Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 1, 2017

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Walla Walla Public Schools 2017-2018 budget targets Strategic Plan initiatives 

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors approved a $75 million General Fund budget for the 2017-2018 school year during its August 29 meeting. This year’s budget includes $850,000 in targeted investments linked to the new Strategic Plan for curriculum adoptions, professional development, technology improvements, student engagement, social and emotional support, safety and Hispanic outreach. Expenditures also include nearly $1 million for a mandatory employer retirement rate increase required by the state of Washington affecting all schools in the state. 

See you at the fair!

Walla Walla Public Schools students are busy at this week's Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days! Be sure to visit the Education building and see all the exciting school projects. Walla Walla Public Schools will also have an information station in front of the Education Building throughout the fair. FFA and 4H students will be showing and caring for their animals and many other students will be on the grounds supporting the fair. 

Superintendent Smith welcomes everyone back to school in new Pulse video

Superintendent Wade Smith welcomes students, staff and families back for the 2017-2018 school year in the new and improved Pulse video series. Superintendent Smith updates everyone on the new Strategic Plan and efforts in place to improve student achievement. Thanks to Andrew Sayers and students in the 21st Century program for producing the video.


School board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5

• Regular study meeting
• 5:30 p.m.
• Anne Golden Boardroom (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)
• Meeting open to the public

National Arts in Education Week

• September 10-16, 2017
• National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education.
• Special thanks to Walla Walla’s art teachers
• See more at: www.nationalartsineducationeeek.org

School Stories
Wa-Hi football radio broadcasts kick off tonight

Blue Devil football is on KGDC 1320 AM & 92.9 FM throughout the season. Wa-Hi vs Lewiston tonight at 7 p.m. See the entire fall sports schedules online:

Senior Citizens with Gold Cards attend Wa-Hi sports and activities free

Walla Walla School District residents and Walla Walla School District retirees, 65 years of age and older, are invited to attend most school events at no charge. Get a complimentary Gold Card and see outstanding concerts, plays, musical productions, art shows, athletic events (except playoff games governed by YVIAA or WIAA regulations) and more as a district guest.

“It’s a small way to acknowledge the ongoing support and many contributions our senior citizens make to the community,” said WWPS Athletic and Activities Director Dirk Hansen. “We encourage senior citizens to take advantage of the benefits of a Gold Card, and personally witness comprehensive education – including student entertainment, athletics and art – at its finest.”

Gold Cards are issued from the ASB office at Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road. Proof of residence and an application form are required.

For more information contact:
Barbara Brown

Community Stories
Tabitha’s Closet offers formal wear for Homecoming and Prom

- Tabitha’s Closet is a place for students to borrow formal wear for Homecoming and Prom
- Telephone calls accepted Sept 10 with appointments beginning Sept. 11
- 1420 S 2nd Ave
- 509.730.1126
- Open by appointment only (Monday-Friday)

City Parks and Recreation Update

Youth Fall Soccer Referees - Paid position. $10-$18 per hour. You choose your schedule. Also accepting volunteers.
Fencing - Ages 10-17 - Beginning - $38 Intermediate/Advanced - $48
Guitar - Ages 12 & Up - $40
Ukulele - Ages 12 & Up - $40
NEW! Ukulele & Guitar Jam Session - Ages 12 & Up - Free
Pencil Portraits - Ages 14 & Up - $30
Mat Cutting - Ages 14 & Up - $30
Watercolor - Ages 16 & Up - Beginning - $81 Intermediate/Advanced - $104
Nia - Ages 12 & Up - $40 & Up
Bellydancing - Ages 12 & Up - $65

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

Whitman College Science Outreach and Student Engagement Center present Sharing Books, Talking Science

• Sharing Books, Talking Science by Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz
• Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/rzSL4vkgzHY7LVZH2
• Next Generation Science Standards discussed with guidance from Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz
• With Sharing Books, Talking Science you’ll have the tools and confidence to infuse curriculum with scientific thinking and explore ideas with your students...even when you aren’t teaching science.


September 15 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Coffee and light dinner will be served.
Hall of Science Room 151

September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m
Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
Hall of Science Room 151

Clock hours are available
Books will be for sale at the event

Kirkman House display features local fair history

The Kirkman House has a display in the Pavilion at this year’s Fair. The display gives information about the Fair, beginning with the 1900’s. Be sure to stop by and check it out. 

Walla Walla to honor Batman actor Adam West September 19

Walla Walla is honoring legendary actor Adam West Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Adam West Day event includes a showing of West documentary “Starring Adam West”, a Q&A panel, music, food, contests, an official lighting of the Bat Signal, activities for kids, and much more.

The Adam West Day schedule of events:
● Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor.
● A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla.
● Official lighting of the Bat Signal in the evening.
● Live music and kids activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
● The Adam West Experience, a joint effort of downtown Walla Walla businesses. Each participating business will display a bat sticker that indicates its involvement, which could include a special, a giveaway, or a drink or food item named in West’s honor. An award will be given to the three downtown businesses with the best decorations.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com. For more details on Adam West Day, visit https://www.facebook.com/adamwestday/.

“Big Idea” Speaker Series, Fall 2017

• Presented by the American Association of University Women and the Walla Walla Public Library
• 7 to 8:30 p.m. Walla Walla Walla Public Library, 238 East Alder

Sept. 28 - Ode to the Harvesters: Examining Current Agricultural Labor Issues in Washington State

Oct. 26 - Hanford: Myth & Reality? A Current Look at the Cleanup

Nov. 30 - Suicide Prevention & Youth Mental Health: The Positive Impacts of School-Based Health Clinics

More Information:
Marilyn Hawkins, AAUW, mhawkins@prhawk.com, (509) 876-8202
Jennifer Reading, Walla Walla Public Library, jreading@wallawallawa.gov, (509) 524-4435

YMCA offers childcare and part-time employment

Are you in need of After School Childcare? Check out the YMCA After School Program at www.wwymca.org OR 509-525-8863

Are you interested in part time employment? Check out the YMCA job opportunities at www.wwymca.org OR call 509-525-8863

Additional Information: Katie Svilich
Childcare Director
Walla Walla YMCA
509-525-8863 Ex106-Office OR 124-Classroom

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