by DeLaSalle | | Weekly Blast

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January 21, 2022

In this issue…
Quiz Bowl Qualifies for National Championship Again
One-Act Play Performances
Congratulations to Students on the First Semester Honor Roll!
Local News Highlights DE Chinese Teacher
Friday, February 11 – Testing, Retreat, College Planning
Congratulations AAA Award Winners
2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25
Make-up Entrance Exams for New Students
Boys’ Hockey Team Honors Seniors

Quiz Bowl Qualifies for National Championship Again

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Photo: Mr. Martin Marrin, Joseph Merrigan, Nyah Massey, Ben Larkin, Amy Kaisaki

Congratulations to the DeLaSalle Quiz Bowl A Team that has (once again!) advanced to the State Finals and, for the 16th consecutive year, qualified for the National Quiz Bowl Championship which this year will be in Atlanta, GA.  Quiz Bowl competition features four-person teams answering toss-up questions, a lightning round, and bonus questions of academic knowledge from across the curriculum of high school courses.   This year’s Islander A team (De has four teams) is Captain Nyah Massey ’23, Joseph Merrigan ‘23, Ben Larkin ‘24, Amy Kaisaki ‘25, Owen Caputo Sullivan ‘25 and Nat Chang-Deutsch ‘24.  This energetic team is full of enthusiasm for the State Finals in mid-February and Nationals in mid-May. Go, Islanders!

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One-Act Play Performances

In this year’s One Act Play, DeLaSalle Theatre brings William Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” to the Friendshuh Stage. On-campus performances are tonight (Friday) and Saturday, January 21 and 22, at 7:30pm. Tickets are free for all, face masks are required. The Minnesota State High School League One Act Competition begins on January 26 and 27.

Play synopsis: Famed soldier, Caius Marcius, returns home to Rome from the war with the Volscians a hero with great personal valor. His high honor was being given the title of Coriolanus after the defeat of the enemy in their own city, Corioli. Upon his return, the senate elects him to succeed his friend Cominius as Consul, but the masses don’t agree that he is best suited to serve. Coriolanus tries to fight the will of the people with tragic consequences.

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Congratulations to Students on the First Semester Honor Roll!

DeLaSalle High School is pleased to recognize the Honor Roll students for their academic success in the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. For their scholastic achievement, these students have earned a place on either the High Honors Roll (semester grade point average of 3.8 or better) or Honor Roll (semester grade point average of 3.0 to 3.8), with all grades of C or higher.  The list published last week has been updated.
List of High Honor and Honor Roll Students, First Semester 2021-22

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Local News Highlights DE Chinese Teacher

staff photoA recent issue of Press Publications’ North Oaks News picked up on news we shared in November by featuring an article on DeLaSalle Chinese teacher Ju-Chang Wang with recognition for being named Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.  This award is presented for the “outstanding instruction, leadership, and advocacy a world language educator has provided his/her district, community, and profession in Minnesota” and qualified Ms. Wang for national recognition by the American Council of Teachers of Languages and Cultures.
DeLaSalle is proud to have two state Teacher of the Year award recipients this year.  Mr. Martin Marrin was named Minnesota History Teacher of the Year and one of ten finalists in the national recognition.

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Friday, February 11 – Testing, Retreat, College Planning

Friday, February 11, is an alternate class schedule day for all students. Buses will run their normal morning routes, the school day begins at 8:30am.
9th Grade will be taking the ITED test (Iowa Test of Educational Development).
10th Grade will be taking the Pre-ACT (American College Test).
“Grab ‘n Go” lunches will be provided for 9th and 10th graders. When they finish their tests, they’ll report to the Florance Center or LL Gray Gym to eat and wait for bus departure.  Buses will depart at 12:45pm, running the regular afternoon routes early.
11th Grade will attend their 11th Grade Retreat at Saint Mary’s University Center.  Upon arrival at school that morning, juniors will gather in the Florance Center.  Transportation to and from Saint Mary’s will be provided.   School buses will not be available at 3:00pm that day.  Alternative arrangements for those juniors who rely on DeLaSalle transportation to get home will be made.
12th Grade will not report to school.  They are strongly encouraged to use this day for additional college planning and scholarship research.

