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We Need Your Help! The 2017 Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) conference will once again be back in Yakima on October 13-15 (Friday afternoon to Sunday morning). This year, both Ike and Davis will be the host schools, and West Valley will be part of helping.  Last time the conference was here, West Valley hosted and the other schools helped out.

 

We need help finding families willing to be “homestays” for the delegates attending the conference and would love to have as many West Valley families help as possible.

 

The criteria for hosting students is simple:

 

1) Host at least 3 students in your home. They don’t need beds, just a comfortable place to sleep (floor, couch, etc.)

 

2) Provide punctual transportation to/from Eisenhower and/or Davis each day. Only adult drivers, no student drivers.

 

3) Feed them three meals and snacks. (Dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.)

 

4) Entertain the students Friday evening (Ideas: football game, corn maze, board games, bowling, movies in your home, etc.). You would not need to pay for this, but please let kids know to bring money in order to participate.

 

That’s it! You will have students of the same gender in your home (either all boys or all girls), and you can request the gender based on students you have in your home. In the past, this experience has been incredible for both the student and the host family.

 

You do not need to have a high school-aged student to host. Elementary students often love having older kids in the house for a few days.

 

We are trying to get 200+ spots from WV families and we still need about 150+.

 

If you are interested, please click the link below and register with AWSL.

 

http://awsleaders.org/hostfamily

 

Questions? Email Craig Lacy (Activities Director at WVHS) at lacyc@wvsd208.org.

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 28, 2017 at 2:08 PM
  

 

 

Wednesday, October 11th

7:00-9:00pm

 

This is your chance to come look around the stations that protect our families and homes! The fire stations are providing hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be tours, fire props, trucks, and information on joining the Department at all 4 of our stations.

 

So grab the whole family, come meet your West Valley firefighters, and learn about all the upcoming events and training going on in West Valley.

 

Station 51 - 10000 Zier Road

Station 52 - 9102 Ahtanum Road

Station 53 - 14901 Tieton Drive

Station 54 - 11 North Fork Road

 

Please call the fire department’s office with any questions you might have at 509-966-3111

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM
  

Blended learning is big in West Valley School District.

 

Last week, KIMA Reporter Tristan Balagtas had the opportunity to visit different classrooms in the district to witness our ENGAGE – Blended Learning Initiative. The ENGAGE – Blended Learning Initiative focuses on using technology in tandem with traditional teaching methods in order to spark curiosity and engage kids in learning. It was wonderful to share what new methods teachers are using to offer kids personalized learning opportunities through technology that boost engagement.

 

We are so proud of the teachers using blended learning in creative, impactful ways and equally proud of the students who are having fun learning.

 

Watch the TV news story with interviews, here.

 

Read more about specific teachers’ efforts this year on the superintendent’s blog, by clicking here.


Posted by WVSD  On Sep 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM
  

 

 

We are excited to share the news of a new Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education program to be offered through YVC.

 

Developed through partnerships with ESD 105, Yakima Public Schools, the Grandview School District, and members of YVC's Professional Educator Advisory Board, the program is a response to the teacher shortage in Yakima County. It will provide pathways for individuals with 90 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college to earn their degree.

 

We want to say a big THANK YOU to West Valley’s own who are members of the Professional Education Advisory Board for this program at YVC:

 

Abby Stuck, First Grade Teacher, Mountainview Elementary

Chris Nesmith, Director of Career and Technical Education, West Valley School District

 

Thank you both for your work in helping to design this important new program at YVC that will help meet the needs of our school district. We are proud of West Valley’s hand in these efforts to address the teacher shortage.

 

Classes begin in the fall of 2018. Candidates may earn endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8), Early Childhood Education (P-3) and/or English Language Learners (K-12).

 

Please share the news of this program with those who are looking to become a certificated teacher.

We can’t wait to see all the good this program will do for teachers and students right here in West Valley!

 

Read the official press release about this program, here.

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 28, 2017 at 2:07 PM
  

 

We are happy to share this news story featuring our exciting new EARLY START program for 3rd and 4th graders that is made possible because of the West Valley Virtual Academy. Our 3rd and 4th graders have the option to arrive at school early for educational enrichment.

 

This program offers Reading, Math, and English Language support, but perhaps one of the most wonderful things we’re offering these students is the opportunity to learn their choice of 30 languages!

 

Read more from KIMA news, here.

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 28, 2017 at 2:06 PM
  
Posted by WVSD  On Sep 14, 2017 at 4:38 PM
  
Posted by WVSD  On Sep 14, 2017 at 4:37 PM
  

Johanna Shieh receiving Unleashed award from David Goehner, ESD 105 public information officer and Unleashed program coordinator

 

Allison Fay receiving Unleashed award from David Goehner, ESD 105 public information officer and Unleashed program coordinator

 

We want to recognize our students who earned awards last June. The Yakima Herald-Republic’s “Unleashed” student journalism program recognized some of its most outstanding contributors of the past year during the annual summer presentation of the section’s student awards on June 14.

