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Summer Checklist 2018

New and Returning Parent/Student Summer Checklist

Welcome to your Parent/Student 2018 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 3, 2018. See the first "Required Action" below.

Welcome to the 2018-19 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.

Many things have happened at 1130 Winton Drive since the last day of school:

  • Summer Camps are in full swing
  • The roof on the 100 and 200 wing have been replaced as well as the locker room.
  • The Theatre is getting new seats and carpet is on the way…
  • The Library is getting new carpet
  • New turf is being put on the athletic field with a new concussion matting (Read more here)

There are so many other items being completed, too! 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 Vice President for Academic Life

July 10, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students of De La Salle High School,

We hope that you are enjoying a joyful and restful summer break. The summer is an active period for the school as the entire community prepares for the return of our students. Mr. De Marco and I began the summer by attending the District Chief Administrators Association gathering with our Lasallian District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) colleagues at the beautiful Mont La Salle. Many of our faculty are attending AP conferences (among other professional development opportunities), one faculty member is currently attending an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) seminar, some faculty are actively pursuing their Masters degrees at institutions as varied as Notre Dame and Cal State East Bay, and the list continues.

This summer marks the second summer in which faculty have been awarded Faculty Innovation Grants, which encourage faculty to rethink, innovate, and improve upon their teaching. We awarded 14 grants for teachers working on projects as varied as the design of a tri-bin waste system, the creation of two separate interdisciplinary classes that link Social Studies and English, and the development of a student art installation on campus that illustrates the Lasallian Core Principles. In June, Mr. Mike Aquino hosted an informal “unconference” at DLSHS that brought together faculty and administrators from a group of Catholic boys schools in the area, including representatives from Bellarmine, Junipero Serra, Jesuit, and Riordan. The meeting also included educational activist Ashanti Branch from Ever Forward Club, with whom we have worked previously, and the main focus was to share best practices in serving the needs of our male student populations. The group plans on meeting twice a year, and we are excited by the promise of this ongoing collaboration.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, we will focus on the Lasallian Core Principle “inclusive community” as our means to continue our work with the Respect Initiative. The SFNO District website offers multiple resources available for educators and families alike (http://delasalle.org/), and it beautifully describes the Lasallian definition of inclusive community:

 “The Lasallian school is a united community where diversity is respected and no one is left out or left behind. It calls all to recognize and embrace one another’s unique stories and qualities as unique and sacred features of the Body of Christ on earth.” (http://delasalle.org/who-we-are/five-core-principles/)

One way we will help students foster inclusive communities in their daily practices is through providing them with access to leadership tools, in particular regarding their obligations as active bystanders. We will continue on our ongoing work with Mentors in Violence Prevention Strategies (https://www.mvpstrat.com/). Our lacrosse team already participated in MVP training in the spring, and this month, our football team will participate. In addition, we are absolutely delighted to announce that we will pilot our first Leadership Institute for students, led by Dr. Jackson Katz (founder of MVP Strategies) in August. The student leaders will come from Fall sports teams, Company, MVP club, SCORE, Servant Leadership, elected student leaders, and more. We anticipate expanding the Leadership Institute in August 2019 to include an even broader group of students. The one-day, on-campus training will give student leaders the tools to use their platforms of influence to set an example and tone for how Lasallian men act, speak, and engage with the world around them. Being a strong leader means being an active bystander. MVP trainers will also return this fall for a second round of training with joint DLS/CHS faculty, administrators, and staff.

We are also excited to announce that for the first time in the schools’ histories, both De La Salle and Carondelet high schools will lead joint assemblies during orientation. We have split the mandatory orientations into two days: 9th and 10th grade orientation will be on Monday, August 13, and 11th and 12th grade orientation will be on Tuesday, August 14. Ms. Kim Karr will return to work with the 9th and 10th grades, and Dr. Jackson Katz and Ms. LaShonda Coleman will work with the 11th and 12th graders. Please consult the Mandatory Orientation section of the Summer Checklist for full details.

