NEWSLETTER: Academic News

May 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                    2018 - 2019 Issue 9

                     

May 2019

This newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

 

Academic Boosters Meeting:

 The last meeting of the year was held on May 2, 2019.

Our featured guests were:

Ismael Zamora Mathematics, Department Chair,

  Ryan Doherty, Assistant Principal

And Dave Beedy, Director of STEM Education

Meeting Minutes will be posted soon on the AB website.

 

Please Join Us in the Fall!

Monthly meetings are usually scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, 8:30am in the Yorker Room. Be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date schedule.

 

Annual Testing Day went well for freshmen (PSAT 8/9), sophomores (PSAT 10) and juniors (SAT with writing) on April 9. PTSA Academic Boosters members were on hand to hand out pencils and wish the York students “Good Luck!”

 

York’s DUKE DECISION DAY happened on May 1st! On this day, York seniors announce and celebrate their post high school plans. PTSA Academic Boosters assists our CCRC to host this event. Seniors post their intentions -- whether it be college, military service, career, gap year, etc. – on a map outside of the CCRC.  (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook Page)

 

YORK ACADEMIC UPDATES 

 

Final Exams Are Right Around the Corner

Visit the York website for the finals schedule and more info.

 

Awards Night Held May 2

Congratulations to York’s many accomplished students who were recognized at the May 2nd Awards Night. Click here for a list of the 2018-19 Academic Awards recipients.

 

Eight York High School Students Names National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Congratulations to the eight York Community High School seniors confirmed as National Merit Scholarship Corporation finalists! They are: Michael Bindeman, Joseph Black, Calvin Carta, Christian Glosner, William Phillips, Edward Ryan, Hayden Snyder and Cecilia Stumpf. Visit the York website to learn more.

 

York Students Achieve Perfect Scores on AP Exams

Two York Community High School students are being recognized in an elite group of students in the world for their achievements on Advanced Placement Exams. Great job Dylan Mahoney and Rachel Perry! Visit the York website to learn more.

 

Skills USA

Congratulations to our York Students who participated in the SkillsUSA Championships in Springfield! Our students swept in two categories: Technical Drafting and Screen Printing Technology. (from the District 205 website)

 

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month! (from Staff Memo from Drew McGuire)

 April 2019

 

Industrial Technology:   

Ava Gehrke

York Athletics:   

Inemesit Akpakpan, Matthew Austin, Christopher Radcliff, Ian Watson-Hirsch

PE/Health/Drivers Ed:  

Vincent Gallichio

York Student Services:  

Ethan Whitcomb

ELL:  

Pedro Chavez Lopez

York Activities:  

Ronan Doyle

Business & Technology:  

Megan George

World Language:  

Leander Grasmeier

English:  

Nicholas Bingenheimer

Performing Arts:  

Bridget Costello

Social Studies:  

Isabelle Downey

Family & Consumer Sciences:      

Oliver Gomez

Visual Arts:  

David Imundo

Science:  

Connor Saurbier

Mathematics:  

Elena Martinez

 

 WHAT TO DO: MAY

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.

• Review course requests in PowerSchool and confirm they are correct. Print out final grades from PowerSchool before it goes offline for the summer. Check in with your counselor about next year before school is out.

• Take AP Tests during the first two weeks of May if registered. The best strategy for success is to get a good night’s sleep.

• Note that Final exams represent 20% of your grade. Students can gain the most benefit by studying a little at a time for the next 6 or so weeks until finals. Good luck!

Juniors:

•If you knowyou will need two letters of recommendation from teachers, determine who you will ask to write these letters. The CCRC has forms for students and parents to use for this purpose. Giving 2-3 weeks lead time is courteous and appropriate. Some teachers may get a head start on their letters over the summer.

• Re-evaluate your plan for taking the ACT and/or SAT. Register if you have not already done so for these tests according to your plan. As scores are received, you may decide to register again for future tests.

• Start researching scholarships.

 

RESOURCES

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 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. 

·     Our Monthly Checklist is a Grade-by-Grade Checklist for Students & Parents written by parents who have ‘been there’ (not an official District 205 document).

Note: If you have academically-oriented 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!

April 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                         2018 - 2019 Issue 8

This newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

 

Next PTSA - Academic Boosters Meeting:

April 4, 8:30 am
Yorker Room

Amy Thompson is our featured guest.
Topics: senior class profile, college trends, etc.
Please park in the bus lanes.
All parents are welcome.

 

York Academic Updates 

Mock Trial Team

3/14/2019 York’s Mock Trial Team won at State this weekend in Springfield! York won the title after a tough completion Sunday evening against Glenbard East High School. In addition to the team award, York also received six individual awards: Lexi Lukose was the only student in the state to score a perfect score on the exam. Katy Clugg, Lexi Lukos and Andrea Gurau received recognition for Best Attorney. Katy Clugg and Anthony Aguilar received Best Witness. Maya Iyer, Sarah Martich, Ava Gehrke, Vanessa Bardoshi and Elinor Kness all played key roles in the team’s success. Congratulations to all these amazing students and their coaches, Amy Mueller and Elizabeth Birchler. What an end to the 2018-19 Fall/Winter Season for the DUKES! (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook Page)

Model UN

3/2/2019 York Model United Nations continued its 2018-19 season with another successful conference at Lyons Township last Saturday. Nick Pomatto received Outstanding Delegate honors, while Mollie Grasse, Alex Norgle and Ethan Thomas earned Honorable Mention recognition. The York delegation of 20 students also collectively received the honor of Best Small Delegation. Keep it rolling York Model UN! (from the York Announcements)

