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  • Schools, Offices Closed for Memorial Day

    Derry Township School District schools and offices – including the District Office – will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observation of Memorial Day. Normal school and business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 30.

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  • 2017 Keystone Exams

    Biology and Literature Keystone Exams will be administered on May 16th and 17th. Hershey High School Students taking the exam should arrive at school at the normal time. Students not taking the exam may take the bus to school at normal time, or arrive at school at 10:30 a.m., having provided their own transportation. Algebra Keystone Exams will be administered on May 23rd and 24th. Students taking the exam should arrive at school at the normal time. Hershey High School Students not taking the exam may take the bus to school at normal time, or arrive at school at 9:30 a.m., having provided their own transportation.

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  • HHS Hosting College Admissions Speaker

    The Hershey High School Counseling Department will host nationally-recognized author and speaker Peter Van Buskirk, a 35 year veteran of the selective college admission process, for a presentation on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. Van Buskirk will be presenting “Getting From Where You Are To Where You Want To be”, an informative orientation to the college admission process.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Hershey High School recognized students for academic performance and achievement at an Underclass Awards Program on Thursday, May 18. In all, awards were presented in 25 different categories.

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  • Proposed Budget for 2017-2018 School Year

    At its May 8 business meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors proposed a $61.4 million balanced budget for the 2017-2018 school year that sets the local real estate tax rate at 18.3281 mills. Under the proposed budget, a Derry Township property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,749.21.The proposed 1.25% millage increase would avoid any significant educational program cuts while also positioning the district to potentially move ahead with a full day kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2017! 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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  • Race For Education

    On Monday, June 5, 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.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    Derry Township School District is currently exploring the concept of full day kindergarten to determine if such programming is a good fit here. If the district were to move to some form of a full day kindergarten program, that change would not take effect any sooner than the 2018-2019 school year. 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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  • School Bus Drivers Needed

    Derry Township School District is looking for individuals interested in training as bus drivers for the 2017-2018 school year. No previous bus driving experience is required – just the ability to train for and obtain a Commercial Driver’s License and the motivation to give our students a positive start and end to the school day. Interested individuals may contact Steve Bell, Director of Transportation, by phone at 566-7422.

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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: Third Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Third 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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