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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, February 9, 2018

In this issue…
  • Students May Select 2018-19 Courses
  • Apply for Financial Aid by February 23
  • Early Decision Application Deadline TODAY for Class of 2022
  • Parent Association Hosts “ACT/SAT Strategies and Preparation” February 12
  • DeLaSalle Welcomes AdvancED Accreditation Visit Team
  • Ash Wednesday Marks Start of Lent
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Cheer Islander Athletes During Winter Sports Playoffs
  • Spring Sports Registration Begins February 12
Students May Select 2018-19 Courses


As has been communicated for several weeks, today we began the process of course selection for current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders for 2018-19.

DeLaSalle this year has implemented a continuous enrollment model, which other schools are also now doing. Continuous Enrollment streamlines the re-enrollment process and eliminates the need for sending a repetitive re-registration form and a new tuition agreement to families each year.  With almost all students re-enrolling at DeLaSalle year over year, the process of completing multiple forms ends up being unnecessary. Those few families that may be considering withdrawing their child for 2018-19 are encouraged to contact Vice President for Enrollment, Mike O’Keefe, at 612-676-7679.  Mike manages the process, but quite often, individual concerns for a particular student or family are addressed with enough advance notice.

Students will receive an email with a link to register for courses. Earlier this week, students received a course request worksheet via email that will help them identify which required courses they must take and what elective courses are available. Watch a video here that explains how to use the course request worksheet.

Students and parents may consult the 2018-19 curriculum guide here to view graduation requirements and course descriptions by academic department. We’re excited to announce several new courses, including two offerings in AP computer programming, an Honors Theology course, a science course taught in collaboration with a Lasallian high school in Spain, and Explore-Impact, a practicum opportunity for college-bound seniors. Students are encouraged to discuss course requests with their parents, college adviser, and academic mentor. Academic mentor meetings are scheduled Friday, February 16.

Apply for Financial Aid by February 23

All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that you make to send your children sons and daughters to our school. We know we must be good stewards. Support from our generous alumni and friends allows for a tuition that is considerably less than the actual cost of educating each student. We also remain committed to support slightly over half of our families with the largest per capita financial aid program of any private high school in Minnesota in 2018-19.

Families who wish to apply for financial aid based on family financial need must submit an application to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS) by Friday, February 23. Families may access the online application at Financial aid worksheets which are extremely helpful in preparing your application are available here in English, y aqui en espanol. Families may contact Ron Rice at 612.676.7601 with questions or to schedule an appointment to complete their application online.

‘Early Decision’ Application Deadline TODAY for Class of 2022

Families of eighth graders are reminded that Friday, February 9 is the “early decision” application deadline for prospective members of the Class of 2022.  To date, we now have received application materials from 342 eighth graders from over 75 different Twin Cities middle schools.  The Admission Review Committee begins its work on February 10, and we will send offers of admission to qualified students on Friday, February 16.  Ninth grade registration is Saturday, February 24, and it appears likely that we will meet our goal of registering 175-200 ninth graders for next year.  We appreciate all the efforts of many families to complete an application by Friday, and new applications are coming our way each day.  We will continue to accept applications throughout the spring and summer and register students if space is available.  For more information, please contact Mike O’Keefe, Vice President for Enrollment.


Parent Association Hosts “ACT/SAT Strategies and Preparation” February 12

How important are ACT and SAT test scores in college admissions? Learn more about the exams and how to help your child achieve his or her best possible score when testing expert and former DeLaSalle parent Mary Ann Dorsher presents at the February Parent Association meeting. The meeting is Monday, February 12, from 6:30-8:00pm in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104). Dorsher presented to 11th graders on the same subject at the January 26 College Planning Day for Juniors. Over the past decade, she has helped more than 3,600 students prepare for ACT and other exams through the ACT Ready program that she co-founded. As always, all DeLaSalle parents are invited and welcome to attend.


