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Happy Holidays 2014

Winter Recess: Offices will be closed
 
All DTSD schools and offices (including the District Office) will be closed for winter recess
starting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23. 
The normal daily schedule will resume Monday, January 5, 2015.

Propane BusFamiliar Yellow School Buses Are Going Green
 
Some familiar yellow school buses will be going green in DTSD.  Well, not in body color, but they will be more eco-friendly and help taxpayers save some money as well. At its December 15 meeting, the Board of School Directors approved the purchase of three Bluebird propane powered school buses.
 
Propane is a very clean fuel with 80% less hydrocarbon emissions than the diesel buses the district currently uses. The propane buses cost the district approximately $5,300 more than diesel buses, but the district will make up that difference in lower maintenance costs and other efficiencies in about three years, according to district Transportation Director Dave Yarian.
 
Propane buses do not need to be plugged into electric outlets during colder temperatures, warm up quicker with less idle time and are 11 decibels quieter than diesel buses. Propane buses are a good way to save the district money with lower maintenance and fuel costs along with eliminating emissions equipment on diesel engines. Once they are in service, the propane buses will be marked with a green bird and short streamer on each side of the roof.  

 Java with Joe

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  • Info   Date Change for Second Marking Period 
      The end date for the second marking period for secondary students has been changed to Friday, January 16, 2015.

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  • Info   Healthcare Career Exploration Program Informational Meeting - HS Juniors & Parents
     Healthcare Career Exploration Program (formerly called PYAP) will be having an informational meeting for Junior students and parents for 2015-16. Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7 PM in the Hershey High School LGI.* This is a combined meeting for all interested junior students from Hershey High School and Lower Dauphin High School. Those with questions may contact Mrs. Bonnie Ritchey.
     
    *In case of inclement weather, meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015

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

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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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