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Jose Pajares, Casey Barrett and Jonathan Mendoza competed in the SkillsUSA Central Region Competition on 1-19-18
Jose Pajares, Casey Barrett and Jonathan Mendoza competed in the SkillsUSA Central Region Competition on 1-19-18
UPDATE: Davis High School Students Promote Career and Technical Education (Photo) - 01/19/18

Davis High School SkillsUSA members Jose Pajares, Casey Barrett and Jonathan Mendoza competed in the SkillsUSA Central Region Competition on 1-19-18 in American Spirit.

The American Spirit competition requires 3 SkillsUSA members to work with other students in the schools SkillsUSA Chapter to complete 3 separate projects.

1. Community Service they chose Making a meal for Rod's House
2. Patriotism and Citizenship and they participated in the Veterans Stand Down and Benefits Fair providing cookies and thank you cards to Veterans
3. Promotion of Career and Technical Education and they presented to Yakima Specialties staff members about how their work-based learning classes are preparing them for employment after high school.

In the picture, the boys are standing in from of a completed portable building that the YV Tech Construction Program.

The competition took place at YV Tech and after finishing their competition they toured different classes at YV Tech.

Davis HS CTE Students at SkillsUSA Competition at YV-TECH on Jan 18, 2018
Davis HS CTE Students at SkillsUSA Competition at YV-TECH on Jan 18, 2018
Davis High School Students Promote Career and Technical Education (Photo) - 01/19/18

Yakima, WA -- Davis High School SkillsUSA members presented information about Career and Technical Education sharing the benefits they have gained from Work Based Learning experiences. They presented to Yakima Specialties Inc. staff members. The employment skills the students talked about showed that in the future they will be successful employees. The presentation was organized and informative.

The mission of Yakima Specialties is to empower people with barriers to employment to achieve their highest potential in life and in the workplace.

Davis High School SkillsUSA members are competing locally at YV Tech in the Central Region Skills & Leadership Competition on January 19th, 2018 from 8:00am until 2:00pm.

SkillsUSA is a national leadership organization for students enrolled in career and technical education.

Eisenhower's Phil English to be Inducted in to the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame (Photo) - 01/18/18

Press Release

Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame Inductees

The Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association will be inducting three new members into their Hall of Fame on Friday, January 19 at the Washington State Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Convention in Tacoma this weekend. The Cross Country Inductions will be held from 5:30pm-7: 00 pm at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma.

Phil English, Track and Cross Country Coach for Eisenhower High School in Yakima is one of the inductees.

Phil English, Eisenhower H.S.
Phil grew up outside a small village in Cullen, County Tipperary, Ireland and graduated from Tipperary
Vocational School in 1973. He started running when he was about 13-years old when a club was started in the local parish. Phil had some success right away and went on to represent Ireland in international competition at schools, junior and senior level in both track and cross country over the next few years. In 1974, Phil was the Irish National Senior Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase.
Phil attended Washington State University on an athletic scholarship from 1973-1977competing in both cross country and track and field for the Cougars. The team placed in the top-four at the NCAA's all four years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1977 and also earned a Master of Science degree in Physical Education from WSU in 1979. He has been married to his wife Darcy for 39 years and has a daughter Liza and son Michael (along with four grandchildren).
Since 1986 Phil has been teaching and coaching (cross country and track & field) at Eisenhower H.S. in Yakima. He teaches Honors Biology and a college-level course in Anatomy and Physiology. Prior to teaching and coaching at Eisenhower, Phil taught and coached at Carroll H.S. in Yakima from 1979-1986. Carroll H.S. closed permanently in 1986.
Phil never intended to actually get into coaching. His interests were in teaching and research. However, when he started teaching at Carroll in 1979, the head coaching positions were open in both track and cross country. Teaching and coaching were both parts of the same package at the small Catholic school in Yakima. At the time, he was training for the 1980 Irish Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Phil has had a great deal of success in his career. Among his most notable achievements, he is most proud of helping many individuals achieve a college education by attaining college scholarships in cross country/track & field. In addition to that, increasing the status of cross country in the state through the Clear Lake/White Pass Cross Country Camps and Clinics and forming the weekly seasonal Coaches Polls (started in the early 1990's) have been rewarding.
Coaching Honors
League Titles- Girls (21) Boys (21)
District Titles-Girls (21) Boys (22)
State Appearances-Girls (31) Boys (21)
State XC Trophies-Girls (13) Boys (12)
State Titles-Girls (82, 83, 84, 89, 94, 99, 00, 2010) Boys (85, 87 & 2010)
State Track Team Title- Girls (1999) State Track Runner-Up (2000).
Individual Champions-Kathy Rouleau (82), Kris Vickers (83), Robert Price (83, 84, 85), Robin Bryson (1988) and Aleah Thome (1994)
Nike Team Nationals-9th Place Boys team (2004)
Washington State Girls 'Coach of the Year'-1994& 2001 Monday Morning Quarterbacks, Female Team-'Coach of the Year' 1999, 2000 NFHS National Girls 'Coach of the Year'-2001Yakima Sports Awards 'Coach of the Year'-2010 & 11, NFHS Northwest Sectional Boys 'Coach of the Year'-2011

