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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for January: Tolerant - Showing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behaviors that one does not necessarily agree with.

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  • McKinley Elementary STEAM Week

    Posted by Amanda Voorhees on 12/1/2020

    During conference week, McKinley students focused on all things STEAM!  The paraprofessionals, specialists, and support staff facilitated a new STEAM lesson each day throughout the week.  This gave k-5 classroom teachers the opportunity to solely focus on parent teacher conferences throughout their day.  This was a successful week for all, we held nearly 98% of our conferences, had the highest participation rate from parents on our CEE survey, and students participated in science, engineering and art related lessons.  Students were also challenged to get caught up on work they may have missed previously.  What an exciting, record breaking week for student attendance, engagement and assignment completion.  Check out some of their work below. 


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  • Annual Turkey Trot Held Virtually

    Posted by Amanda Voorhees on 12/1/2020

    Turkey Trot Grand Prize Winners

    On November 23rd, McKinley Elementary held their annual Turkey Trot drawing.  Students and families entered into the drawing for 1 of 24 turkey dinners with all the trimmings by getting out of the house and walking around their neighborhood.  McKinley's annual Turkey Trot is coordinated by PE teacher Bob Oliphant, to promote health and fitness.  Even though this year's trot looked a bit different there were still 215 students who participated with their families for a chance to win.  This year a grand prize was added, which was a remote control monster truck along with the turkey dinner for some additional family fun. Thank you to Ms. Lupe, Miss Yakare, and Mrs. Mercado for all of your hard work getting the baskets ready.   Thank you to OIC, Trinity Family Fellowship, and St. Paul's Cathedral for donating the turkeys and food for our baskets.  Thank you to Superintendent Greene for joining in the fun to help announce the drawing winners.  Congratulations to the 24 families who won a turkey dinner this year!  

    Student and parent out walking for the trot

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  • A heartfelt Thank You to Maverick Gaming and their program "Maverick Cares"

    Posted by Sara Cordova on 11/23/2020

    This Thanksgiving season, Maverick Cares donated Thanksgiving meals for 20 of our Yakima School District Families! We are grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness this holiday season. We also want to thank our Yakima Police Department for coordinating this effort. We appreciate you!

    Thanksgiving Community Event - November 24

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  • The Yakima School District Is Accepting Referrals For Students Into The Highly Capable Program

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 11/13/2020
    The Yakima School District is accepting referrals for students in kindergarten through 11th grade for consideration into the Highly Capable Program.
    If you would like to refer a child that fits this description, please complete a Referral Packet at https://www.ysd7.org/domain/22 by Friday, January 29, 2021.
    Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade-level standards in literacy and/or math (or have the potential to do so if challenged and supported,) demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess a strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Highly Capable Program.
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  • 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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