Message from our Principals

  • Welcome,YMS Families!

    The Yelm Middle School staff is excited to have you as part of our school community. As I enter my first year as principal at YMS, and 17th on staff, I am energized about where our school is and where we are headed. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with the Yelm community so that we work to make our schools a great and welcoming place to students. We want to thank the community for their continued support.

     We can’t wait to get the school year started on September 5th.

    The 2023-24 school year will be the third year in the new building and as such we are fully moved in and comfortable in the space. The building is continuing its transformation with the addition of the YMS Logo and opening of the sports facilities last school year.  Teams that got to use them raved about the fields and track. 

    When school is not in session and our teams are not using them, the complex is open for public use. We welcome you to come on out and take a couple of laps on the track or throw a pitch or two.

    We strive to serve our students and community and encourage you to reach out and let us know if there is anything we can do to better support your student’s experience or needs.

    Please join us at our orientation on August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

    Our orientation is open to incoming and returning students and families. During orientation, students will receive their class schedules, pay fees (PE clothes, Art, ASB, Yearbook and lunch), get their Chromebooks if they don’t have one, tour the building and meet their teachers. 

    Most fees can be paid online. Go to, click on online payments in the site shortcuts section and follow the instructions.
    On behalf of the entire Yelm Middle School staff, welcome back. 

    It’s going to be a great year!

    Best wishes,
    Mark Bowden, Principal                  Kaiya Burgess, Assistant Principal