September 23, 2022 YHS School Talk

Dear Yorktown Families,

It was great seeing many of you on Wednesday during our Back to School Night! I hope you enjoyed meeting teachers, learning about your child’s classes, and navigating our wonderful building. This event was just one of the many ways to connect with teachers and staff. We encourage you, and especially your children, to communicate with teachers, counselors, and staff as needed throughout the year.

As we look forward to the next few weeks, there are several important dates and events coming up. Monday, there is no school due to Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the Jewish New Year, from sundown Sunday, September 25th to sundown Tuesday, September 27th. Shanah tovah to those who celebrate!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Kevin Clark, Principal

In this message:

  • What’s Happening at Yorktown
  • Student Recognition
  • Counseling Corner
  • Activities Updates
  • Senior Updates
  • Technology Corner
  • Health and Safety Updates
  • Upcoming Dates

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT YORKTOWN

APS Message on Proposed VA Model Policies

On Monday, Dr. Durán and the APS School Board released a joint statement to affirm support for our LGBTQIA+ students in response to last Friday’s release of proposed guidelines for Virginia schools affecting transgender students. It is important to know that the proposed guidance is a draft, subject to public comment prior to approval. Make your voice heard on this issue! The 30-day comment period opens Mon, Sept. 26 on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website.

Policy J-2 Student Equal Educational Opportunities/Nondiscrimination and Policy Implementation Procedure J-2 PIP-2 Transgender Students which were adopted in 2019, following extensive community input, will remain in effect. APS and Yorktown will continue to treat all students with dignity and respect by standing strong in adhering to our values and practices that ensure equal educational opportunities.

Patriot Period and Advisory

Advisory meetings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Advisors will help students create academic and personal goals for the first quarter and begin to meet one on one with students for quick academic check-in meetings. Advisors may ask students to review grades and upcoming assignments, and then create an action plan for the following week. Students can also visit teachers, counselors, or work with peers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This week:

  • Tuesday 9/27: students will participate in goal-setting reflection circles
  • Thursday 9/29: academic check-ins

 PSAT Day Wednesday, October 12th

On Wednesday, October 12th, all 10th and 11th grade students have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT at school. 9th and 12th grade students will have an asynchronous virtual day with up to 20 minutes of work per class assigned through Canvas. This will be an early release day, and students will be released at 12:35. Extended time testers will be released at 3:10.

Attendance Notifications and Follow-up

Consistent attendance in class is a key factor in a student’s academic success. Now that schedules are solidified, we are beginning to run reports regarding student attendance. If your child has accumulated three or more unverified absences in a class period or three or more tardies, you will receive an email in the next week so that you are aware of the concern in addition to the phone calls you receive if they are absent.  We appreciate your partnership in ensuring that your child is attending each of their classes daily and on time.

If you receive one of these emails, contact information will be included if corrections need to be made. Starting next week, students may be assigned a lunch detention for excessive tardies or after school detention for unverified absences. You will be notified when your child is assigned an after school detention. Please reach out to your child’s counselor or assistant principal if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your child’s attendance.

Deaf Awareness Month

September is recognized as Deaf Awareness Month. Celebrate Deaf Awareness Month by supporting deaf artists, reading books written by deaf authors and expanding your knowledge about the deaf community and culture. We would also like to recognize our American Sign Language (ASL) teachers, Elizabeth Hall, and Thuan Nguyen-Lakrik, and all of our ASL students!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 through October 15 to honor the histories and cultures of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

  • Next Friday, September 30th– Yorktown will host Victoria Sanchez from ABC7/WJLA-TV to share with students her journey to a career in broadcast journalism.  The session will be held during Patriot Period in the auditorium.
  • October 7 – Enjoy a presentation by a Peruvian dance team!
  • Arlington Community Events (Arlington Public Schools is not involved in the planning or hosting of these events.)
    • Latin Dance Lessons
      • Tuesdays – September 27 and October  4, 11
      •  6:30-7:30 p.m. –  Columbia Pike Library
      • More information can be found here.
    • Join the Encanto Salsa Team for beginner salsa and bachata lessons.
      • No prior experience or partner required. Adults and children alike are encouraged to attend.  More information can be found here.
    • Play Loteria!
      • Saturday, October 1
      • 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Shirlington Library Plaza
      • More information can be found here.

