Bulldog Nation Announcements

Welcome to William Yates Elementary Home of Bulldog Nation! 

Thank you to our entire William Yates Elementary family and the BSSD community for supporting the No Tax Rate Increase Bond Issue!  This project will provide much needed additions to our school.  We are thankful for your continued support that helps us make tremendous progress in improving our facilities for all our students!

We also would like to take a moment to share some of the projected milestones in the construction project. BSSD’s architectural partner is busy drawing up plans for our classroom addition and office expansion. Bids will occur in the fall, and construction will begin shortly after. The project will be completed in time for the start of the 2025-2026 school year.

We are so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community.  We welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education. 

Important Dates: 

  February 19th- NO SCHOOL- Presidents’ Day
  • February 20th- TEAM Rally Habit 5-  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood-Empathic Communication !
  • February 26th- Spring Group Pictures and Spring Pictures -info sent home
  • February 26th- March 1st Spring Book Fair 
  • March 1st- PTA Fun Friday
  • March 4th – PTA move -a-thon kick off
  • March 14th- PTA mtg 6pm
  • March 15th- Spring Parties-  during students special class times 


Arrival & Dismissal:

  • WYE will open our doors at 9:05, students will go straight to their classrooms or grab and go breakfast from the cafeteria.
  • Students will enter the building through our main entrance doors .
  • The Buses will enter and exit through our new driveway to the new gym off of South Crackerneck Road.
  • Students should not arrive prior to 9:05 am as there will be no supervision and cars/buses will not be unloaded prior to 9:05 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.  We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside such a wonderful group of caring individuals.   

  • 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 Hours

The 2023-2024 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 9:05 am daily.   

Bus Information

To 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 student's name, address and bus number on this yellow wrist band.

Breakfast and Lunch:


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

Our Building

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

Our Staff

Kerri Edwards
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Kennedy Merrell
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Assistant Principal

Kimberly Porterfield
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Pam Hahn

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Amy Wilson
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    February 29th- 5th Grade RESCHEDULED

    March 14th- 3rd Grade

    April 11th- 1st Grade

    May 16th- Kindergarten

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