E3 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce Award Winner
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E3 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce Award Winner

Welcome to Ypsilanti Community Schools

E3 Award Presentation

First and foremost, thank you all for your support and help in making The Leader In Me @ Erickson Elementary a success! This morning we attended the A2/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce Early Edition Breakfast to accept our award. Abigail McDermot and Temyra Shodipo did an outstanding job representing Erickson. Their speeches were well written and spoken with energy and a true love for our school! 

A special thanks to Jessica Schmidt for arriving early to set up our table and to Dr. Edmondson, Brandi Valerio, Nancy Hall, Kharena Keith, Temyra's parents and Abigail's mom for attending.

We were awarded a beautiful trophy and check for $500 (which will help cover costs for our upcoming Leadership Day)!

Thank you all again for all that you do in support of 'Excellence at Erickson'.





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Upcoming Events

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    • Elementary - M-STEP Testing Window - Traditional Calendar
      Apr 10 - May 26
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    • Elementary NWEA Assessment Testing - Balanced Calendar
      Apr 23 - May 12
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    • Elementary April 23 - May 12, 2017 M-STEP Testing Window- Balanced Calendar
      Apr 24
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    • Middle School M-STEP Testing Window
      Apr 24
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    • WEST - A2 United Soccer 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      WEST - A2 United Soccer
      Apr 24
      7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
      WEST Middle School Gym
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  • 25 Apr
    • Elementary - M-STEP Testing Window - Traditional Calendar
      Apr 10 - May 26
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    • Elementary NWEA Assessment Testing - Balanced Calendar
      Apr 23 - May 12
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Every Saturday
Weekly Family Literacy Program

Novels, Hands-on Activities, Computer Access, Free Food and More

WHERE: Ypsilanti Community Middle School Library
START DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2018
TIME: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Link to flyer

Family Activities 
This is not a drop-off program but a family program.

New Center
Ann Arbor YMCA to open child development center in Ypsilanti

The Ann Arbor YMCA is opening a new child care program early this summer at the former Chappelle Community School at 111 S. Wallace Blvd. in Ypsilanti. 

The project is in collaboration with Ypsilanti Housing Commission, Ypsilanti Community Schools, and Eastern Michigan University.​

Mark Your Calendar
YCHS Grizzly FIRST Robotics Competition Schedule

Grizzly FIRST Robotics Competition Schedule and links to information:
Upcoming Schedule:

  • April 12-14 - State Championships - SVSU
  • April 26-28 - World Championships - Detroit:

Link to First Michigan website

For 5th Graders
Selfridge ANGB by STARBASE Classes

STEM training classes offered at Selfridge ANGB by STARBASE - For 5th graders

A nationwide program funded by the Department of Defense. It is not a recruiting tool for the military, but since it is on a military base students are exposed to that through the tours

Summer Academy enrollment now available!

Link to STARBASE One


Resources & Information


State of Michigan 3% Health Care Fund Refund Update:

Community Information

Telling Tales Out Of School


Friday, May 4, 2018

Buy tickets now for Student Advocacy Center’s annual fundraiser, a live storytelling event, featuring spoken word artist Ramone Williams, Executive Director Peri Stone-Palmquist, mother Theresa Bassett and her son, Charlie Bassett-Kennedy, Brittney Barros and her sister, students Max McNally and Marquan Kane, Jessica “Decky” Alexander, and the Lincoln High School Choir. This a powerful evening where new and experienced storytellers come together to inspire, challenge and create community -- all while supporting SAC’s work helping students stay in school.

Location: Washtenaw  Community College's Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building
4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor
  • Mingle: 6:30 pm. Friday, May 4
  • Doors open: 7 pm 
  • Show starts7:30-9:30 pm

Tickets are $25 (or more if you'd like to make a bigger gift to SAC). High school and college students: $10. (At the door, tickets will be $30 for general admission and $10 for students.) There will be a 50-50 raffle.

Buy tickets online at http://tellingtales2018.bpt.me or https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3356203

By phone: call (800) 838-3006

Summer Camps/Programs

Summer Activities for Kids

It's time for some summer fun, enrolling in multiple summer camps. There's plenty of fun to be had that entertains and even educates children. 

Summer Camp opportunities will be shared as we received them.


Do you need a summer program for your preschooler or kindergartener?
Consider Days of Discovery!

  • Where: Foundations Preschool of Washtenaw County
    3770 Packard, Ann Arbor 48108 (near Carpenter Rd.)
  • When: June 18 – August 23, 2018 (available 7am-6pm)
  • What: A summer camp full of fun and learning.
  • Link to flyer

University of Michigan School of Kinesiology

KidSport Summer Camps

June 18-August 10, 2018

Types of Camps:

  • Before Camp Care
  • KidSport Mornings
  • KidSport Summer Fun Afternoons
  • After Camp Care

Register online here

Link to camp flyer and Q & A

WCC Community Enrichment -
Parkridge Summer Camp - 2018

July 2 - August 17, 2918

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Registration begins May 1, 2018
  • Special STEM Learning Opportunities

Link to camp flyer

Letter to partner/sponsor


Free Residential 1 & 2 Week Summer Camps-- Scholarships available

Camp Placement offers scholarships to cover the costs for a variety of one and two-week residential summer camps across the county. Check out their website below. If you know of children in need who would like to attend camp and could handle a structured camp away from home, please connect them with Camp Placement. It is a great opportunity for our kids.

