Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 27, 2016

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No School Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday

There is no school Monday, May 30 in celebration of the Memorial Day Holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, May 31. 

Early dismissal for elementary students June 3

Elementary students at all elementary schools will be on an early dismissal schedule Friday, June 3. Teachers will use this time to prepare report cards and complete end of year requirements.

Last day of school June 9

The last day of school is Thursday, June 9. All schools will be on an early dismissal schedule.

School board public work session and regular meeting June 7

- 4 p.m.: Public Work Session (budget discussion)
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular meeting: Tuesday, June 7
- District Office (Anne Golden Boardroom - 364 S. Park St.)
- Both meetings open to the public

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

Retirement Celebrations 2015-2016 (remaining events)

WWPS District Office
Dr. Bill Jordan - Superintendent
June 21, 5 p.m., District Office (Anne Golden Boardroom - 364 S. Park St.)

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

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

District office receptionist wins Ducky Derby grand prize

Walla Walla Public Schools District Office receptionist Nora Carrillo had the lucky duck in last weekend’s Community Bank Ducky Derby earning her a new car from Walla Walla McCurley Toyota. Carrillo’s winning duck topped more than 16,000 official entries in the annual event on Mill Creek near Walla Walla Community College. Carrillo picked up her brand new Toyota Corolla Friday morning.

“It’s such a blessing to win,” said Carrillo, who currently drives a 1998 Toyota Corolla with more than 200,000 miles on it. “I always support the Ducky Derby each year because I know it’s a good cause and it helps children, especially in the area of child abuse prevention.”

All proceeds from the Ducky Derby stay in Walla Walla to support local programs. The Walla Walla Exchange Club is a group of men and women working together to make Walla Walla a better place to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse.

School Stories
Walla Walla High School students win at alternative energy challenge

Girls bring diversity and inspiration to regional STEM competition.
Las Latinas, a self-named group of five freshmen Hispanic girls in Walla Walla High School’s FORWARD afterschool program, won $1000 for Walla Walla Public Schools, and $200 apiece, this past weekend at Washington State University’s Imagine Tomorrow innovation competition. The team of girls designed and presented their “Waste Water Recycling Toilet” to a multitude of judges during the course of the five hour judging window at the Pullman campus. Their innovative toilet design was well received, winning them both the Inspirational Award and the Best Project for Newly Participating School Award.

The team of girls consisted of Ruth Garcia-Escobedo, Sandra Escobedo de la Cruz, Edlyn Carvajal, Eva Martinez, and Karen Maldonado-Fajardo. Freshman Kaysa Villagomez was involved in the project, but did not attend the competition. Las Latinas were advised by FORWARD Program tutor Jody Hill and FORWARD Program Site Coordinator Andrew Sayers. The team’s slogan, “Si se puede, somos Latinas!” (“Yes we can, we are Latinas”), was used often during the competition to highlight the need to engage more Hispanic females in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and became a hallmark of their exemplary teamwork and success.

By the time the competition ended, $100,000 in cash prizes were awarded to high school teams from Washington and Idaho. Hosted by Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and title sponsored by Alaska Airlines, Imagine Tomorrow is WSU’s annual problem-solving competition for students in grades 9-12.

AVID Senior Recognition Night celebrates accomplishments

The Walla Walla High School Senior AVID Recognition Night was Wednesday. The recognition night was an opportunity to celebrate students accomplishments spanning the past four years. AVID’s (Advancement Via Individual Determination) mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID impacts more than 1.2 million students in 44 states and 16 countries. AVID programs improve school culture, promote leadership and improve instruction to support college readiness for all.

Wa-Hi AVID Seniors Higher Education plans:
- Four to University of Washington
- Three to Eastern Washington University
- Three to Washington State University
- One to Western Washington University
- One to California Lutheran University
- One to Seattle Pacific University
- Two to Walla Walla University
- One to Whitman College
- Three to Whitworth University
- 32 to Walla Walla Community College
- Two to Columbia Basin Community College
- One to Paul Mitchell
- One to the Army

Garrison Middle School Drama Club students to perform

- Garrison Drama Club presents an original play, "If the Shoe Fits"
- Friday, May 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.
- Garrison Gym.
- Free and open to all WWPS staff and their families

Berney PTA funds new sound system

Congratulations to the Berney PTA for raising an estimated $17,500 in its annual cookie dough fundraiser. The funds support the PTA’s Annual $10,000 budget. An additional $5000 of the remaining funds were used to purchase a new sound system for the  gym. Thanks to the Berney PTA and all those who supported this year’s fundraising.

SEA-TECH pre-nursing students earn completion pins

This week SEA-TECH students in the Health Science Careers program celebrated during a pre-nursing pinning ceremony. These students successfully completed all their coursework, and the clinical internship, to be eligible to take the Washington State Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Exam. The Health Science Careers program introduces students to the health care field, with an emphasis on knowledge and skills applicable to many health care occupations. Students successfully completing the course with a B or better grade may qualify to earn college credits.

