August 29, 2019
Welcome Back!
Opening Days of School

Grade 7
Tuesday, September 3

Grades 8-12
Wednesday, September 4
The warning bell rings at 8:10 AM 
and all students must be 
in homeroom by 8:15 AM.  
Dismissal is at 3 PM. 

Back-to-School Night is 
Tuesday, September 17,
beginning at 6 PM.

Quick Links

The evening begins with a presentation by the District Attorney's office about online safety. I mmediately following the presentation, p arents will meet the teachers and learn about class expectations. We look forward to seeing all of our parents in attendance.         
Golf Tournament SOLD OUT!
The Golf Tournament is officially SOLD OUT!  Thank you to the golfers who signed up and we look forward to seeing you on September 16.  

If you missed your chance this year but still want to be involved, we have sponsorship opportunities available.  Please click  here  for more information.

For more information about the tournament, contact LeAnn Citrone at 717-846-8871 x216 or
Opening Mass with Bishop Gainer
& Classroom Ribbon Cutting
Families are welcome to join us for our School Year Opening Mass celebrated by Bishop Gainer on Thursday, September 5, at 9:00 AM in the auditorium. Following Mass, Bishop Gainer will bless the new classrooms and participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony.  
Phone Extensions

As part of our classroom renovation, telephones are being installed in each room.  Until this is completed, please contact teachers and staff through their email address instead of through their voicemail extension.  Click here for the email directory.  Once the telephone installation is completed, the new extension numbers will be updated on the YC website.   
Important Notice
As we get closer to the start of the new school year, there are mandatory forms that need to be completed prior to our first day of school.
All Back-to-School online forms were scheduled to be completed by parents by August 26.  If you did not meet this deadline, please take approximately 10 minutes to complete the forms now.
The Back-to-School online forms can be found on the VISION Parent Portal.  
Parents of students new to YC this year received an email last week with instructions on how to set-up a VISION Parent Portal account.  If you did not receive it in your Inbox or Spam folder, please contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at .

Parents of students who have attended YC prior to the 2019-20 school year should use their existing VISION Parent Portal account. Do not create a new account.  If you did not set-up a Parent account since your child has been a student at YC, please email Mrs. Deb Gingerich at  for instructions.  
Click  here  to access the VISION Parent Portal.  You can also access VISION by visiting the York Catholic website at  and clicking the VISION icon located in the bottom right corner.  It is also available under Quick Links or in the Announcements section on the home page.  
Once you sign-in to your VISION Parent Portal, follow these steps:
  • Click MORE in the upper right corner.
  • Select FORMS.
  • Click on the yellow CONTINUE button under the Student(s) Name.
  • You will need to click on all of the links (one at a time) to complete the online forms process.
If FORMS is not showing as an option for you, it indicates you are internally listed on your student(s) profile as "Contact 2." At this time, the system will not allow us to permit Contact 2 to make changes online. If you, as Contact 2, have changes to your name, address, phone number, or email address, please contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at Any changes made to Contact 2 online by Contact 1 will be verified with Contact 2 before being finalized.

Thank you for your attention in completing these required online forms PRIOR to the first day of school.

New International Students and Host Families are invited to attend an orientation on Tuesday, September 3, from 12-2 PM. We will take a tour and familiarize you with programs and expectations. New students will receive their class schedules at this time.

