Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 20, 2016

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District names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2016

Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Jerry Zahl, Class of 1962; Gary Hanson, Class of 1976; and Mark Kajita, Class of 1987.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 7 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room


Jerry Zahl
According to his nominator, Jerry has a lifetime of history in the Walla Walla Valley as a “farm kid” and “giver” who sees good in all people. After college, he spent time in the Army then returned to Walla Walla to work in the farming/agriculture industry. Since retiring in 2012, his passion has been education and he, together with his fellow 1962 graduates, established a high school scholarship fund which now totals more than $50,000 and has benefited students from the class of 2013 forward. His nominator was Judy B. Holloway and his most inspirational staff member is James McKay, his high school agriculture instructor.

Gary Hanson
A three-sport athlete and long-time band member, Gary was a very active student at Wa-Hi. He earned a business degree from Eastern Washington University and came back to work in his hometown. He recently retired as co-owner of Abajian Toyota. His nominators praised his strong sense of community and active roles in many civic and sports organizations. He and his wife, Terri, chaired the successful Sharpstein School Bond Campaign in 1999. His nominator was daughter Megan Watts and his most inspirational staff member is Glen Mitchell, his high school band director/instructor.

Mark Kajita
In addition to being only the third non-family President and Chief Operating Officer of Baker Boyer Bank, Mark was praised by his nominators for “having his heart in the community” and balancing family time along with his career. He is currently involved with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and Whitman College Board of Overseers, but over the years has worked with Walla Walla Housing Authority, Fort Walla Walla Museum, Rotary and the American Cancer Society. His nominator was co-worker Susie Columbo and his inspirational staff members were Bill Jordan and Phil Rolfe, staff members at Garrison who helped when he transitioned from College Place School District.

Budget preparations continue

Executive Director of Business Services Ted Cohan provided an update to the school board Tuesday night on the development of the 2016-2017 General Fund budget. State funding information arrived to the district earlier this month following end of the 2016 legislative session.

The district will receive approximately $821,000 in new revenue for its $70 plus million General Fund budget. Cohan said providing the same program in the coming year will cost more than last year as operating costs including salaries and benefits, supplies and materials, utilities, insurance and contractual services are on the rise. The district is looking at increasing spending for curriculum adoptions, technology advances and busing for preschool students which was suspended a few years ago. No final decisions regarding spending have been made. The school board will conduct another public work session next month to continue the discussion with final budget approval coming in August.

Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools funds water bottle stations

The district received a $9,226 Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grant for water bottle filling stations at elementary and middle schools. This update will allow students to easily refill their water bottles while at school. The stations will be in place at the schools next school year. The Legislature appropriated $5 million dollars in the 2015–17 capital budget for OSPI to administer the new grant program. OSPI received 150 grant applications from school districts across the state. Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson is leading the project. 

Personnel Report (from May 17, 2016 – Board Meeting)

Coaching: Tracy Rotert, Head Girls’ Volleyball, Walla Walla High School

Administrative: Steve Olson, Director of Transportation, SE Transportation Co-Op, 9 years
Certificated: Jarrod Evensen, Sustainable Energy Technology, SEA-Tech, 2 years
Cindy Gomez, Fourth Grade Dual, Edison Elementary School, 4 years

Classified: Georgia Alexander, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op, 22 years
Henry Allen, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 5 months
Jonathan Arthur, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 3 years
Yolanda Maycumber, Bilingual Assistant Secretary, Garrison Middle School, 1 year
Marvin Musselman, Bus Driver, SE Transportation Co-Op, 5 months
Rachael Neuschwander, Para-Educator, Special Education, 1 year
Juan Villegas, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 1 year

Certificated: Rob Ahrens, Science, Walla Walla High School, 18 years
- To serve as .4 FTE TOSA Science Coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year will continue as .6 FTE science teacher
William Calhoun, Math, Walla Walla High School, 13.5 years
- Will continue as .8 FTE math teacher - .2 FTE LOA for the 2016-2017 school year
Michelle Carpenter, Fifth Grade, Green Park Elementary School, 14 years
- To serve as Dean of Students at Green Park for the 2016-2017 school year
Monica Nelson, Math, Walla Walla High School, 12 years
- To serve as .4 FTE TOSA Math Coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year will continue as .6 FTE math teacher

Classified: Tami Shelton, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary School, 18 years
- For the 2016-2017 school year
Olga Tkachev, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 6 years
- For the 2016-2017 school year

