Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 3, 2016

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Pulse video features interview with new superintendent

The Pulse video for the month of June features Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan interviewing new Superintendent Mr. Wade Smith. The video is an opportunity to learn more about Superintendent Smith and details of his entry plan. Special thanks to Dr. Jordan for his outstanding leadership the past two years.

June Pulse Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwo5kJjiPao

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 (364 S. Park St.)
- Both meetings open to the public

Graduates of Distinction reception June 7

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 Anne Golden Boardroom

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.)

Graduation ceremonies (remaining)

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
Summer youth athletic camps offer opportunities to develop skills

Walla Walla High School Athletics is hosting a variety of summer sports camps for area youth. A complete listing is available online. Take advantage of these opportunities to develop athletic skills and have fun.
Summer Kids Camps: http://wahibluedevils.org/athletics/athletics-info/summer-kids-camps

SEA-TECH Digital Media students travel to Bellevue for high tech field trip

Recently 19 students from the Digital Media Technology program at SEA-TECH visited two top-tier video game companies in Bellevue, WA. Representatives from Valve and Bungie were on hand to take the students on tours of each facility, followed by question and answer sessions about possible career paths.

“An unexpected surprise was learning that their Valve host was Walla Wallan Ricky White (Wa-Hi class of '04),” said Instructor Jeffrey Townsend. “The trip finished off with some time to explore the Bellevue Square mall and grab some dinner, and then a quick swim at the hotel before bed. Many thanks to the community donors who made the trip possible.”

Walla Walla High School student named National Merit Scholar

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School senior Ryan W. Manny for receiving a National Merit Washington State University Scholarship. Ryan has a 3.92 GPA and has taken six Advanced Placement courses his senior year. He attended Prospect Point Elementary and Garrison Middle School and was involved in the Explorer Gifted Learning program in grades 3 to 8. Ryan is the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper The Wa-Hi Journal and has served as the school’s student webmaster. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Problem Solving Club, Knowledge Bowl, and Future Business Leaders of America. He ran Cross Country his junior and senior years and participated on the swim team this year. He is also the lead anchor on the school’s online weekly news program “Wake Up Walla Walla.” Ryan is expected to pursue a career in computer science.

“This is a rare occurrence,” said Principal Pete Peterson. “Ryan is a highly involved and talented student with a bright future. We are proud of him and the school for offering vast programs and courses to support his pursuit of this prestigious award.”

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Berney student selected State Patrol Chief for a Day

Congratulations to Berney Elementary student Takoda Siller for being selected State Patrol Chief for a day. Takoda will be recognized during the National Night Out event August 2. He will also get to be part of the Walla Walla fair parade. 

Walla Walla High School Track Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

- Wednesday, June 8
- 12:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Track (800 Abbott Road)

Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools offer $10 sports physicals June 9

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.

Community Stories
All-City Bike Rodeo Saturday

- June 4
- Pioneer Park
- 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- Ages 3-12
- Information: Kay Barga at (509) 529-3527

There will be safety centers, snacks, free helmets and bike tune-ups. There will also be races with prizes! Volunteers welcome.

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.

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