Student Supply List

The Student Supply List for the upcoming school year is posted on the website and can also be accessed by clicking 
here.  Some teachers will announce the supplies needed for their classes on the first day the class meets.
Lunch Accounts
The Lunchtime link is now available for you to deposit lunch money into your student's account.
Our Lunchtime Point of Sale purchasing system for student lunches is connected directly to the Vision online parent portal accessible through the York Catholic website. Parents simply log in to the Vision parent portal, choose "View Cafeteria Account," click "Students," and follow the options to deposit money into their students' accounts. As parents, you will be able to view what your student is purchasing in the cafeteria. To ensure we are using this system to its potential, everyone is required to use their Lunchtime account log in to pay for his or her lunch meals. The following policies are in place regarding Lunchtime Accounts and Balances. We encourage parents to sign up for email notification when their Lunchtime account balances are getting low.
  • Checks and/or cash are not accepted in the cafeteria for food purchases during lunch periods. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a check (not cash) in a sealed envelope (clearly labeled with his/her name, grade, and student ID number) and place it in the Lunchtime box located in the cafeteria for the student's account to be credited. The minimum check amount is $10. Funds may not be available for 24 hours.
  • It is the student and parent's responsibility to monitor the Lunchtime account online for balance information and retain a positive balance at all times.
  • If a student has a lunchtime balance at $0.00 or below, they will only have the option to purchase a lunch consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, and drink (1% white milk, iced tea, or orange drink) for $3.00.
  • No refunds will be given during the school year. Seniors will be issued a refund on accounts with a balance of $5 or more after graduation unless they have a sibling enrolled at YC in which case the balance will be transferred to the sibling for the next school year. All underclassmen accounts will roll-over to the next school year.
  • Report cards and Vision access will be held at the end of each quarter if Lunchtime balances are not current.
If you need assistance accessing your Vision account, please contact Deb Gingerich at or 717-846-8871 x219.
Dress Code
Students are reminded to be dressed in full uniform on the first day of school. Please click here for the dress code. Please click here for the YC shoe policy.
Gym Uniforms & Fall Sports Spirit Wear
Gym uniforms are available for purchase through the online YC Spirit Store which can be accessed from the front page of the YC website or by clicking here. Sports apparel is also available through the same link. This year, families can select their garment of choice and add whichever sports logo they prefer!
School Policy Changes
Backpacks - Grades 7-12
Students are allowed to bring book bags and backpacks to school.  Upon arrival to the building, however, students must proceed directly to their locker and store the backpack/book bag there for the duration of the school day.  During the day, students will be limited to pencil cases and/or small purses for personal items they may need.  The appropriate size of a purse should not be larger than an 8-½" x 11" piece of paper. Please note this policy is now effective for all students in grades 7-12.

Public Displays of Affection
Public Displays of Affection, i.e., holding hands, etc., in the school building and/or on school grounds are not permitted at any time.
Arrival Time
Any student arriving to school after 10:30 AM is not permitted to participate in any after school events that day.  
Drugs & Alcohol
Diocese of Harrisburg
The use and/or possession of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, mood-altering substances, look-alike drugs, over-the-counter-drugs, heavily caffeinated drinks, drug-related paraphernalia or the abuse of prescription drugs on school property or while attending or participating in any school-sponsored activity is forbidden and is considered a major disciplinary infraction. Being under the influence of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or mood-altering substances on school property or at a school-sponsored activity is likewise forbidden and is considered a major disciplinary infraction. After considering all circumstances, the Principal may suspend or expel a student for these major disciplinary infractions, depending upon the severity and/or frequency of such violations.

The selling, pushing, or supplying of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, mood-altering substances, or drug-related paraphernalia is an extremely serious situation which is to be reported to the parents/guardians of a student and ordinarily to law enforcement officials as well. If, in the judgment of the Principal, there are no extenuating circumstances, a student committing such an offense will be expelled from the school.

Responsibility of School Personnel: All personnel at YCHS are to report immediately to the administration any student involved in the use of, transfer of, or possession of alcohol, other drugs, or vaping substances/devices while on the school property or at a school sponsored function. They must document in writing the details of the incident and sign their name to the aforementioned document.

"Drug/Mood Altering Substance/Alcohol" shall include vaping, any alcoholic or malt beverages, any drug listed in Act 64 (1972) as a controlled substance, chemical, abused substance or medication for which a prescription is required under the law and/or a substance which is intended to alter mood.
Examples of the above include but are not limited to alcoholic beverages; vaping substance or devices; chemicals; heavily caffeinated drinks; prescription medicines; over-the-counter medicines; or drugs not registered with the school nurse or annotated with the student's health record.
The "Student Assistance Program" (SAP) is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of school personnel (teachers, specialists, administrators, nurses, counselors) and members of designated community agencies. The SAP team has been trained to understand and work on the problems of adolescent chemical use, abuse and dependency, depression, suicidal tendencies, and other mental health problems. The SAP team shall play a primary role in the identification and referral process of students through procedures outlined in these guidelines.
"Use" shall mean the ingestion, injection, or inhalation of any vaping substance, drug or alcoholic beverage, and shall also mean a condition or state of being of a student indicating to school authorities that such a student is "under the influence" in any setting in which students are responsible to school authority and/or supervision.
"Possession," as defined exclusively from "Use," shall mean the presence of a vaping substance/device, drug or alcoholic beverage on the person of a student, in any amount, in or on any item under the control of the student or owned by the student in any setting in which students are responsible to school authority and/or supervision.
"Distribution," as defined exclusively from both "Use" or "Possession" shall mean the sale, transfer, trade, exchange, or aid therein, in any manner of any vaping substance/device, drug or alcoholic beverage from one person to another person, whether or not a student, when such distribution takes place in a setting in which said persons are responsible to school authority and/or supervision.
"Compliant Behavior" shall be defined as the willingness of a student and/or parent or guardian to work with staff and school personnel in complying with directives of the members of the SAP team and/or this policy and/or Administrative Guidelines.
"Non-Compliant Behavior" is resistance or refusal, verbal, physical or passive, on the part of the student and/or parent or guardian to comply with the members of the SAP team, and/or this policy and/or Administrative Guidelines.
"Drug Paraphernalia" includes any items that in the school's judgment can be associated with the use of vaping substances, drugs, alcohol, or mood altering substances.
"School Sponsored Activity" is any meeting, gathering, class, or activity that is initiated, supervised, or coordinated by a school employee, whether or not said school sponsored activity occurs on school property.

