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From all of us at the West Valley School District, thank you for another incredible year! Have a restful, safe, and fun summer!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:52 PM
  

 

Many of you may remember West Valley’s longtime superintendent, Joe Batali.  Mr. Joseph J. Batali Jr., 81, of Yakima died Thursday, May 25, at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital. We want to let our community know of his passing as he impacted many lives here in West Valley.

 

He began his career at West Valley School District as an Assistant Superintendent (1972) then Superintendent (1976), which he identified at his retirement in 1991 as “demanding and rigorous.” During his time as superintendent at West Valley, the annual budget grew from $2 to $18 million, employment increased by over 200, student population increased by over 500, the junior high was built, high school expanded, Wide Hollow school replaced, and Cottonwood initiated.

 

He received the Golden Acorn Award from the West Valley PTA and the Washington Association of School Administrators Award of Merit for effective leadership in public education and for significant contributions to professional associations. He was proud when West Valley Jr. High was awarded, as one of ten schools in the nation, the USA National Excellence Award – Outstanding Secondary Schools. He was recognized by the Washington Association of Education Office Personnel as “Administrator of the Year” (1991) for his support of education office personnel and his contribution to the statewide educational system. 

In his letter announcing his retirement, he wrote “I cannot close this letter without thanking the certificated staff, all teachers, specialists, counselors, building administrators, and central office people, for their dedication and loyalty as I have proceeded through my years at the helm. My respect for these people will continue into my retirement years.” When he retired in 1991, he was honored by a community celebration. 

Our condolences to the family and to all those whom Joe’s life touched.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, June 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. 

The family suggests that memorials be made, in Joe’s honor, to organizations that help severely ill children and their families. To share a memory with the family, please visit www.brooksidefhc.com

 

To read the full obituary, please click here.

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:51 PM
  

 

 

 

 

We’d like to remind families that it so important to keep kids under age 13 in the back seat, not the front seat. Please do keep your children in the back as it is safest part of the vehicle and standard front seat safety belts aren’t designed for children, even if they are tall. To read more about why, please click here. 

 

Thank you, and stay safe!


Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:51 PM
  

 

Congratulations to all of our hardworking high school students and educators on another fantastic year! This year, West Valley’s own have been nominated in two categories for the 5th Avenue Awards.  The award ceremony will be at Benaroya Hall in Seattle on June 12! 

 

Nominations are in the following categories:

 

Outstanding Performance by an Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role

Malachi Ryan as Charlie Cowell, West Valley High SchoolMeredith Willson’s “The Music Man”

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Group

The School Board Quartet (Kapono Paikuli, Ryan Tew, Robert Clarke, Julian Lee), West Valley High School, Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man”

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM
  

 

Brandon Battle and Shane Ziegler at the Washington Skills USA Welding Competition

 

Congratulations to Brandon Battle, who took home a bronze medal from the Washington Skills USA Welding Competition and to Shane Ziegler, who placed 9th! They both did very well for their first ever trip to state in a very competitive class. 

 

We’re so proud of the programs West Valley offers, and we’re especially proud of the outstanding work of our West Valley students!


Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM
  

 

 

This year’s Spoken Word Performances were, yet again, a huge success. The spoken word performances are done by students in Creative Writing. All students in Creative Writing complete one piece to perform in class; the best from each class are chosen to then perform to an audience of between 300 and 400 in the auditorium. For most kids, this is by far the largest audience they’ve ever spoken in front of.

 

Performers are Juniors and Seniors. Performances took place both last week and this week in the HS auditorium. Sixty students performed between Mark Burns and Josh McKimmy’s Creative Writing students. The topics were varied, but all students wrote about their own lives; by doing so, they hit on topics universal to the age group of the audience. Each of these students wrote a 2-4 minute long poem, memorized it, got it performance-ready, and performed it well.

 

It was incredibly impressive work and fantastic writing. Student performers captivated a full auditorium for six periods. The student body looks forward to watching and participating in this event every year.

 

Great job, teachers Josh McKimmy and Mark Burns, for inspiring students to share their stories and their gift!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:50 PM
  

 

West Valley students did very well in this year’s Sunrise Rotary Speech Competition! Winners receive a scholarship to the college they will be attending.

 

West Valley Winners:

1st place: Jacob Luten

2nd place: Jordan Le

3rd place: Lindsey Switzer

5th place: Elliot Ries

 

Jacob’s speech was about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) and the need for STEM plus Art and soft skills. Jordan’s speech was about the importance of acknowledgment, and he shared his personal story, which was very strong. His speech was entitled “How to Be a Hero.” Lindsey spoke about depression and its avoidable, tragic consequence of teen suicide. She also had a very poignant personal anecdote. Elliot spoke about the importance of handshakes. His speech was entitled “A Man is Only as Good as His Handshake.”

 

All speakers were terrific and very polished! Thank you to Sunrise Rotary! We so appreciate your continued sponsorship of this contest.

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  

Congratulations to Brienn Aman, John Opfer, Kailea Aman, and Elly Teske, high school seniors who earned scholarships from the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club!

 

Students were selected based on their applications and interviews. Judges look for, in addition to a perfect or near-perfect GPA, involvement in their schools and a dedication to community service. These students are wonderful examples of intelligent, engaged, compassionate individuals:

 

Brienn Aman is a member of the National Honor Society, section leader in band, and involved in the Interact Club. She is a volunteer with Memorial YouthWorks and at Cottage in the Meadow.

 

John Opfer is a member of the National Honor Society and the Special Olympics Club. He has served as a section leader for both the concert band and the jazz band. He is also a Boy Scout and has earned the prestigious Eagle Scout designation. John regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

 

Kailea Aman has been involved in the Interact Club and as a section leader in the band. Kailea has given back to the greater community through her work at Children's Village and the Union Gospel Mission.

 

Elly Teske has served as president of her school's National Honor Society chapter, played on the All-State Basketball Team, and played the tuba in both state and regional solo/ensemble competitions. She has been a leader of a local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and shares her knowledge with others as a math and science tutor.

 

Students, we’re so proud of you! Thank you to the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club for recognizing their value and investing in their futures!

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 01, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  
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