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Fall Family Weekend 2022

Welcome Parents/Sponsors!

We are excited for all of the virtual and in-person events that will take place from Oct. 28-30 during Fall Family Weekend. We want parents/sponsors to engage with the MHS community, equip themselves with new tools, and become more empowered to collaborate with MHS.

 

 

Events Schedule

Download and print the Fall Family Weekend schedule to view all of the events happening from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 30.

Event details are available below.

On-Demand Activities and Resources

Parents/sponsors can participate virtually with our on-demand activities and resources—available now and through Fall Family Weekend.

Family Weekend FAQs

What is a Family Weekend?

  • Family weekends are special weekends designed just for MHS students and families.
  • Fall Family Weekend 2022 will begin on Friday, Oct. 28 and end on Sunday, Oct. 30. Students must return to their student homes by 5 p.m.
  • All MHS families are invited to join MHS teachers and staff on campus to experience fun activities with their children, visit school buildings, see amazing student performances, eat meals together, and more!
  • Family weekends are an excellent opportunity to connect with your child on campus and meet MHS community members that are important to them.

Do I need to participate in all of the events?

  • Families are welcome to participate in as much or as little as they would like. No events are mandatory.
  • We encourage our families to get involved, meet staff, and experience campus with their child. We also understand that schedules and distance may prevent some of our families from joining.
  • Some events are in person and some events are virtual. If you cannot attend in person, please take advantage of the virtual options.

What is the Passport System and how does it work?

  • The passport system is an opportunity for families to earn a free overnight weekend visit by attending an on-campus event.
  • Download the passport (PDF) from the family weekend website, see your houseparents for a passport, or get a copy from an MHS staff member at an event.
  • When you attend an in-person activity on campus, complete the passport and have a staff member on campus sign it. Turn the passport in to your child’s houseparent to earn a free weekend!
  • Reminder: Passports only qualify families for a free weekend on Fall Family Weekend and must be used Oct. 28-30, 2022. Passports are not valid for any other dates.

Watch this instructional video below.

 

Can I bring other family members or family friends along for the weekend events?

  • Yes, we encourage families to bring others along to visit our campus as well. This is a great way to show off your child’s educational and home life experiences.
  • Although we encourage family participation in most family weekend events, please note that Sponsor Shadowing is limited to adult sponsors only.

Do all events require an RSVP?

  • Many family weekend events do not require an RSVP.
  • If registration is needed, it will be clearly marked within the event description.
  • Read each event description carefully to find out if RSVPs are needed.

Can I RSVP to MHS staff for all events or do I need to RSVP separately for each event online?

  • You must RSVP to all events that you want to attend separately and cannot RSVP to MHS staff.
  • Many different departments on campus manage and host their events independently, so it is important that you RSVP or register for specific events.

Parent Portal Resources

The Parent Portal is where you’ll get an inside look at your child’s grades in school, activities, and life in the student home. You received your username and password for the Parent Portal on Enrollment Day—email [email protected] if you need help remembering them. Be sure to keep your contact information updated to continue receiving communication from the school.

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The portal also has a smartphone app to help you stay connected when you’re on the go.

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MHS Spartan Gear

Browse the online store and snag some swag to show your MHS pride! The store will be open now until Nov. 3. The items will be delivered before Christmas.

Class of 2023 Resources Page

Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Support Services for MHS Soon-to-be Graduates

A postsecondary planning resource for current MHS seniors and senior parents/sponsors to learn more about the GPS Plan Process (postsecondary) and how GPS reviews and approves a student’s GPS Plan.

Visual and Performing Arts: Show and Tell

The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program welcomes you to enjoy a visual presentation highlighting students and teachers engaging in educationally-rigorous and reflective VPA activities.

Family Weekend Passports

Qualify for a “free” weekend by completing a passport. Complete one on-campus activity, have it initialed, and return it to your child’s houseparents.

Milton Hershey School student at Hersheypark

Discounted Hersheypark Tickets

Purchase discounted Hersheypark tickets during Fall Family Weekend for only $36. All purchases are cash only! Tickets are valid for only Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of Oct. 28-30, 2022.

Ticket Sale Locations and Times:

Milton Hershey School parent/sponsor during family weekend

Sponsor Shadowing

Friday, Oct. 28:

Elementary Division: 12:15-2:15 p.m.

Memorial Hall Main Office at 717-520-2400

Middle Division:

  • 5th and 6th grade from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • 7th and 8th grade from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Catherine Hall Main Office at 717-520-2600

Senior Division: 8:18 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Senior Hall Main Office at 717-520-2804

Friday Sponsor Events - Engage

Senior Division Events starting at 8:18 a.m.

