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Instructional Material Review

Posted on: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The York County School Division is currently conducting an Instructional Material Review (IMR) process for K-8 Mathematics, History/Social Science 6 and 7, AP Chemistry, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, and Discrete Mathematics. All textbooks, teacher resources, student materials and electronic materials are reviewed and adopted through this process. Materials that correlate highly with the Virginia Standards of Learning, YSCD curriculum, and The College Board were targeted for the review process. At this time, parents and community stakeholders are invited to review, and provide feedback, on the materials recommended for adoption. The public preview day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the YCSD School Board Office in conference room D. Read more



Grafton Complex Status Update

Posted on: Thursday, February 06, 2020

Monday’s fire, though contained to the electrical room, resulted in a total loss of the main electrical distribution panel for the complex leaving the building without power. While smoke spread through the entire complex, the only sprinkler heads activated were those in the electrical room. The greatest impact of the smoke damage is on the middle school side of the complex. Read more



Grafton Complex Closed - Feb. 6 & 7

Posted on: Tuesday, February 04, 2020

This is an important message from the York County School Division regarding the status of the Grafton Complex. Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School will remain closed to all students and staff through Friday, February 7, 2020. Read more



Grafton Complex Closed - Feb. 4 & 5

Posted on: Monday, February 03, 2020

Just before 4 pm today, school administrators initiated evacuation procedures due to reports of an electrical issue in the main electrical room. As emergency responders arrived, an active fire was discovered. The fire was contained to that electrical room though smoke did spread through parts of the building. Due to the nature of this incident, power to the building remains off and Dominion Energy is on site assessing the situation. We do not yet have an estimate for power restoration or a timeline for necessary repairs. Therefore, school is canceled for Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School tomorrow Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5. Read more



WMES First Grade Habitat Project

Posted on: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Jamie Looby’s first grade class at Waller Mill learned all about animals during their Animal Unit in science. Students learned that animals need air, water, food, and shelter. Students classified animals based on being mammals, reptiles, birds or amphibians. They then learned more about where they live, how they move, body coverings, etc. To show what they have learned, students had the opportunity to put it all together and make a 3D model of an animal of their choice. Students then presented their animal to the class, along with important information about the animal Read more



My School is So Proud of Me!

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Seaford Elementary School administrators and staff took a field trip to visit the homes of some special students last night as the school launched its new Signs of Excellence program. The surprise visit were to recognize students who stand out in terms of perseverance, respect, responsibility, caring, and citizenship. Each student received a certificate and a yard sign that reads "My School is so Proud of Me!" Principal Barbara Nagel shared that they to continue these home visits every few weeks - so be on the lookout for these signs throughout the York zone! Read more



Principal for a Day Program

Posted on: Monday, January 27, 2020

The York County School Division will host its fourth annual Principal for a Day program on Tuesday, January 28. The program, which pairs local elected officials and community leaders with a principal, provides participants the opportunity to learn first-hand about the issues facing today’s educators and administrators. Activities will range from staff meetings, parent conferences, classroom observations, lunchroom and carpool duty, as well as the many unexpected events that occur every day. The day will conclude with a reception for all participants at the Freight Shed in Yorktown. Read more



Bus Stop Incident

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2020

As you know, safety is a top priority for the division. As such, we are letting you know that this morning, division staff received a report of potentially suspicious individuals in a dark-colored vehicle seen near a bus stop on Eagle Loop in the Langley housing community serving Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Middle, and Tabb High schools. This information has been reported to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office for further investigation. While information is very limited at this time, we wanted to take this opportunity to share some safety tips regarding school bus stops. Young children should be supervised whenever possible at the bus stop and while walking to and from the stop. Students should walk in groups or use a buddy system whenever possible. And remember, if you see a suspicious vehicle in your neighborhood – particularly during the pick-up and drop-off bus stop times, please report this information to the Sheriff’s Office and the school. Read more



Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

Posted on: Thursday, December 05, 2019

Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest nationwide. This year, three Tabb Middle students won all three awards at our local level. Congratulations to first place winner, Jacob Grieme; second place winner, Jatin Tiwari; and third place winner, Sinaya Hairston. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting an essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. Each entry was carefully evaluated by a team of VFW Post 824 members and was considered for criteria such as theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. Read more



Calendar Development Update

Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The School Board received a brief update on the development of school calendars at Monday night’s work session. Dr. Shandor informed board members that the YCSD calendar committee will develop a 2020-21 calendar with a start date of Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (the day after Labor Day). This decision was made in agreement with other regional school divisions, after determining that more time is needed to thoroughly review, and address, the stakeholder feedback provided through surveys conducted in September. Throughout this school year, both the YCSD and regional calendar committees will use the survey feedback to develop proposals for the 2021-22 school year that will include options for a pre-Labor Day start. Read more



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