DeLaSalle Welcomes AdvancED Accreditation Visit Team February 12-13

A team of five educators will lead a two-day external review of DeLaSalle as part of our re-accreditation through AdvancED. Every five years, DeLaSalle goes through a re-accreditation process. During the review, the visiting team will observe classrooms, review school practices and survey data, and conduct interviews with students and parents. The team will present its initial findings, including DeLaSalle’s Index of Education Quality score, with recognition of best practices and opportunities for improvement. The AdvancED Accreditation Commission will vote on DeLaSalle’s accreditation when it meets in June. DeLaSalle has been accredited as a college preparatory high school since 1929.

Ash Wednesday Marks Start of Lent

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent, the period of 40 days leading to Christ’s death on Good Friday and Resurrection on Easter Sunday. School chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski, will celebrate Mass for the school on Wednesday, February 14, just after 9:00am in the Florance Center. DeLaSalle observes Lent in part by abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays throughout Lent. Meatless options are served in the DeLaSalle Cafe on these days.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

Find the most up-to-date school events on the School Calendar webpage

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, February 19

The school will be closed in observance of the President’s Day federal holiday.

History Day at DeLaSalle

Tuesday, February 20

Eleventh grade students will present their History Day projects, revealing weeks of research on a historical topic around a national theme, which this year is “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Students can demonstrate their research through exhibits, documentaries, performances, websites, and research papers. Last year, Erin Boehme ‘18, Julia Gerloff ’18, Nadia Johnson ’18, and Ava Methner ’18 all advanced to the national competition, where Boehme earned fifth place for her research paper about Rachel Carson.

Out of Uniform Day

Wednesday, February 21

Students may dress out of uniform if they purchase a wristband in advance and follow the out of uniform guidelines in the Student Parent Handbook.

Registration for the Class of 2022

Saturday, February 24, 9:00am-noon

On Saturday, February 24 from 9:00am-12:00pm, DeLaSalle registers the Class of 2022. Students and their families will register for classes and learn more about activities, finances, transportation, and other programs. The School Store will be open and DeLaSalle staff will be available to answer questions.

Social Justice Week

February 26-March 2

Social Justice Week is an annual program of the Office of Lasallian Ministry, which focuses on specific social teachings of the Catholic Church. This year, DeLaSalle will continue exploring human trafficking, an issue that was front and center of a peaceful march on February 1.

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

March 8, 3:00-8:00pm & March 9, 11:00am-5:00pm

Parent-Student-Teacher conferences allow parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to discuss a student’s academic progress. As students and parents can benefit by hearing the same commendations and recommendations from teachers, we strongly suggest students and parents attend conferences and participate in these conversations together.

Around DeLaSalle

One way DeLaSalle observed Catholic Schools Week was with an all school Mass February 7, celebrated by Fr. Michael Joncas and school chaplain, Fr. Joe Kuharski. During his homily, Fr. Joncas invited Islanders to discover the truth, determine the good, and discern the beautiful. (Photo courtesy: Kristin Lundstrum, DeLaSalle staff)

Cheer Islander Athletes During Winter Sports Playoffs

Cheer on Islander student athletes as their teams compete in winter sports playoffs.

The DeLaSalle Girls’ Hockey program begins playoffs in Section 6AA on Saturday night at 6:45pm at Parade Ice Arena.  The bracket is posted on the MSHSL website here. The team finished the season with a record of 16-9-1, the most successful season since a multi-school hockey co-op was established five years ago.  Nine of the 23 team members are Islanders, including the team’s second-leading scorer, Maddie Duca `19, and four-year regulars, Justine Hill `18 and Molly Molloy `18.  Minnehaha Academy, St. Agnes, Gentry Academy, and Providence Academy are the other schools in the co-op, and because they own the home ice rink and serve as the “host school” in the co-op, the team is called Minnehaha United.  Best of luck, Islanders, as you take the ice on Saturday!

Spring Sports Registration Begins February 12

Students interested in trying out for a spring sport are encouraged to sign up via an e-mail they will receive Monday, February 12 from the Student Activities office. The deadline for students to register is Friday, February 23. As a reminder, students must have a Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Eligibility form and a current physical (within the last three years) on file with the Student Activities office.

“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
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