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    Students and families can have their pictures taken with Santa before the Gilbert Christmas Program at Eisenhower High School. Doors open at 5:30pm, Christmas Program begins at 6:30pm. Pictures will be available from 5:35-6:20 pm only.

    The pictures are a fundraiser for one of our families. The Jacobson family's youngest son is at Seattle Children's Hospital in the ICU fighting for his life and this money will help support the family in this time of need. We will also just be taking donations if you don't want to get your picture taken or would just like to help a fellow Gilbert Family out!
    Santa is REAL!
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District Announcements

  • 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.


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YSD Stories

  • Gilbert Students Sing for Retired Teachers

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 12/3/2019

    On Monday, December 2nd, about 80 students in third, fourth and fifth grades took a walking field trip across the street to perform some holiday songs for the retired teachers having a luncheon at Englewood Church. Mr. Chapman lead our singers with four songs from their upcoming Christmas Performance next Thursday. 


    Singers prepare

    Singers are ready!

    In the action

    Our audience


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  • Gilbert's Under the Sea Library Night

    Posted by Judith Strosahl, Gilbert Library Teacher on 11/18/2019

    In celebration of Gilbert's year-long "Under the Sea" theme, over 200 parents, students, and staff were treated to a visit by Yakima Valley College biology instructor, Jerred Seveyka.  The evening began with ocean poetry reading by 5th grade students, then 5th grade teacher, Andrew Van Quill gave a dramatic reading of The Boy and the Whale by Mordecai Gerstein. Mr. Van Quill and paraeducator, Judy Hein, also brought their deep-sea diving suits and equipment to share with students.  Mr. Seveyka talked about the remarkable qualities of octopus and other cephalopods along with his media presentation.  In his lab, he had transitioned the circadian rhythms of tiny dinoflaggelates so they would exhibit bioluminescence at our Library Night.  We marveled at them with all lights off!

    Jerred Seveyka, YVC Biology Instructor  Gilbert Students   Mr. Van Quill with students. Andrew Van Quill, Jerred Seveyka, Judy Hein, Judy Strosahl  Library night 1  Library night 2  Library night

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  • Autism Awareness for Halloween

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/31/2019

    As many of our Gilbert Elementary families are aware, we are the magnet school for students with autism. Our program is continually growing, as we are now up to 69 students. This is Erica, our speech assistant who works with all of our students who have autism. Based on her experience, she has decided to help make a difference for these special kids. She purchased 70 blue pumpkin buckets. Blue Trick-or-Treating buckets are a sign the child has autism. This means they may not react the way other kids do on a day like today.

    And Erica, thank you for loving our students with autism. You are making a difference every day. We are grateful to have you on staff.


    Erica and buckets

    blue buckets
    pumpkin delivery
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  • Start your day with Dads & Drills!

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/2/2019

    October 2 marked our first day of DADS & DRILLS at Gilbert Elementary! Gilbert is partnering with Achieve Sports Perfomance Training to offer a fun morning of light exercise with parents and students once a week. We've added a little friendly competition to help build friendships and encourage an active lifestyle. This program is no cost to students/families and is open to all parents and available to all students. 

    Benefits of participating:

    • Increases Attendance
    • Creates Positive Interaction bewtween parents and kids
    • Builds Confidence
    • Improves Achievement
    • Improves Motor Skills
    • Engaging Social & Family Relationships


    Join us in the Gilbert Gym on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8am. 


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    Posted by Judith Strosahl, Gilbert Library Teacher on 4/11/2019

    Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education  -- STYLE -- sent two teaching artists to inspire students on March 18, 19, and 20.  "Mr. B." and Tiffany Wilson read Thunder Boy, Jr. Students responded to guided questions about the story, and their words then were shaped into a different original song. Each group then  recorded and their songs can now be heard at learningwithstyle.com or on the Gilbert Library Homepage. Every Gilbert student contributed, including those in our 6 autism classrooms.  The artists also performed up-close-and-personal for each group. Creativity, collaboration, coolness!  Thank you, Gilbert PTA!


    VanQuills class

    Carl's class

    Mr. B guitar


    Clara beatboxing

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District Highlights

  • 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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  • 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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