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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Fall 2016 www.ycs.wednet.edu
GROWTH REQUIRES CHANGE
Yelm Community Schools now serves more than 5,700 students
kindergarten through 12th grade on our 10
campuses. To give some context, we have grown
by 600 students in the past 10 years and 1,600
students in the past 20 years. If expected growth
continues, we could reach 6,000 students by
2019. Without a doubt, our schools were not
built for so many students. We are reaching a
critical point in terms of having enough class-
rooms to house students.
Last February, we did not reach the needed 60% pass rate required on our bond proposal that was
designed to address our expanding needs. Since that vote, the district has enacted plans to
manage enrollment growth, especially at our highly crowded elementary schools. In order to
appropriately house our students, we must make significant shifts of our student population.
Starting in the fall of 2017 all elementary schools will become K-5 schools, and sixth grade will
move to middle school. At the same time, ninth grade will be on the high school campus. These
shifts will result in two or three classrooms opening up at each elementary school which allows for
expected growth. By adding another grade level to Yelm High School, its enrollment will exceed
Twelve new classrooms are being added to the YHS campus to accommodate the growth. Four of
the classes will be portables and the remaining eight will be a larger modular building. The
modular building is attractive and has an internal hallway and restrooms. It is important to note
that even with new classrooms, we will not be able to add infrastructure across the district such as
food service areas, covered walkways, gymnasium space, field space or new restrooms at the
middle and elementary schools. As we continue to grow and refill the elementary classrooms in
the next few years, we will feel more growing pains.
Native Heritage Month
6 Standard Time Change
10 End of 1st Quarter Half Day
11 Veteran's Day NO SCHOOL
16-18 Conferences Half Day
16 Winter Sports Begin
22 School Board Meeting 7pm
24-25 Thanksgiving Break
15 School Board Meeting 7pm
19 Winter Break Begins
3 First Day Back from Winter Break
12 School Board Meeting 5pm
@ Southworth Elementary
16 MLK Day NO SCHOOL
27 End of 2nd Quarter Half Day
WHAT IS COLLEGE & CAREER READY?
Last spring Yelm adopted new graduation requirements to align with the state to support the skills
students need to be successful after high school. Starting with the Class of 2021 (current 8th
graders), students will engage in four years of rigorous academic courses and focused personal
pathway credits that support their High School & Beyond Plan. Through exploration of various
career fields, students will select courses to prepare them for the
education necessary to pursue post-graduation goals.
In middle school students will begin to explore education and career
options. Through personal reflection and research, students will
design a plan showing the courses they will take to meet the 24 -
credit requirement. This plan puts them on a path to transition to
the education, training or work experience necessary for their
chosen career pathway. Learn more about the new requirements
and Career Pathways at www.ycs.wednet.edu/ccr.
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PO Box 476
Yelm, WA 98597-0476
Yelm Community Schools complies with all federal
and state laws and regulations and does not discrimi-
nate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin,
gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability,
veteran status. Inquiries regarding compliance and
grievance procedures may be directed to the districts
Title IX Officer, Greg Davis, or Section 504/ADA Coor-
dinator, Shannon Powell, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA
This year, kindergarten through fifth grade implemented a new English Language Arts
program called Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA). CKLA addresses all aspects of
reading, writing, language, speaking and listening. The program is unique because it
builds background knowledge while helping students become better readers.
Students explore fascinating aspects of ancient
cultures, science, American history, and literature.
CKLA challenges students to discuss, present, and
write about these topics. Like many programs,
CKLA also teaches students the foundational skills
of reading such as letter sounds, sight words, and
sounding out words. In addition, CKLA integrates
important skills like spelling, penmanship, and
grammar. We are excited to watch our students
grow each year with CKLA.
ONLINE TOOLS FOR FAMILIES
Skyward Access is a great way for parents to stay connected to their
Monitor student attendance
Track food service balance
Review student grades and missing assignments for middle
and high school only
If you dont have access, it is easy
to get an account.
SEND EMAIL TO:
SUBJECT LINE: type name of the
school your child attends
BODY OF MESSAGE: parent's full
name, child's full name
Need to put money on account for
lunches or pay fees?
Use the secure online tool:
There is a standard format for all
users and their passwords.
User Name is the parents Skyward Login ID (Family
Password is Last Name in all
Recently, the Yelm School Board and Superintendent Brian Wharton spent time
reviewing the district goals. At the end of December, the current strategic plan for the
district will expire; and the board reflected on the future needs of our students and
community. Supt. Wharton described their work as, One of the best days I have
spent in education! I was honored to work with our directors who have incredible
passion for the school district and community, and who are willing to set strong and
ambitious goals for our future.
The community will soon see a draft of the new strategic plan and how we will
develop the systems that will measure our growth, inform our public, and allow the
community to see the great work happening in our schools. Supt. Wharton will be
meeting with community groups and is seeking input on how we continue to improve.
Come be a part of helping Yelm Community Schools grow! Visit the website for
meeting dates and survey links to provide feedback: www.ycs.wednet.edu.
NEW PLAN IS ON THE HORIZON
HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
The starting point of all achievement is desire - Napoleon Hill
DODEA GRANT PROVIDES MORE TECHNOLOGY
This summer during our back to school workshops, district staff were inspired by the
presenter Damen Lopez, Founder of No Excuses University. He shared his belief
that we need to create a Culture of Universal Achievement. This means, we believe in
the potential of all students to be proficient in reading, writing
and math; and more so, that we believe it is our responsibility
to make it happen.
Why? Because when you believe in something with all your
heart, it changes your behavior, Damen emphasized. Admin-
istrators, teachers and instructional support staff have em-
braced this mindset and are working collaboratively to design
systems to support all students in achieving their goals.
EUREKA...IVE GOT IT!
Last spring, the YCS Board of Directors adopted a new
K-12 math curriculum called Eureka Math. Connect-
ing math to the real world, it takes the fear out of
math and increases student confidence. Lesson by
lesson, students build understanding that links math
ideas across grade levels. Students focus on fewer
topics overall which develops deeper mathematical
Eureka Math goes beyond facts and formulas helping students become not merely
literate, but fluent in mathematics. Students use pictures, models and manipulatives.
Once they see whats happening, they use symbols and standard algorithms because
they now understand what makes those processes work. This approach helps students
build on what theyve learned year after year, ensuring they are prepared for the
challenges of today and tomorrow. Middle and high school courses are implementing
Eureka this year and elementaries will shift instruction in 2017-18.
INSPIRING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE
A five-year $1,250,000 grant from the Department of
Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership will allow
Yelm Community Schools to improve learning by increasing
technology for students and aligning instructional