Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Oct. 12, 2017

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WWPS No School Days – Oct 12 and 13

- October 12 & 13 (Parent Conferences)

School Board meeting Tuesday

- Tuesday, Oct. 17
- 5:30 p.m.
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

District seeks parent input through Educational Effectiveness Survey

Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking feedback from key stakeholder groups through the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) as an extension of the Board of Director’s strategic planning process. This survey tool will be used annually going forward.

This week the district began administering the survey to parents. Parents are able to complete the survey using their own electronic devices. Hard copies are also available at the schools. Parent Survey Link - https://www.research.net/r/wwps-parent-2017

Later this month students and staff will receive the survey. In addition a community telephone survey is being conducted this fall to garner feedback about the quality of education offered in Walla Walla Public Schools. The district will use the data to track progress towards its goals and initiatives.

“This survey will provide our staff and leadership valuable information and feedback about our school environments from the perspective of current parents, students, staff and community members, including those who don’t have children in our schools,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “We value your input and welcome your ideas as we strive for a world-class education for all students.”

The survey is completely anonymous and available in both English and Spanish. Survey questions were developed by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, a Washington-based educational research firm, in collaboration with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State. This survey has been used with over 750,000 educational stakeholders in the Western U.S. and provides a powerful tool for district staff to benchmark current school perceptions with high-performing schools across the nation.

Remember to vote – November 7

- General Election: November 7
- Ballots mail out to voters October 18

Meet the superintendent and visit Wa-Hi, Lincoln and Pioneer during Superintendent’s Patron Tour program

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a tour of three schools and an update on the district’s Facilities Improvement Planning process, academic achievement goals and ways the district is reaching out to engage students in school activities. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Superintendent Smith and learn more about Walla Walla schools.

• Wednesday, Nov. 15 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 9 -- sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• Pioneer Middle School
• Walla Walla High School
• Lincoln High School

District joins sponsor list at annual Dia De Los Muertos event

Walla Walla Public Schools is one of several community sponsors of the annual Dia De Los Muertos event. District staff will have an information station set-up Sunday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the event located at the Downtown Farmers Market. There will be free activities, music, dance and theater. The district will share information about a variety of programs and activities, including:
- Dual Language Program
- English Language Development
- Middle School Spanish
- Free Middle School Sports
- Gifted Learners Program
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Readiness Programs
- SEATech

District supports Realtors Care and Share Annual Food Drive

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area realtors in support of the Annual Care and Share Food Drive. All proceeds support the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. A number of activities are planned this month to support the food drive and bring awareness to this important cause.

WWPS Food Drive Activities

Collection Barrels at Schools – Month of October
• Barrels at all elementary schools, both middle schools and the district office the month of October

“Fill the School Bus” event at area grocery stores – Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Stores: SuperOne, Albertsons

Bag distribution to area residents
• Friday, Oct. 20 or by noon Saturday, Oct. 21 – Pick up on Oct. 22 (volunteers needed for a territory)
• Bags will be available at Land Title (downtown Plaza near Mill Creek)

Bag collections from area residents
• Sunday, Oct. 22 volunteers collect food (noon to 5 p.m.)
• Bags are delivered to Plaza Baker Boyer Bank (look for semi-truck)

Students to join Great ShakeOut Earthquake drills

Walla Walla Public Schools is participating in the Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 19.  Students have learned to Drop, Cover and Hold in case of an earthquake. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.

Walla Walla Public Schools and United Way of Walla Walla Combine Forces to Create “Adopt-a-Blue Devil” Program

Click here to make a donation: http://www.wwps.org/programs/adopt-a-blue-devil-scholarship-program

This year when United Way of Walla Walla reaches out for donations in support of its 2017-2018 Annual Fundraising Campaign, community members will have an opportunity to check the new Adopt-a-Blue Devil program box to help support students in financial need participate fully in school activities. This exciting new program is a collaboration between Walla Walla Public Schools and United Way of Walla Walla.

