Delone Catholic High School News

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    PTO Christmas Raffle

    The PTO Christmas Raffle is underway. The top prize is $500 and tickets cost $1 each. The drawing date is Dec. 12 during half-time at the boys basketball game. Tickets must be returned to the school office by Tues., Dec. 5. For more information, click here. Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO.

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  • College Financial Aid Night - Nov. 9

    On Nov. 9 2017, Delone Catholic will host a financial aid seminar featuring Angela Buchanan-Bloch, Campus Director of Financial Aid at HACC. This seminar will be of special interest to senior parents, especially those sending a student to college for the first time. Discussion topics will include: completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form needed to receive federal/state aid, filling out the College Scholarship Search Profile, required by some colleges to qualify for scholarships at their school, and how to access other scholarship opportunities. These topics are relevant for students attending any college, not just HACC. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Ms. Buchanan-Boch will be available for questions at the conclusion of her presentation. All senior parents are encouraged to attend.

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  • Thanksgiving Food Drive - Nov. 6 - Nov. 17

    Each student has been asked to bring in $3 that will be put towards a gift certificate, as well as one of the food items listed below, to create food boxes for those in need in our community. Monetary and food donations are to be delivered to room 210 no later than Fri., Nov. 17. Those who bring in money and food will receive a dress down day on the last day of school before Christmas break.

    Also, if our students reach 85 percent participation, our own Mr. Loban will dress up as Santa Claus on the last day before Christmas break. He promises to be the jolliest St. Nick we have ever seen!

    If you are interested in donating additional items, please follow the list below, as to keep the boxes even and consistent. Thank you for your generosity!

    Items for donation: Two cans of cranberry sauce, two 8 oz. cans of peas, two 48 oz. cans/single servings of applesauce, two boxes of tissues, two 12 oz. cans of gravy, two 8 oz. cans of corn, one box of Bisquick, two 8 oz. canes of green beans, one large box of stuffing, hot chocolate, two packages of flavored rice/noodles, two jars of spaghetti sauce, one 2 lb. bag/box of spaghetti, two cans of mixed fruit, one family-sized box of cereal, two cans of soup, one (4) pack of toilet paper, two boxes of instant potatoes, one jar of peanut butter, one jar of jelly, one box of crackers, two 8 oz. cans of pears, 4-pack of single serving pudding.

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  • Placement Testing for Incoming Freshman

    The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is being administered at Delone Catholic High School on Sat., Jan. 6 and Sat., Feb. 10. There is no fee to take the test. Please click here for a copy of the registration form. The deadline for registration is  Nov. 20. Contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart at with any questions.

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  • Pentatonix "White Winter Hymnal" Links

    When the Pentatonix members use their right hand, you use your right hand. Don't mirror them.

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  • Free online resources for SAT/ACT prep


    There are FREE online resources available to our students to better prepare for SATs and ACTs.  CollegeBoard has partnered with Khan Academy to provide preparation videos, instruction, problems, and sample tests for the SATs.  See for access to these materials.  In addition, the free OpenEd "smart library" provides resources for preparing for the ACTs.  See for access to these materials.

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  • Opportunity for Students Interested in International Relations

    Registration for the 2018 Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit is now open! They're looking for high school students who are hard-working and eager to learn about politics and the global world. No prior experience in an extracurricular political club or specialized academic subject is necessary.  

    Students should have the capacity to think critically, work well in diverse groups, and be open to developing their own skills in public speaking, cross-cultural communication and negotiation.  A complementary 6-week online course culminating in a short preparation project will be provided upon student acceptance. Additional recommended courses, preliminary readings, and activities are provided as well.  

    Delegates will be selected through a two-step process: 1) Online Application 2) Phone Interview .

    The application form includes short essay questions which will assist in our student selection process. Click here for the online application.

    For more information log into the Model G20 website.

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  • Wrestling Open Workouts

    There are wrestling workouts for anyone who may be interested in wrestling.   The workouts on Monday through Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.   Stop by the wrestling room, meet Coach Giraffa say hello and stay for a workout if you want  .  

  • Pumpkin Pie Run 2017 - Proceeds to Benefit Tommy Laudani

    For more information and to register for the Pumpkin Pie Run 2017, click here.

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  • Teaching U.S. History Thematically by Mrs. Fuhrman

    Several years ago, I attended a session at the annual National Council for the Social Studies conference in Washington, D.C. in which a history department from a high school near Chicago discussed how they transitioned from a traditional chronological approach to the study of U.S. history to a thematic approach. Each theme connected history to a hot topic in current events.

