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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Thursday, May 31, 2018

In this issue…
  • DeLaSalle Concludes School Year, Three Teachers Announce Retirement
  • Watch the Class of 2018 Graduation
  • DeLaSalle Reaccredited for Five More Years
  • Spring Sports Playoffs Continue
  • DeLaSalle Sets Summer Hours
  • Summer Coursework Required for AP & Honors Classes
  • Save August 8 or 15 for School Orientation; iPad Pickup
  • Summer Work Service Shifts Available
  • Summer College Planning Tasks for Rising Seniors
  • Host an International Student in 2018-19
  • Still Time to Register for DeLaSalle Summer Camps
DeLaSalle Concludes School Year, Three Teachers Announce Retirement

Congratulations – you made it! Today marks the last day of school for 2017-18 and together we can reflect on our many accomplishments as we wrap up our 118th year on Nicollet Island. Work has already begun for the 2018-19 school year. But, for now, summer provides that needed break for students and families to relax before a new year of learning gets underway.

Three DeLaSalle teachers are retiring this spring, after dedicating much of their lives to teaching and to the students and families of DeLaSalle. We congratulate and offer best wishes to Modern Languages teacher Dr. Joyce Cogdell-Travis, Science teacher Juliet Peterson, and Theology teacher Mary Joy Zawislak.

Watch the Class of 2018 Graduation

DeLaSalle graduated 174 students in the Class of 2018 on May 24. Jeff Cavins, a Catholic author and evangelist, used his commencement address to reflect on the DeLaSalle tradition that our Islander graduates are now a part of and will carry on in their next endeavors. You can watch a recording of our livestream here.

DeLaSalle Reaccredited for Five More Years

DeLaSalle’s well-deserved reputation as a college preparatory school will continue following a unanimous decision this spring by AdvancED, the school’s accrediting agency, to extend accreditation through 2023.  DeLaSalle was first accredited in 1929. Among the many areas of observation and review, several affirmations surfaced within the report, including these highlights:

  • “Strategically, the school is focused on being true to its identity, sustaining rigor, being a viable option for all, and valuing diversity.  Of all the strengths noted by the team, the most prevailing is how this school lives its mission!”
  • “The school is committed to the success of every student… resulting in an improved curriculum, more co-curricular opportunities, enhanced learning spaces, and increased funding sources over the last five years.”
Spring Sports Playoffs Continue

With seasons compressed due to the extreme weather conditions of April, the Islander spring sports programs have been on a hectic schedule to complete as much of their regular season schedules as possible.  Click here to follow the Islanders in the playoffs.

DeLaSalle Sets Summer Hours

DeLaSalle will be open in the summer. The school building and Main Office will be open Monday-Friday between 8:00am-4:00pm, except holidays. You may find how to contact a particular staff member through our online staff directory.

Summer Coursework Required for AP, Honors Courses

Students registered for some honors or Advanced Placement courses in 2018-19 are required to complete coursework before the new school year begins on Monday, August 21. The assigned coursework is available here.

Save August 8 or 15 for 2018-19 School Orientation, iPad Pickup

All returning students and a parent/guardian must participate in a required school orientation in August before the new school year starts. Orientation sessions provide a one-stop opportunity for DeLaSalle and your family to prepare for the new school year, including distributing iPads to students, making final uniform purchases, and depositing money into your child’s cafeteria account. School orientations are scheduled August 8 and August 15. Families should watch their email for a link to register for a school orientation session. As a reminder, all new students, including those in the Class of 2022, will participate in New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 16. The Office of Admission will communicate more information about that session.

Please note – uniform orders must be placed before July 13 in order to ensure delivery by the start of school. You may purchase items online here. Contact Douge Schildgen with further questions.

Summer Work Service Shifts Available


As a reminder, all students who received need-based financial aid for the 2017-18 school year must complete ten hours of work service before June 30. Students who receive need-based financial aid for 2018-19 may begin completing their work service obligation on Monday, June 4. Please contact Brooks Shelstad to schedule work service hours. Shifts are available:



  • June, shifts available Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-3:00pm
  • July, shifts available Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:00pm
Summer College Planning Tasks for Rising Seniors


DeLaSalle Guidance and College Planning staff want to help students in the Class of 2019 be the most prepared for college and encourage students to complete these tasks this summer to assist in their college planning efforts.

  • Fill out your Request For Letter of Recommendation Sheet (available in the document library link of your Naviance account)
  • Talk with your college advisor about whom to choose for your teacher recommenders. Your college advisor by last name is: A-H  Ms. Braun; I-Q Ms. Carter; R-Z Ms. McAdams
  • Review applications for colleges in which you are interested. When is the application deadline? Do you need to do an essay? Do you need recommendations?  How many?
  • Write your ESSAYS if needed. Find the essay questions for the Common Application here.  If three or more of the colleges you’re applying to take the Common Application, DO the Common Application.  Naviance will let you know if the college accepts the Common Application (CA in the little box).
  • Finish your required 60 Christian Service hours and reflection.
  • Visit Colleges
  • Look for Scholarships – Begin with these scholarship search engines,,
Host an International Student in 2018-19

Islanders are known for their welcoming hospitality. DeLaSalle is looking for a family interested in hosting an international student in 2018-19. Yuan will be a sophomore this fall at DeLaSalle and enjoys science and math – and was part of a team this year that helped design an app. Hosting a student like Yuan offers a unique opportunity to build a special connection, explore new customs, and share American culture. Host families receive a housing stipend. Please contact the Office of Admission if you are interested.

Still Time to Register for DeLaSalle Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner – and DeLaSalle is excited to host Camp Islander – a series of summer camps that help hundreds of local elementary, middle, and high school students build their skills and have fun learning new activities. Explore and register here for camps we offer in boys’ and girls’ basketball, cheer, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, tennis, theatre, and volleyball.


Around DeLaSalle

Islander and Eagle Scout Jeno Broschofsky ‘19 is making a difference in his community by collecting and distributing sports equipment to children who can’t afford it. Jeno collected so much that he recently donated the surplus to the Salvation Army. Great job, Jeno, and thank you for your service.
“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” Romans 12:12
2017-18 Scripture Theme
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