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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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YSD Stories

  • Principal Appreciation Month - McKinley Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/29/2020

    The Yakima School District would like to thank and honor our principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student.

    McKinley Elementary Principals

    Did you know that Principal Amanda Voorhees focused on track and volleyball during middle school and high school and then played volleyball in college for three years? Now she enjoys watching her high school son play basketball and track, and her 5th-grade daughter play basketball and volleyball. 

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Cherie Carroll enjoyed playing volleyball and softball in her high school years, but now spends her time playing golf on the weekends and bowling in a variety of leagues?

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  • 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 WashingtonConnections.org 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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  • Superintendent Greene Greets the Mavericks

    Posted by Al Fischer on 5/11/2020


    Trevor Greene and Al Fischer

    The McKinley Mavericks send their thanks to YSD Superintendent Trevor Greene.  Mr. Greene joined Mr. Fischer on his daily "Musical Moment" video, saying hi and even helping solve a riddle posed by a McKinley student.  He sent his appreciation to us... and we are sending it back to him.  Thanks for your work, Mr. Greene!

    5-11-20 McKinley Musical Moment

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  • McKinley students LOVE their teachers!

    Posted by Amanda Voorhees on 5/7/2020

    Watch this ADORABLE video from students at McKinley Elementary to their amazing teachers.  It is clear the McKinley families LOVE their teachers!

    Teacher Appreciation at McKinley Elementary

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  • McKinley's Very Own Music Man

    Posted by Amanda Voorhees on 4/2/2020

    One question many parents, students and teachers have during this time of distance learning is "what does this look like for specialist teachers?"  Librarians, Physical Education Teachers, Reading Interventionists, English Language Teachers, and Music Teachers are looking for ways to continue to teach their content along side the ELA, Math, and Science Teachers.  McKinley Elementary is working on a plan to incoporate all specialists and here is an example of a recent music lesson, from their very own music man, Mr. Fischer!


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