Retirement Celebrations 2015-2016 (remaining events)

WWPS District Office
Dr. Bill Jordan - Superintendent
June 21, 5 p.m., Anne Golden Boardroom

Edison Elementary
Arlene Moreno, Sara Erwin, Pete Hernandez and Judy Peasley
June 2, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in the cafeteria

Green Park Elementary
Barbara Thatcher, Eunice Dewitt, and Karen Leier
(also Wes Sanders, Sarah Kapocias Lacey Nerdig are leaving the area)
Thursday, May 26 - 3:30-5 p.m., Green Park Library

Garrison Middle School
Sharyl Dill, Rita Reid
May 24, 2016, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Garrison cafeteria

Walla Walla High School
Scott Tibbling, John Herr, Gary Peasley, Jackie Lewis
May 25, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Wa-Hi Commons

Lincoln High School staff discuss facility needs with Task Force

Community Facilities Task Force co-chairs Paul Schneidmiller and Ted Cohan and members of the task force met with Lincoln High School staff Thursday. Staff addressed many concerns with the 1927 facility, including air quality, lack of equipment for today’s learning, safety and security and the overall poor quality of the aging facility. They stressed the need for flexibility in the learning spaces to support a variety of learning models and programs. The task force is scheduled to visit Pioneer Middle School and Blue Ridge Elementary and Head Start/ECEAP before the end of the school year. This input will be used as the Community Facilities Task Force develops a long-range facilities improvement plan. 

Professional development opportunity supports shift to new learning standards

Over the weekend of May 14-15, seven Walla Walla educators traveled to Denver for the second annual Core Advocate Conference, Elevating Instructional Advocacy. The Core Advocates Network, supported by Student Achievement Partners, provides professional learning around the Common Core Shifts and teacher leadership. Laure Quaresma, Christy Krutulis, Casey Monahan, Mindy Meyer, Marit Nierman, Carey Knifong, and Lindsey James participated in sessions designed to help educators elevate their instructional practices, deepen their understanding of the Standards and the Shifts, and collaborate with the more than 300 educators from across the nation. Casey Monahan serves as the Washington State Core Advocate content lead for ELA and helped plan and lead the learning at the weekend convening.  

Summer school plans take shape

Blue Ridge Principal Kim Doepker and 21st Century Program Director Brent Cummings updated the school board Tuesday night on summer school offerings. Cummings reported federally funded programs will be offered for Blue Ridge and Edison students at Blue Ridge with a focus on literacy and math. Garrison, Pioneer and Wa-Hi have a joint program at Garrison. They will focus on literacy, STEM activities and the ethical use of drones. Doepker said elementary programs will focus on literacy skill development for targeted students. Wa-Hi, Lincoln and SEA-TECH will also offer summer programs. The district is investing approximately $164,000 in summer programs.

Save the date! Graduation ceremonies planned

Lincoln High School Graduation
- Wednesday, June 1
- 6 to 8 p.m. at Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)

Walla Walla High School Commencement
- Friday, June 3
- 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Campus (Commons area)

Pioneer MS 8th Grade Recognition
- Tuesday, June 7
- 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Main Gym

Garrison MS 8th Grade Recognition
- Wednesday, June 8
- 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Main Gym

School Stories
Wa-Hi Drama students nominated for prestigious 5th Avenue Awards

Three Walla Walla High School students have been nominated for 5th Avenue Awards for their performances in the spring musical The Little Mermaid. The 5th Avenue Awards recognize outstanding achievement in high school musical theater and celebrates the hard work and dedication students and educators put forth to make their school productions a success. The awards program is June 6 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The entire production was given honorable mention for Outstanding Vocal Direction with 195 schools adjudicated.

2016 Nominees (first ever nominees for Walla Walla High School)
Outstanding Actor or Actress in a Non-Singing Role (The Little Mermaid):
- Lisi Dobson
- Renee Heller
- Sophie Rolfe

zSpace mobile classroom makes tour stop at Walla Walla High School

The zSpace Virtual Reality Mobile Classroom Tour bus traveled to Walla Walla High School Thursday to showcase this amazing new learning tool. Walla Walla Public Schools is creating its own zSpace virtual reality computer lab in the Vocational Building at Walla Walla High School to be fully operational next school year. The zSpace STEM Lab is designed for student-centered learning, with teachers in the lab as facilitators. Typically, two to three students are engaged per zSpace system. All zSpace activities are aligned with state and national science standards to support curriculum development and classroom integration. zSpace applications come with standards-based activities and support materials for STEM Education. Pasco and Richland School Districts are allow introducing zSpace labs to students.

