August 8, 2019
Golf Tournament
All skill levels are welcome at the York Catholic Golf Tournament on Monday, September 16, at the Out Door Country Club. Check-in starts at 7:30 AM with a Shotgun Start at 8 AM. The registration deadline is September 3.

Click here to Register online.

Click here for Registration form with complete details.

Click here for Sponsorship flyer.

For more information about the tournament, contact LeAnn Citrone at lcitrone@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x216.


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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.
 
Assumption Mass
Coaches, athletes, band members, teachers, and family members are encouraged to join us Thursday, August 15, at 12:45 PM at YC for Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary that commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. This Mass fulfills the Holy Day of Obligation.         

Orientations
New students are invited to attend an orientation on the dates listed below. We will take a tour and familiarize you with programs and expectations. New students will receive their class schedules at this time.
           
New Students in Grades 8-11:  
Thursday, August 22, from 9 AM-11 AM
           
International Students and Host Families :       
Tuesday, September 3, from 12-2 PM
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!
Uniform Exchange
York Catholic hosts a uniform exchange to assist students who are late admissions or who need financial assistance with uniforms. The uniform exchange will be available for trades and purchases on Thursday, August 22, from 12-2 PM. Walk-ins on days other than this date cannot be accommodated. If you need uniforms, bring your gently worn items for an even trade or purchase some at a reduced price: skirts $10, pants $8, sweaters $6, shirts $4. Uniforms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If anyone is interested in helping with the uniform exchanges, please contact Heather Hoffman at 717-846-8871 x220.
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.

Definitions:
"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.

Penalties
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.
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), a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to the following:


Jackie Stubbs
Cafeteria Manager
York Catholic High School
601 East Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
Student Schedules
Students' requests for courses were subject to approval by teachers. With few exceptions, these requests have been honored. Barring computer errors, we do not foresee a necessity to change rosters in September. 

Schedules for incoming 7th graders will be mailed the week of August 12. All other new students will receive their schedules at New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 22, from 9-11 AM. Students in grades 8-12 will be able to access their schedules online through their Vision portal the week of August 12. Anyone with an outstanding balance will not have access to a schedule until their balance is paid. 

Any request for a course change must be accompanied by a written parental request, teacher approval (as originally needed), and a $25.00 Late Roster Change Fee. Since the Master Roster is built according to the original registration of students, we cannot guarantee admission to particular classes. For incoming new students, if an error has been made in placement, teachers will initiate the needed change and no fee will be assessed. Students requesting schedule changes must do so during the Add Drop period, which ends September 25, and no changes will be made after that date. Level changes, however, will be considered into the first quarter at the discretion of the subject teacher for any student who has been inaccurately placed in a course.
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: www.yorkcatholic.org . 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 info@yorkcatholic.org 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.


Central             
Eastern                          contact Kimmy Nickle at 717-252-1555 x33231 or knickle@easternyork.net
Northeastern              
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.


Reading
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  www.yorkcatholic.org   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



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 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  www.yorkcatholic.org   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. 
Student Medical Requirements for 2019-20
Immunizations Needed                                               
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established school immunization requirements for all students. The regulations are intended to ensure that children attending school in PA are adequately protected against potential outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. A child must have the required medically-appropriate vaccines or a plan to complete those vaccines or risk exclusion from school.
 
Children in grades 7-12 need the following immunizations for attendance:
  • 4 doses of tetanus * (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (usually given as MMR)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) or evidence of immunity
  • 2 doses meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV)
    • 1st dose is given 11-15 years of age; a 2nd dose is required at age 16 or entry into 12th grade.
    • If the dose was given at 16 years of age or older, only one dose is required.
  • 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) - age 11 or older
                                    *   Usually given as DTaP or DTP or DT or Td

If you submitted doctor's documentation of the administration of these vaccines previously, you do not need to repeat this step unless an additional booster or immunization is needed or has been given in the past year. (Students entering grades 10, 11, & 12 - please note the dose requirements for the MCV vaccine.) All new students must submit doctor's documentation of the dates the above doses were administered to the York Catholic nurse by August 23, 2019. If any of the required immunizations will not be given by August 23, please click here for the PLAN form to detail the dates the immunizations are scheduled to be given.
 
Under Pennsylvania state law, students without the required immunizations or a plan with scheduled dates of administration on file, cannot be admitted to school.
 

 
Incoming 11th Grade Physicals                          
The School Health Law of Pennsylvania requires that all children must have a medical examination upon entry into grade 11. A medical examination is also required for those children who have transferred to York into any grade from other states or from other Pennsylvania areas and who have not sent records of previous examinations. Please click here for the School Physical Form to be completed by a private physician. Return the form to the school nurse no later than August 23, 2019. Any student who does not return this form will receive a medical examination by a school physician.


 
Incoming 7th Grade Dentals                         
The School Health Law of Pennsylvania requires that children receive a dental examination upon entry into grade 7.   Please click here for the School Dental Form to be completed by a private dentist. Return the form to the school nurse no later than August 23, 2019. Any student who does not return this form will receive a medical examination by a school dentist.



