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March 2017 - Posts



As 8th graders will soon be registering for high school classes during the upcoming conference week, we want to highlight the many opportunities for students.


West Valley strives to offer rigorous courses, which prepare students for dual-credit opportunities in grades 10-12.  Rigorous coursework is critical to readying kids for the high level work they will encounter later in their academic careers. With West Valley’s many partnerships with technical schools and universities, students have incredible opportunities to launch their careers soon after graduating.


From Art, to Welding, Biology and Financial Planning, West Valley’s student have a myriad of choices that can help them to learn skills and earn college credits.


Encourage your child to register in rigorous coursework, and discuss options with their teachers.


Find all of the dual-credit courses listed on the website, here.


If you have more questions about these opportunities, please contact your child’s guidance counselor:


West Valley High School:

Shelly O'Neill, 972-5952


West Valley Junior High School:

Bernie Snow, 972-5817


West Valley Middle School:

Michael Yates, 972-5717

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 16, 2017 at 10:11 AM


"Junie B." - Chalk pastel artwork by WVHS 12th grader Elly Teske


Congratulations to West Valley’s Elly Teske, who won both a regional award as well as a CWU scholarship for her entry titled “Junie B.” in this year’s 44th Annual ESD 105 High School Art Show.


Eight pieces by high school artists from south central Washington were chosen as standouts among the 80 entries in this year’s ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show. They will advance on to OSPI’s statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show later this spring in Olympia. Seven of the students were presented CWU scholarship awards by David Bieloh, associate professor of graphic design at CWU.


Jurors for this year’s regional show were Professor Gregg Schlanger, who chairs the art department at Central Washington University, and David Lynx, who is the director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. Entries were judged on the basis of mastery of the medium used, composition, and creativity, without information regarding the name of the school or teacher. 


Senior Elly Teske’s recognition this year makes this the third consecutive year that one of teacher Grant Johnston’s students has had an entry advance to the OSPI statewide show. West Valley has had six entries advance during the past six years.


WVHS art teacher Grant Johnston accepting the Regional Award for WVHS 12th grader Elly Teske from ESD 105 superintendent Kevin Chase.



CWU associate professor of graphic design David Bieloh presenting $2,000 CWU scholarship for WVHS 12th grader Elly Teske, being accepted by art teacher Grant Johnston.


Congratulations to Grant Johnston for continually inspiring and encouraging his art students! Congratulations, Elly, on your wonderful art! We are so proud.


Visit the art show: The art show will remain on display at JA World (650 University Parkway in Yakima) through March 20. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 16, 2017 at 10:09 AM


West Valley Fire Station is offering First Aid/CPR training on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The training is free for citizens who live in the West Valley Fire Department District (Yakima County – West Valley).

Posted by WVSD  On Mar 02, 2017 at 10:36 AM


West Valley’s Knowledge Bowl team will compete in next month’s 35th annual Washington State Knowledge Bowl tournaments after advancing from this week’s regional qualifier competitions. The 2017 Washington State Knowledge Bowl tournaments are on Saturday, March 18, at Arlington High School, featuring 18 teams in each classification.  


Knowledge Bowl competitions involve high school teams of up to six members in a contest of the students’ knowledge in a broad range of academic areas. Each tournament begins with a written round in which team members work together to solve multiple-choice problems, followed by oral rounds against one or two other schools.


West Valley’s team is advancing to State after taking 2nd place at the ESD 105 Regional meet. West Valley’s teams have now qualified for the State Knowledge Bowl competition for all 14 years that the school has been involved in the program!

Congratulations, students! We’re so proud!


Left to right: Henry Eaton, Blade Peterschick, Miah Robert, David Lambert, Owen DeVaney, and Tim Ferrin

Posted by WVSD  On Mar 02, 2017 at 10:35 AM



This year’s 15th annual Mr. West Valley Pageant

was a success! In its 15 years, over $900,000 has been raised by area schools. This year, with over $15,000 contributed by West Valley, the total has reached over one million dollars! Contestants raise money from November into February through fundraisers. Funds raised go toward Children’s Health Care Fund, which supports pediatric healthcare at Children’s Village and Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Unit.


This year’s candidates were West Valley seniors Jake French, Aidan Hernandez, Aman Tanwani, Charskie Kinloch, Elliot Ries, Abraham Horieh, Jeremy Lennartz, JJ Doria, Robert Clarke, Colton Moen, Justin Van De Brake, and Sean Sieber.

The pageant combines dancing, talent, and community service.


This year, Colton Moen was chosen Mr. West Valley by two judges from West Valley High School and two judges from the community. Mr. Congeniality was chosen by the coordinators and by his fellow contestants. This year’s Mr. Congeniality is Elliot RiesMr. Capitol is a culmination of all of the best talents from all six pageants – JJ Doria will represent West Valley at The Capitol Theatre on April 18th.


Thank you to Senior Coordinator Alexa Burns – who did an amazing job with her fellow coordinators to organize fundraisers, support the boys’ efforts, and manage the business side of the pageant.


Congratulations, boys! 

Posted by WVSD  On Mar 02, 2017 at 10:35 AM
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