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  • HHS Theatre Presents Radium Girls

    Hershey High School Theatre will present two productions of “Radium Girls” tracing the real-life tale of luminous watch dial painters who fell mysteriously ill in the 1920s. The show chronicles Grace Fryer as she finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday, November 22 and Saturday November 23. General admission tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults; $5 for students & seniors.

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  • End of November Schedule

    There will be no school for students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade on Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, November 26 to allow for parent-teacher conferences. There will be no classes for all students, K-12, on Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving Recess. All schools and offices (including the District Office) will be closed during that recess. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2 with a two-hour late start that day to accommodate staff professional development and training.

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  • HHS Earns Apple Distinguished School Recognition

    Hershey High School is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 for its innovative integration of technology into the teaching and learning environment. Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

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  • Java With Joe December 17, 2019

    Want to know more about the direction of K-12 education? Have something you’d like to discuss with Superintendent Joe McFarland in an informal community roundtable setting? You can do all of these and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee during “Java with Joe.” Designed as an opportunity for community members and the district’s top administrator to get together in a casual environment, Mr. McFarland will once again be hosting this series of quarterly listening events. The next “Java with Joe” will be held Tuesday, December 17th at the Hershey Middle School LGI beginning at 6 p.m.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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