Yelm Community Schools

February 4, 2022

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

The mid-year report cards are a great time to reflect on progress and identify ways to support students on a path to success. Teachers will be targeting core learning standards and continue to communicate with families on ways to assist students. Here are a few tips that families can do at home to be part of the learning process.


  1. Ask your student each day, "What did you enjoy about school today?"
  2. Review your students work together and have them tell you what they learned.
  3. Check Skyward regularly for missing assignments.
  4. Set aside time and a quiet space to finish homework.
  5. Read together.
  6. Ensure students get ample sleep each day.
  7. Help students organize their backpacks for school.


When we show interest in school, students are more likely to have a positive attitude about learning, will be encouraged to keep trying, and will ask questions when they need help. Together we can support our students learn and grow.

YHS Native American Artwork Restoration Celebration

On January 26, the Washington Arts Commission and Nisqually Nation joined us at YHS to re-dedicate the Big Bird Native Artwork which was originally created in 1979. The art conservator and artist shared the process to restore the piece over the past year. Nisqually Tribal Council members share the cultural impact artist Marvin Oliver has made here in our community and across the state. Watch the recorded celebration to learn more.
Big Bird Native Art Rededication 1.25.22

BLACK HISTORY MONTH


Please join Yelm Community Schools in celebrating the achievements of African Americans and their central role in American history. February was selected for this observance because it coincides with the birthdays of former President Abraham Lincoln and social reformer, Frederick Douglass. Both leaders played significant roles in ending slavery in the United States. Other countries, including Canada and Great Britain, also devote a month to celebrating Black History.


"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."-Thurgood Marshall, first African American U.S. Supreme Court member

Career & Technical Education (CTE) MONTH

Yelm has a robust CTE program starting in middle school. We offer over 70 courses across the 16 national career pathways leading to various post secondary education and training including industry certification, apprenticeship, 2-yr technical or AA degree and 4th year degrees. FREE college credit is available in 21 of our CTE classes. Students learn industry and academic standards while developing work readiness. Learn more about CTE and the course sequences that lead to graduation readiness.

Dollars for Scholars

Yelm Dollars for Scholars will hold their annual auction March 5-12 to directly support Yelm High School graduates pursuing further education and training in the form of scholarships. The program has raised and distributed $2.6M in scholarships over the last 26 years and the DFS team is eager to see you again in March.


Live Auction: The live event is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 12 at the Yelm Community Center. This is a ticketed event with a provided dinner and drinks, and it is set to be a great night out with an incredible community. Get your tickets before they sell out!


Online Silent: Leading up to the live auction will be the renowned silent auction. Bidding will open March 5 and close at 10 p.m. March 11. Create an account early to get notifications!


Taste of the Prairie: Let Dollars for Scholars help with meal planning! In the days leading up to the Auction, many businesses will be donating a portion of their proceeds on select days to support Yelm Graduates. View the full Taste of the Prairie calendar!

Dates to Remember

FEBRUARY - National Black History and CTE Month

Feb 7-11: School Counselor Week

Feb 8: Election Day

Feb 10: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Feb 18: Regular School Day

Feb 21: NO SCHOOL - Presidents' Day

Feb 24: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

YCS COVID Information and Resources

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Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or 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: Julie Mondry, 360-458-1900, julie_mondry@ycs.wednet.edu; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120, lisa_cadero-smith@ycs.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, shannon_powell@ycs.wednet.edu. Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.