Class of 2024 Welcome
WE ARE GLAD YOU’RE HERE!
Thank you for coming to this webpage for the Class of 2024 Virtual Welcome to De La Salle High School. Although we are unable to have you on our campus for this annual event, we hope this page will be informative and insightful for the newest members of our De La Salle family.
Below is a video that includes messages from members of the De La Salle community. Please click the play icon to view this informative video, before continuing to the information on this web page. We are glad you're here and we look forward to seeing you this summer.
We encourage you to review all sections of this page and reach out to faculty or staff members should you have any questions about any of the information outlined below. Please let us know how we can help you make the most out of your virtual visit!
We look forward to meeting you,
The De La Salle Admissions Team
- Accommodations for Students with Learning Differences
- Campus Life
- Campus Ministry
- College Counseling
- Office of Advancement
- Social Studies
- Student Support Services
- Visual and Performing Arts
- World Languages
The De La Salle Office of Learning Needs provides academic support within a private college prep setting to students identified as having learning differences.
Some of the services provided through our office are:
- Coordinating services for students identified as having learning differences including those who require classroom accommodations, learning aids (such as Audiobooks), extended time for classroom testing, alternative sites to testing in the classroom, and extended time on standardized tests;
- Fostering students’ social adjustment to high school and beyond through development of self-advocacy skills;
- Developing programs to provide academic support for students, especially the Spartan Success students;
- Providing support and training to teachers working with students identified as having learning differences.
The above are just some of the accommodations we provide. A Profile Sheet, which outlines the students strengths, weaknesses, and accommodations that he would need in order to be successful, is also shared with teachers. We work in conjunction with students, parents, and teachers to assure that both the student’s needs are met, and the teacher’s goals for the course are achieved.
We feel this personal approach leads to the best outcome for the student.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at anytime,
Mr. Sean Bristol
Learning Needs Coordinator
De La Salle High School
1130 Winton Drive
Concord, CA 94518
Dear Freshman Families,
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to De La Salle High School. De La Salle High School offers 14 interscholastic sports, rugby and hockey clubs, and an intramural program which runs during lunch.
Prior to the start of each season, each interscholastic and club sport has a general meeting to get all necessary information to the student-athletes. It is important for each student-athlete to listen for announcements as to when these meetings will take place. General athletic information is available in the locker room and on the school's website at www.dlshs.org.
All student-athletes trying out for an interscholastic or club sport need to have completely filled out all athletic department forms, prior to the first day of tryouts, or they will not be allowed to participate. All of these forms are included in the online enrollment/registration process. Therefore, if you “think” your child may try out for a sport, indicate so during the online registration so you are prompted to complete all necessary forms. As part of the enrollment process, each student will have to upload a Pre-participation Physical Form. This physical needs to be completed by a medical doctor (MD) or a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) and last for one year from the date of the exam.
If you have any questions regarding a specific sport, please contact the respective coach. A list of coaches and the ways to contact them are listed on the other side of this letter. Any other questions may be directed to Mr. Leo Lopoz at (925) 288-8144 or by email to email@example.com.
Vice President for Athletics
- Cross Country
- Water Polo
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Welcome to De La Salle!
For any student-athlete interested in trying out for the freshman football team the following information is to guide you through the journey. All workouts and practices will be on campus.
Medical Physical: Prior to participating in any activity on the field each student-athlete must have a De La Salle approved and completed medical physical on file with the DLS training staff. This should have been completed upon admission. The physical must cover through the entire season.
Respect: All De La Salle HS student handbook policies apply at all times.
- Social Media-Students will be held accountable for inappropriate posts.
- Parent Policy-Students will be held accountable for parents coaching their son during any practice or game.
- Uniform: For workouts and practices, students need cleats, running shoes, a white tee shirt (with last name on front and back) and green shorts.
- Optional Workouts: We will begin training the student-athletes during the summer to familiarize them with the DLS football program. We will perform a combination of conditioning and ball work.
- Equipment: Prior to the mandatory padded practices students will be issued De La Salle football equipment which consists of a helmet, shoulder pads and pants.
- Mandatory Practices: Padded practices are mandatory and any student-athlete interested in trying out for the team must attend all practices. The schedule is below.
- Cuts: Each student-athlete will be given a four-day tryout process. Following the fourth practice there will be cuts that are based on each student-athletes individual ability. The cuts will be based on the student-athletes level of effort, aggression, technique, teamwork, coachability and safety that is performed throughout the tryout process.
- Cost: Upon making the team each student-athlete will be assigned a home and away jersey at a cost that is TBD.
- Lockers: Upon making the team each student-athlete will be assigned a locker and must use a De La Salle lock which can be purchased at the Bookstore.
- Contact: Any questions can be directed to Coach Pelosi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spartan Football is built on hard work towards a common goal. We define hard work through our effort, technique, and teamwork. Together these lead to individual and team success when the common goal is attacked with a deep, limitless emotion and passion.
Throughout the process you will learn that you can always give more of yourself. At any point, if you think you have given all you can, you are mistaken, because you can always give more. Maximizing your potential is a goal but not a possibility. No matter what is earned or accomplished, we are trying to achieve more. Through consistent hard work that is fueled by an emotion towards the players common goal, a bond is built between teammates that heightens and strengthens everyone, and everything along the journey.
Dear Spartan Class of 2024,
Congratulations on being accepted to join us at De La Salle High School!
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take part in a very special athletic program at De La Salle High School: the DE LA SALLE CROSS COUNTRY TEAM. The Cross Country Program is one of the most successful at De La Salle High School. We have won two state championships, 19 NCS championships, 29 league championships, and multiple individuals have qualified for the national championship.
Who should consider joining Cross Country?
➢ Any freshman who wants to get in the best shape of his life.
➢ Any freshman who wants to get in shape for a winter or spring sport.
➢ Any freshman who likes the freedom of individual sports.
