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NEWSLETTER: Academic News @ York

March 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski   2018 - 2019 Issue 7


March 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:

March 12, 7-9 pm

Yorker Room


This meeting will feature a discussion

about book sales at York.

All parents are welcome.



York Academic Updates 


Chess Team

2/14/2019 York’s very own Chess Team made the trip down to the Peoria Civic Center to test their might against the best that Illinois has to offer. After successfully navigating through sectionals, the team had less than two weeks to prepare for the INSA State Team Chess Tournament, where they would go against 123 other teams. The Dukes played a combined 56 games of chess. York ended up placing 68thin the state which is a huge improvement from last year where they placed 109th. The best records belong to sophomore Aaron Taub and junior Leander Grasmeier who both went 4-3, senior Tristan Contant went 4-2-1 and Manu Mehta finished 5-2. (from the thisisyork.org website)


Law Team

2/24/2019 Congratulationsto the York Law Team for placing 2nd out of 20 teams at the Lake County Competition yesterday. Maya Iyer and Lexi Lukose won outstanding attorney awards and Katy Clugg and Anthony Aguilar won outstanding witness awards. (from the York Parents Facebook Page)


Math Team

2/23/2019 York Math Team may have had to slip over some franklins but we made it. Congratulations to juniors Dylan Mahoney and Joey Gemini for placing 1stand 2ndrespectively in the algebra two written contest and 1stas a team in the junior senior two person. Congratulations on a 1stplace overall victory at ICTM Regional! (from the York Parents Facebook Page)


Scholastic Bowl

2/19/2019 Congratulations to York's Varsity Scholastic Bowl team, which emerged triumphant from its conference preliminary rounds this week and now advances to the league championship. Led by Senior Captain Alex Boskov, the team shut out Morton before taming the Lions of LaGrange and earning the right to face West Suburban conference leaders Oak Park. With four strong Juniors--Dylan Mahoney, Andrew Trenta, Joey Alvestad, and Aaron Ludkowski, the Dukes are prepared to harness the Huskies. Ably backing up the varsity are solid Sophomores Aaron Taub, Adrian Zhuang, and Rhian Fazinni. Freshman Brennan Zehner had key winning answers as well. (from the York Announcements)


Speech Team

2/14/2019Congratulations to the following members of the York Speech Team who advanced to the IHSA State Speech Finals in Peoria: Mike Bindeman and Erin Lee in Dramatic Duet Acting, James Golen in Extemp, David Hansen in Humorous Interp, and Emily Walker in Special Occasion Speaking. (from the York Parents Facebook page)


2/6/2019York's Speech Club Team finished 2ndat Regionals and advanced 14 out of 15 events to Sectionals! See the York Speech Team Webpage for more information. (from the York Parents Facebook Page)


Student of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!


February 2019



Katharine Svehla


Yelyzaveta Andryushchenko


Gracie Chiampas

York Student Services:

Evan Rocca

Social Studies:

Sydney Lind

York Athletics:

Samuel Walsh


Evan Shemroske

Business & Technology:

Peter Quas

Industrial Technology:

Nathan Sanchez

Visual Art:

Mallori Hecker


Helena Hjertstedt

Family & Consumer Sciences:

Madison Stark

Performing Arts:

Hayden Snyder

World Language:

Jacqueline Cimino

York Activities:

Austin Brown



“Life After York Q&A” Recap


More than 100 parents attended the sixth annual “Life After York Q&A” event, which was held on February 28 in the York Commons. Attendees enjoyed rotating roundtable discussions led by fellow York parents who shared their experience and knowledge about the college application process as well as other post high school plans.


Event co-chairs Gina Orzak and Jenn Toffler are very grateful to the many volunteers and ready alternates who helped make this year’s event a success: 


Elizabeth Dierksheide

Amy Engstrom Clugg

Natalie Perry

Carol Frank

Jessica Gatti

Susan Rohde

Barb Glabus

Leah Gleason

Andriani Siavelis

KB and Bob Grasse

Victoria Gundrum

Myles Toomey

Julie Hanebuth

Debbi Khayat

Pat and Neil Vandenberg

Holly Kost

David Lynam

Carrie Stone

Laura Maniola

Mary Ann Manning

Jennifer Trenta

Lynn Marlott

Lisa O’Halloran

Virginia Wilson

Jennifer Rosenberg

Erin Radcliff



A special thank you goes to Amy Thompson of York’s College and Career Resource Center (CCRC) for partnering with Academic Boosters for the event.


To learn more about “Life After York Q&A,” visit the Academic Boosters websiteThe site provides talking points from the event and introduces the new “College Resource List” which includes email contacts for parents who have experience with their own students in areas that require additional action or consideration during the application process, i.e. athletic recruitment, dance, two-year college, music, etc.



What to Do: MARCH


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.


All Students:

• Register for Advanced Placement (AP) tests, if appropriate. York distributes registration information.

• Register for SAT Subject Tests if appropriate. These tests are required only by selective colleges. You might decide to take a particular test while the material is fresh in your student’s mind (e.g. Take the Biology Subject Test after completing Biology Honors).



• Meet with your counselor – again – to evaluate your senior year course plan. Thinking about college? York’s College & Career Counseling Center (CCRC) and PTSA Academic Boosters’ web pages have resources for you. See our website for some 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 who 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 free of charge. 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 slideshow 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. 


  • Like us on Facebook:visit our page “York PTSA Academic Boosters” and click the ‘like’ button. 
  • Visit our website at: http://york.elmhurst205.org/welcometoacademicboosters to find more information about our organization and support for your student during their years at York.
  • Our main publication is the “Making the Most of York” guidebook which was written by York parents for York parents.


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 proud moments and encourage others to get involved. Page posts are monitored for appropriateness.


Go Dukes!

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