Hershey Early Childhood Center A Community Cultivating an Extraordinary Learning Environment

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Early Childhood Center

450 Rear Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-2211   Fax: 531-2351
 
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4 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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  • info   HHS Spring Plays
     Hershey High School Theatre is offering an evening of three  one-act plays. One of the plays has been written by junior Renee Ciardullo, who received an Honorable Mention in the Student Playwright category for Hershey Theatre's Apollo Awards. This play, entitled "Dear Mameh," is a sweet story about a family of Russian immigrants on Ellis Island as they wait to be admitted to their new country. The other two plays—"Take Five" and "Small Actors" are about the follies and foibles of being in theater productions.
     
    Performances will be April 25 and 25 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium.  Tickets $5, general admission, at the door

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  • info World Language Eploration  Language Exploration
    To help students considering the selection of a foreign language they may wish to study, a special exploratory web site has been created by district language instructors. Students can explore the language and the culture of French and Spanish-speaking countries by watching videos and playing games on topics like the alphabet, numbers, colors, and much more. To visit our website, click the logo.

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  • info   Elementary School Spring Concert Dates Rescheduled
     The Hershey Elementary Schools Spring musical concerts have been rescheduled due to the impact on practice time from numerous weather-related school delays and cancellations this winter.  The Elementary Band &Jazz Band concert will now be held, Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium. The Elementary  Orchestra/Chamber Strings/Chorus, concert has been moved to Thursday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium
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  • info  End of School Year Early Dismissal Schedule
     
     
    Please note the dismissal schedule for the last weeks of school for HS only:

          MS and ES are on a normal schedule June 2 – June 10, 2014
     
    Thursday, June 5, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM 
    Friday, June 6, 2014 High School dismissal10:50 AM
    Monday, June 9, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014High School dismissal10:50 AM
     
    Last Day of School
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014HS/MS 9:18 AM Elementary 10:20 AM


     
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  • info   Revised 2013-14 Schedule
     You are probably aware that Pennsylvania mandates public schools offer a minimum of 180 days of instruction.   What you might not know, however, is that schools must also meet requirements for hours of instruction as well (900 hours elementary, 990 hours secondary). So as a result of all the wintry weather that’s been served up already, the original school calendar is in need of major updates in order to keep us in compliance.  To help you plan, here is  an overview of some key dates moving forward.
        
         • Monday, February 17:  School in session for all students K-12.
         • Tuesday, February 18: Two-hour late start.
         • Thursday, March 13: ½ Day/Early Dismissal for Students in Grades 1-5. 
                Kindergarten and Grades 6-12 will follow a normal schedule.
         • Friday, March 14: ½ Day/Early Dismissal for students in Grades 1-5. 
                PM Kindergarten and Grades 6-12 will not have classes.
         • Wednesday, April 16:  School is in session for all students K-12.
         • Thursday, April 17 -Monday, April 21: No School for students.
         • Tuesday, April 22: Two-hour late start.
         • Monday, May 26: No School for students.
         • Friday, June 6: Classes in session K-12. Graduation for seniors.
         • Monday, June 9: Classes in session for Grades K-11
         • Tuesday, June 10:  Classes in session for Grades K-11
         • Wednesday, June 11:  Classes in session for Grades K-11
     
    The daily schedule for June will be finalized and announced closer to the time, factoring in the need for a revised finals testing schedule and state mandated requirements.
      
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