Welcome to Ypsilanti Community Schools
Message from Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross
Ypsilanti Community Schools
Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan
District News -
Ypsilanti Community Schools would like to thank the YCS Food Department for all of their hard work over the last few months but especially with the new fresh produce program on Tuesdays open to our families and community. The Heeren USDA Farmers to Family Food Box Program was featured on a WEMU 89.1 interview this past week with Tiffany Houston, YCS Food Director.
It is that time of the year--Kindergarten Round-Up! YCS is hosting virtual Kindergarten Round-Up sessions for Perry Early Learning Center and Henry Ford Early Learning Center in early June. Please see the flyer for all the steps and details to register your young scholar. Also, here is the pdf link to the website-
The Ypsilanti International Baccalaureate Elementary School application for enrollment is available on the YCS website. The application is open until August 2020, and if necessary, a lottery will be conducted for slots.
YCS has partnered with Washtenaw Area Council for Children on a Cyber Safety webinar to help understand safety while students navigate online learning. The webinar requires pre-registration and is on June 1, 2020, starting at 5 p.m. This is free training for all YCS parents.
The Superintendent’s office sent out a detailed letter and enrollment survey to determine our pupil numbers for the fall of 2020. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and review the message to learn about the different learning options available in the fall.
Lastly, YCHS families, this is a reminder that 2020-2021 course options are now available for selection via the PowerSchool portal. Please take the time to select your course for the fall school year. A detailed video was sent to students from the YCHS counselors as a guide to navigate the portal for class selection. We are asking that all students select their classes before the end of the school year on June 12, 2020.
Letter from Superintendent with Enrollment Survey and Staff Survey
Thank you for your ongoing support of our school district. Your resilience and ability to pivot and partner with us when changing our instruction to remote learning at a moment’s notice has been a challenge, but with a dedicated staff and the support of families, we have been able to adjust and provide a collaborative learning environment that emphasizes our value of being “Stronger Together”.
Link to read the superintendent's letter
With just two short weeks left in the school year, we have turned our attention to what education in our district will look like for the 2020-2021 school year.
This planning process includes a “go slow to go fast model” that we embrace as a district and includes a process to incorporate the voices of students, staff, and our community stakeholders' to guide our decisions. Our goal is to make sound, comprehensive decisions in the best interest of our students, which may mean the decisions seem delayed. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
There are many considerations within each of the scenarios listed above that need your input. Our committees and task force groups are utilizing the MI-Excel Blueprint system of meetings and planning tools to address questions, prioritize work, develop innovative methods of providing high-quality instruction, and finally to create action steps.
You will be included in multiple ways, the first is a survey. This survey is designed to gather your specific family/staff preferences to guide our planning process. The enrollment survey is for family input. The staff survey is for current YCS employees’ input. Please take a moment to share your thoughts and needs by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Once we have gathered your feedback, we will incorporate it into our plans and invite you to a virtual presentation to learn more and be able to ask questions and provide suggestions. This will be a collaborative effort as we work toward our goal of meeting the educational and safety needs of all of our students and staff. Please continue to look for our updates as we continue to intentionally plan for the 20-21 school year.
YCHS Yearbook SigningView Archives
We are excited to announce that the Ypsilanti Community High School yearbook signing tradition is alive and it’s fully digital to suit our socially distanced students.
Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives every student in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student whether they purchased a yearbook or not.
Here is the link and video to get started. Happy Signing! - The signing ends on June 12.
Sexual Assault Statement from YCS Regarding Social Media Thread
Please find an important message from the YCS Administration:
Ypsilanti Community Schools takes all claims of sexual assault or misconduct very seriously and is committed to providing safe environments for everyone in our YCS community. We understand that there are allegations of a person who has had previous ties with Ypsilanti Community Schools on the #EMUExpose page. We encourage anyone that is a victim of sexual assault or misconduct to contact a local police authority and file an incident report.
All staff who work in the district go through a screening process with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office (LiveScan) and/or through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Any volunteers who interact with our students or programs are screened using the Internet Criminal History Access Tool (Ichat).
Again, Ypsilanti Community Schools is committed to providing safe environments for all of our students and support our community stakeholders who may need to report an incident.
Washtenaw Superintendents' Association Statement on Racial Equity, Police Brutality, and Justice in the United States
Please find a detailed letter from the Washtenaw Superintendents' Association regarding the current events happening in the United States and our community. The superintendents of Washtenaw County want to acknowledge and stand with black and brown students and families.
Ypsilanti Community Schools is always #StrongerTogether
From Food Gatherers - Virtual Summer Food for Kids
Dear Community Partners,
Food Gatherers invites you to join us for a virtual Summer Food for Kids Promotion Event on Tuesday, June 9th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Please register here and you will be sent a link to join the event on Zoom. The event is free.
Presenters include Markell Miller and LeRonica Roberts, Food Gatherers; Tiffany Houston, Ypsilanti Community Schools; and Victoria Davis, Ann Arbor Public Schools. Together, they will share the summer food resource options in Washtenaw County for families with children, along with materials you can use to promote these resources to the families you serve. Additionally, we will be asking for your input on other ways we can promote free summer meals in our community. There will be time for Q&A
Any community partner working with families in Washtenaw County is welcome, and encouraged, to attend!
Please register here and you will be sent a link to join the event. There is no cost to attend. We hope to see you there! - Link to Food Gatherers website
Director of Community Food Programs
Ypsilanti Community Schools Reports
2019-20 District School Improvement Plan
2018-19 YCS CNA Overview
2014-15 District Annual Education Report (AER) Cover Letter
2018-19 Annual Education Report
2016-17 AER Combined Report
Coordinated School Health Team
Crisis Response Team Concern Report