➢ Any freshman who was one of the fastest kids running the mile in middle school.
➢ Any freshman who participated in CYO or youth group track and field.
The freshmen racing season lasts from the end of August to the beginning of November, and does NOT interfere with any DLS winter sports. Every year, cross country runners make the soccer, basketball, and wrestling teams. You may not see yourself as a runner, but many of our most successful runners felt exactly the same. If you want to get fit and you want to compete, give it a try!
There are no cuts for freshmen on the cross country team, and there is a wide range of experience in distance running among athletes on the team. Last season we had young runners, freshmen and sophomores, who were once-again significant contributors to our team’s success.
Finally, if you choose to run, you will make friends in Cross Country that will last the rest of your life.
EVERYONE IS A STARTER! THERE ARE NO BENCH WARMERS IN CROSS COUNTRY!
If you have questions, or want to get started right away, email me at email@example.com. We meet to run three times per week during summer. I can’t wait to hear from you.
Coach Pelster ‘87
De La Salle Water Polo welcomes the participation of ALL student-athletes and is an official varsity sport at De La Salle during the Fall Season. It is recommended that all players participate in the optional De La Salle Water Polo Summer Camp and that information is viewable on the De La Salle Summer Camp website.
NO PRIOR WATER POLO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY
While Water Polo requires the highest degree of physical fitness and each player must learn, develop and possess a variety of athletic skills. There is a position suitable for almost all potential players. Our experienced coaches prepare players for competition with instruction focusing on safe play, sportsmanship, individual and team skills, proper technique and conditioning.
If you are interested in a challenging and competitive sport and would like to be part of the De La Salle winning tradition, De La Salle Water Polo invites you to come out and join the team.
Questions about De La Salle Water Polo, please contact:
Robert Arroyo, MBA
Head Water Polo Coach
De La Salle High School
2020 Freshman Summer Basketball Program
I would like to take a moment to congratulate you and your son on being selected to be a member of the De La Salle Community. We are committed to offer a basketball program that competes at the highest level while also helping each individual become a man of faith, integrity, and scholarship.
Over the summer, we will offer open gym settings that enable students to improve their basketball skills while also building relationships with the coaching staff and fellow classmates. Due to the current state of COVID-19, the schedule listed below is subject to change. We are well aware that dates, duration of Open Gyms, and/or number of participants might have to be adjusted. Please know that the health of all of our students is our number one priority.
We understand that prior arrangements for the summer months might have been made. These Open Gyms are not all mandatory events. Over summer it is important for each individual to continue to improve and get better if they are truly serious about the game of basketball. You can do so by practicing on your own, attending the De La Salle scheduled Open Gyms, attending De La Salle Basketball Camps, playing AAU/Travel Basketball, and also by attending the Athletic Performance Clinic offered at DLS in the summer (directed by our strength and conditioning coach Mark Wine – Session 2 does not conflict with Freshman Open Gyms).
Lastly, when school begins we will begin to have open gyms during late August and throughout September and October. Basketball is a winter sport and tryouts are not until the beginning of November. Once again, these open gyms in the fall will be available to all individuals in order for them to work on their skills and to continue to improve.
Incoming Summer Freshman Package = $70
Scheduled Open Gyms
De La Salle Basketball Jersey
We will collect summer fees Monday, June 8th at the first Open Gym. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me directly - firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make all checks payable to De La Salle High School.
**IMPORTANT*** In order for your son to participate in any Open Gyms at De La Salle in the summer the pre- participation physical evaluation needs to be completed and UPLOADED INTO YOUR SON'S PORTAL ACCOUNT. This is something that needs to be done annually in order to participate in any athletic activities. If you are having issues getting a physical done due to COVID-19 and availability of physicians, please have your son bring a physical copy of
their MOST RECENT PHYSICAL TO DATE on June 8th to the first Open Gym.
If you have any questions please email our athletic trainer Kent Mercer at MercerK@dlshs.org.
Download the Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form.
Head Varsity Basketball Coach
(Dates and Times are Subject to Change)
|Monday, June 8||5-7 PM|
|Wednesday, June 10||1-3 PM|
|Monday, June 15||5-7 PM|
|Wednesday, June 17||1-3 PM|
|Monday, June 22||5-7 PM|
|Wednesday, June 24||1-3 PM|
|Monday, June 29||OFF|
|Wednesday, July 1||OFF|
|Monday, July 6||5-7 PM|
|Wednesday, July 8||1-3 PM|
|Friday, July 10||11:30-1:30 PM|
|Monday, July 13||6-8 PM|
|Thursday, July 16||6-8 PM|
|Monday, July 20||5-7 PM|
|Wednesday, July 22||3-5 PM|
|Friday, July 24||11:30-1:30 PM|
All Students are Welcome to Attend
Dear De La Salle High School Freshman Families,
The De La Salle Soccer program is in search of students to join the program for the winter season of 2020-21. The program is built on a strong tradition of dedicated student athletes who continue to raise the bar year after year. Our program has won a record total of 13 NCS championships over the years.
While it is not a pre-requisite that your son participate in club soccer to tryout for DLS, it is important for each player to train and play as much as possible leading up to tryout day – November 2, 2020. DLS has a freshmen team, and the roster usually consists of 20-23 players; there are also junior varsity and varsity squads.
All players are required to attend all three tryout dates. Conflicts with club soccer during that time could jeopardize their ability to make the team. We expect that, once the DLS season begins, every rostered player will be at all of our scheduled events. My staff and I welcome you to De La Salle and my contact information is below should you have any questions.
Welcome to De La Salle and congratulations on joining the Spartan brotherhood! DLS Wrestling invites you to be a part of our tradition-rich program. During the 2019-2020 season, the contributions of many young wrestlers helped DLS Wrestling capture our 11th North Coast Section Championship and 13th NCS Dual Championship. This season we are expecting to build upon our 2019-2020 accomplishments:
- 1st – 2020 EBAL League Tournament
- 1st – 2020 NCS Dual Team Tournament
- 1st – 2020 North Coast Section Championships
Historically, athletes new to the sport of wrestling have achieved considerable success in our program. Just last season, four wrestlers who started as freshmen qualified for and placed at the NCS Championships, contributing to our team NCS titles.
