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Summer Checklist 2019


New and Returning Parent/Student Summer Checklist

Welcome to your Parent/Student 2019 Summer Checklist!. Some of the items below require action while others are more informational in nature.

The Enrollment Checklist process must be completed through SchoolAdmin by all families on or before 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 2, 2019.



Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

Letter from the President

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you are having 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 (planning started on May 30th). We look forward to partnering with you in the education of your son. De La Salle is such a special place only because everyone works together to educate our young men.

In September, we will be undergoing our Lasallian Catholic Assessment Process (LCAP). This in an internal and external review process conducted by the school, together with a visiting team of Lasallian educators, that focuses on supporting and strengthening the school’s Lasallian Catholic identity by assessing the overall effectiveness of its programs, practices, and culture in light of core principles for Lasallian schools. Surveys were conducted in the Spring and were sent to the Chair of the Visiting Team. We look forward to sharing more with you after the visit.

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

  • We had lots of activity with students attending our Summer Camps
  • Some roofs are being replaced as we plan for solar panels on campus
  • The Theatre is getting a new stage
  • The Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center should be completed by early September (it is running a little behind schedule due to the rain we had in the Spring).
  • New scoreboards for the field and gym have been installed.

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.

If you have not done so, please make sure to complete all the items on your Enrollment Checklist – reminders have been sent to those families who still have items to complete.

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 18, 2019

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 and for the arrival of our freshmen. As with my first summer at De La Salle, I am greeted everyday with the vibrant sounds of summer camps and construction noise. This year, the noise symbolizes that we are moving closer and closer to the opening of the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center.

Every summer, many members of our faculty pursue further professional development opportunities. As is customary, 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, another faculty member will attend the Yale Writers’ Workshop, and once again a faculty member participated in an NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Seminar. A group of faculty coaches attended Futures Without Violence’s Coaching Boys to Men Institute. Dr. Elizabeth Berkes (Director of Faculty Development) and Mr. Andrew Berkes (Religious Studies Chair and Instructor) recently returned invigorated and even more well-informed from the National Catholic Education Association Education Law Symposium. Mrs. Henriette Howett (Biology/HNRS Biology Instructor/Green Club Moderator) participated in the Lasallian Social Justice Institute, hosted this year in Louisiana, to study Environmental Justice. In addition, we were delighted to award another nine Faculty Innovation Grants.

We are also excited to welcome our new full-time faculty:

Ms. Caitlin Coblentz (English)
Mr. Kevin Fordon (Social Studies)
Mr. Michael Norris (Math)
Mr. Rene Sanchez (Religious Studies)
Mr. Giles Thompson (Visual and Performing Arts)

Mr. Eric Ghisletta will also be joining us to teach Criminal Justice.

Our theme for the year will continue our focus on the Lasallian Core Principle “inclusive community.” 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/)

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 2019 freshman class, and we look forward to our reunion with 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

Devices/Tech Check (Tech Boot Camp-Online) - New Students Only

  • Laptops are required for ALL students. Please visit our Educational Technology page for specifications and recommendations on laptops for use at De La Salle.
    Please note: Chromebooks or tablets do not meet our specs.
     
  • NEW THIS YEAR - All incoming students will complete an Online Tech Boot Camp course through Schoology. Information to access the course will be sent out to families and incoming students. The course will be available in July, and takes between 30 minutes to an hour to complete, and should be completed prior to attending Tech Check. 
     
  • Tech Check - Once students have completed the online Tech Boot Camp course, they should bring their laptop to one of the Tech Check Days:
    • Thursday, August 8, 12 - 3 p.m., De La Salle Library
    • Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., De La Salle Library
    • Monday, August 12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., De La Salle Library
    • Tuesday, August 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., De La Salle Library
  • During Tech Check, students will pair their devices to the De La Salle Wi-Fi, add wireless printing connections to our Library printers, and troubleshoot any technology issues prior to the start of school. Tech Check is drop-in, no sign up is required, and should take about 30 minutes.


  • The Math Department requires calculators for all students.
  • Recommended: TI-83 or TI-84 models. Students cannot use the TI-89.

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.

The Business Office will have already contacted you through SchoolAdmin 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 view 2019-2020 class schedules, etc. Once their account is up to date, they will be able to access PS.

Mandatory Orientation - 9th and 10th Grades - Mon. Aug. 12

  • 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 (6.8) for more details.

