YSD Stories

  • Whitney Elementary January Projects in the Highly Capable Program

    Posted by Kim Newell on 2/12/2021

    Whitney Elementary highly capable students have had the opportunity to focus on STEAM skills during the 2020-21 school year.  While we are in distance learning, our 3rd - 5th grade students are focusing on 3D modeling and design as well as programming and coding skills.  Students learn these skills during bi-weekly or monthly challenges through Google Classroom and TinkerCAD.  After learning the basics of 3D modeling, January's challenge was the students' choice.  They were able to select from a range of ideas which included creating emoji keychains to creating characters from their favorite game or show.  If they completed the challenge their model was then 3D printed using our in-house printer.  Students then could pick up their models at our weekly library checkout and drive-through.

    The blue model pictured is Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch and was created by one of our Whitney 5th grade students.  The white model is a modified Pikachu from the game/show Pokemon, and was created by one of our Whitney 4th grade students.

    Stitch Pikachu


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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Welcomes Students Back to School

    Posted by Maria Lucero on 2/11/2021 8:43:00 AM

    On Monday, February 8th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary welcomed students back for tutoring services. Students will receive assistance with Google Classroom assignments and will receive other services based on their specific needs. 

    1st Day of Tutoring



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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary Celebrates Student Participation

    Posted by Maria Lucero on 2/10/2021 3:45:00 PM

    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s English Language Development teacher, Mrs. Aragon, recognized students who were the top Imagine Learning users in their class.


    Imagine Learning is a digital program designed to help students improve their reading, writing and English language skills. The top users are identified based on the number of weeks using the program and/or the amount of hours spent using the program.


    At least 3 sets of siblings earned the top user spots across various grade levels. The winners either picked up their prize at the school or received them when they arrived for the in-person tutoring program.

    Students at MLK

    Student 2

    Thank you to Mrs. Aragon for the customized pencil pouches and goodie bags she made for the winners. Thank you to Ms. Montiel, bilingual para, and Ms. Lopez, Student Advocate, for their assistance with this project.

    Student 3


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  • Transitional Kinder Begins at Barge-Lincoln Elementary

    Posted by Hector Mendez on 2/1/2021

    Barge-Lincoln Elementary opened its doors to 15 transitional kindergarten students on Monday, January 25.  This is Group 5 of the YSD modified hybrid learning (model A/B) plan.  Mrs. Laura Rodriguez, teacher, and Ms. Molly Steward, para-educator, welcomed our first group of students on Monday.  Half of the students attend Monday and Tuesday from 9:30-1:30 and the other half attend Thursday and Friday.  The goal is to educate our students and provide them an opportunity to an early academic start as well as build their social-emotional needs.  

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  • Yay Mega-Super-Participaters!

    Posted by Al Fischer on 2/1/2021

    The specialists at McKinley Elementary School would like to give a shout out to our Mega-Super-Participaters

    Student working at his computer

     All specialist classes this year (Library, Counselor, PE and Music) are being taught asynchronously at our school, which means that it’s up to the student to connect to our lessons, do their best to complete them, and then click submit.  Many students find this to be a challenge, juggling their other classwork along with home duties, and making sure they save time to do their specialist lessons.

    girl at computer

    152 students were Super-Participaters in the first half of the school year, turning in all (or almost all) of their assignments for many of their specialist classes, and we appreciate all of their hard work.  There were some, though, who were Mega-Super-Participators, turning in all (or almost all) of their work for all four specialists classes!!

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    Please join us in acknowledging the accomplishment of these distinguished students:

    Zaiden A, Sophia L, Amalya J, Brayden L, Rudy M, Fernando M, Adaylne N, Bazil B, Brenda C, Alonzo H, Ayden M, Andreah M, Kailey T, Jose C, Eduardo R, Noah G, Haze M, Delilah R, Marlen S, Kimberly S, Jayda C.

    Great job, Mavericks!                          

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