Announcements

YC Christmas Cash

Posted on: October 9th, 2020

In order to maintain the lowest tuition fee possible, each family is asked to participate in 2 fundraisers per year (actual cost per pupil is over $10,000.00).  

YC Christmas Cash calendars are being sold for $25 October 9-30.  Each calendar purchased will have a four-digit number and will enter the buyer in a daily drawing for the month of December.  Each day of December has a different payout assigned.  When we pull a purchaser’s calendar number on a specific date in December, they will win the amount noted on that date (we are not using PA Lottery numbers).  Every purchaser has 31 chances to win, coordinating with the 31 days of the month.  Winners will be posted on the YC website at www.yorkcatholic.org, and will be notified by email.  The winner does not need to be present to win.  Winning amounts will be mailed weekly.

 

All orders will be placed online this year. 


 

Numbered calendars labeled with the purchaser’s name will be sent home to the selling family for distribution after November 2.  Parents will be notified via email when calendars are being sent home.

If you have any questions about the YC Christmas Cash calendar raffle, please contact Mrs. Gick at sgick@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x317.

Thank you in advance for making this a successful fall fundraiser! 

Capital Campaign Video

Posted on: September 16th, 2020

 

Phase One of our Capital Campaign is completed!  Take a Look!

Watch until the end for exciting news!

Reopening Health & Safety Plan

Posted on: August 7th, 2020

Please click here to review the Reopening, Health & Safety Plan carefully.  

 

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October 23. 2020

 

Dear YC Families,

Thank you for the support and flexibility you have shown since we reopened our school in August.  As we end the 1st marking period next week, we are blessed to share we have had no positive cases of students or staff to date.  

For the 2nd marking period, we will continue all of our current health and safety protocol:

  • Students and staff are COVID-screened each morning, including temperature checks.
  • Each classroom is provided with sanitizing wipes (to clean high touch points such as desks after each student use). 
  • Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and common areas. 
  • Our cleaning staff uses non-toxic cleaning solutions for all high touch surfaces including restrooms, handrails, doorknobs, and hallways and clean these areas frequently throughout the day. They also use cleaning equipment similar to that which is used in the medical setting (Clorox Total 360 Cleaning System eligible for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, antistatic backpack sprayers, and antistatic foggers).  
  • All air conditioners contain filters or ionizers.  
  • Students and staff wear masks.
  • Students and staff maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  • Lunch tables are equipped with plexiglass dividers between each student.
  • Classes are dismissed on a staggered schedule to reduce high traffic in the hallways.

For the second marking period, we will also continue to provide our students and families with a virtual learning option in an effort to meet any health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

To help us continue to provide a virtual learning option that balances academics with health and safety needs, the following procedure will be in place throughout the remainder of this school year for those families who wish to change from one learning option to another (Virtual to In-Person or In-Person to Virtual ) during the 2020-2021 school year. The chosen learning option will be in place for a full marking period before it can be changed again, should a family wish to do so.  

  • If you do not wish to change your child’s learning option, you do not need to do anything at this time.
     
  • If you do wish to change your child’s learning option for Marking Period 2, please see below for instructions

Deadlines for notifying Mrs. Hand at khand@yorkcatholic.org of your intent to move from one learning option to another for Marking Periods 2, 3 and 4 are listed below: 

  • October 28 Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 2nd marking period (Q2)
  • November 2 Change in effect (duration of Q2)
     
  • January 8  Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 3rd marking period (Q3)
  • January 19  Change in effect (duration of Q3)
     
  • March 26  Deadline for parents to email Mrs. Hand with intent to change learning option for the 4th marking period (Q4)
  • April 6   Change in effect (duration of Q4)

Please note the following: 

  • Students who are required to quarantine due to health and safety concerns and/or travel may still switch to remote learning during the quarantine period to avoid the disruption of their studies. 
  • York Catholic reserves the right to make changes as needed on a case-by-case basis. 

