District to operate on 2-hour delay schedule Monday (3/4/19)

The school district will operate on a two-hour delay schedule Monday (3/4/19).
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grade should report to school no later than 10 a.m. Breakfast will not be served. (Exceptions: Pre-K students should report to school by 10:15 a.m. STEAM Academy students in 9th grade should report at 9:50 a.m. STEAM students in grades 3-8 should report at 10:15 a.m.)

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STEAM Academy accepting applications for 2019-20 school year

Posted on March 19th, 2019

The Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, a district school that emphasizes a project-based learning approach to education, is accepting applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Any student who lives in York City is eligible to apply. The STEAM Academy will serve grades 3 through 10 during the 2019-20 school year.

Students must submit an application to be considered for enrollment. A completed application for each grade level includes a student questionnaire, a parent/guardian questionnaire and a teacher recommendation. Students entering grades 5-10 must also submit an essay and secure a second teacher recommendation.

The deadline for completed applications is Monday, May 13. Applications may be submitted to the main office at the student’s home school or at the STEAM Academy, 701 Texas Ave.

Each application will be reviewed by a committee at the STEAM Academy, and acceptance letters will be sent by Friday, June 3. Students who are placed on the waiting list will be acknowledged via mail by June 7.

For more information, contact the STEAM Academy at (717) 849-1240. Applications are available in PDF format below and in the main offices of each school.

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Grades 3-4 | English

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Grades 5-10 | English

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Grades 3-4 | Spanish

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Grades 5-10 | Spanish

York’s Belmont Theatre announces youth summer programs

Posted on March 14th, 2019

The Belmont Theatre in York has opened registration for its summer 2019 youth programs.

The Belmont 2019 Summer Academy is offering a series of programs for children 5 and older. Programs range in cost from $200 to $400 per child.

More information is available on the theater’s website here and on the flyer below.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bearcats advance to Tuesday (3/12/19) playoff game

Posted on March 11th, 2019

The boys’ basketball team defeated Chartiers Valley on Friday, March 8 to advance to the next round of PIAA 5A playoffs.

The Bearcats will be back on the court Tuesday, March 12 for a 6 p.m. game against Mars. The game location is Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, 1510 N. Montgomery St. in Hollidaysburg.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the athletic office at William Penn Senior High School.

Advance tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets will also be sold at the door, but will cost $6 for everyone.

BOYS BASKETBALL: State playoff game set for 6 p.m. Friday (3/8/19)

Posted on March 6th, 2019

The Bearcat basketball season continues Friday at Chambersburg High School with a 6 p.m. state playoff game against Chartiers Valley. Tickets are $3.

We’re sending a fan bus! Tickets for the bus are $5 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis in the athletic office at William Penn. The bus will leave at 4 p.m. from the high school Friday.

District announces enrollment details for 2019-20 Pre-K program

Posted on March 4th, 2019

The School District of the City of York has announced the opening of the registration process for the 2019-20 Pre-K program.

Through a partnership with Community Progress Council, the School District of the City of York has provided a free, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten program for York City 4-year-olds since the 2007-08 academic year. Pre-K gives children a chance to learn, become excited about school and be better prepared for kindergarten. The research-based curriculum focuses on building children’s social and academic skills.

The district’s program has received consistently high scores from the state to prove the program’s high quality. Data analyses consistently show that students who had attended the district’s Pre-K classes achieve significantly higher scores on standardized tests than students who did not attend the Pre-K program.

Children who live in York City and who will be 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2019 are eligible for 2019-20 enrollment.

Parents/guardians must call (717) 849-1398 to make a registration appointment, which will be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on one of the following dates:

Wednesday, March 27
Thursday, March 28
Wednesday, April 10
Thursday, April 11

Please bring each of the following documents to your registration appointment:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Parent/guardian photo identification
  • Proof of address (such as a lease or utility bill)
  • Proof of income

More information about the Pre-K program is available here.

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BOYS BASKETBALL: On a winning streak, Bearcats compete again Thursday (2/21)

Posted on February 19th, 2019

Having clinched the title of YAIAA Division 1 champions for the fifth time since 2009, the Bearcats will compete at home Thursday against Northeastern for the second round of playoffs.

The Bearcats defeated New Oxford on Friday for the league title. On Monday, the team beat Gettysburg 85-50 in the first round of the District III boys 5A basketball championships.

Game 2 vs. Northeastern is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (2/21) at William Penn Senior High School. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door only and will cost $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Information about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program

Posted on February 14th, 2019

The Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTCP) was created pursuant to Act 85 of 2012.  This program enables eligible students residing within the boundaries of a low-achieving school to apply for a scholarship to attend another public or nonpublic school. A low-achieving school is defined as a public elementary or secondary schools within this Commonwealth that ranked in the lowest 15% of its designation as elementary for the 2013-14 school year based on the combined Mathematics/Algebra I and Reading/Literature scores from the annual assessments (PASA, PSSA, and/or Keystone) administered in the 2014.

Please click here for more information from the Pennsylvania Department of Education about the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program, including instructions to apply and parental responsibilities regarding child enrollment. More information is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website here.

The following district schools are designated as low-achieving:

Davis K-8

Devers K-8

Ferguson K-8

Goode K-8

Hannah Penn K-8

Jackson K-8

McKinley K-8

William Penn Senior High School

CALENDAR UPDATE: Schools will be open Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 11

Posted on February 6th, 2019

To minimize students’ exposure to extremely cold temperatures, the district closed all schools on Wednesday, Jan. 30 and Thursday, Jan. 31. As a result, the district will be open and students will be expected to report to school on the two remaining “snow make-up days” built into the 2018-19 calendar (which you can review here). Those days are Friday, Feb. 15 and Monday, March 11.

