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 Drugs 101 Drugs 101 Parent Education Program Offered Locally

In 2011, DTSD sponsored a parent education program entitled “Drugs 101”. This informative program will once again be offered locally, this time September 24 at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  Seating is limited, so we encourage you to register today.
 
"Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know" seeks to educate parents about the various forms of drugs and the peer pressures facing students to use them. A mock bedroom of a teenager serves as the backdrop to the two hour presentation. Parents will enter a mock bedroom that has been set up to resemble a teenage drug user's room. Parents are asked to identify drug and alcohol paraphernalia items that are placed within the bedroom. Throughout the presentation, more than 80 trendy drug and alcohol indicators will be unveiled to show how some adolescents hide drug and alcohol use from their parents.

Hershey Education Association Fall Play
HEA Scholarship Play
You are invited to the 38th annual HEA play "Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells". The play will be performed in the Hershey High School auditorium at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th. Tickets are $5 at the door.
 
Come watch Mr. Anderson, Ms. Lupacchini, Miss Mullikin, Mr. Barber, Mr. Knowles and Mrs. Dawes act like silly first graders! You will also want to see what other teachers will be playing your favorite characters! There will also be a bake sale and a silent auction.
 
The previous 37 productions have raised funds to provide 213 students with scholarships totaling $218,000. Although ticket sales account for a portion of the scholarship money, we could not have awarded the 213 scholarships without the financial support of your tax-deductible gifts.

National Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 8th has been designated as National Walk To School Day and the Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are teaming up to encourage families to take advantage of  the crisp fall weather to get a little physical exercise on the way to working out your brain in school.
 
 

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  • info   Cocoa Bean Participants
     On September 20, 2014 at 4:45pm in Hersheypark Stadium a group photograph will be taken of all Hershey High School, Hershey Industrial School and Milton Hershey School, football players and coaches who have ever participated in a Cocoa Bean Bowl game. Following the photographs a special VIP Reception for Cocoa Bean participants will be held at Hersheypark Stadium from 5:00-5:45pm.  For more information please call the Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society at (717) 520-0748.

     
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  • info   Summary Report on Past Board Practices
      In May 2014, the Board of School Directors for the Derry Township School District directed Hartman Underhill & Brubaker, LLC, as the District's newly appointed Solicitor, to review concerns raised by the current Board regarding the past Board's leadership and execution of its duties and obligations. The current Board requested an opinion as to whether a full-scale investigation was warranted in regard to specific concerns. In response to the current Board's request, the Solicitor reviewed board meeting minutes, invoices, and materials submitted previously in response to a Right to Know Request by The Sun and prepared a confidential attorney-client report. The Board directed the Solicitor to prepare a summary of the investigation. The summary was read in its entirety at a public meeting on August 25, 2014, which the meeting has been recorded, and was incorporated into the minutes of that meeting under Old Business.   Read Summary Report

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  • Info   Hershey High School Honors Underclassman Achievers
    Hershey High School recognized the following students for academic performance and achievement at an Underclassman Awards Program on Tuesday, May 20 <More Info>

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  • info   Student Accident Insurance 2014-2015 School Year
      Derry Township School District does not carry medical insurance on students, but does provide parents with the opportunity to select a primary excess group insurance plan for students. To find out more info, Please <click here>

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  • Info   High School Roof Replacement
      The roof at Hershey High School is due for a replacement and work to install a new one will begin in May and extend into the summer.  The project is being managed to minimize disruption to day-to-day education and activities at the building.  However, there will be construction equipment and heavy machinery at the high school, especially during material delivery and removal.  The removal of the existing roof ballast material will create some additional noise, including during evenings and some weekends.  This is an unavoidable part of the project and the district will work with the contractors in charge of the process to keep construction-related sounds to a minimum.
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  • info PSAT/SAT Fall and Winter Prep Classes

    Fall and Winter PSAT/SAT Prep Classes Forming Now. Classes and simulated testing available.  Please contact Mrs. Seaver or visit her website on school wires for more information or contact Mrs. Seaver at 717-979-1586.


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Got COCOA?

  • Cocoa PrinciplesThe COCOA Principles embody a district-wide culture where students and staff demonstrate DTSD's core beliefs of
                                  Community
                                  Opportunity
                                  Citizenship
                                  Ownership
                                  Academics
     
    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
     

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  • Ice Bucket Challange Video COMMUNITY: The HHS Marching Band raised over $930 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

    Originally challenged by their friends at Lower Dauphin, the band passed on the challenge to the neighboring Palmyra and Milton Hershey bands, as well as the Conestoga Valley Band.
     
    This is just another way students demonstrate Community, one of the district’s COCOA Principles. 
     

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  • OPPORTUNITY:  Apollo Awards
    A round of applause for all the HHS students who were part of the 2014 Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards ceremony.  And a standing ovation for those musicians who performed in the HHS Production of Once Upon  a Mattress for being named  Outstanding Student Orchestra and  Coleman Dieffenbach and Kate Wenner for winning Spirit of Theater Awards for their outstanding work behind the scenes. The Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement by local high school students in their musical and play productions.
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  • OPPORTUNITY: PA Junior Academy of Science State-Level Science Fair Competition
     
    Alan Hwang, Grace Hwang, Agustey Mongia, Shreya Thakur, Nancy Wang, and Maggie Wu found the winning formula at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state-level science fair competition at Penn State University.  Each won first awards in their respective categories.

    In addition Grace, Agustey, and Nancy were each presented with a Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Award, with Grace also receiving the Pennsylvania Science Talent Search Most Outstanding Junior Award for 2014.

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  • ACADEMICS: Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls for 2013-2014 have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School

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  • COMMUNITY: 6th Grade Penny Wars
    The COCOA Principles can be applied in many ways. For instance, 6th Graders at Hershey Middle School raided $1,153.26 for the local Ronald McDonald House through a “Penny War” pitting boys against girls in each of the grade’s three teams.
     
    The students brought in pennies to gain positive points, and they could also place silver change and dollar bills into the other team's containers for negative points. In the end the money was counted up for the donation and the gender on each team with the highest point value won.Winners: Team Hurricane boys; Team Monsoon Season girls and Team Twister girls.



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  • COMMUNITY: National Honor Society Senior Prom
    Hershey High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society created a different kind of Senior Prom with an event for the residents of Traditions of Hershey retirement facility Saturday night. Students decorated, entertained & provided snacks – and learned a few new dance moves to boot!. Events like this are just another way students demonstrate Community, one of the district’s COCOA Principles.  (See some event photos on our Facebook page)
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  • COMMUNITY: Humane Society Benefits from 3rd Graders Penny War
    The “Penny War” amongst 3rd Graders at Hershey Primary Elementary School has ended and the winner is… the Humane Society.  Students collected 40,027 pennies; 2,069 nickels; 2,840 dimes; 2,464 quarters; a 50 cent piece and 16 one dollar coins en route to amassing $2,014.  The students presented the funds to the Humane Society.

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  • COMMUNITY: HMS Community Service Club
    Community is the first of the COCOA Principles. See how members of the Hershey Middle School Community Service Club have exemplified that that key characteristic this school year in this video.

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