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YCSD Schools & Offices Two-Hour Delay - Dec. 10

Posted on: Sunday, December 09, 2018

All YCSD schools and offices are now scheduled to open on a two-hour delay tomorrow, Monday, December 10, 2018, due to weather conditions in several portions of the county. Essential personnel should report as directed by their supervisor. Our staff will be assessing the conditions throughout the night and morning. Should conditions warrant school closings in the morning, that announcement will be made no later than 6:30 a.m.

United Way School Kindness Week

Posted on: Friday, December 07, 2018

TheUnited Way of the Virginia Peninsula challenged school divisions acrossHampton Roads to celebrate KINDNESS during the week of November 12-16. YCSDstaff and students embraced this challenge, with special theme days and Coinsfor Kindness Bucket fundraisers.

TMS Wins Award at State FLL Competition

Posted on: Thursday, December 06, 2018

The Tabb Middle School Robotics team has had an exciting few weeks! On November 10, they were awarded first place overall champions at the FIRST Lego League Regional Competition. The TMS students went on to compete at the Virginia-DC State tournament held at James Madison University this past weekend with over 100 teams, 35 at the middle school level. Tabb Middle received the First Place Award in Core Values, one of four awards given by FIRST. This recognition seeks a balanced emphasis on all aspects of FIRST LEGO League in addition to the integration of teamwork and gracious professionalism. "The TMS Robotics team is grateful for the generous financial support from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, US Falcon, the York County School Division and the Tabb Middle School PTA," shared principal Heather Young.

YCSD Awarded DoDEA Partnership Grant

Posted on: Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The York County School Division has been awarded Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership grant. The $1 million grant will provide funding over five years to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for YCSD elementary and middle schools. The school division submitted a grant proposal - Skills, Opportunities, Academics, and Readiness (SOAR) – to increase experiences and preparation for student success in STEM-related career fields by funding innovative learning spaces, materials for afterschool STEM clubs, and staff professional development. In addition, summer enrichment STEM camps for military-connected students will be offered as a result of the grant. DoDEA grants are available to school divisions in which 15% or more of the student population is military connected. More than 44% percent of the students impacted by this grant (grades K-8) are military-connected students, and have unique needs due to frequent school transitions and parent

New Student Club at Magruder Elementary

Posted on: Thursday, November 29, 2018

Magruder Elementary School has launched a new student club this year - The Gentleman's Prep Club. Fifth grade teachers CraigReynolds and Michael Holley co-sponsored the club to help students discuss, practice, and model for others positive character traits in and out of school. The club meets during lunch, often hearing from special guest speakers. Guest speakers thus far have included members of the William & Mary men’s basketball team & local community leaders. The club already has30 members and is still growing! The only requirement is thata student wears a dress shirt and tie, as the sponsors have found that dressing for success helps our students feel confident and excited for attending the lunch and learn sessions.

TregoED Award

Posted on: Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The York County School Division and members of the division’s executive leadership team were recognized Monday with the prestigious Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education for excellence in collaborative decision-making. The award recognizes school districts, individuals or teams that have achieved significant and enduring results using TregoED tools for collaborative problem solving and decision making. It is not based on the outcomes of the decisions themselves, but rather, the way the school system arrived at those outcomes. YCSD has used TregoED processes for a variety of topics in the last two years such as crafting an elementary rezoning proposal, identifying an instructional program for alternatively-placed students, and the development of a standards-based elementary report card. The TregoED framework ensures a trained, impartial facilitator leads discussion to assess complex issues, make decisions, solve problems, and implement change.

BMES Second Grade Classroom Perform Text Surgery

Posted on: Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Second grade classroom at Bethel Manor Elementary School was transformed into an operating room last week as students performed "text surgery." This hands-on lesson had the students "operate" to identify the different text features that would help their "patients" get well. Students located the features in various nonfiction texts and performed the surgery. Students also wrote personal narratives about a time they had to go to the hospital or were sick. Lastly, students helped their number patients by taking xrays (drawing pictorial representations) and checking symptoms (identifying greater and less than numbers). All of the "surgeons" enjoyed an engaging and interactive day at BMES!

YRA Greenhouse Team

Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The YRA Greenhouse Team, led by teacher Veronica Warwick, served as guest speakers at the 4th quarter Virginia Peninsula Clean Business Forum Awards Program at the Freight Shed this month. Mrs. Warwick and students provided an overview of the Greenhouse project with particular focus on educational outreach and business aspects.

TMS Student Wins Veterans Day Essay Contest

Posted on: Monday, November 12, 2018

Tabb Middle School seventh grader, Martene Whiting, Jr., was recently selected as the winner of the middle school category of this year's Veterans Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Virginia War Memorial. His essay, which won a statewide contest for middle school students, emphasized how World War I contributed to the civil rights movement. As the winner, Martene and his family attended the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Dogwood Dell on Veterans Day and Martene read his essay aloud to an audience that included veterans and Governor Ralph Northam.

Writing Celebration at BMES

Posted on: Friday, November 09, 2018

Bethel Manor Elementary fifth graders held writing celebrations in their classrooms to showcase their writing with the community. They had such a great turnout, with parents and school board office staff in attendance. Students and teachers were so excited to share and celebrate the end of their writing journey this nine weeks. They are already planning the next celebration! Great job BMES fifth grade sharing your hard work with the community!

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