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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, March 22, 2019

In this issue…
  • Barry Lieske Will Retire as DeLaSalle President at End of 2019-20 School Year
  • DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Final Performances of “Disney’s Newsies” Spring Musical
  • Girls’ Basketball Captures Fourth Title; Boys’ Basketball Seeks State Championship
  • DeLaSalle Advances 32 History Day Projects to State
  • Advanced Placement Exam Registration and Fees
  • Students Invited to Register for Summer Service Opportunities
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
  • Ninth Graders Fill Plastic Easter Eggs for Mary’s Place
  • Land O’Lakes Bot Shot Challenge Comes to DeLaSalle
  • Host An International Student in 2019-20
  • Register for Camp Islander
Barry Lieske Will Retire as DeLaSalle President at End of 2019-20 School Year

As we communicated in an email Thursday evening, Barry Lieske informed the Board of Trustees of his intention to retire as president of DeLaSalle at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The Board has retained CohenTaylor, an executive recruiting firm, which will immediately begin conducting a national search for the next school president. CohenTaylor will be interviewing community stakeholders, creating a job profile, recruiting diverse talent, and recommending a final slate of candidates for the Board search committee to interview. Updates on the search process will be provided throughout the coming year. Lieske will continue to serve as president for the next 16 months, building upon the momentum of recent years at DeLaSalle. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Theatre Presents Final Performances of “Disney’s Newsies” Spring Musical

DeLaSalle Theatre has enjoyed a successful run of its spring musical “Disney’s Newsies.” Don’t miss your opportunity to see the production this weekend with final performances tonight (March 22) at 7:30pm or tomorrow (March 23) at 8:00pm. Saturday’s performance time has been pushed back to 8:00pm to allow those who wish to attend and support the DeLaSalle boys’ basketball team in the state championship game. The production, which is inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City, is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. You do not need a ticket in advance and may purchase tickets at the door for each show. Continue reading

Girls’ Basketball Captures Fourth Title; Boys’ Basketball Seeks State Championship

Congratulations to the DeLaSalle girls’ basketball team on winning its fourth state championship March 16. The Islanders defeated Becker in the Class 3A final. Three players – Mary Claire Francois, Nurjei Weems, and Kiani Lockett – earned places on the ten-member, All Tournament Team. Continue reading

Good luck to the DeLaSalle boys’ basketball team as they seek their seventh state title in eight years. The top-seeded Islanders will face #2 seed Waseca on Saturday, March 23, at 5:00pm, at the Target Center. Visit the Take State webpage for more information. DeLaSalle will hold a Welcome Home celebration for the team in the Main Gym immediately following the game. Go Islanders!

DeLaSalle Advances 32 History Day Projects to State

DeLaSalle congratulates 56 students who, as individuals or in groups, are advancing 32 projects to the 2019 Minnesota State History Day competition on May 4 at the University of Minnesota.  These 56 students earned their trips to the State Competition at the Metro Senior High Regional History Day competition on March 18 at Augsburg College. Continue reading

Advanced Placement Exam Registration and Fees

As we communicated in an email Wednesday to families of students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes, DeLaSalle will collect a fee for each AP exam to offset the cost imposed for the exam by the College Board. The exams, which cost $47 each but are free for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch benefits, are held in May and offer students the opportunity to earn college credit prior to stepping on a college campus. Please remember to verify that classes are accepted during the college enrollment process. Like last year, DeLaSalle will collect this charge through each family’s TADS account. Students who will take one or two AP exams will have the charges added to the April invoice; those who will take three or more exams will have the charges added to the April and May invoices (splitting the total cost evenly), and will automatically be drawn from the same accounts used for tuition payments. You may contact Ron Rice at 612-676-7601 with questions. Please refer to the email sent Wednesday for additional information.

Students Invited to Register for Summer Service Opportunities

Lasallian Ministry offers two summer service immersion experiences this year for DeLaSalle students. Current ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders may participate in the Chicago-based Lasallian Youth Assembly June 17-21, engaging in prayer, reflection, service, and education sessions around social justice and Catholic social teaching with students from other Lasallian schools. Current eleventh grade students are invited to build relationships, learn about the history and culture of the Lakota people, and serve the community of Eagle Butte, South Dakota on a weeklong Cheyenne River service immersion trip July 28-August 2. Learn more here about each trip, including cost and how to apply.

