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Summer Checklist 2017

New and Returning Parent/Student Summer Checklist

Welcome to your Parent/Student 2017 Summer Checklist!. By now you have received a postcard from us directing you to this page. Some of the items below require action while others are more informational in nature. As a reminder, the annual Information Updates & Agreements (IUA) process must be completed by all families on or before 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017. See the first "Required Action" below.

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

Letter from the President

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you have had a relaxing summer so far and that it has been a good change of pace for you and your family. Here on Winton Drive, we are in full-swing planning for your return in August. We look forward to partnering with you in the education of your sons. De La Salle is such a special place only because everyone works together to educate these young men.

As I write this letter, I realize that it is the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Okay, I was only seven-years-old and don’t remember anything of that summer, but let me share with you some "Summer Love" that has been happening at 1130 Winton Drive:

  • We are putting the finishing touches on our Learning Center in the 400 Wing so that it is ready for the start of the new academic year.
  • Our Main Office has had a makeover thanks to our talented maintenance crew – yes, the paneling from the 1960s is gone!
  • We are in the final stretch of completing the fundraising for our STREAM Innovation Center, as we have less than $1,490,000 to raise by August 31 to receive our challenge grant from the Valley Foundation.
  • Once that goal is reached, we will eagerly start on our next capital project of the campaign: the new Athletic Performance Center, which will support more than 800 of our student-athletes. If you are willing to help lend a hand with any of the projects, please contact Mark Chiarucci, Vice President for Advancement, at chiaruccim@dlshs.org.

As I reflect on last year and our new administrative model, I come to the conclusion that it has served us well. The biggest success is the impact it is having on the academic life of the school for both students and teachers. Dr. Heather Alumbaugh, our Vice President for Academic Life, has the ability to engage with students and teachers on a daily basis, which allows for “laser-focused” attention to the academic side of the institution. As we move forward, we will continue to refine our new administrative model in order to best serve those entrusted to our care.

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that your son can achieve his highest potential. We recognize that, in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. We know that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your son’s education. We share the responsibility for his success, and we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

I hope that you enjoy the final days of summer, and I look forward to seeing you in early August. Until that time, I share the following prayer with you:

A Prayer for Parents and Administrators

Loving God,

You share life with us and call us to share
as fathers and mothers in your life-giving power.

Give us the strength to know what to give
and what to withhold.

Guide us in when to reprimand and when to praise.
Make us gentle and considerate yet firm and watchful.
Keep us from being too indulgent or from being too severe.

Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes,
when we must do necessary things
that are displeasing in the eyes of our children.

Give us the imagination to enter into the world of young ones
in order to understand and guide them.

Give us all the virtues we need to lead our sons and daughters
by word and example in the path of righteousness.

Amen.

In the Spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle,

Mark DeMarco
President

Letter from the Vice President for Academic Life

July 10, 2017

Dear Parents and Students of De La Salle High School,

It seems like only a few moments ago that we were celebrating our 2017 graduating class, and here we are preparing already for the start of the 2017-18 school year. I hope that you have enjoyed a restful summer break. I attended two conferences with various faculty and other administrators to investigate, among other concepts, the Design Think process and its application to educational innovation and the best practices in engaged academic literacy. Many of our faculty will attend various AP conferences, and our entire technology and facilities crews are working furiously to prepare for the multiple changes that the new school year will witness. The summer is an active period of growth for the school as the entire community prepares eagerly for the return of our students. It is with additional joy that we welcome our incoming freshmen, including those from the first graduating class of the De La Salle Academy.

And what will the new academic year bring? We will continue to examine closely in all arenas of school life one of the five core Lasallian principles: “Respect for all persons.” The Latin origin of “respect” encourages us to “look back at,” “consider,” or “regard” the divine dignity of all persons, and this concept infuses all practices at the school and is a principle we aim to model and to instill in our students.

