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School Schedule Changes
 Make-up Days
Weather/travel conditions have produced a trio of school cancellations this year.  As a result, three make-up days built into the 2014-15 School Year Calendar will now be utilized.  School will now be in session, March 31, April 1 and April 6.
 
Additionally, the third marking period for middle school and high school students has been extended for three days.  The Third marking period for secondary will now end on Friday, March 27.
 
The last day of school for students and graduation for seniors is still planned as Friday, June 5.

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  • info   College Admission Forum for all Area High School Sophomores, Juniors and their Parents.
     Derry Township School District will host a special College Admission Forum for all area high school sophomores, juniors and their parents at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Hershey High School auditorium.

    The Forum will provide the families of college-bound students with insightful information on: current trends in college admissions, the importance of finding the right fit, deciphering the admissions process, the significance of extracurricular activities, choosing a gap year, evaluation of transcripts and test scores, the implications of score choice, and other relevant concerns for young people and their parents in the transition to college/university.

    The forum has been organized by the Hershey High School Counseling Department and will feature Charles Bachman, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Lafayette College; Robert Coffman, Director of Enrollment Management, Penn State University Harrisburg, Mary Wilkes Smith, Senior Associate Director of Admissions/Sunderman Conservatory Liaison at Gettysburg College and Shawn Wiley, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Gettysburg College. The forum participants will be sharing what colleges are seeking in applicants and provide tips and tools for students and parents on how to navigate the admissions process with positive outcomes.

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  • Informaiton   HS 2014 Yearbook Supplements Are Available.
     Yearbook supplements for the 2014 school year are now available in the high school office.  This insert documents spring events from last year that occurred after the yearbook was published. There is no additional cost, as they are for people who purchased last year's yearbook.

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  • info   ACT Prep Workshop
     There will be two Act Prep Workshops for interested students which will be conducted on Saturdays, March 21 and April 11.  Students may visit Mrs. Seaver’s website for more information or contact her at 717-979-1586.

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  • Info   Hershey Middle School Yearbook Sale
     Reserve your copy now! Yearbooks are $11.00 each. Deadline for orders is February 27th.  Please use this voucher to reserve and/or pay for your yearbook.

     
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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   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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Got COCOA?

  • Cocoa PrinciplesThe COCOA Principles embody a district-wide culture where students and staff demonstrate DTSD's core beliefs of
                                  Community
                                  Opportunity
                                  Citizenship
                                  Ownership
                                  Academics
     
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
     

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  • ALL COCOA PRINCIPLES: Students Raise More Than $65,000
    DTSD has been hard at work promoting Community, Opportunity, Citizenship, Ownership and Academics.  We call these core values our COCOA Principles and we see examples of them at every level, every day.  One of the latest and greatest examples of students proving they’ve “Got COCOA” came in the form of mini-THONS at Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.  
     
    Modeled on the Penn State dance marathons that raise money to fight pediatric cancer, Hershey’s mini-THONs also benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.  This year, students at Hershey Middle School raised more than $28,000 through their mini-THON activities, while Hershey High School students brought in $37,000.  That’s an amazing $65,000 donation!  Thank you to all the students, staff and community members who supported this amazing effort.

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  • COMMUNITY:HMS Receives Support Music Merit Award
    Hershey Middle School has been named as one of 120  schools across the nation receiving the “Support Music Merit Award”, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs. The designation is part of the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation’s annual Best Communities for Music Education awards. The program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2014-2015 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent.
    Congratulations to the 26 HHS student athletes who signed their national letters of intent on February 4th to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Trojan Pride!  To view photos, visit our Facebook page!  Click here for more info.

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  • COMMUNITY: Read Across AmericaVideo
    During the week of February 23, the district’s elementary students are being asked to "Grab their hats and read with the Cat" in preparation for Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday Monday, March 2.  To help build community and spread the love of reading, the elementary will hold a school-wide reading challenge, asking all K-5 students to work together to read 30,000 minutes February 23-27. To reach this goal, students will need to read at least 10 minutes each night and record their reading on their Reading Challenge Logs. The school prize for achieving 30,000 minutes will include a movie during lunch and grade-level rewards. To watch the video, click on the picture!
     

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  • COMMUNITY: "h2" Talent Show - Milton Hershey School and Hershey High Schoolh2 Talent Show
    Two awesome schools come together for a night of TALENT! You don't want to miss this! March 14th at 7:00 pm in Founders Hall Auditorium, Milton Hershey School.  Admission is free! All donations will benefit Ronald McDonald House.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HS Fall Play Nominations
    Congratulations to the cast and crew of HHS Theatre’s fall play The Matchmaker. The show earned seven nominations for Hershey Theatre’s 2015 Apollo Awards.Tyler Grudi  and Paxton Zeis were both nominated for outstanding performance as lead actors. For outstanding performance in supporting roles, Patrick Starner and Renee Ciardullo were also nominated. Additionally, Karleigh Moritz and Syrena Torres were nominated as Outstanding Feature Performers. Finally, the entire production was nominated for Outstanding Play.

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  • HMS Student IT Helpers OWNERSHIP: Student Technology Helpers
     
    Matt Kurtz,  Hershey Middle School Computer Technician, helps 7th Grade Tech Squad members assume "Ownership."  After instruction from district IT staff members, students apply their newly learned knowledge into the classroom as Classroom Technology Helpers.
     

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  • OWNERSHIP: DTSD Gets A+ from Carnegie Mellon University StudentsNiche
    Niche.com, an online tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University students as an instrument to “transform the way people make big life decisions” has given Derry Township School District a grade of A+ and named DTSD one of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s top K-12 districts in its 2015 School Rankings. According to Niche: “A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.”

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High School Speech and Debate Students place in Competition.
    On January 17, Hershey High Speech & Debate students joined those from two dozen other high schools for a competition at Wilkes-Barre. HHS students earning awards included: Laura Bruaw, senior, first place in Novice Oral Interpretation; D.J. Dorch, junior, second place in Novice Original Oratory; Matt Jenkins and Joe Horner, freshmen, fourth place in Novice Public Forum Debate; David Sheffey and Colin Sheehan, sophomores, sixth place in Novice Public Forum Debate and Brendan Twaddell, junior, sixth place in Novice Original Oratory.

     
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  • COMMUNITY: Second Grade Class Donates Toys for Operation Toy BoxSecond Grade
    After studying the characteristic of empathy, students in Miss Ozimok’s Second Grade class decided to apply the COCOA Principles by donating toys during the holiday season. In total, the students gathered 36 dolls, 102 books, and 22 other toys for Operation Toy Box.


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  • Food Donation
     
    COMMUNITY: HHS Students Donate Food to the Big 33 Food Drive
    HHS students donated 1,193 pounds of food to the Big 33 Food Drive sponsored by KEY Club.   This terrific amount of food will help local families during the holiday season and winter months.  Mr. Dilger's 1st period class collected the most food, followed closely by Ms. Bianco's 1st period class and Mrs. Stuckey's classes. Thank you to everyone who donated.
     
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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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