Bulldog Nation Announcements

Summer School Registration

Visit the Elementary Summer School Registration webpage for more information.

  2021 Summer School Registration Information is now available


New and Returning Student Enrollment

New Student Enrollment and Returning Student Enrollment are now available online.



WYE Field Day



I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. Yes, these are bizarre circumstances in which we find ourselves beginning this school year, but we are 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 for the 2020-2021 school year.  I am going into my 20th 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.  This will be my 4th year at WYE!  On a personal note, I have been married to my wonderful husband for 19 years and we have 2 awesome kids.  Ellyse is 16 and heading into her Junior year at Blue Springs South High School and Evan who turned 10 this summer is going to be a Fifth grader at Chapel Lakes Elementary.   We had a unique summer with lots of campfires and some occasional Softball games this summer.  We are generally all over the country playing softball and soccer, this summer we enjoyed the slowness of our calendars! 

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:

                                                                New to WYE-Jane LaPour-Art

New to WYE- Elizabeth Donnell -1st Grade

Long Term Sub- Kalie Lene for Nikki Michael who is a new momma and will be on maternity leave.

Assistant Principal -Michael Compton-Will be at our bldg in late October and split his time between WYE and TUE.  

A couple Bulldog Notes:

·       Arrival:  WYE will open our doors at 8:55, students will go straight to their classrooms.  Please review your Return to Learn guide found at the top of the page. We are anticipating more car riders this school year and we want to make sure we are entering the building safely and at a distance.  Please stay in your vehicle when you drop of your students.  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.  Buses this school year will enter and exit through our new driveway to the NEW gym off of South Crackerneck Road. 

·       Arrival: Parents will not be allowed to enter the school building on the first day this year. Please plan on sending your child to school how your normally would. We cannot have all the typical pictures out front of WYE or with your teachers on the first day. We promise to take very good care of all Lil’ Bulldogs!

·       Please be patient with our parent drop off and pick up. We will have many more students being driven to school this year. If you are driving your child to and from school, please use this car sign attached her to help us identify the students you are picking up, this should help create a smoother process.   We will also be sending home the attached with your student on the first day, just place that onto your rearview mirror to use at pick up from car lane. 

·        If you are bringing a child to school late or picking them up early, please ring the doorbell at the front entrance and we will speak to you from there. Unfortunately, we are not allowing visitors in the building.

·        We enjoy seeing families come to have lunch with your children; however, this will not be an option this year. No visitors will be allowed in the cafeteria to allow for social distancing of students eating lunch.

·        We will not be allowing food birthday treats this year. Thank you for understanding.

·        Please be mindful of the 15-minute time period before school is dismissed, we frequently have parents picking their children up early at this time. Mrs. Porterfield and the office will be busy making sure students are getting to the correct dismissal spot so please refrain from pickups at this time.

·         For questions regarding COVID procedures please refer to the BSSD Return to Learn guidelines found at the top of the page. 

·         Follow us on twitter:  @BSSDWYE  we place a lot of information here.  

·         Please consider participating in PTA, they support our amazing teachers with so much.

School Hours:  The 2020-2021 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.   We will monitor our car rider line and we may need to open our doors at 8:55.    

Bus Information:  To find out your bus number, please visit the districts main page 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 Prices:

Ø  Breakfast:  $1.75

Ø  Lunch:  $2.45

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

It is also on our school websites.  Benefits of applying online: You can track your status, have access to your letters/approval notices, quicker and easier.  

I cannot wait to meet your child and watch him/her change and grow and learn. 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


Our Building

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

Our Staff

Kerri Edwards

Michael Compton
Assistant Principal

Kimberly Porterfield

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