by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast


Looking Ahead at DeLaSalle

Friday, September 25, 2020

In this issue…
  • Class Schedule Week of September 28
  • Four Seniors Honored as National Merit Commended Students
  • Homecoming is September 28-October 2
  • Islanders Get Extra Support, Enrichment During WIN Time
  • Join Us Wednesday for College Planning Night for Seniors
  • DeLaSalle Will Offer PSAT for Juniors on October 14
  • DeLaSalle Prepares for ACT, Other Standardized Exams
  • College Fairs, Representative Visits Have Gone Virtual
  • Class Masses Begin
  • Season Begins Monday for Cheer, Football, Volleyball
  • Optional Fall Training Available for Spring Sports
  • Class of 2021 Must Get Senior Pictures Taken By David Bank Studios
  • Free School Meal Boxes Available
Class Schedule Week of September 28

As part of our Pandemic Preparedness Plan, we identified that adaptability would be one of the five core values to guide our work this school year. At this period in the semester, we have identified that many students will be better served by having time to meet with teachers one-on-one or in small groups to better absorb the new skills they are learning.

As such, starting on Wednesday, September 30, and continuing for the next several Wednesdays, students will participate in asynchronous learning. On Wednesdays, students will check their course pages in Canvas by 9:30am for any online assignments from their teachers. Teachers will post scheduled office hours and be available for one-on-one or small group meetings to help students. Furthermore, teachers will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development on Wednesdays that focuses on student engagement and emerging ideas about assessments in the hybrid model. We believe this will benefit teachers – who are learning too – by providing them the tools and resources to best engage their students.

Four Seniors Honored as National Merit Commended Students

Four additional seniors have earned honors through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sophia Chang, Will Sylvain, Harrison Wallander, and Megan Wenner have each been recognized as Commended Students for being among the top 50,000 scorers on the 2019 PSAT. Continue reading

Homecoming is September 28-October 2

Next week is Homecoming Week at DeLaSalle! DeLaSalle Student Council invites students to participate in dress up theme days (whether attending school in person or remotely). Other highlights of the week include:

  • A prayer service for all students on Tuesday, September 29, from 10:00-10:30am in the Main Gym. Seniors in the Gold Cohort will report to the Main Gym, while everyone else is invited to watch a livestream on the Homecoming webpage.

  • A Pepfest and grade level activity for students in the Gold Cohort on Tuesday, September 29 and for students in the Silver Cohort on Friday, October 2. These activities will occur in the second half of the WIN period.

  • A SCARY movie night on the athletic field on Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm.

Because fan attendance is limited at athletic events, students must sign up for the opportunity to attend home soccer games during Homecoming Week. Preference will be given first to seniors.

Students who are selected will receive an email from the Student Activities office with game information. Those unable to attend may watch the game on the Student Activities Instagram livestream.

Islanders Get Extra Support, Enrichment During WIN Time

The block schedule that DeLaSalle implemented this fall provides built in time twice a week for students to work or meet under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students may use the WIN (What I Need) time to conference with teachers, complete homework or quiet study, make up work, take quizzes or tests, or participate in a variety of activities. Students and faculty use the new Student Support Time (SST) software to schedule and sign up for sessions, which occur during 6th period on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10:00-11:20am. Students are expected to sign up for two sessions each WIN period. Learn more about the program here. (Parents who do not have a Canvas account may follow these instructions to create one).

Join Us Wednesday for College Planning Night for Seniors

Seniors and their families can learn more about benchmarks for the college application process and how to navigate changes in college admissions brought on by COVID-19 at a College Planning Night for Seniors on Wednesday, September 30. The virtual event is from 7:00-8:00pm. You can find the Google Meet code on the Guidance page in the Islanders course in Canvas. Parents who don’t have a Canvas Observer account can follow these instructions to create one.

DeLaSalle Will Offer PSAT for Juniors on October 14

DeLaSalle will offer the preliminary SAT (PSAT) exam at no cost for all 11th grade students on Wednesday, October 14, from 8:30am-12:30pm. There is no online option for the PSAT. The on campus scheduled date of October 14th is not flexible, because it is a standardized test taken by 11th graders throughout the nation.

