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STEM Robotics at Tabb Middle School

Posted on: Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Tabb Middle School students know that building robots today will help them change the world tomorrow. Students in the Engineering Design and Problem-solving class collaborated with high school students in San Francisco to compare our bay issues from the East Coast to the West Coast. Students worked in teams of 3-4 using the Hummingbird Robotics kits to design robots to "Save the Bays." TMS students will showcase their devices to stakeholders during an in-class showcase Tuesday, June 5th. Additionally, members of the STEM robotics after-school programs participated in two competitions this weekend. Two of our five TMS Underwater Robotics teams advanced from the Regional Competition to compete in the International SeaPerch ROV Competition held at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth June 1-3. Competing with 170 teams from around the world these 6-8 graders exhibited valiant engineering efforts and performed in the top of their class: Olivia Chang, Claire Chang, David Sayre, Deana Brown, Adrian Legaretta and Finley Payne. Members of the TMS Land-based FIRST Lego Robotics team competed in this weekend's CNU STEM day Robotics Scrimmage. The veteran team of Tristan Holland and Jonathan Rice received a judges award for design efficiency and use of the gyroscope sensor. Our rookie team of Marissa Salisbury and Maria Koenig tied for 4th in their class. Congratulations to all teams for exemplifying the importance persistence, team work, and the power of the engineering design processes. "Build a bot-change the world!" Read more



BMES Top Fundraiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Posted on: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bethel Manor Elementary School was a top fundraising school for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients Student Series campaign, raising $5,397 and ranking #7 out of the top ten Virginia Schools! BMES also raised the most money online, with $3,280! Congratulations Bethel Manor students and staff, and thank you for all of your hard work to help blood cancer patients and their families! Read more



BMES Students Share Kindness

Posted on: Thursday, May 03, 2018

Bethel Manor Elementary School is dedicated to creating a culture of kindness. Mrs. Stephenson's kindergarten class read "What Does It Mean To Be Kind?" and then practiced what they had learned by writing complimentary notes to one another. Students took turns reading their notes aloud. Kindness is contagious! Read more



York River Academy Named Top 100 High School

Posted on: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Congratulations to York River Academy! YRA was just named one of the top 100 high schools in the country for financial literacy instruction by Working in Support of Education (W!SE). The W!SE Financial Literacy Certification program is used by high schools in 48 states. Students who pass the financial literacy test earn a nationally recognized financial literacy certification. The annual ranking is determined by the school’s average score on the certification test with consideration given to eligibility for free lunch and the proportion of test takers to the school population. Read more



Yorktown Elementary School Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Night

Posted on: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Students and parents attended Yorktown Elementary School’s annual Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Night Tuesday. Community partners such as the Virginia Institute for Marine Science (VIMS) and the Virginia Living Museum shared interactive displays highlighting math, science, and technology content. Students and parents engaged in activities specifically designed for each grade level to increase understanding and enthusiasm in the fields of math, science, and technology, as well as improve critical thinking and collaboration skills. Read more



YCSD After-School Activities Canceled

Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Schools will remain open for a full school day today, however after-school activities, including athletic practices and competitions, are canceled for today, March 21. Read more



YCSD Snow Forecast Advisory

Posted on: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

With the possibility of winter weather tomorrow, Wednesday March 21, York County School Division staff have been closely monitoring forecasts from the National Weather Service and we will continue to monitor conditions through the night and morning. At this time, all schools are scheduled to open on time tomorrow. However, due to the uncertain timing and potential impact of snowfall, we ask that you be prepared for the possibility of an early release for students. Please make sure your child knows where to go and what to do in the event an early release is announced. Any decisions to adjust school schedules tomorrow will be made through our normal communication channels, which include phone and email, postings to the division’s website and mobile app, and division social media sites. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we prepare for yet another weather-related event. Read more



Midterm Exam Survey

Posted on: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The York County School Division is conducting a brief survey regarding midterm exams for high school credit courses. The survey is open to students, parents, and teachers in grades 6 through 12. As you may know, inclement weather and school cancellations have impacted the administration of midterm exams in three of the last five school years, with the division either making exams optional or cancelling them. Recognizing the need for consistency across the division, a committee of secondary teachers and administrators developed guidelines in 2016 and requested further evaluation of the exam structure, relating to the consistency of administration, loss of instructional time, and impact on student learning. Feedback gained through this survey will be used to develop possible recommendations on the role of midterm exams in high school credit-bearing courses. This survey will remain open through Sunday, March 25. Read more



Letter to Families Concerning National School Walkout

Posted on: Thursday, March 08, 2018

The tragic events of February 14 in Parkland, Florida have led to many important discussions as a country regarding school safety. It has also prompted a call for a national school walkout on March 14, from 10 to 10:17 a.m., in recognition of the tragedy. Anticipating that our community may become involved in this movement, division and school administrators have developed plans for that possibility. Our intent is to meet both the division’s responsibility to provide a safe, secure learning environment for all students while recognizing the rights of students as outlined in the division’s Student Handbook & Conduct Code as well as the School Board Policy Manual. If a walkout should occur at any of our schools, classroom instruction will continue as planned. Students who choose to participate in a peaceful assembly will not be penalized but will be expected to follow the directions of school staff and adhere to school rules, including the dress code. School administrators will work with student leaders to ensure the walkout time is constructive, meaningful, and orderly. Staff will be assigned to specific duties as necessary. For example, staff members who are not leading instruction at the time of a walkout will be identified to supervise students in a designated area on campus. To help preserve our school environment, and minimize security concerns, members of the community, including parents, will not be permitted to participate in any student-led walkout on school grounds. Ultimately, decisions regarding student participation in events such as this are personal for each family. We encourage our families to have conversations before March 14 regarding the varying viewpoints that may exist among our community and the many other ways that students can make their voices heard on important topics. Read more



Yorktown Elementary Students Reach Their Goal

Posted on: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yorktown Elementary students are celebrating a milestone this week - and stretching to reach new goals. Since the beginning of the year the students and staff of YES have been working to read 12,500 books by May 1. The program is called Reading is MARVELous and it enlisted the help of some super friends to get students excited about reading. When you walk the halls of YES you can find Marvel character cutouts "talking" about what they're reading and why. The library bookcases are topped with Marvel action figures to show students that reading makes you a superhero! To help track students' progress, Media Specialist April Insley hung a banner outside of the library with letters to color in for every 300 books read. They achieved their goal well ahead of schedule, so now they plan to read 20,000 books! Read more



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