Tomorrow Wednesday, April 14, 2021, is a full student learning day. All students should continue following their learning schedules based on their cohort for the day. All students will be dismissed at their normal scheduled time. Thank you.

Mañana, 14 de abril, 2021, es un día completo de aprendizaje para los estudiantes. Todos los estudiantes deberán continuar siguiendo sus horarios de aprendizaje basado en sus grupos para este día. Todos los estudiantes terminaran sus clases a su horario normal. Gracias.

Information about the enhanced Hybrid Learning Model for the 4th Marking period is now available on the website. This mode of enhanced learning will begin on Monday, April 12, 2021. Please take the time to read the entire document and contact your child's school if you have any questions: CLICK HERE

La información para el modelo mejorado  de aprendizaje hibrido para el cuarto periodo de notas esta disponible en nuestro sitio en la red. Este modelo mejorado  se implementará el lunes, 12  de abril del 2021. Favor de tomar el tiempo de leer este documento en su totalidad y  si tiene alguna pregunta comuníquese con la escuela de su estudiante. Haga clic aquí

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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.

William Penn Students Compete in York Fair Art Contest

Posted on September 12th, 2016

For the third year in a row, students from the William Penn High School Art Department are competing in an art contest at the York Fair. On Sept. 10, Tajira Wilson and Jeremy Bultron worked on their individual pieces for 4.5 hours and completed a colored chalk drawing following the theme ‘fair food.’ The pieces will be on display the week of the fair. Judging will be by ballot, with the public voting for their favorite.



McKinley Hosts Genius Hour

Posted on March 10th, 2016

A group of 7th and 8th grade students are meeting every afternoon at McKinley for “Genius Hour” to work on projects they’ve chosen. The idea was inspired by Google, where employees are given 20 percent of their work time to pursue personal projects (Gmail was created by this process).

This student, Luis Montalvo, is developing an app for managing type 1 diabetes. Montalvo, an 8th grader, said he’d like to be a doctor when he grows up.


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