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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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