Parent Learning Option Intent Form

The School District of the City of York is working very hard to plan a safe return for our students and staff in the fall. As we shared with our school board recently, school will likely look different this year. We understand that every family is in a unique situation, health, and comfort level that we need to be ready to support. As a result, families will have two learning options for returning to school in Fall 2020 under the Green Phase. 1) In-person learning 2) K-12 Bearcat Cyber Academy. Please submit one form for each of your children enrolled at the School District of the City of York. This form will close on August 6, 2020 https://forms.gle/qzqL8Vk54xupmtDP9


El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de York está trabajando muy duro para planear un regreso seguro para nuestros estudiantes y empleados en el otoño. Como compartimos con nuestra junta escolar recientemente, la educación probablemente se verá diferente este año. Entendemos que necesitamos estar preparados para apoyar a nuestras familias ya que cada familia se encuentra en una situación, salud y nivel de confort único. Como resultado, las familias tendrán dos opciones de aprendizaje para volver a las clases en el otoño del 2020 en la Fase Verde. 1) Aprendizaje en persona 2) Academia Cibernética Bearcat K-12. Por favor, envíe un formulario por cada uno de sus hijos matriculados en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de York. Este formulario se cerrará el 6 de agosto del 2020 https://forms.gle/qzqL8Vk54xupmtDP9

Friday, Jan. 4: Girls JV basketball game at Boiling Springs canceled

Due to a flu outbreak at Boiling Springs High School, the girls' JV basketball game has been canceled. However, the varsity teams will still play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Boiling Springs. Get well soon, Boiling Springs! And good luck, Bearcats!

William Penn

William Penn Performing Arts Institute

The William Penn Performing Arts Institute provides high-quality training and arts education to students through a partnership with the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.  The program develops students academically, artistically and socially. As graduates of the institute, students will leave the school as independent, responsible and creative young adults with a lifelong interest in the arts. These skills prepare our students to pursue further educational goals (as artists or in other careers) and allow them to contribute to the community.

The institute’s co-curricular performance program provides a comprehensive classroom training experience combined with performance opportunities. All students are provided the opportunity to participate in after-school performances and touring companies that perform throughout the area. Students are given the opportunity to perform at local festivals, guest artist workshops, touring ensembles and school performances that are showcased each season at the high school and the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Students can currently take the following classes: playwriting, creative writing, directing, acting I, acting II, acting for film, stage make-up and costume design, dance ensemble (ballet and tap), tap, hip hop, technical theatre I and technical theatre II.

Performing Arts classes have increased from 200 students to almost 300 students in the past three years. Seven new classes have been added since the program began.

During the 2016-17 school year, the stage make-up and costume design class created Kabuki masks (photo below). They learned to do all different types of injury make-up, such as frost bite, burn wounds and open cuts. They also learned the difference between stage, ballet, and cabaret make-up.

The hip hop classes learned break dancing, locking, popping, tutting, and free-style forms of dance. The classes performed at school pep rallies and assemblies, as well as at the Appell Center. Playwriting classes wrote 10-minute plays and entered them in the Appell Center’s Playwriting Festival.

Acting classes have worked on physical theatre, voice, improvisation and one acts. Acting for film classes created commercials and short movies and learned the ins and outs of film.

Each year, the institute produces a fall play and spring musical. Auditions are open to any William Penn student.

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