Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 31, 2017

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Spring Break schedule

- No school Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
- Classes resume Monday, April 10
- The WWPS District Office will be open for business throughout Spring Break (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – closed 12 to 1 p.m. for lunch)

Redesigned district web site responsive to mobile devices

Walla Walla Public Schools will soon be launching its newly designed district web site. The updated site is now responsive to mobile devices to better support communication with smart phones, tablets and other electronic devices. It has been six years since the district site was last redesigned. The new site features a live district social media feed, as well as comprehensive staff, parent and student sections. Local scenic photography is also featured. If you would like to share your photos of area scenic landscapes for use on the district webpage, contact Communications Director Mark Higgins – mhiggins@wwps.org. Thanks to local business leaders Nanqi You and Julia Herres of Walla Walla Webweavers for their creativity and support throughout the redesign project. Walla Walla Public Schools has partnered with Walla Walla Webweavers for website support for 15 years. 

Elementary open enrollment and kindergarten registration begins April 17

Kindergarten and Open Enrollment for elementary schools is scheduled from Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 28, 2017. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 10, but completed forms will not be accepted until April 17.

Parents can also pick up registration packets at the Kindergarten Resource Fair, slated for Wednesday, April 12, at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. Representatives of every elementary school will be there, as well as various community and school resource booths.

Kindergarten/Open Enrollment Hours:
- Monday, April 17 - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- April 18 through 28 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up Open Enrollment applications or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 10, but completed forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 17.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

Kindergarten Resource Fair April 12

- Wednesday, April 12
- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla Fairgrounds
- Community and school informational booths on site
- Pick up kindergarten registration packets and meet principals and staff

Highly Capable Recommendation Committee seeks parent input

The Highly Capable Recommendation Committee was formed this fall to review the Highly Capable program to ensure it best supports the needs of students. The committee has examined the history of the district’s Highly Capable program and reviewed state and federal laws pertaining to this program. The group also studied other gifted programs throughout the state and assessed recent findings from outside consultants that examined the district’s program.

In February, the Highly Capable Recommendation Committee developed draft recommendations to enhance offerings and improve the program based on this comprehensive process. The committee’s work is posted on the district’s website under the program tab, Highly Capable.

The committee is now seeking parent, staff, and stakeholder feedback to refine the recommendations which put students and their learning first. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey by Wednesday, April 12.

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTPDLJQ

Contact Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea for additional information or if you have questions.
- cgardea@wwps.org
- 526-6711

School Zone Safety reminder to motorists

More children are walking and riding their bikes to school as the weather continues to improve this spring. Motorists are reminded to use caution and keep speeds to 20 mph before school, during lunch and after school. Distracted driving continues to be a concern in school zones. Please do not talk on cell phones or text while driving. Thanks to the City of Walla Walla Police Department for continuing to partner with the district to provide an additional law enforcement presence in school zones. School safety remains a top priority for Walla Walla Public Schools. Your support and attention to school zone safety is greatly appreciated. 

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Seattle Times team to publish the latest news in education

Want to keep up with what’s happening in Walla Walla schools? Or read about what other districts are doing to make their schools better? The Education Lab newsletter is a free, weekly roundup of the latest news in education from Washington state and beyond, curated by journalists at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Seattle Times. Sign up here — https://stux.wufoo.com/forms/zlgm2kd11kd2vf/

For additional information, contact Caitlin Moran of the Seattle Times: cmoran@seattletimes.com

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Dance Team places 4th at state competition

The Walla Walla High School Blue Devil Dance team finished 4th at the WIAA State Dance Competition this weekend. This is the first state appearance for the school’s Dance Team since 2014. The team competed against 19 teams. Walla Walla High School graduates Emma Eskil and Merrit Morris coach the team. Community members will have an opportunity to see the Wa-Hi Dance Team perform live during the public Nights of Dance show March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Auditorium. This is also a fundraiser for the Wa-Hi Dance Team and there will be an assortment of routines performed.

“This great group of young ladies worked extremely hard over last six months and their effort paid off,” said Athletic Director Dirk Hansen.

SEA-TECH Tiny House wins state top award for creativity

Congratulations to SEA-TECH students in the Construction Technology program for receiving the “Most Creative Design” state award CTE Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project in Olympia. Twenty-two teams of students representing high schools from across Washington competed in this contest to learn real-world, hands-on skills. Finished shelters were transported to Seattle where they will provide transitional homeless housing.

The SEA-TECH project featured a landscape mural on the ceiling showcasing different climates and geographic areas. Local artist Brad Rude volunteered in support of the artwork and design. Special thanks to ProBuild and Gary’s Paint for donating building supplies for the project. Instructor Eric Matson advised the students throughout the build and competition.

Save the date! Dave Klicker Track Dedication April 22

Honoring a lifetime of athletic and educational excellence in support of Walla Walla students and athletes.
· Dave Klicker Track Dedication
· Saturday, April 22
· 10:30 a.m.
· Klicker Track complex (campus of Walla Walla High School – 800 Abbott Road)
· Wa-Hi Track meet to follow dedication ceremony

Mr. Dave Klicker - Class of 1953
· Wa-Hi track hurdles state champion
· Wa-Hi Athletic Hall of Fame charter member
· Whitman College hurdles national champion
· U.S. Navy Veteran
· Teacher, mentor and friend
· 43 years of community service

Free showing of McFarland USA movie, dinner and discussion April 13 

Walla Walla High School’s Link Crew and Latino Club along with Whitman College will co-sponsor a community event in Olin Hall 138 on Thursday, April 13 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Students and community members will watch McFarland USA at 3:30 p.m., with a pizza dinner served afterwards, followed by a discussion about how students can discover their potential and help their local community. Admission is free for this event.