Eleventh graders will take this test for three main reasons:

  1. Most importantly, the PSAT is considered a high stakes, standardized test.  Taking this test will prepare you well for all other standardized tests.
  2. The PSAT prepares students for the SAT college entrance exam, one of the two college entrance exams. The other college entrance exam is the ACT. Juniors took the PreACT test, last year. Upwards of 85% of DeLaSalle students will take the ACT college entrance exam as seniors.
  3. The PSAT is considered a high stakes test because there is scholarship money attached to this test if a student scores exceptionally well. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Award. This is a prestigious honor whether a student qualifies as a semi-finalist or a finalist and earns the scholarship money. Every year, DeLaSalle has an average of 2-3 students who will qualify.

Students should check their Islander Apps email for a link to register for the exam. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 1. Students completing the registration form can indicate if they need school transportation the day of the exam.

Students should watch their email for more information that will help them understand the logistics of the day and how to show up prepared. Students will also receive a PSAT Informational Booklet, with a practice test included, in their US History classes.

DeLaSalle Prepares for ACT, Other Standardized Exams

DeLaSalle is preparing for students to take standardized exams this fall. On Tuesday, October 6, nearly 75 twelfth grade students have registered to take a school-based ACT exam. There will be no classes for 12th graders on this day. Those who are not taking the ACT exam on the 6th should use the time for college planning. The Guidance office will communicate logistics of the exam with those students who have registered. Registration for the exam closed on September 11. Students in grades 9-10-11 will attend classes on that day.

Ninth and tenth graders will take standardized tests in late October or early November.

College Fairs, Representative Visits Have Gone Virtual

Like so many other events, college fairs and representative visits have gone virtual. Colleges have really stepped up their efforts to reach students using technology. These efforts have made getting to know colleges that are located farther away more accessible for everyone. This is just one of many opportunities available to students and families.

The COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES college fair introduces students and families to a group of liberal arts colleges who offer a world class education, merit scholarships, and develop the whole person. It is worth your time to check it out.

Several representatives also are available to meet with DeLaSalle students. Students can find a list of which colleges are visiting DeLaSalle in their Naviance account (9th graders will get their Naviance account later in the school year). Parents may contact their child’s college advisor to request a Naviance account. You can also find a schedule of college rep visits on the Guidance Twitter account (@beyonddls) College rep visits are held during the WIN time, during other class periods and also after school or in the early evening. For more about the visits, click here.

Class Masses Begin

DeLaSalle provides opportunities every year for each grade to gather as a class for Mass, in addition to all school liturgies. School chaplain, Fr. Kevin Kenney ‘78, will celebrate each Mass in the Main Gym. Twelfth graders gathered today for their class Mass. Masses are scheduled October 6 for 11th grade, October 9 for 9th grade, and October 13 for 10th grade. Students who are learning remotely from home will receive instructions about how to watch a livestream of the Mass.

Season Begins Monday for Cheer, Football, and Volleyball

As you may have seen, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors this week voted to reinstate football and volleyball for this fall. The season begins Monday, September 28. Competition and sideline cheer will also begin training the same day. In order for a student to participate, he or she must register for the sport, have a current physical on file with the Student Activities Office, and have completed the 2020-21 MSHSL Eligibility Statement as part of the Back-to-School forms. You may find more information, including recordings of parent information meetings, on the Athletic Programs web page

Optional Fall Training Available for Spring Sports

Though spring sports are several months away, students may begin participating in an optional training season this fall. The fall training season for baseball, softball, boys’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ golf is October 5-24. Track and field will not have an optional fall training season. Students who wish to participate in the training must register for the sport:

Students who are registered will receive more information the week of September 28 about dates, times, and locations for the fall training.

Class of 2021 Must Get Senior Pictures Taken by David Bank Studios

Seniors who wish to have their photo included in the school yearbook and in the class composite picture that hangs in the hallway must get a senior picture taken by David Bank Studios before Friday, October 23. A David Bank photographer will come to DeLaSalle this fall to take pictures for free, although the date has not been scheduled. The photographer will take two to three different poses and you will have the option to select which of those poses you would like in the yearbook. You may also schedule a photo session at the studio; sessions start at $35. Families who choose to have pictures at the studio can select which photo to be included in the yearbook.

Free School Meal Boxes Available

In addition to meal kits available through DeLaSalle, students may receive free school meal boxes through Minneapolis Public Schools. School meal boxes contain seven breakfasts and seven lunches each and are available for pickup at any of the 29 school sites. No registration is required and the boxes are available for students who are not enrolled in MPS.

Around DeLaSalle

Fall colors begin to appear around DeLaSalle and Nicollet Island as we enter the first days of autumn. (Photo courtesy: Matt Lehman, DeLaSalle staff)
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