The concept of respect for the whole student has motivated all impending changes in the 2017-2018 academic school year. As I wrote to families in April, De La Salle and Carondelet High Schools will be adopting a new Bell Schedule this year – after almost a decade of research, input, and collaboration. The new schedule provides many advantages, including two late starts, fewer special schedules, an earlier release time, more opportunities for “sacred lunch,” and more dedicated time before and after school for additional academic opportunities, such as tutoring or make-up tests. Please take a look at the new schedule!

We are currently building De La Salle’s new Learning Center, which will open by the beginning of the school year and will take up most of the second floor of the 400 wing. The Learning Center will provide a number of academic services (including extended time testing, make-up testing and tutoring) and will have extended hours, from 7:45-6:00 Monday – Thursday. The aim of the Learning Center is to provide a safe, engaging, and flexible academic environment outside of the classroom for our students, the majority of whom have multiple co-curricular obligations. I envision the new Bell Schedule and Learning Center as two sides of the same coin: they aim to provide our students with the academic support they need on campus to thrive and to be able to go home and spend quality downtime with their families.

In addition to these changes, the Academic team will focus on the school’s attendance policies, will continue to evaluate grading and assessment practices, will tackle best practices in fostering academic integrity, and will continue to promote 21st-century skills, including collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. I will be at the first Parent Association meeting on Monday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the DLS Library to discuss the 2017-2018 academic year and to answer any questions. Please join if you can!

I want to take a moment to remind our families of the Mandatory Student Orientation on Monday, August 14. The schedule of the orientation on August 14 is as follows:

Sophomores – 8:15 a.m.
Seniors – 9:15 a.m.
Juniors – 10:15, a.m.
Freshmen – 11:00 a.m.

We are delighted to announce that for the first time, all FRESHMEN will also attend a joint orientation with CHS freshmen. We want our community building activities between the two campuses to begin for the moment all students arrive on both campuses. Immediately following the DLS orientation, freshmen will move to the CHS campus to eat lunch (which the school will provide) and to listen to a guest speaker, Kim Karr, who will focus on the year’s theme of respect. The joint orientation should be over by 2:00.

Finally, let me remind all families that the First Day of Classes is Tuesday, August 15. All classes will meet for 30 minutes each except for 0 Period, which will meet from 7:05-7:55.

I encourage you to read the Summer Checklist that follows for additional critical and practical information regarding the beginning of the school year.

As always, I thank all De La Salle students and families. Everyone on campus – administrators, faculty, and staff – are so grateful to be part of your educational journeys.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer.

Sincerely,

Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life

Required Action

Information Updates & Agreements Through PowerSchool

PowerSchool logo

Welcome to our Information Updates & Agreements (IUA) process.This is an annual requirement for ALL families that includes your review and update of student information and your acknowledgment of agreements to school policies required before instruction begins in August.

During the week of July 10, all families will receive a voice message and email from the following email address; info.update.agree@dlshs.org. Check your spam folder if you can't find it in your inbox. The email will contain unique parent and student information with instructions on how to complete the process. Basically, you will use the PowerSchool (PS) Parent Portal link (see below) to access the IUA icon inside PS. Click on the icon to complete the forms. Note: Use your computer because the PS mobile app does not currently support the IUA process, and, if you leave the forms, you must use the same parent account when you return to complete the process.

Parents with returning students can use last year’s PS parent username and password. For parents with new students, use the unique PS student and parent information in your IUA email to create your new parent account.

The IUA process is required for one parent/guardian to complete and must be done for ALL students (e.g. new, transfer, or returning) by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017. Your son will not be able to pick up his textbooks in August (10 or 11) without having completed this process.

Note: The IUA process is only available through a parent account. It is not available through a student's account.

Log into PowerSchool here.

Finances

Students cannot pick up their books or complete the Mandatory Student Orientation process on August 14 until their tuition contract is completed and their July and August payments are current, including paying for any lost book fees.

Ms. Resch in the Business Office will have already contacted you if your financial account needs attention. Hence, there is no need to call to confirm the status of your account. Parents, please assist your son by attending to this as soon as possible.

