Davis K – 8

Davis K-8 celebrates Cultural Heritage Night

Posted on October 28th, 2018

On Oct. 24, Davis K-8 celebrated diversity and cultural heritage with students and their families.

Families from China, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico and other countries came together to share their cultures.

Above, English Learner students sing the “Good morning” song in three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese.

District seeks parent liaison for Davis K-8

Posted on September 14th, 2018

The School District of the City of York is looking for parents/guardians to serve as liaisons between our schools and our students’ families. We have an opening at Davis K-8.

These volunteers facilitate communication between parents and school administrators. They help to plan meetings and work to include all stakeholders.

The Parent-School Liaison is bilingual or works closely with bilingual staff to ensure that all parents are given timely, adequate and appropriate notice of all meetings, programs, initiatives and news from the school and the district.

The Parent-School Liaison works with the District Parent Liaison to ensure that any parent who has expressed an interest in becoming more involved at the school is contacted. The Parent-School Liaison also works with the District Parent Liaison in networking between schools and at the district level on parent outreach activities.

Clearances are required to volunteer in this capacity.

If you are interested, contact Sandie Walker at (717) 873-9048 or walkesan@ycs.k12.pa.us.

All Pro Dad Breakfast set for Thursday, Sept. 13

Posted on August 31st, 2018

On Thursday, Sept. 13, Davis will host the first All Pro Dad Breakfast of the 2018-19 school year. This program is an opportunity for students and their family members to enjoy a light breakfast and conversation before school starts. Students are welcome to invite any adult family members with whom they share a strong bond: parents, grandparents, step parents, uncles, aunts, etc.

The first breakfast will be held from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Great Hall at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, which is located on the other side of Ogontz Street across from the school. A flyer about this program is being sent home with students. To participate, please return that flyer with your RSVP no later than Monday, Sept. 10.

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 jameseri@ycs.k12.pa.us.

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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 jameseri@ycs.k12.pa.us.

A PDF version of the report is available by clicking the image below.

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Davis Dollars and school store promote good behavior

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Student in school storeDavis K-8 had our school store kick off on Thursday, Sept. 7. All students in grades K-8 are allowed to shop at the school store two times a month.

The students shop at the school store with their Davis Dollars and have a variety of things to spend their dollars on. Some of the items include school supplies, snacks, candy, arts and craft materials and much more!School store items for purchase

Students also can purchase their Fall Fest tickets from the school store. Fall Fest will take place at the end of October and cost 10 Davis Dollars to attend.

Many students have already purchased their Fall Fest tickets and are very excited for the activities they will be able to participate in that day. Fall Fest is the first PBIS activity that Davis will be holding.

— Emma English, Behavior Specialist


Davis students organize collection for Hurricane Harvey survivors

Posted on September 11th, 2017

After watching CNN student news and the coverage on Hurricane Harvey, fourth graders in Ms. Christina Powers’ class at Davis asked their teacher what they could do to help.

The class discussed some options and the students decided to organize a casual dress day to raise money.

They drafted an email to Principal Sweitzer and Assistant Principal Wolfgang asking for permission to hold a fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey victims. When they got the OK from their principals, students created flyers, counted them and handed them out to classrooms.

On Wednesday, they collected the money and helped to count the donations. They were super excited to take this picture and send it out to the Davis staff. The school raised $372.66!

Students holding up sign for amount raised for hurricane relief


1st and 2nd graders build academic stamina at Davis

Posted on September 11th, 2017

student readingFirst and second grade students at Davis have been learning about building stamina in reading and math. In reading, students are reading to themselves for longer periods of time. We have discussed and modeled the three ways to read and the difference between “real” reading and “fake” reading.students studying in classroom

In math, students are working in cooperative learning groups and applying new skills, through games and manipulatives. In writing, students are learning to increase their stamina by writing for longer periods of time. They are also learning new writing strategies to increase the details in their writing.


— Davis 1st/2nd grade team


Davis kicks off 2017-18 school year with Aloha Spirit

Posted on August 28th, 2017

teachers dressed up for Luau weekDavis K-8 kicked off the 2017-18 school year with a Luau Week in celebration of the Aloha Spirit!

“Aloha” is a Hawaiian word that means hello and goodbye. It also describes an attitude or a way of life — the Aloha Spirit:

Be in unity and harmony with your real self. Be honest, truthful, patient, kind to all life forms and humble.

Students started the week with the creation of an individual Tiki-making activity.

Tuesday was Bring a Beach Towel Day.

On Wednesday, students made lanterns to light the path to a positive school year.

Luau week decorationsThursday, they created palm trees using their handprints representing working collaboratively and cooperatively to achieve their goals.

The theme was carried through to our Open House, and on Friday the students participated in a PRIDE assembly to review the PRIDE behavior matrix and learn about our Davis Dollars rewards program.

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