YCS Announcements

Washtenaw County Cooling Sites and Hot Weather Tips

YCS Community:
As you may know, the state of Michigan (Washtenaw County) will reach high summer heat temperatures for the next several days and into next week. The Washtenaw County Health Department has some essential hot weather tips for your review.  

Washtenaw County also has several cooling centers that will be open to help escape high summer temperatures.  These sites will be open until August.

YCS Online Enrollment - Registration Gateway

Parents - Registration Gateway - the online enrollment link is not accessible at this time because updates are still being made to the program. Registration Gateway will be back up and accessible on Monday, July 22, 2019.

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YCS Upcoming Events!
YCS 2019 Summer Instructional Program
Special Education Bond Proposal on August 6 Ballot
Jazz in the Parking Lot Sponsors

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Save The Dates!!!

Food Gatherers Summer Food Distribution at YCHS

Food Gatherers will host their annual Summer Food Distribution at Ypsilanti Community High School on Thursday, July 25th, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

There will be a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable items!

Free community event!

YCS Upcoming Events!

YCS School Of Choice Now Open

Students residing outside of the YCS district boundaries but living within Washtenaw County or a contiguous county are eligible to enroll as a school of choice student.

Link to school of choice application form
Application for 2019-2020

School Of Choice Windows

Application Dates:
April 1, 2019 - October 2, 2019
December 1, 2019 - February 12, 2020

Summer Hours

YCS Central Office Summer Hours

Open: Mondays-Thursdays - 7:30 am - 4:00 pm CLOSED FRIDAYS - June 17 – August 9, 2019 (Closed Thursday, July 4th)
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Special Education Bond Proposal on August 6 Ballot

Bond Proposal

In Washtenaw County, only one educational program is designed to meet the unique needs of students with severe and multiple disabilities and students who are medically fragile: High Point School. Operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, High Point School serves students with disabilities ages 3-26 who have the most significant needs.

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, voters will be asked to consider an estimated 0.37 mill increase over 10 years for a $53.295 million bond issue to renovate and reconstruct a new High Point School for students with disabilities from across Washtenaw County. If you would like more information about the election and the ballot proposal, please contact the Superintendent’s Office or visit www.washtenawisd.org

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Third Annual Jazz in the Parking Lot

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Shadford Field (YCHS Football Stadium Parking Lot)

FEATURING THORNETTA DAVIS, Detroit's Queen of the Blues!


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Sports Physicals To all parents of Student Athletes in High School and Middle School that want to play sports for the Ypsilanti Community Grizzlies in 2019-20, you must get an athletic physical before you participate. Physicals can be done FREE OF CHARGE for students in the RAHS clinic located in Ypsilanti Community High School. If you don't have a physical, make an appointment today.  RAHS Clinic: Phone # 734 - 221 -1007 - If no one answers leave a message and your call will be returned  within 24 hours RAHS Clinic Hours      Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 AM -4:00 PM Tuesday and Friday - 8;00 AM - 12:00 PM


Upcoming Events

  • 22 Jul
    • WEST - A2 United Soccer 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      WEST - A2 United Soccer
      Date: Jul 22
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: WEST Middle School Gym
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
  • 23 Jul
    • YCS Summer School 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      YCS Summer School
      Date: Jul 23
      Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
    • WEST - A2 United Soccer 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      WEST - A2 United Soccer
      Date: Jul 23
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      Location: WEST Middle School Gym
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
  • 24 Jul
    • YCS Summer School 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      YCS Summer School
      Date: Jul 24
      Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
  • 25 Jul
    • YCS Summer School 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      YCS Summer School
      Date: Jul 25
      Time: 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
  • 27 Jul
    • Jazz in the Parking Lot 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Jazz in the Parking Lot
      Date: Jul 27
      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Location: YCHS Shadford Field Parking Lot
      Calendar: YCS District Calendar
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Looking for Affordable Child Care?


