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  • HHS Theatre Presents: "Our Town"

    HHS Theatre Presents: Our Town. This Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners has become an American classic and is Thornton Wilder’s most renowned and most frequently performed play. Dates for the play are: November 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium. General Admission Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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  • End of November Schedule

    There will be no school for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 to allow for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no classes for all students, K-12, on Wednesday, November 21 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 26 with a two-hour late start that day to accommodate staff professional development and training.

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  • PA Department of Education Launches “Future Ready PA Index”

    The PA Department of Education has launched its new “Future Ready PA Index” with a dashboard that allows for a look at how Pennsylvania schools – including those here in DTSD - are educating students. In addition to proficiency, the dashboard illustrates growth, achievement, and other data by student group - such as economically disadvantaged students, English Learners, students receiving special education services, and racial and ethnic groups.

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  • District Seeks Community Input For School Climate Survey

    Derry Township School District is administering the PA Department of Education, Office of Safe Schools “School Climate Survey” and is seeking constituent input. District residents are encouraged to complete the online survey, providing community insight on the important subject of school climate. For more information, click the graphic.

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  • Ratings Web Site Lauds DTSD as Among Best in the Country

    Derry Township School District has been awarded an overall “A+” by Niche, a web site that publishes research on U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies. In the recently-released 2019 rankings, DTSD earned high marks locally, statewide and nationally in categories ranging from school safety, best places to teach and best teachers. The site ranked the district as overall “Best” in Dauphin County, #19 (of 498) in Pennsylvania and #163 among the 10,758 public school districts rated across the nation.

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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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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students sign national letters of intentLetter of Intent

    Ten Hershey High School seniors today signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

    “These outstanding student athletes have represented Hershey High School with distinction throughout their time here.  We are very proud and excited to see them have the opportunity to move their academic and athletic careers on to the next level,” said Derry Township School District Athletic Director Scott Govern.

    Those students announcing their plans to further their academic and athletic careers include:

    Zack Hynes (Baseball, East Stroudsburg University), Mallory Drayer (Field Hockey, University of Maine), Kit Olmsted (Field Hockey, University of North Carolina), Meredith Gould (Diving, Delaware University), Elaina Joyner (Lacrosse, Rollins College), Elizabeth Newman (Lacrosse, Lock Haven University), Taylor Yahn (Lacrosse, Mercer University) Maliyah Paynter (Track & Field, Davidson College) Abigail Sullivan (Soccer, Clarion University) and Makayla Tarkenton (Swimming, Ashland University).


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  • Citizenship: HHS Student Musicians Perform for Veterans Day BreakfastHHS Musicians

    Hershey High School student musicians had the opportunity to perform “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful” at a special community Veterans Day Breakfast.




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    During the 2017-2018 School Year, the district will be piloting a new technology-based tool called Anonymous Alerts that students can use to report: drug or alcohol related issues, bullying/cyberbullying, violent behavior/threats and other campus safety hazards. Reports may be made at any time, but Anonymous Alerts® should NOT be used to report emergency, urgent or time-critical concerns. At DTSD, the Anonymous Alerts® system will be monitored from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on days when school is in session. Reports submitted at other times will be addressed the next scheduled school day.