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West York Area School District
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Check this page frequently for the latest district news. For all news regarding our construction projects, check out our Construction News page. For the latest in what is happening in the community outside of our schools, please check out our Community Corner page.

Invitation for Bids

Please review the invitation for bids for the West York Area School District West York Area High School Asbestos Abatement Project. Read more>>>

PAECT Keystone Technology Innovators Summit

We want to congratulate Ms. Halcott in her attendance at the PAECT Keystone Technology Innovators Summit. For full details about Ms. Halcott, take a moment and view this article.


A Message From PennDOT

It’s that time when school buses are everywhere. If a school bus has its lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must stop. The only exception is if you are on the other side of a highway divided by a concrete barrier or grassy median. If you are following or traveling alongside a school bus, the law also requires you to stop at least 10 feet away. Learn more about the school bus stopping law and penalties for violations at www.JustDrivePA.com

National Stop on Red week is August 2-8, 2015. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a school bus driver or a partner in the transportation industry, it is important to assist in educating students about school bus safety. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. To help the public better understand Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping law, PennDOT’s highway safety Web site, www.JustDrivePA.com now offers an interactive feature. Visit the sites Traffic Safety Information Center and click on the School Bus Safety link for further details. 

In 2013, 44 U.S. children died after being left unattended in motor vehicles. Never leave your child alone in the car, no matter what the weather conditions. On a hot day, a child’s temperature heats up to 5 times faster than adults. This tragedy is 100 percent preventable, always look before you lock. Remember heat stroke kills. 

Class of 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

Allison Morningstar Earns Valedictorian

studentMs. Allison Morningstar is the valedictorian for the graduating class of 2015! Her accomplishments include appearing on the Superintendent’s Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll and appearing on the Distinguished Honor Roll every semester. Her co-curricular activities include serving as the treasurer for Model UN, serving on Student Council, National Honor Society, and Physics Olympics. She was also the team captain for tennis and the throwing captain for track and field. Allison will attend the University of Rochester with plans to study Biology with a genetics concentration and International Relations. Ms. Morningstar shares this parting quote: “Life is good-Make it Great.”

Dixie Miller Earns Salutatorian

studentMs. Dixie Miller is the salutatorian for the graduating class of 2015! Her accomplishments include appearing on the Superintendent’s Summa Cum Laude Honor Roll every semester. Her co-curricular activities include serving as the Physics Club President, being a member of the National Honor Society, a lifetime member of the NRA, and a Wellspan volunteer. She has also been the boys’ volleyball student assistant coach and a member of the Varsity Girls’ volleyball team. Dixie will attend Lehigh University with plans to study Biological Sciences with a pre-med concentration and minors in German and Health in Society. Ms. Miller shares this parting quote from Ronnie Oldham: “Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.”

Job Openings

West York Area School District has the following open positions:

  • Learning support part time aide
  • Teacher/noon aides

Please see our employment opportunities page for more information.

Annual Report for the Curriculum Review Committee

On Tuesday, May 12th, the Curriculum Review Committee met to present the annual report of progress. The six-year curriculum review cycle is designed to continuously refine academic instruction and allow teachers to align their instruction to PA Core Standards. Teachers, representing each curriculum committee, presented revisions of curriculum for all content areas. Additionally, presenters showed how the integration of the district's writing initiative (open-ended questions) into all content areas helps students to demonstrate their comprehension of content, to enhance critical thinking, and to improve student success on state assessments. Research has shown that students who are able to express their academic understanding in writing have more confidence in their learning, resulting in higher academic achievements. Finally, teachers presented information on the importance of the integration of technology to enhance instruction and information regarding alignment to Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) standards into content areas. 

Curriculum Review

The Manufacturing Enterprise Class Presents Gifts to the Administration

The 2015 West York Technology Education Program’s Manufacturing Enterprise Course presented the administration with six handmade tape dispensers. Isaiah Lingenfelter presented Dr. Lonardi, Ms. Rudy, and Mr. Fike with their product and signed certificates. Nine West York high school students worked hard to develop and design this product. The class was proud to present 120 dispensers to the faculty at the high school. As in industry, the class had to overcome redesigns and production problems. The results are beautiful tape dispensers. Thank you to the class for a beautiful gift!

Manufacturing Enterprise ClassManufacturing Enterprises Class

Ms. Jones and Ms. Houcks Guest Lecture at Shippensburg University

In November, Ms. Jones and Ms. Houcks received Shippensburg University's Outstanding Teachers of the Year Award. In addition to this accolade, they received the distinct honor of being 2 of 10 of this year's Outstanding Teacher Award recipients to be invited by Shippensburg University to guest lecture. On April 27th, they shared several of their favorite student engagement strategies. It was a rewarding day for Ms. Jones, Ms. Houcks, and numerous Shippensburg aspiring teachers.


Coaching Vacancies

West York Area School District currently has the following coaching vacancies:

  • Varsity Head Baseball Coach
  • Junior Varsity Head Baseball Coach

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."

