• Mrs. Delaney's Welcome Letter

    As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, I am reminded of the saying, “The Sky is the limit!”  This belief motivated me to follow my passion and pursue my dream of teaching. It is my goal to challenge students to follow their passion and demonstrate that they can achieve anything they put their mind to.


    As a continued learner, I completed a Masters of Science Education degree through Lebanon Valley College in 1999. I earned my Bachelor of Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. This is my twenty-fifth year teaching sixth grade with a focus in science. With voracity for learning, as a life-long learner I am actively engaged in an on-line professional learning network allowing me to hone my teaching repertoire.


    Beyond the classroom, I am involved in a myriad of activities. I am one of the writers of the district's 6th grade science curriculum. I take advantage of professional growth opportunities. I was previously an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College. My love of photography has allowed me to enter the art world. I show my work on a regular basis at galleries and make presentations at local clubs. Bringing my photography passion to HMS, I offer photography club after-school. My son is a 2002 graduate of Hershey High School and graduated from RIT. He is a research & design/manufacturing engineer for Abbott Vascular.  My husband and I are very proud of him and enjoy visits to the west coast!   


    I encourage my students to believe as I do that the sky is the limit! Over the course of the school year the children will be challenged. While involved in hands-on, minds-on investigations, inquiry experimentation, they will be constructing understanding required to solve real world problems. They will be provided an opportunity to use technology on a daily basis while creating a virtual science notebook using Google Docs as well as accessing resources and completing assessments using Canvas. I encourage the children to use what they know, to challenge their minds, and explore their creativity.


    To prepare children to practice good study skills, your child will be provided with an assignment book to write down his or her assignments.  It is important that students learn to manage their time and complete assignments when due.


    Keeping in mind that education is a partnership between school and home, we can work together to encourage the children to strive for their best.  I look forward to working with you and your child this year!  Please feel free to contact me at 531-2222 Ext. 4014 or e-mail me at jdelaney@hershey.k12.pa.us if you have any questions.  It is my intention that this will be both an exciting and successful school year!




    Jo-Ann Delaney