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  • Recording of Sept 1st Teacher and Family Online Meet

    This video contains discussions of Google Clasroom, Canvas, and Remind in English and Spanish.

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  • One-to-one Laptops

    All students K-12 can pick up a 1:1 laptop starting tomorrow, Monday Aug 10. Those that have a laptop from the spring school closure must return that laptop and pick up an updated one that has been specifically set up for them.

    For pick-up times and details, please visit www.ysd7.org/laptops

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  • Welcome Anna Marie Dufault

    Anna Marie Dufault

    Anna Marie Dufault is delighted to serve as interim Principal at Discovery Lab School for the 2020-21 school year. Her oldest son was a member of the inaugural second-grade class in Fall  1997 and her other son and daughter also matriculated through Discovery Lab. All three of her children graduated from A. C. Davis High School. 

    Anna Marie is a proud graduate of White Swan High School and earned her Bachelor's degree at WSU and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from EWU. She completed her administrative credentials at WSU Tri-Cities. 

    Anna Marie has over thirty years of experience in education. She taught elementary students for 14 years at various school districts around the Valley. She has worked as an education advocate with foster care students. She worked as a Learning Support Coordinator at ESD 105 for 14 years before taking the principal job at Saddle Mountain Elementary School in Mattawa, WA. Most recently she served as Director of Student Support Services for the Wahluke School District. 

    Over the years she has been deeply involved in the Yakima community volunteering with Junior League and Safe Yakima Valley. She has a teacher’s heart and is dedicated to quality instruction every day for every student. 

    She loves learning and has recently been studying the “Distance Learning Playbook” by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie as well as “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” by Zaretta Hammond.

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YSD Stories

  • Happy Day Giveaway

    Posted by Anna Marie Dufault on 6/8/2021

    Ava, a 4th grader at Discovery Lab School under the guidance of her teacher, Mrs. Shari Fletcher created a Passion Project benefitting the school and community.

    Ava's project is called the "Happy Day Giveaway" and works like this:

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    During recess, students select an art object from  the many Ava created (a few other DLS students contributed handmade items) 

    Choices included painted rocks, woven wristbands, ihand- illustrated bookmarks, and mini art paintings.

    They give this item to anyone of their choosing to make them happy!

    THEN the students come back the next day and select another art object that they get to keep!

    happy day 1

    Ava states, "Art is my passion and I want to be an artist when I grow up! This is a fun way for me to share my talent with others and at the same time make the world a little bit happier!"

     Discovery Lab salutes Ava and all the students who share their passions with the world!

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  • A heartfelt Thank You to Maverick Gaming and their program "Maverick Cares"

    Posted by Sara Cordova on 11/23/2020

    This Thanksgiving season, Maverick Cares donated Thanksgiving meals for 20 of our Yakima School District Families! We are grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness this holiday season. We also want to thank our Yakima Police Department for coordinating this effort. We appreciate you!

    Thanksgiving Community Event - November 24

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  • The Yakima School District Is Accepting Referrals For Students Into The Highly Capable Program

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 11/13/2020
    The Yakima School District is accepting referrals for students in kindergarten through 11th grade for consideration into the Highly Capable Program.
    If you would like to refer a child that fits this description, please complete a Referral Packet at https://www.ysd7.org/domain/22 by Friday, January 29, 2021.
    Children who demonstrate exceptional ability, exceed grade-level standards in literacy and/or math (or have the potential to do so if challenged and supported,) demonstrate exceptional creativity, and possess a strong motivation to excel are good candidates for the Highly Capable Program.
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  • Principal Appreciation Month - Discovery Lab

    Posted by Ashley LaRiviere on 10/28/2020

    The Yakima School District would like to thank and honor our principals for their visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student.

    Discovery Lab Principal

    Did you know that Principal Anna Marie Dufault completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 and very much enjoys practicing yoga herself as well as helping others learn about the benefits of yoga? 

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  • Washington Apple Crunch October 7th!

    Posted by Melissa Lim on 10/12/2020



    Yakima School District participated for the first time in the state wide "Taste Washington Day," Washington Apple Crunch event on Wednesday, October 7th. The students who picked up meals received a fun handout sheet with apple facts, as well as a Washington grown apple so they could participate in the state wide celebration by biting into their apple with a CRUNCH! Our food service staff at Davis High school decided to join in themselves and are pictured below along with other food service staff throughout our differnt sites. 

    Did you know Washington State produces more apples than any other state in the United States? Harvest of these apples begins in August and goes through November and Yakima County is the leading county in Washington for apple production! On top of being an important economic part of the Yakima valley, apples also contribute some stellar nutrition! Apples contain antioxidants which help keep your cells healthy, vitamin c which can boost your immune system, and soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol. Now there's something to celebrate, and if you ever get a chance to meet the growers and farmers of the next apple you take a bite of, remember to thank them for supplying you with a local, nutrition packed, delicious treat! Shout out to the Yakima Valley for being a noteworthy agricultural leader in our nation and for the Yakima School District featuring local produce. 



    Davis High School staff participating in the Washington Apple Crunch, October 7th.


    Thanks for tunining in with Food Services!


    Melissa Lim, RDN

    Food Services Program Manager

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