Our computer science program is up and running, and the academic team will continue to focus our energies on grading and assessment practices. Our 21st century curriculum committee met almost every other week for the entire 2017-2018 academic year, and we will continue to hone our vision regarding how to best adapt DLS curriculum and teaching practices to help students develop 21st century skills, including collaboration, project management, cognitive flexibility, adaptability, and problem solving, among others.

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, we are eager to welcome our incoming 2018 freshman class, and we look forward to our reunion with our current students and families. We are grateful to be a part of your educational journeys.


Sincerely,

Dr. Heather Alumbaugh
Vice President for Academic Life

Required Action

Information Updates & Agreements (IUA) 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 9, 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 critical, unique parent and student information.

Basically, you will use the PowerSchool (PS) Parent Portal link (see below) to access the IUA icon inside PS. Clicking on the icon takes you to the forms, starting with the introduction page.

Click Here to See Instructions on how to complete the process.

Unfortunately, the PS mobile app still does not work with IUA. Use a computer or laptop to complete the process. Remember that, if you are unable to complete the process in one sitting, you must return to the same parent account (not a different parent account for the same student) in order to finish.

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 3, 2018. Your son will not be able to pick up his textbooks in August (9 or 10) without having completed this process. Please see the section below for textbook distribution times and details.

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

Login to PowerSchool here

Finances

Students cannot pick up their books or complete the Mandatory Student Orientation process 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.

Student-Parent Handbook

Here is a link to the 2018-19 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 page or Quicklinks drop-down menu.

AP Test Registration

Check out our AP Testing Page for information you need to know. You must register and pay for the test by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

Electronic Devices / Tech Boot Camp

  • Electronic Devices: Laptops are required for ALL students. Please visit our Parent Technology Resources page for recommendations on laptops for use at De La Salle.
  • Tech Boot Camp is available for all new students:
    • Two sessions are available each day. Please sign up for only ONE time slot:
    • Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, August 3
      OR
    • Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 8
  • All Tech Boot Camp sessions are in the DLS Library.

    Click on this link to register for Tech Boot Camp via Sign-up Genius.
  • The Math Department requires calculators for all students.
    Recommended: TI-83 or TI-84 models. Students cannot use the TI-89.

Mandatory Orientation - 9th and 10th Grades - Mon. Aug. 13

  • Attendance required.
  • Student picture photos – ID cards distributed.
  • Normal school attire required, including an appropriate collared shirt
  • Pants or shorts with a belt
  • Shoes and socks or sandals with a back heel (no flip-flops)
  • Clean shaven
  • Natural color hair, with length no longer than the top of the shirt collar
  • Please review the handbook "Grooming and Appearance" section (###) for more details.

Schedule:


Freshmen:

  • 8:15 a.m. – report to Theatre for Orientation
  • 10:30 a.m. – report to Hofmann Center for assembly
  • No backpacks necessary
  • Bring Studio One photo packet if ordering (see "Studio One" panel at the end of the checklist for more information)
  • Bring a snack

Sophomores:

  • 8:45 a.m. – report to the Hofmann Center for assembly
  • 10:15 a.m. – report to the Theatre for Orientation
  • No backpacks necessary.
  • Bring Studio One photo packet if ordering (see "Studio One" panel at the end of the checklist for more information)

Parents: 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.

Mandatory Orientation - 11th and 12th Grades - Tues. Aug. 14

  • Attendance required.
  • Student picture photos – ID cards distributed.
  • Normal school attire required, including an appropriate collared shirt
  • Pants or shorts with a belt
  • Shoes and socks or sandals with a back heel (no flip-flops)
  • Clean shaven
  • Natural color hair, with length no longer than the top of the shirt collar
  • Please review the handbook "Grooming and Appearance" section (###) for more details.

