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Last week, we announced the launch of the West Valley Apprenticeship Program. Beginning next year, students out of West Valley will participate in aerospace apprenticeships, which include paid on-the-job training where they will concurrently earn core academic credits and hours towards their journeyman license.


This program was developed as a continuation of the Core Plus block program West Valley offers juniors, where they earn math, science, and ELA credits. 


The Yakima Herald reported, “Trevor Mackey, Osborne Rogers and Bradley Ethier will receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training with CubCrafters, Triumph Actuation Systems, and Pexco Aerospace, respectively. They will also receive 150 hours of instruction. By graduation they will have not only their high school diploma, but also up to 15 college credits. They will have earned more than $22,000 in wages from their employer and will have nationally recognized journeyman credentials.”


Click here to see pictures and read more.

Watch the TV news stories here and here.


We are very excited about this growing opportunity for our students! 

Posted by WVSD  On May 04, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Last week, the School Board voted not to adjust the elementary attendance boundaries at this time. The Board, however, took action to direct the West Valley administration to assemble a community facilities committee tasked with examining all of our facilities and bringing forth recommendations to the Board, including revisions to our current boundaries that would be implemented beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.


Also, the Board resolved not to disband the self-contained highly capable classroom for 3rd and 4th grade presently housed at Wide Hollow. Instead, the Board charged administration with forming a task force to examine all highly capable programs district-wide for all students. This task force will report its findings and recommendations to the Board.


The Board is committed to continual improvement of our District for all its students. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who provided testimony in our meetings and corresponded with the Board and individual Board members.


Our work, however, is just beginning. We need members of our community to step up and come alongside us on both issues. It is our desire that both committees have balanced representation of administration, staff, Board members, and community members.


Again, we need community members to be part of this process, and if you are interested in serving on either committee, please contact Dr. Mike Brophy, superintendent of West Valley School District.



West Valley School District Board of Directors

Posted by WVSD  On May 04, 2017 at 12:37 PM



We are pleased to share that five DECA students (Marina Madrano, Kira Veselka, Victoria Urrutia, Maleah Meinhold, and Laura Moya) have received VIP passes and were able to go on the field at the Seattle Mariners vs. Miami game this past Wednesday at Safeco Field.


Maleah Meinhold, our chapter President, threw out the first pitch! Maleah was elected the Area 10 DECA President. She will represent approximately 400 DECA members from 14 high schools in Central Washington next year and is one of 11 State Officers in Washington.


Congratulations, students!

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM

The Yakima Youth Awards celebrate young people who make their communities better. Nominees are ages 5-19 who have made a contribution in 2016 to their family, school, church, or to members of the Yakima County community.


Congratulations are in order for many exemplary West Valley students!


West Valley Winners


Arts: Outstanding involvement in performing, visual, or literary arts. Winner: Kyle Johnson, 18, West Valley High School

Leadership: Guiding others to a positive goal through education or example. Winner: Natalie Hernandez, 16, West Valley High School and Yakima Valley College Running Start

Personal Achievement: Getting through or beyond personal obstacles with courage, initiative, and determination. Two winners: Breyden Esqueda, West Valley High School; and Jacob Aucutt, 15, independent study program


West Valley Nominees


Civic/Community Service: Giving of one’s time or talent to improve the community. Alexandra Shively, 17, West Valley High School

Family Life: Bettering one’s family situation. Gabriel Weiler, 15, West Valley High School

Small Group: Up to nine members, which can be an informal or formal group. West Valley High School S.A.D.D. leaders, West Valley High School DECA student leaders for “Miracle on Zier Road,” and West Valley High School 
DECA Student Leaders for Homelessness Awareness

Large Group: More than nine members. West Valley Middle School sixth-grade humanities class and West Valley High School Ecology Club

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM



Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up, and we encourage you to reach out and let our WVSD teachers know how much their work matters and how much we all appreciate them.


Teachers have touched all our lives, and most of us can name one or more who have positively influenced the paths we have taken. I am so proud of the teachers we have here in West Valley, who not only offer quality instruction but also have big hearts. Our community’s children are shaped every day by our wonderful teaching staff—join me in recognizing their talents and commitment this May!

Posted by WVSD  On Apr 20, 2017 at 1:49 PM
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