Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 2, 2018

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February No School dates

- Early dismissal for K-5 (conference prep) - Friday, Feb. 9:
- No School (conferences) – Thursday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 16
- No School (Presidents Day) – Monday, Feb. 19

February 2018 – Parent/Teacher Goal-Setting Conference Schedules

Berney Elementary
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, Feb. 12: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 2:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Monday, Feb. 12: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Drop-In): 7:45 – 11:30 a.m., 12:00 – 2:30 p.m., 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Monday, Feb. 12 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Arena Drop-In): 4:00 -8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEATech Skills Center
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

School board meetings Feb. 6

• Feb. 6 – School board Executive Session @ 4 p.m. (meeting not open to the public)
• Feb. 6 - School board regularly scheduled meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Walla Walla Public Schools District Office

Remember to vote – Ballots due February 13

Please remember to vote in the special election. Ballots are due Feb. 13, 2018. 

National School Counseling Week 2018

2018 National School Counseling Week - “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars,” will be celebrated from Feb. 5-9, 2018, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. 

Superintendent’s Patron Tour March 14 – Visit Wa-Hi, Pioneer MS and Lincoln HS

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a tour of three schools and an update on the district’s 2018 Bond Planning work. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Superintendent Smith and learn more about Walla Walla Public Schools.

• Wednesday, March 14 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, March 9 -- sgolden@wwps.org / (509) 526-6715

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

Applications for Secondary Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year accepted this month

Walla Walla Public Schools will hold secondary open enrollment for middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year during February. The middle and high schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 1 through the end of the month to complete the open enrollment process.

Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may now pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours.

Harvest of the Month

February Harvest of the Month is butternut Squash. Squash will be served during lunch in school cafeterias this month.

Highly Capable Referral Period scheduled through March 2, 2018 

Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable Program provides students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills. Information on Highly Capable Program services and the 2018 referral process is currently available on the district’s website. Referral forms are available in all district schools and on the district website.

The annual selection process for in-district students takes place in late winter/early spring, with referral packets due back to schools by March 2, 2018 for grades K-8. Following the testing and selection process, all parents will be notified in writing of the results of the process. A child not selected one year may be referred again in subsequent years.

Parent permission forms for kindergarten cognitive abilities screening are available at district schools and screening will take place soon. Parents will be notified of screening results and full referral forms will be distributed at conferences. Referred students will take the remainder of the cognitive abilities test and be reviewed for selection by the end of March so they may begin services at their home schools after Spring Break.

Universal screening for students in grades 2 and 5
Students in second and fifth grade will take the cognitive abilities screener and results of the screening process, along with other data points, will be used to determine which students will be recommended at conference time to participate in the remainder of the cognitive abilities test.

Referrals for all other students
Parents of students at other elementary and middle school grade levels should be in contact with their child’s teacher(s) to determine if Highly Capable testing is recommended. Students in grades one through eight selected for Highly Capable programming will begin services at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. For more information, please contact the Walla Walla School District Teaching and Learning office: 526-6735.

School Stories
Golden Era of Wa-Hi sports recognized tonight

Walla Walla Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame is honoring four championship teams Friday, Feb 2 during halftime of the Wa-Hi vs Southridge boys basketball game.

The Golden Era of Wa-Hi Sports

1951 Undefeated Football Champions
- 236 points scored vs 32 points for opponents

1952 Undefeated Football Champions
- 254 points scored vs 40 points for opponents

1952 State Basketball Champions

1953 State Track Champions

The Hall of Fame Committee invites all those who played on any of these teams to a pre-game reception in the Felix Fletcher Hall of Fame room in the Blue Devil gymnasium. The reception will start at 5 p.m. The Girls game is at 5:45 p.m. and Boys play at 7:30 p.m. The Walla Walla Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes all fans and friends.

Middle school Jazz Bands to join San Francisco Jazz live stream concert

The Garrison and Pioneer Jazz Bands will represent the state in participating in a two-way concert broadcast Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. sponsored by the San Francisco Jazz. SFJAZZ (San Francisco Jazz) Exchanges from the Stage program is limiting the participation to a total of eight schools for this event; four from California, two from Arizona, and two from Washington State. SFJAZZ is a non-profit performing arts center.

Cheer tumbling team qualifies for USA national competition

The Walla Walla High School Cheerleading team competed at the WIAA State Championships on January 27 at Battleground High School. In order to qualify for the event, teams had to earn a qualifying score at a previous state cheerleading competition. Walla Walla High School competed in three routines throughout the season, and earned qualifying scores to compete in all of their routines at the state competition. This is the first time in school history that all competing teams at Walla Walla High School have qualified to compete at the state competition. This is the first year the Non-Tumbling team has qualified, and the 2nd consecutive year the Tumbling team has qualified. This is also the first year Washington state has offered the Game Day division, where the teams compete in a simulated “game day” football performance situation. On Saturday, in the Game Day division, the entire team competed and placed 7th. In the Non-Tumbling division, the team placed 8th. In the Tumbling division, the team placed 8th. The Tumbling team has also qualified and will compete at USA Nationals in Anaheim, California on the weekend of February 23.

