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: (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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  • HHS Theatre to present “The Miracle Worker”

    HHS Theatre will present “The Miracle Worker” November 17th and 18th at 7 p.m. in the Hershey High School Auditorium. General Admission tickets will be sold at the door; $8 for adults and $5 for students. The play portrays the life of Helen Keller - a bright, strong, energetic child left both blind and deaf in the wake of a childhood illness – and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, a lively and stubborn Yankee girl, barely out of school herself.

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  • End of November Schedule

    There will be no school for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Monday November 20 and Tuesday November 21 to allow for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no classes for all students, K-12, on Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving Recess. All schools and offices (including the District Office) will be closed during that recess. Classes will resume on Monday November 27 with a two-hour late start that date to accommodate staff professional development and training.

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  • Alert For Potential Volunteers Needing Fingerprint Services

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has notified school districts across the state that the Commonwealth’s contracted fingerprint services provider (Cogent) will no longer be operating after Saturday, November 18. There will then be a freeze on background certifications until a new fingerprint services contractor assumes operations on November 28. Individuals interested in obtaining the clearances needed for DTSD volunteers should contact the District Office at 717-534-2501 by noon Friday, November 17 if they would like to have their fingerprints scanned here. After that time, individuals will need to utilize centers operated by the new state-contracted provider (MorphoTrust). Those center locations have not been announced at this time.

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  • DTSD Directors Named 2017 Innovative School Board

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors has been recognized by a statewide group for innovation in public education. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association presented DTSD School Board as a recipients of the Pennsylvania Education Innovation Award as part of its annual School Leadership Conference.In addition to the recognition as the 2017 Innovative School Board Award recipient, PSBA will donate $5,000 to the Trojan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental funding and support for Derry Township School District’s academic, athletic, and arts.

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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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