Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 9, 2017

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Public invited to reception to honor School Board member Cindy Meyer

Tuesday, Nov. 21 is the last school board meeting for Cindy Meyer after 12 years of service. The district is planning a public reception in her honor at the beginning of the regularly scheduled board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Please join us in thanking Cindy for her service to the staff and students of Walla Walla Public Schools. 

American Education Week

November 13-17 is American Education Week and an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who ensure every child receives a quality education. 

City partnership key to Green Park Bus loop project success

Walla Walla Public Schools and several partners, including officials from the City of Walla Walla, celebrated the new Green Park Elementary Bus Loop with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Nov. 8. Principal Gina Yonts welcomed guests and reported how the new bus loop will improve student safety and parent drop-off and pick up efficiency.

Superintendent Wade Smith addressed how the partnership with the City of Walla Walla’s Isaacs Ave project helped reduce costs and improve project efficiency since contractors were already on site and the street was under construction. The $132,000 project would have cost significantly more according to Superintendent Smith without the city’s involvement. The new bus lane opened for use Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Board reviews 2017-2018 Strategic Plan School Dashboard reports

Tuesday night, Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea reviewed baseline data from the district’s new 2017-2018 Strategic Plan School Dashboard reports. These school data profiles reflect data linked to the five year goals established by each school to meet the district’s Strategic Success Indicators. The plan is to see inclemental improvements over the five-year span to meet the new targets established by the school board. The dashboard reports will be updated regularly as part of the progress monitoring component of the new Strategic Plan which is focused on improved student academic performance.

“Our purpose is to ensure high levels of learning for all students and we have a clear direction of where we are going over the next five years,” said Gardea.

See More Online: Strategic Plan Webpage - http://www.wwps.org/strategicplan

Areas of focus being monitored, include:
• Student engagement
- Absenteeism rates
- Extracurricular activities involvement

• Student Academic Performance
- Smarter Balanced Assessments (English Language Arts and Math)
- Dibels/IDEL
- Aimsweb
- iReady (reading, math)
- Course completion rates
- Credit attainment

• Student Behavior Indicators
- Office referrals
- In-School Suspensions
- Out of School Suspensions

• Survey Perception Data
- CEE staff, students and parents perceptions (online)
- Community perceptions (telephone survey)

District seeks parent input through Educational Effectiveness Survey

Parent Survey Link - https://www.research.net/r/wwps-parent-2017
Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking parent feedback through the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) as an extension of the Board of Director’s strategic planning process. The district will use the data to track progress towards its goals and initiatives. The deadline to complete the survey is Nov. 30.

How to take survey:
• Survey posted on district webpage - www.wwps.org
• Use your own electronic device - https://www.research.net/r/wwps-parent-2017
• Hard copies available in schools and the district office
• Survey is completely anonymous
• Available in both English and Spanish
• Please take a separate survey for each child’s school

Survey Topics:
• School Leadership
• Teaching and Learning
• Communication
• Safety and Security
• School Culture and Climate

Personnel Report (November 7, 2017 School board meeting)

James Amundson, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School
Rebecca Cooley, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Sharpstein Elementary School
Cia Cortinas, Para-Educator (temporary), Edison Elementary School
Marcos Medina, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Edison Elementary School
Katie Mulvaney, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary School
Rebecca O’Connor, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Green Park Elementary School
Elizabeth Osborn, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School


Jennifer Lantz, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary School, 1 year
Dee Dee Schulz, Bus Assistant/Bus Driver, SE WA Transportation Co-Op, 17 years

No School Friday, November 10 – Veterans Day Holiday

There is no school Friday, November 10 in observance of Veterans Day. Thanks to all of our veterans for their service and sacrifice in the name of freedom. 

Thanksgiving Break Holiday Schedule

- Early dismissal Wednesday, November 22
- No school Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24

Winter weather school delay or closure procedures

As winter weather forecasts begin to appear, Walla Walla Public Schools reminds everyone safety is the primary factor for for delaying or canceling school due to inclement weather. Driving of local roads, studying weather forecasts, and communicating with surrounding school districts are components included in this thoughtful process. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Announcements include:
- Media release (radio, tv, newspaper)
- SchoolMessenger automated messages to staff and parents (telephone, email, text)
- Web posting (www.wwps.org)
- Staff e-mail (Google staff e-mail)
- Enews message (sign up on the district web site)
- District Facebook page (facebook.com/wwschools)
- Twitter message (twitter.com/wwschools)
- Orange signs posted in front of schools

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 Monday, Nov. 13 -- sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

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

School Stories
Blue Devils volleyball team and swimmers qualify for State! – By Wa-Hi Athletics Department