8:18 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Sponsor Shadowing

Parent/sponsors are invited to shadow their student(s) throughout the school day in Senior Division buildings and follow them to their classes. Parents/sponsors should report to the front office of Fisher Hall with their drivers license to check in and meet their student(s). This opportunity is limited to only parents/sponsors. Other family members, friends, and pets are respectfully asked not to attend.

RSVP to Kristen Lambert at the Fisher Hall front office at 717-520-2803.

Please note:

  • All parents/sponsors will be required to present a valid state driver’s license or photo ID upon entering the school building. Failure to present proper identification will result in the denial of access to the school building. Contact the main office with questions regarding this policy.
  • Shadowing is for parents/sponsors only (no children, friends, or extended family).
  • Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts into the school building.
  • All cell phones must be turned off.

1-3 p.m. Juniors/Seniors: College and Career Counseling Phone Conferences

If you would like a 10-minute phone conference with your student’s college & career counselor, please contact Katie Eckert at [email protected] or by calling 717-520-2812 to schedule an appointment.

4 p.m. Fall Band Concert

Join the MHS Spartan Band for a fall concert at the Copenhaver Steps/Town Center starting at 4 p.m.

Middle Division Events starting at 8:30 a.m.

Fall Play “Willabella Witch’s Last Spell”

The play tells the story of Willabella making the decision to retire from the witch business. Hanzel, Gretel, Rapunzel, Snow White, the Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, and others appear asking for spells before she retires, and before a series of different events occur for each character. Parents/sponsors will be able to visit with their student during the performance and after.

Parking (with the exception of ADA needs) will be at the airport strip and guests will be shuttled up to the ceremonial entrance. The shuttle will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

9:30-10:30 a.m. 5th and 6th Grade Fall Play

Parents/Sponsors of 5th and 6th grade students are invited to the Catherine Hall Auditorium to watch the performance. If parents/sponsors arrive early (no earlier than 8:30 a.m.), they will be able to shadow their student prior to the play.

Please note:

  • All parents/sponsors will be required to present a valid state driver’s license or photo ID upon entering the school building. Failure to present proper identification will result in the denial of access to the school building. Contact the main office with questions regarding this policy.
  • Shadowing is for parents/sponsors only (no children, friends, or extended family).
  • Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts into the school building.
  • All cell phones must be turned off.

1:30-2:30 p.m. 7th and 8th Grade Fall Play

Parents/Sponsors of 7th and 8th grade students are invited to the Catherine Hall Auditorium to watch the performance. If parents/sponsors arrive early (no earlier than 12:30 p.m.), they will be able to shadow their student prior to the play.

Please note:

  • All parents/sponsors will be required to present a valid state driver’s license or photo ID upon entering the school building. Failure to present proper identification will result in the denial of access to the school building. Contact the main office with questions regarding this policy.
  • Shadowing is for parents/sponsors only (no children, friends, or extended family).
  • Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts into the school building.
  • All cell phones must be turned off.

Elementary Division Events starting at 12:15 p.m.

12:15-2:25 p.m. Sponsor Shadowing

Parent/sponsors are invited to visit their student’s classroom in Memorial Hall. No RSVP is necessary.

Please note:

  • All parents/sponsors will be required to present a valid state driver’s license or photo ID upon entering the school building. Failure to present proper identification will result in the denial of access to the school building. Contact the main office with questions regarding this policy.
  • Shadowing is for parents/sponsors only (no children, friends, or extended family).
  • Please do not bring flowers, balloons, or other gifts into the school building.
  • All cell phones must be turned off.

2:30-3 p.m. Costume Parade

Students will parade around the outside of Memorial Hall in costumes for families and staff of MHS. No RSVP is necessary.

4 p.m. Treat Night

Parents/sponsors are invited to participate with their students as they visit various Elementary Division student homes to receive treats for the holiday. Please make arrangements with your child’s houseparents before the event.

New Spartan Sponsor Workshop from 2:30-4 p.m.

Do you have a new student and want to hear about how you can be involved? Join the MHS Family Relations team at the Family Engagement Center along with other parents/sponsors who will share about a family’s first year or two at MHS!

Infinite Campus Parent Portal Assistance from 4:30-6 p.m.

How is your student doing in school? Are you viewing their grades and accessing their information online? Staff will be available to help you from 4:30-6 p.m. at the MHS Ice Rink.

Send an email to [email protected] or call 844-424-3570 if you need your password reset.

Access the Parent PortalSteps for Signing In to the Parent Portal

Family Fun Dinner from 4:30-6 p.m.

Bring your family along to dinner at the MHS Ice Rink. Great food, interactive entertainment, and fall crafts are included!

Hersheypark tickets on sale!

