Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 14, 2018

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District Stories
Walla Walla High School yearbook digital archive now online

This week WWPS released its digital archive of Wa-Hi yearbooks dating back to 1915.

Walla Walla Public Schools is a proud steward of Walla Walla history and this project preserves a segment of our past for all to enjoy, said Communications Director Mark Higgins. A representative from OCI (Oklahoma Correctional Industries), an organization that received grant funding to scan yearbooks and public library materials, reached out to Walla Walla High School in February to see if the district would be interested in having its yearbooks converted to digital format. OCI provided WWPS with free scanning services for yearbooks spanning 1950 to 1989 as part of their grant. The scans for the remaining years were funded by the school district. Total cost of the project was approximately $3000, funded jointly by the Wa-Hi ASB and WWPS Communications Department. The district teamed with its local web provider Walla Walla WebWeavers to format the digital PDFs into the software product that viewers see on our website. Thanks to Susie Golden and Barbara Brown for their significant roles in this project.

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Fireworks not permitted on school district grounds

As the Independence Day Holiday nears, community members are reminded that fireworks are not allowed on school district grounds. Fireworks cause safety concerns, potentially damage property, and are a nuisance to our neighboring property owners. Thank you for helping protect district property and ensuring students have a safe and clean place to learn.

School Board meeting June 18

• Regular Business meeting
• Monday, June 18 (Note date change)
• 4 to 5:30 p.m.
• WWPS District Office (Anne Golden Boardroom)
• Open to the public

District Office Summer Hours

8 a.m. to 12 noon
1 to 4 p.m.
(Closed from 12 noon to 1 p.m. for lunch)

School Stories
Wa-Hi students earn Seal of Biliteracy

This school year 29 students earned the Seal of Biliteracy. The distinctive Seal of Biliteracy award recognizes students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. These students have the Biliteracy Seal displayed on their high school diplomas.

“This distinction shows these students have achieved the highest levels of proficiency in their second language,” said Dr. Victor Vergara, Director of Bilingual Education Programs. “Walla Walla Public Schools embraces diversity and encourages its students to become biliterate.”

Walla Walla High School Recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy:
Angelina Alvarado
Fatima Alvarado
Annay Cardenas
Ana D. Carvajal
Cristian Castellanos
Hector J. Chavez
Alondra Diaz
Cassandra J. Dixon
Hernan Duran
Jesus Duran
Turner R. Edwards
Nancy Estrada
Cecilio Flores Roque
Estela Gonzalez
Melisa Hernandez
Rubi Lopez Sanchez
Pamela Lozano
Luis Mendez
lschel Meza
Sofia Pina
Jaelyn Pineda
Estefani Rodriguez
Edwin Romero,
Alan Sifuentes
Erika J. Silva
Fatima Venegas
Jessica Vieyra
Madison S. Weese
Chloe l. Williams

Wa-Hi student wins Outstanding Actress award

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School student Cassie Dixon for winning the Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role award at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Theatre Awards Ceremony. Dixon earned acclaim for her performance as Ella Peterson in Wa-Hi’s musical production Bells Are Ringing. She received an all expenses paid trip, along with her parents, to New York City to take part in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards later this month. Director Kristin Glaeser received the Outstanding Educator award.

Awards Recap:
• Cassie Dixon WINNER- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (“Ella Peterson” in Bells are Ringing)
• Outstanding Orchestra- Nomination (top eight)
• Outstanding Educator- Kristin Glaeser -Nominated by Mary Senter, Trevor Kytola, Lacey Owens, and August Senter.
• Honorable Mention (top 16)- Trevor Kytola - Outstanding Performance by a Actor/Actress in a Non-Singing Role (“Blake Barton” in Bells Are Ringing)
• Honorable Mention (top 16)- Drew Hollopeter - Outstanding Performance by a Actor/Actress in a Non-Singing Role (“Dr. Kitchell” in Bells Are Ringing)

“I am so proud of our students at Walla Walla High School. We know how talented they are, but it means so much to have recognition on a state-wide, and national-level,” said Glaeser. “We are making history for Wa-Hi Theatre.”

