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  • Executive Function Session for Families

    Trying to increase your child’s independence? Looking for strategies to support homework completion? The Derry Township School District is hosting a session on Executive Function that might be just the thing for you! Open to parents and guardians of all DTSD students, K-12, the session will be held from 7-8 p.m. at Hershey Middle School on Thursday, January 3, 2019. Please indicate if childcare is needed when you RSVP by email to

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  • Java With Joe January 4, 2019

    Want to know more about the direction of K-12 education? Have something you’d like to discuss with Superintendent Joe McFarland in an informal community roundtable setting? You can do all of these and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee during “Java with Joe.” Designed as an opportunity for community members and the district’s top administrator to get together in a casual environment, Mr. McFarland will once again be hosting this series of quarterly listening events. The next “Java with Joe” will be held Friday, January 4th at the Hershey Middle School LGI beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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  • How to get Info on Weather-Related Schedule Changes

    The safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority. When conditions dictate unscheduled closings, delays, or early dismissals are in the best interest of student safety, the district will announce information via an automated phone messaging system, on its website and social media feeds. These district-operated notification tools are the primary mechanisms by which schedule change information will be communicated.

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  • PA Department of Education Launches “Future Ready PA Index”

    The PA Department of Education has launched its new “Future Ready PA Index” with a dashboard that allows for a look at how Pennsylvania schools – including those here in DTSD - are educating students. In addition to proficiency, the dashboard illustrates growth, achievement, and other data by student group - such as economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups.

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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: Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls
    First Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2018-2019 school year have been released for Hershey High School

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  • OWNERSHIP: Six DTSD Educators Become National Board Certified Teachers

    Six DTSD educators are among the newest group of teachers to successfully complete the process to become NBCTs!  Congratulations to Megan Hayman-Rau (Middle School Math), Erin Ives (High School English), Richard Miller (Middle School Band), Andrea Morrison (2nd Grade), Kristen Ober (2nd Grade) and Alys Stets (Multi-Disability Support).  National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure; it is considered the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Wins Distinguished Student Award

    A tip of the cap to Hershey high School junior Angie Bu for receiving the Distinguished Student Award from The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). The Distinguished Student Award is designed to recognize achievement in academics, the arts, innovation, leadership, and/or service for students across the Commonwealth. Winners receive a PAGE Certificate of Excellence as well as a check to be used to further their intellectual, artistic, or service pursuits.

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  • OWNERSHIP - DTSD Transportation Department Recognized
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    The Derry Township School District Transportation Department exemplified the “Ownership” component of the district’s COCOA Principles every day, but no more so than through their dedication to completing the mission of safely transporting students home while combatting deteriorating traffic and weather conditions during the early dismissal earlier this month.  In acknowledgment, the department was recognized with a School Board proclamation.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students sign national letters of intentLetter of Intent

    Ten Hershey High School seniors today signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

    “These outstanding student athletes have represented Hershey High School with distinction throughout their time here.  We are very proud and excited to see them have the opportunity to move their academic and athletic careers on to the next level,” said Derry Township School District Athletic Director Scott Govern.

    Those students announcing their plans to further their academic and athletic careers include:

    Zack Hynes (Baseball, East Stroudsburg University), Mallory Drayer (Field Hockey, University of Maine), Kit Olmsted (Field Hockey, University of North Carolina), Meredith Gould (Diving, Delaware University), Elaina Joyner (Lacrosse, Rollins College), Elizabeth Newman (Lacrosse, Lock Haven University), Taylor Yahn (Lacrosse, Mercer University) Maliyah Paynter (Track & Field, Davidson College) Abigail Sullivan (Soccer, Clarion University) and Makayla Tarkenton (Swimming, Ashland University).

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Library Recipient of $500 Micro-Funding Grant

    The Hershey High School Library is one of 250 school and public libraries around the country announced as a recipient of a $500 micro-funding grant from “Libraries Ready to Code”, an initiative of the American Library Association and Google. The funds will be used to plan and implement an Hour of Code in the HHS Library as part of Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9, 2018).

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  • Citizenship: HHS Student Musicians Perform for Veterans Day BreakfastHHS Musicians

    Hershey High School student musicians had the opportunity to perform “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” at a special community Veterans Day Breakfast.




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     DTSD Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Stacy Winslow offers insights and expertise in her “Curriculum Reflections” blog.

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    “COCOA Connections” focuses on events and happenings at the Hershey Elementary Schools, covering the district’s Early Childhood Center, Primary Elementary and Intermediate Elementary.
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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.