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Character Word of the Month

  • Character - It's Who You Are!

    Character Education Word for August: Safe - Protected from or not exposed to danger or risk; not likely to be harmed or lost.

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  • June 10, 2020

    Dear YSD families,

    Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the required shutdowns of our schools, we are required by the state to provide 5 extra days of distance learning for students, extending the school year from June 10 to June 17th

    By Wed. June 10th, your student(s) will be receiving the final week of tasks for the 2019-20 school year. These assignments will be dropped by Franklin teachers, just as we have been doing for several weeks.

    We have set up online support for you and your students for to access instruction and support from June 11-17th.  The links will be sent out by the Franklin teachers.

    There will be support for students:

    • Thursday and Friday,( June 11&12)
    • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,( June 15-17th)
    • The hours will be 8-2:30 daily

    Upon joining these meetings, you and your child will be able to access a teacher who can provide support and answer questions. Spanish-speaking teachers are available for all students/families to access.

    Students may also speak to Mr. Voorhees, Ms. Watters or Principal Anderson, who would love to help with homework or just visit.  We are available the following days from 1-2 pm.

    • June 11, 12 15, 16

    Here is the link:

    As we enter the final week of school, we would like to thank all of our parents and students for their patience, grace, and diligence.  We wish you a great summer and will contact you regularly with updates.  Please keep and eye on our school webpage, as well as the district webpage.  If you have questions, use the “let’s talk” button from the district webpage.  

    Thank you for staying Franklin Strong!

    Your Franklin Administrative Team


    10 junio 2020

    Estimadas familias de YSD:

    Debido a problemas relacionados con la pandemia de COVID-19 y los cierres obligatorios de nuestras escuelas, el estado nos exige proporcionar 5 días adicionales de aprendizaje a distancia para los estudiantes, extendiendo el año escolar del 10 de junio al 17 de junio.

    Para el miércoles 10 de junio, su (s) estudiante (s) recibirán la última semana de tareas para el año escolar 2019-20. Estas tareas serán abandonadas por los maestros de Franklin, tal como lo hemos estado haciendo durante varias semanas.

    Hemos establecido asistencia en línea para que usted y sus alumnos tengan acceso a la instrucción y la asistencia del 11 al 17 de junio. Los enlaces serán enviados por los maestros de Franklin.

     Habrá apoyo para los estudiantes:

    • Jueves y viernes (11 y 12 de junio)
    • Lunes, martes y miércoles (15-17 de junio)
    • El horario será de 8 a 2:30 todos los días.

    Al unirse a estas reuniones, usted y su hijo podrán acceder a un maestro que puede brindarles apoyo y responder preguntas. Los maestros de habla hispana están disponibles para que todos los estudiantes / familias tengan acceso ".

    Los estudiantes también pueden hablar con el Sr. Voorhees, la Sra. Watters o el Director Anderson, a quienes les encantaría ayudar con la tarea o simplemente visitarlos. Estamos disponibles los siguientes días de 1-2 pm.

    • 11 de junio, 12, 15, 16

    Aqui esta el link:

    Al comenzar la última semana de clases, nos gustaría agradecer a todos nuestros padres y estudiantes por su paciencia, gracia y diligencia. Le deseamos un buen verano y nos pondremos en contacto con usted periódicamente para actualizarlo. Esté atento a nuestra página web de la escuela, así como a la página web del distrito. Si tiene preguntas, use el botón "hablemos" de la página web del distrito.

    ¡Gracias por seguir siendo Franklin Strong!

    Su equipo administrativo de Franklin

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  • Sixth Grade Virtual Orientation

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  • Resources for Parents of English Learners

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District Announcements

  • Current Status: STAGE A Fully Remote Learning

    The Yakima School District will be in Stage A of our reopening plan for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Stage A is fully remote/distance learning.


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  • Reopening Plan

    On Monday, August 3, 2020, the Yakima School Board approved YSD's proposed Reopening Plan for OSPI. This is NOT an alert of how school will start in the fall (i.e. distance learning) but we expect that info from the health dept in 1-2 days. To review our plan, go online to

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  • New Student Registration

    Interested in K-8 or high school enrollment information? For a current status update on registering your student for school next year, please go here


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YSD Stories

  • 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 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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  • Yakima Valley Middle Schools Virtual Art Exhibit 2020!

    Posted by Michelle Fortier on 6/3/2020

    YSD Middle School 21st Annual Art Exhibit has gone VIRTUAL this year!

    Online viewing of the show available now (link below)

    YSD Middle School Art Exhibit 2020

    Participating middle schools include: Wilson, Washington, Franklin, Discovery Lab, Lewis & Clark and Union Gap.

    About the exhibit: Yakima Middle School Art Teachers collaborate throughout the year to host our spring show. While the schools are now closed due to COVID-19, we don't want our students to miss this special opportunity to showcase their talents! The exhibit originated at Washington Middle School in 1999 thanks to its founding director/teacher Leslie Pease. Our devoted team of art educators strive to enhance every student's creative potential and provide equal opportunity for each child. In celebration of our youth and vibrant community of artists, we thank you for your continued support of Yakima Schools and the Arts!

    Please click here to view the show

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  • YSD Girls Inspired to Explore STEM During Visit to Microsoft

    Posted by Manuel Rodriguez on 10/11/2018

    Technologchicas GameOn

    Students from Franklin and Washington Middle Schools (WMS) visited Microsoft on October 5, to attend a Nuevo Foundation workshop focused on encouraging female students to consider careers in STEM fields.  The 22 girls, who are also part of Central Washington University’s Game On! program, engaged in hands-on activities, connected with STEM professionals from Microsoft, Google, NASA, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and toured the Microsoft campus.  The impact of this experience on the students was immediate. “I wanted to be a nurse, but now I want to work for NASA because one of the ladies inspired me to be an engineer.  I think it’s fascinating because you design things to go on the NASA spaceship,” WMS seventh-grader Dayana Abundiz said.

    CWU Game On! is a free program for middle-- and high school students that educates them about core values, leadership, social and digital literacy, and college-ready skills by using computer and soccer training. The free program is made available through a partnership with the Yakima School District, the Real Madrid Foundation, Microsoft, and Central Washington University. Learn more at

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