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York High Class of 1958 greets current students, pays it forward

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Life Skills students at William Penn Senior High School participate in a weekly community-based work experience to gain valuable competences and life lessons.

Because transportation is not available, the students and teachers walk to the multiple properties as part of the work experience. The participation in this program helps earn money to support the Life Skills program. The dedicated students are like your mail carrier in that the weekly trips are not always in the perfect weather.

A recent week was no exception, as temperatures were in the low 20s and the students worked diligently and walked almost 5 miles to clean properties in the York community. A quick warm-up stop at a coffee shop gave us optimism as teachers, students, and former Bearcats crossed paths.

After explaining to a table of former Bearcats why we were walking in the cold, they offered money so that the students could get a warm drink. After well wishes and ‘thanks yous’ were exchanged, a photo was taken as a constant reminder to pay it forward. We always hope that students learn responsibilities and respect while also conquering the daily classroom goals and obstacles.

Last week in an unlikely place, the two came together and warmed hearts. Thank you “Class of 1958” (Shirley Sense and Pat Hostel) for showing our students how to pay it forward!

— By Michelle Masco and Kelly Lilly  (York High Life Skills Support Teachers)

 

Local church volunteers to transform Devers halls

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Many volunteers of the LCBC congregation donated their time and energy around the recent holiday to make many need changes to the hallways at Devers K-8. 

Pastor Paul Atkinson organized the event and provided the school with a makeover that surprised staff, parents and students when they arrived back to the building.

Above each classroom doorway, there is now a PRIDE paw print showing the components of character that our students are expected to demonstrate each day.  Also, large Bearcat prints are evident as you enter the school and walk the hallways.

“It is such a powerful change, as we have transitioned from Lions to Bearcats,” said Craig Linn, principal at Devers. “We needed a makeover – because we had Lion prints and ROAR signs that are now a part of our past. The new displays help our staff and students to truly adopt the concept of Bearcat PRIDE.”

Devers thanks LCBC and Pastor Paul for the hard work and courage to make these great changes. We appreciate the relationship we have, and will continue to foster that throughout the years.

Goode kicks off One School, One Book reading program

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Goode K-8 started the One School, One Book program last week in support of Ms. Jeanne Lippy’s Distributive Leadership project. Our school had the opportunity to vote on the book that every student in K-8 would be reading and The One and Only Ivan is the book that was chosen for the first round of this program.  

I am extremely impressed with how well our school community is collaborating with this project. Over break, teachers had the opportunity to read the book in advance, and I saw numerous Facebook posts to Ms. Lippy (Goode teacher) telling her how awesome the book was and how excited teachers were to start this book once winter break was complete.

After the school kick-off to the book, I saw more Facebook posts of families on our school page reading the book together. One family even typed up copies of the questions in the back of the book for every child and parent so they could discuss the book together.

In the building, you see a sea of “Ivan” books as kids are carrying it between classes, to encore classes, in the cafeteria, and some are reading while walking in line.

In my own classroom, students are reading the book every chance they get and are days ahead of the schedule set up by the program. I even had students reading the book while waiting outside during a fire drill! Also, students who usually give me a hard time about independent reading can’t put the book down!

This book has brought our close school community even closer. I hear stories of siblings reading to younger siblings, parents asking teachers for more work to go with the book and teachers sharing resources for the book with each other across grade levels. Even Principal Randy James is reading the book!

Thank you, Ms. Lippy, for bringing our school closer together!

— By Stefanie Moyar, Goode teacher

 

BMA honors York City school ‘trailblazers’

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Congratulations to four members of our Bearcat family!

Among its recipients for this year’s MLK Image Awards, the Black Ministers Association of York has selected Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Dr. Linda Brown, School Police Chief Michael Muldrow and School Director Juanita Kirkland.

This is the fourth year the BMA is honoring “trailblazers in and around York, who like Dr. King, promote community improvement, relationships, faith, education and community service.”

     

 

York High announces 2017 spring musical

Posted on January 25th, 2017

William Penn Senior High School students will perform “Memphis” on April 8 and 9 in the high school auditorium.