Link to flyer

Link to more information page
A new child care program opened this summer at the former Chapelle Community School, an elementary school within the Ypsilanti Community Schools District at 111 South Wallace Boulevard, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

Registration forms may be found here. For more information about touring the facility, please contact Lee Anna Pasker-Edens at lpasker@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8058.

The Collaborative – Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center  (CDC) addresses a critical need for excellent quality, affordable child care in eastern Washtenaw County. 

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YCS Summer School Transportation AM and PM Routes

Ypsilanti Community Schools Summer Instructional Program (Summer School) for elementary, middle, and high school starts on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. 

YCS will provide transportation to students participating in summer school through the YCS Transportation Department. Transportation for all summer school programming, including enrichment programs, is offered daily to and from school. Attached is the routing schedule which begins on Tuesday, June 25th with time and bus stop locations. Please note there is an AM schedule and PM schedule for transportation that outlines stop locations and times.

YCS Elementary Summer School AM and PM Routes

YCS Middle and High School Summer School AM and PM Routes

Link to 2019 Summer Instructional Program

If you have transportation-related questions, please contact (734) 221-1210 to be transferred to the YCS Transportation Department.

On the Ground Ypsi partners with EMU Upward Bound for student writing challenge

Concentrate managing editor Patrick Dunn leads a writing workshop with Upward Bound students.

Concentrate and On the Ground Ypsilanti have partnered with Eastern Michigan University's (EMU) Upward Bound program for a student writing challenge that poses the question, "How would you solve your community's greatest challenge?" The five winning essays will be published later this month in Concentrate and the winning writers will each receive a $50 stipend.

Link to article

YIES Admissions Process

Ypsilanti International Elementary School (Y.I.E.S.)
Admissions Process 2019-20

Link to YIES Admissions Process 2019-20 and more information

As of April 30, 2019, the early enrollment notification window was closed. All applications received by April 30 for grades 1-5 have been forwarded onto the official enrollment acceptance process (No lottery is required). Families of these students will receive acceptance letters on May 31 with detailed information on how to complete the enrollment process. *Please remember that because slots remain in these grades, the enrollment application will remain open until August 16, 2019.

A lottery for students entering Young 5’s and Kindergarten will occur on Friday, May 17, 3:30 pm at the YCS Administration Building, located at 1885 Packard Road.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

YIES Lottery Priorities for Kindergarten

The updated openings for 2019-20: Young 5’s=15, K=22

  1. Kindergarten - Siblings of current YIES students

  2. Kindergarten - School of Choice (SOC) siblings of current YIES students

  3. Current YCS Non-YIES students

  4. Kindergarten - Current YCS Residents

  5. Children of YCS staff

  6. Non-resident SOC

Questions regarding this process should be directed to Principal Cassandra Sheriff at csheriff6@ycschools.us or 734-221-2402



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Best Photo in Washtenaw County

Best Photo in Washtenaw County

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ACTech senior Niejai Williams won the Best in Photography award at the 37th Annual Potential Exhibition this past Saturday held at the Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor. This year 14 high schools from all over Washtenaw competed.

This is the second year in a row The Learning Studio at YCHS has won Best in Photography. Below is Niejai's photo.

Resources & Information

Ypsi jazz event aims to draw metro Detroit crowd, raise funds for YCS

Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) will host its third annual Jazz in the Parking Lot event from 7-9 p.m. July 26 featuring the singer known as Detroit's Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis. The free, family-friendly annual event raises funds for other YCS-sponsored programs throughout the school year.

The event takes place each year in the parking lot of Shadford Field, YCS' football field at 1885 Packard Rd. in Ypsilanti. The event attracted more than 400 attendees in its first year and 800 in its second.

Link to article

Community Events

Community Events:

Michigan Avenue STEAM CAFE-Hovercrafts

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting a Teen STEAM Café this Friday from 6-8pm for kids ages 12-18 and we’d love to advertise to your YCHS students! 

