Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 16, 2017

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District Office Summer Hours

Walla Walla Public Schools District Office Summer Hours begin Monday, June 19.
• 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (closed for the lunch hour)
• 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Community Facilities Task Force members tour district schools 

The district’s Community Facilities Task Force, chaired by local businessman and Graduate of Distinction recipient Paul Schneidmiller, met Wednesday to continue its work on a long-range facilities improvement plan. The group toured Pioneer Middle School, Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School before reconvening to review preliminary conceptual designs developed following staff feedback.

Task Force members will continue their work in July by studying bond financing options and continuing to look at design solutions. A recommendation is expected to be presented to the school board later this fall which will launch a community engagement process to get feedback on proposed facility improvement options. The district has target November 2018 for a bond election.

Governor Inslee visits Walla Walla to discuss need for amply funding schools

Governor Jay Inslee visited Sharpstein Elementary Thursday morning to meet with local educators about ample funding for the state’s K-12 schools. He also toured the school and was briefed on programs offered at Sharpstein. The visit was part of a two-day education tour with educators, parents and students this week in King County, Southwest Washington, Spokane and Walla Walla. Governor Inslee highlighted the additional services and programs schools could provide if legislators adopt a budget with ample funding for the state’s K-12 schools. He said the state must invest above the bare minimum required by the state court. Governor Inslee has visited numerous schools during the past year to urge lawmakers to amply fund education, including a statewide back-to-school tour last fall. 

Congratulations 2017 retirees

Special thanks to the 2016-2017 retirees for their outstanding service and professionalism. These amazing staff members have dedicated their careers to supporting students and families. Good luck in retirement. We will miss you!

2017 WWPS Retirees
Dan Johnson, Facilities Support
Bonnie Pearson, Prospect Point
Brenda Crumpacker, Green Park
Brenda Kirk, Green Park
Toni Lynn-Palmer, Edison
Sandra Bushnell, Special Education
Judy O’Brien, Special Education
Patty Weeks, Special Education
Al Fullen, Lincoln HS
Mickey Weber, Sharpstein
John Carter, Pioneer MS
Debra Field, Pioneer MS
Terri Klundt, Pioneer MS
Doug Venneri, Pioneer MS
Gay Buissink, Wa-Hi
Cheryl Drumheller, Wa-Hi
Sherry McConn, Wa-Hi
Daniel Ojcius, Wa-Hi
Debra Reeves, Wa-Hi
Michael Baker, Garrison MS
John Buissink, Garrison MS
Marcia Follett, Garrison MS

District honors Needham for community leadership

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith presented the 2017 Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership award to Peggy Needham Thursday night. Needham is the coordinator of W2 for Drug Free Youth and has been a citizen activist for three decades. Her greatest influence has been in the area of prevention. As Program Coordinator for W2 for Drug Free Youth, Peggy plays a critical role in our community as it relates to educating youth and parents about the dangers of drinking and using drugs. W2 for Drug Free Youth is a local community coalition that is part of the Washington State Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative focused on preventing alcohol and substance abuse. The program operates locally under the umbrella of Trilogy.

Peggy organized the local version of the “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking Prevention program. This National Media Campaign empowers parents and caregivers to talk with children early about the dangers of alcohol. Peggy explains to parents using a variety of media and meetings how research shows they are the leading influence on their child’s decisions about alcohol. The campaign stresses when parents talk about underage drinking, their children do hear them. Peggy has also helped promote a Marijuana Talk Kit for Parents, and has supported Red Ribbon Week activities in Walla Walla Schools. This program stresses the risks of alcohol and drug use and the dangers of driving under the influence. Research is critical for school districts and results of the W2 for Drug Free Youth Community Surveys shed valuable light on issues centered on youth drug and alcohol use in our community. Peggy coordinated Parenting Wisely classes at Sharpstein Elementary in English and Spanish. These classes promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.

This spring Peggy secured a $20,000 state grant to introduce the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program to the community. This program focuses on hope, help and strength. High school students and staff were trained on increasing communication and breaking the codes of silence often associated with suicide. Sources of Strength training will continue next year as we strive to meet the social and emotional needs of our students.

Peggy Needham is also an advocate for Concussion awareness in youth sports, a member of the WWPS Safe and Civil Schools committee, Vice Chair for the Traffic Safety Task Force and a longtime youth baseball volunteer and advocate.

Summer School Wrap Up for 2017

Elementary Schools will be offering limited academic enrichment programs for specific students in grades one through five, depending on the location.
• Blue Ridge’s program spans the five grade levels and runs Monday through Thursday from June 26 through August 3. The focus is literacy and math concepts/standards. Free breakfast and lunch will be available.
• Students from the remaining five elementary schools in grades two through four will meet at Sharpstein Elementary on Monday through Thursday from June 26 through August 3. The focus will be academic support in literacy and math skills. Free breakfast and lunch will be available.
Incoming sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade students may participate in a camp-based program at Garrison Middle School. A variety of camps- including such areas as medieval engineering, drones and leadership – begins June 26 and continues through early August. There is still space available in some camps. Use the following link to get more information: bit.ly/summerww

Lincoln High School students who are credit deficient will participate in three-day sessions on a variety of academic subject areas. These free sessions will run from June 15 through August 25. Free lunch is available to students under the age of 18. Brent Cummings, the director of district 21st Century Programs, will supervise these summer school programs and activities.

