September 12, 2019
Mission Collection
Our first Missions Collection for the 2019-2020 year will be Thursday, September 19, to support the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies in the United States through the Diocese of Harrisburg. 
It seems hard to believe that there are still billions of people who have not yet heard the "Good News" of Jesus. That is why the Pontifical Mission Aid Societies exist in the Church: namely, to promote mission awareness among the baptized and support for the spread of the Gospel. The Diocese of Harrisburg has been blessed with generous and faithful people who respond with sacrificial generosity to these mission aid societies. Since the Missions Office began in the diocese in 1924, countless missionaries have benefited from the prayers and support offered year after year. Thank you for answering the call to the "missionary spirit" through your support of this holy work of the Church.

Quick Links

Senior T-shirts

Class of 2020 t-shirts are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here or accessing the online store on the YC website. T-shirts are $12 with a $3 shipping charge and all ordering must be completed by tomorrow, September 13.
Changes to Box Tops for Education
Please check your boxed and canned goods for the Box Tops for Education logos.   

If your box top is marked with this logo,
please cut it out and send it to school. 

If it is labeled with this logo,
please scan your receipt. 

Click here for more information and to download the Box Tops for Education app to scan your receipt. Be sure to select York Catholic High School as your school of choice. 

Our first student reward deadline is October 18, so please have your box tops into school and/or scanned by this date. This is the major fundraiser for Junior High student council and Junior High activities. You don't have to buy anything or sell anything! Please try to join forces with friends, family, and neighbors to collect or scan as many box tops as possible. The homeroom collecting the most box tops will be rewarded! 
Back-to-School Paperwork
Required Paper Forms
All students were given important forms on the first day of school.  If your student has not given these forms to you to complete and sign, please ask him or her for this required paperwork.  All forms must be returned by Monday, September 16

Required Online Forms
All Back-to-Schoo l 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 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 forms.
Back-to-School Night
We hope to see you at Back to School Night Tuesday, September 17, at 6 PM. The evening begins with a presentation by the District Attorney's office about online safety and an update from the School Board and Administration on the newly adopted Strategic Plan. 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.
School Closed Wednesday

School will be closed Wednesday, September 18, while teachers attend the Diocesan Educational Conference.
Policy Update from the Dean of Students
Thank you to our parents for partnering with us to reinforce the school handbook policies and procedures. The students have been particularly respectful to start this school year, to the point where several teachers have noticed and offered compliments. I'm writing with a few updates regarding a couple of items that have come across my desk more frequently in the last few days of this week.
First, with the distribution of student Chromebooks this week, several students have inquired regarding cases for their Chromebooks. The IT department has approved the following cases, available on Amazon, for our students. Families wishing to purchase these cases on their own may do so. Please note only the cases linked below will be acceptable for the YC student Chromebooks.
For Asus model C300s: 11th and 12th grades students
For Asus model C423: 10th grade students
For Asus model C202: 8th and 9th grade students:
Second, based on several conversations with students, teachers, and families, there is a need to amend/clarify the backpack policy at this time. Please see below for an updated policy. Also, please know that nothing resembling a backpack, even the purses that have backpack straps, are permitted.
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. Female students are permitted to carry small, one strap purses no larger than 8 inches by 6 inches.

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Hayek, Dean of Students, at or 717-8460-8871 x344.
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
Distinguished Honor Roll Students

Congratulations to our students who achieved Distinguished Honor Roll during all 4 quarters of the 2018-19 school year.

Class of 2020
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Susan Konstans
Ji Woo Ha
E mily Danczyk

Qiao Kong

N atalie Javitt
Lorraine Schlosser

Willow Sepan

Jamie Volk

Class of 2023
Class of 2024
Jillian Bick
Ethan Andrews
Madison Bick Eleena Basile
Anastasia Cartwright Kayla Dinh
Megan Fisher Juliana Doyle
Grace Grandas Leah Gaito
Kathleen McKeague Robert Gilbert
Madelyn McKee Molly Janusz
Luis Nguyen Miranda Kovach
Caitlyn Noll Sarah Perry
Thomas Pokrivka Sophie Perry
Alyssa Polson Carina Roberts
Emily Raugh Meredith Smith
Emily Schlosser Olivia Struck
John Weisser
Anna Zallnick

