School District Of The City Of York

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.


Devers Flag Flying Thanks to Firefighters

Posted on March 10th, 2016

The light on the flagpole at Devers recently broke, which meant that the school wasn’t able to fly its flag at all. The school’s generous neighbors donated a new light and the awesome York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services stepped in to complete the task.

It really does take a village. A huge thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Waughtel for making sure Devers could fly its flag with pride.


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