In only her 2nd year as head coach, Tracy Rotert’s team has qualified for the final round of 16 at the WIAA state volleyball tournament! The Blue Devils qualified by beating Gonzaga Prep 3-1 to earn the 3rd seed from the regional playoffs. The state volleyball tournament starts Friday, November 10. The Blue Devils will take the court at 1:30 p.m. in the Toyota Center.
Here is the link to the tournament information:

Wa-Hi Girls Swim ON-TO-STATE as well….
The Blue Devil Girls swim team qualified for the following events. Blue Devil swimmers will compete November 10 and 11 at the King Co. Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Qualifiers for the individual events are:
1. Laurel Skorina 200 Freestyle
2. Paige Gardner 50 Freestyle
3. Hally Ruff 50 Freestyle
4. Paige Gardner 100 Freestyle
5. Hally Ruff 100 Freestyle
6. Laurel Skorina 500 Freestyle
7. Kyra Hartley 100 Backstroke
8. Hannah Gardner 100 Breaststroke

Qualifiers for the swim relay events are:
1. 200 Medley Relay = Kyra Hartley, Hannah Gardner, Hannah Gordon, and Hally Ruff
2. 200 Freestyle = Laurel Skorina, Hannah Gardner, Hannah Gordan, and Paige Gardner
3. 400 Freestyle = Laurel Skorina, Hally Ruff, Kyra Hartley and Paige Gardner

Good Luck Ladies and Congratulations!

“This is the strongest swim team Wa-Hi has ever fielded,” said Athletic Director Dirk Hansen.

For more information, go to: www.kingcounty.gov/services/parks-recreation/parks/activities/aquatics.aspx

Wa-Hi Fall Drama – Pink Panther Strikes Again

Walla Walla High School Drama presents The Pink Panther Strikes Again.  This family friendly comedy will entertain all ages.  Showtimes are November 9,10,11,16,17,18 at  7 p.m. and November 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12/adult and $6/students and seniors and are available in the WaHi ASB office Monday thru Friday during school hours and one hour prior to curtain.  Tickets may be purchased online at intouch.wwps.org.  

Wa-Hi Band students selected to All-State Honor groups

Congratulations to Walla Walla High band students for being selected to the 2018 Washington Music Educators All-State Honor groups. Students auditioned for this honor. They will perform Presidents Day weekend in February in Yakima.
- Keeli McKern--clarinet All-State Wind Ensemble
- Tommy Kaminsky--flute All-State Concert Band
- Nate Miller--trumpet All-State Jazz Band

Staples donates $25,000 to Blue Ridge to boost technology

Thanks to Staples for donating $25,000 to Blue Ridge. The funding will support enhanced technology across the school. The check was presented to the school in front of the entire student body during the Veterans Day assembly. The Walla Walla  Staples store won a corporate competition and was able to select a local cause.

Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom

Looking for a great holiday gift idea? We have one which also does something good for the community. The Books for Babes program is continuing its flower bulb sale with a new twist...each gift box now includes a vintage-style jar and decorative rocks so you can watch your fragrant hyacinth bulb grow right in your window sill.

At just $5 each, this makes a nice gift for just about anyone....teacher, co-worker, party host, neighbor, friend or you! Edison Elementary students help assemble the gifts and proceeds provide bags of books for newborns in Walla Walla.

Order deadline is Monday, December 4
Email bargabk@charter.net or call 529-3527 with the number of bulb boxes in your order and your contact information for delivery. Bulbs will be delivered by Monday, December 11.

Three Wa-Hi athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to the following senior athletes for signing National Letters of Intent Wednesday night to secure their opportunities to continue their careers in college.
- Kamryn Coleman – Softball, University of Central Arkansas
- Faith Hoe – Softball, Weber State, Utah
- Lauren Hoe – Softball, Weber State, Utah

Public invited to Walla Walla Youth Speaks event

- Walla Walla Youth Speaks event
- Free, open to public
- Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- WWCC Performing Arts Center

Students in the 7th and 8th grade Advanced Writing Projects classes at Pioneer and Garrison have spent the last several weeks researching a topic of importance to them. Their culminating project is an oral presentation modeled after TED Teen Talks. Thanks to the generosity of Walla Walla Community College, all participating students from the classes of Mrs. Clearman, Mrs. Wooters, Mrs. Cabasco, and Ms. Palmer will convene at the Performing Arts Center for the Walla Walla Youth Speaks event.

Community Stories
Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner

- Tuesday, November 21
- 4 to 6 p.m.
- Desales High School

Sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army with the help of numerous churches, community organizations and private donations. If you have questions, please call Kay Barga 529-3527 or St. Vincent de Paul 525-3903.

City Parks and Recreation Update

Winter Wrestling Workshop - December 26-28 - Ages 5-13 - $40
Lacrosse Fundamentals Clinic - January 20-27 - Grades 1-4 - $15 including equipment
Adult First Aid/CPR - Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials

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