Adult tickets are $5 and students are $3.

“Memphis” is set in the places where rock and roll was born in the 1950s: the seedy nightclubs, radio stations and recording studios of the musically-rich Tennessee city.

With an original score, it tells the fictional story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that he meets one fateful night on Beale Street. Despite the objections of their loved ones (Huey’s close-minded mama and Felicia’s cautious brother, a club owner), they embark on a dangerous affair.

As their careers rise, the relationship is challenged by personal ambition and the pressures of an outside world unable to accept their love.

 

Bearcat football team volunteers to clean city streets

Posted on January 25th, 2017

It was their first day of their holiday break, but these Bearcats weren’t sitting at home.

 

Led by Coach Russ Stoner, about 20 members of the York High football team volunteered their time on a Thursday morning to pick up litter throughout the city. They walked south on George Street from Smalls Field to Jackson Street, cleaning all the way.

 

Afterward, the boys returned to their field house for some much-deserved pizza provided by the York County Economic Alliance and School Director Lois Garnett.

 

 

McKinley wraps ‘Scarves in the Park’

Posted on January 25th, 2017

For the second year, McKinley’s site coordinator for Communities in Schools organized students for a winter community service project. The coordinator, Alex Kadyszewski, calls it “Scarves in the Park.”

Scarves are donated to McKinley, and then students take them to Penn Park and hang them on the trees for the homeless and needy. They wrapped more than 40 scarves around Penn Park’s trees this year.

This is just one of the many ways McKinley reaches out into our community to help and support them.

 

Art class empowers Ferguson students

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Seventh and eighth grade students at Ferguson K-8 have an exciting opportunity this school year to share their voices in art class. Art teacher Roxanne Hotaling has challenged students with a choice-based art curriculum.

Choice-based art education gives students the opportunity to respond to their own ideas and interests through making art. Students are assessed based on the quality of their ideas they take from start to finish.

“I challenged students to start the year by creating artwork that shares a personal and powerful message. I have several students taking on national as well as local social justice issues. I have students creating artwork to enact change,” Ms. Hotaling said.

How are students engaging in their work? Ms. Hotaling has challenged 7th and 8th grade students to think about how artists engage with the issues of their time.

Students were asked, “What are current social issues that impact your life?”

As a group, students discussed social justice issues in regards to their school community, York City, across the country, and worldwide.

Students engaged in powerful conversations about topics like inequality, education, the environment, human rights and violence. Students choose their materials to create artwork in response to their social topic.

 

Hannah Penn students surprise staff with ‘thanks’

Posted on January 25th, 2017

Days before leaving for the winter break, the after school program students surprised the staff and faculty at Hannah Penn with a beautiful ‘thank you’ message. It was much needed as we entered the holiday break and a reminder of the impact we have on our students. The students created beautiful ornaments as well as an amazingly heartfelt poem. The poem encourages the staff to know that our students are thankful for all that we do to support them.

One of the lines states, “You may never get to know what blossoms from this little seed, But I will never forget how you cared and fought for me in my time of need.”

Our students were able to give us exactly what we didn’t know we needed. We love our Bearcats and are thankful for their kindness just when we needed it.

— Kelly Koerner, Hannah Penn Assistant Principal

 

Visit From Governor Tom Wolf

Posted on September 13th, 2016

A visit from the governor and an announcement of big plans further underscored a great start to the 2016-17 school year for the School District of the City of York.

Last year, Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes proudly walked the governor around the halls and into the classrooms at Goode K-8, where the district’s literacy initiative is always on full display.

This time, Dr. Holmes invited Gov. Tom Wolf to see for himself the good work happening at the STEAM program at Ferguson K-8.

Gov. Wolf told reporters after the tour that he saw elementary students studying science in a way that wasn’t introduced to him until his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gov. Wolf also said he supports the emphasis on creativity in the district’s STEAM program.

Dr. Holmes told reporters during the governor’s visit that the district is exploring the possibility of starting a STEAM Academy to serve more York City students.

An exploratory committee is forming now, and Dr. Holmes plans to present a proposal to the school board in the spring.

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