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Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new lifeand instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.

- Pope Francis

Fr. Chris Beretta, OSFS

In recognition of the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, a brief reflection will bridge themes from the scriptures to our life and mission as a school community during the season of Lent.

From the Principal
Thank you all for a weekend of phenomenal support, concern, and compassion. The devastating news we awoke to on Saturday morning about a tragic accident that changed three young lives forever has sent shockwaves of grief through our school community. But in the worst of times, it has also revealed the depth of love we have for one another, and that gives us hope. It will be an enormous challenge to bring the quarter to a close this week as our priority will be the well-being of your sons, and the love and support of senior John Kirsch and his family, Padua senior Kelly Muschiatti and her family, and of course, the parents of Tyler Brown, who are enduring the most tragic of losses. Tyler’s funeral arrangements are yet to be determined, and there is a great deal of unknown about changes to our school schedule that may yet be announced in the days ahead. Thank you in advance for your understanding, support, and kindness as we move forward.

Summary of the Academic Adjustments, March 14-24
See the email that was sent earlier today for more detailed descriptions of each of the items below:

  • No tests or major assessments be administered on Monday.
  • The third quarter is extended until Friday, March 18.
  • 3rd quarter grades are due Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 am. Mr. Szczerba will be prepared to review the individual cases of any student who is concerned about restoring academic eligibility.
  • Holy Thursday (March 24) will be a school holiday. In light of the emotional stress and the limited number of weather-related issues this winter, the community will benefit from extra rest and time to reflect on the mysteries of Holy Week and Easter. Easter Break will begin at the conclusion of last period on Wednesday, March 23.

Summary of the Plan for Monday, March 14

  • Arrival: When students arrive at school, they will be asked to place their books, iPad, and other belongings in lockers. The gym will be open at 7:30 AM, where we will have Tyler Brown’s artwork, copies of his recent Salesian reflection, and opportunities to light candles for him and his parents. There will be three stations set up with posters and markers, one designated for Tyler’s family, one for Kelly Muschiatti, and one for John Kirsch.
  • Prayer Service: Everyone will gather in the gym no later than 8:15 AM. No one will formally call students, faculty, or staff to the gym; students will trusted to arrive on time and in a reflective spirit. Underclassmen are to sit with houses, and seniors in the senior section, as we would for Mass.
  • Homeroom: At the end of the service, homeroom moderators and underclassmen will be dismissed in silence. In homerooms, they will have about 15-20 minutes to talk and process this experience. Seniors will remain together as a class in the gym.
  • First Period and Classes: At 9:10 AM, first period will begin. A modified schedule has been distributed to students and will be posted throughout the building. For some students, it will be difficult to return to a normal class schedule. Students will be free to go to Centenary Hall or the Chapel as needed during the day, with the understanding that they are headed to designated places for pastoral care.
  • Counseling Available in Centenary Hall: Throughout the day, we will have grief counselors in Centenary Hall willing to speak to any students or staff in need of extra support.
  • Chapel Available for Prayer and Reflection: Members of the Center for Faith and Justice will be in the Chapel area to provide comfort to those who come for quiet prayer and reflection. Tyler’s artwork and remembrances, and the posters for the Brown, Muschiatti, and Kirsch families will all be in the Chapel area as well.
  • Afternoon Prayer Services this Week: Throughout the week, we will have prayer services for the many groups and teams that Tyler was part of. We will make more announcements about these services when they are finalized.



Mr. Jude Szczerba, Dean of Academic

3rd Quarter Report Cards
TheThe end of the 3rd quarter is approaching quickly. Report cards will be posted in just a few weeks. Continued eligibility for extracurricular activities through the 4th quarter depends upon 3rd quarter grades. Students involved in the spring musical, in spring sports, and in activities that extend through April and May should be particularly attentive to eligibility requirements. 

Freshmen should be aware that this is the last quarter in which the minimum GPA for eligibility will be 1.75. To participate in 1st quarter activities as sophomores, the 4th quarter GPA must be above 2.0 in addition to the regular requirements for passing work in other courses.  Please note that the cumulative GPA, calculated from final grades at the end of the school year, does not affect extracurricular eligibility.

Course selection and scheduling for 2016-2017
This past week, students received an updated copy of their currently approved course requests for 2016-2017. This list is not a schedule.  Students should carefully review this list.  Course change requests are permitted until Monday, April 18. Course changes may happen after April 18 due to a change in performance or interests, but these requests should be very minimal.

Students Currently Taking Algebra I Phase 2 (course number 409 or 412)
Information will be available shortly for our summer Algebra I course. Students in the Class of 2019 currently enrolled in phase 2 Algebra I are required to take this summer course to prepare for Geometry if their final grade is below a “C.”  Some students will be recommended but not required to take this course. The course will involve 3 meetings total at Salesianum; the rest of the course work will be completed online over the course of 8 weeks under the guidance of a Salesianum teacher.  The cost of this course will be finalized shortly



Mr. Mike Gallagher, Dean of Student Life,
Mr. Bill Dinardo, Assistant Principal for Student Discipline,
Mr. Dan Jackman, Director of Student Activities,

Rebound: The Chris Herren Story
Please note that we have postponsed the Chris Herren speaking engagement originally scheduled for Monday evening at Salesianum. A new date will be forthcoming. 