Rules and Regulations
A student who, at any time, is found to be or have been under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or mood altering/vaping substance or possesses, uses, dispenses, sells or aids in the procurement of alcohol, narcotics, restricted drugs, mood altering/vaping substances, or any substance or paraphernalia purported to be restricted shall be subject to discipline pursuant to the provisions and procedures outlined in Diocesan policy and YCHS administrative guidelines. This also includes the misuse of over-the-counter drugs. The YCHS Administration reserves the right to use any measures deemed necessary to control substance abuse, drug testing if necessary, even if the same is not provided for in any rule or regulation enumerated herein.

If it is determined that there has been a drug, alcohol, vaping, and/or substance violation up to and including possession of substances as described above or related paraphernalia, use and/or distribution of said items, the following will be in effect:
  • The principal will be notified immediately. Staff members involved will submit a written report regarding any related incidents.
  • The student, his/her desk, locker, car and other possessions will be searched.
  • Personal electronic devices will be confiscated. 
  • Paraphernalia and/or substances will be confiscated and analyzed when appropriate. Any cost incurred will be covered by the student/parent.
  • The parents of the student will be notified and the student will be sent home immediately under parental supervision.
  • The student will take a mandatory Drug and Alcohol test and share the results with the school Administration within 24 hours. Testing costs are the responsibility of the student/parent.
  • Multiple days of detention will be assigned.
  • If distribution is suspected to have occurred the police will be notified.
  • The student can choose one of the following:
    • The student will be removed from extra-curricular activity for 60 days.
    • The student and parents sign a release form for the Student Assistance Program and will have a drug/alcohol assessment taken within 5 days by the SAP counselor. The student must comply with all recommendations of the assessment. The student who is compliant can be reinstated to extra-curricular activities after 30 days.
  • The student will be placed on a Drug & Alcohol (D&A) contract which will require D & A counseling. All recommendations must be shared with the Principal. The student may be drug tested for the remainder of his/her time at YC at the request of the Administration. Parents will be expected to conduct the testing within 24 hours of the school's request. All results must be sent directly to the Principal from the testing site. Failure to comply with this could result in dismissal from school. 
  • The student will be on probation for the remainder of attendance. Any recurrence will result in the liability of immediate expulsion. 
  • The student may be suspended or expelled depending on the related circumstances.
  • Individual extra-curricular contract policies are also in effect, i.e., Student Council, NHS, etc.
  • Students will also be required to complete 30 hours of service to YC or the community.
Students will receive a Student Handbook/Agenda the first day of school that contains these policies and all others.
School Board Financial Policy
The following School Board policy is written to ensure the financial stability of the school. Families should be aware of the following guidelines regarding tuition and fees.
If a student is remiss in the payment of tuition, fees, service hours, or other outstanding obligations, his/her report card and Vision access will be withheld. In addition, students whose tuition accounts are 60 days past due will not be permitted to participate in activities outside of the regular school day hours. Students whose tuition accounts are 90 days or more past due may not be permitted to attend York Catholic until balances are rectified. Any inquiry regarding tuition and fees should be directed to the attention of the Business Office.
Attendance Office Reminders
A parent must provide written or emailed notice of all absences from a scheduled school day.
Please review the following attendance policies:
From Student Handbook, pages 23:
Attendance is required of all enrolled students during the days and hours school is in session. Parents/Guardians have the responsibility of ensuring their students attend and remain in school daily. Students may be excused for temporary absences when satisfactory evidence is provided to warrant a reasonable cause for the absence. Since daily instruction of material by the teacher is essential in our educational system, an absence of even one day may, understandably, result in lower grades.
More than ten days of accumulated absence is considered excessive. This limit does not include pre-approved educational trips or absence due to a death in the family. After 10 accumulated days of absence (excused and/or unexcused combined), a physician's excuse will be required for each additional absence (partial day or full day). Students with a history of chronic absence may be required to provide a physician's excuse prior to the accumulation of 10 days.
