School Programs Featured in State Directory

By Johanna Somers | Daily Press
April 14, 2015

The Virginia School Boards Association featured the York County School Division as one of its 58 divisions from across the state in its 19th annual Virginia School Boards Association Showcases for Success directory. The division's virtual and blended learning programs and career and technical education programs were featured, according to a division press release. Blended learning could be a teacher assigning a blog-post writing assignment or a math tutorial to be completed after school hours.

The directory also highlighted Grafton High School's partnership with NASA. The high school participated in High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware, which has students designed real-world products for NASA, such as a can-crusher for astronauts to use in space, the press release said.

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YCSD Students Video Chat with Hillary, Chelsea Clinton on Women's Equality

By Hannah S. Ostroff |
April 18, 2014

The York County middle school students who eagerly waited for Hillary Clinton to appear on video chat were not yet born when the former first lady spoke out for women's rights at a Beijing conference in 1995.

Almost 20 years later, they had the chance to ask Hillary and her daughter Chelsea about girls' and women's issues around the globe.

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BYOT, Student Blogging, and the IKEA Effect at York County School Division

By Digital Promise
May 13, 2013

One of the big concerns with Bring Your Own Technology, or "BYOT," policies in school districts is the constant threat of distraction, that students will use their personal electronic devices for everything except learning. But what if those same distractions could be transformed into learning opportunities? What if activities seen as diversions - texting, posting to social media, watching YouTube - were viewed instead as ways to engage learners around meaningful activities, like peer-to-peer communication, public involvement, and multimedia content creation?

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Twelve Standout Schools

By Hampton Roads Magazine
February 2013

Based on the statistics in our high schools chart, and with academics (AP test taking percentages and SOL scores) weighted slightly more heavily than dropout rates and behavioral offences, we'd like to recognize the following schools for standing out as the best public high schools in Hampton Roads for the 2012 school year.

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Online classes part of diploma

By Susan Robertson | Virginia Gazette
April 18, 2012

A new "virtual course" requirement for graduation could lead to changes for local school divisions.

Details are sketchy about the change to state graduation requirements and how WJC and York school divisions will handle it.

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York Virtual Classroom Program Approved for Use Statewide

By Amber Lester Kennedy | WY Daily
June 8, 2011

York County Schools' virtual classroom program is one of 13 approved for use throughout the state, the Virginia Department of Education announced Monday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright approved the virtual programs as part of Gov. Bob McDonnell's effort to expand online learning in the commonwealth. The virtual schools will offer instruction aligned with the Standards of Learning (SOL) and delivered by fully licensed teachers. The approved providers include full-time virtual schools, programs offering supplemental instruction and blended-instruction programs in which students have a trained, on-site mentor in addition to an online teacher.

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State Superintendent Approves 13 Virtual-School Programs

By Charles B. Pyle & Julie C. Grimes | Virginia Dept. of Education
Director of Communications
Communications Manager
June 6, 2011

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright has approved 13 virtual-school programs to provide instruction to students in multiple school divisions as part of Governor Bob McDonnell's effort to expand access to online learning while ensuring quality and alignment with state academic standards.

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Virginia approves 13 providers for online instruction to public school students

By Associated Press
June 6, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia education officials have approved 13 vendors that can provide online instruction to public school students.

The state Department of Education said Monday that school divisions can contract with the approved providers to expand course offerings through virtual-school programs. The list includes corporate vendors, school division-based programs and nonprofit groups.

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