June 1, 2017
Values Matter at YC
Last fall, we introduced "Values Matter" as a theme for the Annual Fund, and to recognize the partnership with families as our students are nurtured within the walls and halls of York Catholic. Now that our seniors have graduated and are starting the next part of their educational and life journeys, we are working hard to close our Annual Fund goal.
 
It's time to celebrate your belief in Catholic education, and a YC education in particular. Please support our Annual Fund, and help us close the gap to our $300,000 objective by June 30, 2017. Remember, if you or a spouse works for a matching gift company, your personal gift can double or triple in value to YC. At York Catholic, every student matters, and every gift matters.
 
Visit yorkcatholic.org and click on the Donate key to make an online gift in any amount. Your participation as a YC community member, matters -- thank you from our school and our students most of all. 



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Parent Referral Program
If you know a friend, family member or anyone looking for a high-quality, Christ-centered education for their children who do not already attend a Catholic school, you could receive a $50 credit toward your child's tuition at York Catholic, with a chance to win a $500 credit.
 
York Catholic's Parent Referral Program is a win-win for everyone involved. Referred students receive an outstanding education from York Catholic, while parents of the referred families get peace of mind knowing their child is gaining so much more than just a top-notch education.  Families who refer someone who registers at York Catholic receive a $50 credit towards their child's tuition.
 
You, as parents, are our best ambassadors.   In order for the Parent Referral Program to be a success, we need information about individuals who may be interested in joining the York Catholic family. All you need to do is click here to fill out the form. During the registration process, if you are listed as the referring individual for a friend or other enrolling individual, we will credit your child 's account with $50.  This month, one family who referred someone who enrolled at YC will be randomly selected to win a $500 tuition credit.
 
It really is that simple. So go ahead. Please click on the link above and allow us the opportunity to do what we love -- help to develop, nurture and encourage children so they may grow in faith, mind, and heart. Mail or email the form to us and we will take it from there!
 
Thank you for all you do for our school!   
Summer Office Hours
The main office will close Wednesday, June 7, at 12:30 PM.  

Regular summer office hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 AM-3 PM.

Callers Needed


You're invited to call your friends on our nickel!  We are looking for a few phonathon callers from our alumni and parent communities to help us close out this year's Annual Fund. The Phonathon will be held June 13 and 14 from 5:30-7:30 PM at York Catholic.  Refreshments will be offered.  Will you help call fellow alumni and parents? If you're interested, please contact Alexandra at asterner@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x222 to learn more. 
Employment Opportunities at YC
York Catholic is seeking a full time Math teacher to teach grades 9 through 12 and a full-time English teacher to teach grades 7 through 12 beginning August 2017. Requirements include certification, Bachelor Degree, state and federal clearances.  If you or someone you know is interested in applying, pl ease send resume, certification, Diocesan application (also found on the YC website), a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to:
Katie Seufert
Principal
York Catholic High School
601 East Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
717-846-8871 x212
Final Exams
Final examinations for students in Grades 8-11 are scheduled for Thursday, June 1; Friday, June 2; Monday, June 5.  It is important that all students are present for these exams.  Please do not arrange vacations during these days.  Student trips or vacations will not be approved.  Students will not be permitted to take a make-up exam due to a trip. 
  
June 1  English & Foreign Language
June 2 Math & Social Studies
June 5  Religion & Science
 
For most students, two exams will be scheduled for each day, except where conflicts will necessitate three.  The testing periods will be 60 minutes.  Students are to report directly to their first test each day; attendance will be taken in the testing rooms, not in the homerooms.  Should a student not have an exam until the second testing period, he/she need not report until that time.  If a student does not have an exam in the second exam slot, the student is free to leave school at 9:45 AM. 
 
Approximate time frame for most students will be 8:15 AM until 11:00 AM.  School districts have re-arranged their pick-up times to accommodate our early dismissal. 
 
Lunch will not be served on Exam days. 
 
For grades 9-11, these semester exams will comprise 1/5 of the second semester grade.  Students in grade 8 will prepare for and take a final exam; this will be presented as a learning experience in preparation for the transition into senior high school. 
 
