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  • Feedback Encouraged on Draft Policy

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking input on a draft policy intended to outline maintenance of appropriate professional adult/student relationships. The draft policy (DTSD Board Policy 824) is based on a model policy recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. DTSD intends to develop a policy that provides a safety net for students and staff while still allowing for healthy student/staff interaction. To learn more about how you can provide valuable input, click on the headline or the graphic to the left.

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  •  Concerts

    Spring Music Concerts

    Hershey’s talented young musicians will showcase their skills in a variety of upcoming vocal and instrumental concerts. All concerts are free and community members are welcomed. To get dates, times and locations for all concerts, simply click on the graphic to the left or the headline above.

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  • Java With Joe

    Want to know more about the direction of K-12 education in our country and in our district? Want to share your thoughts on how DTSD is doing? Simply want to get to know Superintendent Joe McFarland? You can do all of these and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee during “Java with Joe” Wednesday, May 18 at 9 a.m. in the Hershey High School Large Group Instruction Room.

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  • HHS Again Ranked Among Nation’s Best

    Hershey High School has once again been recognized by US News & World report in its annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools. The report looked at data from more than 28,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under the magazine’s formula, HHS ranks among the top 5% of the nation’s public high schools and is number 26 of the state’s 676 public high schools.

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  •  Bike to School

    Bike to School Day is May 4, 2016

    The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country in celebrating National Bike to School Day May 4, 2016. Take advantage of the fresh spring weather to get physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school. Pledge to participate by clicking the Bike to School graphic and you can also walk away with a cool prize

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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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  • OPPORTUNITY: Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair

    Three cheers for HHS students Alan Hwang and Maggie Wu who were named Senior Grand Champion and Alternate Senior Grand Champion, respectively, at the recent Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair. Hwang won an all-expense-paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair May 9-13 in Phoenix, AZ. Wu will attend the INTEL Science Fair in the event one of a Grand Champions cannot attend.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High Swimmers and Divers medal at the PIAA-AAA Swimming and Diving Meet

    Congratulations to the following swimmers who medaled at the PIAA Swimming Championships:
    Boys:  Jack Kushner, Chris Paynter, Jason Young, and Cole Luttrell
    Girls:  Tomomi Nakano, Orian Barone, Carlene Rippon, Colette Robinson, Bailey Robertson, Kailey Buchanan, Olivia Duck, and Sally Tafuto

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  • COMMUNITY:  2016 Hershey Middle School MiniTHON

    The 2016 Hershey Middle School Mini-Thon raised more than $22,000 to fight pediatric cancer through the auspices of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Speech and Debate Team Qualify for PA State Speech and Debate TournamentSpeech & Debate Team

    There’s no debating the success of the HHS Speech and Debate Team. On Saturday, five Hershey High School students qualified for the Pennsylvania state speech and debate tournament in April thanks to outstanding performances in their respective events at the district level. Congratulations to Brendan Twaddell, Senior, 1st Place in Persuasive Speaking; Grace Murray, Sophomore, 1st Place, Informative Speaking; Colin Topper, Senior, 2nd Place, Lincoln Douglas Debate and Colin Sheehan & David Sheffey, both Juniors, 2nd Place, Public Forum Debate.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2015-2016 school year have been released for Hershey High School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences Competition

    A tip of the cap to Veda Chanda, Salman Fayaz, Grant Geyer, Michael Huang, Alan Hwang, Advay Mongia, Aparajita Rao, Erica Wang, Maggie Wu, Xiaochen Yuan, and Michael Zaidel for their outstanding performances at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition February 20 at Carlisle High School.

    Chanda, Geyer, Huang, Hwang, Rao, Wang, Wu, Yuan, and Zaidel each took home First Awards for their projects and will advance to the State-level competition, while Fayaz and Mongia received Second Awards.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent.
    Congratulations to the 11 HHS student athletes  who signed their national letters of intent on February 3 to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Best wishes to Bailey Robertson, Christopher Paynter, Chelsea Thomas, Tanner Therit, Summer Schell, Joliet Nicholson, Jonathan Sickler, Karl Van Blargan, Patrick Bagatta, Zacarius Miller and Erica Groves as they continue their careers.
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  • COMMUNITY: Project Toy Box
    HHS students in Mrs. Wrenn’s Life Skills class demonstrated the COCOA Principles by volunteering at First United Methodist Church for Project Toy Box. Students cleaned and organized gently used toys, then arranged displays for community members who will be gift shopping.
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  • HS Girls Swim Team OPPORTUNITY: HS Girls Swim Team Mid Penn Conference Champions

    Congratulations to the Girls’ swim team for earning the overall Championship for the Mid Penn Conference in Swimming and Diving. The boys’ were runner up as well.

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