The YCSD Third Annual Energy Throw-Down Challenge: April 23 - May 23!

Please see flyer and calendar

Some helpful energy conservation tips:
- lights:  turn off or reduce intensity when not in use
- make use of recycling bins for sorting paper, cardboard and plastic bottles
- encourage use of refillable bottles and encourage plastic bottle recycling
- turn off Smartboards when not in use
- reduce/eliminate use of classroom appliances
- reduce paper/copying
- maintain edible gardens and encourage health snack alternatives
- model energy conservation in our schools

YCSD Wellness Event! (Click here to order tickets)
On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., community members are invited to participate in Yorktown’s SEPTA and Wellness third annual movie screening, panel of experts and farm-to-table tasting. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Yorktown High School auditorium with the showing of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,” an award-winning documentary that may help you change your diet, protect your family and understand more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). See press release

Immediately following the film, there will be a discussion by a panel of experts, including Joan Dye Gussow, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, author, food policy expert, environmentalist and gardener; Mimi Edelman of I & ME Farms and Former Chair, Slow Food Metro North; and Geri Brewster, RD, MPH, CDN, PC.

MESMS Blood Drive @ MESMS Gymnasium
Tuesday, May 6 from 2:30 - 7:30 PM

A representative from the NY Blood Center made a presentation to students, teaching about blood and the need for blood drives. All students then spread their knowledge and asked at least 10 people to donate blood. Student volunteers will help direct donors, serve them snacks after donating and give homemade thank you cards.

Anyone aged 17-75 can give blood. More information can be found at
Donors can walk in without an appointment or they can contact Ms. Klinchy via email at kclinchy@yorktown.orgPlease consider donating blood.

Please see the YCSD 2014-2015 Calendar-at-a-Glance, approved by the BOE 3/10/14. Also, please see the dates for 2014-2015 Parent-Teacher conferences.
Five Yorktown High School Students to Present at International Science Competitions
See press release
Five students involved in the Science Research Program at Yorktown High School have won all-expense paid trips to present their research at two international science competitions... Read more...

Yorktown High School Students Win Honors at 2014 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair
See press release
On March 8, 2014, Yorktown High School students in the Science Research program publicly presented their research at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF), along with almost 400 students from over 30 other high schools. The full list of awards won by students and their research categories of the Yorktown High School Science Research program is as follows...


Attention All Students:  Please see this link for resources to help learn how to type!

Attention Parents of Incoming Kindergarten Students:
Please see the Kindergarten Registration web site for important information about the process and documentation you will need.

Please enjoy the current YCSD television programming on FIOS channel 27 and Cablevision channel 18.  You can also access videos here on the web too!

Spring 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that this letter finds all of you well and enjoying what finally appears to be the start of spring. As I am writing this letter we are about to begin our recess. For all those celebrating a holiday, I wish you a beautiful season with family and friends.

Over the past six weeks, the Board of Education has allotted us time to present the school budget for the 2014-2015 school year. As always, we strive to present a budget that will afford our students the very best educational experience with minimum impact on the taxpayers. I am proud to say that this year, we have done that and more. At a .5% tax rate increase and .6% tax levy increase we have achieved the lowest tax increase over the past 40 years. Although this would be a remarkable feat under any circumstance or given year, it is especially noteworthy this year when so many mandates from the federal and state government require district attention and money. Additionally, this budget provides for full day Kindergarten, a dream come true for our primary learners. 

Maintaining all of our programs, adding full day Kindergarten and minimizing tax rate and levy increases is overall pretty amazing. I am very pleased to share this news with you. The Board of Education adopted the budget on April 7, 2014. The community will vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at Mohansic School. Read entire letter


Please see Varsity Athletics Wrap-Up "Superintendent's Studio"
Click here for full-screen version

All Board of Education videos, including the latest from April 7, 2014, are here. It is annotated in conjunction with the agenda to make it viewer-friendly.  

The most current BOE meeting video is shown via YCSD-TV via FIOS channel 27 and Cablevision channel 18 at both 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM daily.

Mildred E. Strang Middle School and Yorktown High School Named as New York State Reward Schools

Based on significant student progress over the past three consecutive years on New York State assessments, Commissioner King and the Board of Regents have designated the Mildred E. Strang Middle School and Yorktown High School as Reward Schools, among 359 schools from across the state that have made the most progress or have the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement. See full release

Dear Parents, Guardians and Members of the Yorktown Community,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family well and enjoying the season. I am writing to you about a very important decision that our Board of Education made back on Monday, November 4, 2013. Based upon my recommendation, the Board of Education has opted out of the Race to the Top (RTTT) funding.  See complete letter. Read more...

Please see this important letter from Dr. Napolitano and Dr. O'Connor regarding the 2012-2013 New York State Assessments.

Please see NYSED Commissioner King's letter confirming that the Yorktown Annual Professional Performance Review Plan (APPR) has been approved (August 2013).