- February 21 - President's Day Holiday
- February 21 - Spring Sports start
- Feb. 21 - March 11 - Neighborhood Transfer Application Window
- February 23 - Follow-Up presentation from Ann Dolin on Mock ACT & SAT
- February 25 - Choir Dessert Cabaret
- March 3 - Executive Functioning: Reducing Homework Friction
- March 10 - School Board Meeting
- March 16 - Early Release
- March 21 - Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD, a.k.a SEL) Event for Families
- March 24 - March 26 - All-School Spring Show
Hello, fellow Patriot families, I hope this finds you well, and that your students (and you!) are recovering from the lockdown last week. The Board and I want to express our support for everyone who was impacted by the events of that day. This certainly includes our YHS staff, who, while experiencing their own fear and worry, stepped up to lead, care for, look out for, and support our kids; and they did so beautifully.
Thanking Staff with a Luncheon next Thursday:
Our Staff Appreciation Chair, Rabia Oubenadi, and fellow YHS moms Courtney Desautels and Julie Olcott, are planning a chili bar luncheon for all staff next Thursday, February 24, which, coincidentally, just happens to be National Chili Day! This will be just a token of our thanks for all that our teachers and other staff did (and do) for our kids, but it will be warm, nourishing, and yummy. We sure hope they feel cared, for and that they enjoy it.
At Monday night's PTA meeting, in addition to developing and voting on a budget for the above luncheon for staff, we also voted to devote a small amount of funding to a thank-you snack to be delivered to the stations of law enforcement who came to YHS that day. They were professional and helpful, and made sure our kids and staff were safe. More to come, once we have details!
YHS PTA's Nominating Committee Needs ONE MORE Member -- Could it be YOU?
It's time to start recruiting next year's Board -- we need to announce our slate of officers in early April (30 days in advance of the election) and vote on them in early May. Please let me know if you can help! Meanwhile, if you're interested in one of our Board positions for next year, I'm also happy to tell you about it while we wait for the Nominating Committee to form.
Social Emotional Learning Event with Keeth Matheny Rescheduled to March 21
My apologies for the change; given the importance of the topic, I tried to get this set up soon, grabbing Keeth's first availability, but I realized it just wasn't sufficient notice. So now, instead of next week, this event, which promises to be a very helpful and informative one, will be Monday, March 21, at 7:30 PM, via Zoom. Please plan to join us!
Wishing You a Happy Presidents' Day Weekend
Hope you and your family get to enjoy that extra day away from work and school. In addition, this week is National Random Acts of Kindness Week and today is National Caregivers Day -- so many people in our world to celebrate. And just for fun, Sunday is National Cherry Pie Day. I think that means we have to have a slice, right?
With best wishes,
YHS PTA President
|From the Principal
Hello, Yorktown Families,
Please watch for our info packed School Talk message this afternoon.
Have a great weekend,
Dr. Kevin Clark
The PTA needs additional volunteers for the committee to nominate the 2022-2023 YHS PTA Executive Board.
The Nominating Committee will request nominations and self-nominations for each of the Board positions that will be open next year (President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, Communications VP, and Treasurer), and will present a slate of potential 2022-23 officers to the general PTA in April for a vote at our May PTA meeting. The Nominating Committee might also receive questions from interested PTA members regarding the various open Board positions, and can answer them or refer them to the current Board. Please email Dana Milburn to volunteer for the nominating committee.
VAPTA Bylaws require:
Section 3. Nominating committee:
- Each member of the nominating committee must be a member of this local PTA/PTSA.
- The nominating committee shall consist of an uneven number, not less than three (3) members, who shall be elected by the members of this local PTA/PTSA at their regular general membership meeting at least two (2) months prior to the election of officers. The committee shall elect its own chairman.
- The nominating committee shall nominate an eligible person for each office to be filled and report its nominees to the members at a regular general membership meeting at least thirty (30) days prior to the general membership election meeting. At the general membership election meeting, additional nominations may be made from the floor.
- Only those persons who have signified their consent to serve, if elected, shall be nominated for or elected to such office.
In Crisis/Need Help Now?
For Immediate Emergencies, call 911
To Help Yourself, or a Friend you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
text "CONNECT" to 85511
February 23 @ 730PM
Mock SAT and ACT Tests
(Virtual Follow-Up Session)
Roadmap to College:
Understanding Your/Your Child’s Mock SAT or ACT Results and What Comes Next. Expert Analysis and Advice by Ann Dolin, President and Founder of Educational Connections.