“zSpace provides hands-on, Virtual Reality-based learning experiences in which students use 21st century skills collaboratively to solve real world problems,” said Dennis Matson, Walla Walla Public Schools SEA-TECH/CTE director. “The objective of the tour bus stop is to bring zSpace’s Virtual Reality STEM desktops, and all their latest, most advanced applications right to the doorstep of students and teachers.”

Imagine Tomorrow competition includes local students

This weekend five Walla Walla High School students are traveling to WSU to participate in the Imagine Tomorrow competition. Students Ruth Garcia, Sandra Escobedo, Karen Maldonado, Edlyn Carvajal, and Eva Martinez will represent Wa-Hi. .

“Through the 21st Century after school program, they have grown through scientific methods such as trial and error, brain storming to hypothesis, and experimentation,” said Andrew Sayers, 21st Century site coordinator. “They have bonded as a group and learned that each person has their own strengths to add to a team.”

Local high school musicians awarded Russ Larsen Music Scholarship

Walla Walla High School students Sarah Gibbs and Brisa Reyes are the 2015-2016 recipients of the Russ Larsen Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to one or more Walla Walla High School seniors who plan to major or minor in music in college. The funds for this scholarship are generated by the Walla Walla High School Holiday Concert admissions.

Russ Larsen was the Walla Walla High School Band Director and Music Coordinator for the School district from 1950 -- 1973. He was a terrific teacher, and incredibly talented musician, as well as a caring, selfless individual. In our selection each year, the music staff strives to choose young people who exemplify some of Russ Larsen's characteristics.

Sarah is the daughter of Benjamin and Jean Gibbs, and will receive a $1000 scholarship. She will be attending George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon. Sarah participated in Treble Ensemble her freshman year, Belle Voix her sophomore year and Concert Choir and Chamber Singers her Junior and Senior years. Sarah participated in Regional solo & ensemble each year from 2010-2016 and State solo & ensemble her Senior year.

Brisa will receive a $500 scholarship. She is the daughter of Kate Lomberg and Israel Reyes and will be attending Whitworth University this fall. She is a Choir Member, participating in Chanson her Freshman year, Concert Choir, her Sophomore, Junior and Senior years and Chamber Singers her Senior year. Brisa participated in All State Choir her Senior year.

Walla Walla High School students named to statewide leadership roles

Congratulations to Wa-Hi juniors Pamela Lozano and Cynthia Montalvo for being named LEAP (Latino/a Educational Achievement Project) Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 school year. LEAP was founded in 1998. Its mission is to improve academic achievement of Latino/a students in Washington state. The goal is for all students to graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for success in postsecondary education or in today's information age and technology-driven workplace.

“The application process is tough and only a few students get selected for this position from throughout the state, let alone two from the same high school,” said Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez. “The students selected are extremely excited and are ready to put in the commitment and hard work that it takes to represent this side of the state in Olympia.”

The students will attend a kick off event in Seattle in June and then participate in the week long Ambassadors Retreat in July to begin enhancing their leadership skills.

2016-2017 Walla Walla High School ASB Officers

ASB Executive Council
Tara Krivoshein, ASB President
Selina Atkinson, ASB Vice President
Avery Cortinas, ASB Secretary
Emma Case, ASB Treasurer

Rachel Adams, ASB Historian Commissioner
Nattilie Jackson, ASB Club Relations Commissioner
Haley Pugliese, ASB Publicity Commissioner
Chloe Williams, ASB Student Orientation Commissioner
Emily Domino, ASB Positive Relations Commissioner
Will Lash, ASB Community Service Commissioner
Michael Daniel, ASB Music/Technology Commissioner

Senior Class Officers
Thad Grim, Senior Class President
Bryar Jensen, Senior Class Vice President
Wafa Abedin, Senior Class Secretary
Katie McMichael, Senior Class Treasurer

Junior Class Officers
Kiran Maini, Junior Class President
Jhanae Bingham, Junior Class Vice President
Jordan Wicklund, Junior Class Secretary
Daisy Schonder, Junior Class Treasurer

Sophomore Class Officers
Max Titus, Sophomore Class President
Alexis Barerras, Sophomore Class Vice President
Claire Clark, Sophomore Class Secretary
Angel Liang, Sophomore Class Treasurer

