Announcements

  • Report cards went home today! If your child did not receive their report card it's because they have a library fine. They should have the notice of what library book is due. Please talk with your child to return the library book or pay the fine, in order to receive their report card. If you have any questions please contact the librarian Ms. Davis at 573-5107.
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  • Our monthly newsletter has been uploaded to the school website.
    If you would like to receive a paper copy with your child please contact the school and we will make sure one is sent home.
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YSD Stories

  • The Yakima School District is proud to announce the hiring of Doug Kaplicky as principal of Adams Elementary School beginning July 1, 2020.

    Posted by Lisa Wallace on 5/3/2020

    My name is Doug Kaplicky and I am honored to serve as Adams Elementary School’s next principal. I was beyond blessed to start my teaching career at A.C. Davis High School in the late 1990s, a few years before that I graduated from Eisenhower High School. It is with great pleasure to return to this amazing community as a servant leader and educational teammate. 


    After 12 years in school administration, I was humbled and honored to be named the 2017 Washington State Principal of the Year.  This recognition was a direct reflection of an amazing, certified, and classified middle school staff, who valued students’ individual needs, teamed with parents, celebrated peers while collaborating on a district vision.  The staff put themselves on the map in July of 2014, when our team was given 42 days to create a school that had sat empty, with limited resources and employees coming from eight different locations. Surprisingly, twenty months later in 2016, this talented staff was named a Top Innovation School by OSPI.

    Three of my twelve years of administrative experience were at the elementary level. I was extremely proud to team with a talented staff in the Richland S.D. (Lewis and Clark Elementary). In 2013 and 2014 the staff, students, and parents were recognized by OSPI as a State Distinguished Achievement School.

     

    My first lead Principal job was in the Warden S.D. that allowed me five years to extend my learning curve in Spanish immersion programs, find success in a high poverty region and help create a daily mantra of social-emotional learning for students and staff.  Teaming with the Center of Effective Education helped reinvent our school culture, which later leads to national recognition in 2009. The following year I was recognized as the ESD 171 Regional Principal of the Year, which was a direct reflection of a great school community.

    Over the last couple of years, I had a chance of a lifetime to travel to over 30 States as an educational consultant and public speaker. This gave me a chance to grow a ton personally and professionally, as I observed many leadership styles. This work was usually based around; The Cards You Are Dealt (Leadership), Unpacking Social-Emotional Backpacks (Students-Staff), promoting equity, and developing educational leaders.  While on the road, I fell in love with the research of school trends and regained a passion for writing that opened up an opportunity to be published later this year.  I am also very blessed to be a dad of two great teenage kids.

    I am beyond excited to join the school-family of Adams Elementary.  I look forward to teaming with staff, meeting parents, and most of all inspiring students.  Go Bulldogs!

     

    Doug

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  • Adams Elementary School, along with our community partner Grace of Christ Church, fed over 900 students for grab and go lunch and breakfast. Thank you to everyone who supports our community and families.

    Posted by Julianna Maxwell on 3/27/2020

    We miss and love you!

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  • Wilson Students Receive Honor in State Youth Art Competition

    Posted by Tina-Marie Lasha on 2/25/2020

    Youth Art Month

    Two of our 4 student entries in the Youth Art Month Contest won Honorable Mention for the State Contest Division! These young men did all of the work on this outside of class and brought me their entries.

    Their work can be seen on the poster above.

    Tina-Marie Lasha

    Wilson Middle School

    509-573-2456

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  • Mardi Gras Kick Off!

    Posted by Marie Webb on 2/24/2020

    Members of Pandemonium Steel Band performed at Seasons Performance Hall on Sunday 2/23 as a kickoff for a Mardi Gras celebration featuring Show Brazil! They did a fantastic job!

    All students are former members of Barge Lincoln Elementary who have played in BALIKI and BALIGRA steel drum bands previously.  Members of Pandemonium are now students at Davis HS, Washington MS, and Discovery Lab School.Pandemonium Steel Drum Band

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  • Adams Elementary Addresses Social Emotional Learning with Consultant, Bella Bikowski

    Posted by Julianna Maxwell on 2/6/2020

    Adams staff learning about social emotional learning  Zones

    For the past 3 months, teachers at Adams have hosted Bella Bikowski for Social-Emotional training. First, participants learned about Social Emotional curriculums such as Zones of Regulation and Second Step. Through this training, teachers have increased their knowledge of how to help students recognize their emotions and providing students with strategies to regulate their emotions. The focus this week was on antecedent, behavior, and consequence and then putting it all together to determine the function “why” of the behavior. Staff also learned strategies for how to address the problem behaviors and the function of the behavior. What an awesome opportunity for Adams staff to grow their knowledge around social-emotional learning!

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District Announcements

  • Drive-In Graduation Events Canceled (5/26/20)

    May 26, 2020, Yakima, WA - At this time, the Yakima School District regrets that we have canceled drive-in graduation events for Eisenhower, Davis, and Stanton.  In recent communications with the Yakima Health District and guidelines set forth by the governor, we have determined that any celebration, other than virtual, is highly unlikely. The District, in conjunction with high school leadership at Eisenhower, Davis, Stanton and Yakima Online, will not facilitate or support a drive-in or virtual watch party, due to the growing concern of the number of infections in Yakima County and our lingering Phase 1 reopening status.

    While the district is still hopeful that a June 13 procession down Yakima Avenue to honor our graduates could happen, there are growing doubts, due to the status of Yakima County as a COVID-19 hotspot. This processional is something that we know our graduating seniors deserve but it may not be possible. We hope to provide updated information on the possibility of the June 13 processional on June 1.

    Class of 2020 Seniors – please check your specific high school’s website for more graduation details. www.YakimaSchools.org

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  • Student Registration

    Interested in K-8 or high school enrollment information? For a current status update on registering your student for school next year, please go here

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  • June 17 is the last day of school for YSD students

    According to guidance from OSPI, unless districts can show that student learning was NOT impacted by the emergency closures (either loss of instructional days, loss of instructional hours per day, or both) districts are required to add five (5) days at the end of the school year. For the Yakima School District, that means June 17th will be the final day of distance learning for the 2019-20 school year. Support will be available to students via distance learning through June 17.

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  • COVID-19 - Moving Student Learning Forward Survey (take the survey weekly)

    Our community and education leaders are doing their best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Your perceptions will provide feedback to inform conversations and support improvement efforts. Data will be collected on an ongoing basis to track changes in people's perceptions. You are invited to complete the survey once per week. This is a free survey developed and administered by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for the public good. All individual survey responses are confidential and anonymous.

    Open Survey

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  • School closure extended to the end of the 2019-20 school year

    Please check your email or go online for an important message from Superintendent Greene regarding the extended closure of the Yakima School District https://www.smore.com/yez1v

    Update: The last day of school for YSD is June 17, 2020.

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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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for June:

    Integrity: A personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards.

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