Attached Media Files: phil_english.jpg
Yakima School District Proud of National Merit Semi-Finalist - 01/09/18

In February, Nathan Yee, an Eisenhower High School senior, will be checking his mail to see if he has been named a finalist for the National Merit(R) Scholarship. This past fall, Nathan and IKE Principal, Jewel Brumley, were notified that Nathan was a semi-finalist.

From www.nationalmerit.org, "The National Merit(R) Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT(R))--which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year--and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit(R) Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist."

Yakima School District: Out of 1.6 million who take the SAT, 16,000 are identified as semi-finalists and we have ONE SPECIAL STUDENT in the Yakima Area: Nathan Yee, an IKE senior!
Nathan has been offered early admission to Williams College in Massachusetts. Williams is ranked as the #1 National Liberal Arts College for 2018. It has a 7% acceptance rate and has a faculty to student ratio of 7:1.

More information about the National Merit Scholarship program: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424

To interview Nathan, please coordinate via www.YakimaSchools.org/media

Washington Remains Leader for National Board Certification - 01/08/18

(re-post by Yakima School District from OSPI; plus YSD's list of new National Board Certified Teachers)
OLYMPIA--JANUARY 8, 2018--Washington continues to be a leader in increasing its number of National Board Certified teachers.
Numbers released today by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) show that Washington has the most new National Board Certified teachers (NBCTs) of any state (1,434*). The total number of 10,135 NBCTs is third in the country overall.
Certification is a one- to five-year process that includes taking an assessment and assembling three portfolios. According to the NBPTS, completing the certification shows that each teacher knows and practices "the definitive standards of accomplished teaching."
"Congratulations to all the newly-certified teachers and those who renewed their certificates," said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. "It takes a lot of sustained and intentional work to become a National Board Certified teacher, and it's a testament to the dedication of our teachers that so many continue to pursue it."
"The popularity of the program has taken a statewide effort," Reykdal continued. "Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington Education Association, and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession -- as well as broad bipartisan legislative support -- has not only put us on the NBCT map, but has kept us there."
"Washington's teachers are some of the finest in the country and this additional certification will make a tremendous difference to their students, schools, and communities," Gov. Inslee said. "There is no more important job than a teacher as their work impacts countless lives and futures. I applaud these Nationally Board Certified teachers for their hard work and determination."
In 2007, the Washington State Legislature began awarding a $5,000 bonus to each NBCT. Teachers can receive up to an additional $5,000 bonus if they teach in "challenging" schools, which are defined as having a certain percentage of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch (50 percent for high schools, 60 percent for middle schools, and 70 percent for elementary schools).
Washington by the numbers for 2017:
* Number of new NBCTs: 1,434 (national rank: 1st)
* Number of renewed certificates: 533
* Total number of NBCTs: 10,135 (national rank: 3rd)
* 88 percent of all Washington's NBCTs (about 8,900) remain actively engaged in education
"Washington's educators are among the best in the country in large part because of the support we offer them to grow and develop," said Kim Mead, President of the Washington Education Association (WEA). "I'm proud of the role WEA plays in supporting our members pursuing their national certification with high-quality training and peer support through this rigorous process. Our educators' commitment to excellence is a reflection of their commitment to our students."
"We are excited that so many accomplished Washington teachers have successfully demonstrated their 'accomplished-ness' in the classroom with students and are now NBCTs," said Nasue Nishida, Executive Director for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP).
"The Washington State National Board Network Partners (CSTP, OSPI, and WEA) have worked together to develop, maintain, and sustain a structure of support for teachers pursuing National Board; incentives after they achieve; and leadership development opportunities as they continue their journey in the profession. This year's number is an indication that what we do in Washington state is working," Nishida continued.
"More intentional and more focused"
