YCS News

April 15, 2021
YCS Mental Health Townhall Meeting on April 21st

Next Wednesday, April 21, at 6 pm, Ypsilanti Community Schools will co-host a town hall meeting with brief updates from the district and mental health resources for students, parents, and community members. Please join us and hear from guest speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Health Michigan and the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

March 30, 2021
YCS Community Partner Focus Group: Working With YCS Schools During the Pandemic

Ypsilanti Community Schools appreciates the dedication and commitment of our Community Partners. As we have navigated through the past year together, we want to know what challenges have been presented when working with our schools during the pandemic.

March 26, 2021
Estabrook EL Afterschool Programs Featured in TESOL Presentation

Examining the Value of Online Intercultural Exchange (OIE) in Cultivating Agency-focused, (Inter)Culturally and Linguistically
Responsive Pedagogy:

March 12, 2021
YCS Elementary Caregiver presentation

Our COVID page is your stop for all the services we're offering while our buildings are closed to the public.

March 10, 2021
Superintendent Zachery-Ross Celebrated by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell's Office

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell celebrates Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross for Women's History Month in a tribute to her commitment to educating students and being a community leader. #YCSDynamic

March 10, 2021
YCS Virtual Realtor Breakfast on Friday, March 19th at 9am--FREE for Parents and Community

Ypsilanti Community Schools and MJ Townsend Realty & Associates partner together for the YCS Virtual Realtor Breakfast on Friday, March 19th at 9 a.m

March 3, 2021
Building a Lending Library

The WISD has committed to building a Lending Library that has an array of diverse books, and an article has been published in the International Literacy Association's Literacy Today!

March 3, 2021
Ypsi-based HighScope uses $3 million federal grant to support students and teachers during pandemic

Two of our Ford ELC preschool teachers who are involved in the High Scope i3 grant project were interviewed. 


February 28, 2021
Important YCS District Message

Please find this week's important YCS District Message that has information on students returning to school tomorrow, March 1st, bus routes, and meal service change. Tomorrow is the first day back for select students in preschool and elementary school.  **Please note that your student does not return tomorrow if you chose remote learning all year long as your learning option.  Please see the chart for detailed return dates. 

Link to PDF of District News

Stay safe and mask up!
No school on Tuesday, November 3rd!



Vote Tuesday, November 3rd!

Remember to cast your vote on or by Tuesday, November 3rd.  You may vote on the absentee ballot until November 3rd, but it is advised not to mail in your ballot at this point.  

  • Consider voting early or do so on election day as safe as possible.
  • Same-day registration is available in your city or township clerk office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Check your registration and find your clerk’s office at Michigan.gov/Vote. (Source: Washtenaw County Health Department)

Also, remember that local elections are as important as the presidential election!  Inform yourself on local elections and candidates running for office by visiting your county websites.

YCS has three candidates running for the Board of Education for two open seats.
The candidates are as follows:

Over 91 million people have already voted throughout the United States! 


Attendance Matters!  

If your student is not attending classes regularly, it is essential to communicate with their teacher or building administrator.  YCS administration is carefully tracking attendance and wants your student to succeed!  Please ensure that your student is fully engaged!

Return to School Conversations

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education and Administration will begin conversations about a phase-in approach for students returning to in-person schooling.  The YCS Administration has been working on several options to discuss at the upcoming Board of Education meetings on Monday, October 26th, and Monday, November 9th, starting at 6:30 p.m. These meetings will be available to view virtually.  Information is shared on the district website at www.ycschools.us.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Ypsilanti Community Schools will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 4th, and Thursday, November 5th, via Zoom for all grade levels.  Teachers for elementary and secondary levels will contact parents and guardians to schedule 20-25 minute conferences to discuss baseline data and quarter one progress.  Conferences will be between 12:30-7:00 p.m.

Parents and guardians for preschool students will need to contact their child’s teacher to schedule a 15-20 minute Zoom conference on Wednesday, November 4th, and Thursday, November 5th.  Conferences will start at 12:30 p.m. and scheduled until 7 pm on Wednesday and 6 pm on Thursday. 

If you have not heard from your student’s teacher, please reach out to them to schedule a conference time. 

Reminder: YCS Code of Conduct

Parents and guardians, please be reminded that the Ypsilanti Community Schools Code of Conduct is in full effect during online learning.  Students must display appropriate behavior while attending in-person classes, along with virtual classes.  Any disciplinary issues will be reported to the administration and could result in disciplinary action, including suspension or further disciplinary action by the Board of Education. Please visit www.ycschools.us for more information on the Code of Conduct. 

Join us on Friday, November 6th, at 7 p.m. for a virtual evening of jazz with Charles & Gwen Scales!  Non-YCS staff can join the event via Facebook Live.  

Grizzly Swag

The Athletic Department has Grizzly Swag available for purchase through an online store.  Items will be shipped directly to your house.

CDC Covid-19 Reminder

The fall season is here, and so are holidays that may look a little different this year.  Please find a detailed document from the CDC regarding holidays and the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html/thanksgiving

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YPSI Live – Internet Essentials Enrollment Information

In need of a reliable Internet connection at home? YCS is partnering with Comcast to provide 6 months of free Internet.



Call or Email the school building that your student attends. A team of YCS staff will return your email and provide you with details regarding enrollment.

Link to more Information and Email Addresses for each school

YCS Friday Program

Friday Independent Student Work Project-Based Learning
Students will respond to the equity prompts and questions, participate in equity panels, listen to monthly speakers, create PSA short videos, work with other youth around topics cultural differences that will allow them to do a quick write as well as create a 2 to 5-minute video clip that will be placed in the Stories from our YCS Freedom Dreamers website that will be created from the various projects. For others to learn about their greatness.

YCS Food Delivery

Ypsilanti Community Schools will now provide Grab and Go Food Delivery on Friday’s beginning October 9th through December 2020*.  Families can go to a bus route nearest their home to pick up seven days worth of breakfast and lunch for each student in their household.  Food distribution sites will remain at ACCE, Erickson, Holmes, Perry at YCHS. All sites are free for any child under the age of 18 or under 26 with special needs.  Please visit www.ycschools.us for detailed information and other up to date information!



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District News - Week of 4/11/2021
District News - Week of 4/11/2021
In the News:
  • YCS Athletes must Antigen test weekly
  • The Washtenaw County Health Department has several COVID-19 testing centers and vaccination sites available
  • Pandemic EBT Cards are coming soon from the state of Michigan
  • Parkridge Community Center Learning Lab will be closed for the next two weeks.
  • YCS is HIRING!
  • YCS Kindergarten Round-Up (In-Person)--Save the Dates!
  • Save the Dates
  • Volunteers Needed for Ypsilanti Blood Drive
  • The Washtenaw County Health Department
  • The TEFL Academy
  • New Learning Lab Locations
  • Reminder YCS Code of Conduct
  • Sign-up for School Happenings