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Two YCSD Students Earn National Recognition

Posted on: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Please join us in congratulating two YCSD students who were recently named National Merit Semifinalists. Derek Yang, a senior at Grafton High School, and Nicholas Talati, a senior at Tabb High School, are among more than 16,000 students nationwide on to earn this prestigious distinction from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

YCSD Transportation Review

Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2018

As we approach the start of another school year, I am writing to provide an update on the division’s ongoing efforts to improve our student transportation system. As I shared in a communication to parents in May, the division has conducted a program review to provide recommendations to the School Board.

Elementary Recess Review

Posted on: Thursday, August 16, 2018

The York County School Division is in the process of reviewing options for extending recess time during the elementary school day. The division’s current expectation is that grades K-5 provide a minimum of 20 minutes of daily recess. While some YCSD elementary schools exceed that current minimum expectation, a new state law in effect as of July 1, 2018 provides the division with an opportunity to restructure both the amount of time and the schedule for daily recess in grades K-5.

YCSD Job Fair

Posted on: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

YCSD is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, August 7, 1-4 p.m. at Magruder Elementary School (700 Penniman Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185). Visit our website to view more job openings and create your application. Questions: Contact Candace Moore, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, at (757) 833-2235 or

Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Awards

Posted on: Thursday, June 28, 2018

The 2018 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 2016-17 school year data. Seven 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. Three schools reached an even higher level, the Board of Education Excellence Award, for making significant progress towards the goals. This is also the 11th straight year that both Coventry and Mt. Vernon elementary schools have been honored by the state through this program!

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!"

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!

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!

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.

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.

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