There have been several cases of the flu reported in school over the past couple of weeks. This particular Type A strain was not included in the flu shot this year.  Symptoms of the flu may include fever, achiness, headache, non-productive cough, sore throat, ear ache, nausea, and vomiting. The virus is spread mainly through coughing, sneezing, and contact with contaminated objects. During the acute phase of the illness, encourage fluids, and treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Call your primary care physician if symptoms worsen. Please encourage your sons to practice frequent hand-washing, cover their coughs, rest and avoid sharing drinks and food. Remember to have your son remain at home until they are fever-free for 24 hours.

Salesianum Choir Presents Lenten Sketches
Join the Salesianum Gentlemen's Choir on Sunday, March 20 at 3:00 PM at St. Helena Church as they perform during the Lenten Sketches. The performance will take you on a spiritual journey through the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The program includes performances by a professional chamber Orchestra, members of the Ursuline Academy 725 Chamber Group, and a combined 60 piece choir from Salesianum, Ursuline, and St. Helena's.

SALSTHON 2016: The Summer Learning Collaborative
Students are asked to fundraise in support of our 2016 beneficiary, the Summer Learning Collaborative. Visit our website, for ticket and donation details. Once registered, students will have a fundraising page that they can send out to family and friends.

 The ticket options for the April 15 event are as follows:

  • CHALLENGE 250: Students who raise $250 on their fundraising page by March 23 are eligible for a free ticket to SALSTHON along with opportunities to win prizes in weekly raffles.
  • Early Bird Rate: $35, if purchased by March 23
  • Regular Rate: $45, if purchased March 24 - April 10

Tickets for the event are available for purchase through the SALSTHON website or in the Student Union office. Salesianum students may invite one guest to the dance with purchase of a separate ticket. Contact Dan Jackman, Director of Activities at if you have any questions.


Mr. Will Yarnell, Director of Guidance -

ACT Registration
The late registration deadline for the ACT held at Salesianum on April 9 is March 18, register online

College Fair
Over 100 colleges will be represented at St. Mark’s High School on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30-8:30 PM. All students, parents, and educators are welcome to attend. For more information contact:  Jennifer Buchanan at (302) 421-3779 or

Junior Parents: College Case Study
Salesianum’s College Case Study for Juniors will be held on Monday, May 16 at 6:00 PM. The program geared toward both students and parents is required for all Juniors. Over 35 colleges will be in attendance who will guide parents and students through a mock college admissions committee. A college fair will follow the case study.

Navigating Financial Aid
Navigating Financial Aid will be conducting a "Making College Affordable " presentation on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 PM at their office which is located at:2701 Centerville Road, Wilmington Delaware 19808. RSVP is required by calling 302-200-6321.

Topics will include: The FAFSA process, when and how to file for financial aid, how to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), possible strategies to lower your EFC, the CSS profile, how to calculate your cost of attendance for college, explanation of percentage of needs met, TOTAL out of pocket expense for college, Stafford and PLUS loans, and payment strategies. This is a free workshop, but the services that are offered following the workshop are fee-based.

SAT/ACT Test Prep Options
The Guidance Department has compiled a listing of available practice tests and study resources that are available free of charge.View our onCampus report for full details.


Mr. John Helmick, Director of Institutional Advancement -

For the Boys – Silent Auction
For the Boys, Salesianum’s largest fundraising event, is looking for silent auction donations.  Restaurants, experiences, unique items, memorabilia are all welcome. Contact to arrange a donation. For the Boys will be held at Vicmead Hunt Club on April 16.

For the Boys – Registration
For the Boys registration is open! Visit to reserve your space today.

Interested in Volunteering at the event? Special pricing is available for all volunteers. E-mail the advancement office at for more details!r



Fr. Mike Vogt, OSFS, Pastoral Care Coordinator -

We keep in prayer this week all members of our extended School Community:


  • Chris White '17
  • Kelly Muschiatti '16
  • John Kirsch '16


  • Tyler Brown '16
  • Joseph Mahaney '43
  • Joseph Timlin, grandfather of Frank Sorochen '19
  • Ramona Penrod, grandmother of Chris Mikolajczyk '17
  • Alfred J. Dougherty, Jr. '73
  • John S. Shaw '66
  • Todd Lamberton, father of Lincoln '11, Grant '13, and Pierce
  • Christine Gardner, daughter of Susan and David Gardner
  • And for all the names listed in the Salesianum Book of Remembrance




Monday, March 14

F-Day: Special Schedule

  • Ice Hockey Playoffs
    7:00 PM, The Pond
Tuesday, March 15

G-Day: Regular Schedule  


Wednesday, March 16

A-Day: Wednesday Schedule

  • Faculty Meeting, 2:00 PM
  • Varsity Baseball at Milford
    Scrimmage, 3:45 PM
Thursday, March 17

B-Day: Regular Schedule

  • Stations of the Cross
    2:50 PM, Centenary Hall
  • Varsity Rugby Season Opener
    vs. Loyola, 4:30 PM
  • Spring Sports Parent Meeting
    7:00 PM
Friday, March 18

C-Day: AM Assembly Schedule

  • End of 3rd Quarter
  • School Mass: Solemnity of St. Joseph
    Blue Mass, 9:00 AM, Gym
Saturday, March 19
  • Lacrosse vs. Downington West
    Scrimmage, 2:00 PM

Sunday, March 20

  • Varsity Rugby at Delaware 7's