Scholastic Bowl

3/7/2019 York’s Varsity Scholastic Bowl Team ended its winning season at the Regional IHSA Championship, demonstrating the manifold strengths that have made this such a successful season. Under the leadership of Captains Dylan Mahoney and Alex Boskov, the team staged a second round comeback against Catholic League Powerhouse Fenwick. The Dukes trailed by over 100 points early, and their cool heads prevailed. The SchoBowlers finished off the Friars by 90 points. The second round turned into a “crosstown classic” with York paired against former state champions Timothy Christian. The match went back and forth and in the very last questions, Timothy pulled ahead. The final score was 460-430. Supporting the Varsity Dukes were Juniors Joey Alvestad, Aaron Ludkowski and Andrew Trenta. Sophomore standouts Rhian Fazzini, Aaron Taub and Adrian Zhuang, along with Freshman sensation Brennan Zehner provided key backup. (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook Page) Student of the Month Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

March 2019

 

Family & Consumer Sciences :  
EL :  
Visual Arts :  
Science :  
York Athletics :  

English :  
Mathematics :  
Business & Technology :  
Performing Arts :  
York Activities :  
Industrial Technology :  
York Student Services :  
Social Studies :  
PE/Health/Drivers Ed :  
World Language :  
Chelsea Roman
Nelson Fabian Ramos
Shayari Liyanapatabendi
Kelly Martich
Madilyn Maucieri
Isabelle Mitchell
Lance Dudley
Matthew Fehlberg
Dylan Mahoney
Marie Grasse
Joseph Orrico
Paul Rosland III
Copper Stone
Grace Wright
Sara Krissinger

 

World Language Honor Society

2/24/2019 Congratulations to the newly inducted and reaffirmed members of the Four World Language Honor Societies of York High School: Chinese, French, Italian and Spanish. Click here to see the list of 2019 members. (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook Page)

 

EXTRAMURAL ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

PTSA Academic Boosters is pleased to recognize academically-oriented successes of York students wherever they are:

Adventure Back Packs

03/28/2018 York High School sophomore Jake Downey is a member of Boy Scout Troup #82. He initiated a community partnership with our Elmhurst Public Library to create “Adventure Backpacks” for checkout as Jake’s Eagle Scout Project. These backpacks may inspire you to listen more closely to songbirds, gaze through a magnifying glass at rocks and minerals or even identify animal tracks. Discovering and exploring the outdoors with friends or family is a hands-on sensory experience that appeals to all ages. The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only four percent of Boy Scouts. For more information, click here. (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Winner

02/28/2018 York High School sophomore Kendall Dirks won honorable mention in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest. The challenge was to create a film related to one of six sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. His film “Estelle’s Story” is where he interviewed Estelle Carol of the Deep Roots Project about why she started growing edible gardens. For more information, click here. (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

 

WHAT TO DO: APRIL

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:

• Take the York-administered College Test as follows on Tuesday, April 9, 2019:

  • Freshman: PSAT-9
  • Sophomores: PSAT-10 plus start planning college tests for next year.
  • Juniors: Mandatory SAT test
  • Seniors: Day off! Use this free day to do a college visit, study, career cruise, etc.

The “Making the Most of York” parent guide on the Academic Boosters website has a Testing chapter. The SAT evaluates a student’s potential knowledge and ability to process information, etc. The best strategy is to get a good night’s sleep.

• 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 mind (e.g. Take the Biology Subject Test after completing Biology Honors).

Juniors:

• Determine who you will ask to write college letters of recommendation. The CCRC has forms for students and parents to use for this purpose. Giving 2-3 weeks lead time is courteous and appropriate.

• Note that Final exams represent 20 percent of your grade. Students can gain the most benefit by studying a little at a time for the next six or so weeks until finals. Good luck!

Thinking about college? York’s College & Career Counseling Center (CCRC) and PTSA Academic Boosters’ web pages have resources for you.

 

RESOURCES

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) 

Tutoring

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. 

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!

March 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                         2018 - 2019 Issue 7

This newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

 

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 68th in 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 Congratulations to 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 1st and 2nd respectively in the algebra two written contest and 1st as a team in the junior senior two person. Congratulations on a 1st place 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

2/14/2019 Congratulations 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)

2/6/2019 York's Speech Club Team finished 2nd at 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)

Students of the Month
Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

February 2019

 

English:  

Katharine Svehla

ELL:  

Yelyzaveta Andryushchenko

Science:  

Gracie Chiampas

York Student Services:  

Evan Rocca

Social Studies:  

Sydney Lind

York Athletics:  

Samuel Walsh

Mathematics:  

Evan Shemroske

Business & Technology:  

Peter Quas

Industrial Technology:  

Nathan Sanchez

Visual Art:  

Mallori Hecker

PE/Health:  

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 website. The 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).

Juniors:

• 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.

 

 

RESOURCES

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) 

Tutoring

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. 

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!

February 2019

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                          2018 - 2019 Issue 6

This newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

 

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.

Seniors:

• 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.

 

Resources

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) 

Tutoring

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!!

December 2018

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                                                                             2018 - 2019 Issue 4

This Academic News at York Newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

Next PTSA - Academic Boosters Meeting:

Come to our next meeting on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Yorker Room to learn about our World Language Department with the new department chair Mr. Lorenzo Rubio.  All parents are welcome. Please park in the bus lanes, thank you.

  • 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 Yorkguidebook which was written by York parents for York parents.

·       Our Monthly Checklist is a Grade-by-Grade Checklist for Students & Parents written by parents who have ‘been there’ and is not an official District 205 document.

·       Please visit our new Academic Boosters (PTSA) Spanish Publications locker to view the Making the Most of York guidebook and the Grade-by-Grade Guide in Spanish (Espanol).

Do you want to get involved? Visit our AB Contacts page for our events, activities and committees. Please consider taking an active part in academic success at York – we lift all boats! Thank you. 

