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Get the Lowdown with Dr. Lowe

York Academy Families:

On April 8, the York Academy will have an early dismissal due to the timing of the solar eclipse. It will take place exactly during afternoon dismissal, and I cannot put our children at risk of severely damaging their eyes.

Although they will not view the eclipse at school, I want to provide the opportunity to purchase specialized glasses to wear at home. Regular sunglasses are not safe enough, no matter how dark they are.

A limited number of protective glasses will be available for $1.00. Send a dollar in an envelope with your child's name on it and mark it "solar glasses." We will put them in the envelope and give it back to your child or their teacher. You may want to purchase your own in case they sell out. 

This is an exciting event that won’t happen again until 2044. I encourage you to ask your child what they're learning in the classroom and check the NASA website for an overview and safety tips. 


Enjoy the evening, 

Dr. Lowe

Applications Close for the 2024-25 Lottery on Sunday!

The deadline to apply for the 2024-25 Lottery is this Sunday (3/31)! If you know someone who has not applied yet, please let them know. We love welcoming new Knights into our family and don’t want anyone to miss out!

You can also share this video from two of our seniors. Find out what they say are the top five things about the York Academy.

Questions? Email Kim Brenner-Zirkle or call (717) 801-3900. 

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Come to the MYP Personal Project Exhibition Tomorrow Night

You're invited to our MYP Personal Project Exhibition Night tomorrow night from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Upper School! 

The Personal Project is the culminating MYP assessment and helps prepare students for the challenge of the Diploma Programme and in life beyond the classroom. Over an extended period of time, they used their inquiry, research and communication skills to explore areas of personal interest.

Upper School staff and facilitators from the International Baccalaureate Organization grade the projects using three criteria. Students are assessed on their planning, approaches to learning (ATL) skills, and reflecting on different aspects of their projects. They would love to share their new knowledge with you, so please stop by!

Students Participate in Middle School Honors Band Festival

Last weekend, six York Academy instrumentalists participated in the annual York County Middle School Honors Band Festival. The band was comprised of over 120 top-notch musicians in sixth through eighth grade from 17 different school districts.

They are Journey Pauley (clarinet), Ada Michael (clarinet), Sha'Jia Bailey (percussion), Sam Kline, Jr. (trombone), Tyson Goodman (bass clarinet) and Josh Peterman (trumpet). We're proud of you, Knights!

Once on This Island to Debut Next Weekend

The Upper School Musical, Once on This Island, debuts next weekend! Our students are excited to share this Tony Award-Winning show with you. The dates are listed below. Here's a synopsis:

Once on a golden and lush green Caribbean island, a little girl is rescued from a disastrous storm by four gods: Asaka (mother of the Earth), Agwé (god of water), Erzulie (goddess of love), and Papa Ge (demon of death).

The myth told in this breathtaking story is one of joy and sorrow, the aftermath of colonization and isolation, and the triumph of love against all forces. Told with Caribbean rhythms and instruments, Once on This Island is a testament that a beautiful story has the power to inspire and heal all.

Please come support our talented students!

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Sigafoose Chiropractic Center Supports Staff Step Challenge

Many thanks goes to Sigafoose Chiropractic Life Center for sponsoring our first Staff Step Challenge!

Dr. Sigafoose is pictured with our top steppers. Mr. Kannel (6th Grade IA) was the Lower School Winner with 180,391 steps and Mrs. Henninger (MYP Coordinator) was the Upper School winner with 120,590 steps. The challenge was held over four weeks. We also appreciate Mr. Wyatt for spearheading it and getting everyone moving!

Sigafoose Chiropractic Life Center offers the personalized touch necessary to develop trust and positive effects in treatment. Their attitude towards health and chiropractic care is what separates them from the rest. Click here to learn more.

Notes from the Kitchen: Prime Drinks

I’ve been asked about my opinion on Prime drinks, a popular brand owned by famous

YouTubers and heavily promoted on social media. This brand has been criticized for targeting young audiences. Prime offers two types of drinks:


Prime Hydration is available in bottles and sticks. It contains 10% coconut water, BCAAs (electrolytes), vitamins, and artificial sweeteners. This drink is recommended for post intense exercise to aid in recovery, and not recommended for individuals under 16 due to the high electrolytes and vitamin content.


Prime Energy is like Red Bull. It packs 200 mg caffeine per 355 ml can—six times that of Coke and double Red Bull’s amount.


For an adult, safe caffeine intake is <400mg/day (<200mg/occasion). Although a safe caffeine intake is not set for children, a suggested intake is <100mg/day.


York Academy students in grades K-8 are not allowed to consume energy drinks in classrooms or at lunch. I advise families to research recovery drinks to determine if they are appropriate for your children.


Eat well and be healthy,

Ms. Gina (Regina Arnold, Food Services Manager)

Works of Art Wanted for Annual Art for a Cause Silent Auction

Save The Dates: Parent Engagement Sessions

Don't miss these opportunities to enhance your skills as a caregiver and create stronger bonds with your children! Join Ms. Nicole Miller, York Academy's School Social Worker, for these upcoming virtual parent training sessions. The next one is happening on April 3 at 12 p.m. Ms. Miller will cover healthy habits and help parents create a plan for their children to be successful at school. Questions? Email her for more information.

Join Us for Parents' Night Out in April

Mrs. Chester and the members of our National Art Honor Society invite you to Parents' Night Out on April 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. They would love to spend the evening with your children while you go to dinner, catch a movie, or just chill peacefully (and quietly) on your couch!

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Check Out the Class of 2024 Website

Is your student a senior? Mrs. Riggs is preparing for graduation and created a site where you can find out a wealth of information. More details and paper schedules will be sent home in April. Check it out now!



MYP Personal Project Exhibition

Upper School

5 - 7 p.m.



No School (Holiday)



No School (Holiday)

2024-25 Lottery

5:30 p.m.

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