Message from the Superintendent

Upholding a Culture of Excellence


It’s unfortunate that a majority of our public media outlets focus on the bad things that happen in society. When quizzed about this approach, editors are quick to state that bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers. As readers and consumers of ‘the news’, we do have a choice – we can dwell on the bad or focus our attention on the positive.  I’m here until June as Acting Superintendent of the York Suburban School District to do my part to keep the focus on the positive and excellent accomplishments of the district:  the academic, athletic, artistic and every other great thing we do.  All residents of our school district can and should do their part to share the depth and breadth of the commitment our families and staff have to upholding York Suburban’s  Culture of Excellence.  There are so many great stories to tell about public education here at YS!

By the time our students are ready to walk across the graduation stage and receive their York Suburban diploma, this community has invested 13 years of passion and energy into providing them with the best opportunity for success after high school.  Our students have countless opportunities to build a solid foundation in reading, mathematics, science, social sciences, and the arts. YSHS graduates benefit from a culture of excellence in programs and services delivered by professionals highly skilled in their craft and totally committed to serving the educational, social and emotional needs of our students at the highest level.  The recent designation of York Suburban High School as a US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School is validation of the exemplary level of performance attained by our students.

As we search for hard evidence of this core cultural value, we can start with our youngest learners and cite the district’s commitment to enhancing student readiness for learning by implementing our full-day kindergarten for all students, starting the Bright Horizons program and focusing on the academic, social, and emotional needs of the whole student.  Our elementary students have access to top quality core programs in reading and mathematics, as well as challenging and enriching curriculum in the sciences, fine arts, music, and technology.  

Throughout the middle and high school levels, the emphasis on solid, rigorous academic core skills in English Language Arts, mathematics, science and technology and the arts continues. Students are equally challenged in the social studies, history, civics, government, too.  These students are exposed to quality learning opportunities that meet their individual career and college preparation goals. The YSSD experience is also enhanced by the curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities our district provides for our students, providing lessons and experiences to develop soft skills such as teamwork, collaboration, and problem solving.  The number of honors, Advanced Placement, and College in the High School offerings helps students be prepared for the highly selective and most prestigious post-secondary opportunities and ultimately college and career success.

Yes, the York Suburban School District has a great story to share and we all need to do our part by providing personal examples of the accomplishments of our students who demonstrate the Culture of Excellence.


Dr. Larry R. Redding

Homecoming 2017

Submitted by Dr. Brian Ellis

The week of  October 2, 2017, was filled with our traditional York Suburban homecoming activities!  The celebration kicked off Thursday evening with our powder-puff football games. The sophomore girls defeated their senior rivals in the student bracket.  After  powder-puff, our greater school community set out for our 2017 Homecoming Parade through the neighborhoods surrounding the high school and Valley View Elementary. We still drew a great crowd despite the threat of rain and drizzle in the forecast. Our community event culminated with a pep rally and bonfire on the baseball field hill. Following the bonfire, the district female faculty dramatically defeated the sophomore girls with  a last second touchdown pass to win the overall powderpuff title.

On Friday evening our homecoming court was introduced to the community before the football game. Senior Kennedy McKee was named homecoming queen by her classmates. The night culminated with the football game and traditional band show by the Marching Knights.

Saturday evening marked the annual homecoming dance held at Wisehaven Event Center. Over 500 students enjoyed a relaxing and fun evening together. Homecoming 2017 delivered another great celebration for York Suburban!

Trojan Theatre Presents 12 Angry Jurors

During the last weekend of October, the cast and crew of the high school’s Trojan Theatre organization put on three great shows of 12 Angry Jurors, a modern adaptation of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.  The club set up a theatre in the round on our high school stage to bring the audience as close to the show as possible.  The 12 cast members never left the stage (save for intermission) as they shared their debate about the guilt or innocence of the young man on trial.  It was a captivating evening that demonstrated the many talents of our young thespians.  

