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Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, May 8, 2020

In this issue…
  • Happy Mother’s Day from DeLaSalle
  • 39 Seniors Recognized as Distinguished Scholars
  • Three Seniors Named Finalists for Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education Awards
  • Three Projects Advance to National History Day; Others Earn State Recognition
  • DeLaSalle Celebrates Founder’s Day on Friday, May 15
  • DeLaSalle Closes Test Center Site for June 13 ACT
  • Join Us in Honoring Barry Lieske
  • Still Time to Order a Yearbook
  • Important Upcoming Dates & Events
Happy Mother’s Day from DeLaSalle

This weekend, in a special way, we wish to honor all of the mothers and motherly figures in our lives. We recognize how hard you work to love and support us unconditionally and appreciate the sacrifices you have made on our behalf. Know how much we love you in return and how words cannot express our gratitude for your presence. From all of us at DeLaSalle, we wish you and all mothers the happiest Mother’s Day.

39 Seniors Recognized as Distinguished Scholars

DeLaSalle congratulates 39 members of its graduating Class of 2020 who have achieved the honor of “Distinguished Scholar.”  These 39 students have earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 or better through the first semester of their senior year. Continue reading 

Three Seniors Named Finalists for Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education Awards

Congratulations to three seniors who have been named finalists for prestigious awards through the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education program. The program announced this week that, for the first time in the history of DeLaSalle Theatre, two Islanders have been named as finalists for Triple Threat awards, which honors students who excel in singing, dancing, and acting. Congratulations to Gabe Goeddeke and Nick Ericksen for earning these honors; the two will continue to compete for the opportunity to earn an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to hone their skills on Broadway. The news follows an announcement April 27 that Ainsley Cox ‘20 had been honored as a Technical Theatre Excellence finalist.

Three Projects Advance to National History Day; Others Earn State Recognition


Congratulations to three DeLaSalle projects which qualified for nationals in the Minnesota History Day state competition. Seven other projects were also recognized as State Top Five medalists, just missing the top two finish in their category which would have qualified them to go to Nationals: Furthermore, ten other DeLaSalle projects earned Honorable Mention in their categories, and three projects earned Topical Prizes as the best projects in specific categories. Continue reading

DeLaSalle Celebrates Founder’s Day on Friday, May 15

On Friday, May 15, DeLaSalle will celebrate the annual Founder’s Day Mass, which celebrates the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle, the namesake of our school and the Founder of the Christian Brothers. Unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this event in person as we have historically done because our campus is closed. Instead, we will present a virtual Mass at 11:00am on May 15, celebrated by Father Kevin Kenney ‘78, the pastor of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis and a DeLaSalle Trustee. You can view the Mass on the DeLaSalle website.

DeLaSalle Closes Test Center Site for June 13 ACT

The ACT test that is scheduled on June 13 at DeLaSalle has been cancelled. There is still summer testing at alternate test centers around the metro, however, every day test centers are cancelling. Test centers that do stay open may have less seats due to social distancing rules. Students who were registered for the June 13th test at DeLaSalle will receive information from ACT about changing test center locations or rescheduling.

Students who still want to test this summer should plan for the possibility of multiple test center changes due to the ongoing closure of test centers. This means that communications from ACT should be monitored closely, emails opened and read for detail, and action taken in a timely manner to follow up on the directives given to you by ACT.

Join Us in Honoring Barry Lieske

As you know, Barry Lieske will retire at the end of June following a 41-year career at DeLaSalle. We had made plans to honor and celebrate Barry with a farewell reception on Saturday, May 16, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to cancel those plans. Please join us in celebrating and honoring Barry’s legacy by sharing a memory or tribute message, and/or by joining the many others who are contributing to the Barb and Barry Lieske Opportunity Scholarship Fund which will honor Barry in perpetuity. Click here to learn more about how you can honor Barry.

Still Time to Order a Yearbook

You still have time to order a 2019-20 DeLaSalle yearbook to remember all that took place this school year. The yearbook publisher in Pennsylvania will be delayed in printing and sending us the yearbook because of stay-at-home restrictions imposed in that state in the wake of the novel coronavirus. Yearbooks cost $60, will likely arrive in the summer, and you can order yours here.

Important Upcoming Dates & Events

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

Honors Mastery Exams for Class of 2024

Saturday, May 9, 9:00-11:00am

We continue to welcome the Class of 2024 to DeLaSalle and help orient students and families to their new school. Thank you to all who participated May 2 in our virtual Enrollment Orientation, where students took a math placement exam and students and families learned from school administrators about our community and tips for success.

This Saturday, the Admissions office will offer optional mastery exams for students who wish to register into an accelerated course level next year in science or a language. The exams will be offered virtually – the Spanish language exam is from 9:00-10:00am, the science exam is from 10:00-11:00am. Students and families should check their email for additional information about the exams and instructions for how to log in.

DeLaSalle Online School

Week of May 11

Online School continues next week with our A/B/A/B schedule format. The “A” day schedule is when classes in periods 1, 2, 3, and 4 meet, while the “B” day schedule is when classes in periods 5, 6, 7, and 8 meet. You can find our May calendar here. Twelfth grade students will take their final assessments on May 13 and 14. Please note there are no classes on Friday, May 15, as faculty participate in professional development to evaluate their current methods and learn of best practices from one another.

Advanced Placement Exams Begin

Monday, May 11

The College Board has replaced traditional face-to-face Advanced Placement (AP) exams with 45-minute online free-response exams at home. All students enrolled in an AP class will take the exam in that subject. Click here to access the most up-to-date information about exams, including a schedule and new details on the world language exams.

Webinar: Navigating the College Process in a COVID-19 World

Thursday, May 14, 6:30pm

The already complicated college process just became more challenging for families in the wake of COVID-19. Campus visits are canceled, ACT test dates are postponed and more changes every day. How does a family conduct a search and choose a college in this new environment? DeLaSalle is partnering with national expert Cozy Wittman from College Inside Track to host a must-see online event to provide guidance and answer your questions. If you are the parent of a 10th or 11th grade student, this is incredibly important information you will not want to miss. Register today!

Virtual College Representative Visits

Starting Sunday, May 17

College admission representatives from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis will begin virtually meeting with prospective students, instead of making in-person group visits like they have traditionally down. Your college counselors see this as an ongoing trend this year. Students may RSVP for one of several upcoming virtual group presentations. You may find the link in the Islanders course in Canvas by clicking on the Guidance button and then College Planning.

Graduation for the Class of 2020

Thursday, May 21, 6:45pm

DeLaSalle will offer a virtual graduation program, which will incorporate many pieces of the traditional commencement exercises, as well as a recognition of senior awards. We will share additional details about graduation next week.

Around DeLaSalle

Congratulations to Kate Harris ‘22, Sophia Noonan ‘22, and Sydney Riley ‘20, who have each earned top honors from Minnesota Aspirations in Computer for their interest in technology and computer programming. Kate is both a state winner and national honorable mention honoree; Sophia earned state honorable mention’ and Sydney earned a certificate of distinction. All three have shown an aptitude for programming and using technology to solve community and social issues – and will be recognized at virtual award ceremonies in the coming weeks.
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