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  • Help Wanted: Study Hall Monitor

    Delone Catholic is seeking a Study Hall Monitor for the 2017-18 school year from 8:15-2:45 p.m. each school day. Interested applicants should send cover letter and resume to Mr. Richard LaRocca, Principal, 140 South Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, PA 17344 or email

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  • Mandatory Fall Sports Meeting

    The mandatory fall sports meeting for parents and athletes is July 17, 2017 in the school cafeteria at 6 p.m. for the football teams and 6:45 p.m. for all other fall sports.  

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  • Help Wanted: Varsity Golf Coach

    Delone Catholic is seeking a varsity head coach for Golf.  Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of the Principal and the Athletic Director, 140 S. Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, PA 17331.

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  • Help Wanted: Long-Term Substitute Math Teacher

    Delone Catholic High School is seeking a year long substitute math teacher for the 2017-18 school year. 
    Candidates are expected to be "Doers of the Word;" rooted in, upholding, supporting, and demonstrating the values of the Gospel, the Catholic Church and Delone Catholic High School; and inspiring students to do the same.
    Qualified candidates must possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Mathematics Education with an active Level 1 teaching certificate, clearances, and Pastor’s Recommendation. This position requires the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with student, staff, parents and the community. Candidates must be in compliance with PA State clearance requirements.

    Applications are available at Completed applications, cover letter, resume, and copies of state police, child abuse, and FBI clearances and certifications should be sent to Donna Tompkins, Vice Principal, Delone Catholic High School, 140 S. Oxford Ave., McSherrystown, PA  17344.

    For more information, call (717) 637-5969 or e-mail dtompkins@delonecatholicorg.

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  • 2016-17 Insquire Literary eMagazine is Published

    The staff of Insquire, Delone Catholic's literary magazine has published the 2016-17 edition as an e-magazine. Please enjoy and share!

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  • Delone Catholic Names Interim Vice Principal

    Delone Catholic High School has announced Mrs. Donna Tompkins the Interim Vice Principal for the 2017-18 school year. 
    Mrs. Tompkins will be stepping down from her current position in the Math Department to assume this role for the school year. 
    A year-long substitute position is now available in the Math Department for the 2017-18 school year. Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to Mrs. Tompkins as soon as possible. 
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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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Music News

  • Summer Lesson Challenge Begins

    Every Sunday, over the course of the next 10 weeks, a new practice challenge will be posted.  Using your lesson book, the internet or any other music book, find a piece of music that meets the requirement.  Practice the piece.  Download the chart on the website to keep track of your selections.  Bring the completed chart, along with all of your pieces, to your first lesson at the start of the school year.  After playing the pieces, you will be eligible for a prize.

    Elementary Music/Junior Band
  • Summer Lesson Sign Up

    If you missed the meeting Tuesday, May 16th, about starting to play a band instrument it is not too late to sign up.  Please contact Mrs. Yealy at  by May 23rd for more information.  


    Elementary Music/Junior Band
  • 2016-17 DCHS Music Dates

  • "There's Mermaids out there!"

    By special arrangement with Musical Theatre International, Delone Catholic High School will present Disney's The Little Mermaid on Friday 3/31/17 at 7 p.m., Saturday 4/1/17 at 7 p.m., and Sunday 4/2/17 at 2 p.m. Admission will be payable at the door - $6 for adults and $4 for students. Delone students, administration, faculty, and staff will be admitted free with ID.

    Spring Musical
  • Up-to date "Little Mermaid" Practice Schedule

    The up-to-date "Little Mermaid" practice schedule can be found here at any time:  . It will be constantly updated as the weeks go by. Please bookmark it and check it often.

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  • Junior Band 1/11/17

    The Junior Band rehearsal and pizza party will be held at Delone tonight as scheduled, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Zumba-thon

    The Delone Catholic Music Association will hold a Zumba-thon Sunday, January 29, 1-3 p.m. in Delone's Sheppard Gym to benefit the DCHS music program. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per student. The public is invited for a healthy afternoon of fun and fitness! Contact for more info.

  • Elementary Band Begins January 9, 2017

    As was stated at the initial instrumental meeting, an essential element of your child’s musical education is learning to play in a large group. Elementary Band is for all first year students. We will begin Elementary Band rehearsal Monday, January 9, 2017. Students need to report to the Delone Catholic High School band room by 7:00 p.m. Practice will be over at 8:00 p.m. We will practice every Monday at this time. The closest entrance to the band room can be found on the Delone Avenue side of the school. The door in the small parking lot under the catwalk will always be open. After you enter the building, the band room is down the hall to your right. There will be signs posted leading the way.

