Please fill out this survey (once) so we can determine the number of students who will use bus transportation once we return to in-person learning. This survey is vital to determine our bus routes in order to maintain as much social distancing as possible on the school buses. If you do not utilize bus transportation there is no need to complete the survey. The state and district encourages families to drop off their students or allow them to walk or bike to school, if safe and available during COVID. This survey will close at end of day on Sunday. http://bit.ly/UGSDBus
Meal distributions are changing due to move to hybrid instruction. A letter is going home with calendars for clarity. They are also posted on our website at http://bit.ly/UGSDfood.
Union Gap School will be introducing a new feature in the coming days that will allow Microsoft Teams to send you a WEEKLY SUMMARY of your students' assignments. Contact the office if you need to add or update your email records. Finally, TECH TIP FOR THE WEEK: Restart your students' computer every week. This will update the programs and keep things running well.
Reminder there is no school tomorrow for teacher professional development.
Families - we are reviewing final logistics (busing) to determine our hybrid instructional model and opening timeline. Our model and timeline will be announced no later than Monday and then parent choice of opting into Virtual Academy will be reopened for one more week (October 16 deadline) for those parents who had not made a decision before Monday. The initial registration was required for staffing purposes. Stay tuned. Parent feedback has been vital in the process. Thank you.
Here is the link to Yakima Health District’s recommendation for in-person school learning. Stay tuned for more information. https://bit.ly/3id2ib0
Update Your Email Address! We cannot contact families other by phone unless we have your updated email address. We can text you through Remind or send you push-notifications (mobile app), but many platforms work best when parents have an email address on file. Contact the school if you need to update your email address or phone number. Thank you!
Reminder that tomorrow (Friday), September 25th is a non-school day. Enjoy!
El Distrito Escolar de Union Gap esta planeando moverse a un modelo de instrucción hibrida en el futuro cercano. Parte de esa planeación es determinar si ustedes, como padres/tutores, están planeando mantener a su niño/a en aprendizaje virtual (en casa aprendiendo en la computadora – no paquetes) cuando estemos de regreso a instrucción en el salón. Si usted se mueve a aprendizaje virtual opcional, su niño/a debe permanecer allí hasta el final del 1er semestre (15 de enero) antes de que puedan regresar a instrucción en el edificio. El modelo de instrucción hibrida significa que su niño/a asistirá a la escuela, dos días por semana y estará en aprendizaje virtual los otros 3. Las mascarillas y distanciamiento social serán requeridos para que los estudiantes puedan asistir a la escuela. Los estudiantes mantendrán al mismo maestro/a que tienen durante sus días “en la escuela”, incluyendo Especialistas (Arte, Música, PE/Educación Física). Los estudiantes comerán en el edificio y tendrán recreo y horarios de “descanso de mascarilla”. En aprendizaje virtual de tiempo completo, su estudiante no tendrá los mismos maestros y será asignado a Edgenuity lo cual es una plataforma de plan de estudios en línea con un maestro que estará monitoreando su progreso, les dará opiniones/comentarios, etc. Esto significa que su niño/a no recibirá la misma instrucción que aquellos estudiantes en clase y no asistirán a “instrucción en vivo” con los maestros que comenzaron el año escolar. Los estándares de nivel de grado serán los mismos, sin embargo, la instrucción no será. La mayoría de la instrucción vendrá de la plataforma en línea y de maestros en vivo. Los estudiantes en aprendizaje virtual serán permitidos a regresar a aprendizaje en persona después de que termine el primer semestre o pueden elegir permanecer en aprendizaje virtual para el resto del año. Si usted desea que su niño/a permanezca en aprendizaje virtual después de que las autoridades de salud nos permitan proveer instrucción en el edificio, favor de completar esta encuesta a mas tardar el 30 de septiembre. Usted no necesita completar la encuesta si su niño/a regresará a la escuela una vez que se nos permita abrir de forma segura. Si tiene alguna pregunta específica, favor de ponerse en contacto conmigo en email@example.com o 654-7985. https://bit.ly/UGVirtual
The Union Gap School District is planning to move to a hybrid model of instruction in the near future. Part of that planning is determining if you, as parent/guardian, are planning to keep your child in virtual learning (home on the computer to learn - no packets) when we are back to instructing in the classroom. If you move to optional virtual learning, your child must remain there until the end of 1st Semester (January 15th) before they can return to the building for instruction. Hybrid model of instruction means that your child will attend school, two days a week and be in virtual learning the other 3. Masks and social distancing will be required in order for students to attend school. Students will keep the same teachers that they have during their "in-school" days, including Specialists (Art, Music, PE). Students will eat meals in the building and have recess and "mask break" times. In full time virtual learning, your student will not have the same teacher(s) during virtual learning and will be assigned to Edgenuity which is an online curriculum platform with one teacher that will monitor their progress, give feedback, etc. This means your child will not receive the same instruction as those students in class and they will not attend "live instruction" with the teachers they started the school year with. Grade level standards will be the same, however, the instruction will not. The majority of the instruction will come from the online platform and not live teachers. Virtual students will be allowed to return to in person learning after the end of 1st semester or can choose to remain in virtual learning for the rest of the year. If you wish for your child to stay in virtual learning after health authorities allow us to provide in building instruction, please complete this survey by end of day on September 30th. You do not need to complete the survey if your child will be returning to school once we are allowed to safely open. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 654-7985. https://bit.ly/UGVirtual
Reminder of meal distribution (7 days) is tomorrow from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Please see the bus route schedule for meals that are available at bus stops tomorrow as well.