If you have any questions regarding any of these 3 medical requirement, please contact Sarah DeLuca, York Catholic nurse, at 717-846-8871 x221 or sdeluca@yorkcatholic.org

Fall Sports
Fall Practices Open
Varsity football heat acclimation practice began this week with all other Fall sports teams beginning practice on Monday, August 12. Junior High Cross Country will begin Monday, August 26. For exact practice times, contact the head coach or Josh Cross at jcross@yorkcatholic.org  or 717-846-8871 x230.

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Fall Sports Picture Day
Coaches will distribute the order forms prior to picture day. On those order forms, you will be able to purchase team photos, along with several different individual packages. The forms must be returned to the photographer with payment on picture day. When the completed photo packages are delivered by Lifetouch, they will be given to the coaches to distribute to those who placed orders. Athletes must be clean shaven and have regulation haircuts. All undershirts must be the same color and be PIAA-legal.

Friday, August 16
8:45 AM - SH Cross Country
9:15 AM - Golf
9:45 AM - SH Cheerleading
10:15 AM - JH Cheerleading
11:00 AM - Volleyball
11:30 AM - Tennis
4:00 PM - Girls Soccer
4:30 PM - JH Football
5:15 PM - SH Football
6:00 PM - Boys Soccer

After August 26 -
Time TBA - JH Cross Country

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Fall Pep Rally & Stadium Turf Open House
Parents and fans are invited to raise the Irish spirit and meet the athletes who will be representing York Catholic on the court, on the course, and on the new turf field this fall. The Pep Rally & Stadium Open House will be held Monday, August 19, at 7 PM at the stadium. Come out and cheer on our teams and get your first look at the new turf field!
Sports Complex Work Day

The Athletic Department invites "all hands on deck" this Saturday, August 10, from 8 AM-12 PM to help prep the fields, grounds, and structures for the fall season. Please bring your paint brushes, tool boxes, work gloves, and a willingness to help. Parents and YC supporters, along with seventh graders and older are needed. This is a service hours opportunity for students. Please click here for complete details. If you have any questions, please contact Josh Cross at jcross@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x230. The rain date is Sunday, August 11. 
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 available in the main office beginning Monday, August 12. 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.
Marching Band
Band Camp
Band Camp  begins August 12 and runs through August 22 Monday - Friday 8 AM-4 PM at YC.  Bring your instrument, music, lunch and a snack, refillable water bottle, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray.  Wear comfortable clothing and shoes you can march in all day.  
 
Pictures  
Lifetouch Photography will be taking group and individual pictures on Friday, August 16, at 7:40 AM. Please come prepared to be in full band uniform.
 
If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Mezza at 717-846-8871 x224 or cmezza@yorkcatholic.org .
Car Wash


The YC Music Association is holding a Car Wash on Saturday, August 17, from 10 AM-2 PM at the York Catholic bus circle entrance. Come out and get an exterior car wash while supporting a good cause with your donation.
Music Association Meeting
Parents of music and choral students are welcome to attend the York Catholic Music Association meeting on Tuesday, August 13, at 6:30 PM. The meetings usually last approximately one hour and everyone's input and feedback are welcomed and appreciated. Your help in planning and implementing the efforts of the YCMA are critical.
Deanery News
St. Patrick/Holy Trinity Catholic School
Saint Patrick Parish welcomes you on August 18 to celebrate the closing of the school Mass. Come celebrate 168 years of school history and reminisce over years past and all of the lives that St. Patrick School shaped.  Mass will be celebrated in Brenner Hall at 10:45 AM. A social gathering will immediately follow Mass with light refreshments served in the courtyard and school cafeteria. 
 
All alumni of St. Patrick Catholic School are welcome to bring in old uniforms, report cards, pictures of their classes, sports, graduation, processions, 1st Communion, Confirmation, etc. This is an afternoon to honor the tradition of the school as well as the students! Tours of the new Holy Trinity Catholic School will be available this day as well. Please RSVP to Denise Runk in the school office at 717-854-8263 or  spcsoffice@stpatrickyork.net  by August 14.
 

St. Joseph School York
St. Joseph School York is seeking 2 part-time or 1 full-time custodian for afternoon/evening shift. Position(s) will include performing basic janitorial functions such as vacuuming, dusting, mopping and sweeping floors, maintaining bathroom facilities, emptying trash, moving lunchroom tables, general grounds keeping, and other tasks as assigned. This position requires varying degrees of physical exertion to include lifting of at least 50 lbs., stretching, bending, and operating cleaning equipment. Flexibility, dependability, ability to take instructions, adaptability, and ability to work without supervision are required. Must be reliable, maintain confidentiality, and be trustworthy. Valid driver's license required, and applicant(s) must pass all state and federal background checks and clearances to work around children. Prior experience in custodial setting helpful. Interested applicants should contact Mrs. Corrinne Eck, Principal, at eck@sjy.org or call 717-755-1797.
In Case You Missed It...
Capital Campaign Update
Adding the finishing touches
to the turf field.

 
Water bottle water fountains!

New lockers are up next!

Almost ready for our students to return!



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601 E Springettsbury Ave
York PA  17403
717-846-8871 

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