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TODAY! "Style" organization to spend the day making music with Gilbert Elementary students - 03/20/19

STYLE is Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education

Media: You are invited to visit Gilbert Elementary School, 4400 Douglas Drive, Yakima 98908, this morning! If you come between 10:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. you can see STYLE in action with the students.  From 11:45-12:15 STYLE musical artists/teachers are available for interviews.  It's really amazing!

Questions? Contact Gilbert Elementary School Librarian, Judith Strosah, on her mobile at 206-396-7246.

STYLE’s main focus is to ignite a passion for reading in students that will last a lifetime. Our goals include impacting students’ ways of thinking and working while giving them new tools and skills in everyday life. Collaboration is an important aspect of STYLE, and we hope to help build a learning community that thrives on these goals.

The Library Program Includes:

  • STYLE teaching artist(s)
  • Performance of songs inspired by the selected book, and more
  • Cross-curricular lessons in ELA, critical/creative thinking and musical concepts
  • Password protected webpage for each participating classroom
  • Recording of creation (Mp3 download made available on your STYLE webpage)


Davis HS Students Donate to Rod's House. - 03/12/19

Yakima, WA – Davis High School SkillsUSA members donated meatloaf muffins, mashed potatoes, chocolate peanut butter cookies, oranges and toiletries to Rod’s House, a resource center for homeless youth. The donation was delivered on Friday, March 8th.

Rod’s House has been a resource center for hundreds of homeless and at-risk youth.  Every day, Rod’s House greets its youth with a hot meal provided by community partners. Youth also have the option of accessing free showers and hygiene products, “shopping” in the clothing room, and getting non-perishables from the food pantry for the night.

The SkillsUSA members at Davis High School were happy to help others; they also delivered a meal to Rod’s House in November 2018. 

SkillsUSA is a national leadership organization for students enrolled in career and technical education. Community service is part of our program of work and leadership development objectives, and it enables us to give back to the community.

Davis IB and Advanced Student Art Show flyer
Davis IB and Advanced Student Art Show flyer
Advanced Art Show by Davis Students: March 11th 6:00 pm -- 8:30 pm, March 12th --15th 8:00 am -- 4:00 pm in the Davis KIVA (Photo) - 03/04/19

Open to parents, community, students, and staff.

The drawing and painting classes at Davis invite you to the 2019 IB Visual Arts and Senior Advanced Art Exhibition.  The opening will be March 11th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the AC Davis High School KIVA.  IB Art students will be there with their work to talk to people about their individual themed exhibit. The exhibition will continue at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm through March 15th for parents, students, staff and community.  The show will display individual exhibitions from each of our IB Visual Arts students, as well as the advanced art students work that they have done while at Davis.  Viewers will see the visual results of imagination, effort, and perseverance by our Davis art students.  Unlocking the potential within each student, increasing imagination, as well as creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills are in great demand in our world today.  Art classes are designed to increase these skills. 

The IB Senior Art Exhibition is only one part of the IB Visual Arts program.  Each IB student will present their theme through their own original resolved artworks accompanied by exhibition texts and a written curatorial rationale that defends and articulates their purpose and intention for each piece that is to have global and cultural connections.  The themed work is based on student choice and executed from the skills, techniques, and knowledge they have gained from the program. The results have been amazing because most of the IB art students had VERY limited knowledge and experience with art, so beginning art also needed to be added to the already full program.   IB students are beginning artists with advanced art student’s tasks, demanding imagination and higher level creative and problem-solving thinking, so students have worked extremely hard to meet these standards.  The individual student exhibition is one portion of IB Visual Arts with a process portfolio, and a comparative study based on art history completing the program.

The Senior Advanced Art Exhibit will be from the advanced drawing and painting class and will be artwork that students have created throughout their time in the art program through this year and previous years at Davis High School.  They have taken beginning art, as well as some students have continued in advanced art.  The artwork is a result of student choice, exploration and investigation in new techniques, media and personal findings through developing their creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Some art students have had work in fairs and competitive exhibits, as well as several, have sold or done commissioned work over the years and may go into a field of art.

Momo Threats Questions Answered at YSD Cyber-Security Parent Forum March 7th - 03/04/19

Andy Gonzalez (at 6:00 p.m.), the Yakima School District's Director of Technology, will give the keynote address regarding Cyber Security at the district's Parent Forum this Thursday evening.

It is important for parents to understand how their children might be using social media and digital devices so that they can be kept safe. Mr. Gonzalez will speak to the audience about cyber safety and then he will conduct a break-out session titled "Teens, Technology & Trends."  Additional break-out sessions include:

  • KINDERGARTEN READINESS (Parents can also enroll their child in Kindergarten at the forum.)

The forum begins at 5:00 p.m. at Washington Middle School. It is open and free for all parents of students in the Yakima School District.  Sodexo, the district's food service vendor, has donated a free lasagna dinner for all. Also, the district will provide activities for young children so that parents can best focus on the information provided at the forum.

