Dover Area High School

January 2022

January Calendar

Be sure to bookmark the DAHS Announcements website for the most updated information regarding DAHS. This page is updated on a weekly basis for all students and families to be in tune with the happenings at the high school.

Angst Screening Assembly

On Friday, January 21, 2022, all high school students will be participating in the screening of Angst.

is an iNDIEFLIX Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. Angst removes the stigma and opens up the conversation around anxiety, helping people understand and manage their symptoms, and when to reach out for help. Most importantly, it shows people that they are not alone, and that anxiety is 100% treatable.This hopeful and inspiring film has helped over 2 million people around the world, weaving in the personal stories of those suffering, with expert perspectives who break down what's going on, how to deal with it, and how to help others. Michael Phelps shares his own anxiety story, proving that anxiety can affect everyone, and there is no shame in asking for help. For many, watching Angst has been a catalyst for changing their lives for the better.

In order to prepare families for this screening, we are offering a free screening to each household from January 17th through January 25th. This will allow parents to know exactly what students will be seeing and experiencing. Hopefully, this will provide opportunities for open communication in our families with positive outcomes for many. If you are interested in viewing Angst, please use this link for more information.

After the students view the film on January 21st, they will have the opportunity to complete a survey about the film, as well as sign up to participate in a group discussion on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Both of these opportunities are optional and not required by any student. If you would like to preview the questions they will be asked, please use this link.

Angst Trailer 2019

Semester 1 Finals Schedule

On January 19th & 20th, all students will be taking finals for their Semester 1 classes. There will be an adapted schedule for both of these days. On these days, if students have their own transportation or are walkers, they may be dismissed for the day at 11:38. Any students who do not have their own transportation or are not a walker will report to the cafeteria where they will have the opportunity to eat lunch and then stay for a study hall in the afternoon until the normal 2:40 dismissal time.

For a student to be able to leave at 11:38, a parent must complete the following form that will serve as an electronic permission slip. If the form is not filled out, the student will not be allowed to leave for the day.

Act 158 Graduation Requirements Parent Informational Night

Act 158 of 2018 (Act 158) was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on October 24, 2018. This legislation addresses high school graduation requirements and how the Keystone Exams factor into these requirements for students graduating in 2023 and beyond. Students must meet one of the five graduation pathways outlined below to graduate and earn their diploma by demonstrating their readiness for post-secondary success.

For students graduating in 2023 and beyond, the following options exist to meet the statewide graduation requirements.

  • Keystone Proficiency Pathway
  • Keystone Composite Pathway
  • CTE Pathway
  • Alternate Assessment Pathway
  • Evidence Based Pathway

Click here for description and overview of each pathway.

We understand how confusing this all can be, so we want to help break this down for you and help all parents to understand. Therefore, we will be holding an Act 158 Informational Night on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:30 PM. We will offer this as an in person event and virtually through Zoom (use this link). In addition, we will record the session and post in the February newsletter. This night is for parents and students in the Class of 2023, 2024, and 2025.

Many students in the Class of 2023 have already met the Act 158 graduation requirements. Therefore, we will be sending an email to each family to inform them if their student(s) have met the requirements for graduation, so they know if this night is important for them.

Administration, school counselors, and special education teachers will be working closely with each student to review and help the student decide which pathway is best for each student to meet this state-wide graduation requirement.

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Join Valley Youth House for Life Skills Classes this Spring!

Need to learn those 'adulting' skills?

Join Valley Youth House for classes this Spring!

What: School-Based Life Skills Program (SBLS)

Why: The SBLS classes teach essential life skills or 'how to be an adult' skills such as conflict resolution, career readiness, and household management skills.

When: January 26 from 3:00 - 5:30 PM, runs for 15 weeks on Wednesdays

Perks: Students earn a $200 stipend. Yes, a check for participating in class! We also provide a meal and transport home if needed.

Reach out to Klarissa Hargan at 717-870-7576 for more information or fill out a self-referral form here. Visit their webpage here.

This opportunity is limited in size, but there are still a few seats left! Act fast...

Webinar on Credit and Educational Loans

PHEAA (PA Higher Education Assistance Agency) is offering webinars in January to inform parents and students about credit related to education funding and different types of educational loans. The webinars are explained below and you can register via the link on the attached flyer. These apply to students who are looking at funding to attend college or trade school or technical school.

