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Hershey Education Association Fall Play
HEA Scholarship Play
 
You are invited to the 38th annual HEA play "Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells". The play will be performed in the Hershey High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th. Tickets are $5 at the door.
 
Come watch Mr. Anderson, Ms. Lupacchini, Miss Mullikin, Mr. Barber, Mr. Knowles and Mrs. Dawes act like silly first graders! You will also want to see what other teachers will be playing your favorite characters! There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction.
 
The previous 37 productions have raised funds to provide 213 students with scholarships totaling $218,000. Although ticket sales account for a portion of the scholarship money, we could not have awarded the 213 scholarships without the financial support of your tax-deductible gifts.

National Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8th has been designated as National Walk To School Day and the Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to take advantage of  the crisp fall weather to get a little physical exercise on the way to working out your brain in school.
 

Motivational Speaker Craig Dietz to Present at HHS Craig Deitz
 
Motivational speaker Craig Dietz will speak to Hershey High School students on redefining potential during school hours on Tuesday, October 14 followed by a public session for parents and community members at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
 
Despite being born without limbs, Craig lives life to the fullest and is continuously seeking out new opportunities to challenge himself.  Craig is currently a licensed attorney, and in his spare time enjoys bowling, skiing, playing volleyball, hunting, fishing, jamming on his drums or tooling around the country in his van.  Craig’s biggest passion is swimming. For more information <click here>
 
 

Bulletin Board

  • 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   Summary Report on Past Board Practices
     In May 2014, the Board of School Directors for the Derry Township School District directed Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLC, as the District's newly appointed Solicitor, to review concerns raised by the current Board regarding the past Board's leadership and execution of its duties and obligations. The current Board requested an opinion as to whether a full-scale investigation was warranted in regard to specific concerns. In response to the current Board's request, the Solicitor reviewed board meeting minutes, invoices, and materials submitted previously in response to a Right to Know Request by The Sun and prepared a confidential attorney-client report. The Board directed the Solicitor to prepare a summary of the investigation. The summary was read in its entirety at a public meeting on August 25, 2014, which the meeting has been recorded, and was incorporated into the minutes of that meeting under Old Business.   Read Summary Report  Read Summary Report

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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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  • info   PSAT/SAT Fall and Winter Prep Classes
      Fall and Winter PSAT/SAT Prep Classes Forming Now. Classes and simulated testing available.  Please contact Mrs. Seaver or visit her website on school wires for more information or contact Mrs. Seaver at 717-979-1586.

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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: 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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  • Ice Bucket Challange Video COMMUNITY: The HHS Marching Band raised over $930 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Originally challenged by their friends at Lower Dauphin, the band passed on the challenge to the neighboring Palmyra and Milton Hershey bands, as well as the Conestoga Valley Band.
     
    This is just another way students demonstrate Community, one of the district’s COCOA Principles. 
     

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  • OPPORTUNITY:  Apollo Awards
    A round of applause for all the HHS students who were part of the 2014 Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards ceremony.  And a standing ovation for those musicians who performed in the HHS Production of Once Upon  a Mattress for being named  Outstanding Student Orchestra and  Coleman Dieffenbach and Kate Wenner for winning Spirit of Theater Awards for their outstanding work behind the scenes. The Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by local high school students in their musical and play productions.
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  • OPPORTUNITY: PA Junior Academy of Science State-Level Science Fair Competition
     
    Alan Hwang, Grace Hwang, Agustey Mongia, Shreya Thakur, Nancy Wang, and Maggie Wu found the winning formula at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state-level science fair competition at Penn State University.  Each won first awards in their respective categories.

    In addition Grace, Agustey, and Nancy were each presented with a Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Award, with Grace also receiving the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Most Outstanding Junior Award for 2014.

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  • ACADEMICS: Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2013-2014 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School

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  • COMMUNITY: 6th Grade Penny Wars
    The COCOA Principles can be applied in many ways. For instance, 6th Graders at Hershey Middle School raided $1,153.26 for the local Ronald McDonald House through a “Penny War” pitting boys against girls in each of the grade’s three teams.
     
    The students brought in pennies to gain positive points, and they could also place silver change and dollar bills into the other team's containers for negative points. In the end the money was counted up for the donation and the gender on each team with the highest point value won.Winners: Team Hurricane boys; Team Monsoon Season girls and Team Twister girls.



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  • COMMUNITY: National Honor Society Senior Prom
    Hershey High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society created a different kind of Senior Prom with an event for the residents of Traditions of Hershey retirement facility Saturday night. Students decorated, entertained & provided snacks – and learned a few new dance moves to boot!. Events like this are just another way students demonstrate Community, one of the district’s COCOA Principles.  (See some event photos on our Facebook page)
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  • COMMUNITY: Humane Society Benefits from 3rd Graders Penny War
    The “Penny War” amongst 3rd Graders at Hershey Primary Elementary School has ended and the winner is… the Humane Society.  Students collected 40,027 pennies; 2,069 nickels; 2,840 dimes; 2,464 quarters; a 50 cent piece and 16 one dollar coins en route to amassing $2,014.  The students presented the funds to the Humane Society.

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  • COMMUNITY: HMS Community Service Club
    Community is the first of the COCOA Principles. See how members of the Hershey Middle School Community Service Club have exemplified that that key characteristic this school year in this video.

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