La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038 www.lschs.org
May 2010 Volume Nineteen Number 9
Dear Parents and Guardians, It is hard to believe another academic year has passed. It seems like just yesterday, new parents dropped off their freshmen to join the Class of 2014 for their first day at La Salle College High School. The freshmen walked into the auditorium only to receive a warm welcome into the La Salle community by our returning students, spirited Explorer mascot, and enthusiastic Pep Band. As the summer approaches, the Class of 2010 looks back on the day it too was welcomed into the La Salle community as freshmen. For our 248 seniors, the four years have passed so quickly. With the end of the 2009/2010 academic year, La Salle says good-bye to the men of 2010 as they continue along their educational paths leading to college aspirations. Upon graduation on June 5, 2010, the students of Class of 2010 will go their separate ways to take flight for new destinations and careers. The class has been accepted at 231 colleges and universities across 35 states, as well as Canada. In addition, our new alums will depart La Salle with an excess of $23 million in grants and scholarships. The La Salle community joins me in saluting their outstanding achievements. The legacy of the Class of 2010 will long be celebrated in the halls of La Salle. Over the past four years, the class has been part of 24 Philadelphia Catholic League Championships, 12 District XII City Titles, and 5 State Championships in various sports. Academically, the class enhanced La Salle’s reputation with the presence of 14 National Merit Finalist, 1 National Merit semifinalist, 17 National Merit commended students, and 33 AP Scholars. They have successfully competed in various band competitions, and have helped La Salle to be recognized as one of the top five schools in the nation by both the National Forensic League and the National Catholic Forensic League. No doubt, as these new alums celebrate many class anniversaries, they will recall their four years at La Salle very fondly. Not many classes will be able to boast that their class attained three, major sport State Championship Titles within just one year. As the summer approaches, I wish our families a most enjoyable season. When making summer plans, I hope there will be time for family, enjoyment, and relaxation. For a short time, the La Salle community will relax and recharge; however, in June, summer at La Salle will get into full gear with the beginning of summer academic sessions and various camps. La Salle will come alive with over 500 young campers and students for six weeks. As always, it is a delight to see the school rock to the rhyme of a younger age. With the arrival of summer campers to our campus, La Salle’s facilities will be in perfect shape, as this will be the first summer La Salle has not been under major construction in several years. The campus is beginning to return to its normal appearance with beautiful tulips and daffodils greeting our community each day. A walk around campus will demonstrate the full usage of our fields, tennis courts, and track, as campus has been alive with practices and games. In the evening many of our neighbors take advance of our walking trail, and weekends are no exception to use with local parish and CYO teams competing in sporting events. I also would like to extend the invitation to the members of our community, so that they too can take advantage of these facilities. As yet another spectacular year concludes, the La Salle community sends sincere congratulations to our departing seniors for adding much to the legacy of our school, and to all underclassmen as they are promoted to the next grade. I wish our entire community a relaxed summer, and look forward to seeing our community rejoin this fall. Sincerely yours,
Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 President
Happy Mother’s Day!
Class of 2014 See You In September! Ryan Thomas Abell Joseph Henry Albert, III Maxwell Hunter Albone Timothy J. Andersen Salvatore Robert Anderson John Jasper Angiolillo Adam Charles Arcadia Erik J. Azzarano Edward L. Bacino Michael Gerard Baldini, Jr. Michael Patrick Barrett Keith Joseph Basara Christopher James Bennett Sean Patrick Bennett John E. Bense Robert Francis Bernatavitz Brendan Christopher Bilotta Michael Andrew Bishof Kevin Michael Blanke John Francis Blankemeyer Jonathan Stephen Blust Roman Jeffrey Bond Eric M. Bozzi John William Brady, III Kevin Charles Brady Peter James Brooks Griffin Nemo Brown Nicholas James Buckley Daniel O’Neill Burger Eric Claude Burgmann Ryan James Calhoun Michael Gerard Capreri Michael Edward Carenzo John Edward Carlidge Connor James Casey Raekwon Ronald Caswell Andrew Ryan Cavanaugh Richard Takoda Cerebe Collin John Charyszyn Kevin William Charyszyn Vincent Joseph Cicalese Anthony William Ciliberto Michael Anthony Cincotta Partrick Brian Clark Joseph T. Colbert Zaine Alexander Collins Ryan Joseph Coonahan Kyle James Corley Tyler John Coscia David Wayne Cox John Nicholas Cuce Casey John Cumpstone Dominic Robert Cuoci Brendan Daly
Anthony J. D’Angelo Thomas M. Davey Levi Davis, III Tyrone Dean, Jr. Edward John DeAngelis Daniel Francis Deegan William J. Degnan William Michael Delaney Gregory James DelBuono Amedeo DeLuca Riley Donnelly Denton Nicholas Anthony Dermo Mark DeSantis, Jr. Nicholas Bruno DeSimone Michael Robert Detweiler Joseph R. DiAndrea Nicholas Stephen DiFiore Alexander Mark DiGiacomo Justin Nicholas Dillman Nicholas Angelo DiPasquale Harrison Edward Dittrich Charles Ambrose Donnelly Andrew Patrick Doran James G. Dougherty Andrew John Doyle Patrick Liam Duff Patrick Walter Duffey M. Tyler Dunning John Halsey Durbin Andrew Brian Durkin Nicholas Raymond Dusing Robert Casey Dwyer Langston Albert Ellison Patrick Robert Emery Rip Engel Damon Matthew Erb John Joseph Ernandez, Jr. John P. Ewell Benjamin Scott Fabiszewski Tyler Michael Fallon Daniel E. Farley Daniel Charles Farrington John Jude Farris, Jr. Kevin Michael Finnegan Colin Jacob Fisher Michael D. Flanigan Dennis Patrick Foley Gerard Michael Foley James T. Foley Michael Christopher Fox Nicholas Warren Fox Joseph Alexander Frazer Christopher Evan Frazzette Samuel J. French
William Tyler Frusco Sean Matthew Furgiuele Nicholas A. Galea John Manus Gallagher Andrew John Garoppo, Jr. Kevin James Gay David Anthony Geppert, Jr. Robert E. Gillies Richard James Giuliani, III Alexander Gladkov Sean Michael Greenberg John Patrick Gregor Jonathan Kingsland Hamilton Colin John Happ Thomas Harrity Shawn T. Hartzell Patrick Quinn Hasson Christopher Louis Hellmuth Julian Peter Hensiek Jalen C. Herdsman Dakota Christopher Herninko Thomas Joseph Herron, III Connor McKendrick Higgins Christopher Hoffner Stephen John Hudak Alexander Nicholas Thomas Jones Jason Scott Jones Thomas Gerald Joyce Brendan Robert Keenan Ryan Michael Keller Joseph Michael Kelley Joseph Brian Kennedy Jacob Joseph Klemmer Andrew Dennis Knowles Michael Joseph Koller, Jr. David Joseph Kotasenski William J. Krodthoff, III Joseph Edward Krol Michael Frank Kurkowski Adam David Lagner Nicholas E. LaMorte Jamil Vernal Lawimore Keith Alan Lee Alexander C. LeGrand Shane Steven Lewis Kevin Patrick Lindsay Tyler Patrick Little Charles Tiers Lloyd, Jr. Joseph Francis Looby Eric Christopher Lopresti Robert C. J. Lorenzo Timothy Charles Loughery Matthew Gregory Lucas
William Robert Maguire Julian Bond Maher Patrick W. Mahoney Stephen David Maloney Christian Matthew Mancini Alexander Donato Marzullo Evan Joseph Mascione Christopher Jordan Mather William Vincent Mathis Nicholas Alexander Mazza Nicholas Alphonso Mazzei Timothy McAuliffe Michael Edward McBryan, Jr. Matthew Vincent McCarry Thomas Aquinas McClain Matthew Thomas McCool Shane Michael McDevitt Evan Francis McDonnell Peter Christopher McDonnell Timothy David McElroy Thomas Justin McGeehan Patrick W. McGinley Thomas Patrick McGovern, Jr. John Matthew McGranaghan Liam J. F. McGrother Mark Francis Meeks, Jr. Ryan Patrick Meeks Trent Anthony Melsheimer Thomas Emilio Mengucci Mark Joseph Metzler Gregory Maxwell Meyers Douglas Edwin Michie, Jr. Joseph Louis Mintzer Timothy Isaac Model Thomas Francis Monaghan, Jr. Michael Joseph Mullin Quin R. Murphy Calvin Jaye Nazulme Charles Greif Newell Brennan Thomas O’Donnell Sean Patrick O’Kane Aidan Matthew O’Neill Sean Henry O’Neill Thomas Joseh Pagan James Harrison Palmer Christian Neumann Patton Stephen Joseph Peel Antonio Stefano Pelusi Jordan Paul Petrellis Joseph Achille Pinnola-Vizza Ryan Patrick Pluck Matthew James Podraza Nicholls Posada Andrew Joseph Potok
