Yelm schools teach more than town youngsters March 7, 1983

Yelm schools teach more than town youngsters

The Olympian March 7, 1983

By Mike Wales

Glen Nutter, superintendent of the Yelm School District, said he believe his system is not only teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic, but is also responsive to the needs of the community at large.

Despite cutbacks forced on the district by a recession-ridden economy Nutter has managed to provide trained people to teach 2,600 students drawn from a district 190 square miles in size, and provide community service programs for another 400 adults.

“We’ve been able to acquire some of the best teachers in the state,” he said, noting that even though the classes are bigger than they were a few years ago, and some services have fallen by the wayside because of cutbacks, the district is still providing the best in educational benefits.

Maybe it’s the man. Nutter has been in the teaching profession since 1958 and superintendent at Yelm for 10 years. He is well liked in the community and has the trust and respect of the five member school board.

There are four schools in the district: Yelm High School, Yelm Middle School, McKenna Elementary School, and Southworth Elementary School.

A total of 110 teachers are employed by the district, but what is more interesting is the fact Nutter is able to administer the system with just 8.5 staff positions.

Salaries average around $24,000 a year or teachers. Nutter is paid $50,000 a year, about average for the head of a school district that’s Yelm’s size.

Nutter is proud of the new high school just west of town, but the district isn’t stopping there. About $10 million is earmarked for a school construction program which will include a new elementary school a half-mile south of Yelm which will handle 500 students.

The superintendent said these children will be fifth and sixth graders who are being programmed back into the elementary system.

The middle school is also in for considerable renovation, with some buildings slated to be replaced and others being brought up to today’s standards.

Nutter also is proud of two programs in which the school is involved. The school board decided some time ago the district needed a drug information program, resulting 17 teachers being put through a special training course. Fourteen more currently are undergoing training.

Thurston County commissioners can claim credit for providing a grant for the district in which the training materials and teaching personnel are provided. Nutter provides the districts teachers, which involves paying substitutes to fill in for them while they are being trained.

Once the teachers become proficient they give drug enlightenment classes to students and the students are later tested on what they learn.

The other program Nutter said he is proud of is the systems adult education program, which at present has 400 regular attendees.

“The people of this community have given us overwhelming support,” Nutter said, adding that hundreds of hours of volunteer help are provided by people who have come in to teach such courses as welding and computer programming.

Other volunteers assist the teaching staff, Nutter said. “We have 120 of these people who come in every week.”

They tutor students, correct papers, supervise in the lunch room and help out in the library, he said.

“I think the public feels this facility belongs to them because we have a board that is responsive to the citizens,” Nutter said.

They also seem to have a superintendent that is responsive to the citizens.

Yelm School District

190 sq. miles

Number of Schools: 4

Number of Students: 2,600

Number of Teacher: 110

Number of Administrators: 8

The pictures below were given to me by a Yelm employee.  I believe it might have been Betty Kinnaman.  Lesson:  Always keep track of your sources.

The Entrance of the Yelm Middle School

North Side of Yelm High School (later part of YMS)

Rear view of Yelm High School (later YMS)
The Gym

The Playshed at YMS

Hauling Away History
Starting Over

Schools Teach More Than Town Youngsters

Yelm Schools Teach More Than Town Youngsters

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of stories intended to introduce readers to the readers to the people of the southern Puget Sound region. (The Olympian, date unknown)

By Mike Whales

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Glen Nutter, superintendent of the Yelm school district, said he believes his system is not only teaching children reading, writing and ’rithmetic, but it is also responsive to the needs of the community at large.

Despite cutbacks forced on the district by a recession-ridden economy Nutter has managed to provide trained people to teach 2,600 students that draw from a district 190 square miles in size, and provide community service programs for another 400 adults.

“We’ve been able to acquire some of the best teachers in the state,” he said, noting that even thought the class are bigger than they were a few years ago, and that some services have fallen by the wayside because of cutbacks, the district is still providing the best in educational benefits.

Maybe it’s the man. Nutter has been in the teaching profession since 1958 and superintendent in Yelm for 10 years. He is well liked in the community and has the trust and respect of the five-member school board.

