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Board of School Directors A Message from the School Board
Over the last few weeks, our community has been asking questions about the rights and duties of the board in relation to district limited service contracts. These contracts are of short term duration (one year) and are used to obtain services that normally don’t require a full time team member to staff. Examples of the use of limited service contracts may be an advisor to the math club, or the director of the school play, and athletic coaches.
Coaches are appointed on a year to year basis via a limited service contact (as are all limited service contract holders). The board can elect to renew a contract or not renew a contract. In these, as in all instances, the board may or may not seek counsel from the district administration. The board may also choose not to follow a recommendation provided by the district administration. To our community, not following a recommendation by the administration may in some cases not make sense. It may also seem unfair or arbitrary at first glance. That is perfectly understandable.
The PA School Code of 1949 is the governing mantra of all school districts within Pennsylvania. It is the roadmap for all 501 districts and the “go to” guide for day to day operations. For greater context, consider the following section:
Section 511.  School Athletics, Publications, and Organizations.--
(a)  The board of school directors in every school district shall prescribe, adopt, and enforce such reasonable rules and regulations as it may deem proper, regarding (1) the management, supervision, control, or prohibition of exercises, athletics, or games of any kind, school publications, debating, forensic, dramatic, musical, and other activities related to the school program, including raising and disbursing funds for any or all of such purposes and for scholarships, and (2) the organization, management, supervision, control, financing, or prohibition of organizations, clubs, societies and groups of the members of any class or school, and may provide for the suspension, dismissal, or other reasonable penalty in the case of any appointee, professional or other employee, or pupil who violates any of such rules or regulations.

Community Budget Forum Community Budget Forum
Did you know that Derry Township School District has frozen real estate taxes 3 of the last 5 years?  In fact, the district has one of the lowest tax rates (real estate & earned income) in Dauphin County.  You are invited to come to a special Community Budget Forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 in the District Office.
Come learn how the 2014-2015 budget is progressing and the impact decisions made now will impact future years.  Building a school budget is a balancing act.  Your input will help the district preserve educational excellence while remaining fiscally responsible.
Schedule Reminder
  •  School is in session (snow make up day):  Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  •   No School for Students (Staff In-Service):  Thursday, April 17, 2014
  •   No School for Students:  Friday, April 18, 2014
  •   No School for Students:  Monday, April 21, 2014 
  •  2-Hour Late Start:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration  
Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2014 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is now open.  Parents and guardians must first complete an online pre-registration, providing the district with basic information about the child.  An in-person registration will then be set upon successful completion of the online portion of the process.

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  • Info "Got COCOA?" Gear
    Check out the newest "got COCOA?” gear and help support the HEA Scholarship Fund!
    Click here for ordering

    •    Polo (Available in Stone or White) AVAILABLE IN BOTH MEN AND WOMEN SIZING                             
    •    Crewneck Sweatshirt (Available in Brown or White, principles on the back)
    •    Hooded Sweatshirt (Available in Brown or White, principles on back)
    •    1/4 Zip Sweatshirt (Available in Gray)
    All proceeds goes toward the HEA Scholarship Fund!
    The store is live and ready to take orders.  Orders are due by May 6th!

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  • info   HHS Spring Plays
     Hershey High School Theatre is offering an evening of three  one-act plays. One of the plays has been written by junior Renee Ciardullo, who received an Honorable Mention in the Student Playwright category for Hershey Theatre's Apollo Awards. This play, entitled "Dear Mameh," is a sweet story about a family of Russian immigrants on Ellis Island as they wait to be admitted to their new country. The other two plays—"Take Five" and "Small Actors" are about the follies and foibles of being in theater productions.
    Performances will be April 24 and 25 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium.  Tickets $5, general admission, at the door

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  • info World Language Eploration  Language Exploration
    To help students considering the selection of a foreign language they may wish to study, a special exploratory web site has been created by district language instructors. Students can explore the language and the culture of French and Spanish-speaking countries by watching videos and playing games on topics like the alphabet, numbers, colors, and much more. To visit our website, click the logo.