Friday is a no school day on the calendar (traditionally "Fair Day"). Enjoy your day off!
Reminder of meal distribution (7 days) is tomorrow from 11:30 - 1:30 pm. Please see the bus route schedule for meals that are available at bus stops tomorrow as well.
Good morning - you may have received a health attestation survey this morning in email for your student (or students). We are working with a new system to attempt to get this ready for when students can be back in the building. This is the survey that you will fill out every day to attest that your child is well enough to attend school. For now, just ignore these types of emails, if you get them again, as we work out the "kinks" of a new system. Have a great weekend!
Bus Meal Delivery Survey Please fill out this survey so we can determine which students will access bus meal deliveries versus parents/students coming to the school to receive meals. We cannot stop at each bus stop for meal deliveries as we cannot impede traffic but this survey will determine our bus stops so it is important that you complete it. A final schedule for bus meal deliveries will be posted by September 8. Bus deliveries will begin September 9 (Wednesday). This survey will be active until Monday at 4 pm. http://bit.ly/UGmeals
It’s time to improve internet speed and access across the Yakima Valley, especially in rural areas. Take the One-click Speed Test so we can bring stronger WiFi to all areas of our community. #ConnectOurValley. www.ConnectOurValley.org
WELCOME BACK CONFERENCES We miss you and want to see you again. We have been working hard to put a plan together to give each student/family a chance to meet their teacher. I think we have done it! Here is the sign-up link for times next week Monday 8/31 through Thursday 9/3. www.signupgenius.com/tabs/33772DA04A1CAE9C24-welcome Details about these OPTIONAL conferences: 1) The main goal is to connect 2) ONLY the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to enter the classroom during the scheduled conference time... sorry, siblings, other family members, or friends CANNOT JOIN you for one time slot in the building. Space is limited due to health guidelines. 3) Masks required 4) Traducción disponible 5) Your slots can be In-person, or can be virtual if you prefer (on a Teams call). Notify the teacher if you want VIRTUAL.
See you today from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for bulk meal distribution!
Five days of meals will be distributed tomorrow in front of the school between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Meals can only be provided to Union Gap School students. Students do not have to be present but parents/guardians will be required to identify their Union Gap School students in order to receive meals due to updated state and federal guidelines for this school year. Hope to see you then!
Message from Mr. Vincent: Thank you EVERYONE for working together to make the first days of school possible. We can do this! LEARNING HAS BEGUN: We want all students learning online or with paper resources. Homeroom teachers are calling families to learn 1) how we can help and 2) how we can get your students connected and learning. K-5 PACKETS AVAILABLE 9:00 AM- 7:00 PM DAILY—Out front (4th street), except on Wednesday’s/Food Service Days when they will be in the back (3rd Street bus lane). SCHEDULES: Grade-level schedules for all students have been posted to https://www.uniongapschool.org/resources. Live teaching sessions will be in students’ calendars on Teams. Schedules may change, but we will let you know if they do. REMIND: We will be using an additional service this year to stay connected. Don’t worry, Dojo will stay the same. If you're not already familiar with Remind (https://www.remind.com/), it's a classroom communication tool that makes it easy to stay involved with your child's learning. Remind is free to use, and you'll be able to get and send messages on any device—even a simple text message from your phone! As part of this rollout, official accounts will be created for all the educators, parents, and students at Union Gap School. On MONDAY, you'll receive an email or text message from Remind. All you need to do is follow the steps in the message to finish setting up your account. Here is a video demo to see how Remind works https://youtu.be/W3_UQAC9hro Si no está familiarizado con Remind (https://www.remind.com/), es una aplicación de comunicación educativa que facilita la comunicación entre padres, maestros, y estudiantes, para mantenerse involucrado con el aprendizaje de su hijo/a. Remind es gratis, y podrá recibir y enviar mensajes en cualquier dispositivo, incluso un simple mensaje de texto desde su teléfono! Como parte del lanzamiento, se crearán cuentas oficiales para todos los educadores, estudiantes y padres de Escuela Union Gap. En LUNES, recibirá un correo electrónico o mensaje de texto de Remind. (Si no lo ve, revise su Spam). Lo único que necesita hacer es seguir los pasos del mensaje para terminar de configurar su cuenta. Aquí esta un video que muestra cómo funciona Remind: https://youtu.be/ScSYg-9ForI
Reminder - Survey Closes on Sunday: Student/Internet Technology Needs: Washington State's survey is available to be completed to determine family internet and technology needs. Please complete this survey for EACH student in our school. This survey will also be used for those grade levels that have not yet received laptops. The survey is in English and Spanish. You can switch to Spanish on the form in the upper right hand corner of the survey. This information is due to the state on Monday, so please complete before noon on Sunday for each student in your household that attends Union Gap School: https://bit.ly/3iQdCdT
Reminder today is meal distribution day! We are distributing to Union Gap students now until 1:30. Students do not have to be present but parents/guardians will be required to identify their Union Gap School students in order to receive meals due to updated state and federal guidelines for this school year.
Union Gap Families – we will be distributing meals tomorrow in front of the school between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Meals can only be provided to Union Gap School students. Students do not have to be present but parents/guardians will be required to identify their Union Gap School students in order to receive meals due to updated state and federal guidelines for this school year. Hope to see you then!
