Yelm Community Schools

March 23, 2023


As we enter the spring season, there are many events and activities that highlight the achievement and accomplishments of our students throughout the year. This next week we encourage all families to meet with teachers during conferences to discuss student progress and reflect on goals set at the beginning of the year.

Below are many activities our entire community can attend to learn, support and celebrate our students, schools and district. Our continued goal is to have all students on a path to graduation, continuing education and work. Each of you play a vital role in the success of our students to Graduate Yelm!

Superintendent Search Process

The search for a new superintendent is underway. The board will make the final selection by the end of April not before seeking feedback from administration, staff and community.

March 27 - Applications are due

April 6 - School Board will review applications and select top 6

April 15 - School Board will identify the 3 final candidates

April 25, 26 & 27 - Each finalist will have a full day of interviews and site visits

A Community Forum will be held each night to meet the finalists and share feedback with the school board. Please join us at 5:30pm in the Yelm Middle School Commons.

Community Conversation - Educational Resources

Yelm Community Schools is hosting another event for students, graduates, families and the community to learn about resources related to continuing education, training and work. No matter what your situation, there are resources for you to help your child, enhance your skills and earn diplomas and certificates. Seeking employment and need help with your resume, retraining or interviewing? There are tools and people ready to help.

Join the Community Conversation with our panel on April 19 at 5:30pm. Visit with Hillary Hull, YHS Work-Site Learning Coordinator; Erica McCaleb, Yelm Timberland Regional Library Manager; Christina Chesnut, Thurston County Chamber Business Connections/Worksource; and Nicole Walker, SPSCC Adult HS+ and EL Programs. Speakers will be available before and after to answer questions.

Math for Life

Math for Life’s goal is to promote real-life math skills through a program that connects the business community and education. Go on a scavenger hunt to local businesses in our region and find out how they use math! Out of town for the week of spring break? You still have a chance to participate and win. Math for Life runs from March 25 through April 19, 2023. School have the maps available or visit our website for more details.

Count down to Kinder - May 3

When: Wednesday, May 3, 2023 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Yelm Middle School Commons Area

Why: An informational event for parents/guardians and children starting kindergarten during the 2023-24 school year Incoming kindergarten students will have the opportunity to:

  • Register for Kindergarten (Online registration open until May 19)

  • Meet their principal and the kindergarten staff

  • Learn more about their school

  • See a school bus and determine their bus route

  • Learn about the Timberland Library

  • Have their photograph taken

  • Discover ways to prepare for kindergarten

  • Enjoy a snack!

Several district support people will be present to answer questions. Nurses will be available to accept vaccination records.

Yelm Hiring Event - May 2

Do you know someone looking for a job or wanting to make a career move? The Career and Technical Education program at YHS has partnered with the Yelm Chamber, City of Yelm, WorkSource and Career Connect Washington to host a Job Fair on May 2 from 1pm-7pm at the Yelm Community Center.

This is a great opportunity for our graduating seniors and alumni to talk with employers from Yelm and the greater Thurston County area who are seeking candidates for a variety of position. Prepare your resume and stop by to visit. Look for a list of employers to be published on our website soon!

Learners without Limits - 5K Run/Walk

Learners Without Limits will host a 5K on May 10 at the Yelm City Park. Whether you're a runner, walker, or neither, we'd love to see you for a self-paced run/walk to support a program that directly supports our students and families. Please Register!

LWL is a program offered through Bounty for Families that works in partnership with YCS to provide food, shoes, clothing and other essentials for students who struggle to come to school due to financial barriers. 100 percent of all the proceeds benefit our students.

Dates to Remember

MARCH: Youth Art and National Nutrition Month

March 23: Board Meeting - District Office 6pm

March 27: Math for Life Begins

March 29-31: 1/2 Day Conferences

APRIL: Celebrating The Military Child, Austim Awareness, Occupational Therapy

April 3-7: NO SCHOOL: Spring Break

April 3-9: National Library Week

April 8: Math for Life Ends

April 17-21: Public School Volunteer Week

April 19: Community Conversation: Educational Resources for Students, Families and Beyond - YHS 5-7pm
April 20: Board Meeting - District Office 6pm

April 23-27: Administrative Professionals Week

April 25-27: Superintendent Finalist Community Forum - YMS Commons 5:30pm


May 2: Job Fair from 1-7pm at Yelm Community Center

May 3: Countdown to Kinder - YMS Commons 4:30-6:00pm

May 10: Learners without Limites 5K Run - City Park 3:30pm or 5:00pm start times

June 1: Day of Champions

June 6: Community Scholarship Night - YHS 6pm

June 8: Senior Grad Walk

June 8: District Awards Night - YHS 6pm

June 11: Graduation @ Tacoma Dome 9:30am

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.