Homeschool Envirothon team winners

The York Homeschool Association Envirothon Team, winners at the York County Envirothon and the Pennsylvania Envirothon, traveled to Montana to represent Pennsylvania at the North American Envirothon Competition. Out of 57 teams, they placed 9th. Members included Michael Renga, Collin Inners, Morgan Staub, Messica Picone and Mariah Henry. Each member of the team received $1,100 in scholarship money.

 

YHSA Envirothon Team

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Info session for future home-schoolers

The York Home School Association will present a Home School Orientation Session on Act 169, the Pennsylvania home education law, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Glenview Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock.

The event will feature an overview of how to get started with your home schooling program, such as the law, goals and objectives, affidavits, curricula, portfolios, and local, state and national resources.
Free admission. Anyone thinking about home schooling should attend. For more information or directions, visit www.yhsa.org.

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Workshop offers high school homeshooling info

The York Home School Association will present a Home Schooling High School workshop, 7-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 Church Road, York.

The session will answer questions about homeschooling for grades 7 and up, including high school transcripts, credits, diplomas, college, PSAT and SAT.

Registration fee is $10 per family for the cost of handouts.

For more information, visit www.yhsa.org.

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Home-school group to host curriculum fair

The York Home School Association will host its annual Curriculum Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Grace Fellowship Church, 1405 Seven Valleys Road, York.

The fair will feature various workshops, new and used materials for sale, an auction, lunch, time to talk with current homeschooling families, and representatives from local educational businesses.

Admission is $1 per family. For more information, visit www.yhsa.org.

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Two events for home-schoolers

The East Berlin Community Library will host two home school events in January.

Kindergartners to second-graders are invited to an author study on Jan Brett, 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. A shared reading of “The Mitten” will be followed by activities that relate to the story.

A program for third- to sixth-graders will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. It will focus on personification, a poetic device that gives human characteristics, actions or emotions to things or ideas.

Both sessions will last about 45 minutes.

For reservations, visit the library, 105 Locust St., East Berlin, or call 259-9000.

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Events for home-schoolers at EBCL

The East Berlin Community Library will host several home school events in January.

Kindergartners to second-graders are invited to an author study on Jan Brett, 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. A shared reading of “The Mitten” will be followed by activities that relate to the story.

A program for third- to sixth-graders will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The class will focus on personification, a poetic device that gives human characteristics, actions or emotions to things or ideas.

Both sessions will last about 45 minutes.

For reservations, visit the library, 105 Locust St., East Berlin, or call 259-9000.

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YHSA to offer home school info

The York Home School Association will present a home school orientation session on Act 169, the state home education law, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, at Glenview Missionary and Alliance Church, 10037 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock.

The talk will give an overview of how to get started with home schooling programs, goals and objectives, affidavits, curricula, portfolios, and local, state and national resources. Anyone thinking about home schooling should attend. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.yhsa.org.

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Kid Scoop: Oak Tree stories

These stories were submitted to the Junior Dispatch by Kid Scoop, a Newspapers in Education program at the York Newspaper Co.

Topic: The Oak Tree

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and I noticed it looked like rain. I climbed high so I could look really far. Suddenly, below me I saw an eerie white puffy shadow. A real ghost! I started to climb down but the branch broke and I fell right into that ghost. I kept turning over and over inside that spooky, wet, fluffy creature while I waited to crash but instead I landed on the ground without a scratch. That day, I learned why we have clouds. Now when I see them I just smile. — Jonathan Wentz, East York Elementary School

One day I climbed an old oak tree
With leaves both withered and torn.
Its branches hung half dead and dry,
And its trunk was scratched and worn.

Down in between its winding roots,
Grass grew both strong and tall.
It moved in waves by the quiet wind,
And danced to the songbird’s call.

Among the patch of brown dry dirt,
Along a shaded root,
Ants built their mighty fortress high,
And filled it full of loot.

That day I climbed that old oak tree,
With its leaves both withered and torn.
I fell in love with what I saw,
And my heart was there reborn. — Rachel Lawrence, Grade 8, home schooled, Mrs. Jennifer Lawrence

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and I saw a beautiful butterfly. It was pink with purple polka dots. It was so cool. Then, I saw a white and green ladybug. I got to the top and it was a beautiful view. — Faith Malley, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree, and I built a tree house with my friends. When we finished, it was awesome, but then I added a tire swing, and we played until sunset. — KJ Keane, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and a bumblebee visited me and stung me. Then, the bee said to me, “Give me my stinger back, or I will steal your honey.” Next, a bunny gave me some carrots for the ferrets. How crazy is that for a tree? — Patrick McCullough, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and I saw two flying pigs. They said, “Hey, what you doin’?” I said, “I’m dying because of the smell!” — Jaden Henline, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and I saw a ladybug. I followed it. It crawled on the big branches and the small branches. Then, it climbed into a small hole. I peeled the bark and there were 1,000 ladybugs all dark red with little shiny black dots. It was amazing! — Hannah Culp, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree, and I saw two friends fighting. Quickly, I climbed down the tree and ran to see what was wrong. I helped them with their problems. Then, I ran to play the rest of the day. — Mia Christensen, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree, and I found two hawks and some baby’s hatchlings. They were so happy and cute. — Brayden Poff, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree, and I saw a bird’s nest, two baby birds, and a mommy bird. I saw the mom feed them. Then, I saw a Dad and a whole family of birds. What a day I had! I hope I see it again tomorrow. — Trinity Rowles, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree and I passed many branches. First, I saw a picnic. Secondly, I saw a squirrel playing with another squirrel. I finally got to the top and went back home. — Richard Dumas, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

One day, I was climbing the old oak tree when I saw a bees’ nest and the bees gave me a pot of honey. What a weirder day! — Aaliyah Ansari, Grade 4, Fishing Creek Elementary, Mr. Richcrick

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How to get started with home school

Homeschool student Erica Daughtrey, daughter of Bob and Cissy Daughtrey, of Spring Grove, works on an art project.

The York Home School Association will present a Home School Orientation Session on Act 169, the Pa. home education law, 7-9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 Church Road, York.

The talk will give an overview on how to get started with your home schooling program, such as the law, goals and objectives, affidavits, curricula, portfolios, and local, state and national resources.

Anyone thinking about home schooling should attend the free event.

For more information, visit www.yhsa.org.

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