Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 9, 2016

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Winter Holiday break schedule

- No school: December 18 to January 2
- Classes resume Tuesday, January 3
- Have a safe and restful Winter Holiday break!

School board meetings Tuesday, Dec. 13

Tuesday, December 13 meetings
- 5 p.m.: Special School Board Meeting/Work Session
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting
- Approximately 7:30 p.m.: Executive Session (discuss performance of public employee) – Not open to the public
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St. – Both meetings open to the public)

Ladderud honored at Chamber awards banquet for school board service 

School board member Ruth Ladderud received the Whitman College Pete & Hedda Reid Award for commitment to quality public education through her role on the Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors during the annual Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce award banquet Wednesday evening. Whitman College President Kathleen Murray presented Ladderud with the award which is in memory of Lynn Lunden. Ladderud is an administrative assistant at Whitman College her alma mater, where she earned a biology degree. She also has an animal science degree from Washington State University. She attended Prospect Point Elementary School, Paine Elementary, Garrison Junior High, and graduated from Walla Walla High School. Her husband, John, is a veterinarian and they have three children. Two are Wa-Hi graduates and her youngest attends Walla Walla High School.

Ruth has spent many hours volunteering in the schools and at the district level. Ruth and her mother, retired teacher Mirney Wagner, were honored in 2012 as co-recipients of the Art Regier Volunteer of the Year award through their work with Ruth’s 4-H Club and the Blue Ridge Preschool. Ruth has served on both the High School and Community Facilities Task force and is active in the American Association of University Women.

Ladderud serves on the district’s Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee, Certificated Negotiations, Community Facilities Task Force and Head Start Policy Council. She is especially active at Blue Ridge Elementary, Preschool and Prospect Point Elementary through the School Board Adopt-A-School program.

School incidents at Green Park and Prospect Point prompt police presence

Police were called to Green Park Elementary earlier today after the school was put in lockdown due to an altercation between two students on the playground. The lockdown lasted only a minute or two before the situation was resolved. No one was hurt and the school quickly returned to normal. Principal Yonts is working with families of those involved and is notifying all parents.

In a separate incident, police were called to Prospect Point this afternoon after a student was found to have brought a knife on campus. When Principal Chandler attempted to confiscate the knife, the student made an aggressive move toward her. Per district protocol, the police responded quickly and detained the student. No one was injured and the student was taken into custody. Police are conducting an investigation and parents are being notified. School has returned to normal and will dismiss as usual.

Winter weather school closure and delay procedures

At Walla Walla Public Schools, we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m. You will only be notified if there is a change to the schedule. If you don’t receive a notification, then school is on schedule.

Announcements include:
· Regional media release
· Telephone, email, text automated message
· Web, Twitter and Facebook posting
· WWPS mobile app posting
· Staff email
· E-news message (sign up on the district web site: www.wwps.org)
· Orange signs posted in front of schools

Report It! SafeSchools Alerts system allows anonymous reporting of bullying, safety concerns and more 

Safety is one of the district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, Walla Walla Public Schools uses SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service for students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to the administration four different ways:
1. Phone: 1-855-4ALERT1, ext. 1057
2. Text: Text #1057 @tip + your tip to ALERT1 (253781)
3. Email: 1057@alert1.us
4. Web: http://1057.alert1.us

Report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue you’re concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. When you submit a tip, be sure to use our district’s identification code: 1057 in your communication. Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and the administration is notified so they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer. Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn!

District says good-bye to longtime educator Connie Taylor-Randall

Present and former staff, friends and family honored Connie Taylor-Randall during her recent retirement party marking the end of her nearly 40 year career in education. Connie most recently served as Principal on Assignment at Walla Walla High School. She also was Principal on Special Assignment for the Homelink program and Principal at Blue Ridge Elementary.

Connie also has extensive teaching experience where she was known for helping students excel in writing. She also supported the district’s Athletic Department in her early days with the school district and was the Communications Officer during her tenure as well. Good luck in retirement Connie! We will miss you!

District partners with Walla Walla Union Bulletin

Walla Walla Public Schools thanks the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin for sponsoring the Newspaper in Education Program.  This program provides newspapers for use in Walla Walla classrooms at no cost to the classroom or school. The 2016-17 school year featured a drawing for a prize package for participating schools.  The U-B congratulates Walla Walla High School as winner of the drawing. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin is willing to sponsor five more classrooms beginning January 1, 2017.  For more information on getting signed up, contact Matthew Nelson at 525-8353 or at matthewnelson@wwub.com.

Download new WWPS Mobile App (school closure information, jobs, calendar and more)

Walla Walla Public Schools introduces a new mobile app to better support smartphone and mobile device communications. Android users visit Google Play and iPhone users go to the Apple Store and type Walla Walla Public Schools in the search window. It’s free and easy to install.

Mobile App features
- School closure and emergency notifications
- News, events and calendar
- Jobs postings
- WWPS social media links
- Links to school sites

Registration now open for Love & Logic Parenting classes

Free Love & Logic classes are now scheduled in both English and Spanish. Free childcare is provided to WWPS families. These parenting courses provide practical tools to help parents and caregivers achieve respectful and healthy relationships with their children. Ideal for parents of children ages birth-18.