Wrestling is a character building activity and members of the De La Salle coaching staff foster a challenging and safe learning environment, emphasizing self-reliance and self-confidence, while developing strong team fellowship. Many of our coaches are in the unique position that they have wrestled for and graduated from De La Salle High School. This provides them with intimate knowledge of the wrestling program as well as the DLS student-athlete experience, allowing them to better assist you in becoming a well-rounded student athlete. Our staff also maintain a high level of coaching and wrestling experience having competed in and coached wrestlers at Olympic, NCAA, national, regional, and state championship events.
Wrestling season begins on Monday November 2, 2021 and runs through mid-February 2018 with practices at De La Salle. Wrestling is open for all students 9th-12th grade. We do not turn students away and every wrestler will have opportunities to compete, when they are ready, against athletes of their own skill-level.
Our schedule for summer workouts - strength, conditioning, and technique - are still being developed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plan is for our athletes to return to training when safe and feasible.
If you are interested in joining our championship program please complete this Wrestling Interest Form.
Our goal is to assist in establishing a solid foundation for our student athletes in sport, education, and life. Please contact Coach Jonathan Clark (email@example.com) if you have any questions or concerns.
Jonathan Clark ‘04
Science Teacher Wrestling Coach
Dear De La Salle High School Freshman Families,
Congratulations on joining the 2024 class at De La Salle. We are proud to have you become a part of our family. The next four years will be go by fast. Enjoy the ride.
The De La Salle Baseball program is in search of students to join the program for the spring season of 2020-21. The program is built on a strong tradition of dedicated student-athletes who continue to raise the bar year after year. Our program has won four straight NCS titles and has finished as the second ranked team in the nation three out of the last four years.
While it is not a pre-requisite that your son participate in club baseball to tryout for DLS, it is important for each player to train and play as much as possible leading up to tryout day – February 8, 2021. DLS has two freshmen teams, and the roster usually consists of 16-18 players each; there are also junior varsity and varsity squads.
All players are required to attend all tryout dates, which will be posted online. Conflict’s during that time could jeopardize their ability to make the team. We expect that, once the DLS season begins, every rostered player will be at all of our scheduled events.
My staff and I welcome you to De La Salle and my contact information is below should you have any questions.
Mr. David Jeans
De La Salle High School
Head Varsity Baseball Coach
When is golf season?
When are Tryouts?
Tryouts will be held February 9 at Oakhurst Country Club.
How many athletes make the team?
The golf program usually consists of eight golfers on junior varsity and eight on varsity.
Do you need to have experience?
Yes, the golf team usually consists of players who have tournament or recreational golf experience. Most of our golfers work with a teaching pro and play weekly. A common score for nine holes for a JV golfer is 43-49 and for varsity players 36-40.
What is the time commitment?
Golf is a Monday-Friday sport, and weekends are usually free. Matches are typically Tuesday
and Thursday, and are over by 6:30 or 7:00 pm. Practices are MANDATORY and held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-6 pm.
Note: Golfers with a 7th period aren't expected to be at practice until period 7 is finished.
Where are practices held?
Due to availability of courses, practices are held at Oakhurst Country Club, Diablo Country Club, Boundary Oaks, Buchanan Fields, and Diablo Creek.
Contact Head Coach Terry Eidson at firstname.lastname@example.org
De La Salle High School Freshman Families,
The De La Salle Lacrosse program is in search of students to join the program for the spring season of 2021. The program is built on a strong tradition of dedicated student athletes who continue to raise the bar year after year. Our program has been to four straight NCS championships, while winning the last in 2019.
While it is not a pre-requisite that your son participate in club lacrosse to tryout for DLS, it is important for each player to train and play as much as possible leading up to tryouts in January. DLS is looking to field a Frosh/Soph team for the first time in three years, and the roster will consists of approximately 15-20 players. As well as the Frosh/Soph team our program will have a junior varsity and varsity squad.
Lacrosse is a physical contact sport and it is very important that players attend off season workouts involving conditioning and weight training at DLS designed by our certified strength and conditioning specialist Mark Wine. This is at the cornerstone of the athletic success at DLS.
All players are required to attend all tryout dates unless you are playing an in season sport at De La Salle. We expect that, once the DLS season begins, every rostered player will be at all of our scheduled events.
My staff and I welcome you to De La Salle and my contact information is below should you have any questions.
De La Salle High School
Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach
De La Salle Rugby welcomes the participation of ALL student-athletes.
NO PRIOR RUGBY EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY
Students enrolled in ANY GRADE can come out for the team, and may be eligible to earn P.E. credits. Rugby is an official varsity sport at De La Salle.
Rugby requires the highest degree of physical fitness and each player must learn, develop and possess a variety of athletic skills. There is a position suitable for almost all potential players. Our experienced coaches prepare DLS players for competition with instruction focusing on safe play, sportsmanship, individual and team skills, proper technique and conditioning.
- Pre-season conditioning starts with you first, and with DLS after Winter Break
- DLS Rugby's season runs from early January until mid April/early May.
- The Northern California High School Championships are in Mayn 2021.
- If you are interested in a challenging and competitive sport and would like to be part of the De La Salle winning tradition, DLS Rugby invites you to come out.
Any questions about De La Salle Rugby, please contact:
Varsity Head Coach, Derek Holmberg: Holmbergd@dlshs.org
Visit us and download the app: DLS Spartans
Welcome to De La Salle Swimming and Diving. As a De La Salle athletic team, we do our best to adhere to the Lasallian traditions of excellence, faith, and genuine learning of mind, body and spirit.