David Alexander Price Patrick Joseph Quigley Matthew Stephen Raczak Edward Morgan Rausch Mark Andrew Reed Liam Charles Reeves John Tyler Reis Michael Alan Rihm Andrew Joseph Romano David Jonathan Rose Mark Joseph Rounbehler Joseph Edward Rueter, Jr. Michael Ryan Ruff Patrick Francis Ryan Oscar Ricardo Sanchez John O’Bryan Scheffey Stephen Randal Schmitz Thomas Andrew Schmitz Brad Robert Schneider John Francis Schoenewald, III Matthew David Schrupp Andrew John Schutta Ian Schwartz Ryan Matthew Siess Kyle Lee Slifer Christopher John Smith Riley Alexander Smith Zachary Gray Smith Aaron Paul Sosnader Mitchell James Soufleris Robert Matthew Spampata Daniel Anthony Spinelli, Jr. Kevin Michael Stefanski Kolby K. Stein Andrew T. Stenger Nicholas Michael Sticco Christopher Blaine Strausser Daniel Jennings Thomas Jaishon Marcellus Thornton Blaine David Turek Tamar Craig-Melvin Turner Michael Angel Vargas Samuel Peter Vecchione Kyle Van Vo Thomas Preston Walker Ryan Joseph Weathers Reid Rothwell Worster James H. R. Worthington Logan Christopher Young Phillip M. Zminda
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Office of the Principal Joseph L. Marchese Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians, I write this letter one day after our “Character Does Matter” assemblies presented by the Travis Manion Foundation as part of our Mothers Clubs’ Fran Johnson Lecture Series. Travis was a member of the Class of 1999,who was killed in Iraq while serving his country. Former Navy Seal and a good friend of Travis, Eric Greitens, along with Ryan Manion-Borek, Travis’ sister, conducted the assemblies and challenged the young men of La Salle to follow Travis’ mantra of “If not me, then who…” and do the right thing when confronted with situations that require someone to step forward on behalf of others. The assemblies were not only challenging, but also inspiring and had a huge impact on our young men. Many of the boys were seen shaking the hands of Eric and Ryan as they exited the auditorium. We, at La Salle, take our responsibility to build character in our young men very seriously – but we also understand that we work in conjunction with you, the parents and guardians of our students, in this critical task. As the end of the school year approaches and proms and graduation parties begin, I ask for your support in encouraging and assisting your sons to “do the right thing.” Parties where alcohol is provided (or is known to be present) are not only a serious risk to the welfare of minors, but also run contrary to our message. Allowing minors to drink, but taking their keys can never be construed as doing the right thing – neither in the minds of reasonable people nor in the eyes of the law. Please help us at La Salle in sending the proper message to your sons. Along these same lines, please be advised that La Salle will conduct a national survey of all students on school life issues (safety issues, drug and alcohol use, social interaction issues, etc.) on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. This survey is completely anonymous with results tabulated by an outside agency. The purpose of this survey is to see how students at La Salle compare on school life issues to the national population of high school students. If, for some reason, you do not want your son included in this survey, please email my administrative assistant Carol Haggerty at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your son excluded. At the end of this school year, La Salle will say “goodbye” to two of its most respected faculty members. Mr. Pat Devine and Mr. Dave Manion will both be leaving La Salle for retirement after decades of exemplary service to our school. Mr. Devine has been a teacher, guidance counselor, and renowned cross country and track coach for the past thirty-eight years. Mr. Manion has been a world languages teacher, department chair, and activities moderator at La Salle for fortythree. The contributions made by these two men to life at La Salle are immeasurable. Please join me in wishing them well as they move off to a well-deserved retirement. As I complete my fifth year at La Salle, let me take this opportunity to thank you for your part in making this yet another wonderful school year. By entrusting your sons to our care, you give us the very best young men in the Delaware Valley to work with. As a result of their talent and hard work, the commitment of an extremely dedicated faculty and staff, and blessings from our Lord above, La Salle continues to enjoy success is all areas of school life. This is something that we will never take for granted. Enjoy your summer. Sincerely yours,
Joseph L. Marchese Principal
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Office of Academic Affairs Thomas R. Barna Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs
2010-2011 Registration Update The course selection process officially came to a close on April 16, 2010. Most recently your sons submitted their “parent sign-off sheet” to their counselors. This form served as verification of their course requests. If there are questions about your son’s placements, particularly in math, science, or music, students and/or their parents must contact the appropriate department chairperson as soon as possible. Now that selections are complete, the scheduling process moves forward at warp speed. Resources are currently being secured based on our confirmation numbers. Building the master schedule and rostering students is an arduous process that will take months to complete. Your help in respecting La Salle’s course request deadlines and protocol is always greatly appreciated. Eventually each student will first receive his official schedule for the 2010-2011 academic year during the final full week of August.
Final Exams Final exams will begin on Monday, May 24, 2010 and conclude on Friday, May 28, 2010. A detailed examination schedule will be posted during early May both in school and on La Salle’s website. Students are expected to be in attendance for their exams at the designated times. Please remember that a family vacation does not qualify as an excused absence. Unexcused absences during midterm or final examinations are strictly prohibited. Encourage your son to begin the process of preparation.
Graduation La Salle College High School’s one hundred and fortyseventh commencement will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 beginning at 10:00 am in the school gymnasium. The Baccalaureate mass, to be held at IHM Church in Roxborough, is scheduled for Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm. Practice for these ceremonies will be held for all members of the Class of 2010 on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 9:00 am.
Final Report Cards Final report cards will be mailed home to freshmen, sophomore, and junior students on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Seniors will receive their final grade reports in homeroom before graduation practice on Thursday, June 3, 2010. Final grades for all students will also be available for viewing on My BackPack early Thursday evening. The entire faculty will be available on Monday, June 7, to take care of any issues concerning grades. If your son experiences a grading concern he should take care of it on or before June 7, 2010. You should also know that the faculty is scheduled to attend an end-of-year meeting between 8:30 and 10:30 am on Monday, June 7, 2010. If you request to meet with a teacher concerning a grade, please schedule it before or after this meeting time. Also, there will be no
grade changes of any kind after Friday June 11, 2010. Please be aware that teachers and counselors are not required to be at La Salle after June 7, 2010. Underclass academic honors will be awarded during a special assembly scheduled in the fall.
World Language Department Reminders Students in certain programs must save their workbooks over the summer. Our programs overlap and we continue in the same book from the previous year. The workbooks were issued free of charge. If they are lost, the student will have to pay to replace the book. Spanish I Two Orange Workbooks Avancemos 1:Cuaderno de práctica and Lecturas para todos Spanish II Two Yellow Workbooks Avancemos 2:Cuaderno de práctica and Lecturas para todos French I Two Red Workbooks Bien dit!: Cahier de activités and Cahier de vocabulaire French II Two Blue Workbooks Bien dit!: Cahier de activités and Cahier de vocabulaire Italian II One Yellow Workbook Forza! due Please remind your son (as we have) not to throw the books away when he cleans out his locker. It is also recommended that he keep pertinent notes for his use at the next level. Spanish students can access the publisher’s website (www.classzone.com) throughout the summer to maintain their skills.
