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  • HHS Theatre Musical Tickets on Sale Now!

    Tickets for HHS Theatre’s Spring Musical “The Addams Family” are now on sale! Adult Tickets are $12 while Senior Citizen & Student Tickets are $10. Children ages two and under are free. There will be three shows: Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29 - both at 7:30 p.m. - with a matinee Sunday, March 1 1:30 p.m. To order tickets online, click the headline above.

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  • Ratings Web Site Lauds Hershey High School

    Niche, a web site that publishes research on U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies, has named Hershey High School one of the best in the state, giving it an overall “A+” in its “2020 Best Public High Schools in Pennsylvania” report. HHS was ranked the best high school in Dauphin County and number 14 of 672 high schools in all of Pennsylvania. Nationally, HHS was considered in the top 3% of the 19,314 public high schools evaluated across America.

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  • Kindergarten Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN

    Pre-registration for Derry Township children who will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2020 and plan to attend kindergarten this coming fall is NOW OPEN. Click the headline for additional information and to begin the online pre-registration process. Remember: The online pre-registration does not complete the enrollment process; parents and guardians should also plan to complete registration during sessions in late February.

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  • Athletic Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

    The Hershey High School Athletic Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for induction. For consideration, an applicant must be a graduate of Hershey High School and graduated at least 10 years prior to the current year. Coaches and teams may also be nominated. To be considered for this year’s class of inductees, a completed nomination form must be submitted no later than Friday April 24.

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  • School Board Reiterates Support of Design for Community Center

    At its business meeting January 27, the DTSD Board of School Directors reiterated its support of the design for a new municipal community center, noting in part: “The currently approved design for the 35m competition pool at the Derry Township Community Center will adequately meet the needs of our swim and dive teams. A 35m pool will enhance the flexibility of our swim and dive programs, providing additional lane availability for both recreational swimmers and our high school teams. Any delay would further be a detriment to the well-being of our student athletes.”

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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 headline for more details.

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    This area of the district website highlights and showcases the COCOA Principles in action in our district.
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  • ACADEMICS: Second Marking Period Honor Rolls
    Second Marking Period Honor Rolls for the 2019-2020 school year have been released for Hershey Middle School and Hershey High School.

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  • ACADEMICS: HMS Student Wins Geography Bee

    Congratulations to Ben Fredrickson; the 7th Grader bested fellow competitors Rian Kelly (8th Grade, 2nd place), Brady Keller (7th Grade, 3rd place) and 30 other contestants to win the Hershey Middle School Geography Bee.  The contest featured all manner of questions related to the study of the physical features of the earth.

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  • Joe Godino CITIZENSHIP: School Bus Driver Recognized

    At the  February 10 school board business meeting, Superintendent Joe McFarland and the DTSD Board of School Directors recognized school bus driver Joe Godino. While transporting students home earlier this winter, Godino encountered a vehicle which had left the roadway, flipping on an embankment with its motor running and wheels spinning.  He took immediate action to ensure the safety of the students on his bus while also notifying emergency responders and helping the driver and two passengers escape their overturned vehicle.

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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:

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