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June 2017 - Posts

There is no better time than celebrating high school graduation. We had 312 graduating seniors this year! I want to thank all of you, no matter your role in the West Valley School District, for all you have done each and every day in support of these graduating seniors. We are very proud of the accomplishments of the Class of 2017, and they could not have done it without the support of everyone involved.


Just take a look at our seniors’ successes:


1. Our seniors have indicated the following pathways:

  • 4 year College/University (133 students, 43%)
  • 2 year Community College (91 students, 29%)
  • Career Technical school (19 students, 6%) 

‚ÄčTotaling 78%! And 41 of our seniors are first in their family to attend college!

  • Military (13 students, 4%)
  • Workforce (49 students, 16%)
  • Other (7 students, 2%)

2. Our four top 1% West Valley seniors are Brienn Aman, Kailea Aman, Lindsey Evers, and Timothy Ferrin. 


3. Forty-eight seniors received the Washington State Honors Award.


4. Joe Doria received the Congressional Award for Initiative, Service and Achievement, and Elly Teske received the Congressional High School Art Award. 


5. The West Valley Principal’s award was given to Alexa Burns, Cierra Mallory, and Elly Teske.


6. JROTC top awards were given to 3 seniors. Martin Sample received the Congressional Nomination to the US Air Force Academy. Joey Bird received the US Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship. Lindsey Evers received the US Army ROTC Scholarship. Cadet of the year went to Cadet Captain Leo Soto.


7. Colton Moen won first in Regionals and placed in the top 16 of the state with the skills USA Cabinetmaking. 


8. Thirty-four students were awarded the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy: Brienn Aman, Kailea Aman, Hailey Biegler, Joseph Bird, Braden Clement, Trenton Crafton, Emma Deblasio, Gianna Dimeo, Cole Donegan,  Henry Eaton, Allison Farabee, Tim Ferrin, Kelsey Hedrick, Alexis Ibarra, Joel Lee, Brittany Little, Elizabeth Lowe, Carsten Martin, Carlee Martin, Tanner McKinney, Morgan Metz, Eric Moreno, Keiley Munsterman, John Opfer, Diego Quintana, Michelle Ridd, Eric Rodriguez, Megan Salset, Rhea Shetty, Rayna Tilley, Tatum Verbrugge, Isabella Vickers, and Oliver Woodall.


9. West Valley Dollars For Scholars awarded 56 students scholarships this year totaling $59,000. Since 1995 when DFS began, a total of $921,955 has been awarded in scholarships.


10. An estimated dollar amount awarded in scholarships to date is over $2,055,981 to be awarded this coming fall. This number does not include the renewable scholarships our students will receive!


11. This year we had 7 foreign exchange students from 5 countries: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, and Thailand.


We anticipate great things for these young adults and look forward to their unique contributions to society! Go get ‘em, class of 2017!


If you would like to see graduation ceremony, please, click here.

Posted by WVSD  On Jun 13, 2017 at 4:29 PM



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
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