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  • EBT Funds Available to All YSD Students

    Posted by YSD Food Services on 7/6/2020

    Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

    P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Because all YSD students receive free breakfast and lunch, all YSD students are eligible regardless of income. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after June 30.  If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money will appear on your EBT on June 30.

    Update 7/6/20: We have been in contact with OSPI last week and they said that DSHS had the incorrect student list for Yakima School District which is why they turned down some parents; they are updating with the correct list which will show any student enrolled in Yakima School District that was grade K-12 in the school year 2019-2020 as eligible for PEBT.

    If you were denied, go to WashingtonConnections.org and apply again and see if their list has been updated. You can inform them Yakima is a CEP district.

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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

  • Summer Meals Program Begins on July 1st

    The Summer Meals Program for 2020 will run from July 1st through August 5th. For details, please visit the following page: yakimaschools.org/SummerMeals

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  • RE: OSPI Reopening Guidance Released

    Dear YSD Families and Staff,

    Thank you for your flexibility as we work to provide a quality education during the COVID-19 global pandemic. I know that the situation has been challenging, and I am thankful for your resourcefulness, dedication, and care for our young learners.

    The much-anticipated guidelines for returning to school in the fall were just released by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). These recommendations were developed in close collaboration with the state Department of Health and Governor Inslee’s office.

    The Yakima School District will thoroughly review the guidelines and work with our leadership team to develop a local reopening guide for our schools. This will be influenced by the state’s recommendations but also may have some unique components. We anticipate sharing this reopening guide with you and with our community the week of July 6.

    As you know, this is uncharted territory and there will be some elements of the guide that will need to be worked out along the way. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this process and promise to stay in close communication with you moving forward.

    I hope you continue to stay safe and healthy. We will be in touch soon with more information.

    Sincerely,

    Trevor Greene, Superintendent

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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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