Details About William Penn Senior High School Evacuation

Details about response to accident involving district school bus

This morning, a bus transporting students from William Penn Senior High School to the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy was involved in an accident. Six students were transported to the hospital for assessment of possible injuries. As of 3 p.m., each of the students had been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the school bus was also transported to the hospital. All other students on the bus were evaluated by school nurses.

The school district contacted parents of the affected students and will report more information to the public when it is available. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we continue to investigate.

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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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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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Classroom seating flexibility works for Ferguson 1st grade

Posted on October 2nd, 2017


First Grade Teacher, Ferguson K-8

For the past few years, I have been researching flexible seating benefits and options. Even though I was a little anxious about taking the leap and having my desks removed, I decided to do it this year because I will be looping with this class.

  Kids are not the same as they were years ago when desks were the only way to go. Our students can’t sit for extended periods of time, and they shouldn’t have to. Flexible seating gives them the opportunity to move and creates some “buy-in” as they have a choice. It also helps with some classroom management once established.

In my classroom, we have a couch and chair, scoop rockers, bean bag chairs, pillows, carpet squares, standing desks, typical desks, “kid seats” (the blue and red folding floor chairs), and tables that are 18 inches off the ground for sitting or kneeling. Early on, the students seemed to gravitate to the couch and scoop rockers. Now that they have been using them daily, I can see that they each have favorite things and are starting to pick what works best for them.

The kids really like this because they aren’t required to be in one spot all day. They can move around a lot more and decide where they will learn best. Of course, I always reserve the right to move a student if they aren’t picking a spot where they can learn.

I feel as though flexible seating is making a huge difference in terms of student behavior and attention. It was a tad rough at first, logistically speaking, just because I was so used to being able to say “put that paper in your desk.” But now that I have worked out most of the kinks, my students are thriving.

Ms. Boser’s class welcomes hermit crabs Tidal and Sandy

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Ms. Michelle Boser’s Life Skills/LSS class at Ferguson has  class pets!

We welcomed hermit crabs Tidal and Sandy to our classroom.

They are a huge hit with the students, who are able to earn extra time holding and visiting the hermit crabs.

The students are learning how to care for them and what it will look like when the crabs shed their exoskeleton.


Third graders elect their teacher ‘class president’

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Last week, my Ferguson third graders began learning about the process of elections and why voting is so important.

We read the story “Duck for President” a few times and discussed what makes a great leader. We decided to have an election for class president — me (Ms. Oxley) vs. Duck from the story.

The students made their voter registration cards and campaign posters, and I gave a speech. On voting day, we made a makeshift voting booth and the students lined up waiting to vote. Inside the booth was a ballot for them to vote on and once they were done, they were given an ‘I Voted’ sticker!

We had some older students count the ballots and I won the presidential class election!

— Allison Oxley, Ferguson Teacher


Project builds PRIDE in Spanish class at Ferguson

Posted on September 8th, 2017

During the first week of school, students in Mr. Brian Miller’s Spanish classes at Ferguson K-8 had the opportunity to work on the Marshmallow Challenge.  

Students were given 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of tape, a yard of string, and a big marshmallow.

Their challenge was to work together as a team demonstrating PRIDE. The winning team was the one that built the tallest freestanding structure measured from the table top surface to the top of the marshmallow.

One group of 7th grade boys successfully built a tower that supported the marshmallow 52 centimeters from the top of the desk!

It was great to see so many teams thinking critically, collaborating, and communicating well to successfully complete the challenge!


Bus driver surprises student with 11th birthday celebration

Posted on August 28th, 2017

On Aug. 24, Ferguson celebrated the 11th birthday of one our of students. As the student arrived in her van, we were surprised to see her bus driver had decorated the van for her.

The bus driver had balloons and a little morning time birthday party when she picked her up this morning. We are so grateful for the support and interest in our kiddos that extends beyond our walls.

— Melanie Still and Kelly Koerner, McKinley Principals


Annual Fun Day celebrates Ferguson’s 2016-17 school year

Posted on June 8th, 2017

Ferguson held its Annual Fun Day this year with a Carnival Theme.

The Fun Committee along with several students planned and put on Fun Day for all of the Ferguson students. Students were even able to dunk some of the staff members in the dunk tank!


STEAM wows with Willy Wonka

Posted on May 24th, 2017

Congratulations to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students of the Ferguson STEAM program! These students were fabulous in their performances of “Willy Wonka” this weekend.

Also, we’re sending a big THANK YOU to the 7th and 8th graders of the STEAM program who have been busy sharing their experiences with students throughout the district. These students have helped district staff promote the Academy by demonstrating engineering projects and talking about choice-based art.

In August, the district is expanding the STEAM program to Edgar Fahs Smith School for grades 3-8.


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