Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Dec. 15, 2017

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District Stories
Winter Break Holiday schedule

- No School Dec. 25 to Jan. 5
- Classes resume Monday, January 8

Holiday Concert Series

Click on the link below for a complete listing of this year’s Holiday Concerts. Special thanks to all music teachers and students for their hard work preparing for the concerts.

School Board meeting and Executive Session Tuesday, Dec. 19

- Tuesday, Dec. 19
- 5:30 p.m. (regular business meeting)
- Approximately 7:15 p.m. (executive session)
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

School Stories

CWU and EWU participate in On-Site Admissions event

Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University were both on campus at Walla Walla High School this week providing on site admissions into their schools. Qualified students were given immediate acceptance letters and school shwag! Each application took about 25-30 minutes to complete online with immediate results. Thirteen seniors applied and were accepted into Central Washington University in Ellensburg and 34 seniors applied and 21 were accepted into Eastern Washington University in Cheney. Central Washington University provided fee waivers for every Wa-Hi student that applied this week for a savings of $650. GEAR UP was happy to partner with these schools and help students break down barriers to get into universities and colleges across the state.

WWHS JROTC Cadet program winners announced

Six Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets competed in the monthly Athlete of the Month recently. During this competition the cadets performed one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a one mile run. This month’s winner is Cadet Private First Class Austin Clifton with a score of 212 out of the maximum 300 points. Six other cadets competed in the Cadet of the Month competition held last week. This month’s winner is Cadet Private First Class Lopez with a score of 416 out of the maximum of 606 points.

“I wanted to learn something about what JROTC is and what it was like,” said Lopez. “So far I really enjoy it. Everyday I look forward to this class, because it is all new to me.”

Results for month-long efforts for November 2017 are in and the competitors points have been tallied. After all basic class marksmen in the Wa-Hi JROTC program competed in the monthly Marksman of the Month, Cadet Corporal Hunter Ansorge placing first. He scored 237 out of the maximum of 300. During Marksman of the Month the cadets competing each shoot one target in all three positions; Offhand (Standing), Kneeling, and Prone (Lying Down).

“I joined JROTC to give myself a reason to stay out of trouble,” said Ansorge. “Being in JROTC became one of the few things I want to exceed at because I want to make the rest of my family proud.”

Big Cheese pizza fundraiser supports Lincoln High School Drama Department

If you don’t feel like cooking dinner right after the holidays, then support the Lincoln High School Drama Department at Big Cheese Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, December 27. Get a medium 12” cheese or pepperoni pizza for $4.99 plus tax. All proceeds support The Addams Family Musical scheduled for March 2018.

Link Crew seeking towel donations for Humane Society

Link Crew students at Wa-Hi are collecting new or used clean towels for the Blue Mountain Humane Society. Those wishing to donate a towel are asked to bring them to Mrs. Higgins’s classroom A-11 at Wa-Hi before Winter Break.

Academy Mortgage donates coats to Green Park students

Tera Davis and Janessa Goodson of Academy Mortgage donated 10 coats to Green Park Elementary for students in need. Davis says Academy Mortgage appreciates the support from the community and is committed to giving back and supporting children. Principal Gina Yonts said the gift is greatly appreciated and will help students stay warm and safe during the winter months.  

Community Stories
Public invited to participate in Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Survey 

The Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Survey in now open through December 31. Community members, especially parents of students in grades 6-12, are encouraged to take this brief survey. Data will help identify adult concerns for youth around the areas of anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide.

Results from the survey are used to help secure grants and other necessary funding to support programs such as Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention, Parenting Wisely and Blue Devil Strong at Walla Walla High School.

• Contact Peggy Needham, Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coordinator at Walla Walla County Department of Community Health: pneedham@co.walla-walla.wa.us / 509.524.2684

Survey Links:


United Way Jingle Bell Run/Walk Sunday

- Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K (Family-friendly, festive and fun)
- Sunday, Dec. 17 (Race – 9 a.m. / Pre-registration – 8:30 a.m.
- Pioneer Park Gazebo
- Event benefits the community through United Way of Walla Walla County
- Reindeer Race for children under 12
- All paid registered racers over the age 12 will receive jingle bells for their shoes and a long-sleeved race shirt.
- Three prizes will be awarded for the most festive attire
- Volunteers needed

Christy Lieuallen, Executive Director
United Way of Walla Walla County

Spots still available for EF Tours trip to Peru Spring Break 2019

Kathryn Southwick-Hess is organizing a trip to Peru during Spring Break 2019. The trip is open to all current students in grades 6-11. She says participants will explore ancient civilizations, meet the local people and be immersed in the land and culture of Peru. She also says it is the perfect place to learn or practice Spanish speaking/reading skills. This trip is not sponsored by Walla Walla Public Schools.

For information, contact: Kathryn Southwick-Hess:
- mrstravelmama@gmail.com
- www.eftours.com/2027851vd

WWCC Winter Break Basketball Camp

• December 27 at WWCC Dietrich Dome
• Want to stay active during the holiday break? Here is your chance!
• WWCC is hosting a Basketball Camp for Elementary students on Dec. 27.
• Boys and Girls Grades 1-3: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. / Boys and Girls Grades 4-6: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
• Cost is $20. Make checks to WWCC Athletics.
• Instruction by Bobbi Hazeltine, Head Women’s Coach and her assistants and current players.
• More Information: 509-301-7948. Or go online to find a flyer: http://warriors.wwcc.edu/

City Parks and Recreation Update

Winter Wrestling Workshop – December 26-28 – Ages 5-13 - $40
Whitman Winter Tennis Camp – January 2-5 – Ages 4-18 - $40/$60
Indoor Soccer - K – 8th grade - $60
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
St Patty’s Day Dash (5K & 10K) – Ages 10 & Up - $12-$25

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