In the past few weeks, schools have activated their Tier 3 teams and support staff to head out into the community to connect with families and students who have not engaged in school yet. These visits often lead to a plan to remove significant barriers to school attendance for families. Last week, Davis leaders pulled their automated attendance reports, added the students with the most absences into a google map, and spent the day driving house-to-house recovering students.
Keeping our YSD students on the roster and not dropping them takes a team effort and a change in past practices. This collective effort from YSD school support staff and central services has districts across the state watching Yakima as it bucks the old practice of 20-day drops. On Wednesday, YSD leads will proudly share the "We Don't Drop Students, We Go Find Students!" message and data-informed processes with OSPI and state-wide attendance leaders.
Davis Film Production Class nominated for a Student NATAS (EMMY) award.
Posted by Jeff Rist on 5/25/2021
We want to send a huge congratulations to the Davis Film Production 2 Class, also known as the DNN Class, this year for receiving a prestigious EMMY Award nomination for their weekly newscasts that are produced each week for school announcements.
So much hard work is put into each show and they are being recognized by the N.A.T.A.S, which is the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Northwest Chapter.
They were nominated for this award as best High School Newscast in all of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana!
Film Production instructor Jeff Rist says this is a proud moment for these students, overcoming so much this year, they all fought hard to not allow the situation they are in to determine the quality of the show. These students would meet via Google Meet each week, plan a rundown, shoot video from home, create graphics, edit, and so much more. The teamwork that goes into this show will be skills they carry for a lifetime.
Winners will be announced June 5th!
Be creative! Be Passionate about the ARTS! Congratulations DNN Class!
On April 2, Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, visited my Spanish class at AC Davis High School to hear students’ perspectives and experiences regarding the pandemic and school.
Superintendent Reykdal was impressed with the number of students, especially 9th and 10th graders, who had been working throughout the pandemic. In addition, he was struck by the large number of students who identified as speaking Spanish at home and recognized our multilingual students as a huge asset for our school and community. He heard students share the positive impact of flexible and understanding educators, coaches that motivate and encourage students not only in sports but also in academics, and the importance of being able to take meaningful classes. It was an honor to have Superintendent Reykdal in my classroom to be able to meet our amazing students.
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.
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!