Classes (in English):
- Monday classes: Jan. 30; Feb. 6, 13, 27; Mar. 6 and 20
- Wednesday classes: Feb. 1, 8, 15; March 8, 15 and 22
- Classes held at Blue Ridge Elementary,1150 W. Chestnut, 6 to 8 p.m.

School Stories

Walla Walla High School games canceled tonight

Walla Walla High School home and away games are canceled tonight due to poor weather conditions. Check the school website for updates. The games have not been rescheduled at this time. 

Prospect Point FIRST Lego League Robotics Team advances to state competition

The Prospect Point “Super Star Builders” FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team took first place in the regional competition held Dec. 3 at Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco. The strong regional performance qualifies the Prospect Point team to advance to the state tournament January 21 in Spokane. Prospect Point’s “Super Star Builders” team is composed of eight, 4th and 5th grade students. This year’s theme for all competing teams was “Animal Allies,” focusing on how humans and animals interact.

The Super Star Builders won the 1st Place Trophy for the Robot Performance Award which recognizes the team scoring the most points during the Robot Game. They also won the Programming Award recognizing them for outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently.

The team has been training after school since the beginning of the school year under the direction of parent coaches Anne-Marie Anderson, Kelly Gabel, Jenny Maxon, and Jeff Lyon, an engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers. Team members: Graham Johnson, Clara Maxon, Tyler Garner, Bren Lyon, Michael Gisi, Kenny Gabel, Kirsten Anderson, and David Hadley.

FamilyID program now avaible for Middle Schools athletics registration

Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools are now using FamilyID for athletic registration. This is the same program used by Walla Walla High School for athletic registration. Contact Pioneer or Garrison Middle Schools for more information or additional support.

Middle School Athletics Registration Important Dates:
- Winter II (girls basketball and wrestling) registration now open
- 7th/8th wrestling practice starts Tuesday, Jan. 3
- 7th/8th girls basketball practice starts Wednesday, Jan 4
- 6th grade girls basketball practice starts Tuesday, Jan 17

Wa-Hi students encouraged to check out ebooks for Winter Break

Walla Walla High School Library-Media Specialist Kim Cassetto reminds students a variety of new ebooks are available for checkout during winter break. Contact Cassetto for more information: kcassetto@wwps.org
“I am happy to visit classes and provide a quick demo download if necessary,” Cassetto said. “We added 51 new books today and are adding new titles, monthly.”

Lincoln High School and Latino Club shine at annual holiday parade

Congratulations to Lincoln High School for earning Best Float honors for its Alice in Wonderland display in the 21st Annual Macy’s Parade of Lights. Jeremy Gradwohl, Erik Gordon, Tim Schroeder, Jayne Eacker, Riki Wauchek and many students were the core support for this year’s entry. Community support from Layla’s Design Studio, Home Depot, Andy’s Market, Melody Muffler, and Norco were also critical to this year’s success.

The Walla Walla High School Latino Club Entry won the best High School Entry. Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez played a key role in organizing this year’s entry. Latino Club students picked the theme and spent three days after school and most of Saturday of the event getting the float ready.

Community Stories

SAVE THE DATE! Great Explorations March 11, 2017

Mark your calendars for March 11, 2017. That’s when AAUW’s Great Explorations, a day of science adventures for girls grades 5-8 is happening at Whitman College. Over two dozen hands on science adventures are scheduled for explorations into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Investigation choices range from dissections, 3D printers, rocket launches and chemistry. All workshops are led by women professionals, and support STEM educational principles. In February informational flyers will be mailed home, and information will be presented in classrooms. 

Kirkman House Holiday concert December 17

Last chance for the public to visit the beautifully decorated Kirkman House is Sunday, December 11. The Christmas classics concert is Saturday, December 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Limited seating. Tickets are available for $25 at kirkmanhousemuseum.org. 

The Moms’ Network and Walla Walla Valley Honda sponsor the Holiday Reading Room

The Moms’ Network in partnership with Walla Walla Valley Honda is excited to once again sponsor the Holiday Reading Room at the Walla Walla Public Library. On Saturday, December 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the children’s area of the library will be filled with holiday cheer and reading. Come enjoy treats, hot chocolate, holiday crafts and holiday stories.

The Holiday Reading Room is a free family event and every child will receive a free book.

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 the Moms’ Network has advocated for families, provided support for early learning, supported volunteerism, and provided educational opportunities for parents. For more details please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com.

City Parks & Recreation community update

Lifeguards wanted for summer - New Veteran’s Memorial Pool
Paid position - 15 years of age and up
To apply online go to http://www.wallawallawa.gov/images/depts/humanresources/PDF_FILLABLE_APPLICATION.pdf

Indoor Youth Soccer League Referee’s wanted - Games on Saturdays
15 years of age and up paid position
14 years of age and under volunteer position
Game locations are held in WWPS Gymnasiums
Soccer playing experience and basic knowledge of rules required, officiating experience recommended but not required
Referee Training will be held during the Holiday break

Indoor Soccer Registration - As space is available
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
$60 with late fee

Whitman Winter Tennis Camp - January 9- 13
4 years - 18 years
$30 - $75

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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