Welcome to 
Dover Area High School 
46 West Canal Street
Dover, PA 17315
Direct Phone Line: 717.292.8066
Ext. 10112 or 10113
Fax Number: 717.292.7303
Office Hours: 7:00AM to 3:30PM
Mr. Jared Wastler
Mrs. Bobbie Strausbaugh
Assistant Principal
Mr. Chuck Benton
Director of CTE
Mr. Matthew Fried
Dean of Students
Thursday, May 26
7 PM Readings '16
6:00PM Transition Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday, May 27
(snow make-up #5)
Monday, May 30
Wednesday, June 1
7:45 AM Class 2016 Sr class meeting - Aud

Daily Announcements


May 16th and 17th - Literature Keystone Exam Testing 
May 18th and 19th - Algebra Keystone Exam Testing    
May 20th and 23rd - Biology Keystone Exam Testing    

  • Testing will take place during the first two hours of each day
  • Attendance for test takers is very important in order to minimize the number of test make-ups
  • Please avoid scheduling appointments for students who are testing
  • Students will receive location assignments prior to the testing days
  • Students testing will receive a testing room location; non-testers will receive a study hall room location
  • Students will report directly to assigned locations at the start of each day and NOT to homerooms
  • Seniors can come in two hours late on the six testing days - Seniors must arrive through main office by 9:35 each day to avoid being tardy to school
  • Seniors who have not completed senior remediation are NOT permitted to arrive late and must arrive normal time and report to Room 112; failure to do so will result in being recorded as tardy to school with all appropriate discipline consequences
  • Seniors who are not able to come in two hours late are to report normal time to Room 112

2015-2016 Yearbook Error

It has come to our attention that the yearbook section featuring the football team does not include the team photo. The yearbook is a student-produced publication, and omission of the photograph was done in error. We apologize for the omission of this photo from the yearbook. Administration from the high school and the district are working with our Yearbook Advisor to determine an available and appropriate resolution. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to address this issue.

Robotics to be Featured on WGAL 8

The DAHS Robotics program will be featured on the morning newscast on WGAL this Monday, May 23rd. The story is scheduled to air once during both the 5:30AM and the 6:00AM half hour blocks.

DAHS to Host 8th Grade Transition Activities

Dover Area High School will host a Transition Night for parents of 8th Grade students who will be moving to 9th Grade for the 2016-2017 school year. Transition Night will be held from 6:00PM - 7:30PM on Thursday, May 26th in the High School Auditorium. The program will consist of an overview of the high school as well as breakout sessions focused on athletics, parent involvement, and high school resources. The complete program will be posted once finalized. For more information, please contact the Main Office of the High School at (717) 292-8066.

In addition to the Transition Night event, rising 8th graders will visit the High School on the morning of May 26th for a series of transition activities, including an overview of the school, extracurricular opportunities, a tour, and a student panel.

High School Daily Announcements


What is STAR?

The S.T.A.R. Club Program (Students Taking Active Roles) formalizes a partnership with local high schools providing students leadership, citizenship, and character development.   S.T.A.R. leverages the expertise and resources of local US Army Soldiers to help students develop skills that will enable and encourage them to take active roles in their own life, within their families, their school and community, with the ultimate goal of graduating high school and creating enriching postsecondary options. Modeled after JROTC, S.T.A.R. Club participation promotes life skills, leadership and responsible citizenship.

DHS started it's S.T.A.R. club in January and has maintained a consistent membership of approximately 20 students. The first task the members are training for is the the formation of an Honor Guard to post the colors at our June 4th graduation ceremony.

A special thanks to SFC James G. Shulz, Army Recruiter, for sponsoring our S.T.A.R. club. Also, a special thanks to Mr. Mark Miller, guidance counselor and Officer Mark Allen, school resource officer (NYCRPD) for serving as faculty advisors for S.T.A.R. 


We apologize for the error that was printed on the Marking Period 3 report cards. 

