Friday February 19, 2021- No Breakfast/ Lunch Served

This is an official message from the School District of the City of York. Friday, February 19, 2021, will continue as an Asynchronous or Independent At-Home Learning Day for all K-12 students. Your teacher will reach out for activities and assignments. Bearcat Cyber Academy students should follow their schedules as normal. Offices will open at 10:00 AM. Breakfast and Lunch will not be served today due to the inclement weather. Stay home and stay safe bearcats.

Este es un mensaje oficial del Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de York. El viernes, 19 de febrero de 2021, continuará como un Día de Aprendizaje Asincrónico o Independiente en Casa para todos los estudiantes de K-12. Los maestros de sus hijos se pondrán en contacto para darles las actividades y las asignaciones. Los estudiantes de la Academia Bearcat Cyber deberán seguir sus horarios normales. Las oficinas abrirán a las 10:00 AM. Les llamamos para informarles que el desayuno y el almuerzo no se servirán hoy debido al mal clima. Quédense en casa y manténganse seguros Bearcats.

Friday, Jan. 4: Girls JV basketball game at Boiling Springs canceled

Due to a flu outbreak at Boiling Springs High School, the girls' JV basketball game has been canceled. However, the varsity teams will still play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Boiling Springs. Get well soon, Boiling Springs! And good luck, Bearcats!

William Penn

William Penn Performing Arts Institute

The William Penn Performing Arts Institute provides high-quality training and arts education to students through a partnership with the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.  The program develops students academically, artistically and socially. As graduates of the institute, students will leave the school as independent, responsible and creative young adults with a lifelong interest in the arts. These skills prepare our students to pursue further educational goals (as artists or in other careers) and allow them to contribute to the community.

The institute’s co-curricular performance program provides a comprehensive classroom training experience combined with performance opportunities. All students are provided the opportunity to participate in after-school performances and touring companies that perform throughout the area. Students are given the opportunity to perform at local festivals, guest artist workshops, touring ensembles and school performances that are showcased each season at the high school and the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Students can currently take the following classes: playwriting, creative writing, directing, acting I, acting II, acting for film, stage make-up and costume design, dance ensemble (ballet and tap), tap, hip hop, technical theatre I and technical theatre II.

Performing Arts classes have increased from 200 students to almost 300 students in the past three years. Seven new classes have been added since the program began.

During the 2016-17 school year, the stage make-up and costume design class created Kabuki masks (photo below). They learned to do all different types of injury make-up, such as frost bite, burn wounds and open cuts. They also learned the difference between stage, ballet, and cabaret make-up.

The hip hop classes learned break dancing, locking, popping, tutting, and free-style forms of dance. The classes performed at school pep rallies and assemblies, as well as at the Appell Center. Playwriting classes wrote 10-minute plays and entered them in the Appell Center’s Playwriting Festival.

Acting classes have worked on physical theatre, voice, improvisation and one acts. Acting for film classes created commercials and short movies and learned the ins and outs of film.

Each year, the institute produces a fall play and spring musical. Auditions are open to any William Penn student.

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