Dear Delone Catholic Families,
I received an update from Superintendent Breen this afternoon regarding the Diocesan response to Governor Wolf's order to extend the closure of school indefinitely. "'All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice,' the PDE's website reads. So, we will follow suit and keep doing what we are doing . . . . 'until further notice.' Since President Trump has said that social distancing will be in effect through April, May would likely be the soonest possible in-person return."
As such, our staff will continue to conduct distance learning with every effort to improve delivery as we go forward. Our teachers completed a technology survey over the weekend so that we can better assess their needs at this time, and we will be reviewing the data provided by students and parents to implement effective changes. Thank you for taking the time to complete the family survey that was shared in Sunday's update. If you haven't had a chance to complete it yet, please do so by tonight at 9 p.m. as it will aide us greatly in our planning for the weeks ahead.
Please note the following changes being implemented: to reduce the stress our students are undergoing at this time, final examinations for all classes will be eliminated for this year. Additionally, the Delone Catholic requirement that every student enrolled in an AP course must take the AP exam is waived for this academic year as well. It is the students' option to take their corresponding AP examinations as per the directives from the CollegeBoard. Additionally, we are working on a modification of our Works of Mercy Program to be shared as soon as it is ready.
As we move into next week, Monday, April 6, will be a teacher in-service day, Tuesday and Wednesday until noon will be days of instruction (please remember that all 3rd quarter assignments/assessments missing from March 16 through March 27 are due at noon on April 8). There will be no instruction on April 9, April 10 or April 13, so that families can have time together to reflect on the blessings of the Easter season and enjoy our holy days.
May you continue to stay healthy; may God bless you, and may our prayers be answered.
Richard La Rocca
Delone Catholic High School is a regional high school named for Charles J. Delone, Esq., a prominent Catholic attorney of Hanover, who donated the land and the funds for the construction of the original building. The facilities that had been the education center for elementary and high school were destroyed by fire in 1938 which precipitated Mr. Delone's generous donation. The cornerstone of the new school was laid in 1939 and the new building was dedicated by Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognanni, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, on Sept 2, 1940. As a tribute to Mr. Delone, the school bears his name and its athletic teams have adopted his title "Squires" and "Squirettes."
Father Cyril J. Allwein was appointed the first Principal of Delone Catholic High School. The Sisters of Saint Joseph were joined on the faculty by the Sisters of Mercy and, in 1941, by the Sisters of Christian Charity. In 1952 the high school was accredited by the Middle States Association under the direction of Father William R. Lyons, Principal 1948-1977. Two additional wings were added to the original building in 1955 and in 1963. A chapel, bearing the title, "Our Lady, Queen of Peace," was constructed in 1966. The chapel was moved in 2007 and renovated through a gift from the estate of Donald W. and Mary E. Small. The Lawrence B. (Sonny) Sheppard, Jr. Memorial, a gymnasium complex, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Sheppard in memory of their son, was built in 1968. The 1963 Science and Math wing was renovated in the summer of 2011. The 1940 building received a complete renovation in the summer of 2013 and the 1955 wing, library, cafeteria, band room and old gym were renovated in 2016 and 2017.
Delone Catholic High School continues to serve the youth of parishes in Hanover, McSherrystown, Littlestown, Spring Grove, Abbottstown, New Oxford, Bonneauville, Gettysburg, Fairfield, Westminster, Emmitsburg, Reisterstown, Taneytown and Glyndon as well as non-Catholics from the Adams/Hanover area and northern Maryland. There are also international students from several countries enrolled at Delone Catholic.
Archbishop Amleto Giovanni Cicognanni, Apostolic Delegate to the United States dedicates Delone Catholic High School on Sept 2, 1940