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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) Free dinner from 5-6pm!

    and November 18 (en Espanol -Washington Middle School) Free dinner from 5-6pm!

    The same content will be presented at all three sessions. They are all open to the public. Dinner will be served from 5-6pm. Translation will be available. Activities for young children will be available.  School-aged students are encouraged to participate.

    (Title 1 information for families will be available when you sign-in)

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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

  • 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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  • Project 400 Grows at Gilbert

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 12/10/2018

    Project 400 is program sponsored by The Salvation Army, allowing students who may be suffering a financial hardship to go shopping and buy gifts for themselves, including clothes, shoes, and toys. Each year, the Salvation Army pays for 12 students to go shopping at Walmart, giving each student $75 to spend on items of their choice. This year, Gilbert staff donated money, as did the John I Haas Company. We were able to send 40 kids shopping last Saturday! Teachers, counselors and paras joined in the shopping fun, escorting students as they looked for things to buy.

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  • Gilbert Students Sing for Retired Teachers

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 12/10/2018

    On Monday, December 3rd a group of third, fourth and fifth grade students from Gilbert Elementary walked to Englewood Church and sang four songs from our upcoming Christmas Program for the YSD retired teachers. The retired teachers were enjoying a potluck lunch while they listened to the vocal stylings of our students.

    Students singing

    Teachers applauding

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  • Trick or Treat!

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 11/7/2018

    On Halloween afternoon, all six of our self-contained classrooms trick-or-treated around the school. For students who have autism, big Halloween events and trick-or-treating is often overwhelming. Gilbert Special Education teachers and paras brought students to select locations, including the office, the principal, the nurse, the counselor and speech therapists. Students practiced making eye contact, saying "Trick or Treat" and saying "thank you" for their candy. There were very excited to have this experience!

    Trick or treat!

    What a fun day!

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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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for October:

    Engaged - The degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that a person shows with a particular topic or activity.

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