||Superintendent calls Strategic Planning process most impactful endeavor in years
Tuesday night the Board of Directors approved a charge for a Strategic Planning Process embarking the district on an exciting journey to develop a long-range plan which will serve as a framework for focusing efforts, allocating resources, and prioritizing initiatives in the years to come. Superintendent Wade Smith is leading this inclusive process aimed at identifying current successes, in addition to needs and challenges and then addressing them through laserlike strategic initiatives.
“The strategic planning process is the biggest and most impactful endeavor the district and its stakeholders have or will participate in over many years,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “We will infuse multiple layers of dialogue involving students, staff, parents and community members every step of the way.”
The Strategic Planning process will result in a new Vision, Mission and Values statement for the school district as well as measurable goals and detailed initiatives to support today’s learning needs.
“It is critical district stakeholders take advantage of the vast opportunities for input and reflection,” said Smith. “The Strategic Planning process relies on the sharing of your hopes and dreams for the future of Walla Walla Public Schools as we collectively envision a world-class education for all students.”
Visit the district webpage and click on the Strategic Plan graphic for a comprehensive view of the planning process.
||District forms committee to provide recommendations for Highly Capable Program
Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea is leading the School Board directed “Highly Capable Program Recommendation Committee” (HCC). This group is comprised of parents, teachers, principals, a School Board Member (non-voting), the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning, and the Superintendent. Applications to serve on the committee are on the District webpage – Highly Capable/Explorer Program — http://www.wwps.org/programs/explorers
Walla Walla Public School’s Board of Directors requests the HCC to complete the work necessary to provide Kindergarten through twelfth grade program recommendation to the Board of Directors on May 2, 2017, to be considered for implementation beginning the 2017-18 school year. The Committee is tasked with the following charge:
· Review the history of the Highly Capable Program in WWPS
· Review applicable state and federal laws, requirements, and mandates associated with highly capable programs
· Review the current model being offered in Walla Walla Public Schools
· Review the outcomes, findings, and recommendations from the 2015-16 outside consultant and committee work
· Perform additional study and research as may be required
· Provide multiple opportunities for parent, stakeholder, and staff input to inform program recommendation
The Board of Directors charges the committee to use the following criteria in developing its recommendation. The committee’s recommendation:
· be financially sustainable and programmatically feasible
· be research-based to best support the needs of highly capable students
· provide a scaffold program, supporting KG-12th grade alignment
||Remembering September 11 – By Superintendent Wade Smith
This Sunday, September 11th, marks the 15 year anniversary of the darkest day in recent American History; a day when nearly three thousand five hundred lives were lost on American soil. During that tragic morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four civilian planes with the intention of striking fear and panic into the hearts and lives of every American.
On September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, claiming almost 90 lives aboard the plane. Shortly after, at 9:03 a.m., some 60 innocent passenger lives were lost when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Rushing to aid those in the impacted buildings, over 400 New York City firefighters, rescue workers, law enforcement, and others perished along with the 2,700 civilian inhabitants, when the two buildings collapsed not long after the plane impacts.
At the same time the towers began to fall, a few hundred miles from New York, nearly 40 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 gave their lives averting a deadly attack on our nation’s capital, bringing down the hijackers and the plane over a farm field in the state of Pennsylvania. Marking the last of the tragic events that morning, at 9:37 a.m., under the hijackers control, American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon, killing all on board and 125 people in the complex.
That evening President George W. Bush addressed our nation. He began his message with, “Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.” He went on to note that, “these acts were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
Since that catastrophic day fifteen years ago, our way of life has been impacted forever. Thousands of additional lives have been lost by the brave men and women who defend our country as we continue our war on terror. It is hard for me to believe that even our high school students are not old enough to recall this incident. For me personally, and I assume many of you, I can recall the day with chilling clarity as I watched the events unfold in disbelief side by side with students and staff alike.
As we reflect on the anniversary of this tragedy, much can be learned over the last decade and a half since this event. As our great nation continues her debate over civilian privacy rights, interrogation tactics, travel security and safety, and many other ancillary deliberations, I am optimistic that one message continues to be heard; a message of tolerance. As President John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, “Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.” As we reflect, remember and honor those who perished on that September morning fifteen years ago. Let us not forget that tolerance for each other and tolerance for each other’s beliefs, cultures, customs, ethnicity, and appearance must be central to our learning.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers’ prejudice for our country, our freedom, and our way of life resulted in the loss of thousands of innocent lives. Please take the time over the next few days to reflect on this event; thank those who serve to protect our way of life; honor those who have served our country in previous eras; and remember that lack of tolerance is what fueled this tragedy.
||Kindergarten preparedness classes and support now scheduled
Family Involvement and Learning Assistance Coordinator Pam Clayton is proud to announce this year’s kindergarten preparation classes and support. There are numerous opportunities for families with children birth to five to get involved. Clayton reports the program will help develop literacy and math skills as well as strategies for social and emotional support.
