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  • Please Welcome the Next Principal of Delone Catholic

    The Diocese of Harrisburg and the Delone Catholic High School Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard V. LaRocca as the school's new Principal effective July 1.  Mr. LaRocca has over 30 years of experience in education.
     
    "Praised be Jesus Christ!  What a blessing to learn this Easter season that I have been chosen as the next principal of Delone Catholic High School," commented Mr. LaRocca who continued, 
    "I am looking forward to getting to know and work with the families, staff and extended DCHS community as we collaborate in educating the next generation of 'Doers of the Word.'  I humbly request their prayers for God to provide me with the wisdom to be an effective leader on all levels.  Go, Squires!"
     
    Mr. LaRocca currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Poolesville High School with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.  He will succeed Dr. Maureen Thiec who has served as Principal for the past 25 years and will be retiring at the end of this school year.
     
    Father Edward J. Quinlan, the Secretary for Education of the Diocese of Harrisburg formally appointed Mr. LaRocca to the position. The Board of Directors of Delone Catholic High School recommended him for appointment following interviews conducted at the diocese and by the local search committee for the Board.
     
    "I am excited that Mr. LaRocca will be joining the Delone Catholic family. Working with our parents, faculty, students and all our stakeholders, I feel confident he will lead our school to continued success in the future," stated Douglas A. Little, PhD, President of the Delone Catholic Board of Directors and Class of '81 alumnus.  He added, "With his extensive experience and ability to easily connect with others, he is well qualified to continue and expand on Delone Catholic's great traditions in ensuring the outstanding preparation of our students for their future endeavors."
     
    Mr. LaRocca began his teaching career at Monroe Catholic High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, served as Instructor at The Catholic University, University of Maryland and Hood College, and since 1985 has been with Montgomery County Schools teaching languages and later in school administration. 
     
    Mr. LaRocca holds a BA in History and Spanish from Cornell University, STB in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome), MA in Spanish from The Catholic University of America, and an STL in Theology from the University of Navarre (Spain).  He also holds Teaching and Administrative Certification from the State of Maryland.
     
    Mr. LaRocca and his wife of 31 years have five children and are the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.
     
    Delone Catholic welcomes him to our school, community and family. 
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  • Delone Catholic Basketball Golf Outing

    The Delone Catholic Basketball Golf Outing has been postponed until Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for details.

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  • Sophomore Class Fundraiser - Chick-fil-A!

    The Sophomore Class Chick-fil-A fundraiser is underway.  If anyone is interested in purchasing a meal package please see any member of the sophomore between now and May 12. Meal vouchers will be delivered by May 19 and must be redeemed during the week of May 22. Kids' Meal digital offer cards do not not expire until Dec. 31, 2017. 

    Reminder to sophomores:  your goal is to sell seven boxed meal plans or contribute $20.  Anyone who does not participate may be subject to higher prices to attend Junior and Senior prom.  The fundraiser will run through Friday, May 12.  All orders and monies should be turned into Mr. Staub in room 17.

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  • Graduation Information

    Seniors and families - please review the documents below:

    1) A preview of upcoming dates for the senior class

    2) Specific directions for seniors. 

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  • Carnival Tickets Now On Sale

    The Delone Catholic Music Association Carnival is scheduled for June 12-17, 2017. Once again this year, both a “Ride-All-Night” bracelet (valid on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights) and reduced price ride tickets (valid on any night of the carnival) are available for pre-order online. Orders can be picked up in the lobby of the Lawrence B. (Sonny) Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium on any night of the carnival between 6-9:30 p.m.
     
    If you would prefer to pay by cash or check, please use the mail-in order form and return with payment by Friday, June 9, according to the directions on the form.
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  • Friday's Freshman Retreat - Important!

    The Class of 2020 will attend their "Body of Christ" themed retreat on Friday, May 5 at the Challenge Course at Ski Roundtop. The weather forecast is calling for rain in the morning, so please be sure that the students are dressed appropriately for the weather (ponchos, boots, etc.). Any changes to the day will be announced closer to the date. Please refer to the information that was sent home previously and included in Squire Wire for additional information. Pray for the students and for a rewarding experience!

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  • Job Opportunity - Athletic Director

    Delone Catholic High School is seeking an Athletic Director who understands all sports, shows an affinity for the student athlete, works within a flexible schedule and emulates the mission of Delone Catholic High School.  Please send a cover letter and resume to Dr. Maureen Thiec at mthiec@delonecatholic.org.  The deadline to apply is May 19, 2017.

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  • Job Opportunity - Technology Coordinator - Applications Still Being Accepted

    The position of Technology Coordinator requires a person who is both technically trained and able to adjust to new situations and technologies. The Technology Coordinator should have an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology or related program with 5-7 years of experience. Individuals with other majors, but appropriate background experience may also be considered.

    The primary skills required are a good working knowledge of the following: Microsoft Server 2012, Active Directory, Group Policy settings (MCSA or better is preferred), Microsoft Server 2008 R2, Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10, VMware, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2016, wireless networking, troubleshooting and repair of intel based computers and Chromebooks, MMS Generations, GoGuardian, Cisco SG-200 and SG 300 switchgear, Google Apps for Education (especially the Administrative Console). 

