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 Hershey Middle School
500 Homestead Road, PO Box 898, Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 531-2222 Fax: (717) 531-2245
 
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Regular School Hours: 7:38 a.m. - 2:32 p.m.
 
 
 
Originally built in 1966 as a high school, the building was renovated into the middle school in 1998. Today the 157,000-square foot facility houses nearly 900 students in grades 6-8. The building boasts a full size gym, a 1,000+ seat auditorium, a card access system, and internet/television/ phone access in all classrooms.

Our middle level instructional program is delivered through an interdisciplinary team format which stresses subject matter as well as pupil development. This configuration helps students by providing consistency while encouraging them to perceive the wholeness that exists in learning.  In addition, our middle school facilitates student transition from a self-contained elementary school setting to a departmentalized high school setting. The interdisciplinary team organization assists the students in successfully traversing the period of time between the elementary and high school years.

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  • Budget

    Taxes to Remain Frozen for 2016-17 Budget

    The Derry Township School District Board of School Directors has adopted a 2016-17 school year budget that freezes taxes. The $59.8 million budget also avoids significant program or staffing cuts. The district’s millage rate will remain at 18.109 mills, one of the lowest in Dauphin County. A Derry Township 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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  • District, Association Reach 4-year Agreement

    The Derry Township Board of School Directors approved a four-year agreement with the Hershey Educational Support Professionals Association (HESPA) at its business meeting Monday, June 13. The four-year pact is effective July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2020. The average salary increase over those four years is 2.1% The contract also calls for employee health insurance co-pays that can be reduced if employees participate in wellness activities.

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  • District Terminates Contract with Transportation Vendor

    The DTSD Board of School Directors voted June 13 to exercise its right under the school district’s contract with its current transportation service provider to terminate the contract set to run through the 2016-17 school year. The school district continues to review internal controls to determine what additional safeguards may be instituted moving forward following revelations last month that an employee of its transportation contractor was assigned to transport students in Derry Township despite having a criminal background that should have disqualified him from providing such service.

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  • Summer Office Hours

    In a move to save taxpayer dollars by reducing utility costs, Derry Township School District has established special summer hours. All buildings (schools and the district office) will be closed Friday through Sunday. Normal public office hours will remain in effect Monday - Thursday. (The District Office will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. those days.) The consolidation of work hours provide a savings by reducing cooling and electricity costs.

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  •  HHS Graduation

    HHS Class of 2016: Ready to Change the World

    A total of 285 seniors graduated as the Hershey High School Class of 2016 on June 7 during a commencement ceremony where student speakers reflected upon the concept of change. Hershey High School’s 109th Graduation Ceremonies were held at Founders Hall on the campus of the Milton Hershey School. The commencement exercises were also broadcast online via streaming video.

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  • HHS Yearbook Supplements

    The 2014-2015 Hershey High School Yearbook Supplements are available in the high school office (550 Homestead Road). The 2015-2016 Supplements will become available at the beginning of the next school year.

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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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  • 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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