Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 17, 2017

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District Stories
School Board meeting Tuesday

- Tuesday, Nov. 21
- 5:30 p.m.
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

Thanksgiving Break Holiday Schedule

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

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. 

Patron Tour guests visit three schools

Wednesday Superintendent Wade Smith held his fall Patron Tour. Guests learned about the district’s new Strategic Plan which sets the direction of the school district for the next five years. They also toured Pioneer Middle School, Lincoln High School and Walla Walla High School. Superintendent Smith updated the group on facilities improvement planning efforts currently taking place. The Community Facilities Task Force is developing a long-range facilities plan centered on remodeling Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School. Smith reported the district is bond debt free in December of 2018 putting it in a position to complete these three projects without increasing the existing bond rate.

Patron Tour Guests:
Jacklyn West
Ted Cox
Sheila Hagar
Kelly Trop
Charlie Barron
Jim McCarthy
Dave Anderson
Mark Anderson
Dr. Ellen Wolf
Linda Johnson
Mark Klicker
Terri Gilbert
Chelanne Brown
Andrea Renholds
Paul Schneidmiller
Erica Munsey
Jody Schneidmiller
Samuel Schneidmiller

Community Facilities Task Force to make recommendations to school board in December

Wednesday the Community Facilities Task Force, chaired by Graduate of Distinction recipient and local business owner Paul Schneidmiller, met to continue work on a long-range facilities improvement plan. The group has been meeting since the summer of 2016. Schneidmiller and other members of the task force will report to the school board December 19. They will bring two packages of improvement options to the school board to further test with the community. The Community Facilities Task Force has listed remodels of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School as the top facility improvement needs in the district following months of extensive study and research. The district is bond debt free in December of 2018 putting it in a position to complete these three projects without increasing the existing bond rate. The school board will vote in May 2018 on which bond package to put on the ballot for November 2018. 

Video showcasing Strategic Plan features Berney teacher and district students

Click HERE to view a recently produced video highlighting the new Strategic Plan. This brief video will be used to help raise awareness of the district’s new strategic plan. Thanks to Andrew Sayers of the 21st Century program for producing and directing the video. 

Video Talent includes:
Sharptein student Evelyn Hess
Pioneer MS student Sergio Gomez
Berney teacher Stacy Morrison
School Board President Dr. David Hampson

Click HERE for more information on the new Strategic Plan. 

Parents and Community Invited to View Proposed Instructional Health Materials

Teaching and Learning is working with teams of teachers to update curricular materials in support of our Strategic Plan to ensure high quality instruction and aligned and coherent systems. With new Health and Physical Education standards adopted by the State of Washington in 2016, a team of teachers and members of our School Health Advisory Committee gathered this fall to review new instructional materials for health.

Parents and community members are invited to learn about the instructional materials being proposed for health curriculum adoption from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 28 in the district office Anne Golden Boardroom, 364 South Park Street. The materials will also be on display in the district office the week of November 27 through December 1 for those who cannot attend the session.

Parent survey closes November 30

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

School Stories

Final weekend for 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 17,18 at  7 p.m. and November 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.  

Prospect Point Principal for the Day

Prospect Point 5th grader Rory Burke was named Principal for the Day for being the top money raiser in 4th and 5th grade for the PTA fundraiser. Congratulations Rory!

Wa-Hi swimmer signs National Letter of Intent

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School swimmer Paige Gardner for signing a National Letter of Intent Thursday night to swim for Washington State University. Paige has been on the Walla Walla Swim Club (a year-round competitive swim team) for 9 years, and has been a member of the WWHS team for the last four, where she holds two individual school records as well as being a member of two record-setting relay teams.  Paige is a sprint freestyler.  She is a 4.0 student and plans to study biology at WSU.  Paige says she is excited to be a third generation Coug!

Walla Walla High School students selected to perform at All-State 

Congratulations to these WA-HI Music Students selected to perform at the 2018 Washington Music Educators All-State Honor Groups next February in Yakima:

WA-HI Band
• Keeli McKern -- Clarinet -- All-State Wind Ensemble
• Nate Miller -- Trumpet -- All- State Jazz Band
• Tommy Kaminsky -- Flute -- All-State Concert Band

WA-Hi Orchestra
• Bryson Jacob -- Violin -- All-State Symphonic Orchestra

WA-HI Choir
All-State Symphonic Choir
• Peter Hoffman
• Hannah Peha

All-State Treble Choir
• Caroline Blethen

Garrison Junior All-State Choir

Three Garrison Middle School choral program students have been selected to participate in the Washington Junior All-State Choir. Hannah Sanchez (7th grade) and Abby Blethen (8th grade) will sing soprano in the 7th & 8th grade mixed choir and Catie Allen (6th grade) will sing in the Youth Choir, made up of 5th and 6th graders.

Each student submitted a recorded audition in October and were chosen from among hundreds of applicants from around the state. They will travel to Yakima in February for a day of intensive rehearsal and perform in concert the evening of Saturday, February 17.

Wa-Hi art students help international disaster responders

Students at Walla Walla High School put art on the block in order to help people displaced by natural disasters and man-made conflict. The pieces of art being auctioned are part of a fundraising and awareness-building event hosted by Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club and ShelterBox Response Team Member Ned Morris.

“ShelterBox (https://www.shelterbox.org/) provides life saving aid by putting critical supplies directly into the hands of survivors, often in remote or inaccessible locations that palletized aid cannot reach quickly or effectively,” said Morris. “We work closely with organizations like I.O.M., the World Food Program, and the U.N. to coordinate efforts, and with our international Rotary clubs to help navigate government issues, safety, transportation, translation, and other potential obstacles.”

Community Stories
The Dance Center presents holiday performance “The Fantastic Toyshop”

The Dance Center, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish presents for your Holiday entertainment, a delightful family production of “The Fantastic Toyshop”. The performance takes place on December 9 at 7 p.m. at Cordiner Hall. Tickets are available beginning November 17 at Earthlight Books. Come see this charming ballet danced by over one hundred talented children from ages four through adult. Choreographed by Idalee Hutson-Fish with additional choreography by Ashley Akacich and Brooke Perkins. This production sponsored in part by: Danza Classica Ballet Foundation and Alexandra Communications. Tickets available November 17 at Earthlight Books:
- Reserve $20 General $15 Stu/Sen $12

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.

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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