Swimming and Diving is a spring season sport which typically starts in early February and runs into mid May. There is no formal competition experience necessary to tryout for the team, but each participant must be water safe and able to learn the skills being taught. There will be an informational meeting in the fall.
As a step forward in our program, the swimming team will be offering optional workouts in the summer. As soon as a schedule and other policies are in place, we will post information on our website.
We also encourage all student-athletes to participate in the strength and conditioning programs available at De La Salle. New students will have to complete a strength and conditioning orientation program before participating in any team strength and conditioning programs.
Please contact the coaches via email with any questions.
Head Swimming & Diving Coach
Tom Johnson-Head Coach, email: email@example.com
Brendan Sullivan-JV Swim Coach, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Ein-Assistant Coach
Brian Marker-Assistant Coach
Brett Anderson-Assistant Coach
Scott Hirsch-Assistant Coach
Robby Arroyo-Assistant Coach
Dear De La Salle High School Freshman Families,
De La Salle Tennis welcomes the participation of ALL student-athletes and has both a full JV and varsity team. We have had many athletes who have joined our team this past year and many of them were playing many other sports prior to joining tennis. We had a very strong turnout in 2020 and I expect our program to continue to grow in Spring 2021.
In the interim, our plan is to continue our offseason regimen later this summer or when our shelter-in-place restrictions have been eased for actual court playing. Our tennis practices and offseason “open court” events are held offsite at the beautiful Carondelet Athletic Complex.
While tennis requires an array of athletic skills and has a strong mental and strategic component, it is a sport where improvement can be attained quite rapidly based on the student-athlete’s desire, motivation, and coachability. Our experienced tennis coaching staff is adept in working with all types of skill sets and levels of players.
NO PRIOR TENNIS EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY
If you are interested in a challenging and competitive sport and would like to be part of a growing and lifelong sport, De La Salle tennis invites you to come out and join the team.
Mr. Rich Cerutti
Head Varsity Tennis Coach
I would like to first congratulate you and your son on joining the De La Salle Community.
We are committed to offering a solid track and field program that competes at the highest level.
The De La Salle Track & Field program is in search of students to join the program for the spring season of 2020-21. The program is built on a strong tradition of dedicated student athletes who continue to raise the bar year after year. Our program has won several NCS championships over the years and had several state champions in various events.
The season for track and field officially starts in February of 2021, but we start pre-season conditioning in September. This is not mandatory and optional for all student interested. Information regarding start dates for fall conditioning will be available when school starts.
No prior track and field experience necessary to participate. We have sixteen different events available for students to experience.
If you are interested in enjoying a challenging and competitive sport with lots of variety, we look forward to you joining the De La Salle Track and Field team.
My staff and I welcome you to De La Salle and my contact information is below should you have any questions.
What season is Boys Volleyball?
Boys volleyball is a spring sport and competes February-May.
Do I need experience to make a team?
Experience is helpful but not required to make a team. Players that are coachable and
work hard can learn quickly!
How many levels/teams are there?
De La Salle has a frosh-soph, junior varsity, and varsity team. We are proud to be one of the
few schools in the area that offers a boys frosh-soph team.
Which team can a Freshman tryout for?
Freshmen are eligible to try out for all three teams.
When are practices and competitions?
1 - Teams practice Monday- Friday with an occasional Saturday if needed.
2 - Matches are generally played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
3 - There are 2-3 one-day tournaments throughout the season that are held on a Friday or
Where can I go if I want to improve my skills and learn the game prior to tryouts.
1 - There are several local organizations that offer skill clinics, camps and team
opportunities. The Northern California Volleyball Association is a great resource.
2 - DLS hopes to host a summer camp July 13-16th, 1-4 pm. Updates can be found on the
DLS website or link HERE.
More questions about DLS Volleyball?
Contact Head Varsity Coach: Stephanie Cline at email@example.com
The following table gives you a quick overview of what sports are offered, the name of the head coach, their phone number, and their email address.
First Day of Practice: August 10th
|Cross Country||John Pelster||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Football||Nick Pelosi||(925) 288-8100 x email@example.com|
|Water Polo||Robbie Arroyo||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
First Day of Practice: November 2nd
|Basketball||Justin Argenal||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Soccer||Derricke Brown||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wrestling||Mark Halverson||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
First Day of Practice: February 8th
|Baseball||David Jeans||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Golf||Terry Eidson||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Lacrosse||John Christmas||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ice Hockey||Errol Garcia||(925) email@example.com|
|Rugby||Ed Christensen||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Swimming & Diving||Tom Johnson||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
|Track & Field||John Harvey||(925) 288-8100 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Volleyball||Stephanie Cline||(925) 288-8100 email@example.com|
Dear Incoming Freshman,
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in instrumental music at De La Salle High School. This
letter will provide you with some general information about our Band Program, a Frequently
Asked Questions section, as well as important dates for the 2020-2021 school year. If you
still have questions or seek further information after reviewing this letter, please do not hesitate
to contact me at the information provided below.
De La Salle High School offers the following performing opportunities in Band:
Concert Band/Marching Band (zero period):
An outdoor instrumental group that performs half-time shows, pre-game ceremonies, and “band-stand” music for football games; marches in local parades; and provides school spirit during the fall semester. The class meets during zero period. Marching Band/Concert Band class is a yearlong class that directly correlates to the student participating in Concert Band once the marching season has concluded. Concert Band: An indoor instrumental ensemble that studies and performs both traditional and
contemporary music for band. The Concert Band performs concerts at De La Salle High School, as well as various festivals throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Fundamentals taught in Concert Band are the foundation of which our students become musicians. Music theory, music history, musicianship, and listening skills are learned in the study and performance of wind band music.