Washtenaw Camp Placement website

Link to more information

Camp Placement Form A Parent 2018

Camp Placement Form B Referral 2018 

U of M Summer Camp Opportunities

U of M Museum of Natural History Camp Explorations

June 18-August 3, 2018

Link to flyer





Michigan State University Volleyball Summer Camp

Dates: July 14-24, 2018
Types: Various skill level camps
Grades: 5-12

Link to flyer

Meet Up & Eat Up

What are your kids doing this summer?
Friends, Food, and Fun
June 18 - August 24, 2018

Text "FOOD" to 877-877 to find summer fun and food near you.

Link to flyer




YOSC Summer Swim Session

Pre-Season: June 4, 2018
Summer Season: June 18-August 1, 2018
Parent Meeting: June 4, 2018 - 7:00 pm 

Registration online at ypsi-otters.org - Opens May 2018 

Link to flyer

YCS Informational Brochure

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YCS Brochure Page 1

YCS Brochure Page 2

YCS Brochure (PDF)

Arabic Outreach Program Meeting

Arabic Outreach Program for our YCS families.

Our first meeting is primarily for newcomer parents. The meeting is intended to bring awareness to parents about services available to families within our schools and the community. 


  • When: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
  • Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Location: Perry Early Learning Center, 550 Perry St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Link to outreach flyer


Scientist Spotlight flyer

Visit with University of Michigan scientists and participate in activities to learn about their cutting-edge research! U-M scientists in many fields will be stationed in the Ypsilanti District Library’s Whittaker Road branch community room with unique, interactive activities focusing on their own current work. They will chat about their research with curious visitors of all ages.

Link to science spotlight flyer


826Michigan Tutoring and Drop-in Writing

826michigan inspires school-aged students to write confidently and skillfully with the help of adult volunteers in their communities.

Headache Study Recruitment

Do you have a child/teen between the ages of 6 and 17 with chronic, recurrent, or daily headaches? Is your family interested in answering questions about your child/teen’s headaches and coping?

We want to hear from you!

YCHS Freshmen Can JumpStart Into College Readiness

The EMU Upward Bound Program at Ypsilanti Community High School is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. As a part of early enrollment into the program, we are choosing early enrollees to participate in this summer's JumpStart program on the beautiful campus of Eastern Michigan University. Rising high school freshman will... Experience early exposure to high school curriculum Build important skills for success in high school Visit other colleges and universities See your school counselor for an application today!  


Research Study - Now Enrolling

Free Diabetes Education

University of Michigan Diabetes research study currently recruiting participants in the Ypsilanti area. Participants of the study will receive free diabetes education (10 hours over 3 months) and 12 monthly support group sessions. All of the sessions are held in one of the neighboring Ypsilanti churches. Participants will also receive 5 free health screenings (height, weight, BP, A1C) and will be paid $30 for each health screening. To be eligible, participants need to be African American over 21 years old and have Type 2 diabetes.

Lifeguard Information
Become a Lifeguard

Lifeguard Poster and the dates that the schools will be allowed to come free of charge


M-Step Testing Information

Spring Testing Parent Communication Computer Adaptive Testing Guide (CAT) Parent Letter Testing Calendar What Parents Should Know'


YCMS Moving Information

Let's Talk About It!

YCMS is Moving!

Join us for the YCMS Family and Community Informational meetings. This is an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to learn more about the middle school transition in Fall 2018. The meetings will be held at various locations. Please see dates, times and locations by clicking on the image below.

MS Transition Plan Teachers and Community Presentation   (PDF)

Running Start is ready to go!

Running Start is ready to go!
Entrepreneurial Workshops for middle and high school students
Workshops begin on April 21

FREE needs-based scholarships for youth. Website is www.running-start.biz.
Workshops will be focused on entrepreneurial skills led by mentors followed by youth working on their business idea. Workshop presenters include Ann Arbor SPARK, NewFoundry, Inovo, Plante Moran, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Bidlack Creative Group, Hylant, Bodman, Wag Your Tail Doggie Treats, Zingerman's, Fancy Free Organizing, and many more.

Board of Education Public Statement - WIMA

Public statement from the YCS Board of Education regarding WIMA:

Link to statement

YCHS and YCMS Student Produced School Newscasts

Our students are learning about journalism by creating newscasts to highlight news, weather, sports and other features. The students meet and work to develop scripts, film and edit their segments

YCHS Newscasts
Teacher, Ms. Cheyenne Taylor

YCMS Newscasts
Teacher, Mrs. Amelia Brady

More News

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 survey
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. If a paper application is necessary, please contact Kharena Keith at 734-221-1212.

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.

Be A Grizzly & Welcome to YCS

Be A Grizzly

                                                                                                        Link to Welcome to YCS video transcript