May 2016 Letter from the Principal
Office of the Principal
Believe it or not, here we are! It is May, and there are only three and a half weeks remaining until the official end of the 2015-16 school year. As our students become more and more excited about the approaching end of school, we ask that you continue to partner with us to keep your student disciplined and focused as we move toward final exams.
SPRING BAND CONCERT, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH, 7:00 PM
Come join us for our Spring Band Concert this Wednesday night in the cafeteria. Our band will perform for all guests, and Mr. Pray will repeat the concert for the entire student body the following morning.
ALL SPORTS BANQUET, THURSDAY, MAY 5TH, 5:45 PM
All participating De La Salle student-athletes will be honored this Thursday at our year-end Sports Banquet. Cost is $15.00 for student and $20.00 for guests.
SENIOR AWARDS BREAKFAST, SATURDAY, MAY 7TH, 9:00 AM
This ceremony is mandatory for seniors, and their families and friends are invited to attend. Tickets are $45.00 and payment CANNOT be made at the door. Contact Mrs. D’Antoni at [email protected] if you have any questions.
STUDENT SCHEDULING PROCESSS, 8TH-11TH GRADES
Parents, please be on the “lookout” for a tentative student schedule that will be sent home with your student next week. We will ask you to sign off on this schedule, and your student will turn it back in during Homeroom next week. We do not build the schedule until June, so all courses / elective choices remain tentative at this point. The core five classes that every student takes—Math, English, Social Studies, Science, and Religion—should be tracked appropriately on this sheet.
UNDERCLASSMEN AWARDS CEREMONY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11TH, 6:00 PM
Invitations were sent home Friday, the 29th of April, for this event. On this evening, we honor the lead students in all of our academic course offerings, as well as all club and extra-curricular activity participants. Please contact Mr. Justin Martineau, Director of Student Activities, at [email protected], if you have any questions about this event.
FOUNDER’S DAY AND 8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY, FRIDAY, MAY 13TH
All 8th grade parents are invited to attend this ceremony, which begins at 10:30 am on Friday, May 13th. The ceremony includes Mass, the presentation of a “golden diploma” to the 50th anniversary graduates of De La Salle’s class of 1966, and the recognition and promotion of each current 8th grade student. The day usually concludes at approximately 12:30 pm for all students, so please make the necessary plans to accommodate this early dismissal.
GRADUATION, MONDAY, MAY 16TH, 4:00 PM, XAVIER CONVOCATION CENTER
Graduation takes place at the Xavier Convocation Center, 7900-7998 Stroelitz St, New Orleans, LA, 70125. Congratulations, seniors and senior parents!
FINAL EXAMS, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH AND 25TH
Reminder that final exams fall on a Tuesday and Wednesday this year. Tuesday, May 24th, students will take their C and D period exams; Wednesday, May 25th, students will take their A and B period exams. Dismissal for all students will be at 11:00 am on these exam days.
Please be reminded that we do not mail home final grades. All grades should be available via Edline by the 2nd of June.
Any student who fails the equivalent of .5 credits of a course (or more) must remediate those credits in summer school at De La Salle. Please refer to the Student Handbook if you need further clarification. Summer school registration is Friday, June 3rd, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Any questions regarding grades and summer school can be directed to Mrs. D’Antoni.
ACT PREPARATION COURSE, MAY 26TH – JUNE 9TH
We are pleased to announce that De La Salle will again offer an ACT Preparation Course in the weeks leading up to the June ACT date. All rising seniors and juniors are invited to participate. Mr. Hussein Dossaji will lead the session, and the cost is $300.00 per student. Students who took this course last year found it tremendously beneficial.
As always, we thank you for entrusting your children to us, and we wish you and your child a happy and healthy May. Again, please encourage your child to remain focused and disciplined throughout these final weeks of this school year.
Take care, and may God bless you and yours.
Paul Kelly, ‘83