School Stories
Big Fish pit orchestra takes top honors at 5th Avenue awards show 

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School Band Director Andrew Ueckert and the Big Fish Spring Musical pit orchestra for receiving the “Outstanding Orchestra” award at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards show in Seattle Monday, June 12. Big Fish also received Honorable Mention awards for Outstanding Music Direction, Outstanding Lighting Design, and Outstanding Stage Crew. Big Fish was nominated for eight awards and received an invitation to perform live at the awards show. Special thanks to Kristin Glaeser for her leadership as director of this award winning play!

“We are the #1 ranked pit orchestra of the 122 musical theater productions adjudicated by Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater Company for 2017 and I couldn’t be prouder,” said Ueckert. “This a great bunch of students and being part of any state champion team is a rare accomplishment.”

Big Fish Pit Orchestra 2017
- Flute/Piccolo, Tommy Kaminsky
- Clarinet/Alto Sax, Hannah Cabasco
- Clarinet/Tenor Sax, Keeli McKern
- Bass Clarinet/Bari Sax, Reagan Jackson
- Trumpet, Rebecca Whitehurst
- Trombone, Stella Gryler
- Violins, Lavinia Tang; Jerry Ladderud
- Violas, Addie Snow; Bryson Jacob
- Cello, Kati Wolcott
- Bass, Silas Brannan
- Drums, Thorin Zanger
- Keyboard, Madeline Steinle
- Piano, Karen Kelly
- Conductor, Andrew Ueckert

Wa-Hi Mid-Columbia All-Conference Sports Award Recipients - Spring 2017

Click on the link below to view Wa-Hi Mid-Columbia Spring 2017 Sports All-Conference Award Recipients.


Walla Walla High School Advanced Placement students use Whitman College science labs

Students from Peggy Payne’s and Mary Burt’s AP Biology classes visited Whitman College to use state-of-the art microcopy equipment as well as to learn more about how their scanning electron microscope works. Students also had a campus tour. Many thanks to Heidi Chapin, Emily Hamada, Michelle Shafer and Sarah Clark for organizing the morning.

In addition, earlier in May, Professor Doug Juers, also of Whitman College, visited Wa-Hi and taught AP Biology students an informative class on x-ray crystallography and applications in biology.

Summer Kids Sports Camps

Walla Walla High School coaches are supporting numerous youth camps this summer to help students improve their skills. This is an excellent opportunity for kids to have fun this summer, play sports, and support Wa-Hi Athletics.
- Boys Basketball
- Football
- Tennis
- Wrestling
- Track

Summer Sports Camps Schedule and Registration:

BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development) 2017

• June 26 to August 3, 2017
• Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
• 9-12 graders: 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.
• 5-8 graders: 9-10 a.m.
• $40 per person
• ONE WAY TO REGISTER- TWO WAYS TO PAY: Register on FamilyID ( https://www.familyid.com/organizations/walla-walla-high-school) and pay online via InTouch (intouch.wwps.org), or pay in the ASB Office.
• Please note: There is a registration cut-off this year. Registration and payment must be received no later than June 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Community Stories
City Parks & Recreation community update

UPlay - Ages 7-12 - FREE
Summer Meals - Ages 1-18 - FREE - See website for food site locations

Youth Golf Lessons - Ages 7-16 - $50
Youth Tennis Lessons - Ages 7-17 - $35 - $45
Youth Fencing Lessons - Ages 9-17 - $40 - $48
Flag Football - Grades 2-8 - $55
Fall Youth Soccer - Ages - 5-14 - $50
UK International Soccer - Ages 4-14 - $92 - $194
Youth Track & Field - Ages 4-12 - $30
I Love Cheerleading Camp - Grades K-5 - $45
Camp Jump Start - Ages 7-12 - $46
Lacrosse Fundamentals Clinic - Grades 1-4 - $65
Little Kicks Soccer Camp - Ages 3-5 - $46
Hatha Outdoor Yoga - Ages 12+ - $40 - $76
Buti Yoga - Ages 12+ - $79
Dance Nia - Ages 16+ - $40 - $125
Bellydance - Ages 12+ - $65
Pickleball - Ages 16+ - $45

Sea Monkey Swim Team - $77
Swimming Lessons - Ages 0-99 - $35 - $100
Aqua Zumba - Ages 12+ - $60
Sweat & Swim Boot Camp - Ages 12+ - $40 - $76

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

City plans 12th & Poplar crosswalk celebration

The City of Walla Walla’s Community Development Block Grant program funded a sidewalk and ADA ramp project at 12th and Poplar St. A crosswalk and rapid flashing safety beacon are featured in the project located at this busy intersection near Blue Ridge Elementary. A community celebration marking the completion of the project is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m.

Additional Information:
Jennifer Beckmeyer, Community Development Block Grant Coordinator

Free event focuses on strength-based strategies to improve youth outcomes

The Children’s Resilience Initiative has invited Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to Walla Walla for a free public event Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall (Whitman College) to discuss how strength-based strategies build resilience in children and improve youth outcomes. Spanish translation and free child care is provided. Visit the event Facebook page to learn more.


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