Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 14, 2017

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School board meetings Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18

Monday, April 17
- 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Strategic Plan budget development
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)
- Open to the public

Tuesday, April 18 meetings:
- 5 p.m.: Special School Board Meeting/Work Session (Strategic Plan budget development) – open to public
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting (open to public)
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)

New district web site launched during Spring Break now responsive to mobile devices

Walla Walla Public Schools unveiled its newly designed district web site over Spring Break. 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 Monday

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 now, but completed forms will not be accepted until April 17.

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 now, 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.

Parents of future district students flock to Kindergarten Resource Fair

Congratulations to Family Involvement Coordinator Pam Clayton for organizing a successful first-ever Kindergarten Resource Fair Wednesday at the fairgrounds. Nearly 100 families attended to receive information about kindergarten and begin making relationships with staff and principals.

“I am thrilled with the turnout,” said Clayton. “I heard great conversations going on between community members, staff and families. Students and families were excited about meeting teachers and staff, visiting tables to answer various questions, checking out both the big bus and little bus and getting as many freebies as possible.”

Clayton said she will follow-up the event with a survey to assist with planning for next year’s event.

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

Wa-Hi FFA students welcome elementary students to Farm Days

This week students from district elementary schools took field trips to Walla Walla High School to participate in the annual Farm Days event. Future Farmers of America students, advised by teacher Lindsey Butcher, create informative learning stations for the students to visit. Students are allowed to pet animals, play games and interact with the high school students. Butcher says the high school students enjoy sharing their passion for farm life with the younger children. 

Professional actors visit Garrison Middle School to bring history to life

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Adventure Musical Theater made its second annual appearance at Garrison Middle School April 11. The two shows featured professional actors who performed “Free Boy”, a historical fiction piece based on the true story of Charlie Mitchell, who came to the Washington Territory in 1850 as the slave of Surveyor General, James Tilton. The story surrounds Charlie’s escape via the Underground Railroad to Victoria, Canada. Garrison’s ASB sponsored the event. Shelly Crump, ASB advisor, says, “It is a valuable experience for our students to experience live theatre, when many may not have this opportunity again.”

Student Neveah Unatoa said, “It was awesome!”

Sharpstein students plant new tree during City of Walla Walla Arbor Day celebration

Thanks to the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department & Urban Forestry Advisory Board for sponsoring a fun and informative Arbor Day Celebration at Sharpstein Elementary. Mayor Allen Pomraning and Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman hosted the event. Students shared poems and artwork they created about trees.

Students planted a dogwood tree on Howard Street to add to the more than 14,000 trees in Walla Walla. This collaborative partnership event has existed for more than 20 years with the city and school district. Students also took home saplings to plant as part of the experience.

Prospect Point students invite local veterans to retire damaged flag

Thursday Larry Cunnington and Richard Bardsley of AM VETs Post 1111 visited Prospect Point Elementary to dedicate a new flag. The previous flag was damaged during the winter. Class of 1968 graduate Roberta Bardsley read a poem to students explaining the importance of the flag and the freedoms it represents. She followed up the reading by singing the National Anthem. Thanks to AM VETS Post 1111 for its ongoing partnership with Walla Walla Public Schools.

Walla Walla High School students team with Girls Council to donate feminine products

Thanks to Walla Walla High School students for their hard work in teaming with Girls Council to donate 11,000 feminine products for local women. Students collected the items in their classrooms and organized some friendly competitions during the drive to make it more interesting. Students in Jill Meliah’s 3rd period class collected the most products and were rewarded with a class party.

My son and his friends were totally into it and concerned that women can’t afford some of the items,” said Beth Swanson. “Everyone deserves congratulations over the entire process.”

FFA Plant Sale next month

- Sale dates: May 3, 4 and 5
- 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Contact Advisor Arch McHie for an order form (amchie@wwps.org)

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)
· Inaugural 12 team Blue Devil Invitational Track meet to follow dedication ceremony (Food trucks all day!)

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 shares message of hope and inspiration

Nearly 50 students, parents and community members attended the free showing of McFarland USA at Whitman College Thursday evening. Walla Walla High School’s Link Crew and Latino Club, along with Whitman College, co-sponsored the event. Equity and Access Committee members, under the leadership of Sergio Hernandez, also participated. Students also had pizza dinner and reflected on the messages from the movie. Teacher Michelle Higgins coordinated the 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.

Community Stories
Children’s author Kathryn Dennis makes appearance at local library April 22

Kathryn Dennis remembers being a kid who asked a lot of questions and she still asks a lot of questions! Kathryn grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School. She attended Whitman College and graduated from the University of Washington. She completed her education at The Art Center and put her talent to work as an art director. Kathryn was looking for new creative outlets when she discovered writing for children.

Please give Kathryn a hometown welcome, at the Walla Walla Public Library on Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. for a fun filled family morning as she explores her newest title “Too Many Questions!” showing kids and parents how to turn every question into an opportunity.

Girls Night In tonight

GIRLS COUNCIL announces its next ‘Girls Night In’ for Friday April 14, “What’s the Buzz?” 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. Come meet with us, bring a friend and  become part of the ‘sisterhood’ of GIRLS COUNCIL.

Tabitha’s Closet provides formal wear for school events

Tabitha’s Closet is a place to borrow formal wear for Homecoming and Prom for students attending schools across the Walla Walla valley.
- Open by appointment only, Monday through Friday
- Call (509) 525-0092 to make an appointment
- Located at 1420 S. 2nd Ave

Battle of the Badge basketball game April 22

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

City Parks & Recreation community update

Warrior Soccer Academy - $48 - Ages 5-11 - April 17 - May 11
All Comers Track & Field Meet - $3.00/$5.00 - 12 & under - Sunday, May 7
Fall Soccer Registration is now open - $50 - Ages 5-14

Veteran’s Memorial Pool Passes On Sale NOW - Passes will be full price starting May 1
Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran and Family passes available

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us or like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

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