Devers K – 8

Devers K-8 closed Thursday, Oct. 26 for Act 80 Day

Posted on October 18th, 2017

The Board of School Directors for the School District of the City of York has approved a schedule of Act 80 days to give district teachers time for professional development.

On an Act 80 day, the school is closed to students. All other schools, unless otherwise noted, are open.

Devers K-8 will be closed for an Act 80 day on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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.

Children listening to instruction from firefighters


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



Devers tackles science in first week of 2017-18 school year

Posted on August 28th, 2017

During the solar eclipse on the first day of school, students in my 3rd grade class at Devers worked in cooperative groups to complete their KWL chart of what they already knew, what they want to learn and what they just learned about the solar eclipse! It was an amazing activity to do on the first day of school! This was their first experience of a solar eclipse.

Our teaching team created a packet to explain the moon and sun. Then, we went onto YouTube and National Geographic websites that showed the students how the sun and moon will move and cover. During the totality of the eclipse, we watched it on live stream in our classroom.

— Denise Waughtel, 3rd grade teacher


I created a Donors’ Choose fundraiser this summer to purchase updated science equipment for our school, and we received full funding before the beginning of the year!

Our materials arrived on the first day of school, and already my students are learning like they never did before. We are putting our safety goggles to use this week, and our microscopes will be invaluable during our life science unit.

We have new beakers, graduated cylinders, slide-making sets, and tongs to use in our classroom. The students are very excited, and so am I!

— Denise Mace, grades 5/6 teacher



Students learn organic farming at York Farm Fresh Gardens

Posted on June 8th, 2017

Last week, Mr. Jim McIntyre and Ms. Kelly Petry’s classes went on a field trip to a local urban garden called York Farm Fresh Gardens located on Willis St. — which is close enough for us to walk there from Devers.

Even with being in the neighborhood, a lot of students didn’t know about the garden. They learned about what qualifies as organic farming and why there’s an important distinction. They also learned about the plants and a drip irrigation system that they created there.

The owner told us he also runs a garden close to Goode school and another one on Roosevelt Avenue. He is hoping to get the gardens to a point of self-sustainability for the residents of York City to have access to fresh, healthy food near them.

The students are applying some of the concepts to our own garden here at Devers.

Devers students earn a haircut for their principal

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Devers Principal Craig Linn challenged his 3rd-8th graders to show what they know on the PSSA test.  Students could earn a ticket for being on time, giving their best effort and showing respect to other test takers.

The Devers student body earned 10,016 tickets — meeting Mr. Linn’s challenge of 10,000 tickets to see their principal get his head shaved.  Mr. Linn smiled and grimaced as he watched chunks of hair fall from his head amid cheers from the students:  “Cut it off!  Cut it off!”


Basketball talents bring positive message to Devers

Posted on May 8th, 2017

At our Shooting4Peace assembly for grades 3-8 at Devers, students dutifully sat and watched our presenters.

They included Bruce Crevier, a contestant from America’s Got Talent, and Kevin Capers, an NBA player. These talented men spun multiple basketballs at once in various poses including on-top of a unicycle. Bruce talked to the students about the importance of P.A.T.H. (Purpose, Attitude, Think of Others, and Higher Standards). Bruce imparted a memorable quote upon students: “An attitude is like a flat tire… If you don’t change it, you won’t go anywhere in life.”

Students were very engaged in the presentation and captivated from the beginning up to the end. Before leaving the assembly several classes of students mobbed both presenters asking to take a selfie with each and get their autographs.

— Kevin Leitzel, behavior specialist


Earn Bearcat PAWS to spend at Devers school store

Posted on February 21st, 2017

The Positive Behavior Support Team at Devers is proud to announce the school store is operational!

In discussion with students, staff, and parents, it was decided recently that our Devers Bearcats needed options – especially the students who are earning PAW tickets here each and every day. We are already conducting reward activities that students can “buy into” with a certain number of PAWS. This has been going well, but the team was in search of more…..something a bit different.

At a recent meeting, team members decided that those students who are earning tickets each and every day seem to have extra PAWS, even after attending the reward activity. With donations from local stores, community organizations and a generous gift of funds from Central Administration, we will be able to offer students a chance to do a little shopping. The price of items is not money – PRIDE tickets are the cost. Items will range in price from one ticket to 50 tickets, and students are able to save their PAWS for the more expensive items.

We are excited to begin sales, and we have hung posters around the school to show many of the items for sale.  So far, kids and staff are excited to see how this may help bring the building together.

Earn those PAWS, Bearcats!

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