Old Laptops The Computer Club at La Salle appreciates all the old PCs that have been donated by parents and others: many go to people in need, a few are cannibalized, and a few are used to enable teaching students to be technicians. But now? The Computer Club next year will be focused on only laptops. We have already received six old ones; we won’t be taking old PC’s, monitors, or printers. Tuesdays will be teaching days on Laptops; Wednesdays: film presentations, and Thursdays: hands-on work. Thank you for the support you give us. In the event that you have any equipment you want to donate, please contact: Mr. Geoff Nicoletti email@example.com (215) 402-4180
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An Indelible Mark by Jo Ann Cohen
When I entered high school, my English teacher, Mrs. Davidson, had an amazing affect on me. She called role the first day by referring to each of us as Miss or Mr. and then used our last names. She then announced that what we were going to do in the next four years would make an indelible mark on our lives. She told us that not only would our grades from high school be sent to colleges, but that we should always remember that education was a commodity that was not erasable. The money we earned might be saved or lost. We might get married and then divorced. If we had children, they would someday move away from the family nest, but nothing could take away our knowledge or degree. I realized that Mrs. Davidsonâ€™s insight was remarkable. It was a lecture that had left an indelible mark on my mind and heart. My high school years were marked with delight and hard work. I learned marvelous things, from many of my teachers, but particularly from Mrs. Davidson. My English class was thrilling. Mrs. Davidson may have looked like she was ready to retire, but her energy was never depleted. She told us that she was very privileged to be able to live during such an exciting time. I loved every minute of my high school experience, and I was both excited and disappointed to graduate. My teachers had been phenomenal. Because of the solid foundation I was able to acquire in high school; my years at college were a breeze. I had read all but one book assigned in my Freshman College English course. I had already learned most of the concepts I needed to know in science and math. So, while many of my colleagues struggled with transitioning to a college lifestyle and spent hours completing homework, I had an easy time. I had already learned strategies to help me succeed, and I knew what to do if I didnâ€™t feel comfortable about the material. I have been at La Salle for seven years now, and I am reminded of what happened to me in high school every time I see La Salle High School graduates come back to visit. They talk about how simple college is, how well prepared they are, and how easy it was to transition. La Salle High School graduates have the basic foundation and skill needed to transition to and graduate from college. The truth is that these are only some of the skills that give La Salle High School graduates an edge in college. La Salle High School graduates have learned how to be gentlemen. They know how to handle themselves. They are exposed to basic spirituality. They learn self advocacy and have learned how to approach problems. They are proud of themselves and of what they have achieved. The personal attention afforded to students at La Salle gives them a lifelong edge. They, too, are afforded an indelible mark that will follow them for life.
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Lasallian Service Corps Lew Clark and Thomas Devlin ’00 LSC Coordinators Sign-Up
Sunday with the St. Francis Inn Mothers’ Club Sunday Before the First Monday of the Month 10:00 am Prepare sandwiches to be delivered to a soup kitchen in inner city Philadelphia. Contact: Mr. Chuck Cirelli Monday Elder Share 2:45 to 5:00 pm Provide companionship to residents of a local nursing home. Contact: Mr. Mike Ponisiack or Mrs. Dorothy Ponisiack Tuesday La Salle Academy Tutoring 3:00 to 6:00 pm Tutor inner city children at La Salle Academy, the original site of La Salle College High School. Contact: Mr. Dan Cipolla, Mr. Micky Dominick, or Mrs. Dorothy Marchese, Ms. Pam DeRose, or Dr. Rosina Ryan Human Rights Forum 2:20 pm Meet and discuss justice issues, the release of political prisoners, and reconciliation among people. Contact: Mrs. Betty Field Wednesday Providence Center 3:00 to 6:00 pm Tutor children in a center in Kensington run by the Sisters of the Holy Child. Contact: Mr. Tom Barna or Mrs. Cathy Winning Homeless Outreach Serve a meal and provide friendship to the poor in Philadelphia. 5:00 to 9:00 pm Contact: Mr. Lew Clark, Mrs. Carol Haggerty, Mr. Will Cummings, or Brother Anwar Martinez
Saturday and Sunday Saint Vincent’s Soup Kitchen Saturday and Sunday Morning 9:00 to 11:30 am Last Sunday of the Month 12:30 to 2:30 pm Prepare and serve meals to the poor of Germantown. Contact: Men of La Salle – visit www.lschs.org Seasonal Opportunities Magazine Drive for St. Michael’s Indian School Thanksgiving Food Drive for St. Vincent’s Parish Mission Drive Secret Santa Operation Santa Claus Summer Immersion Opportunities Project Appalachia Contact Mr. Tom Devlin Building Bridges of Solidarity International Service in Bolivia Contact: Senora Lastenia Breen Native American Experience Contact: Mr. Micky Dominick Lasallian Youth Assembly Contact: Mr. Lew Clarke or Mr. Tom Devlin De La Salle Blackfeet Contact: Mr. Tom Devlin Urban Immersion Contact: Mr. Lew Clark Grade Level Opportunities Freshman and Sophomore Branch-Out Day Junior Urban Challenge
Thursday Triest House 4:30 to 5:30 pm Assist mentally-challenged adults with physical therapy. Contact: Mr. Al Puntel Ongoing Opportunities Respect Life 2:20 pm Pray the rosary and participate in activities related to Pro Life causes. Contact: Mr. Al Puntel and Mr. Mark Collins
Celebration Of The Priesthood In conjunction with 2009/2010 being the Year Of The Priest, La Salle College High School celebrated the priesthood on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Most Reverend Daniel Thomas, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrated Mass for the entire student body and was joined on the altar by fifteen priests, all of whom were graduates of La Salle College High School. At the conclusion of Mass, Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 presented the President’s Medal to three of these alums – all brothers and former Pastors in the Archdiocese - Monsignor Ignatius Murray ’48, Monsignor Joseph Murray ’51, and Monsignor Thomas Murray ’59.
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human by Betty Field
Brother Ernest Miller Addresses Students On The Rights Of Children Three Students Represent La Salle At The United Nations Convocation On Wednesday afternoon, April 14, 2010, La Salle’s Human Rights Forum hosted an after-school presentation by Brother Ernest Miller, Associate Director for Mission and Ministry of the District of Eastern North America. Brother spoke about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the upcoming Lasallian Convocation at the United Nations. He introduced the initiative of the USA/Toronto region to mobilize Lasallian schools and students to advocate for the United States’ ratification of the United Nations’ Treaty on the Rights of Children, a program that will launch in earnest (pun intended) beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year. Brother Ernest’s presentation was well received by well over one hundred students, faculty, and staff. He warmly congratulated the school community for its outstanding record of service to the local community and to such far-flung places as Bolivia, Appalachia, Montana, and Arizona. He then challenged us to wed that impressive record of service with advocacy for the promotion of social justice. The historical journey of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child was reviewed, a journey that began in 1924 with the United Nations’ first Declaration on the Rights of the Child and culminating in the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Although the United States was instrumental in the drafting of the provisions of the CRC, it and Somalia are the only two United Nations’ member states that have yet to ratify the international treaty. The CRC and the treaty recognize the rights of children to survival, development, protection from abuse and exploitation, and full participation in family, cultural, and social life. It is the first international legal instrument to consider the rights of the child as universal, indivisible, and mutually strengthening. Despite the stated concerns of its opponents, the CRC fully recognizes the rights, responsibilities, and duties of parents to raise their children. The United States’ ratification of the CRC would enhance its role as an international leader in human rights. The Lasallian Institute has adopted the CRC as a flagship cause in keeping with its purpose to give a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor. To this end, a Lasallian Convocation at the United Nations will convene on April 25, 2010. Three La Salle College High School students, juniors Charles Cannon and Christopher Alexander and sophomore Conor Janda, and Mrs. Elizabeth Field, Faculty Moderator of the Human Rights Forum, will represented La Salle College High School at the United Nations’ Convocation from April 25-28, 2010. They will gather with other students from the USA/Toronto region and will hear addresses and participate in TeachIns by many United Nations’ dignitaries and Church leaders. We ask for your prayers for the success of the Convocation and for the subsequent efforts of our community to advocate for the ratification of the CRC.