We have decided to operate on an early dismissal schedule on Friday, Feb. 15. This will allow teachers and parents/guardians to schedule parent/teacher conferences that were cancelled when schools closed due to the cold weather.

When schools operate on an early dismissal schedule, K-8 students are dismissed at 1:30 p.m. and William Penn Senior High School students are dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Students at the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy and all Pre-K students are dismissed at 1 p.m.

Monday, March 11 will operate on a full-day schedule.

Consider scheduling a parent/teacher conference with your child’s teacher on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 15. Contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to make an appointment.

The following letter to parents/guardians has been sent home with students.

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Preparing for cold weather: Here’s what parents/guardians should know

Posted on January 28th, 2019

Forecasters predict very cold temperatures in the York area through the end of this week. A letter from Acting Superintendent Dr. Andrea Berry is going home with students today (1/28/19) with helpful information about the District’s plan to notify families of closings/delays and ways we can work together to keep children safe and warm.

A PDF version of the letter is available here, and the text in both English and Spanish follows below:

Dear Bearcat Families,

I hope this letter finds you well on the 100th day of the 2018-19 school year! From our Pre-K youngsters to the Class of 2019 at William Penn Senior High School, the Bearcats are making us all so proud. I cannot wait for the spring season of musicals, art shows, science fairs and graduation ceremonies.

Though we may have begun the “spring” semester, winter is still upon us. Over the next few days, meteorologists have predicted very cold temperatures for the York area. I want us all to be as prepared as possible, so please take note of the following reminders:

Delays/Closings: If it is necessary to close or delay school for any reason, you will find that message delivered promptly on the following platforms: District website (www.ycs.k12.pa.us); District Facebook page (www.facebook.com/yorkcityschools); District Twitter account (@yorkcityschools); WGAL; CBS21; FOX43; ABC27; and robo calls. Please note that our system delivers robo calls only to the primary contact person for each child. If you do not receive a robo call, check with the office staff at your child’s school to ensure that your contact information is up to date.

Clothing: Kids grow fast, and it’s not always easy to maintain a wardrobe of cold-weather clothing for them. If you need some help with clothing items like gloves and hats, contact your child’s school. Each building maintains a supply of clothing items that students may need to stay safe and warm during the winter. You can also contact your school’s social worker or Communities in Schools site coordinator for additional resources.

Arrival to School: On extremely cold mornings, we will open the schools to accommodate early arrivals. The safety of our students is our top priority. However, we ask that you work with us by arranging for your child to arrive at school no more than 15 minutes before the official start time. Though it may be inconvenient, this is particularly important on one-hour and two-hour delay days because staff member schedules are also delayed.

Thank you so much for the privilege of educating your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school or District Administration at (717) 845-3571. Stay warm!


Andrea Berry, Ed. D.
Acting Superintendent of Schools


Estimadas Familias Bearcat,

¡Espero que esta carta los encuentre bien en el día número 100 de año escolar 2018-2019! Desde nuestros pequeñitos del Pre-Kínder hasta la Clase del 2019 de la Escuela Preparatoria William Penn, los Bearcats nos están haciendo sentir muy orgullosos. No puedo esperar a la temporada de primavera de musicales, exposiciones de arte, ferias de Ciencias y ceremonias de graduación.

Aunque ya hemos comenzado el semestre de “primavera”, el invierno todavía no termina. Los próximos días, los meteorólogos han precedido temperaturas muy frías para el área de York. Quiero que todos estén lo más preparados posible, así que por favor haga nota de lo siguientes recordatorios:

Entradas Tarde/Cierre de Escuelas: Si es necesario cerrar la escuela o entrar tarde a la escuela por cualquier razón, usted se va a dar cuenta que mandaremos un mensaje puntualmente en las siguientes plataformas: Pagina del Distrito (www.ycs.k12.pa.us); Pagina de Facebook del Distrito (www.facebook.com/yorkcityschools); Cuenta de Twitter del Distrito (@yorkcityschools);  canales de televisión WGAL; CBS21; FOX43; ABC27; y llamadas generales (robo-calls) para todo el distrito. Por favor tenga en cuenta que nuestro sistema de llamadas (robo-calls) solo entrega llamadas a la persona de contacto principal para cada niño. Si usted no recibe una llamada general (robo-call), chequee con el personal de la oficina de su escuela para asegurarse que la información de contacto este actualizada.

Ropa: Los niños crecen muy rápido, y no es fácil tener y guardar la ropa de invierno para ellos. Si usted necesita ayuda con algo de ropa como guantes y gorras, póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo. Cada escuela mantiene un suministro de ropa que los estudiantes puedan necesitar para estar abrigados y seguros durante el invierno. Usted también se puede comunicar con la trabajadora social de su escuela o con el coordinador del programa Communities in Schools en cada escuela para otros recursos adicionales.

Llegadas a la Escuela: En las mañanas que estén extremadamente frías, abriremos las escuelas para acomodar a los estudiantes que lleguen temprano. La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes es nuestra mayor prioridad. Sin embargo, le pedimos que trabaje con nosotros al hacer arreglos para que su hijo llegue a la escuela no más de 15 minutos antes de la hora oficial de entrada. Aunque pudiera ser algún inconveniente, esto es particularmente importante en los días de una-hora y dos-horas de entrada tarde porque el horario de los miembros del personal también es atrasado.

Muchas gracias por el privilegio de educar a sus hijos. Si ustedes tienen alguna pregunta o preocupaciones, por favor póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo o con la Administración del Distrito al (717) 845-3571. ¡Cuídense y abríguense!


Andrea Berry, Ed. D.
Superintendente de Escuelas en Turno


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