 

York Academic Updates 

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

CUSD 205 School Rating

11/3/2018 York is designated “Commendable” in the State Board of Education’s (BOE) First School Rating Effort. This rating is part of the state accountability system for schools. As a matter of fact, all Elmhurst CUSD 205 schools received a rating of “Commendable” from the State BOE. Click here for a brief overview of this new rating system. D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer has put the State BOE’s new rating system into context for parents: “The District is adjusting to the new State Report Cards and continued changes in the state testing system. We are focusing our efforts internally on supporting our vision of all students graduating college, (plus being) career and life ready. As we continue to do so, we believe that our learners will continue to grow on both standardized measures and in the areas of creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, character and citizenship. These are the skills that students will need to be successful in life, not ‘at school.’ We do not view this as ‘either-or’ but rather as ‘both-and’ and we will continue to work hard to meet the needs of all students.” Visit D205’s School Report Card site to see each school’s rating and report card. (from the Talk 205 email)

Illinois Democracy School

9/27/2018 York High School is recognized as an Illinois Democracy School by the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC). York will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which convenes the ICMC to continue civic learning initiatives, as well as a new banner for public display. “We commend York for their tenacity and enthusiasm in expanding and improving civic learning across the curriculum and throughout Illinois,” said Sonia Mathew, Civic Learning Manager at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Through these practices and experiences students see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.” Read more about this on the District 205 website. (from the District 205 website) 

Math Team

11/14/2018 Congratulations to the York Math team on a First place finish at our home meet. First place finishes went to the Freshman and Junior teams, and Second place finishes to the Seniors and Sophomores teams. Jericho Calago, a Freshman, turned in a perfect paper! (from the York Parents Facebook page)

Model UN

11/3/2018 York Model UN had another great showing at the St. Ignatius Model UN Conference. The York delegation of 27 students earned 8 individual awards and also received the outstanding small delegation distinction. Best delegate honors were awarded to Alex Norgle and Mollie Grasse; outstanding delegate honors were earned by Nick Pomatto, Maddy Small, Danny Reidinger and Noah Fine; and honorable delegate honors were achieved by Aaron Ludkowski and Jack Castanolli. Great job York Model UN! (from the York Announcements) 

National Commended Scholars

11/14/2018 Congratulations to these National Commended Scholars! These 21 exceptional and noteworthy York High School Scholars are: Benjamin Airdo, Nicole Bednarik, Alexander Boskov, Isabella B. Filosa, Michael Flisk, Marie Grasse, David Hansen, Sean Hayes, Asha Labine, Bridget Lindgren, Manu Mehta, Emaan Mohsin, Nathan Moskal, Alexander Norgle, Emma Radcliff, Ryan Rask, Jackson Rosenberg, Artemis Siavelis, Rene Sieracki, Nicholas Ward and Jacob Wit. Click here for more information. (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook page) 

National Hispanic Recognition Program

11/8/2018 The College Board recently honored eight York scholars as part of its National Hispanic Recognition Program. The invitation to the program was extended to students who scored in the top 2.5% of Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in the region. Those students submitting applications were evaluated and the following York students were recognized: Chloe Gomez, Eva Jacobsthal, Justin Pajak, Edgar Roman, Lissandra Martinez, Sidney Valdez, Jacob Wit and Christian Glosner. (from the Doings) 

National Honor Society

11/7/2018 Congratulations to the approximately 300 York students inducted into the National Honor Society. Click here for a list of members inducted, pictures and more information. (from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook page) 

Scholastic Bowl

10/29/2018 Congratulations to York’s Scholastic Bowl team, which on Monday night got its season off to a strong start in the highly-competitive West Suburban Conference. Under the leadership of Sophomore Aaron Taub, the JV handily defeated its Downers Grove and Hinsdale Central opponents. The Varsity, under co-captains Alex Boskov and Dylan Mahoney, trounced Downers and took nationally-ranked Hinsdale Central to the very final question before ceding the loss. The Scholastic Dukes were anchored by Juniors Aaron Ludkowski, Bjorn-Joseph Alvestad and Andrew Trenta. Sophomores Rhian Fazzio, Adrian Zhuang and Elizabeth Yu, meanwhile, showed strong promise in their first Varsity appearances. Want to be part of this winning program? Bring your knowledge and quick wits to a practice any Monday or Friday. See Mrs. Wall or Mr. Bendelow if you have questions. (from the York Announcements) 

Speech Team

11/20/2018 Congratulations to the York Speech Team for another stellar week! Both teams took first place! (from the York Parents Facebook Page) 

District 211 Turkey Tourney JV/N
Tournament Champions 
Rosie Kungl & Finnegan Belleau in Dramatic Duet Acting 
Veeral Shah in Extemp 
Isabel Kachappilly in Original Comedy 
Emily Thomas in Prose 
Joanna Menendie in Prose 
Maya Anikiej in Prose 
Owen Espinosa in Special Occasion Speaking

2nd Place
Grace Stewart in Dramatic Interp 
Nathan Lee & Owen Espinosa in Humorous Duet Acting 
Giana Gatti in Impromptu Speaking 
Annalise Belzile in Oratory 
Serena Jobi in Special Occasion Speaking

3rd Place
Sean Solem & Joanna Menendie in Dramatic Duet Acting 
Lucy Valeski in Humorous Interp 
Rosie Kungl in Oratorical Declamation 
Annalise Belzile in Poetry
Emily Hyink in Special Occasion Speaking 
Anjaly Kappen in Informative Speaking

4th Place 
Heidi Ward in Humorous Interp 
Serena Jobi in Original Comedy 
Nathan Lee in Radio Speaking 
Sam Birnbaum in Special Occasion Speaking

5th Place
Finnegan Belleau in Dramatic Interp 
Clark Mahoney & Luke Milani in Humorous Duet Acting 
Grace Wiesenmayer in Impromptu 
Bradley Dow in Informative Speaking 
Emily Thomas in Oratorical Declamation

6th Place 
Kiran Moore in Extemp 
Daria Tsoneva in Oratory

District 211 Varsity at Hoffman Estates 
Tournament Champions 
James Golen in Extemp
Jake Downey & Brianna King in Humorous Duet Acting 
Joe Brown in Informative Speaking 
David Hansen in Original Comedy 
Anna Araujo in Oratory 
Anna Collins in Poetry

2nd Place 
Grace Maietta in Dramatic Interp 
David Hansen in Humorous Interp 
Alana Klein in Humorous Interp 
Joe Brown in Impromptu Speaking 
Olivia Rosenberg in Prose
Jaime Gleason in Special Occasion Speaking

3rd Place 
Marianna Gatti & Kate Gehrke in Humorous Duet Acting

4th Place
Zach Bernstein in Informative Speaking

5th Place 
Jake Downey & Brianna King in Dramatic Duet Acting 
Adrian Zhuang in Radio Speaking

 

11/10/2018 York’s Speech Team continues to knock the cover off the ball!  Way to go YORK!!

