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.