Friday, December 21, 2012


As 2012 comes to an end in a little over a week, I'm taking some time to reflect on the past and the future.

2012 was a wonderful year for York Public Schools. Our ACT scores are up, enrollment is increasing, student achievement on local, state, and national assessments is improving, our staff remains dedicated and hard-working, the facility project at YHS got into full swing, our budget outlook is improving (but still has much room for getting better), and our students are representing our school system and community very well with all of their accomplishments!

2013 promises to be another outstanding year for the Dukes. By Christmas of 2013, our facility project at YHS will be complete. We will continue to improve upon already impressive student achievement scores, will add many more academic, athletic, and extra-curricular accomplishments; as well as curricular and academic offering goals. Our budget will be even a little more stable. Professional development initiatives will help our already talented and dedicated staff even more. Yes, 2013 will be outstanding!

Take some time over the next 10 days to hug those you love and to tell them how much they mean to you. We all get so busy that we often don't take the time to smile, relax, and reach out to those of us that mean the most.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Prosperous New Year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Annual Report

The 2012 Annual Report from York Public Schools is out. It was included in the December 11th edition of the York News-Times as a full page. It will be displayed in poster format around our various buildings. Annual Report Posters will also be given to businesses in York. Feel free to access the report yourself by visiting our website at and clicking on the link on the left titled, "Annual Patron Report."

Some highlights from this year's annual report include:

* The number of dual credits earned by YHS students has grown from 399 in 2009-10 to 836 in 2011-12

* 72.1% of our teachers have a Masters' Degree

* Our 3rd-11th grade students performed above the state average on the state reading and math assessments

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Friday, November 30, the York One-Act team took First Place in the District Competition, and will advance on to State. The team competed against Schuyler, Fillmore Central, Columbus Lakeview, Central City, David City, Seward, and Aurora.

The Top three places went to Fillmore Central (3rd), David City (2nd), and York (1st). The York team took straights 1's and will advance on to Kearney where they will compete against the other 5 Class B One-Act teams.

The Class B State Competition will held at the Merryman Performing Arts Theatre located 225 W. 22nd St., in Kearney, NE, on Friday, December 7th.

The first Play will begin at 10 a.m. and York will perform at 1 p.m. York's competitors are Alliance, Wayne, Omaha Concordia, Milford, and Gothenburg.