March 20th Newsetter

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

It is hard to believe, but the Third Quarter will conclude on March 23rd, with only one more Quarter left in the 2014-15 school year and 10 weeks until we celebrate the 100th Graduating Class of Delphos St. John’s High School. The future holds some very exciting events for our students, but this past week has also been a celebration of all things Blue Jays.

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class, on their recent Confirmation into the Church. This is one of the most important events in the life of a Catholic, and completes the initiation into the Catholic Community. Our 8th Graders are now full-fledged members of the faith and we look forward to their continued development as they progress through High School in the coming four years.

This week we concluded our testing, from the OGT, to the ACT, to a few Practice PARCC Tests, and attendance was great, helping to ensure we have few make-ups this next week. As the testing requirements continue to change, we will ensure our students are not only prepared for whatever the requirements may be, but more importantly they will be successful.

Congratulations to Wes Buettner, on his State Runner-Up Title, in Division Three, 195-Pound Weight Class. Wes becomes the first wrestler in 30 years to bring home a State Runner-Up Title. Wes is a great example of what it means to be a Blue Jay, from his dedication to his academics to his athletics to his maturity and compassion; he is a great example for all students and even adults. Great job Wes.

Congratulations to the rest of the Wrestling Team, coaches, mangers, and everyone that helped with such a successful season.

Congratulations to Coach Elwer, his staff, the players, cheerleaders, mangers, film crew, trainers, and everyone that had a part in an amazing and dream season, resulting a Regional Runner-Up Title. This team played as a family from the start of the year until the end, and our Seniors provided great leadership to the future Blue Jay players.

A few of the things that are happening here in the future are outlined in the newsletter below. Including, Scholarship Opportunity, Band Plant Sale, Senior Class Chicken/Pork Chop Dinner Sale, Great Schools Review, Mulch Sale, Total School, 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/

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.

School Cafeteria Help
Anyone interested in a few hours out of the house to spend time with your children, please let us know! The St. John’s Cafeteria is looking for anyone available to be on call as needed basis. If interested contact Cafeteria Manager Kelley Beining at 419-692-8561 Ext 1132 or beining@delphosstjohns.org

Final Call for Mulch Orders
Reminder that ALL mulch orders and money are due to the Junior High/High School Office no later than Thursday, April 2nd. Extra flyers and order envelops are available in the office. Thank you for all your support.

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!!

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.

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.

Total School
Do you know about the Lenten Practices? These questions are the focus of our Total School effort for March and April. Over the next two months, Total School will examine some of the everyday questions in our lives, and give us the tools necessary to help begin the understanding of the Lenten Practices. I encourage you to join us as we participate in this event at Mass over the next two months. For further information, please visit the following link http://www.delphosstjohnparish.org/ministries/total-school/total-school-newsletter.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Go Jays and God Bless,

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