The correct dates are as follows:

June 2nd and June 3rd - Half Days
June 4th - Graduation

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Follow us on Twitter - @dasdhighschool -  #DoverProud


You see DOVER PROUD on banners and on district communications; you hear it at assemblies and during  announcements, but what does it really mean?

Dover PROUD is our district's PBIS slogan. PBIS stands for "Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports." PBIS is known nationwide as a way to create a more positive atmosphere in schools by rewarding students for POSITIVE behavior, rather than only focusing on the consequences of inappropriate behavior.

Districts nationwide adopt a slogan that promotes desirable life-long behaviors, and is unique to the district. At Dover we have adopted the use of PROUD! 

We believe all Dover Eagles will demonstrate…   

P….......perseverance by embracing challenges! 
Always do your best. Seek help. Know your resources.
R .......…respect for all people and all property!
Use appropriate language. Follow rules and expectations. Value yourself and others.
O.......…ownership of individual choices!    
Be responsible for your own choices and actions. Be involved. Demonstrate self-discipline.    
U.......…unity by supporting others!    
Be tolerant and accepting of differences. Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. Do your share to make your school and community better.   
D.......…dedication to learning!    
Be reliable. Be engaged. Commit to goals.  

At the high school, students are awarded Dover Dollars for recognition of positive behaviors. Dover Dollars can be cashed in for prizes at the Red Zone, which is the school store at the high school.  Students can elect to not cash in their Dover Dollars, but instead, use them to enter into prize drawings that will take place quarterly throughout the school year. A drawing for "college" prize packages will take place at the end of the school year to recognize two seniors for positive behavior before graduating. 

Lastly, we want to encourage everyone involved with the Dover School District to demonstrate DOVER PROUD! 
Do the right thing even when no one is watching. Your individual actions represent us all!

This is a reminder to all parents, and students, about appointments during the school day. If a student needs to leave school for an appointment, we ask for the following procedures to be followed:
  1. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) write a note containing  the student's name, what time the student must leave, what type of appointment the student has, and a parent/guardian signature.
  2. The student brings that note to the office during homeroom - the student should check in with the homeroom teacher first, if possible, so that proper attendance can be taken during homeroom.
  3. The student will be provided a pass to use to leave the class at the appropriate time for the appointment.
Please make every attempt to send a note in ahead of time with the student. Parents showing up at the office, or calling in at the last minute, are not efficient ways to handle appointments! Last minute appointments cause difficulties in several ways, such as:
  1. Interruptions to classrooms 
  2. Having to take students from classes where it is difficult to leave without prior knowledge (such as gym class) 
  3. Students can't ask teachers ahead of time for work they will miss. 
Again, please make every effort to plan ahead for appointments!
Dover High School thanks you for your cooperation!


All students in the Dover Area School District will be participating in the Collins Writing Program. For the 2015-2016 school year, we will specifically focus on Type One, Type Two, and 10% Summary writings. 

Collins Writing is designed to improve students' thinking and writing skills, and will be used in ALL classes and ALL content areas. 

All high school students were provided a letter on Monday November 23rd, to take home for parents/guardians to read more about the Collins Writing Program. If you did not receive the letter, please find it attached. 

DASD Collins Writing 111715.docx

Order your yearbook today at www.balfour.com

Link to order yearbooks!

MMS and eChalk
Please Read More for information on signing into eChalk and MMS

Student Handbook
2015-16 Student Handbook.pdf
Student Parking Lot  

All student drivers are reminded that the student lot will be "open" parking until parking permits are sold. The cost for permit will remain $20 for the year. Please listen for announcements regarding parking permit sales on the Morning Announcements.

Car Riders:  All car riders are reminded that the drop off zone is in the student parking lot lane adjacent to school.  NO DROP OFFS SHOULD OCCUR IN THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING. This area is for bus drop off only.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Dress Code

Please click on the link below to view the District Policy on Student Dress and Grooming.  The policy has been in place since 2007 and is strictly enforced.