There are four schools in the district: Yelm High school, Yelm middle school, McKenna elementary school and Southworth elementary school.

The district employs a total of 110 teachers but what is more interesting is the fact that Nutter is able to administer the system with just 8.5 staff positions.

Salaries average around $24,000 a year for teachers Nutter is paid $50,000 a year, about average for a head of a school district that is Yelm’s size.

Nutter is proud of the new high school just west of town but the district isn’t stopping there. About 10 million is earmarked for the school construction program, which will include a new elementary school about half a mile south of Yelm, which will handle 500 students.

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he superintendent said these students will be fifth and sixth graders who are being programmed back into the elementary system.

The middle school is also in for considerable renovation, with some buildings slated to be replaced and others being brought up to today’s standards.

Nutter is also proud of two programs in which the school is involved. The school board decided some time ago that the district needed a drug information program, resulting in 17 teachers being put through a special training coarse. Fourteen more are currently undergoing training.

Thurston county commissioners can claim credit for providing a grant for the district in which the training materials and teaching personal are provided. Nutter provides the districts teachers, which also involves paying substitutes to fill in for them while they are being trained.

Once the teachers become proficient they give drug enlightenment classes to students and the students are later tested on what they learn.

The other program Nutter said he is proud of is the system’s adult education program, which at present has 400 regular attendees.

“The people of this community have given us overwhelming support,” Nutter said, adding that hundreds hours of volunteer help are provided by the people who have come in to teach such courses as welding and computer programming.

Other volunteers assist the teaching staff, Nutter said, “We have 120 of these people who come in every week.”

They tutor students, correct papers, supervise in the lunchroom and help out in the library, he said

“I think the public feels this facility belongs to them because we have a board that is responsive to the citizen,” Nutter said.

They also seem to have a superintendent that is responsive to the citizens.

Yelm School District

Boundaries: The district covers 190 square miles and is bounded on the south by the Bald Hills, and on the west by Ft. Lewis and the Nisqually Indian Reservation. To the east the district runs to Lake Patterson and to the north into Pierce County, including McKenna and Roy within its boundaries.

Number of Schools: 4

Number of students: 2,600

Number of teachers: 110

Number of administrators: 8 Superintendent: Dr. Glen Nutter.

School board members: Dr. William Nichols, president; Mrs. Marion Nelson, Vice- president, and Eugene Judy, Larry Nielsen and Harry Petersen.

School board meetings: Once a month at 7:30 p.m. at the district administration office at 404 Yelm Ave. W. in Yelm Middle school.

District office: Box 476, Yelm, WA. 98597, 458-5731.

1980-2004 YHS Homecoming Courts

 Homecoming Courts    1980-2004

Prom Court

Established in 1928 by Junior class of 1929.

2004:

King: Collin Kennedy; Queen: Ashley Baker. 

Princess: Karissa Scherer, Nique Chaboya, Kammie Lisenby, Sarah Wollnick. 

Princes:  Mike Conser, Austin Bennett, Frank King, Hunter Ditzler.

2003:

In no particular order:  TJ Rogich, Mindy Houx, Brian Barbero, Cari Westfall, Kim Agren, Tristin Sweem, Lillie Johnson, Matt Harris, Beau Cohen, Emily Snider, Shawna Czeczok, Adam Zahn, Greg Rogich, Danielle Tustison, Alicia Kegley, Chris Gates. 

2002:

In no particular order:  Daniella Byrd, Brandon Byrd, Amanda Ocheltree, Nick Skogsberg, Jeremy Tucker, Tiffiny Baldwin, Lauren Sauser, Aaron Frank, Tara Steik, Nels Lund, Brian Barbero, Mindy Houx, Justin Seymour, Kayle Parish, David Paul, Kylee French.

2001:

King:  Jacob Butler; Queen: Becky Wallace.

Princes:  Ryan Allen, Erik Skogsberg, Seth Cloran, Anthony Walker.

Princesses:  Lindy Blodgett, Brittni Schick, Michelle Bidot, Desiree McAllister. 