*Band Camp: July 30-31, Aug 3-5 (8 am-5 pm) During this time, we will learn our
marching techniques, band-stand music, fit and distribute marching band uniforms, learn
maneuvers for our pre-game show and assign instrument parts. To provide a top-notch
experience we would like 100% student participation for Band Camp. Priority for
instrument and field assignments will be given to students that attend Band Camp. There
is not cost for band camp.
Jazz Band: (7th period)
A smaller-instrumental ensemble selected by audition that studies and performs traditional and contemporary jazz music written for “big band.” The Jazz Band performs concerts at De La Salle High School, as well as festivals held throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Students who wish to participate in Jazz Band must audition for the Director. If admitted into the Jazz Band, students must also be concurrently enrolled in Concert/Marching Band class (except if you play bass, piano or guitar).
Audition information will be sent to students who requested Jazz Band in their schedule, or you contact me at ColonL@dlshs.org
We are truly excited about what next year holds for our Bands here at De La Salle and welcome you to be a part of the fun and exhilaration of performing with us! I am confident you will find our activities to be enjoyable, our facilities to be world-class, and our instructors to be great teachers and people – all and all, one of the best groups to be a part of at De La Salle!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions or comments.
Welcome to the De La Salle Band!
Larry B. Colón (ColonL@dlshs.org)
Director of Bands
De La Salle High School
- IS HIGH SCHOOL BAND DIFFICULT?
- CAN I PLAY SPORTS AND/OR PARTICIPATE IN OTHER CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES?
- DOES BAND TAKE UP ALL OF MY TIME?
- WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY?
- IS CONCERT BAND/MARCHING BAND SYNONYMOUS?
- DOES BAND LOOK GOOD ON COLLEGE APPLICATIONS?
- DOES THE BAND PROGRAM TRAVEL/TOUR?
- WHAT ABOUT JAZZ BAND?
- WHAT ABOUT TESTS AND HOMEWORK IN BAND?
- DO I HAVE TO TAKE PRIVATE LESSONS?
- DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE INSTRUMENTS?
- DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE MARCHING BAND UNIFORMS?
- WHEN DO THE CONCERT BANDS AND JAZZ BANDS PERFORM?
- IF I WANT TO SWITCH TO A DIFFERENT INSTRUMENT, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
- I WANT TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENSEMBLE. WHAT SHOULD I CHOOSE?
- WHAT ARE WAYS PARENTS CAN GET INVOLVED WITH THE BAND?
Just like anything worth your time, being in the DLS/CHS Band takes effort. However, we have a spot for ALL students, regardless of your current musical level. Our biggest wish is for all students to achieve consistently and enjoy the learning process. Every aspect of our program is designed to foster and encourage musical and personal maturity.
YES! In fact, most of our students are involved in sports or other co-curricular activities. We encourage you to participate in a variety of co-curricular activities. No matter what activities you pursue, you must keep an accurate schedule and iron out any conflicts that may arise. We have a systematic approach to help you with this, but it is up to you to keep your schedule straight, for the good of the band and for the good of your other activities. With a little give and take, most things work out just fine. We have students involved in every sport on campus. Additionally, any college or university in the country will attest to the fact that the busiest students are the most successful students. Again, structure and discipline work!
No! This is perhaps the greatest misconception to incoming students and parents. Band is a commitment, just like anything of worth, but does not prevent you from participation in other DLS/CHS classes, activities, and co-curriculars. Time commitment is limited to class, home practice, and performances. Further, our organization on campus has a great success rate in everything from GPA to college placement. Structure and discipline work!
During the fall marching band season (September – December), we have most of our out-of-the-regular-school-day events. These events are built into the curriculum and are considered the “homework,” similar to any other class. We are a non-competitive marching band and operate under the same basic structure as most high schools. However, we do spend significantly LESS time outside of the school day than other schools. Therefore, we expect maximum effort and commitment to our schedule, with conflicts to be worked out as specified.
Band camp is held two weeks prior to the first week of school. During band camp, we try to learn a large portion of the pre-game show. We work hard during this time and have as much fun as we dare! It is also a great social time for the band. Band camp is a mandatory part of the class curriculum.
Performances – Home football game performances occur on Friday or Saturday evenings. The Marching Band season will conclude in December (depending on varsity football). We start with Concert Band concurrently with Marching Band in late September. In January we switch to Concert Band for the remainder of the school year.
Yes. Marching Band is a “unit” in our curriculum, just as all other classes have curriculum dividing the year into units (ie., studying Shakespeare in English). Marching Band is part of our music curriculum and total music experience at DLS. ALL band students are in marching band during first semester. It is a tool we use to stress the fundamentals of music skill and discipline. It also teaches teamwork, pride, long and short-term goal setting, personal management skills, self confidence, leadership, and many other invaluable lessons and skills. It is an essential part of the spirit of our school. These are all skills that are highly sought after in college applications and job applications. Being a part of this caliber group makes a significant statement toward your future. Students who play a double-reed instrument will be encouraged to be part of the Marching Band on another instrument, part of the front ensemble or percussion. Please speak to the director ASAP about your options!
ABSOLUTELY! BAND STUDENTS CLEARLY STAND OUT! In fact, most college admissions departments seek out music students, as they recognize all that is involved in our academic discipline. Our graduates are attending some of the top universities and colleges in the country. Most of our students stand out when compared to non-music students, and every year we have graduates earning scholarships based on their music participation and academic merit.
Yes! The band program takes a significant tour every 3-4 years, with a “mini-tour” on the off years. The Marching Band travels to one overnight football game in the fall, which gives us a great opportunity to bond with each other and meet students from high schools throughout California.
As some examples:
- In 2005, the Concert Band traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall.
- In 2008, the Concert Band traveled to Boston to perform at the Heritage Band Festival.
- In 2012, the Concert Band traveled to Chicago to perform at Chicago Symphony Hall.
- In 2014, the Concert Band traveled to D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center.
- In 2015, the Concert Band traveled to Orange County to perform at Segerstrom Concert Hall.
- Other destinations have included San Diego, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
The list continues!