McFarland USA is an inspiring movie about cross-country coach Jim White, played by Kevin Costner in the movie, who taught at a high school in McFarland, California and led his cross-country team to earn 11 state titles beginning in 1987. Some of his runners returned to their hometown and worked in their local school district after graduating from college with degrees in Education.

“McFarland USA is a true story that demonstrates how powerful a caring adult relationship can be in the lives of young adults,” says WWPS Access and Equity Coordinator Sergio Hernandez. “The movie shows how trust, hard work and tenacity can pay off and help any youth overcome whatever adversity or challenge they might face.”

Last chance for Nights of Dance, A Citywide Performance

- Friday, March 31
- 7 p.m.
- $10 (Tickets can be purchased at intouch.wwps.org or at the door)
- Wa-Hi Auditorium
The Walla Walla High School Dance Team will be providing one last wonderful evening of dance for the public. Patrons will see styles of dance including hip-hop, popping, jazz, musical theater, ballet, & pom. Berney Elementary’s Dance Crew, directed by Elizabeth Jagelski, will be there as will The Dance Center, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, and the Walla Walla Dance Company, directed by Nancy Wells. Finally, Walla Walla High School’s Dance Team, coached by Emma Eskil & Merrit Morris, will present numerous routines including their state competition dance routine, River. Senior dancers will be recognized and there will be a tribute to past dance teams.

Community Stories
Battle of the Badge basketball game April 22
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The 5th Annual Battle of the Badge Law Enforcement versus Fire basketball game is Saturday, April 22 at the Wa-Hi gym at 7 p.m.
· Tickets are $8 and children 3 and under are free.
· Law Enforcement team will be playing for Big Blue Boosters
· Fire will be playing for WW Catholic Schools
· Information Amy Harris at (509) 524-4557 or aharris@wallawalla.gov

Kirkman House features Edison home phonograph

The Kirkman House is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.. Drop by for a tour and listen to the Edison Home Phonograph. There will be a Kirkman Live Concert April 22 at 7:30 p.m. and the Sweet Home Walla Walla Historic Home Tour is scheduled for May 13. A Spin in is held at the Kirkman House on the second Sunday of the month. The Kirkman House Museum is located at 214 N Colville Street, Walla Walla. For additional information call 529-4373 or visit the web site:  kirkmanhouse.org

Walla Walla Talks: A Weekend of Community Forums at the Walla Walla Public Library

Teaching Justice: Civil Rights Education in Walla Walla Schools
- Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362)

Please join us for the first conversation in the “Walla Walla Talks” series of community forums at the Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362) for conversations about important local issues. At this event, community members are invited to weigh in on different approaches to improving civil rights education in Washington State. Washington is one of 20 states that have failed in their civil rights education according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. How will we ensure that our children are taught to be informed, compassionate citizens of their communities? This deliberation will explore possible answers to this question in a public forum open to all participants.

Homelessness in Your Backyard: How Can Walla Walla Help House Their Homeless?
- Friday, April 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362)

Please join us for the second conversation in the “Walla Walla Talks” series of community forums at the Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362) for conversations about important local issues. At this event, community members are invited to weigh in on different approaches to addressing homelessness in Walla Walla.

Local Student Health: How Can The Health Center Expand its Reach?
- Saturday, April 15 1:30 to 3 p.m.
- Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362)
Please join us for the third and final conversation in the “Walla Walla Talks” series of community forums at the Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362) for conversations about important local issues. At this event, community members are invited to weigh in on different approaches to improving and expanding the reach of local student health resources. The Health Centers at Lincoln, Pioneer, and Blue Ridge have had tremendous success in the past few years in terms of getting students the health care and support they need. Expanding The Health Center’s reach will make these valuable resources and health education accessible to more students in the Walla Walla community.

Moderators at the community forum will guide discussion, focusing on the tough choices that face the community. The goal of these conversations is to foster deeper understanding of different approaches to the issue and to discover the values that should guide the community in its future. These events will provide a space to connect with neighbors and community members who care about similar issues, the opportunity to interact with new voices and perspectives, and the chance to build on the energy of these conversations to address community concerns.

All three events are open to the public, and all community members are invited to join the conversation. A Spanish language interpreter will be present to help facilitate dual-language conversation. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Walla Walla Public Library and the Whitman College Department of Rhetoric Studies, and is supported by a Diversity Innovation Grant from Whitman College. For questions about the event, contact: Kaitlyn G. Patia, Department of Rhetoric Studies, patiakg@whitman.edu, 509-524-2087.

Camp Fire Walla Walla offers Spring Break Day Camps April 3-7

Camp Fire’s Spring Break Camp will keep your child active and entertained through Spring Break. They will have fun with arts & crafts projects, team building and games, science projects, and will spend time outdoors exerting their energy! A morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.

$30/Day - Located at Sharpstein Elementary (entrance off Newell Street).
For more information or to pre-register, visit www.wwcampfire.org or call 509-525-3180.

GIRLS COUNCIL ‘Girls Night In’ tonight 

GIRLS COUNCIL announces its next ‘Girls Night In’ for Friday March 31 “Mandalas”. Girls from 4th grade through high school are invited to join us for a fun and creative evening together from 6 to 8 p.m. Call to sign-up, share this information with friends and family and become part of the ‘sisterhood’ of GIRLS COUNCIL.

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