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WMES Student is a Published Artist

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016

Students at Waller Mill Elementary School (WMES) participated in the national Kindness Matters: 50 Ways to Create a Kinder World art contest in January 2016. School staff recently learned that an artistic piece by WMES fifth grader Reagan Murphy was selected to be one of 50 showcased in an international book. Read more



GMS Hometown Hero

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016

York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs surprised a Grafton Middle School (GMS) student at school this week to present him with the department’s Hometown Hero award. Nate Lambright, a sixth grade student, caught the sheriff’s attention when he learned that Nate, who has cerebral palsy, recently participated in a triathlon and placed third in his category. While presenting him with his certificate and award, the sheriff told Nate that he was being honored for his commitment and perseverance. “It should be a message to everyone that if you try hard enough and have the right attitude you can do anything,” said Sheriff Diggs. Read more



YMS Student Named Semifinalist in National Science Competition

Posted on: Friday, September 23, 2016

Karley Haskiell, a seventh grade Yorktown Middle School (YMS) student, was recently selected as a semifinalist in the 2106 Broadcom MASTERS national middle school science and engineering competition — the nation's most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom Foundation announced that Haskiell was selected for this honor from a pool of more than 6,000 nominees from affiliated science fairs across the United States. Of the 300 semifinalists representing 37 states, 15 were selected from Virginia. Haskiell’s, Let It Grow! Capitalizing On Soil Capillarity!, was the only Hampton Roads area project recognized as a semifinalist entry. Read more



Microsoft Innovative Educator

Posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

Paula Kohrt, manager of Network Administration for the division, has been named as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert joining the more than 4,800 educators in the MIE Expert program worldwide. Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educators to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other as a global community dedicated to improving student outcomes through technology. Read more



All 19 Schools Fully Accredited

Posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

The York County School Division has achieved 100% accreditation for the 2016-17 school year from the Virginia Department of Education. Schools’ accreditation ratings reflect overall SOL passing rates from the previous school year in the four core academic areas of English, math, history and science. Of the 132 school divisions in the state, only 53 have all schools fully accredited this year. Read more



GBES Teacher Earns National Award

Posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

Carol Bauer, a fourth grade teacher at Grafton Bethel Elementary School (GBES), is the recipient of the National Education Association (NEA) Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence. This highly respected national award is given to a select few teachers each year. A recent Teacher of the Year for GBES, she was nominated by the Virginia Education Association to receive the award. Bauer will travel to Washington, D.C. in February to receive the award and a $10,000 prize at the NEA Foundation Gala. “We are proud to have Carol represent the school division. She is an excellent advocate for both teachers and students,” stated Dr. Stephanie Guy, chief academic officer. Read more



YCSD National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Posted on: Friday, September 16, 2016

The York County School Division (YCSD) is pleased to announce that four students have been selected as 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. The program is based upon student performance on the PSAT taken during a student’s junior year. Congratulations to Bruton High School’s Rachel Brotherton, Grafton High School’s Katie Liu and Miroslava Marinova, and York High School’s David Lee. More than 1.4 million students, in more than 22,000 high schools around the country, entered the program by taking the 2013 PSAT. Of those, approximately 16,000 students were named semifinalists and can compete for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships that together are worth more than $33 million and will be awarded next spring. Read more



SBO Student Art Contest

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2016

The School Board Office recently unveiled the winners of the Spring YCSD Student Art Contest. The contest is open to all division students, with winners being selected at the elementary and secondary levels. Saige Hetke, a kindergartener at Tabb Elementary School, was awarded the elementary prize for her tiger drawing, while Bruton High School's Katie Grimes earned the secondary prize with her watercolor piece. Both pieces of artwork join a permanent display of student artwork at the School Board Office. Read more



Girls on the Run Service Project

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2016

The Girls on the Run (GOTR) club at Dare Elementary School baked and sold $455 worth of baked goods during three after-school functions. The girls wanted to donate the money raised to a local no-kill animal shelter. Recently, students, coaches and parents met at Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (PAWS) after school and delivered the donation. PAWS operates completely on donations. The girls learned about how this shelter came about and how much money it takes to provide for these cats each day. Everyone was all smiles to see what their hard work did to support the shelter. Thank you so much to the Dare Girls on the Run club (and their parents) for making this all happen. Read more



TMS Donates $1,700 to Local Charity

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2016

Tabb Middle School (TMS) students worked to raise awareness on the issue of dog fighting and stop the use of bait dogs. Students researched the issue and measures currently in place and decided the best way for them to help was to raise money for a local dog rescue, XOXO Pet Rescue, to help save as many dogs as they could. Students held multiple fundraisers and raised a total of almost $1,700 to donate to the organization. Read more



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