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Principal's Message

Principal's Message Jan. 5th

Good afternoon Yelm families.

I hope this letter finds you well. The journey into 2022 allows us to reflect, re-establish, and influence a positive culture within our school community. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the 1st Semester for the 2021-22 school year. Please continue to have conversations with your students about their learning. If you have specific questions in regards to your students' progress and or credit recovery. We ask that you initially reach out to your students' teachers, followed by your students' counselors.

Counselor Alpha Breakdown

Nolan (Dean) Mings 9th A-Z

Hannah Middlebrook10-12 A-D

Kristopher Nuce 10-12 E-K

Marcie Hubbard 10-12 L-Ri

Kelli Little 10-12 Ro-Z

We want to congratulate all of our fall clubs, activities and athletics! Yelm had a very successful fall and winter seasons! It was exciting to see our Choir and Band in full force this winter! I want to continue to thank you for your support. It is nice to see a rebalance of normalcy in our gyms and auditoriums. Supporting students as they engage in the things they love has been a highlight in our days.

Thank you for the conversations you are having with your students about citizenship and behavior on our campus. Please keep asking your students to reflect on the characteristics that make our high school a place they’d want to go to everyday, and their part in making that a reality. Please take a look at the video, “Portrait of a Graduate.” It explains our quest of sending off our graduates as leaders, learners, collaborators and critical thinkers. Additionally, our Graduate Yelm! network exceeds 200 businesses, organizations, churches and civic groups. We know that the conversations, coupled with a few other initiatives and efforts, can influence the progress of school culture. Here are some examples of our commitment to improve our school….

  • Staff greeting kids at the door

  • Staff continuing to build relationships with students

  • Administrative team holding student’s accountable for negative behaviors

  • Administrative team will continue to offer treats and prizes to students to reinforce positive behaviors.

  • Tardy Sweeps to track and monitor students and establish expectations

  • Staff utilizing restroom procedures

  • Citizenship Conversations (lunch room)

  • Leadership students visiting classes and other gathering places on campus to discuss how to impact a positive school culture

Ultimately, our students are the ones that have the greatest impact. How they treat each other, what they say, post, and promote are all factors that directly impact whether or not our school is a place they want to be. We are committed to providing a space and environment for them to learn and grow as we partner with students in their commitment to spread positivity. Again, thank you for keeping the conversation open with your students about the impact they have on our school family. Please take a moment to read the staff Spotlight below as we welcome both Gabe and Jordan to the YHS family.

Curtis Cleveringa


Yelm High School

Staff Spotlight for January

Please meet Gabe Cadero Smith:

Yelm Community Schools have been in my life for a long time. I moved here when I was in 3rd grade and graduated in 2009. After getting my Bachelors of Science from Washington State, I came back and worked as a paraeducator at YMS and a track coach at YHS while I completed my Master's degree. I returned from student teaching to teach 8th grade math at YMS for 5 years. I always knew that I would eventually move up to the high school when the time was right, and this has been a strange and wonderful experience. I feel so comfortable in this place already. I love that I walked in the door knowing so many of my students, and I have a lot of work to do before I get to know all of my colleagues.

My wife and I are very excited because we are expecting our second child in May! We will see how my daughter, Rey, feels about losing her only child status. Now for the random facts part... I love streaming a good show on the couch, listening to podcasts, going to the gym, or having meandering conversations with friends.

Meet Jordan Hummel:

Hello! My name is Jordan Hummel, and I am a new teacher to Yelm High School. I am so excited to be working in the Agriculture department teaching Chemistry this year. I am a YHS grad myself and beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to return home to my community and teach. After graduating from YHS in 2017, I attended Washington State University for 4 years, and just graduated in May (Go Cougs)! While not at school, I'm spending time with my family, working with our ~40 cows, or taking time to relax with the people I enjoy most!

I can't wait to see where my first year of teaching takes me, and I am so excited to be having this experience at Yelm. Go Tornados!

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Calendar of Events

1/5/2022 Boys Basketball vs River Ridge 7:00 P.M.

1/6/2022 Bowling vs Peninsula @ Prairie Lanes 3:00 P.M.

1/7/2022 Girls Basketball vs North Thurston 7:00 P.M.

1/17/2022 No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

1/28/2022 1/2 Day Records Day

(Please visit Yelm High School sports schedules for all of your team scheduling information. Sports schedules do change so please refer to the website for current scheduling.)

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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.