January 11, 2018
Open House
York Catholic's Annual Open House and Science Fair will be held on Sunday, January 21, from 12-2 PM. Prospective students and their families are welcome to tour the school, talk with faculty, staff, and students, and enjoy learning more about York Catholic's exemplary academic programs for students in grades 7-12 where we blend technology with tradition.  The Snow Date is January 28 from 12-2 PM. 

Click here for a coupon as a thank you for sharing this information with your friends and encourage them to pre-register for Open House at www.yorkcatholic.org.  For more information, contact Heather Hoffman at 
hhoffman@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x220. 

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Cal Ripken, Jr.
The name Ripken is synonymous with baseball. Just one mention brings certain qualities to mind: everything from passion and integrity, to perseverance and a commitment to family.  Cal Ripken, Jr. will appear at York Catholic High School on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 PM in the auditorium.  Cal will be interviewed on stage by Pat Principe, Sports Director at WGAL-TV8. Attendees can get a chance to be a part of the interview process by emailing potential questions for Cal to answer to info@yorkcatholic.org .
Cal is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from the game in 2001 after a Hall of Fame career that spanned over the course of 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles. While he's best known for his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, he also redefined the position of shortstop.   In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Since then, Cal has become an international ambassador for the game, and has focused on growing it The Ripken Way.
Tickets to meet Cal are already sold out, but reserved seats to attend "A Conversation with Cal Ripken, Jr." are still available and include the following options:
  • Infield Seat 2nd Base (front center section of the auditorium)                                    $125
  • Infield Seat 1st/3rd Base (front side sections of the auditorium)                                 $100
  • Outfield Seat (rear sections of the auditorium)                                                                 $75
Tickets can be ordered online by clicking the Ticket icon below or by visiting www.yorkcatholic.org .  Proceeds benefit the York Catholic athletic programs.

Buy Your Yearbook Now!
Time is running out!  Even though the 2018 color yearbooks are not distributed until May, NOW is the time to place your order for a book.  Extra yearbooks are not available in May.  Only what is ordered is delivered to YC for distribution.  To make yearbook ordering easier, York Catholic is participating in the Smart Pay sales management program offered through Taylor Publishing. Smart Pay handles the order taking and payments allowing the yearbook advisor and staff additional time to produce the best yearbook ever.
Order NOW!  Simply click here or call the Smart Pay ordering line at 1-800-853-1337. 

Orders must be placed by January 31.
Senior Graduation Packets
Attention Seniors:  Don't forget tomorrow is the deadline to place your order with Josten's for your graduation announcements. Please refer to the Graduation packets you were given in homeroom this week. 
A few notes on the items Josten's provides:
  • You are free to purchase anything you like as a family, but you do not need to purchase a tassel, cap, or gown.  Those come through a different company and that order has already been placed.
  • All prices are in the Josten's catalogs that were distributed to the students.
Anything ordered is due with payment to the main office by tomorrow, Friday, January 12.
Online o
rders can be placed online until January 24 at 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Gick at sgick@yorkcatholic.org or
717-846-8871 x217.  
Mid-Term Exams & Early Dismissal
The last day of Mid-term examinations for grades 9-12 is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 12. Period 1 will be the Math exam, Period 2 will be the Social Studies exam, and Period 3 will be for Conflicts.  Students who take more than one class in a major subject area will take the second conflict exam during the conflict time slot (11:00 AM -12:00 noon).
Exam days are half days with usual dismissal at 11:00 AM.  School districts will only pick-up at 11 AM.  Students testing in the AAC may be dismissed at a later time according to documented learning needs. 
Junior High students will be on a half day schedule with an 11 AM dismissal as well.
All students are required to leave the building at 11 AM unless staying for a supervised activity.   
Junior High Geography Bee
Numerous junior high students volunteered to participate in the annual Junior High Geography Bee scheduled for Friday, January 12, at 8:30 AM.  The junior high attends the event which quizzes students on their general knowledge in United States and world geography.  Questions start off as multiple choice, but as the Bee progresses, students must come up with the answer.  Each round of questions has a topic, like U.S. cities or geographical terms.  At the end of the preliminary rounds, the top 10 scores move on to the final round.  At this level, students are eliminated after they get 2 wrong answers, until we are down to 2 final contestants.  The final round questions are written and each contestant answers the same question.  The winner represents YC at the Diocesan Bee in Harrisburg and takes a written test to qualify for the State Bee.  Parents are welcome to attend the Bee on January 12.
Futures Nights for Basketball
Boys' basketball players and cheerleaders competing in youth leagues throughout York County are invited to Futures Night at YC when the York Catholic boys take on Littlestown , Friday, January 12.  The JV game starts at 6 PM followed by the Varsity game.  Youth league players will participate in the pre-game prayer and huddle, sit behind the bench for the game, and become part of the welcome tunnel before the game and at halftime. Players should wear their uniform shirt for free admittance to the games.  