Thank you for all your family is doing to help keep York Catholic a safe learning environment.

Sincerely,

Katie Seufert ‘96
Principal

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August 1, 2020

 

Dear Families,

As you know, the start of the 2020-2021 school year will look and feel different as we continue to navigate the health situation related to COVID-19.  As guidelines evolve, our school will continue to adapt to the recommendations issued by federal, state, Diocesan, and local entities for our area.  

As previously published, York Catholic High School plans to “Return to Learn” in person, on campus, 5 days per week for the 2020-2021 school year.  As an alternative to in-person instruction, families will be given the option to participate in virtual instruction via “simultaneous teaching.” Webcams and tripods have been placed in every classroom to allow students who choose (for COVID-related reasons), to participate live in the classroom from home as if they were seated in the physical classroom themselves.  We are prepared for all possible alternatives, should further remote learning be necessary as a result of a required physical campus closure.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to Return to Learn at YC for the 2020-2021 school year.  As always, we appreciate your partnership in the Catholic education of your children.

Sincerely,

Katie Seufert ‘96
Principal

Message Regarding Face Mask

Posted on: August 2nd, 2020

August 12, 2020

~York Catholic Mission Statement~
Guided by a Christian moral compass, we educate our students
in an atmosphere of faith, family and mutual respect,
preparing them to serve the global community.

Dear York Catholic Community,

Recently, the mission of York Catholic High School has been called into question. Our community finds itself performing the necessary work of reflection. For more than 90 years, our school’s faith-based mission has provided for the education and formation of a community comprised of 10,000 alumni. Our desire has always been to ensure our community members feel they are equal and respected.

“There may be no division in the body,
but that the parts may have the same concern for one another.
If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it;
if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy.”

~ 1 Corinthians 12: 25-26 ~

We’re all united in our desire for York Catholic to be a community that provides an inclusive environment for everyone within the teachings of the Catholic Church. It’s through that truth that we will remain strong and follow a path forward that seeks to ensure everyone can freely express their feelings.

Over the last week, we have been in contact and spoken with several members of our community, and we have listened a great deal. We have communicated with a representative of the York Catholic African-American Alumni Association and look forward to our continued discussions with their organization. Those discussions will involve our continued commitment to listen. As many of you know, a peaceful protest march is planned this Saturday, which will end at the high school. We have spoken with community members who are assisting with the march. Measures will be in place to provide for the safety of the participants and our campus. We respect the rights of all participants in this march, and we support their desire to be heard.

For our community, the path in front of us is important. We seek to listen for understanding and provide an opportunity for healing. In doing so, York Catholic will remain true to our mission by fostering an atmosphere of faith, family and mutual respect, as we prepare our students to serve our global community with grace.

Sincerely,

Katie Seufert ’96
Principal
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August 2, 2020

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, a statement written by the parent of a recent graduate of York Catholic High School circulated publicly on social media. The statement indicated that the graduate had been told to remove a “Black Lives Matter” face mask prior to entering St. Joseph Church in York for the celebration of the Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2020.

Each graduate was given a face shield to be worn in lieu of a face mask. Graduates gathered outside the church prior to processing inside. They were checked in, asked several questions regarding exposure to COVID-19, and temperature checked. Two other graduates chose to wear a solid face mask with no writing in addition to the actual shield and sought permission in advance to do so.

The graduate mentioned in the statement by the parent did not seek permission to wear a face mask in addition to the face shield, nor was the face mask worn at all during the 45 minutes prior to the processional portion of the ceremony. It was not until the last minute, right before entering the church, that the face mask with writing was put on. York Catholic administration directed the face mask to be removed privately, away from the other graduates and guests.

The decorum of York Catholic’s Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies follow the tradition that no messages are permitted on caps or gowns. Any graduate wearing a cap, gown, or mask with any message would have been asked to remove it.

We wish to re-emphasize that York Catholic believes in the dignity of all human persons, and the equal treatment of all people. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect.