Winlock, Wash., is about an hour's drive north of Vancouver. Nearly four out of every five students at Winlock Miller Elementary School receive free or reduced-price meals. Tori Nelson is a fourth grade English language arts teacher at Winlock Miller and the first teacher in her district to become an NBCT.
Nelson said the process took three years. "I wouldn't have done it without the support of the superintendent at the time," she said. "She pushed me to do it and gave me the time. She saw something in me and felt like it was something I could accomplish."
For Nelson, achieving certification forced her to take a deeper look at how she approached her job. "Teaching is a pretty difficult job," she said. "When you have to break down every little thing you do, you're forced to really reflect on everything you're doing in the classroom. That pushes you to become more intentional and more focused. It also reminds you why you do what you do: to help kids. It's a good incentive to keep the kids as your number-one focus."
"There were days when I told myself that I was a better teacher than I thought," Nelson added, "and there were days when I said, 'Wow, I have a lot of things to work on.'"
Nelson noted that being an NBCT has put her in a mentor role in her district. "It's one thing to teach children," she said, "but it's another thing to teach teachers. I think that's a pretty good way to better yourself as an educator."
Nelson said she would recommend other teachers going through the certification process. "Some people may look at it as just another hoop to jump through," she said. "But it really is a process that makes you break down your teaching and helps you grow. It requires you to dissect what you do, and why you do it. That forces you to better yourself."
About Board certification
Since 2009, Washington state has offered a conditional loan program to help candidates pay for the cost of certification. Loans are repaid by teachers with the bonuses they earn after becoming certified. To date, more than 4,000 conditional loans have been offered, and $5.5 million has been repaid to the revolving fund, allowing the state to continue to award future loans.
Certification consists of four components:
1. An assessment of the teacher's content knowledge.
2. A portfolio showing work students have done and the teacher's feedback to the student.
3. Two videos of the teacher in the classroom, showing lessons taught and the interaction with and among students.
4. A portfolio of "reflective" work: what the teacher does outside the classroom that translates in the classroom.
The last three components are assessed by a national panel of peers.
Created in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the quality of teaching and learning.
For more information
* NBCTs by district http://www.nbpts.org/nbct-search/
* About NBCT - OSPI http://www.k12.wa.us/Certification/nbpts/default.aspx
* Why National Boards Matter (video) https://vimeo.com/104333768

* This number varies slightly from the number reported by the Board. The Board relies on teachers to self-report and maintain their contact information. Some teachers choose not to share that information. OSPI relies on a combination of personnel data and Board data, which the Office considers to be more accurate.

January is School Board Appreciation Month - 01/08/18

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed January as School Board Recognition Month. This marks the 23rd year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995.

The Washington State School Directors' Association, Association of Educational Service Districts and the broader education community take time in January to honor board members from Washington's 295 school districts and nine elected educational service district boards.

"Through leadership and governance, Washington's 1,477 school directors are building the future of public education in Washington state," said WSSDA Executive Director Tim Garchow. "Not only do they fortify one of the pillars of our democracy--public education, they also shoulder responsibility for helping all of us realize the hopes and dreams we have for Washington's youth."

In total, Washington's school directors govern districts serving 1.1 million students, with a combined annual budget of approximately $15 billion, employing about 120,000 people. This is a tremendous responsibility shouldered by our locally elected, school board members. As they navigate an array of complex educational and social issues, let us thank our school board members for their service, and for working toward a strong, equitable system of public education that supports all students.

At the Yakima School District, five volunteer school board members work to provide the best learning environment for nearly 16,000 students. The Yakima School District would like to share our gratitude for our school board members:
Martha Rice, President
Raymond Navarro, Jr., Vice President
John Vornbrock
Graciella Villanueva
Don Davis, Jr.

Attached Media Files: Governor Proclamation