A smaller-instrumental ensemble selected by audition that studies and performs traditional and contemporary jazz music written for “big band.” The Jazz Band performs concerts at DLS, as well as festivals held throughout the Bay Area during the academic year. Students who wish to participate in Jazz Band must audition for the Director. If admitted into the Jazz Band, students must also be concurrently enrolled in Concert/Marching Band class (except if you play bass, piano, or guitar).
Performances! Practice! Band is a group performance class. Performance situations can’t be recreated around each individual student. These growth experiences occur infrequently and are very important to the development of the student. Since we depend on each other so much, it is a great loss to miss anyone, and therefore all performances are required. The contribution of each student is critical and irreplaceable. You will receive a performance schedule well in advance. If changes occur in the schedule, you will be notified immediately.
We highly recommend students to take private lessons or group lessons. Students who truly excel academically are usually involved with private lessons. Successful music programs typically have a large percentage of their students studying privately. The frequency of lessons varies greatly. Some students take an hour private lesson weekly, some half-hour, every other week, etc. It is not necessary to study with the most expensive private lesson teacher in the area! We have a great number of advanced college students teaching our students and doing a superb job. Please email Mr. Colon if you need a recommendation or list of potential private teachers in the area. Students who do not study privately are highly encouraged to seek extra help as often as needed.
The school helps with larger, more expensive instruments. Tubas (marching and concert), Euphoniums (Baritones), percussion, etc. are some. We do encourage students to purchase a good quality instrument for concert performances. Often students will play these instruments for the rest of their lives in one capacity or another: community groups, churches, etc.! It is worth owning a good instrument.
French Horns, Low Brass (Tuba, Trombone, Euphonium/Baritone), and Low Reeds (Bassoon, Bass Clarinet) are typically our biggest area of need. Please see our directors prior to making this decision for an embouchure test to make sure it will be a positive change. We highly recommend students who switch instruments to take private lessons or group lessons.
The most important thing parents can do to fully support students is providing the ingredients for success in all academic endeavors. In music, some of these are: private lessons, good instruments, praise and encouragement, patient ears, and most importantly, attend all events and performances. The band program relies heavily on parent volunteers for many things. Volunteering when available is greatly appreciated. In general, band students are fun and inspirational group of young people, fun to be around. Our volunteer parents have a wonderful time volunteering with our students, and many oftentimes become great friends!
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- What does BYOL mean?
- What type of laptop does De La Salle recommend students bring?
- Why can’t students bring/use a ChromeBook, tablet, smartphone?
- What about students who don’t currently have a device or can’t bring it to DLS?
- How do students access resources on campus?
- What do I have to do over the summer?
- How do students access their online school resources?
- What is Tech Boot Camp?
- What is Tech Check?
BYOL means, “Bring Your Own Laptop.”Students in all grades are required to bring a laptop for daily academic use. De La Salle believes in student use of technology to access and enhance their academic experience. While laptops are provided and owned by students, a variety of online tools are provided by the school.
Student laptops must meet the following minimum requirements:
Windows laptop: Microsoft Windows 7 (service pack 1) or higher; Windows “hybrids” such as the Surface Pro 3 or higher are acceptable. Mac laptop: Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher
While De La Salle does not recommend a particular brand of laptop; roughly 50% of our students use Mac devices and 50% use Windows. Please consider a laptop that is a good value for durability. Lenovo, HP, and Dell make some very durable and price-conscious models (such as the Dell Latitude 3340)
Protective sleeve or case
It is highly recommended that families acquire an extended warranty that includes accidental damage protection (i.e., GeekSquad, HP Care Pack Services, etc.), which covers against drops, breaks, and spills (the most common damage). Also note that AppleCare does NOT include accidental damage protection.
Please note: Google Chromebooks and tablets such as iPads, readers (Kindles, Amazon Fire), and smartphones are NOT sufficient for day-to-day academic use and not acceptable. Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device.
Because transitioning from middle school to high school is complicated in and of itself, have students bring a laptop they are currently using (if applicable); there is no need to go out and buy a new laptop if the existing laptop meets the standards. Perhaps a discussion and decision to purchase a newer device can be had after your son has experienced a semester of school at De La Salle and is in a better position to judge what type of laptop will complement his workload.
Our experience has shown that while smartphones and tablets (iPad, Galaxy, etc.) or Chromebooks tend to be cheaper and lighter weight, they haven’t proven robust enough to handle all the academic work students will encounter in high school (such as writing papers and creating presentations) or may have some limitations with applications that laptops don’t. We have found smartphones/tablets to be great companion and adequate devices for access to content, but more “clunky” for producing work. Laptops have emerged as the most robust for everyday use. However, “hybrid” devices such as the Surface Pro 3 (and not lower) are now similar to laptops and ARE acceptable devices.
De La Salle High School recognizes that not all students have the resources to acquire devices. Students qualifying for financial aid will be eligible for use of/access to a long-term loaned device. Contact Mr. Jay Juarez, IT Director, if you qualify and are requesting a loaned device: email@example.com Families qualifying for a loaned device will be contacted about how students will receive their laptops.
As a BYOL school, De La Salle maintains a robust wireless network for student use. Students are encouraged to pair their devices with the school network to access the full range of tools and resources they might need for their classes. This happens during the Summer Tech Boot Camp course. The school’s Wi-Fi network applies appropriate filtering and is able to monitor students use.
Over the summer, students will receive the username/password information to access a variety of online tools they will use at De La Salle:
- PowerSchool - for grades and attendance info
- Schoology - our Learning Management System (LMS) for homework assignment & online course content
- Google Drive/Gmail - student email and content creating tools
- Office 365 - another cloud storage for student work and content creation
- Tech Boot Camp - a self-paced, online course to orient students to their school technology tools
To help students get ready for their high school experience, incoming students must complete Tech Boot Camp; a self-paced, online course that orients them to using G-Suite (Google Apps for Education) PowerSchool, and the school’s Learning Management System (LMS): Schoology. In addition, topics concerning Digital Citizenship will be covered such as controlling your digital footprint, appropriate/fair use of online resources, and managing technology distractions. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Badge/Certificate of Completion.