Media notes: 

  • Flyers in English and Spanish are attached to this release and contain additional information.
  • Please contact Kirsten F. if you would like to interview Mr. Gonzalez prior to the forum (or at the forum).
  • If television is interested in broadcasting LIVE from the forum, we can work with you to accommodate.

Trevor Greene
Trevor Greene
Yakima School Board Votes to Select Trevor Greene as the Next Superintendent (Photo) - 03/01/19

March 1, 2019 - The Yakima School Board has unanimously named Trevor Greene as superintendent of the Yakima School District, pending contract negotiation. Mr. Greene will replace Dr. Jack Irion who will retire at the end of this year (June 30, 2019).

Greene is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Highline School District in Burien, WA. He brings 28 years of experience in education including 17 years in public schools administration. Trevor started his career in education as a Spanish and English teacher.  He is a graduate of A.C. Davis High School in Yakima. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, Master’s degree from Central Washington University and is a doctoral student at the University of Washington. He earned his Superintendent certification from Washington State University.

“We feel Trevor Greene is a great fit for the board's vision for the future of the Yakima School District," said Board President, Raymond Navarro, Jr. “His passion and enthusiasm for public education were apparent in his interviews.”

Prior to his current position, Greene’s experience includes leadership roles in the Toppenish and Highland School Districts.  He is the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year and during his tenure there, Toppenish realized a 93.5% graduation rate.

Trevor and his wife, Melanie, have been married 26 years. They have four children, two who are grown and two who will enter the Yakima School District.

The Board had an intensive five-month process since Dr. Jack Irion announced his retirement effective June 30, to find the next Yakima School District superintendent. That process included hiring a search firm, solicitation of public input to define the district’s needs, search meetings with public input, evaluating and researching 15 applications, and many hours of candidate interviews, including the community forums with the candidates this week.

“As elected representatives, we recognize the trust placed in us by the Yakima community and we hope to live up to the high standards this community expects,” Navarro, Jr. said.

Attached Media Files: Trevor Greene
Yakima School Board to Vote to Select New Superintendent at 10:30 a.m. - 03/01/19

In a regularly scheduled school board meeting this morning, the Yakima School Board, currently in executive (closed) session, will enter open (public) session at 10:30 a.m. for a vote to select the next Superintendent of the Yakima School District.

The meeting is being held at the Yakima School District Central Administration Building at 104 N 4th Avenue.

An announcement with the outcome of the vote will be made to media (via FlashAlert) today.

John Boyd No Longer Finalist for Yakima Superintendent - 02/26/19

Mr. John Boyd, Superintendent of the Quincy School District, and one of three finalists for the Yakima Superintendent position withdrew his application today.

All scheduled meetings on Thursday, February 28th, regarding his candidacy, have been canceled.

Meet the Final Candidates for Yakima School District Superintendent - 02/22/19

The Yakima School District Board of Directors has invited three candidates back to Yakima for interactive interviews with the community.  The community is invited to meet and interact with our three Superintendent Candidate Finalists on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

                                Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Trevor Greene

                                Wednesday, February 27, 2019 – Ben Ramirez

                                Thursday, February 28, 2019 – John Boyd

There are two opportunities each day (at YSD Central Services, 104 N 4th Ave, in Conf. Rms. A & B):

12:00 -1:00 p.m.               Brown bag drop-in lunch                              For stakeholders, staff, parents

5:15-6:15 p.m.                  Community forum                                          For community and staff

Please join us to ask questions and get to know our finalist candidates.

Safety and Cyber-Security Parent Forum - March 7 - 02/21/19

Please see the attached two-page flyer (English and Spanish) with information about our Parent Forum for all parents in the Yakima School District.


Our top 10 students
Our top 10 students
MACK STEPHENSON WINS NOB HILL ELEMENTARY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GEOBEE: Local Students Compete in the First Round of National Competition (Photo) - 02/20/19

YAKIMA, WA JANUARY 30, 2019—161 students from Nob Hill Elementary participated in the school-level competition of the National Geographic GeoBee on 1-30-19. Mack Stephenson, a 5th-grade student, won first place, with Paige Gasseling, a 4th-grade student, winning second place and Ryker Hatley, a 4th-grade student, finishing in third place. 

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world.  Questions cover not only geography but also cultures, physical features, history, and earth science.

The National Geographic Society developed the GeoBee in 1989 in response to concern about

the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Over more than

three decades, 120 million students have learned about the world through participation in the


School champions, including Mack Stephenson, will take an online qualifying test; up to

One hundred of the top test scorers in each state then become eligible to compete in their State GeoBee.

The winners of the State GeoBees receive an all-expenses-paid trip to National Geographic

Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., next May to participate in the GeoBee national

championship, competing for cash prizes, scholarships, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad

expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the National Geographic Endeavour ll. Learn more

at www.natgeobee.org.

In addition to the GeoBee, National Geographic also offers classroom resources, student

experiences and professional development opportunities for educators.


About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and

transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling, and education.

Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key

insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our

time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global

understanding. Our goal is a measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people

around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.