 Tournament Champions - Downers Grove South Novice

Owen Espinosa in Special Occasion Speaking

2nd Place

             Finnegan Belleau in Dramatic Interp
             Isabel Kachappilly in Humorous Interp
             Rosie Kungl and Emily Thomas in Oratorical Declamation
             Sam Birnbaum in Special Occasion Speaking

3rd Place

              Isabel Kachappilly in Original Comedy
             Joanna Menendie in Prose

4th Place

              Sean Solem & Joanna Menendie in Dramatic Duet Acting
             Veeral Shah in Extemp
             Annalise Belzile in Oratory

5th Place

              Owen Espinosa & Nathan Lee in Humorous Duet Acting
             Annalise Belzile in Poetry
             Nathan Lee in Radio Speaking

6th Place

              Grace Wiesenmayer in Impromptu Speaking
             Bradley Dow in Informative Speaking

 Double Tournament Champion –

Fremd Tournament Champions (3rd week in a row) by 40 points

              David Hansen in Humorous Interp & Original Comedy

Tournament Champions

              James Golen in Extemp
             Joe Brown in Impromptu

2nd Place

              Zach Bernstein in Informative Speaking
             Emily Dow in Radio Speaking

3rd Place

              Anna Collins in Poetry

4th Place

              Anna Araujo in Oratory
             Erin Lee in Prose
             Emily Walker in Special Occasion Speaking

5th Place

              Matt Hauser & Charlie Kungl in Humorous Duet Acting
             Joe Brown in Informative Speaking

6th Place

              Emily Dow in Oratory

Finalists

              James Golen and Adrian Zhuang in Impromptu
             Alana Klein in Original Comedy

 11/7/2018 Congratulations to the Speech Team on a fine showing this past weekend as follows for the Wheeling tournament in which the team took 1st Place which is a second week in a row that a York team has won:

 Tournament Champions:

              Paul Nicoli in Extemporaneous
             Owen Espinosa & Nathan Lee in Humorous Duet Acting
             Giana Gatti in Impromptu
             Jaime Gleason in Special Occasion Speaking

2nd Place

              Finnegan Belleau in Dramatic Interpretive
             Veeral Shah in Extemporaneous
             Isabel Kachappilly in Humorous Interpretive
             Adrian Zhuang in Impromptu
             Anjaly Kappen in Informative Speaking
             Rosie Kungl in Oratorical Declamation
             Owen Espinosa in Special Occasion Speaking

3rd Place

              Joanna Menendle & Sean Solem in Dramatic Duet Acting
             Grace Stewart in Dramatic Interpretive
             Joel Cruz in Extemporaneous
             Jaime Gleason in Oratorical Declamation
             Annalise Belzile in Oratory
             Daria Tsoneva in Poetry
             Nathan Lee in Radio Speaking

4th Place

              Rosie Kungl & Finnegan Belleau in Dramatic Duet Acting
             Grace Weisenmayer in Impromptu
             Isabel Kachappilly in Original Comedy
             Emily Thomas in Oratorical Declamation
             Daria Tsoneva in Oratory
             Annalise Belzile in Poetry
             Clark Mahoney & Adrian Zhuang in Radio Speaking
             Emily Hyink in Special Occasion Speaking

5th Place

              Luke Milani in Humorous Interpretive
             Eddie Gobber in Poetry

6th Place

              Luke Milani & Clark Mahoney in Humorous Duet Acting

At the Downers Grove North tournament, our York team placed 2nd overall as follows:

 Tournament Champions

              Kate Caforio in informative Speaking

              Emily Dow in Original Oratory

2nd Place

              Kate Caforio in Original Oratory

              Sam Birnbaum in Special Occasion Speaking

3rd Place

              Joe Brown in Extemporaneous

4th Place

              Anna Collins in Poetry

5th Place

              James Golen in Extemporaneous

              David Hansen in Original Comedy

              Anna Araujo in Original Oratory

Finalist

              Mike Bindeman in Oratorical Declamation

 

(from the York PTSA Academic Boosters Facebook page)

 

Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

 November 2018

 

English:

Briana Borden

ELL:

Wendy Lopez

Science:

Liwia Kiryk

York Student Services:

Jake Barmada

Social Studies:

Kayla Mendiola

York Athletics:

Zachary Sutter

Mathematics:

Erin Lindgren

Business:

Timothy Hradil

Industrial Technology:

Tarahjiaun Jones-Boone

Visual Art:

Autumn English

PE/Health/Drivers Ed:

Julia Derkowski

Family & Consumer Sciences:

Jamie Killian

Performing Arts:

Lillian Crow

World Language:

Elinor Kness

York Activities:

Ellie Ryan

 

What To Do: December

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.

Freshmen:

Final exams are just before winter break. Finals represent 20% of your grade. Spread out studying for these exams to avoid last minute extensive studying.

·       Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

Sophomores:

Final exams are just before winter break. Finals represent 20% of your grade. Spread out studying for these exams to avoid last minute extensive studying.

·       If interested in the U.S. Military, request a pre-candidate questionnaire from your school counselor.

Juniors:

Final exams are just before winter break. Finals represent 20% of your grade. Spread out studying for these exams to avoid last minute extensive studying.

·       Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

·       Plan college visits for winter or spring vacation. Always go to school websites to register for admissions presentations and tours.

Seniors:

·       Final exams are just before winter break. Finals represent 20% of your grade. Spread out studying for these exams to avoid last minute extensive studying. Colleges look at your transcripts to verify that students are keeping up with the same level of rigor and achievement.

