York Suburban Welcomes New Staff!

York Suburban is pleased to welcome a class of seventeen new teachers and twelve new support staff personnel!  The new teachers come from varying backgrounds and experience levels and they have really been connecting with both students and colleagues.  Meet our new teachers:

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York Suburban also welcomes twelve new support staff personnel.  View this animoto to see the smiling and supportive faces of our new administrative assistants, aides, and custodial staff members!


Helen Heidler Receives Top Honor


Paul Whitcomb, President and CEO of Whitsons Culinary Group, presents Foodservice Director of the Year award to Helen Heidler

At Whitsons School Nutrition annual summer meeting on August 10, Helen Heidler was honored as the first Foodservice Director of the Year for her service at York Suburban.  The award recognizes the “team member who exemplifies business excellence in school foodservice and outstanding achievements.”  Helen’s creativity and committment is a hallmark of her work in the cafeterias at York Suburban for over 17 years, the last five as Director of Foodservice for Whitsons. During the 2016-2017 school year, some of Helen’s iniatives included:

  • Partnering with local farmers to promote locally grown foods
  • Creating contests to engage students and showcase talents of Whitsons team members
  • Applying and receiving a mini Farm to School Grant from the Pennsylvania  Departments of Education and  Agriculture
  • Organizing themed breakfasts and lunches to encourage healthy eating and introduce new and unique foods to all students

Helen’s efforts on behalf of the York Suburban community include many volunteer hours promoting the YS Wellness Program, Post Prom, and the County Food Alliance’s Squash Hunger program, illustrating her deep commitment to good nutrition throughout the York Community.  Watch the video for more about Helen’s achievements and the Whitsons School Nutrition Program.



Report Student Absence Online  


Elementary Link

In an effort to make reporting student absences more convenient for families, York Suburban School District introduced an online student absence reporting form.  The form may be found in the upper left corner of the District website. 

Links to the online absence form can also be found on all four elementary building home pages. 

Parents/guardians still have three school days to submit (either online or on paper) a valid excuse for a student absence.   You will always receive a phone call if your child is absent regardless of the absence form being completed.  Please contact your child’s school office if you have any questions.  



School Based Outpatient Services Available in Secondary Schools

Submitted by Natalie Hasenfuss, Director of Pupil Services

York Suburban School District applied to Community Care Behavioral Health Organization to become a site for school based outpatient services in the middle and high schools. That application was approved and the school teams selected Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Services (PCBH) to be the provider of these services. PCBH is an established licensed psychiatric clinic delivering outpatient services to clients in the community. York Suburban Middle School and High School will essentially become satellite offices of PCBH for students enrolled within our buildings. Services will be provided during the school day. The goal of providing these services within the schools is to increase the opportunity for children and adolescents to receive mental health treatment. PCBH and York Suburban are in the beginning stages of this partnership and are working together to determine a referral process and how information will be disseminated while also complying with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations.  PCBH employs several licensed/credentialed clinicians who are trained in a variety of mental health therapies. Students in the school based outpatient program will receive mental health services similar to what they would receive if seeking outpatient services at the PCBH office. PCBH is able to provide individual, group, and family therapy as deemed appropriate by the client assessments they will complete.  The middle school and high school guidance staff and PCBH professionals are looking forward to working with students and families in addressing mental health issues that may impact a student’s ability to benefit fully from his or her educational experience.


Dr. Ellis Presents at the National Principals Conference


Dr. Brian Ellis, YSHS Principal, was selected by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to present at the first ever National Principals Conference held this past July in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His presentation entitled ”Increasing Student Achievement by Developing a Positive School Culture and School Pride” was one of 200 presentations selected from over 800 submissions.   The conference attendees included thousands of principals of all levels from across the country.  As principal of a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, Dr. Ellis shared the unique attributes that make York Suburban High School and District so successful.  


