Robertson Rocket Parents
We are excited to be finally putting together a more complete plan for providing learning activities at home that are aligned to the grade level standards. There are two main parts to this plan.
Part one - A packet of learning activities will be mailed to your home. The first will be mailed between April 1 and April 3. These packets will be designed to be completed over a two-week window. Your child’s teacher will be providing a daily calendar for this work to be completed. Please establish this daily academic routine in your home.
Part two – Grade level teams will be working together to come up with creative ways in which to provide instruction and learning resources for your child. These learning activities will be sent to your child using one of two classroom on-line formats; either ClassDojo or Google Classroom. Many of our students already have experience using these websites. Watch for an email from our child’s teacher to access their class website.
These are new and different times for all of us. Please be patient as we try our best to keep our commitment to provide your child with effective teaching and meaningful learning. We know that your help and support with engaging your child in learning is essential. Stay in touch; let us know how that is going and what we can do to work together with you.
Your child’s teacher will be asking the students to return examples of their work through either ClassDojo or Google Classroom. It is important that we get feedback on how each child is progressing, so sustaining two way communication will be helpful for your child’s progress.
As your questions arise, please contact your child’s teacher by email or through ClassDojo or Google Classroom. Their address is firstname.lastname@example.org The contact email can also be found here on the Robertson Elementary website. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you for joining with us in these challenging times, during which we are thankful for being a part of the Robertson family,
Mark Hummel, Robertson Principal
The Yakima School District is proud to announce the hiring of TJ Bell-Davis as the 2020-2021 principal of Robertson Elementary School. TJ will replace principal Mark Hummel, who is retiring.
My name is TJ Bell-Davis and I am honored to serve as Robertson Elementary School’s next principal.
I began my career in education more than 20 years ago when I was a college student at California State University-Bakersfield. Since then I have been an English Language Arts teacher in elementary, middle and high school.
I have been the Center Director of two tutoring centers and a Facility Director for three programs serving military children from birth to 18 years old. I also spent two years as an Assistant Principal in Tacoma Public Schools and one year as an Interim Principal in Federal Way Public Schools. My husband is a retired Army veteran and we have been in Washington with our three children for four years.
I have two bachelor’s degrees; one is in Communications and the other is in English. I also have a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and two years of doctoral coursework from the University of Phoenix. In 2018, I began my Leadership for Learning Ed.D. at the University of Washington-Seattle. As you can see, I have been attending school most of my life and I absolutely love to learn!
I am passionate about researching current trends and designing new strategies to improve the American education system. I chose to pursue my doctorate at the University of Washington because I want to fine-tune my craft as a champion for educational equity and build a community of educators who want to influence positive change. I want to be the type of doctor to help turn around schools so that children can succeed and excel. I imagine parents, teachers, school administrators, and educational researchers all coming together to improve schools as a team!
I believe in learning and leading with a culturally responsive lens. I am an adaptive leader that enjoys working with diverse groups of people and loves to learn right alongside the students! My core beliefs are in alignment with promoting equity in education and reimagining schools. I have high expectations and standards for ALL staff and EVERY student.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be everything! I wanted to be an athlete, talk-show host and author. Once I started college, I gained an interest in learning about other cultures through food, music, and fashion. I have always been inspired by learning from other people. I want to share this love with the entire Robertson community!
I am excited to become a “Rocket” and join a school with a rich history and pride!
Please review my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/t-j-davis-90344b58
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
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
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).
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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