·       If qualified, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation must receive your SAT scores by 12/31. The SAT Program will not report your scores to NMSC unless you request it.

·       Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

·       Most Regular Decision applications are due 1/1.

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.

 

Resources

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)

Tutoring

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 free of charge. Click here for more information.

College Rankings, Best Colleges by Salary Potential

Check out this resource – 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 https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report

Congratulations, and Go Dukes!!

November 2018

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                            2018 - 2019 Issue 3

This Academic News at York Newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters. 

 

Next PTSA - Academic Boosters Meeting:

Come to our next meeting on Thursday November 1st at 8:30 a.m. in the CCRC. Learn about Advanced Placement & Honors – the tactical and the strategic – why, why not, pros, cons, real life stories in a parent-to-parent conversation about AP and Honors classes.  All parents are welcome.


Like us on Face book: visit our page “York PTSA Academic Boosters” and click the ‘like’ button.
Visit our website at: http://york.elmhurst205.org/welcometoacademicboosters.
Our main publication is the “Making the Most of York” guidebook. 
Our Monthly Checklist is a Grade-by-Grade Guide for Students & Parents.

Please visit our new Academic Boosters (PTSA) Spanish Publications locker to view the Making the Most of York guidebook and the Grade-by-Grade Guide in Spanish.

 

Support strong academics at York by participating in PTSA-AB activities!  Take a look here.  

 

On November 6, 2018, there is a mid-term election and on the ballot is the referendum for CUSD 205 schools.  Find out more about it at the District 205 website. Thank you.

  

York Academic Updates 

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

  

Model UN

10/6/2018 York Model UN had an epic showing at the Carl Sandburg Model UN Conference this last Saturday.  The York delegation of 26 students brought home 9 awards (no really, that’s not a typo, 9 awards!!!). Best delegate honors were awarded to Alex Norgle, Maddy Small and Aaron Ludkowski; outstanding delegate honors were earned by Nick Pomatto and Danny Reidinger; and honorable delegate honors were achieved by Evan Johnston, Dylan Mahoney, Noah Fine and Maja Wlodarczyk on her very first Model UN conference. Great job York Model UN! (from the York Announcements)

 

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

October 2018

English:  Benjamin Zurlo

ELL:  Yelmi Tornez-Martell

Science:  Liwia Kiryk

York Student Services:  Reed Brunson

Social Studies:  Lily Rende

York Athletics:  Gianna Nikoleit

Mathematics:  Julia Stone

Business:  Brian Niederman

Industrial Technology:  Joseph Gemini

Visual Art:  Guadalupe Guzman

PE/Health/Drivers Ed:  Vincent Lococo

Family & Consumer Sciences:  Natalie Nutter

Performing Arts:  Lissandra Martinez

World Language:  Neri Hernandez Garcia

York Activities:  Maxwell Hofflich

 

 

What to Do: NOVEMBER

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

 

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

 

EVERYONE:  Visit the presentation on the changes to the course catalog and the registration timeline HERE.

 

Freshmen:

· Use your 4-year course plan to begin planning classes for next year and for summer school if interested. Be sure to think about balance, electives and classes in new areas to explore emerging interests. Refer to the Course Selection Timeline link above for specific dates

· Peruse the Performing Arts Calendar for band, orchestra, choir, dance, and drama performances!

 

Sophomores:

· Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

· It is not too early to visit college campuses on school holidays or long weekends. Always go to their websites to register for admissions presentations and tours.

 

Juniors:

· Use your 4-year course plan to begin planning classes for next year and for summer school if interested. Be sure to think about balance, electives and classes in new areas to explore emerging interests.

· Course selection notes:

    o   AP Science labs require a lunch/half period.

    o   Invite to Teach and Medical Careers courses are each two class periods.

    o   Seniors may take 4-12 credits at Elmhurst College. Refer to the York Coursebook and speak with your counselor.

    o   Juniors and seniors can take classes at the Technology Center of DuPage. Refer to the York Coursebook and speak with your counselor.

· National Honor Society inductions are November 8th. Students may also apply during senior year.

· Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

· Plan college visits for winter or spring vacation. Always go to school websites to register for admissions presentations and tours.

 

Seniors:

· Early Action and Early Decision due dates are usually 11/1 or 11/15.

· Students qualifying for the Seal of Biliteracy will have a memo on their transcript indicating this, in time for ED/EA applications.

· National Honor Society inductions.

· Thinking about post-high school plans that do not involve college? Check out the CCRC website for information on gap years, military service and school-to-work options. Talk with your counselor!

 

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.

 

RESOURCES

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)

 

Tutoring

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 free of charge. Click here for more information.

 

College Rankings, Best Colleges by Salary Potential

Check out this resource – 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 https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report

 

 

Congratulations, and Go Dukes!!

October 2018

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                            2018 - 2019 Issue 2

This Academic News at York Newsletter is brought to you by the PTSA Academic Boosters.

 

Next PTSA - Academic Boosters Meeting:

Come to our next meeting on Tuesday night, October 16, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Yorker Room. Come to learn about new courses and course selection changes with our featured guest, Ryan Doherty, York Assistant Principal in charge of Curriculum and Instruction.  All parents are welcome.


Like us on Face book: visit our page “York PTSA Academic Boosters” and click the ‘like’ button.
Visit our website at: http://york.elmhurst205.org/welcometoacademicboosters.
Our main publication is the “Making the Most of York” guidebook. 
Our Monthly Checklist is a Grade-by-Grade Guide for Students & Parents.

 

There is a place on this PTSA committee for YOU! Come to learn, or to volunteer for our events, activities and committees.

 

York Academic Updates

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

 

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

9/12/2018 Congratulations to the eight York High School seniors named today as Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition! The students representing York are: Michael Bindeman, Joseph Black, Calvin Carta, Christian Glosner, William Phillips, Edward Ryan, Hayden Snyder and CeCilia Stumpf. (from the Elmhurst CUSD 205 website www.elmhurst205.org)

 

What to Do: OCTOBER

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

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

 

Freshmen:
• All freshmen & sophomores attend an event to help prepare them for course selections.

