Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 13, 2018

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School board meeting April 17

• April 17 - School board regularly scheduled meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)

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; 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 S. Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org. Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

New English Language Arts (ELA) materials on display

Middle and high school teachers have been piloting new English Language Arts (ELA) materials for the 2018-19 school year. Through that process they have selected SpringBoard to recommend for adoption.

“These rigorous materials help us meet the needs of our diverse learners and provide the necessary support for our teachers,” said Curriculum Coordinator Casey Monahan. “We’ll purchase these materials this spring and they will be in use in all of our secondary schools next fall. These materials are aligned to state standards and give our students the best opportunity to be career and college ready.”

These materials will on display in the district office, 364 S. Park Street, from April 16-25. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. There will also be a presentation of the materials during an evening meeting on Monday, April 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the school district Anne Golden Boardroom. Parents, guardians and interested community members are invited to attend the meeting and/or view the district office display.

Kindergarten Resource Fair draws big crowd

This year 127 families flocked to the annual Kindergarten Resource Fair at the fairgrounds organized by Family and Engagement Coordinator Pam Clayton. This represents a 36 percent increase in attendance from last year’s event. The event targeted parents who have children entering kindergarten next year.

“Thank you so much to everyone involved for making our second Kindergarten Resource Fair a huge success,” said Clayton. “I saw smiles on faces of parents and children and heard nothing but positive comments on their way out.”

Parents received information on elementary registration and expectations, busing, nutrition services, special education options, bilingual programs, highly capable programs, afterschool programs and more. Parents are asked to contact their child’s school for additional information on kindergarten programs and services.

Superintendent Smith releases April Pulse Video

Click below to view the April Pulse video. Superintendent Wade Smith provides updates on facilities planning, tax relief coming in 2019 and other timely information.

April Pulse Video

State NAEP Scores Continue to Exceed National Average – By OSPI

Additional work is needed to close gaps between groups of student groups.

OLYMPIA — April 11, 2018 — Yesterday, the National Center for Education Statistics released results for the 2017 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). Washington’s fourth and eighth graders exceeded the national average in both reading and math. In math, Washington students finished with an average score of 242 in fourth grade and 289 in eighth grade. The national average was 239 (fourth grade) and 281 (eighth grade). In eighth grade, three states scored statistically higher than Washington.

In reading, Washington students finished with an average score of 223 in fourth grade and 272 in eighth grade (the national averages were 221 and 266, respectively). In eighth grade, only one state – Massachusetts – scored statistically higher than Washington. Compared to 2015, fourth grade scores in both math and reading in 2017 were not statistically different. In eighth grade, reading was higher than in 2015 but math was statistically equal.

“Washington students continue to outperform most other states on the NAEP test,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This is a testament to the incredible educators in our state and how hard they work.”

Reykdal noted the results illuminated some issues the state already knows. Gaps in performance between groups of students continue. “Much of our agency work going forward will focus on closing these and other gaps,” he said.

“In March, we released our new School Improvement Framework. The Framework gives parents, families, and educators a deep look into how schools are performing,” he continued. “It also holds schools accountable for the improved education of every single student. The NAEP results show us how much work we need to do.”

About NAEP
NAEP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education. Commonly called “The Nation’s Report Card,” it is the only test that assesses students in all states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. NAEP allows comparisons of the performance of a sample of students in Washington with performance of students nationally. Assessments are conducted periodically in math, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Not all students participate in the tests. But the relatively small sample of students taking the assessments is statistically representative of the student population of Washington.

School Stories
Green Park teacher featured in Why I Teach video series

Green Park Elementary teacher Tressa Baker is featured in the district’s Why I Teach video series (click link below to view video). Tressa grew up in Walla Walla and attended WSU. She loves working with children and finding ways to keep them engaged and learning.


Walla Walla High School students organize Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk

Blue Devil Strong at Walla Walla High School in conjunction with Walla Walla Department of Community Health, W2 for Drug Free Youth and Reach Out Walla Walla will be hosting an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on May 10 from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Dave Klicker Track at Walla Walla High School.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. Participants will wear honor beads. Each color shows their personal connection to the cause, and helps to identify others who understand the experience.

Walla Walla High School students Macy Quinn-Sears and Erin Gerola are the lead students for this event. Behavior Health Prevention Specialist Peggy Needham of the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health serves as the Blue Devil Strong Advisor. Contact Needham for additional information or to secure space for an informational booth.