 Join the Equity Team!

Interested in joining the Equity Team? The Equity Team includes students, staff, and family members that represent the diversity of Yorktown. We strategically examine individual experiences, data, policies and practices to actively identify bias, inequity, and discrimination at Yorktown in current and historical contexts. Once identified, we advocate for institutional, curricular and instructional changes, and engage in anti-bias and anti-racist practices to ensure each member of our school community feels valued, respected, and empowered.

If you’d like to add your voice to the Equity Team for the 2022-23 school year, please complete the form linked here: Yorktown Equity Team Application.  The interest form will close on Friday, September 23, 2022.  Email Tamarah Stanley, Equity and Excellence Coordinator, at tamarah.stanley@apsva.us if you have any questions.

Reminder: Paper Online Tutoring Now Available

Paper, a virtual on-demand academic support is now available for all students in Grades 6-12 this school year, as part of the commitment APS has to supporting academic progress and excellence for all. Features include:

  • Unlimited 24/7 one-on-one support with assignments, writing feedback and studying support for all subjects, delivered by a live tutor through Paper’s platform in both English and Spanish.
  • Students speaking other APS languages will be able to request service and will be given a timeline for support in their designated language when available.
  • Access Paper via Clever through MyAccess.
  • Each online tutor is a Paper employee who is trained to provide support in a variety of topics and to work through helping students with specific assignments.
  • PAPER also provides students with Essay Review, where students can upload any piece of written work and receive an annotated version of their work.
  • All student activity on PAPER is recorded, tracked, and made readily available to teachers and administrators.

STUDENT RECOGNITION

Congratulations Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship ProgramThe following students have been recognized as Commended Students for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top 50,000 students nationally who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 PSAT/NMSQT.

Julia Carey Luke Garufi Miles Mann Colin Sartori
Annice Chang Eric Ito Luke Mucchetti Lydia Schumann
Jacob Davidson Kiran Keane Maya Murray Alexandra Stevenson
Cassie Elseberg Allison Kinzer Anthony Newell Gillian Stoller
Clara Falkenheim Ty Lolak Aleksandar Olic Jackson Wright

COUNSELING CORNER

Parents of SENIORS: It is very important that your student(s) have a current email address listed in Naviance.  Please encourage them to follow the steps for updating their email address.  This link will only work when the student is logged into their APS My Access account.

Interim Progress Reports (IPRs) will be attached to student records in Synergy and available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Friday, October 7th at 10:00am.

Planning for College

  • If you missed Senior Night for the class of 2023, you can view the recording of the presentation.  It is also available on the Presentations page of the College and Career portion of the YHS Counseling website.
  • Two upcoming presentations (Not sponsored by Yorktown or Arlington Public Schools):
    • Paying for College, 10/6 at 7pm, VIRTUAL
      • Presented by Jimmy Mauger, Financial Aid Manager, NVCC
      • All Welcome. Best for current seniors and their families. Topics include FAFSA for the class of 2023, CSS Profile, finding scholarships, grants and loans
      • Connect via ZOOM
    • Little Known Secrets of Paying for College, 10/13 at 7:30pm, VIRTUAL
      • Presented by The Funding Coach
      • All Welcome. Best for families in grades 9-11. Discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships and minimizing your tax exposure.
      • Register Here.

Student Schedules Update

The opportunity for preferential changes in schedules has closed. Dropping a level or course due to difficulty must be done by October 7th. More information and counselor email addresses are on the YHS Counseling website.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Information on the new 988 Crisis & Suicide Prevention Hotline will be shared with students as well as information on breaking the stigma of Mental Health. Additional resources can be found on the following websites:


ACTIVITIES UPDATES

Halloween Movie Night sponsored by YHS Theatre

On October 7th at 5:30pm, the YHS Theatre community will be hosting a “spooky season” movie night (movie TBA) complete with popcorn, pizza, candy, and other spooky treats. Come to the courtyard (weather permitting) for a great time!

