Dover Area High School

March 2023

March Calendar

  • March 1 - Habitudes Assembly (10th/11th Grade) Adapted Schedule
  • March 3 - Opening Night for High School Musical
  • March 4 - Saturday School 8-11 AM
  • March 6 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • March 9 - ASVAB Testing
  • March 15 - Spring Sports Meet the Teams 6:30 PM
  • March 17 - No School for Professional Development
  • March 20 - No School
  • March 25 - FFA Community Day & Saturday School 8-11 AM
  • March 28 - End of Marking Period 3
  • March 31 - PBIS Reward Activity Adapted Schedule
  • April 1 - Saturday School 8-11 AM

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Course Selection for the 2023-2024 School Year

Course Selection will begin on Monday, February 27th. Counselors will be meeting with students in grades 8-11 to discuss requirements and opportunities available to them for next year. Students can refer to this schedule to determine when and where their homeroom will be meeting with their counselor.

This year, scheduling will be online for all students. Students will still have a paper Course Selection Sheet to be completed, signed by their parents, and submitted to their counselors by March 17th. However, they will also be entering this information in Skyward to solidify their requests. Students will be asked to select eight (8) courses to fill their schedule for the 2023-2024 school year from required courses, as well as elective courses. In addition, students are asked to provide six (6) alternate requests. It is very important to provide alternate requests for counselors to use if and when their first choices for courses may not be available.

Online scheduling must be completed using the student access (desktop version) in Skyward. Directions for how to complete this process are available below in the form of a directions sheet and video. Students will receive instructions from their MMA teacher to help them, as well. It is important to note that online scheduling will be open for students starting on Monday, 2/27 for the current Juniors. Online scheduling will continue to open for students by grade level throughout the week based on the schedule below.

  • Monday, 2/27 - Class of 2024
  • Tuesday, 2/28 - Class of 2025
  • Wednesday, 3/1 - Class of 2026
  • Thursday, 3/2 - Class of 2027

To help students pick courses that are appropriate and interesting for them, please use the following resources provided below:

  • 2023-2024 Course of Studies
  • 2023-2024 Course Videos

Course selection will end on March 17, 2023 when all course selection sheets are due to counselors. This is when all selections should be designated in Skyward, too.

Student Leveling Assignments

Students in grades 8 and 9 will have limited options when selecting their Algebra I, English, and American History courses. They will be able to select the Academic, Honors, or AP level for those courses. However, there are some lower level courses in those subject areas for applicable students. Counselors and teachers, combined with special education roster teachers, will be creating class lists for our special education direct instruction courses, co-taught classes, and slower paced courses. They will be using various pieces of data that involve teacher input, end of course grades, IEP requirements, and PVAAS projections for Keystone Proficiency. The purpose of this leveling is to correctly place students in the appropriate level to maximize their learning and ensure each student is challenged academically.

Interested in AP, CHS or Dual Enrollment?

On Wednesday, March 1, 2023, the DAHS Administration will hold an informational session for any parents interested in learning more about these opportunities at Dover Area High School. Not only will we discuss AP and College in the High School classes, but we will also have Mr. Matthew Reitnour from Messiah University to discuss the Dual Enrollment process and its benefits.

If you are able to join us, please use the following Zoom link to participate in the evening session. We will record the session and share to all parents, as we know not everyone will be able to join us that evening.

Topic: Parent Informational Night
Time: Mar 1, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 842 0762 2067

Vape Detectors and Student Consequences

Vaping in schools has continued to become an issue in high schools nationwide. To combat this issue, Dover Area High School now has vape detectors in all student bathrooms at the high school. These detectors can determine when a vape is used and if it contains marijuana or THC. This information is sent to all administrators and our School Resource Officer [SRO]. These detectors tie into our camera system, and we can see who is in the bathroom when the detector is triggered by using the hallway cameras.

When a student or students are found in a bathroom when an event is triggered on the detectors, the student(s) are escorted to the office by the administration. The administrator, along with a witness, searches the student and their belongings. If nothing is found in the search, the student is sent back to class. Parents are notified and informed anytime a student is searched. The students are aware of the vape detectors and the possible consequences. Parents must also be aware of the consequences if caught with a nicotine or THC vape in school.

If the search yields a vape, the device is provided to the SRO for field testing, and the following can happen:

  • If the vape found only contains nicotine, the Code of Conduct is followed for progressive discipline. The first offense includes an in-school suspension and a $50 citation through the District Magistrate. However, with court costs, the citation is close to $250 per vape.

  • If the vape contains THC, the student is found to violate our Drug and Alcohol Policy 227. Violation of this policy is an out-of-school suspension of up to 10 days and a Superintendent Hearing that could result in a possible expulsion.

  • If the vape contains THC, the student is referred to Officer Shaffer and will be charged with "Possession of a Controlled Substance." This is a misdemeanor charge and will be sent to Juvenile Probation if the student is under the age of 18. If the student is over the age of 18, the student is charged as an adult.

THC vapes are not difficult to obtain. These vapes can be ordered online and delivered to your front door using online services like Amazon. They can also purchase the vapes in local smoke shops. The smoke shops are selling items with what is called Delta 8. Pure THC is referred to as Delta 9. When the vapes are tested, they only test positive or negative for THC. The tests do not specify if it is Delta 8 or 9. In addition, items advertised as CBD can also test positive for THC. Students should not have any vaping device that contains nicotine, flavored oil, CBD, Delta 8, or Delta 9. Please take the time to talk to your students about vaping. For your informational purposes, please read the articles below on these topics.

ASVAB Testing

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is offered to interested 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at Dover Area High School on March 9th from 8-11:15 AM. The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career. The ASVAB is required for those who wish to join the military and is also a highly valuable assessment for those who don’t want to join the military but are trying to discover what career area they may be best suited for.

Scoring 31 or better on the ASVAB is a demonstration of student career readiness and will satisfy state requirements, according to Act 158, for students who have not met the Keystone testing requirements. Administration will be registering students in the class of 2023 and 2024 who have not yet met Keystone test requirements to take the ASVAB. These students will be informed of this opportunity via email next week with the possibility of opting out.

Click Here to Sign Up for the ASVAB

Students will need to sign up using their Dover email account.

Prom Eligibility

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 (Effective 1/29/23)

    • 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. If a student has 16 absences, they will not be permitted to attend.

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.

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)

College Visit Opportunities

  • March 7 - University of North Georgia

  • March 24 - Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

  • March 27 - Bloomsburg University

Summer Science Training Program

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Interested in Traveling to Spain, France and Italy?

Attention all students! Would you like to travel to Spain, France and Italy in June of 2024? Mrs. Lokka has organized a trip for students to attend who would like to continue their practice of Spanish, French and all things art. If you have passed French II, Spanish II, any Art class or World History with a grade of B or higher you are eligible to attend. Scholarships and financial assistance are available, and we are organizing fundraisers. See the following link or email for more information.

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Are You Feeling Lucky, Dover?

How lucky are you feeling this month Dover? Come on in and try your luck when you open a new account at the Eagles Nest in March! When opening an account test your luck and pick a

shamrock for a chance to win a $25.00 Visa Gift Card or other goodies! Accounts can be opened either in branch or visit! Good Luck!

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 you 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.