Student/Internet Technology Needs: Washington State's survey is now available to be completed to determine family internet and technology needs. Please complete this survey for EACH student in our school. This survey will also be used for those grade levels that have not yet received laptops. The survey is in English and Spanish. You can switch to Spanish on the form in the upper right hand corner of the survey. This information is due to the state on Monday, so please complete before noon on Sunday for each student in your household that attends Union Gap School: https://bit.ly/3iQdCdT
From the Principal, Mr. Vincent Parents, today has been a busy, full, and special day with teachers returning to the building. Here are some important details: 8:20 on 8/20: I will be hosting virtual announcements for students daily in the morning. From there, students will transition to their first class on Teams. Invites coming soon. DAILY SCHEDULE: Classes will be presented live from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM on most days BUT NOT FOR 5 HOURS STRAIGHT. Teachers will be working to establish their grade-level schedules this week which will include 1) Instruction, 2) Planned Activities and 3) Be Active Times. COMPLETE SCHEDULES COMING SOON :) RECORDED VIDEOS: For each class, each day, videos will be recorded and posted for students to watch if they cannot attend live sessions. PACKETS BEFORE TECHNOLOGY: More technology is on the way. Stay tuned for announcements by grade-level. Until then, new packets of work will be available starting first on Monday 8/24 and then on Wednesday's starting on 9/2. 2019-20 8TH GRADE STUDENTS: For students who will be starting at their new high school in Yakima School District, stay connected by downloading their app (https://www.ysd7.org/mobileapp) or following the information located on their website (https://www.ysd7.org/). Much, much, much more to come, but please know, WE ARE HERE TO HELP and we determined to help your students learn so much this year. (Also, check out my YouTube Channel for the Daily Cub... I'm still getting used to it, but I'm excited about trying out new ways to stay connected: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLV7Oi_XA1tI-VVYbyPtvplJCNJVVQ8jR4)
Parents of YSD students: Make sure you have downloaded the Yakima School District app (search in your app store for Yakima School District). This app will give you a lot of information, especially for incoming freshmen, including how to get your 1:1 laptop device and orientation information. Otherwise go to their district webpage at www.yakimaschools.org for this information.
As mentioned before, the state is looking at providing internet access to those families in need. They are now requesting information from our district around this. Please fill out this survey ASAP as this information is due to the state on Monday. https://bit.ly/3fAhrlK
We are proud to announce that we have been awarded 338 laptops, 162 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime sets for grades 6-8 and a stipend for Internet connectivity by @CDWCorp, @Intel, @LEGOFoundation and @FirstBook to provide digital equity for children in need! We are one of 45 schools in the nation to receive this award. We will be able to provide laptops to all students in grades K-8 following receipt of these laptops in October. Yay!
ADDING 6th GRADE: 6th - 8th grade parents: Please fill out the following survey https://bit.ly/3fAhrlK regarding your technology needs (internet access and/or laptop) for your child while distance learning. Following completion of the survey, please sign up for a time next week to receive a district assigned laptop when you (or any adult responsible to sign for a computer) and your child can attend a basic technology training at the following website https://bit.ly/33q4vMB . The link to sign up will also be available on the district website at www.uniongapschool.org. If your student already has a computer available, you will not be provided a district laptop at this time, as we want to make sure that all students have access to a computer for distance learning. If you had used a personal computer in Spring and are now signing up for a district laptop, you will be called by the office to verify your technology needs. The nation is short on available laptops, so we want to make sure that all students without the needed technology get assistance first versus providing computers to all students at this time. We will soon be providing basic training for all families. If you sign up for the basic training above, but will be using your own laptop, please bring it with you to the training. Otherwise, a district laptop will be assigned at the training. Devices and training will be coming soon for other grades as soon as we receive more devices from our vendors
7th and 8th grade parents: Please fill out the following survey https://bit.ly/3fAhrlK regarding your technology needs (internet access and/or laptop) for your child while distance learning. Following completion of the survey, please sign up for a time next week to receive a district assigned laptop when you (or any adult responsible to sign for a computer) and your child can attend a basic technology training at the following website https://bit.ly/33q4vMB . The link to sign up will also be available on the district website at www.uniongapschool.org. If your student already has a computer available, you will not be provided a district laptop at this time, as we want to make sure that all students have access to a computer for distance learning. If you had used a personal computer in Spring and are now signing up for a district laptop, you will be called by the office to verify your technology needs. The nation is short on available laptops, so we want to make sure that all students without the needed technology get assistance first versus providing computers to all students at this time. We will soon be providing basic training for all families. If you sign up for the basic training above, but will be using your own laptop, please bring it with you to the training. Otherwise, a district laptop will be assigned at the training. Devices and training will be coming soon for other grades as soon as we receive more devices from our vendors.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SECURE NEW INTERNET SERVICES! The Union Gap School District is part of an effort in trying to increase broadband access in our region. One of our first tasks is to map access to show need. I am asking Union Gap families to access this site from your home computer/device and take the 1 minute survey. It is a speed test that will log your upload and download speed. No identifying data will be published. It will populate a map with dots. Everyone is encouraged to take this survey, so please spread the word! Especially those at limited speeds. If you are not able to access the internet at all, you can report this by taking the survey from a mobile device, or a public connection such as one of our school parking lot drive-in hotspots. Here is the link: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/building-infrastructure/washington-statewide-broadband-act/speedtestsurvey/ Let's get as many dots as possible! There will be significant opportunities to secure funding, but we need to be ready with our needs assessment. Thank you for helping with this important effort. Lisa Gredvig Superintendent