Students are also invited to participate in two local service cohorts – from June 3-5 and August 6-8. Students who sign up to participate must be present all three days of the cohort. Students will receive 20 Christian Service hours for participating. Click here for information about and to register for the June cohort. Click here for information about and to register for the August cohort.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Vision Rescreening

Monday, March 25

DeLaSalle held a vision screening March 11 for all tenth grade students. Students who need their vision rescreened will have it done March 25. Students who have a prescription for corrective lenses should wear or bring them to the screening.

Tuesday Morning Lenten Mass

Tuesday, March 26, 8:00-8:20am, School Chapel

Islanders are invited to attend a Lenten Mass offered in the school chapel on Tuesdays in March. School chaplain, Fr. Bruno Nwachukwu, will celebrate Mass before school. Mass will be done by 8:20am, providing students enough time to get to their first hour class.

Grade Level Reconciliation

Tuesday, March 26

Students in each grade level will gather once this month for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Boniface Catholic Church in northeast Minneapolis. Students who are not Catholic may also meet with a priest if they wish. Theology teachers will help prepare students in classes ahead of their grade level gathering. Ninth graders will participate on March 26; students in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades have already participated.

DeLaSalle Parents in Prayer

Thursday, March 28, 12:15-1:15pm, D207 (Thies Creative Lab)

Each month, a group of DeLaSalle parents and family members gather on campus to lift up our community in prayer. All parents, family members, friends, and alumni are welcome to participate. We hope students, staff, families and friends at DeLaSalle will feel encouraged by the knowledge that people care about them, are excited for them and are PRAYING FOR THEM! You may submit prayer requests, which may remain anonymous, to prayer boxes located in the main office, Lasallian Ministry, or Theology classrooms.

Activities Pepfest

Thursday, March 28

The DeLaSalle school community will gather for a Pepfest to celebrate student activities and the recent success of our girls’ and boys’ basketball programs. Students in each grade will show off who has the most school spirit as they compete for the spirit stick.

Spring Break

April 1-5

Spring Break at DeLaSalle is scheduled for April 1-5. Classes will resume on Monday, April 8. Please note, too, that many staff choose to take time off during the break. You may find how to contact an individual staff member through our online Staff Directory.

Around DeLaSalle

A class taught at DeLaSalle this fall earned worldwide recognition this weekend at an international Lasallian conference in Mexico City. Science teacher Marta Vazquez presented about the Global Advantage Problem Solving Skills (GAPSS) class at the World Congress of Lasallian Education along with Social Studies teacher Brad Casey and assistant principal Martha Coughlan. Vazquez taught the class in collaboration with Colegio La Salle Paterna in Valencia, Spain, as students at the two schools used interactive technology to work with each other on understanding and addressing climate change. Six hundred Lasallian educators attended the conference, which explored Lasallian education in the 21st century. (Photo courtesy: Martha Coughlan, DeLaSalle staff)

Ninth Graders Fill Plastic Easter Eggs for Mary’s Place

Forty ninth grade students gathered Wednesday before the boys’ basketball game to fill 600 plastic Easter eggs with candy that will be donated to Mary’s Place, a program of Sharing & Caring Hands that offers transitional apartments for homeless families with children. DeLaSalle is donating the eggs to the organization, which will use them to make the celebration of Easter that much brighter for children. Thank you, Islanders, for your important service to our community. View pictures of the service project here on the DeLaSalle Facebook page.

The Land O’Lakes Bot Shot Challenge Comes to DeLaSalle


Robotic technologies are gaining steam all across America’s agricultural landscape, improving farming yields and sustainable practices that help feed a growing population..But can robots sink a bank shot? ​Join Land O’Lakes and basketball legend David Robinson as we watch university robotics teams (and their hoops-shooting robots) square off in a friendly game of H-O-R-S-E on Sunday, April 7, from 12:00-2:00pm, at DeLaSalle High School. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.

Host An International Student in 2019-20

Islanders are known for their welcoming hospitality. DeLaSalle is looking for families interested in hosting an international student in 2019-20. Hosting a student 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.

Register for Camp Islander

Hundreds participate each year in DeLaSalle’s Camp Islander, our annual series of summer camps in drama and athletics is geared for elementary, middle, and high school students. Registration for Camp Islander 2019 is open, with camps for boys’ basketball, cheer, football, boys’ and girls’ soccer, tennis, theatre, and volleyball. Click here for more information and to register.

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