August/September 2022 Newsletter


Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year. We are excited to tackle this new year knowing we have you as partners in your student’s learning. We have high expectations and hopes for all students this year. Two years later we know we will continue to face academic and social challenges caused as a result of the pandemic. You are a fundamental component in your child’s education. I encourage you to please stay in touch with us, communicate often with your student’s teachers and ask your student routinely what they are learning at school. Although they may not show it, students

appreciate you staying involved and interested in their learning. Please visit our website often for updates and please read or listen to our school’s robo-calls, we will keep them brief for you.

Enclosed in this newsletter there is information we hope is useful to help you and your student have a successful start to the year. We are here to serve you, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone, ParentSquare or the Let’s Talk website found on our Wilson home page.


Ernesto Araiza, Principal


Front Office

Main Office -(509)573-2400

Receptionist/ASB Secretary-Ms. Garcia (509)573-2470

Registrar/Athletic Secretary-Ms. Thomas (509)573-2406

Attendance Secretary-Mrs. Rankin (509)573-2410


Mrs. Guzman (A-G)-(509)573-2415

Mrs. Brownlow (H-O) -(509)573-2416

Mrs. Robinson (P—Z)-(509)573-2417


Principal-Mr. Araiza (509)573-2401

Assistant Principal (A-K)-Mr. Gonzales (509)573-2403

Assistant Principal (L-Z) Mrs. Howell (509)573-2404

Teacher classroom extensions can be found on the school website in the staff directory



8/17 6th grade Orientation 4-6pm in Main Gym

8/18 Sports Parent Mtg. 6pm in the cafeteria

8/22 New to Wilson 7th and 8th Grade Orientation 4-5pm in Main Gym

8/24 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL-Early release 11:15am

8/25 Sport Practices Begin

8/29 Picture Day


9/5 Labor Day-No school

9/7 Open House-All Grades 6:30-7:30pm in Main Gym


If you haven’t heard, we offer Spirit Packs!

A Spirit Pack is a bundle of items at a slightly reduced price than items purchased individually.

Spirit Pack A: $50

* PE Uniform (shirt and short set)

* Yearbook

* Wilson T-shirt (different from PE shirt)

Spirit Pack B: $35

* Yearbook

* Wilson T-shirt (different from PE shirt)

Individual Items:

PE Uniform $20

T-Shirt $15

Yearbook $25

Lanyard $2

Bracelet $1

Facemask $5

If you have any questions please contact our

secretary, Ms. Garcia at


Sales begin August 15th



It is important that we have correct and current information for you and your student.

Please be sure to update your student’s information, emergency contact list, phone number, address and email address. If there are or will be any changes, please let our registrar, Ms. Thomas at (509)573-2406 or at Thomas.angela@ysd7.org, know as soon as possible.

We can not release your student or any information regarding your student to anyone not on your emergency contact list.

We use ParentSquare to send out information regarding attendance, up coming events and many other school related messages. Please listen and read all of these messages and respond accordingly.

August Word of the Month: Tenacious “Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired”


Family Access gives students and parents the ability to look at attendance, grades, and assignments.

If your student is new to our school please make sure we have your current email address on file. Our registrar will send a link to setup your access. Please contact Ms. Thomas at (509)573-2406 or thomas.angela@ysd7.org beginning August 15th.

If your student is returning, your Family Access will remain the same.



As we get close to a new school year, we are implementing our

policy for an appointment/early pick up. When you know your

student has an appointment or needs to be picked up

early, we ask that you to send a note or call in the morning with the time they will be picked up. Your student will need to turn in the note to the office and will receive a pass to be released with the time you indicate. We will not be calling classrooms, as this

interrupts instruction.

If you have any questions, please call our attendance secretary, Mrs. Rankin at 573-2410.

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Attendance is crucial to a student’s academic success. Attendance is directly linked to how well students do in school.


Guidelines for Unexcused Absences are:

¨ If a student fails to attend the majority of classes in an average school day being more than 3.

¨ Fails to comply with the Yakima School District’s Excused Absence Policy.

