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We are pleased to share that five DECA students (Marina Madrano, Kira Veselka, Victoria Urrutia, Maleah Meinhold, and Laura Moya) have received VIP passes and were able to go on the field at the Seattle Mariners vs. Miami game this past Wednesday at Safeco Field.


Maleah Meinhold, our chapter President, threw out the first pitch! Maleah was elected the Area 10 DECA President. She will represent approximately 400 DECA members from 14 high schools in Central Washington next year and is one of 11 State Officers in Washington.


Congratulations, students!

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM

The Yakima Youth Awards celebrate young people who make their communities better. Nominees are ages 5-19 who have made a contribution in 2016 to their family, school, church, or to members of the Yakima County community.


Congratulations are in order for many exemplary West Valley students!


West Valley Winners


Arts: Outstanding involvement in performing, visual, or literary arts. Winner: Kyle Johnson, 18, West Valley High School

Leadership: Guiding others to a positive goal through education or example. Winner: Natalie Hernandez, 16, West Valley High School and Yakima Valley College Running Start

Personal Achievement: Getting through or beyond personal obstacles with courage, initiative, and determination. Two winners: Breyden Esqueda, West Valley High School; and Jacob Aucutt, 15, independent study program


West Valley Nominees


Civic/Community Service: Giving of one’s time or talent to improve the community. Alexandra Shively, 17, West Valley High School

Family Life: Bettering one’s family situation. Gabriel Weiler, 15, West Valley High School

Small Group: Up to nine members, which can be an informal or formal group. West Valley High School S.A.D.D. leaders, West Valley High School DECA student leaders for “Miracle on Zier Road,” and West Valley High School 
DECA Student Leaders for Homelessness Awareness

Large Group: More than nine members. West Valley Middle School sixth-grade humanities class and West Valley High School Ecology Club

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM



Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, and we encourage you to reach out and let our WVSD teachers know how much their work matters and how much we all appreciate them.


Teachers have touched all our lives, and most of us can name one or more who have positively influenced the paths we have taken. I am so proud of the teachers we have here in West Valley, who not only offer quality instruction but also have big hearts. Our community’s children are shaped every day by our wonderful teaching staff—join me in recognizing their talents and commitment this May!

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM

We are pleased to share that three of our district’s schools have earned Washington Achievement Awards this year! From statewide assessments, the Achievement Index measures student proficiency in math, English language arts, science, student growth, and college and career readiness. Educators, families, and community members can use the Index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington’s schools.


Schools are recognized in seven categories:


•      Overall Excellence

•      High Progress

•      English Language Arts Growth

•      Math Growth

•      Extended Graduation Rate 

•      English Language Acquisition

•      Closing the Achievement Gap


Said State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, “I am proud to award nearly 300 schools with this honor. These schools help Washington lead the way in innovative education and access to high-quality learning opportunities. To all of those honored, thank you for your dedication to Washington students, families, and the future.”


West Valley’s Recipients are as follows:


Apple Valley Elementary – special recognition for Math Growth


Summitview Elementary – special recognition for English Language Acquisition Growth


Wide Hollow Elementary – special recognition for Math Growth & High Progress


These three schools are just another example of the outstanding work being done in our classrooms throughout the West Valley School District each and every day! Congratulations!

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:48 PM

The failure of the recent Bond Issue to build two 550-student elementary schools, with modernizing and adding capacity to West Valley Junior High School, as well as the fact that West Valley School District has only approved three bond issues in the past 27 years has given cause to re-evaluate placement of students throughout the West Valley School District as we move ahead. 

We advertised that we are facing a severe capacity/student housing issue and I would like to share the facts.


The housing development at 64th and Ahtanum is going to be partially completed in time for fall school enrollment. There are 5 housing units in the first phase, and 50 units planned to follow in the spring. Social scientists use a figure of 1.2 school-age students/housing unit for the purpose of projecting growth. We are planning with these figures: 6-10 new students in phase 1, and 60 new students in phase 2. Beyond this, two housing projects have recently been approved in the Apple Valley attendance area for immediate development.


Combined with the 330 unit approval on Wide Hollow between 83rd and 88th, as well as the 600+ unit approval at 64th and Occidental, and other pockets of new construction going on, we have a lot of student capacity planning to take into consideration. With this in mind, we worked extensively last Thursday and Friday through the process of modifying the Elementary Attendance Area Boundaries to move students to the south and west in our district. The next school for accommodating growth after Ahtanum, Mountainview, and Cottonwood will be Wide Hollow.


If we make the decision to modify Elementary Attendance Area Boundaries, all affected families will soon be notified of changes of school placement for the start of the 2017-18 school year. Because all of our decisions are based on space available, we are eliminating the Inter District Boundary Application process. It does no good to make calculated decisions on space available, and then make exclusions to the process.  For example, PAL is an exclusion to the process.


Program Considerations:


Elementary Attendance Area Revisions may require program considerations of the following:

Special Needs Preschool – EPIC – Headstart – DLC Classrooms – PAL Program

There are considerations regarding these programs that are critical to the Elementary Attendance Area decisions. For example, we have to move the Special Needs Preschool from Ahtanum in order to have the room to move students to Athanum. EPIC and Headstart have been notified of the premium on classroom space and the necessity for them to be prepared to relocate. DLC classrooms, ideally spread to all schools, would have to best locate where we have space available, avoiding Apple Valley and Summitview. 


Proposed Decision-Making Timeline:


Monday, March 27, 2017    

School Board Meeting
7:00 p.m. WVHS Library

Discussion Item on Capacity Timeline Process Decision-Making Timeline Adopted.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

School Board Community Forum
6:00 p.m. WVHS Library
 Opportunity for Community Input on Elementary Attendance Area Boundary Revisions and Program Considerations


Monday, April 17, 2017      

School Board Community Forum
6:00 p.m. WVHS Library
 Opportunity for Community Input on Elementary Attendance Area Boundary Revisions and Program Considerations


Monday, April 24, 2017      

School Board Study Session
6:00 p.m. before School Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. WVHS Library

Study Session Opportunity for Community Input before Decisions/Action Item during Board Meeting.


As you can see, this is a process that we will be going through in order to develop a plan that will best meet the needs of our school community. Your participation in this process would be appreciated.


Mike Brophy

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:39 AM
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