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 Thank You School Board Recognition

January 2015 is School Board Recognition Month — a great time to focus on the crucial role an elected board of school directors plays in our communities and schools. Board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school districts. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children.
 
Here in Derry Township, board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate focus, however, is always on the current and future success of the students in our district.  It’s more important than ever before that the community supports public education so that today’s students are prepared to achieve their greatest potential as global citizens.
 
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   •  Superintendent’s Spotlight    
Although January is the "officially designated" time to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions truly reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our schools are made by representatives of this community, people who know our administrators, staff, parents, and students. 
  

Technology Education Community Help (4 Adults)
TECH4U Derry Township School District will be providing free technology sessions for Adults in our community. All of the training sessions will be held at the District Office and run by the District’s Technology Department.
 
The sessions will be hands-on and designed for beginners. Click here for information.  Register Here
Each training is 1 hour in length. Keep in mind that class sizes will be limited.

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  • Info   Healthcare Career Exploration Program Informational Meeting - HS Juniors & Parents
     Healthcare Career Exploration Program (formerly called PYAP) will be having an informational meeting for Junior students and parents for 2015-16. Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7 PM in the Hershey High School LGI.* This is a combined meeting for all interested junior students from Hershey High School and Lower Dauphin High School. Those with questions may contact Mrs. Bonnie Ritchey.
     
    *In case of inclement weather, meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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  •   Hershey High School SInformation Mini-THON:
    On Friday, March 6, 2015-Saturday, March 7, 2015 6pm-6am in the HHS gym/cafeteria area.  A minimum $50 donation is required to attend, $60 minimum donation for entrance and a t-shirt and a minimum $100 donation for entrance, a t-shirt and 15-16 student all sports pass.  Checks should be made out to the HHS Four Diamonds Fund.  Students can create fundraising pages or direct donations can be made here.  If you are a DTSD approved chaperone available to chaperone the HHS mini-THON, please send your full name, preferred time slot (6-9pm, 9pm-12am, 12am-3am or 3am-6am), e-mail address and preferred t-shirt size to Elizabeth Blosky or Amy Licata.
     
    Upcoming Fundraisers:
    Mr. Hershey Pageant: Thursday January 29, 2015 6-8pm in the HHS Cafeteria.  Vote for Mr. Hershey with your donations which will be donated to the Four Diamonds Fund.
    Hershey High School Winter Semi-Formal: Friday February 6, 2015 7-10pm at Hershey High School for all HHS students.  Students must bring their student ID to enter the dance.  Tickets will be on sale at HHS the week of the dance.

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  • info   Hershey Middle School Mini-THON
     On February 26 from 2:45-5:00 P.M., Hershey Middle School will hold its third annual MiniTHON to support The Four Diamonds Fund at The Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.  The fund provides emotional and financial support to children and families battling childhood cancer. "The mission of The Four Diamonds Fund is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research."
     
    In keeping with the district's COCOA Principles, middle school students  are involved in the education, awareness, and the invitation to sponsors to assist in this mission throughout the month of February.  Through our Advisory program, each student represents one of the four diamonds of courage, honesty, wisdom, and strength.  The diamonds together symbolize the commitment and unity to make a positive impact for this community service.

    If you would like to sponsor one of the teams for this event, the information is located on the following link: Click Here
     
    Upcoming fundraiser:
    Isaacs, Park Village Plaza, 597 E Main St, Hummelstown, PA 17036: February 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th from 5-9 pm. Present this form and 25% of the cost of your meal will go to Four Diamonds Fund. If ordering online, use coupon code FUND

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  • Bus Drivers WantedInfo Drivers Needed
    Derry Township School District has an immediate need for bus drivers. Interested individuals may contact Dave Yarian, Director of Transportation, by phone at 566-7422.

     

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  • info   Student Accident Insurance 2014-2015 School Year
      Derry Township School District does not carry medical insurance on students, but does provide parents with the opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students. To find out more info, Please <click here>

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  • info   SAT Winter Prep Classes Forming
      SAT Prep Workshop classes forming now. Classes begin February 11-12. Simulated testing is also available. All students are welcome. Please contact Mrs. Seaver or visit her website on school wires for more information or contact Mrs. Seaver at 717-979-1586.

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Got COCOA?

  • Cocoa PrinciplesThe COCOA Principles embody a district-wide culture where students and staff demonstrate DTSD's core beliefs of
                                  Community
                                  Opportunity
                                  Citizenship
                                  Ownership
                                  Academics
     
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
     

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HS Fall Play Nominations
    Congratulations to the cast and crew of HHS Theatre’s fall play The Matchmaker. The show earned seven nominations for Hershey Theatre’s 2015 Apollo Awards.Tyler Grudi  and Paxton Zeis were both nominated for outstanding performance as lead actors. For outstanding performance in supporting roles, Patrick Starner and Renee Ciardullo were also nominated. Additionally, Karleigh Moritz and Syrena Torres were nominated as Outstanding Feature Performers. Finally, the entire production was nominated for Outstanding Play.

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  • HMS Student IT Helpers OWNERSHIP: Student Technology Helpers
     
    Matt Kurtz,  Hershey Middle School Computer Technician, helps 7th Grade Tech Squad members assume "Ownership."  After instruction from district IT staff members, students apply their newly learned knowledge into the classroom as Classroom Technology Helpers.
     

     
     
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  • OWNERSHIP: DTSD Gets A+ from Carnegie Mellon University StudentsNiche
    Niche.com, an online tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University students as an instrument to “transform the way people make big life decisions” has given Derry Township School District a grade of A+ and named DTSD one of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s top K-12 districts in its 2015 School Rankings. According to Niche: “A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.”

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High School Speech and Debate Students place in Competition.
    On January 17, Hershey High Speech & Debate students joined those from two dozen other high schools for a competition at Wilkes-Barre. HHS students earning awards included: Laura Bruaw, senior, first place in Novice Oral Interpretation; D.J. Dorch, junior, second place in Novice Original Oratory; Matt Jenkins and Joe Horner, freshmen, fourth place in Novice Public Forum Debate; David Sheffey and Colin Sheehan, sophomores, sixth place in Novice Public Forum Debate and Brendan Twaddell, junior, sixth place in Novice Original Oratory.

     
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  • COMMUNITY: Second Grade Class Donates Toys for Operation Toy BoxSecond Grade
    After studying the characteristic of empathy, students in Miss Ozimok’s Second Grade class decided to apply the COCOA Principles by donating toys during the holiday season. In total, the students gathered 36 dolls, 102 books, and 22 other toys for Operation Toy Box.


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  • Food Donation
     
    COMMUNITY: HHS Students Donate Food to the Big 33 Food Drive
    HHS students donated 1,193 pounds of food to the Big 33 Food Drive sponsored by KEY Club.   This terrific amount of food will help local families during the holiday season and winter months.  Mr. Dilger's 1st period class collected the most food, followed closely by Ms. Bianco's 1st period class and Mrs. Stuckey's classes. Thank you to everyone who donated.
     
     

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  • ACADEMICS: First Marking Period Honor Rolls
    First Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2014-2015 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School

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  • ACADEMICS: National Honor Society.
    A total of 75 new members of Hershey High School’s chapter of National Honor Society were inducted on November 3. Senior and junior students at Hershey High School who display excellence in academic achievements, character, leadership and service are recognized by the National Honor Society, the oldest and largest recognition program for high school students in the country.   MORE >>>

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