6:30 PM - 8:30 PM 26th Annual Yakima Youth Awards Ceremony
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Crystal Apple Awards Ceremony
Our school has been selected to participate in the 2019 Student Travel Survey by the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Health. Parents of children in K – 8th grade may get a call to take the short survey. We encourage parents to participate, as the results will help improve student transportation. However, if you do not want to be called, please contact the Department of Health at 1-833-256-4654 and leave your phone number and name of your child's school, Whitney Elementary School, to remove yourself from the contact list.
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.
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.
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. 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 30 minutes before the end of the school day due to end of the day transitions and traffic in the office. Thank- you!
Yakima school board moves Friday morning meetings to Monday afternoons starting April 29, 2019.
We love our athletic trainers! Happy National Athletic Training month Kelsie McKimmy and Josh Holliday at Eisenhower and Chris Balm and Noel Cisneros at Davis! For more information about Athletic Training at YSD, please go online to https://bit.ly/2HiffTf
Please consider nominating a Yakima School District student for a Yakima Youth Award.
Nominations are sought in the following categories -
for Individual Recognition:
ARTS: Outstanding involvement in performing, visual
or literary arts.
BUSINESS/ENTERPRISE: Developing career and/or
CIVIC/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Giving of one's time
and talent to improve the community.
FAMILY LIFE: Bettering one’s family situation.
LEADERSHIP: Guiding others to a positive goal
through education or example.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Getting through or
beyond personal obstacles with courage, initiative,
Yakima School Board Votes to Select Trevor Greene as the Next Superintendent
March 1, 2019 - The Yakima School Board has unanimously named Trevor Greene as superintendent of the Yakima School District, pending contract negotiation. Mr. Greene will replace Dr. Jack Irion who will retire at the end of this school year.
Greene is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Highline School District in Burien, WA. He brings 28 years of experience in education including 17 years in public schools administration. Trevor started his career in education as a Spanish and English teacher. He is a graduate of A.C. Davis High School in Yakima. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Master’s degree from Central Washington University and is a doctoral student at the University of Washington. He earned his Superintendent certification from Washington State University.
“We feel Trevor Greene is a great fit for the board's vision for the future of the Yakima School District," said Board President, Raymond Navarro, Jr. “His passion and enthusiasm for public education were apparent in his interviews.”
"I thank the school board for their confidence in my abilities am thrilled to work with students, staff, and the community to realize a collaborative vision of success for the students of the Yakima School District," said Trevor Greene. "It was an honor to participate in the interview process, especially with the students; to witness the outpouring of interest from the community, and to meet individuals who are so invested in Yakima’s youth. I and my family are excited to move back to Yakima and begin this great work. It is an unbelievable honor to return to my hometown!"
Prior to his current position, Greene’s experience includes leadership roles in the Toppenish and Highland School Districts. He is the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year and during his tenure there, Toppenish realized a 93.5% graduation rate.
Trevor and his wife, Melanie, have been married 26 years. They have four children, two who are grown and two who will enter the Yakima School District.
The Board had an intensive five-month process since Dr. Jack Irion announced his retirement effective June 30, to find the next Yakima School District superintendent. That process included hiring a search firm, solicitation of public input to define the district’s needs, search meetings with public input, evaluating and researching 15 applications, and many hours of candidate interviews, including the community forums with the candidates this week.
“As elected representatives, we recognize the trust placed in us by the Yakima community and we hope to live up to the high standards this community expects,” Navarro, Jr. said.
The following dates will be used as snow make-up days:
Day 1 (closed Feb. 5) – the make-up day was Friday, February 15
Day 2 (closed Feb. 11) – the make-up day was Tuesday, February 19
Day 3 (closed Feb. 12) – the make-up day is Thursday, June 13
Day 4 (closed Feb. 28) - the make-up day is Friday, June 14th (half day)
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.
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).