It is an exciting time to be in the DeLaSalle community. Our second semester is off to a strong start. Classrooms and hallways are once again bustling as we have welcomed students back to campus to resume hybrid learning. For the first time since last spring, students can again gather in the Florance Center (at a safe distance), thanks to the recent HVAC upgrades that we completed in the nearly century-old B building.
We are focused each day on the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. At the same time, we are looking forward and already making plans for the 2021-22 school year, our 122nd year of learning on Nicollet Island. Three years ago, DeLaSalle shifted to a continuous enrollment model, which 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. In today’s email blast, you will find the important steps that you and your family should take to secure your enrollment at DeLaSalle for next year.
This is a moment of immense gratitude for me in my first year as President. I have seen the DeLaSalle community go “all in” to help each other navigate the unique academic and emotional challenges presented by the pandemic. I have seen our students excel, evidenced by the hundreds of names that I saw on the first semester Honor Roll. I am inspired by the strong interest and enthusiasm for De – to date more than 300 prospective students and families have inquired about or sought admission in the Class of 2025. Indeed, our best years are ahead of us, as we continually reflect, refine, and pursue excellence in all that we do.
Thank you for your steadfast belief in our mission. Thank you for being part of this unique community. Thank you for partnering with us to provide your child with a rigorous, relevant education rooted in Gospel values. Thank you, DeLaSalle!
Bryan E. Bass, Ed.D. President
Budget and Tuition for 2021-22
Work continues on the 2021-22 budget, but the DeLaSalle Board of Trustees met on Thursday night to approve several cornerstone pieces for next year’s budget, including increases in compensation for teachers and staff. The Board approved a 2021-22 tuition amount of $15,200.00. All of us at DeLaSalle appreciate the sacrifice that you, as parents, are making to send your sons and daughters to our school, whether you are paying the full tuition or a reduced tuition through allocation of financial aid. We are heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful support of our alumni, friends, and many of our parents, a DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than all but three Catholic high schools in the Twin Cities and less than half of what some private high schools charge. We remind families that applications for financial aid for 2021-22 are due by Friday, February 26.
Three New Courses Offered in 2021-22
The Board also approved three new courses to be added to next year’s curriculum offerings. More information will be made available about these courses when we communicate with students and introduce course selection procedures for next year during academic mentor meetings on Wednesday, February 10th. The new courses are as follows:
Introduction to Music Production
Strength and Conditioning I
DeLaSalle Announces First Semester Honor Roll
DeLaSalle congratulates all students for their academic accomplishments in the first semester. We especially recognize those students who earned a place on the Honor Roll or High Honor Roll with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. You can find the full honor roll here.
DeLaSalle Theatre Will Participate in Tri-Metro One-Act Festival
The award-winning DeLaSalle Theatre program has completed another performance. “Kaleidoscope” is its entry in the Tri-Metro One-Act Festival, which occurs virtually tomorrow. DeLaSalle will submit the play, which is about a ship a million miles from Earth that is damaged, leaving the crew to struggle for survival, when it competes in the sectional round of the Minnesota State High School League One-Act competition on February 4-5. “Kaleidoscope” is DeLaSalle Theatre’s third production this year. Auditions for its winter plays “The Yeti” and “Madame Executioner” are scheduled next week and students can learn more about when and how to audition in “The Source.”
Picture Retakes Scheduled January 25 and 28
DeLaSalle students who were not present for Picture Day in November or who wish to have their picture retaken may do so during Picture Retake Day. The retake day for Gold Cohort students is Monday, January 25 and for Silver Cohort students is Thursday, January 28. Students in the Blue Cohort can have their picture retaken either day between 3:00-4:00pm. Retakes will occur in the Schulze Learning Lab (D104A). Students who already placed an order but were not happy with their original photograph will have their package automatically updated with the retake photo. Students who missed the original Picture Day may order photos online before Picture Day or up to 48 hours after or wait until the photo proof arrives three weeks later.
It’s a Great Time to be an Islander!
Even in the midst of all the changes of 2020-21, we are excited about the robust (and growing) levels of prospective family interest and response to DeLaSalle. Thank you to all current families for the MANY positive referrals. Remind friends, relatives and colleagues that NOW is the time to join the many families who have visited the island and followed with application steps.
As of today, over 260 eighth graders have started an application for next year — between 25-50 new applicants each week since December 1. Over 125 eighth graders have completed the application process already, even though the application deadline is still three weeks away on February 12. Given the strong early interest, we are sending the first batch of admission responses to families who have completed all admission steps to date, with two more response dates scheduled for early and mid-February. We are well on our way toward a full and high-quality Class of 2025 joining us in the fall, with multiple new inquiries still coming in each week.
DeLaSalle requires an Entrance Exam as one of the four pieces of the application for admission. As an adaptation this year, DeLaSalle is providing options to meet the exam requirement for the Class of 2025: Students may submit a standardized test score from grade 6-7-8 (provided there are subsections within the exam in areas of Reading and mathematics and national percentile scores). OR students may register for an on-campus Entrance Exam in groups of 20-35 students apiece. that will be offered at DeLaSalle each of the next three Saturdays (January 23, 30 and February 6, from 8:45am-12:00pm), as well as this Sunday, January 24, from 11:45am-3:00pm.
The deadline to apply for admission in this annual application cycle is Friday, February 12 (though we will continue to accept applications after February 12 and place new students if space is available). Families who complete an application by the second priority deadline of January 29 will receive an admissions decision by February 5, with the third response date slated for February 19. We also have welcomed incoming transfers for our second semester with the potential of more starting after the grading period concludes in their current school, and we are in conversation with several potential transfers who are inquiring for the fall.
Islanders in all grades are invited to take part in a friendly dodgeball competition on Wednesday, February 3, as part of the Catholic Schools Week/Winterfest celebration. Students can check “The Source” on Monday for a link to sign up. The tournament is scheduled from 1:00-3:00pm in the gym. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event. The deadline to register is Sunday, January 31.
Seniors Invited to February 3 Islander Pride Day
Students in each grade have the chance this semester to participate in a fun opportunity to get to know their classmates and earn Christian Service hours through Islander Pride Days. The ninth grade Islander Pride Day is Wednesday, January 27. The Islander Pride Day for twelfth grade students is Wednesday, February 3, and seniors should check their Islander Apps email for more details and a link to sign up. The 12th grade Islander Pride Day includes fun activities, games, a motivational speaker, and the chance to gather together to celebrate Islander Pride. Islander Pride Day is scheduled Wednesday, February 24 for 10th graders and Wednesday, March 17 for 11th graders.
Watch Islander Sports Online
You can see the Islanders in action throughout the winter sports season. Public attendance at games is not allowed at the moment due to the pandemic, but you can tune into a livestream of most games through the NFHS Network. Learn more here about how to purchase a subscription and watch the games.
“My eyes have seen your salvation” Luke 2:30 2020-21 Scripture Theme