Peggy Needham:
• 509-524-2684

Lincoln High School students receive regional art awards

Congratulations to Lincoln High School students Leticia Gonzales and Shelbie Jones for receiving awards in the ESD 123 Regional Art Show. Gonzales received Honorable Mention and Shelbie Jones received Superintendent’s Choice.   They are students in Jayne Eacker’s art class. 

SYNC teen free audiobook download program returns

• SYNC, a free audiobook download summer program for teens ages 13+, returns April 26, 2018
• Audiobook titles are given away in themed pairs and are delivered through the OverDrive app (same app that the public library uses).
• Each audiobook is available for download for only 7 days upon release; downloads are supported on most listening devices.
• Text “syncya” to the nunber 25827 to receive text alerts about featured titles.
• Paired titles are released each week April 26 - July 25, 2018
• Visit https://audiobooksync.com/ for more information
• Contact Wa-Hi Library-Media Specialist Kim Cassetto for more information – kcassetto@wwps.org

Community Stories
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training May 11, 2018

W2 for Drug Free Youth, Reach Out Walla Walla and Comprehensive Healthcare are providing a FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid class on May 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Training Room at 1520 Kelly Place. Registration is limited. Please register at the Evenbrite link below. For questions contact Peggy Needham (509) 524-2684.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Peggy Needham, CPP - Behavior Health Prevention Specialist
Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
314 West Main
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 524-2684

Blue Mountain Land Trust releases elementary Nature Kids event schedule

Nature Kids is an educational series dedicated to encouraging children to explore, play, learn about and take action for nature.
• Sunday, April 22 - Nature Kids: Earth Day
• Saturday, May 12 - Nature Kids: Pollinators
• Saturday, June 30 – Bioblitz
• Tuesday, July 17 - Nature Kids: Water Investigators
• Tuesday, August 7 - Nature Kids: Environmental Fair
• Saturday, September 29 - Nature Kids: STEM in Nature
• Saturday, October 27 - Nature Kids: Go Batty

Blue Mountain Land Trust teams with Welcome Table Farms to allow students to explore farm life

Welcome Table Farms and the Blue Mountain Land Trust are partnering to bring you Nature Kids on the Farm, a day camp for elementary and middle school students to explore the magic of farm life. For more information, click here:

Whitman Mentor program hosts annual carnival celebration 

In partnership with Walla Walla Public Schools and the Friends of Children of Walla Walla, the Whitman Mentor program hosted its annual carnival and celebration of mentoring today at the Reid Campus Center. Highlights included the traditional bouncy house, cotton candy, photo booth, prize table, and arm wrestling game. New this year were Whitman basketball hoops on Boyer Street for 3 v 3 and competitions and inflatable suits for action-packed fun. Big Cheese pizza was served by WWPS Intervention Specialists who are the bridge for this partnership between Whitman, Friends and local students. A performance by the Whitman fencing club was well-received.  Each week, Whitman students volunteer their time through the Whitman Mentor or Friends program to get off campus. They go to each of the six elementary schools and serve as positive role models and consistent friends to students identified as needing extra encouragement and support.  

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.  

You still have time to FAST FORWARD with CAMP INVENTION

Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Berney Elementary School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules.
The week runs from July 16-20, with Jennifer Stone serving as Director of the FastForward™ program.

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:
• Dreaming up and designing their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovation
• Using tools to take apart robotic dogs and compare their inner mechanics to the anatomy and physiology of a real dog
• Designing tracks for their Optibots to follow while exploring different modes of transportation
• Exploring chemistry, non-Newtonian fluids and magnetism as they investigate magnetic slime
All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun! Local teachers will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register using promo code Ideas15 to save $15 (expires 5/4) OFF $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt.
Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

City Parks and Recreation Update

Warrior Soccer Academy - Ages 5-11 - $48
Adult Softball League (Men’s & Co-Ed) – Ages 16 & up - $870 per team – Deadline is April 16
All Comers Track & Field Meet – Ages 3-12 – Pre-registration $3 (onsite registration $5)
Pickleball for All – Ages 18 & up - $48
Hatha Yoga – Ages 12 & up - $12-$76
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
Lifeguard Certification Course – 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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