YSD Stories

  • 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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  • First Student Completes Both GED and Diploma - Even During a Pandemic!

    Posted by Anne Berg on 10/26/2020

     Alicia Garcia

    The Yakima School District Open Doors program is widely known for its GED program. A smaller number of students earn their diploma through Open Doors. This June, YSD’s, Alicia Garcia, was the first student to do both!

    Alicia came to Open Doors in the 2016-2017 school year.  She was living on her own, paying rent, working at a fast-food restaurant, and coming to Open Doors when she could. Transportation was not always easy as her car was unreliable. She had no internet access and borrowed a computer when she could. Going after a GED would be a simpler, quicker path for Alicia as she knew that she was carrying a heavy load and a GED was in reach. Nine months later, Alicia completed her GED and we all celebrated her accomplishment!

    Alicia surprised staff when, on the night of her GED celebration, she asked, “Can I get my diploma now?”

    Alicia spent the next two years coming almost weekly to Open Doors, finishing class after class, still working full time, and living on her own. Working full time, she was able to purchase a computer and a reliable car (that she knows how to fix herself we might add). 

    When COVID-19 hit, Alicia had one more class to finish and she did it.  Like all the other graduates of 2020, Alicia did not get to walk and turn her tassel to share her victory with family and friends. Nevertheless, Alicia has her diploma in hand…and her GED!

    Alicia is now on to community college. Congratulations, Alicia! #YSDpride

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Yakima Open Doors and Yakima Online

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/22/2020

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

    Yakima Online and Open Doors Principal Image

    Did you know that when Principal Lois Menard was the same age as her students, she was selling fishing worms, working as a waitress, picking up 12,000 spark plugs on an assembly line during the midnight shift, and doing sales in a music store, while being a full-time student? Sharing these experiences with her students builds relationships and relatability as they work through their educational goals. 

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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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  • Thank you for providing a cermony for the graduates. Two of my three children needed a program like this and I'm very grateful that this was an option for them. Brandon has moved to Tri Cities to work part time and attend college. I have no doubt he will be successfull at computer engineering. Thank you again for all that you do - it makes a big difference to many.

    - Parent of 2017 Graduate

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