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2019-20 Newsletters


  • Child Care Begins Monday, March 23 for first responders and health care providers:
    If you are a first responder or health care provider and have children in the Yakima School District, please email a copy of your work credentials to to advise us of your need for care. More information will be sent to you at that time.

    En este momento, los servicios de cuidados de niños comienzan el lunes 23 de marzo para los hijos(as) de los prestadores de servicios de emergencia y empleados del campo de salud. Si usted presta servicios de emergencia o es proveedor de servicios de salud y tiene hijos(as) en el distrito escolar de Yakima, por favor envíe una copia de sus credenciales profesionales a para avisarnos de su necesidad de servicio. Le enviaremos más información en ese momento.

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  • Time to stand up and be counted on the 2020 Census

    Please see the Wednesday folder for important information on the 2020 Census.  Students across the country are learning about it; everyone needs to.  It's easy and safe.  Please see the document in the folder for more information.  Thanks!

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  • Follow us on Facebook!

    Search for McKinley Elementary School on Facebook, then like and follow us.  We are frequently posting all kinds of pictures and fun things.  Join in the conversation!

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  • Our school leadership put their heads together this summer and discerned a new vision statement.  We realized that all of us are Mavericks in this school family: students, staff and parents.  We work to bring out the best in each other.  We hope all of our fellow Mavericks will step into this vision with us.  Have a great school year, Mavericks!!


    McKinley vision statement poster

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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 

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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 

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YSD Stories

  • Kindergarten and Bob Fosse totally go together

    Posted by Al Fischer on 2/28/2020

    Here's a video of Kindergarteners doing their best with Bob Fosse choreography.  :-)


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  • Thanks, Mr. Jeff! You are keeping us safe!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/20/2019


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  • They worked so hard… and then it was 53 degrees outside. Great job, McKinley Mavericks!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/20/2019


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    They worked so hard… and then it was 53 degrees outside.  Great job, McKinley Mavericks!

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  • McKinley's Concert at the Capitol

    Posted by Al Fischer on 12/13/2019

    All of the McKinley Mavericks were at the Capitol Theatre yesterday, getting ready for our winter concert.  The show went great!  Look at these Mavericks go!



    2nd graders waving scarves onstage Kids in traditional Mexican dress get ready to dance 5th graders dancing in a circle onstage

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  • Boundaries

    Posted by Al Fischer on 11/2/2019

    I recently read a terrific book, Boundaries: Where you and I begin, by Anne Katherine.  The book has nothing to do with teaching, yet I increasingly think that it has everything to do with teaching.  Teachers have boundary violations waiting to happen all around them. Our physical boundary can be violated when a kid pokes us, trying to get our attention.  We can violate the emotional boundary of a child when we tell them that what they are feeling isn’t appropriate or reasonable. We all know about, and I hope have not seen, what it means to have a sexual boundary being violated.  It is worthwhile and powerful to take a boundary assessment of ourselves. Where are your boundaries strong and clear? Where are they tissue paper thin or porous? Lets think through some common boundary concerns in the educational context...

    To see more of this YSD story, go to Al Fischer blog post on CORElaborate


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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.

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