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College Counseling Center Mary Kay Mullen Director of College Counseling
Mrs. Mary Kay Mullen, Mr. Gerard Brett and Brother William DiPasquale, FSC have been meeting with juniors once a cycle in the student advisory classes about the college search process. Topics covered have been: • Explanation of the college search and application process • The Common Application • Anatomy of an admission decision • Transcript of all grades • Information available at www.lschs.org/college • Use of Naviance • Reflection on experience at La Salle • Self-survey for the college bound • Creating a personal profile • Activities resumes • Letters of recommendation • Writing an application essay • Defining their ideal college • Creating a college list • College compare and contrast • Learning from campus visits • Types of applications • College costs and financial aid • Application process at La Salle • Career information
Any student who has not yet visited college campuses is encouraged to do so over the summer. Written information about colleges is important, but nothing takes the place of a visit. Check out Chapter 5, Learning from Campus Visits, in College Match, the book required for advisory class. Increasing numbers of students are applying early in the fall and that has an impact on the timing of college visits and SAT examinations. These early deadlines can range from October 15, 2010 to November 15, 2010. Check www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org for testing dates. Also be aware of colleges’ requirements for SAT Subject Tests (www.lschs.org/college). Thank you to the parents of juniors who took the time to complete the forms sent to you in early March: Criteria for College Selection, Release of Records, and Parent Perspective. If you have not yet returned the forms, please send them to the College Counseling Center. This information will help us counsel your sons by keeping your input in mind. Check out the College Counseling pages on our website: www.lschs.org/college. The site contains a wealth of information. One year from now your sons will have registered at a college or university. Their success depends on how well they have developed their talents during these past years and how much they invest themselves in the college search and application process. We encourage them to make good use of their time this summer and return in the fall prepared to make application to colleges on a timely basis. The College Counselors follow the faculty schedule and are not in the office during the summer. We encourage your sons to see their college counselor with any questions or concerns before the end of the school year. If there is an issue that needs immediate attention during the summer please call Mrs. Kathleen O’Connell, our Administrative Assistant, at extension 4849. Keep in mind that there will be times when Mrs. O’Connell also will be on vacation.
Currently students are creating biographical, academic, and activities profiles and are writing on topics of essays commonly required for college applications. The thoughtful completion of these assignments will help the student be prepared for the college application process. In order to earn a passing grade in Group Advisory, all assignments must be completed and turned in by the final class.
The Senior Advisory Class will start in the fall and take the students, step-by-step, through the college application process in general and specifically how it works here at La Salle College High School.
Seniors, you are reminded to accept one offer of admission and deposit at one college or university before May 1, 2010 to guarantee your place in their freshman class. Remember to promptly decline offers of admission from the colleges you do not plan to attend.
Thank you to Mr. Thomas Barna, Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, and Mr. Nick Coggins, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, for taking the time to speak to each advisory class previous to course registration for next year. They made clear to the students the important role a strong roster of college prep courses in senior year plays in the college admission process.
Congratulations to the Senior Class for their many successes! Thanks to the many people who assisted them in their efforts including parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and especially the teachers who wrote letters of recommendation on their behalf.
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The Secret Of My Success by Frank Evans ’10
A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is a measure of academic success, but GPA is only part of the picture. With me, it was a very small part of the picture. I applied to La Salle second semester freshman year. I wanted me to start La Salle, because while I was getting straight A’s in public school, I wasn’t learning much and felt completely unchallenged. I wondered what it would be like to attend a college preparatory school. I started La Salle in Jan. 2007. Since I had a learning disorder, I attended the David Program for learning support. Dr. Cohen, my Learning Specialist, would tell you I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. She says freshman students are given a gentle introduction to La Salle which lasts until about Thanksgiving. Instead, I entered in January, and I got slammed. Homework came out of my ears. I was lost in a sea of reading assignments. I got more writing assignments in a month at La Salle, than I had all year in public school. I carried home every book in my locker and never got everything done. My dad says he measured the change in my academic progress by a picture he has. He, my uncle, and I were tailgating. Okay, the picture shows that my dad and my uncle were tailgating while I sat on a chair typing homework assignments. It was not just the number of assignments that blew my mind; I was unprepared for the quality of work La Salle expected. But, in spite of the mounds of homework, I could tell that I loved this school. I loved the teachers who dedicated themselves to teaching. I loved the atmosphere because people cared about each other, and I loved being with students who wanted to learn. What a difference this was from public school! I must admit that when Dr. Cohen began to review my work, I thought she was a little crazy. She was nice, but she expected my work to be more detailed, my answers more comprehensive, and my knowledge base wider. I could never write a paper where she didn’t find fifteen misspellings, eight missing commas, and a host of other problems that made her suggest I redo it, have the writing
center review it, and then take it to my teacher a few days before the assignment was due… and that was after she had torn it apart. I confess that I didn’t really pay attention to what she wanted, because, well… in public school, I got straight “A’s.” There were times I wanted to say to her, “Look, I know what I’m doing. Maybe you think this is college. I’m still in high school.” I persisted in my attempt to prove that what she suggested was unnecessary, overzealous, and beyond what was expected. Then I started to get papers back. My eyes became saucers. My nice “A” average disappeared. Getting a “B” became a joyous occasion. Even “C’s” were hard to come by. Within weeks, I was clawing my way out of a hole. I wanted a challenge, and I got one. Dr. Cohen was right. My work wasn’t up to par. I could have easily failed out. Today I can tell you, I have no doubt I would have failed out, had it not been for Dr. Cohen’s constant badgering. I began to realize the importance of using the strategies Dr. Cohen taught me. It took me a while, but I learned ignoring her suggestions was not a good idea. Little by little, I began to understand what I needed to do. Details were a critical part of every assignment. Making sure that papers were grammatically correct was essential. Seeing my teachers when I didn’t understand something was basic for improving my grades. My academic success at La Salle was due to several factors including very hard work, using new learning strategies, participating in the David Program, and following the direction that I got from Dr. Cohen. It was not just her; it was everyone in the David Center, all of my teachers, and everybody in the school. It was my parents who never gave up on me. In fact, my success is due to so many factors it is hard to realize them all. I have achieved a great deal in three and a half years. I am more assertive, more confident, more joyous and better educated. Oh, yeah… you can now measure my success by my GPA. Last semester it was a stunning 3.90.
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Take time to review the school year with your son. The end of the year is a great time to reassess your expectations for your teen. Consider doing a school- year review with your son as this academic year draws to a close. Together, discuss how he views his progress: • Did your son do as well as he had hoped to? • Does he feel that his report card reflects what he learned? • What was his favorite class and why? • What was his least favorite and why? Reviewing this year gives your teen a “benchmark” to use as he sets academic goals for the next year. Ask him what he would like to improve. Does he want to raise his English grade from a B to a B+? Encourage your son to come up with a list of goals he’d like to accomplish and have him write them down. Work together to list steps your son will have to take to reach each goal. Is there anything he can do now to reach these goals? For example, he might take a writing class at a local community college over the summer to strengthen his writing skills. Whatever plan he comes up with, be sure to support him along the way. Knowing that you have high expectations-and that you believe in him – is great motivation for your son to reach his goal. Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2010 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc.
Lack of effort may be a sign of trouble. “I just didn’t feel like doing it,” your son says when you find out he hasn’t been turning in his math homework. Is he just lacking motivation, or is it something else? A lack of effort can actually be a “cover up” for a more serious problem. Teens will do a lot to keep parents and teachers from figuring out that they are having trouble understanding a subject. So they’ll pretend they don’t care. They’ll act like the class clown. They’ll “forget” their homework day after day. If this describes your son, you might want to sit down with the teacher and take a closer look. His “I just don’t care” attitude may be keeping you from seeing that he needs serious help in that class. If your child is struggling, take action now. He can work with a tutor. He can stay after class for extra help. He can take a summer class. Knowing the real problem is the first step to fixing it. Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2010 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc
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Help your son finish year-end school projects on time. He has six weeks to work on her last project for history. It’s half his grade for the last marking period. Although he keeps telling you she’s “on top of it,” you aren’t so sure. The truth is that teens don’t have a very good sense of time. When he thinks that he has six weeks left, he’s forgetting about the math tests, two track meets, and the prom that are coming up. Nagging won’t work. Instead, help him figure out how to find the time for that project. Here’s how: Sit down with your son and a big calendar. • Have him cross out the days he won’t be working on the project. He won’t have time on the days of his track meets or on the day of the prom. He needs to also cross off the days he has to work or has other commitments. • Have him count how many days are left. There will probably be fewer than he thought! He will need to use those days efficiently to get her project finished on time. • Don’t let him panic. Remind him that the busier people are, the more they often accomplish. He can finish on time, but he will have to get busy – today. Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2010 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc
Are you helping your son learn the value of a dollar? Learning how to manage money is a critical skill. Summer is a great time to help your son focus on money management. Answer yes or no to the questions below to see if you are helping your son become a good money manager: • Have you helped your son create a budget – and live with it? • Do you encourage your son to save money? If he has a summer job, he will save some of what he earns. • Have you helped your son open a checking account with an ATM card? Each month, he can balance that account to see where his money goes. • Do you have family meetings to discuss your family spending and saving goals? • Do you avoid bailing your son out when he runs out of money before the end of the week?
