YCS News

January 20, 2021
Ypsi schools' Resiliency Center provides PPE, holiday help to over 300 individuals in first month

Ypsilanti Community Schools' (YCS) new resiliency center has helped more than 300 people since it opened Dec. 15 on the campus of the former Willow Run High School in Ypsilanti Township

January 15, 2021
Ypsilanti Community Schools launch learning labs to support student success during pandemic

Many parents have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic to juggle working at home with helping their children learn virtually, having to come to the rescue when their child's webcam or internet connection goes wonky.

January 15, 2021
Ypsilanti Community Schools Resiliency Center Grand Opening
Due to an overwhelming number of holiday assistance forms received this afternoon, we are now putting families on a waitlist with hopes to fulfill additional requests.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Marquan Jackson at mjackson9@ycschools.us
January 7, 2021
Washtenaw County Health Department Continues COVID-19 Vaccination: Expanded eligibility opens Monday

Washtenaw County Health Department Continues COVID-19 Vaccination
Phase 1A vaccination continues this week and expanded eligibility opens Monday

January 7, 2021
WEMU 89.1 Interview About YCS Learning Lab at Parkridge Community Center

Please find an interview about the YCS Learning Lab at Parkridge Community Center starting January 11th!  Space is limited, so sign up now!

December 28, 2020
Letter from YCS Superintendent: Return to School Plan

Please find a letter from YCS Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross regarding the Return to School Plan.

December 27, 2020
The Michigan Learning Channel is Arriving

A new resource for schools, teachers, parents, and students will be available from Michigan's public television stations in early January 2021.

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 Newsletter - Week of 1/17/2021

In the News:

  • No school on Monday, January 18, 2021 - MLK Holiday
  • YCS Report Cards
  • New Schedules for Secondary Students
  • YCHS Honors Ceremony Date
  • Congratulations to the Newly Appointed Board of Education Members
  • YCS Learning Lab and Community Resources:
  • Girzzly Store
  • Community Events
  • Reminder: YCS Code of Conduct
  • Sign-up for School Happenings