     Please know that Elementary Band is a very low key, non stressful event. It is a place where we can all learn very slowly and carefully how to play together as a group. Some students are anxious about attending rehearsal. Students never have to play by themselves. We do lots of unison playing at the beginning until the students are comfortable. In addition to playing as a group, we also do activities and play games that reinforce important music concepts. It is also a place where students can meet people from other schools.

    Every week students should bring their instrument (this includes percussionists), lesson book, a pencil and a folder that will be passed out at the first rehearsal for any extra music. It is important that everyone have these items at all times. All students are required to attend Elementary Band rehearsals. If there is a conflict, a note should be presented at lessons in school explaining the absence. If there is an emergency or unexpected conflict, please email or send in a note the following week.



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  • Junior Band Rehearsal

    Junior Band rehearsal will resume Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the band room.  Please be prompt. 


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  • Grade School "Little Mermaid" Auditions

    Delone Catholic High School will accept fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from the Conewago Deanery Catholic Grade Schools to participate as ensemble cast members in its upcoming production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid." The production will run March 30-April 2, 2017. Auditions will be held in the Delone Catholic HS band room on Thursday 1/5 at 6:30 p.m. Auditionees should have some talent in singing or dancing (or both.) Young men are especially in demand, but young women will also be accepted. Auditionees will sing the first 5 notes of the major scale at different pitch levels, and excerpts from a few "Little Mermaid" tunes. Parents should plan to stay to help fill out a questionnaire. Bring a pen or pencil. Students will decide what order they enter the room to audition, and each will be free to go after their individual audition is done. Specific questions can be directed to .

    Spring Musical
  • Grade School "Little Mermaid" Auditions

    Delone Catholic High School will accept fifteen 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from the Conewago Deanery Catholic elementary schools to participate as ensemble cast members in its upcoming production of "Disney's The Little Mermaid." The production will run March 30-April 2, 2017. Auditions will be held in the Delone Catholic HS band room on Thursday 1/5 at 6:30 p.m. Auditionees should have some talent in singing or dancing (or both.) Young men are especially in demand, but young women will also be accepted. See for more info. Specific questions can be directed to .

  • Christmas Practice and Concert

    All Saturday music practices are now cancelled. Some groups are asked to report early on Sunday. See times below.

    The mandatory Christmas concert is Sunday 12/18 at 6:30 p.m. Flute Choir members report to the Old Gym at 4:30 p.m. Chorus members report to the Sheppard Gym by 4:45 p.m. with band uniforms or nice dress clothes under choir robes (dress or skirt for women, ties for men, dress shoes for all.) Junior Band members report to the cafeteria by 5:30 wearing nice dress clothes and dress shoes. Concert Band report to the cafeteria by 5:30 wearing full band uniform (white pants, blue jacket, white band shoes, tall white socks.) All students should plan to stay for the entire concert, which should end by 8 p.m. Admission is free; but any free-will offerings will be happily accepted at the door.

    Mr. Yealy

  • Christmas Practice and Concert

    Due to poor weather conditions, the Junior Band and Flute Choir rehearsal is cancelled for Saturday 12/17. Chorus will practice 1:30-2:45, Concert band 2:45-4:00. Chorus and Concert Band members should check their email again before leaving the house for possible weather-related changes.

    The mandatory Christmas concert is Sunday 12/18 at 6:30 p.m. Flute Choir members report to the Old Gym at 4:30 p.m. Junior Band members should report to the cafeteria by 5:30. Please wear nice dress clothes and dress shoes for the event. Plan to stay for the entire concert, which should end before 8 p.m.

    Elementary Music/Junior Band
  • Little Mermaid Auditions

    Spring Musical Auditions will be held in the band room at Delone Catholic High School on December 8 and 9 at 3 p.m.  Audition PDFs and practice audio files are attached. Everyone has two audition sheets to sing - one that is gender-specific, and one sheet to be sung by everyone. For the "Everyone" sheet, it is recommended that men sing most of the songs high and women sing most of the songs low. For song 4 on the "Everyone" sheet, The top notes should be sung first, then the bottom notes. It is recommended that everyone sing song 4 low until the last line. On the "Women" sheet, all women should sing the top notes of song 4 high as written.