Guidelines for Excused Absences are:

¨ An absence due to illness or health condition, family emergency or religious


¨ Pre-arranged absences of parent approved activities when also approved school principal.

¨ Extended illness due to a verified health condition.

¨ Participation in school-approved activities such as sports or field trips.

You will receive a ParentSquare notification regarding your student’s absence/tardy if you have not called or sent a note to excuse it. We are required to send notification for 3 or more unexcused absences. At 5 or more, we will schedule a conference to discuss the attendance and come up with an agreement to improve. If your student obtains 7-10 unexcused absences within the school year a BECCA Truancy petition may be filed in Juvenile Court.


If a student’s tardiness becomes excessive, a parent conference will be required and a plan will be implemented to reduce the tardiness. 3 or more tardies may result in disciplinary action.

Definition of an Excused Tardy:

An excused tardy, like an excused absence, must fall into one of the following three


¨ Student illness or health condition

¨ Religious observance

¨ Emergency

To verify an excused tardy, parent/guardian must notify the school either by phone,

written notice or in person when a student arrives at school.

If you have any questions, please contact the attendance secretary, Mrs. Rankin at

(509)573-2410 or rankin.mirna@ysd7.org.



The library will be open after school between 2:30-3:30 Tuesday-Thursday for Homework Center beginning in September. All students that attend are required to arrive directly after school. They are not permitted to leave school then come back. Snack will be provided to those who attend. Students are able to receive help with assignments and homework during that time. They will have access to any supplies they may need to complete assignments. Tutors are available to work with groups or one-on one as needed. A form will be provided to your student to show that they attended and what assignments were worked on at the request of the parent. If your student rides the school bus we can provide a free city bus pass.

Start out the year by making a point to ALWAYS turn in every assignment on time and completed to the best of your ability! You can contact Mrs. Madrinich, MLIS/NBCT Teacher Librarian at (509)573-2422 if you have an questions


Cross Country

Football (7th and 8th grade only)

Girl’s Fast Pitch

Girl’s Volleyball

Boy’s Soccer

Registration opens August 10, 2022 and goes through September 1, 2022. Register your athlete at FamilyID.com. If you have not already setup an account on FamilyID.com you will need to do so. All athletes MUST have a Sports Physical (not a well child check) turned in by the first day of practice, August 25th. They will NOT be able to participate without this. Sports physicals are good for 2 years. If you have one on file from the 2021-2022 season (last year) it is still good.

There will be a Parent Sports Meeting Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 6pm in the school cafeteria with coaches and our Athletic director.

Practices will begin Thursday, August 25, 2022 after school.

Please contact Ms. Thomas, Registrar/Athletic Secretary at (509)573-2406

with any questions.


Please go online to ysd7.org/bus routes or check Skyward for your students assigned bus, stop locations and times or call transportation at (509)573-7200.


Individual student pictures will be taken Monday, August 29, 2022 by Classic Photography. All checks must be payable to Classic Photography. Picture packets will be available by the first day of school.

Your student will have their picture taken whether or not a picture package is ordered, as every student receives a Wilson Student ID and their photo in the yearbook.


ID cards will be given to every Wilson student and staff member.

Students are REQUIRED to wear their ID at all times. There are several reasons for this, a few being:

For the safety of your student, they are used to checkout library books, students need them at breakfast, lunch and to check in if they are tardy. Having their ID will make all of these a much faster and smoother process.

If the ID is lost or damaged a replacement will be issued at a fee of $5.

All students will be provided with a Wilson Middle School Agenda/Planner. They are required to bring it daily. If the student loses, there is a $5 replacement fee.

September word of the month: Honest “Worthy of praise, reputable and respectable”


Immunizations MUST be current by the first day of school. If they are not, your student CAN NOT come to school. Having an appointment will not count as being current.

Immunization required for incoming

6th graders:

* 1 Dose of Varicella (chickenpox)

1 Dose of Tdap-if your child is 11 years old or older and it has been 5 years since they have received either a DTap, DT or Td.


The parent and doctor must complete medication request forms every year before medication can be dispensed at school. Forms are available in the office. If you have any questions regarding medication, please call our school nurse, Mrs. Dawn Fausset at (509)573-2412.

