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  • No Classes on Monday, March 18, 2019

    REMINDER: There are no classes for staff and students on Monday, March 18, 2019. The normal school schedule will resume on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

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  • New On-Line Food Service Payment System

    In a continuing effort to provide families with great service, DTSD’s Food Services has switched to a new online pre-payment program – SchoolCafé. All current student balances have automatically transferred and the former system has been disabled. To monitor your student’s balance or to make additional payments by credit card, you’ll need a SchoolCafé account. If you haven’t set up a SchoolCafé account yet, now’s the time; it’s quick and easy! Questions may be directed to the DTSD Food Services Office at 717-531-2233 or via email

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  • Order your 2018-2019 HMS Yearbook

    Orders for the 2018-2019 Hershey Middle School Yearbook are now being accepted. Yearbooks are $12 and can be ordered now through March 29 by using the envelope sent home with students or by clicking on the graphic and then printing, completing and returning the form and payment. Ordering a book now guarantees receipt of a book in June.

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  • DTSD Hosting Substitute Hiring Event

    If you are interested in being a substitute at Derry Township School District, be sure to visit the District Office at 30 East Granada Ave., Hershey between 10 a.m. and noon on Friday, March 15. Education Staffing Solution will be hosting a hiring fair here at that time; ESS is the contracted vendor DTSD uses to supply its substitutes. Click on the graphic or headline for additional details.

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  • DTSD Looking for Junior Achievement Volunteers

    Derry Township School District is excited to be able to partner with Junior Achievement this year to bring real-world education, including business ownership, finances, and personal spending into our elementary school. The program is age-appropriate, engaging, and FUN! We are seeking volunteers to visit 2nd and 3rd Grade classrooms and support this Junior Achievement experience. Please click the graphic to learn more.

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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
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2018-2019 school year have been released for Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School.

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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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  • ACADEMICS: Hershey High School Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

    Congratulations to Sophomore Jordan Lewis and freshman Alina Zang who captured first and second place, respectively, in Hershey High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition. 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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  • 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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    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.