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North Hills News



January 2:  One School One Book Kickoff

January 6:  NHE PTO Meeting 6 PM

January 17:  Early Dismissal 12:30 PM

January 20:  No school- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 24:  NHE Family Movie Night 6 PM


One School One Book Kick-off January 2nd!


Once again this year, our North Hills' staff, along with our students and families, will be participating in the "One School One Book" program. Together we will read the same book at the same time, while taking part in various literacy activities and discussions. This year's book centers around animals, autism, and friendships.  Today, your child will becoming home with this year’s book entitled A Boy Named Bat Attached to this newsletter are electronic copies of the parent letter and reading calendar.  All families are encouraged to read this book together with their child as a family activity.  We hope you will consider joining with us during this adventure.


Acting 1 Class Presents “Round the World and Back Again”


Are you ready for a show that’s out of this world? The Acting I class at the high school is producing ‘Round the World and Back Again! This is a family play about the origin of practically everything. The deep, dark void of the beginning of the universe, the creation of our solar system, the rise and the demise of the dinosaurs, and the development of the lives we live now all rolled into a one-act show that families and children would enjoy. This show runs 35 minutes and will be presented on January 8th, 9th, and 10th at 6:00 pm in the CYHS Black Box Theater. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. We hope to see you there!


TW Ponessa School Based Therapy in CYSD


School-Based Outpatient Therapy is a traditional treatment in a nontraditional treatment setting. Students can receive behavioral-health treatment with minimal disruption of their educational day. Treatment concerns include, but are not limited to depression, anxiety, bullying, peer relationships or pressure, ADHD, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, grief and loss, and parent-child problems. For more information about this service, please contact our school counselors or administrators.


Flexible Instructional Days (FID)


The state Department of Education has approved Central York School District's request to provide "Flexible Instructional Days" to our learners. This means that on days when situations like winter weather or a building emergency require us to close our schools, we can provide instruction to our students at home rather than in the classroom (think "Cyber Snow Day.") The state will count this as a full day of school and we will not have to make it up during the school year.

The District has been approved to use up to five (5) of these days this school year. We are planning to use these "Flexible Instructional Days" throughout the 2019-2020 school year, as needed. 

Please note that use of a FID requires some advance planning and communication.  If we need to close our facilities due to inclement weather in the future, we will continue to notify you via phone, email, website and social media, as is our practice. These communications will detail that we are using a "FID" and the day will not need to be made up during the school year.

For more information regarding our FID days, please click here.


Parent Workshop Opportunity


Central York School District’s Communities that Care is pleased to offer the NAMI workshop in February and March 2020.  This workshop is focused on working with children with behavioral or emotional difficulties.  Please see the attached flier for more information.


Upcoming Special Education Parent Nights


 FYI – Topics TBA closer 

Future Meeting Dates/Times/Location:

  • February 4, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM, ESC
  • April 14, 2020, 6:00-7:30 PM, ESC

Showcase Portfolio

As a school district, we are excited to introduce the Showcase e-Portfolio! The Showcase Portfolio is a place to “show off” the good work of your child!


Every school year your child will add several samples to the Showcase Portfolio. The portfolio will be a collection of learning through all the school years from kindergarten to graduation!


This portfolio will provide the opportunity for your child to reflect and show pride in the learning! At this time, we are just beginning to use the portfolios so you will see only a small sample of work, but this showcase will grow through the years!


 The steps for viewing your child’s portfolio in Schoology are attached to this letter.


CYSD Families May Now Purchase Device Protection Online

Central York School District  offers parents/guardians insurance for their child's school-issued iPads and laptops.
The device protection plan is optional and covers those unexpected accidents that can happen at any time.  It provides peace of mind that the learner's device will be covered for damages should they occur.
 To purchase device protection for your child's device, please visit our secure website for pricing and more details.
**Please keep in mind that only  one  insurance claim is allowed per school year for High School devices. All  Apple iPad  devices have unlimited accidental damage coverage. You will have the opportunity to purchase insurance again next school year.



Save the Date

Below are some great NH activities throughout the year.


