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  • School Board Seeking Qualified Individual for Vacant Seat

    Derry Township School District is seeking qualified individuals interested in filling a vacancy on the Board of School Directors. The top applicant will be appointed to serve on the school board through November 30, 2019. For more information, including a link to the online application form, click on either the graphic or the headline,

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  • 2017-2018 School Schedule

    The March 21 closure due to snow DOES NOT mean an additional day will be added to the calendar for students. When the school board amended the 2017-18 School Year Calendar in February, it built in additional Act 80 Days that cover the possibility of another snow day. Graduation remains June 6 and the last day for students in K AM to Grade 11 will be June 8.

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  • College Admissions Forum Hosted by Hershey High School

    HHS will be hosting a College Admission Forum on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. The Forum, featuring 4 college admission counselors, will provide college bound students and their families with insightful information on current trends in college admissions, deciphering the admissions process, evaluation of transcripts and test scores and other relevant concerns.

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  • Order your 2017-2018 HMS Yearbook

    Orders for the 2017-2018 Hershey Middle School Yearbook are now being accepted. Yearbooks are $12 and can be ordered now through March 28 by using the envelope sent home with students or by clicking on the graphic and then printing, completing and returning the form and payment. Ordering a book now guarantees receipt of a book in June.

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  • School Board Adopts Resolution

    At their business meeting Monday, March 12, members of the DTSD Board of School Directors adopted a resolution indicating their opposition to potential legislation expanding the possession of firearms on school ground for certain individuals who are not law enforcement officials. In addition to the resolution, the school board voted to add its name to a list of signatories to a “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America.”

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  • HHS "Chocolatier" Yearbook Order Deadline Approaching

    It’s going to be a great year at Hershey High School! There’s no better keepsake of the memories you’ll make than a yearbook. You can now order the 2017-2018 Chocolatier online. Click the graphic to the left or the headline above for more information.

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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: CASEF Grand Champion Honors to HHS Student

    Hershey High School Senior Wyatt Howe has been awarded Grand Champion honors at the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair: Casef. His project, titled “A Practical Cryptosystem with Provable Security,” was the top entry out of 362 projects by students from 62 schools throughout Central Pennsylvania. As a result, he has earned an all-expense paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Pittsburgh. Since 2006 Hershey High School has earned 17 of the 26 Senior Grand Champion Awards and 7 of the 12 Alternate Grand Champion Awards at CASEF.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2017-2018 school year have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • ACADEMICS: Sixth Grader Wins annual Hershey Middle School Geography Bee

    Sixth Grader Joey Owsley used his knowledge of the names of the Japanese home islands, to “map out” a victory over runner-up Matt Cysyk and 16 other finalists in the annual Hershey Middle School Geography Bee. For his victory, Joey received a medal and a chance to take the state Geography Bee qualifying test.  Matt received a special copy of a world map courtesy of the National Geographic Society. 

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Receives Nomination at Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards

    Congratulations to the cast and crews of HHS Theatre's Fall Play for earning a Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards nomination for Outstanding Play! Congratulations, as well, to Cameron Brown and Alex Winnick, both of whom earned nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and to Paige Randall, who garnered an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. Kudos also go out to Josephine Gawrys, who earned the Spirit of the Theatre Award for the Fall Play.

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  • ACADEMICS: HHS Student PA Farm Show Winner

    Hershey High School sophomore Madelyn Morrison can count herself among the state’s best bakers. Using recipes from the Culinary Arts I class at HHS, she took home three ribbons at the recent Pennsylvania Farm Show: 1st Place for Cloud Biscuits and two 2nd Place finishes with Marble Cookies and Blueberry Muffins.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Second Place Finisher in The World Affairs Council

    OPPORTUNITY: Congratulations to HHS senior Fatimah Asghar for her second place finish in The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg’s 2018  International Poetry Festival with her piece “Come Spring.”

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  • HHS Recitation Winners graphic OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Win Recitation Competions

    Congratulations to Hershey High School students Alex Winnick, Daniela Farias and Smitha Ramesh who were local place winners in recitation competitions at the Hershey Theatre on January 18, 2018. Daniela and Smitha placed first and second, respectively, in the local Poetry Out Loud contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. Smitha took second with her recitation of “Sweetness” by Stephen Dunn. Daniela recited the poem “Discrimination” by Kenneth Rexroth and will now represent HHS at a regional competition in March at the WITF studios in Harrisburg. Alex won The English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition and will be the HHS entrant into the state competition at Lock Haven University.

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  • OWNERSHIP - Students Commended for Positive School Climate

    Jacquelyn Castleman, Principal, Jena Funck, Assistant Principal and Anna Gawel, Assistant Principal are pleased to announce that these students in Grades 2-5 are to be commended for their contributions to a positive school climate during the 2016-2017 school year.

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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.