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            A Note of Thanks from the Superintendent
As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for as a school district!  I recently had the privilege of hearing Mr. Daniel Reeves, Hershey High School senior speak to the Hershey Rotary as he was being honored for being HHS’s Rotary Student of the Month for October.  Dan noted that too often we focus on all that is wrong in our world and we don’t take time to acknowledge what is right.  He challenged all of us to put our energy into focusing on what is right and good.  That speech and his comments have resonated with me long since that day.  It is so easy to get caught up in complaining and wasting energy on what is wrong in our world and miss opportunities to be thankful.
I have been reflecting on why we, as humans, tend to focus on the negative instead of the positive.  I wonder if it is because we want to continually improve our circumstances, surroundings, etc… and worry that if we don’t keep the focus on what is wrong or needing improvement (from our perspective) we will become complacent and nothing will change?  I say this because when I truly reflect on my own propensity toward zeroing in on what I perceive as areas needing improvement in my work and life, I realize that my reactions are sometimes out of fear that if I take my focus off of what needs “fixed” I will simply be settling for status quo.  I think I need to check myself and balance my need for seeing continual improvement with a more grateful and thankful attitude!
Sometimes in public education, we are bombarded with everything that is “wrong” with schools today.  Please know that as a district, we are committed to continually striving to enhance and improve what we do each and every day for our students!  Our commitment is unending!  With that being said and realizing we are not perfect and never will be, I am challenged, and I challenge each and every one of us, to focus on what is right in our schools and take time to thank those who are working tirelessly every day for our kids and making Derry Township School District a remarkable learning environment.

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  • Bus Drivers WantedInfo Drivers Needed
    Derry Township School District has an immediate need for bus drivers. Interested individuals may contact Dave Yarian, Director of Transportation, by phone at 566-7422.


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  • Info   Ebola & Enterovirus Resources for ParentsHealth Advisory EBOLA
     Ebola is a severe, often deadly illness that affects humans and non-human primates like monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. History’s worst outbreak of the disease is occurring now in West Africa and the U.S. recently had its first travel-related case of Ebola in Texas.  It is a reality that more cases could be confirmed in other states – including Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has developed materials designed to help Pennsylvania learn more about this virus, click here for information.
    Every year, millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses that can cause coughing, sneezing, and fever. The Centers for Disease Control  has posted "What Parents Need to Know about Enterovirus D68"  - a good source of information about the enterovirus that is most commonly causing respiratory illness in children across the country.

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  • info Pennsylvania Department of EducationPDE Seeking Feedback
     The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)  is seeking public input on its” Eligible Content Review Site.” According to PDE, “Content statements define what we want our students to be able to know and do and provide the most specific description of the skills and concepts assessed on the PSSA and Keystone Exams. Eligible Content is the blueprint for the state assessments.”  PDE is currently seeking specific feedback on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Eligible Content.  MORE >>>

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  • info   Rules for Spectators at Athletic Events
     PIAA District III has adopted rules for spectators at playoff/post-season competitions and has recommended member schools also follow these restrictions during regular season competition in order to maintain a sense of continuity throughout the season.  Please note that the following apply to all Derry Township School District interscholastic athletic events:
    The presence and/or the use of balloons, whistles, and/or portable listening devices without earphones is PROHIBITED!  School officials will be requested to confiscate these items from their cheerleaders and/or the spectators from their school and community.  The use of pom-poms by cheerleaders and small portable listening devices with earphones is permitted.  

    Spectators are prohibited from removing their shirts and/or using body paint while in attendance at athletic contests.

    The principal, athletic director, coaches, team physician, team trainer, players in uniform, managers, ball holders, and statisticians will be the only persons permitted in the team box.

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  • info   Student Accident Insurance 2014-2015 School Year
      Derry Township School District does not carry medical insurance on students, but does provide parents with the opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students. To find out more info, Please <click here>

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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: National Honor Society.
    A total of 75 new members of Hershey High School’s chapter of National Honor Society were inducted on November 3. Senior and junior students at Hershey High School who display excellence in academic achievements, character, leadership and service are recognized by the National Honor Society, the oldest and largest recognition program for high school students in the country.   MORE >>>

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  • COMMUNITY: HMS Annual Fall School-Wide Food Drive
    Hershey Middle School has launched its annual fall school-wide food drive to support the Hershey Food Bank. Now through November 25, students will be collecting non-perishable food items to help fight hunger.
    Community members who would like to support this effort may participate by sending suitable items in with neighborhood HMS students or dropping off items at the HMS office during business hours (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Items such as canned vegetables & fruit, pasta, tuna, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and muffin mixes are ideal.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: First HHS Student Delegate to Attend PSBA Leadership Conference
    Senior Adam Firestone, a student representative to the DTSD Board of School Directors, participated in the Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Leadership Conference.  He is the first Student Delegate from HHS to attend the conference.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program (PYAP)PYAP
    With the start of another school year, the Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program (PYAP), a partnership of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, Derry Township School District and Lower Dauphin School District is back in full swing.  The PYAP program allows high school seniors the opportunity to interact with healthcare professionals in a real-work environment and to explore various healthcare professions. The students shadow at Penn State Hershey every day for an hour and a half.  Hershey High School students participating this year include Tianyu Bu, Kulsoom Durrani Saira Kothari, Emily Lewis, Jenny Rizzo,  Stephanie Williams, Zach Brandeburg, Sabrina Reill and Jay Yang

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