YSD Stories

  • Playground Renovation at Barge-Lincoln Elementary

    Posted by Hector Mendez on 6/4/2020

    Barge-Lincoln is getting a playground facelift this month.  With the support of Superintendent Trevor Greene, Asst. Superintendent Rob Darling and maintenance Assistant Direction Jay Baucom a Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools grant was submitted and approved by OSPI ealier this year in the tune of $146,000. Two playground will be constructed by the end of June.  One playground will support Transitional Kinder, Pre-K, Kinder and First graders while the other playground will support second through fifth grade students.  The Barge-Lincoln PTO, Champion's Centre and B-L staff initially planned a community build scheduled for late May but due to COVID-19 school closure this did not occur.  Landscape Structures will send their own team of engineers to construct both playgrounds.  Groundbreaking began Tuesday, June 2 by YSD maintenance and installation begins Monday, June 8.  Thank you to the YSD Maintenance Department, District Admin and community partners for your support.  We know our students deserve a new playground and will be thrilled to see it when they return to school in the fall.  Front Playground Area Back Playground

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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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  • Rocio Garcia is a Statewide Winner at the 47th Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show

    Posted by Trevor Greene on 5/29/2020

    State Art Winner

    Rocio Garcia, an 11th grade student at Davis High School, won this year’s OSPI Staff Choice Award for her pastel and chalk artwork titled “Boys Don’t Cry.” Rocio is a student of Davis art teacher Carole Huls, whose students have had art entries advance to OSPI’s state show during three of the past four years. The Davis High School student’s work depicts an older boy crying and wearing a crown of flowers on top of his head. The piece will be purchased for the ongoing display of student art at OSPI’s offices in Olympia.

    In recorded comments that were included in OSPI’s Facebook live presentation, Rocio said: “I think that both genders should be able to embrace emotion without any fear of judgment from others. The flowers on his head were added later on to represent the view society has that showing emotion is a feminine trait, and that femininity is weak and fragile, kind of like the flowers on the flower crown. But I also wanted to make sure that the flower crown was composed of gladiola flowers, which represent strength.”

    Rocio added in her recorded statement: “I don’t think femininity should be viewed as weak or fragile.”

    The 2020 statewide show was scheduled to be on exhibit in OSPI’s facilities at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia from April through the end of May. Instead, all 113 pieces in this year’s show are being made available for viewing from OSPI’s Arts website at https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/awards-recognition/superintendents-high-school-art-show-0.

    A recording of the 100-minute awards presentation by OSPI is available on the organization’s Facebook site at www.facebook.com/waOSPI/videos/vb.10150120134315113/709287502947413/?type=2&theater. (Rocio’s award is presented at about the 12:00-minute mark. The Honorable Mention presentations involving Berger start at about the 1:16:15 mark.)

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  • Eisenhower High School is Honored to Announce our Washington Apple Education Foundation Recipients (WAEF) for 2020!

    Posted by Yolanda Guzmán, College Preparatory Advisor for the College Success Foundation at Eisenhower H.S. on 5/27/2020

    WAEF Eisenhower Story (Click to view photos with full story).

    Eisenhower High School is honored to announce our Washington Apple Education Foundation Recipients (WAEF) for 2020!

    Thank you, Washington Apple Education Foundation for recognizing our students for their dedication to academics, school activities and exemplary commitment to serve our local community!

    Congratulations IKE 2020 WAEF Scholarship winners.

    Bryanalexa Rivera Macias

    University of Washington-Seattle

    $5,000

    “Ever since I was young, I feared money would be the reason I would not be able to attend college, but I was proven wrong. I’m extremely grateful that the WAEF chose me as a recipient for this scholarship!”

    Denise Abundiz

    Central Washington University

    $5,000

    “Thank you WAEF for believing in me. This scholarship has helped me realize that all of my parents’ sacrifices and my hard work have paid off. Because of this scholarship, I will no longer have to worry or stress about how I will pay for college.”

    Francisco Morales

    University of Washington – Seattle

    $2,000

    "Earning the WAEF scholarship has given me the freedom to pursue my higher education without the worry of having to take out loans. It will allow me to focus on my studies so I can have a strong GPA and obtain a Bioengineering degree.”

    Giselle Montes Perez

    Central Washington University

    $5,000 

    “Thanks to the WAEF I am able to go to my first choice university. Now, I don't have to stress about how I am going to afford to pay for college." 

    Kasandra Diaz Barragan

    Heritage University

    $2,500

    “The WAEF scholarship impacted my life in that I will be able focus on my studies without the stress of having to pay back loans.”

    Maria Navarro

    University of Washington - Seattle

    $1,500

    “Receiving the WAEF scholarship has made the cost of UW more affordable. Thanks to the WAEF, I will be free of financial stress in college.

    Martha Benitez Solorzano

    University of Washington - Seattle

    $2,000

    "Having WAEF's support to attend college means the peace of mind that I will graduate debt-free.”

     

    Way to go Cadets! We are extremely excited for you!

    About the scholarship: The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is the charity of the tree fruit industry.  Our mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities. WAEF is supported by generous contributions made annually by the growers, packers and supporters in Washington’s tree fruit industry.  This year WAEF is awarding over $1 million to students whose parents are employed in the tree fruit industry.  310 students received WAEF scholarships this year.  80% of the foundation’s current scholarship recipients are first-generation college students. When students receive a WAEF scholarship, they join a community of volunteers, donors and WAEF alumni dedicated to supporting them achieving their educational goals.  The foundation’s priority for its scholarship recipients isn’t just that they attend college; instead it is they graduate from college on-time and career ready.  WAEF students are able to renew their scholarships throughout their undergraduate years.

     

     

     

     

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  • Thanks Fidelity Title!

    Posted by Anne Kajrenius on 5/26/2020

    Thank you Collage

    Fidelity Title has chosen to sponsor the Nob Hill Elementary students with a gift of new books again!  This means that our Nighthawks will have new books so they can KEEP READING!  We are very grateful to Fidelity Title for their repeated generosity.

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