(Link will be sent to all Mock SAT & ACT registrants, and video will be available for those who might have a scheduling conflict)
Questions? Karen McGuinness, Educational Connections, firstname.lastname@example.org 703-934-8282; or Dana Milburn (email@example.com) from YHS PTA
FAMILY NETWORK RESOURCES
Thursday, March 3
Yorktown PTA Webinar for Parents/Caregivers of MS and HS Students
Students and staff also welcome!
One of the most valuable skills you can have as a student is effective time management. Learn how to help your student build these skills. Download Flyer for more details REGISTER link will be sent ~3 days prior to webinar
Monday, March 21
Student Social, Emotional, and Academic Development
(SEAD, a.k.a SEL)
, was so popular last year, we are bringing him back for encore presentations this Spring. Keeth is an award winning and nationally recognized SEL (social emotional learning)/SEAD (social, emotional, and academic development) speaker
, SEL/SEAD curriculum designer
(used by more than 2,000 school systems nationally), and author of numerous articles (here's an example
) and a new book
An Aspen Institute piece from work that Keeth participated in describes the need for SEL/SEAD this way: "A student’s ability to focus, manage emotions, and stay engaged, plays a large role in his or her ability to perceive, process, and ultimately learn.
" SEL/SEAD truly has an impact on the ability to learn everything else our kids are taught. The range of crucial life skills encompassed within SEAD/SEL will help students not only to be more successful academically and socially -- and mentally healthier -- now, but also later, in college, careers, and life.
We plan to hold two events with Keeth, as we did last year. In the first, on 3/21, Keeth will cover content from last year's events (which earned rave reviews), but with updates for our current situation, making it very worthwhile for both those who were with us for last year's presentation and those who weren't. The second event will build on the first, going into more depth. These events will not be recorded. Stay tuned for more details, and please plan to join us!
April 7, 7:30 PM
Executive Functions and College:
Preparing your Student (and yourself!) for the Launch
(with Andrea Brenner, PhD, author of How to College, and College Transition Specialist)
JAN 27 Event Recording
How Executive Function Skills Improve Student Success
Below is the link to the recording that nearly 300 attendees experience, as well as some resources mentioned in the session:
Other Helpful Resources:
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order #44 free at-home COVID-19 tests.
The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
Order Free At-Home Tests
If you need a COVID-19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.
Project N95 Website
: a national non profit focused on providing the resources needed for you to live and work safely in your community through the Covid pandemic has both info and vetted sources for N95s, Covid tests, and other PPE: https://www.projectn95.org/
PTA Needs You
2021-2022 PTA Volunteer Leadership Opportunities:
We have a couple of slots still open, as well as some opportunities to create new chairs' positions in areas some of us have noticed would benefit our community, as they already do at other schools, through some other PTA's. Do any of them sound good to you? Read detailed position descriptions.
- Nominating Committee for 2022-2023 PTA President and Board
- Hospitality Chair(s)
- New Teacher representative?
- New Latinx Parents/Guardians Group?
- New Directory Chair, so that we can have a directory (includes testing/finding an app)?
- New Middle School Liaison(s)?
Please contact Jamie Pilot (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer or to learn more about volunteer opportunities. We encourage you to consider volunteering your time AND talent to the YHS PTA.
SUPPORT YHS PTA
SHOP Harris Teeter and AmazonSmile
If you haven’t linked your HT account yet it’s not too late. Simply go to the Harris Teeter website or app to link your e-VIC card to YHS code 4542. Or stop by customer service at your local Harris teeter store.
Share a little LOVE. Shop Amazon Smile.
Start with a Smile at smile.amazon.com this Holiday Season
for all of your gift and holiday essentials, and
share the gift of charity with Yorktown High PTA.
is our only major fundraiser & primary source of income. 100% of donations support the YHS mission to provide the best possible educational experience for our teens. And please see whether your company will match your gift.
Please consider joining the PTA to ensure your voice is heard in our decisions and programs. We're better when we're all involved! Free memberships are available if dues are an obstacle (just indicate free membership on the form when you join!). Membership allows you to vote on PTA matters and supports our PTA as well as County (CCPTA), VA, and National PTAs. Contact Sharon Levin: email@example.com with any questions.
Meetings 7:30-9:00 pm; Informal Discussion 7:00-7:30 pm. Please join us at any or all upcoming meetings! All YHS community welcome; no membership required. We offer helpful info and discussions of interest to YHS families/parents/guardians at every meeting.
