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  •  Welcome Back

    WELCOME BACK: New School Year Begins August 31!

    The 2015-2016 School Year begins Monday, August 31. DTSD uses a modified dismissal schedule for secondary students the first week of the new school year. This allows both students and bus drivers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the end-of-day routines and routes, while also providing sufficient time for the buses to return to campus for the elementary dismissal. Dismissal time for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School students will be 2:15 p.m. Monday August 31 through Thursday, September 3.

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  • DTSD All Sports Pass Offered for 2015-2016 Events

    DTSD is now offering its “2015-16 All-Sports Pass” to DTSD students and district residents. The pass allows the bearer to attend all home regular season sporting events during the 2015-16 school year at no additional cost. All-sports passes can be purchased in the Athletic Office located in Hershey High School at a cost of $20 for students and $40 for adults.

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  •  Order an HMS P.E. Uniform

    Still Time to Order HMS P.E. Uniforms

    A second opportunity to purchase Hershey Middle School Physical Education uniforms online is now open. Orders may be placed through Friday, September 4.

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  •  School Supply List

    Elementary Schools Supplies List

    To help us all get a jump start on another great school year, we are asking for parent/guardian assistance in gathering some of the supplies your child will need in their elementary classrooms. Click on the headline above or the button to the left of this text to learn more. The school supply lists will also be included in the forthcoming class placement letters.

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  • Budget

    Final 2015-16 Budget Adopted

    At its June 22 meeting, the Derry Township Board of School Directors adopted a $57.9 million budget for the 2015-16 school year that preserves quality educational programing while retaining one of the lowest millage rates in Dauphin County.

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  • PSAT/SAT Fall and Winter Prep Classes

    PSAT/SAT Fall and Winter Prep classes are forming now to prep for the new PSAT 2015 and both the current and new versions of the SAT. Morning and afternoon classes are available. See Mrs. Seaver's website on the high school web or contact her at 717-979-1586.

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  • Cocoa PrinciplesThe COCOA Principles embody a district-wide culture where students and staff demonstrate DTSD's core beliefs of
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
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  • COMMUNITY:  Tanger Outlet GrantTanger Grant
    Community is the first “C” in the district’s COCOA Principles and we appreciate the support we receive from our community, including our corporate neighbors.  Tanger Outlet Center Hershey provided teachers Kelly Stewart and Jeanine Dreher with a grant for $1,200; the funds will be used to purchase 35 stability balls, a seating alternative with proven educational value for students who benefit from some movement during learning.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High School Wins Big at Apollo Awards
    A standing ovation, please, for HHS Theatre and its outstanding performers. Hershey students were honored with 4 awards at the 2015 Apollo Awards, given to recognize achievement in high school theater.

    Awards for HHS include:
    • Outstanding Student Orchestra: “Crazy For You”
    • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Paxton Zeis (as Dolly Levi in “The Matchmaker”)
    • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical: Kodiak Thompson (as Bobby Child in “Crazy for You”)
    • Outstanding Musical: “Crazy For You” 

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  • ALL COCOA PRINCIPLES: Students Raise More Than $65,000
    DTSD has been hard at work promoting Community, Opportunity, Citizenship, Ownership and Academics.  We call these core values our COCOA Principles and we see examples of them at every level, every day.  One of the latest and greatest examples of students proving they’ve “Got COCOA” came in the form of mini-THONS at Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.  
    Modeled on the Penn State dance marathons that raise money to fight pediatric cancer, Hershey’s mini-THONs also benefit the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.  This year, students at Hershey Middle School raised more than $28,000 through their mini-THON activities, while Hershey High School students brought in $37,000.  That’s an amazing $65,000 donation!  Thank you to all the students, staff and community members who supported this amazing effort.

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  • COMMUNITY:HMS Receives Support Music Merit Award
    Hershey Middle School has been named as one of 120  schools across the nation receiving the “Support Music Merit Award”, which recognizes support for school-based music education programs. The designation is part of the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation’s annual Best Communities for Music Education awards. The program evaluates schools and districts based on funding, staffing of highly qualified teachers, commitment to standards, and access to music instruction.

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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2014-2015 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent.
    Congratulations to the 26 HHS student athletes who signed their national letters of intent on February 4th to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Trojan Pride!  To view photos, visit our Facebook page!  Click here for more info.

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  • HMS Student IT Helpers OWNERSHIP: Student Technology Helpers
    Matt Kurtz,  Hershey Middle School Computer Technician, helps 7th Grade Tech Squad members assume "Ownership."  After instruction from district IT staff members, students apply their newly learned knowledge into the classroom as Classroom Technology Helpers.

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  • OWNERSHIP: DTSD Gets A+ from Carnegie Mellon University StudentsNiche, an online tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University students as an instrument to “transform the way people make big life decisions” has given Derry Township School District a grade of A+ and named DTSD one of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s top K-12 districts in its 2015 School Rankings. According to Niche: “A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.”

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