YSD Stories

  • Stanton Academy, Washington Middle School and Christ the Teacher Team Up to Assemble 200 Winter Backpacks for Homeless Youth

    Posted by Mary Kay Velikanje on 1/23/2020

    200 backpacks donated by students

    On Monday, January 27th at 2:15 pm, students from Stanton Academy, Washington Middle School, and Christ the Teacher will team up at Stanton Academy to assemble 200 winter backpacks for homeless youth.  The backpacks will be picked up by Rod's House that same afternoon so that they are immediately in the hands of those in need.

    The backpacks will contain winter necessities like beanie hats, hand warmers, water bottles, hygiene kits, gloves, school supplies, healthy snacks, mylar blankets, chapstick, playing cards, socks, and more.

    All three schools applied for and were awarded a grant from the Yakima Health Department to help the homeless.  Each school was awarded $1900 from the Yakima Health Department, plus Stanton Academy received an anonymous matching grant to their $1900.  The Yakima Health District realized all three schools had all written very similar grants and asked if they would like to work together.  All three schools said yes without hesitation.

    On Monday, the student volunteers from all three schools will meet at Stanton Academy and work together to assemble the backpacks.  The event should take about an hour.

     "The assembly of the backpacks will move fast because so many students have stepped up to help," said one of the coordinators.

    Drew Harris, a local Realtor, and volunteer with Rod's House says the backpacks are in great need and will make an immediate difference in the lives of youth who do not have a consistent place to sleep each night.

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  • Lewis and Clark STEM Night

    Posted by Mrs. Norman on 1/13/2020

    Lewis and Clark held their first ever STEM night on Monday, January 13th! 

    Science and Technology teachers took over the commons with interactive, hands-on stations that tested student's thinking skills.

    Check out more pictures on our Facebook and Instagram page!


     Mr. Helseth

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  • Congratulations NEW National Board Certified Teachers!

    Posted by Kirsten Fitterer on 1/10/2020

    NBCT logo

    The Yakima School District would like to congratulate the following teachers who recently earned their National Board certification.







    Generalist/Early Childhood







    Generalist/Middle Childhood







    English as a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood

    Path 1 Middle Childhood/Generalist







    English as a New Language/Early and Middle Childhood

    Path 2 English Language Development Specialist







    Career and Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood

    Leisure and Recreation Services



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  • Community and Davis Club come together to support Davis Food Pantry

    Posted by Michelle McGuirk on 1/6/2020

    Food pantry

    Thank you to our M.O.D. (Moms of Davis) Squad and to Mrs. Allred's Interact Club for supporting our food pantry. We were able to provide food for several students over Winter break and for the weeks to come! Thank you to everyone for supporting our pirates

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  • Yakima SD Swears In Recently Elected School Board Members

    Posted by Kirsten Fitterer on 12/23/2019

    School Board Sworn In to Service

    The Yakima School District welcomes newly elected school board member Norm Walker and recently re-elected school board members Martha Rice and Raymond Navarro, Jr. The three were sworn in by Superintendent Greene on December 9, 2019.

    Martha Rice has served on the Yakima School District School Board since 1998. She served as President for many years and is currently the board's legislative liaison. Her current term expires in 2023.

    Norm Walker is new to the Yakima School District School Board. He is a retired counselor with the district. His current term expires in 2023.

    Raymond Navarro, Jr. served from 2006-2009 and again in 2011 to present. His current term expires in 2023. Mr. Navarro is currently President of the Yakima School District School Board.

    Additional school board members are Vice President, Graciela Villanueva (current term expires 2021), and Don Davis, Jr. (current term expires 2021).

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