School Policies


Wilson Middle School guidelines for students will foster an environment of respect for oneself, a sense of school pride, and will improve the level of safety in our building, while maintaining a focus on academic achievement. This policy applies to all students at Wilson Middle School.

Students may wear:

· Pants, shorts, sport shorts, and skirts of any color.

· Shorts and skirts that are longer than the finger tips, when arms are extended down to the sides.

· Tops that are of any color, or style, as long as shoulders, cleavage, backs, chest, and midriffs are covered.

· Hats and hoods, but only outside the building.

· Footwear that is safe for all school activities.

Students may not wear:

· Pants, shorts, or skirts with holes above the finger tips; unless worn with leggings underneath.

· Clothing with excessively ripped/hanging material that can catch or snag.

- Muscle shirts, tank tops or crop tops.

· Bedtime slippers, flip-flops, or “slides”

· Pants, shorts, or skirts, “sagged”.

· Trench coats or long overcoats.

· Any items deemed by administration as disruptive to the educational process, such as gang attire, or items with sexual, drug or alcohol messages, or those deemed unsafe. (This includes gang color or representation through numbers, pictures, Old English fonts, etc.)

We believe our dress code preserves our commitment to provide a safe and equitable school environment for all students. If in doubt, please call 573-2400 to avoid a disruption to your student’s education.


All student cell phones, earbuds, and electronic devices are to be turned off and stored in student backpacks once students are on campus between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Wilson Middle School staff will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or electronic devices. If the student is caught with their phone out during school hours, the phone will be taken to the office. If it is the students 1st offence they can pick it up at the end of the day. If there is a 2nd incident and anytime after, the parents will be asked to come and pick up the cell phone from the office.

If students need to reach parents for any reason they can use the phone in the office.

Please encourage your student to come to the office if they are not feeling well. We do not allow students to text or call parents from their cell phones in class. This disrupts learning and causes confusion in the office because we are unaware as to why the student is leaving.


We do not accept deliveries made to the school for students. Items such as flowers, balloons, gifts and food (Uber Eats, Door Dash, Grub Hub etc.)

Students are not allowed to have these items in the classroom as it causes interruptions and distractions.

These delivery people are not listed on the students profiles. This becomes a safety issue.


The drop off and pick up zones are on Arlington Ave. and 44th Ave. If you are visiting the school during school hours please use the designated visitor parking spots in our main parking lot.

We will have parking monitors during the first few days of school to answer questions and direct parents to the correct locations.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.


Please be sure that your student brings their charged district issued laptop daily.

Supplies your student will need:

· Backpack

· One 2" - 3 Ring Binder

· 6- Class Dividers

· 1 pack - College Ruled Notebook paper

· 2- Highlighters

· 12 - Pencils

· Blue or Black Pens

· Colored pencils- 1 pack

· 1 - glue stick

If there are supplies that are need for a specific subject the teacher of that class will let students know.

Who is considered eligible for homeless assistance and services?

Any child or youth who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes temporarily sharing housing with others, living in bus or train stations, hotels, campgrounds, or similar settings.

If you have a child who may qualify for assistance and would like more information, please contact our office at 509.573.7142, vela.javier@ysd7.org

Additional information on education for homeless youth is available on the National Center for Homeless Education website.


Wilson Middle School will provide equity in achievement levels for all students, regardless of ethnicity, gender or socio-economic status, by:

* Communicating high expectation for all students

* Continuously improving instruction in collaborative learning teams

* Implementing best classroom practices based on research

* Assessing student achievements regularly

* Arranging necessary time and resources to meet standards

* Encouraging students to believe that they can and will achieve

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender DISCRIMINATION (OP 3210) and (OP 5010) identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Students): Title IX / ADA / Section 504 – Amanda Jewell, Executive Director of Student Services, 105 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7004, jewell.amanda@ysd7.org;

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator (Non-Students): Title IX / ADA – Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 573-7039, nondiscrimination@ysd7.org.

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinators who are listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see column to the right under “Complaint Options”). For a copy of the district’s nondiscrimination operational procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online: www.ysd7.org (OP 3210) and (OP 5010).