How well are you doing? Each yes answer means you’re helping your teen learn the value of money. For no answers, try those ideas. Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2010 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc
Respect your teenager’s privacy but know when to get involved. Sometimes, teens tell parents secrets. John uses drugs. Sam’s running away. There’s a big drinking party in the woods on Saturday. Your teen may ask you to respect his privacy after he tells you the truth. Can you? The answer is sometimes. The reason your son broke up with his girlfriend should stay secret. So should the story behind a neighbor’s divorce. You want your son to know he can talk to you about anything, but you have to tell what you know if: • Someone is in immediate danger. If your son tells you that a friend is planning a suicide attempt, you have to tell the teen’s parents. • You can prevent a dangerous situation. If you learn that some seniors are planning a party with alcohol, it is your responsibility to call their parents. • You might help. If you can offer advice to a teen in trouble, you might let the teen know that you are available to listen. Reprinted with permission from the May 2010 issue of Parents Still Make The Difference!® (High School Edition). Copyright © 2010 The Parent Institute®, a Division of NIS, Inc
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Mothers’ Club Susan Bilotta President
Dear Mothers and Guardians,
Mother/Son Service Project
It’s hard to believe that I am actually writing my last letter as President. This year has flown by as they all seem to do when your children are in high school. But, what a year it’s been. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to make new friends and work side by side with so many dedicated and talented women. Your tireless efforts have helped make La Salle a better place and enriched our sons’ experience.
Sunday, May 2, 2010 10:00 am Cafeteria
I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done to make this year an absolute success. From all the volunteers who staged and produced our numerous events to the record number of attendees, your support and generosity are greatly appreciated. Don’t forget the last general meeting of the year will be held on May 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm. Please come and enjoy our last get together, followed by food and drinks in the courtyard. It will be a great way to end the school year and kickoff the summer season! On behalf of the Mothers’ Club and the Executive Board, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for being part of such a wonderful group of women. You should revel in the knowledge that the Mothers’ Club has once again fulfilled its mission in terms of fundraising and contributing to a stronger community. Most importantly, we have helped our boys on their journey to becoming Men of La Salle. Warmest regards,
Susan Bilotta President
Mothers’ Club General Meeting Last Meeting of the Year May 27, 2010 7:00 pm Auditorium Following the meeting, food and drinks in the courtyard.
Calendar of Events May 2, 2010 Mother/Son Service Project 10:00 am Cafeteria May 27, 2010 Mothers’ Club Meeting 7:00 pm Auditorium
The La Salle Mothers’ Club is partnering with Mr. Chuck Cirelli on a service project for mothers and their sons. The project involves making “brown bag” meals for the homeless and less fortunate served by St. Francis Inn in Kensington. We meet on Sundays before the first Monday of the month to prepare the meals. We will be meeting for the last time this school year on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 10:00 am in the school cafeteria. We will resume again in September. We should be finished in about an hour. All of the food needed to make the meals will be provided. Refreshments will be served. If you have brown paper grocery bags at home please bring them along as we use them to pack the bagged meals. If you and your son are able to participate in this project, kindly contact: Chris Letcavage (215) 368-2833 firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City Trip The 2010 New York Trip was a special day as 300 women (and a couple of men!) travelled to the Big Apple to see the fabulous Broadway production of “Billy Elliott”. Everyone enjoyed coffee, tea and sweet treats before boarding the buses. On the way, our dedicated bus captains served beverages and a delicious boxed lunch. Attendees enjoyed some time on their own and then settled in for the 2:00 pm matinee. A wide variety of restaurants were sampled for an after-matinee dinner before departing for home with more beverages and a snack bag of treats. We could not have made the trip the so great without our “ballet corps” of bus captains. We thank them and all the attendees. It was a wonderful day!
Character Does Matter The Mothers’ Club Fran Johnson Program funded its second lecture for all students on April 13, 2010. The second part of the presentation, Character Does Matter, was co-sponsored by the Travis Manion Foundation. Eric Greitens of The Mission Continues and Ryan Manion Borak encouraged the boys to “change their lives by one degree” to include more initiative to serve others. Teen issues where summoning character and personal courage can make a difference in outcomes were highlighted such as intervening rather than ignoring situations where others need help and stepping up to stop a bully and/or verbal slander in person or online. Mr. Greitens challenged the boys to “use whatever your unique power is to protect”
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Mothers’ Club (continued) rather than hurt and emphasized that “one man with courage makes a majority.” Both Mr. Greitens and Ms. Borak both emphasized that taking small steps toward a life of strong character and service while a member of the LaSalle community will go a long way toward building rewarding lives as adults.
Fran Johnson Mini-Grants The Fran Johnson Lecture Series and Grant Program is also pleased to announce that it has awarded the following grants. Physics Funding for subscriptions for Webassign homework help for physics students. As students complete individualized homework assignments the program responds, letting him know if he is correct or not. Individualized attention encourages self-reliance and mastery of the concepts. Online homework support is now used by major universities and use at LaSalle will further prepare students for college by familiarizing them with this type of program. Math Funding for a new computer and software for the Math Resource Center. This technology will provide additional ways for struggling students to practice skill as well as provide a resource to students who want to learn more independently.
Alumnae Committee News Donnamaria Dolan, Kathy Caramenico, Pam Grady, Lisa Henrich, Barbara Grelis Houldin, Terry Millet, and Janet McBride Many thanks to Kathi Clarke, Kim Driscoll, Lisa Henrich, Janet McBride and Maryann Meves who co-chaired this year’s Luncheon for mothers of La Salle alumni, held on April 29th at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Guests enjoyed bidding on a beautiful array of silent auction items during the cocktail hour and then headed into the beautifully decorated dining room where stunning centerpieces graced each table. The afternoon featured a video tribute to the late Brother Rene Sterner, FSC, who served as Mothers’ Club Moderator from 1996-2005.
Shared Treasures Many thanks to everyone – donors and volunteers alike – for your help in making Shared Treasures’ first year a successful one. We will be holding a three day end-of- the year “Blowout Sale” prior to closing for the summer. Sale dates and times are: Thursday, May 20, 2010
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Friday, May 21, 2010
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 22, 2010
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
History Funding for two History Club lectures. The first will be given on Weds., April 28th at 2:30 by Joseph J. Defelice Esq. and will focus on Civics. The second lecture will take place in early May and will be given by Dr. Michele Hanson who will discuss her book which examines the Protestant Reformation in Germany, specifically how Catholics and Protestants existed peacefully.
If you can help out for a few hours on any of these days, please contact Kathy Caramenico at email@example.com and let her know when you’re available. Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Fran Johnson Field Day Friday, April 23, 2010 Funding for a fun day of athletic competition and comraderie, refreshments and prizes in memory of beloved faculty member Fran Johnson.
Click here to see photos of some of our fabulous finds. Better yet, stop by Shared Treasures and be sure to mark your calendar with the dates of our end-of-the-year sale.
Applications for Fran Johnson grants for the 2010/2011 are currently being accepted from faculty and staff by the Mothers’ Club. Recommendations for speakers for the Fran Johnson Lecture Series are welcome as well and may be forwarded to the attention of the LaSalle Mothers’ Club via the school office.
The last “Girls Night Out” for mothers of alumni will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Dunleavy Center. We cordially invite all mothers of the Class of 2010 to join us as we welcome them into our company. Please e-mail Barbara Houldin at bag553@aol. com if you’re able to attend.
Please hold on to any items you might want to give to Shared Treasures until September as we cannot accept donations over the summer.
“Girls Night Out”
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Men of La Salle Bud McGann ‘83 President
Upcoming Calendar of Events
2010-2011 Executive Board
Sunday, May 2, 2010 Thursday, May 6, 2010 Thursday, May 27, 2010
At the April meeting, a slate of candidates was chosen for next years Board that will keep the momentum moving forward. The following slate of candidates has been put forward for the 2010-2011 Executive Board and will be put forward for approval at the final meeting on May 6, 2010.
