2019-20 Newsletters

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  • Dear parents or guardians,

                It has come to our attention that many students are being dropped off or are arriving at school as early as 7:30. We do not provide supervision of students until 8:00. Leaving your child outside of the school unattended is extremely unsafe. Please do not drop students off or have them walk to school before 8:00 in the morning. For working parents and parents that may need child care we do offer child care before and after school through the YMCA BASE program. Thank you for your understanding as safety is our top priority.



    Mrs. Newell

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  • Student messages

    All messages to students and transportation changes Tuesday through Friday must be communicated to our office prior to 2:00 p.m. Any changes made after 2:00 p.m. may not reach your child prior to the end of the school day. On Monday's students are released at 2:15 and any messages to students on Monday must be recieved in our office prior to 1:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding. The end of the day is an extrememly busy time of day. 

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  • Behavior requests

    Parents and Guardians, do you have concerns about your child's behavior at school? Do you think that he/she might benefit from some behavior interventions at school? Contact your child's teacher and share these concerns with them. You can request that your concerns be reviewed by our Building Student Education team. 

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  • School Day

    Classes begin at 8:45 a.m.  with breakfast at 8:15. Classes end at 3:15 on Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2:15 on Mondays.Please drop your student(s) off no earlier than 8:15 a.m. as there is no supervision.

    Our parking lot is often very crowded. Remember the area in front of the building is for pick-up and drop-off only.

    Please do not pick your child up early from school if at all possible.  Our teachers need the entire instructional day to ensure your child receives a quality education.  If your child needs to be checked out early it will need to be pre-arranged through the office by 2:00/12:00 Mondays, due to end of the day transitions and traffic in the office.  Thank you!

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District Announcements

  • 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

  • “I ❤ Math” Night

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 1/30/2019

    Whitney Elementary welcomed families to an “I ❤ Math” Night on Thursday, January 24th with fun math games and activities for kids of all ages (and their grown-ups).  Families learned about place value, fractions, and number bonds by playing games such as Roll and Cover, I ❤ Number Bonds and Valentine Village. Families also got to try out Freckle Math on laptops, play a Lego math game hosted by Bricks 4 Kidz, and a try out a glider challenge organized by Yakima Valley Technical Skills Center.  Whitney’s PTA hosted a photo booth, sold snacks, and provided free popcorn for students who completed their “I ❤ Math” punch cards. Thanks to everyone for making it a great night of math fun!



    Bricks for Kids  YV tech partners

     Math Night Math Night

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  • Whitney Morning Greeters

    Posted by Jamie Lee on 1/28/2019

    Whitney Morning Greeters

    Good morning! Welcome to school! Make it a great day!” Whitney Elementary students are welcomed each morning as they arrive at school by a team of friendly 3rd- and 4th-grade students wearing special blue “Morning Greeter” vests. Who are Morning Greeters, and what do they do? Morning Greeters is a new program made up of a rotating team of positive, caring students who want to make Whitney a friendlier, more welcoming place. They started volunteering in December, and they now greet arriving students entering our school’s front gate each day. It’s a great way to start the day of learning!

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  • 4th Annual Whitney Elementary

    Posted by Jaime Lee on 12/5/2018

    Whitney Elementary School students in grades K-5 participated in the Whitney Elementary 4th Annual Science Fair. Students that participated had to submit their ideas and then follow the scientific method for their experiments. Students created a question and formulated a hypothesis, they researched, conducted their experiments and wrote a conclusion based on their findings. Students then created a display board and presented their projects and their final project to parents, teachers, community members and a panel of judges during the Science Fair night. 


    Students present their projects

    Students explain their experiments to the judges

    Students K-5 received 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals

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  • Setting Sail

    Posted by Heidi Brizendine, Teacher of the Deaf on 11/13/2018

    Reporting campus: Whitney Elementary


    Date to post story: November 14


    Story: Setting Sail


    This Thanksgiving, we are about to take a voyage on the Mayflower. It is made of cardboard and has a mast and sails made out of yard sticks and sheets of fabric. why are we going for a sail? Because we want to get excited about writing! Writing can be a challenge, and finding the words to get started is at the root of it. Whether it is to create a story, or to record simple facts about what we know, the writing process can sometimes be intimidating. As students enter the room, I hope they will feel a sense of curiosity and excitement. Their first reaction may be "why is there a large boat in the classroom?" and that is exactly what I want them to ask. Once their curiosity has gotten the better of them, that is when the best learning can take place. They have made way to set sail on learning! 

        So many questions can come from just having something out of the ordinary happen, such as a strange object in the room: "What is the Mayflower?" Who traveled in it?" Where were they going?" What a great way to make connections. Students will want to to dig into books about Thanksgiving on their own, because they want to find the answers to thier questions. After imagining that they are pilgrims sailing in 1620, they will suddenly find themselves with a new voice for writing, and an excitment to express what they have learned! Students can post vocabulary words around the ship. like a live dictionary, to help them with thier writing endeavors. Students can make comparisons with life in 1620 and life now: comparing clothes, food, chores, and daily life. How important it is, in this day and age, to create experiences that reach beyond a computer or a TV screen to help bring learning to life. 



    Ready to set sail  




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  • Whitney Fights Childhood Cancer

    Posted by Laura Harper on 9/20/2018

    Thank you to Whitney Elementary families and staff for making Whitney’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Drive a success! The month of October is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Whitney gathered donated items to support families of pediatric cancer patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital, families who often arrive at the hospital in a state of shock with nothing more than the clothes they’re wearing after a receiving a life-changing diagnosis.  Whitney families donated piles of fun art supplies, toys, coloring books, cute clothes, gift cards, and more, and these items were organized into bags that will be driven to Seattle Children's Hospital next week to be shared with families. Thank you to everyone who participated!

    Calling All Superheroes!

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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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