October 1, 2021 – YHS School Talk

October 1, 2021

Dear Yorktown Families and Students,

Yesterday we welcomed Dr. Durán for a visit, and shared many wonderful things happening at Yorktown.  Next week, Homecoming and Spirit Week are upon us! We encourage all of our students to participate in the many activities such as our spirit theme days and the Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 9.

We appreciate the support of all of our parents and students in being safe at school, school events, and in the community by wearing masks appropriately with covering the mouth and nose, washing hands frequently, and maintaining social distance to the greatest extent possible.

Have a great weekend.


Dr. Clark

In this message: 

  • What’s Happening at Yorktown
  • Counseling Corner
  • Upcoming Dates
  • Athletics and Activities
  • Educational Technology


Homecoming 2021 is next week!

Homecoming 2021 is October 4- 9.  There are Spirit Week festivities, a Pep Rally, and the dance. Each class (ie – Class of 2023, etc) and YHS Clubs are invited to participate in the Spirit Walk at 6:15 prior to the home football game.

Spirit Week – Show Patriot Spirit!

Students are invited to dress up every day next week with the following themes:

  • Monday – PJ Day
  • Tuesday – Tie-Dye Day
  • Wednesday – Denim and Diamond Day (Dress up, dress down, do both!)
  • Thursday – Scrabble Day
  • Friday – Yorktown Day

Homecoming Dance – Saturday, October 9th

The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, October 9, from 7:30-10:30 PM in the YHS Courtyard (weather permitting or the event will be postponed). Tickets will be sold October 4-8 in the ticket booth in the Atrium during all three lunch periods and Tuesday-Friday during Patriot Period in the same location. Tickets are $20 per person. While we will try to accommodate as many as possible, we do encourage purchasing tickets earlier in the week and will not be selling tickets after Friday under any circumstances.

All those attending the dance, including guests, will need to be fully vaccinated (14 days after the final dose in a regimen) or participate in an APS COVID test on Friday, October 8, between 11:30 am – 6 pm (See ResourcePath Website for Opt-In Form).  Students should bring their vaccination card when purchasing the ticket.  Information on the testing option will be given to those who are not vaccinated when they purchase their ticket.  Students who are not vaccinated and do not have an APS COVID test clearance card will not be allowed entry to the dance.

Students who wish to bring a guest (non-YHS student) should complete a guest pass and purchase the ticket for their guest, turning in the guest pass and $20.  The guest will need to provide evidence of vaccination at the door or come to Yorktown on Friday, October 8, between 3-6 pm for a COVID test and clearance ticket.  Guests will show either proof of vaccination or an APS administered COVID test clearance ticket at the door on Saturday for admittance.

All attendees are required to wear a mask while inside APS property which will include the atrium, cafeteria, hallways, and restrooms.  Masks are not required while outside in the courtyard.


Mental Health Follow-Up

If your student would like to speak with someone about mental health concerns, encourage them to contact their counselor. If you need to discuss concerns regarding your child, please contact their counselor directly.  Your student’s counselor name can be found in ParentVUE under Student Information. Additional support persons include our school psychologists, school social workers, substance abuse counselor, attendance specialist, and all of the administrators.  The YHS website provides links for various supports,  including: In Crisis/Need Help Now? and Student Safety Reporting

Virtual Coffee with the Counselors

On October 5th counselors will host the first in a series of “Coffees with the Counselors” from 8:30am-9:00am.  These events will be virtual and hosted on Microsoft Teams.  Our first session will introduce the counselors and the student support team at Yorktown.  We will also provide some important resources available to support students.  We hope that you are able to join us! Please use this link to log-in:  Coffee with the Counselors 10/5

College Process and Your Mental Health

On October 13th, 2021, 10am our Office of College and Career Services will host a virtual meeting for our senior students on “Keeping Your Mental Health in Check During the College Application Process.” This presentation is offered to our seniors on the 10 and11 PSAT day. Parents are welcome to attend.  William Stratton, from the University of South Carolina will discuss approaching the college search from a student-centered perspective and provide practical advice for reducing stress during the college search process. Join at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89803579142?pwd=Z2R6UEZNZEQ2UUNheW5aS2NYWWpxdz09

First Quarter Interims

  • Interim grades are scheduled to be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE Friday, October 8, by 10:00 AM.  If you have concerns about a grade, please reach out to the teacher and copy the counselor as well.


See YHS Calendar for more information

PSAT Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

The PSAT/NMSQT exam is being given to all 10th and 11th graders on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Students in Grades 9 and 12 do not report to school. Those who take the exam in 11th grade may meet requirements to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. You will receive another email by October 9th regarding your child’s assigned testing room number and information on what to bring to testing. Students will be dismissed at 12:34 for buses. There is no 3:01 Bus run, but there is a late bus run at 4:45 for any students who stay late.

To access PSAT practice materials, please visit the following link:  PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 Practice | The College Board.  There is also a PSAT student guide with information and tips available online at 2021 PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide – College Board & National Merit.

If your child is testing with accommodations, you will receive an email with additional information next week.  Please contact Ms. Wendy Boone, testing coordinator, at wendy.boone@apsva.us  for general questions and Ms. Clare Davis, SSD coordinator, at clare.davis@apsva.us  for questions related to test accommodations.


Home Game Highlights

Athletic event schedules can be found on  the Yorktown Sports website. All events are free except Football and Field Hockey games. Tickets for these events may be purchased at the gate with cash or through GoFan.co (not .com) or the GoFan mobile app (used by the Virginia High School League for state playoff games).

Home Game Schedule – Week of October 4:

Date Team Time Opponent
FR Field Hockey 10/4/2021 5:00 PM Washington-Liberty
JV/V Field Hockey 10/4/2021 6:15/7:30 PM West Potomac
Volleyball 10/5/2021 5:00/6:00/7:15 PM Washington-Liberty
FR Field Hockey 10/6/2021 5:00 PM Alexandria City
JV/V Field Hockey 10/6/2021 6:15/7:30 PM Marshall
Varsity FootballHomecoming 10/8/2021 7:00 PM Herndon

Club Corner

Clubs are starting to have informational meetings and now is the time to get involved.  Students are enrolled in the Canvas Activities Course which has club descriptions and sponsors, as well as club canvas pages.  Parents can access club offerings on the website.  Many clubs announce introductory meetings via the Dailies which air Tuesday-Friday during Patriot Period, and can be found here.


Freshman with iPads

  • If you have a freshman student with an APS iPad, please have them return it to the Main Office or to the Instructional Technology Office, 286, as soon as possible.  Information Services is working to collect these devices so they can be redistributed to middle school students.

Parent Account Creation in Canvas

Parents can set up accounts to be an observer in Canvas through the Canvas page on the APS website.