• Message from Ms. Lucero to teachers.

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  • Parent/Guardian District Survey

    Parents/Guardians please click on the link below to help school personnel better understand your experiences with distance learning. Your responses will help us offer support to all families and students during the coming year.

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  • Hello, MLK families. We, the MLK staff cannot express enough how much we care and miss your children. Please be assured that we are working diligently to develop engaging and equitable learning opportunities for all students. Please be patient with us as we learn how to work with your child without actually having them in our classrooms. To support your child in meeting grade-level expectations, please encourage him/her to participate in all learning opportunities provided by his/her teacher. Thank you for supporting your child with his/her learning during this school closure.

    Hola familias de Martin Luther King. Nosotros, el personal de la escuela no podemos expresar lo suficiente cuánto extrañamos a sus hijos. Tenga la seguridad de que estamos trabajando diligentemente para producir oportunidades de aprendizaje de alta calidad y equitativas para todos los estudiantes. Por favor, tenga paciencia con nosotros mientras aprendemos a trabajar con su hijo/hija sin tenerlos realmente en nuestros salones de clase. Para apoyar a su hijo/hija a cumplir con las expectativas de nivel de grado, por favor anímelo a participar en todas las oportunidades de aprendizaje que la maestra o maestro le ofrezca. Gracias por apoyar a su hijo con su aprendizaje mientras las escuelas están cerradas.

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YSD Stories

  • EBT Funds Available to All YSD Students

    Posted by YSD Food Services on 7/6/2020

    Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.

    P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Because all YSD students receive free breakfast and lunch, all YSD students are eligible regardless of income. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after June 30.  If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money will appear on your EBT on June 30.

    Update 7/6/20: We have been in contact with OSPI last week and they said that DSHS had the incorrect student list for Yakima School District which is why they turned down some parents; they are updating with the correct list which will show any student enrolled in Yakima School District that was grade K-12 in the school year 2019-2020 as eligible for PEBT.

    If you were denied, go to and apply again and see if their list has been updated. You can inform them Yakima is a CEP district.

    PEBT Flyer - English

    PEBT Flyer - Spanish

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  • The MLK All Stars Appreciate Their Administrative Professionals!

    Posted by Maria Lucero on 4/27/2020

    Systems at MLK continue to run smoothly during the school closure in part because of the work of our office manager and office assistant. Ms. Morales and Mrs. Valdovinos are always willing to lend a hand to students, parents/guardians, school staff and visitors to our school. They are All Stars! Valdovinos Morales

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  • MLK, Jr. Elementary 1st Grade Team Supports Students & Families

    Posted by Maria Lucero on 4/20/2020

    The MLK, Jr. Elementary first grade team prepared learning resources and materials for their students while practicing social distancing. Students received a learning packet, basic school supplies and other goodies. Thank you, Ms. Zamora, Mrs. Mendez, Mrs. Herrera, Mrs. Williams and Miss Campbell-Student Teacher!

    Ms. Zamora & Ms. Campbell  

    Mrs. Herrera Mrs. Mendez Mrs. Williams

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  • Native American Heritage Assembly

    Posted by Anne Chapman on 11/22/2019

    The staff and students of Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary will participate in a Native American Hertiage Assembly on Tuesday, November 26th.

    Assistant prinipal Syd John along with a few family and friends will be dressing in their Native American regalia and performing several dances.

    Also select 2nd grade students will be performing a round dance and select 4th and 5th grade students will be performing a recorder piece for the audience.

    The assembly will be in the Martin Luther King, Jr. gym from 2:00-2:45. #YSDmusic

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  • Dr. Seuss Literacy Event

    Posted by YSD Stories Account on 3/28/2019

    On March 5, 2019, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary celebrated reading with our first Dr. Seuss Literacy Family Night. 184 students and their parents/guardians attended this event, which was planned and coordinated by MLK’s librarian, Mrs. Stilwater. Families were divided into groups and engaged in a variety of literacy activities in different stations where Mrs. Stilwater and Miss Dickens read a Dr. Seuss book to groups. MLK staff members, Ms. Swan and Ms. Mortensen led the crafts stations. Then, all gathered in the gym to select a book donated by FirstBook/Morales Law office for each student. Following the theme, our wonderful kitchen staff prepared a meal of green eggs and ham for all to enjoy! Students also had the opportunity to take selfies with Dr. Seuss props. Many volunteers and staff members helped to make this event a success! Thank you to our student volunteers (Leo Gutierrez, Nina Landeros, Chelsea Buchanan, and Jazlyn Alvarez), MLK staff members (Mrs. Lucero, Mr. John, Mr. Soria, Mrs. Christina Garcia, Mrs. Garza, Mr. John, Mrs. Rosas, Ms. Quintana) who assisted throughout the evening, and the MLK custodial staff. 

    Making crafts in the library Green Eggs and Ham dinner Students choosing free books Dr. Seuss costumes Our amazing kitchen staff Mr. John and Ms. Garcia

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District Announcements

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  • Current Status: STAGE A Fully Remote Learning

    The Yakima School District will be in Stage A of our reopening plan for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Stage A is fully remote/distance learning.


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  • Reopening Plan

    On Monday, August 3, 2020, the Yakima School Board approved YSD's proposed Reopening Plan for OSPI. This is NOT an alert of how school will start in the fall (i.e. distance learning) but we expect that info from the health dept in 1-2 days. To review our plan, go online to

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  • New Student Registration

    Interested in K-8 or high school enrollment information? For a current status update on registering your student for school next year, please go here


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  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for August: Safe - Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.

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