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  • HAC Offline for Summer Maintenance

    The Home Access Center (HAC) and Family App are now down for routine summer data maintenance. HAC and the HAC Family App will become available again closer to the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. If you need to change your student’s contact information (address, phone number, email, etc.) in the interim, please contact the appropriate building secretary for assistance.

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  • 2019-2020 Budget Adopted by School Board

    At its June 24, 2019 business meeting, the DTSD Board of School Directors voted to adopt a$65.3 million budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The budget will continue the financial support for all educational and co-curricular/athletics programs operated in the 2018-2019 school year with some of the following additions: a full time middle school counselor, a full time Supervisor of Safe and Supportive Schools, Link Crew Limited Service Contracts and iPad Leases for elementary classrooms..

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  • Summer Office Hours

    In a move to save taxpayer dollars by reducing utility costs, DTSD has established special summer hours beginning Monday, June 10. 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 Class of 2019: Paying it forward

    A total of 277 seniors graduated as the Hershey High School Class of 2019 on June 5 during a commencement ceremony where student speakers spoke on paying it forward . Hershey High School’s 112th Graduation Ceremonies were held at the Hershey Theatre. The commencement exercises were also broadcast online via streaming video.

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  • HHS Honors Underclassman Achievers

    Mr. Jeff Smith, Principal, Dr. Peter Ebert, Assistant Principal, Ms. Laurie Wade, Assistant Principal and Mr. Scott Govern, Athletic Director of Hershey High School are pleased to recognize deserving underclassman students for their academic performance and achievement during the 2018-2019 School Year. Click the graphic for a full list.

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  • HHS Recognizes Outstanding Seniors

    Mr. Jeff Smith, Principal, Dr. Peter Ebert, Assistant Principal, Ms. Laurie Wade, Assistant Principal and Mr. Scott Govern, Athletic Director of Hershey High School are pleased to recognize deserving senior students for their achievement and academic performance. Click the graphic for a full list.

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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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  • ACADEMICS: Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Fourth Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2018-2019 school year have been released for Hershey High School

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  • ACADEMICS: HHS Places in SIFMA Spring Stock Market Game

    Congrats to Hershey High School juniors Amir Hasan and Landyn Ober; the duo placed 1st in the Central Region in the High School Division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Spring Stock Market Game. The team earned a 12.7% return on their stock portfolio over the past 10 weeks, outpacing the S&P 500 by more than a 5% return. Hershey students dominated the region, with HHS teams taking the top six places. So kudos as well to Tommy Johnson & Jack Gish (2nd), Tyler Meister & Karsyn Kehler (3rd), Max Schmidt & Ben Phillippy (4th), Mason Horn & Jordan Giffin (5th) and Alexis Moodie & Leah Koppenhaver (6th).

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  • OWNERSHIP: HMS Student Receives PAMLE AwardPAMLE Award

    Hershey Middle School 6th Grader Aidan Norton, who is one of 10 students across the Commonwealth was presented with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education's (PAMLE) Joan Jarrett Award. The award is designed to honor outstanding adolescents at the middle-school level who demonstrate leadership abilities, good citizenship, and have made positive contributions to their school and community.

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  • OPPORTUNITY: Five HHS Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

    Five Hershey High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college. Those students announcing their plans include: Adam Paymer, Christopher Newport (lacrosse); Alexei King, Misericordia University (soccer); Joe Allegrini, Juanita College (baseball); Mark Sickler, United States Military Academy (lacrosse) and Mark Suminski, Unites States Naval Academy (track).

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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS Students Selected to the PMEA District 7 Band, Jazz Band and Regional Band

    A hearty congratulations to Hershey High School student musicians John Zhuang, Tehya Walters, Natalie Jones, Carissa Marrocco, Maddie Getting, Avi Lukacher, David Mailman, Dan Hyatt, Jonathan Haidet, JT Mullins, Ethan Sicher and Michelle Yun for being selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 7 Band. Mullins and Sicher were also selected to participate in the PMEA District 7 Jazz Band. Additionally, the pair will join Zhuang, Getting, Lukacher, Mailman and Yun as participants in the PMEA Regional Band. Selection to these different honors ensembles is based on individual auditions.

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  • Opportunity: HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

    Congratulations to HHS Sophomore Jordan Lewis for winning the Central PA Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition. Jordan will now represent the Central PA Region on March 4 at the state-level completion, to be held at the Pennsylvania Museum and Historic Commission in Harrisburg. The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life

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  • ACADEMICS: HMS Geography Bee

    The Hershey Middle School Geography Bee took place after school on Thursday. January 24 with more than 30 students answering a wide variety of questions related to the study of the physical features of the Earth.  In the end, 6th Grader Brady Keller captured the championship with 8th Grader Matt Cysyk coming in a close second. Luke Pritchett (7th grade) finished third.

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     DTSD Assistant to the Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Stacy Winslow offers insights and expertise in her “Curriculum Reflections” blog.

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    “COCOA Connections” focuses on events and happenings at the Hershey Elementary Schools, covering the district’s Early Childhood Center, Primary Elementary and Intermediate Elementary.
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    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including Derry Township School District, have adopted use of the “Safe2Say Something” anonymous tip line as a means of improving campus safety and improving school climate. The tip line is operated and monitored 24/7 by the Office of the Attorney General where tips are reviewed, classified, and forwarded to the appropriate school district. Tips that are found to contain information that may indicate a "life safety" issue are prioritized and immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center.

     Students, parents, and community members can submit tips via three methods:

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    • By calling 1-844-SAF2SAY (1-844-723-2729)
    • A free mobile application available for Apple and Android devices