Please see YCSD Mission & Core Beliefs

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.

YHS Orchestra Competes in Rhythms International Music Festival, Receives Superior Rating

Annually, the YHS Orchestra (YHSO) travels to compete internationally; this year to Quebec City to compete in the Rhythms International Music Festival, where they received a Superior rating, the highest possible rating possible. "This rating is a testament to the hard work of the students as individuals and as a group," declared Ms. Nancy Torrente, music teacher and orchestra leader.

YHS Mock Trial Team Competes in NYS HS Mock Trial Championship Finals; Best Showing in 20 Years!

On April 10, 2014, the Yorktown High School Mock Trial Team competed against Blind Brook High School in the final championship round of the New York Statewide High School Mock Trial Tournament in Westchester County. 

From April 5-7, the YHS Wind Ensemble participated in the Rhythms International Music Festival in Montreal, Canada where, for an unprecedented fourth year in a row, they earned the highest possible rating of “Superior." 

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...

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.

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

Continuously updated events from community partners

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!

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!

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

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).

Attention Students!

Please take a moment to read the attached letter from Mr. DeGennaro regarding the "Assassination Game."  
Thank you.

Assassination 2014.doc

There has been one confirmed case of Chicken Pox (Varicella) at Yorktown High School. Symptoms are listed below and can appear anywhere from ten to twenty one days after exposure to the virus. Also, a person is able to transmit chicken pox from one to two days before the rash appears.

Common Symptoms include:
- Sudden onset of slight fever and feeling tired and weak
- Itchy blister like rash that may appear first on the trunk(abdomen and back) and then spreads to face, arms and legs

The rash will form crusts that will remain for several days. As it spreads, some blisters will be healing as new ones appear.

The person must remain home until all the blisters are crusted over to avoid spreading the virus to others.

Because of the risk of Reyes Syndrome, aspirin or aspirin containing products should never be given to children under 18 who have chicken pox.

Attached are both the local and Regents exam schedules for finals in June.  These files indicate the days/times of the exams taking place.  

Local Exam Schedule 

Regents Exam Schedule

The PTSA is proud to again offer affordable, effective test prep classes.  There is still room in the SAT class which starts this Wednesday, March 19.  It will help prepare students for the May 3 SAT exam.

There is also room in the ACT review class which begins in May, and preps for the June 14 exam. 

Please review the ACT and SAT document for additional information.


Attention Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen: When you have a moment go to the cafeteria periods 4-9 to see your documented community service hours Tuesday, January 14 - Friday, January 17.
Also, please take a moment to look at the volunteer opportunities available and forms on the YHS Community Service website for pre-approval and documentation of community service.  Please read the information page before completing the new forms.

YHS News

Attention Class of 2014

There is still space available for Parent Ads on a first come, first serve basis.  Deadline for submittal is Friday, March 14.
  Please e-mail Ms. Mooney at for further details.

There will only be three tickets per family distributed for graduation in June.  Tickets will be distributed at graduation rehearsal.

Financial Aid Presentation available!
Please see this link

College Application deadlines:
Attention seniors:
Apply by Mid-October for all Early Action/Early Decision/Rolling application deadlines
Apply by Late November for all Regular Decision application deadlines

Remember to: apply to college, send your SAT/ACT scores via, and submit transcript request forms to the YHS Guidance Counseling Center at least 3 weeks before the application deadline to insure that all supporting material arrives on time to the college's admissions office.

The decile groups have been added to senior transcripts located on the Parent Portal.

Class of 2014 transcripts have been updated and are now available on the portal.

Attention Class of 2015

Save the date!

Parents and students are welcome to attend the College & Career Night!

Date:   Tuesday April 29, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:15 p.m.

Location:  Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY

Over 200 colleges, universities, technical programs and financial institutions will be represented.  Workshops will be offered.  Topics include:  highly competitive college admissions, creative and performing arts, portfolios and auditions, programs for students with learning disabilities, athletic recruiting information, SUNY admissions, and financing college.