Sincerely,

Mr. Arthur Full
Chairman, York Catholic School Board

Very Rev. Daniel K. Richards, V.F.
Dean of the York Deanery
Pastoral Chairman, York Catholic School Board
Chaplain, York Catholic

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June 2, 2020

York Catholic Family,

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 has left the world, our nation, our community, and each of us experiencing a variety of emotions including sadness, anger, and horror. It is disheartening that actions of hate and injustice continue in our society. It is clear there is much more progress to be made.

In the last week and a half, the York Catholic community has proven, across social media and through other communication channels, it stands for what is right and just, reinforcing the values of faith, family, and mutual respect for all of mankind. We are proud. With each graduating class, we become more confident that our future is bright.

As Mr. Dan Breen, Superintendent and Secretary of Education for the Diocese of Harrisburg, stated in his address to the senior class of 2020, “the world desperately needs you!” The world needs young men and women who will peacefully work for justice, defending the dignity and sanctity of all human life, and using the values and lessons instilled during their formative years of Catholic Education.

As a community, we must continue to stand strong together to ensure our Catholic Christian faith and values permeate every corner, from our care for our students and their families while they are in our halls to the mandate to serve the global community, leaving it better than we found it.

During these times, we must rely on our faith in Christ and faith in each other, which unite us. We must rely on our Christian values where discrimination, injustice, violence, and hatred are sins that will not be tolerated. And we must not allow the political rhetoric to divide us, but rather be united in our values and our voice. We must “love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.”  And we must “love our neighbor as ourselves.”  For “on these two commandments depend all the law.” (Matthew 22)

May we all continue to believe in the power of the York Catholic community and remain proud of our collective voice for peace and justice. We encourage our students, faculty, and alumni to engage in personal conversation, continue to listen with open hearts, always strive for better understanding, and grow as a supportive community of love and respect.

With hope,

Mrs. Katie Seufert ‘96
Principal

Click here for a message from Pope Francis and Bishop Gainer.

Fall Sports – Tickets & Livestreams

Posted on: August 1st, 2020

Updated 10/6/20

On October 6, Governor Wolf amended existing COVID-19 orders to allow for adjusted capacity to gathering limits while keeping in place the proven mitigation tools that include wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.  The Governor’s adjusted order allows for 20% capacity for indoor events and 25% capacity for outdoor events. Those numbers include players/participants, coaches, trainers, security, medical, athletic game management, etc. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) has instructed schools to follow the State of Pennsylvania directives regarding these capacity limits. With that direction, beginning Friday, October 9, York Catholic will follow these spectator guidelines:

Varsity Football Games (including Marching Band & Cheerleaders)
We will allocate 2 tickets per YC student participant, per home game. The tickets will be given to the head coach/moderator to be given to each YC student participant.  The admission gate will open at 6:15 PM.

JV and Junior High Football Games
We will allocate 2 tickets per player, per game. The tickets will be given to the head coach to be given to each player.

Boys and Girls Soccer Games
We will allocate 2 tickets per player, per game. The tickets will be given to the head coach to be given to each player.

Girls Volleyball Games
We will allocate 2 tickets per player, per game. The tickets will be given to the head coach to be given to each player.

Cross Country Meets and Golf Matches
Both sports are off of our property in public places. While we do not regulate our off-site venues, we ask that all of our spectators respect our host parks and courses and observe social distancing guidelines and Pennsylvania’s face covering mandate. York Catholic fans are expected to follow the 2 people per player rule at these events.  No fans will be permitted at the end of season league tournament.

Tennis Matches
Unfortunately, York Catholic was informed by Penn State York that, due to COVID-19, we could not use their courts for our home tennis matches this season. As a result, all matches will be away matches. Therefore, we need to follow the opposing teams’ rules, which, as of now, do not allow for any away fans at tennis matches.  No fans will be permitted at the end of season league tournament.