2000:

King:  Christ Reimche; Queen: Sky Marriot.

Princes:  Justin Zeiler, Nate Scott, Justin Frank, Drew Mead.

Princesses:  Sandi Houx, Tess Steik, Ashli Sands, Jaise Alvarico.

1999:

King:  Justin Novotney; Queen:  Ara Gibson.

Princess:  Erin Ellis

1998:

King:  Rich Reader; Queen:  Allegra Baulch

Princes:  Doming Cruz, Chris Augon, Justin Cruz, Zeb Deed.

Princesses:  Nazee Pauldad, Nisha Thompson, Kylee Rivers, Jamie Bosquette

1997:

King:  Jesse Roburge, Queen: Jodi Bosquette

Princes:  Kaleb Gibson, Chris Carlson, Rich Booth, Joshua Rearden

Princess:  Rachael Clary, Darby Hayes, Jamie Summers, Jill Novotney. 

1996:

Princes:  Bobby Whitlow, Jesse Carlson, Tim Tyler, Donavan Mol, Ross Asher.

Princess:  Kim Beaudin, Pepsy Thompson, Sara Scheidt, Autumn Keesler, Dara Barry.

1995: 

Princes:  Richard Mitchell, Cody Turner, Matt Abbey, Chris Spears, Matt Phillips.

Princess:  Chelsea Beckman, Alissa Avery, Cara Peterson, Cory Butler.

1994:

In no particular order:  Maureen Mitchell, Michael Barry, Emily Overstreet, Laurie Davis, Cody Hayes, Michael Dolajak, Jessie O’Neal, Tim Beaudin, Josh Holmes, Jim Butler.

1993: 

King:  Parathus Lee; Queen: Joy Butler.

In no particular order:  Jesse Simmons, Pepper Iverson, Will Alsbrook, Brandi Masteller, Zach Holmes, Wendy Emry, Abram Duda, Katie Turner. 

1992:

King:  Aaron Bunnell; Queen:  Amy Rowland

In no particular order:  Kasey Beckman, Scott Cebula, Rob Carson, Trakena Scott, Jake Bange, Amanda Cameron, Kara Vallendingham, Branden Cocknom. 

1991:

King:  Isaac Shuck; Queen:  Tracey Riddall

Princes:  Omar Lee, Kraig Kominski, Scott Nye, Kyle Conway, Greg O’Neil

Princess:  Barbra Banks, Terria Butler, Tasha Brower, Jenifer Rowland, Sara Rowland

1990:

King:  Bill DeVores; Queen: Amy Bass

Princes:  Andy Wilcox, Dallas Sweeney, Erick Littlejohn, David Gibsen

Princesses:  Amy Edwards, Mandi Elledge, Sundree Shultz, Tammy Romo

1989:

King:  Kurt Kominski; Queen:  Sanna Steggell

Princess: Jayme Blocker, Nichole Libby, Stacy Maxwell, Karol Prosser, Chelle Dalager

Princes:  Mike Henslee, Gleen Schorae, Jaimie Walsh, Curtis Pfaff, Ted Riddall

1988:

King:  David Roper; Queen: Corrina Lester

Princes:  Troy Anderson, Mike Dalager, Richie Cunningham

Princesses:  Diane Williamson, Jennifer Antilla, Kathy Prosser, Angela Scarpellini

1987:

King:  Tony Nyitray, Queen: Roni Blake

Prince:  Chris Knight, Dan Schorna, Todd West

Princess:  Jacki Witt, Jodi Cordova, Jody Miller, Amber Landon

1986:

King:  Dan Woodruff, Queen:  Cathleen Taylor

Princes:  Doug Jaquez, Randy Bezon, Tony Edawrds, Troy Coulter

Princesses:  Karman Prosser, Denise Chance, Dulcey Butler, Amber DeVore

1985:

King: Todd Cordova, Queen: Carlyn Witt

Princes: Jerome Lord, Travis Coulters, Jim Ferrell, Jeff Ferrel

Princesses:  Kim Rogers, Cheri Wood, Diana Huff, Kelly Vernon

1984: 