For YCHS students, twenty days absence is sufficient to warrant repeating the school year. The matter will be decided by the administration. Taken into consideration will be the frequencies of absences, reasons for the absences, attempts to make up work missed during the absences, etc.
Excuses will be kept on file. Cooperation in this matter is essential because of state laws governing school attendance. Pennsylvania School Law states that "excused" absences (including partial day/lateness) include
ONLY the following:
    • Doctor/dentist appointments
    • School scheduled educational trips
    • Authorized school activities      
    • Illness  
The school reserves the right to excuse students for any reason. Any absence with no note or approval will be marked "Non-excused" and the student may be assigned detention.  
Early Dismissal/Late Arrival
From Student Handbook, page 23:
When a student is absent from school or needs to be dismissed early from school or will be late arriving to school, the following procedure is to be observed:
  1. The parent/guardian calls the school attendance secretary. Call each day of absence by 8:30 a.m. using voice mail to give the reason for the absence, late arrival, or early dismissal.
  2. For early dismissals, a note is required in advance of the dismissal time in order for the student to leave school property. Parents picking up children must sign students out at the Attendance Office. If student drivers are to transport themselves, specific permission to do so must be granted by the parent.
  3. Upon returning to school, the student has 2 school days to present a note to the Attendance Secretary with the following information; failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence and assigned detention.
    • Name of Student
    • Date(s) of Absence
    • Reason for Absence
    • Signature of Parent/Guardian
  Any student arriving to school after 10:30 AM is not permitted to participate in any after school events that day. Pennsylvania School Law states that "excused" absences (including partial day/lateness) include ONLY the following:
    • Doctor/dentist appointments
    • School scheduled educational trips
    • Authorized school activities      
    • Illness
  The school reserves the right to excuse students for any reason. After 10 days of accumulated lateness to school (excused and/or unexcused combined), a physician's excuse will be required for each additional absence.
From Student Handbook, page 24:
Tardiness is lateness due to negligence. Students should not be admitted late to homeroom without a pass. Verbal warnings may be given the first and second times a student is tardy. The third tardy and all subsequent negligence of this nature for the year will result in the student being assigned to detention. If a student is tardy more than ten times during the school year, tardiness becomes a major infraction and will result in four days detention for each subsequent day of lateness.
College Visits
From Student Handbook, page 25:
Any student wishing to visit a college must have a note from a parent requesting a visit to the college two days in advance. The student will then receive a "college visit" form from his or her Guidance Counselor. This form must be submitted on time to be excused for the visit. The Admissions Office of the college will verify the visit on the form. Two college visits will be permitted per year. Students are required to obtain work in advance. Failure to follow this procedure will result in a "non-excused" absence and teachers will not be required to accept work. If the visit is two days or more, the student must obtain a trip form from the Studies Office.
Employment Opportunity
York Catholic is seeking a Cafeteria Aide to help prepare lunches and assist with clean-up Monday through Friday from 8 AM-1 PM throughout the school year. Please send resume, Diocesan application, (available on the York Catholic website), and letter of interest to the following:

Jackie Stubbs
Cafeteria Manager
York Catholic High School
601 East Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
Your Favorite Website
York Catholic uses the YC website and emails as resources for information for our parents and students. Please add the YC website to your Favorites and visit it often. The address is easy to remember: . Also, be sure to check your email every Thursday for the "Irish Eye" e-newsletter that contains important information and reminders. If it's not showing up in your Inbox, check your Spam folder and mark as a safe sender and not spam.
Bus Transportation for Next School Year

If you have not received your bus transportation information from the school district where you live, please click on the link below to print and complete your form. Please mail your form to the school district where you reside immediately.

Eastern                          contact Kimmy Nickle at 717-252-1555 x33231 or
Southern                      contact Heather Dougherty at  717-846-8871 x215
Southeastern              contact Heather Dougherty at  717-846-8871 x215
Summer Assignments

PLEASE NOTE:  Parents are not able to access the GoogleDocs to see the assignments.  Parents can only access GoogleDocs through their student's account.  New students will receive information in the mail about this.