Berney Elementary 5th graders achieve success at JA World 

This marks the 6th year Berney Elementary has participated in JA BizTown, a unique Junior Achievement capstone program helping students learn the fundamental relationship between academics and how they can be applied in the real world.  Teachers Debbie Schade, Tammy Baker and Ilana James embarked on a six week economics curriculum with their 5th grade students culminating in a one day town simulation at the JA World facility in Yakima on Tuesday, May 17.  Students ran banks, managed restaurants, read utility meters, used debit cards and even voted!  All businesses ran by Berney students successfully made a profit.  This adventure proves to be a highlight for Berney students year after year.

Walla Walla High School music student takes second in state competition

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School junior Hannah Cabasco for placing second in the clarinet category during the 2016 WIAA State Solo & Ensemble Contest. Students performed for ratings (I = Superior, II = Excellent, III = Good, IV = Fair, V = Poor) and the top three spots in each category. Cabasco plans to double major in music and neuroscience in college. She also plays the piano and saxophone.

Business teacher selected to attend national conference 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC US) and Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) has accepted Walla Walla School Career and Technical Education teacher Gay Buissink to attend the PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility. The conference is in San Francisco at the West Coast campus of the Ivy League's oldest business school in June. This intensive, three-day learning experience is designed to help educators deepen their understanding of financial literacy and develop business-related skills that they can seamlessly integrate into their classrooms.

Blue Devil Athletics spring season update - By Athletic Director Jack Mehn

Walla Walla High School crowned four District Championships in a week including baseball, softball, boys track and field, and girls track and field. Tennis and golf wrapped up their District Tournaments and qualified several for continued post season play. We also had numerous athletes recognized by the Mid Columbia Conference All-Conference and several coaches of the year including Bryan Eggart in tennis, Eric Hisaw in Track and Field, and Arch McHie in softball (see details below). Also, the new Wa-Hi track is nearly finished. To follow this weekend’s upcoming events, follow us on Wa-Hi Twitter or the WIAA baseball brackets.
- https://twitter.com/wahi_athletics
- http://www.wiaa.com/Brackets/T1256.pdf

Mid-Columbia All Conference spring sports awards

Mid-Columbia All Conference spring sports awards
Boys Golf
- Alexander Johanson, First Team All Conference
- Parker Dressler, Second Team All Conference
- Nathan Towner, Second Team All Conference
- Tyler Morrison, Second Team All Conference

Girls Golf
- Brooke Cramer, Honorable Mention
- Allison Wanichek, Honorable Mention
- Michaela Morris, Honorable Mention

- Mitchell Lesmeister, First Team All Conference
- Futa Ikuma, First Team All Conference
- Dexter Aichele, Second Team All Conference
- Anders Davidson, Honorable Mention

Boys Tennis
- Colton Norsworthy, First Team All Conference
- Parker Pontarolo, Honorable Mention

Girls Tennis
- Kyndal Locati, Honorable Mention

Boys Track
- Eric Hisaw, Boys Track Coach of the Year
- Jack "Mitchell" Jacobson, Male Athlete of the Year
- Tyler Kinney, Second Team All Conference
- Justin Evans, First Team All Conference
- Jose "Fernando" Ortiz, Honorable Mention
- Alex Iben, First Team All Conference
- Alex Iben, Second Team All Conference
- Jose "Fernando" Ortiz, Honorable Mention
- Weston Wernette, Honorable Mention
- Charles "Bryar" Jensen, Honorable Mention
- Tyler Kinney, Honorable Mention
- Jarod Mcalvey, Honorable Mention
- Ben Tompkins, Honorable Mention
- Fernando Ortiz, Honorable Mention
- Justin Evans, Honorable Mention
- Kurt Blackman, Honorable Mention
- Andrew Granchukoff, First Team All Conference
- Logan Mullen, Second Team All Conference
- Jack "Mitchell" Jacobson, First Team All Conference
- Jack "Mitchell" Jacobson, First Team All Conference
- Jack "Mitchell" Jacobson, Second Team All Conference
- Samuel Hoe, Honorable Mention

