YSD Stories

  • Principal Appreciation Month - M.L. King Jr. Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/30/2020
    The Yakima School District would like to thank and honor our principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student.
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    Did you know that Principal Maria Lucero knows how to play the saxophone? She started playing the saxophone in elementary school. Her favorite song to play was Hang on Sloopy by the McCoys.
     
    Did you know that Assistant Principal Sydney John likes to wear crazy socks every day at work? Students love to see what socks he's wearing. It's a great way to build relationships with students.
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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Wilson Middle School

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/29/2020

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

    Wilson Middle Principals

    Did you know that Principal Ernesto Araiza really likes classic cars and owns a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass that he is restoring? His dream car is a 1968 Firebird.

    Did you know that Assistant Principal John Gonzales is an artist and has a painting hanging in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia on permanent display?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Arlando Lara has 81 first cousins on his mother's side alone?

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - McKinley Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/29/2020

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

    McKinley Elementary Principals

    Did you know that Principal Amanda Voorhees focused on track and volleyball during middle school and high school and then played volleyball in college for three years? Now she enjoys watching her high school son play basketball and track, and her 5th-grade daughter play basketball and volleyball. 

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Cherie Carroll enjoyed playing volleyball and softball in her high school years, but now spends her time playing golf on the weekends and bowling in a variety of leagues?

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Discovery Lab

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/28/2020

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

    Discovery Lab Principal

    Did you know that Principal Anna Marie Dufault completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 and very much enjoys practicing yoga herself as well as helping others learn about the benefits of yoga? 

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Stanton Academy

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/28/2020

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

    Stanton Academy Principals

    Did you know that Principal Dave Chaplin enjoys exploring Yakima County's highways and byways?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Sharon Harris likes to cook and have others eat?

     

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Barge-Lincoln Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/28/2020

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

    Barge Lincoln Principals

    Did you know that Principal Hector Mendez and Assistant Principal Tori Brennan brought back the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to help fundraise for both a front and back playground for their students? Hector and Tori have play equipment that is waiting for their Barge-Lincoln Bobcats! They still have plans for installing new multi-field soccer goals and planting shade trees on the large back playground. 

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - D.D. Eisenhower

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/27/2020

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

    Eisenhower Principals

    Did you know that Principal John Diener's only friend is a cardboard cutout?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Jillian Ceja worked at El Porton, in Yakima, for 15 years?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Paul Stephens does not have any cardboard cutouts?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Gane Bourgeois's heart for kids at Madison House is what brought her to Yakima?

    Did you know that Assistant Principal Ruby Armijo owns a restaurant in Yakima?

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Adams Elementary

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/27/2020

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

    Adams Elementary Principals

    Did you know that Principal Doug Kaplicky and Assistant Principal Jose Contreras both attended Franklin Middle School as students? However, one attended the old building in the 1980s and one was born in the 1980s...guess who's who? They both share that their families are their life outside of school. Mr. Kaplicky has two older teen kids, loves writing, and is a huge sports fan. Mr. Contreras has three kids and loves playing board games, cards, and volleyball. 

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  • Open Doors-GED and a Diploma! Alicia Garcia did it !

    Posted by Anne Berg on 10/26/2020

     

     

    alicia garcia portrait Our Yakima School District Open Doors program is widely known for the GED program. Every year for the past five years, we have helped many students earn their high school equivalency certificate. We have had a smaller number of students who earned their high school diplomas with us, too. This June, we had our first student who accomplished both!

    Alicia Garcia accomplished a GED AND A DIPLOMA as of June 2020!  Congratulations to an amazing person! What an accomplishment!

    Alicia came to us in the 2016-2017 school year.  She was behind in her credits and was getting pressure from home to get her diploma done. Alicia was living on her own, paying rent, working fast food, and coming to Open Doors when she could. Transportation was not always easy as her car was unreliable. She had no internet and a computer she borrowed when she could find one.  After working for several months on credit courses she was working hard when she could find time, but not making as much progress as she wanted. A diploma seemed out of reach.  

    Alicia and I reviewed her goals and decided that at this time, going after a GED would be an easier, quicker path. She was discouraged and worried about disappointing her family but she knew that she was carrying a heavy load and a GED was in reach. Alicia spent several months preparing for her first GED test and then started taking the tests.  Nine months later, she completed her GED. We celebrated with her family in June of 2017 at our GED celebration at YV-TECH. We were all very happy and very proud of Alicia!

    After the celebration, Alicia surprised me when she came up and told me she wanted to start working on her diploma and asked, “Can I get my diploma now?”  Of course, she did earn credits for her GED, and if she wanted to go after the diploma, yes…go for it! I told her “We can keep you until you are twenty one years of age.”

    Alicia spent the next two years coming almost weekly to Open Doors, finishing class after class, still working full time, living on her own. Working full time, she was able to purchase a computer and she did get a new used car. If the car needed work…Alicia knew how to fix it.  Alicia worked hard at Pizza Hut and subsequently at WINCO FOODS and she worked hard at school.  This was a challenging journey.  Some weeks Alicia was unable to come to school because she had to put in overtime when she wanted to come to school.  I never heard her say one time, “I can’t finish the journey”. 

    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 and share her victory with family and friends. Nevertheless, Alicia has her diploma in hand…and her GED!

    Alicia is still working hard at her job and as many twenty- some-things, she is exploring what she wants to study when she can attend YVC. We know she will be successful at whatever she decides to do. Alicia can do anything she wants! She is an amazing and wonderful young woman.  WE ARE SO PROUD OF HER!

     

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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Early Learning

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/26/2020

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

    Early Learning Directors

    Did you know that Director Danielle (DeLange) Nguyen has lived in Saudi Arabia and England?

    Did you know that Assistant Director Julie McDougall was the swim team captain in high school? 

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