YS Students are Finalists in YCASE 2017

Submitted by Mrs. Karen Fornadel

Twenty-nine York Suburban artists were selected to enter 55 works into the York Community Art Scholars Exhibit (YCASE) hosted by York College of Pennsylvania. They competed against student artists from eight other area high schools and hundreds of artworks.  Their artwork was on display at Marketview Arts Gallery on West Philadelphia Street.

These artists included:

Arthur Arbetman, Noah Chojnacki, Cara Fielding, Grace Forster, Cajsa Fryar, Alivia Halza, Jules Hostetter, Kaylla Howery, Athin Ishaq, Gabrielle Kimball, Ellen Korver, Peyton Laughman, Rachael Lynch, Max Martin, Jake Michalski,  Logan Miller, Jack Passariello, Alex Patterson, Molly Preston, Lexy Rosenberg, Kelly Sargen, Mary Kate Smith, Elijah Tapp, Jacob Troutwine, Mirelis Veguilla, Keelie Walker, Alex Yelenoc, Carianne Youcheff, and Vienna Zerbe.

A panel of jurors selected 15 of our York Suburban student artists and 18 of their works to move onto the Finalist round of exhibition and competition (see names in bold above). These finalists are eligible to participate in YCASE workshops and qualify to apply for scholarships to York College’s art program.

At an awards ceremony on Thursday, October 26, the following YS finalists received further recognition:

Jules Hostetter, 3rd place, Painting

Alex Yelenoc, 1st place, Photography

Lexy Rosenberg, 2nd place, Photography

Noah Chojnacki, 3rd place, Photography

Jake Michalski, Juror’s Choice, Drawing

Jacob Troutwine, Juror’s Choice, Graphic Design

Congratulations to all of these talented YS student artists on their achievements and recognition!



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Middle School Thanks Local Veterans

Submitted by Mrs. Pamela Kutcher

On Friday, November 10, 2017, York Suburban Middle School (YSMS) students were greeted by veterans from all branches of the service.  The YSMS Student Council UNITY Committee, who was responsible for organizing the Veterans Spirit Day, thought that our students could do more than wear red, white, and blue or armed forces attire to show support to our veterans.  They wanted  students to have a chance to personally thank as many veterans as possible for their sacrifices and for serving our country.  Following a quick post on Facebook, two days later many veterans from York Suburban and the surrounding communities were standing in the middle school lobbies shaking hands and giving high-fives to students as they entered the building.

YSMS principal, Dr. Scott Krauser, had the following to say, “Today brought about an authentic experience for students. Some students have difficulty comprehending the ‘message’ behind this holiday if they do not have personal connections.  By having veterans standing in front of them as they entered the building, we were able to bring a relevant connection; faces and stories for students to truly make meaning and purpose for celebration of Veterans Day.  Choices and freedoms are an important developmental part of a middle school student’s life.  By shaking hands with veterans, I hope students were able to see that their living choices today are possible because of the sacrifices and choices from others.”

Even though the moment was brief, it brought smiles, encouragement, tears, and especially PRIDE to all of those involved.  

Holiday Food Drive for Give-A-Meal

Again this year, York Suburban School District is participating in a canned food drive to support the York County Food Bank (YCFB). Each building is sponsoring a drive to collect as many food items as possible for our community.  Donations will be organized and packed at the YCFB to be included in the Give-A-Meal Program that provides a turkey and a box of non-perishable items to families in need for the December holiday. The list of items needed and a schedule of drive dates are provided for anyone interested in contributing.

High School:  December 4-11
Middle School:  December 4-11
East York:  November 28-December 8
Indian Rock:  November 14-22
Valley View:  November 20-December 11
Yorkshire:  November 28-December 1
The Education Center will accept donations from 7:30 AM-4:30 PM from November 20-December 1.


New to the food drive this year is an extra incentive provided by Apple Subaru. Through their Share the Love Event, Apple Subaru is offering cash prizes to the top three school districts with the highest poundage of items collected.  Let’s help York Suburban put the York County Food Bank “over the top” in donations and possibly win a prize for our district!

