the meeting.

Waivers to move up from the level recommended by the teacher, should be submitted to guidance ASAP (even if student has not yet met with counselor). Waivers will not be accepted after March 15th.

The Burlington County College Fair

o Will be held on March 15, 2018

o Representatives from about 100 colleges in attendance.

o Open to freshmen – seniors

o 6-8 pm

o Rowan College at Burlington County at the new Student Success Center


● All Junior students must complete 15 hours of community service. Click here for the Community Service Packet .


● Naviance is a web based tool that allows your student to explore their values, personality, strengths and correlate them to career clusters. Directing them to colleges with suggested majors so that they can build a list of colleges to explore.

● All students have an account. Please be sure that an active email account is listed in the Profile page under the “About Me” tab.

● Freshmen have received their account information in their Freshman Seminar classes and are encouraged to complete the career and interest inventories as well as exploring colleges.

● All students should be building their personal activity resume.

● Ask your student to share with you what they are doing in Naviance.

College Planning:

● 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 .

● Investigate Summer Enrichment Programs. This is a great way to explore career interests, enhance your college applications, and often get insight to the college campus experience.

Seniors and their families can begin filing their FAFSA as of October 1, 2017. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov to create an account. Click here for FAFSA preparation and help information in ENGLISH or SPANISH . Check to see if your college requires the CSS profile in addition to FAFSA. https://cssprofile.collegeboard.org/

Yearbook 2018

Time is running out to order your 2018 yearbook!

The basic book is $80.00

Order by February 23rd to guarantee a book and personalization and extras.

online: jostensyearbooks.com
by mail:
Click here for order form
by phone: |
or see Ms Carey in guidance

Late sales are limited to surplus availability at $90.00

Virtual Backpack is available for all current and past information.
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