Our Middle School Art Programs proudly present their 22nd Annual Art Exhibit, offered virtually this year! May is Washington State's Arts Education Month, a time to strengthen arts education in our schools for all students. Community participation is critical to the success of Arts Education Month, so on behalf of Yakima Valley Middle Schools, we thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our exhibit! You can view the artwork at https://bit.ly/2RKk8uY.
School Library Month: Franklin Middle School Book Club
Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 4/1/2021
Today, we kick off School Library Month with a fun story from our Franklin Middle School Librarian, Mrs. Bromley.
In January, Mrs. Bromley started a book club as a trial run with some of her 6th-grade students. "I really didn't think anyone would sign up, but I was wrong! 13 students signed up," she said.
The students meet every week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for about 30 minutes. In the beginning, Mrs. Bromley began reading them a book called "Wish" by Barbara O'Connor. Now, they are into their second book called "Eventown" by Corey Ann Haydu and take turns reading passages from the book.
"I have appreciated so much seeing them and interacting with them. The girls have told me they like it too because they miss being all together," Mrs. Bromley shared.
Franklin Middle School Teacher Wins Harold Richards Award for Outstanding Student Leadership
Posted by Will Sarett on 3/22/2021 10:45:00 AM
On March 18th, Jeff McFadden was honored with the Harold Richards Washington State TSA (Technology Student Association) Award as Middle School Advisor of the year. Washington TSA has more than 150 chapters, and over 7,000 students that participate. This is an annual award given at the WA State TSA conference, and then recognized again at the National Conference in June. The Advisor of the year award honors advisors for their efforts in leading their chapter, guiding their students, and for their involvement as a WA State TSA chapter advisor.
Mr. McFadden, a U.S. Marine veteran, is in his first year as Franklin's TSA advisor and teaches technology based courses like robotics and manufacturing. Due to the pandemic, he had the added pressure of virtually managing Franklin's established TSA chapter, in which the students potentially knew more about the work than he did! However, it was his students in fact, that nominated him. One said, "I'm nominating him for this award because he has done so much for us as a TSA team and he is always making sure that we are up to date and know exactly what is expected of us." "He answers my questions as quickly and clearly as possible and tries to clear up any confusion on the subject." Another student said, "He has worked so hard to get us into school, and when it got pushed back, he kept pushing for us." Other students said that he brought them supplies at home, made sure they knew the rules of the competitions and helped with events. Finally, a student said, "He is determined to help his students, even though it is his first year on the job, he is already doing just as well as our former advisor, and that is saying something!"
His principal, Mrs. Sherry Anderson, said that Jeff has gone out of his way to create equitable access for all of his students. He opened his room and made arrangements with parents so all students had access to materials and tools. He worked outside of his school hours to spend time with parents and students who needed direction. He also gave his time to other chapters in the district to support and train other new TSA advisors and to help get their students up and running for the year. Mr. McFadden is in his 7th year in education. He has previously taught mathematics and has always been looked up to by his school community for his dedication and his ability to build relationships with his students and families.
Fresh Produce Boxes, Meal Packs, and Activity Kits For Students Before Winter Break
Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/18/2020
Schools across the district were busy throughout the day on December 16 as they distributed meal boxes, fresh produce, and activity kits for students in preparation for winter break.
The fresh produce boxes contained 8-12 different types of produce from local and neighboring state farms. A special thanks to our local farmers; McIlrath Family Farms, Pacific Fresh Produce, and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. We also appreciate the staff support from Crafted Eatery & Single Hill for helping pack the boxes. Thank you for partnering together to provide nutritious local produce for our community!
The Yakima Schools Foundation handed out student activity kits that shared information on how to practice #SafeCelebrations while having fun over winter break. The kits included coloring pages and mask making supplies. Students and/or parents can comment on any YSD #SafeCelebrations social media post with a picture of their coloring page or mask to be entered to win a prize! Winners will be announced on social media on January 4.