Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 23, 2018

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Elementary Open Enrollment and Kindergarten registration next month

Kindergarten and Fall Registration for elementary schools will be from Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 27, 2018. Kindergarten registration will take place at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 9. However, the completed registration forms will not be accepted until April 16.

Kindergarten/Elementary Registration Hours:
Monday, April 16, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 17– April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child in a school outside of their attendance area may pick up Open Enrollment application or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 9; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 16.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130, which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

HIV/AIDS prevention materials review night March 28

In January, our School Board approved the adoption of new grade 5-12 HIV/AIDS Prevention materials (Rights, Respect, Responsibility).  This was a significant step toward ensuring that students have access to the most current materials and information, aligned across grade levels. In keeping with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) requirement that all districts inform parents/guardians of all materials used with students in fifth through twelfth grades, there will be a presentation on Wednesday, March 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Board Room. 

Materials also will be on display Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the district office. Parents who wish to have their child excused from participation in the HIV/AIDS prevention program may obtain an opt-out form at the district office following the parent presentation or during the preview days.  State law provides that a parent or guardian must preview materials before they can object and have their child excused from participation in the HIV/AIDS prevention program.

Personnel Report (from March 20, 2018 school board meeting)


Nancy Taylor, Director of Fiscal Services, District Office

Lori Gillin, Head Start/ECEAP, Blue Ridge Preschool

Nichole Alvarado, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School
Lindsey Dean, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary School
Dawn Hammond, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School


Megan Blair-Cabasco, English/Language Arts, Pioneer Middle School, 4 years

Donna McCaw, Secretary to the Principal, Green Park Elementary School, 27 years
David Ferraro, Kitchen Assistant, Walla Walla High School, 2.5 years
William Heiser, Trades Assistant, Facilities and Operations, 28 years
Ruben Hernandez, 21st Century Site Coordinator, Blue Ridge Elementary School, 4.5 years
Rachelle Johnson, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 6 months
Vicki Johnson, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary School, 22 years
Karen Jorgenson, Kitchen Manager, Edison Elementary School, 29.5 years
Joanna Polk, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School, 6 months

John Golden, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Walla Walla High School, 13 years
(John was assistant boys’ basketball coach prior to assuming the head coaching position)

Kindergarten Resource Fair April 11

• WWPS Kindergarten Resource Fair
• Wednesday, April 11
• 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Community Center, Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• Elementary information packets & information
• Busing and Nutrition Service information
• Dual Language and Bilingual Education information
• Highly capable and special education services information
• Afterschool program information
• Event Information: Pam Clayton (pclayton@wwps.org / 526-6785)

November 2018 bond targets schools receiving lowest building condition scores based on OSPI standards

Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay reported on the district’s Asset Preservation program during Tuesday’s school board meeting. This OSPI mandate requires school districts to complete a facilities review annually. The report is based on a 52 point facility evaluation and scored from excellent to unsatisfactory. Many of the district’s facilities have not had significant construction improvements in 40 to 50 years and scored in the poor range despite an ambitious maintenance program.

Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School scored among the lowest in the district and have been selected by the Community Facilities Task Force for improvement consideration on the November 2018 bond proposal. Kay said the Asset Preservation report is an excellent tool for his maintenance team to help strategically stage maintenance projects.

“We have an aggressive preventative maintenance program,” said Kay. “Our maintenance staff is working hard to ensure our students have safe learning spaces. The challenge is many of our facilities are showing their age and systems and materials are wearing out.”

Middle School and High School English Language Arts Curriculum adoption update

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis reported at Tuesday’s school board meeting the district is on target to bring a 6-12 English Language Arts curriculum adoption proposal to the school board in May. The adoption process began last fall and materials are currently being piloted across the district. Krutulis said the $350,000 adoption is aligned with the new state learning standards. She said the new curriculum will be available in book and electronic formats and is more rigorous. Professional development will be offered during the summer.

Health Advisory update

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis is co-chairing the School Health Advisory Committee with Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay. She reported at Tuesday’s school board meeting the group meets quarterly to support health and nutrition programs. The group reviewed K-5 PE and recess times during its last meeting to see if more time could be allotted. Krutulis said the packed daily schedule does not allow for more time. She said the group will promote other options for staying active.

School Safety update

Communications Director Mark Higgins and Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay provided school board members an update Tuesday night on emergency preparedness and school safety plans. Higgins reported the district models its plan on the requirements of RCW.28a.320.125 focusing on crisis prevention, crisis management and crisis recovery. He said the new Reach Out Suicide Prevention partnership with WW County and new standardized Emergency Procedure posters are having a positive impact. Kay noted his department is taking the lead on reunification procedures at the fairgrounds should a school need to evacuate and relocate. Additional training, safety team reviews and scenario table top drills are on the list for next steps.  

