Announcements

  • 2019 Student Travel Survey

    Our school has been selected to participate in the 2019 Student Travel Survey by the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Health. Parents of children in K – 8th grade may get a call to take the short survey. We encourage parents to participate, as the results will help improve student transportation. However, if you do not want to be called, please contact the Department of Health at 1-833-256-4654 and leave your phone number and name of your child's school, Washington Middle School, to remove yourself from the contact list.

    View more information on survey in English | View more information on survey in Spanish

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  • 2018-19 Middle School Transfers

    Cutoff for transfer requests for Middle School will be Monday, August 20th.

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District Announcements

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

    Whooping cough (pertussis) is currently an epidemic in Washington. This means we’re seeing many more people sick with this disease than usual. Whooping cough can cause hospitalization and even death for young babies. Older kids, teens, and adults often spread the disease to babies. This is a serious situation.

    Whooping cough spreads very easily by coughing and sneezing. It begins with cold-like symptoms and develops into a bad cough. Coughing spells can be severe, sometimes ending in gagging or vomiting. Some kids also may have a high-pitched “whoop” after they cough, which is how the disease got its common name (although infants may not cough at all, and some teens and adults don’t have a “whoop” after they cough).

    Adults and children may catch whooping cough and spread it to others, even if they were already vaccinated because the vaccine wears off over time.

    Click for Information for Parents About Whooping Cough (pertussis)

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  • School Board Meeting Schedule Change

    Yakima school board moves Friday morning meetings to Monday afternoons starting April 29, 2019.

    https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/education/yakima-school-board-moves-friday-morning-meetings/article_b9d9ba2c-473f-11e9-a002-2f14f03cbcfa.html

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  • Make-up Days: Feb 15, Feb 19, June 13, June 14

    The following dates will be used as snow make-up days:

    Day 1 (closed Feb. 5) – the make-up day was Friday, February 15

    Day 2 (closed Feb. 11) – the make-up day was Tuesday, February 19

    Day 3 (closed Feb. 12) – the make-up day is Thursday, June 13

    Day 4 (closed Feb. 28) - the make-up day is Friday, June 14th (half day)

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Highlights

District Highlights

  • Thank You YAKIMA MILE!

    We extend a huge thanks to Downtown Yakima Mile for selecting the Yakima School District's Community Schools Violence Prevention Program as the charitable benefactor of the funds raised. #PartnersInEducation #YSDpride

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  • Yakima School Board Votes to Select Trevor Greene as the Next Superintendent

    March 1, 2019 - The Yakima School Board has unanimously named Trevor Greene as superintendent of the Yakima School District, pending contract negotiation. Mr. Greene will replace Dr. Jack Irion who will retire at the end of this school year.
    Click the post title above for more info.

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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

Washington MS Facebook

  • 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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