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  • District To Revamp School Start Times in 2021-2022

    Based on a growing body of research on adolescent sleep patterns and the impacts to student achievement, Derry Township School District intends to revamp its school day starting with the 2021-2022 school year. While the district will be using the next two school years to fully develop the specifics, the intent is to analyze the research to better match the sleep patterns of our students. Click the graphic for more details.

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  • Email Scam Alert

    Recently an email hoax claiming the recipient’s account has been compromised has been making the rounds. The Derry Township School District IT Staff has identified that this scam email has been delivered to some district-owned email accounts assigned to staff and students. As this is a wide-ranging scam, district families may also be seeing messages like this on their personal accounts. To provide background and resources if you or your student sees a message like this, the DTSD IT Staff has prepared some frequently asked questions. To learn more, click the graphic on the left.

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  • All Sports Passes Offered For Sale

    The Derry Township School District (DTSD) is now offering its “2019-2020 All-Sports Pass” to DTSD students and district residents. The pass allows the bearer to attend all home regular season sporting events during the 2019-2020 school year. All-sports passes can be purchased in the Athletic Office located in Hershey High School, 550 Homestead Road, at a cost of $20 for students and $40 for adults.

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  • Safe2Say Something Reporting System Now Available

    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including DTSD, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center. Click the graphic for additional information.

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

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  • ACADEMICS: HHS Places in SIFMA Spring Stock Market Game

    Congrats to Hershey High School juniors Amir Hasan and Landyn Ober; the duo placed 1st in the Central Region in the High School Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Spring Stock Market Game. The team earned a 12.7% return on their stock portfolio over the past 10 weeks, outpacing the S&P 500 by more than a 5% return. Hershey students dominated the region, with HHS teams taking the top six places. So kudos as well to Tommy Johnson & Jack Gish (2nd), Tyler Meister & Karsyn Kehler (3rd), Max Schmidt & Ben Phillippy (4th), Mason Horn & Jordan Giffin (5th) and Alexis Moodie & Leah Koppenhaver (6th).

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  • OWNERSHIP: HMS Student Receives PAMLE AwardPAMLE Award

    Hershey Middle School 6th Grader Aidan Norton, who is one of 10 students across the Commonwealth was presented with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education's (PAMLE) Joan Jarrett Award. The award is designed to honor outstanding adolescents at the middle-school level who demonstrate leadership abilities, good citizenship, and have made positive contributions to their school and community.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Five HHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

    Five Hershey High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Those students announcing their plans include: Adam Paymer, Christopher Newport (lacrosse); Alexei King, Misericordia University (soccer); Joe Allegrini, Juanita College (baseball); Mark Sickler, United States Military Academy (lacrosse) and Mark Suminski, Unites States Naval Academy (track).

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Selected to the PMEA District 7 Band, Jazz Band and Regional Band

    A hearty congratulations to Hershey High School student musicians John Zhuang, Tehya Walters, Natalie Jones, Carissa Marrocco, Maddie Getting, Avi Lukacher, David Mailman, Dan Hyatt, Jonathan Haidet, JT Mullins, Ethan Sicher and Michelle Yun for being selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band. Mullins and Sicher were also selected to participate in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Band. Additionally, the pair will join Zhuang, Getting, Lukacher, Mailman and Yun as participants in the PMEA Regional Band. Selection to these different honors ensembles is based on individual auditions.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Congratulations to HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition. Jordan will now represent the Central PA Region on March 4 at the state-level completion, to be held at the Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission in Harrisburg. The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life

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  • ACADEMICS: HMS Geography Bee

    The Hershey Middle School Geography Bee took place after school on Thursday. January 24 with more than 30 students answering a wide variety of questions related to the study of the physical features of the Earth.  In the end, 6th Grader Brady Keller captured the championship with 8th Grader Matt Cysyk coming in a close second. Luke Pritchett (7th grade) finished third.

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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.
     
    Safe2Say Something

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    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Derry Township School District, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are prioritized and immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center.

     Students, parents, and community members can submit tips via three methods:

    • Online
    • By calling 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729)
    • A free mobile application available for Apple and Android devices
     
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