Spring Break & K-5 Early Dismissal

- No school April 2-6
- District office hours: 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
- K-5 Early Dismissal Friday, March 30 (all district elementary schools)

School Stories
Lincoln High School and Alternative Education Program students receive Exchange Club Youth of the Month awards

Congratulations to Lincoln High School seniors Ross Branco and Dharma Mendoza and Alternative Education Program senior Jesse Brown for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards. These students will also be eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college schol-arship. 2017-18 Youth of the Month Theme: “Strengthening America through socially responsible communities.” Mark Higgins is the program coordinator.

Lincoln High School
Ross Branco has been a student at Lincoln High School for the past two years. He attended Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison Middle School. He will be performing in his first play The Addams Family Musical the last two weeks of March. He is interested in making jewelry and plans to attend Walla Walla Community College next fall.

Dharma Mendoza has been a student at Lincoln High School since her freshman year. She is also attending the Health Sciences program at SEATech to pursue a career in nursing.

Jesse Brown is 19-years-old and entered AEP her sophomore year, transferring from Waitsburg High School. She has been able to enroll in college courses, earning dual-credit as she gets ready to graduate and attend college. Jesse has been selected as the student speaker for graduation this year. She is active in her church, volunteers for 4-H and spends time babysitting for church friends. Jesse has been accepted to Multnomah University in Portland and is scheduled to start next fall.

Walla Walla High School ASB Officers announced

2018-2019 ASB Officers:
• Lacey Owens – President
• Claire Clark - Vice President
• Megan Harvey – Secretary
• Reese Fewell – Treasurer

Lincoln High School Drama presents – The Addams Family

Show dates: March 24, 29, 31 (7:30 p.m.) and March 25 (2 p.m.)
Location: Village Hall Theater at Walla Walla University (204 S. College Ave.)
Suggested donation: $10 adults and $5 students
Information: Riki Wauchek - ewauchek@wwps.org

Wa-Hi Dance Team fundraiser features public performance 

• Nights of Dance
• Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m.
• Location: Walla Walla High School Small Gym
• $10 general admission ($5 for students with an ASB)
• Tickets available online @ intouch.wwps.org and at the door.

Event Summary
The Wa-Hi Dance team is hosting a citywide dance performance Nights of Dance Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Please come support these hardworking ladies in their fundraising efforts as they perform for you; along with some of Walla Walla’s most talented dancers from throughout the valley. You will see styles of dance including; hip-hop, breakdance, popping, jazz, musical theater, ballet, & pom. Berney Elementary’s Dance Crew, directed by Elizabeth Jagelski, will be there as will The Dance Center, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, and the Walla Walla Dance Company, directed by Nancy Wells. Walla Walla Community College’s Dance Cooperative will be performing under the direction of Vicki Llyod. Peter De Grasse, Senior Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance from Whitman College, will treat us with a solo. Finally, Walla Walla High School’s Dance Team, coached by Emma Wolpert & Merrit Morris, will present numerous routines including their state competition dance routines, Own the Night and Bird Set Free. Our senior dancers will be recognized, and we will have a nice tribute to our past dance teams.

Whitman College student who volunteers at Berney receives state recognition 

Whitman College recently released a video on senior psychology major Nikki Antenucci. Nikki volunteers at Berney Elementary with first grade teacher Kathy Kelly. She received the Student Serving Washington Award from the WA Campus Compact and was also honored with a Governor’s Award. Her work with WWPS is one of the compelling reasons she received this recognition.

Nikki’s video feature: https://youtu.be/3RmHtpr8yKM

Community Stories

Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt

The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 59th Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year’s Easter Egg hunt features 26 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, 1-3 yrs old, 4-6 yrs, 7-10 yrs and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

Whitman College Basketball offers FREE youth shooting clinics

Whitman College Men’s Basketball program is hosting FREE Shooting Clinics every Sunday in April and the first weekend in May for boys ages 7-14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

• Ty Arras, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
• 509-670-9009

Kirkman House featuring Frocks and Chapeaus

The Kirkman House is located at 214 N Colville Street. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 to 4. The Sunday hours are 10 to 1. The current exhibit is fancy Frocks and Chapeaus.

City Parks and Recreation Update

Spring Softball Skills Clinic – Ages 5-13 - $35 Pitching/Catching - $15
Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5-12 - $40/$55
Warrior Soccer Academy - Ages 5-11 - $48
Adult Softball League – Ages 16 & up - $870 per team
Adult Soccer League – Ages 16 & up - $422 per team
Yoga (Buti & Hatha) - Ages 12 & up
Guitar/Ukulele Lessons – Ages 12 & up - $40
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
Lifeguard Certifications – Ages 15 & up - $150

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us.
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We are hiring!
Be a softball umpire for 10U & 12U! Paid position or volunteer. Contact WW Parks & Recreation, Clay Lindsey clindsey@wallawallawa.gov or 509-526-4527.
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