King:  Sandy Lester, Queen:  Tami Gubser

Prince:  Shad Pruitt, Paul Akeo, Pete Ostapow, Jim Daugherty

Princesses:  Lorraine Taylor, Kathy Henrickson, Charlene McCamment, Tina Deggs

1983:

King:  Dick Blocker; Queen:  Margie Jenne

Princesses:  Sue Aschenbraner, Cindy Schorno

Princes:  Craig Vernon, Dave Nokes, David Thompson

1982:

King:  Ross Demers, Queen:  Stephanie Goodale

Princes:  Lonnie Sorter, Toby Roper, Sherman Jenne, Dino Shotsman

Princesses:  Christi Henricksen, Pam Banks, Barbra Lantz, Sue Brewer

1981:

King:  Dan Pielack; Queen: Gayla

Princes:  Charlie, Joe, Mark, David

Princesses:  Colleen, Nancy, Sandy, Bonnie

1980:

King:  Adrian; Queen:  Angie

Prince:  Rick, Ray, Rex, Tom  Princess: Denise, Dana, Debbie, Diana  

Editor’s Note:  The above material was organized by Nick Coffman (2005).  The information was found in annuals and the spelling and lack of first, last names or names at all may be attributed to those sources.

1974-2004 YHS Varsity Football Coaches

Yelm Varsity Football Coaches   1974 – 2004 

Introduction:  The following material was taken from high school annuals from the period.  No attempt has been made to distinguish head coach from the rest of the coaching staff.

Year                                Coaches

2004                                 (not in yearbook)

2003                                 Snodgrass, Enders, Shaw Gagnon, Jordon, Bodien  

2002                                 Gagnon, Coffing, LaForest, Jordon, Bodien

2001                                 Gagnon, Coffing, Bodien, Wilson, Jordon, Scott, Riley 2000            (not in yearbook)

1999                                 Winters, Butler, Constentino, Hockhalter, Riches

1998                                 Constentino, Ridall, Hockhalter, Miller, Jewell, Butler

1997                                  HockHalter, Jewell, Miller, Riddall, Roe

1996                                 Roe, Spears, Miller, Dion, Riddall

1995                                 Constentino, Bruce, Chapman, Roth, Roe

1994                                 Miller, Roe, Chapman, Parks, Roth

1993                                 Chapman, Miller, Roe, Parks, Roth

1992                                 Chapman

1991                                  Chapman, Roe, Butler, Wallace, Ward, Tadlock

1990                                 Flick

1989                                 Larsen

1988                                 Larsen, Wallace, Butler

1987                                  (not in yearbook)

1986                                 Larsen, Omeg

1985                                 Larsen, Bomber

1984                                 Larsen, Bomber

1983                                 Larsen, Butler, Duvall

1982                                 Bickel, Henderson

1981                                  Roller, Fortin, Norman

1980                                 Roller, Wolf, Norman, Fortin

1979                                  Maki, Reynolds, Baker, Wolf

1978                                  Maki        

1977                                  (no yearbook)

1976                                  Hawkins, Reynolds, Strand

1975                                  Hawkins, Brown

1974                                  Halstead, Backman, Medalen, Sinnes

Editor’s Note:  Material organized by Brett Martin (2005)

1980’s YHS Culture and Events

1980’s YHS Culture and Events

The culture and memorable events of Yelm High School have remained virtually the same over the years. From sports and music to elections and graduation. 

Music was popular in the 80’s. In a June 11, 1980 paper, an article was titled, “Music, Music, Music!” It claimed, “Music has been called the universal language of the world. It is a form of communication that exceeds all lingual, racial, and social barriers to bring people together as a common bond: the appreciation of music… Yelm High School has among it’s students some musically talented young people who are capable of sharing some of their “music magic” with the rest of the world.” On March 21, 1980, three band members traveled to W.S.U. to present a concert. This was the third year of the honors band. In 1981, six students were selected to participate in Pacific University School of musical production. In 1982, the select chorus received an excellent score at R.A. Long High School contest. In May of 1988, the YHS band traveled to Disneyland to perform.