SCHOOL UPDATE BASED ON HEALTH GUIDANCE: LEARNING ENVIRONMENT The school year will begin on August 20, 2020, with students engaging in an upgraded fully-remote/distance learning model. In this model, all students will learn from home. We will remain in distance learning through Quarter 1 which ends on October 23. We will re-evaluate our community infection rate with the Yakima Health District at the end of September to determine if a hybrid model is possible following this time. Depending on the progression of the virus, we are prepared to remain in this model but are also ready to transition to “in-school learning.” Parents will have the option to remain in distance learning when a hybrid model is approved by health authorities. HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM THE SPRING? This fully-remote/distance learning option will be a significantly enhanced version of the approach that we used in the spring of 2020. Here are some of the components for the upcoming year: • Teachers will teach and connect with their classes daily. • Students will follow a consistent school day schedule five days a week and it will include Specialists. • Students will be expected to attend classes daily and attendance will be taken. • Grading practices will return to normal with all school work graded accordingly. • Technology will be provided to meet the needs of students. • ClassDojo will be the learning platform for grades K-2 and Microsoft Teams will be used for grades 3-8. • We will be training parents/students, in person or virtually, on technology in the coming weeks. As conditions with the virus progress, we will continue to keep you apprised of any changes or adjustments to the learning and teaching process. Information regarding your student’s learning schedule and details is forthcoming. Please continue to check for updates on ClassDojo, district website and mobile app. Thank you for your patience and unity as we move forward in this unprecedented time.
Fall learning is dependent on the health status of our area. Please see ClassDojo for specifics. This information was also mailed to all UG families today.
Reminder: Bulk meal distribution is tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10:30 - 11:30 am due to summer heat. See you then!
The founder of Respuesta Comunitaria Latinx al COVID-19 en Washington scheduled a live Facebook event with the state school superintendent last week. The interview is in English and interpreted in Spanish by a certified interpreter. Here is the link to the recorded event: https://www.facebook.com/walatinxcovid19/videos/298762077974506/
Reminder: Survey closes Friday The Union Gap School District is planning for the 2020-2021 school year discussing a variety of scenarios based on guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Yakima Health District (YHD). As part of our planning process, we need your feedback. Please complete one survey per family. This survey is in English and Spanish. For Spanish - Click on link below and change the language to Spanish in the upper right of the survey. https://bit.ly/2BomB61
Meal distribution will start back up again tomorrow (Tuesday) with a new time from 10:30 - 11:30 am due to summer heat. See you Tuesday!
Families: To be clear, no school district has a choice in making sure that all students and staff have face coverings if school is able to open for face to face instruction. Students DO have the option of wearing face shields instead of masks. We also have to maintain social distance which won't allow us to open "as normal" in the Fall. There will be an opportunity for distance learning for those families that do not want to attend school for personal reasons. These students will be accountable for being engaged with home learning and completing work. We are still working with the Yakima Health District and receiving guidance from the state in determining our Fall plan. As stated previously, a draft of the plan should be available in the next two weeks. We will abide by all health guidelines to keep students and staff safe at all times. As a reminder, you can access all requirements the district has to abide by here: https://bit.ly/2Zp1nwN
The Union Gap School District is planning for the 2020-2021 school year discussing a variety of scenarios based on guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Yakima Health District (YHD). As part of our planning process, we need your feedback. Please complete one survey per family. This survey is in English and Spanish. For Spanish - Click on link below and change the language to Spanish in the upper right of the survey. https://bit.ly/2BomB61
If you would like to submit any questions or concerns about school opening in the Fall, please submit them here: https://bit.ly/2A5druz
A friendly reminder for those who received a district-provided computer/tech device(s): Please plan on returning these TODAY (Friday). Returns can be made at the front of the school from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Also, 7th and 8th grade art items are bagged up and waiting for their owners to collect.
Families: Yesterday, the Office of Public Instruction released the much-anticipated guidance for returning to school in the fall. As Union Gap School District plans for different school scenarios required by this guidance, be assured that we are committed to doing whatever it takes to protect our community’s health and ensure that every child can achieve to their highest level. We anticipate sharing our reopening guide with you no later than the week of July 20. Planning efforts will be ongoing throughout the summer and our strategies may be adjusted and refined as we head into the school year. Clear and transparent decision-making is a priority for us, and we will provide regular updates to make sure you have the latest information. If you are interested in reading the state's guidelines, you can find them here: https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/workgroups/Reopening%20Washington%20Schools%202020%20Planning%20Guide.pdf Stay safe. Please heed health officials' guidance in our county. We want to see our students. Lisa Gredvig Superintendent
UPDATE regarding LEARNING MATERIALS: Due to the weather and a chance of rain, class materials WILL NOT be available for pickup today until after food service at 1:00 PM. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Reminder that Friday is the last day to indicate whether you are willing to dedicate at least 1 hour of structured learning for your student for summer school. The survey is still active in ClassDojo and the district website. Students who have not been actively participating with continuous learning or have not communicated with their teacher(s) during the closure will not be eligible to participate. If we do not have enough students who meet that criteria at each grade level, summer school will be canceled. You will be notified no later than June 19th.
