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  • Derry Township’s Music Education Receives National Recognition

    Derry Township has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Derry Township answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music programs.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2018! 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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  • HHS "Chocolatier" Yearbook Order Deadline Approaching

    It’s going to be a great year at Hershey High School! There’s no better keepsake of the memories you’ll make than a yearbook. You can now order the 2017-2018 Chocolatier online. Click the graphic to the left or the headline above for more 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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  • School Board Adopts Resolution

    At their business meeting Monday, March 12, members of the DTSD Board of School Directors adopted a resolution indicating their opposition to potential legislation expanding the possession of firearms on school ground for certain individuals who are not law enforcement officials. In addition to the resolution, the school board voted to add its name to a list of signatories to a “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America.”

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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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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Artists Display Work

    Pieces from 10 talented Hershey High School student-artists will be on public display as part of the 2018 “Artistic Expressions” show by the Historic Harrisburg Association located at 1230 N. 3rd Street in Harrisburg. HHS artists selected to have works on display include Kidist Aderaw, Lashell Friedrich, Karis Gould, Ji-Eon Kim, Heather Marra, Amylyn Martinez, Aparajita Rao, Luke Shay, Carlin Spinney and Olivia Wilson. (Special congratulations to Ji-Eon Kim, AmyLyn Martinez and Heather Marra, whose works will receive special recognition and awards at an artists’ reception!) Their art, along with those of their peers from other local schools, can be seen Saturday through May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High School Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

    Five Hershey High School seniors have 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 Letter of Intent 2018 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: Abigail Shapiro - Track & Field - Bucknell; Mary Anne Nortier - Field Hockey - Saint Francis; Samantha Henry - Gymnastics - Kent State; Andrea Demko - Cross Country/Track & Field - Penn State; Dalton Burnham - Track & Field - Hartford

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  • COMMUNITY: Hershey High School recently wrapped up another successful Mini-THON

    Hershey High School recently wrapped up another successful Mini-THON – more than $47,000 raised for Four Diamonds in the fight against pediatric cancer. HHS was the first high school in the nation to hold a Mini-THON, so on this silver anniversary, the organizers wanted to say “thank you’ to a community that continues to provide generous support and to share a video from this year’s 25th annual event. It’s always been “For The Kids!”


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  • Academics: CASEF Grand Champion Honors to HHS Student

    Hershey High School Senior Wyatt Howe has been awarded Grand Champion honors at the Capital Area Science & Engineering Fair: Casef. His project, titled “A Practical Cryptosystem with Provable Security,” was the top entry out of 362 projects by students from 62 schools throughout Central Pennsylvania. As a result, he has earned an all-expense paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Pittsburgh. Since 2006 Hershey High School has earned 17 of the 26 Senior Grand Champion Awards and 7 of the 12 Alternate Grand Champion Awards at CASEF.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Music Department Places at Roxbury

    Congratulations to Hershey High Choirs on their outstanding performances at the Roxbury High School Choral Invitational this past weekend.
    Freshman Jordan Lewis placed second in the Concert Solo Division while Boyz Noyz and In Voce earned Silver ratings. In Voce’s performance also earned an additional award of excellence for one of their performance selections.
    Cantabile received a Gold rating and placed second overall at the festival. Since 2010, Cantabile have earned gold ratings every year and have finished no lower than second place at this festival.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2017-2018 school year have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • ACADEMICS: Sixth Grader Wins annual Hershey Middle School Geography Bee

    Sixth Grader Joey Owsley used his knowledge of the names of the Japanese home islands, to “map out” a victory over runner-up Matt Cysyk and 16 other finalists in the annual Hershey Middle School Geography Bee. For his victory, Joey received a medal and a chance to take the state Geography Bee qualifying test.  Matt received a special copy of a world map courtesy of the National Geographic Society. 

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Receives Nomination at Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards

    Congratulations to the cast and crews of HHS Theatre's Fall Play for earning a Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards nomination for Outstanding Play! Congratulations, as well, to Cameron Brown and Alex Winnick, both of whom earned nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and to Paige Randall, who garnered an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play. Kudos also go out to Josephine Gawrys, who earned the Spirit of the Theatre Award for the Fall Play.

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  • ACADEMICS: HHS Student PA Farm Show Winner

    Hershey High School sophomore Madelyn Morrison can count herself among the state’s best bakers. Using recipes from the Culinary Arts I class at HHS, she took home three ribbons at the recent Pennsylvania Farm Show: 1st Place for Cloud Biscuits and two 2nd Place finishes with Marble Cookies and Blueberry Muffins.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Second Place Finisher in The World Affairs Council

    OPPORTUNITY: Congratulations to HHS senior Fatimah Asghar for her second place finish in The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg’s 2018  International Poetry Festival with her piece “Come Spring.”

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  • HHS Recitation Winners graphic OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Win Recitation Competions

    Congratulations to Hershey High School students Alex Winnick, Daniela Farias and Smitha Ramesh who were local place winners in recitation competitions at the Hershey Theatre on January 18, 2018. Daniela and Smitha placed first and second, respectively, in the local Poetry Out Loud contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine. Smitha took second with her recitation of “Sweetness” by Stephen Dunn. Daniela recited the poem “Discrimination” by Kenneth Rexroth and will now represent HHS at a regional competition in March at the WITF studios in Harrisburg. Alex won The English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition and will be the HHS entrant into the state competition at Lock Haven University.

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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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    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.