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  • Hello, MLK families. We, the MLK staff cannot express enough how much we care and miss your children. Please be assured that we are working diligently to develop engaging and equitable learning opportunities for all students. Please be patient with us as we learn how to work with your child without actually having them in our classrooms. To support your child in meeting grade-level expectations, please encourage him/her to participate in all learning opportunities provided by his/her teacher. Thank you for supporting your child with his/her learning during this school closure.

    Hola familias de Martin Luther King. Nosotros, el personal de la escuela no podemos expresar lo suficiente cuánto extrañamos a sus hijos. Tenga la seguridad de que estamos trabajando diligentemente para producir oportunidades de aprendizaje de alta calidad y equitativas para todos los estudiantes. Por favor, tenga paciencia con nosotros mientras aprendemos a trabajar con su hijo/hija sin tenerlos realmente en nuestros salones de clase. Para apoyar a su hijo/hija a cumplir con las expectativas de nivel de grado, por favor anímelo a participar en todas las oportunidades de aprendizaje que la maestra o maestro le ofrezca. Gracias por apoyar a su hijo con su aprendizaje mientras las escuelas están cerradas.

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District Announcements

  • Be Counted! 2020 Census

    Census 2020 The census is a way for our community to seek the necessary financial support from the government that it needs.  Our schools depend on the census count for accurate program funding. In mid-March, you will receive an invitation to participate in the census from the Census Bureau. Be sure to count everyone in your household - even infants.  Responding to the census is the law, however, it is against the law for the Census Bureau to inquire about personal information such as immigration status.  It is illegal for the Census Bureau to pass on your contact information to other government entities. They use your contact info, such as your name and address, to know if you have already been counted. Once you have responded, you will no longer receive notices from the Census Bureau and a census worker will not come to your home.  If you have any questions, we have put together videos and information for you online at www.YakimaSchools.org/2020census 

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  • Feb 11 Election Results

    Thank you voters Thank you, voters. On the February 11th ballot, the YSD proposed two propositions. One passed and one did not.

    The proposition that passed was a replacement levy (Educational Programs & Operations Levy) that will cost voters an estimated $2.50/$1000 of home value. When we ran this same levy in 2016 it passed at approximately $3.04/$1000. This Educational Programs and Operations Levy also brings Levy Equalization Assistance from the state which more than doubles its value.  THANK YOU for passing this levy.

    The second proposition was for much-needed facility maintenance of which, due to financial challenges, the YSD has had to defer costs. Proposition 2 was proposed at an estimated $.54/$1000 of home value. This proposition very narrowly failed by less than half of one percent. We respect the democratic process and although this revenue is needed, we will not be re-running this levy measure again in this calendar year. We will propose reductions and will work to better educate the community on the need for this revenue.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Yakima School District.

     For more information about the February 11th levy measures, please go to www.YakimaSchools.org/levy 

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YSD Stories

  • Native American Heritage Assembly

    Posted by Anne Chapman on 11/22/2019

    The staff and students of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary will participate in a Native American Hertiage Assembly on Tuesday, November 26th.

    Assistant prinipal Syd John along with a few family and friends will be dressing in their Native American regalia and performing several dances.

    Also select 2nd grade students will be performing a round dance and select 4th and 5th grade students will be performing a recorder piece for the audience.

    The assembly will be in the Martin Luther King, Jr. gym from 2:00-2:45. #YSDmusic

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  • Dr. Seuss Literacy Event

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 3/28/2019

    On March 5, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary celebrated reading with our first Dr. Seuss Literacy Family Night. 184 students and their parents/guardians attended this event, which was planned and coordinated by MLK’s librarian, Mrs. Stilwater. Families were divided into groups and engaged in a variety of literacy activities in different stations where Mrs. Stilwater and Miss Dickens read a Dr. Seuss book to groups. MLK staff members, Ms. Swan and Ms. Mortensen led the crafts stations. Then, all gathered in the gym to select a book donated by FirstBook/Morales Law office for each student. Following the theme, our wonderful kitchen staff prepared a meal of green eggs and ham for all to enjoy! Students also had the opportunity to take selfies with Dr. Seuss props. Many volunteers and staff members helped to make this event a success! Thank you to our student volunteers (Leo Gutierrez, Nina Landeros, Chelsea Buchanan, and Jazlyn Alvarez), MLK staff members (Mrs. Lucero, Mr. John, Mr. Soria, Mrs. Christina Garcia, Mrs. Garza, Mr. John, Mrs. Rosas, Ms. Quintana) who assisted throughout the evening, and the MLK custodial staff. 