York Catholic High School views the development of life-long habits of reading as a hallmark of an educated individual, and it encourages each student to read widely throughout the year.  The school also recognizes the value of 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 information regarding summer reading.  The assignments are also available for student access on the home page of the YC website at   in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  Reminder that parents can only access the assignments through their student's Google account.  Each grade level's requirements are clearly explained and reading responses are due on or before Friday, September 6

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 online Summer Math Assignments on or before Friday, September 6. The assignments are available for student access on the home page of the YC website at   in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  Reminder that parents can only access the assignments through their student's Google account. 
Junior High Tailgate
The 7th & 8th Grade students are invited to the Junior High Tailgate on Friday, September 20 , from 5-6:45 PM on the front lawn.  Pizza, party subs, water and paper products will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share.  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for the Tailgate.  Please sign your family up by September 17 by clicking here .  If you have any questions, please contact  Rachel Shanko at  or  Brian Gilbert at .  

After the tailgate, families can cheer the Irish football team on to victory vs. Biglerville.  Kickoff is 7 PM. Cost for the game is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and  $3 for students.  York Catholic students are admitted for free with their Student Pass.
Student Sports Passes Ready for Pick-up

This year, all York Catholic students will be admitted free to all home sporting events when they present their student ID at the ticket counter. Because IDs will not be available until November, temporary passes are now available in the main office. Please stop in during regular business hours Monday through Thursday 8 AM-3 PM to pick-up your temporary pass. Students arriving to the ticket counter without their pass will be required to pay admission.
Senior Pictures

Any senior who did not get their yearbook picture taken in June should have received a postcard from Prestige by Lifetouch with your rescheduled time on Saturday, September 7, in the YC cafeteria. If you did not receive this postcard, or if you need to have your previous picture re-taken, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.
Futures Camps, Clinics, & Games
Futures Cheer Clinic
YC's Varsity Cheerleaders will be hosting a Futures Cheer Clinic for students in grades K-6 on Saturday, September 14 , from 9 AM-12 PM in the gymnasium with a showcase of what was learned performed from 11:45 AM-noon. Participants will learn cheers, chants, and a dance. K-6 cheerleaders who participate will get an opportunity to join the varsity squad on the sidelines at the YC football game on September 20.  Cost for one child is $25, two children are $35, and three children are $45.  Registration and payment are due by September 11.  
For more information, call Heather Hoffman at 717-846-8871 x220.  Click here for more information.
Futures Band Camp                                   
York Catholic is hosting a Futures Marching Band Camp on Saturday, September 14, from 8 AM-2 PM for any 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student who has played a band instrument for at least a year or who would be interested in color guard.  Students will have the opportunity to play level-appropriate Marching Band music, as well as learn basic drill techniques, and basic color guard techniques with a little fun thrown in. A mini-show for parents will take place at 1:45 PM.  Lunch, snack, flipbook, lyre, and music will be provided. Cost is $25 per child, $40 for 2 children, $55 for 3 children.  Please bring a refillable water bottle, comfortable sneakers, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothing.  Please register by September 10 by contacting Cecelia Mezza at   or 717-846-8871 x224.  Click here for more information.

Any 6th grade band student who attends a parochial school is welcome to play with the York Catholic Marching Band in the stands at the September 20 football game.  You do not need to attend the mini camp in order to play with us.  Please email Ms. Mezza at the above address if you are interested.  Report time is at 5:45 PM in the YC Band Room. Students can leave at halftime or stay for the full game. 

Futures Games
Partner school students in grades 1-6 are invited to Futures Games at York Catholic!

Come out and be part of the team as you cheer for your future school! S pend time with the varsity players and coaches , listen to coach's pregame instruction, participate in team prayer, sit together to cheer on the team, and pose with the team for a picture.
Boys Soccer  - September 18 at 5:45 PM. Arrive by 5:15 PM.  
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Football  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:15 PM.
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Cheerleading  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:45 PM.
Meet at the stadium under the press box.
Questions:  Contact Lacey Harang at  
Marching Band  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 5:30 PM.
Meet in the Band Room at the back of the school.
Questions:  Contact Cecelia Mezza at  
Girls Soccer  - September 24 at 5:45 PM. Arrive by 5:15 PM.  
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Volleyball  - October 1 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:30 PM.
Meet in the gymnasium.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at

In Case You Missed It...
Capital Campaign Update

The Irish football team played its first game on the new turf field last Friday!

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