Schedule:

Juniors:

  • 8:15 a.m. – report to Theatre for Orientation
  • 10:30 a.m. – report to Hofmann Center for assembly
  • No backpacks necessary.
  • Bring Studio One photo packet if ordering (see "Studio One" panel at the end of the checklist for more information)
  • Bring a snack

Seniors:

  • 8:45 a.m. – report to the Hofmann Center for assembly
  • 10:15 a.m. – report to the theatre for Orientation
  • No backpacks necessary.
  • Bring Studio one photo packet if ordering (see "Studio One" panel at the end of the checklist for more information)

Note: Parking pass distribution will happen on August 14. Time and location TBA.

Parents: 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.

New Student/Parent Welcome and BBQ Invitation

All Freshman and/or Transfer students and their parents are asked to attend our annual New Student/Parent Welcome and BBQ on Sunday, August 12, 2018.

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 3. You are welcome to wear a polo or Hawaiian shirt for the day!

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation

Pre-participation physicals are due by Friday, August 3. If you are a new student and participating in a summer sport, you must turn it in BEFORE you tryout or practice.

ALL NEW STUDENTS must complete this form, even if they are not playing a sport.

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 him in the Trainer's Room or to the Main Office.

Summer Reading

Students are required to complete their summer reading before the first day of classes on August 15, 2018.

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.)

Textbook Distribution

Students MUST Pick Up their books on one of the dates listed below. Students must be present; parents cannot pick up books for their children.


  • Thursday, August 9, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Locker assignments and combinations will also be given at this time.
    Books will be distributed in the O.C. (Old Cafeteria).
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. If prior arrangements are not made and books are not picked up by August 10, there will be a $50 service fee.

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

1. the online Information Update & Agreements process (see the section above about this process;

AND

2. fulfilled all financial obligations with the Business Office. For financial questions, please contact Ms. Kathy Resch at (925) 288-8122 or reschk@dlshs.org;

AND

3. completed and submitted verification for any academic remediation obligations (for returning students).

To make alternative arrangements or if you have any questions, please email the Bookstore or call them at (925) 288-8127.

Additional Information

Academic Accommodations

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, and participation in Lasallian youth, 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).

Cafeteria & MySchoolBucks

The DLS Cafeteria offers a meal program called "MySchoolbucks." Register for your student's "MySchoolBucks" lunch account after August 1 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 visit the Cafeteria home page to view more information about MySchoolBucks , to enroll, and to see a sample menu!

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 full policy, as found in sections 8.9 and 8.9.1 in the 2018-19 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 9 or 10. 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 9.

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.

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 25, 2018.

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 2018-19.

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:

  • Applications were due to Mr. Guelld before June 30, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Applications were $100 each and forms were available in the Main Office as well as in the Student Services Building.

Picking Up Your Pass:

  • Passes and spot assignments will be distributed on Orientation Day in August.

Parent Technology Resources

There are many 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 9.)

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 2: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Grades 9 & 10: Friday, August 3: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Student Services Building with Mrs. Mary Ann Mattos

Fee: $35

Note: Changes based on teacher preference are not considered.

Signature Events

De La Salle’s fundraising events allow you to support the school’s financial goals through fun, engaging experiences! Click here for more information.

  • A Taste of De La Salle (Thurs. Sept. 13) a fun evening of local and exclusive food and wine samplings.
  • The De La Salle Golf Classic (Mon. Oct. 1) benefits our financial aid program which provides need-based scholarships for students who otherwise would not be able to attend our school.
  • The De La Salle Crab Feed (Sat. Jan. 26) sells out every year and is organized with the tremendous support of the Parent Association!
  • The Spring Auction (Sat. Mar. 30), our premier event, supports co-curricular programs and activities enjoyed by our students – from the arts to athletics, campus ministry to clubs.

* Purchase a Super Ticket to guarantee your seat at three great Signature Events: A Taste of De La Salle, the Crab Feed, and the Spring Auction. Super Tickets are $250 per person and only available online through September 13. Only 150 tickets will be sold.

For more information about our upcoming events, click here to read more information about our events.

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. All students will receive an ID card at orientation. This photo will be your yearbook photo (except for Senior tuxedo portraits taken by appointment with Studio One).