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Congratulations AAA Award Winners

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The Minnesota State High School League’s Academics, Arts, and Athletics award, commonly referred to as the Triple A award, honors high school 12th graders who have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and who participate in League-sponsored athletic and fine arts activities. Participating schools nominate one senior girl and one senior boy as honorees who are then eligible for state-wide recognition in March.  DeLaSalle High School’s 2021-2022 AAA Awards winners are Mira Ho-Chen and Finn Buffington. We congratulate them and their families.

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2022-23 Financial Aid Applications Due February 25
DeLaSalle families may now apply for need-based financial aid for the 2022-23 school year.  Click here to begin and eventually submit your completed application to Tuition Aid Data (TADS), the company that analyzes family financial need for DeLaSalle. The deadline to apply for next year is Friday, February 25, 2022.   Families are required to file a TADS application every year.

TADS Financial Aid Worksheet
TADS Documento de Financiera

DeLaSalle thanks its families for meeting this very important February 25 deadline.  If families have questions about completing the TADS application, they are encouraged to contact TADS Customer Service support directly or reach out to Mr. Ron Rice at DeLaSalle.

This program is surely one of the hallmarks of DeLaSalle.  The school is proud to maintain its historic, Lasallian legacy of providing education to young men and women from a broad range of personal financial circumstances.  Founded in 1900 in large part to provide English language skills and Catholic education to the rapidly-growing number of immigrant families moving into Minneapolis from Europe, DeLaSalle sustains its mission to this very day.  We provide college preparatory education for a student body reflective of the socio-economic breadth and rich diversity of the community.

We are heartened that, primarily due to the wonderful development support of our alumni, friends, and many parents, a full DeLaSalle tuition is still less expensive than at most Catholic or private high schools in the Twin Cities. We don’t charge extra fees for technology or registration as many schools do.  We appreciate the sacrifice that parents are making to send their daughters and sons to DeLaSalle, and we know that sacrifice to be even transformative in its broader lessons of what community can truly be.

Approximately half of our students pay a full tuition, and others pay a reduced tuition with grants determined by analysis provided through the TADS application.  We set out to balance our budget each year, but we are a separately incorporated non-profit.  No outside group subsidizes DeLaSalle’s operating budget in any way.  This is yet another reason why a family’s support of activities such as the Christian Brothers’ Gala in October and/or commitment to working in the Islander Foundation program is so very much appreciated.  We depend on partnering with our hard-working parents to make this work.  We are all in this together, and that’s why we’re appreciative of parents meeting application deadlines and staying current with charged tuition.  As of mid-January, over 98 percent of our families are current with their tuition obligations, true partners on behalf of all students.  We’re grateful!

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Make-up Entrance Exams for New Students

The momentum continues at DeLaSalle! We have received at least one piece of the required materials for admission from hundreds of students and we are well on our way to our goal of 175-200 ninth graders for the class of 2026. One of the required steps for admission at DeLaSalle is the Entrance Exam, for which we hosted many families last weekend. If you missed out last weekend, fear not – there’s still time!

We are offering makeup exams on the following dates:
• Saturday, January 22 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon
• Sunday, January 23 – Noon to 3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 29 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

You can pre-register by filling out this form, or you can register when you arrive on campus. If you have any questions about the exam, the admissions process, or about DeLaSalle in general, please contact the Admissions Office.

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Boys’ Hockey Team Honors Seniors

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All Islander community members are invited to enjoy a special night of boys’ hockey as the cooperative team of Minnehaha Academy and DeLaSalle sport DeLaSalle jerseys and salute our 12th grade players  Patrick Anderson, Dylan Kist, Connor Black, and Micheal Degan.   Please join us Thursday, January 27, at the Minnehaha Ice Arena, 4200 W River Parkway, Minneapolis.  Game time is 7:00pm.  Admission is free for all DeLaSalle students.