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Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tuesday August 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Posted on August 24th, 2020

The School District of the City of York presents Virtual Town Hall Meetings.

Each school building will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss back to school information for families.

To access the meeting on the day of please click the “Zoom Link” and follow the instructions to access the meeting.

If you can not attend the Zoom meeting do not worry all virtual town hall meetings will be recorded and posted on our YouTube Channel!

Information on how to access Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

Town Hall Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/6896707023?pwd=WDdGdkhwN2h2ZVIzU000a0FKbzF4UT09

Presentamos las reuniones públicas virtuales de Bearcat!

El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de York presenta las reuniones públicas virtuales.

Cada escuela será la sede de una reunión virtual para discutir la información de regreso a la escuela para las familias.

Para acceder a la reunión del día de por favor haga clic en el “Zoom Link” y siga las instrucciones para acceder a la reunión. Si no puede asistir a la reunión de Zoom no se preocupe, todas las reuniones públicas virtuales serán grabadas y publicadas en nuestro canal de YouTube!

Información sobre cómo tener acceso a Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/es

las reuniones públicas virtuales: https://zoom.us/j/6896707023?pwd=WDdGdkhwN2h2ZVIzU000a0FKbzF4UT09









Local company surprises Jackson’s ‘Top Readers’ with bikes

Posted on December 19th, 2018

Springwood Hospitality, a York-based hotel development and management company, donated 20 new bicycles to students at Jackson K-8 identified as the school’s top readers.

Many of the students’ parents attended the giveaway event, which was a surprise to the students.  The bikes were delivered by Santa Claus.

Jackson 5th graders study neurobiology at York College

Posted on December 1st, 2018

For the second year in a row, a York College professor recently hosted a group of 5th graders from Jackson K-8 for “Neurobiology Brain Day.”

Dr. Daniel Curlick and his behavioral neuroscience students planned the day of kid-friendly experiments to teach them about the brain and its functions. The lesson included observations of real human and animal brains.

“Our students absolutely loved looking at all the different kinds of brains. They were so inquisitive and had all kinds of questions, both about the brain and college life in general,” said Leyna Rozon, the Communities in Schools coordinator for Jackson.

Rozon said the students had lots of questions: How do impact sports, like football, affect the brain in the long term? When does your brain stop growing? What happens if your brain does not reach its full size?”

The day included transportation in a campus shuttle and lunch in a campus dining hall.

“I think it definitely sparked an interest in several of our students to learn more about science and about pursuing higher education,” Rozon said.

Last year, Dr. Curlick’s York College students planned “Brain Day” as part of their coursework. Dr. Curlick did not teach that course this year but still wanted to host the event for Jackson students.

“So he reached out to all of his former students, and those that had not graduated all agreed to take the time out of their busy schedules and volunteer for this event, “Rozon said. “This was not part of class, they did not receive any credits or fulfill any volunteer hours for this. They simply did this out of the goodness of their hearts.”


District seeks parent liaison for Jackson 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 Jackson 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: Elodia Barajas-Zepeda at (717) 600-6365 or barajelo@ycs.k12.pa.us.

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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Jackson’s Communities in Schools coordinator wins national award

Posted on August 30th, 2018

Leyna Rozon, who serves Jackson K-8 as its Communities in Schools coordinator, has received a national award for her work to reduce the school’s out-of-school suspension rate.

The All In for Students Awards, created in 2007, honors the exemplary dedication of CIS staff, educators, community partners and CIS alumni, who go all in for students, empowering them to stay in school, graduate and go on to brighter futures. Image of Communities in Schools Coordinator

Recognizing a need for positive decision-making services within the school, Ms. Rozon has assisted hundreds of students through her self-facilitated groups focusing on reducing aggression and increasing self-esteem.

Ms. Rozon also works individually with an average of 55 students per year.

“I am a firm believer that every day might not be a good day but there is something good in every day, and I want my students to believe that too,” Ms. Rozon said.

The School District of the City of York first partnered with Communities in Schools for the 2014-15 school year. The dropout prevention program currently serves six district schools.

“Being nominated and winning this award is incredibly humbling. The students I work with are my biggest motivator, and I am just so lucky to be in the position to make a positive change in their lives,” Ms. Rozon said.

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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Welcoming our new pet – Sparkle the hamster

Posted on February 16th, 2018

Student look at Sparkle the hamster in its cage

Welcoming Our Classroom Pet in Jackson 124


The preschool classroom in Jackson 124 welcomed our newest student on February 12th – a four-legged Chinese dwarf hamster. The benefits of having a classroom pet were the driving factor to beginning this process. Benefits include but not limited to: building a sense of responsibility and empathy, curriculum enhancement and increasing enthusiasm for learning!

The process was simple and the learning experiences as a result of our new classmate have been innumerable. The children were involved in every step of the process. They were able to vote for the animal we would acquire between hamster, gerbil, mouse or rat. Once she was picked up from the pet store – she was transitioned into the classroom during our Unit focusing on needs of living and non-living things. The children again voted, this time on a name – Sparkle Darla Jackson. Finally, as a group we discussed the responsibilities of owning a pet, how we handle her, safety and health precautions and daily care routines.

Here’s what some of the children are saying about Sparkle:

“I’m happy we have a pet now.” – Azi’Ren

“She’s so cute. Someday, I want to see her run on her wheel!” – Gregory

“I love her because she is beautiful.” – Jaeriel

“I like to bring her food. Like carrots for Valentine’s Day!” – Mez’Aiel

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