    The Original Broadway Cast Album can be found here:

    Students need only attend one of the two audition days. If you cannot attend either day, set up an appointment with Mr. Yealy. All Delone Catholic students are welcome - NO previous acting, singing, or dancing experience is required.

    Spring Musical
  • We're not going to the parade.

    Dear MB Families,

    I've been watching the forecasts all day. We're going to err on the side of caution to protect our students, uniforms, and equipment, and cancel our participation for tonight. We already have several sick children in band and a busy weekend ahead of us. There is still at least a 50% chance of us getting rained on at the parade site. We are the only band that uses electronics, so extra caution is warranted. Also, I'm not sure our tractor will be able to pull three carts full of students and equipment on wet roads. Please make sure your friends received this message. See you Saturday at 1:00.

    Many thanks,
    Mr. Yealy

  • Littlestown Game

    The Littlestown Game is on. Marching Band members should report to the student parking lot at 4:30 unless you gave me a note. There will be no after-school supervision for students to remain on campus between 3 and 4:30. (Posted Fri 9/30 @ 1:30 p.m.)

    Thank you!

    Marching Squires
  • All are Invited to Join the Music Association

    The Music Association meets on the second Tuesday 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.

  • Bus and Away-Event Guidelines

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  • Instrumental Music Honors Requirements

  • Music Syllabi 2016-17



The Delone Catholic Music Department finds its purpose in the Mission Statement of Delone Catholic High School: Delone Catholic High School exists to educate and challenge students spiritually, academically, physically, socially and aesthetically within the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. This challenge will inspire students to experience Jesus Christ personally and to “Be Doers of the Word.”

Spiritual growth occurs as students use their talents in praise of God, through the study and performance of sacred music in liturgical and concert settings.

Academic growth and intellectual development are encouraged as students listen to music analytically and critically, making informed judgments about the music and what it means to them. Ear training exercises help students understand what they hear. Music is also approached intellectually as students acquire an understanding of musical terms and symbols as well as the historical, cultural, stylistic, programmatic and personal contexts of major works. Through interpretation, improvisation and composition, students exercise creativity and independent thinking.

Physical skills are developed through instrumental and vocal training including coordination, balance, agility, relaxation, posture, poise and breath control.

Strong social relationships are built within music performance groups which foster teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, respect for self and others, and appreciation for the unique potential of each person. Personal growth is evidenced as members of instrumental and vocal performance groups develop maturity, responsibility, service, leadership, self-confidence, self-discipline and excellence through healthy competition.

Aesthetic sensitivity is nurtured as the students come to understand the basic elements of music and the way these elements come together to create an expressive work of art. Students discuss the current importance of the art of music in their lives, and ways in which it will continue to play a vital role after they graduate.

Through vocal and instrumental performance, students integrate these spiritual, academic, physical, social, personal, and aesthetic aspects of life.

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Why should you support your school music program?

Music is Physical
In performance classes and organizations students use, train, coordinate and condition specific muscles through singing, playing instruments, marching or performing color guard routines.

Music is Intellectual
Through studying music theory students learn to think logically and arrive at new conclusions by building upon what they have already learned.

Music is Emotional
Above all, music is an expression of human feeling and experience. Students are able to share the experiences of other artists or creatively express their own feelings through music.

Music is Spiritual
For centuries man has used music to give glory and praise to God. Students continue this tradition through the study and performance of sacred music. Many students also use their musical talents to sing and play in school and community liturgies and services.

Music is Social
Students of diverse personalities and backgrounds come together in bands and choruses to work toward a common goal. They learn the arts of compromise, cooperation, discipline and communication.

Music is Language
Music is a form of communication more universal than any other language. Students learn the meaning of various symbols and how they are put together to create a meaningful composition.

Music is Mathematical
Students learn the complex mathematical relationships of sound and silence durations and metrical groupings. On the football field, marching band members learn to use counts, coordinates, and forms to bring geometry to life.

Music is History
Students learn the role that music played in past cultures as well as its dynamic role in their own time.

Music is Aesthetic
Students come to appreciate the beauty of how great artists combine the individual elements of music (like melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre)to form an expressive whole.

Music is Total Education
In other words, music just might contribute more to the total education of the person than any other single subject.