 

Awards in categories were selected by Unleashed program coordinator David Goehner with the assistance of YHR head photographer and Unleashed photo mentor Shawn Gust. The program is supported through a co-op administered by ESD 105 involving several of the region’s public school districts and private schools. The 2016-2017 Unleashed team has involved 34 students from schools all over the Yakima Valley.

 

In 12 months, the high school students in the Unleashed team produced 351 published articles, 92 photos printed in the newspaper, 19 online-only articles, 44 online-only photos, and 27 illustrations. The 2017 Unleashed awards recognize the most excellent student work from this past year’s output.

 

West Valley High School Award Winners:

 

The Marathon Award:  McKenzie Jamieson, 2016-2017 junior and 3rd year Unleashed member, for her achievement of having something she’s written appear in each bi-weekly section of the Unleashed since December 21, 2014.  McKenzie holds the all-time program record for most consecutive appearances in the newspaper’s Unleashed section, and her streak grew to 65 installments with the issue of June 4, 2017, published just prior to the awards ceremony.

 

Year’s Most Contributions:  McKenzie Jamieson for producing a total of 43 individual items that were published in print or online during a 12-month period.  McKenzie’s total included 34 print stories, 6 print photos, 1 online-only story, and 2 online-only photos. Mckenzie has been the runner-up for this achievement the past two years.

 

Year’s Best Personality Feature:  McKenzie Jamieson for “WV grad attends GOP convention” (about 2016 WVHS graduate Jack Pickett’s experiences as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention).

 

Reviewer of the Year:  McKenzie Jamieson for frequently introducing readers to sometimes little-known creative works through her numerous reviews of music, books, and TV shows throughout the year. She wrote 14 reviews during the past year, more than any other Unleashed member.

 

Best TV Review (Honorable Mention):  McKenzie Jamieson for “‘This Is Us’ works on several levels.”

 

The Utility Player Award:  Allison Fay, 2016-2017 junior and 2nd year Unleashed member, recognizing the wide variety of her article topics this past year, the consistent high quality level of those articles, and the high number of quality photos she’s produced. Allison also drew an illustration for the first time this past year and registered the second-highest total of published items (just behind McKenzie Jamieson) among the entire Unleashed team during the year.   

 

Column of the Year & Best Humor Writing:  Johanna Shieh, 2016-2017 junior and 3rd year Unleashed member, for “A vision in three acts” (about the 2016 presidential race).

 

Best Group Story Contribution:  Johanna Shiehm for “Meet the team members: Johanna Shieh.”

 

Best Sports Photo (Honorable Mention):  Freida Raj, 2016-2017 junior and 1st year Unleashed member, for photo of hurdlers in race at West Valley High school.

 

Best TV Review (Honorable Mention):  Freida Raj for “Lost in Stars Hollow: ‘Gilmore Girls’ has a relatable vibe that draws you in.”

 

Year’s Best Personality Feature (Honorable Mention):  Freida Raj for “Meet the presidents: Corban and Charskie Kinloch” (about the twin brothers serving as WVHS ASB president and vice president).

 

Special Award for Excellence in Column writing:  Gretchen Schowalter, who was a West Valley sophomore student during 2015-2016 and an Unleashed member that year before moving to the Tacoma area last summer. This award recognizes her final article, “A big part of succeeding in life is learning to build bridges” (about building a model bridge as a class project and using that as a metaphor about learning to connect with people after moving into a new school).   

 

Best Team Coverage: West Valley 2016-2017 juniors McKenzie JamiesonAllison Fay, and Johanna Shieh, with Davis High School junior Amelia Pruiett, for their combined contributions to the Unleashed cover section’s feature on “Catching Fire: ‘Pokémon Go’ a national phenomenon with a Yakima presence. McKenzie wrote a review of the game and with Johanna co-wrote a main overview article about the game. Allison wrote a roundup of weird national news stories related to the game. Amelia provided several illustrations for the cover section and articles.

 

Congratulations, students!

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 14, 2017 at 4:35 PM
  

 

 

The solar panel project that was installed on the roof of the Junior High is going strong!

This project started a few years ago via a grant from Blue Sky and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, and we’re proud of the amount of energy generated by these panels.

 

You can see the amount of power generated today, weekly, monthly, yearly, and over the lifetime of the project by clicking here.

 

Students in our 8th grade Green Sustainable Energy class learn about renewable/sustainable energy. This class culminates in the spring with a visit to the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility and Renewable Energy Center, which is run by Puget Sound Energy. 

 

Learn more about tours to Wild Horse here.

West Valley Junior High School was recognized by OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction) in 2013 as a Lighthouse School for STEM Education (science, technology, engineering, and math).

 

We’re excited about the learning opportunities this program offers our students!

Posted by WVSD  On Sep 14, 2017 at 4:34 PM
  
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