In light of the importance of these exams and their scheduling, the only absence that will be accepted on these days will be with a doctor's excuse.
Closing Mass & Junior Ring Ceremony
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The community is invited to join us for Mass to celebrate the end of a successful school year full of learning and growth on Tuesday, June 6, at 1:30 PM in the auditorium.  The junior class will also receive their blessed school rings, signifying the passing of school peer leadership from the outgoing senior class to the rising senior class. Parents are encouraged to attend. 

At the conclusion of Mass, Lifetouch Photography will be making a brief presentation to juniors about senior portraits.
Awards Ceremonies
On our last day of school, Wednesday, June 7, we will be celebrating the accomplishments of our students in grades 7-11.  Students will be honored for their academic, service, athletic, and musical achievements.  The Awards Assembly for Grades 9-11 will start at 8:30 AM, and the Awards Assembly for Grades 7-8 will begin at 10 AM, followed by the 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony.  All grades will dismiss at 11:30 AM for summer break.  Family members are welcome to attend.
SAT Review Course
It is time to get ready for the fall SAT!  Sharpen your math skills this summer. The math department is offering an SAT Review Course the week of June 19-22 from 9-11 AM all four days in the air conditioned cafeteria.  Total cost is $50.00, and includes a copy of the SAT math review book.  To register send payment to Mrs. Kathy Hand in the Studies Office by Wednesday, June 14.   Please include your student's name and grade with a check made out to York Catholic.  Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcome.
Sports Physicals Required
In previous years, our Physical date at OSS Health has been after school ends.  Please note, this year, our scheduled date is during the last week of school, this Monday, June 5.  

This is an excellent opportunity to complete the state-required Physical exam for participation in ALL athletics and marching band.  

Please read below for complete details.  

Athletic Physicals
All athletes must have a physical dated after June 1, 2017 to be eligible to participate in Fall, Winter, and Spring sports.  Physicals given prior to June 1, 2017 are NOT recognized by the PIAA.
                                       
Athletic Physicals for all sports for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Monday, June 5, from 6-7:30 PM at OSS Health at 1855 Powder Mill Road.  Students must bring their completed 7-page PIAA Comprehensive Initial Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation form (CIPPE) that can be printed here or accessed on the homepage of the YC website at www.yorkcatholic.org  (the correct forms will be dated March 22, 2017 at the bottom of page 1).  The forms must be signed by a parent.  Cost for the physical is $15.  Checks should be made payable to York Catholic.  OSS requests student-athletes DO NOT enter the building prior to 5:45 PM. 
 
If you go to your own doctor, you must use the PIAA Sports Physical Form (CIPPE) referenced above.  No other form is acceptable. 
 
Please note:  OSS is conducting sports physicals ONLY.  OSS staff will not be performing driver's license physicals or 11th grade physicals.  All students entering Grade 11 are required by the State of Pennsylvania to have a complete physical prior to the start of the school year.  Grade 11 athletes must schedule an appointment with their personal physician between June 1, 2017 and August 9, 2017.  Be sure to take both physical forms to the appointment (sports physical form & Grade 11 physical form).
 
ImPACT Testing
There has been extensive media coverage about athletics and concussions.  York Catholic has been at the forefront in this area and includes the ImPACT Test (Immediate Post-Concussive Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to monitor our athletes.
 
All interscholastic athletes, cheerleaders, and members of the marching band and bandfront are required to take an ImPACT Test to establish a cognitive baseline for concussions. This is an established technology used in order to determine the return to play/activity guidelines for participants who have sustained a concussion.
 
The test is administered on a computer.  The initial baseline is adequate for two years. Therefore, if a student participated on a YC team last season and had an ImPACT test, he or she is not required to repeat it this season.
 
It is the athlete's responsibility to email Brad Hayek at bhayek@yorkcatholic.org  to see if a valid ImPACT Test is on file at YC.  If an ImPACT test needs to be taken or re-taken, contact Mr. Hayek for instructions.  Once completed, the student must check with Mr. Hayek to see if the updated ImPACT Test was transmitted properly and is on file. 
 
Sports Physical Forms and ImPACT Tests must be given to Mr. Hayek by August 9 to be permitted to start Fall practice. 

