The Storm Report

January 7, 2021


Craig Curry, Principal

Kyle O'Neil, Asst. Principal

10605 Carter St. SE

PO Box 476

Yelm, WA 98597

Phone: 360-458-1100 Fax: 360-400-1256

Successful ~ Trustworthy ~ Organized ~ Respectful ~ Motivated

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January is School Board Appreciation Month

Please join us in thanking and recognizing the extraordinary dedication our school board continuously gives to our students and community. Our school board volunteers hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of energy to assure that our schools are provided the best education possible for the children of our community. Ridgeline students and staff would like to thank the board for the significant amount of time, work, and dedication they put in to ensure that Yelm Community Schools provides a world-class education to all students. THANK YOU!!

Mark Rohwedder (District 1), serving since 2013 / Bill Hauss (District 5), serving since 2005 / Donna Edwards (District 2), serving since 2000 / Debbie Edwards (District 4), serving since 1984 / Denise Hendrickson (District 3), serving since 1998

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Message and Assembly Invitation from the Principal

Public schools play a unique and vital role in our communities in that they are one of the few institutions to bring people from all walks of life together to learn to interact and belong respectfully in the same space.

We take this duty and responsibility seriously at Ridgeline Middle School, and we work to create a safe and welcoming environment where students can learn at high levels and families feel a sense of inclusion, belonging, and connection to our school community. At Ridgeline, we believe in accepting people for who they are. We believe in respecting all differences and learning to communicate and work together to live meaningful, productive, and joyful lives.

This belief aligns with the legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who we will celebrate and honor on January 13th at 9:45 a.m. at a schoolwide virtual assembly. Students and parents can access the webinar link at the end of this message. The link and information will also be sent to student and parent emails.

In Advisory on Tuesday, January 12th, students will be asked what they currently know about the life and work of Dr. King and have a brief discussion to prepare for the assembly the following day. Then on Wednesday, students and parents may log on to the webinar link below to view the assembly that begins at 9:45 a.m. This time will not conflict with any teacher office hours, as Mr. Nielsen is rescheduling with his students on that day.

I will open the assembly with a brief introduction, and then the audience will view an address by James Layman, the Director of the Association of Washington Student Leaders. Afterward, there will be a questions and answer session with a panel of three RMS student leaders.

Dr. King and his message of inclusion, belonging, and respecting differences is the reason we have a federal holiday on January 18th. I hope all students and parents will join us in celebrating and honoring that message at the schoolwide assembly on January 13th at 9:45 a.m.

Please click the link below to join the MLK Assembly webinar:

If you are unable to access through internet, you can call in to listen with the phone number and webinar ID.

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +12532158782,,97776728050# or +13462487799,,97776728050#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 977 7672 8050
International numbers available:

Martin Luther King Jr Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there will be NO SCHOOL ~ Monday, January 18, 2021.

YCS Innovative Teacher of the Week Recipient

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CONGRATULATIONS! Kate Gyekis, RMS PE/Health Teacher

Kate has an unwavering belief in her students! She exudes positivity and finds her "why" in serving others.

In virtual class, Kate acknowledges her students by using their names every day when they enter and exit. She also thinks it is really important to give students the time and space to socialize prior to each lesson. This keeps their personal connections alive and growing. Kate recognizes students who are making a positive impact by sending emails and postcards. She has a fantastic student of the month program, too, which includes special treats sent via mail.

Kate is so proud of the way her colleagues have adapted to an entirely new way of teaching. She says it is important to continue holding high expectations for student learning, while remaining flexible and empathetic. She knows her students want to be successful and says sometimes they just need someone to believe in them.


Winter often brings inclement weather and could cause school delays and closures. In our virtual learning environment, we may experience delays and closures too. There are many factors that impact our decision. Superintendent explains in the video below. Also visit our FAQ page for the revised bell schedule.

Inclement Weather Plan
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End of Term 2/Semester 1 Approaching!

Dear Parents,

We are always amazed at how quickly the school year flies by. In just a couple of weeks, the end of Term 2 will be here!

Wednesday, January 27 is the last day of the semester and a half day for students and teachers will work on grades for the report cards in the afternoon.

Please remember to check your Skyward Family Access to review any missing assignments, grades and communications from teachers! If you do not have Skyward Family Access, click the button below to sign up! It only takes a minute and is a valuable tool for you and your student!

Mark your Calendar....

January 13
January 18
  • NO SCHOOL ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 27
  • Half Day/Records Day ~ Early Release


Beginning in January of 2021, Yelm Community Schools will be transitioning to digital flyers. This will make information easier to access and reduce the distribution of paper when we return to in-person. Community organizations will upload flyers in Peachjar, and parents can receive digital flyers containing school and community resources through email. All flyers will be available at any time on the Yelm Community Schools’ digital flyer board. Look for a welcome email from Peachjar in January. No action will be required. However, you can manage your account preferences by logging into your account. Peachjar will help us better connect parents, students and the community at large to events, activities, and resources available in the greater Yelm area. More information will be coming out soon.

PARENTS: Opt in for Text Messages - Text YES to 67587

Thank you to our school-community business partners!

We want express our gratitude for the continued support from our wonderful school and community business partners. This support has played a key role in the success of our students and makes such a difference in their lives.


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Melanie Keller (A-Li)

Stacey Jansen (Ll-Z)


Kim Gosney, Administrative

Tracy Ubrun, Attendance/Registrar

Phone: 360.458.1100

Fax: 360.400.1256

Newsletters are always available online at

Nondiscrimination Statement

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Greg Davis, 360-458-1900, ; 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; Address: 107 First St. N., PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597