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  • Strategic Planning Initiative

    The Yakima School District is working with Performance Fact, Inc. to develop a new strategic plan for the district.

    The process launched on September 16, 2019, with student voice sessions that engaged over 100 students.

    In addition to the student voice session, stakeholders will be engaged through the core planning team, the alignment team, school board sessions, and community forums. The process will conclude in early 2020.  

    We invite you to attend community forums to share your voice in the process.

    Community Forums will be held from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on:

    October 14 (Davis Commons)

    October 15 (IKE Commons)

    and November 18 (Washington Middle School)

    The same content will be presented at all three sessions. They are all open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Translation will be available. Activities for young children will be available.  School-aged students are encouraged to participate.

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  • Open House Schedule for 2019-20

    Do you want to know more about the school your child will be attending next school year? Download the Open House schedule

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YSD Stories

  • Teamwork with Teachers at Barge-Lincoln!

    Posted by Tori Brennan on 8/29/2019

    Barge-Lincoln teachers had a team-building activity to collaborate, communicate, and create two picnic tables that can be shared in our courtyard.  Teachers worked together to take all necessary pieces of the table and build, using the tools/directions a large picnic table.  The end products are now housed in the courtyard and will be utilized by intervention groups, staff, and community members.

    It was a positive, fun-filled, and challenging activity that brought joy to Barge! 


    3rd-5th grade staff

    K-2 staff

    Almost finished

    So close!

    It's almost done! Last few screws

    Moving it to the courtyard

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  • Summer Steel Drum Camp

    Posted by Marie Webb on 8/28/2019

    During the summer a group of steel drum students from the Yakima School District traveled back and for to the Tri-Cities for a summer steel drum camp.  Students are from Barge Lincoln Elementary, Discovery Lab School, Washington Middle School, and Franklin Middle School.  All students participate in one of three different steel drum groups which are housed at Barge Lincoln Elementary.  Summer Steel Drum

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  • BALIKI & BALIGRA Play Yakima Youth Awards Ceremony

    Posted by Marie Webb on 4/16/2019

    BALIKI & BALIGRA Monday, April 15th BALIKI and BALIGRA performed as guests entered for the 26th Annual Yakima Youth Awards held at Eisenhower High School Auditorium.    It was an honor to play for an event that encompassed the entire valley!

    BALIKI performs BALIKI and BALIGRA were also nominated and WON a Large Group award at the ceremony.  Way to go BALIKI and BALIGRA kiddos!!

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  • BALIKI and BALIGRA Steel Drum Bands to perform at Seasons Performance Hall

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 11/28/2018


    BALIKI and BALIGRA Steel Drum Bands

    Winter Performance

    December 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

    Seasons Performance Hall

    Yakima, WA


    Current and former students of Barge Lincoln Elementary will perform a winter performance on December 13th at 6:30 p.m.

    The instruments the students are playing were built and shipped over from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. These drums  have been tuned out of 55 gallon oil drums.  There are several voicings that range from a one drum instrument to a six drum instrument.  Students have been playing anywhere from 2.5 months to several years.  They also have to memorize all of their music. 

    We will be playing some traditional island music, some pop songs, and maybe even a couple of holiday favorites.  Hope to see you there!



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  • Barge Lincoln Elementary Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

    Posted by Mary Binauea & Marie Webb on 11/5/2018

    Barge-Lincoln Elementary families and staff celebrated the Dia De Los Muertos together on November 1st.

    Over 300 people participated in the activities. A remembrance alter was displayed in the library all week so the

     students could learn about this tradition. Apples were carved to dry, candies in jars estimated, top hats decorated

    with paper flowers, skull masks colored, faces painted, Traditional bread was shared and washed down with locally

    made apple juice. Much fun was had  and much was learned as people shared their diverse experiences of this Mexican tradition.


    Ms. Rogers helps students make top hats.


    Barge Lincoln Remembrance Altar


    Face painting!

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District Highlights

  • A Message from the Superintendent


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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 September:

    Responsible - Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. Capable of being trusted.

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