National Honor Society Hosts Trick or Treat Night

On Monday, October 30,  Valley View and Yorkshire Elementary school students, as well as children of our York Suburban faculty, participated in the annual trick or treat event sponsored by the National Honor Society.  Over 30 high school clubs, teams, and organizations decorated a doorway, dressed up in costumes, and greeted our young students with candy and other treats.  It was a great evening that connects our K-12 community together.

2017 York Fair Winners

Lyric Alark:  Third Place Banana Bread

Drue Allison:  Second Place Strawberry Jam and Honorable Mention Pickles

Ethan Barnes:  Second Place Rolled Cookies

Brittnee Boltz:  Third Place Jelly

Selina Flanscha:  First Place Rolled Cookies

Andrew Frantz:  Second Place Jelly

Makayla Noll:  First Place/Best in Class Jelly and Third Place Pickles

Brooke Ruth:  Second Place Childs Folder Game

Erick Sanford:  Second Place Salsa

Brynne Shelton:  Second Place Muffins

Taylor Sweitzer:  First Place Childs Folder Game

Alex Tinsley:  Third Place Rolled Cookies

Riley Trout:  First Place Molded Cookies

Zach Witzig:  Honorable Mention Drop Cookies

York Suburban Middle School Focuses on Literacy


Submitted by Karen Page

York Suburban Middle School Focuses on Literacy

Enter the hallways at York Suburban Middle School and you will be able to see that literacy is valued in the school community. This year the school has been challenged to read One Million Pages. The challenge went out to all all students, teachers, administrators, counselors, office staff, support staff, custodians, cafeteria staff, parents, or anyone who is part of the YSMS community to participate by reading for pleasure.  The challenge works by each person tracking the number of pages that he/she reads for pleasure. Participants simply complete an online form, so their pages count toward the final total.  Currently we have read 182,929.  We continue to encourage all members of the YSMS community to participate.  Follow us on Twitter (@YSMSReading) or on Instagram (ysmsreading) to keep track of our progress.  

ReadBox Arrives

If we are going to reach One Million Pages, students need to be able to have access to books.  A ReadBox has been added in the hallway near the cafeteria, so students have another location to find a great book to read. Any student can visit the ReadBox to borrow a book, return a book, or donate books.  If you would like to make a donation, we are always looking for new middle school appropriate books to add to the collection at the ReadBox.




Technology Enhances Elementary Programs

Submitted by Mrs. Marilyn Henning


Primary Grades Add New Technology

Last year our district boasted 1:1 access to Chromebooks at Indian Rock and East York Elementary Schools. This school year we’ve extended our 1:1 program to grades one and two at Valley View and Yorkshire.  Chromebooks are just one of the many tools teachers are using to engage students. Children are not plugged in all day; we want our young learners to limit screen time and stay active! So why 1:1? No two students learn the same way at the same rate, and technology in independent work stations can provide brief sessions of diversified instruction. Instructional technology can also yield detailed, instant feedback to teachers, allowing them to plan lessons that target and close learning gaps. Online access prepares our learners to be responsible digital citizens in our modern world and enhances research, creative thinking, collaboration, and communication. Best of all, the Web offers high quality, fun, and engaging activities that spark student interest. The goal is not more tech; the goal is quick access to the right tech, and our 1:1 program provides that.


Elementary Students STEAM Ahead

As our second year of 1:1 with Chromebooks continues, York Suburban’s fifth grade students are experiencing some new and exciting choices in their related arts. The newly developed STEAM course puts children in charge of their learning as they explore the engineering design process and develop their innovation skills — all while exploring potential careers. Five teachers across the district are engaging students in project-based learning, and student feedback has been great. The first project ignited kids’ curiosity and creativity. Students designed and built their own coin machines! Please view our pictures of their inventive minds at work.