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News from Mrs. Davis Superintendent

News from Mrs. Davis - Superintendent     

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year.  I am anxious for the school year to begin.  I am very excited and honored to have the opportunity to be the Superintendent of the Hershey Public School district.  I encourage you to get involved in your school in any way that you can.  Feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or comments throughout the year.  I am positive that I can help facilitate the great educational opportunities that the students of the Hershey School District are already getting.

Mr. Jared Thomsen will be moving from his previous position at Hershey Public Schools as 7-12 Assistant Principal/AD/Transportation Director, to PREK-6 Elementary Principal/Transportation Director.  We are excited for him to lead Hershey Elementary!

       I want to take this opportunity to welcome the following new staff members to Hershey Public Schools:    

  • Carly Arnett will be teaching 2nd grade, she and her husband Carson and their daughter June, live in rural Hershey.
  • Jordan Nelson will be teaching high school social studies and coaching, he has previously taught in Madison, NE.     
  • Greg Welch will be the Assistant 7-12 Principal/Activities Director.  Greg has been at Anderson County High School in Garnett Kansas, Seward High School and McCook High School!  He will also teach two weights classes and will coach as well!

   We are excited to have them as members of our staff!

Other changes for this school year include Diana Connell in the High School Office full time as Pat Walz has retired; and Mandy Abbott will be in the elementary library full time.

On August 15th, at 7:00 PM Coady Pruitt will be presenting on digital citizenship for parents and students.  This is in conjunction with the Chromebook checkout.  Please plan on attending, it is very important to be up-to-date on social media usage and digital citizenship. Also on August 15th, PreK-6 will be holding their open house between 6:30 and 7:30.  Please plan on attending this event! Please also note that we will be having a half day of school for students on their first day of school on August 19th. 

I am excited to announce that Hershey Public Schools is once again working with Lunchtime Solutions to provide breakfast and lunch menus for our students.  Lunchtime Solutions was selected primarily because of the variety of their menu, the number of choices available; two for elementary and four for middle and high school; a farm to table program with local farmers, and an emphasis on customer service.  Students may purchase additional entrées or return as many times as they wish to the free fruit and veggie bar until they are full.  I invite you to come to school and eat lunch with your child to see first-hand the menus and choices that will be served!

You will see some updates when you attend activities at the school this fall. We are in the process of getting summer projects completed.  A much needed new roof was placed above the commons area and the high school social studies and English classrooms. The high school boy’s locker room has received a new floor coating and design.  The South student parking lot is being updated and directions for parking in it will be located on our website. New grass and sprinklers were installed in the North elementary playground, along with a little more versacourt to complete year two of a three year plan to renovate the North Playground. All of the hallways and classroom floors have been waxed and polished. You will notice clean rooms, sanitized desks and chairs and other improvements!  Please thank the custodians for all of their hard work this summer.

Our staff has been working very hard to make information about Hershey Public Schools more accessible to parents, students and patrons of the district.  We have a website, http://www.hpspanthers.org that is kept up-to-date with timely information. It has a new look and feel!  Our website has a SOCS app that goes with it that can be downloaded from the app store at either iTunes, or the android store.  This app has Push notifications so that you can get instant notice on your smartphone when an update is made.  Please search for our app and install it on your smartphone or tablet.  We also have a Facebook (Hershey Panthers), Twitter (@hersheypanthers) and Instagram (@hpspanthers) presence, just search for Hershey Panthers. If you follow Twitter, you can follow using #hpspanthers.  Our video streaming app will be on YouTube this year.  There will still a link off our website for live streaming.

PowerSchool also has a mobile app for students and parents so that you can keep up-to-date on grades and assignments daily.  Please download the PowerSchool app from the app store as well.  It is available on all platforms. School announcements are also published each day in PowerSchool.  School closing information will once again be given through the school call notification system called School Messenger.  Have a great month and feel free to stop by my office or give me a call if you have any questions or comments.

Educationally,

Mrs. Jane Davis, Ed. S.

Superintendent