Policy 221: Dress and Grooming
Dress code 2014-2015.docx

District Announcements

Susquehanna Valley robotics students create "John Doe" robot

Meet John Doe! Some Dover High School students created the robot and News 8's Lori Burkholder found out how they did it. 

Watch the story


Legacy Athletic Visit

The high school Entrepreneurship II class recently visited Legacy Athletic in Hanover, PA.  Students were able to witness the design and production process as well as meet with upper management and owner, Paige Wingert, about what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  Legacy Athletic, known for its hats, supplies many of the accessories found in our school store, The RED Zone.  



For all interested students entering grades 7-12

May 25th 6:00-8:30 High School Gym

May 26th 6:00-8:30 Intermediate School Gym

May 31st 5:00-8:30 Intermediate School Gym

Student DJs from Dover make the cut at conference

Two DHS students beat out hundreds of international young professionals in April as finalists at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, TN. Check out the following article from the York Dispatch:


Dover Intermediate School Band
International Exchange Concert

The Dover Area Intermediate School Band is in its inaugural year of an international partnership with the James Hornsby School, located in Basildon, England.  The bands have exchanged letters, pictures, videos and school spirit items.  The Dover Intermediate Band, under the direction of Mr. Seth Keller, is comprised of about 100 students in grades seven and eight.  The James Hornsby School band is in it’s very first year, under the direction of Miss Jessica Langley, with 14 students and growing.  Mr. Keller and Miss Langley studied music education together at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

The bands performed their first annual Exchange Concert on Monday, May 16 at 9:00am EST, 14:00 BST.  The students in the JH Band were projected onto a screen at the front of the auditorium and simultaneously on the back wall so that the Dover Band could see them from the stage.  The audience energy was high and students were very enthusiastic about performing their first international venue.

The James Hornsby Band opened the program with Theme from Symphony No. 1, Movement 3 by Mahler.  The Dover Band began their portion of program with The Star Spangled Banner and the national anthem of Great Britain, God Save the Queen.  The band then performed Adele’s Hello, arranged by Michael Brown, and concluded with Finale from the Firebird Suite, by Igor Stravinsky and arranged by Michael Story.  Both Mr. Keller and Miss Langley look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.


Building robot deer and pancake printers

The following article from YRD highlights several DHS students in Mr. Bahn’s Robotics program:


PlanCon Part A/B Approval

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, the Dover Area Board of Directors (Board) approved the submission of PlanCon Part A/B as well as an updated Facility Study. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is currently accepting PlanCon applications for new projects; however, a moratorium is planned to begin on May 15, 2016.  Based on the impending moratorium, a Board of School Directors could submit applications for potential projects before May 15th.

During this short window of opportunity, the effort to meet the deadline is great and requires DASD to act quickly. The DASD will be submitting the Board approved PlanCon Part A/B from the May 10th meeting. Please remember that making this submission will secure a place in the application queue for potential PlanCon funding; however, this does not mean that the DASD has approved a building project. This action does not require the School District to move forward with the proposed project as the application can be withdrawn at any time. This action also does not preclude the Board from modifying the submission during the process or pursuing other non-reimbursable projects. The Part A/B is prepared in such a manner as to reflect what is envisioned as the maximum potential project.

Dover Area Board of Directors Approve a Tentative 2016-2017 Budget

May 10, 2016 Update: On Monday, May 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) released updated funding numbers for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. The information provided by PDE allocated additional revenue for the district. The additional revenue would allow us to maintain our core budget for next year, which gave us the opportunity to reevaluate the additional initiatives presented in April. Therefore, we are still asking the board to approve the core budget as well as consider the following seven (7) initiatives. The seven initiatives are:

  • Merge the Office of Exceptional Children and Pupil Services to form the Office of Exceptional Children/Pupil Services in order to streamline support to students in/out of our district;
  • Hire a Media Specialist for the Intermediate School and High School;
  • Hire an Academic Facilitator for the High School;
  • Add two activity buses to our transportation run for Intermediate School Students and High School Students;
  • Purchase a new district van;
  • Set aside approximately $15,000 to develop an internal tech team (one person per building);
  • Utilize $15,000 to purchase iPad devices for K-2 classrooms.