• Parent-teacher conferences.

• End of 1st quarter is coming up. Check in with teachers to get help if needed.

 

Sophomores:

• All freshmen and sophomores attend an event to help them prepare for course selections.

• Parent-teacher conferences.

• Peruse the Performing Arts Calendar for band, orchestra, choir, dance, and drama performances!

• Attend a College Fair. Get acquainted with schools and representatives. Visit the CCRC page for info.

 

Juniors:

• Parent-teacher conferences.

• Peruse the Performing Arts Calendar for band, orchestra, choir, dance, and drama performances!

• Attend a College Fair. Get acquainted with schools and representatives. Visit the CCRC page for info.

• York-administered PSAT/NMSQT is given to juniors. This is the qualifying exam for National Merit Scholar. Refer to the chapter on testing in the “Making the Most of York” parent guide. Visit the College Board website for prep resources.

 

Seniors:
• Turn in the Transcript Release Form (green) and request a transcript for each school in Naviance. Then, immediately turn in the Transcript Request and Tracking Form (pink).

• If you need a counselor recommendation, turn in the Counselor Recommendation Form (blue).

• Attend the CCRC’s FAFSA completion workshop.

• Submit the FAFSA and CSS forms for college financial aid even if you do not think you’ll qualify for need-based aid.

 

Thinking about college? York’s College & Career Counseling Center (CCRC) and PTSA Academic Boosters’ web pages have resources for you.

 

RESOURCES

 

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)

 

Tutoring

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 free of charge. Click here for more information.

 

College Rankings, Best Colleges by Salary Potential

Check out this resource – 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 https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report

 

See our website for some upcoming STEM Activities.

 

Go Dukes!!

Summer - August 2018

Compiled by Victoria Ludkowski                                                                                                            2018 - 2019 Issue 1

Welcome class of 2022!!

Summer Summary and Start of School Year Kick Off

 June 2018 - August 2018

 

This is the first issue of the Academic News at York Newsletter for the 2018 – 2019 school year, highlighting academic achievements by York students in June, July and August.

 

·       Like us on Face book: visit our page “York PTSA Academic Boosters” and click the ‘like’ button.

·       Come to our first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Yorker Room. Our featured guests are our principal Mrs. Erin DeLuga and the new Math Department Chair Mr. Ismael Zamora. Please park in the bus lanes to leave the visitor parking spaces open, thank you. All parents are welcome.

·       Browse our website at: http://york.elmhurst205.org/welcometoacademicboosters

 

PTSA Academic Boosters main publication is the “Making the Most of York” guidebook.  We invite you to use this guidebook as a resource. Freshman, you need this! Sophomores, read it anew! Juniors, you may have missed something useful! Updated for 2018-2019, this remarkable booklet is filled with mentoring information from parents who have been there – and are ready to help you navigate four extraordinary years at York High School.

 

A new supplement to the Making the Most of York guidebook is the Monthly Checklist—A Grade-by-Grade Guide for York Students and Parents. Click here to access this invaluable checklist.

 

We have several open positions for our events, activities and committees. Please consider taking an active part in your student(s) academic success at York.

 

All current and previous newsletters can be found on the Academic Boosters website.

 

Thank you.

 

York Academic Updates

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

 

Animation Team

5/1/2018 York art teacher, Mr. Rich Edgley, was notified that one of the high school’s animation teams was named a finalist in the Golden Lion Awards, an organization within Film Cincinnati. The Lion Awards celebrate greatness in high school film making. Honored was A Sense of Adventure, an animated file by Autumn English, Mona Corpuz, Hannah Maloy and Isabella DeBlasio. The original music score is by Joe Brown. Please view the film on youtube.com. Search Rich Edgley and scroll down to A Sense of Adventure or click here. (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

 

AP US Government & Politics

7/5/2018 Congratulations to this year’s AP US Government & Politics students who have some record-setting scores! A record pass rate of 92% versus 53% nationally (students who scored a 3, 4 or a 5 on the test) and the number of students with the highest score of a 5 (43% versus 13% nationally) was noted. Hard work pays off! The bar is now set high! (from the York Parents Page on Facebook)

 

Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund

7/5/2018 The Brian E. Wagner Scholarship Fund (BEWSF) has awarded a scholarship to Eileen King who is a student at York High School. BEWSF grants college funding to exemplary students who have pro-actively served their community through dedicated volunteer service. The BEWSF ‘s mission aims to encourage high school students to serve as leaders by exercising sound judgement and making a positive impact in their lives and the lives of others. Eileen King has enrolled at Marquette University and will likely declare her major in broadcasting or journalism. She summed up her thoughts about receiving the scholarship in this way: “I am so honored to receive this award.” (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

 

Congressional App Challenge

5/8/2018 The board recognized Ava Hollis, a freshman at York High School, for winning the Congressional App Challenge for the Fifth Congressional District. The challenge requires students to code original applications, with the chance of being selected for recognition by members of Congress. Hollis coded an app named React, which aims to help connect people to nearby EpiPens, inhalers and other medical supplies so that first aid can be administered before paramedics are able to respond. U.S. Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois’ Fifth Congressional District recognized Hollis as the winner of the challenge for the district. (from the Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

 

DECA

6/5/2018 The Illinois Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Winners for York High School with advisor David Lyons are: Juniors Matt Anderson and Jason Kentra in the Financial Team Decision Making event finished second in the state in March and advanced to the DECA International Career Development Conference held April 21-24 in Atlanta, Georgia. At the State DECA conference, held in Rosemont earlier this year, over 900 participating students competed in economics exams, career cluster exams and role plays, being ranked against all the other competitors in their event, with the top ten students advancing to state competition. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe and provides opportunity for high school students to network and market their skills. (from Elmhurst CUSD205 Board Highlights)

