Whitney Wildcat News

May 2021

Whitney Families,

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Whitney Families-

As we wrap up this school year, I want to again say thank you to all of you for partnering with us in giving your child the best education possible. I know there have been a lot of struggles but there have also been a lot of celebrations as well. I appreciate the open communication that many of you have had with the school.

As we look ahead to the next school year we are currently placing students with the next grade level teacher. As a reminder we do not take teacher requests, but we do welcome input on your child's strengths, ideal learning environment, etc. so that the current teacher can place them with the perfect fit for next year. You will be notified in August of your child's teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

Summer School - we have a STEAM summer opportunity for all students. The invite was sent home 5/11/21 for cohort A and will be sent home 5/13/21 for cohort B. K-3 students that met certain criteria were given an invitation to the reading summer school held at Adams and Roosevelt. Please make sure to return those invitations by 5/14. STEAM invitations are due by 5/19.

Please join us for our FAMILY HOUR OF CODE event on May 19th from 5:30 to 6:30. Links will be sent out at a later time. We have some amazing prizes to raffle that evening.

All students who earned the skating incentive received a ticket to go to Skateland. Unfortunately at this time we were unable to plan an all school Whitney event, but students are welcome to join up with their Whitney friends on their own.

Please continue to watch our Facebook page (link below) as well as our Whitney web page at ysd7.org/Whitney, for regular updates about what is happening at Whitney.


Mrs. Newell and Mr. Hunt

Thank You Whitney Teachers!

Because of you .....

Enjoy this video dedicated to all of our Whitney Teachers! Video LINK
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  • May 19th Family Hour of Code Event from 5:30-6:30 via google meet
  • May 25th Fun Friday for Cohort A
  • May 27th Fun Friday for Cohort B
  • May 28th - No School (snow make-up day if needed)
  • May 31st - No School (Memorial Day)
  • June 10th - Last Day of Classes - we will have p.m. online sessions

  • June 21-July 22 (Summer School for grades K-3 only/ students eligible will be contacted by their classroom teacher and an invitation was sent home...please check backpacks). K-1 summer school is at Adams Elementary 8:30 - 11:30 and grades 2-3 summer school is at Roosevelt from 8:30-11:30, all Monday - Thursday.
  • June 21 - July 22 is the STEAM summer school opportunity which is open to all K-5 students. This will be held at Gilbert Elementary from 8:30-11:30 Monday - Thursday. All students received an invitation.

  • AUGUST 16,17,18 ~ Kinder Academy
  • AUGUST 26th ~ First Day of School Early Release @ noon

Amazing Mathematicians @ Whitney Elementary

Whitney Elementary has been selected as a 2020-21 Imagine Nation Beacon School. Whitney was nominated and selected for our above-and-beyond enthusiasm and innovative use of Imagine Learning with our staff and student body. Out of a pool of about 800 schools in the Northwest, only about 15 each year are selected to be part of the "Imagine Nation". Way to go Whitney students and staff!
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Whitney Fun Friday- the LAST Friday of every month!

  • Students can purchase raffle tickets with PBIS reward points to enter into the raffle. The person selected will get to decide on the Fun Friday for the next month.

We hope you will join in the fun

PBIS Raffle Winner of the Amazing Lego Castle!

Congratulations to Eleanor S. - she was the lucky winner of the Lego Castle for the month of April. Check out the PBIS store to see what is in the raffle for May!
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PBIS Rewards

Students earn ROAR points for following the ROAR expectations online and can redeem them in our Wildcat store. We will deliver prizes to students while they are at school in our Hybrid model. Students can continue to purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a new bike every month. We also have Wildcat clothing AND many other fun prizes. We are excited to announce the winner of our bike raffle below. Congratulations to 3rd grader Martin!

You can learn about PBIS Rewards at their website (www.pbisrewards.com).

April Bike Raffle Award Winner

Congratulations to Feyth E. - 5th grade student in Mrs. McGregor's classroom. Feyth won the bike raffle for the month of April using her PBIS points to enter raffle tickets.
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April Student of the Month Recognition

April Student of the Month Awards:

Congratulations to the following students for earning the ROAR or Academic student of the month for April. The ROAR award represents students that were Ready to Learn for the month of April. Each student will receive a certificate with a free Baskin Robins Ice Cream AND points to purchase something of their choice through the Wildcat Store and PBIS rewards. Way to go!


Mrs. Barragan –Natalie C. (Academic) & Anthony J. (ROAR)

Mr. McCracken – Lorenzo M. & Primitivo B.

Mrs. Ortiz – Desiree R. & Serena A.

1st Grade:

Mrs. Freeborn –Maddeline B. (Academic) & Reymundo O. (ROAR)

Mrs. Avalos – Eva M. & Isabella W. & Jahat B.

Miss Cuevas – Samuel H. & Naythin D.

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Soria –Rafael R. (Academic) & Damian L. (ROAR)

Mrs. Fuentes – Cayden L. & Jaydon T.

Ms. Crutchfield – Tyson S. & Ximena M.

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Pitt – Santana V. (Academic) & William L. (ROAR)

Mrs. Voelker – Justin L. & Preston

Mrs. Harris – Harris J. & Alexander F.

4th Grade:

Mr. Armstrong – Jonathon S. (Academic) & Adalynn C. (ROAR)

Mr. Fuentes – Alexander R. & Isai F.

Mrs. Wetch - Mera H. & Brianna V.

5th Grade:

Ms. Wood – Alexia B. (Academic) & Caleb D. (ROAR)

Mrs. Mahony – Isaac C. & Jaiden S.

Mrs. McGregor – Jazmin V. & Isaiah A.


Mrs. Hull - Giselle U. (ROAR)

UPDATED Meal Distribution Sites

Yakima School District Food Services would like to announce that they will be changing their food distribution schedule due to the transition to hybrid learning, curb-side meal distribution will occur as follows. Free meals will be available to all YSD students and children in our community aged 1-18. Student ID required for all YSD students or if a non-YSD student, the child must be present to receive meals. Masks are required to be worn by all persons within the vehicle.

Daily Curbside Pickup (Monday - Friday)

Barge Lincoln, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Garfield, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

McClure, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Franklin Middle School, 8:00 - 8:45 AM

*Yakima Online will NOT be a distribution site, students can go to any other YSD school offering curbside pickup for daily meals*

Students are NOT eligible for curbside meal pick-up on the days they are in-person learning. They will be provided meals during in-person learning on site.

Please make sure your student knows to place the lunch in their backpack if they're riding the bus. Students may not eat on the bus. Refrigerate/freeze appropriate food items within 2 hours of receiving the meal.