UPDATE: Middle School Lockers 7th and 8th Graders: THIS WEEK ONLY, get access to your lockers to clean them out before summer. WHEN: Wednesday 4-7 pm; Thursday 9 am-noon; Friday 3-6 pm WHERE: Meet staff at the 1st grade door (parking available at 4th and Ahtanum) MASKS: Yes. They must be worn and will not be provided by the school.
Summer School Survey Please complete the following survey (one for each student) if you would like your student to participate in Summer School from July 6 through July 30 in the current Distance Learning model of instruction. We will contact all families that wish to participate/who complete the survey by June 19th. Completion of the survey is not a guarantee that your child will be enrolled in Summer School. This survey will be open through June 5th. https://bit.ly/2AHlSMA
Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Please remember that all school work for the week is available every Monday for your student(s). You can also view the weekly work schedule for each grade at any time to know what is expected of your student every week: https://www.uniongapschool.org/o/union-gap-school-district/page/educational-resources-for-home
Continuous Learning has not stopped. We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families, however continuous learning is expected through June 19th (last day of school). Refer to my mailed letter of the week of April 27th for student work expectations. Please respond to staff members trying to contact you. We cannot help your students without that communication. We are conducting home visits to those families currently not engaged in communication/instruction with their teachers or administration. Teachers are providing instruction and learning materials on priority learning standards to prepare your student(s) for the next school year. These standards are important for your child's education. Please complete the distance learning survey and let me know if you want to speak to me personally about your child's learning. https://bit.ly/367aHIZ Lisa Gredvig Superintendent
Parents/Guardians: Please complete this Distance Learning Survey when you get a chance to help us improve. English or Spanish is available in top right corner of survey. https://bit.ly/367aHIZ
Do you have a student starting at Union Gap School as a Kindergartener in the Fall? Check out this virtual tour of the school, created by our Kinder teachers! https://youtu.be/-9Vjdp4hGaI
A lot happening at school today! Meal distribution from 10:30 - 12:30 BOOK SWAP: Bring your library books back and pick up another free book. In the staff parking lot by Ahtanum. KINDER REGISTRATION: Begins today! Call the office at 248-3966, pick up an enrollment packet during food service or otherwise connect with us at https://bit.ly/2KDMdNt. We cannot wait to hear from you!
Bulk meal distribution is tomorrow in front of the school from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Any instructional materials will be available for pick up in the staff parking lot. Your students' teachers will have communicated if they are ready for pick up. Please social distance when picking up materials. Thank you.
Families – learning must continue! Teachers are preparing printed materials for your students to complete during the school closure with no internet or device at home. They will contact you directly where materials can be picked up this week. They are also preparing online materials to complete for those with internet access and devices at home. Families must communicate with teachers. Please respond to messages, calls, etc., as teachers are required to make student contact each week in the mode of communication that you requested during conferences. Doing nothing is not an option as materials will be assessed by teachers throughout the closure as required by the State of Washington. Grades of pass (student attempted the work) and no credit (student did not attempt the work) will be given for grades K-8. For Washington State History and Algebra (middle school) A-B-Pass-No Credit will be given because they are required for high school. You should receive instructional materials in print or electronically this week. Check ClassDojo classroom pages for specific instructions. We will be working towards having all grade level weekly schedules on our district website soon so you can get requirements for each grade for every week of closure through June 19th in one easy to find location. Please contact teachers directly with any questions about your student’s school work.
Bulk meal delivery for the next 5 school days is tomorrow in front of the school from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
We miss our students so much that we had to make a video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZWkFqN0Nbw
Families - Today, Governor Jay Inslee officially closed all schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a district, we are committed to doing whatever we can to be a resource to our community, families, staff and most importantly our students. In the days ahead we will receive more guidance from the state, adapt our plans and communicate with you about the remainder of the school year. Thank you for your patience and grace.
Almost 6400 meals delivered by Union Gap School today! It was so good to see so many families! See you again on April 14th.
Bulk meal distribution starts tomorrow at 10:30 am in front of the school. We will stop distributing at 12:30 pm. Reminder that we will be giving out SEVEN days of meals to students. This will provide the student meals for tomorrow, all of spring break and Monday following spring break. This is our first day of bulk distribution so be patient and kind to everyone!
Change to Meal Service/Suspension of Bus Meal Service – Effective Friday, April 3 Beginning on Friday from 10:30 to 12:30, we will be moving to bulk meal distribution to lessen virus exposure to families and our staff. Pick up for meals will only be offered in front of the school due to being able to keep meals/milk cold. Bus delivery will no longer be an option. 7 lunches and 7 breakfasts will be given to each student to have meals through Spring Break and for Monday following Spring Break. Meals will be distributed in two grocery bags per student. Beginning, Tuesday, April 14th, 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts will be given to each child. This distribution schedule will be followed every Tuesday after that in front of the school. We will remind families one day prior to distribution of meals. There can be no exceptions to this new policy. Please contact the district office if you have any questions.
Happy Saturday Union Gap Families! Conferences will be a little different next week due to our school closure. Teachers will be asking about availability of internet access in your homes and how they can support you and your student during this unprecedented time moving into April. Our focus will be on what "school" will be like in the future versus grades and the past few months. We are excited to talk to you!