    Applicants should have or be able to prove the equivalent of a Comp TIA A+ and Network+ certification, and should possess a basic understanding of fiber optic cable and networking using fiber optics.  Prior use of Lightspeed content filter and Sophos Anti-Virus is a plus.

    Other valuable skills include interpersonal, writing, project management, budget, and the ability to work independently and take on new assignments. The Technology Coordinator must be able to use hand tools, climb ladders, and work in tight spaces.

    All Delone Catholic employees must be able to pass and maintain clearances as required by the Diocese of Harrisburg. The Technology Coordinator must also abide with and communicate Diocesan Policies concerning technology.

    The position is currently part-time with the possibility of becoming full-time. Hours are flexible but primarily during the school day of 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

    Interested applicants should submit their resume to Principal Dr. Maureen Thiec by emailing mthiec@delonecatholic.org or mailing to the school at 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown Pa. 17344. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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  • Job Opportunity

    Delone Catholic High School is seeking a certified or pending certified teacher to continue our technical education program that includes, engineering drafting, architectural drawing, electronics and woodshop.  The existing curriculum has been in place for over 26 years but can be adapted to meet the needs of the students and instructor.  Experienced candidates willing to work toward certification may apply. A cover letter and resume may be sent to Maureen Thiec, Principal at mthiec@delonecatholic.org.  Applications will be accepted through May 5.

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  • Squire Sports Camps Available this Summer!

    Sign up for a Squire Sports Camp this summer! Pre-registration by May 19 guarantees a T-shirt. 

    See forms below for Girls' Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. 

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Academics at Delone Catholic

At Delone Catholic High School, a rigorous academic program prepares students for successful futures by developing scholarly habits and practical skills. Read our  2017-18 Course Catalog  for more information.

Academics at Delone Catholic

Advanced Placement at Delone Catholic

Each year, Delone Catholic students pursue upper-level studies that not only fulfill graduation requirements, but also earn college credit. Through the College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®), students take college-level courses taught by their high school teachers. At the end of the year, they take the AP exams, which are scored on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest. Many colleges and universities award credit to students who have achieved a satisfactory score on the AP exam, meaning collegiate graduate requirements can be met before the student arrives on campus.

Delone Catholic offers the following AP courses:

  • Calculus AB
  • English Literature and Composition
  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Microeconomics
  • Music Theory (Coming in 2017-18!)
  • Statistics
  • United States History

A key part of Delone Catholic's mission is challenging students to reach their full potential in all areas. We encourage our students to use and develop their God-given abilities to expand their knowledge and better prepare for the next phase of their lives. Any student that meets the prerequisites can enroll in these courses. Each student who does so will be required to take the AP exam in the spring at the students' own expense (approximately $86-90).In addition to the courses offered as part of the Delone Catholic curriculum, students may choose to take other AP courses from The Virtual High School, or to prepare independently for AP exams in subjects that are not offered at Delone Catholic. These students are encouraged to work with the teacher of the appropriate subject area to plan and prepare for the AP exam.

Students who perform exceptionally well on AP exams may also receive special recognition. The AP Scholar Awards recognize various levels of achievement with emphasis placed on a high average score on a large number of AP exams. In 2013, 15 Delone Catholic students earned AP Scholar awards. In 2014, seven students earned AP Scholar awards and in 2015, 12 students earned the awards.

Useful AP Links from the College Board
Program Facts and Overview
College and University AP Credit Policies

Dual Enrollment at Delone Catholic

The challenging nature of the curriculum at Delone Catholic not only prepares students for future college success, but also provides opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school. In addition to the Advanced Placement (AP) program, which allows students to earn credit by taking AP exams, Delone Catholic partners with Alvernia University (Reading, Pa.) to offer a dual enrollment course in Spanish.

HACC's Dual Enrollment program allows students to take college credit courses at any HACC campus, at an off-site location or online. These course credits also become part of the student's permanent HACC record and can be applied to a  HACC degree program or transferred to another college.

Penn State York also offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses on campus at a 50 percent tuition reduction. This enables students to get a jump on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school. Students participating in this program may choose from a variety of courses offered at Penn State York.

The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School is a non-profit organization that has literally changed the face of online and blended learning in high schools and middle schools across the country and around the world. Since 1996, they have brought art to the cornfields, math to the deserts, and science to the delta. The education students thought they couldn’t receive, and administrators thought they couldn’t afford, has been delivered via the Web by The Virtual High School.

At Delone Catholic, VHS is offered to juniors and seniors. The following full-year Advanced Placement courses will be offered for highly motivated and independent students to choose from:

  • AP Art History
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP World History

The following semester courses will be offered in either Fall or Spring semester:

  • Animal Behavior and Zoology
  • Constitutional Law
  • Environmental Science
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Twentieth Century Women Authors

After completing the  VHS Application and obtaining approval by the current subject teacher and Department Chair, a student who is accepted into the VHS program should count the VHS course chosen among the required number of credits.                                

