Thanksgiving

Dear YCDS Families,  My son is studying Colonial America in Mary Hunter’s history class this semester.  Ms. Hunter makes history fascinating and we are enjoying this learning experience together as a family. It is exciting to watch my son connect historical events to his present day life.  Last weekend, my husband, son, and son-in-law headed … Continue reading Thanksgiving

College ambitions cultivated early at York Country Day School

The school’s College Counseling program puts each YCDS student in charge of their unique college search, a system starting in Middle School in which expert faculty provide all the tools for a family to find that perfect fit. It also places students in real-time college classes. WRITTEN BY: TIM STONESIFER York Country Day School students … Continue reading College ambitions cultivated early at York Country Day School

York Country Day School: Taking the Lead on Student Wellness

Prioritizing students' social and emotional wellness is as important as the academic curriculum that is taught. Through the inclusion of Mindfulness, Responsive Classroom, Peer Mediation, Restorative Justice, and grade level sessions led by a dedicated counselor, YCDS is taking part in conversations to address social and emotional skills.

Authentic Learning Opportunities Through Project Based Experiences

Project-based learning (PBL) connects students with real-world problems to solve.  These authentic learning opportunities provide a framework for students to fuse together multidisciplinary applications, collaboration, and design thinking to identify and propose solutions to challenges that professionals encounter in their daily work.  PBL is one of many learning methods students experience in the York Country … Continue reading Authentic Learning Opportunities Through Project Based Experiences

York Country Day School Prepares Students to Choose a Joyful Life

York Country Day’s focus on wellness is about developing habits of mind. Written by: Anthony Machinski,  Our York Media (Molly Wertz, York Country Day School's advisor for the peer mediation program, leads a group of students through a discussion. Wellness is one of York Country Day School's signature programs. (Photo by Paul Chaplin for Our … Continue reading York Country Day School Prepares Students to Choose a Joyful Life

At YCDS, Extraordinary is by Design

The school cultivates an educational environment centered on mission, fueled by a dynamic culture, and complemented by signature programs, resulting in prepared, confident students who lead by example and with distinction. Written by: Anthony Machcinski, Our York Media (York Country Day School offers students something truly unique: an intellectual playground – a place where students … Continue reading At YCDS, Extraordinary is by Design

Ms. Hoke premiers ‘Snow Queen’ Adaptation in York

On March 9 and 10, York Country Day School theater director Ms, Paige Hoke officially premiers her new adaptation on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen." For details about her show and her community theater work, visit here. During her last three years at York Country Day School, Ms. Hoke has led both the choral and … Continue reading Ms. Hoke premiers ‘Snow Queen’ Adaptation in York

Celebrating scientific inquiry

By Jillian Giese, YCDS faculty member “The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.” ― Paul Dirac In August, advanced biology students were challenged to identify a scientific question or problem that was meaningful to them and then to investigate … Continue reading Celebrating scientific inquiry

YCDS Wellness Initiative: Social Skills and Healthy Relationships

By Mrs. Elizabeth Trump Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Wellness January’s mental health initiatives are social skills and healthy relationships.  As a busy month with academics and activities, I met with students in a variety of formats to discuss these important topics.  At the beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to meet … Continue reading YCDS Wellness Initiative: Social Skills and Healthy Relationships

YCDS Wellness Initiative: Executive Functioning

This month, Elizabeth Trump, YCDS’ coordinator of Student Mental Health and Wellness, answers a few questions about executive functioning:   Q:  What exactly is executive functioning? Executive functioning defined very simply is the “command center” of the brain.  Managed by the frontal lobe of the brain, executive functioning includes all the skills involved in goal-directed … Continue reading YCDS Wellness Initiative: Executive Functioning