If you are in need of childcare for students in grades K-5 and meet the criteria, please complete the survey on our district website www.uniongapschool.org (COVID-19 link)
District playground is now closed to the public due to the Governor's Shelter in Place order. This includes the big toy, swings, basketball courts, etc.
Breakfast/Lunch Service Starts Tomorrow (Wednesday) - Children up to 18 years old can get a grab and go sack that contains breakfast and lunch. Pick up in front of the school is from 10:30 – Noon or at one of the bus stops on the flyer uploaded. STUDENTS MUST BE PRESENT TO GET A MEAL. Anyone sick should remain in the car or more than 6 feet from others while obtaining their bag whether at school or a bus stop. See documents uploaded for bus stop delivery times and information. We hope to see everyone tomorrow! We miss you!
Looking for educational resources? We've got tons! www.uniongapschool.org/resources We are still here to help. The main school office will be open one last day on Tuesday to the public. Stop by to pick up some resources or ask us questions. After Tuesday, you will have to give us a call :)
Families - teachers should have contacted you through their classroom Dojo accounts regarding materials and resources for their students today. We will be posting additional resources on our district COVID-19 webpage (www.uniongapschool.org/resources). This will continue to be updated. Please keep checking back. We will be starting to serve breakfast and lunch on Wednesday from 10:30 am - Noon. We will be doing a "drive up" style at the drop off area in front of the school. Both breakfast and lunch will be served in a "Grab and Go" sack during this time. Students that are bused will be provided meals at particular bus stops as we know all students don't have safe access to the school. More communication to follow on this tomorrow.
Families - We are so sorry for the late notice but due to Governor's proclamation, we have to cancel school tomorrow (Monday, March 15). More information to come.
Sunday, March 15th Families - tomorrow we are prepared to give your students (and you) resources to help keep your students academically engaged during our mandated closure. Resources that we could quickly assemble will be sent home in print tomorrow. Teachers will be engaged on their ClassDojo classroom pages so keep checking back for resources. Our COVID-19 page on our district website will continuously be updated with academic resources for you and your students over the coming weeks. Please check back frequently. Your child will be bringing home all personal items tomorrow so classrooms can be cleaned thoroughly. If your child has medication at school that needs to be picked up, please do so ASAP. Be well. Lisa
Families - the governor has ordered the close of all schools by Tuesday morning. We will have school on Monday. More information to come. Please prepare as school will not reopen until April 27th.
March 12, 2020 UG Families - now that we have confirmation of COVID-19 in Yakima County, we are implementing the following in order to keep our students, staff and community as safe from infection as possible: • All field trips outside of Yakima County are canceled. Other field trips decisions will be made on a case by case basis. • Spring conferences will not be held face-to-face. Teachers will be contacting parents at the telephone number provided on the online sign-ups. If families would like to be contacted at another phone number please notify the teacher via ClassDojo or by telephone. • We are canceling all family nights, concerts, etc. for the foreseeable future. • At this time, no outside volunteers or visitors will be allowed at school. Parents are allowed to continue to drop off and pick up, check in and check out students. No one should enter the building if they are ill. Ill family members can call the main office for students to be picked up for appointments, etc and students will be brought to the family member outside. • K-2 Student of the Month is canceled for the foreseeable future. When we are able, we hope to combine months missed so students can be recognized. Board Student of the Month will take place this month, but this may change moving forward. • Spring sports practices and after school programs will continue until further notice. These decisions were not made lightly. The district has been in constant contact with public health officials who support these decisions. We know this is a trying time and you and your families are concerned but know the district is doing everything to mitigate infection within our school walls and buses. Please contact me if you have any questions and visit our district website for additional information at www.uniongapschool.org Stay healthy! Lisa Gredvig Superintendent
Effective Thursday, March 12th the school will be moving to one entrée for lunch so that kitchen staff can serve fruits and vegetables (removing self serve station/salad bar) until further notice. This is necessary to offset potential contamination of that service area. We are sorry for any inconvenience but we are thinking long term to keep COVID-ID out of our community.
Today we begin celebrating Classified Employee Appreciation Week. These dedicated and hardworking team members are recognized for their commitment to providing high quality education and positive experiences for our children, every day. Thank you!
Starting this month, you’ll receive mail from the U.S. Census Bureau asking you to take the census online or by phone. The process is quick and easy, and it helps ensure that Washington is fully counted. Check out http://2020census.gov to learn more.
Steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus: Wash hands often with soap and water Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands Avoid all contact with people who are sick Students should stay home if sick, until they are well Cover mouth/nose with tissue or sleeve with coughing or sneezing.
Bus 1 & 6 will be up to 10-12 minutes late today. Heads up!
We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the @uscensusbureau to support the #2020Census! As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. To learn about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.
Reminder - No school Monday or Tuesday! Enjoy your long weekend!
8th Grade Parents: High School Registration day is all day tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the main school office. Bring the required materials when you come to complete the registration packet. Please call the office if you have any questions.
Morning bus is on snow route (Meadowbrook). We are open and on time.
Brrrrrr....it is getting colder outside. Please make sure students are dressed and have appropriate shoes for weather outside each day.
Union Gap School District will have a two-hour delay, buses will be on alternative snow routes. Classes will begin at 10:30 am for all students. No breakfast will be served. Morning Preschool/Head Start, if normally scheduled for the day, is cancelled.
