Yelm Community Schools

January 5, 2022


Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful break with your families and friends. The weather has been a challenge as we return, but it is great to have our students back in class. It is also an opportunity for us to re-visit positive routines and systems with students. We will work with students to set powerful success goals between now and the end of the semester and the end of the year. We know as high hope people we are more likely to achieve goals that are written and spoken often. Lastly, we will continue our strong health and safety practices to keep students and staff learning and achieving. We ask that you help us in our goals and support your students strive for success.
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End of Semester

As we approach the mid-point of the school year, please encourage students to check with their teachers about any missing work or ways that they can demonstrate their learning. Semester report cards are a strong benchmark for elementary students and final grading for transcripted credit at the secondary schools.

January 28 will be a half day of school to provide staff time to finalize grades and provide comments. Report cards will be mailed home.

Portrait of a Graduate

What can the world expect from a Yelm Graduate? We asked our community that question. Their feedback shaped our “Portrait of a Graduate.” The four unique traits leaders, learners, collaborators and critical thinkers and the associated characteristics will be what we strive to have each Yelm students develop from kindergarten to high school. A brief video was created to explain the traits and how all of us can help our students prepare for graduation, continuing education and work.

YHS Native American Artwork Restoration Celebration

In August of 2020, the Washington State Arts Commission began a restoration project on Marvin Oliver’s “Big Bird” carving which was hung outside the YHS main commons. Students were concerned with the condition of the art and asked administration if there was anything that could be done. We are excited to host a re-dedication ceremony in partnership with the Arts Commission and the Nisqually Nation on January 25 at 6 p.m. Please join virtually to learn more about the piece of art and the restoration process.

Pediatric vaccination clinic

Thurston County Health will be holding the 2nd FREE Pediatric (age 5-11) Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, January 8, from 10am-2pm at Yelm Middle School gymnasium. Children can get the 1st or 2nd dose of Pfizer. A form of identification for the child is required and pre-registration is highly recommended. No insurance required. Visit our website for registration and consent forms.

YCS Partners with Pacific Northwest Seismic Network

Yelm Community School District partnered with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) to host two seismic stations in east Thurston County. One station is at Lackamas Elementary and the other is at the District Maintenance Facility near Fort Stevens Elementary. The stations are part of the ShakeAlert Early Earthquake Warning Station, which uses real-time seismic data. Read the full article on our website to learn more.

Dates to Remember


Jan 13: School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Jan 17: NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

Jan 25: Native American Art "Big Bird" Re-Dedication 6pm

Jan 27: School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Jan 28: 1/2 Day SCHOOL - End of Semester

Feb 8: Election Day

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,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.