YSD Stories

  • Superintendent Reykdal's Visit

    Posted by Megan Anderson Reilly on 4/22/2021

    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.

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  • Kids Heart Challenge

    Posted by Jaime Lee on 4/13/2021

    During the month of March, McClure students participated in the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. Students learned about how to help their hearts be healthier and help other kids who might have heart problems. Together students raised over $3769. Eight students raised over $160 each.

    McClure P.E. teacher Laura Pruchinsky partnered with the following local organizations to have prizes donated for students: Get Air, Nerds Laser Tag, and McDonald's. 

    All students were able to participate in the challenge by setting goals to be kind, choosing water, or moving more. Way to go McClure!

    Heart Challenge  Heart Challenge  Heart Challenge  Heart Challenge  Heart Challenge

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  • Ridgeview Elementary Shines with New Art from Five Artists, Curated by Cozette Phillips, Featuring Yakima Artist Christie Tirado

    Posted by Kirsten Fitterer on 4/13/2021

    Christie Tirado   Christie Tirado

    "The Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program enhances the spaces which serve the public with extraordinary artworks. The aspiration to capture and express the spirit of this program has informed the curation and addition of five artists and sixteen artworks to the collection at Ridgeview Elementary. Artists James Allen, Megan Martens-Haworth, Narsiso Martinez, Nicole Pietrantoni, and Christie Tirado each bring their unique voices as they join Washington’s State Art Collection.

    The artworks that have been added to the collection span the mediums of book arts, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. There is a diversity of approaches and interpretations yet each artist shares in their ability to enlighten, alter perceptions, and open the viewer to new experiences. Artworks and artists were selected that reflect the people and cultures of the region, its landscapes, its agricultural traditions, and its dreams of the future; all that is essential and all those who are essential.

    One will experience both a visual and physical journey while viewing the collection on display at Ridgeview Elementary. The dynamic architecture of the school is understood through its lofty ceilings, the abundant natural light that spills through its skylights, and its spacious corridors that offer expansive sightlines. Its impact inspires a dialogue between the artworks and their surrounding educational spaces. The intentional presentation encourages moments of reflection while paired with the curatorial goal of cultivating knowledge and a greater appreciation of the arts."

    –Cozette Phillips, curator for Ridgeview Elementary, Yakima School District, in Central Washington (April 2021).

    For information about the artists as well as photos of the art, please go to the ArtsWA portal here: https://www.arts.wa.gov/collection/?request=record;id=211;type=901

    About the Ridgeview Elementary Curator Collection

    Sixteen artworks were acquired by the Washington State Arts Commission in partnership with Yakima School District for the Ridgeview Elementary Curated Collection. They are part of the State Art Collection. The funding for this curated collection was made possible by the OSPI K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant, which funded the construction of additional classrooms at Ridgeview Elementary School.

    Curator: Cozette Phillips

    ArtsWA Curated Projects Coordinator: Valerie Peterman

    Art Selection Committee:

    • Narae Collins, 2nd Grade Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Trina Hovsepian, Assistant Principal, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Brittney Jones, PTO President, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Shelli McDonald Hauk, 4th Grade Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary
    • KC Mitchell, Principal, Ridgeview Elementary
    • Maria T. Reyes, Kindergarten Teacher, Ridgeview Elementary

    Yakima School District and Ridgeview Elementary assembled an Art Selection Committee. They gathered for a four-meeting process to select artworks for their school. The committee first met with ArtsWA Curated Projects Coordinator Valerie Peterman. They discussed Ridgeview’s community context, audience, and location opportunities for artworks. With this information in mind, they selected Cozette Phillips from the ArtsWA Curator Roster to research and recommend artworks.

    Adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions, Cozette met with Valerie and the committee remotely to refine the committee’s criteria. Cozette then researched potential artworks that responded to the ideas and values shared by the committee. Cozette presented artworks to the Committee, who selected sixteen artworks by the following five artists to be placed around the school:

    • James Allen, Portland, OR
    • Megan Martens-Haworth, Spokane, WA
    • Narsiso Martinez, Long Beach, CA
    • Nicole Pietrantoni, Walla-Walla, WA
    • Christie Tirado, Yakima, WA

    The artwork was installed over Spring Break.

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  • Soccer for Success (SFS) @ Barge-Lincoln & Hoover Elementary

    Posted by Hector Mendez on 4/5/2021

    Barge-Lincoln and Hoover Elementary schools have collaborated with Soccer for Success (SFS) this spring to promote a healthy lifestyle and soccer skill development.  Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer's Foundation's innovative youth development program that supports children in urban communities.  The students are coached by four building staff members on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15-4:45 pm.  Covid measures are strictly enforced to provide coaches and players safety such as social distancing and mask-wearing at all times.  Parents are allowed to spectate from their car or outside the fence to prevent social gatherings.  

    Barge-Lincoln students scrimmaging Hoover students

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  • McKinley Students Show School Spirit Through Kindness

    Posted by Amanda Voorhees on 4/2/2021

    During the month of March, McKinley elementary students learned about being kind to others.  They celebrated at the end of the month with a kindness spirit week.  They were encouraged to dress in a different color each day representing various traits of kindness.  They also created a "kindness pinwheel" as a representation of the kindness they were sending out into their community each day.  Thank you Mrs. Kinley for putting together our Kindness Spirit Week. 

    kindness week   red=love  yellow=positivity

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