Yorkshire Elementary Welcomes Students and Parents Back to School

Submitted by Mrs. Kathy Pavoncello

For many, the sweet song of the cicada is a reminder that the summer vacation is nearly over, and school will surely soon begin. At Yorkshire Elementary there are other indications.

Dr. Stoltz welcomed our new kindergarten students during our fun event, Playground, Pals and Popsicles. Children enjoyed a popsicle and met new friends on the playground. Later that evening, our back lawn was filled with Yorkshire students and their families as they were treated to a Disney nature movie, while munching on popcorn and washing it down with water – all generously donated by our wonderful Yorkshire Parent Teacher Organization!

On August 14, Yorkshire was a flurry of activity as our Kindergarten Orientation and Back-to-School Night events helped acclimate students and parents to the upcoming school year. In addition, a special English Language Learners(ELL) session was held this year for our ELL students  and their families. Classroom teachers and paraprofessionals met with new students, and the school nurse provided valuable information. Bus riding students took a test-run on a school bus, and all of our students learned the 4 Bee Rules, sang songs, and celebrated together with new and old friends.

Cheer Squads Excel at Summer Camp

Submitted by Leslee Yoder, Cheerleading Coach









A record number of cheerleaders (15 of 16 varsity and 12 of 14 junior varsity members) attended cheer camp this summer, bringing home several awards.  Coaches Yoder and Anderson also attended, Anderson for the first time as Junior Varsity Coach.  As a result of the stellar performance, the varsity team has earned an invitation to  perform at the Walt Disney World Christmas Parade to be taped November 30 – December 3.

Varsity Awards

Top Game Day Team – trophy

2 Superior Ribbons for final evaluations

Bid to Nationals

NFHS Squad Credentialing

Spirit Stick

Numerous All-American Award nominees

All-American Cheerleader Award – Mariyah Easterly

Junior Varsity Awards

Herkie Team Award* – plaque

2 Superior Ribbons for final evaluations

Bid to Nationals

NFHS Squad Credentialing

Numerous All American Award Nominees

Spirit Stick

*The Herkie Team Award, the most prestigious camp award, is named after the National Cheerleading Association(NCA) founder Lawrence Herkimer and given to the squad exemplifying the qualities upon which NCA was founded. These qualities are leadership, values, and teamwork.  This award is voted on by the NCA Staff at summer camp.

These young women have worked very hard and are looking forward to a great football season!

Community of Encouragement Provides Supplies

Submitted by Dr. Kimberly Stoltz


Members of St. John Lutheran Church reached out to school administration with a request and desire to help the students of York Suburban. After a brainstorming session, a plan was formulated. The church team realized the purchase of school supplies could be a financial burden on some families. Thirty Yorkshire Elementary students benefited from their generosity. Not only did the students leave the shopping extravaganza with a fully-stocked backpack, the families were offered a large bag of donated food items. Dr. Stoltz and the team from St. John Lutheran are interested in growing the partnership. This supports our vision – A Community of Encouragement. A Culture of Excellence.

Clubs are New at East York Elementary

East York Elementary students are excited to have clubs this year. Students chose a club in which they would like to participate.  Some of their club choices included: yoga, Lego, coloring, cheerleading, chess, and service dog club.  Clubs are held every other Friday at the end of the day.

 Yoga Club members practice in the gymnasium.

Escape Room Mathematics

Submitted by Mrs. Stephanie Crumbling

Using fifth grade math concepts that included multiples, factors, prime numbers and problem solving, Mrs. Crumbling’s classes at Indian Rock Elementary solved clues in order to “escape” from 5 different “rooms.” Working in teams, the students unscrambled math vocabulary words, calculated double-digit multiplication problems and used a variety of higher level thinking skills and problem solving strategies. Tensions were high as the students frantically tried to solve all of the clues before the clock ran out. Two teams managed to “escape” with minutes to spare. One student exclaimed, “This is the most fun I ever had in math class!” In fact, they were having so much fun, they didn’t realize that they were learning!