January 20th, 2023 – YHS School Talk

January 20, 2023

Dear Yorktown Families,

This week has been a challenging week, but we are reminded of the importance of relationships, community, and kindness. We came together as a Yorktown community and will continue to be here to support our students as we heal and grow. Thank you for your support.

Next week is the last week of the semester, and we have a semester exam schedule for those classes with an exam. We encourage students to take advantage of Patriot Period and the Paper online tutoring program and to reach out to teachers and counselors for support if needed.

Students will also receive their Course Request Forms (CRFs) to begin the process of selecting classes for next year. We hope you were able to attend the Academic Information Night last night, but if not, the link to the recording can be found below.

Remember to continue keeping students home if they are sick and being cautious as we are seeing more COVID cases in APS and locally. Have a great weekend.

Dr. Kevin Clark, Principal

In this message:

  • What’s Happening at Yorktown
  • Counseling Corner
  • Activities Updates
  • Technology Corner
  • Senior Information
  • Upcoming Dates



Winter Spirit Week – January 23-27, 2023

Get in the spirit with next week’s Winter Spirit Week!

Monday- January 23 Jersey Day

Tuesday- January  24 Dress to Impress Day

Wednesday- January 25 Western Wednesday

Thursday- January 26 Anything but a Backpack Day

Friday- January 27 YHS Day

Safe Travels to and From School and Parking Enforcement

Student and family safety is a priority, and that includes students arriving and leaving school. We want to remind families and students of the following:

  • Adhere to all speed limits, traffic signals and crosswalks when driving or biking to and from school.
  • Students walking to and from school should use crosswalks at all times.
  • Parents dropping students off are only allowed to use the parent drop-off loop, which can be accessed on 28th St. North. Parents are not to drop off students on the streets adjacent to the school, as this causes congestion and dangerous situations for students.
  • Parking enforcement regularly visits the Yorktown parking lot and tickets any cars that do not have a parking sticker or are parked in the incorrect spots, such as pool parking. Parking enforcement will also ticket cars that have expired registrations, expired inspection stickers or any other violations for which they are required to ticket.

Yorktown Administration is working with the PTA and APS Transportation department to analyze current travel patterns and identify ways to promote safe arrivals and departures. We also want to promote carpooling, riding the bus, and biking and walking to school to reduce congestion. Thank you for your attention to this important safety issue.

Lunar New Year Celebration Information

Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year among East and Southeast Asian cultures.  The New Year is traditionally celebrated for multiple days.  This year, Lunar New Year begins on January 22. Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Lunar New Year Events

Patriot Period

  • Tuesday Advisory 1/24:
    • CRFs (Course Request Forms) will be distributed to teachers, and students will watch a video about how to complete them
  • Thursday Advisory 1/26:
    • Open – No check-in required. This is so students can visit teachers to make up work or submit assignments at the end of the semester.
    • Library Services Survey Makeup

Reminder: APS Library Services Parent Survey Request

The APS Department of Planning and Evaluation is conducting a Library Services Program Evaluation and looking for feedback from parents/guardians. Participation is voluntary and all responses are aggregated and kept confidential. Individual responses will not be reported or shared.  If you have students at more than one school, please complete one survey for each school. You can access the short survey with the Secondary Family Survey Link: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/LibSecParents

Reminder Semester 1 Exam Dates

A reminder that the second quarter and first semester conclude January 27th. It is optional for teachers to give Semester exams for full year courses, and information is provided in teachers’ syllabi. For courses with a semester exam, the schedule below applies:

Date Periods
Monday, January 23 1&7
Tuesday, January 24 2&6
Wednesday, January 25 3&5
Thursday, January 26 3&4
Friday, January 27 Make-ups (Odd Day)



Course Selection Process 2023-24

Course Selection Process 2023-24Students will begin their 2023 – 2024 school year course selection process the latter half of January. Please take time to talk with your child over the upcoming weeks about their goals, passions, interests, and how they can align them with their course requests.   The Program of Studies is a good place to start, and the 2023-24 Program of Studies is forthcoming from APS. Please note the dates below:

  • Thursday, January 19th-Academic Info Night.  If you missed this, a recording of the meeting will be posted on the website soon!
  • Today! Friday, January 20th-Electives Fair (Patriot Period and Lunches)
  • Starting Tuesday, January 24th–Course Request Forms (CRFs) distributed through Patriot Periods
  • Thursday, February 2nd-Junior Night (current 11th grade students) 7:00pm (MS Teams link to join)
  • Friday, February 10th–Completed Course Request Forms (CRFs) due to counselors


In case you missed it, below are the recording and slides from the Secondary Session on “Understanding Your Student’s Social Emotional Learning Survey Results”

 Scholarship Information

Scholarship Resources – Students should check their emails to see opportunities for scholarship opportunities from Mr. Calabro. These are sent out through Naviance and will continue to be sent throughout the Spring. There are many opportunities coming up over the next several months, so please look for this information and ask your counselor if you have any questions!


