February 2021 YHS School Talk

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Dear Yorktown Parents and Students,

Congratulations on completing the first semester of Virtual Yorktown! It has been challenging, but it has been a unique learning experience. We are so appreciative of our students, families, teachers, and staff in their hard work and resilience. Parents and students, please continue to communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators with concerns and questions. We are here for you.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Clark

In this message:

  • Transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning
  • Student Well-Being and Engagement
  • February Calendar and Upcoming Dates
  • Black History Month Events
  • Equity Team Update
  • Yorktown Theater Highlights
  • Yorktown ROCS Nominees
  • Underclass Pictures
  • Counseling Corner – Academic Planning Update
  • Class of 2021 Information
  • Athletics and Activities


Please continue to monitor the APS Transition to In-Person Learning Website and Dr. Duran’s School Board Meeting Updates for the latest information related to our current status and return to school plans. While no date has been announced yet for students to return, this week teachers will prepare for the hybrid model and participate in professional development on delivering instruction to multiple groups concurrently. The schedule for next week is as follows:

  • Thu, Feb. 4 and Fri, Feb. 5 are asynchronous days for secondary students (grades 6-12)
  • Monday, Feb. 8th is an “early release” day for teachers. Teachers will have professional learning time from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Office hours during that time may be rescheduled by teachers.

On Thursday, February 4th, and Friday, February 5th, teachers will assign no more than 60 minutes of asynchronous work per block class and 30 minutes of asynchronous work for 3rd period daily. Students will need to complete the assigned work during the appropriate school day. Teachers will take attendance by 4:00 p.m. each day based on evidence of student completion of assignments, such as exit tickets, assignments submitted in Canvas, discussion board submissions, etc. There will be no office hours or Patriot Period on those days. Counselors will be holding office hours to assist students with general Naviance Course Planning questions. Links will be provided through Canvas and Naviance.

Additionally, all Level 1 students currently reporting to Yorktown will not report to school and will be fully virtual and asynchronous on Thursday, February 4th, and Friday, February 5th.

Town Halls and Orientations for Hybrid Return to School

Once APS announces dates for returning to school, we will let you know when we will hold Family Town Hall Meetings and Student Orientations to prepare for students returning to the building for the Hybrid model.


Recording available: Introduction to Student Mental Health

YHS School Psychologists are sharing the recording of their Teams Live event promoting mental health from Wednesday, January 13, for parents of secondary students. The presentation is viewable at this link.

Patriot Period Lessons

To promote connections between students, parents, and Yorktown, we would like to share our Patriot Period lessons for the next month. We encourage you to discuss these topics with your children at home.

  • 2/8 – Spirit Week and Patriot Period Class Discussion/Check-In
  • 2/15 – School Holiday – no Patriot Period
  • 2/22 – Sources of Strength – Positive Friends
  • 3/1 – Integrating All Students


Feb. 1 was a grade preparation day, and there was no school and no asynchronous instruction for students.
Feb. 2 is a synchronous odd day and the start of the third quarter.
Feb. 3 will be a synchronous even day.
Feb. 4 and Fri, Feb. 5 are asynchronous days for secondary students (grades 6-12) to provide time for professional learning and to prepare staff for the hybrid learning model.
Feb 8 – Monday is a Professional Development “Early Release” day for teachers from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Teachers with office hours in the afternoon will reschedule.
Feb. 9 – report cards issued
Feb. 15 – Holiday- Presidents Day

YHS Winter Spirit Week: February 8-12, 2021

YHS Winter Spirit Week will soon be here. Here are the days for the week:

  • Monday- Winter Appears! Day
  • Tuesday- 90’s Day
  • Wednesday- TV Show/Movie Character Day
  • Thursday-Twin Day
  • Friday- Share the Love/Heart Theme Day

There will be a competition for the 3rd period class which has the most participation, as well as the grade level that has the most participation. Students can choose to find a Teams background that fits each theme or wear an item that fits each theme, and upload a photo in a Google form that will be provided.


  1. An all-school Black History Month assembly will be held on Friday, February 26th, during 3rd period.  All students and staff will join a Teams Live event to watch a short video about housing segregation in Arlington and its legacy.  Then, several members of the community will join us to share their personal experiences around segregation in Arlington.  Students will be asked to complete an exit ticket, which teachers may choose to use as an assignment or for discussion.  If you wish to extend the learning beyond the assembly, here is the video Race and Housing in Arlington and other Resources.
  2. On February 8th and February 22, we will share information about Black History Month, important figures in Black History, and information about the assembly on Friday 2/26.
  3. Sister Circle started an art project last year, which was disrupted by Covid-19.  They are working to finish the project now and hope to have their piece, honoring some of the lives lost to police brutality, ready for display this year.
  4. The Yorktown PTA is planning to host a screening of the film Selma in February.  Details to follow.