Is VHS for you?

Please read the information listed below, and complete the steps in the application process.  This will allow you to make an informed decision as to whether VHS will be a good match for you.  Applications that are not complete will be returned to the student.  

Criteria for acceptance into the VHS Program

The following items will be considered for all students applying for VHS courses.

  • Classroom behavior
  • Completion of assignments (there is no minimum grade requirement)
  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attendance (will not be a major factor, but will be considered)
  • Recommendation from the teacher in the department and the Department Chair
  • Completion of AP Calculus AB before registering for AP Calculus BC

 Course Policies for VHS Classes

  • A student cannot take an AP course that is currently offered at Delone Catholic High School.
  • The administration has the right to disapprove a course.
  • VHS Course Registration begins in the first or second week of May. Once a student has been registered for a course, they will not be allowed to withdraw from the program. However, Delone Catholic reserves the right to withdraw a student from the program at any time.
  • There are a limited number of seats each semester. The number of classes a student is enrolled in will be determined by the number of students accepted into the program.
  • Students should review the course information carefully before making their course selections. A student may request to switch one VHS AP course for another prior to the start of classes.  This does not mean that a student’s request will be granted.  Requests to change a course will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  All requests must be approved by Dr. Thiec.  In order to request a course change, a written request stating the reason for the change must be completed by the student and signed by his/her parent or guardian. 
  • Students must be able to work independently.
  • A student may need to work outside of school hours to complete weekly assignments.
  • If a student does not have internet access at home, he/she must be willing to use a public library or other source to complete the necessary course work.

How much time should I allot to complete my work for VHS each week?

Students taking a VHS course during school hours have a class period each day as per the rotating scheduled.  The hours listed below include this time.

  • An AP level class requires students to be actively engaged in their coursework for approximately 10 - 12 hours per week.

 Credit for VHS Courses

VHS Courses receive the same credit and weight, and are listed on the student transcript in the same manner as any other course offered at Delone Catholic.

How and where do I take my VHS course?

Students are assigned a class period to work on their VHS courses in the computer labs or library.  VHS courses are taught over the Internet, and therefore are accessible from any computer that has an internet connection.  Students have the option to take a VHS class without being assigned a class period during school hours. 

 Who pays for VHS Courses?

  • Delone Catholic High School pays the membership fees and basic tuition for VHS courses.
  • Delone Catholic does not provide any material for VHS courses. Students are responsible for any materials required for their course which are not provided through VHS.
  • VHS will be charging an additional $75 for AP courses. Students electing to take an AP course will have to pay the additional fee.  Tuition assistance is available in the case of hardship.  Students must also pay the fee for the AP test.
  • In addition, AP science classes will have a lab fee. Students will be required to pay the lab fee for their courses. 

 Please contact Dr. Maureen Thiec if you have any additional questions.

Instructional Support at Delone Catholic

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg seek to serve as broad a range of students as possible. This includes students who have documented special educational needs and may require some measure of additional instructional support. In determining whether a school is able to meet the needs of prospective students, it is necessary to review all academic records, including psychological educational testing reports. Schools must be able to balance the requirements of a student with documented special needs against the resources available to the school and the student.

Students come to school with varying skills and abilities. They all look forward to a new and rewarding school year. All students will meet with some degree of success, but for some, this success depends upon delivering the right amount of accommodations to students with documented special needs or learning differences. Instructional Support was created for just that purpose; to ensure success of students in the classroom.

Students having difficulty in school, for a variety of reasons, become discouraged, feel alone and dejected due to past or present failures brought on by their learning differences. The learning differences in students can vary from very minor to severe or involved. Regardless of their severity assistance and help are available. These learning differences could require some re-learning of skills - developing good study habits, special accommodations and more individualized one-on-one assistance. This service is provided at no additional cost to the parent.

While involved with Instructional Support, students receive special attention and assistance in subject areas with which they are having trouble as well as work on areas to strengthen their academic and study skills with a certified teacher. From help on note-taking skills to test-taking techniques, assistance with overdue assignments to help with homework, students work through individual obstacles that impede their educational process and ultimate success. The student is expected to meet the same academic standards that Delone Catholic has established within the educational community.The program has been designed as a collaborative effort to work together with teachers and students to help develop a more active learner and achieve greater success in the classroom.

For More information contact our Instructional Support Teacher:

Miss Beth Snneringer
bsneeringer@delonecatholic.org
717-637-5969, Ext. 219

Eighth Grade Algebra I-H at Delone Catholic

Delone Catholic offers an Algebra I-H course to Grade 8 students from Annunciation BVM, Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Joseph Catholic Schools.  Students are recommended by the grade school based on math grades, IOWA test scores and a math placement test.  The course follows the high school curriculum for Algebra I.  Students attend from 8 - 9 a.m. each morning. Successful completion of Algebra I places the student in Algebra II or Algebra II/Trigonometry-H for the freshman year.