Superintendent's Corner: Yelm Community Schools Invites Public to Attend Several Upcoming Events


Most things in schools really pick up pace after spring break.

There are so many during and after school events to attend, but also many of our traditional school celebrations that we want the community to engage in with us.

Here are a few really important events that we hope will draw large crowds:

• April 26 at 5 p.m., Yelm High School will host our third community conversation of the year. The focus of this conversation will highlight the resources that support the transition from school to work and school to higher education. Like our other community conversation events, this one will host a resource fair and a panel discussion designed to help students and parents plan for life after public education.

• May 2 we will host a job fair and hiring event from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Yelm Community Center. Yelm Career and Technical Education program, in partnership with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce and the city, are bringing together employers and training programs to provide job seekers with access to local employers with potential onsite interviews. Currently, 20 employers are scheduled with more to register. Over 200 job opportunities will be available from health care, retail, law enforcement, construction, manufacturing, automotive, education, entertainment and much more. It’s a great opportunity for anyone in our community.

• May 3 at 4:30 p.m., Yelm Middle School will host our annual “Countdown to Kindergarten” event. Kindergarten registration is already open at each elementary school and this event will allow our newest students and families to meet school staff, take a tour of a school bus, talk with school nurses, and even complete a scavenger hunt for books and prizes.

• May 10 at 3:30 p.m., starting at Yelm City Park, our Learners without Limits program will host a 5K run/walk as a fundraiser that will help support free school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, coats and blankets at our schools for families in need.

• June 6 at 6 p.m., Yelm High School will host Community Scholarship Night. This is a public event where all the local scholarship providers will present their awards to seniors. Presenters will represent Dollars for Scholars, Yelm Community Education Foundation and other community-based financial awards. Our local military recruiters will also be present to recognize those heading into one of the branches of the armed services.

• June 8 at 6 p.m., the district will host its awards night at Yelm High School. This is a scheduled board meeting where we will highlight our School Bell, Friends of the Schools, Graduate Yelm Partner of the Year honorees, and the district will recognize our retirees, our staff reaching milestones for years of service and each school’s top achieving students.

• June 11 at 9:30 a.m., the graduating class of 2023 will receive their diplomas at the Tacoma Dome. I absolutely love that community members attend our graduations even when they don’t have students in the ceremony. We are really excited to honor more than 300 graduates this year.

All of the events highlighted are open to the public and great celebrations of the connectivity between the school district and the Yelm community.

Please go to our district website for more information. I hope to see everyone at the schools.


Brian Wharton is the superintendent of Yelm Community Schools.