Principal's Message

  • Yelm High School Families,

    Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Excitement for the school year is already in full swing.  It is not often that you get the opportunity to reset! We are planning and preparing to do just that this fall. Throughout the last 18 months, we’ve all been looking forward to inviting our students on campus five days per week. Not only are we excited to see our students back on campus, we are excited to continue to provide in-person learning opportunities via our clubs, activities and athletics. If you have any questions or you want to learn more about being involved, please contact Ms. Cerkowniak ( for clubs and activities or Ms. Ellis ( for athletics. 

    Let me be the first to share that our school community grew a bit over the summer. I would like to offer a welcome to Erin Wilkenson (supporting students last names A-G) and Michelle Anderson (supporting students last names O-Z) . This will complete our administrative team as they join Ali Jacobson (supporting students last names H-N). While this is my 23rd year in education and my 8th year in school administration, it is my first as the principal of Yelm HS. Our team got the opportunity to work together as we prepare to welcome our staff back this week.  Most importantly we’ve been planning for our students to return on September 8.  Ali has been serving as an assistant principal at YHS for the last 2 years. Erin comes to us highly recommended from the Clover Park School District. Most recently she was serving as a dean of students for Dr. Claudia Thomas Middle School.  After 20 years experience an assistant principal at Capital High School in Olympia, Michelle Anderson also joined our team. 

    My hope is to create a welcoming place for all students. We will work hard to create the best possible learning environment for your student. We will also work throughout the next few months to publish “Staff Spotlights” to highlight the new faces at Yelm High School.  Our hope is that students and staff can make connections with our new teachers and support staff.

    With all the new faces, I thought I would take a moment and introduce myself. I served as the principal at Capital High School in Olympia for the past 5 years.  Before CHS I served as the K-12 principal of a rural school district on the Washington coast.  I am a classroom teacher at heart and will never forget the 15 years I spent teaching.  It has shaped me into the educator I am.  Beyond the school setting, I am a father of three boys: Blake (26), Chase (21) and Cooper (17) who will be a senior at YHS. And I can’t forget our new daughter in-law, Amelia.  My wife Melissa, who will be teaching at YMS, and I have been married for 26 years; and we couldn’t be happier to be joining the Yelm Community.  I am looking forward to serving you and your students.

    Curtis Cleveringa
    YHS Principal