2019-20 Newsletters

Announcements

  • Our lost and found area is completely full!  Please stop by if your child is missing a jacket or sweater.  Items not claimed are donated at end of each month.

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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.

     Sincerely,

    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

  • Thank you, voters.

    The election will certify on February 21 however preliminary results show the following.

    Educational Programs & Operations Levy: Passing

    Maintenance Levy: Not Passing

    As thousands of ballots could still come in, we will watch for updated information. The election will be certified on February 21.

     

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  • New Zaepfel Scoreboard Has Received Permitting from the City of Yakima!

    With full funding from Gesa Credit Union, the Yakima community plus visitors to Zaepfel Stadium at 40th Ave and Tieton Drive will soon see a new scoreboard.

    The City of Yakima and the Yakima School District have been productively engaged in cooperative work to advance the installation of the new display.  The City of Yakima officially issued the permit to the Yakima School District today (2-7-20).

    The next steps include sign production by Daktronics and sign installation.  An installation schedule is not yet available but YSD is hopeful it can take place over the summer of 2020.

    The existing scoreboard, although renovated by Pepsi throughout the years, has been in place since 1969. The new sign is larger in size, more modern in presentation, and includes video playback.  The technology included with the new sign provides opportunities for classroom learning in video production for students at Davis and Eisenhower High Schools and Stanton Academy.

    Gesa Credit Union is covering 100% of the cost of the sign and the sign installation.

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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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  • Coronavirus Outbreak 2020 - Information from DOH

    The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

    For more information and resources, please go online to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

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  • weather delays

    Inclement Weather Delays & Cancellations

    View delay and cancellation announcements

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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

  • I ❤ Math Night

    Posted by Kimberlee Newell on 2/11/2020

    Whitney Elementary welcomed families to an "I Love Math" Night on Thursday January 30th, 2020 with fun math games and activities for kids of all ages.  Families learned about place value, fractions and number bonds by playing games with their teachers, friends and families.  Families got to try out Freckle Math and Rocket Math on the computer and see how our new 3D printers works for our Hi-Cap program.  Whitney PTA hosted a photo booth, sold snacks, and provided free popcorn for students who completed their "I Love Math" punchcards.  Thank you to everyone for making it a great night of math fun.

    Mr. Cunningham showing Dr. Pam Ansingh and a Whitney student our 3D printer. Mrs. Newell with Superintendent Greene having fun at Math Night! Whitney teachers having fun at Math Night!

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  • Whitney Elementary Hour of Code

    Posted by Kim Newell on 12/17/2019

    Whitney Elementary hosted an Hour of Code event on Thursday December 12th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for parents and students.  The Hour of Code takes place every year during Comptuer Science Education Week, December 9-15th.  This was Whitney's first time joining in to the largest learning event in history but it was not the first time they have done coding at Whitney.  With a huge groundswell of support and attention, it's an ideal time for schools and districts to put the spotlight on computer science programs and expand opportunities.  This year ESD 105 supported Whitney Elementary with snacks and prizes.  Whitney had their computer lab and library full of parents and students eager to learn about coding.  Thanks to the ESD 105 Whitney gave away a computer science game, two Amazon Echo Dot's and two Amazon Fire Tablets.  Parents were amazed at what their students could do with coding.  It was a successful event!

    Whitney Prizes donated by ESD 105 Whitney Library Whitney Computer Lab

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  • EMPOWERING STUDENTS THROUGH HIP-HOP:

    Posted by Kim Newell on 10/29/2019

    Blake Brandes

    Hip-Hop Motivational Speaker, Dr. Blake Brandes, will be teaching our Whitney students about Empathy, Grit and the Growth Mindset on Monday 11/4/19.  The K-2 assembly will be from 9:30-10:00 am.  The 3-5 assembly will be from 10:15-10:45 am.  The adult presentation is from 1-1:45 pm.

    Blake will present the work of Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth in a fun, accessible manner that empowers children of all ages.  The presentation will include age-appropriate and engaging growth mindset and grit lessons infused with beatboxing, comedic storytelling, and family-friendly freestyle rapping.

    “When students adopt a growth mindset, they become more resilient when facing challenges at school and at home, are less likely to give up, and believe more in their power to learn new things,” said Blake Brandes.

    Blake uses his talents as a hip-hop artist to capture the imagination of students and encourages them to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  He is very skilled at reaching into the hearts and minds of students as he engages them in thinking about the endless possibilities for future success.

    Through a demonstration of his passion for beatboxing and freestyle rap, along with stories of his own struggle to achieve his goals, Brandes brings energy and enthusiasm to the stage that allows him to connect with students.  Brandes has shared his presentation with 200,000 students, educators, and parents across the country, and he performed 348 Growth Mindset presentations in 29 states last year.

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  • “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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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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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for February:

    Respect: Admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.

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