High school students: Apply for the 2013-2014 "Unleashed" journalism team! +Applications are now open for incoming 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to join the 2013-2014 edition of the Yakima Herald-Republic's "Unleashed" teen journalism program! This is a great opportunity for students who would like the experience of reporting news stories, writing columns and reviews, taking photos, and creating illustrations within the professional setting of a general newspaper audience. In addition to creating material that would be seen by readers of all ages throughout the entire region (...and on the… Read More
2013 National Teacher of the Year: It's Zillah's Jeff Charbonneau! +[Now updated with links at the end of this story to national and local TV news coverage] The students and staff at Zillah High School have believed it for a very long time. And now it’s officially confirmed for the rest of America: Zillah High School science teacher Jeff Charbonneau is the National Teacher of the Year! Charbonneau was revealed as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year during an interview in New York on the April 22 edition… Read More
Schools in all four ESD 105 counties recognized on "Washington Achievement Awards" list +Eight school districts in the ESD 105 service region are among the recipients of the 4th annual Washington Achievement Awards, which were announced on April 2. An OSPI news release describes the awards as “the state’s highest honor” for its public schools. The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and by the Washington State Board of Education. Award winners are selected on the basis of test scores of student groups, graduation rates,… Read More
West Valley wins region's 1st State Knowledge Bowl championship! +The West Valley High School Knowledge Bowl team has accomplished what no other school in south central Washington has ever done before: Win a state championship! The West Valley team captured the State 2A Knowledge Bowl title during the 31st annual statewide competitions that were held at Arlington High School on Saturday, March 23. This is the 10th year that schools in south central Washington have participated in the statewide program. West Valley has qualified for state for each of… Read More
Check out the Spring issue of our "Class" newsletter! +The Spring 2013 issue of our ESD 105 "Class" newsletter is available here for your online viewing. This latest edition includes news items on the language acquisition materials that are being added into regional science kits, a grant for our Early Learning team from the Washington Department of Early Learning, Zillah teacher Jeff Charbonneau's selection as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, and a roundup of accomplishments at schools throughout our region. Plus, there's an update on recent… Read More
Mabton parapro named Regional Classified School Employee of the Year +Congratulations to Cynthia Cisneros, a special education paraprofessional at Artz-Fox Elementary in the Mabton School District ... and now the 2013 Educational Service District 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year! Cisneros will now serve as one of eight candidates from throughout the state – chosen through their respective regional ESDs – who will be considered to be named as the 2013 Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year. The statewide award will be announced by OSPI during a special reception… Read More
The 39th annual ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show runs February 26 through March 10 at the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley's Peggy Lewis Gallery (5000 West Lincoln Avenue in Yakima). This year's exhibit features a larger-than-usual collection of more than 150 entries from some of South Central Washington's best young creative talents!
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with awards being presented at 2:15 p.m., during which time the students receiving awards will give a brief description about their work. After the opening day, the public may continue viewing the exhibit during Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2012 show includes works by about 140 students of 26 teachers from 21 regional high schools – the biggest representation of schools in years for this show. The high schools represented this year include: Cle Elum-Roslyn, Davis, East Valley, Easton, Eisenhower, Ellensburg, Goldendale, Grandview, Highland, Kittitas, La Salle, Naches Valley, Riverside Christian, Royal, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wahluke, Wapato, West Valley, and White Swan.
High school art teachers in the ESD 105 South Central Washington region were invited to submit the best samples of their students’ art for this annual event.
The judge for this year’s regional show is Dr. Shari Stoddard of the Central Washington University art faculty. Seven entries selected by Stoddard will advance to the 2012 OSPI statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show, which will be held April 6 through June 1 at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.
Two of the local pieces not advancing to the OSPI show will receive the “ESD 105 Board Choice Award” and will be purchased by the ESD 105 Board of Directors for permanent display as part of the ESD 105 student art collection inside the ESD 105 Conference Center at Yakima.
This year’s regional show was hung by high school students from Toppenish, Naches Valley, and West Valley participating in the Larson Gallery’s Cultural Education Extension Program, under the direction of Cheryl Hahn.
The annual regional art show is sponsored by ESD 105, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as a means to support arts education and provide a venue for student artists to showcase their works.
For the eighth year, ESD 105 is producing a book featuring all the art pieces that will be given to each of the student artists and their art teachers. Images of the regional show will also be available for viewing soon at the ESD 105 ArtFusion Web site (www.artfusion.us).