Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 23, 2017

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District Stories
Local Law Enforcement leaders provide campus safety recommendations to Community Facilities Task Force

Superintendent Wade Smith briefed school board members on highlights of a recent district-wide safety and security review conducted by Sheriff John Turner and Chief of Police Scott Bieber. The study was commissioned by the Community Facilities Task Force, chaired by local businessman and Graduate of Distinction recipient Paul Schneidmiller. This local review supports a comprehensive safety audit the district conducted in the spring. Sheriff Turner and Chief Bieber offered practical solutions to safety concerns including better signage, standardized visitor check-in systems, cameras, tinted glass, improved communications systems and staff training. Superintendent Smith said the report will be helpful as the Task Force proceeds.

“These recommendations include physical and non-physical improvements based on current open campus designs,” said Smith. “The Facilities Task Force and its site-based committees are heeding this local guidance as they consider pragmatic physical improvements to campuses to ensure student, staff and visitor safety as they work towards capital recommendations for board and community input and feedback starting in late fall of 2017 in preparation for a potential November 2018 bond measure.”

Task Force members will continue their work in July by studying bond financing options and continuing to look at design solutions.

Safety and Security Recommendations at a glance:
(complete report online: http://www.wwps.org/fp/facilities-planning-overview)
- Improved signage
- Ability for teachers to communicate quickly with office and support staff in case of an emergency
- Enhanced cameras
- Install tinted ("one way") safety glass when replacing aged Wa-Hi windows
- Establish district-wide visitor check in procedures
- Additional training for staff and students on prevention and detection
- Vestibule entrances when remodel or capital improvements are being considered

Task Force Membership
Paul Schneidmiller (Chair)
Tony Cabasco
Jim Dumont
Roger Esparza
Darcy Fugman-Small
Chris Garratt
Don Holbrook
Dean Lodmell
Linda Newcomb
Jim Peterson
Phil Shivell
Craig Sievertsen
Casey Waddell
Jerry Zahl
Keith Swanson
John Kiefel
Peter Swant
Randy Glaeser
Dick Moeller
Kara Schulke

Non-Voting Members
• Derek Sarley, School Board
• Ruth Ladderud, School Board
• Wade Smith Superintendent
• Mark Higgins, Communications Director

District waives middle school sports and activities fees to increase participation

The district took a bold step to increase student engagement in school activities by waiving all middle school sports and activities fees. The decision follows the recent adoption of a new strategic plan which calls for increased student participation and engagement as a strategy for improved student achievement and success. Last spring, school board members approved a focused spending plan which directed significant resources to support the new Strategic Plan goals centered on high quality instruction, aligned and coherent systems, social and emotional well-being, safety and student engagement.

“We need to remove barriers to participation, especially for our students living in poverty,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “We believe student engagement in positive school activities leads to improved academic outcomes and enhances the overall school experience.”

District Office Summer Hours

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

District Office closed July 3 and 4 for holiday

The District Office will be closed July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will open again July 5. 

School Stories
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.
- Football
- Tennis
- Wrestling
Summer Sports Camps Schedule and Registration:

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

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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