March 13th Weekly Newsletter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

If this week is any indication that Spring has arrived I think it is safe to say, it is about time. However, we do live in Northwest Ohio so anything can happen.

Congratulations to Wes Buettner on his continued run at the State Wrestling Tournament. At this time, when this was written he had advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Championship Bracket, wrestling tonight at 6:30 PM. If he comes away with a win he will compete for a State Championship.

Congratulations to Brett Vonderwell on an outstanding Sophomore Wrestling Season, making it all the way to State.

Good luck to the Boys Basketball Team this weekend, against Columbus Grove, bring home a District Championship.

A few of the things that are happening here in the future are outlined in the newsletter below. Including, OGT Testing Schedule, Scholarship Opportunity, Band Plant Sale, Senior Class Chicken/Pork Chop Dinner Sale, 8th Grade Math Class Adjustment, Great Schools Review, Visitation Sunday, Blizzard Bags, Mulch Sale, and College Credit Plus Information. If any of these interest you, and I hope they do, please keep reading for more information.

Weekly Calendar
Please refer to http://delphosstjohns.org/hs-calendar/ for the most up-to-date information about the happenings taking place in the Junior High and High School.

For Athletic Information please follow this link http://delphosstjohns.org/sports-calendar/

OGT Testing Schedule – March 16th through the 20th
The week of March 16th through the 20th, we will be utilizing a two-hour delay schedule to accommodate the Sophomores who will be taking the OGT. Juniors and Seniors that have no tests to make-up are free to take advantage of the two-hour delay, as a small reward for passing all of their required tests.

The Juniors that have signed up to take the ACT, will be expected to be to school at regular time on Tuesday to complete their Act Exam.

Sophomores will be expected to report to school as if it is a normal day, where each morning they will complete one of the five OGT Testing sections (Reading, Math, Writing, Science, and Social Studies)

Freshman will also be expected to report to school as if it is a normal day, where they will complete a practice ACT Exam on Monday and Tuesday, two practice PARCC Exams on Wednesday and Thursday (just in case this becomes a requirement), and an Interest Inventory Exam on Friday.

Junior High Students will also be expected to report to school as if it is a normal day, where they complete two practice PARCC Exams (just in case this becomes a requirement), and complete their Spring MAP Testing. The 8th graders, on Friday, will report to school by 8:00 AM to participate in their Confirmation Retreat. They are free to wear Jeans and a St. John’s shirt or sweatshirt. 7th They will complete their MAP Testing the following week.

Scholarship Opportunity
The Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has expanded this year to include all 19 counties in the Toledo Diocese, for any Catholic School Students, attending Grades K-8. Attached below is the application and flyer explaining the details of the scholarship. If you are unable to access the attachments, please call the office at (419) 692-5371, or visit http://www.nosf.org to obtain more information. The application deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015. We have been very fortunate this year with the number of opportunities for scholarships and tuition assistance than ever before, so please share this information with families who may be hesitant to attend St. John’s due to financial limitations.

8th Grade Math Class Adjustment
To better prepare our students for college, their future, and to help our students meet the requirements set upon them by the State of Ohio, next year, 8th graders will take Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A. Both of these courses will be for high school credit. Students will be advised on which math course to take based off their current math performance, Algebra Readiness Test (given in math class), and MAP test results. A letter will be sent home recommending the placement for your son or daughter. Parents will need to sign and return this letter. If you have any questions please let us know and we will be happy to help.

Band Plant Sale
Starts on Monday March 2nd. This is the bands biggest and best fundraiser of the year, so please support the band and buy those plants! Warmer weather IS coming! Sale ends March 31st. If you have any questions or to place your order, contact any band member or Sue Vonderwell at 419-236-5400. Thank You!!

Blizzard Bag/Make-Up Days
As a reminder we have now used all of our Blizzard Bags for this School Year. Blizzard Bag #2 was used on March 3rd, with assignments due on or before March 17th. And Blizzard Bag #3 was used on Wednesday, March 11th, with assignment due on or before March 25th. In order for these days to count as a school day, students will be required to have their assignments turned in by the assigned due date. If they are not, the student will be marked as unexcused and earn zeros on their work for that day. Please encourage your son or daughter to have them in as soon as possible.

