From the Principal

Dover Elementary School's
Mission Statement
Excellence in education, through
Appreciation and acceptance of others
Global efforts of the entire community, producing
Lifelong learners and future leaders,
Encouraging respect and responsibility and
Success and safety for all.

109 East Canal Street  |   Dover, PA 17315
Direct Phone Line:  717.292.8068
717.292.3671 Extension 30111
Fax:  717.292.4645

Mr. Steven Walker, Principal

Dover Elementary Announcements

Dover Elementary Happenings

District Announcements

Athletic Updates

JV and Varsity Baseball games with Northeastern are postponed to May 11th.
JV and Varsity Softball games with Northeastern are postponed.  Varsity will play at Dover on May 3rd.
Boys and Girls LAX games are postponed.  Girls will be played at Dover on May 5th.  Boys will be played at New Oxford on May 9th.


At its meeting of Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Dover Area Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of board member, Kelly Mefford. The School Directors expressed their sincerest gratitude for her service during the past two years.

As per Board Policy 004, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment, by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board, within thirty (30) days of the occurrence of the vacancy. The eligible person shall be appointed for the remainder of the unexpired term, until Monday, December 4, 2017.

Eligible candidates must meet the following qualifications:

            a. The Board member shall be of good moral character, eighteen years of age, shall have been a resident of the District for at least one year prior to the date of his/her election or appointment, and shall not be a holder of any office or position of profit under any government in the School District of Dover, nor shall he/she be a member of the municipal council.

            b. The Board member shall not have been removed from any office of trust under federal, state or local laws for any malfeasance in such office.

            c.  Except as provided by law, the Board member shall not be engaged in a business transaction with the School District, be employed by the School District, or receive pay for services from the School District.

            d. The Board member shall, before entering the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation prescribed by statute.

            e. The Board member shall file a Statement of Financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission before taking the oath of office or entering upon his/her duties.

Please contact Dover Area School District Board Secretary, Jennifer Benko at to request a packet of information or stop by the Administration Office at 101 Edgeway Road, Dover, PA 17315. Candidates will need to submit the application, detailed letter of interest, and resume to the School Board Secretary, District Administration Building, 101 Edgeway Road, Dover, PA 17315, no later than Wednesday, May 4, 2016, by noon.

Selected candidates will be notified Friday, May 6, 2016 by the Board Secretary to be available for public interview the evening of Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

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

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:

UPDATE:  Unfortunately, we have to cancel the DIS 2nd Annual My School Color Run on May 14th due to a lack of interested participants.  If you registered already, we will be in touch with you.  Anyone with questions or concerns should contact Mrs. Tice at the Intermediate School (717. 292.8067 or


Congratulations to Denis Johnson

AP Chemistry student, Denis Johnson, was recently honored at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Section of the American Chemical Society Education Night with a High School Certificate of Merit Award.

Being Dover Proud does not stop when summer starts!
We are proud eagles all year long!

The Dover DECA Chapter at the high school is having a district wide apparel sale. Students should have received order forms from their individual schools with the design and order details. Orders are due back on May 6th with anticipated delivery of items by the end of May. High school students are to return forms to Mrs. Loni Kress in room 182. All other buildings, please return to the school's office to be forwarded to Mrs. Kress. If you have any questions, please email us at Thank you so much for your continued support with our students endeavors. 

DASD Intermediate School Orientation Meeting

The DASD Intermediate School will be hosting an orientation meeting for parents of 6th graders moving to 7th grade on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the Intermediate School auditorium located at 4500 Intermediate Avenue, Dover, PA 17315. For more information, please contact the Intermediate School at 717-292-8067.

Paint Night with Paint & Create

On Wednesday, May 4th, the Dover DECA chapter will be hosting a Paint Night with Paint & Create.  The event will be hosted from 6-8pm.  Refreshments and dinner items will be available for purchase from 5-6:30pm.  The prices are $10.00 for a children’s painting (8x10) and $20 for an adult painting (11x14).  The event will be held in the Dover High School Cafeteria.  Be sure to come out for a great, creative night!  For more information and to register, visit

Important Information Concerning the PSSAs for all Guardians 

Our PSSA spring testing schedule will begin in April.  The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all school districts to administer the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.  The dates established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) are:  


Grade Level(s)

Testing Window Dates

PSSA English Language Arts

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

April 11 – April 15, 2016

PSSA Mathematics

Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

April 18 – April 22, 2016

PSSA Science

Grades 4, 8

April 25 – April 29, 2016

 Please contact your child’s school for the daily schedule throughout the testing window.  As we work toward ensuring an appropriate testing environment for your child, we ask that you do the following:

  • Avoid making any appointments or vacation plans during the testing windows.
  • Make sure your child has adequate rest on the nights before testing and a good breakfast on the days of testing.
  • Encourage your child to dress comfortably on testing days.
  • Make sure your child arrives to school on time.
  • Encourage your child to have a confident and positive attitude toward this testing.

The PSSA results provide our district with one objective measure of its educational program. Along with information from district-based assessments, the PSSA may assist you in gaining a more complete understanding of your child’s performance and growth toward acquiring academic skills.

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,

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.