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  • It's Better Speech and Hearing Month!

    Posted by Ari Vazquez on 5/4/2022

    Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! We had so much fun celebrating Better Speech and Hearing Month last year and we can't wait for even more fun this year! Did you know Adams is the only school in YSD with 2 full-time Speech-Language Pathologists? Together, Katie McGee and Bridget Geary are spreading awareness and shared, "58% of teachers may develop a voice disorder during their career."

    Katie McGee's SLP decorated door

    Laura Deyo, from Garfield, is the SLP team leader this year and she has provided Superintendent Greene with SLP information that he will be presenting at the board meeting on May 9th. 

    Deyo shared the following: 

    Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) members in providing life-altering treatment.

    For 2022, the theme is “Connecting People.”

    In the Yakima School District, we have a team of 15 district employed speech-language pathologists (SLP), 13 (outside agency) contracted speech-language pathologists,1 district audiologist, 1 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist, and 19 speech bilingual speech protechs. 

    "Communication is a foundational skill that helps you “connect with people”. Good communication allows you to understand and express your thoughts, feelings and your learning. Our team is passionate about identifying and helping students who have communication challenges/disorders. This team is tasked with evaluating communication disorders, designing and providing skilled therapy, consulting with team members,and tracking student data and progress for students in preschool to high school. The SLP team works very hard to provide speech and language disordered students with the tools they need to be effective communicators while in school and in the community," says Deyo.

    Did you know that May 18th is National Speech Pathologist Day? Please be on the lookout for fun surveys and activities provided by your Speech-Language Pathologists. Attached are some pictures of the activities from last year!

    Learn more about Better Hearing and Speech Month here!

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  • Students Learn about Brain Awareness Day with an Egg Drop Activity

    Posted by Ari Vazquez on 3/28/2022

    Students from Barge Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Adams, McKinley, and Ridgeview Elementary Schools learned about the hippocampus, occipital lobe, dura mater (tough mother), and how neurons communicate thanks to a presentation by Dr. Sorrells this past Friday. Through a partnership between 21st Century Learning Centers and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, students were able to celebrate Brain Awareness Day and ask questions about headaches, how we dream and how much of the brain we use every day. Afterward, the kids were grouped and paired with a PNWU student to complete a "Brain Mission" where students had to build a protective suit that would keep their brains (raw eggs) from cracking when being dropped from playground structures or bleachers. Staff and students enjoyed being outside to celebrate, organizing an active learning activity, and interacting with involved community members.

    Elementary kids grouped and working together outsideYoung boy participating in an egg drop activity outside 

    A young girl working with an adult outside to celebrate Brain Awareness Day





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  • Hoover Elementary Student Make Cookies To Learn Fractions

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 12/16/2021

    Our fifth grade students at Hoover Elementary play fraction games to help practice finding equivalent fractions. This is an enjoyable way to learn math and bring a little competitive spirit! One parent shared that "I’m pretty sure it was fun; my son wouldn’t stop talking about it, happy to hear that it was fun and educational."



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