FYI: Families with unresolved financial matters will be blocked from logging into PowerSchool (PS) and therefore unable to complete the mandatory Information Updates & Agreements process. Once their account is up to date, they will be able to access PS.

Summer Reading

Students are required to complete their summer reading before the first day of classes on August 15, 2017.

Click HERE to see the Summer Reading List. (Note: Not every student will have summer reading. Please review this list carefully to know what is required of your student.)

Electronic Devices / Tech Boot Camp

  • Electronic Devices: Laptops are required for all 9th/10th/11th graders and are strongly encouraged for 12th graders, especially those taking courses at Carondelet.
  • Tech Boot Camp is available for all new students.
  • The Math Department requires calculators for all students.
    Recommended: TI-83 or TI-84 models. Students cannot use the TI-89.

Textbook Distribution

Students MUST Pick Up their books on one of the dates listed below.

  • Thursday, August 10, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 11, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Books will be distributed in the OC (Old Cafeteria).

Locker assignments and combinations will also be given at this time.

Students must be present - Parents cannot pick up books for their children.

Lockers

If you will be out of town during this time, please make alternative arrangements with the Spartan Store well in advance of Book Distribution by emailing us at bookstore@dlshs.org.

Students must have completed the following before they can pick up their books:

1. the online Information Update & Agreements process;
AND
2. fulfilled all financial obligations with the Business Office

If you need to pay for lost book fees from last year, please contact the Bookstore directly.

For any other general financial questions, please contact Ms. Kathy Resch at (925) 288-8122 or reschk@dlshs.org).

New Student/Parent Welcome and BBQ Invitation

All Freshman and/or Transfer students and their parents are asked to attend our first-ever New Student/Parent Welcome and BBQ on Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Agenda:
MASS: 10:00 a.m. in the DLS Hofmann Student Center
ORIENTATION: 11:00 a.m. (Parents in the Theatre; Students in the Gym)
BBQ LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. in the DLS Hofmann Student Center.

Please RSVP by following this link. Deadline is August 4.

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation

As a reminder, Pre-Participation Physicals are due by Friday, August 4.

ALL NEW STUDENTS must have this completed (regardless if he is playing a sport or not).

ANY STUDENT-ATHLETE needs to complete this form before the sport's season begins.

Link to Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Form

All forms must be submitted to Mr. Doug Bauman by mail or delivered to the Main Office.

AP Test Registration

Check out our AP Testing Page for information you need to know. You must register and pay for the test by Friday, August 11, 2017.

Additional Information

Academic Accomodations

If you are interested in discussing the possibilities of addressing academic accommodations for your son, please review the procedures contained in this link, and then contact Mr. Sean Bristol, our Spartan Success & Learning Needs Coordinator, at (925) 288-8104 or bristols@dlshs.org

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is an integral part of Student Life at De La Salle. Through liturgies, immersions, retreats, charity drives, worship and faith groups, students are able to emulate the life and deeds of our Founder in service, faith, and community.

Sign up for Retreats (Kairos, Father/Son, and Parent-Son).

Concussion Management Policy

Concussions are a unique type of injury as they have a significant effect on a student's cognitive performance and recovery time. In order to maintain continuity in our care for students with concussions and ensure that they are returning to learn in a progression/manner that is appropriate, individualized, and conducive to recovery, DLS has established a concussion management policy to help facilitate this process.

Click HERE to review our protocol, which can also be found in our Student-Parent Handbook.

Locker Information

Student locker numbers and combinations:

  • Students will receive their locker information when they pick up their books on either August 10 or 11. Prior to those dates, students can find their locker number and combination by logging into their student PowerSchool account (your PS app will not work). The information is at the bottom of the "Grades and Attendance" page. New students will receive PowerSchool login information included in the IUA email the week of July 10.

Locks for PE / Sports

  • Gym locks are available for sale in the Spartan Store ($5).
  • ONLY locks purchased at the Spartan Store may be used on gym lockers.
  • Lockers are only available for athletes during their season.

