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York County School Division is an award-winning school system serving more than 12,500 students in the heart of VA's historic triangle.
York County School Division is an award-winning school system serving more than 12,500 students in the heart of VA's historic triangle.

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A Queens Lake Middle School sixth grader, Kaiah Seraydarian, will be appearing in the Smithsonian Channel episode “Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth” tonight, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. A link to the episode is available at:
http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/pocahontas-beyond-the-myth/0/3445499

Additional information can be found on the Smithsonian.com site at:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-pocahontas-180962649/#8jhzHpf0HmplSjdT.01

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ICYMI: The York County School Division will host a focus group session to seek feedback on the division’s strategic plan from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at Tabb High School. The focus group session is open to the entire community.
Division staff have used the extensive feedback collected earlier this year to develop draft objectives for the new plan. The information collected during these sessions is now available on the FY18-22 Strategic Plan Timeline page on the division website. 

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Laura Rilee, an eighth grade student at Queens Lake Middle School (QLMS), has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Queens Lake staff nominated Laura for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.
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Guided by adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem, such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. In addition, the teams must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. Students develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and presentation skills, as they must present their solutions to a team of judges.

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Three teachers were named finalists for the YCSD TowneBank Teacher of the Year. Congratulations to April Insley (Yorktown Elementary School), Terry Guthrie (Tabb Middle School) and Aaron McQuillan (Grafton High School) during surprise visits to their schools today.
The Teacher of the Year prize patrol, sponsored by TowneBank and the York Foundation for Public Education, included Superintendent Victor Shandor, Chief Academic Officer Stephanie Guy, Education Foundation board member and TowneBank Vice-President Sandra Allen, and other YCSD administrators.
The three finalists, one for each level, were chosen from among the nineteen teachers named as their individual school’s teacher of the year. A selection panel, comprised of teachers and school administrators, will interview the finalists before selecting the division teacher of the year. The finalists and the school-based teachers of the year will be honored at the division’s employee recognition banquet in May. For the full list of school Teachers of the Year, visit: http://yorkcountyschools.org/aboutUs/pressRoom/recognitions.aspx
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3/21/17
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Tabb Middle School sixth grade students have been busy researching critical issues facing animals and have worked in teams to design informative, persuasive display boards to bring awareness to the community. Students also solicited donations of animal care items and donated them to the local SPCA. The project culminates with more almost 300 students filling the halls of Tabb Middle at 7 p.m., Thursday March 16 to share their research and help make a difference in the lives of animals. Community members will vote for the most informative, passionate presentation and the winning team’s selected charity will receive all donations collected through a fundraising campaign.
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Three York County School Division teams are headed to the state Odyssey of the Mind (OM) Tournament based on their impressive work at the regional competition this past weekend. In the Its Time, Omer problem, the Yorktown Middle School team took first place in its division, while the Tabb High team took second place in its division and Queens Lake Middle School won the Odd-a-Bot problem in its division. All three teams advance to the state competition on April 1. Several other YCSD teams also earned honors at the regional competition.
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3/8/17
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The resource team at Magruder worked with the 5th grade team to develop an inter-disciplinary lesson on deductive reasoning and the scientific method. The result was an opportunity to use the web-based mystery A.Pintura – Art Detective. The school media specialist, education technology facilitator, art teacher and PE team supported students as they worked through this literary and art based webquest with embedded links to figure out who painted “Grandpa’s painting.” What a fun way to apply the scientific method, inferencing, and drawing conclusions! 
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3/3/17
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Parents - does your child have an interest in math, science & technology or a passion for the arts? We encourage you to attend one of the upcoming parent information nights to learn more about the York County School Division’s magnet school opportunities for middle school and elementary school students. http://ow.ly/Qdry309pnNK

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Schools hold spirit days for students and staff throughout the year for a variety of reasons, but Tabb Middle School put a twist on their spirit day this week. Faculty and staff put away their traditional Tabb Tiger orange & black and filled the halls with navy, red and silver to show their support for Grafton High School freshman Andrew Stonier. You may recall we shared his story and GHS students' efforts to raise money for the family earlier this month. Tabb Middle raised $1,200 to help Andrew and his family by donning their Clipper wear.
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