Purchase Hersheypark tickets for only $36, while supplies last. All purchases are cash only! Tickets are valid for only Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of Oct. 28-30, 2022.

Family Spectator Bus to Spartan Football Game at 6 p.m.

Come support our Spartan football players at Cedar Cliff High School! Buses depart at 6 p.m. from Parking Lot D outside of the MHS Ice Rink and return right after the game ends.

Spartan Marching Band Preshow at Football Game at 6:30 p.m.

Come out to the football game at Cedar Cliff High School to support our Spartan Marching Band and football team. The preshow begins at 6:30 p.m.

Fall Play “TRAP" at 7 p.m.

Join the Senior Division drama cast and crew in the End Stage Theatre in Copenhaver Center as they share this unnerving, exhilarating, and wildly inventive tale. Perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit. You’ve never walked into anything quite like “Trap.”

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Saturday: Project Market Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The AEE Horticultural Center Project Market will be open on Saturday for pumpkin painting and a petting zoo from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The student-run farmers market will have ice cream, mums, celosia, goat milk soap and scrubs, lip balm, hay bales, corn stalks, and more for sale.

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Saturday Sponsor Events - Equip

Elementary Division Events from 8-11:30 a.m.

8-9:30 a.m. Breakfast at Memorial Hall Cafeteria

Families of current Elementary Division students have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria prior to their parent-teacher conferences with their student’s teacher.

8-11 a.m. Student Health Services at Memorial Hall

Elementary Division student health services staff will be available in Memorial Hall to answer questions about your student’s health care. Download the COVID-19 vaccine consent form.

8-11 a.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences at Memorial Hall

Parents/sponsors will be receiving information from their student’s teachers about signing up for Parent-Teacher Conferences in Memorial Hall. Please work with your teachers to schedule these appointments.

9 a.m. Visual and Performing Arts Events at Memorial Hall

Elementary Division Select Band members, 4th grade Choir, and Elite Dancers will perform in the Memorial Hall Cafeteria.

Middle Division Events from 8-11:30 a.m.

8-9 a.m. Breakfast at Catherine Hall Cafeteria

Families of current Middle Division students are invited to the Catherine Hall Cafeteria for breakfast with our staff. Following the breakfast, families will be have the opportunity to rotate through their students schedule!

8-11 a.m. Student Health Services at Catherine Hall

Middle Division Student Health Services staff will be available at Catherine Hall to answer questions about your student’s health care. Download the COVID-19 vaccine consent form.

9-11 a.m. 7th and 8th Grade Select Choir Performances in Catherine Hall

The 7th and 8th Grade Select Choir is the premier vocal ensemble at Catherine Hall. The students are auditioned, selected by director, and perform ranging, rigorous repertoire for audiences to enjoy. Select Choir will be singing in front of the Catherine Hall library’s glass windows just after the back entrance to the building.

9:15-11 a.m. Student Shadowing at Catherine Hall

Students will walk their parents/sponsors through their daily schedule at Catherine Hall. We will have bells to simulate a real school day.

11 a.m. Jazz Band & Choir in Catherine Hall Auditorium

Join us throughout Catherine Hall for special performances from our Visual and Performing Arts students.

Senior Division Events from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Infinite Campus Help Outside of Fisher Hall

MHS staff will be available outside of the main office of Fisher Hall to answer any questions you have and offer tips about access, passwords, and utilizing the Parent Portal. Send an email to [email protected] or call 844-424-3570 if you need your password reset.

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9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parents/sponsors can visit our school buildings and conference with their student’s teachers. No RSVP is required. It is an open house format.

Parents/sponsors who can’t attend are asked to use this link to express interest in connecting virtually or by phone with a particular teacher. Individual teachers will contact parents/sponsors to set up a time for the virtual conference between 9 a.m. and noon.

9-9:45 a.m. Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Postsecondary Planning Information Session at Fisher Hall Room A114

Learn how college and career counselors assist your student with their postsecondary goals, GPS Plan, and the financial aid process in Fisher Hall. Please contact Katie Eckert at [email protected] or by calling 717-520-2812.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Social Work Drop-In Appointments at Hammond Hall

Social work staff will be available at the front office of Hammond Hall for drop-in appointments to share information about obtaining ID documents (birth certificates, social security cards, etc.) and to collect health insurance information.

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 9th and 10th Grade Career Counselor Meetings at Hammond and Fisher Halls

For sponsors of 9th or 10th grade students, consider signing up for an appointment to meet with your child’s career counselor in person or by phone or Zoom. Discuss academic performance, course selection, or postsecondary planning.