Girls youth league basketball players are welcome to join the girls' team on Friday, January 19, vs. Fairfield.  Please note there is no JV game.  Futures should arrive by 6:30 PM to participate in the pre-game activities prior to the 7 PM start of the varsity game.
No School Monday

School is closed Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

Report Cards - Conduct Codes
Second Quarter Report Cards will be distributed on Friday, January 26, and students will note one change to the format.  Conduct has been added and it will appear quarterly as an S (satisfactory), N (needs improvement), or U (unsatisfactory).  Conduct will appear in our MMS portal and remain there throughout the course of the year.  For any questions regarding Conduct, please refer to page 11 of the Student Handbook/Agenda. 
Diocese of Harrisburg Golden Apple Award
Nominate an Outstanding Teacher
Through the generosity and kindness of the Donahue Family Foundation, the Golden Apple Awards Program has been established within the Diocese of Harrisburg to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.  Eligibility Requirements for a Teacher are as follows:
  • The nominee must be a practicing Catholic, a full time teacher, and must have completed a minimum of six full years in the school at which he/she is currently employed.
  • The nominee must have a Pennsylvania Instructional II certificate and the appropriate catechetical certification.
A secondary teacher may be nominated by a student or parent. If you would like to nominate a York Catholic teacher, click here  for the Diocesan webpage.  Links to the forms are located at the bottom of the page. All teacher nominations should be sent to Mrs. Seufert by February 1.

Catholic Schools Week
Deanery Mass & Battle of the Buildings
To kick off Catholic Schools Week, Father Jon Sawicki will preside at our York Deanery Catholic Schools Week Celebration Mass on Saturday, January 27, at 4 PM in the YC auditorium.  Attendance at this Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation.  Following Mass, we will move to the gym for the 4th Annual Battle of the Buildings at 6 PM.  This is a friendly inter-partner school competition of "minute-to-win-it" type games in the gym. The teachers are the competitors and the families are the fans.
The price of admission is a donated item for the Pregnancy & Family Resource Center. Every school will have a special table to collect these donations.  The top three schools with the most donations will earn points for their team!  Click here for a flyer that lists items that are needed.
The York Catholic Music Association will have food & beverages available for purchase.
District Band Festival

Congratulations to Lexi Zambito (clarinet) and Nate Gingerich (trumpet) who auditioned and were selected for the District 7 Concert Band.  They will be participating in the District Band Festival this weekend which culminates in a concert on Saturday, January 13, at 7 PM at Kennard-Dale High School.  Tickets are $8.00.
Athletic Hall of Fame
York Catholic High School's Athletic Association is inducting six new members into its Sports Hall of Fame.  The inductees will be introduced Saturday, January 13, prior to the start of the girls' varsity basketball game versus Minersville scheduled for a 2:30 PM tip-off.  After the game, the induction will be held in the cafeteria.  

The Sports Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student athletes, and the dedication of athletic program volunteers.  Those being inducted include:  Kelly Rhein Bray '08, Sarah Cadwallader Fermento '08, Patrick Hickey '96, Ashton Bankos Hirsch '08, Jacob Iati '08, and Tim McConville '94.
Inclement Weather
During inclement weather that would cause a school closing or delay of schedule, York Catholic will call/text/email you through our One Call Now Emergency Notification system.  Other modes of notification include WGAL TV-8, Fox43, and the YC website.  Students from individual school districts are automatically excused if their district closes and does not provide transportation to YCHS.  The exceptions to this are Southern and Southeastern.  These students follow York Catholic's delay and closing schedule.
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