Dover Area High School

December 2022

December Calendar

  • December 3 - Saturday School 8-11 AM
  • December 10 - Robotics Competition
  • December 17 - Saturday School 8-11 AM
  • December 17 - Holiday Choir Concert 7PM
  • December 22 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • December 23 - January 2 - Winter Break NO SCHOOL!

Be sure to bookmark the Dover Daily Show for the most updated information regarding DAHS.

Winter Keystones

The Winter session of state-mandated Keystone Exams at Dover Area High School has been scheduled for January 4-11, 2022. The following students will take a winter 2023 exam:

  • Students currently enrolled and will complete Algebra, Biology, or English II in Fall 2022
  • Students in a Keystone Remediation Course
  • Retesters deemed necessary

The Keystone Exam is a digital exam and students will need to have their iPad fully charged for testing on each day they are testing.

Winter Keystone Exam Schedule

January 4 and 5 - Algebra (Periods 1 & 2)

January 6 and 9 - Literature (3 hour window - 7:45-10:45)

January 10 and 11 - Biology (3 hour window - 7:45-10:45)

During the delay schedule times, students in grades 9 and 10 who are not testing will be working on asynchronous assignments in a non-testing room in the building. Juniors and Seniors who are not testing on these delayed schedule days are eligible to arrive at school by 10:40. Any Juniors who have not completed their Smart Futures lessons will be required to attend school at the regular 7:45 start time. Seniors failing any required courses for graduation are highly encouraged to report to school for assistance during this time. Seniors in this situation will be assigned to a room with a teacher to assist and supervise them.

For more information, please click on the link below for the Keystone Information Letter.

JA STEM Volunteers

We need your help! On February 8, 2023 Junior Achievement of South Central PA will be at Dover Area High School with their STEM Summit Program. All students in 10th grade will be participating in the day-long event designed to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The goal of the STEM Summit is to inspire students to pursue an academic STEM focus in the remainder of their high school courses. After the completion of the STEM Summit, guidance counselors have a foundation to work with students on appropriate course work.

For this day to be a success, we will need volunteers to facilitate ONE of the STEM activities for the day as students rotate through your station. You do not need to have a STEM background to be a great volunteer! 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, click the link in the flyer or contact Shannon Baker, Vice President Program Operations, at

12 Days of Christmas

As of Wednesday, December 7th, there are only twelve days until winter break starts. In order to have some fun and keep both the students and teachers engaged, we will be holding a special themed day each day. Remember that all clothing must be school appropriate.

Wednesday, 12/7 - Flannel Day - Wear your best flannel clothing.

Thursday, 12/8 - Christmas Socks Day - Wear your favorite Christmas socks.

Friday, 12/9 - Candy Cane Day - Wear red & white.

Monday, 12/12 - Snowflake Day - Wear all white and dress like snow.

Tuesday, 12/13 - Hawaiian Christmas - Wear your Hawaiian shirts and leis.

Wednesday, 12/14 - Christmas Character Day - Dress as your favorite character from your favorite Christmas movie or book.

Thursday, 12/15 - Elf Day - Dress as an elf.

Friday, 12/16 - Reindeer vs Hunter Day - Dress as a reindeer or in your hunting attire.

Monday, 12/19 - Blue Christmas - Wear blue or dress like Elvis!

Tuesday, 12/20 - Christmas Twin Day - Find a partner and dress alike in your favorite holiday attire.

Wednesday, 12/21 - Ugly Sweater Day

Thursday, 12/22 - Pajama Day

The Big Give

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New - Athletic Pass

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The Junior/Senior Prom date has been set for Saturday, April 29, 2023. The event will be held at Wisehaven Event Center. Tickets will go on sale in the Spring for all Juniors and Seniors.

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 April 21, 2023.