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9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mindfulness Space

The Clyde Stacks Art Gallery has been temporarily transformed into a purposeful mindfulness space providing the opportunity for students to be present, relaxed, and refocused, using a variety of means. These include stress-reducing tools, mindful visual arts engagement, and the physical/sensory space in general. In addition to experiencing the space, a compact exhibit, just outside the gallery, showcasing a sampling of curriculum-based mindfulness artistry, will be on display for guests to enjoy.

10 a.m. Spartan Dancers, Guitar Ensemble & Friends, and New Horizons Perform at the Fisher Hall Forum

Join Visual and Performing Arts students at the Fisher Hall Forum as they perform their fall concert for parents/sponsors.

10-10:45 a.m. GPS to Host a Financial Aid and Continuing Education Scholarship Workshop in Fisher Hall Room A114

Learn more about the financial aid process and the MHS Continuing Education Scholarship in Fisher Hall with Ken Brown, MHS Scholarship Supervisor.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Juniors/Seniors: College and Career Counseling In-Person Meetings in Fisher Hall

If you would like a 10-minute, in-person meeting in Fisher Hall with your student’s career college & counselor, please contact Katie Eckert at [email protected] or by calling 717-520-2812.

Student Home Lunches

Parents/sponsors and their immediate family members and students are invited to a meal at their student’s student home. Enjoy the beautiful weather, reconnect with other parent/sponsors and students, and let your student share about life in their student home.

Meal times and coordination are at the discretion of each student home. Contact your student’s houseparents regarding your attendance.

Senior Division: Fall Play “TRAP” at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Join the Senior Division drama cast and crew in the End Stage Theatre in Copenhaver Center as they share this unnerving, exhilarating, and wildly inventive tale. Perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit. You’ve never walked into anything quite like “Trap.”

Family Engagement Center Open House from 2-4 p.m.

Come check out our Family Engagement Center from 2-4 p.m. to learn what resources are available for you and your family.

Hersheypark tickets on sale!

Purchase Hersheypark tickets for only $36, while supplies last. All purchases are cash only! Tickets are valid for only Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of Oct. 28-30, 2022.

Learning Resource Center Tour from 2-5 p.m.

Enjoy a self-guided tour of our newly redesigned library and learning space at the Learning Resource Center from 2-5 p.m.

Milton Hershey School student at TL Fall Fest during Fall Family Weekend on Halloween

Saturday: Transitional Living Fall Fest from 2-5 p.m.

Enjoy some time as a family at the MHS Ice Rink Parking Lot Area from 2-5 p.m. with a variety of fall-themed activities, including but not limited to s’mores, corn hole, caramel apples, pumpkin painting, hot cocoa, music, and pumpkin tic-tac-toe. There is something for all ages!

Sunday Sponsor Events - Empower

Middle and Senior Division: Chapel Service at 9 a.m.

You are welcome to meet up with your child and sit with their student home or utilize our visitor seating at our weekly chapel service for students in grades 5-12. Please plan on meeting them at Founders Hall in the Rotunda area. A reminder that everyone is supposed to be seated by 8:50 a.m.

Elementary Division: Chapel Service at 9 a.m.

You are welcome to meet up with your child and sit with their student home or utilize our visitor seating at our weekly chapel service for students in pre-K through 4th grade. Please meet your child a little before 9 a.m. in the Memorial Hall Auditorium. Our service will start at 9 a.m. and end at 9:45 a.m.

Sunday Brunch from 10-11:30 a.m.

Enjoy Sunday brunch from 10-11:30 a.m. with your family at the Founders Hall Dining Room.

Hersheypark tickets on sale!

Purchase Hersheypark tickets for only $36, while supplies last. All purchases are cash only!

Fall Family Fun from 12-2 p.m. in Copenhaver Center

Year-Round Experiences staff invite families to stop by the Student Socialization Room in Copenhaver Center for some fall family fun between 12-2 p.m. We will have different fall activities for families to complete together, including some spooky science fun!

Family Engagement Center Open House from 1-4 p.m.

Please stop by to visit the Family Engagement Center. Take some time to relax with your family and socialize with fellow parents/sponsors.

Hersheypark tickets on sale!

Purchase Hersheypark tickets for only $36, while supplies last. All purchases are cash only! Tickets are valid for only Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of Oct. 28-30, 2022.

Senior Division: Fall Play “TRAP” at 1:30 p.m.

Join the Senior Division drama cast and crew in the End Stage Theatre in Copenhaver Center as they share this unnerving, exhilarating, and wildly inventive tale. Perfect for getting you in the Halloween spirit. You’ve never walked into anything quite like “Trap.”

Fall Family Weekend Resources

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Support Resources

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Parent/Sponsor Blog

Read stories about our parents/sponsors who have shared their MHS experiences with us.

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Family Relations Staff

The MHS Family Relations team helps parents and sponsors build a supportive relationship with the school.

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