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  • Early Childhood Center

    450 Rear Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
    Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: (717) 531-2351
     
    Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
    Regular School Hours: 8:40 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
    AM Kindergarten: 8:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    PM Kindergarten: 12:45  - 3:35 p.m.
     
     
    Opened in 2002, the Early Childhood Center (ECC) commences the educational process in Derry Township School District.  The 72,000 square foot facility serves students in kindergarten and first grade.
     
    The ECC provides a safe environment that is conducive to the needs of young learners, many of whom are experiencing their first formal schooling. Utilizing developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and hands-on learning opportunities, the dynamic curriculum allows students the opportunity to gain knowledge through practical, meaningful experiences, thus stimulating an interest and excitement for learning. 
     
    The building has a card access system and offers telephone, television and intranet access in each classroom.  Other amenities include a multi-media center, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room and  a full court gymnasium.
     
    Annual events at the ECC include: Back to School Night, Book Fair, International Fair, Kindergarten and New Student Orientations, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Read Across America activities, Young  Learners Showcase and a reading incentive program.

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  • Java With Joe September 28, 2017

    Want to know more about the direction of K-12 education? Have something you’d like to discuss with Superintendent Joe McFarland in an informal community roundtable setting? You can do all of these and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee during “Java with Joe.” Designed as an opportunity for community members and the district’s top administrator to get together in a casual environment, Mr. McFarland will once again be hosting this series of quarterly listening events. The next “Java with Joe” will be held Thursday, September 28 in the Early Childhood Center Multi-Purpose Room beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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  • Activities Bus Service Pilot Program

    DTSD is piloting a special courtesy transportation service for students in Grades 6-12 engaged in extra-curricular programs. The Activities Bus runs Monday – Friday during regular school days and provides transportation home for students involved in clubs, sports and other after-school activities. The bus departs the HHS/HMS Bus Corral at 5:30 p.m. Run length will vary, depending on the number of students and their home destination.

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  • SAT Prep Workshop

    Hershey High School is once again pleased to offer an SAT Prep Workshop this fall to prepare students for upcoming Scholastic Aptitude Tests. Classes begin the second week of school; registrations are still being accepted. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/HHSSAT or email Mrs. Ogle at LOgle@hershey.k12.pa.us.

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  • 2017-2018 Budget Freezes Taxes, Maintains Programs!

    At the June 12th school board meeting, the Derry Township School District Board of School Directors proposed a $61.4 million budget for the 2017-2018 school year, with no increase in taxes. The Final 2017-2018 budget provides for resources for all programs currently operated by the Derry Township School District. In addition the final 2017-2018 budget includes a few enhancements to our current programs. First being all students in grades 6th through 12th will receive an iPad that can be used in school and at home. Second the budget includes expenses to support the development of the district’s full day kindergarten program for the 2018-2019 school year.

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  • Full Day Kindergarten Information Page

    At the June 12, 2017 School Board Meeting, the Board of School Directors approved the transition to Full-Day Kindergarten beginning the 2018-2019 school year. The measure includes an option for parents/guardians who prefer a ½-day program. In order to keep parents/guardians and community members informed, we have created an area on our web site that serves as a repository for background information and other pertinent resources you may find of interest. Click the headline above or the adjacent graphic to access this information.

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