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  • DTSD Looking for Junior Achiement Volunteers

    Derry Township School District is excited to be able to partner with Junior Achievement this year to bring real-world education, including business ownership, finances, and personal spending into our elementary school. The program is age-appropriate, engaging, and FUN! We are seeking volunteers to visit 2nd and 3rd Grade classrooms and support this Junior Achievement experience. Please click the graphic to learn more.

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  • HHS Theatre Musical Tickets on Sale Now!

    Tickets for the HHS Theatre musical, Cole Porter’s "Anything Goes", are available for online purchase now. There will be three showings, March 1-3. To learn more about the show and to reserve your seats, simply click the graphic.

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  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN

    Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is NOW OPEN. Click the graphic for additional information and to begin the online pre-registration process. Remember: The online pre-registration does not complete the enrollment process; parents and guardians should also plan to complete registration during sessions held at the Early Childhood Center.

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  • Safe2Say Something Reporting System Now Available

    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including DTSD, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center. Click the graphic for additional information.

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  • PA Department of Education Launches “Future Ready PA Index”

    The PA Department of Education has launched its new “Future Ready PA Index” with a dashboard that allows for a look at how Pennsylvania schools – including those here in DTSD - are educating students. In addition to proficiency, the dashboard illustrates growth, achievement, and other data by student group - such as economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups.

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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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  • OPPORTUNITY: Five HHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

    Five Hershey High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Those students announcing their plans include: Adam Paymer, Christopher Newport (lacrosse); Alexei King, Misericordia University (soccer); Joe Allegrini, Juanita College (baseball); Mark Sickler, United States Military Academy (lacrosse) and Mark Suminski, Unites States Naval Academy (track).

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Selected to the PMEA District 7 Band, Jazz Band and Regional Band

    A hearty congratulations to Hershey High School student musicians John Zhuang, Tehya Walters, Natalie Jones, Carissa Marrocco, Maddie Getting, Avi Lukacher, David Mailman, Dan Hyatt, Jonathan Haidet, JT Mullins, Ethan Sicher and Michelle Yun for being selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band. Mullins and Sicher were also selected to participate in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Band. Additionally, the pair will join Zhuang, Getting, Lukacher, Mailman and Yun as participants in the PMEA Regional Band. Selection to these different honors ensembles is based on individual auditions.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Congratulations to HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition. Jordan will now represent the Central PA Region on March 4 at the state-level completion, to be held at the Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission in Harrisburg. The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life

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  • ACADEMICS: HMS Geography Bee

    The Hershey Middle School Geography Bee took place after school on Thursday. January 24 with more than 30 students answering a wide variety of questions related to the study of the physical features of the Earth.  In the end, 6th Grader Brady Keller captured the championship with 8th Grader Matt Cysyk coming in a close second. Luke Pritchett (7th grade) finished third.

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  • ACADEMICS: Hershey High School Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

    Congratulations to Sophomore Jordan Lewis and freshman Alina Zang who captured first and second place, respectively, in Hershey High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

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  • OWNERSHIP: Six DTSD Educators Become National Board Certified Teachers

    Six DTSD educators are among the newest group of teachers to successfully complete the process to become NBCTs!  Congratulations to Megan Hayman-Rau (Middle School Math), Erin Ives (High School English), Richard Miller (Middle School Band), Andrea Morrison (2nd Grade), Kristen Ober (2nd Grade) and Alys Stets (Multi-Disability Support).  National Board Certification is a voluntary, advanced teaching credential that goes beyond state licensure; it is considered the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Wins Distinguished Student Award

    A tip of the cap to Hershey high School junior Angie Bu for receiving the Distinguished Student Award from The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). The Distinguished Student Award is designed to recognize achievement in academics, the arts, innovation, leadership, and/or service for students across the Commonwealth. Winners receive a PAGE Certificate of Excellence as well as a check to be used to further their intellectual, artistic, or service pursuits.

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  • OWNERSHIP - DTSD Transportation Department Recognized
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    The Derry Township School District Transportation Department exemplified the “Ownership” component of the district’s COCOA Principles every day, but no more so than through their dedication to completing the mission of safely transporting students home while combatting deteriorating traffic and weather conditions during the early dismissal earlier this month.  In acknowledgment, the department was recognized with a School Board proclamation.

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     DTSD Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Stacy Winslow offers insights and expertise in her “Curriculum Reflections” blog.

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    “COCOA Connections” focuses on events and happenings at the Hershey Elementary Schools, covering the district’s Early Childhood Center, Primary Elementary and Intermediate Elementary.
     
    Anonymous Alerts
     
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    During the 2017-2018 School Year, the district will be piloting a new technology-based tool called Anonymous Alerts that students can use to report: drug or alcohol related issues, bullying/cyberbullying, violent behavior/threats and other campus safety hazards. Reports may be made at any time, but Anonymous Alerts® should NOT be used to report emergency, urgent or time-critical concerns. At DTSD, the Anonymous Alerts® system will be monitored from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on days when school is in session. Reports submitted at other times will be addressed the next scheduled school day.
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