 

FCCLA

7/3/2018 Congratulations to York graduate Kevin Homan who took the gold in “Say Yes to FCS Education” and senior Joseph Cornell plus the IL Culinary team who earned a silver medal in Culinary Arts Competition at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference and Competition in Atlanta, Georgia! Kevin and Joseph were among the 4,500 STAR Event competitors who competed in 30 different Family and Consumer Sciences related competitive events. (from Talk 205)

 

5/22/2018 The board also recognized several York students for earning top positions in their competition categories at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, which took place in Springfield in April. The FCCLA is a nonprofit organization for students enrolled in family and consumer sciences. Four York students: Joseph Cornell, Kevin Homan, Margaret Quick and Jenin Telron, were named National Delegates at the event and qualified to take part in the National FCCLA Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in June. (from Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board Highlights)

 

Illinois Economics Challenge

6/28/2018 The Elmhurst CUSD 205 Board recognized the York team that took part in the Illinois Economics Challenge, an annual competition that tests high school students’ knowledge of economics. York’s team of Jason Kentra, Hannah Cronin, Courtney Jopes and Anshul Shah competed in the 2018 Illinois Economics Challenge State Finals in Chicago in April. The York team placed second at the state competition. (Elmhurst Independent)

 

National Euro Challenge

6/28/2018 The Elmhurst CUSD 205 Board recognized the seven York High School sophomores who took part in the Euro Challenge and qualified for the event’s national competition in New York City in April. The members of the York team are: Samantha Cruz, Emily Dow, Brian Kelley, Matthew Kentra, Emmet McGovern, Ally Splitstone and Matthew Splitstone. The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States that encourages American students to learn more about the European Union and its single currency. In March, the York team earned first place honors in the event’s Midwest Regional Challenge. The York students delivered a presentation on Italy’s high unemployment rate during the regional event. The York team qualified for the national event with its victory at the regional competition. (Elmhurst Independent)

 

SCARCE

6/5/2018 The DuPage County Storm water Management committee and SCARCE honored the winners of the 12th annual Sustainable Design Challenge during the committee’s monthly meeting. The top awards went to two groups of students from York High School. SCARCE coordinates the annual event, which encourages students to construct building and landscape models using environmental and water-friendly design practices, according to a DuPage County news release. The event is sponsored by DuPage County Storm water Management. Area professionals in science, technology, engineering and math served as judges for the challenge, the release stated. The winning groups were Cate Ayers and Siva Sreedhar from York for Overall LEED Design. The challenge took place on April 17, during which nearly 30 student groups presented models of their designs and explained the design elements, such as solar panels and native plant landscaping, that made their building sustainable, the release stated. For more information on the Sustainable Design Challenge, visit scarce.org/event/2018-sustainable-design-challenge. (from the Elmhurst Press Newspaper)

 

Science Olympiad

6/28/2018 The Elmhurst CUSD 205 Board recognized York’s Science Olympiad team, which placed eighth at the Science Olympiad’s Illinois state championship, which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April. Grant Hartlage, Peter Hartlage, Eric Doberstein and Christian Glosner represented York at the state completion. (from the Elmhurst Independent)

4/20/2018 The York Science Olympiad team competed at the State competition held at the University of Illinois. York’s team competed in the A division, ranking 8th overall with the following list of individual awards earned:

            Dynamic Planet: 1st Place – Grant and Peter Hartlage

            Fermi Questions – 2nd Place – Grant and Peter Hartlage

            Forensics: 4th Place – Collin Kelley and Gracie Chiampas

            Optics: 4th Place – Joe Black and Jacob Wit

            Astronomy: 5th place – Alex Swinford and Eric Doberstein

Remote Sensing: 5th Place – Eric Doberstein and Christian Glosner

            Disease Detectives: 5th place – Eva Jacobsthal and Emaan Mohsin

(from Elmhurst Independent Newspaper)

 

SkillsUSA

6/229/2018 Congratulations to York Industrial Technology student Joseph Gemini for placing 2nd in Technical Drafting CAD at the National SkillsUSA Conference and Competition held June 25-29 in Louisville Kentucky! This followed his first-place medal at the state competition earlier this spring. (from Twitter)

 

5/22/2018 The board also recognized two York students for earning medals in their competition categories at the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships, which took place in Springfield in April. The SkillsUSA program is regarded as a prestigious program in Industrial Arts education. Joseph Gemini finished first in the Technical Drafting CAD category. He will compete at the SkillsUSA national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. Matthew Shepherd earned second place in the Screen Printing category at the state meet. (from Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board Highlights from the May 22, 2018 Board of Education Meeting)

 

Student of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month!

April 2018

English:  Madison McGreal

ELL:  Sam Hak

Science:  Emma Radcliff

York Student Services:  DeShawn Wilson

Social Studies:  Christopher Ziebert

York Athletics:  Molly Evans

Mathematics:  Luigi Allegrini

Business:  Bruce Peters

Industrial Technology:  Sam Pozen

Visual Art:  Julie Jarden

PE/Health/Drivers Ed:  Ethan Hunter

Family & Consumer Sciences:  Jacob Little

Performing Arts:  Christopher Rieger

World Language:  Leo Brigham

York Activities:  Christopher Foster

 

Extramural Academic Activities

PTSA Academic Boosters is pleased to recognize academically-oriented successes of York students wherever they are:

National Merit Finalists

04/12/2018 Nine York Community High School seniors named among the 16,000 National Merit Semifinalists identified by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) this fall were recently confirmed as NMSC Finalists. They are: Hannah Cronin, Matthew Dardick, Linnea Dierksheide, Courtney Jope, Carina Kanzier, Luke Rozmus, Anshul Shah, Katherine Tomaska and Christopher Ziebert. These students were honored by proclamation of the Elmhurst District 205 Board of Education at its April 10 meeting. All NMSC Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships offered in 2018. The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists is now in progress. Scholarship winners will be announced by NMSC in four groups from April through July. Thus far, three York Finalists: Linnea, Carina and Katherine, have been named as recipients of $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. Two York Finalists have been selected as corporate sponsored scholarship winners: Anshul by Alliance Data Systems and Ashley by CDK Global, LLC.