    Immediately intrigued, I thought, this could be the solution to a motivation problem I was having with my students, who constantly asked, "Why do we need to know this stuff?" The session presenters even shared their curriculum and resources with those of us in attendance and they even used the same textbook I did, Holt-McDougall's The Americans. Surely this was a sign that I should change my approach to teaching American history.

    After the session, I found myself in the ladies' room, where I overhead some teachers lamenting that the thematic approach sounded good, but would probably not help their students to pass the state testing at the end of the year. "It's another sign," I thought. As a teacher at a private Catholic high school, I had some academic freedom to write my own curriculum and choose my own textbooks; my students were not required to take state assessments at the end of the year. The teachers I overheard may not be able to adopt a thematic approach, but I could!

    The following school year, I partnered with a new teacher in our school, Mr. Matthew Loban, and together we planned a thematic approach to teaching American History, borrowing heavily from the resources shared in that first NCSS session I attended. Since then, we have made some adaptations for our school - for instance, we will teach some Catholic social teaching related to the themes that we teach - and for changes in current events. Our students have responded well to the thematic approach and now find the study of history to be more relevant to their every day lives.

    The thematic approach boasts some distinct advantages over the traditional, chronological approach to the study of American history. In addition to making it easier to relate the events of the past to the issues our society still reckons with today, teaching thematically allows us to examine periods in history that we often failed to cover in a survey course. When we used the chronological approach, we never seemed to have time to get passed World War II at the latest. Humans never stop making history and so the course content was ever increasing, while the instructional time allocated to American history in the school day remained stagnant. Didn't our students need to know about contemporary history? Of course they did, but there never seemed to be enough days in the school year to cover contemporary history. 

    Teaching thematically also allowed us to concentrate more on teaching historical thinking skills, including researching and analyzing primary and secondary sources. Throughout their lives, new issues will arise, motivating our students to explore the historical patterns and factors that have brought society to a particular place and time. Our students will need historical reading and thinking skills to tackle these issues as they arrive in order form educated opinions and policy options. 


    The thematic approach also presents some challenges that the chronological approach does not. Because we study just one theme in each unit and how it has evolved over time, our students are not exposed to some of the cause-and-effect relationships between events and patterns in history that are evident when these events are studied in chronological order. One way that I try to overcome this challenge with my classes is a year-long timeline project. As we complete each thematic units, students add the most significant events to an interactive timeline they design themselves using, As we revisit the same time periods during other theme units, students can begin to see the relationships between events throughout history. 

    Another challenge of the thematic approach is that because the themes are covered in such depth, the breadth of historical topics is limited. There are many historical events that are not covered at all. But is this really any different than the chronological approach, in which whole periods of history are never reached? With the thematic approach, at least students are motivated to learn how history has impacted the issues they contend with in modern times and practice the skills needed to expand their study of history throughout their lives in the wake of new issues and problems.  

    After several years, I can say adopting a thematic approach in my American history classroom has motivated my students and prepared them for responsible citizenship in ways I never imagined. In our classes, we have explored a number of themes related to current issues by asking our students to consider the following essential questions:

    • Should America welcome all who wish to come?
    • When is it acceptable to rebel against your government?
    • Should we ever attempt to restrain technology?
    • Should the government help those who cannot help themselves?
    • Should accommodations be made for groups that have been oppressed in the past?
    • When is it morally acceptable to use force against another nation?
    • What makes an event historically significant, rather than simply newsworthy?


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  • Class of 2017 By The Numbers

    We are proud to share these impressive numbers from our 2017 graduating class.
    - 95% of our 2017 graduates continued to higher education
    - $8,599,000 of scholarship money was offered to our 2017 graduating class.
    - 66% of students pursuing higher education were offered scholarship money.
    - 15,372 hours of community service.
    -  62.5% of this class graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    Congratulations to the Class of 2017

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  • Boys' Basketball Open Workouts

    The basketball program will have workouts and weight training starting Monday, Sept. 18.  The workouts will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 pm. to 7:30 pm. in the weight room and from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Sheppard gym.  All interested in basketball and are not in a fall sport are welcome to attend.

  • Family Passes for Regular Season Games

    The Gold Passes will be available for purchase on Monday, August 28, 2017 in the athletic office.

  • All are Invited to Join the Music Association

    The Music Association meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Library. All interested parties are welcome to join the Music Association in providing for support for our student-musicians. All music parents are automatically members.

  • 2017-18 DCHS Music Dates

    Attached is a list of all known DCHS music dates for 2017-18.

  • Portfolio Template

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