In case you’d like to catch up with what’s been happening in West York, we’ve archived some of our past press releases for you below.
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Welcome, New Bulldogs!
West York Area School District would like to welcome the following new members of our staff:
Dawn Bowman - Middle School Food Service Assistant
Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District
Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District
I began serving as a School Board Director in December 2013. In less than one year, I have witnessed many changes, large and small. By now we have all heard about building renovation and construction projects that will provide our students and the community with structurally sound buildings and improved security. Most of us, certainly residents with children in grades two through five, are aware of the grade reconfiguration that occurred at the onset of this school year. These two large-scale changes were made to accommodate the academic needs of our students and community. These tangible changes primarily impact our students' experiences while physically at school. However, I want to focus this article on a less tangible, but equally as important, change - the West York Area School District Mobile App.
The West York App essentially creates a "micro" West York that is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You no longer need to check the mailbox for yesterday's Blue & White news stories or be tethered to a computer to receive online information about the district. Our free App can be downloaded from your favorite app store and installed on your smart phone so you can receive current time news stories. In fact, you might even see a news story that includes your child before the school day even ends! You can use the App to gain immediate mobile access to school calendars, sports schedules, lunch menus, teacher contact information, student grades, and notifications of school cancellations and delays. It even collects all principal Tweets in one easy-to-follow feed. Parents can add money to their child's lunch account on the fly, sports fans can get live score updates, and anyone - students, parents, employees, or member of the public - can use the App to quickly and easily submit information to the appropriate District employee via the Tip Line. The Tip Line has only been in place since the beginning of this school year and has been used to report bullying, a broken water pipe, and send kudos to staff!
The West York Mobile app puts a lot of valuable information into the palm of your hand. The app has already been downloaded 1873 times. If you have not already done so, please visit your app store to download it today!
Public Notice: Budget and Finance Committee Meetings
Notice is hereby given that the Budget and Finance Committee will meet on the following dates.
November 19, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. - to review the proposed 2015-2016 Budget
December 9, 2014 - 5:30 p.m.
Notice is hereby given that the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget will be presented by the Budget and Finance Committee to the full Board of Directors.
All meetings will be held in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 2605 West Market Street, York, PA.
George W. Fike
Congratulations to Jahna Alleyne!
Congratulations to Jahna Alleyne on being named a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, a program that awards scholarship money based on 2013 PSAT scores. She was one of only 1,600 chosen from a pool of 160,000 eligible students! The National Achievement Scholarship Program was established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students. Finalists will be chosen in January of 2015. Congratulations and best of luck, Jahna!
Congratulations to the 2014 Outstanding Teachers of the Year!
Ms. Carrie R. Jones and Ms. Kirsty P. Houck are this year’s West York Area School District’s (WYASD’s) recipients of the Shippensburg University Outstanding Teacher Award.
Ms. Jones is a biology teacher at West York Area High School (WYAHS) and has been with WYASD for eight years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Gettysburg College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education – Biology from York College of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at McDaniel College. She is currently pursuing her Pennsylvania Principal certification.
Ms. Houck, also a biology teacher at WYAHS, has been with WYASD for twelve years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development from Wilkes University, and Pennsylvania Secondary Education in Biology certification from Millersville University.
Ms. Jones and Ms. Houck frequently collaborate on projects both in and out of the classroom. As Janet May, WYAHS Principal notes, “it is difficult to talk about Carrie without also mentioning Kirsty” and vice versa. They “display a synergy that is not often seen among colleagues.” In their time together in the science department at WYAHS, Ms. Jones and Ms. Houck have joined forces to present sessions on classroom tools to colleagues, including Edmodo, Quizlet, and CDT, along with an original presentation entitled “Improving both student efficacy and student achievement while holding students accountable for their learning.” Both are founding members of the SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Support) Committee, which promotes a positive learning environment, as well as members of the STEE (Science, Technology, Environment, Ecology) Committee, a committee involved in planning the District’s science curriculum. Together, Ms. Jones and
In addition, as a member of the Teacher Effectiveness Committee, Ms. Jones recently presented “Educator Effectiveness: The New Evaluative Tool” to the West York Area School Board. She is a Student Council Advisor and, as such, assisted in the huge undertaking of the Penn State Mini-THON held at WYAHS this past school year which raised $35,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund. In her personal time, Ms. Jones participates in and organizes drives to raise funds for worthy causes, including Habitat for Humanity. Principal May calls her the “best of the best” and says she “pushes her students toward success, but also pushes herself as well.”