Club Highlight – KEY Club

The Key Club is a community service organization affiliated with the Kiwanis Club International.  It is dedicated to developing leadership ability through community and school service projects. Fundraising activities are organized to sustain the projects. In addition, the club maintains standing committees which provide continuous service to long-standing activities. Membership is open to all students.  Dues are charged and service hours are required. Key Club meets in room 249. See Ms. Wiedemann for further information.

Where to find Athletics Information

Washington-Liberty Basketball Game Information

The Yorktown-WL basketball games on Tuesday, January 24 are a community event, and we are looking forward to hosting our students, parents and community members.  Given the size of our gym and facility, it is important that all attendees familiarize themselves with the following information:

  • Game times are 4:30 pm for the girls varsity and 6 pm for the boys varsity.
  • Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate or online at www.gofan.co Purchase of an online ticket does not guarantee admission.
  • Yorktown students should enter the gym through the doors across from the weight room and will need to show their YHS ID or Studentvue.  Students will receive a wristband to sit in the traditional YHS student section until capacity is filled.
  • Parents, WL spectators (including students) and community members will enter the gym through the normal game entrance.
  • Outside food and drink (as well as bags) are not allowed, and only players and coaches are allowed on the court before, during and after the game.
  • The front doors to the school and the entrance near the outdoor basketball courts will be open. We encourage spectators to utilize the front door entrance and park near the pool and in the bus loop for a faster entry and exit.

Looking Ahead – Spring and Fall 2023 Sport Start Dates

Most spring sports will begin on Monday, February 20, which is a student holiday.  Students interested in participating in baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, crew and tennis should be prepared to start on Feb. 20.  Those interested in outdoor track should plan to begin Monday, February 27.  All students will need a current-year VHSL physical plus APS Co-Curricular Consent Agreement completed prior to trying out.

Fall sports will begin as early as Tuesday, August 1 for golf, field hockey, volleyball, varsity and JV football.  Freshmen football and cross country will start the week of August 7, with ultimate frisbee beginning in early September after school starts.

Seeking Coaches – Boys Tennis and Crew

We are looking for coaches for boys tennis and crew for this spring, starting Feb. 20.  Please let Mike Krulfeld know if you are interested and/or pass along this information to those who you know might have the skills and interest.

Varsity Boys Tennis Head Coach – The head varsity tennis coach will work with approximately 15 students to create an atmosphere of sportsmanship, teamwork and tennis skill development.  The tennis season begins in late February and continues until mid-May with practices or matches Monday-Friday after school.  Prior tennis playing and/or coaching experience is required.  The stipend for this position is $4252 per season.

Crew Coach (men’s team) – This individual will work with the men’s team, either at the varsity or novice level, and be part of a four-person staff charged with supervising, educating and providing technical instruction to approximately 50 young men. The coach will also work closely with the women’s staff and parent board.  Prior rowing and/or coaching experience is required for this position as well as a willingness to engage in ongoing professional development related to coaching and rowing. The winter training is ongoing and preferably the coach would join as soon after the new year as possible. Compensation will be commensurate with commitment and experience. APS provides a spring stipend covering February-May.

Upcoming Home Games

Remember, no bags or outside food/beverages are allowed in the gym. We ask all spectators to be respectful of the officials as well as the opposing players, coaches and spectators in order to make games an enjoyable community event for all. Basketball games can be watched on the NFHS Network with a subscription.


Date Time Team Opponent
1/24 4:30 PM Girls Varsity Basketball Washington-Liberty
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Basketball Washington-Liberty
7:30 PM Boys JV Basketball Washington-Liberty
1/25 5:30 PM CoEd – Swim & Dive Liberty District Boys Diving
6:00 PM Varsity Wrestling W-L & Wakefield Tri-Meet
1/26 5:30 PM CoEd – Swim & Dive Liberty District Girls Diving
1/27 4:30/5:45/7:30 PM Girls Basketball FR/JV/V Langley


Family’s Guide to EdTech – It’s National Clean Up Your Computer Month!


Cap & Gown Order Deadline – Jan 31

The deadline for ordering senior graduation caps & gowns has been extended to January 31. Seniors can place their orders via QR code in the Student Activities Office. No payment is necessary. If you are unsure whether your order was received, please contact Ms. Stotler.

Senior Yearbook Panoramic Picture – Feb 8

The Senior panoramic picture for the Yearbook will be taken on Wednesday, February 8, in the main gym during 6th period.

Graduation Information

Reminder to check out the Senior portion of the website for information on Prom, Graduation, Senior Picnic and the after Graduation PTA event.  Class dues are $85 – pay online today.


See YHS Calendar for more information

  • January 23-27 Winter Spirit Week
  • Jan 27- End of 2nd Quarter
  • Jan 30- Grade Preparation Day (No School for Students)