Indian Rock Elementary’s Magnetic Attraction

Submitted by Mrs. Amy Uffleman


After learning about the properties of magnets, magnetic force and field, and how magnets are used to operate the maglev train, students were given materials to use to create a levitating pencil. They had to incorporate all unit content to make their pencils float above the magnets.  The activity exhibited a very ‘attractive’ outcome of success and application of knowledge!



Engineering Society Visits Third Grade

Submitted by Mrs. Amy Hare


The third grade classes at Indian Rock Elementary enjoyed a fun-filled assembly presented by James Filizzi. Mr. Filizzi is with the Engineering Society of York. There were many demonstrations dealing with force, pressure, gravity, and vibrations. Students were called on to help assist with various hands on science experiments. It was a highly engaging assembly with a lot of scientific learning!




Record Breaking Mini-THON Makes History – Again

From 9:00 PM Friday, February 23, to 7:00 AM Saturday, February 24,  530 York Suburban High School students danced, ate, and played their way to generating over $85,000 for families impacted by childhood cancer. The 2018 Mini-THON achieved record breaking success raising $85,720.18, engaging 60% of the student body (20% increase over 2017’s Mini-THON), and utilizing over 90 adult volunteers. Seniors Abbey Probert, Katie Hill, and Kennedy McKee coordinated the event that benefits Four Diamonds, an organization dedicated to conquering childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

A highlight of the evening included the return of Mr. YS.  Winner Jake Taylor wowed the crowd with his show-stopping reenactment of Patrick Swayze’s iconic dance lift with Jennifer Grey (portrayed by fellow senior Ben Salazar) from the film Dirty Dancing.  Dancers also flocked to the puppy room (!), competed in a wing eating contest, volleyball, basketball, dodgeball, and cornhole tournaments, and enjoyed pool time from 1:00-3:00 AM.

Volunteer Helen Heidler, Director of Whitsons School Nutrition, stayed most of the night to facilitate the essential ’round the clock food service to keep participants fueled. Students enjoyed sushi, pizza, Chick-fil-A, walking tacos, and many other generous community contributions. YS alumni Alden Funkhouser and TJ Platts, owners of FnP Productions, donated their time and talents to provide spectacular sound and lighting – energizing the crowd throughout the evening.

York Suburban’s Mini-THON is a tradition experiencing its fifth year of phenomenal success. The compassion and commitment of students, staff, and volunteers needed to produce such incredible support for Four Diamonds reflect the best of our York Suburban community and its unique culture of encouragement and giving. We are YS PROUD of YS Mini-THON!



Three Students Named National Merit Finalists


Three York Suburban High School students have been named Finalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program. Charlotte Nesbitt, Zezette Pflaum, and Bryce Gavin have been recognized with this tremendous honor for their outstanding scholastic achievement at YSHS as well as high scores on the PSAT/NMSQT, taken by all students in the fall of their junior year.  Charlotte, Zezette, and Bryce are among 15,000 finalists recognized nationwide, falling in the top one percent of all high school students in the country. While the recognition itself is noteworthy, the students will also be eligible to apply for special scholarships available only to finalists.  

Charlotte Nesbitt

Zezette Pflaum

Bryce Gavin



Girls Basketball Program Honored for Sportsmanship

Submitted by Matt Marshall, Athletic Director

CONGRATULATIONS, to our girls basketball program! The program was selected to receive the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award. Each year, one girls and one boys program are chosen to receive the prestigious award that includes $50,000.00 in scholarships.

The award is voted on by league officials with a focus on sportsmanship and doing things the right way. League officials look at an ENTIRE program and district in general. Junior high, varsity players, coaches, event help, scorekeepers, staff, parents, and fans are all evaluated. The girls team will be recognized at a banquet in April at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and presented with a trophy. Senior members of our team are also now able to apply for scholarships that total $50,000.00. Four scholarships in the amounts of $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 are available.

York Suburban would like to thank our coaches, who do a phenomenal job of creating a culture and environment of which we are proud. We are fortunate to have great fans, staff, and event help that continually support the program and provide great role models for our student-athletes.

We are extremely fortunate to have many phenomenal student-athletes at York Suburban. It is fantastic to see a few of you now have an opportunity to apply for such tremendous scholarships. Thank you, girls, for continually conducting yourselves in a positive and respectful manner, exemplifying the values we strive for at York Suburban. #YSPROUD!

Local Businesses Help Fund Student Grants

Submitted by Jamie Vranich, YSEF


The York Suburban Education Foundation (YSEF) recently received three generous donations from three local corporations that participate in PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. These donations support the district-wide Learning Commons strategic initiative to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) concepts into the York Suburban curriculum at all learning levels.

Students from the high school,  middle school,  and Yorkshire Elementary were excited to show GIANT Food Stores, Waste Management, and Rutter’s how their contributions were being used in classrooms. For example, EITC contributions provided funds to help incorporate coding, engineering, and design into kindergarten lessons and supported the effort to transform the middle school and high school libraries into flexible learning spaces that allow for collaboration and exploration.

Visit for more information on grants in action and to see how YOU can support these programs!


Weiler Performs in District Chorus Festival


York Suburban High School student, Atom Weiler, participated in the PMEA District 7 Chorus Festival on January 25-27.  The festival was held at Susquehannock High School where he rehearsed and performed with over 200 students from other school districts in eight counties across South Central Pennsylvania.  The YSHS Music Department is very proud of Atom for representing York Suburban in this prestigious event.


High School to Perform Shrek The Musical

The high school musical theater group is ready to delight the York Suburban community with performances of Shrek The Musical. Under the leadership of new co-directors, Hannah Stayer and Jolene Kingston, the show promises to be entertaining for young and old. Student lead actors include freshman Patrick Francis as Shrek, senior Skylar Volz as Fiona, sophomore Sophia Nicholson as Donkey, freshman Steven File as Lord Farquaad, and senior Sophia Matey as Dragon. Performances are scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 7:00 PM and on Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 and 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Bright Horizons Summer Camp 2018

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Yorkshire Elementary Family Dance Helps Local Community

Submitted by Mrs. Kathy Pavoncello


In the spirit of family involvement, the Yorkshire Elementary PTO recently sponsored a Family “Sock Hop” Dance. Families were asked to provide a goodwill offering of a pair of socks to benefit Bell Socialization. Mrs. Schnetzka’s second grade class utilized their addition and multiplication skills to count the generous donations. Over 1,040 pairs of socks were collected to help keep feet warm and toasty this winter. What a great way to have family fun and support our local community at the same time!