DHS Final Exams

posted Apr 27, 2017, 8:09 AM by Kelly Thomas

Dear DHS families:

Below, please find the end-of-semester final exam schedule for June 1 through June 5:

Thursday June 1

Friday June 2

Monday June 5

Period 1 - 7:45am - 9:00am

Period 3 - 7:45am - 9:00am

Period 8/9 or 9/10 7:45am - 9:00am

Period 2 - 9:10am - 10:25am

Period 4/5 or 5/6 - 9:10am - 10:25am

Period 12 - 9:10am - 10:25am

Early Bird PE / Make-up period 10:35 - 11:50am

Period 6/7 or 7/8 - 10:35am - 11:50am

Make-up period 12:00 - 1:15

Make-up period 10:35am - 11:50am

Students released 10:25am *Note-Students attending early bird PE / finals make-up need to make transportation arrangements

Students released 11:50am

*Note - Students attending finals make-up need to make transportation arrangements

Students released 10:25am *Note-Students attending finals make-up need to make transportation arrangements

Please be aware that any student taking a make-up exam during the scheduled make-up time will be responsible for her/his transportation home.

Feel free to contact DHS with any questions you may have. Should a student miss a final exam  for any reason and it cannot be taken before the last day, please contact Rhonda Maney at 815.754.2122 to schedule your make-up time during the summer.

Best regards,

Michele Albano


DeKalb High School

Graduation Information

posted Apr 20, 2017, 12:26 PM by Kelly Thomas

Dear Senior and Senior Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

As you are aware, the commencement date for the graduating class of 2017 at DeKalb High School is Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Convocation Center on the NIU Campus.  Students must arrive at the Convocation Center no later than 9:00 AM and meet downstairs in the Victor E. Gymnasium.   The purpose of this letter is to give you some valuable information and guidelines about the end of the school year, graduation practice and the graduation ceremony itself.  

High school graduation celebrates not only years of education and the earning of a high school diploma, but also the transition into the next stage of life—going on to college, a technical/training school, the military or the workforce.  Our goal for the graduation ceremony is to honor our graduates and celebrating their accomplishments through a dignified ceremony.  During the graduation season, some students make decisions that negatively impact what should be a happy and enjoyable time; choices such as pranks and drinking/drug use can lead to unintended and sometimes tragic consequences.   I thank you in advance for making decisions that are healthy and that will make you and your family proud.

Mandatory graduation practice is Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Convocation Center from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.  (Students who do not participate in this mandatory practice will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.)  

In addition, during the practice session, students are expected to listen, follow directions and show appropriate and respectful behavior so that the graduation ceremony goes well.  Students who are uncooperative, disruptive, disrespectful, or who are suspected of being under the influence of any substance during graduation practice will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Your help and cooperation with this are very much appreciated.

Please see reverse side for additional information about graduation.

Very Sincerely,

Mr. James Horne, AP for Academic Programs

Mr. Al Biancalana, AP for Operations

DeKalb High School

During the graduation ceremony, we ask that the audience be respectful of all of the speakers by:

  • Turning off all cell phones.

  • Arriving  on time to the ceremony.  Please arrive early, before 9:45 AM.  Late arrivals disrupt the ceremony.

  • Remaining seated except for emergencies as the steps in the bleachers at the Convocation Center vibrate and are very noisy.   A professional photographer will be on site to take pictures and will contact families with ordering information.

  • Cheering appropriately at all times.  Prolonged cheering for one student may drown out the name of the next student whose family wants to hear his/her name also.  

  • Respecting the rules of the Convocation Center; no air horns or other noisemakers, no balloons, and no outside food or drink are permitted.

Please be aware that the Convocation Center staff will search your bags  prior to entering the building.   If you have no bag or purse to search, you may use the express entrances 2, 3, and 4.  If you have a bag or purse, the staff will ask you to use the main entrance and will search your belongings.

Finally, we ask that our graduates follow this dress code for the ceremony:

  • No writing or decoration on the caps

  • No jeans

  • No shorts

  • Dress shoes required

  • No athletic shoes

  • No flip-flops.  Students  will not be allowed to walk in the ceremony wearing flip-flops

  • Gentlemen—please wear a collared shirt

Students are to arrive at the graduation ceremony no later than 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Do not wear your graduation gown into the Convention Center; just bring it with you. You will be checked for appropriate attire at the top of the stairway leading down to the gymnasium.

Your help and cooperation are very much appreciated.    Congratulations, seniors!

PSAT/SAT Parent Letters for 9th, 10th and 11th Grades

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:33 AM by Kelly Thomas

IHSA Letter Congratulating the Gymnastics Team

posted Feb 24, 2017, 9:08 AM by Kelly Thomas

Please take a few moments to read the letter pertaining to the 2nd place finish of the DHS Gymnastics team at the IHSA State Gymnastics Competition.

DHS Summer School Registration Going on NOW

posted Jan 25, 2017, 10:24 AM by Kelly Thomas   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

Summer School will be held at DHS from June 12th, 2017 through July 12th, 2017.  Please select from the options below for more information.

Message from Principal Albano

posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:12 AM by Kelly Thomas

Hello!  DeKalb High School wishes to remind families that as we begin the cold and flu season, we have seen an increase in illness among staff and students.  Please remember the best way to protect yourself is to be diligent with washing your hands after using the restroom, and before eating or handling food.  Refrain from touching your face, mouth or eyes as these are ports of entry for bacteria and viruses to enter your body and cause illness.  If you are sick with a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, remember to stay home until you are symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. DHS is doing what we can to keep the school environment clean, including adding additional disinfecting measures. At home, you can use a bleach-based cleaner to disinfect commonly-touched objects like door knobs, light switches, remotes and cell phones. All the best for a healthy new year!

NIU ACT/SAT Prep Courses

posted Dec 15, 2016, 11:38 AM by Kelly Thomas   [ updated Dec 15, 2016, 11:38 AM ]

The Northern Illinois University Spring ACT and SAT Test preparation program provides individualized attention in a small classroom setting and offers students a chance to best prepare themselves for the ACT or SAT.


NIU parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays but students must not park in spaces marked “Reserved at all times”.


Enrollment is limited and registration is now open at or


NIU’s ACT program covers English, Math, Reading and Science Reasoning and the SAT program covers Writing and Language Arts, Reading, Math (Calculator and No Calculator.)


The NIU ACT/SAT instructors include Lance Vobornik, an experienced Mathematics instructor at NIU with a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Melissa Craig, an experienced teacher at St. Thomas More School.


Spring ACT Test Preparation Schedule:


Spring Session I

February 4, 2017 – Pre-test

February 11, 2017 – English

February 18, 2017 – Reading and Science Reasoning

February 25, 2017 – Math

March 5, 2017 – Post-test


Spring Session II

February 5, 2017 – Pre-test

February 12, 2017 – English

February 19, 2017 – Reading and Science Reasoning

February 26, 2017 – Math

March 6, 2017 – Post-test


Cost is $250 ($275 after January 27) which includes instruction, book, website access, and retired ACT tests. It does not include registration to take the actual ACT test.


Spring SAT Test Preparation Schedule:

March 5, 2017 – Pre-test

March 12, 2017 – Writing and Language Arts 

March 19, 2017 – Reading

March 26, 2017 – Math (Calculator and No Calculator)

April 2, 2017 – Post-test


Cost is $250 ($275 after February 24) which includes instruction, book, website access, and retired SAT tests. It does not include registration to take the actual SAT test.


For more information contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at 815-753-5200

Principal Michele Albano Welcome Message

posted Sep 13, 2016, 11:01 AM by Kelly Thomas

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