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  • Martin Luther King Day/School Schedule Changes

    There will be no school for students on Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – which is a teacher work day. There will be a two-hour late start for students on Tuesday January 21 for scheduled staff professional development. The regular school schedule will resume on Wednesday, January 22.

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  • Meeting For Those With Students Starting Kindergarten 2020-21

    Derry Township School District will be holding an informational meeting for parents/guardians of township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2020 and plan to attend kindergarten in DTSD this coming fall. The meeting will be 6-7 p.m. January 22 in the Hershey Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) 1. Topics to be covered include an overview of our exceptional full-day kindergarten program, the school enrollment process, district food services and student transportation.

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  • District To Revamp School Start Times in 2021-2022

    Based on a growing body of research on adolescent sleep patterns and the impacts to student achievement, Derry Township School District intends to revamp its school day starting with the 2021-2022 school year. While the district will be using the next two school years to fully develop the specifics, the intent is to analyze the research to better match the sleep patterns of our students. Click the graphic for more details.

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  • Safe2Say Something Reporting System Now Available

    All schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including DTSD, 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 immediately forwarded to the appropriate county emergency dispatch center. Click the graphic for additional information.

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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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  • OPPORTUNITY: HHS FBLA Students Qualify for State Competition

    Congratulations to the Hershey High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Delegation. On the basis of their performances at the regional level, 21 HHS students qualified for the upcoming state competition.  Eight Trojans captured first place awards in their categories:  Olivia Bratton (Accounting 1), Reginald Chen (Introduction to Financial Math), Kevin Ding (Business Law), Abha Krishnamoorthy (Introduction to Public Speaking), Jordan Lewis (Client Services), Tanner Treadway (Securities and Investments), Anthony Zimmerman (Personal Finance) and Claudia Zugay (Economics). In addition, junior Ananya Nanarayanan, was elected “Region President” by student representatives from across Central Pennsylvania.

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  • OWNERSHIP: Hershey Elementary Students Collect Items for the Holidays

    Hershey Elementary students from Mrs. Westervelt’s class and Miss Coleman’s homeroom and WIN classes partnered with Highmark Caring Place and SpecialWants.org by collecting toys, clothing, and books to assist other families during the holiday season. The students even gave up their recess time to package and wrap all of the gifts they had collected.  The students were happy to spread joy, and their teachers were proud to see them exemplifying the district’s COCOA Principles!   

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  • ACADEMICS: First Marking Period Honor Rolls
    First Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2019-2020 school year have been released for Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School.

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  • OWNERSHIP: November Trojan "Ten"

    We’re proud of the November “Trojan Ten”: Brent Bailey, Clare Canavan, Devon Davis, Elise Dornberger, Kaiwan Imran, Sophie Kim, Hannah Marra, Donya Moore, Kirtan Patel and Michelle Spratt . Each student named one of The Trojan 10 was nominated for recognition after they were “caught being awesome” by Hershey High School staff. This new monthly appreciation program aims to highlight HHS students who display character, kindness, positive attitude and make contributions to the school community

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    DTSD Superintendent Joe McFarland is part of the “blogosphere.” Check out the Superintendent’s Spotlight blog for insight and information from the district’s top administrator. 
     
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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.
     
    Safe2Say Something

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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:

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