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  • Strategic Planning Initiative

    The Yakima School District is working with Performance Fact, Inc. to develop a new strategic plan for the district.

    The process launched on September 16, 2019, with student voice sessions that engaged over 100 students.

    In addition to the student voice session, stakeholders will be engaged through the core planning team, the alignment team, school board sessions, and community forums. The process will conclude in early 2020.  

    We invite you to attend community forums to share your voice in the process.

    Community Forums will be held from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on:

    October 14 (Davis Commons)

    October 15 (IKE Commons) Free dinner from 5-6pm!

    and November 18 (en Espanol -Washington Middle School) Free dinner from 5-6pm!

    The same content will be presented at all three sessions. They are all open to the public. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm. Translation will be available. Activities for young children will be available.  School-aged students are encouraged to participate.

    (Title 1 information for families will be available when you sign-in)

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  • When is sick TOO sick for school?

    When is sick TOO sick for school? Spanish

    Download information in pdf format: When is sick TOO sick for school?

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  • Extreme Temperature Guidelines for Children

    Is it too cold to go outside? Check out the extreme weather guidelines page on our website for some important information in keeping children safe.

    https://www.yakimaschools.org/Page/1758

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YSD Stories

  • Washington Middle School helps at Union Gospel Mission

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 11/20/2018

    Serving Coffee

    Ten ASB Washington Middle School students volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission on 11/20/18.  The ASB students were able to greet families waiting to pick up their Thanksgiving Baskets.  The Students loved serving coffee and hot coco and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  ASB @ Union Gospel Mission

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  • YSD Girls Inspired to Explore STEM During Visit to Microsoft

    Posted by Manuel Rodriguez on 10/11/2018

    Technologchicas GameOn

    Students from Franklin and Washington Middle Schools (WMS) visited Microsoft on October 5, to attend a Nuevo Foundation workshop focused on encouraging female students to consider careers in STEM fields.  The 22 girls, who are also part of Central Washington University’s Game On! program, engaged in hands-on activities, connected with STEM professionals from Microsoft, Google, NASA, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and toured the Microsoft campus.  The impact of this experience on the students was immediate. “I wanted to be a nurse, but now I want to work for NASA because one of the ladies inspired me to be an engineer.  I think it’s fascinating because you design things to go on the NASA spaceship,” WMS seventh-grader Dayana Abundiz said.

    CWU Game On! is a free program for middle-- and high school students that educates them about core values, leadership, social and digital literacy, and college-ready skills by using computer and soccer training. The free program is made available through a partnership with the Yakima School District, the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and Central Washington University. Learn more at http://www.cwu.edu/game-on/

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  • Parent-to-Parent Academy at Washington Middle School is very Successful!

    Posted by Arlene Franz on 9/21/2018

    For a second consecutive year, Washington Middle School is offering a four-week Parent-to-Parent Academy.  A Washington Spanish-speaking parent (translation is available in English) leads the class that parents and their families attend once a week to learn about our school, issues that affect their children, and strategies on how to address them. Each week there is a new focus that involves School Staff and Community resources and support information. These are the titles for each week: 

    Week 1: Introductions and Community Resources (School Contacts, Clubs, Food Services, Library and Homework Center hours)

    Week 2: Understanding Academic Standards and Your Student's Academic Profile (Helping parents load the YSD app on their phone, see grades on Skyward, understand State test results)

    Week 3: How to Keep Your Student Safe on the Internet and Help Your Student at Home with Homework (Presentation by Security Staff and Web Resources)

    Week 4: The Road to High School and College (Presentation by College Bound Staff and Counselors)

    121 families have attended the Parent-to-Parent Academy in September. Wednesday will be the last session, and sign-ups will begin for the following program- "Strengthening Families," beginning in October.

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  • Jeronimo Martinez from WAMS Featured in CWU GameOn Video

    Posted by Bill Hilton on 9/6/2018

    GAME ON! combines the excitement of World Cup soccer and the secret language of computer coding to create a unique opportunity for middle- and high school students.

    Washington's 7th-grade student, Jeronimo Martinez, participates in GAME ON! and is featured in CWU's informational video. See the video.

    The Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Central Washington University, and the Yakima School District are partners in this unique after-school venture that teaches leadership, social and digital literacy, and college-ready skills. 

    School district employees and volunteers learn youth coaching techniques from Spanish Real Madrid Foundation coaches, who visit central Washington each fall. Microsoft shares a unique way of teaching coding that reaches students of any age and any skill level.

    CWU staff and students mentor coaches and students, and coordinate Game On! meetings twice a week. Students learn to code for an hour and sharpen their soccer skills for 90 minutes. CWU sponsors visit to the university campus to welcome students into a friendly educational future.

    There’s no cost to students to participate. They just have to sign up and be part of the team!

    For more information, please contact Manuel Rodriguez, 509-899-0606. 

    For Spanish brochure click here.

    GAME ON YSD Group Photo

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District Highlights

  • 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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  • Yakima Public Schools See Growth in Graduation Rates

    In 2018, 79.5% of students graduated in four years. This is up from 72.5% in 2017, 73.5% in 2016, 65.3% in 2015 and 63.2% in 2014. The average graduation rate in Washington State in 2018 was 80.9%. Further, Davis High School and Eisenhower High School saw rates far above the state average of 80.9% in 2018 with 88.7% and 84.8% respectively.

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  • 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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for October:

    Engaged - The degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that a person shows with a particular topic or activity.

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