The 1st and 2nd Grade Winter Concert has been canceled for tonight. It has been rescheduled for January 30th. Be safe!
All after school programs are canceled today due to inclement weather.
Today's boys basketball game in Cle Elum has been cancelled due to poor weather conditions in Cle Elum
Family Portrait and Cookies with Santa! Tonight 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Cost: Donation of one can of food per person per portrait
Reminder that it is Parent/Teacher Conference week. All students are released at 12:50 this week and there are no after school programs.
Are you signed up for Parent/Teacher Conferences (next week)? Online sign-ups close tomorrow afternoon. You will need to contact your child's teacher or the office to schedule after that time.
Reminder of Native American Parent Advisory Council meeting tonight at 6:30 pm in the library. Doors will open at 6:20 pm. See you then.
See you at Carnival tonight at 5:30 pm!
Harvest Carnival is tomorrow night at 5:30 - 7:30 pm! Come and get your spooky on!
We are a semi-finalist in the Jimmie Johnson Foundation's Team Up for Technology program! We are 1 of 10 schools in the nation selected as a semi-finalist. We will be notified about our submission by the end of December. @TeamJJF @JimmieJohnsonFoundation #TeamUp4Tech
8th Grade Parent Meeting Tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 pm in the school library. See you there!
See you tonight at the Book Fair and Flu Clinic! The flu clinic is available to ALL children up to 18 years of age (and adults with insurance) not just UG students. Doors will open at by 6 pm and lock at 7:25 pm.
Volleyball at home tonight and football tomorrow! Come support our teams!
Reminder there is no school tomorrow! Teachers will be attending professional development.
Pizza and Title I Family Information Night Tonight! 6:00 pm is dinner. Program at 6:30. Childcare will be provided.
Reminder - Picture Day is tomorrow!
UG Community Meeting for the Union Gap Community Center/Library at City Hall/Civic Center on Thursday at 6 pm.
Happy Friday! Enjoy a long weekend! No school on Monday. See you Tuesday!
Free Sports Physicals! Friday at Yakima Valley Urgent Care in Union Gap next to Party City from Noon to 4 pm!
Band Information Night - Tonight 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Any students or parents interested in learning more about middle school band (6th - 8th) come join us in the multipurpose room. Mrs. Doria & Ted Brown Music would love to see you all and answer any questions you have.
Ready or Not! School starts tomorrow! School opens for breakfast at 7:45 am. School starts at 8:25 for grades 6-8 and 8:30 for everyone else. Be early - check in lines will be long! Bring your ID to enter building. Safety first!
Meet and Greet Tonight! 4:30 - 6:30 pm. See you then!
Looking for school supplies? See district website or https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/336927/Supply_List_2019_2020.pdf
All 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to sign up for fall sports. Volleyball and Football begin on Monday, August 26th. All interested participants please provide a copy of a current sports physical to the school's main office.
Community Center and Library meeting will be at the Civic Center at 7 pm tomorrow evening. What do you want to see in your library and community center? Come share your ideas and sign up for a chance to win a free dinner from a Union Gap restaurant!
National Night Out! Tomorrow (Tuesday) from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Loudon Park. It is for the entire community! Free food and prizes!
Interesting article on technology and sleep in children. I thought I would share. https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/2/e367
Surviving Middle School parent/student program tonight! It is appropriate for all students/parents grades 3rd - 8th! I know the title is confusing so I clarified with the instructors. Hope to see you all there at 5:30 pm for dinner and then some learning!
Parent Like a Pro: Slowing the Summer Slide https://blog.ed.gov/2019/06/parent-like-pro-slowing-summer-slide/
Kindergarten graduation today at 9:30 am. School opens at 9:00 am for seating.
Yearbooks are in! Come to the library to pick up your pre-ordered yearbook or purchase one for $8 while supplies last.
2019-2020 Prekindergarten Applications will begin being accepted tomorrow (Friday, May 3rd). We are doing applications this year to get the number of students eligible and parents interested in the program before we determine how/if the program is run. Parents who complete an application will be contacted individually by the end of June. Applications can be completed in the school office. Eligible students must live in district boundaries.
We are moving to a web based newsletter so parents and the community have better access to school news. This link will take you to the May newsletter! It will automatically translate to any language listed at the bottom of the newsletter including Spanish. https://www.smore.com/6y58f
Yearbook pre-order starts Monday (22nd). You can order a 2018-2019 Yearbook until May 10th. You can pre-order everyday from 7:45 - 8:15 in the Library. Yearbooks are $8.00 Reserve yours today!
Tonight - 8th grade parents There will be a high school transition meeting for 8th grade parents and students tonight at 6:30 pm in the library. Please attend - especially if you are not familiar with the high school system.
8th Grade Parents - there will be a high school transition meeting for 8th grade parents and students on Tuesday at 6:30 pm in the library. Please attend - especially if you are not familiar with the high school system.
Tuesday (Today) - All school buses will be running about 5 to 10 minutes behind schedule! One of our buses is still in the shop....
Union Gap School is now registering for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. A child must be 5 years of age on or before August 31st to be eligible for Kindergarten. Please register as soon as possible to be eligible for Kinder Camp this summer.
All school buses will be running about 5 to 10 minutes behind schedule today!