Education Foundation: Drive 4UR School Fundraiser

The Foundation for the West York Area School District received $3,350 from sponsor Beasley Ford Lincoln because of the Foundation’s “Lincoln Driven to Give” fundraising event that was held in October. Robert Dell, general sales manager at Beasley Ford Lincoln presented the donation check to Joseph Connolly, the Foundation for West York Area School District board president. Thank you to all that came out to support our Foundation!


Board Member's View

- Dr. Wade A. Markel, School Board Director

If you have been in the vicinity of Wallace Elementary in the last several months, you may have noticed some exciting changes going on in and around the K-1 building. Among other changes, a new wing is being added to house first grade classrooms, administrative offices, and a modernized nurse’s suite. The rest of the building is receiving upgrades, including the replacement of heating and air condition systems, energy efficient light upgrades, and classroom and restroom renovations. Construction began just before the start of the 2014-2015 school year and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The awarded contract amount was $10,280,706, and I am pleased to report that the project has stayed on schedule and on budget! Construction has progressed smoothly with minimal (0.004%) change orders, which is much lower than anticipated for unforeseen costs. The completion date is expected to be August 16, 2015.

Current kindergarteners are already enjoying the improvements made to the freshly renovated kindergarten wing, where construction is complete. Next month, the new wing will be ready for students to start moving into the classrooms. The administrative offices and health room will also be ready for Mr. Brandt and his staff. With renovations to the cafeteria and an updated parent drop-off parking lot expected to be finished over the summer, Wallace should be ready and waiting to welcome incoming kindergarteners and returning first graders by the beginning of the next school year. Additionally, with the closing of Loucks Elementary scheduled for June, kindergarten students currently attending Loucks will join the student body at Wallace as first graders. Although the closing of Loucks is bittersweet, we look forward to having all of our youngest bulldogs (primary students) together in one building.


Referendum Exceptions

Notice is hereby given that the West York Area School District Board of Directors intends to seek approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for referendum exceptions under Section 333 of Act 1 of Special Session 2006. The District intends to seek approval for the following exceptions: Special Education 333(f)(2)(v) and Retirement Contributions 333(n). 

George W. Fike Jr., Board Secretary

Education Foundation Awards Mini-Grants

The Foundation for the West York Area School District recently awarded mini-grants to six West York elementary teachers: Ms. Albertson of Trimmer Elementary, Ms. Lamparter of Wallace Elementary, Ms. Niemiec of Loucks Elementary, Ms. Grasser of Trimmer Elementary, Ms. Scarlato of Trimmer and Lincolnway Elementaries, and Ms. Wagner of Trimmer and Wallace Elementaries. Teachers submitted proposals and were granted funds to fulfill various needs. The mini-grants will fund purchases of new technology, subscriptions, and other supplemental resources to aid the teachers in day-to-day classroom activities. Mr. Connolly, President of the foundation, presented the award in December to the teachers. Also present were Mr. Campbell, Assistant Principal of West York Area Middle School and foundation member, and Dr. Lonardi, Superintendent of the West York Area School District.

Mini Grant

Elementary Principal Update

For the latest district elementary news, including reconfiguration updates, please read this newsletter from our elementary Principals.

School Closing Decision-Making Process

Please read the attached letter from Superintendent Lonardi regarding the decision-making process involved in delaying and/or closing schools due to inclement weather.

Notice of Monthly Board Meetings 2015

Public Notice

West York Area School District Board of Directors
Notice of Monthly Board Meetings 2015

The Board of Directors gives notice of the regularly scheduled 2015 public meetings. Work Sessions will be held the second Tuesday of each month through December except for the month of July (no scheduled meeting).

Work Sessions can be used to take action if necessary. Work Sessions convene at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room, West York Area School District Administration Building, 2605 W. Market St., York, PA 17404. 

Board Meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month through December except for the month of July (no scheduled meeting). Board Meetings convene at 6:30 p.m. at the West York Area Middle School, 1700 Bannister St., York, PA 17404.

The Board Reorganization Meeting will be held December 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room, West York Area School District Administration Building, 2605 W. Market St., York, PA 17404. 

George W. Fike
Board Secretary

Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District

Board Member's View: Introducing a "Micro" West York Area School District
-- George H. Margetas, School Board Director 

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!

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.

Are You an Alumnus of West York?

We are in the process of creating website resources for our West York alumni. If you would like to receive information about future alumni events, sign up here.>>>

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.

The Foundation will be actively seeking corporate support through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).  Mr. Richardson was elected President of the Foundation Board. Mr. Connolly was elected Vice President, and he will chair the Fund Development Committee which will focus heavily on the EITC program as well as identifying major funding sources. Ms. Toth was elected Secretary, and she will chair the Publication and Marketing Committee. Mr. Eyster will chair the Alumni Committee, and Mr. Peck will serve as Treasurer. As the Foundation grows, we anticipate needing other committees, including an Audit & Finance Committee and Allocations Committee. That is where you come in! We are in need of volunteers to organize and serve on various committees to help us market the Foundation and attract benefactors, as well as develop action plans. If you are a member of the WYASD community and have a passion for providing students with enhanced programs, we encourage you to call us at (717) 792 2796 for more information on volunteering, or email us at bulldogmail@wyasd.k12.pa.us.

- By Mr. Rodney Drawbaugh, Board President

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