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September 2017 - Posts




U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse awarded the Congressional Award Bronze Medal to Freida Raj. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are earned by students who have completed a certain number of tasks in four categories: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition or exploration. Freida Raj is the second West Valley High School student to receive a medal from the Congressional Award program this year.


Raj began efforts toward her medal during her sophomore year of high school. To name a few, she has volunteered at a local hospital, tutored fellow students, participated on the swim and track teams, and wrote for the Yakima Herald-Republic’s Unleashed program to further her career development. “I do want to continue this,” said Raj. “I’m halfway through with my silver medal.”


Raj plans to enter college in the fall and hopes to eventually study medicine. Congratulations, Freida! We’re so proud of you!

Read more in the Yakima Herald story, by clicking here.

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


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.




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



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
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