Deep Dive Into Credit Related to Education Funding 1/11 @ Noon and 1/20 @ 6:30pm

For most families, borrowing for education is part of the equation and can be confusing as families look for the best options to fit their needs. Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program for a one-hour webinar to increase your financial literacy and knowledge on the process of credit, how to maintain or improve ratings and comparison points to help make informed and affordable education borrowing decisions.

Learn about Education Loans – which loan is right for me? 1/13 @ 6:30pm and 1/18 @ Noon

As families receive their financial offer letters from schools and determine that education loans may be needed, they’ll find that there are many options to consider – including loans from the Department of Education and private loan programs. Doing the research and knowing what to compare and consider will be important to overall education debt, keeping it affordable, and finding the right fit. Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program in a one-hour webinar review of the different options and details associated with education loans to assist in sorting out the information to make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Unified Bocce Team

We are happy to announce that DASD has joined Unified Sports with Special Olympics by forming a Bocce team. The team is comprised of students with and without intellectual disabilities.

Our athletes and partners will be participating in four matches.

  • January 10th - @ York Tech, 4 PM
  • January 20th - @ Home vs Dallastown, 3:30 PM
  • January 27th - @ Home vs Central York, 3:30 PM
  • February 10th - @ Central York, 3:30 PM
  • February 23rd - York Co. League Championship @ Dallastown, 3:00 PM

The winning team will advance to the State Qualifier match to be held the week of March 7th at a location to be determined.

We know the students would love seeing student and parent support in the stands!

Junior Achievement STEM Summit - Canceled

Unfortunately due to COVID, Junior Achievement has canceled all school activities through the middle of February. We were scheduled for February 3rd, but they are not rescheduling for the year. We will look to provide this opportunity next year for our students.

Junior Achievement REAL Life

We need your help! On Friday, April 1, 2022, Junior Achievement of South Central PA will be at Dover Area High School with their REAL Life Program. All students in 11th grade will be participating in the day-long program. It consists of a series of activities all intended to help students gain an appreciation for the importance of owning their own economic success.

Half of the day is spent in our Budget Builder activity. The other half has students gaining an understanding about going out into the real world after high school. The REAL Life day is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance that financial decisions will play in their lives as young adults. The program will inspire students to appreciate the key issues surrounding personal finance and the importance of getting good advice as they make decisions.

For this day to be a success, we will need volunteers to facilitate ONE of the REAL Life activities for the day as students rotate through your station. If we do not have these volunteer spots filled, we are in danger of not being able to run this meaningful event. Please also share this opportunity with friends, neighbors and colleagues who may be interested in helping the students of our school. I have attached a flyer with all of the information for the day and a direct link for you to sign-up.

You do not have to be an approved school volunteer to help with this day. Junior Achievement will provide online training as well as on-site support to all volunteers. A light breakfast and lunch will also be available for volunteers.

Please consider volunteering and join us as we spend the day empowering and inspiring our students. This opportunity is only possible with the support of wonderful volunteers like you.

To sign up to volunteer, please contact Shannon Baker with JA’s Volunteer Engagement Team at or

Prom Reminder

The Junior/Senior Prom date has been set for Saturday, May 14, 2022. The event will be held at Spring Valley Farms from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Tickets will go on sale in March for all Juniors and Seniors. There will only be 200 tickets sold. While the event is still being planned, the ticket price is planned to be approximately $50 per person, but that price is subject to change.

Are You Eligible To Attend?

In order to be eligible to attend school-sponsored dances, students must:

  • Be Conduct Eligible

    • No Tier 3 disciplinary infractions in the prior three months

    • Not have an excessive referral count -

      • Semester 1 - 5 or more referrals for the school year

      • Semester 2 - 10 or more referrals for the school year

  • Be Attendance Eligible

    • Absent for no more than 10% of school days to date, including excused and unexcused absences

Please keep this in mind as we move through the school year and get closer to Prom. Students who purchase a ticket in March or April but fail to meet the eligibility requirements due to poor attendance or a Tier 3 disciplinary infraction will have their money refunded if the tickets can be resold to another student on a wait list. No money will be refunded to students after May 1, 2022.

After School Tutoring

All tutoring will occur from 2:45-4:00 PM.

Math - Mondays in ILC

Science - Tuesdays in ILC

English - Wednesdays in ILC

Social Studies - Thursdays in ILC

Special Education - Tuesdays & Thursdays