Mandatory All-Student Orientation

Mandatory ALL-STUDENT Orientation Day is Monday, August 14.

  • Attendance required.
  • Yearbook/Student ID photos will be taken.
  • Normal school attire required:
  • Collard shirt appropriate for school,
  • pants/shorts with a belt,
  • shoes & socks or sandals (no flip-flops)
  • Clean shaven
  • Natural color hair, the length no longer than the top of the shirt collar
  • Please review the handbook "Grooming and Appearance" section for more details.
  • Students report by grade to the DLS Theatre. Note: Class order for the day has changed.
    • 8:15 a.m. - Sophomores
    • 9:15 a.m. - Seniors
    • 10:15 a.m. - Juniors
    • 11:00 a.m. - Freshman
    • An optional, joint (DLS & CHS) Senior panoramic picture will be taken at 10:30 a.m. in the Carondelet amphitheater.
    • Parking passes available (seniors then Juniors) beginning at 10 a.m. Location TBA.
    • Contact Mr. Dyer (dyerj@dlshs.org or 925-288-8124) or Mr. Aliotti (aliottij@dlshs.org or 925-288-8116) in advance if your son cannot attend.

Meal Program for the Cafeteria

The DLS Cafeteria offers a meal program called "MySchoolbucks." Register for your student's "MySchoolBucks" lunch account after August 1st to enroll in the prepaid meal program. Returning students can use last year's account.

Please note: You will not be able to register for an account until August 1.

Follow this link to enroll.

Orientation Program for Parental Support (OPPS)

The Student Services Department would like to invite every parent of freshman and transfer students to our Orientation Program for Parental Support (OPPS) on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

It is an opportunity for parents to interact with your son’s counselors in an exchange of information and by asking salient questions regarding your son’s spiritual, academic, and physical development at De La Salle High School.

Click here for more details on the program as well as a list of Student Services faculty for 2017-18.

Parking Pass

Student Parking Permit Guidelines:

  • Priority is given to seniors on campus. Overflow parking for Seniors/Juniors is available at the Church of Latter Day Saints on Treat Blvd. Spaces are determined by lottery.
  • Sophomores are not permitted to park on campus or at the overflow site.

Application Process:

  • Pickup an application from Mrs. Bedford or Mr.Guelld in the Student Services or Administrative office.
  • Return the application and $100 before June 30, 2017.
  • Passes are distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications returned after June 30 will only be honored if space is available and at the Dean's discretion.
  • Pick up your Pass on Orientation day. Location announced that morning.

Parent Technology Resources

There is a number of ways to communicate with teachers electronically, such as through PowerSchool, Schoology, and Google accounts. All students have these accounts and should use them regularly. New students will learn how to use them at Tech Boot Camp. (FYI: PowerSchool student username and password will be emailed to parents the week of July 10.)

FYI: All adult emails at DLS are LastnameFirstinitial@dlshs.org (e.g. Dr. Heather Alumbaugh's email is alumbaughh@dlshs.org).

Click HERE to visit our Parent Technology Resource page, which has a lot more reference material for you to review, such as best practices with device use.

Schedule Change Requests

Students may request changes to their schedule by grade:

Grades 11 & 12:

Thursday, August 3: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Grades 9 & 10:
Friday, August 4: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Student Services Building

Fee:

$35

Note: Changes based on teacher preference are not considered.

Student-Parent Handbook

Here is a link to the 2017-18 Student-Parent Handbook. You will need to acknowledge your review of this document during the IUA process. For future access, the handbook can always be available through the Parent or Quicklink page.

Student Photo Order Information


Should you want to order photos online, please follow this link.

You can also print this order form and bring it with you to the Mandatory Orientation Day on August 14. All students will receive an ID card at orientation. This photo will be your yearbook photo (except for Seniors). Senior portraits are by appointment with Studio One.

Diplomas from Graduation 2017
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