Visit the district website to view this year’s Kindergarten Preparedness offerings:
2. Click on Teaching and Learning page (http://www.wwps.org/departments/curriculum)
3. Click on Family and Community Involvement page (http://www.wwps.org/departments/curriculum/family-engagement)
4. Click on Family Activities and Events Calendar
||Personnel Report (from September 6, 2016 school board meeting)
Seth Glogower, Science (.8 FTE), Walla Walla High School Opportunity Program
Kevin De Santiago Cisneros, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool
Karla Garza, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School
Kevin Raver, Grounds Worker (temporary), Facilities and Operations
Henry Samson, Para-Educator (temporary), Pioneer Middle School
Ita Trejo, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary, 7 years
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Debbie Holt, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op, 19 years
- For the 2016-2017 school year
Monique Morris, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 6 years
- November 2016-June 2017
Steven Olsen, Telecommunications, Technology Department, 31.5 years
- August-October 2016
||School Board Meetings scheduled (January to August 2017)
February 7 & 21
March 7 & 21
May 2 & 16
June 6 & 20*
Special Meeting: 5 p.m. Regular Meeting.: 6:30 p.m.
*Special Meeting: 2:30 p.m. Regular Meeting.: 4 p.m.
||Blue Devils football radio broadcasts now streamed live and archived
Walla Walla High School varsity football vs. Eastmont airs tonight at 7 p.m. on KGDC 1320 AM and 92.9 FM. Walla Walla High School teacher Jason Postlewait will call the game.
The KGDC website also features streaming broadcasts, broadcast archives, schedules, current standings and box scores.
- http://www.kgdcradio.com/ (streaming audio link here)
- https://archive.kgdcradio.com/ (broadcast archive links here)
- https://archive.kgdcradio.com/seasons/6 (schedule of upcoming broadcasts, current standings, and boxscores here)
||Resilience: The Science of Hope Documentary free showing at Wa-Hi Auditorium
Resilience: The Science of Hope is a new one hour documentary that delves into the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Following the release of Paper Tigers, the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) is pleased to bring Jamie Redford’s latest documentary to the Walla Walla community. Following the screening, a panel of local CRI members will share their perspective on the importance of resilience.
· Showing date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (FREE)
· Location: WaHi Performing Arts Center - 800 Abbott Rd, Walla Walla, Washington 99362
· Sign Up: Click on the link below to sign up.
||Wa-Hi Rifle Team Captain recognized by USA Shooting – By Wa-Hi Journal
Walla Walla High School JROTC Rifle Team Captain Daniel Enger was named an Eley All-American in a press release through USA Shooting and the Olympic Training Center. Eley Ammunition, USA Shooting’s exclusive .22 caliber ammunition provider, selected 10 high school shooters nationwide for this honor. To qualify for consideration, athletes must hold a 3.0 GPA and earn top-10 averages in either the Smallbore or Air Rifle categories, recognized based on scores from USA Shooting sanctioned matches and CMP sanctioned air rifle matches. Each high school All-American received a number coin and certificate of achievement.
“This is a tremendous honor for Daniel,” said Wa-Hi Rifle Team Coach Sergeant First Class Mark Mebes. “He is more active in shooting sports than any cadet I have ever coached, attending a lot of rifle matches on his own. He is the epitome of a self-driven athlete.”
Enger’s recognition by USA Shooting could not have come at a more opportune time. Entering his senior year at Walla Walla High School, with one individual national title (2015 JROTC National Rifle Champion) and two team national titles (2015 and 2016 Army JROTC Team National Champions) under his belt, he is already a top college NCAA prospect for the 2017 college rifle season. His performance at the American Legion National Championship this July (a match limited to the top 15 high school rifle athletes in the nation) and at the Junior Olympics in April (8th place against a field of mostly college-age shooters) has already gained him national attention this summer.
Enger was selected in May to lead Wa-Hi’s 2016-2017 JROTC Rifle Program at the rank of Cadet Captain. The team will open their season on October 29 by hosting the US Army Junior Air Rifle Championship qualifier match at Walla Walla High School.
||Carnegie Picture Lab seeking volunteers to support elementary art program
Looking for a rewarding and fun way to volunteer in your child’s classroom? Become a Carnegie Picture Lab volunteer. Learn about art history, meet new people and bring smiles to the faces of elementary students.
To participate, attend a volunteer training workshop on:
- Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 15 at 10-11:30 a.m.
- Trainings Location: Picture Lab studio at 515 E. Main Street
- For more information write: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: www.carnegiepicturelab.com
||City Parks & Recreation community update
Fall Youth Soccer League Referee’s wanted - Games 9/9 - 10/15
- Paid position per game
- Flexible scheduling, referee’s pick and choose which games they’d like to officiate
- Games Mon-Fri and on Saturdays
- Game locations are at Pioneer Park, Mill Creek Sports Complex, and various locations in Milton Freewater
- 16 years and up paid position
- 16 years and under volunteer position
- Soccer playing experience and basic knowledge of rules required, officiating experience recommended, but not required
Ukulele & Guitar Classes - Ages 12 & Up
September 12 - November 1 - $40
Beginning and Intermediate sessions available
Whittie Lacrosse Camp - Grades 4-9
October 22 & 23 - $40
Beginning and Intermediate sessions available
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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