Junior Class Fundraiser

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YCAL Career Exploration Programs

Is your student interested in a specific career and want to learn more about it? The YCAL Career Exploration programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about different careers through a one day shadow experience with local businesses and post-secondary institutions. Sign ups begin December 12 on a first come, first served basis. Students will need their own transportation for these opportunities.

Click on the folder for more information on the following careers:

Architectural and Civil Engineering

Artistic Careers

Business Administration & Sales


Court Reporter



Financial Services


Hospitality and Tourism

HVAC & Plumbing



Medical Assistant

Nursing Simulation Bootcamp

Psychology & Human Studies

Natural Sciences

Skilled Trades

Sports Management

Student Leadership Challenge

Water & Environmental Technology

FInancial Aid Information

Diona Brown, PHEAA Higher Education Access Partner, will be conducting a webinar on December 12th at 6:00 PM on reviewing financial aid offers and funding the gap.

This session will be a discussion on what happens after the FAFSA has been filed, tips to review financial aid offers and options to fill the gap in funding after the financial aid offer. If students and parents are interested in this topic they can register at this link.

Any questions should be directed to:


Mobile: 717-678-9681

After School Tutoring

Free tutoring for any student will occur from 2:45-4:00 PM through the year.

Math - Mondays in ILC

Science - Tuesdays in ILC

English - Wednesdays in ILC

Social Studies - Thursdays in ILC

Special Education - Tuesdays & Thursdays (Room 103)

Food Services Update

Good afternoon, Dover Area School District families.

We would like to share some news about the school nutrition program for the 2021/22 school year. All of this information may also be found on the “District Nutrition and Wellness” tab on the district website.

  • Starting on October 1, 2022, all student breakfasts are free of charge.
  • Want to see your child's account balance? Scroll down to Meal Accounts and click make a payment. This will guide you to School Café where parents will create an account to be able to track meals, check balances, make payments and complete the F/R meal application.
  • Be sure to complete your free and reduced meal applications to assist the district with receiving financial aid from the state based on these applications. This is NOT limited to school meals.

We are reaching out to clarify the food service alerts you may receive for your household. As we have stated in previous messages, school lunches are no longer free for every Dover School District student.

Families are responsible for paying the full price of meals unless they qualify for free or reduced-priced meals for the 2022-23 school year. Since the District began sending alerts, the district has successfully collected over $4,000 in lunch debt. The alerts are intended to collect the rest of the lunch debt incurred since the first day of the 2022-2023 school year. The balance alert calls assist with collecting the payments due for meals that have already been consumed. The low balance alert prevents student meal accounts from going into the negative. The low balance alert is set at $8.00, which gives parents approximately 3 days of lunch to deposit funds before the account is negative. This also allows children to continue to purchase a la carte items. No student with a negative balance can purchase a la carte foods and drinks.

We understand that these alerts may be surprising since they have been turned off for the last 2 years of school; however, it is one of the only ways we can effectively notify and remind parents to pay for their child's meals. The alerts will stop when a negative balance is paid in full, when there is a zero balance or when there is more than $8.00 in a child's account. Negative balances not paid by December 16, 2022, will be turned over to collections. We thank you for your understanding and for paying negative meal balances promptly.

Don't Forget!

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Happy Holidays from the Eagles Nest

It’s the ho-ho-holiday season and to get into the spirit, the Eagles Nest, is helping put gifts under the tree! Open an account in branch or visit to become part of the Credit Union family! Everyone who opens an account gets to pick a present from under the tree and one lucky person will get the chance to win a special present for opening an account, a $25.00

Visa Gift Card!

And, don’t forget about the exclusive Dover Dollar$ stamp card program. Students who open an account will receive a Dover Dollar$ stamp card. Then, for every $20 deposit or cashed check,

the student will receive one stamp. Once the student has collected 20 stamps, he/she will receive a $20 deposit into his/her account.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about First Capital and the Eagles Nest, please reach out to Kayla Decker, School Branch Coordinator, at, call

(717) 767-5551 ext. 1550, or stop by the Eagles Nest which is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.