York Community High School

NEWSLETTER: Academic News @ York

February 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                          2018 - 2019 Issue 6



February 2019


This newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. All current and previous newsletters can be found on the Academic Boosters website. 


Next PTSA Academic Boosters Meeting:

February 7, 8:30 a.m.

Yorker Room


Our featured guest will be Cathleen Bendicsen, York’s new Counseling Department Chair. We will be discussing course selection advising, developmental plans for the counseling department, etc. All parents are welcome. Please park in the bus lanes.




Upcoming Special Event: Life After York Q&A

Attention Parents of Sophomores and Juniors: Are you starting to think about what your student will do after graduating from York? Is your student college-bound? Interested in military service? Not sure just yet? An upcoming special event — "Life After York Q&A: Parent to Parent Advice on College and Other Paths to Success” — will help you start thinking about the future. Join us on February 28, 7-9pm, in the York Commons.


Attendees will enjoy an evening of rotating roundtable discussions led by fellow York parents who will share their valuable experience and knowledge about the college application process as well as other post high school plans. Attendees will have the opportunity to select five table discussions from the list below:

  • Creating & Finalizing the College List
  • College Visits
  • College Applications
  • College Essays
  • College Scholarships
  • College Planning for Divorced Parents
  • Highly Selective Colleges & Universities
  • Military Service Academies / ROTC / Intelligence Communities
  • Alternatives to Four-Year College (Two-Year College, Post Graduate Year, etc.)
  • IEPs & 504s After York

“Life After York Q&A” is not intended for students. Parents do not need to register ahead of time. For more information, visit the PTSA Academic Boosters website.


This highly regarded program is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters Committee along with York's College Career Resource Center (CCRC).




York Academic Updates 

(Alphabetic by group name and descending 
order by date, for each club/activity/honor)


Educator of the Year

1/18/2019 York PTSA Academic Boosters are excited to congratulate York High School Business Chair Jim Borel who has been named the 2019 Junior Achievement Educator of the Year. For more information see the CUSD 205 website. (from the CUSD 205 website)


Honor Roll 

1/18/2019 Congratulations and a job well done to all York High School First Semester High Honor and Honor Roll students. (from the CUSD 205 website)


Outstanding Educator Award

1/26/2019 Congratulations to York Orchestra Director Ray Ostwald on being awarded the 2018-2019 Outstanding Educator Award by the Illinois American String Teachers Association. This is in recognition of his dedication and outstanding work here at York. (from the York Community High School Performing Arts Facebook page)


Scholastic Bowl

1/22/2019 Congratulations to York’s Scholastic Bowl teams who are finishing up a winning season. The Freshman-powered JV has rolled to a 10-0 record against teams like Oak Park and Hinsdale Central, while the Varsity team has demolished Leyden and Addison Trail in their most recent contests—besting AT with over 500 points. (from the Academic Boosters Facebook page)


Speech Team

1/22/2019 The Speech Team traveled to Wheeling High School for the Rolling Meadows Invitational. The team placed 3rdout of 27 schools and has a record of 29 finalists. See the York Speech Team Webpage for more information. (from the York Parents Facebook Page)




Extramural Academic Activities

Cyber Club

1/31/2019 Students from the Elmhurst Cyber Club recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eleventh season of Cyber Patriot – the Air Force Association’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The varsity team’s performance earned it Illinois’ 1st Place Award in the top division, for the fourth consecutive year. They earned a spot in the Platinum Semifinal Round to be held next month. Varsity York team members include: Sophie Ward, Will Phillips, Justin Pajak, Nathan Moskal, JJ Henessy and Joseph Black. (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)




What to Do: February

Here is your grade-by-grade checklist which is focused on what York has to offer.


Click here to access the Monthly Planner Checklist Grade-by-Grade Guide for York Students and Parents.


All Students:

• Fine Arts Week is coming February 25 – March 1!


Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors:

• Register for summer school if it is in your plan. Summer school is not required although it can create room for a graduation requirement, elective or study hall during the school year.

• American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is used to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through elective competition. Refer to the chapter on Testing in the “Making the Most of York” parent guide on the Academic Boosters website.



• Send transcript of fall grades to colleges requiring them.

• Performing Arts students often have live college auditions during January and February. Be sure to check dates with each college.



Thinking about college? York’s College & Career Resource Center (CCRC) and PTSA Academic Boosters’ web pages have resources for you. See our website for upcoming STEM Activities.






Common Application

Here is a Washington Post article that speaks the truth in the college application process. The takeaway? Find a good fit for you (your student). Look at admission percentages with a grain of salt. Click here for more information. (York PTSA Academic Boosters) 



York Tutoring Center provides a dedicated space for students that need help with homework, learning new skills, or reinforcing concepts already learned. Students can be paired with a Peer Tutor or a Teacher based on the student’s individual needs. The service is free to York students. Click here for more information.


College Rankings, Best Colleges by Salary Potential

Check out this resource from PayScale, Inc. Use the Bachelors, Associates and Majors drop down menus to explore median pay by schools, majors or by job happiness. Also, check out the slide show to look at Best Schools by Majors.


York PTSA Academic Boosters Mission

The York PTSA Academic Boosters committee was formed to fulfill one of many elements of the PTSA mission -- to advocate for and support activities that encourage a robust academic environment at York. One way the committee does this is by spotlighting those York clubs and PTSA events/activities which are academically-oriented.

In addition, by developing parent guidebooks, online tools, and organizing monthly PTSA-AB presentations by York faculty and administration, PTSA-AB offers all parents a terrific way to learn about the amazing environment at York, and how to navigate and balance the many academically rich opportunities for their child.

We have several current open positions for our events, activities and committees. Please consider joining us. Thank you.


Note: If you have an academically-oriented club or team, and have news to share, you can post on our York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook Page! Share your proud moments and encourage others to get involved. Page posts are monitored for appropriateness.



Go Dukes!!

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