Once a student completes the online Tech Boot Camp course and earns the Badge/Certificate, students must bring their certificate and laptop to school during one of our Tech Check days. Tech Check allows our IT and Library staff to assist students with pairing their laptops to the on-campus DLS wireless network and be able to print wirelessly to campus printers.
Given the current Shelter-In-Place mandates, upcoming Tech Check appointment dates/times will be announced as students are allowed back on campus.
It’s a great year to be a Spartan!
Welcome to De La Salle High School!
For additional questions or information, contact:
Mr. Michael Aquino
Director of Campus Life and Culture
Campus Ministry at De La Salle High School endeavors to facilitate the spiritual journey of the De La Salle community. Retreats, Liturgical Experiences, Immersions and Social Justice and Action Activities are woven together to help students, faculty, parents, and staff understand the roles they play in living out the mission statement of De La Salle which calls us to be people of faith committed to a life of service lived within a moral, caring, and joyful community.
A four-year retreat program challenges students, faculty, parents, and staff to take seriously the journey of faith that each of them is taking. Social Justice and Action activities, like our Sophomore Immersion Program and Venaver Immersion Programs give participants the opportunity to walk in the shoes of the poor, and the powerless; responding to the Gospel call to serve “the least of Christ’s brothers and sisters. Daily Mass, school wide Masses, Family Masses, and a variety of other prayer experiences enhance our Worship as a community.
Campus Ministry empowers the entire De La Salle Family to respond to the Lasallian call of Faith Service and Community.
Please view the Campus Ministry Brochure (PDF) for department contact information.
As part of the Student Support Services Department at De La Salle, College Counseling and Advising is an essential component of our college preparatory school. The Co-Directors of College Counseling are committed to providing comprehensive and updated information, guidance and support for students and their families in the college exploration, selection and admission process. Our College Counselors are experienced, well-trained, and student-centered.
We provide a robust and comprehensive college counseling program, appropriate to each grade level:
- Information and guidance on the full range of post-high school options, including 4 year colleges, community colleges, technical and vocational programs, gap year programs and other possibilities
- Individual student and family appointments
- Small group meetings, classroom workshops, and large group presentations.
- Mini-College Fairs from visiting College Representatives
- College & University representative presentations from nearly 150 colleges who visit De La Salle every year, available to Juniors & Seniors
- Student & Family Evening College Information programs
- Full access to Naviance, an internet tool for college admissions, beginning in the sophomore year
- College Counseling Googlesite
- Schoology groups
- College Planning workshops with Juniors
- College Advisory 7th period weekly mandatory class for all seniors
For more information or for contact information for our Co-Directors of College Counseling, visit the College Counseling webpage.
- CONCENTRATE ON ACADEMICS
- IMPROVE YOUR READING SKILLS
- MAKE A FOUR-YEAR PLAN
- GET INVOLVED IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
- VISIT COLLEGE CAMPUSES WHEN TRAVELING
Work towards your PERSONAL BEST. Remember colleges accept courses with grades of "C" or better. Earning grades of "D" means repeating classes in summer school. Colleges review all grades, including freshman year.
Familiarize yourself with the De La Salle Course Catalog found online in Quicklinks. If honors or AP courses are right for you, take them, check the pre-requisites and requirements in the catalog. Many colleges review the rigor of students course selections and we recommend students challenge themselves to the best of his ability. For some it means taking Honors courses. For some it means continuing to take a foreign language, even if it’s challenging, or taking an academic course instead of an extra P.E. class or I.W.E. Also, be sure that you consider the need to have balance in your life; that you challenge yourself realistically, in your academic areas of strength, and that you leave room for free time and fun, too.
Colleges base their admissions decisions heavily on your course selection and academic performance. Your counselor can help you plan your high school program. Check out the college information and sample four-year plan in the De La Salle Course Catalog (online on Quicklinks on DLS website or on Powerschool).
Check out student government, class activities, student clubs, fine arts productions, athletics or community service. Students who are involved do better in school and are happier too! (Also consider activities outside of school.) Do what you enjoy and what has meaning for you, and stick with it throughout high school.
De La Salle Math Courses
Algebra 1A, Algebra 1B, Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Statistics, Introduction to College Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
All Freshmen will be placed in either Algebra 1A, Algebra 1, or Honors Algebra 1 unless they take and pass a challenge test given in May after they are accepted. Placements are made by the Director of Academic Services Mrs. Lillian Dickson.
Mathematics Competency Test
Any incoming freshman, who wishes to take Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus, freshman year, must pass a competency test prior to placement. IN ORDER TO BE ADMITTED ON THE DAY OF THE TEST each student must have his current mathematics teacher sign and complete the Incoming Frosh Mathematics Competency Test Recommendation Form.
***Students without the completed from on the day of the placement test will not be allowed to take the test.***
Students who wish to take Algebra 1 or Honors Algebra 1 do not need to take this test. This test is only for students wishing to test out of Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2 their freshman year.
De La Salle High School offers challenge testing opportunities for Geometry and Algebra 1, and the school is providing families with a list of information that each student should be able to perform for each test. Please click on the Freshman Algebra 1 and Geometry Challenge Test Topics to view the PDF outlining this criteria.
Questions, please contact Mathematics Department Chair, Mrs. Melissa Marnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DE LA SALLE ANNUAL FUND – PARENT PLEDGE PROGRAM
On behalf of everyone at De La Salle High School, we are extremely thankful to the numerous families from the Class of 2024 who have participated in the De La Salle Annual Fund – Parent Pledge Program, or made a one-time gift for the 2020-21 school year. We send our sincere gratitude!
