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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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Guidance Services at Delone Catholic

Guidance Services at Delone Catholic High School include:

  • One or more personal student interviews with a counselor each year
  • College and school counseling
  • Parent conferences as needed or requested
  • Small group meetings with college representatives
  • Profile report of each graduating class
  • Psychological services (referral)
  • Family consultation and counseling
  • Student assistance program leadership and membership (drug and mental health issues)
  • Evening seminars with parents and/or students
  • Guidance services to Delone Catholic graduates
  • SAT and ACT supervision and administration
  • Advanced Placement (AP) examination program
  • Standardized aptitude and achievement testing program
  • Orientation program for freshmen and their parents
  • Consultation with faculty and staff about student needs and problems
  • Personal counseling to school personnel
  • Student records collection, maintenance and release
  • Collection and recording of student extracurricular activities and awards
  • Conferences for transferred and discontinued students
  • Program planning with faculty and staff
  • Survey of graduates on first anniversary of graduation
  • Collection and posting of part-time job openings
  • Access to armed services recruitment personnel
  • Program of career counseling and education, including biannual Career Day
  • Career resource center (Guidance Center)
  • Internet links to college and career search information
  • Guidance services to student athletes, including NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse communications and submission of core course descriptions
  • Coordination for selection of students to participate in various leadership and academic programs
  • Membership in community school/work partnership groups

Guidance News

  • Hanover Elks Lodge #763 Student of the Month Program

    5 - $1,000 Scholarships offered.

    The Youth Activities Committee of the Hanover Elks will again recognize and reward area seniors based on scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, community and civic involvement.  All seniors are invited to fill out an application and mail it back at their earliest convenience. The applications are reviewed and each month one senior is selected as Student of the Month.  Those not selected at that time are reconsidered for the following months. The scholarship winners will be selected from the students of the month.  Application period is September to March 15, 2017.  The sooner one applies, the better.

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  • Welcome Class of 2020!

    Attention Class of 2020 (Incoming Freshmen) - Remember that Works of Mercy Hours can begin to accumulate as soon as 8th grade is completed. In addition, please remember to complete the Summer Reading assignment. Please check the school's website for additional information.

    Aug. 11 will be our Freshmen Parent Orientation Night. This is an ideal opportunity to hear from current families, students and faculty about what life is like at Delone Catholic.

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  • For Juniors - Wendy's High School Heisman

    Once again, the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program will accept on-line applications directly from students. Applicants must possess a B grade average and participate in at least one sport. Juniors (Class of 2017) only may apply. The application is not yet available, but is usually due the first week of October. If you wish to apply for this prestigious scholarship program, please see Mr. Cline or Mr. Hutton in the Guidance Center, or visit for more information.

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  • Fall PSAT Testing

    Each Fall, the Sophomores and Juniors are required to take the PSAT Test, which is the pre-cursor to the SAT. Due to the large percentage of our students that take the SAT during their Junior and/or Senior years, we feel as though the more exposure and practice our students have to the test the greater chance of success when their PSAT scores count toward scholarship consideration, as well as on the SAT when considered by colleges and universities. This year, the test will be administered on Oct. 19, 2016, and there is a $15 fee required to take the test.

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  • Adams County Area College and Career Fair

    The Adams County School Counselors Association coordinates the Adams County Area College and Career Fair each fall. This year, the fair is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on the campus of Gettysburg College. This will be the 19th year for the event, and there should be over 100 options for students to explore! The event is completely free to the public, so everyone is welcome. Please consider exploring this event to learn more about options for your future.

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  • Hanover Area College Night

    The Delone Catholic High School Guidance Department continues to cooperate with other local high schools and the Hanover Rotary Club to sponsor the Hanover Area College Night. On Sept. 20, Hanover High School will host the College Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Guidance Department encourages parents and students of all grades to attend this program, which will be particularly helpful for seniors and juniors.

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  • SAT and ACT Preparation Courses

    The Mathematics and English Departments will be offering SAT Prep courses this summer. The SAT Mathematics Prep course will run from 9-11 a.m. at Delone Catholic High School on July 12-14, and July 19-21. The SAT Mathematics Prep book for the course will be provided. Registration brochures are currently available in the Main Office. Registration will be accepted along with the registration fee of $165 through June 1. For more information please contact Mr. Neil Groft at

    The SAT English Prep course will be abbreviated, meeting on July 5 and 6 for a total of 4 hours. Registration cost is $60. For more information please contact Miss Jennifer Noel at

    York College of Pennsylvania will be offering an SAT preparation course this summer. The dates of the course are June 13-16, from 5-9 p.m. (Mon., Tues., Wed.) and 5-8 p.m. (Thurs.) Email for more information.

    Penn State York will offer prep courses in August and again in the fall. Those dates and times have not yet been set. Please visit to check for times once they are set, or contact Ms. Judy Woods at

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  • Guidance Office Summer Hours

    Over the summer break, the Guidance Office will be staffed from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:
    June 8 - Mr. Hutton
    June 22 - Mrs. Heberling
    July 6 - Mr. Hutton
    July 20 - Mrs. Heberling
    July 27 - Mr. Cline
    Aug. 3 - Mr. Cline

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Guidance Events

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Counselor-Student Conference Procedures

  1. Students may schedule appointments with the counselors by completing a Guidance Conference Request. These forms are available in the school guidance offices, homerooms and the Main Office. Forms should be placed in the counselor's mail drawer by teachers or the office staff. 
  2. In most cases, student interviews will be scheduled at the following times: before or after school, during homeroom, study period or lunch period.
  3. After an appointment has been scheduled, the student will receive a pass during homeroom period on the day he/she is scheduled to report. The student should present this pass to the teacher whose classroom he/she is leaving. The teacher must sign the pass and indicate the time the student is leaving the classroom. Students reporting back to class from an appointment with any counselor must present to the teacher a pass that has been signed by the counselor and marked with the student's time of departure.
  4. In an emergency, a teacher may refer a student to a counselor at any time by issuing a corridor pass to the student. The student must present this pass to the counselor.
  5. In special circumstances, a counselor may summon a student to a guidance office at any time from class. A test or quiz in progress is the only excuse for denial of a counselor's request.
  6. From time to time, students will meet with social service agency personnel, armed forces representatives or college representatives in one of the guidance offices. When these appointments occur, normal scheduling procedures will be used.

Diocese of Harrisburg Number to Letter Grade Conversion

The official grading conversion chart for schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg is as follows:

Number Grade Letter Grade
 93-100  A
 85-92  B
 77-84  C
 70-76  D

This grading schema is not retroactive. It will affect new student records created after July 1, 2012, and will be reflected on transcripts issued after that date.

Selective Service Registration

Young men by law must register with Selective Service within a month of their 18th birthday. Registration is also a requirement to qualify for federal student aid, job training benefits, and most federal employment. There are two ways to register with the Selective Service:

  • filling out a simple card available in the Guidance Center from the appointed Selective Service Registrant, Mr. Christopher Cline, or
  • on-line at

Good Student Discount

The Guidance Department reminds parents that some insurance companies are providing discounts on automobile insurance rates to “good students." Students must meet various high academic standards to receive the discount. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer such a discount. Counselors will gladly complete forms for students who are eligible.