Baseball Outing Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox Baltimore, MD Monthly Meeting 6:30 pm Installation of New Officers Open to ALL Fathers Year-Of-Year BBQ/Picnic
Father/Son Baseball Outing
John Toner ’82 President
Sunday, May 2, 2010 9:00 AM
Porter Bush Vice President Board Activities
Soon to be sold out – 19 tickets left! The Orioles will be playing the Red Sox and the day will begin at La Salle College High School with a Mass in the Gymnasium at 9:00 am. Buses will leave the school parking lot at 10:00 am. This annual event is one of the most popular events on the school calendar as it provides you with the opportunity to spend a unique day with your son regardless of whether you are a baseball fan or not. This event is also meant to include
Don Cericola Vice President of Father/Son Activities
Grandfathers, uncles, cousins and those boys who may not have a father (we also will not exclude any mothers that may be interested).
Steve Duzinski Vice President of Fund Raising Charles “Ty” Meredith, IV Secretary Kevin Harvey Treasurer
Parent Annual Fund
St. Vincent’s Soup Kitchen
Brett T. Foley ’00 Director of Annual Giving
Every weekend through the end of the school year, the Men of LaSalle will continue our service to those less fortunate in our community, by helping to prepare and serve meals at St. Vincent’s. The Soup Kitchen is located at 109 East Price Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. This is a great opportunity for fathers and sons to spend some time together in service to the needy in our community, while at the same time setting an example to give back. Volunteers are needed to prepare food every Saturday and serve every Sunday from 9:30 to
The 2009-2010 Parent Annual Fund proving once again to be a widely supported and beneficial initiative with over 200 families having already made a gift to the fund. You should have received your mailings at home, and may have heard from a member of our Parents’ Advisory Council. On behalf of the entire La Salle community, we thank everyone who has already supported this worthy cause.
11:30 am and 12:30 to 2:30 pm. No experience is needed, just a desire to spend time together and help others. Please go online to sign up and help make a difference.
Gifts to this fund specifically support the Professional Development Fund, used by our faculty and administration for continuing education. There are currently fifty-two members of our faculty and staff taking advantage of this fund, seeking advanced degrees and certifications. The continued yearly growth of this fund has allowed La Salle to consistently attract and maintain some of the best and brightest from the teaching profession. Your generosity benefits the dedicated men and women of La Salle, and for this they are greatly appreciative! To make your gift online, please visit www.lschs.org/ gift. For more information on contributing to the Parent Annual Fund or joining the Parents’ Advisory Council, please contact: Brett Foley ’00 Director of Annual Giving firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 402-4812
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La Salle Auction 2010 Bella Luna!
An Evening In Tuscany Saturday, November 6, 2010 Stephen Duzinski Christine Giaimo Chairpersons Donna Bennett Susan Bilotta Auction Coordinators The Auction welcomes volunteers at all levels to donate their time, treasure, and talent to this important event. Anyone interested of furthering the efforts of the event by making a donation or volunteering in any capacity, should contact: Auction Office (215) 402-4815 email@example.com
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Chivalry Is Not Dead by Christopher M. Carabello ’82
What do James Bond and Cary Grant have in common? They represent the quintessential gentleman. It’s what makes them so charming and beloved. They are gentlemen in every sense of the word. Although one might think they’re a staple of a bygone era, true gentlemen never go out of style. After all, “Boys Will Be Boys, but La Salle Boys Will Be Gentlemen.” In light of our school motto, I took the liberty of providing some etiquette tips that may prove to be useful, particularly at the prom. MEET THE PARENTS Be punctual. Perhaps the greatest sign of respect, which is what a gentleman is all about, is to be on time. Having people wait for you is the equivalent of telling them that you don’t care about them. Bringing a date home “on time” is equally as important as it shows respect for her curfew and rules. Shake hands firmly and look the person “in the eye”. Your handshake should mirror your personality. You want the other person to think of you as someone resolved, stable, and positive; however, it shouldn’t be a test of your strength. In other words, don’t hurt them. Your grip should be the same for men and women. Most importantly, look the person in the eye as you shake their hand. The name game. Hopefully, you know your date’s last name. In the event that you do not – learn it as well as how to pronounce it properly. Address her parents as Mr. and Mrs. (Dr. if applicable). Consider using the term “Sir” when speaking with her father. After all, your date’s father is already faced with the trauma of how his daughter is dressed. Couple that with having to spend an evening with you – the least that you can do is refer to him as “Sir.” Smile for the camera. The photo may not be important to you, but it is for your date and her mother, who is more important than you can possible imagine. Make certain that your date gets copies of any photos. Again, it is important for her mother.
LADIES FIRST Always open doors. This is perhaps the most basic rule of all male etiquette. It is also the one of the easiest to follow, so you have no reason to forget it. Whether she is about to enter your car, the restaurant, or anyplace with a door, you should always hold it open. If there are many doors, then hold them open one after the other. Help her with her coat. Always help a woman put on her coat or wrap. This is a simple, but powerful action.
Help with her seat. Help a woman be seated by pulling her chair out for her and gently putting it back into place – with her seated of course. Ask if she needs anything and never abandon her. This is one that most guys already do, but it helps complete the gentleman in all of us. Make sure to ask your date if you can get her something to drink (or eat, depending on the situation). Show her that you care about her comfort and needs. Most importantly, never abandon her in favor of your friends or another activity.
GENERAL RULES Apply constant verbal grace. Use “excuse me” or “I beg your pardon” for all occasions. You should always use these expressions as an extension of politeness, whether it’s to get someone to move out of your way, to apologize for getting up to go to the men’s room, or to simply signal that you’re about to start a sentence. Focus on the person with whom you are conversing and do not interrupt. Your attention should always be focused on the person with whom you are talking. Always look at them when listening as well as when you are in control of the conversation. Let people finish what they are saying before adding your comments. Interrupting others is a sign of poor etiquette and a lack of social skills. Again, it’s a question of respect and men who constantly interrupt, come across as egotistical. Wait for seating before eating. When sitting down for a meal, you should wait until all the guests are properly seated and ready to commence the meal before eating. Everyone should start dining at the same time – this is a subtle but very important rule.
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More Than Just Art by Michael Hearn
Spring is a busy time for the Art Department. A charity event, a spring musical, and two art exhibits showcasing area high school students’ art helped bring into focus all the work done during the cold winter months.
Montgomery County Community College 32nd Annual High School Exhibition The Montgomery County Annual High School Exhibit hosted a display of inspiring artwork from participating high schools in Montgomery County. The work was shown in their brand new facility, a lofty, barn shaped structure with ample natural light. This new space offered a truly professional venue for our students’ work. The exhibit ran March 1-19, 2010, with an opening reception and an awards ceremony held on March 7, 2010. Congratulations to the following students who had their work accepted and exhibited in the show: Dennis Anao ’11, Ryan Andris ’10, Michael Brady ’10, Brian Malone ’10, Fred Mischler ’11, Tom Swartley ’10, Matthew Wielgus ’10, and Ian Whelan ’10.
diners could select a hand-made ceramic bowl from a wide variety of styles, all created by the Art Department students, the Art Club members, and participating faculty. The funds raised were donated to the Face-To-Face program administered by Mary Kay Meek-Hank (marykay@ facetofacegermantown.org), which focuses on the dignity of the homeless, offering a hot meal and a home-like environment to those who often suffer loneliness under extreme hardship and poverty as homeless people. The Face-To-Face mission is summed on their website up as “dedicated to the health, well-being, and stability of our community, Face-To-Face meets basic human needs and reduces suffering. With hospitality, we provide a safe environment and practical tools, which enable people in Germantown to confront personal challenges, empower their lives, and fulfill their unique potential.” La Salle raised over one thousand dollars at this event.
Smokey Joe’s Café
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia held their annual high school art exhibit at La Salle University. La Salle, along with nineteen participating Catholic schools, put up work in the categories of sculpture, painting, drawing and ceramics, in the museum space of the University, housed in the basement of Olney Hall. Congratulations to the following students who had their work accepted and exhibited in the show: Dennis Anao ’11, Zach Belinsky ’10, Rob DeSante ’11, Colin Kelly ’12, Dillon Pierce ’12, Galen Stuski ’10, Tom Swartley ’10, and Beau Whitman ’11.
