March 7, 2019
Only 4 weeks left until York Catholic's Green & Gold Gala, a festive evening of cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and fun on Saturday, April 6, from 6-10 PM at the Country Club of York.
Please join us as we celebrate our YC pride and successes throughout the year.  All proceeds will benefit our York Catholic Fund, enabling us to invest in tuition assistance for those in need, a vibrant curriculum, technology upgrades, the arts and athletics, resources for our valued teachers, and the beautification and safety of our school.   

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Our planning committee is actively seeking donations for our live and silent auctions.  If you can contribute a gift certificate to a local restaurant or business, tickets to a sporting/cultural event, local attraction or getaway, it will truly help our efforts and make a difference in the lives of our students.  All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes and grateful acknowledgement at the Green & Gold Gala.  

Click here for auction item information.
Click here for sponsorship opportunities.   
Click here for tickets.  Your payment will secure your spot!

Volunteer opportunities are also available.  For more information, please contact LeAnn Citrone at or 717-846-8871 x216. 
Financial Aid Appointments
Our Advancement Department continues to work hard with our donors to increase tuition assistance opportunities for our students. If you plan to apply for assistance, please be sure to do so no later than April 15, 2019. If you require assistance in completing this application, you may contact our Business Office Manager, Ms. Heather Dougherty, at or 717-846-8871 x215 to schedule an appointment for March 19 or March 20. 
Please click on the following documents for information and/or completion:
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 $250 credit toward your child's tuition at York Catholic.
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 $250 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. If the family you refer attends York Catholic through their first semester, your family's tuition will be credited $250, spread into 4 credits applied to the months of February, March, April, and May.
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!
The Parent Referral Program is open to all parents of current York Catholic students. The tuition credit is not available for referring your own children. The $250 credit is only good toward tuition on a student's account; no cash is given, and it is non-transferrable. A referred student applies only to a new student from a non-partner school.
Thank you for all you do for our school!
For the Kids Friday Shirt Day

As part of our support of the Four Diamonds for our Mini-THON event, students may pay $1 to wear blue or gold shirts tomorrow leading up to Mini-THON Saturday. Blue is the official color of the Four Diamonds and yellow is the color recognized in the fight against pediatric cancer. Students should pay their $1 in homeroom on Friday. Uniform pants, skirts, or skorts must be worn.
This Saturday,  March 9, over 250 York Catholic students (more than half of our senior high enrollment) will once again join the efforts of over 280 high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools to have fun and work to conquer pediatric cancer. Based on Penn State's successful THON, a 46-hour dance marathon, Mini-THON challenges students to stay on their feet while participating in a number of high energy activities including dodgeball, speedball, four square, and Zumba .
All proceeds accumulated through the efforts of Mini-THON are donated directly to The Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA.  In six years, York Catholic has raised over $98 ,000 to help conquer pediatric cancer. This year our goal is to raise $20,000 and raise awareness "For the Kids."
Donations can be given to Mrs. Wertz in room 103 at YC or paid online using The Four Diamonds Online Social Fundraising Website, DonorDrive at

Students are reminded to wear their Mini-THON t-shirts, sneakers, and pants or modest shorts that meet the extra-curricular dress code.
Scholarships Available
York Catholic is proud of the success of its students earning college scholarships over the years.  More than 74% of last year's graduating class collectively earned over $11 million in college scholarship offers.  The Guidance Department keeps an updated list of local, regional, and national scholarship opportunities in the Career Room and on the YC website.  The following special scholarships are available with deadline dates fast approaching.  Please note that one of them is for a current Junior to be used toward Senior year tuition at York Catholic.  
Scholarships for current Juniors
Dr. George M. and Mrs. Mary E. Johnson Scholarship
This scholarship is for a current York Catholic junior interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The scholarship is used toward the student's York Catholic tuition during his or her senior year at York Catholic.  Applicants should exemplify leadership qualities and skills through his/her participation in class, extracurricular clubs, groups, or activities.  The student will also uphold and practice the moral and religious principles of the Roman Catholic faith. Applications for this scholarship can be obtained from and returned to Ms. Kman in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Scholarships for current Seniors
Ray Tyo St. Ferdinand Scholarship (Diocese of Harrisburg)
This scholarship is valued at approximately $8,000 divided over four years and is awarded to one student from each diocesan high school within the Diocese of Harrisburg. The requirements are as follows: 1) be a practicing Catholic manifesting good moral character, 2) be a student in good standing, 3) be accepted for study at a Catholic institution of higher learning, 4) have a need for financial assistance and, 5) have the recommendation of student's high school administrator.  Applications are available in the Career Room.  Return completed applications to Ms. Kman in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Stephen M. Leiser Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in the YC science teacher's memory and is open for a graduating senior who has taken some non-CP classes at York Catholic and who is interested in furthering his or her education. Applications can be obtained from and returned to Ms. Kman in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Scholarships for all students
Knights of St. Paul Scholarship
The Knights of St. Paul is offering at least one $500 scholarship to a YC student(s) for use toward their tuition at York Catholic for the 2019-20 school year. Applications can be obtained from and returned to Ms. Kman in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 25, 2019
Mission Collection:  Travis Roy Foundation
T he March 2019 Mission Collection will support The Travis Roy Foundation.  In the first eleven seconds of his first hockey game freshman year at Boston University, Travis missed a check and went head first into the boards suffering a paralyzing injury from the neck down.