2021-2022 School Year PTA Meetings
- Black History Month
- Feb. 1 marked the start of the Year of the Tiger and the Lunar New Year
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- National School Counseling Week (Feb. 7-11)
- Crossing Guard Appreciation Week (Feb. 7-11)
- School Board Clerk Appreciation Week (Feb. 14-18)
- National Random Acts of Kindness (Feb 17)
- National Bus Driver Appreciation Day (Feb. 22)
- School Board Appreciation Month
- Career &Technical Education Month
The Yorktown Ice Hockey Club finished its first-ever undefeated regular season, 10-0! The Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) single-elimination playoffs start on Monday, February 21st.
Yorktown Ice Hockey is Undefeated and Advancing to Playoffs
Yorktown Hockey will take on its first round playoff opponent on Monday, February 21st at 7:45pm at Reston Skatequest, 1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190.
We need our amazing fans to make the drive - hope to see you there!
Teams that advance to the next round will play in the semi-finals on Wednesday, Feb 23rd and the championship game on Friday, Feb 25th (both at Ashburn Icehouse, 21595 Smith Switch Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147)
Our final game of the season and senior night will be the Best of Arlington game against Washington-Liberty on March 11th at 7PM at Medstar Capitals Iceplex. Mark your calendars!
Join Us for a Virtual Information Session about Replacing Greenbriar Stadium Scoreboard
When: March 2 @ 7PM
Where: Virtually, via the YHSBoosters LiveStream channel (yhsboosters.org)
If you are a passionate parent/booster/student/friend of Yorktown High School, join us to learn about our unique opportunity to replace our aging scoreboard with a State-of-the-Art Digital Board that promises to be more than just a Scoreboard – the possibilities are amazing! The discussion will include answers to:
- What will it take to get that old thing replaced?
- What are the Scoreboard Options?
- When will I be able to see the score during afternoon games?
- What is the plan?
We will use YouTube comments to try and answer as many questions as possible.
Join us learn more and help us improve the Greenbrier experience!
Spring & Fall Sports Tryout Information
Spring Sports Tryouts - Begin February 21
Most spring sports (baseball, softball, crew, lacrosse and soccer) will begin on Monday, February 21, which is a school holiday. Players who are trying out should plan accordingly. A full tryout schedule can be accessed here along with the turf schedule for the first three weeks. Please note some tryouts will be during the traditional school day times on that Monday. Other sports will begin Tuesday.
All students trying out will need to have a valid VHSL physical on file as well as a vaccination card. Please send documents to firstname.lastname@example.org Some sports are currently engaged in off-season activities, including boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball and crew. Please check www.teamapp.com for more information.
Looking Ahead - Fall Sports Begin as Early as August 1
Fall sports will begin as early as August 1 and continue throughout the month of August. Specific sport information is available on the Yorktown Athletic website and individuals are encouraged to sign up for Team App for additional information as it becomes available. All those interested in trying out will need a valid VHSL physical dated after May 1, 2022 to tryout.
Student Travel Abroad Opportunity
YHS Spanish teacher, Dr. Ricardo Huaman, is leading a student trip to Spain this summer. Leaving on June 22 and returning about July 1, the trip is primarily to Madrid, Seville, Granada and Ronda. Traveling by motorcoach, the group will have opportunities to stop at a few other places such as Segovia. In addition to the motorcoach, the tour package includes accommodations, air travel, all breakfasts and dinners, a tour director and post-departure travel protection. The cost is $3644 if families sign up before 3/4/2022, and there is a payment plan available. Read More Here or Here. Questions can be sent directly to Dr. Huaman: email@example.com. Please note, this is not a YHS sponsored trip.
Save the Dates for the Production of Annie
Annie, will be performed by Yorktown students on March 24, 25, and 26, at 7:00pm, and on March 26 at 2:00pm. The show will be accompanied by a live pit orchestra also composed of Yorktown students. Watch this space for an Eventbrite link to purchase tickets. $10 students, $15 adults.
The story focuses on Annie, a girl who lives in an orphanage, but believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home for the holidays, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which leads to drama, but also a happy ending. Don’t miss this family-friendly musical - you’ll be singing “the sun will come out tomorrow” all day long.
Appreciating Teachers and Staff
APS is highlighting five outstanding staff members each month all school year long to recognize the many ways staff make a difference in our community and to highlight their great work.
These individuals demonstrate excellence in collaboration, equity, inclusivity, integrity, innovation and stewardship. They are the members of your team who are the first to pitch in, who bring a positive attitude to their work, and go above and beyond to support their colleagues, and to serve students and families.