Schedule:


Freshmen:

  • 9 a.m. – report to Theatre for Orientation
  • 10:30 a.m. – Assembly/mixer (walk over to Carondelet's Gym)
  • 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
  • Orientation should end at Noon

Sophomores:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Assembly/mixer (walk over to Carondelet's Gym)
  • 10:30 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)
  • Orientation should end at Noon

Parents: Contact Mr. Aquino (aquinom@dlshs.org or 925-288-8193) 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. 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 (6.8) for more details.
  • SENIORS ONLY: Seniors will be taking a Senior Panoramic with Carondelet seniors

Schedule:


Juniors:

  • 9:30 a.m. – report to Carondelet's Gym for assembly/mixer
  • 10:30 a.m. – report to the Theater 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)
  • Bring a snack
  • Orientation will be over around Noon. Parking passes will be distributed after Senior Panoramic.

Seniors:

  • 9 a.m. – report to the Theatre for Orientation
  • 10:30 a.m. – Assembly/mixer (walk over to Carondelet's Gym) followed by Senior Panoramic
  • Parking Pass distribution to follow panoramic 
  • No backpacks necessary
  • Bring Studio One photo packet if ordering (see "Studio One" panel at the end of the checklist for more information)
  • Orientation ends around Noon

Parents: Contact Mr. Aquino (aquinom@dlshs.org or 925-288-8193) 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 11, 2019. 
**You are welcome to wear casual attire for the day.***

Agenda:
MASS: 10:00 a.m. in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center
ORIENTATION: 11:00 a.m. (parents in the Theatre; students in the Gym)
BBQ LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. in the De La Salle Hofmann Student Center.

 

RSVP for the New  Student/Parent
Welcome and BBQ

Deadline for registration is Friday, August 2, 2019. 

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation

Pre-participation physicals are due by Friday, August 2. 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 14, 2019.

2019 De La Salle Summer Reading List  

(Note: Not every student will have summer reading. Please review this list carefully to know what is required of your student.)

Student-Parent Handbook

Here is a link to the 2019-20 Student-Parent Handbook. For future access, the handbook can always be available through the Parent page or Quicklinks drop-down menu.

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 8, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 9, 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 Hofmann Student Center.

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 9, there will be a $50 service fee.

 

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

Open locker

1. The online Enrollment Checklist Process through SchoolAdmin
(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 (bookstore@dlshs.org) or call them at (925) 288-8127.

Additional Information

AP Testing Registration - Deadline August 31, 2019

Check out our AP Testing Page for information you need to know.

You must register and pay for the test by Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Academic Accommodations

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

Cafeteria & MySchoolBucks

The De La Salle Cafeteria offers a meal program called "MySchoolbucks."

Register for your student's "MySchoolBucks" lunch account after August 1, 2019 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!

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).

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, De La Salle has established a concussion management policy to help facilitate this process.

Please review sections 8.9 and 8.9.1 in the Student-Parent Handbook for the full De La Salle concussion policy.

Locker Information

Student locker numbers and combinations:

  • Students will receive their locker information when they pick up their books on either August 8th or 9th.
  • 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, as well as the "Locker Information" page on PowerSchool. 


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.

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 access and use them during the Online Tech Boot Camp.

Parents and incoming students should have already received information for accessing their separate PowerSchool, Schoology, and Google Suite (students only) accounts in June.Please note: Schoology and Google accounts will not be accessible until July 1, 2019. If you did not receive an email, please contact our Registrar, Mrs. Linda Byrne (byrnel@dlshs.org)

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

Visit our Parent Technology Resource page, which has articles and tools to help you navigate technology use with your son.

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 29, 2019.
  • Passes are distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Applications returned after June 29 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.
  • Please provide a copy of the applicant's valid driver's license with your application. 

Picking Up Your Pass:

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

Schedule Change Requests

Students may request changes to their schedule by grade:

Grades 9 & 10: Thursday, August 1: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Grades 11 & 12: Friday, August 2: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Location: Student Services Building with Ms. Lillian Dickson

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 through our Signature Events! 

  • A Taste of De La Salle (Thurs. Sept. 19) a fun evening of local and exclusive food and wine samplings.
  • The De La Salle Golf Classic (Mon. Oct. 28) 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. 25) sells out every year and is organized with the tremendous support of the Parent Association!
  • The Spring Auction (Sat. Apr. 4), 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, 2019. Only 150 tickets will be sold.

Go to our Signature Events webpage for more information about all 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). Picture re-takes will be held on Thursday, September 26th at Lunch in the Gym

Student Support Services

The De La Salle Student Support Services office provides students and parents the availability of professional counselors. Counseling sessions are offered to students and parents to assist with any academic, social, emotional, relationship, or family matter.

Counselors can assist students and parents with clarifying problems, defining alternative choices in situations, and providing information that may affect the situation. Counselors do not make decisions for either students or parents nor are they responsible for changing class schedules or making decisions on disciplinary matters.

Counselors act as supportive advocates for students and parents and are available to help with any situation presented to them. 

Please visit the Student Support Services webpage for more information about the department and a listing of the counselors on campus.