The core budget will retain our current staffing in our Athletic Department, specifically keeping our Athletic Trainer as an employee of DASD.

If we consider the core budget and updated initiatives, we are now asking for $1.2 million dollars from fund balance in order to close the gap between revenue and expenses. The updated budget represents a decrease of $200,000 from our initial proposal presented in April. 

April 21, 2016 – Dover Area School District’s Board of School Directors approved a tentative 2016-2017 budget on Thursday, which continues to place an emphasis on the educational needs of the community.

The $58,699,842 budget holds the line on real estate taxes for the second year, maintaining Dover’s 2015-2016 millage rate of 21.934, while eliminating the unpopular per capita tax.  The proposed budget includes an assumption of no increased state funding and the use of $1,442,096 of the approximately $3.8M of committed fund balance for employer retirement contributions.

The proposed 2016-2017 budget redirects resources to educational programming through the following cost neutral initiatives:  expanding the one-to-one initiative in grades 4-12; implementing a new reading program K-5 (Journeys); expanding the District’s current reading series to 6th grade (Collections); adding supplemental materials to our current Social Studies curriculum K-6; expanding in-house responsibility for alternative education; launching of a new Student Information System (Skyward); and responding to the ever-changing needs of the District’s special education populations.

The proposed budget is subject to change and the Board of School Directors will vote on the 2016-2017 final budget on May 24, 2016.

Copies of the proposed budget are available for inspection at the District’s Administration offices and the District’s website:

War of the Roses Grammar Bowl Finalist

Courtney Smith, a freshman, recently made it to the finals of the War of the Roses Grammar Bowl.  She will be competing on May 14th at Central York High School.  Congratulations, Courtney and good luck! 

CAPE Assessment Announcement

Dr. Mike McGough will be administering the CAPE test at LIU’s Central Office in New Oxford on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Please note that payment is being required with registration.  Waiting for payment has delayed returning test results in a timely manner. The CAPE assessment has been recognized by LEA’s within the region as an alternative assessment that can be used to document that any Title I-funded paraprofessional is “highly qualified” under the requirements of NCLB. All registrations should be returned to M. R. McGough, LLC, NOT LIU, at the address listed on the attached form.  If you have any questions, please email Dr. Mike McGough, drmike3@comcast.net

Registration Form

School Bus and Van Drivers Wanted

For Dover Area School District
Training Provided
Contact E&B Transportation
(717) 292-9539  

Facilities Planning

The Dover Area School District Administration presented a facilities PowerPoint outlining possible short term and long term considerations for district schools. Please click here for the PowerPoint reviewed on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Clearance Information for All Employees, Volunteers, and Substitutes for the Dover Area School District

Please click on the appropriate link listed below to obtain the most updated background clearance guidelines

Employees Click Here        Volunteers Click Here      Substitutes Click Here

District Clearance Information

Qualified Substitutes Needed

The Dover Area School District is currently looking for qualified professional substitutes in grades K – 12 and in all subject areas.  Please visit the employment tab to apply.

Click here to pay lunches on-line.


Title IX - & Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities Disclosure Form

DASD's Nondiscrimination Policy

The Dover Area School District does not discriminate in its educational and vocational programs and activities, or in its recruitment and employment practices, on the basis of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, or disability in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1964, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The Dover Area School District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Any inquiries regarding the Dover Area School District’s non-discrimination policies should be directed to the District Superintendent at 101 Edgeway Road, Dover, PA 17315 or (717) 292-3671.