Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 16, 2016

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Winter Holiday break schedule

- No school: December 19 to January 2
- Classes resume Tuesday, January 3
- Have a safe and restful Winter Holiday break!

New vision, mission and beliefs statements set district course

An important milestone in the district’s year-long Strategic Plan development process was reached Tuesday night as School Board members approved new Vision, Mission and Belief Statements for the district. This decision followed months of listening, data collecting and discussion as part of the district’s Strategic Planning initiative. Walla Walla Public Schools new vision is “Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates.” School Board President Dr. David Hampson said the new statements represent community feedback received over the past several years.

“This is an exciting time for the school district as we continue our strategic planning process,” Dr. Hampson said. “Our new mission provides clarity and direction.”

Approved new Vision, Mission and Beliefs Statements
Vision - Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates

Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social and emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment.

Beliefs Statement
We believe,
• in challenging and supporting all students
• quality instruction is critical to student success
• in investing in staff to ensure excellence
• in maximizing the impact of our resources
• in collaborative and transparent operation
• in the importance of family and community
• diversity is a strength

Join us! Superintendent’s Patron Tour – Feb. 1, 2017

• Wednesday, February 1 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, January 27 — sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• Blue Ridge Elementary, Lincoln High School and Garrison Middle School

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a behind the scenes look at district schools. He will also provide an update on critical issues facing the school district and share the district’s new Vision, Mission and Belief statements. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the new superintendent and learn more about your local schools.

School to begin week of the fair

School Board members approved the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year calendars Tuesday night. The decision comes after feedback from staff and stakeholders. Feedback supported starting school the last week in August and ending the year prior to June 15. Both calendars represent this input.
Calendars posted online: http://www.wwps.org/district/calendars/school-year-calendar

Outstanding Citizenship Awards presented to those assisting with local fire

Walla Walla Public Schools and the City of Walla Walla Fire Department presented Brian and Jennifer Fullen and Brian Richard with Outstanding Citizenship Awards for their efforts to ensure safety and protect property during an Alder Street residential fire earlier this month. On the morning of Friday, December 2, parents Brian and Jennifer Fullen and Richard went to the building to help alert any occupants that may still be inside the apartment complex. Fire Chief Bob Yancey said he believes the action of both of these men possibly helped save lives and made it safer for responding firefighters. Superintendent Smith said these heroes serve as good role models for our students as we strive to promote good citizenship each day in our schools.

New track named after legendary athlete and coach Dave Klicker

School board members approved naming the new new track at Walla Walla High School the Dave Klicker Memorial Track and Field. Last month, board members were presented with two options from a pool of eight to consider. Approximately 72 percent of the 637 survey participants voted to name it after Klicker. Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson facilitated the nomination process. A ceremony will be conducted in the spring to honor Klicker. Klicker was a standout athlete at Walla Walla High School. He also taught and coached in the district for years. 

Personnel Report from December 13, 2016 School Board Meeting

Jenny Hepworth, Para-Educator (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary School
Joseph Norby, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School
Michelle Paine, Para-Educator (temporary), Blue Ridge Preschool
Alicia Walker, Administrative Secretary, Teaching and Learning

Bonnie Pearson, Health Clinician, Prospect Point Elementary School, 16 years
- Retirement is effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

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!

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

School Stories

Holiday concert make-up dates

Check the Walla Walla Public Schools online calendar for holiday concert make-up dates. Some events were canceled due to weather conditions. Make-up dates are expected to be decided soon. 

Blue Ridge Library open during winter break

Blue Ridge students can come to the library by themselves or with their families to read and/or play board games.
Open Library Dates and Times: December 19-22 and 27-29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon

What do students need to know in order to come to the library during break:
· Students do not have to have an adult with them
· If a student is dropped off, their ride needs to be at the school promptly at 12:00.
· Students need to enter the library from the ground level. From the playground, take the stairs down and enter the doors that say, “LIBRARY OPEN”

FamilyID program now available 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

Community Stories
Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association offers scholarships

Three $1200 scholarships
Scholarships are given to prospective teachers (student teaching/intern)
Applications online – Blue Mountain Community Foundation Website – Scholarship tab (Available Jan. 1, 2017 – due March 1, 2017)
Must be a graduate of high school in Walla Walla or Columbia County
Student teach/Intern between September 2017 and June 2018
Information: Mardel Bierwagen – 509.525.6117 / gbierwagen6117@charter.net

United Way’s Jingle Bell Run - December 18

Jingle Bell 5K Fun Run/Walk - December 18
Pioneer Park
Dress up if you like, get a good run or walk in and finish up with some hot chocolate! This is a dog friendly event. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed pet.

Bring your little ones for the Reindeer Run! This will be the first race of the day. It begins at 8:30 a.m.
Preregister @ unitedwayww.org or

Race Day Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the fun run/walk starts at
9:00 a.m. December 18, 2016 at the Pioneer Park gazebo.

Cost : $25.00/person this includes t-shirt
Children 12 and under are free.

“Girls Night In” event Friday, December 16

GIRLS COUNCIL announces its next ‘Girls Night In’ for Friday December 16th “Where Are You Going?” Girls from 4th grade through high school are invited to join us for a fun and creative evening together from 6 - 8 pm. Call to sign-up, share this information with friends and family and become part of the ‘sisterhood’ of GIRLS COUNCIL.

Kirkman House Holiday concert December 17 

A Christmas Classics concert, featuring soprano Phoebe Gildea and harper Noah Brenner from 7:30 – 8:30, Saturday, December 17 will be at the Kirkman House, 214 N. Colville Street.  Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at kirkmanhousemuseum.org. The Kirkman House will be open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., beginning January 7, 2017.

Free Day at the Walla Walla Children’s Museum

Need a little break during the holiday season or looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy? Courtesy of the Moms’ Network of Walla Walla on Thursday, December 22, the Children’s Museum is open and free to the community. The museum has fun interactive early learning opportunities for kids of all ages and will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The Moms’ Network believes in supporting the Children’s Museum. By sponsoring a free community day we are providing families of our area a fun, safe, and educational place to play this holiday season” says Beth Swanson, President of The Moms’ Network.

For details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Beth Swanson at beth@themomsnetworkww.com. 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.

City Parks & Recreation community update

Veteran’s Memorial Pool Passes On Sale NOW
Early Bird Discount until January 31
Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran and Family passes available

Lifeguards wanted for summer - New Veteran’s Memorial Pool
Paid position - 15 years 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 and up paid position
14 years 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 9th - 13th
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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