With this being our last Blizzard Bag, we now have to turn our attention to the possibility of making up days, including Easter Monday or at the end of the school year. We will continue to monitor the weather and look to make the best decision concerning the use of a make-up day and the educational value for our students.

Visitation Sunday
Again this year, our parishioners and friends have shown tremendous support to make Visitation Sunday so successful. As of Tuesday, 902 envelopes have been returned. If you had been contacted and said you would be turning it in or mailing it to the Ministry Center, please do, it would be great to reach last year’s count of 975 envelopes.

Thank you to all who donated so far, and to the volunteers who visited the neighborhoods and made telephone calls for this annual event. We are Blue Jays!!

Great Schools Rate and Review
If you have an opportunity your help would be greatly appreciated. Great Schools is a website that allows those looking into educational options in and around where they live, to examine what local schools have to offer, and read reviews from those that have either attended personally, or sent their children. With the Internet becoming such a valuable tool for people to research what the best option for education would be, I was hoping that if you had the time and the willingness, you might be able to write a small of review of St. John’s, to give perspective families a nudge in the right direction for the education of their child(ren). Thank you for all your help.

http://www.greatschools.org/ohio/delphos/3150-St.-John-High-School/

Senior Class Chicken/Pork Chop Dinner Sale
The Senior Class is currently selling pre-sale tickets for Chicken/Pork Dinners to be held on Thursday, March 26th. Dinners are $8.00 each and will be available for pick up from 4:00-6:30 PM at the All Saints building. Proceeds will be used toward the Senior Class Trip to New York. Tickets may be purchased from any senior or by contacting the Junior High/High School Office at (419) 692-5371.

Mulch Sale
The Junior Class is selling mulch to help fund their post prom. Triple Cut/Premium Black Hardwood and Double Cut Red Cypress Mulches are $5.50 per bag. One bag covers two cubic feet. Mulch is available for pick up at St. John’s on Saturday, May 2nd, from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, or delivery is free with the purchase of 10 bags or more, within a ten mile radius of school. Orders must be received by April 2nd. Please contact any St. John’s Junior or call Laura Pohlman at (419) 695-5077 or Joy Hays at (567) 204-2243.

College Credit Plus
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, the Ohio Department of Education will begin the College Credit Plus (CCP) program for all students enrolled in Ohio Public Schools. It is optional for Private Schools to participate, however we want to ensure we can provide this opportunity for our students here at St. John’s. College Credit Plus has two fundamental positions:

Students must be enrolled in both college and high school
Students can earn transcripted college and high school credit upon successful completion of the course they are taking, from the post-secondary institution

College Credit Plus will be replacing Post-Secondary Education Options and the Dual Enrollment Program for the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.

Eligible students may need a qualifying college entrance exam score that place them in courses ABOVE a remediation level to participate. For example, students interested in attending Rhodes State must test into College Algebra or higher. Any math lower than College Algebra would indicate the student is not “college ready” and that student would be ineligible to participate in CCP until the appropriate scores were obtained. This goes not only for Math, but also any other subject area.

At this time we are currently offering four (4) Rhodes State Courses, here in the High School each day, which students can take that will be transcripted and/or eligible for transfer to another state college or university. (Each Private School Will Have Their Own Policy and We Cannot Guarantee the Credit(s) from Rhodes will Transfer) At this time if students would like to pursue College Course work through Rhodes State, the best option we can provide is through an On-Line Course(s). If a student would attend the physical campus, their schedule would be adjusted in a way that might cause them to miss other class time and affect the credits they could earn as a requirement for graduation.

For more information on College Credit Plus you can check out the website at http://www.ohiohighered.org/college_credit_plus and then click on College Credit Plus Guidance Document. Please remember that these guidelines are established for Public Schools not Non-Public/Private.

If you have any other questions please let us know, as this is something we are continually trying to learn and discover, to benefit our parents and students. We will do all we can to help provide as many opportunities for your student(s) as possible and give them every opportunity to enjoy their High School education, while trying to earn college credit.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Go Jays and God Bless,

Adam Lee ’99

Delphos Saint John’s

Junior High/High School Principal
515 East Second Street
Delphos, Ohio 45833
Phone: 419-692-5371 Ext. 1140
Fax:     419-879-6874

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