Girls Track
- Tasha Seymour, Co-Female Athlete of the Year
- Madelyn Knight, Honorable Mention
- Makena Rietz, Honorable Mention
- Erika Leinweber, First Team All Conference
- Erika Leinweber, First Team All Conference
- Makena Rietz, Honorable Mention
- Paige Gardner, Honorable Mention
- Madelyn Knight, Honorable Mention
- Abigail Snyder, Honorable Mention
- Tasha Seymour, Second Team All Conference
- Skylar Druffel, First Team All Conference
- Tasha Seymour, Second Team All Conference
- Emma Wenzel, First Team All Conference
- Kate Hogan, Honorable Mention
- Kiana Newcomb, Honorable Mention
- Hally Ruff, Second Team All Conference

- Brandi Schoessler, Co-Most Valuable Player
- Brandi Schoessler, First Team All Conference
- Faith Hoe, First Team All Conference
- Lauren Hoe, First Team All Conference
- Mattie Johnson, First Team All Conference
- Josie Sweet, First Team All Conference
- Kamryn Coleman, Second Team All Conference
- Mikaela Forcum, Second Team All Conference
- Emma Sweet, Second Team All Conference
- Tara Krivoshein, Second Team All Conference
- Selina Atkinson, Honorable Mention

Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools offer $10 sports physicals

Sports physicals will be offered to area students for $10 June 9 in the Walla Walla High School Big Gym. Wa-Hi team physicals will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wa-Hi athletes are asked to connect with their coaches to be scheduled.

Walk-in physicals for students of middle school, College Place schools and DeSales Catholic High School will be from 3 to 6 p.m. No appointments are needed for this time period.

The exams will be performed by Providence Medical Group physicians. The Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation Department, Providence Medical Group, Providence St. Mary Foundation and the Walla Walla Public Schools are partnering to provide the exams. Proceeds will support community-wide concussion education.

Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian OR come with the release and health history forms signed by a parent or legal guardian. The forms can be downloaded and payment made online at http://cm-washington.providence.org/events/ser/school-sports-physicals.

For more information, call Britt Adkins at 509-526-8633.

Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) summer program 

- Athletic strength development and conditioning
- June 27 to August 4
- Grades 9-12 time options are 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
- Grades 5-8 time is 9 to 10 a.m.
- Cost: $30 per person
- Register with FamilyID on wahibluedevils.org or in the ASB office
- Information: Contact Eric or Amy Hisaw - ehisaw@wwps.org / ahisaw@wwps.org

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps plans annual review - By Blue Devils JROTC Public Affairs

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion will hold its annual review and change of command ceremony on Wednesday morning, May 25. The class of 2016 has the distinction of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the JROTC program and the one at Wa-Hi is one of the oldest in the nation.

Events will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the small gym with the "drill down" competition and individual performances. The rest of the day's events will follow outdoors on the soccer field. This is the final formal Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet event for the senior class of 2016. This event is open to the public and families of Cadets are especially welcome to attend.

The highlight of the day's events will be the change of command ceremony in which the departing seniors pass leadership of the battalion to next year's class. The WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, will preside over the ceremony. After the change of command is complete, the battalion will be inspected by the reviewing officer and then hold a formal "pass in review" in a final parade. School board and Wa-Hi officials have been invited to help present awards and to announce the winner of the Erdman JROTC Scholarship.

The mission of JROTC is to help Cadets learn to be better citizens. They learn military history, precision drill and ceremonies, marksmanship and leadership skills. The Wa-Hi “Blue Devil” Cadet Battalion competes in drill competitions and marksmanship events around the region.

Blue Devil Cadet and JROTC leaders will be available to visit with media outlets for interviews. The Battalion Public Affairs staff will be on hand to support those requests. For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

GEAR UP student ambassadors promote college readiness

Thursday evening 15 Walla Walla High School students involved in the GEAR UP Student Ambassador and Peer Mentor program were recognized for their leadership skills and positive influence on campus. Parents and family members joined in the celebration at the school’s library. Students discussed how the program, which includes attending leadership camps and other skill development training, has helped them advance their studies and get more out of school. It is also helping students develop a clear path to higher education.

This year’s GEAR UP Ambassador program mission statement centered on leading and influencing their peers to take advantage of opportunities now. The ambassadors regularly meet with classmates to discuss going to college and the support mechanisms in place at Wa-Hi to make college a reality. Teacher Barbara Buttice and students in the Culinary Arts Program provided a variety of refreshments for all to enjoy.