    Making crafts in the library Green Eggs and Ham dinner Students choosing free books Dr. Seuss costumes Our amazing kitchen staff Mr. John and Ms. Garcia

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  • Dr. Seuss Literacy Event

    Posted by Debra Stilwater on 3/27/2019

    Our principal Maria Lucero Registration staff members Crafts in the library Getting ready for a Dr. Seuss story Mr. John and Ms. Garcia Student and Teacher volunteers Dr. Seuss costumes Green eggs and ham dinner More green eggs and ham dinner pictures Reading a Dr. Seuss book Dr. Seuss crafts More crafts Amazing Kitchen Staff Students selecting their free books.

    On March 5, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary celebrated reading with our first Dr. Seuss Literacy Family Night. 184 students and their parents/guardians attended this event, which was planned and coordinated by MLK’s librarian, Mrs. Stilwater. Families were divided into groups and engaged in a variety of literacy activities in different stations where Mrs. Stilwater and Miss Dickens read a Dr. Seuss book to groups. MLK staff members, Ms. Swan and Ms. Mortensen led the crafts stations. Then, all gathered in the gym to select a book donated by FirstBook/Morales Law office for each student. Following the theme, our wonderful kitchen staff prepared a meal of green eggs and ham for all to enjoy! Students also had the opportunity to take selfies with Dr. Seuss props. Many volunteers and staff members helped to make this event a success! Thank you to our student volunteers (Leo Gutierrez, Nina Landeros, Chelsea Buchanan, and Jazlyn Alvarez), MLK staff members (Mrs. Lucero, Mr. John, Mr. Soria, Mrs. Christina Garcia, Mrs. Garza, Mrs. Rosas, Ms. Quintana) who assisted throughout the evening, and the MLK custodial staff. 

     

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  • MLK, Jr. “WE THE PEOPLE” Art Contest Winners

    Posted by Reverend Robert Trimble on 1/31/2019

    Announcing the MLK, Jr. “WE THE PEOPLE” Art contest winners.

     

    High School Division:

     HS 1st Place HS 2nd Place HS 3rd Place

    1st place – Mayra Crowder, A.C. Davis High School

    2nd place – Nadia Wright, Eisenhower High School

    3rd place – Christian Reed-Rance, Stanton Academy

     

    Middle School Division:

     MS 1st Place MS 2nd Place MS 3rd Place

    1st place –Kimberly Sanchez 7th grade Union Gap School

    2nd place – Jeremiah Elmore, Lewis and Clark Middle School

    3rd place –Merieo Dameron, Lewis and Clark Middle School

     

    Governor Jay Inslee submitted an art piece.  Reverend Trimble appreciates Governor Inslee personal art piece and for his participation as the Governor of this great state of Washington.

     Governor Inslee's submission

    All students who entered an art piece will receive a participation award.  Rev. Trimble would like to thank the students, art teachers, and YSD for celebrating MLK, Jr. every day.

     All winners with Inslee's art

    Respectfully submitted,

     Reverend Robert Trimble,

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  • Local Businesses Support MLK, Jr. Elementary Educators

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 8/30/2018

    The MLK staff would like to thank the following businesses for their donations for door prizes for our two district-directed days: Krispy Kreme, Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que, Applebee's Grill, Starbucks, Nino's Mexican Grill, Majestic Theater, Miner's Drive-In Restaurant, Yo Yakima, Carl's Jr., MOD Pizza, and Cruisin Coffee.

    Carl's Jr. Majestic Nino's Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Miner's

     

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District Highlights

  • Wellness Resources

    Taking care of yourself both physically and mentally is important. Please click the title above for a list of local resources. We care about you!

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  • Equity in Education

    The Yakima School District recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each student, staff member and citizen within the community. Teaming together, the school community creates a learning environment that fosters fair treatment and access to educational resources and programs for all students. The American democratic system depends on equal access to the opportunities for and benefits of public education for all young people: our future leaders, voters, taxpayers, workers, parents and adult citizens (Click the Equity in Education title above for our full policy).

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  • What is the High School and Beyond Plan?

    The High School and Beyond Plan process is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The Plan is designed to enable students to successfully pursue education or training after they graduate high school. https://readywa.org/beyond/en/

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