CYSD E-News Weekly  
 Friday, April 1, 2016




SAVE THE DATE! 
SPECIAL OLYMPIAN & YORK COUNTY NATIVE LORETTA CLAIBORNE WILL SPEAK AT DIVERSITY CELEBRATION  


Central York School District is pleased to announce that Loretta Claiborne - who served as Keynote Speaker at our first event 10 years ago - will deliver the Keynote Address at this year's 10th Annual Diversity Celebration planned for Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Central York Middle School. 


Ms. Claiborne was the middle of seven children in a poor, single-parent family. Born partially blind and intellectually challenged, she was unable to walk or talk until age 4. Eventually, though, she began to run. She has finished 26 marathons and twice placed among the top 100 women in the Boston Marathon. She holds the current women's record in her age group for the 5,000 meters (17 minutes). In addition, Ms. Claiborne has been honored (in 1996) with ESPN'sESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.  It has been her life's mission to show that people with intellectual and physical disabilities are equal to those without.  


The annual event will feature entertainment, food, vendors, displays, music and "Making a Difference" awards for District learners, faculty and staff who are making a positive contribution to others' lives. 


The event will be held from 5:30-8PM, is free to the community and will feature activities and entertainment for all ages and interests. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or household item to donate to the District's "Panther Pantry," a food and household item collection for district families in need.



Save the date & stay tuned for details and updates each week as we approach this fabulous celebration of the Central York community! 




DISTRICT NAMED ONE OF NATION'S "BEST COMMUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATION"

 


The NAMM Foundation has once again recognized Central York School District  for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation. The district has been named a 'Best Community' each of the past 10 years and 11 times overall.
 
 "Central York has a fine reputation of being a school district that values the arts as part of every child's education." said Jon Moyer, music department chair and intermediate band director. "Being designated as a 'Best Community for Music Education' is a testament to the hard work and support of administrators, school board members, teachers, parents and students who make our music programs special."



The Best Communities for Music Education recognizes school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools' core curriculum. The Best Communities for Music Education program plays an important part of the NAMM Foundation's efforts to make music education part of the core curriculum assuring that the benefits of music making are available to every child. Numerous studies have demonstrated that learning to play music can boost academic and social skills, lower disciplinary action and keep kids in schools.




Pictured, above: Central York School District music teachers and administrators perform during the recent "Music Teachers Showcase," a night of musical performances featuring our talented music faculty and guest appearances by administrators and staff. The free show is held annually at Central York High School and draws hundreds of K-12 families for a night of music, entertainment and fun. Photo Courtesy Mrs. Pam Scott. 




CALENDAR UPDATES FOR 2015-2016



Graduation Date
Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2016 will be held Friday, May 27, 2016, at Central York High School. The ceremony will start at 6:45PM and will be held outdoors, in the Athletic Stadium, weather permitting. Please stay tuned for additional information and updates as the date approaches.
 
Weather Emergency Make-Up Days: 
Due to the January/February 2016 weather-related school closings, Central York School District will now be in session on the following Weather Emergency Make-Up Dates:

  • Monday, April 18, 2016
  • Monday, June 6, 2016 (New Last Day of School for Students)
2016-2017 District Calendar 
The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The last day of school for students will be Thursday, June 1, 2017.



To view a copy of the "Calendar At-a-Glance," please click here. The complete District Calendar of Activities & Events will be published later this year. 


COMMUNITY INVITED TO SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET WORKSHOP, TOWN MEETING PLANNED FOR APRIL

 

Central York School District encourages community members to learn more about the proposed 2016-2017 General Fund Budget through the upcoming public budget workshop and Spring Town Meeting.



The Board of School Directors will hold its public Budget Workshop Wednesday, April 6, at the Educational Service Center, 775 Marion Road, in York. The workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. Copies of the most recently approved preliminary budget are available on the School Board Website.



In addition, the School Board and District Administration will hold the Spring Town Meeting Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at North Hills Elementary School, 1330 North Hills Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will include an update on the proposed 2016-2017 District Budget. 



Please save the dates and plan to join the School Board and Administration to learn more about the preliminary 2016-2017 Central York School District Budget. We hope you can join us!





SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET APRIL 4, 18



The Central York School District Board of School Directors will hold its public Planning and Regular (Action) Meetings at 7:15PM Monday, April 4, and Monday, April 18, respectively, at the Educational Service Center, 775 Marion Road, York. 



School Board meetings are public and community members are encouraged to attend. To learn more about the School Board, view agendas and review minutes from previous meetings, please visit the School Board website.

NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL PROVIDES AT-HOME TUTORIALS FOR CENTRAL YORK FAMILIES, STUDENTS 





Central York School District's Technology Support Teachers recently launched a
YouTube Channel that will house dozens of informational and educational videos for families and students related to using technology in support of learning and other District initiatives.



The CYSD Panther Family Portal is already home to 9 short videos created to support families and students with using the different features and apps available on personal learning devices used by our students and in our classrooms.


Have an idea for a video or a topic you'd like to learn more about?




MIDDLE SCHOOL PLANS ANNUAL LADIES' NIGHT OUT EVENT



Central York Middle School invites 8th Grade female students to a night of fun and friendship at its annual Ladies' Night Out event planned for 5-10PM April 22, 2016.