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.
Junior High Musical
Audition for YC's first-ever Junior High Musical will be held on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, from 3-5 PM. No experience is needed!
"Dear Edwina Jr.," follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza." Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends, through clever, catchy and poignant songs.
Performances will be on Friday, November 15; Saturday, November 16; and Sunday, November 17, 2019.
Please contact Ms. Pantano at for more information.
SCOIR Program Activated for Juniors
P arents of current juniors should check their emails for registration information for the SCOIR program that will help you and your 11th Grade student navigate career exploration, the college selection, and application process.
As a parent, you will be able to view your student's interest profile, see their college list as it develops, conduct your own college searches, and suggest colleges for your student to consider. SCOIR also provides parents with financial tools so you can get a better sense of the estimated cost of attendance at various colleges during the selection process.
We are excited to be able to provide SCOIR to our 11th Grade students and families, and we feel confident you will find it helpful and easy to use. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Phillips at
Military Info Share
Parents of Juniors and Seniors:  The school is obligated to give names, addresses, and phone numbers of our juniors and seniors to the armed services upon their request, unless parents opt out of having the information shared.  If you do not want us to share your student's information with the military, please contact Mrs. Sheila Gick at 717-846-8871 x317 or  indicating your wishes by September 13.
New Phone Extensions
As part of our classroom renovation, telephones have been installed in each room.  All faculty and staff members now have new extension numbers. While email is still the best way to get in touch, the new phone extensions can be accessed through the YC website's Faculty & Staff page or by clicking here.   

October 4-6, 2019
Calendar of Events
Click  here   for a flyer

Theme Days*
Rules for Dress Down as listed in the handbook apply for Spirit Week.  Students are encouraged to dress according to the following themes on the specified days:

Monday, September 30 - America Monday
Tuesday, October 1 - Team Tuesday
Wednesday, October 2 - Color War Wednesday
Thursday, October 3 - Movie Character Thursday   
Friday, October 4 - Green and Gold Friday
Pep Rally/Parade/Football Game/Alumni Band
The annual Homecoming Pep Rally is Friday, October 4, at 2:20 PM with the Parade beginning at 5:30 PM. We will also have a n Alumni Tent located by the school main entrance bus circle where we will be giving tours of the school renovations from 5-6 PM. Join us for the football game versus Fairfield at 7 PM. Marching Band Alumni bring your instruments and sit with the Band during this year's Homecoming game! If you are planning on playing with the band, email    and we will have music ready for you.  If you would like your music in advance, please state that in your email along with your mailing address. Calling all YC Cheerleader Alumni...Cheer, dance, and stunt during the 3rd and 4th quarters.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Heather Hoffman at .
Homecoming Dance*
The Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 7-10 PM in the cafeteria.  Tickets are $10 per student and will be on sale September 23-27 from 7:45-8:15 AM and 3:00-3:15 PM in Room 112.  The Formal Dress Code Agreement is required by all students who wish to attend the dance.  Any student wishing to bring a guest to the dance must also submit a Guest Permission Form.  Parents and students please know the guidelines will be strictly enforced.  The most recent trend of formal dress includes two-piece dresses that slightly expose the midriff.  Please know that an exposed midriff at any point throughout the evening will not be permitted and the student will be required to change into something acceptable.   Click  here   for required forms.  Any questions, please contact Melissa Emschweiler at .
Alumni Social
The Alumni Association will be hosting a Homecoming Alumni Social on Saturday, October 5, at Central Market, from 6-9 PM. Enjoy food from Mezzogiorno Chef, Tim Spangler '81; cash beer and wine bar from Mudhook owner, Jeff Lau '76; and DJ services from Chris Wagman '67. There is no cost to attend. At 8 PM, we will have a champagne toast in honor of the late Coach Jim Forjan.  Click here for a flyer.  Click here to RSVP.
Coach Jim Forjan Memorial Mass
A memorial Mass will be held in honor of Coach Jim Forjan, Sunday, October 6, at 10 AM in the school auditorium. Contact Lisa Pantano at to be a part of the Alumni Mass Choir.  

School Tours
Sunday, October 6, from 11 AM-12 noon, tours will be offered to show the new renovations to the classrooms.   
            *student-only event

New Booster Club
Welcome to a new era at York Catholic. The school and athletic fields have transformed over the summer thanks to the "YCHS Family." As we look forward to ushering in this new era, we pray for the continued success and safety of our entire student body and York Catholic community. 

While the school buildings and the athletic fields transform, our students desire to represent their "Irish Spirit" continues to grow. York Catholic students continue to strive for excellence on the field, the stage, and in the classroom. This desire for excellence is evident based on the continued success in all facets of the York Catholic student body and programs. 

As we also transform from the York Catholic Athletic Association to the new York Catholic All Sports Booster Club, we must continue to express our gratitude to all the volunteers, donors, and parents who give tirelessly to support the mission of York Catholic and its students. Stay tuned for information on our new structure, and to find out how you can become more involved. Your support is the backbone to our success, and we look forward to many more successful years. 

To our senior athletes, build on your experiences at York Catholic and prepare to leave it better for those who come next. Continue to strive for greatness in all you do and success will follow. Your senior year will go by fast, so be sure to prop each other up and give thanks to your parents, teachers, and coaches who have guided your journey while here at York Catholic.

For more information on the York Catholic All Sports Booster Club, please email
Lenny Ebel
Booster Club President


Futures Events
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

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601 E Springettsbury Ave
York PA  17403

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