Wa-Hi Football hosts Jamboree on campus Friday

The Walla Walla High School football program is hosting Lewiston, Pasco and Mac-Hi in the school’s first-ever Jamboree Friday at 10 a.m. at Walla Walla High School.

The teams will compete for two hours in a round robin format and each team will play each other. The event concludes at noon when community members may meet coaches and players and children can get autographs. They will not keep score, but there will be a Varsity Division and a “C/JV” division for 9-10th graders to play in. The Blue Mountain Officials Association will participate to create a game-like setting for the players and coaches.

“We are excited to bring spring football to the Walla Walla valley and to be able to play quality programs,” said Varsity Head Coach Eric Hisaw. “We’ve had a fantastic spring football camp and are looking forward for all our kids to be able to play, improve and show people what they have been working on. This will give us a great opportunity to see what we need to continue to improve on as we implement our new ‘Air Raid’ offense and add new wrinkles to our attacking defensive system.”

Blue Devil JROTC Cadets announce Cadet, Marksman, Athlete of the Year by WWHS JROTC

The “Blue Devils” of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Walla Walla High School have selected their 2018 Cadet of the Year, Marksman of the Year, and Athlete of the Year. Cadet of the Year, Marksman of the Year, and Athlete of the Year are the second annual competitions of their kind. The best of previous cadets, marksmen, and athletes of the month winners from each company competed against each other in this one final competition.

Cadet Corporal Shaunia Marek, of Bravo Company received an on-the-spot promotion to c/Sgt. for her selection as Cadet of the Year from six candidates; one from each company in the battalion. She scored 609 points out of a possible 620.

Cadet Sgt. Amy Maxwell, of Echo Company, earned her immediate promotion after earning first place in the Athlete of the Year competition. Altogether, she scored a 272 out of 300 points on her physical fitness test.

Finally, c/Sgt. Hunter Ansorge of Foxtrot Company received his promotion after placing first in the Marksman of the Year competition. Ansorge fired a total of 330.5 points out of the maximum of 409.

Registration closes June 22 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, conditioning and injury prevention program for 2018-2019 students in grades 6 to 12. The High School program is being taught by Walla Walla High School staff members Eric and Amy Hisaw. The middle school program will be coordinated by trained YMCA staff, 21st Century staff and high school students. The BDAD program is located on the Wa-Hi Campus and only open to Walla Walla Public Schools students.

BDAD Details:
• Dates: Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, August 9
• Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
• 9-12 grade sessions: 8 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. (no charge)
• 6 (incoming) to 8 grade sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. ($10 fee to cover the cost of the t-shirt)
• Location: Walla Walla High School (Starting location for all BDAD participants is the Wa-Hi track shed)
• The BDAD program is only available to WWPS students

• Registration - High School Program: Register on FamilyID.com (program at Wa-Hi)
• Registration - Middle School Program: Register at YMCA (program at Wa-Hi)

NOTE: There is a registration cut-off again this year. Your child’s registration must be received no later than Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m.

Community Stories

A Clear Connection: Substance Abuse and Mental Health - AAUW, Library present Big Idea Talk

The Walla Walla Library and the local branch of the American Association of University Women will host a free public lecture, “Substance Abuse and Community Mental Health,” on Thurs., June 28, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Library, 238 E. Alder. Three speakers from the Walla Walla office of Comprehensive Healthcare – Diane Marr Longmire, Alyssa Richards and Deb Wentz – will explore the relationship between substance abuse and mental health and the effects it can have on individuals, families and the community at large. For more information, contact Liz George, Walla Walla Public Library, (509) 524-4431; or Marilyn Hawkins, AAUW, (509) 876-8202.


The City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department has teamed with the USDA and Walla Walla Public Schools to offer FREE meals to all children ages 1 to 18. Meals are provided at several locations throughout Walla Walla from June 18 to August 17. For a listing of all locations, TEXT - Food 877877 or online at: www.wwpr.us

BioBlitz opportunity to discover and explore biodiversity of Walla Walla

• Saturday, June 30
• BioBlitz Walks – New walks every hour beginning at 6 a.m. (last walk 12 noon)
• Rooks Park
• Food trucks, specialists and naturalists on site
• Host: Blue Mountain Land Trust – www.bmlt.org/bioblitz/

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