Devers K – 8

District seeks parent liaison for Devers K-8

Posted on September 14th, 2018

The School District of the City of York is looking for parents/guardians to serve as liaisons between our schools and our students’ families. We have an opening at Devers K-8.

These volunteers facilitate communication between parents and school administrators. They help to plan meetings and work to include all stakeholders.

The Parent-School Liaison is bilingual or works closely with bilingual staff to ensure that all parents are given timely, adequate and appropriate notice of all meetings, programs, initiatives and news from the school and the district.

The Parent-School Liaison works with the District Parent Liaison to ensure that any parent who has expressed an interest in becoming more involved at the school is contacted. The Parent-School Liaison also works with the District Parent Liaison in networking between schools and at the district level on parent outreach activities.

Clearances are required to volunteer in this capacity.

If you are interested, contact: Elodia Barajas-Zepeda at (717) 600-6365 or

Registration open for YMCA soccer, volleyball programs

Posted on August 31st, 2018

In collaboration with the York City School District, the York YMCA is now accepting financial assistance applications and registrations for a boys and girls outdoor soccer instructional program and league for ages 4 to 11.

The soccer program will begin Saturday, Sept. 22.  We are also accepting financial assistance applications and registrations for a girls intramural volleyball program for ages 11 to 15.

The volleyball program will begin Monday, Sept. 17.

Stop by the membership desk at the York YMCA on North Newberry St. no later than Thursday, Sept. 13 to obtain the paperwork for financial assistance or to register your child for these programs.

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Introducing the new District newsletter: The Bearcat Bulletin

Posted on August 31st, 2018

For the 2018-19 school year, the School District of the City of York introduces its new biweekly newsletter called the Bearcat Bulletin. This publication will replace the Monday Memo, which was introduced in 2015 to improve communication with district stakeholders and to celebrate the achievements of district students and staff.

The Bearcat Bulletin seeks to meet those same goals but with a more strategic approach.

The first edition was delivered to district staff on Monday, Aug. 27. It is available to the public here in PDF format. If you would like to receive the Bearcat Bulletin by email, contact Erin James at

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Devers K-8 welcomes Principal Keith Still back to York

Posted on August 17th, 2018

Devers K-8 welcomes Principal Keith Still!

After graduating from Warwick High School in 1991, Mr. Still attended Hampton University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. He worked at Hampton University in the biotechnology department for two years on a grant from the Department of Energy.

He started his career in education at Denbigh High School, where he taught biology, zoology and other sciences for eight years. In 2006 Mr. Still earned a master’s degree from Cambridge College in educational leadership. Mr. Still then moved to York to work as an assistant principal at William Penn Senior High School.

For eight years, Mr. Still served as a principal within the School District of the City of York at the Lindbergh Academy, Hannah Penn, McKinley and the high school. Mr. Still moved to Susquehanna Township School District to work as high school principal for four years before returning home to the School District of the City of York in 2018 to become principal at Devers K-8.

Mr. Still believes all students can learn when given engaging curriculum and caring teachers who understand that all children learn and process information differently.

Community invited to review the district’s 2017-18 Annual Report

Posted on August 16th, 2018

Dr. Eric Holmes, superintendent of the School District of the City of York, delivered the district’s 2017-18 Annual Report to the Board of School Directors on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. The community is invited to review it here.

The 44-page document provides an overview of the district’s recovery plan progress, financial status, academic achievement data, student demographic data, school operations, plans for the future, and the many programs and services the district offers to students and their families.

Hard copies of the report will be delivered to district schools to be available for the public. To request a physical copy of the report, please contact district Information Specialist Erin James at

A PDF version of the report is available by clicking the image below.

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School starts Monday, Aug. 20! Check here for Devers details.

Posted on August 16th, 2018

The 2018-19 school year kicks off for students in grades 1-8 on Monday, Aug. 20!

At Devers K-8, doors for students will open at 7:50 a.m. Students in grades 1 and 2 will enter the building at doors #4 and #7.  Students in grades 3 and 4 will enter through the main doors at the front of the building. Students in grade 5 will enter through door #16.  Students in grade 6 will enter through door #17.  Students in grades 7 and 8 will enter through door #10.

Students riding a bus will enter the building through the cafeteria doors.

Kindergarten will begin school on Tuesday August 21.  Doors will open at 7:50 a.m for Kindergarten students.  Kindergarten students will enter through doors #4 and #7.

We are excited to get this school year started see you next week!

— Keith Still, Principal


Devers students earn a milkshake-making Friday

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

On Friday, Sept. 15, the Devers 4-6 grade Emotional Support class earned the opportunity to learn how to make vanilla milkshakes!

One of the building long-term substitute teachers, Joy Baublitz, and teacher assistant, Amy Bermudez, guided their students through the activity. The students learned about the components of the blender and how ice cream, milk, and whipped cream are all dairy products.

The students enjoyed making the milkshakes and found it amusing to be warned to keep their hands on the blender lid so it wouldn’t explode!

Devers Principal Craig Linn, was treated with a handmade shake while listening to all the academic progress the students made this week. It was a rewarding activity that also coincided with one of the warmest days this week!

— Paul Andriukaitis, School Social Worker


Devers students honor York City firefighters, emergency personnel

Posted on October 2nd, 2017

Students interviewing firefightersThe Devers 7/8 team hosted an “Appreciation Day” for all York City Police, Firefighters and Emergency personnel on Friday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mayor Kim Bracey also stopped by! Students listening to Mayor Kim Bracey

Students served a light breakfast of coffee, juice and coffee, and then transitioned to a light lunch of hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks.

Younger students got to see the fire trucks, while older students interviewed some firefighters.

During this time of remembrance of 9/11, we are taking the time to thank the emergency personnel of York City for all that they do for our city on a daily basis.

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Pre-K students investigate their five senses

Posted on September 25th, 2017

The Pre-K students in room 6 at Devers K-8 are investigating objects using their senses.

They said, “We see with our eyes!” They cut out and glued some of their favorite pictures in magazines for our sight poster.

They also worked diligently on our hearing and feeling posters. They experimented with sound tubes trying to guess what was in each, and felt very interesting things on our feeling wheel.

We are learning a lot in Ms. Conforti and Ms. Staggers’ Pre-K room!


Students experiment with gravity, cohesion and surface tension at Devers

Posted on September 8th, 2017

Can you defy gravity to balance a craft stick on a chopstick?!

Well, 3rd and 4th grade students in Mr. McIntyre’s and Ms. Petry’s classes at Devers did just that.

Students really fought through the frustrations and struggles that come along with being a scientist during this experiment. They balanced the craft stick on the chopstick by changing the craft stick’s center of gravity.

After this experiment, they were balancing professionals. They went on to balance anything they could find, ranging from straws, pencils, and even toilet paper tubes.

Students were literally jumping with joy when they finally figured out the solution to this balancing act!

— Kelly Petry, Devers teacher


Last week, students in 5th and 6th grades at Devers practiced their science lab skills in an experiment involving cohesion and surface tension.

Students measured drops of water on a coin, carefully adding as many drops as possible until the surface tension could no longer hold the volume of water, and the water leaked off of the coin. Then, students applied a mystery solution to their coin and repeated the experiment.

We discovered that our mystery solution reduced the amount of drops we could keep on a coin, and we inferred that the mystery solution must have changed the cohesive properties of the water in some way, making it less cohesive.

Can you guess what our mystery substance was? Hint: you use it every day at your sink…

— Denise Mace, Devers teacher



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