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  • info   Elementary School Spring Concert Dates Rescheduled
     The Hershey Elementary Schools Spring musical concerts have been rescheduled due to the impact on practice time from numerous weather-related school delays and cancellations this winter.  The Elementary Band &Jazz Band concert will now be held, Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium. The Elementary  Orchestra/Chamber Strings/Chorus, concert has been moved to Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium
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  • info  End of School Year Early Dismissal Schedule
    Please note the dismissal schedule for the last weeks of school for HS only:

          MS and ES are on a normal schedule June 2 – June 10, 2014
    Thursday, June 5, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM 
    Friday, June 6, 2014 High School dismissal10:50 AM
    Monday, June 9, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM
    Last Day of School
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014HS/MS 9:18 AM Elementary 10:20 AM

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  • info   Revised 2013-14 Schedule
     You are probably aware that Pennsylvania mandates public schools offer a minimum of 180 days of instruction.   What you might not know, however, is that schools must also meet requirements for hours of instruction as well (900 hours elementary, 990 hours secondary). So as a result of all the wintry weather that’s been served up already, the original school calendar is in need of major updates in order to keep us in compliance.  To help you plan, here is  an overview of some key dates moving forward.
         • Monday, February 17:  School in session for all students K-12.
         • Tuesday, February 18: Two-hour late start.
         • Thursday, March 13: ½ Day/Early Dismissal for Students in Grades 1-5. 
                Kindergarten and Grades 6-12 will follow a normal schedule.
         • Friday, March 14: ½ Day/Early Dismissal for students in Grades 1-5. 
                PM Kindergarten and Grades 6-12 will not have classes.
         • Wednesday, April 16:  School is in session for all students K-12.
         • Thursday, April 17 -Monday, April 21: No School for students.
         • Tuesday, April 22: Two-hour late start.
         • Monday, May 26: No School for students.
         • Friday, June 6: Classes in session K-12. Graduation for seniors.
         • Monday, June 9: Classes in session for Grades K-11
         • Tuesday, June 10:  Classes in session for Grades K-11
         • Wednesday, June 11:  Classes in session for Grades K-11
    The daily schedule for June will be finalized and announced closer to the time, factoring in the need for a revised finals testing schedule and state mandated requirements.
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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: National Merit Scholar Finalists
    Four Hershey High School Students are receiving national recognition after being named National Merit finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Less than one percent of all high school seniors become finalists  MORE >>>

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Middle School Musicians Perform National Anthem
    An ensemble of Hershey Middle School musicians performed the National Anthem at the April 2 Reading Royals ice hockey game.  Participants included Riley Bemis, Daniel Hyatt, Ha-Jong Jhun, Gabe Kerchner, Justin Morgan, Keyur Nallani, Julia Parrey, Ethan Sicher, Luke Sheppard, Arik Sisco, Kate Sinz,  Audrey Stinson, and Matt Zimmerman.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS In Voce Performs at State Capitol
    The HHS female vocal ensemble "In Voce" preformed at the State Capitol in celebration of March being Music in Our Schools Month.

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  • CITIZENSHIP: HHS AP English Literature Class
    HHS students in Mr. Bittinger’s AP English Literature class are currently reading “All Quiet on the Western Front” and interviewing individuals with military or combat experience.  In addition to being a thought-provoking academic exercise, it’s also a great lesson in citizenship.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Team Leader for PA School Librarians Assoc/PA Department of Ed Library Model Curriculum
    Mrs. Allison Mackley, National Board Certified Teacher-Librarian at Hershey High School has been appointed as the high school team leader for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association/Pennsylvania Department of Education Library Model Curriculum work that will be done this summer. She has also been appointed to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development – the only school librarian on the council.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: PBS LearningMedia and WITF
    Hershey Middle School Science Teacher Mrs. JoAnn Delaney was recently selected by PBS LearningMedia and WITF to serve as one of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.  As a Digital Innovator, Mrs. Delaney will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to foster and grow a community of digitally-savvy educators. 

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    2nd Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2013-2014 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Science Fairs
    Hershey High School students are continuing a tradition of science fair excellence, capturing numerous prestigious awards in recent regional competitions.  MORE >>>
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