Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 30, 2018

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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)

Sharpstein Elementary wins Walla Walla Valley Elementary Math Contest

The Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest took place Saturday morning at Blue Ridge Elementary. This annual event sponsored by the Walla Walla School District and organized by volunteer Laura Schueller included a series of four timed problem sets that test the mathematical thinking of our local 4th and 5th graders. Assumption, Berney, Blue Ridge, Edison, Green Park, Prospect Point, and Sharpstein elementary schools each sent teams of about 12 students each.

There were a total of 82 area students in this year's contest. The overall winner in the team competition was the Sharpstein Elementary team:
Austin Applebee
Jack Babbitt
Ben Clearman
Piper Frederickson
Shannon Gonzales
Jacob Griffith
Ari Kim-Leavitt
Shaila Sinnott
Sal Snow
Jakob Sullivan
Buckley Turner
Bella Zanger
Coaches: Rob Griffith & Mary Cortinas

The top-six places overall in the individual competition were:
1st Elijah Wilson of Edison Elementary
2nd Buckley Turner of Sharpstein Elementary
3rd Shayla Juhasz of Berney Elementary (tie)
3rd James Didelius of Assumption School (tie)
4th Bella Zanger of Sharpstein Elementary
5th Tobias Parker of Berney Elementary
6th Aedan Zimmerman of Green Park Elementary

Elementary Open Enrollment and Kindergarten registration April 16-27

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.

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)

Transportation Department receives 100 percent efficiency rating

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the Walla Walla Public Schools’ Transportation Department received a 100 percent efficiency rating for the third consecutive year. The rating tracks the number of students riding buses. The goal is to increase student counts on each bus to reduce the amount of buses needed. The data is collected using the Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS) to provide a relative efficiency rating of school district transportation operations.

“It is an important recognition as it shows we are running at top efficiency and maximizing state supported funds,” said Transportation Director John Griffith. “We are experienced at establishing routes, using technology and monitoring our operations which helps us achieve the 100 percent efficiency rating.”

School Stories
SEATech students support Valley Little League construction projects

Students in the Construction Technology class at SEATech recently partnered with the Walla Walla Valley Little League to assist in building two new dugouts and remodeling the existing concession stand by adding a second service window as well as a display cabinet for memorabilia.

“This has been a long time coming and on the wish list for the baseball organization,” said Instructor Eric Matson. “The Construction Technology class was approached last fall about the projects and was ready to help out any way possible.”

Students are able to work on estimates, material lists, project management, framing, siding, insulation, sheetrock, roofing, painting, and trim. They have been working hard to complete the projects before the season starts.

“This is the type of job we look for and it’s the perfect fit,” said Matson. “It’s a community supported organization giving the class the opportunity to get hands on experience in a real world setting.”

FFA members earn state degrees

Seven Walla Walla High School students and will be awarded the Washington FFA State Degree. These students are Naddile Widner, Leighton Dorman, Kayla Pitzer, Mikayla Hardin, Chloe Koehler, Andrew Kemp, and Hannah Ruth Pettyjohn.  This award marks an FFA member’s commitment to the organization including active involvement, and continued success with their Supervised Agriculture Experience Project (SAE).  Leighton Dorman and Kayla Pitzer also won awards for their SAE projects at the state FFA level. Mikayla Hardin is also finalist for the Washington FFA Star in Agriscience award. The Walla Walla FFA was chartered in 1931 and acts as the leadership component of the Agricultural Education program. 

Lunch with a Cop

New lunch program aims to reduce barriers and strengthen bonds between police officers and kids
The Walla Walla Police Department is teaming up with Walla Walla Public Schools to launch a new program in schools to get kids more familiar with police officers. It is called “Lunch with a Cop.” The idea behind “Lunch with a Cop” came about when two Walla Walla Police Officers, Spencer Kelty and Paul Green began visiting local area schools for lunch. This worked so well that Sgt Eric Knudson began encouraging his shift to drop in to the schools to join the kids for lunch.

Walla Walla Area Crime Watch (WWACW) offered to sponsor the lunches for the officers at each of the schools. It is the mission of WWACW to support crime prevention throughout the Walla Walla Area. WWACW has been supporting crime prevention programs for over 25 years and is an organization comprised of citizens with law enforcement, fire, and prevention specialists as advisors. This simple concept of joining kids for lunch encourages kids to feel comfortable approaching a police officer just to chit chat and asking the officers questions. It goes a long way to reduce anxiety that goes along with having police around.

SEATech student travel to Boeing plant to compete in manufacturing competition

On Saturday March 24 students from SEATech’s Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology class participated in the SkillsUSA Aerospace Assembler competition held at Boeing’s Everett plant. Students had to complete a hands on skill project in addition to an interview and resume portion. This was the first time SEATech competed in this event and the students placed as high as 8th place out of 60+ students competing. In addition to competing at Boeing on Saturday students were able to tour the Divers Institute of Technology and Electroimpact on Friday. Electroimpact is a highly experienced provider of factory automation and tooling solutions. The Divers Institute of Technology provides students with the skills necessary to be successful in the commercial diving underwater welding field. These tours help to show students some opportunities they have post high school.

Lincoln High School Drama presents – The Addams Family

Show dates: March 31 (7:30 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.

Wa-Hi students receive regional art awards

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School students Tristan Tyrell and Abby Payne for receiving awards in the ESD 123 Regional Art Show. Both students submitted pottery projects. Tristan received the Judge’s Choice Award and Abby earned Honorable Mention. They are students in John Butenhoff’s pottery class. 

SEATech students roll out red carpet for 2nd graders

This week, SEATech students welcomed 2nd graders from across the district to their campus for their Spring Spectacular. Students made arts and crafts projects, met Disney characters and interacted with SEATech students during this magical event. Click here to learn more about SEATech - https://myseatech.org/

Community Stories

Youth ballet class supports Danza Classica Ballet Foundation

Come Try Ballet! Your budding little dancer can take a ballet class right on stage at the Gesa Power House Theatre.  Saturday, April 14, Idalee Hutson-Fish will bring her 30 years plus of teaching experience to lead children ages 4-8 in a one-hour class introducing them to the basics in ballet technique.  Little boys and girls will learn stretches and age appropriate ballet steps wearing their very own tutu or cape which they can take home afterwards!  Classes are $25 per child and class size is limited for both the 2:00 (4 & 5 yr olds) and 3:30 (6-8 yr olds) sessions. Please call (509) 525-0815 to reserve your space.  Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted.  All proceeds benefit the Danza Classica Ballet Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to foster and advance the art of ballet in the WW Valley.    

Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

• Saturday, March 31
• 9 a.m.
• Pioneer Park
• Join The Exchange Club of Walla Walla for its longest running community event. Fun for the entire family.

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

City Parks and Recreation Update

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.
Cashiers & Lifeguards for Veterans Memorial Pool – apply at https://www.wallawallawa.gov/depts/humanresources

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