• Spring Newsletter

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  • Winter Intersession for 3-5 grade Transitional Bilingual

    Parents/Guardians of students in grades 3rd-5th grade who are in the Transitional Bilingual Instructional program…The YSD will be providing a Language Enrichment Academy for your child during the Intersession over winter break. This Academy will run December 20-21 and January 3-4 from 8:30-12:30 at Adams Elementary School. During the four-day session, students will engage in STEM activities to enrich their language development. Transportation, as well as breakfast and lunch, will be provided. Registration forms will be mailed directly to the families of students who are eligible to attend. Please look for these in the mail from November 29-December 3. Completed registration forms are due to the Bilingual Office by December 7th. As space is limited, please send those in as soon as possible. For further details, contact the Bilingual Office at 573-7105.

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  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Support with Cougar PAWS

    A few foundation stones of an excellent learning environment consist of; clear expectations, mutual respect and compassion. These characteristics support a thriving learning environment. In order to promote respect and compassion it is essential that we teach and model these concepts and have common clear expectations for all.

    At Discovery Lab School, we will continue to teach common expectations using an element of our mascot, Cougar PAWS. Read more on our PBIS plan and PAWS

    For more PBIS information check out this web site:

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District Announcements

  • When is sick TOO sick for school?

    When is sick TOO sick for school? Spanish

    Download information in pdf format: When is sick TOO sick for school?

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  • Yakima school board moves Friday morning meetings to Monday afternoons starting April 29, 2019.

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  • National Athletic Trainer Month


    We love our athletic trainers! Happy National Athletic Training month Kelsie McKimmy and Josh Holliday at Eisenhower and Chris Balm and Noel Cisneros at Davis! For more information about Athletic Training at YSD, please go online to

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  • Yakima Youth Awards - Nominations Due March 30th

    Please consider nominating a Yakima School District student for a Yakima Youth Award.

    Nominations are sought in the following categories -
    for Individual Recognition:
    ARTS: Outstanding involvement in performing, visual
    or literary arts.
    BUSINESS/ENTERPRISE: Developing career and/or
    business skills.
    CIVIC/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Giving of one's time
    and talent to improve the community.
    FAMILY LIFE: Bettering one’s family situation.
    LEADERSHIP: Guiding others to a positive goal
    through education or example.
    PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Getting through or
    beyond personal obstacles with courage, initiative,
    and determination.

    Click to download the nomination form (pdf).

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  • Trevor Greene

    En Espanol

    Yakima School Board Votes to Select Trevor Greene as the Next Superintendent 

    March 1, 2019 - The Yakima School Board has unanimously named Trevor Greene as superintendent of the Yakima School District, pending contract negotiation. Mr. Greene will replace Dr. Jack Irion who will retire at the end of this school year.

    Greene is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Highline School District in Burien, WA. He brings 28 years of experience in education including 17 years in public schools administration. Trevor started his career in education as a Spanish and English teacher.  He is a graduate of A.C. Davis High School in Yakima. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Master’s degree from Central Washington University and is a doctoral student at the University of Washington. He earned his Superintendent certification from Washington State University.

    “We feel Trevor Greene is a great fit for the board's vision for the future of the Yakima School District," said Board President, Raymond Navarro, Jr. “His passion and enthusiasm for public education were apparent in his interviews.”

    "I thank the school board for their confidence in my abilities am thrilled to work with students, staff, and the community to realize a collaborative vision of success for the students of the Yakima School District," said Trevor Greene. "It was an honor to participate in the interview process, especially with the students; to witness the outpouring of interest from the community, and to meet individuals who are so invested in Yakima’s youth. I and my family are excited to move back to Yakima and begin this great work. It is an unbelievable honor to return to my hometown!"

    Prior to his current position, Greene’s experience includes leadership roles in the Toppenish and Highland School Districts.  He is the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year and during his tenure there, Toppenish realized a 93.5% graduation rate.

    Trevor and his wife, Melanie, have been married 26 years. They have four children, two who are grown and two who will enter the Yakima School District.

    The Board had an intensive five-month process since Dr. Jack Irion announced his retirement effective June 30, to find the next Yakima School District superintendent. That process included hiring a search firm, solicitation of public input to define the district’s needs, search meetings with public input, evaluating and researching 15 applications, and many hours of candidate interviews, including the community forums with the candidates this week.

    “As elected representatives, we recognize the trust placed in us by the Yakima community and we hope to live up to the high standards this community expects,” Navarro, Jr. said.

    Mr. Greene's resume: Resume-EngResume-Span

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  • Make-up Days: Feb 15, Feb 19, June 13, June 14

    The following dates will be used as snow make-up days:

    Day 1 (closed Feb. 5) – the make-up day was Friday, February 15

    Day 2 (closed Feb. 11) – the make-up day was Tuesday, February 19

    Day 3 (closed Feb. 12) – the make-up day is Thursday, June 13

    Day 4 (closed Feb. 28) - the make-up day is Friday, June 14th (half day)

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  • Reading Strategies

    Reading to children is one very important way to build their vocabularies, and students are never too old to share books at home! We have seen some of our students make huge jumps in their reading from all the practice they have done over the summer. Way to go and keep it up! (Click the post title to view reading strategies.)

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  • 2nd Step Program

    2nd STEP is a program used at Discovery that includes instruction and activities that promote positive social interactions, problem solving strategies, and bullying awareness. Click the heading for more info.

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District Highlights

  • 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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