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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

  • Stanton Academy, Washington Middle School and Christ the Teacher Team Up to Assemble 200 Winter Backpacks for Homeless Youth

    Posted by Mary Kay Velikanje on 1/23/2020

    200 backpacks donated by students

    On Monday, January 27th at 2:15 pm, students from Stanton Academy, Washington Middle School, and Christ the Teacher will team up at Stanton Academy to assemble 200 winter backpacks for homeless youth.  The backpacks will be picked up by Rod's House that same afternoon so that they are immediately in the hands of those in need.

    The backpacks will contain winter necessities like beanie hats, hand warmers, water bottles, hygiene kits, gloves, school supplies, healthy snacks, mylar blankets, chapstick, playing cards, socks, and more.

    All three schools applied for and were awarded a grant from the Yakima Health Department to help the homeless.  Each school was awarded $1900 from the Yakima Health Department, plus Stanton Academy received an anonymous matching grant to their $1900.  The Yakima Health District realized all three schools had all written very similar grants and asked if they would like to work together.  All three schools said yes without hesitation.

    On Monday, the student volunteers from all three schools will meet at Stanton Academy and work together to assemble the backpacks.  The event should take about an hour.

     "The assembly of the backpacks will move fast because so many students have stepped up to help," said one of the coordinators.

    Drew Harris, a local Realtor, and volunteer with Rod's House says the backpacks are in great need and will make an immediate difference in the lives of youth who do not have a consistent place to sleep each night.

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  • Stanton Senior Block Party

    Posted by Brianna Henry on 6/13/2019

    On Thursday May 23rd, 2019 Washington Fruit sponsored a first ever block party for Stanton Graduates and their families. As our neighbor they wanted to do something that would connect students and families to the community around them and show their support for the hard work our students have put forth throughout the year. It went from 5 to 8pm. HopTown Pizza and Winey Dogs provided food. Washington Fruit also brought in Knocker Balls for fun and entertainment for all. It was a success with over 25 graduates and their families attending. We want to give those businesses a HUGE thank you, we had a lot of fun and truly appreciated it.                                                                                                             

    Knocker Balls Pizza Face Paint

    Winey DOgs

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  • "Donuts for Drivers"

    Posted by Berenice Ponce on 5/30/2019

    Stanton Academy Principal Mr. Dave Chaplin, along with ASB/Leadership Teacher Ms. Brianna Henry and two leadership students surprised drivers with donuts as a token of appreciation for making sure students arrived safely at school.

    They also gave drivers a small note that read:

    "You're Amazing, Thank you for bringing your student to school"

    Leadership students handing out donuts

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  • YSD Intensified Algebra Teachers at 85%-95% Student Success Rates

    Posted by Shelby Lockhart-Robins on 2/8/2019

    The nine Intensified Algebra teachers at Ike, Davis, and Stanton are all seeing high rates of success for students! A big shout out to MaryKay Velikanje, Shauna Heilman, Ellen Rundgren, Kevin Calkins, Eduardo Gonzalez, Michael Guaglianone, Marc May, Juan Monroy, Vicente Villanueva, Collette Hefner (YSD Math Instructional Specialist), and Kris Lindeblad (Dana Center Coach) for their focus on positive classroom environments, visual math, engaging instruction, high quality formative assessments, and collaboration. 98% of YSD Intensified Algebra students have been successful so far!

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  • Fall Carnival At Stanton Academy

    Posted by Brianna Henry on 11/7/2018

    Welcome one, welcome all to Stanton's Fall Carnival. November 19th from 4:30 to 7:30pm Stanton Academy will be hosting a fall carnival open to members of the community. It will be fun for all ages. There is no entrance cost. At the door you will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for 25 cents a piece. All games, food, and activities will range from 1 to 12 tickets. There will be slime making, basketball, hallway bowling, corn hole, robot races, face painting, photo-button making station, a cake walk and more! Prizes will be offered! Not to mention there will be delicous eats for sale such as pizza, popcorn, smoothies and caramel apples! We are so excited to provide this fun event night and get people in the doors of Stanton. If there are any questions please contact Brianna Henry at (509) 573-1207. 

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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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