5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Cancelled: Athletics and Activities Committee Meeting
6:00 PM Athletic Physicals
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board Meeting
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM HHS - NEAT (New Entrant) Summer Tours
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Student Medication Drop Off Day
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Student Medication Drop Off Day
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM School Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM HHS Financial Aid Night for Parents
The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors has adopted a 2016-17 school year budget that freezes taxes. The $59.8 million budget also avoids significant program or staffing cuts. The district’s millage rate will remain at 18.109 mills, one of the lowest in Dauphin County. A Derry Township property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,806. Assessed value is the taxable worth of a home, and is usually much lower than the market value, which is the projected re-sale price of a property.
The Derry Township Board of School Directors approved a four-year agreement with the Hershey Educational Support Professionals Association (HESPA) at its business meeting Monday, June 13. The four-year pact is effective July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2020. The average salary increase over those four years is 2.1% The contract also calls for employee health insurance co-pays that can be reduced if employees participate in wellness activities.
The DTSD Board of School Directors voted June 13 to exercise its right under the school district’s contract with its current transportation service provider to terminate the contract set to run through the 2016-17 school year. The school district continues to review internal controls to determine what additional safeguards may be instituted moving forward following revelations last month that an employee of its transportation contractor was assigned to transport students in Derry Township despite having a criminal background that should have disqualified him from providing such service.
In a move to save taxpayer dollars by reducing utility costs, Derry Township School District has established special summer hours. All buildings (schools and the district office) will be closed Friday through Sunday. Normal public office hours will remain in effect Monday - Thursday. (The District Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days.) The consolidation of work hours provide a savings by reducing cooling and electricity costs.
A total of 285 seniors graduated as the Hershey High School Class of 2016 on June 7 during a commencement ceremony where student speakers reflected upon the concept of change. Hershey High School’s 109th Graduation Ceremonies were held at Founders Hall on the campus of the Milton Hershey School. The commencement exercises were also broadcast online via streaming video.
The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking input on a revised draft policy policy intended to outline maintenance of appropriate professional adult/student relationships. The revised draft of proposed DTSD Board Policy 824 synthesizes feedback received on am initial versions put out for public review in April. The proposed policy is based on a model policy recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. To learn more about how you can provide valuable input, click on the headline or the graphic to the left.
OPPORTUNITY: DTSD Students Win at Dauphin County 2016 Cultural Diversity Celebration Essay Contest
Congratulations to Christine Tang, a student at Hershey Elementary School, and Hershey High School’s Kai Lam! Both placed in the Dauphin County 2016 Cultural Diversity Celebration Essay Contest, with Kai taking 1st in the 15-18 age group and Christine taking 2nd in the 6-10 age group.
OPPORTUNITY: Students Recognized by the Hershey Apollo Awards
We’re understandably proud of our talented student performers and happy to note that many of them were once again recognized by the Hershey Apollo Awards. Congratulations to Caroline Hammer, Sofija Chroneos, Paxton Zeis, Paige Beck, and Julia Rippon for their individual honors. And a special round of applause for the entire cast and crew of the HHS Theatre production of “Into the Woods” which was named best musical! More information
OPPORTUNITY: Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair
Three cheers for HHS students Alan Hwang and Maggie Wu who were named Senior Grand Champion and Alternate Senior Grand Champion, respectively, at the recent Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair. Hwang won an all-expense-paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair May 9-13 in Phoenix, AZ. Wu will attend the INTEL Science Fair in the event one of a Grand Champions cannot attend.
OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High Swimmers and Divers medal at the PIAA-AAA Swimming and Diving Meet
Congratulations to the following swimmers who medaled at the PIAA Swimming Championships:
Boys: Jack Kushner, Chris Paynter, Jason Young, and Cole Luttrell
Girls: Tomomi Nakano, Orian Barone, Carlene Rippon, Colette Robinson, Bailey Robertson, Kailey Buchanan, Olivia Duck, and Sally Tafuto
OPPORTUNITY: Speech and Debate Team Qualify for PA State Speech and Debate Tournament
There’s no debating the success of the HHS Speech and Debate Team. On Saturday, five Hershey High School students qualified for the Pennsylvania state speech and debate tournament in April thanks to outstanding performances in their respective events at the district level. Congratulations to Brendan Twaddell, Senior, 1st Place in Persuasive Speaking; Grace Murray, Sophomore, 1st Place, Informative Speaking; Colin Topper, Senior, 2nd Place, Lincoln Douglas Debate and Colin Sheehan & David Sheffey, both Juniors, 2nd Place, Public Forum Debate.