All employees (of every scale and employee group) are eligible for nomination. These are employees who make a difference and contribute to creating an inclusive, supportive learning community that empowers all students, no matter their role or position. (Vision)
As a token of appreciation, APS All Stars will receive a $75 Amazon gift card (graciously donated by Amazon), a photo opportunity with the superintendent and a meal on the superintendent with other All-Stars.
Students for Racial Equity (SRE) invites student to join them to:
- Work with students, parents, educators, and leaders in Arlington to bring a collective understanding of the roles that race (and more specifically, racism) play in our communityConnect and share the voices and lived experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students in Arlington
- Present opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students and their parents
- Facilitate conversations about race with leaders and educators in Arlington to inspire them to act and implement anti-racist policies and practices
If you know of students who may be interested in joining SRE, please have them complete the "contact us" form
or READ MORE
in our flyer.
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Arlington Parent Support Groups
Now Meeting Virtually. These groups are geared to parents whose child is experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, including: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, mood disorders and more. No diagnosis is required to participate. Participants are given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources. Confidentiality is respected. School Age Students and Teens as well as older teens and adults. View support groups flyer.
Scholarships for Arlington Seniors
The Arlington Rotary Club is offering a $10,000 scholarship for an Arlington high school senior and resident planning to attend a four-year college in the fall.
The application deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022
by 5 p.m. ET.
The scholarship is awarded based on three equally weighted criteria: scholarship, community service, and financial need. Application forms
are available on the Rotary Club website
under “Scholarships.” Announcement of the award will be in April.
Financial need is determined independent of any scholarship or financial aid received through a college or other sources. The scholarship is paid in installments of $1,250 per semester over the four years of college.
Arlington Rotary also provides an $8,000 two-year scholarship
for an Arlington Community High School (ACHS) student and resident to attend Northern Virginia Community College. That scholarship is administered by the school and selected by the faculty. Interested ACHS students should contact their ACHS counselor directly for more information.
APS and Arlington Community Events & Resources
Upcoming APS Community Engagement Opportunities:
Th. Feb. 24 School Board Meeting
: Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2023 Budget
presentation, followed by Budget Work Session #1
7:00 p.m. Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41
Th. Feb. 24
Budget Work Session #1 following the School Board meeting
TBD Watch Work Sessions Live here.
Tu. Mar. 8
Budget Work Session #2
5 – 7:30 p.m. Watch Work Sessions Live here.
Th. Mar. 10 School Board Meeting
: Recognition of Arts in the Schools Month. Action on changes to the Dual Language Immersion
7:00 p.m. Watch School Board meetings live online or on Comcast Channel 70 or Verizon Ch. 41
Arlington Community Events:
On Feb. 3, Arlington County, in partnership with Curative, opened another COVID-19 testing kiosk at Sequoia Plaza (2100 S. Washington Blvd, behind the Stambaugh Human Services Bldg.) Appointments are encouraged and can be made at curative.com.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduling
Arlington County’s Public Health Division is offering FREE COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 5 years and older. Visit the Arlington County COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Scheduling website for complete details, including clinic locations and hours.
- Schedule an Appointment through VAMS
- If you need ADA accommodations or require assistance scheduling an appointment, call 703-228-7999.
- Please note: Children ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.
APS UPDATE: Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
We will hold on implementing the CDC’s revised quarantine and isolation guidance, in consultation with the Arlington County Public Health Division. We will continue to follow existing guidelines regarding returning to school following exposure. Additional guidance will be provided should your student be identified as a close contact.
Sign Up Now for Free COVID-19 Testing
APS has transitioned to CIAN Diagnostics to administer free, weekly surveillance testing for students in school – this requires a new consent form. Families are strongly encouraged to opt-in their student(s) by filling out the consent form online. Have your child’s student ID ready to complete the quick form. This is a free test administered via nasal swab in each school one day per week and helps us detect asymptomatic COVID cases early to reduce disease transmission.
High School Options & Transfers Information for SY 2022-23
For the 2022-23 secondary options and neighborhood transfers application process, there will be two separate application timelines for high school option programs and neighborhood transfers, as follows:
- Option High Schools & Programs: The application period for Families interested in attending an option school or program ended Jan. 21, 2022.
- Neighborhood Transfers: After the Superintendent’s Annual Update on enrollment is published in January, the availability of neighborhood transfers will be shared with families. If there is availability for neighborhood transfers, families will be able to apply between Feb. 21, 2022 - March 11, 2022.
Do you have questions about the 2021-22 School Year? Wondering about health and safety, masks, meals? Visit https://www.apsva.us/school-year-2021-22/ for all the latest information.
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