Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

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  • Early Childhood Center

    450 Rear Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: (717) 531-2351
     
    Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
    AM Kindergarten: 8:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    PM Kindergarten: 12:45  - 3:35 p.m.
     
     
    Opened in 2002, the Early Childhood Center (ECC) commences the educational process in Derry Township School District.  The 72,000 square foot facility serves students in kindergarten and first grade.
     
    The ECC provides a safe environment that is conducive to the needs of young learners, many of whom are experiencing their first formal schooling. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and hands-on learning opportunities, the dynamic curriculum allows students the opportunity to gain knowledge through practical, meaningful experiences, thus stimulating an interest and excitement for learning. 
     
    The building has a card access system and offers telephone, television and intranet access in each classroom.  Other amenities include a multi-media center, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room and  a full court gymnasium.
     
    Annual events at the ECC include: Back to School Night, Book Fair, International Fair, Kindergarten and New Student Orientations, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Read Across America activities, Young  Learners Showcase and a reading incentive program.

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  • In-Service Professional Development Aug. 20

    DTSD schools and offices (including the District Office at 30 East Granada Avenue) will not have public business hours on Monday, August 20 until 11 a.m. This will allow the district to conduct in-service staff training and professional development. Regular public business hours will resume on Tuesday, August 21.

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  • Bridge Day Eases Transition for Rising 6th & 9th Graders

    To make the transition from one school level to the next a smooth one, Derry Township School District is offering “Bridge Day” – a new orientation event for rising 6th and 9th Graders. The programs will take place on Wednesday, August 22, from 7:30 to 10:10 a.m. Running much like an abbreviated school day, Bridge Day provides participants with an opportunity to meet their teachers & classmates, access lockers, run through class schedules and even become familiar with the food court.

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  • 2018-2018 Medication Drop Off Day

    Medication Drop Off Day is for DTSD students who will require medication to be dispensed at the health office and will take place Thursday, August 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. in the Nurse’s Offices in each school building.

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  • Elementary Schools Supplies Lists Available

    The “Back To School” sales have begun, everything from clothes to protractors. Looking for some guidance on what supplies your elementary student will really need this year? Check out the lists compiled by the Hershey Elementary Schools. There are lists for Grades K & 1, 2 & 3 and 4 & 5. Click the graphic for more information.

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  • DTSD Partnering with ZippSlipp on Forms Communication

    Derry Township School District has partnered with a company called ZippSlip to reduce the amount of printed paperwork sent home to parents/guardians in the upcoming school year. ZippSlip will also allow the district to better facilitate forms communications with features such as the ability to accept electronic signatures on documents. In the coming days, families of currently enrolled DTSD students will be receiving more detailed information about ZippSlip and their account credentials.

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  • Ratings Web Site Lauds DTSD as Among Best in the Country

    Derry Township School District has been awarded an overall “A+” by Niche, a web site that publishes research on U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies. In the recently-released 2019 rankings, DTSD earned high marks locally, statewide and nationally in categories ranging from school safety, best places to teach and best teachers. The site ranked the district as overall “Best” in Dauphin County, #19 (of 498) in Pennsylvania and #163 among the 10,758 public school districts rated across the nation.

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  • SAT Prep Workshop

    Hershey High School is once again pleased to offer an SAT Prep Workshop this fall to prepare students for upcoming SAT exam. Classes begin the second week of school, and we are still accepting registrations. Click the graphic for more information or email Mrs. Ogle at LOgle@hershey.k12.pa.us.

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Kindergarten Info

  • New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night

    We want to welcome you and your child to the Derry Township School District and the Hershey Early Childhood Center.  We are beginning an exciting journey together. To kick off the 2018-19 school year, parents are cordially invited to attend the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Hershey Early Childhood Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    A one-hour general session will be held in the large group instruction (LGI) room.  During the general session, district and building staff will share information on health, transportation, and food services. You will learn about the top 10 things to know about kindergarten, hear an overview of the kindergarten curriculum and learn about special events and projects that your child will participate in during the 2018-19 school year.  After this session, you will have an opportunity to meet with the principals, support services personnel, kindergarten staff, P.T.O. leaders and other parents.  Topics to be covered will include the transition to a full day kindergarten program, the enrollment process, food services and transportation.

    In order to be effective, this orientation is designed for parents and guardians only.   Babysitting will not be provided.  Parking is available at the side of the Early Childhood Center and in the bus corral area. 

    Prior to school starting on August 27th, your child will be invited (by an appointment assigned by the school) to a Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Day at the Early Childhood Center.  The 2018-19 school year will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018. 

    We look forward to meeting with you on January 23rd!!

     

    Kindergarten Registration

    After the New Kindergarten Parent Orientation Night, parents/guardians of children who will be 5 years old before September 1, 2018 and are planning to attend kindergarten at DTSD this coming fall may start the registration process by completing the on-line portion.  Please look for a bullet on the school homepage for that link.  On-site Kindergarten Registration will be held February 27, 28 and March 1 and 2, 2018.

     

     

    Full Day Kindergarten Waiver

     

     

     

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