Back to School                    Wednesday, September 4

Book Fair                          Monday, September 30 – Thursday, October 3

Family Night                      Wednesday, October 2

Fundraiser Kick-Off              Tuesday, October 8

Cultural Heritage Day            Friday, November 8

Skating Party                     Wednesday, November 6

Family Movie Night               Friday, January 24       

Family Festival                    Saturday, March 7

Book Fair                          Monday, April 20 – Wednesday, April 22

Family Night                      Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day                         Friday, April 24

Family Cookout                    Thursday, May 14


         Who To Contact About Bus/Transportation Concerns During and After School Hours
During school hours, please contact the Transportation Department at (717) 846-6789, ext. 1298.  After school hours (after 4PM) f you have a question about a bus’s status, or need to reach a bus driver or the bus company, please call (717) 255-0416.


News From OUR PTO
North Hills PTO and Parent Involvement
If you would like to be involved in the school by helping with events and activities, being a part of classroom parties or sending in donations please use the link below to sign up.  This is not a commitment it is simply to let us know you are interested.
Parent Involvement LINK:
We are all looking forward to a wonderful school year!  Thanks for your support.
Dawn Gerhardt, PTO President
PLEASE REMEMBER:  You must have your clearances to volunteer!  If you do not already have your updated clearances, please request the packet from school or check the district website to start the process.

Important Information


     For students to successfully achieve at NHE, it is essential all students attend school regularly and on time.  Please remember school begins promptly at 9:00 AM.  All students must be in their classrooms by this time to avoid being marked late.  All students will enter the building through the main office entrance located at the front of the building. 

     Students will be dismissed at 3:35.  All car riders and walkers will be dismissed through the main office doors.  If you are picking your students up at school, you must sign them out using the grade level clipboard (identification may be required) on the porch in front of the main office doors.  An NHE staff member will be present each day with the clipboard.  It is the parent’s responsibility to sign the clipboard. 

     A note notifying the school of the pick-up arrangement is required to designate your child as a rider.  Send a note to the office or your child’s teacher stating such arrangements.  You may call the secretary no later than 3:00 PM to designate your student as a rider.

    There is NO PARKING in front of the building.  If you are transporting your child, please drive to the back parking lot near the cafeteria or the north parking lot located near the soccer fields.

     We appreciate your cooperation with these procedures as we strive to promote a safe environment for all students.

Attendance Information


Hours and Tardiness

The student day begins promptly at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:35 PM.  It is essential students arrive in their classrooms prior to the 9:00 bell.  Students not in their classrooms by this time will be considered tardy.  On the third illegal tardy, the student will receive lunch detention.  After the fifth tardy, the student will serve an after school detention.



Students will be excused from school in the event of an illness, death in the immediate family, quarantine, or for exceptional reasons determined to be urgent by school administrators, in accordance with Pennsylvania School Law.


Doctor’s Excuse

When a student reaches ten or more days of absence (excused or unexcused), parents can expect to receive a phone call or letter stating that additional absences could result in the need for a doctor’s note for each new absence.  Once a student has been placed on a doctor’s note, no absences will be marked excused unless approved by the school nurse or family physician.

Educational Trips

 Please be certain to reference the district policy regarding educational trips.  Approval forms must be obtained from the school office and submitted to the school at least two weeks prior to the trip or approval will be denied.  The educational value and activities of the trip must be stated in detail to be eligible for approval.  Educational trips will not be approved during achievement testing.  Although visiting relatives, family reunions, and other such absences are worthwhile, they do not meet the requirement of an educational trip.  Educational trips are limited to one per year and should not exceed eight days in length. No educational trips will be approved during PSSA testing.  Thank you for your cooperation regarding this policy.



It is our job at NHE to provide your child with the safest environment possible.  Therefore, all doors at NHE will be locked during the school day.  All visitors who request access to the building must press the gray call box located outside the main office doors.


When access has been granted, ALL visitors MUST report to the reception office located immediately inside the main doors.  All visitors will be issued a visitor’s badge.  This badge must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.  Please return this badge to the reception office when departing.



Top Ten Tips for Parental Involvement


  1. Studies show that children who eat breakfast do better in school.
  2. Avoid the morning rush.
  3. Make sure he/she gets plenty of rest.
  4. Talk with your child about school.
  5. Talk with the teacher.
  6. Attend school family events.
  7. Volunteer your time.
  8. Look for creative ways to volunteer.
  9. Volunteer when it fits into your schedule.
  10. Don’t delay (get involved).