Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 11, 2018 

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District Stories
School board meetings May 15

• May 15 - School board regularly scheduled business meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• May 15 – School board Executive Session @ approximately 6:50 p.m. (meeting not open to the public)
• Walla Walla Public Schools District Office

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Join us in recognizing our amazing teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11. Our teachers dedicate their lives to help Develop Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates. Teachers inspire, motivate and support our students in the pursuit of their hopes and dreams. We can all think of a teacher who made a positive difference in our lives. Please take a moment to reflect on that person and take time to thank today’s teachers in a show of gratitude. Thank you Walla Walla Public Schools teachers. We appreciate you!

No School May 11

There is No School Friday, May 11. This No School day was added to the calendar as a possible snow make-up day. Since school was not canceled this winter due to hazardous driving and walking conditions, the No School day will be observed. Classes resume Monday, May 14.

Asparagus Harvest of the Month

Walla Walla Public Schools will be serving locally grown, fresh roasted, asparagus with lunch Wednesday, May 16 at district schools. The asparagus is supplied by Jimenez Farms. 

School Stories
New Wa-Hi Varsity basketball coaches named

Walla Walla Public Schools Athletic Director Dirk Hansen announces familiar faces will step up to lead the school’s varsity basketball teams next season. Mike Patterson has been named the new Boys’ Varsity Head Basketball coach and Morgan Jo Poyner the new Girls’ Varsity Head Basketball coach. There was a robust candidate pool for these positions. The hiring process included a comprehensive interview, broad advertisement campaign and involvement from the Wa-Hi Booster Club, area youth coaches and parents.

Patterson has served as the varsity assistant coach in the boys’ program for the last four years under Coach John Golden. He brings 16 years of basketball coaching experience to the position, including a head coach role during his career.

“Mike is very excited for this great opportunity to lead our boys’ basketball program,” said Hansen.

Poyner has served as a varsity assistant coach in the Wa-Hi girls’ basketball program for the past three years. She has an extensive background in coaching girls’ basketball and is very appreciative and excited to be the next head girls’ basketball coach, according to Hansen.

4th Annual Sports Physical Round-Up May 22

• Tuesday, May 22
• 3-7 p.m.
• Wa-Hi Main Gym
• Get cleared for summer workouts/camps
• Stress-free start to fall sports because your physical was in place months ago
• Conveniently located on campus
• Starts right after 7th period
• OR-Come after practice (open until 7 pm)
• FREE (Form signed by parent/guardian is required)

Registration now open for BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development) 

Walla Walla High School is teaming with the YMCA again this year for the BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development) summer strength and conditioning program for students in grades 5-12. The High School program is being taught by Walla Walla High School staff members Eric and Amy Hisaw. Students will have the choice of attending the morning session or the evening session. Grades 5-8 level will be taught by trained YMCA & 21st Century staff during one session in the late morning. Both programs are on the Wa-Hi Campus.

BDAD Details:
• Dates: Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, August 9
• Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
• 9-12 grade sessions: 8 to 11 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• 5-8 grade sessions: 10 to 11 a.m.
• $10 Registration fee per person (Program only available to WWPS students)

• Register on FamilyID
• Pay online via InTouch (intouch.wwps.org), or pay in the ASB Office

NOTE: There is a registration cut-off again this year. Registration and payment must be received no later than Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m.

Please contact Dirk Hansen at the Wa-Hi Athletics office at (509) 526-8635 if you have any questions.

JROTC cadet will command cadet leadership challenge in Spokane, promoted to regimental commander

Story courtesy WWHS JROTC Public Affairs

Cadets from the JROTC battalion at WWHS will travel to Spokane for a three-day leadership and adventure training exercise. Newly-promoted cadet Colonel Melinda Locke will command the cadet regiment of 45 Wa-Hi students who were selected because they’ve demonstrated exceptional efforts in the program throughout this academic year. They will be joined by another 15 from the Wellpinit Army JROTC program. Locke currently commands the Blue Devil Battalion. She received her third diamond in a surprise ceremony from Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, the WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, during a pre-departure planning review.

Final weekend for Wa Hi Drama - Bells Are Ringing

Don’t miss this 1950s Romantic Musical Comedy!

• Story: This 1950’s musical follows an answering service girl named Ella (Cassie Dixon) who loves talking to her clients and trying to fix their problems. Hilarity ensues as she falls in love over the phone with one of her clients- Jeffery Moss (Collin Gabriel) and attempts to save his career as her answering service is being investigated for misconduct. Originally played by Judy Holliday and Dean Martin, this show has great standards (Just in Time, Long Before I Knew You) as well as some other fun toe-tapping tunes played by Wa-Hi’s award-winning orchestra lead by Andrew Ueckert.

• Tickets: $6 students/$12 adults available at the door one hour prior to curtain and online at intouch.wwps.org

• Dates and Times: May 10, 11, 12 @ 7 p.m. & May 12 @ 2 p.m.

• Location: Wa-Hi Auditorium

GEAR UP brings America’s Got Talent performer to Wa-Hi

Walla Walla High School and WSU GEAR UP welcomes Clint Pulver; musician, actor, featured performer on America’s Got Talent and speaker. Clint will be in the Wa-Hi auditorium from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, May 21 talking to parents, and families about how to connect, engage and learn to encourage their students to live life by design, not default. Clint will return Tuesday morning as the keynote speaker at this year’s Senior Signing Day all school assembly.

“It’s not about being the best in the world…it’s about being the best for the world.”

Washington State University GEAR UP, which is located on campus at Walla Walla High School, partners with Walla Walla Public School to support College and Career Ready objectives for Walla Walla students. For more information and for a schedule of Clint’s activities while in Walla Walla contact; Rachel Hicks rhicks@wwps.org or 509-526-8621.

Middle School Coding with Robotics Camp

• June 18-22
• Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
• Walla Walla High School Room A7
• The deadline for registration is May 25; space is very limited.
• Instructors: Mike Bertram and Kerry Delfino

The Walla Walla Public Schools’ Coding with Robotics Camp is a free summer enrichment program that engages students using a hands-on and fun way of teaching children important concepts like math and science and working cooperatively to problem solve. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to plan, create, build and program robots. Open to all Walla Walla Public Schools students entering grades 6-8 for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Community Stories

Carnegie Picture Lab survey seeks parent input

Parents/guardians of elementary students -- Carnegie Picture Lab needs your input on a short survey. Click the link to help evaluate the art education programming: https://goo.gl/forms/wTjjVEC5vTAYS6yV2 

Diversity is Lit event Presented by the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership Program 2017 Cohort

A free education summit exploring how our diverse and unique talents make our society stronger. Intended for Walla Walla youth and the people who care about them, this day of fun and learning will engage many activities that make our region an interesting mix of cultures.

Keynote speakers will be Whitman’s Chief Diversity Officer Kazi Joshua and WWCC’s VP for Student Affairs Juan da Silva and the 8 breakout sessions will cover everything from hip hop to yoga, conflict resolution to storytelling.
• Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Lunch and snacks provided
• Walla Walla Community College, Dietrich Activity Center

City Parks and Recreation Update

Summer Program Registrations open on Sunday, May 13

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us.
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We are hiring!
Lifeguards for Veterans Memorial Pool – apply at https://www.wallawallawa.gov/depts/humanresources

Want to try the fasting growing sport in the US?

Intro to Lacrosse – Drop In
Mill Creek Sportsplex
Wednesday’s 5:30 – 7pm now through May 23
FREE to children Grades 1-8
Brand new Lacrosse gear available for participants to use
Coaching Staff – AJ Gravel – Lacrosse Captain, University of Idaho

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