Class of 2017
- Courtney Brown
- Mark Lua
- Misha Patel
- Ephraima (Mia) Reese*
- Tenika Steen
- Hunter Swopes
- Serena Thompson*

Class of 2018
- Isabel Bahena
- Jhanae Bingham
- Mason Burnham*
- Ana Carvajal
- Lily Clancy*
- Mackenzie Harting*
- Pamela Lozano*
- Kyle Marr

* Peer Mentors

Blue Devil basketball and football summer camps

Blue Devil Elementary Basketball Camp is scheduled for Monday June 13 thru Thursday June 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Walla Walla High School Gym. The camp is supported by current Wa-Hi players and is open to all boys entering third grade thru fifth grade. The cost is $50. Registration forms are available online and parents can pay online. Registrations can also be sent by mail and will also be accepted at the door.

The Blue Devil Middle School Camp is scheduled for Monday June 20 thru Thursday June 23 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Wa-Hi Gym. This camp is open to all boys entering grades 6 thru 9. The cost is $50.

There is a special this year as Wa-Hi Football will be having its annual Middle School Camp as well June 21 to June 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campers will be offered a special rate if they choose to participate in both the Middle School Football and Middle School Basketball Camps. Participants in both camps will be charged $80. Parents can register their middle school sons through the Wa-Hi website and pay online. Registrations will be accepted at the door on Monday June 20 and Tuesday June 21. Parents may also send in their registrations by mail. Contact Head Basketball Coach John Golden at Jgolden@wwps.org or Head Football Coach Eric Hisaw at Ehisaw@wwps.org for more information.

Community Stories

Valley Transit free during summer months

Valley Transit is celebrating its 35th Anniversary! Valley Transit’s Fixed Route, Saturday/Evening, and Dial-A-Ride Service will be FARE-FREE from June 1st through Labor Day, September 5th, 2016. Job Access clients will need a valid pass each month during the Fare Free Promotion. For more information about all of the transportation services Valley Transit provides, visit us online at www.valleytransit.com or by calling (509) 525-9140.

Parks & Recreation update

- Certified Lifeguards needed - $9.50 per hour (Pick up applications at 55 E Moore Street)
- Register now for Summer Programs

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

Homelessness in Walla Walla: Its Main Causes and Our Community’s Responses

- A Public Education Event and Resource Fair
- Tuesday, May 24, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla Housing Authority, 501 Cayuse Street

The Walla Walla Council on Homelessness hosts an annual public education event to share the latest news about homelessness in our Valley and present ways that we can reduce that very significant challenge for individuals and families. This year, the Council will host a gathering for the entire community on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:00 to 6:30 at the Walla Walla Housing Authority building, 501 Cayuse Street. The focus of this year’s special event will be the presentation of new data explaining trends in the local and state economy that impact homelessness here in Walla Walla. All Walla Walla residents are invited to attend and gain more understanding about this complex social and economic issue. Organizations, congregations, and other networks that are working on initiatives to prevent or reduce homelessness are also welcome to reserve a table to share information about their initiatives. Tables are limited so please reserve at your earliest convenience by contacting Tim Meliah at tmeliah@ccsspokane.org.

Camp Fire Super Summer in the Park

Camp Fire's Super Summer in the Park Day Camp is open for registration! Super Summer in the park is located at Wildwood Park and takes place weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer. This fun and engaging day camp is open to kids entering first through sixth grades. Camp Fire Walla Walla’s programs immerse campers in nature to learn, explore, and grow together while developing a lifelong respect for the outdoors. Past participants agree, Camp Fire offers a variety of activities to make our camper’s day camp experience unforgettable! It’s a five day exploration to find their spark and create a camp experience that is truly unique to their interests. For more information and to register online, visit www.wwcampfire.org. Financial assistance is available. 

Kirkman House exhibit features Walla Walla history

Windows to the past is a new permanent exhibit which explores the Walla Walla community from the 1870s to the early 1900s.  This exhibit tells the story of Walla Walla’s growth through maps, drawings, photos and advertisements of the day.  The exhibit features a wall sized 1884 city map.  The Kirkman House also has an exhibit entitled The Little Black Dress, featuring clothing worn through the years.  The Kirkman House is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free local airplane rides for youth

The Young Eagles organization is offering free airplane rides for youth 8 to 17 through its “Young Eagles Day” event.
- Sunday, June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Martin Field Airport
- Radio controlled model airplane demonstrations, pedal planes for tots and airplane simulators
- Information: (509) 522-1847 or YoungEagles.org

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