Where to find Athletics Information

Athletic Website – www.yorktownsports.org

Athletic Twitter – @yhssports

Athletic Specific Sport Information – www.teamapp.com

Upcoming Home Games

Stadium games will be live-streamed on the YHS Boosters website. Most away games can also be viewed on the NFHS Network by searching the opposing school’s name. Volleyball games can be watched on the NFHS Network with a subscription.

Next Week’s Home Games:

9/27/2022 5:30/6:30 PM Ultimate Frisbee-Girls/Boys HB Woodlawn
9/28/2022 5/6:15/7:30 PM Field Hockey-FR/JV/V Langley
9/29/2022 5/6/7:15 PM Volleyball-FR/JV/V McLean
9/30/2022 7:00 PM Football McLean

 Yorktown General Game Attendance Information

We look forward to seeing you at one of the above events. Please note the following:

  • No backpacks or bags are allowed and no outside food or beverages can be brought into any home games.
  • Anyone suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be admitted or will be asked to leave the event.
  • Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for ages 6-18 and free for APS high school students at all fall sporting events except Varsity Football (see below). Tickets will be sold online before the game at https://gofan.co/app/school/VA24974 as well as at the gate (exact change is preferred)

 Arlington Public Schools Varsity Football Attendance Information

Varsity football games are community events. For the safety and security of all those in attendance, in addition to the above rules, the following rules are in place:

  • High-school age spectators must attend either Yorktown or the opposing school. IDs or StudentVue will be checked at the gate.
  • Middle-school students (and younger) must be accompanied by their parent or guardian
  • There will be designated seating areas for Yorktown students, Yorktown band and general spectators.
  • Admission is $5 for all spectators at varsity football games.

 Athletics Update

PLAN AHEAD – Winter sports begin November 7 and spring sports begin February 20 (school holiday). In order to try out or participate in any sport, with the exception of ultimate frisbee and after-school weight lifting, students must have a valid VHSL/APS physical form on file for the current school year in the YHS activities office. Physicals can be sent by email to yhsphysicals@apsva.us Off-season workouts are typically announced on Team App.

Homecoming is October 14th Weekend

The Homecoming football game will be October 14 at 7 pm against Marshall with the dance on Saturday night, October 15 from 8-11 PM.  Tickets will be sold on October 11, 13 and 14 during lunches and after school until 4 pm.  Ticket price is $20 per person.  All YHS students are welcome and guests will be welcome with a completed guest form.  Guest form will be available next week.


Senior Portrait Make-Ups

Make-up dates for senior pictures are September 27-28 and Saturday, October 15. Use the online scheduling program via schedule.prestigeportraits.com to reserve an appointment.  To schedule your appointment without your 8-digit code, search by filtering the City & State and using your legal name. If you have already scheduled your Prestige Portrait, you may confirm or modify it online.

If you are unable to schedule online, please email the local Lifetouch office at mjarea@lifetouch.com. Use the following information in the ‘Subject line’ of the email so you may be scheduled as soon as possible:

Yorktown High School- STUDENT NAME -Senior Appointment needed   

Questions? Contact Cheryl Stotler in the Student Activities Office

Senior Class Meeting on October 6

Seniors will meet during Patriot Period on October 6 to review senior business and order Caps and Gowns for Graduation. There will also be a presentation on the Senior Experience program and important dates for participation.


TECHNOLOGY CORNER

  • All students are expected to follow technology use guidelines as set forth in the APS Acceptable Use Policy. Parents are encouraged to be knowledgeable about the policy as well. This link will provide access to the policy https://yhs.apsva.us/edtech/acceptable-use-policy-students/
  • Reminder:  students should be using school issued laptops – not personal laptops from home.
  • For more information on Educational Technology resources including student accounts and the Acceptable Use Policy please visit: https://yhs.apsva.us/edtech/student-edtech

UPCOMING DATES

See YHS Calendar for more information

  • September 26 – Holiday – Rosh Hashanah Observance
  • October 5 – Holiday – Yom Kippur Observance
  • October 10 – Professional Learning Day (no school for students)
  • October 12 – PSAT Day – Early Release for 10th and 11th graders (Asynchronous day for 9th and 12th grade students)