General Rules for Home YC Athletic Events

  • All fans will be asked COVID-19 screening questions before entering.
  • All fans MUST wear face coverings during the events on school property.
  • Fans must maintain at least a 6 feet social distance between themselves and the fans near them, unless they reside in the same household.
  • Spectators will not be permitted to stand outside the fence area and watch the games. Any spectator doing so will be asked to leave.
  • All spectators must remain in the designated bleacher/sitting areas.
  • Spectators may not stand on the blacktop track around turf or grass areas.
  • All spectators will be asked to leave immediately after a game is completed. No congregating or meeting the players on or around the field/gym will be permitted.
  • For outdoor events, use of indoor school facilities will not be available. Portable restrooms will be available at the field.
  • No concession stands will be open during the games. No outside food or beverages are permitted at games.
  • No visiting fans will be permitted.  York Catholic fans are also not permitted at away games. This is a reciprocal agreement among all teams in the league.
  • Tickets are not transferable. Any tickets that will not be used must be returned to the student’s head coach prior to the game.
  • There will be no re-entry to athletic events. Please be sure to bring everything from your vehicle that you will need during the event.
  • Stadium admission will be from the school-side gate only. The alley gate will not be used this season.


Livestreams
Home games will be live streamed from the stadium and gymnasium. Please click below and save to your Favorites:

York Catholic Stadium:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4EXPG-mAYUN4xmUgpgaUrQ

York Catholic Gymnasium:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYv-h3EFOOCwCJWfOSwWAyQ

Away Games (click on the name of the host school):
https://www.yaiaa.com/live-streams

 

Conclusion

This is and will be a fluid plan. We will continue to adjust as needed based on updated direction from the governing bodies (PA, PIAA, YAIAA). The safety protocols for all involved (participants, staff, and fans) are our first priority. The next priority is to give the students as many events as we can to get the full experience of middle and high school. We all understand having the support of parents, friends, and classmates is important to the students performing. At this time providing the students performing the experience they have earned is the goal. We ask all fans to comply with the rules and regulations we are under today so the students will not lose the opportunity of those experiences in the future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

Kevin Bankos
Director of Operations/Athletic Director

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Posted on: May 20th, 2020

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 12, from 3:30-5:00 and 6:00-8:00 PM.  We encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity to talk with teachers about their student’s progress or course of study.

To schedule conferences, please click here.

If you have difficulty navigating the website, please contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at ptconference@yorkcatholic.org and she will be happy to assist.

In the event a teacher’s online conference schedule is full, please email the teacher directly to request a conference time. We recommend you schedule without delay as conference slots will fill quickly.

Mask protocol and social distancing will be observed.

 

College Information Nights

Posted on: February 10th, 2020

College Admission Information Night

A College Admission Information Night for families will be held at YCHS Thursday, October 22, at 6:30 PM.  Mrs. Eva Phillips, York Catholic College & Career Counselor, and Taylor Miller from St. Joseph’s University, will review the college admission process, student transcripts, recommendation letters, and a student timeline. Mask protocol, social distancing, and capacity restrictions will be observed. 

To register, contact Ms. Kathryn Dill at 717-846-8871 x354 or kdill@yorkcatholic.org.

 

College Financial Aid Night

A College Financial Aid Night is planned for families on Thursday, November 5, at 6:30 PM at YC.  Ms. Diona Brown from the Pennsylvania’s Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will speak about all aspects of financial aid including state and federal grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.  She will speak on financial aid for all students regardless of which college they plan to attend.  The evening will also include information about completing the FAFSA application for college financial aid.  Parents and students who have not yet had the experience of completing the state and federal financial aid forms will find the information extremely valuable. While this presentation is geared toward parents, students are welcome to accompany their parents to get an understanding and appreciation of the financial obligation of a college education.  Mask protocol, social distancing, and capacity restrictions will be observed. 