Travis then started The Travis Roy Foundation to raise money to find better ways to treat spinal cord injuries. None of the money goes towards research or treatments that involve stem cells. His foundation's main goal is to make daily life easier for the paralyzed.

A wiffle ball tournament is held every summer at Little Fenway in Essex Junction, Vermont to raise funds for the Foundation.  Last year the wiffle ball tournament raised over $900,000.  York Catholic alumni Paul Martello, Alec Lloyd, CJ Burnside, Elliott Gangloff, Teddy Trapeni, and current student, Sammy Trapeni, were selected from a wide range of applicants to participate in this year's tournament and the funds YC students contribute will go toward their team's total for The Travis Roy Foundation. 
Please give generously to this important cause linked to our York Catholic and Ice Hockey community.  For more information, check out
District Athletes

Last week was a big week for York Catholic athletes at the District Championships. 

Congratulations to Jessica McMurray for winning the swimming gold medal for the 100 meter breaststroke. This is the first District swimming medal in school history! Two swimmers also made it to the podium -- Laura Laux placed 6th in the 100 backstroke and Claire Laux finished 8th in the 500 freestyle. All 3 athletes advance to the PIAA State Championships March 13-16 at Bucknell University. Shown left to right: Laura Laux, Jessica McMurray, Claire Laux.

Earlier in the week, our Girls' Basketball Team won the silver medal in their championship game. The team now moves on to the State Tournament to take on Bishop McDevitt of Wyncote tomorrow at 5:30 PM at Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Go IRISH!

Music Students
Congratulations to Mason Kovach and Hunter Karpulk for being selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Regional V State Band Festival. Their performance is this Saturday, March 9, at 3 PM at Conrad Weiser High School.


The York Catholic community will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on March 13-14 from 1-3 PM. Several priests from the York Deanery will be available to hear confessions. This is a great chance for students and faculty to begin the Lenten season with a "clean slate" spiritually.
Speech Festival

Students in 9th-12th grade English classes have been presenting speeches in English class with the top presentations moving on to the semi-finals and finals. On Friday, March 15, speech finalists take the stage in an all school assembly at 9:45 AM. Family members are welcome to attend.
Prom Dress Code
Please be reminded of our Formal Dress Code Agreement in preparation for Prom shopping.
For Young Women:
Gowns may not:
  • Be shorter than two inches above the knee
  • Be extremely low cut front or back
  • Have slits higher than the knee
  • Have bare midriffs or cut outs
  • Have transparent or translucent material
  • Have nude or flesh-tone colored material as a primary or secondary base color
  For Young Men:
  • Must wear a suit or sport coat, dress shirt, and tie
  • Must wear dress shoes (sneakers are not permitted)
  • May not wear earrings
  • Must be clean shaven
Spring Sports Pictures
Spring sports teams will have pictures taken on Thursday, March 14 , and Friday, March 15 , at the following times:

Thursday, March 14               
3:15-3:45 PM   JH Track
3:45-4:15 PM   JH Volleyball
4:15-5:00 PM   Baseball
5:00-5:45 PM   Boys Lacrosse 
Friday, March 15
3:15-3:45 PM   Boys Tennis
3:45-4:15 PM   JH Soccer
4:15-5:00 PM   Girls Lacrosse
5:00-5:45 PM   Softball
Coaches will give student-athletes picture order forms that should be completed and handed to the photographer at the time of the photo shoot.
Music Association Meeting
Parents of music and choral students are welcome to attend the York Catholic Music Association meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 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.
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.
Enrollment Open for All Deanery Schools 

The York Deanery partner schools (Pre-K-Grade 6) are now accepting enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact the following for more information:


St. John the Baptist, New Freedom        
Sue Mareck                  
St. Joseph, York
Corrinne Eck
Holy Trinity (St. Patrick/St. Joseph Dallastown) 
Kathleen Smith or Nicole Nirosky
St. Rose of Lima, Thomasville               
Peggy Rizzuto 
Special Olympics Service

We'd like to share a message with you that we received after the Special Olympics of PA Winter Event last weekend.

"Once again what a proud weekend for YC! My husband and I were at Special Olympics Sunday morning and had the pleasure of watching several YC students cheering, encouraging, and looking truly happy to be there! No phones were out and their attention was on the athletes! I had a mother from Delone Catholic say how impressed she was with the students from YC! She said that each year she sees hope in our future when the YC students show up at the event!" 

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