Hearing on Helen Thackston charter scheduled for 10/17 has been canceled

The hearing officer has granted the joint request from counsel for both the Helen Thackston Charter School and the School District of the City of York to cancel a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The hearing is continued until Friday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.

School District Of The City Of York

Pre-K

Through a partnership with Community Progress Council, the School District of the City of York has provided a high-quality Pre-Kindergarten program for York City 4-year-olds since the 2007-08 academic year. The program has grown from six classrooms the first year to 13 classrooms in 2016-17, with at least one classroom in each of the district’s seven elementary schools.

Each classroom has a teacher and an assistant teacher. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 students. Pre-K teachers hold bachelor’s degrees and Pennsylvania Department of Education certificates in early childhood education.  The assistant teachers hold associate’s degrees or a Child Development Associate Certificate.

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. In fact, the state awarded the program more money for 2016-17 to expand Pre-K in York City.

A recent examination of PSSA data also showed that students who had attended the district’s Pre-K classes were showing significantly higher scores on their PSSA tests.

2017-18 Orientation Session

Parents/guardians of students entering Pre-K for the 2017-18 school year must attend one of two orientation sessions offered Wednesday, Aug. 16. Both sessions will be held in the cafeteria at William Penn Senior High School, 101 W. College Ave.

The first session is scheduled for 9 a.m., and the second session is scheduled for 4 p.m. You need only attend one session.

This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to learn about Pre-K policies and procedures. Copies of the parent handbook will be distributed.

If you have any questions, contact Pre-K Supervisor Julie Fabie at (717) 849-1398.

Julie Fabie

Pre-K Supervisor

Julie Fabie has been supervising the School District of the City of York’s Pre-K program since its start in 2007 with six classrooms.  Julie has been instrumental in the expansion of the program to 13 classrooms and is responsible for the general oversight of the program and supervision of Pre-K staff.

Julie grew up in Altoona, Pa. and graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School.  She received her degree in elementary education from Penn State University.  She also went on to receive her master’s degree at Millersville University and an early childhood certification from Shippensburg University.  She student taught in the York City School District and went on to be hired as a first grade teacher in 1987. She has taught first grade, second grade and kindergarten in the district. While teaching kindergarten, she discovered the importance of early childhood education in a student’s life.  In 2007, the district received the Pre-K Counts grant and Julie became the coordinator of the grant.  As the program grew, so did the responsibilities.  Her title then changed to Pre-K Supervisor.  Julie lives in York with her son, Dylan, and her two dogs, Winston and Chewie.

Pre-K FAQs

Research has shown that children who attend high quality pre-kindergarten programs do better in school and are less likely to experience school failure than those who do not attend.
Pre-K students come to school at 8:15 a.m. and dismiss at 2:30 p.m.
The Pre-K department has partnered with the officers of the York City School District Police Department to educate Pre-K students on safety issues like stranger danger and safe walking.  The students learn from a young age to see police officers as role models who are here to help.
Contact us at the Pre-K office by visiting 31 N. Pershing Ave. or by calling (717) 845-3571, extension 4052.
Registration occurs in the spring for the following school year. If the child will be 4 by August 31, they are eligible to attend. We do take registrations throughout the year as openings do occur when people move.  We try to maintain a waiting list as well.  To register, families need to provide:

 

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income

Yes. Pre-K students follow the district uniform policy for K-5 students
A small class size of no more than 20 students, two teachers in the classroom, a curriculum aligned with Pennsylvania Early learning Standards, regular review of your child’s progress and an emphasis on the social skills needed to transition into kindergarten.

For more information, please contact:

Vicki Landis, Pre-K Secretary
717-849-1398

Julie Fabie, Pre-K Supervisor
717-849-1398

Romy Steinauer, Pre-K Education Manager
717-845-3571 ext. 4035

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