Poor Man’s Supper We have Barbara Miller and Bob Scanlon to thank for the success of La Salle’s first fundraising event known as Poor Man’s Supper, held on March 10, 2010. This could only happen through their tireless commitment and perseverance and the help from Campus Ministry and LSC. The event offered a simple meal of soup, bread, and dessert, for a donation of ten dollars. In addition,
The spring musical, Smokey Joe’s Café, also called upon the resources and effort of the art department. Mr. Hearn, along with two of his painting students, Zach Belinsky and Matt Wielgus, and the supporting students on the production’s stage crew, constructed and painted flats and staircases for the stage set, to recreate a typical Brooklyn brownstone neighborhood. We want to congratulate all of the students, faculty, and supporting staff on their magnificent job producing a memorable show.
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Let The Music Play by Eric Stone ’11
With fully warranted pride, La Salle can point to its enduring excellence in academics, athletics, and service. No less deserving of this recognition is the La Salle Music program, which has consistently ranked as the premier high school in the greater Philadelphia area for musicianship. Like any program with a tradition of accomplishment, the success of La Salle’s Music program is a result of several unique characteristics that set it apart from others in the region. Most importantly, music is woven into the fabric of La Salle. Both the Competition Band and the Lab Band have just concluded a very successful 2010 season: • The Competition Band once again had a phenomenal season, being awarded with a Superior rating (the highest score range) at every competition. • This was the Lab Band’s first season in competition, and it still was awarded ratings of Outstanding (the second highest score range) at every competition. • Nick Owsik ‘12, a trumpeter in the Competition Band, has consistently won Best Soloist awards throughout the season. • The Competition Band received two best saxophone section awards, two best rhythm section awards, two best trombone section awards, and one best trumpet section award. • At the final Championship Competition, the Competition Band won a Superior rating along with the best trombone section award. The Lab Band rated Outstanding, and was extremely close to a Superior overall score.
Of particular note are the honors bestowed on James Rose ’11. Jim won the 2010 1st place award in the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia’s Young Artist Competition with Pvokofiev’s flute sonata in D Major. The FSGP is a group of many professional and student flutists in the Philadelphia Area and Jim will perform at the FSGP’s annual festival concert on May 15, 2010 at which many of the top flutists in Philadelphia will be in attendance. Other recent successes for the Music program include the highly successful production of Smokey Joe’s Café. Once again, the pit band exhibited its brilliant professionalism. This production was especially demanding because there were forty-two musically demanding songs to be learned and perfected. Anyone who saw the show witnessed the flawless execution of this challenging musical production. Finally, La Salle’s Music Program Concert season is fast approaching. The Concert Bands are practicing in preparation of what will surely be another phenomenal concert. The program invites anyone and everyone to come and celebrate the end of the school year with the one of the most talented high school bands in the area. The 2009/2010 school year has been great for La Salle’s Music Program, and the end of the year is sure to bring just as much joy and great music.
CAMP DIRECTORS – CARL POFF & VICTOR STANLEY
CARL POFF – Former Lock Haven University Head Wrestling Coach Carl Poff was instrumental in helping Lock Haven University become one of the premier wrestling programs in the nation. Under his guidance, LHU accumulated an overall record of 167-63-3. He coached LHU to four Pennsylvania Conference championships. The six-time PSAC Coach of the Year and two-time EWL Coach of the Year also coached 80 national qualifiers, fourteen All-Americans, two national champions, 30 PSAC champions and 19 EWL champions.
John Hughes – 3X All-American; NCAA Champ; Asst. Coach, Lehigh Univ. Mike Rogers – Assistant Coach, American Univ. Mark Cody – Head Coach, American Univ.
VICTOR STANLEY – Coach Victor Stanley is regarded as one of the top high school coaches in the state. He is currently the head coach at La Salle College High School. During his forty years as a head coach he has accumulated a 448-165-5 record. He has coached five Pennsylvania State Champions and three National Prep All-Americans. Coach Stanley coached Carl Poff at Council Rock High School from 1972-74. He is a member of the Pennsylvania, Lock Haven and Council Rock Halls of Fame.
Free T-Shirts T-shirts will be provided to all campers. Check In Check in will be held at the main lobby of the campus of La Salle College High School on Wednesday, June 16 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Camp will end at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 19. Early registration is advised.
Time and Schedule
Wednesday through Friday, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Jim Collins – PA State Champ, PSAC Champ, Asst. Coach Central Dauphin HS Dave Crowell – Head Coach, Nazareth HS Doug Buckwalter – Head Coach, Central Mountain HS
Fees Cost of the camp is $175 per camper and $150 for each additional family member. A $25 discount will be awarded to anyone paying in full before June 1, 2010.
Scott Goodale – Head Coach, Rutgers Univ. Tom Martucci – Bloomsburg Univ., Former Head Coach; NCAA Champion
For Further Information
Contact Coach Vic Stanley at 215-348-8027 or Coach Carl Poff at 570-748-7614. Additional information and directions can be found on the web at www.lschs.org, then click on wrestling.
Anthony Panzarella – Asst. Coach La Salle College HS
Directions to La Salle College High School
2010 TNT WRESTLING CAMP • LA SALLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL Wrestler’s Name_____________________________________________ Parent or Guardian____________________________________________ Address____________________________________________________ City_________________________________State______ Zip_________ Home Phone _________________Parent’s Work Phone________________ E-mail______________________________________________________ School______________________________________________________ Grade Entering in 2010______________Age________Weight_________ T-Shirt Size
From Norristown, take Rt. 422E (Germantown Pike) to Bells Mill Rd. Turn left onto Bells Mills Rd. and continue until it comes to a dead end. Go right onto Stenton Ave., continue through light to Papermill Rd. Follow Papermill Rd. to Cheltenham Ave. and make a right. Proceed uphill to entrance 1/3 mile up.
PLEASE CHECK THE CAMP YOU WILL BE ATTENDING:
From Rt. 476 (Blue Route), follow Rt. 476N toward Plymouth Meeting/ PA Turnpike. Take Turnpike east to Fort Washington Interchange (Exit 339). Enter ramp marked Rt. 309S. Continue on Rt. 309S and exit at Springfield/Papermill. Turn right and follow Papermill Rd. to the 2nd traffic light. Turn left onto Cheltenham Ave. and proceed uphill 1/3 of a mile.
❑ Technique Camp (Junior & Senior High) ❑ Elementary Camp
I, the undersigned, individually and as a parent/guardian of ____________________________ (Camper) a minor, ask that he/she be admitted to participate in the TNT Wrestling Camps. I do hereby agree to release, discharge and hold harmless La Salle College High School, TNT Wrestling Camps, their owners, agents and employees of and from all causes, liabilities, damages, claims or demands whatsoever on account of any injury or accident involving the said minor arising out of the minor’s attendance at the sport camp or in the course of competition and/or activities held in connection with the sport camp. I also give permission for my child’s photograph to be used in promotional material for future camps. PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE REQUIRED: _____________________________________________________________
Mail application & check payable to: Carl Poff PO Box 207 Lock Haven, PA 17745
Event Rescheduled For May 24, 2010
Brother Aloysius Lumley Memorial Golf Outing Monday, May 24, 2010 Cedarbrook Country Club 180 Penllyn Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422
11:30 am 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
Registration Lunch Shotgun Start Dinner to Follow
Shamble Format $175 per person The price includes green fees, lunch, and dinner. Register as an individual golfer or with additional players. For additional information, please contact Marty Jackson at (215) 402-4851, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Number of Golfers at $175 each $
Total for Golf Hole Sponsor at $100 each Lunch Sponsor for $500 Putting Green Sponsor for $500 Driving Range Sponsor for $500 Cart Sponsor for $500 Halfway House Sponsor for $500 Dinner Sponsor for $1,000
Dinner Only at $50.00
DAYTIME PHONE NUMBER
EVENING PHONE NUMBER
NAME(S) OF GOLFERS
All sponsors will have their signs displayed prominently on the golf course. Please include a business card or indicate below the information that you would like included on the sign.
Please make all checks payable to the La Salle College High School Golf Team. Return registration form and check to: Marty Jackson La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor, PA 19038
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Men of Accomplishment All-Catholic Selections Winter 2010
Basketball First Team Troy Hockady Eddie Mitchell
Indoor Track First Team Tom Oâ€™Kane Tom Trainer Beau Whitman Second Team Andrew Eckert Dylan Gavin Dan LaMorte Nick Molloy Chris Muggler Shawn Quinn Brendan Stone Connell Sykes Honorable Mention John Curtis Mike DiCandido Keegan Moesta Mike Scott Andrew Stone
Swimming First Team Chris Catalino Phil Letcavage Joe Maginnis Brendan McGoldrick Chris Nunnari Sean Regan Eric Schultz Andrew Sideras David Speese Chris Szekely Rhoads Worster Second Team Evan Holder J.P. Kelley Tom Knab Brendan Koch Luke Maguire
Wrestling First Team C.J. Burns Nick Burns Matt Cimato Ryan Geiger Casey Kent Joe Mazzi Brian Pflanz Shane Springer P.J. Steinmetz Second Team Matt Carmody Honorable Mention Nick Mathis
THE GREG BONO FOUNDATION DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT 2010
FOOD & DRINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE!