 

Niche Ranks CUSD 205 in the Top 10

08/13/2018 Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 ranks among the top 10 school districts in the state of Illinois, according to Niche’s 2019 Best School Districts listing. CUSD205 ranked ninth among districts surveyed and earned an overall Niche rating of A+. The annual ranking is based on statistical analysis and reviews from parents and students. Analysis includes examining factors such as test scores, college readiness and graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores and teacher quality. CUSD205 also ranked in the top 15 for Best Athletics and top 25 for Best Places to Teach in Illinois. (Talk 205)

 

Tenth Midwest Chinese Speech Contest

04/21/2018 Congratulations to the following six York students who participated in this contest at Northside College Preparatory High School which was hosted by the Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance (MCTA). This year there were about 200 students who participated in this contest, in which the high school division had 137 contestants, outnumbering all other divisions. Each high school (grades 9-12) teacher could enter no more than one student to participate in the contest.

 

High School Level One (32 contestants:

Anna Collins (Gold Award) & Mia Beres (Silver Award)

High School Level Two (35 contestants: Jenna Gallichio (Gold Award)

High School Level Three (34 contestants): Langston Gail (Gold Award)

High School Level Four (17 contestants): Marie Grasse (Silver Award

High School Heritage Student Group (19 contestants): Hui Tey (Gold Award)

 

 

What to Do:  SEPTEMBER

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

 

Legend:

Ø  Freshmen and Transfer Students

Ø  Sophomores

Ø  Juniors

Ø  Seniors

Ø  All Students

Ø  All Parents

 

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

 

·       Freshmen and Transfer Students: Introduce yourself to your counselor.

·       All Students: Bring questions/conflicts early to your teachers

·       Freshmen: Take Freshman Orientation and Guidance (FOG) as part of your lunch period.

·       Freshmen: Take Health in place of Physical Education (PE) either this semester or next.

·       All Parents: Attend York Open House and Pick up a copy of the PTSA Academic Booster’s “Making the Most of York” and Grade-by-Grade Guide and read these publications!

·       All Students: Start/Update your activity resume listing your activities, involvements and achievements throughout high school. This will come in handy later for work and college applications. Note: Get involved in service and volunteering! If you are interested in applying to the National Honor Society as a junior, document each contribution with a letter and/or signature from the sponsor organization.

·       Juniors and Seniors: National Honor Society invitations are mailed to qualifying students. A meeting is held early in the month and petitions (applications) are due this month.

·       All Students: Create/Update your 4-year course plan (PTSA Academic Boosters offers a sample planning spreadsheet on the Academic Boosters Website). Consult the online course offerings website for special considerations (e.g. NCAA required courses for college athletes). Be sure to include all required courses in the plan. This plan is handy when determining timing for college entrance and AP exams.

·       Juniors: meet with your counselor – again – to evaluate your 4-year course plan.

·       Juniors: visit the CCRC website and talk with your counselor for info on gap years, military service, school-to-work, and college planning.

·       All Parents: Login to PowerSchool and sign up for daily school activity announcements. Also, join the York Parents Facebook Group.

·       All Students and Parents: Check out the Athletics website for schedules and information on York sports. Check out clubs and extracurricular activities on the York Home Page Clubs/Activities link.

·       All Students: If you do not have a social security number, obtain one. This number is often required for applications, testing, scholarships and other opportunities. Click here to find out more.

·       All Students: Visit the Learning Commons and the Math Lab to see where to get help when you need it.

·       All Students and Parents: Attend the Collage Concert, which features all York bands, orchestras, choirs and dance groups! For more information, check out the Performing Arts Calendar here.

·       Sophomores: You will take Drivers Ed either 1st or 2nd semester, depending roughly on when your birthday falls.

·       Juniors: Re-evaluate your plan for ACT and/or SAT tests. Register if you have not already done so. As scores are received, register again for future tests as needed. Note that York administers the SAT to juniors in April.

·       Juniors and Seniors: Check out York’s College & Career Resource Center college prep programming for the upcoming school year. Mark your calendar and attend each session.

·       Juniors and Seniors: Take the AAPPL/STAMP tests to earn the Seal of Bi-literacy on your diploma. Students will get a second chance in January.

·       Juniors and Seniors: Explore college websites and online resources. Explore Naviance and Career Cruising tools to learn about colleges and careers.

·       Seniors: Make a senior counseling appointment with the CCRC. Follow the 12 Steps to College checklist.

·       Seniors: Refine your college list. Design your list to include 25% reach schools, 50% likely and 25% safety schools, based on your test scores and GPA. Use a tracking tool or a spreadsheet to help you stay organized (see the PTSA Academic Boosters website for an example).

·       Seniors: review college admission requirements. Fill out each college application carefully and review the completed application. Review your testing plan to ensure scores will reach colleges by the application deadlines. Collect financial documents for financial aid filings. New FAFSA and CSS filing dates are 10/1 (October first). Determine which filing is used by each of your preferred schools. Funds are appropriated on a first come, first served basis. Seek out scholarship opportunities.

·       Seniors: Consider Early Decision or Early Action plans. This is the latest month recommended to take standardized tests if you are considering an Early Action or Early Decision college application.

·       Seniors: Attend college meetings with reps visiting York via the CCRC.

·       Seniors: Request a copy of your transcript and check it for accuracy. Also, complete the green Transcript Release form which you can find in the CCRC office.

·       All Students and Parents: Join the fun of Homecoming Week!

 

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 extracurricular  STEM Activities.

 

RESOURCES

 

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 to read the article. (York PTSA Academic Boosters)

 

Tutoring

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 free of charge. Click here for more information.

 

College Rankings, Best Colleges by Salary Potential

Check out this resource – 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 https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report

 

 

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Congratulations, and Go Dukes!!