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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


    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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  • Gilbert Elementary Library Night Focus on Dia de Los Muertos

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 11/6/2018

    Mrs. Strosahl, our librarian, hosts two Library Nights each year at Gilbert Elementary. Our first one of the year was on Thursday, November 1, at 6:30pm. This fall the theme was Dia de Los Muertos. We had 105 students and 85 parents join in the fun. Students explained the reason for celebrating Dia de los Muertos, and read personal stories of loved onese they have lost. We created an ofrenda, and students and families brought in pictures of their family members to contribute, as well as a pad de muertos, and a sugar skull. Mr. Kerr, the Assistant Principal read a story, and our music teacher, Mr. Chapman lead students in singing "Remember Me" from the movie Coco. We even had a guest arrive in her authentic Dia de Los Muertos costume. Students got to make their own skeleton puppets to take home.  It was a fabulous night!


    A few of our speakers

    Students posing

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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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