Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 15, 2016

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Open Enrollment and kindergarten registration April 18-29; forms available now

Kindergarten and Open Enrollment registration for elementary schools will be from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 29, 2016. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 11. However, the completed registration forms will not be accepted until April 18.

Kindergarten/Elementary Registration Hours:
Monday, April 18 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 19 – April 29 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up Open Enrollment application or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 11; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 18.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

ThoughtExchange shifts to “Star” phase

Staff and parents received emails this week encouraging them to participate in the “Star” phase of the Spring 2016 ThoughtExchange community engagement. This phase allows participants to review the thoughts of others and add “stars” next to the ones which align to their thinking. This process helps district leaders have a better understanding of the issues and priorities. The “Star” phase will close April 24. Community members and students have an opportunity to self-register via the district’s website to participate in the “Star” phase by clicking: -- http://wwps.thoughtexchange.com/invitation/

The Spring 2016 ThoughtExchange engagement focuses on strategic planning as the district prepares to begin a process next school year. Stakeholders have been asked to weigh in on what are some ways the district can grow or improve in the next three years. The process is seeking to gain examples of what the district is doing well that should continue to be a focus in the next three years and provide an opportunity for participants to ask clarifying questions about the strategic planning process. Results will be made public prior to the end of the school year.

School board public work session and meeting - Tuesday, April 19

5:30 p.m. - Public Work Session (Curriculum update)
6:30 p.m. - Regular School Board meeting
Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)
Both meetings open to the public

Farewell celebration planned for Superintendent Jordan

A farewell celebration for Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, immediately following conclusion of the board meeting at approximately 5 p.m. in the District Office Anne Golden Boardroom. Staff, parents, students and community members are invited to attend. Dr. Jordan is retiring June 30. 

New crosswalk safety signs in use across the district

Several schools are placing new crosswalk safety signs in the streets to alert drivers to stop when children are crossing. The new signs are part of the school district’s School Zone Safety Program. School principals are also taking an inventory of their crossing guard equipment and supplies and ordering replacement items as needed to ensure staff have the necessary gear to safely perform their duties. Thanks for helping keep everyone safe in school zones by slowing down and paying attention.

City installs four-way stop near Sharpstein to improve safety

City of Walla Walla staff installed a four-way stop sign at Palouse and Whitman Street over spring break to help improve safety. Palouse Street is often used by commuters and had no stop signs from Chestnut to Poplar Street making it difficult for children and families to safely cross to get to and from Sharptein Elementary. The Sharpstein PTA and residents in the neighborhood organized a campaign to get stop signs installed. The city studied the issue and made the change last week.

“I personally want to thank all the city officials, and Ki Bealey and Neil Chavre in particular, who responded to the neighborhood's request for increased safety for our school children in such a thorough and professional way,” said Karri Bruce, Sharpstein parent and Catherine Street neighbor. “The project was completed in the timeframe that was suggested and we are very appreciative.”

School district teams with city police for emphasis patrol campaign

City of Walla Walla police officers will be patrolling in school zones more frequently this spring as part of an emphasis patrol campaign. The emphasis patrol campaign kicked off Monday and will continue through the end of the year. The district is contracting with off-duty officers to provide this service. Police officers will be enforcing the posted speed limits, watching for distracted drivers and looking for other careless driving offenses. This safety awareness campaign is part of the district’s School Zone Safety Program.

“Student safety is at the top of the list of our priorities,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “As the weather improves and more children are walking and riding their bikes to school, we need to do our part to help keep everyone safe.”

School Stories

Orchestra Festival supports music scholarship program

Walla Walla Public Schools announces its 43rd Annual District Orchestra Festival April 27 at 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Gym. This event is open to the public. A suggested donation of $1 per person or $5 per family goes to fund the Roberta Abraham Scholarship program to support private music lessons for local children.

Applications now accepted for Head Start/ECEAP program

The WWPS Head Start/ECEAP preschool program is now taking applications for the 2016-2017 school year. The program provides free preschool classes for qualifying children in Walla Walla County.  Families are encouraged to apply for children who will be three or four-years-old by August 31, 2016. Applications are available at Blue Ridge Elementary and on the Walla Walla Public Schools website.

Elementary children beam at Walla Walla High School Farm Day

This week more than 600 district elementary students visited the Walla Walla High School farm to participate in Farm Day. Students in the Agriculture program brought in their animals and created fun, interactive learning zones for the children to see. Sophomore Kayla Pitzer organized this year’s event.

“We all enjoying seeing the kids pet the animals and having fun on our school farm,” said Pitzer. “Many of the children who come here haven’t had the opportunity to visit a farm or see livestock so it’s especially rewarding to make this happen for them.”

District schools to participate in state student travel survey

Blue Ridge, Edison, Pioneer and Prospect Point have been selected by the state Department of Health to participate in the 2016 Student Travel Survey. Department of Health staff will be randomly calling parents in May to complete the survey. Parents will be asked how their children get to and from school. Information will be sent home with students and be available on school websites explaining the survey and how the information will be used. Parents are encouraged to participate.  The 2016 student travel survey  is collaborative work by WA State Dept. of Health, Dept. of Transportation and OSPI. The survey provides necessary data needed to continue multiple programs, such as the Safe Routes to School and bike safety with bicycles provided to schools.

Lincoln High School names new head secretary

Rosa Coronado has accepted the secretary to the principal position at Lincoln High School beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to Rosa on this promotion. 

