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Letter to Families Concerning National School Walkout

Posted on: Thursday, March 08, 2018

The tragic events of February 14 in Parkland, Florida have led to many important discussions as a country regarding school safety. It has also prompted a call for a national school walkout on March 14, from 10 to 10:17 a.m., in recognition of the tragedy. Anticipating that our community may become involved in this movement, division and school administrators have developed plans for that possibility. Our intent is to meet both the division’s responsibility to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all students while recognizing the rights of students as outlined in the division’s Student Handbook & Conduct Code as well as the School Board Policy Manual. If a walkout should occur at any of our schools, classroom instruction will continue as planned. Students who choose to participate in a peaceful assembly will not be penalized but will be expected to follow the directions of school staff and adhere to school rules, including the dress code. School administrators will work with student leaders to ensure the walkout time is constructive, meaningful, and orderly. Staff will be assigned to specific duties as necessary. For example, staff members who are not leading instruction at the time of a walkout will be identified to supervise students in a designated area on campus. To help preserve our school environment, and minimize security concerns, members of the community, including parents, will not be permitted to participate in any student-led walkout on school grounds. Ultimately, decisions regarding student participation in events such as this are personal for each family. We encourage our families to have conversations before March 14 regarding the varying viewpoints that may exist among our community and the many other ways that students can make their voices heard on important topics.

Yorktown Elementary Students Reach Their Goal

Posted on: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yorktown Elementary students are celebrating a milestone this week - and stretching to reach new goals. Since the beginning of the year the students and staff of YES have been working to read 12,500 books by May 1. The program is called Reading is MARVELous and it enlisted the help of some super friends to get students excited about reading. When you walk the halls of YES you can find Marvel character cutouts "talking" about what they're reading and why. The library bookcases are topped with Marvel action figures to show students that reading makes you a superhero! To help track students' progress, Media Specialist April Insley hung a banner outside of the library with letters to color in for every 300 books read. They achieved their goal well ahead of schedule, so now they plan to read 20,000 books!

YCSD School-based Teachers of the Year

Posted on: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Congratulations to the YCSD’s school-level Teachers of the Year, selected by their peers. In March, three finalists will be chosen, with the division teacher of the year being named in April.

Where's Your Rhythm?

Posted on: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bethel Manor students enjoyed learning tap moves during this interactive assembly with artist Quynn Johnson. "Where's Your Rhythm?" encouraged students to persevere through challenges, as evidenced in Ms. Johnson's personal journey of overcoming obstacles with determination.

Instructional Material Review

Posted on: Monday, February 19, 2018

The York County School Division is currently conducting an Instructional Material Review (IMR) process for the following courses: 6th Grade Science, 7th Grade Life Science and 8th Grade Physical Science. All textbooks, teacher resources, student materials and electronic materials are reviewed and adopted through this process. Materials that highly correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and YCSD curriculum were targeted for the review process. At this time, parents and community stakeholders are invited to review, and provide feedback, on the materials recommended for adoption. Public preview is scheduled for Wednesday, February 21st, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the YCSD School Board Office.

Jump Rope for Heart

Posted on: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In honor of Valentine's Day, we continue to focus on our hearts! The Bouncing Tigers jump rope group from Tabb Elementary school helped kick-off the Coventry Elementary Jump Rope for Heart event. These energetic young students demonstrated their jump roping abilities and energized the Coventry students at their assembly. The students at Coventry students have already collected $8,600 in two weeks time towards their goal of $11,300. At this rate were believe they will make their goal!

Yorktown Elementary School Share Reading Strategies

Posted on: Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Parent involvement is a critical factor in students academic success. This morning, Yorktown Elementary reading specialists invited parents and students from kindergarten through second grade for a special "working breakfast." They shared strategies for reinforcing reading skills at home. Families left with take home manipulatives and students were able to select books to add to their home libraries.

American Heart Month

Posted on: Thursday, February 01, 2018

February is American Heart Month and we couldn't "heart" this Waller Mill Elementary School first grader more. She's spreading the love and donating to the school's food pantry which helps provide food to students in need each weekend. We are so proud to have such thoughtful staff, students and parents!

Seaford Elementary Students Plant Bulbs

Posted on: Monday, January 29, 2018

That dreaded word "snow" may be back in the forecast, but Seaford Elementary students have their sights on spring! Students spent some time planting bulbs in their garden, with the help of master gardener, Jody Turner, on Thursday, January 25, in order to provide more options when the Monarch butterflies return to their schoolyard habitat. Each student planted a few bulbs donated by Brent and Becky’s in Gloucester, VA. Students really enjoyed getting to dig in and help out the Monarch butterfly friends they got to raise in the fall.

Great Kindness Challenge

Posted on: Friday, January 26, 2018

Elementary schools throughout the division kicked off the annual Great Kindness Challenge this week. This program fosters compassion in our school communities and is led by the elementary school counseling team. At Bethel Manor Elementary, posters made by both students and teachers line the halls to encourage a culture of kindness. Students have also created a "Kindness Rocks" garden for the school's courtyard.

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