Yorktown’s Equity Team, with members representing staff, students and parents, has been meeting each month since August. We started by creating a common vision and mission for the work of the Equity Team.

We now have organized into three committees:  Curriculum, Instruction and Representation; School Culture and Community Building; and YHS Structures – Access and Opportunities. Some of the work being done currently includes developing a brief survey to collect data on equity knowledge and skills to inform the effectiveness of our equity work, creating an “Introduction to Equity” lesson for Patriot Period classes, and crafting a checklist that staff can use to review curriculum materials.

There is also a subcommittee tasked with our implementation of No Place for Hate activities, an APS-wide initiative (more details to be sent in a separate SchoolTalk).  Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Arron Gregory, has called on all schools and APS departments to form Equity Teams this year, and representatives from each team meet on a monthly basis to discuss the efforts in our schools and as a school system.  All staff received training in October from the Equity Literacy Institute, and non-staff members serving on the Equity Teams have been given free access to training as well.


Drama Club – Spring Semester 2021

This Spring the Drama Club will rehearse  2/3x’s a week 4-6pm, February – April and produce a Virtual Showcase in April 2021!

  • Drama Club First Informational Meeting: Tuesday, February 2nd at 4pm on Zoom
  • The Zoom link is HERE
  • The Drama Club is open to everyone and we hope you can join!  If you have any questions, please contact Alani Kravitz: alani.kravitz@apsva.us , or Carol Cadby: carol.cadby@apsva.us

Stay tuned for more Theatre events in the Spring!


Congratulations to our February ROCS Nominees!

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated by their teachers for their contributions to the class and school environment.  Please read the descriptions  for more specifics on each student’s nomination. Thanks for your positive contributions to Yorktown!

Damien Gormes-Ebert, Jack Purple, Sara Zehe, Cassandra Palmer, Van Tranfa, Rafael Ramirez, Ben Lahlou, Ja’von Jones, Lizzy Hone, Ben Werchowsky, Hannah Grossman, Amanda Nordwall, Cora Campbell, TJ Schultz, David Sandall, Jack Evans & Eleanor Grant, Noah Coon, Will Martyn


Underclass Picture – Ordering

Students who had their underclass picture taken at the school in the fall and are interested in ordering online can contact Michael Krulfeld for their personal ID code.  The picture available for sale is the same picture as is on the student ID issued at the time of the picture.

Underclass Pictures – Last Chance for Yearbook – February 3

The last chance for underclass students to have their photograph taken for inclusion in the Yearbook will be held on Wednesday, February 3.  Students will receive their student ID when their picture is taken.  The schedule is listed below.  Please contact Mr. Krulfeld at michael.krulfeld@apsva.us for alternate options if you have concerns about taking your school picture indoors.

Students can report at any time if the scheduled time is not conducive.  We recommend not arriving at the very start of the timeframes listed below in order to even out traffic flow.  Total time in the building is typically less than five minutes per student.

Please sign up to receive picture proofs and order pictures at mylifetouch.com using event EVTP9RBJM

  • 3:30-4 pm  Juniors with last name A-H
  • 4-4:30 pm  Juniors with last name I-Q
  • 4:30-5 pm  Sophomores with last name A-H
  • 5-5:30 pm  Sophomores with last name I-Q
  • 5:30-6 pm  Sophomores with last name R-Z
  • 6:45-7:15 pm  Freshmen with last name A-H
  • 7:30-8 pm  Freshmen with last name I-Q
  • 8-8:30 pm Juniors with last name R-Z
  • 8:30-9 pm Freshmen with last name R-Z


This week is National School Counseling Week!! Show your gratitude by sending a note to your child’s counselor!

Academic Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Student course selection for the 2021-2022 school year has begun. All students have been added to the YHS Academic Planning Canvas course and can review course information, graduation requirements and the County Program of Studies (POS).  Students are entering their requests through Naviance, and should have them entered by Friday, February 19th.  The link to the Program of Studies can be reached by this link  POS 2021-22.   We encourage you to review the Canvas course with your child and discuss their interests, passions, and college or career goals as they make their course selections.

Academic Planning Parent Presentations

Counselors have planned two evening presentations for parents regarding Academic Planning. Each presentation is brief (30 minutes) and will cover graduation requirements and a “how to” overview for the Naviance Course Request Process. Please review all of the Academic Planning information in the YHS Academic Planning Canvas course with your student prior to the presentation so we can answer your questions! Parents will be able to submit questions during the event, and we will record the meetings (recordings will also be available via the links below).