“Whether a student is lacking money to pay for a pair of cleats, rent a band instrument, purchase a graduation cap and gown, or pay dues to join a school club/activity, the newly-created Adopt-a-Blue Devil Program is here to help,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “One of our four strategic district goals involves engaging students in our academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs. Unfortunately, many of our students lack the financial resources nowadays to participate. This program will serve instrumental in ensuring that no willing student in Walla Walla is turned away due to their family’s limited financial capacity.”

The Adopt-a-Blue Devil concept took shape this fall when Superintendent Smith and Executive Director of United Way of Walla Walla Christy Lieuallen met to discuss collaborative efforts between their two entities. Smith shared with Lieuallen how impactful poverty levels have become in Walla Walla as nearly 60% of the district’s students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch. This figure has jumped three times what it was 25 years ago. This school year the district lowered ASB fees and eliminated middle school pay to participate fees. Smith reports there are still significant costs related to other programming and student participation that limit involvement.

“Last school year the district’s employee sponsored United Way campaign program generated $14,000 district-wide through payroll deduction,” said Lieuallen. “We are hoping this year, with the Adopt-a-Blue Devil Program and additional support from other outside entities, we will be able to double that amount.”

All Walla Walla Public Schools payroll deductions for the Adopt-a-Blue Devil fund will be maintained and accounted for by United Way of Walla Walla. Requests to access the resources may be submitted by teachers, coaches, club advisors, and students. All funding requests will be reviewed and approved by Walla Walla school officials.

“We encourage staff to consider a $20 dollar per month pledge to give a Blue Devil or future Blue Devil (middle school student) a chance to prepare for college, learn new skills, stay engaged and make new friends without the worry of how their family will pay for it,” states Lieuallen. “However, any contribution level will help to sponsor a Walla Walla Public Schools student in need.”

School Stories
Wa-Hi Football team supports Coach To Cure Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

The Walla Walla High School football team is supporting the Coach To Cure Muscular Dystrophy Foundation for the 7th consecutive year during Friday’s (Oct. 13) game against Richland. The Wa-Hi football team will have three honorary captains, along with “player captains” who will be part of the coin toss to start the game. The honorary captains will also be at practice with the team during the week, run a play with the team and score a touchdown. There is no cure for this disease which only inflicts boys. Learn more about Duchenne MD here:

“We have at least two families in the Walla Walla Valley affected by this terrible condition and they are both active members of our campaign against Duchenne MD every year,” said Coach Eric Hisaw. “The Wa-Hi ASB is helping coordinate this event to make it as successful as possible.”

Community Stories
D.A.R.E Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser October 31

• D.A.R.E Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser
• Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m.
• Located at Bacon and Eggs (57 E. Main across from Macys)
• $5 each or $20 for family of six
• All proceeds will directly benefit the D.A.R.E. program

Car seat check up event Oct. 21

- Free car seat check up event sponsored by Children’s Home Society
- Certified car seat technicians will ensure your child’s car seat is installed correctly
- Saturday, Oct. 21 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
- Shopko Parking lot (1651 Rose Street)

Education First plans tour to Peru for Spring Break 2019

Kathryn Southwick Hess will be leading an EF (Education First) student educational tour to Peru during Spring Break 2019. This is the sixth tour she has helped organize to promote global education and cultural awareness.

“This tour has the unique opportunity of practicing Spanish in everyday life for those students taking Spanish at their home school,” said Southwick Hess. “A knowledge of Spanish is not required for this tour, as we will also have a full time bilingual local Tour Director.”

There is also an introduction to service learning component to this tour. Southwick Hess says the tour group will work with a local non-profit on a project which will directly assist the community. They will also visit and explore many of the sites of Peru, Machu Picchu, Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Current 6th-11th grade students are encouraged to attend an informational meeting:
- Wednesday, Oct. 25
- 7 p.m. @ Walla Walla Community College, Room 209
- Contact: mrstravelmama@gmail.com with questions
- www.eftours.com/2027851vd
- This is a parent lead student travel opportunity, not associated with Walla Walla Public Schools

City Parks and Recreation Update

Pumpkin Carving Contest - October 27 - Ages 3-12 years - Free

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
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