Yelm Community Schools

February 2020

Superintendent's Message

The Special Levy Election is February 11. This would renew our current levy at a lower rate than approved by voters four years ago down from $3.94 to $2.50. The funds represent over 12% of the district budget. We also receive about $3.5 million in levy equalization funds.


Levy equalization is an adjustment made by the state to level the playing field across the state and reduce the greater tax burden on property owners within school districts that have a lower average assessed valuation than the statewide average. We only receive these funds if the voters approve the levy.


Watch this video to learn more about how levy funds are used to support student educational programs. Additional information is available on our website.

2020 What Levies Pay For

DISTRICT NEWS

GOLD STAR AWARD

Yelm School District and Yelm Middle School earned the 2019 College Bound Gold Star Award for the 2nd year in a row! This program covers tuition, fees, and a small book allowance for income eligible students. YMS achieved a 91% student sign up rate for 8th grade, which was an increase of 16% from the previous year. These extraordinary efforts were the result of the focused leadership and determination of counselor, Melvin Fields, and the entire YMS staff.

REMINDER...SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE


We "love" that we get to see you on Friday, February 14. This is a regular school day due to the closure on January 14.
Special Education Parent Advisory is hosting Game Night at YHS from 6:30-7:30pm

SPOTLIGHTS

BEAUTY & THE BEAST

A bit of "adventure in the great wide somewhere!" The Broadway version of the Disney classic - with a little bit of YHS Drama Club quirkiness. The students can't wait to share this with the community. A special performance will be hosted for all 5th graders as a matinee on February 21.


Performances are February 20, 21, 22, 28, 20 at 7pm. Matinee will be February 29 at 2pm. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors 65+ or YHS students with ASB. Tickets will be available at the door; cash or credit card accepted.

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25th DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS AUCTION

Did you know our community has supported students pursuing post-high school education through a local chapter of Dollars for Scholars for almost 25 years?


Our community raises thousands of dollars each year and awards all qualified seniors who apply in June. We are so thankful hundreds of volunteers have taken time to donate items and participated in the fundraisers to support the goals of our students. Join in the fun!

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2020 at YELM HIGH SCHOOL


Silent Auction Bidding 4 - 6:30pm

Live Auction Preview 4-6:45 pm

Varsity Pizza & Snack Shack 4-6:30pm

Silent Auction Tables Begin Closing 5:45pm

Live Auction begins 6:45 pm


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

Calendar Highlights

FEBRUARY - BLACK HISTORY MONTH & CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH


Feb 3-7 - National School Counselor Week

Feb 4 - SPED Parent Advisory Meeting @ YHS 6:30pm

Feb 6 - School Board Meeting @ Ridgeline MS 6pm

Feb 11 - Election Day

Feb 14 - Regular School Day (make up for closure on January 14)

Feb 17 - NO SCHOOL: Presidents' Day

Feb 19 - YHS College & Career Night @ 6pm

Feb 20 - School Board Meeting @ District Office 6pm

Feb 22 - School Board Professional Development @ District Office 9-12pm

Mar 2 & 3 - District Choral Festival @ YHS 7pm

Mar 14 - FLASH Parent Information meeting @ District Office 9-10am

June 4 - Day of Champions @ YHS 9am-2pm

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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: Greg Davis, 360-458-1900, gregory_davis@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.