On Monday, June 22, the East Valley School District Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution to place a $52.9 million bond on the November 3, 2015 ballot. This bond will fund district improvement projects at three of our schools. The bond will support renovating and expanding East Valley High School due to the aging 35-year-old facility and overcrowding caused by continued student enrollment growth. East Valley High School was originally built to accommodate 450 students and now serves over 850 students.
The bond will also include funding to construct additional classrooms and a physical education facility at East Valley Central Middle School to support the continuing enrollment growth at that building. Also, security systems would be installed at both East Valley Central and East Valley High schools to protect our students from acts of violence. In addition, parking at Moxee Elementary School would be increased to accommodate increased traffic flow and provide additional space for parent and staff parking.
The District Facility/Bond Committee that includes parents, community members and various educators have been meeting since October 2014 to study the facility needs of the district and to prepare a recommendation to the EVSD Board of Directors. Committee members presented the $52.9 million bond recommendation on Monday evening. The proposal included a recommendation to pay the bond off in a 15-year time period.
With two current bonds being paid off in December 2015, the projected cost to tax payers will decrease from the current rate by 56 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The East Valley School District will be conducting community forums over the next few months to provide additional information related to the facility needs and bond.
Ms. Tami Scrivner was recently named the new principal at Terrace Heights Elementary School, beginning the 2015-2016 school year. Ms. Scrivner will replace THE Principal, Mr. Bob Adamson who is retiring at the end of this school year. Ms. Scrivner has worked at Terrace Heights Elementary School since 2001 and was a kindergarten teacher for 12 years and the Student Learning Improvement Coordinator and Coach for the past 2 years. Ms. Scrivner completed her principal certification and administrative internship in 2014. Please help us welcome Ms. Scrivner in her new role as THE Principal beginning the 2015-2016 school year!
Shannon Bloom was recognized at the May 26th school board meeting as she completes a two-year term as Student Representative to the East Valley School District School Board. Shannon is an EVHS Senior that will graduate with the Class of 2015 on June 6th. The East Valley School District Board of Directors expressed their appreciation for her outstanding representation to the board over the past two school years!
"2015 Crystal Apple Award"
Ms. Madeleine Funk, teacher at East Valley Central Middle School is the recipient of the 2015 East Valley Crystal Apple Award! Ms. Funk has been an outstanding teacher in the East Valley School District for the past 14 years. Mr. Mark Roy, Chairman of the Crystal Apple Award Committee recognized Ms. Funk on Thursday, May 07, 2015 for her outstanding work as an East Valley School District teacher. Ms. Funk was nominated for this prestigious award by Ms. Julie Byers, an East Valley parent. Pictured below is Madeleine and her two children, Cami and David.
The East Valley School Board of Directors would like to welcome Wes Edwards as the newly appointed Director for District No. 1!
Wes attended Ricks College where he studied architecture. He has been an architect for 23 years and works at Borarchitecture, an architectural firm in Yakima. Mr. Edwards has served on the district facility and bond committee and believes that education is the most important thing a person can acquire in their life. He and his wife Murrena have children at Terrace Heights Elementary, East Valley Central Middle School and East Valley High School.
East Valley Elementary School and Moxee Elementary School have received notification that they will be recognized with the prestigious 2014 "Washington Achievement Award."
The awards recognize the state’s top-performing schools in six different categories: Overall Excellence (top 5 percent in the state, based on a 3-year composite rating), Reading Growth (top 5 percent in reading growth ratings during 3 years), Math Growth (top 5 percent in math growth ratings during 3 years), Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high schools), English Language Acquisition (top 5 percent in the state, based on a state language proficiency assessment and other criteria), and High Progress (top 10 percent for achievement and improvement in both reading and math for three years).
East Valley Elementary School and Moxee Elementary School will be formally honored by Educational Service District 105 with a plaque and banner during special assemblies that will be scheduled during the next several weeks.
Congratulations to Principal Colleen Crowston and the East Valley Elementary School staff for their hard work and superior achievement in the category of English Language Acquisition (top 5 percent in the state, based on a state language proficiency assessment and other criteria).
Congratulations to Principal Monica Masias and the Moxee Elementary School staff for their hard work and superior achievement in the categories of Math Growth (top 5 percent in math growth ratings during 3 years) and High Progress (top 10 percent for achievement and improvement in both reading and math for three years).
Roy Farms Inc. recently donated a 40-gallon fish tank to the EVC science program to support a salmon unit that has been part of student studies for the past 22 years. This fully operational fish tank allows students the opportunity to study and observe the growth of salmon from the egg stage through the fingerling stage of their life cycle. A big “thank you” to Roy Farms Inc.
January – School Board Appreciation Month
It is truly our honor to recognize our School Board Members during School Board Appreciation Month for their hard work in serving our students and community. The Board of Directors of the East Valley School District is composed of five publicly elected citizens whom represent the community in setting policies and directing school programs. Members are volunteers who serve in staggered four-year terms. Throughout the year, School Board Members attend two evening board meetings each month and additional special meetings and study sessions as scheduled. Our board members volunteer countless hours involved in meetings, activities and events on a monthly basis to provide leadership and guidance for our schools to provide a quality education for students.
Please join us at the January 26, 2015 school board meeting where our board members will be recognized for their outstanding efforts in making a significant difference for our children.
East Valley School Board of Directors:
The East Valley School Board of Directors would like to welcome Charlotte Layman as the newly appointed Director for District No. 2!
Charlotte grew up in the Yakima Valley graduating from Sunnyside High School in 2000. She attended Gonzaga University where she majored in Communications with a minor in Economics. She currently works for Yakima Valley Libraries as the Community Library Resources Manager. She is married to Rob Layman, who grew up in East Valley and they have three sons; Cash, Wyatt and Westin.
Mike Matsumura, one of our mechanics, competed in competition for the WAPT (Washington Association of Pupil Transportation) technician of the year and was awarded our region’s 1st place honor!
It takes mechanics and bus drivers working together as a team to achieve these results.
The East Valley School District Board of Directors and I are delighted to welcome our students and community to the East Valley School District as we begin the 2014-2015 school year. As the district continues to grow, over 3,000 students will enter into our classrooms on a daily basis with bright eyes and an eagerness to learn. As new families continue to move into our community throughout the school year, we extend a warm welcome from the East Valley School District. You will find East Valley to be a warm and caring community that is committed to providing the best possible education and support for our children.
Significant past accomplishments give our district reason to celebrate and much to build on as we launch into a new school year. Many talented teachers and staff members guide our students’ learning as we reach new heights in student success. Enriched programs, and innovative strategies implemented by our teachers over the past years are making a significant difference for our children.
Each of our schools will continue to implement programs and strategies to meet individual learning needs for all students. We are making great progress as our talented teachers and support staff members continue to implement best practices every day in every classroom for every child. I assure you that we will continue our thrust to see that the East Valley School District is recognized as “the best in the teaching and learning business.”
Thanks to the dedication of our excellent, caring staff, East Valley Schools provide a rich and safe environment where students grow and develop to their potential. Please contact me if you have any questions as we work together to make East Valley School District a great place for our children to learn. This truly will be an exciting year for the East Valley School District and our community as we work together to achieve excellence while educating our children!
I wish you and your family a safe and successful school year.