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  •  May 1 Professional Development

    Schools, Offices Closed May 1 for Training

    All Derry Township School District school buildings and offices (including the District Office) will be closed on Friday May 1, 2015. All district staff will be training on continued and enhanced school safety measures. This is a scheduled professional development day; there is no school for students. Regular school and office hours will resume on Monday, May 4.

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  •  Policy

    Informational Session: Proposed Policy Changes

    Derry Township School District will hold an informational session on Monday, April 27 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room at Hershey High School The topic will be proposed changes to the DTSD Board of School Directors Drug and Alcohol Policy (Policy #227) as it relates to the length of extracurricular exclusion for students who are in violation of this policy.

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  • Bike To School Day is May 6

    The Township of Derry, Derry Township Police Department and Derry Township School District are again teaming up to encourage families to join others from across the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day May 6, 2015. After our long winter, take advantage of the sunny spring weather to get physical exercise for your body on the way to working out your brain in school.

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  • Dauphin County Technical School Career Camp

    Dauphin County Technical School is offering Summer Career Camp. This camp is free to all current 6th and 7th graders. It will be held June 16th -18th and offer participants an opportunity to explore and learn about a variety of career fields.

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  • Race For Education

    On Friday, May 22, Hershey Elementary PTO will be sponsoring our second annual Race for Education. We invite family and friends to join us in helping to raise funds for additional technology for the classrooms, assemblies, classroom resources, and other PTO sponsored events. Each participant will raise funds by asking sponsors to contribute a tax deductible donation to the PTO.

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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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  • COMMUNITY: Hershey High School Blood DriveHHS Blood Drive
    On Friday March 27, 2015 the Hershey High School sponsored a blood drive with the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank.  The PYAP students assisted with the blood drive.  During the drive 113 individuals registered to donate and 82 pints of blood were collected.

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  • COMMUNITY: Car Wash
    To show their appreciation for the men and women serving in our military, Hershey High School seniors in Advanced Placement English Literature classes are holding a car wash to collect donations for the Wounded Warrior Project.  The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Brownstone Masonic Lodge located at the corner of Governor and Hockersville Roads. The suggested donation for a car wash is $10, but any amount will be appreciated.  Veterans and current members of the military are invited to have their cars washed for free.  For more information or to make a donation, please contact Rich Bittinger.

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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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  • COMMUNITY: Read Across AmericaVideo
    During the week of February 23, the district’s elementary students are being asked to "Grab their hats and read with the Cat" in preparation for Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday Monday, March 2.  To help build community and spread the love of reading, the elementary will hold a school-wide reading challenge, asking all K-5 students to work together to read 30,000 minutes February 23-27. To reach this goal, students will need to read at least 10 minutes each night and record their reading on their Reading Challenge Logs. The school prize for achieving 30,000 minutes will include a movie during lunch and grade-level rewards. To watch the video, click on the picture!
     

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  • COMMUNITY: "h2" Talent Show - Milton Hershey School and Hershey High Schoolh2 Talent Show
    Two awesome schools come together for a night of TALENT! You don't want to miss this! March 14th at 7:00 pm in Founders Hall Auditorium, Milton Hershey School.  Admission is free! All donations will benefit Ronald McDonald House.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HS Spring Play Nominations
    Congratulations to the cast, crews and pit of HHS Theatre’s production of Crazy for You! The musical was just nominated in three categories by Hershey Theatre’s Apollo Awards scholarship program, including Outstanding Musical! A special congratulations to Kodiak Thompson, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Congratulations to the pit orchestra who was nominated again this year for Outstanding Student Orchestra!  Congratulations, also, to Paxton Zeis, who received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Patrick Starner, who received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Feature Performer in a Musical. Both Paxton and Patrick are also nominated for Apollo Awards for their roles in the Fall Play as well. Finally, congratulations to Carly Bowser, who earned the Spirit of the Theater Award for her leadership and performance behind-the-scenes as Costume Crew Leader.

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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
    Niche.com, 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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  • OPPORTUNITY: Hershey High School Speech and Debate Students place in Competition.
    On January 17, Hershey High Speech & Debate students joined those from two dozen other high schools for a competition at Wilkes-Barre. HHS students earning awards included: Laura Bruaw, senior, first place in Novice Oral Interpretation; D.J. Dorch, junior, second place in Novice Original Oratory; Matt Jenkins and Joe Horner, freshmen, fourth place in Novice Public Forum Debate; David Sheffey and Colin Sheehan, sophomores, sixth place in Novice Public Forum Debate and Brendan Twaddell, junior, sixth place in Novice Original Oratory.

     
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  • COMMUNITY: Second Grade Class Donates Toys for Operation Toy BoxSecond Grade
    After studying the characteristic of empathy, students in Miss Ozimok’s Second Grade class decided to apply the COCOA Principles by donating toys during the holiday season. In total, the students gathered 36 dolls, 102 books, and 22 other toys for Operation Toy Box.


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  • Food Donation
     
    COMMUNITY: HHS Students Donate Food to the Big 33 Food Drive
    HHS students donated 1,193 pounds of food to the Big 33 Food Drive sponsored by KEY Club.   This terrific amount of food will help local families during the holiday season and winter months.  Mr. Dilger's 1st period class collected the most food, followed closely by Ms. Bianco's 1st period class and Mrs. Stuckey's classes. Thank you to everyone who donated.
     
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  • ACADEMICS: National Honor Society.
    A total of 75 new members of Hershey High School’s chapter of National Honor Society were inducted on November 3. Senior and junior students at Hershey High School who display excellence in academic achievements, character, leadership and service are recognized by the National Honor Society, the oldest and largest recognition program for high school students in the country.   MORE >>>

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