Snow Day Closure Make-up Information Due to our snow day closures this year, we have had to make some changes to our district calendar. The new dates for important activities are as follows: Last Day of School: Friday, June 7th – 12:00 pm release time Kindergarten Graduation: Thursday, June 6th – 9:30 am 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday, June 6th - 6:00 pm
There will be baseball practice today from 1 - 3 pm.
Sports Schedule for Conference Week: Wednesday - Baseball and Soccer 1 pm- 3 pm Friday - Soccer Only - 1 pm - 3 pm
12:50 pm Release for Conference Week - reminder that school ends at 12:50 pm all week. Contact your student's teacher on Monday if you haven't scheduled your conference yet.
Online parent/teacher conferences link will close at 3 pm on Thursday. Make sure you sign up before then or contact your student's teacher or the school office.
Zumba tonight at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. Come move and have some fun with the family!
Band Concert Tonight at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. Hope to see you there!
Have you signed up for Teacher Conferences? Go to www.uniongapschool.org and click on this link on the picture banner of the website.
Yakima Valley Libraries Present: Y/Our Story tonight at 5:30 pm at the downtown branch (Central). Community conversation about race and racism in Yakima. No child care provided.
Art competition for specific 6th - 8th graders is canceled for today and will not be made up (Prosser School District is closed today).
Conferences are coming up soon and the sign up link is now available on the district website at www.uniongapschool.org (Sign Up For Conferences Here!) in the picture banner. You also have the option of signing up for a time to meet with Specialists at a time of your choosing!
Spring Sports Postponed - the first day of spring sports (girls soccer and boys baseball) have been postponed to begin Monday, March 18th due to snow on the fields. There will be no practice this week.
No School Tomorrow (Friday, March 8) for teacher professional development. See you Monday!
Due to adverse weather, after school ELL program is canceled for today.
Remember Dr. Seuss Family Night is tonight at 6:30 pm. The Book Fair will be open in the Library as well. We hope to see you there!
There is school tomorrow (Friday, March 1)! Sorry for the confusion.
2-hour delay for school today (Thursday). School will start at 10:30 am. Buses will be on snow routes this morning. No breakfast will be served.
Dr. Seuss Reading Family Night is tomorrow night at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. The Book Fair will also be open. We hope to see you there!
EPIC is registering for next school year. Call (509) 834-0945 for more information.
School is open and on time today (Monday, Feb 25). Buses are on normal routes.
Book Fair starts tomorrow! Monday - 7:45 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday - Thursday - 7:45 am - 3:00 pm Thursday Evening - 6:00 - 7:30 pm Friday - 7:45 am - 10:45 am
Parents - please have your students look in the lost and found for any missing coats and sweaters. Any coats and sweaters left after March 1st will be taken to be donated so make sure to get your coats and sweaters before end of next week.
Anxiety in Teens - here is a great article for parents/guardians to read! https://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-during-adolescence/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email
No School Tomorrow in observance of President's Day!
School is open and on time today with early release at 12:50 (Friday).
Early Release for Students - 12:50 on Friday, February 15th. Lunch will be served
Due to increased adverse weather, we are cancelling after school programs, including HUGS and sports practice today. All students will be coming home at their regular dismissal time.
Tonight is McTeacher Night at our Union Gap McDonald's from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. Come and get served by school staff!
School is open and on time today! (Wednesday)
Reminder for Valentine's Day - Per Student Handbook - No food, balloons, flowers, stuff animal deliveries are accepted at school
Reminder - Class Pictures Tomorrow! Free Dress Day! The office does not have change for picture costs.
School is CANCELLED today (updated 6:08 am)
The Union Gap School District will have a two-hour delay, buses will be on alternative snow routes- classes will begin at 10:30 am. NO breakfast will be served.
We are closing the office a little early today due to worsening weather. Thank you for understanding.
We are on snow routes this afternoon for busing.
After school sports practices have been cancelled today.
The Union Gap School District will have a two-hour delay, buses will be on alternative snow routes- classes will begin at 10:30 am. NO breakfast will be served.
All after school programs (sports and ELL) are cancelled today (Friday) due to incoming weather.
Valentine's Day - Family Night tonight at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. Hope to see you there!
Parents - school does not open daily (when on time during winter months) until 7:45 am. There are no adults on duty until this time. It is too cold for your students to be waiting outside for the school to open in this weather so please do not drop them off prior to this time.
School is open and on time today (Wednesday)!
Union Gap School is closed today.
No sports practices after school today due to weather.
The girls' basketball game is cancelled for this afternoon. Highland does not want to travel to UG due to road conditions.
Due to road conditions, the Wrestlers will not be traveling to Cle Elum for their game today.
Due to worsening road conditions, we are on bus snow routes this morning.
English Language Proficiency testing is all month for those students that are identified. Parents have been notified this year if your child qualifies.
School resumes January 7th! See you then.
Band Concert Tonight! 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room.
No School Monday for Veteran's Day
Por favor note que vendemos prendas de vestir del uniforme escolar a un costo. Nosotros sumamos el costo que pagamos por los artículos, junto con estampilla, y después lo redondeamos al dólar más cercano. Las prendas de vestir de los uniformes no son una recaudación de fondos para el distrito escolar.
Please note that we sell school uniform apparel at cost. We add the cost we pay for the items, along with postage, and then round the overall cost to the nearest dollar. School uniform apparel is not a fundraiser for the school district.
Our District is seeking applications from qualified individuals to fill the vacant school board director position for District #1.