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  •  Memorial Day

    Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

    There will be an early dismissal on Friday, May 27 for students in grades 1-12. Secondary (middle and high schools) dismissal is at 11 a.m,; elementary dismisses at 11:55 a.m. (Kindergarten classes will be held on their normal schedule.) There will be no school for students on Monday, May 30. All offices (school offices and the District Office) will be closed in observation of Memorial Day.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Hershey High School recognized students for academic performance and achievement at an Underclass Awards Program on Tuesday, May 24. In all, awards were presented in 27 different categories.

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  • Your Input Sought on Revised Draft Policy

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors is seeking input on a revised draft policy policy intended to outline maintenance of appropriate professional adult/student relationships. The revised draft of proposed DTSD Board Policy 824 synthesizes feedback received on am initial versions put out for public review in April. The proposed policy is based on a model policy recommended by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. To learn more about how you can provide valuable input, click on the headline or the graphic to the left.

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  • Budget

    Tax Freeze Proposed for 2016-17 Budget

    At its May 9 business meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors voted to advertise a proposed $59.8 million budget. If adopted in final form in June, school property taxes would stay frozen at the current rate for the 2016-17 school year. The current millage rate is 18.1019 mills, one of the lowest in Dauphin County. A property with an assessed value of $150,000 (the township average) will be taxed at $2,806. Assessed value is the taxable worth of a home, and is usually much lower than the market value, which is the projected re-sale price of a property.

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  • HHS Again Ranked Among Nation’s Best

    Hershey High School has once again been recognized by US News & World report in its annual ranking of the nation’s best high schools. The report looked at data from more than 28,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under the magazine’s formula, HHS ranks among the top 5% of the nation’s public high schools and is number 26 of the state’s 676 public high schools.

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  • Summer School

    The Derry Township School District Summer School Program is returning for 2016! It is for students who will be starting Kindergarten this fall up to those who will be in 6th grade when school opens.

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  • PSAT/SAT Prep Assistance Offered

    PSAT/SAT Summer 2016 Course Offering registration is now underway. For additional information please email Mrs. Seaver or call 717-979-1586.

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  • Backpacks and Lace Up with Love INC Sneaker Distribution

    Grace United Methodist Church and Love Inc. – have announced opportunities for Derry Township families who could benefit from a little assistance acquiring shoes and school supplies.

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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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  • ACADEMICS: Underclassmen Awards
    Hershey High School recognized the following students for academic performance and achievement at an underclassman awards program on Tuesday, May 24, 2016:   MORE >>>
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  • OPPORTUNITY: Students Recognized by the Hershey Apollo Awards

    We’re understandably proud of our talented student performers and happy to note that many of them were once again recognized by the Hershey Apollo Awards.  Congratulations to Caroline Hammer, Sofija Chroneos, Paxton Zeis, Paige Beck, and Julia Rippon for their individual honors.  And a special round of applause for the entire cast and crew of the HHS Theatre production of “Into the Woods” which was named best musical!   More information

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair

    Three cheers for HHS students Alan Hwang and Maggie Wu who were named Senior Grand Champion and Alternate Senior Grand Champion, respectively, at the recent Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair. Hwang won an all-expense-paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair May 9-13 in Phoenix, AZ. Wu will attend the INTEL Science Fair in the event one of a Grand Champions cannot attend.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High Swimmers and Divers medal at the PIAA-AAA Swimming and Diving Meet

    Congratulations to the following swimmers who medaled at the PIAA Swimming Championships:
    Boys:  Jack Kushner, Chris Paynter, Jason Young, and Cole Luttrell
    Girls:  Tomomi Nakano, Orian Barone, Carlene Rippon, Colette Robinson, Bailey Robertson, Kailey Buchanan, Olivia Duck, and Sally Tafuto

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  • COMMUNITY:  2016 Hershey Middle School MiniTHON

    The 2016 Hershey Middle School Mini-Thon raised more than $22,000 to fight pediatric cancer through the auspices of the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Speech and Debate Team Qualify for PA State Speech and Debate TournamentSpeech & Debate Team

    There’s no debating the success of the HHS Speech and Debate Team. On Saturday, five Hershey High School students qualified for the Pennsylvania state speech and debate tournament in April thanks to outstanding performances in their respective events at the district level. Congratulations to Brendan Twaddell, Senior, 1st Place in Persuasive Speaking; Grace Murray, Sophomore, 1st Place, Informative Speaking; Colin Topper, Senior, 2nd Place, Lincoln Douglas Debate and Colin Sheehan & David Sheffey, both Juniors, 2nd Place, Public Forum Debate.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2015-2016 school year have been released for Hershey High School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences Competition

    A tip of the cap to Veda Chanda, Salman Fayaz, Grant Geyer, Michael Huang, Alan Hwang, Advay Mongia, Aparajita Rao, Erica Wang, Maggie Wu, Xiaochen Yuan, and Michael Zaidel for their outstanding performances at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences competition February 20 at Carlisle High School.

    Chanda, Geyer, Huang, Hwang, Rao, Wang, Wu, Yuan, and Zaidel each took home First Awards for their projects and will advance to the State-level competition, while Fayaz and Mongia received Second Awards.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent.
    Congratulations to the 11 HHS student athletes  who signed their national letters of intent on February 3 to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Best wishes to Bailey Robertson, Christopher Paynter, Chelsea Thomas, Tanner Therit, Summer Schell, Joliet Nicholson, Jonathan Sickler, Karl Van Blargan, Patrick Bagatta, Zacarius Miller and Erica Groves as they continue their careers.
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  • COMMUNITY: Project Toy Box
    HHS students in Mrs. Wrenn’s Life Skills class demonstrated the COCOA Principles by volunteering at First United Methodist Church for Project Toy Box. Students cleaned and organized gently used toys, then arranged displays for community members who will be gift shopping.
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  • HS Girls Swim Team OPPORTUNITY: HS Girls Swim Team Mid Penn Conference Champions

    Congratulations to the Girls’ swim team for earning the overall Championship for the Mid Penn Conference in Swimming and Diving. The boys’ were runner up as well.

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