Bulldog Nation Announcements

 Team Rally
Team Rally 10.26.21- Congratulations- to our Leaders of the month


Welcome to William Yates Elementary Home of Bulldog Nation!  The staff are so excited to see our Bulldogs again for the school year.  

I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. Yes, we are still in the midst of bizarre circumstances again for the start of the school year, but so excited to see our Lil’ Bulldogs!  I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you this year!  

My name is Kerri Edwards and I am honored to be your child’s Principal.  I am going into my 22nd year in education.  I was a Special education teacher and Special Education Process Coordinator before going into Administration here in the district. I was an Administrative Intern for 2 years, 3 years as an Assistant principal, one of those years here at William Yates.  I will be going into my 5th year at WYE!  On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband for 20 years and we have 2 awesome kids.  Ellyse is 17, a Senior at Blue Springs South High School and Evan who turned 11 this last summer will be attending Delta Woods Middle this fall.   We spent most of our summer around a softball, soccer field or basketball court.   

A couple Bulldog Notes-
Arrival & Dismissal:

  • WYE will open our doors at 8:55, students will go straight to their classrooms.WYE Kindergarten through 2nd grade students will enter the building through our main entrance doors.3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will enter the building through the “old” Prime Time doors.The Buses will enter and exit through our new driveway to the new gym off of South Crackerneck Road.MAP-
  • Students should not arrive prior to 8:55 am as there will be no supervision and cars/buses will not be unloaded prior to 8:55 am. The tardy bell rings at 9:15 daily.
  • Please be patient with our parent drop off and pick up. If you are driving your child to and from school, please use this car sign that you picked up during our meet teacher/curriculum night-This helps us identify the students you are picking up, and creates a smoother process. If you need a car sign- please reach out to your classroom teacher.

We are indeed a joyous and caring community with the common goal of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful group of caring individuals.  New to Bulldog Nation this school year:

Kindergarten- Heather Killion
 Essential Life Skills Teacher – Maggie Forbes                                                         
Essential Life Skills Paraprofessional- Susan Toth                                               
Resource Special Education-Torrie Fackrell
 Intern/Assistant Principal- Heather Wells

  • Please consider participating in PTA, they support our amazing teachers with every field trip, recently purchased our sound system in the new gym, and so much more.

School HoursThe 2021-2022 school year hours will be from 9:15 AM to 4:05 PM.   

Please be cognizant of starting times and ending times so that your child does not miss out on educational opportunities.   Car riders may enter the building at 8:55 am daily.   

Bus InformationTo find out your bus number, please visit www.bssd.net and click on the tab PARENT RESOURCES then PARENT TOOLS-Boundaries and Bus routes.  This link also provides approximate pick up and drop off times.  All Kindergarten students will be given a wrist band during our meet the teacher scheduled times- Please use a sharpie and add your students name, address and bus number on this yellow wrist band.

Breakfast and Lunch: We are happy to announce that all students will once again receive free meals during the 2021-2022 school year. According to the USDA, the free meals include an entrée, fruit, vegetable, and milk.  In addition, any student attending Prime Time after school will be charged $.80 per day for a snack.*

The site to apply for Free and Reduced Lunches: www.schoolcafe.com  

 Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your child's life.  My philosophy is open communication.  Please contact me whenever you have a question or concern.  I will do the same for you. Everyone’s input is important as we work together to create a school where all students can be successful. As a parent or guardian, your interest and involvement with your child’s education will promote a positive attitude toward learning and academic achievement.

Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Kerri Edwards

WYE Principal

Our Building

3600 Davidson Road
Independence, MO 64055
(816) 874-3740

Our Staff

Kerri Edwards

Michael Compton
Assistant Principal

Kimberly Porterfield

Please check calendar- or call office for details



Peachjar Flier information



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