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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  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 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  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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A Guide to Tuition and Assistance

Mission and Ministry

Delone Catholic High School exists to 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.”

At Delone Catholic, that statement is not just our mission, it is our ministry. Through our rich spiritual environment, challenging academic curriculum and extensive extracurricular offerings, we seek to mold young adults into healthy, happy adults whose lives enrich their families, their Church and their communities. We firmly believe that Catholic education should be accessible to all families who wish it for their children. However, we understand that financial considerations make a Catholic education seem out of reach to some families. Therefore, we have established tuition assistance for families who need assistance to achieve the goal of Catholic education. Currently, about 17 percent of Delone Catholic families receive some tuition assistance, based on need as determined through an application process. All families wishing to apply for assistance must begin the process by completing the appropriate application based on their state of residence..

If You Are Applying for Assistance
Please take the time to read through this guide. application forms will be available in both English and Spanish by Jan. 31 in the Business Office and online at

If You Are Not Applying for Assistance
You do not need to do anything at this time. Please read the information regarding Tuition and Payment Plans.
If you have any questions, please call the Business Office at 717-637-5969 or

Tuition Rates and Payment Plans 2017-18

Tuition Rates for 2017-18*

Supporting Parish Rates
 Single student $5,750
 Two student family $8,650
 Three/four student family $10,350 


Non-Supporting Parish Rates
 Single student $7,530
 Two student family $12,880
 Three/four student family $18,360

*These tuition rates are in effect for the 2017-18 school year. Tuition rates for the 2018-19 school year will be published by April 30, 2018.

The tuition rates do not include the non-refundable registration deposit. Additional costs may include: uniforms, religion textbook fee, book fee for non-Pennsylvania students, physical education uniform, lab fees and athletics fees (if participating in a sport).

Payment Plans*

Plan 1: Full payment of tuition by June 30.
Plan 2: Half payment of tuition by June 30 and half payment of tuition by Dec. 30.
Plan 3: Ten equal tuition payments due by the last day of the month in June-March.

*Alternative payment plans must be approved by the Finance Committee annually. Please submit request in writing by Aug. 1.

Tuition and Assistance FAQs

How much is the current tuition at Delone Catholic High School?
The Board of Directors strives to make a Catholic education affordable for all. The full cost to educate one student at Delone Catholic is $7,648 for the 2016-17 school year. With base tuition for 2016-17 set at $5,550 (see the tuition table for variants), every family actually receives some scholarship support even before applying for additional support. In 2015-16, over 25 percent of students received additional assistance. Supporting Catholic deanery parishes contribute over $633,000 annually thus providing scholarships for every student and family. The amount of this support is more for parishioners of these parishes. We encourage Maryland families to seek assistance from their own parish.

How do I know if I am eligible for tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance can only be determined by applying to the FACTS service. FACTS is an objective and professional organization that specializes in student aid analysis using federal methodology. Delone Catholic uses the services of FACTS to assist us in determining the assistance amount for each family. After examining each family situation, a decision is made on eligibility for tuition assistance. Priority will be given to Catholic families who are registered in their Parish and actively participate in parish life.

How can I apply for tuition assistance?
Tuition assistance applications are available in the Business Office and will be posted on by Jan. 31. Both Pennsylvania and Maryland residents should complete the FACTS online application. In order to fill out the application, you will need a complete copy of this years’s or last year’s IRS Form 1040, your current W-2’s and your current PA-40 or utility bill. There is a processing fee of approximately $30 for this application. 

Where does tuition assistance come from and how much is available?
Tuition assistance provided by Delone Catholic High School comes from a variety of generous supporters, including local parishes, generous benefactors and the Neumann Scholarship Program. The Neumann Scholarship, administered by the Diocese of Harrisburg, uses Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) funds; these funds in turn come from generous businesses who direct their tax dollars to provide tuition subsidies for our students. Only Pennsylvania residents are eligible for Neumann Scholarships. In addition to the Neumann Scholarships, Delone Catholic has 14 additional tuition assistance funds established by a variety of benefactors. Interest earned each year is given out in tuition assistance to both Pennsylvania and Maryland residents. In the 2015-16 school year, we awarded approximately $198,083 in tuition assistance.

Note: When you submit your FACTS, you are automatically considered for these tuition assistance funds. If you receive any of these funds, you will be notified by July 31. If you receive Neumann Scholarship funds, the Diocese will send a letter informing you of the Neumann Scholarship amount in mid-July.

When is the deadline to apply for tuition assistance?
The deadline to submit your FACTS application is April 15. In order to make sure that you are eligible for tuition assistance, you must meet all deadlines. After the deadline, we cannot guarantee tuition assistance since funds will diminish and may not be available at a later date.

When will I know if I receive tuition assistance?
The Diocese will inform you of Neumann Scholarship amounts in mid-July. Delone Catholic will contact you by letter by the July 31.

What if our financial situation changes after I apply for tuition assistance?
We understand that hardships can occur. A parent can be laid off, lose a job or encounter medical problems. If your family experiences at least a 10 percent decrease in income, write to the Finance Committee explaining the change in situation. The committee will review your eligibility for additional assistance.

Application for 2017-18 Tuition Assistance

The 2017-18 Tuition Assistance Application through FACTS is now available. All Pennsylvania and Maryland residents will use the FACTS program. In previous years, Maryland families were directed elsewhere, but that is no longer the case.

The deadline to apply is April 15.

For Pennsylvania Families - Attached is a  guide about the Neumann Scholarship program  through the Diocese of Harrisburg. Your application is still entered through the link posted above, but this guide provides more details. This is for Pennsylvania residents only. 

All reports are available online in real time. Preliminary assessment results for online applications are available immediately upon submission by the parents. Final assessments results are updated once FACTS receives the supporting tax documents for an applicant. Please allow a two week processing time once all applications and applicable tax documents have been submitted.

Neumann Scholarships for Pennsylvania Families

The Diocese of Harrisburg, in response to the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Law (EITC), created the Neumann Scholarship Foundation. The EITC program provides tax credits to businesses that contribute to qualified scholarship organizations. The Neumann Scholarship Foundation has been approved by the State of Pennsylvania as a qualified scholarship organization. All scholarships offered by the Foundation are provided in accord with the laws governing this program.

Scholarships are offered to qualified students attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg, on a basis of need. In order to meet the state requirements, the scholarship organizations must demonstrate that families meet the state eligibility requirements. The Neumann Scholarship Foundation has contracted with FACTS Management to process the information provided by families applying for scholarships. FACTS will provide the Neumann Scholarship Foundation with a relative ranking of need among the eligible families. The Foundation will award scholarships on the basis of this information. Scholarships are available for grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12.

Tuition and Assistance for Maryland Families

Through the generosity of alumni, friends and other benefactors, Delone Catholic is able to offer need-based tuition assistance to families who cannot be awarded scholarships through the Diocese of Harrisburg's Neumann Scholarship Foundation. Tuition assistance can only be determined by completing an aid assessment. Beginning in 2017, Delone Catholic will begin using the services of FACTS to assist in determining the assistance amount for each family.  FACTS is an objective and professional organization that specializes in student aid analysis using federal methodology. After examining each family situation, a decision is made on eligibility for tuition assistance. Priority will be given to Catholic families who are registered in their Parish and actively participate in parish life.