*Please note: Since counselors are divided into teams for 9th/11th grade and 10th/12th grade, we have organized the meetings accordingly. 


The Yorktown counseling website, under College and Career Services, has additional information on local and national scholarships as well as web tools to find scholarships based on your major, your interests and your background. Click here for more information.

College Recommendations & Transcript Requests Deadlines

College Deadline Yorktown Deadlines
February 15 January 22
March 1 February 12
March 15 February 26


College & Career & Resume Presentations

The Yorktown Counselors and the Yorktown College and Career office have put together two new video presentations, designed for our Yorktown Class of 2021 students for planning for college, careers, or your Senior Experience. One presentation is on how to research and decide on a college major or career.  The other presentation is on how to create, update and maintain a resume. Both videos use tools found in your Naviance accounts. Please complete a very short post-test after the career and college majors presentation.

Have You Activated Your ParentVUE Account?

Use your ParentVue Account to check your student’s grades, update telephone numbers, emergency contacts, check attendance, and much more.If you haven’t set up your account yet, and need your activation code, please contact the Counseling Administrative Assistants.

SAT and ACT Testing Information:

Please note, as schools are closed, we will not be having ACT or SAT testing until further notice. This supersedes the listing of exams by the College Board website.

ACT Test dates:

Please contact ACT for the latest test date information at 319-337-1270 or visit www.act.org

SAT Test Dates:

Please contact the College Board for the latest test date information at 866-630-9305 or visit www.collegeboard.org Given the current uncertainty surrounding the resumption of Phase 3 students, the March test date has been canceled until further notice.


Seniors who have not ordered their graduation caps & gowns online should do so today (details below).  Order now to ensure there will be regalia for you. Senior dues of $85 are due now and covers the cost of graduation and other senior year expenses (details below). More information for the Class of 2021 can be found on the YHS Senior webpage.  This site is routinely updated with important information – some of which is highlighted below.

Senior Yearbook Pictures

The last session at Yorktown will be held on February 16.  Those who were originally scheduled for February 1 will be automatically rescheduled at the same time on February 16.  Anyone who wants to have their picture taken on February 16 and was not previously signed up should schedule an appointment time at www.prestigeportraits.com  Please note all pictures taken at official Yorktown sitting sessions will automatically be included in the yearbook.  Those who had pictures taken elsewhere or can not make one of the sessions at Yorktown are encouraged to submit a senior picture for inclusion in the yearbook by February 16.  Please email troy.olsen@apsva.us to submit a picture or with any questions.

Senior Experience

For questions, contact the Senior Experience Coordinator, Stephanie Meadows at stephanie.meadows@apsva.us or Mary Ann Mahan at maryann.mahan@apsva.us or go to the Senior Experience Canvas Page for a link to their office hours. The deadline to apply to participate in Senior Experience is April 7, 2021.

2021 Graduation

High School Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 18, 2021 with Saturday, June 19 as a weather back-up. The time and location is TBA.  We are working on an in-person option for graduation but details likely will not be available until much closer to the date.

Graduation Caps & Gowns – Deadline March 1

If you have not yet ordered your graduation cap & gown, the deadline is fast approaching. Order today to ensure delivery in time for graduation. Submit your Cap & Gown measurements online by clicking here. Use the following code for NO CHARGE on Cap & Gown plus handling: CODE: 2021Grad

Alternatively, you may complete the ORDER FORM and email it to Cheryl Stotler.

Senior Dues

Senior Class dues are $85 and cover graduation expenses. Scholarships are available to any student for whom payment of dues would present a hardship. To request a scholarship, please contact the Yorktown Finance Officer, Ms. Mack, by email or phone at 703-228-5407. Dues may be paid online.

Pay Dues Online (English) or Pay Dues Online (Spanish) or by check. Checks should be made payable to Yorktown High School. Write the student’s name and Senior Dues in the memo line. Mail checks to: Lottie Mack, Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd, Arlington VA 22207.


Fall Sports

Fall sports begin February 4 (football and cheer) and February 15 (cross country, field hockey, volleyball and golf).  Specific registration and tryout information is posted on the website and on Team App.  We strongly recommend signing up for the specific team you are interested in on Team App for ongoing messaging about preseason and tryout information. Register on Team App and then search for YHS – “sport name.”

Spring Sports Conditioning will Resume in late February

There will be limited opportunities for Spring sports conditioning starting in late February.  Spring sports begin on April 14.  Stay tuned to the website and on Team App for more information as it becomes available.