Knight News

August 30, 2019
CEO Corner

Hello York Academy Families,

I want to alert you to some happenings in Harrisburg that may affect the York Academy. Earlier this month, Governor Wolf announced a series of proposed charter school reforms. This week, the PA Department of Education published the proposed changes in the PA Bulletin . Upon first glance, it does not appear that the proposed changes will have a big effect on York Academy, but - as with all things - the devil is in the details. Please know that I will keep you posted on the possible effects on our school as more information becomes available.

As a fellow Yorker, Governor Wolf was a big supporter of the Academy before he took office. I have no doubt his goal is to improve accountability and transparency for all charter schools across the Commonwealth, and I applaud his commitment to public education. My concern is that his rhetoric is pitting public schools against each other at the expense of students and families.

One example of this is related to calls to reduce charter school funding. The “tuition” that charter schools like the York Academy receive from traditional school districts are actually public funds that follow each student to their public school of choice. Blaming charter schools for the difficult financial situations that traditional public school districts may find themselves in is a bit like blaming your wallet for being empty. Just as we must each make difficult decisions to meet our family’s financial needs, all public schools need to be judicious and responsible with public funds.

It is time for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to prioritize kids over bureaucracy. I encourage each one of you to tell Governor Wolf why you choose the York Academy Regional CHARTER School for your family. Let’s help Governor Wolf remember why he supported the development of the York Academy as a public charter school.

Thank you,
Angela Sugarek

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Joy, a 10th grader who has been chosen as our first "Student Spotlight." Joy was nominated by many staff members for embracing the IB attribute of caring. A caring person is genuine in their greetings and goodbyes, expresses interest, and is sympathetic and empathetic. Joy embodies these traits in many ways.

She freely shares her resources, notes and ideas with the student body throughout the school day. In the mornings, Joy interacts with students and staff, taking the conversation to the next level by really connecting with those she runs into. We're excited to watch her continue to spread her positivity, happiness and smile. Way to go, Joy!
Staff Shoutout

First grade teacher, Jane Conrad, is ALWAYS there for others and supports her colleagues in so many ways! A patient listener, Mrs. Conrad shares thoughtful feedback and actionable advice. She has been at York Academy since the beginning and believes deeply in our mission.

Join us in thanking Mrs. Conrad for living the IB Learner Profile attribute of caring by showing empathy, compassion and respect.
PTO Updates & Events

The first  York Academy PTO  meeting of the school year is set for Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. in the Lower School Media Center (3rd Floor). Come get involved, make new friends and help make a difference for our students and families. Free child care will be provided in the Multipurpose Room.

Support students and get a great workout at the  Back to School 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, September 7 at 9 a.m. Runners, walkers and joggers of all ages are welcome (baby joggers, too)! Join over 160 others and register online by September 3 . Paper registration forms will be accepted through 7:30 a.m. on race day. Download a form or pick one up at either school office.

As part of the 5K festivities, Friday, September 6 is "Running Knights" Spirit Day! Students may wear their favorite exercise attire with a $1.00 donation to the PTO. Those who choose not to participate should wear their uniform.

Proceeds from the Spirit Day and 5K will fund field trips, family fun nights, assemblies, classroom supplies and more. Thanks for your support in advance!
Parents' Night Out is Back

Mrs. Chester and Upper School members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) are hosting the first “Parents’ Night Out” on Friday, September 6. The event will be held at the Upper School from 6 - 9 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the NAHS spring field trip.
While you go to dinner (it's First Friday), catch a movie or chill, your children will play games in the Wagman Gym and snack on popcorn during Disney's "Bolt" in the Dr. Dennis Baughman Center for Creative Expression. This event is for YARCS students, siblings and their friends in grades K-7. 

Click here for details and to register. Thanks for your support of our student artists!
Through the IB Lens

The York Academy Upper School is a candidate school* for the IB Diploma Programme (DP).

Learn more about the DP and how it will benefit your student(s) and prepare them for success in college and beyond.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit
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Visit The D.E.W. Good Academy Cafe
Coffee lover? Support our school and enjoy a great cup of locally sourced, freshly ground java at The D.E.W. Good Academy Café! Located around the back of the Upper School, the Café is open to the public year-round from 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Check out the menu and like The D.E.W. Good Academy Cafe on Facebook. Thank you!

Lower School Morning Drop Off Update

We’ve made a change to morning drop off at the Lower School to make the process safer and easier. The carpool line now runs one way on Cherry Lane and vehicles enter Cherry Lane from North Street. Students get out of the vehicles just prior to the entrance to the staff lot and proceed directly into the back door of the school. Vehicles then continue straight on Cherry Lane to exit the area. Our new plan allows students to enter the school more quickly, while also routing traffic away from the campus. 

Upcoming Events
Sept. 3
PTO Meeting

Come get involved and make a difference!

Join us at 6 p.m. in the Lower School Media Center (3rd Floor). Free child care will be provided.
Sept. 6
Spirit Day &
Parents' Night Out

Students may dress in their favorite exercise attire in support of the PTO 5K with a $1.00 donation.

Click here for details and register your student(s) for Parent's Night Out.
Sept. 7
PTO Race Back to School 5K & Fun Run

Support our students and get a great workout!

Register online by 9/3 or complete a paper form by 7:30 a.m. on race day.
York Academy Regional Charter School