Other important YHS events were similar to the ones now. Such as Cispus

counseling, and ASB elections. An April 18,1980 article said, “The students of YHS, for the promotion of good government, good sportsmanship, student activities, and the general welfare of said students of YHS, established the constitution of the student body.  The constitution… states that YHS will have it’s new officers elected each May.” A March 6, 1981 article stated, “ASB election time is here again for those worthy underclassmen that would like a crack at school politics.” A different article was called “Camp Cispus Counselors Train To Keep Kids Cool.” It said, “During the week of April 6-10, 30 High School counselors and over 200 5th graders will go to Camp Cispus. A 1986 paper claimed, “With the biggest and possibly toughest group of fifth graders. Camp Cispus proved to be quite a challenge for the 31 High School counselors who attended.”

The typical student issues and problems were also common. An October 31, 1980

article stated, “Fences are going up everywhere, in places we once traveled freely

through. Many may have noticed the new fence between the Moose lodge and the

school… many students react negatively to being fenced in.” Another article was titled “Only Twelve Day Grace Allowed In Attendance Policy.” It said “Any student who has missed 12 days or more of school per trimester, excused or unexcused will be suspended from school.” In 1980, vandalism was also a problem. An article said, “Bulletin boards have been set on fire, windows broken, walls marked up, lockers defaced, vinyl torn off the bathroom walls, the panels by the locker room doors kicked out, drinking fountains ruined, and bathroom fixtures destroyed.” Smoking also became a big problem. Cigarettes were often found in the sinks.

The most popular events seemed to be seniors, graduation, and football. There

were many senior edition papers and highlights. A June 5, 1981 article was titled,

“Speech, Song, And Celebration; Graduation Comes At Last.” Another article was

titled “Star-Studded Seniors To Sing And Speak.” In a Dec. 3, 1987 Senior Spotlight article, a student said,” Winning the Pierce County League football championship is the greatest memory of my senior year so far.”

Overall, YHS culture really hasn’t changed all that much. Although there are always changes being made, the events and issues are still very similar to the past.

                                               By Lindsey Keeslar (2005)

 Editor’s Note:  Material for this essay was found in school newspaper’s from the era.

1975-2005 YHS Head Cross Country Coaches

Head Cross Country Coaches at Y.H.S.  (1975-2005) 

Introduction:  The following material was taken from Y.H.S. annuals from the era.

2005               Strong

2004               Strong

2003               Strong

2002               Strong

2001               Strong

2000              Strong

1999               Strong

1998               Strong

1997                Strong

1996               Strong

1995               Strong

1994               Strong

1993               Strong

1992               Butler

1991                Talley

1990               Talley

1989               Talley

1988               Talley

1987                Talley

1986               Talley

1985               Talley

1984               Talley

1983               Backman

1982               Backman

1981                Backman

1980               Backman

1979                Backman

1978                Backman

1977                Backman

1976                Backman

1975                Backman

1983-2005 YHS Soccer Head Coaches

Yelm Soccer  Head Coaches   1983-2005

Year                             Boys Coach                 Girls Coach

1983                                Dave Asher                           N/A

*1984-1986                            N/A                                N/A

1987                                      N/A                                N/A

1988                                      N/A                         Frank Hewins

1989                                      N/A                          Tom Rundle

1990                                      N/A                          Tom Rundle

1991                               Charlie Butts                 Shelly Donahue

1992                               Charlie Butts                 Shelly Donahue

1993                               Tom Zimmer                   Tom Zimmer

1994                               Tom Zimmer                 Mrs. Hedegard       

1995                                      N/A                        Mrs. Hedegard

1996                                Dan Marley                   Mrs. Hedegard

1997                                  McCloud                    Mrs. Hedegard

1998                                Tony Judah                     Tony Judah

1999                                Tony Judah                     Tony Judah

2000                                    Sholte                         Tony Judah

2001                                     Wade                          Tony Judah

2002                                 Mark Tate                       Mark Tate

2003                                 Mark Tate                       Mark Tate

2004                                 Mark Tate                       Mark Tate

2005                                 Mark Tate                       Mark Tate

*1984-1986 there was no YHS soccer program.