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  • Autism Awareness for Halloween

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/31/2019

    As many of our Gilbert Elementary families are aware, we are the magnet school for students with autism. Our program is continually growing, as we are now up to 69 students. This is Erica, our speech assistant who works with all of our students who have autism. Based on her experience, she has decided to help make a difference for these special kids. She purchased 70 blue pumpkin buckets. Blue Trick-or-Treating buckets are a sign the child has autism. This means they may not react the way other kids do on a day like today.

    And Erica, thank you for loving our students with autism. You are making a difference every day. We are grateful to have you on staff.


    Erica and buckets

    blue buckets
    pumpkin delivery
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  • Start your day with Dads & Drills!

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/2/2019

    October 2 marked our first day of DADS & DRILLS at Gilbert Elementary! Gilbert is partnering with Achieve Sports Perfomance Training to offer a fun morning of light exercise with parents and students once a week. We've added a little friendly competition to help build friendships and encourage an active lifestyle. This program is no cost to students/families and is open to all parents and available to all students. 

    Benefits of participating:

    • Increases Attendance
    • Creates Positive Interaction bewtween parents and kids
    • Builds Confidence
    • Improves Achievement
    • Improves Motor Skills
    • Engaging Social & Family Relationships


    Join us in the Gilbert Gym on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8am. 


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    Posted by Judith Strosahl, Gilbert Library Teacher on 4/11/2019

    Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education  -- STYLE -- sent two teaching artists to inspire students on March 18, 19, and 20.  "Mr. B." and Tiffany Wilson read Thunder Boy, Jr. Students responded to guided questions about the story, and their words then were shaped into a different original song. Each group then  recorded and their songs can now be heard at learningwithstyle.com or on the Gilbert Library Homepage. Every Gilbert student contributed, including those in our 6 autism classrooms.  The artists also performed up-close-and-personal for each group. Creativity, collaboration, coolness!  Thank you, Gilbert PTA!


    VanQuills class

    Carl's class

    Mr. B guitar


    Clara beatboxing

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  • Project 400 Grows at Gilbert

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 12/10/2018

    Project 400 is program sponsored by The Salvation Army, allowing students who may be suffering a financial hardship to go shopping and buy gifts for themselves, including clothes, shoes, and toys. Each year, the Salvation Army pays for 12 students to go shopping at Walmart, giving each student $75 to spend on items of their choice. This year, Gilbert staff donated money, as did the John I Haas Company. We were able to send 40 kids shopping last Saturday! Teachers, counselors and paras joined in the shopping fun, escorting students as they looked for things to buy.

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  • Gilbert Students Sing for Retired Teachers

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 12/10/2018

    On Monday, December 3rd a group of third, fourth and fifth grade students from Gilbert Elementary walked to Englewood Church and sang four songs from our upcoming Christmas Program for the YSD retired teachers. The retired teachers were enjoying a potluck lunch while they listened to the vocal stylings of our students.

    Students singing

    Teachers applauding

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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 November:

    Dedicated - Devoted to a task or purpose; having single-minded loyalty or integrity.

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