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  • Upcoming School Schedule: Make-up Days, Spring Recess

    REMINDER: due to the need to compensate for days of instruction lost over the winter months, school will be in session next week through Thursday, April 18. There will then be no school (and offices will be closed) Friday April 19 through Monday, April 22. The normal school schedule will then resume on Tuesday, April 23. This change to the original spring recess is necessary in order for the district to remain in compliance with Pennsylvania state regulations governing the number of school days that must be offered.

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  • Spring Music Concerts

    Hershey’s talented young musicians will showcase their skills in a variety of upcoming vocal and instrumental concerts. All concerts are free and community members are welcomed. To get dates, times and locations for all concerts, simply click on the graphic to the left or the headline above.

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  • HHS Theatre Presents: "An Evening of One-Acts"

    HHS Theatre will present a series of one-act plays – and a student film – in the Hershey High School Auditorium Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. each evening. General Admission tickets will be sold at the door; $5 for students and senior citizens, $10 for adults.

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  • Bike to School Day is May 8, 2019

    Derry Township is getting ready for Bike to School Day on May 8th! The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country in celebrating National Bike to School Day May 8, 2019. Take advantage of the fresh spring weather to get physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school. Pledge to participate by clicking the Bike to School graphic and you can also walk away with a cool prize.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2019! It is for students who will be starting Kindergarten this fall up to those who will be in 6th grade when school opens.

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  • Elementary PTO Race For Education 2019

    On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Hershey Elementary PTO will be sponsoring its only fundraiser Race for Education. We invite family and friends to join us in helping to raise funds for additional technology for the classrooms, assemblies, classroom resources, and other PTO sponsored events. Each participant will raise funds by asking sponsors to contribute a tax deductible donation to the PTO. Learn more or donate by clicking the graphic.

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  • Cocoa PrinciplesThe COCOA Principles embody a district-wide culture where students and staff demonstrate DTSD's core beliefs of
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
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  • ACADEMICS: HHS Places in SIFMA Spring Stock Market Game

    Congrats to Hershey High School juniors Amir Hasan and Landyn Ober; the duo placed 1st in the Central Region in the High School Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Spring Stock Market Game. The team earned a 12.7% return on their stock portfolio over the past 10 weeks, outpacing the S&P 500 by more than a 5% return. Hershey students dominated the region, with HHS teams taking the top six places. So kudos as well to Tommy Johnson & Jack Gish (2nd), Tyler Meister & Karsyn Kehler (3rd), Max Schmidt & Ben Phillippy (4th), Mason Horn & Jordan Giffin (5th) and Alexis Moodie & Leah Koppenhaver (6th).

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  • OWNERSHIP: HMS Student Receives PAMLE AwardPAMLE Award

    Hershey Middle School 6th Grader Aidan Norton, who is one of 10 students across the Commonwealth was presented with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education's (PAMLE) Joan Jarrett Award. The award is designed to honor outstanding adolescents at the middle-school level who demonstrate leadership abilities, good citizenship, and have made positive contributions to their school and community.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2018-2019 school year have been released for Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Five HHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

    Five Hershey High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Those students announcing their plans include: Adam Paymer, Christopher Newport (lacrosse); Alexei King, Misericordia University (soccer); Joe Allegrini, Juanita College (baseball); Mark Sickler, United States Military Academy (lacrosse) and Mark Suminski, Unites States Naval Academy (track).

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Selected to the PMEA District 7 Band, Jazz Band and Regional Band

    A hearty congratulations to Hershey High School student musicians John Zhuang, Tehya Walters, Natalie Jones, Carissa Marrocco, Maddie Getting, Avi Lukacher, David Mailman, Dan Hyatt, Jonathan Haidet, JT Mullins, Ethan Sicher and Michelle Yun for being selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band. Mullins and Sicher were also selected to participate in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Band. Additionally, the pair will join Zhuang, Getting, Lukacher, Mailman and Yun as participants in the PMEA Regional Band. Selection to these different honors ensembles is based on individual auditions.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Congratulations to HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition. Jordan will now represent the Central PA Region on March 4 at the state-level completion, to be held at the Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission in Harrisburg. The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life

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  • ACADEMICS: HMS Geography Bee

    The Hershey Middle School Geography Bee took place after school on Thursday. January 24 with more than 30 students answering a wide variety of questions related to the study of the physical features of the Earth.  In the end, 6th Grader Brady Keller captured the championship with 8th Grader Matt Cysyk coming in a close second. Luke Pritchett (7th grade) finished third.

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  • ACADEMICS: Hershey High School Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

    Congratulations to Sophomore Jordan Lewis and freshman Alina Zang who captured first and second place, respectively, in Hershey High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

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  • OWNERSHIP: Six DTSD Educators Become National Board Certified Teachers

    Six DTSD educators are among the newest group of teachers to successfully complete the process to become NBCTs!  Congratulations to Megan Hayman-Rau (Middle School Math), Erin Ives (High School English), Richard Miller (Middle School Band), Andrea Morrison (2nd Grade), Kristen Ober (2nd Grade) and Alys Stets (Multi-Disability Support).  National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure; it is considered the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Wins Distinguished Student Award

    A tip of the cap to Hershey high School junior Angie Bu for receiving the Distinguished Student Award from The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). The Distinguished Student Award is designed to recognize achievement in academics, the arts, innovation, leadership, and/or service for students across the Commonwealth. Winners receive a PAGE Certificate of Excellence as well as a check to be used to further their intellectual, artistic, or service pursuits.

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  • OWNERSHIP - DTSD Transportation Department Recognized
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    The Derry Township School District Transportation Department exemplified the “Ownership” component of the district’s COCOA Principles every day, but no more so than through their dedication to completing the mission of safely transporting students home while combatting deteriorating traffic and weather conditions during the early dismissal earlier this month.  In acknowledgment, the department was recognized with a School Board proclamation.

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    During the 2017-2018 School Year, the district will be piloting a new technology-based tool called Anonymous Alerts that students can use to report: drug or alcohol related issues, bullying/cyberbullying, violent behavior/threats and other campus safety hazards. Reports may be made at any time, but Anonymous Alerts® should NOT be used to report emergency, urgent or time-critical concerns. At DTSD, the Anonymous Alerts® system will be monitored from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on days when school is in session. Reports submitted at other times will be addressed the next scheduled school day.