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  • End of November Schedule

    There will be no school for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Monday November 20 and Tuesday November 21 to allow for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no classes for all students, K-12, on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Recess. All schools and offices (including the District Office) will be closed during that recess. Classes will resume on Monday November 27 with a two-hour late start that date to accommodate staff professional development and training.

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  • Alert For Potential Volunteers Needing Fingerprint Services

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has notified school districts across the state that the Commonwealth’s contracted fingerprint services provider (Cogent) will no longer be operating after Saturday, November 18. There will then be a freeze on background certifications until a new fingerprint services contractor assumes operations on November 28. Individuals interested in obtaining the clearances needed for DTSD volunteers should contact the District Office at 717-534-2501 by noon Friday, November 17 if they would like to have their fingerprints scanned here. After that time, individuals will need to utilize centers operated by the new state-contracted provider (MorphoTrust). Those center locations have not been announced at this time.

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  • DTSD Directors Named 2017 Innovative School Board

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors has been recognized by a statewide group for innovation in public education. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association presented DTSD School Board as a recipients of the Pennsylvania Education Innovation Award as part of its annual School Leadership Conference.In addition to the recognition as the 2017 Innovative School Board Award recipient, PSBA will donate $5,000 to the Trojan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding and support for Derry Township School District’s academic, athletic, and arts.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    At the June 12, 2017 School Board Meeting, the Board of School Directors approved the transition to Full-Day Kindergarten beginning the 2018-2019 school year. The measure includes an option for parents/guardians who prefer a ½-day program. In order to keep parents/guardians and community members informed, we have created an area on our web site that serves as a repository for background information and other pertinent resources you may find of interest. Click the headline above or the adjacent graphic to access this information.

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    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
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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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  • ACADEMICS: Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2016-2017 school year have been released for Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School.

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  • Academics: HHS Students named Grand Champions at Captial Area Science and Engineering Fair

    Hershey’s Alan Hwang and Michael Miller were both named Grand Champions at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair, earning a trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held May 14-19 in Los Angeles, California. Hershey’s ChenChen Yuan was named alternate Grand Champion.

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  • ACADEMICS: Hershey High School Quiz Bowl Team Takes First Place

    Congratulations to the HHS team of Elizabeth Abraham, Levent Batakci, Samika Kanekar, Kevin Shi, Danny Su, Dhruv Tripathi, ChenChen Yuan and John Zhuang for besting 10 other teams at the recent Lebanon Valley College Quiz Bowl. This is the second consecutive year that a Hershey High team has taken first place in the competition which features questions on a variety of math topics from Algebra to Calculus.

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  • Academics: HHS Science Olympiad Team Wins at Millersville University

    Hershey High School’s Science Olympiad team bested squads from 34 other schools competing at Millersville University, earning a first place at the regional competition and qualifying for the Pennsylvania State Competition at Juniata College.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Diver Captures PIAA Class 3A State Championship

    HHS diver Jake Hedrick captured the PIAA Class 3A State Championship held at Bucknell University’s natatorium, capping his senior season with a gold medal.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Choir Place "Gold" in Roxbury Choir Festival

    HHS choirs hit the right note at the prestigious Roxbury Choir Festival in New Jersey. The In Voce and Cantabile choirs each earned “Gold” ratings for the second straight year, with Cantabile ensemble repeating as Grand Champions for the entire 23-school event! In addition to the ensemble awards, two individual vocalists from Hershey earned special recognitions, with Lydia Neuhauser being named outstanding soloist for her performance and Kodiak Thompson, receiving the award for Outstanding Performance in the Solo Division.

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  • Opportunity: HMS Chess Team Wins Championship Chess Match

    A huge congratulations to the HMS Chess Team for competing in the championship match on March 1, 2017.  After a very intense two hours, Hershey Middle School came away with the victory with a score of 11-5.  This win brings an end to their season, and after several exciting months of competition, Hershey finished this year with a fantastic undefeated record of 11 wins and 0 losses!  A special shoutout goes to Calista Huesch who played in the number two position all year long and was the only person on the Hershey team to never lose a single match throughout the entire season.  Congratulations to Calista for this impressive accomplishment.  And many congratulations to all 8 of the varsity players who were part of a great season this year.  The varsity members this year were Manny Didia from 6th grade, Cam Cooney from 7th grade, Ani Rao from 6th grade, Dhevin Karunanayaka from 6th grade, Scott Niu from 8th grade, Anthony Eichman from 8th grade, Calista Huesch from 6th grade, and Rocco Huesch from 8th grade.  If you see any of these students throughout the day today, be sure to congratulate them on a phenomenal finish and a fine season!

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  • OPPORTUNITY:  County Band

    Congratulations to HMS students Tehya Walters, Gracie Singleton, Emma Rubey, Lincoln Reiter, Karleigh McLeod, Nick Martin, Taylor Koda, Lauren Kaye, Madison Geeting, Patrick Gardner, Kirsten Ecker and Neela Agarwa.  These young musicians successfully auditioned for the Dauphin County Music Educators Association County Band.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Students Recognized by the Hershey Apollo Awards

    Congratulations to the cast and crews of HHS Theatre's production of You Can't Take It with You who have earned a nomination for a Hershey Theatre's Apollo Award for Outstanding Play! Special congratulations to Kodiak Thompson for earning a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play and to Cara McErlean, who earned an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. Finally, congratulations to our own Paige Beck for earning nomination for Outstanding Student Playwright for the second year in a row! So proud of our students for their talent, hard work, and dedication to our HHS Theatre program!

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