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  • Strategic Planning Initiative

    The Yakima School District is working with Performance Fact, Inc. to develop a new strategic plan for the district.

    The process launched on September 16, 2019, with student voice sessions that engaged over 100 students.

    In addition to the student voice session, stakeholders will be engaged through the core planning team, the alignment team, school board sessions, and community forums. The process will conclude in early 2020.  

    We invite you to attend community forums to share your voice in the process.

    Community Forums will be held from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm on:

    October 14 (Davis Commons)

    October 15 (IKE Commons)

    and November 18 (Washington Middle School)

    The same content will be presented at all three sessions. They are all open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Translation will be available. Activities for young children will be available.  School-aged students are encouraged to participate.

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  • Open House Schedule for 2019-20

    Do you want to know more about the school your child will be attending next school year? Download the Open House schedule

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YSD Stories

  • Reading buddies

    Posted by Mrs. Boughton, Mrs. Marinace, Mrs. Perez, Ms. Moloso on 9/6/2019

     Garfield 5th graders helping 1st graders learn to love reading.

    Garfield 5th graders helping our 1st graders learn to love reading.

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  • Building Stories

    Posted by Mrs. Modine on 8/30/2019

    Second graders used building bricks to create a character and setting for a short story. They loved creating their stories with the building bricks before writing it out.

    Figuring out what happens first in their stories.  Students creating their story. Partners deciding on their setting.

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  • Yakima Community Supports Attendance Improvements at Garfield Elementary!

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 3/19/2019

    Garfield Elementary is recognizing monthly attendance success of students with the support of amazing community partners headed up by volunteer, Arturo Torres. Each month, this team of dedicated volunteers visits Garfield Elementary during a recess to reward deserving students with a refreshing treat. The grade level with the highest average of perfect attendance also attends this event. During our last event on March 8th, these community partners, and our Local Sun Kings basketball team, celebrated with 194 students with perfect attendance in addition to the entire 5th grade, which had the highest percentage of perfect attendance students. We are so fortunate to have this valuable support! Special thanks to the following community members who have contributed so far this year:

    Gabby Acado (Solarity); Anthony Alvarez (Farmers Insurance); Sergio Avila (Heritage University);     Erik Cornejo (US Bank); Pedro Garcia (Solarity Credit Union); Drew Harris (Heritage Moultray Reality); Daisy Mendoza (Charter College); Kimberly Mendoza (Student, Concordia University); Mitchell Pitney (Crossfit Reformation); Shawn Thompson (State Farm Insurance); Arturo Torres (US Bank); and Brittany Weaver (Costco Wholesale)

    Community Volunteers  Sun Kings

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  • Stewart Subaru is Good to Garfield Elementary

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 11/14/2018

    The Garfield students are very thankful to Stewart Subaru for their repeated generosity. This Fall we received yet another donation of STEM related books along with school supplies to encourage budding scientists. Thanks again Stewart Subaru!

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District Highlights

  • A Message from the Superintendent

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  • 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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for September:

    Responsible - Being the primary cause of something and so able to be blamed or credited for it. Capable of being trusted.

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