Suicide Prevention – Blue Devil Strong hosts Parent Awareness Night

Topic: What we can learn from the popular culture of suicide?
- Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Library
- Student leaders will discuss the truth buried in the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, and how this knowledge could help your teen

SEATech students support Christian Aid Center

SEATech Pre-nursing students volunteered at the Christian Aid Center this week serving about 100 community members. Students made spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. Thanks to instructor Sandy Thomas for her leadership and the students for their support and kindness.

Community Stories
Whitman students provide free weekly tutoring AP and CP Science, Math, and Writing

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 7-9 p.m.
Where: Whitman College Hall of Science Room 142 (see map below)
Why: Fantastic tutors, great study environment, and yummy snacks!

Tutoring is available whenever Whitman College is in session.

Sweet Hearts for Kids annual luncheon

• Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
• $40 lunch, per person
• 12 noon to 1 p.m.
• Keynote speaker - Marla Capra. Marla frequently writes about the joys and challenges of parenting three children who all came to her family through adoption. Her humor and honesty make her highly relatable. The former Walla Walla resident serves as an ambassador for the Mixed Roots Foundation that supports agencies who work with adoptees. She also volunteers for Girls Inc, at her children’s school and the local library. Marla is a great friend of Children’s Home Society of Washington.
• Proceeds support the Children’s Home Society of Walla Walla

Whitman students support CASA program

The Whitman College Kappa Alpha Theta’s announce their annual fundraising event for the Walla Walla Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Walla Walla’s Got Talent! This event is on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, on the Whitman College campus.

The CASA program provides direct advocacy to local children who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect and have been placed into foster or kinship care by utilizing specially trained community volunteers as advocates. This community event raises critical funds that are used to provide the volunteer advocates with their 30-hours of pre-service training and 12-hours of yearly continuing education. Volunteers are also given the opportunity to attend the annual Washington State CASA Conference with all travel and registration fees covered by scholarship from the Theta’s fundraising.

Auditions will take place Thursday, February 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and Friday, February 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Cordiner Hall. The purpose of auditions is to ensure the performance fits under the approved guidelines and to allow performers the opportunity to be on the performance stage.

Those interested in participating in Walla Walla’s Got Talent will need to fill out the Walla Walla’s Got Talent Application. The application includes important information regarding the auditions and rehearsals. If any groups have questions or concerns, they may contact Nikki Delgado at delgadnm@whitman.edu.

Parent information night 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.

Parent Information Meeting
• Monday, Feb. 26
• 7 p.m.
• WWCC room 209
• For information, contact: Kathryn Southwick-Hess:
- mrstravelmama@gmail.com
- www.eftours.com/2027851vd

Farm-to-School program Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 

Walla Walla Valley Farm-to-School invites the community to its 3rd annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Thursday, February 8 between 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Maple Counter Café. No need to buy a ticket or make reservations. Just bring your family to enjoy an outstanding meal lovingly prepared by Maple Counter with Frog Hollow Farm tomatoes and peppers and Hayshaker Farm beets and carrots, ground beef provided by Blue Valley Meats and other generously contributed ingredients.
- $15 per person, $8 kids (12 and under)
- All proceeds to benefit Walla Walla Valley Farm to School in support of school gardens where students connect with real food while learning about science and the environment in an outdoor living classroom.

Walla Walla Symphony Free family concert

• Sunday, Feb. 11
• FREE family concert
• Event includes an “instrument petting zoo” before the concert for kids to try out different instruments
• Event link: http://www.wwsymphony.org/20172018-symphony-season/2018/2/11/free-family-concert-foodraiser

St Patty’s Day Dash 5K & 10K

• Saturday, March 17
• Ages 10 & Up
• Cost - $12-$25
• Fort Walla Walla Park
• All paid/registered participants will receive an event shirt
• Volunteers needed
• For more information or to register please visit www.wwpr.us.
• Contact Michael Bumgardner at 509-527-4527 for event/volunteer information.

City Parks and Recreation Update

Mother/Son Superhero Bash – February 10 – All Ages - $15
Father/Daughter Valentines Ball – February 24 - All Ages - $15
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5-12 - $40/$55
Girls Softball Clinic – Ages 5-13 - $35 Pitching/Catching - $15

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