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YCSD Schools Earn Virginia Purple Star Designation

Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2019

The number of York County schools recognized for their commitment to serving military children and their families continues to grow. This week, Bethel Manor Elementary, Tabb Elementary, Waller Mill Elementary, Yorktown Elementary, Grafton Middle, and Bruton High received the Purple Star designation from the Virginia Department of Education, bringing the total number of YCSD schools earning this designation to 10. The Purple Star award honors schools that demonstrate a commitment to meeting military families’ needs while also providing resources and programming related to transitions and academic planning. Virginia is home to several of the largest and most important military installations in the country and approximately 32% of all YCSD students have at least one parent serving in the military.


Seaford Elementary Student Service Award Recipient

Posted on: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Each school year, the School Board recognizes students across the division as student service award recipients. This month's elementary honoree stole the show at the September board meeting. Seaford Elementary School's Quinn Olivo has dedicated his life to advocating for the rights of other and promoting awareness of Down Syndrome. Quinn’s advocacy and awareness activities include being a team captain for the annual Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads (DSAHR) fund raising event and DSAHR representative for the Hampton Roads Show and holiday parades; leading classroom activities each year for World Down Syndrome Day Awareness; runway model for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond; and Virginia Beach Story Exchange mode. Quinn also served as a self-advocate guest at Eastern Virginia Medical School Grand Rounds and Old Dominion University Department of Special Education. Quinn was the first place winner of the 2019 Seaford Science Fair, and has danced and performed in over


PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Semi-Finalists

Posted on: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

More than 1.5 million high school students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMQT) in 2019 and today the 16,000 national semi-finalists were named. Four YCSD students are among those recognized! Join us in shouting a HUGE congratulations to Nathan Geng (GHS), Annie Liang (YHS), Nicholas Gu and Maria Stuebner (THS)! These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.


YCSD Schools & Offices Closed - Sept. 6

Posted on: Thursday, September 05, 2019

All YCSD after-school and evening activities, including athletics, are canceled today, Thursday, September 5. All schools and offices will be closed Friday, September 6, with all Friday and weekend activities also canceled. Essential personnel will be notified of work schedules by their supervisors.


2019 Outstanding STEM Award Recipients

Posted on: Wednesday, September 04, 2019

So excited to share that a Yorktown Elementary teacher was just named one of Virginia's 2019 Outstanding STEM Award recipients! Congratulations to Barbara Westlund on being named the STEM Conductor, which is given to a Virginia educator who has created enriching experiences that inspire the next generation of STEM enthusiasts.


YCSD SOL Pass Rates

Posted on: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Virginia Department of Education released the 2018-19 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates today. The results indicate students in the York County School Division continue to exceed state averages in the five content areas tested. “We are proud of the successes our students and teachers achieve year after year, said Dr. Stephanie Guy, chief academic officer. “Most notably gains made division-wide in math, both overall and within each student subgroup, demonstrate our commitment to continuous improvement.” The division experienced gains in mathematics and science, exceeding the state averages in those areas by 10 and 9 percentage points respectively. The growth in mathematics can be attributed to several factors - the development of a K-12 math model aligned to the revised state standards, an investment in manipulatives for grades K-8, and the addition of two math coaches who provided ongoing support and training.


2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Awards

Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2019

The 2019 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards have been released. We are proud to report that YCSD ranked prominently on the list, which recognizes schools and divisions based on student achievement and other performance indicators from the 2017-18 school year data. Mt. Vernon Elementary School was one of 90 schools in the entire state to earn the Board of Education Excellence Award for meeting all state and federal accountability benchmarks and making significant progress toward goals for increased student achievement and expanded educational opportunities set by the board. Nine schools, and the division, earned the Distinguished Achievement Award for meeting all state and federal benchmarks and making progress toward the goals of the governor and the board.


TMS KidWind Competition Winners

Posted on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Huge shout out to Tabb Middle School’s Wind Turbine Team, Gone With the Wind, on bringing home a national championship from the 2019 KidWind Competition in Houston, Texas!!! The competition included middle and high school students from 36 states. TMS students competed against 52 other middle school teams. Alice Fang, Jacoby Melton, Kyle Ray, and Katelyn Wiltz, took 1st place as National Champions and received a Power Output Champion award for producing so much power. The competition has various aspects that are calculated into the final scores. The students are judged on the efficiency of their wind turbines but also must present their designs and data and how their team progressed using the engineering design process. There were two instant challenges where students had to work as a team to complete tasks, as well as, a knowledge quiz that tested what they know about renewable energy in the U.S. and other leading countries around the world.


Kindergarten Standards-based Report Card

Posted on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The York County School Division will launch a standards-based report card for all kindergarten students beginning next school year. Information about the new report card was shared with the School Board at Monday night's work session. Over the past few years, teachers and staff have shared that they wanted a developmentally appropriate assessment in grades K-2, that showed student progress over time in reading, writing, and math. The division's current report card only reports a quarterly grade for each subject area with limited details regarding the criteria or skills that helps make up that grade. The standards-based report card also provides parents with more information about their student’s academic progress so they can partner intheir child’s education. Bethel Manor Elementary School used the new kindergarten report card as part of a pilot program this year and will expand to include a pilot report card for first grade next year.


GBES Great Computer Challenge

Posted on: Monday, May 13, 2019

The Grafton Bethel Elementary School Great Computer Challenge team competed on May 4, 2019 at Old Dominion University. These second graders competed in four categories. The Visual Programming Team included Jin, Ethan and Jude. The Graphic Design Team included Charlotte, Jaleela, and Charlton. The Desktop Presentation Team was Hazel, Kyle, and Liam. The Desktop Publishing Team included James, Daphne, and Hayden. The team brought home 1 good rating and 2 excellent ratings. So proud of all their hard work. Congratulations!


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