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

Chemistry students visit Hanford Reactor

This week Walla Walla High School students in Mary Burt’s College Prep Chemistry class took a field trip to the Hanford B Reactor.  Nineteen students toured the facility with nuclear scientists who explained the chemistry and the history of the reactor. The B Reactor at the Hanford Site, near Richland, Washington, was the first large-scale nuclear reactor ever built. The project was commissioned to produce plutonium as part of the Manhattan Project, the United States nuclear weapons development program during World War II. It has been designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark since 2008.

Community Stories
Sherwood Trust Awards $280,000 to Walla Walla Community Teen Center

In recognition of the generosity and vision of Donald and Virginia Sherwood, today the Sherwood Trust board announced a grant award of $280,000 to the Blue Mountain Action Council (BMAC) towards the construction of a new Walla Walla Community Teen Center. The Sherwood Trust board applauded the strong partnership of BMAC with Catholic Charities of Walla Walla, Children’s Home Society, and The Health Center to build a multi-use facility that will better serve the needs of our area’s youth and their families. The Teen Center will provide overnight emergency shelter, primary and mental health care services, and Early Head Start child care.

“The Sherwood Trust board welcomed the collaboration among these community organizations,” said Sherwood Trust Board Chair Bill Albee. “Their work together to leverage their programs and expertise is an excellent model that other organizations and agencies can follow. When our nonprofits and other community partners combine forces, they are better able to meet community needs.”

The Sherwood Trust board also recognized the important work of the community partners involved in the Walla Walla Youth Alliance. The Teen Center project was a result of the Youth Alliance’s efforts to examine the challenges facing low income and at-risk youth and to identify community solutions to ensure the success of youth in our region.

Walla Walla Public Schools Middle School Students take actions to save energy and win prizes

This April, Sustainable Living Center gave short presentations on the importance of saving energy at home to nearly 900 Garrison and Pioneer Middle School students. Students had the opportunity to learn about efficiency, conservation, and the impact of human energy use in homes and the world.  To encourage actions to help save energy, the students received a checklist of small things that they could do at home to accumulate points and earn prizes.  Some examples included making an energy savings awareness poster to hang at school, review the family utility bill(s), go on an energy saving scavenger hunt at home, and taking shorter showers. 

Parks & Recreation update

- UPLAY - Ages 7-12 - June 13 - Aug 1 - M-F 10 am-3pm.....Free drop in day camps, Free lunch provided
- Youth Free Summer Meals....No registration necessary, drop in meals available for ages 1-18 years or those 19 and over with a mental or physical disability at multiple sites through town

Youth Sports Camps & Lessons
- BMX Lessons Ages 8-15 $97 Fee's include insurance and yearly membership
- Little Kicks Soccer Ages 3-5 $46 July 12 - 28
- Whittie Lacrosse Camp Co-Ed - Grades 4th - 8th $45 August 2-4
- Camp Jump Start - Hiking Ages 7-12 $46 August 1-4
- Youth Track & Field Clinic Ages 4-12 $30 August 20
- I Love Cheerleading Camp Grades K - 5 $45 August 10-12
- UK International Soccer Camp Ages 4 - 18 price varies July 11-15 Registration available at www.uksoccer.com<http://www.uksoccer.com>
- Youth Tennis Lessons Ages 6 - 18 $50-$70 June 20-July 20
- Youth Golf Lessons Ages 7-16 $35 June 7-9, June 21-23, July 12-14, July 26-28
- Fencing Lessons Ages 9-17 $38-$48 June 1-26

Youth Sports Leagues
- NFL Flag Football League Co-Ed grades 2-8 - $55 - July 11-August 12
- Fall Youth Soccer League Ages 5-14 $50 Registration deadline is June 30
- Summer Swim Team (SeaMonkeys) Ages 16 & under $77 June 13 - August 5

Jefferson Pool Open Swim Ages 10 & under $1(Saturdays are free) June 13 - August 16 Monday-Sunday 12:30-4:30 pm
Swimming Lessons $35 Parent Tot:

Adult Fitness & Enrichment
- Nia - Ages 12 & up $40 - $140 April 19 - June 5
- Bellydance Classes - Ages 12 & up $65 May 3 - June 23
- Gentle Yoga with Yoga Nidra Ages 12 & up $51 - $68 June 2 - August 4
- Pickle Ball for All! 16 & Up $45 May 23 - June 23
- Pottery Painting Studio Open Thursday - Sunday
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

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. 

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 www.valleytransit.com or call (509) 525-9140.

Coffee with a Cop

The Walla Walla Area Crime Watch is  hosting Coffee with a Cop at the Isaacs Street McDonalds Thursday, June 2 from 7 to 9 a.m. There is no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in our community.

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