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  • Secondary Math Curriculum Review

    Hi YSD Families and Community Members! We are getting ready to launch a 6th-12th Secondary Math Curriculum Review and we need your input before we begin the process. Please take 5mins to fill out this brief survey. Your input is very important in this process and will help determine the key areas of focus when reviewing math programs.

    YSD Secondary Math Community Survey (English)

    YSD Secondary Math Community Survey (Spanish)

    If you are interested in participating in the math curriculum review process starting Jan 15th and ending in early April, please contact:

    Shelby Lockhart-Robins, Math & Science Director
    (509) 573-7029 | Lockhart.Shelby@yakimaschools.org

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  • Annual Notification of Referral for the Highly Capable Program

    Referrals for the YSD Highly Capable Program for the 2020-2021 school year are currently being accepted. Anyone may refer a student including students, parents, any staff member, and members of the community. Referrals must be submitted by January 31st, 2020.

    For referral packets and more information, please visit our Highly Capable Program webpage.

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  • 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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  • Extreme Temperature Guidelines for Children

    Is it too cold to go outside? Check out the extreme weather guidelines page on our website for some important information in keeping children safe.

    https://www.yakimaschools.org/Page/1758

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YSD Stories

  • Garfield 5th Graders Carry On Tradition of Giving.

    Posted by Mikki Boughton & 5th grade teachers on 11/23/2019

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          For over 25 years Garfield 5th graders have been making apple pies to donate to the Union Gospel Mission. With help from staff members, friends, family, and this year Fred Meyer the students gather the supplies to make these apple pies. 

           The morning starts early as the students come to wash and prep the apples. They divide into their table groups, decide what roles they will fill in the operation, and get to work. From that point, it is a ballet of students bustling about. The kids are focused. Using their fraction skills to measure ingredients, and using their reasoning and inference skills to make on the spot decisions to ensure the pies are being created with love and precision. The students rival worker bees with their ability to work towards a common goal. In the end, they have created a gift to share with those less fortunate. 

            The next day the students stand outside, pies in hand, ready to take the pies to the truck. As a tradition, each 5th grader will pass the pie to the next student down the line until it reaches the truck. 

             This year our students donated about 40 pies to the Union Gospel Mission!

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  • Seattle Symphony Concert Movie!

    Posted by Jennifer Moultine on 10/2/2019

    Monday, October 7, 2019, from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Garfield Elementary School Gym. Free and open to all YSD young musicians and their families!

    This will be the first guided concert experience that the Seattle Symphony is offering outside of Seattle. It is a unique opportunity for students and families to enjoy an important symphonic work (Mahler's 1st Symphony) in the company of friends and family AND with movie snacks!

    The Seattle Symphony's effort to bring this concert to our community also helps with making the world of orchestral playing seem more accessible - more human. They will be bringing some SSO musicians to speak about what it's like to play this piece, and to talk with audience members after the viewing. It is approximately 50 minutes in length.

    YAMA SSO

    Above is a photo of our oldest orchestra, YAMA Philharmonia's trip to Benaroya Hall and for a workshop in Seattle last June: YAMA student Jaiden Cano conducts the orchestra with the help of guest conductor, Jonathon Heyward. 

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  • 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)

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District Highlights

  • What is the High School and Beyond Plan?

    The High School and Beyond Plan process is a graduation requirement that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, keeping track of major assessment scores, and logging work and other relevant experience. The Plan is designed to enable students to successfully pursue education or training after they graduate high school. https://readywa.org/beyond/en/

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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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