For more information, contact Brad Hayek at bhayek@yorkcatholic.org , or Kyle Smink at ksmink@yorkcatholic.org .
 
Nurse & Coach Volunteers Needed                             
Volunteer nurses and coaches are needed for Physical Night at OSS on June 5Nurse duties include taking blood pressures, pulses, and respiration rates.  Coaches will check athletes in and out and measure heights and weights.  If you are interested, contact Kyle Smink at
ksmink@yorkcatholic.org .
Class of 2017 Graduates

Please remind your recent graduates that their York Catholic Google email accounts will be closed on June 22 .  If there is anything they prefer to keep, please have them remove it before the 22nd.
MMS on Vacation

MMS will be taken offline June 22 through the remainder of the summer.  You will be notified through an upcoming issue of the Irish Eye e-newsletter when MMS will be accessible for the 2017-18 school year.
Medicine Pick-up


Any student who has medicine registered with the nurse, should pick it up in the Nurse's Office on Tuesday, June 6.  

Parents who prefer to pick it up should contact Mrs. Diane Lupinetti by Monday, June 5, at dlupinetti@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x221.        
Report Cards



The final report card of the 2016-2017 school year will be mailed home on Friday, June 16.  You should receive it the week of June 19.
Photo Gallery

Lifetouch Photography has been taking photos throughout the school year at events, games, and dances.  They are now available for purchase on the YC website through July 31.  After July 31, all photos will be removed and the site will be prepared for photos of the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

To view and purchase available photos, please c lick here to enter the York Catholic Gallery.
Senior Yearbook Pictures - Class of 2018
Each year YC enters into a contract with a professional photographer, Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch, for the senior pictures appearing in our yearbook, ROSA MYSTICA.  All senior yearbook photos must be taken by Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch .  Pictures from any other photographer cannot be accepted for the yearbook.   Junior parents will be receiving mailed information from Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch this month with instructions regarding guidelines and the scheduled date and time of your student's senior picture in the YC library (June 12 or 19).  Please arrive prior to your scheduled appointment so you are ready for your assigned time.  If you did not receive a postcard, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.
 
Every senior must get their picture taken, however, seniors are under no obligation to purchase the photo.  If desired, students can purchase yearbook photo packages from Lifetouch .  Lifetouch contributes a portion of package purchases back to York Catholic.
 
Please observe the following guidelines regarding appearance for photos.  All gentlemen must be clean shaven and wear a dress shirt, tie, and sport coat or suit jacket. Hair must be regulation length.  No piercings are allowed. Ladies will be provided with a black shoulder drape for photos. Only necklaces and earrings are allowed for the yearbook picture of the young women.  Please remove any facial jewelry. 

Lifetouch Photography will present a brief information session to all current juniors immediately following the Closing Mass and Ring Ceremony on Tuesday, June 6, at approximately 2:45 PM.  Parents are welcome to attend.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

Summer Assignments
Reading
York Catholic High School views the development of life-long habits of reading as a hallmark of an educated man or woman, and it encourages each student to read widely throughout the year.  The school also recognizes the value of other on-going academic engagement during the summer months.  Summer reading and other intellectual activities serve to stimulate, to enrich, and to reinforce academic skills during the summer hiatus.  Each current student has received a packet with the assignments for summer reading.  The assignments are also available on the home page of the YC website at  www.yorkcatholic.org  in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  Each grade level's requirements are clearly explained and testing and/or projects are due at the start of the 2017-18 school year. Click  here  for the list of books for the summer reading projects.
 
Math
Keeping students' math skills strong during the summer months helps to avoid the "summer slide" and aids in less review time when school resumes. Students should complete their Summer Math Assignments and return them by August 28.  The assignments are available on the home page of the YC website at  www.yorkcatholic.org  in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  
Service Opportunity
Global Aid Network (GAiN) in Mount Joy, PA, will hold its June Packing event from Tuesday, June 20, through Saturday, June 24 from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. They will host additional hours on Wednesday from 6-8 PM.  To volunteer, register online at http//www.gainusa.org/get-involved/volunteer .  If you are interested in participating as a York Catholic group all day on Thursday, June 22, please email Mrs. Krueger by  June 7.
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601 E Springettsbury Ave
York PA  17403
717-846-8871 

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