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Prom still on as scheduled, says DTSD, but uncertain

Mallory Gillespie, Reporter

March 23, 2020

By: Mallory Gillespie Following the closure of Derry Township School District for a 10 day period by order of Governor Wolf and the progression of the COVID-19 virus across the US, students at Hershey are concerned about school events like Prom. At this point, both proms will still proceed as s...

HHS Receives Safe2Say Tip, DTPD Says No Threat

Leah Koppenhaver and Clare Canavan

September 17, 2019

Derry Township School District received an alert using the “Safe2Say Something” system which was ultimately not a threat by Derry Township Police on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019.  The alert expressed a potential threat to school and personal safety. In an email to students and staff, DTSD Su...

DTSD announces early dismissal

Robert Sterner, Advisor

January 29, 2019

Due to inclement weather Derry Township School District has announced an early dismissal on January 29, 2019. The secondary school will dismiss at 10:30 with the elementary school to follow at 11:30, according to the district website.  All after school activities have been cancelled. The dist...

Hershey High School Teacher Jonathan Pinkerton Charged with Corruption of Minors

Jonathan Pinkerton performing as a part of his band, Great Big House, in an undated photo.  Pinkerton is a music teacher and band director at Hershey High School. (via Great Big House)

Kieran Hogan, News Editor

January 15, 2019

Derry Township Police have charged Jonathan Pinkerton, 37, of Lancaster with corruption of minors relating to alleged incidents in August 2010 and June 2011. Pinkerton was employed by Lower Dauphin School District at the time of the alleged incidents. According to the criminal complaint, Pinker...

DTSD Works To Detect, Treat Suspected Mold

Logan Kreamer, Reporter

November 19, 2018

When the staff of the Hershey Middle School (HMS) came upon mold on August 29th, 2018 Derry Township School District Superintendent Joe McFarland and Director of Buildings and Grounds Mark Anderson went into action. The mold was found under one of the mats in the HMS mat room. Anderson described th...

DTSD ranks high according to Niche

Hershey High School is quiet after the students have left for the day. HHS is one part of the Derry Township School District which received high rankings from Niche, a school ranking website. (Broadcaster/Laurel Fleszar)

Laurel Fleszar, Reporter

November 9, 2018

One might think rankings would be important to a public school. This, however, is not the case for Derry Township School District. Following the release of Niche’s 2019 ratings of schools all across the United States, Dan Tredinnick wrote an announcement about Derry Township School District’s high ra...

DTSD goes 1-to-1 with iPads at HHS next fall

On May 18, 2017, HHS English teacher Robert Sterner holds a staff model of the new iPads DTSD will deploy in the fall.  The district will lease the iPads to stretch taxpayer dollars further.  (Broadcaster/Meredith Gould)

Meredith Gould, Reporter

June 1, 2017

Derry Township School District will spend more than $800,000 over the next three years to go one-to-one with iPads in the high school. Hershey Middle School has been one-to-one with iPads for the 8th grade for several years. Now, DTSD’s school board has voted to enlarge the one-to-one program.  S...

New Trojan Statue to Arrive at HHS

Marisa Balanda, Online Editor in Chief

September 28, 2016

Trojan pride never dies, and this fall, a new symbol of trojan pride will be arriving at HHS. This November, a brand new trojan statue is scheduled to be unveiled at Hershey High School. This statue will be a replacement for the original statue that was donated by the graduating class of 71-72 and ...

HHS Students Break Records at USA Memory Championship

Team A poses on stage with their coach, Colette Silvestri (far right) and founder of the competition, Tony Dottino (far left) on May 7, 2016. They placed first in three of the four events. (Broadcaster/Rogers)

May 19, 2016

By: Echo Rogers On Saturday, something really important happened at the Hershey Lodge, but wait, what was it again? May 7, 2016 the USA Memory Championship held at the Hershey Lodge. Twenty-six Hershey High School students competed. Four made it into the top nine.  Junior Erica Wang who earned a four...

Who is the HHS Superfan?

Who is the HHS Superfan?

May 17, 2016

By: Kieran Holley Everyone knows him but not his name.   Shawn Sponaugle, of course. Sponaugle is known for his persona via Twitter as the “HHS Superfan.” The HHS Superfan is a face you’re likely to see while attending Hershey High sporting events. Sponaugle isn’t a Hershey student,...

DTSD’s Propsosed Adult-Student Boundaries Policy Causes Controversy

Students Tiffany Walker, Joseph Abraham, and Jason Guo share their opinions on board policy 824 at the student forum on Wednesday, May 4.

May 12, 2016

By: Cara McErlean Several proposed additions to Derry Township’s official School Board policies have caused an uproar within the school community. The policies in question fall under section 824, “Maintaining Professional Adult/Student Boundaries.” Specific concern has arisen over the Social ...

DTSD weighs merits of sports advertising on school grounds

A screenshot of the cover of the

April 15, 2016

By: Henry Isaacson Even Derry Township School District is looking for other ways to balance the budget. DTSD has recently been exploring allowing advertising on school grounds. By doing so, the school would increase their annual revenue. Market Street Sports Group was asked to create a proposal...

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