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Mom Power

What is Mom Power?
Mom Power was developed by faculty at Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and has been brought to Washtenaw County families through a grant from Michigan Medicine's Community Health Services.

Mom Power is an evidence-based program that supports families who are facing adversity and stress through the challenges of caring for young children, offering a strengths-based, nurturing approach to promoting resilience in parents and children. The Mom Power multifamily group provides a safe, trusting, and nurturing environment that allows families to learn and practice new skills. The 13-session group focuses on increasing parenting skills, connecting mothers to other mothers, connecting mothers to local resources, supporting mothers in using self-care skills, and supporting relationships between mothers and their young children. 

Children attend Mom Power groups as well and enjoy 1:1 supervision with U-M students while the moms meet. A meal is also provided at each meeting. 

Who is eligible to participate?
Mom Power is intended for people who identify as female, are age 18 or older, and are pregnant or have children age 6 and under. Immigrants, refugees and all who live in Washtenaw County are welcome to attend. 

When will they meet?
Our first group will meet on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:45 from May 21 to July 23. There will be no group on July 2. The group will meet in Ypsilanti. A specific location will be determined soon.

For more information on Mom Power, please visit this website. Link to the registration form at bit.ly/mompowersignup. 

Other Events:

YCS - Meet Up and Eat Up Summer Food Service Program

The Ypsilanti Community Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children.

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed on the flyer.

Link to flyer for more information and sites

Summer Camps/Programs


Summer Camp List




Summer Activities for Kids

Link to summer camp list

Summer Slide and the Importance of Reading over the Summer

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students, especially those from low-income families, to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. The following information is provided to help school administrators and educators with key talking points, along with resources and research for developing school- or community-based programs to help stem summer slide. Your local public library offers a well-established summer reading programs.
Link to more information

Link to CLN Reads

The Y Summer  Day Camp 

We are holding a Parent Orientation night at Global Tech Academy next Monday, May 13 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. to answer questions and provide a brief overview of the camp experience.

Registration will open next Wednesday May 15 at 6:30 a.m. We'll have 40 spaces/week this year and we expect that most weeks will be at capacity. Anyone interested should register early. 

Link to flyer

2019 Washtenaw County - Summer Sports Camp

FREE: Register Now! Ages 8 to 15 (under age 8 – not admitted) – Breakfast & Lunch Provided

Link to more information and registration form


At Tappan Middle School
Registration is now OPEN

June 17-August 9, 2019

Link to UM Kidsport Flyer

Link to UM KidSport Summer Camps Website & Registration

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YCS Sex Education

Advisory Board

We are seeking YCS parent input before recommendations are sent to the Board of Education. If you are a parent, please complete the survey found on our SEAB page.
Link to flyer information

Advisory Board Application

We're also recruiting new members of the YCS Sex Education Advisory Board to meet 4-6 times during the 2017-18 school year. Join the team by completing the application, link to the application is found below.

We're also recruiting new members of the YCS Sex Education Advisory Board to meet 4-6 times during the 2017-18 school year. Join the team by completing the application, link to the application is found below. If a paper application is necessary, please contact Sandra LaLone at Email: slalone6@ycschools.us.

An application for parents to join the Sex Ed Advisory Board. 
Link to application
Link to parent letter from Superintendent, Dr. Edmondson


Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools - University of Michigan for Healthy Schools


School-Based Health Center

  • YCHS contact phone number:  734-221-1007
  • YCMS contact phone number:  734-221-2271

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975

Ypsilanti Community Schools is in full compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in District programs, services, and activities. The District's policy manual for Section 504 can be found on the District's website. Click on this link for District's Discrimination Manual.

Letter to parents from RAHS

RAHS at YCMS Information

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YCS Manuals

PDF DocumentM-STEP Parent Guide
PDF DocumentYCS FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

Employment Opportunities

Link to YCS employment opportunities

YCS substitutes teachers are needed! 

Daily substitutes are now at a $100/day rate and can contact EduStaff directly for the application process.
 www.edustaff.org or 877-974-6338