Registration Fee for each person is 10
$. The fee includes a FREE T-Shirt! Sign-u p yourself or your entire team. If you sign-up with less than 6 players we will join you with another group to fill the court. Three players from LaSalle High Sch ool must be on the Team in order to invite other high school frie nds.
At LaSalle College High School May 22, 2010 Starting at 4:00 pm
Congratulations and Best of Luck to the Class of 2010 Ryan Gerald Andris Mark Joseph Angelone Mark Angiolillo Grant Dennis Atherholt Sean Robert Atkinson Christian Thomas Bach Michael Joseph Bambi Michael J. Banecker David Andrew Beavers William Francis Begley, IV Zachary Martin Belinsky James R. Benischeck Michael Edward Bennett Kristian J. Benz Thomas Joseph Benz Kieran Clifford Berkery Anthony Giles Bianchini John William Biegalski Jean-Paul S. Bonny Daniel Michael Bowers Michael Edward Brady Shane Martin Brady Kevin Owen Breen Craig Carlyle Bunting Thomas J. Burgmann William Kevin Burke Charles J. Burns, V Thomas J. Campbell, IV Michael Robert Camusi Christian Lucas Cardinal Devlin E. Carey Ryan Michael Carey Ryan James Carlin John Conor Carmody Sean Peter Carr Kevin Patrick Casey Michael S. Casey John Francis Cassidy Matthew J. Catanese Patrick Thomas Cero David Michael Cinque Stephen Edward Ciufo Daniel T. Clark Kevin William Clark Evan James Cleary Anthony Michael Cognetti John A. Corr Robert William Costello Michael William Coyle Sean Matthew Crane
Matthew A. Crone Vincent J. Cucé Adam Michael Cunningham, Jr. Joseph Aloysius Daly Martin Patrick Kraft D’Amico Joseph John Deegan, III Michael Christopher DeMaria Brian David Derr Timothy P. Diasio Matthew Mark DiGiacomo Donald James Digney Christopher J. DiLaurenzo James J. DiMezza, Jr. Stephen Raymond Donovan Brian T. Dorsey Paul Alexander Dowds Timothy Michael Durkin Christopher Michael Edger Colin Andrew Eisenschmid John Isaiah Ericsson Frank Anthony Evans John P. Farris, II Michael Wood Fasano Samuel A. Feleccia Laurence P. Finnegan, IV Kevin Patrick Foley Michael Ryan Foley Gregory George Foos Michael Henry Fox Nolan A. Funchion Kevin Bernard Gatti Dylan Patrick Gavin Alexander Donald Geck Gregory Stephen Geiger Richard P. Getts George Joseph Giovinazzo Daniel Joseph Goodwin, IV Kevin Patrick Greenfield Matthew Ryan Grover Vincent Mark Gryscavage, III Cosmo Albert Guerra Brian G. Haesler Ian Aloysius Haney Kevin Gerard Harvey Brian Gibson Havard Patrick Eamon Heck Brian Patrick Higgins Patrick Joseph Higgins Troy C. Hockaday, Jr. Connor Hoffman
Michael Joseph Holland Matthew James Holva Derek M. Hunter Kieran T. Hyer Daniel W. Hyman Sean Riordan Janda Steven Mengel Jones Christopher Herbert Kaemmer Christopher Joseph Karoly Patrick T. Keenan Edmund F. Kehan, III William Daniel Kellogg James J. Kelly, III Stephen T. Kelly John Peter Klusek Thomas Robert Knab Peter John Knowles Robert Joseph Kowalski Theodore C. Kradzinski, III Matthew Joseph Krol Nathan Scott Kurylo Joseph Henry Kwasizur Patrick J. LaFata Daniel A. LaMorte Kyle Shepherd LePrevost Philip Gerard Letcavage Michael E. Lindsay Dale Edsel Lintner, III Daniel Sullivan Losier Andrew Loughery Nicholas Cameron Luce Seamus B. MacCrory John E. Madrak Kevin Patrick Mahon Stephen Paul Mainardi, II Brian Henry Malone James Thomas Markley Francis M. Martino Nicholas Gerard Mathis Seamus Michael McCullough Charles Thomas McDonald, III Ryan Patrick McElroy Sean Michael McGann Matthew T. McGlynn Brendan Peter McGoldrick Conor James McGonigle Francis Xavier McGorry, III Paul John McGrath William James McHugh
Ryan David McKenna Christopher Joseph McLaren Kevin Gregory Medved D. Wesley Meehan Patrick Gerard Mellor Vincent James Migliarese James Edward Mills Maitland Pollock Minderjahn Nicholas Philip Mindicino Devon D. Minor Kevin Patrick Minton Nicholas Edward Molloy Patrick Joseph Monahan Ryan Patrick Moran G. Joseph Moroney Andrew James Morton Philip Joseph Moyer, III Quinlan John Mulholland Garrett Paul Nesbitt Sean Robert O’Connell Brian J. O’Donnell, Jr. Thomas Vincent O’Kane Timothy Andrew Peifer Samuel Dominic Pelone Onix Alexander Perez-Mas Robert Sean Phillips Shane Harrison Pierce Nicholas I. Pilla Joseph Vincent Piotrowski, IV Timothy Edward Plamondon Gregory B. Porter Justin Michael Power Whitney Paul Prendergast Andrew Carl Primavera Matthew Adam Quaglia Derek Stephen Quinn Shawn Douglas Quinn Christopher M. Razzano Patrick Gorman Resch Warren Michael Resnick Jeremy John Rich Alexander James Richardson Dean Thomas Ripley Isaac Hoover Roberts Travis John Roberts Allen Joseph Rodriguez, Jr. Andriy Royik Andrew Michael Russin Ryan Austin Saraceni Robert Scanlon, Jr.
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May 2010 Volume Nineteen Number 9
The Official Newsletter of La Salle College High School President Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60 Principal Joseph L. Marchese Vice President of Institutional Advancement Daniel L. McGowan Director of Communications and Public Relations Christopher M. Carabello ’82 The Belcroft La Salle College High School 8605 Cheltenham Avenue Wyndmoor , PA 19038 215 233 2911 phone 215 233 1418 fax www.lschs.org
The Belcroft is published by La Salle College High School during the months of September through May.
The Belcroft is named in honor of the mansion that first occupied the campus of La Salle College High School. Built in 1927, the home of Clarence M. Brown now serves as the residence of the Christian Brothers Community.
Calendar of Events May 2010
First Class Mail The Belcroft welcomes articles and submissions from the entire La Salle Community. The deadline for submissions is the fifteenth day of the month prior to the date of publication. All submissions received after the fifteenth of the month will not be included in the upcoming issue; rather, will be considered for inclusion in a future issue. The Editor of the The Belcroft reserves the right to make all decisions regarding the content and layout of the newsletter.
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SAT I and II Junior Prom Mother/Son Service Project AP Exams Early Dismissal Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle Men of La Salle Meeting Founder’s Holiday Senior Prom Mothers’ Day Spring Band Concert Alumni Board Meeting Board of Trustees Meeting Feast of the Ascension Art Exhibit Spring Choral Concert End of Fourth Marking Period Second Semester Exams
1:35 pm 6:30 pm No Classes 7:00 pm 7:15 pm 7:30 pm 2:30 pm 6:15 pm 7:30 pm
Mothers’ Club Meeting
27th Annual Arts Festival May 17, 2010 6:15 pm
Spring Band Concert Monday, May 10, 2010 7:15 pm Auditorium
Spring Choral Concert Monday, May 17, 2010 7:30 pm Auditorium
Design By: Dennis Anao ’11, Zach Belinsky ’10, Michael Brady ’10, Brian Malone ’10, Fred Mischler ‘11, Tom Seminack ’10, Tom Swartley ’10, Ian Whelan ’10, and Matt Wielgus ‘10