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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 - Gilbert Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/14/2020

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

    Principal Appreciation Image for Gilbert Elementary

    Did you know that Principal Stephanie Rosbach worked in advertising before switching careers to education? While working in advertising, she helped rebrand the Seattle Seahawks when the new Century Link Field opened up. 

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Shawn Orminski loves to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen, creating homemade sauces and sides that her family loves?

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  • America's Next Top Model Classroom

    Posted by Stephanie Rosbach on 10/5/2020

    America's Next Top Model Classroom is taking Gilbert and special education by storm. I am proud to be partnering closly with the district and Special Education Services to provide a model classroom for our self-contained students. We plan for students in self-contained classes to return to school in a hybrid model beginning on October 26. 

    Ms. Daugherty and her team of paras created an environment to demonstrate what it will look like when proper safety protocols are in place. For example, dots are placed on the floor six feet apart from each door way for students to line up. Students have individually labeled chairs and supply boxes, as well as an additional pencil box to place their mask in at recess. Sinks have signs reminding students to wash their hands, each student will have his/her own water bottle, and we have full PPE for staff to wear. 

    We cannot wait to have some of our students back in the building!  

    Top Model Classroom



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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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  • 5th grade flattened out to visit their students

    Posted by Seton Pedersen on 4/27/2020

    Flat Mrs. Denney, Mr. VanQuill and Mrs. Pedersen are heading to their students homes to go on an adventure while staying safe at home.  5th grade flattened out

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  • Illustrator Inspires Gilbert Students

    Posted by Judith Strosahl on 3/11/2020

    On Feb. 25, children's book illustrator, Craig Orback, spoke to Gilbert students about his recent Born to Draw Comics: the Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts.  Students had been learning how illustrations help us understand what we are reading.  As a young artist, Orback had been inspired by Schulz' work, just as Schulz was inspired by cartoonists of his childhood. We learned about Orback's research into Schulz' life, and the many drafts before a book is published. Each grade level presentation ended with a fun drawing lesson!  Big thanks to The Yakima Schools Foundation for generously funding Mr. Orback's visit!Student drawings! Craig Orback with 3rd graders. Quick draw - 1st grade Thank you YSD Foundation!

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