There is still time to participate! Parent Pledge Program support has been generously received throughout the years in all amounts and is gratefully accepted and appreciated by our school and students. Visit the Parent Pledge Program webpage on the De La Salle website to make a pledge.
The Advancement Office staff is at your service throughout the summer. Should you have any questions about the Annual Fund, or any of the school’s other fundraising events and priorities, they would be happy to speak with you or meet with you personally.
The Social Studies Department serves students with varied academic needs. We actively encourage students to investigate and value all social, cultural, and economic backgrounds. The success of the department's mission is enhanced by partnership with parents and all those committed to living the Lasallian heritage.
We believe that a comprehensive Social Studies program provides an appreciation of human culture, an understanding of the American tradition, and a framework for analysis of problems and decisions associated with humanity.
- We have chosen to teach the social sciences, which are fundamental to a shared social existence because of our interest in people and our understanding of the impact of historical and social events on each of us.
- We value the lessons of our life experiences, respect each other and our differing points of view, and appreciate those elements that contribute to the story we all live.
- We are committed to providing a classroom environment where all students feel safe to express their views.
- We recognize a variety of learning styles and adapt our teaching methodologies to meet our students' needs.
- We believe critical thinking skills should be taught throughout our curriculum.
- We believe in the importance of teaching diversity and acceptance.
- We encourage our students to make a difference by getting involved in their communities.
World History (Regular)
World History is a survey course starting with a review of ancient civilizations and then focusing on modern world history. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and assess the major turning points in the shaping of the modern world, while using critical thinking skills (categorize, evaluate, synthesize) to compare and contrast events of the past with recent events.
World History (Honors)
Students who are placed into Honors English I are automatically placed into Honors World History. Honors World History is a fast-paced survey course that starts with ancient world history and moves chronologically through modern times, focusing on how culture, religion, and people interacted with one another. Honors World History places an emphasis on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. By the end of this course, students will be able to formulate and support a thesis statement, as well as answer a Document Based Question (DBQ), and write a historical essay.
If you have questions about the Social Studies Department, please contact department chair, Mrs. Anna Talmadge at email@example.com
Student Services Include:
Students may see a counselor at any time. While counselors are initially assigned to students alphabetically, each student is free to see any counselor of his choice.
All counseling is confidential.
Appointment Request Forms are available in the hallway outside the counselors’ offices. Students are asked to fill out the form and leave it in the box on the counselor’s office door. Students may also visit a counselor’s office between classes. Appointments are usually made within 24 hours upon receiving the request.
|School Counselors||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Mrs. Lauren Stevens
|Mr. Scott Drain
Director of Student Support Services
|Mr. Cris Rosales
|Mrs. Lindsay Melaas
|College Counselors||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Ms. Esther Lopez
Co-Director College Counseling
Primarily Juniors & Seniors
|Mrs. Janet Appel
Co-Director College Counseling
Primarily Juniors & Seniors
|Academic Support Services||Phone Number||Student's Last Name|
|Mr. Sean Bristol
Spartan Success & Learning Needs Coordinator
|288-8104||All students as assigned or referred|
|Mr. Greg MacArthur
Bishop Cummins Program Coordinator
|288-8150||Bishop Cummins Scholars Program|
|Mr. Jon Norfolk
Student Learning Center Coordinator
|288-8111||All students as assigned or referred|
For more information, visit the Student Support Services webpage.
For questions about Theatre activities, please contact De La Salle Theatre Director, Ms. Meredith Barnidge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the De La Salle High School World Languages Department is to offer a variety of modern and classical languages for the enrichment of our students. The department does so in light of the Lasallian heritage which inspires its efforts.
We provide our students the opportunity to learn more than language by offering a variety of languages and including a study of their diverse cultures.
For additional questions, feel free to contact the World Language Department Chair, Karen Hall: email@example.com
Courses offered are listed below:
Student Learning Outcomes
- Terms for greetings and goodbyes
- Nouns and articles (definite and indefinite)
- Present tense of ser/ estar/ tener/ venir /ir
- Telling time
- Days of the week
- Present tense of regular -ar -er -ir verbs
- Forming negative sentences
- The verb gustar
- Forming questions
- Prepositions of location
- Writing descriptions of themselves
- Descriptive adjectives
- Possessive adjectives
- Stem-changing verbs: e-ie/ o-ue/ e-i
- Verbs with irregular yo forms
- The present progressive
- Ser vs. Estar
- Direct Object nouns and pronouns
- Saber vs. Conocer
- Indirect object pronouns
- Reflexive verbs
- Preterite (past) tense of regular verbs
- Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
- Greet people in Spanish
- Identify yourself and others
- Talk about the time of day
- Recognizing and listening for cognates
- Talk about one’s classes and school life
- Discuss everyday activities
- Ask questions in Spanish
- Talk about their friends and family
- Describe people and objects
- Express possession
- Talk about pastimes, weekend activities and sports
- Discuss and plan a vacation
- Describe a hotel
- Talk about how one is feeling
- Talk about the seasons and the weather
- Talk about and describe clothing
- Talk about the daily routines
- Talk about activities performed in the past tense
Important Upcoming Events
|July 7, 2020
Make up - July 14, 2020
|Spanish Placement Test|
|July 8 & 9, 2020
Make up - July 15, 2020
|Math Placement Test
*Students MUST BRING the signed Math Competency Recommendation Form
with them the day of the test. Please do not submit the form electronically.
|June 1||Enrollment Checklist Due|
|Early July||Freshman Class Schedule Available Online|
|August 3||Freshman Schedule Changes|
|August 9||Freshman/Family Liturgy and BBQ (casual attire)
Book Distribution - Day 1
|10 am-1 pm
|August 10||Freshman/Sophomore Orientation
Book Distribution - Day 2
|August 11||Junior/Senior Orientation
Book Distribution - Day 3
|August 12||First Day of Classes|
***All activities are subject to change***