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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


Many students participated in the Mid-Valley League Spelling Bee in Ellensburg this Month. Our 6th and 7th graders, Eric Slade, Antoinette Spagnola, Gavin Smith, Addie DeMill, and Carter Stapleton, did a great job representing West Valley and put up a tough fight. Our 8th graders also did a great job and took home trophies! Davian McDougall took 3rd Place, and Sophia Derrick took 1st Place!



Then, Sophia went on to win the Grand Champion title to bring home another 1st Place trophy and the traveling trophy for the first time ever! SUPER JOB TEAM! The traveling trophy will be engraved with Sophia’s name and housed at WVJH for all to see! Congratulations! Go Wolves! Go Panthers!

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:36 AM

We had some great success again at the Walla Walla Two State JROTC Drill and Rifle Meet Championship at WAHI HS Army JROTC.  About a dozen JROTC programs from Oregon and Washington met this month for a tough championship competition, which will help get some of these cadets ready for Nationals later this spring.


Cadet Logan Snell 3rd place at State for open sporter rifle


Cadet Sample, as the Rifle Team Captain, receiving the Sporter Rifle team 4th place at State overall for sporter rifle teams


Our WVHS JROTC program earned the following State places:


Unarmed Drill Team, commanded by Cadet Lopez, performed Inspection and Regulation and took 6th place overall.  


The Dual Unarmed Exhibition Drill Team (Cadets Hinojosa & Pereyda) earned 5th place.  


Our Dual Armed Exhibition Drill Team (Cadets White and Lacy) earned 5th place, and our Individual Armed Exhibition Drill (CDT White) earned 8th place overall, respectively.  


Our Color Guard Team #2 placed 6th at State led by Cadet Jonathan Morris. 


The “Top Gun” for WVHS JROTC and 3rd place at State overall for open sporter rifle was Cadet Logan Snell. 


The Sporter Rifle team took 4th place at State and scored a team record of 1,941 points, which was only 87 points from taking 3rd place at State.


Congratulations, all!

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Big news is on the horizon for West Valley High School.


In 2014, West Valley opened their CORE+ Aerospace Machine Shop where students are taught machining and manufacturing curriculum for a three-hour block, half of their school day. 

We are excited to announce our next step in the commitment for building a workforce in the Yakima Valley with Youth Apprenticeship—the first youth apprenticeship embedded within the school day in Washington State. 


Second-year students will have the opportunity to apply their skills to the work force, practicing machining skills with business partners from the Yakima Valley. 


West Valley is being recognized as a national model, pairing in-depth and standard aligned manufacturing curriculum with apprenticeship. Other national apprenticeships in the United States do not have the pairing to an industry-partnered curriculum like we do with Boeing.


In partnership with the Governor’s Office, Department of Labor and Industries, AJAC, and West Valley School District, we are proud of the commitment of the Career and Technical Education department to connect students to our Yakima Valley work force using industry technical skills.


Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 30, 2017 at 9:35 AM





National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition educational campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy lifestyle habits.


This year’s theme is "Put Your Best Fork Forward,” reminding us that we all hold the tool to make healthier food choices. This month, talk with your children and family about the power of making small, thoughtful changes. Small, thoughtful changes can dramatically improve our lives both now and into the future. 

Posted by FieldGroup  On Mar 16, 2017 at 10:17 AM
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