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  • Yakima Valley Middle Schools Virtual Art Exhibit 2020!

    Posted by Michelle Fortier on 6/3/2020

    YSD Middle School 21st Annual Art Exhibit has gone VIRTUAL this year!

    Online viewing of the show available now (link below)

    YSD Middle School Art Exhibit 2020

    Participating middle schools include: Wilson, Washington, Franklin, Discovery Lab, Lewis & Clark and Union Gap.

    About the exhibit: Yakima Middle School Art Teachers collaborate throughout the year to host our spring show. While the schools are now closed due to COVID-19, we don't want our students to miss this special opportunity to showcase their talents! The exhibit originated at Washington Middle School in 1999 thanks to its founding director/teacher Leslie Pease. Our devoted team of art educators strive to enhance every student's creative potential and provide equal opportunity for each child. In celebration of our youth and vibrant community of artists, we thank you for your continued support of Yakima Schools and the Arts!

    Please click here to view the show

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  • Discovery Lab School Band and Orchestra Instrument Return Date Set!

    Posted by Phil Vasquez on 4/13/2020

    This is for our Parents and Students who may have left an Orchestra or Band instrument at school.

    We will be scheduling a time for you to come by the school and pick up any instruments you need to return to the music store or to pick up personal instruments to take home.  This event is scheduled for this next Monday, April 13th, 2020, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the school parking lot.  We will have the music store and personal instruments on a table near the bus lane for pick up.  Please remember to follow Social Distancing protocols and stay in your cars, stay at least 6 feet away from any an all other persons and let us know what type of instrument you need to pick up.  We have a list of students who might have instruments to return or pick up, but it helps if you verify what those instruments are. 

    We will push the instruments out to you towards your car from the top of the table.  Please be patient, this is all new to all of us and keep in mind our new "Words of the Month" for the rest of this year are, "Grace and Flexibility".

    Thank you, 

    Phil Vasquez, Principal

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  • #Discovery Lab School! Making Face Masks for First Responders and Health Care Workers!

    Posted by Phil Vasquez on 4/6/2020

    The Discovery Lab School staff and teachers have teamed up to make over 300 cloth face masks for our community Health Care Workers and First Responders.  This effort is being led by our Librarian, Mrs. Hubbard, with massive amounts of help from both our Elementary and Middle School teachers with the cutting, ironing, sizing and shaping of the material so that Miram can sew them on her trusty sewing machine at home.  She has been providing masks for friends and neighbors as well from a box on her front porch.

    The target number of masks was to make as many as 300 masks!  As of this Monday, we are happy to report that the team was closing in on 350 masks!  Way to go team!  I love the way this team has come together during these challenging times to do something good in support of our community.  

    Face Masks

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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.

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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

    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 

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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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