City Arbor Day program visits Prospect Point

Wednesday Prospect Point Elementary students planted a maple tree on their playground as part of the City of Walla Walla Arbor Day program. The City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board organizes the annual event aimed at educating youth on the importance of urban forests. Students took home saplings to plant. Prospect Point students also sang a song and read a poem to support the event. Mayor Allen Pomraning, who served as master of ceremonies, also presented the school district with a special Arbor Day Award for its efforts to protect and renew the area’s urban forest. 

Carnival highlights district students visit to Whitman College

Today, the Whitman College Mentor program hosted its annual Mentee to Campus Day for a full-fledged carnival in the Reid Campus Center and side lawn complete with a bouncy house, cotton candy and face painting for about a total of 200 college students and K-5 elementary students. The Mentor program works with Walla Walla Public school staff to pair approximately 15 Whitman students per elementary school with kids in need of positive, consistent role models.  The pairs meet each week of the school year for an hour which include lunch and recess time to eat, play and build a trusting friendship.  The carnival is the highlight of the year, and the one time when the K-5 students get to come see where their mentor goes to school each day and to begin to believe they can be college-bound one day as well.  

Wa-Hi graduate wins small bore title at National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships

Competition in the Men’s Rifle portion of the 2016 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC) ended Wednesday with Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Nathan Brewer (Walla Walla, WA) earning the three titles handed out at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Though Army West Point freshman Brewer would finish second overall in the Men’s Prone Rifle event, he would win the event Final with an impressive 209.0 -- just 2.2 points shy of the Open Finals World Record. Brewer was dominant in the Three-Position event wrapping up the gold medal. He also finished fifth in Men's Air Rifle while Daniel Enger (Walla Walla, Washington) rounded out the top eight.

“I came last year just for Air – didn’t do too well, didn’t do too badly - but then I went to West Point to shoot rifle and I’ve been shooting a lot of smallbore,” Brewer said. “That’s just helped me rise so dramatically and I guess today was the showcase for that! They’re pretty strict on everything and developing that mental fortitude so all of that has just made my game that much better.”

For full results, click here: http://www.usashooting.org/library/Competitions/2016_RP_JO/Mens_Rifle_Final_Results.pdf

Community Stories
The Moms’ Network Announces Spring Parent Workshops

The Moms’ Network is excited to provide two Parent Workshops for the community both concerning adolescents and teen behavior. Both events are free and open to parents, educators and community members.

On Tuesday, April 26, Barb Casey, Special Education and Behavior Specialist for Walla Walla Public School will speak on “Anxiety and Oppositional Behaviour in Adolescents”. Barb will share her knowledge, experience and provide resources to help parents, educators and community members. The event is at the Walla Walla Public Library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. Children are welcome to come and use the library during the program but the discussion is not for children.

On Wednesday May 4, the Moms’ Network is partnering with Lincoln High School, Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and the Washington Poison Center to discuss "Emerging Trends with Adolescents: vapor/e-cigs/edible marijuana.” Guest speaker Whitney Pennington, Education and Communications Specialist with the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) will share her knowledge, share examples and local resources on this important topic. Adults only please, the discussion is not appropriate for students/adolescents. There are three opportunities on May 4 to hear the program and participate in the discussion:
- 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA in the board room (bring a lunch and join the conversation)
- 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Lincoln High School
- 6:30 to 8 p.m. – at the YMCA (3rd Gym) child care will be provided and Spanish translation

All Moms’ Network Parent Workshops are free. The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla is a grassroots organization that provides an opportunity for parents to communicate, receive and exchange valuable community and parenting information, network with each other and be actively involved in the community. Since inception TMN has advocated for families, provided support for early learning, supported volunteerism, and provided educational opportunities for parents. For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com

Veterans Memorial Pool Groundbreaking Celebration April 21

The family-friendly event will feature bouncy slides and food trucks. The City of Walla Walla will hold a groundbreaking celebration from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 21, at Veterans Memorial Pool in Walla Walla. The City encourages parents to bring their children to this fun, free event celebrating the start of construction on the long-awaited community swimming pool.

There will be two bouncy water slides and a slip-and-slide, so children should come in swimwear if they want to get wet. A DJ will provide music. Smokehouse Grill, Sour Grape Frozen Yogurt, La Monarca, and Why Not Pizza food trucks will be on hand, as well. Parents and children can also bring their own food and drink. Tables will be set up, but families are welcome to have picnics in the grass. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed. The groundbreaking will be at 5 p.m. Mayor Allen Pomraning, City Council Members, City officials, and members of the Rebuild Memorial Pool Committee will be present.

Pinwheels for Prevention event promotes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Children's Home Society of Washington in partnership with the Exchange Club of Walla Walla and Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition are building awareness about child abuse prevention efforts during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The community is invited to plant pinwheels and participate in other family-friendly activities. The pinwheel is an uplifting symbol of childhood and serves as a reminder of the healthy starts that all children deserve.

- Pinwheels for Prevention
- Thursday, April 21
- 4-6 p.m.
- Pioneer Park Playground, 940 E. Alder
- Free

For more information, call (509) 529-2130 or visit http://www.facebook.com ChildrensHomeSocietyOfWashingtonWallaWalla/. For more information about CHSW, visit www.childrenshomesociety.org.

Parks & Recreation update

Warrior Soccer Academy - Ages 5 - 11
April 18 - May 12 - $48

All Comers Track & Field Meet - Ages 12 & Under
May 1 - $3 ($5 onsite registration)

Adult Co-Ed Soccer - 16 & up
Registration Deadline - April 17 - $422 per team (includes player fees)

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

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