To register, contact Ms. Kathryn Dill at 717-846-8871 x354 or kdill@yorkcatholic.org

Senior Picture Retakes

Posted on: February 5th, 2020

Each year YC enters into a contract with a professional photographer, Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch, for the senior pictures appearing in our yearbook, ROSA MYSTICA.  All senior yearbook photos must be taken by Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch.  Pictures from any other photographer cannot be accepted for the yearbook.  Senior parents will be receiving mailed information from Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch with instructions regarding guidelines and the scheduled date and time of your student’s senior picture in the air conditioned YC cafeteria (October 31).  Please arrive prior to your scheduled appointment so you are ready for your assigned time.  If you have not received a postcard, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

Every senior must get their picture taken, however, seniors are under no obligation to purchase the photo.  If desired, students can purchase yearbook photo packages from Lifetouch.  Lifetouch contributes a portion of package purchases back to York Catholic.

Please observe the following guidelines regarding appearance for photos.  All gentlemen must be clean shaven and wear a dress shirt, tie, and sport coat or suit jacket. Hair must be regulation length.  No piercings are allowed. Ladies will be provided with a black shoulder drape for photos. Only necklaces and earrings are allowed for the yearbook picture of the young women.  Please remove any facial jewelry.  

If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.

Winter Sports

Posted on: February 3rd, 2020

 

Winter Practices Open

Winter sports teams begin practice on Friday, November 20.  For exact practice times, contact the head coach or Mr. Josh Cross at jcross@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x330.

 

Online Sports Paperwork 

Students wishing to participate in winter athletics during the 2020-21 school year must have the following paperwork filed online at PlanetHS.com no later than Wednesday, November 11, at 3 PM; no exceptions.

  • PIAA Physical Form
  • Athlete & Parent Agreement (last page of physical form)
  • ImPACT Test

If you have not previously played on a York Catholic athletic team, PlanetHS.com accounts must be set-up by each athlete and his or her parent.  Please click here for the instructions on how to set-up an account. If you played on a York Catholic athletic team last year, you already have an existing account.  Please use the same ID and password you used last year.  

Athletes must upload updated paperwork to be eligible to play during the 2020-21 school year. Doctors’ signatures must be dated AFTER June 1, 2020.

Click here to access the instructions for uploading information to PlanetHS.com.  Students wishing to play a winter sport MUST verify the paperwork and ImPACT test are on file with Mr. Cross at jcross@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x330 no later than Wednesday, November 11, at 3 PM

Failure to complete the online paperwork by the deadline will mean the student will not be permitted to practice the first day of the season.  For some sports, this could mean the student will not make the team.  

If you need technical assistance with PlanetHS, email schoolsupport@planeths.com.

 

Physicals

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OSS Health is conducting sports physicals in a different way this school year.  Instead of having exclusive dates for each high school for all sports, Winter athletes only are encouraged to schedule a visit during regular office hours at any of the 3 OSS locations:  1855 Powder Mill Rd in York, 470 Eisenhower Dr in Hanover, or 856 Century Dr in Mechanicsburg.  Call 717-848-4800 to schedule an appointment.  Cost is $15 and a legal parent/guardian should accompany the student-athlete.  Please click here for the OSS flyer for more information.  Please be sure to complete the medical information online at www.planeths.com before arriving and only print the 2 pages indicated for the doctor to review and complete.  Please note sports physicals may also be conducted by your private physician or at a local urgent care center.  Co-payments apply.  Physicals must be completed and uploaded to www.planeths.com no later than November 11 at 3 PM.  If you have any questions, please contact Josh Cross at jcross@yorkcatholic.org or 717-836-8871 x330.  

 

 

 

6th Grade Visits

Posted on: January 30th, 2020

6th grade students from our local partner schools will be visiting York Catholic during the month of November to take a tour of their future school and spend the day with a current Junior High student

 

Holy Trinity – November 9, 13

St. John the Baptist – November 11,12 

St. Joseph, York – November 2, 3, 4, 16, 17, 18

St. Rose of Lima – November 10

 

Welcome to our future students!