This year's event will feature a special performance by Ces Picerno, a talented musician and songwriter who will visit the Middle School to share her story and talents with LNO attendees this year.



This evening is sure to be an evening filled with inspiration that will help our students with the transition to High School. For more information, please contact Jennifer Veit at
jveit@cysd.k12.pa.us or (717) 968-6289.



CENTRAL YORK HIGH SCHOOL WILL HOST YORK COUNTY HEROIN TASK FORCE COMMUNITY FORUM APRIL 14

 
Members of the York County Heroin Taskforce will present heroin and opiate awareness education in a public town hall format from 6:30-9PM Thursday, April 14, 2016, in the Central York High School auditorium.

 

A mother who lost her son to heroin, Charlene Sciaretta, will share her family's story. York County Coroner Pam Gay and Chief Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley will give a presentation titled,  "Heroin - An Epidemic - What You Need to Know." Sr. Deputy Prosecutor Dave Sunday of the District Attorney's office and members of local law enforcement officials will also speak. There will be opportunities for questions and answers following the presentations. 



The meeting is free and open to the public. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend, along with their middle-school and/or high-school-aged students. Various agencies offering treatment and recovery resources will be present, also. Please call the York  County Coroner's office for more information, if needed, at (717) 840-7617.



2016 PSSA TESTING WINDOWS, LETTERS NOW ONLINE



The annual Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) is a standards based criterion-referenced assessment used to measure a student's attainment of the academic standards while also determining the degree to which school programs enable students to attain proficiency of the standards. PSSA tests will be administered at Central York School District on the dates listed below. The information obtained from these assessments serves as a valuable tool for planning future school programs, developing curriculum and in-service training of teachers, and informing the public about student achievement.  
  • April 11-15, 2016: PSSA English/Language Arts,

    Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 
  • April 18-April 22, 2016: PSSA Mathematics,

    Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • April 25-April 29, 2016: PSSA Science Grades 4 & 8
Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments that evaluate what students know and are able to do in core subject areas. The Central York School District will administer Keystone Exams to Central York Middle School and Central York High School students according to the following schedule. Please stay tuned for additional information. 
  • January 6-20, 2016 Keystone Exams for Algebra I, Biology and Literature (CYMS/CYHS)
  • May 16-27, 2016 Keystone Exams for Algebra I, Biology and Literature (CYMS/CYHS) 


Central York School District recently sent elementary and middle school parents/guardians letters about the upcoming April 2016 PSSAs. Please click here to view a copy of each letter:





Middle School PSSA Letter - March 2016


PARENTS, GUARDIANS INVITED TO ATTEND "MASS CUSTOMIZED LEARNING" FORUMS 



Central York School District invites you to learn more about "Mass Customized Learning" and our efforts to customize the education experience for our K-12 learners. 


Please mark your calendar and plan to attend one of our upcoming, informal conversations about customized learning and what it means for Central York School District and your learner and family. 
 
MCL Parent/Guardian Forums
April 20 - 10AM & 6PM
May 18 - 10AM & 6PM

 
You do not need to RSVP for any sessions. All forums will be held in the Board Room of the Educational Service Center, 775 Marion Road, York. 
 
We hope you can join us! 


CYEA WILL HOST ANNUAL YARD SALE APRIL 30



yard sale
The Central York Education Association will once again sponsor a yard sale to benefit the Clark Millard Scholarship Fund and the Holiday Drive for District families in need. 



The CYEA Yard Sale will be held from 8AM-1PM Saturday, April 30, at Central York High School. The event is rain or shine. 



Teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and district residents are invited to participate in the event. You can reserve two parking spaces for $15, three spaces for $20, or four spaces for $25.


Set up for the event will take place between 6-8AM April 30. Vehicles will be allowed inside the parking lot for unloading from 6-7:30AM. After that time, all vehicles must be moved to a designated parking area. 


If you are interested in reserving a spot,
registration forms are available in the office of each building or can be downloaded and printed here. 


Please return your registration form and checks, made payable to CYEA, to Angela Garland at North Hills Elementary School, no later than Tuesday, April 19.




COMMUNITY INVITED TO UPCOMING IMPROV SHOWS AT CENTRAL YORK HIGH SCHOOL



Central York High School's talented improv actors, directed by teacher Ben Hodge, invite the public to two upcoming shows planned for 7-9PM April 8 and May 16 in the school's "Black Box Theater."



The performances, dubbed "Improvnia," will feature four improv teams, including Copyright Flop, Lo' Real Spice, The ( ) and Loose Vegas. 


Each Improvia performance begins with the team of performers asking the audience for a one-word suggestion. From there, the teams perform an entirely unscripted improvisational show based on the audience's suggestions.  
In addition to the high school teams, professional improv coaches and teams perform sets at Improvnia. These performers come from New York City, Philadelphia and Bethlehem, PA. One team from each of these areas plans to attend and perform at the upcoming shows.  


The next two Improvnia shows are April 8 and May 16. Each show will be from 7-9PM, open to the community, and held in the Central York High School Black Box Theater. Tickets cost $5/each and are sold at the door.


 
 






 


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