Ms. Houck has served as advisor for several clubs during her time at WYAHS, including Project Harmony, Forensic Science, and Science Fanatics. This year, she will be joining Ms. Jones as a Student Council Advisor. In her time away from work, she is an active member of the Junior League and helps with Girl Scouts. Principal May calls Ms. Houck an “outstanding teacher” who “has worked with colleagues to institute positive incentive programs for both students and staff, and she readily lends a hand to anyone in need.”
West York Area School District currently has the following coaching vacancies:
For next fall, we have openings in the following areas:
Applications for these positions will be accepted online on our Employment Opportunities Page. Coaching vacancies may not be listed under Job Postings on the Employment Opportunities Page or on the "Vacancy Desired" page in the application. If you are applying for a coaching position that is not posted, please check the box next to Assistant Coach, Head Coach, or Cheerleading Coach on Page 4 of the application, "Position Desired."
Dr. Lonardi Named 2014 PA Superintendent of the Year
West York Area School District’s own, Dr. Emilie Lonardi, has been named the 2014 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA). According to the PASA website, this prestigious awards program, established in 1988, “recognizes outstanding individuals on the frontiers of educational leadership.”
Dr. Lonardi, who has served as Superintendent of the West York Area School District in York County for 16 years, is being recognized for her “innovative leadership.” This includes initiating programs that encourage high achievement rates, student accountability and motivation, effective staff evaluation and professional development, and cost-cutting through a campaign called the “West York Way,” which saved the district over $3 million in the last two years. In 2001-2002, she began an initiative based on creating a professional culture that builds teacher capacity and enhances both day-to-day instruction and student growth through a collaborative model that focuses solely on student work.
Dr. Lonardi keeps her constituencies focused on the district’s strategic plan, which provides a clear and consistent message regarding the long- and short-term goals, academic vision, and direction of the district. According to one of her peers, Dr. Lonardi is “a leader who challenges convention, stirs others into action and encourages staff to stretch to the edge of their competence.”
A special PASA luncheon was held on Friday, November 15th, in Harrisburg to honor Dr. Lonardi’s achievement. She will also be attending the American Association of School Administrators National Conference on Education in Nashville, Tennessee, along with the 49 other state honorees.
Academic Performance Improves
Recently, Dr. Emilie M. Lonardi, Superintendent, presented longitudinal data regarding student performance on state-mandated standardized tests. It is not uncommon for schools that have decreased personal wealth in its population to see a similar decrease in student academic performance. Despite the district's declining wealth, our students' Reading and Math scores continue to trend upward, as these graphs demonstrate. The district attributes this success to hard working students, parents, teachers and administrators who remain focused on student academic success, and West York's strong curriculum and intervention programs.
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Education Foundation for the WYASD
Like all Districts within the state, the West York Area School District (WYASD) faces the prospect of tighter budgets moving forward. In an effort to be proactive, the District has assisted in the formation of an educational foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to secure private, tax-deductible donations and grant money to help fund District programs and resources. The Foundation will operate as an independent entity from the District and receive its governance from its own Board of Directors. Naturally, the Foundation will work in a strong collaborative effort with the School District’s Board. I am honored that the District's Board of Directors elected me to serve as its first representative on the Foundation's Board. I look forward to working side-by-side with Mr. Larry Richardson, Mr. Joseph Connolly, Ms. Lori Toth, Mr. Mark Keim, and Mr. Thomas Eyster, who are all members of the community and are parents of current or former West York students. Mr. Eyster is also a West York alumnus and retired teacher. Administrators from the District have agreed to serve on the Foundation’s Board to assist in providing information and guidance as needed. Dr. Emile Lonardi, Superintendent; Mr. George Fike, Business Manager; and Mr. David Peck, Assistant Business Manager, agreed to serve in this capacity.
- By Mr. Rodney Drawbaugh, Board President