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

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Sign up now for Superintendent’s Patron tour of Wa-Hi, Pioneer MS and Lincoln HS

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a tour of three schools and an update on the district’s Nov. 6 Replacement Bond proposal. He will also review the Strategic Plan Success targets. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Superintendent Smith and learn more about Walla Walla schools.

• Wednesday, Oct. 10 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5 -- sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• Pioneer Middle School
• Walla Walla High School
• Lincoln High School

Remember to vote – November 6

• Is easy at MyVote Washington

• Registration forms are at all schools and the WWPS District Office

October 8, 2018
• Last day for mail, online new registrations and address changes

October 17, 2018
• Ballots mailed to homes

October 29, 2018
• Last day for in-person voter registration

November 6, 2018
• Election (ballots due)

Replacement Bond Proposal Community Meetings this month

On November 6, 2018, Walla Walla Public Schools will ask voters to decide on a $65.6M replacement bond measure to renovate Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School and fund specific district-wide health, safety, educational and infrastructure improvements. The school renovation projects are eligible for an estimated $52.6M in State Match funds. All State Match funds will be applied only to the voter-approved projects. Any excess dollars remaining following the completion of these projects will be used to pay down debt to reduce the rate for taxpayers. Learn more about this Replacement Bond proposal during a series of community meetings.

See schedule below:

Monday, Sept. 24
Location: Carrie Center - 711 Carrie St. (Spanish)
Meeting Time: 6 to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Location: Lincoln High School
Meeting Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (tour begins at 6 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Location: Wa-Hi Commons
Meeting Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (tour begins at 6 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 27
Location: Pioneer Middle School Library
Meeting Time: 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (tour begins at 6 p.m.)

Replacement Bond Informational Video 

Replacement Bond Informational website 

KNDU TV airs story on new community park on Walla Walla High School campus featuring massive tree

This week KNDU TV aired a story on the new park being constructed at Walla Walla High School. STORY

About the Park
Graduate of Distinction and 1969 alum Michael Murr, in coordination with the Joseph L. Stubblefield Trust, has partnered with Walla Walla Public Schools to develop a new park on the west-side of the Walla Walla High School campus. The park pays tribute to what is believed to be the world’s largest London Plane tree in existence, a hybrid offspring of the American Sycamore and Oriental Plane. Commonly referred to as a “Sycamore”, the century majestic tree, when considering its height (over 150 feet tall), its crown (excess of 100 feet), and circumference (nearly 30 feet around), outshines the tallest London Plane on record in Europe, planted in 1749 to mark the centenary of the execution of King Charles I. Although the 269 year old European tree is believed to be a few feet taller, the Walla Walla tree’s girth and crown dwarfs the Bryanston School Estate tree located in Dorset, England.

Murr approached the district last spring about developing and funding the project aimed at preserving the massive, historic tree. Anderson Perry and Associates of Walla Walla completed the necessary studies and Murr is in the process of finalizing the design for the $250,000 Tree Park Project. Fellow 1969 WaHi graduate, and 28 year Walla Walla Community College instructor Larry Harding, will help oversee the project. In addition, local arborists have also been involved to ensure the tree is well cared-for during the project and after completion.

The park will include tree protection measures, walking paths, decorative fencing, benches and additional landscaping to highlight the impressive London Plane. Removal of the dilapidated house and shed will further improve the site in order to provide a tranquil experience for visitors to admire the remarkable tree. The project is expected to be completed by spring.

Superintendent’s Pulse Video

Take a few minutes to watch the Pulse video for the month of September. Superintendent Wade Smith provides timely updates on school safety, strategic plan highlights and the November 6 Replacement Bond proposal.

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Walla Walla Public Schools is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves. Students can start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children to fall behind in school.
• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read or master math at the same level as their peers.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day, or two days, every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
• By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
• By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.
• Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
• By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.

School board Regular Business Meeting September 18

• Sept. 18 - School board regularly scheduled business meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)

School Stories
Volunteers needed to judge Garrison debates

Community members are encouraged to volunteer to judge Garrison Middle School student debates. Below is the schedule. Contact Garrison Teacher Mrs. Clearman if you are interested in volunteering. bclearman@wwps.org

Monday, Sept. 24
• 8:15-9:00; 12:30-1:15; 2:15-3:00

Tuesday, Sept. 25
• 9:15-9:55; 12:50-1:30; 2:25-3:05

Thursday, Sept. 27
• 9:15-9:55; 12:50-1:30; 2:25-3:05

Friday, Sept. 28
• 8:15-9:00; 12:30-1:15; 2:15-3:00

GEAR UP offers Academic Lab and Homework help daily

Wa-Hi: Academic Lab all courses - all study levels! Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 2-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. in A33.

Garrison: GM Success designed for homework assistance and tutoring, offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 3-4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 2-3:30 p.m. in Room 206.

Pioneer: GEAR UP Edge offered for 8th grade students for help with their math classes. After school sessions available
one hour after school daily.

For more information contact your school’s GEAR UP offices.

Senior Citizens with Gold Cards attend Wa-Hi sports and activities free

Walla Walla School District residents and Walla Walla School District retirees, 65 years of age and older, are invited to attend most school events at no charge. Get a complimentary Gold Card and see outstanding concerts, plays, musical productions, art shows, athletic events (except playoff games governed by YVIAA or WIAA regulations) and more as a district guest.

“It’s a small way to acknowledge the ongoing support and many contributions our senior citizens make to the community,” said WWPS Athletic and Activities Director Dirk Hansen. “We encourage senior citizens to take advantage of the benefits of a Gold Card, and personally witness comprehensive education – including student entertainment, athletics and art – at its finest.”

Gold Cards are issued from the ASB office at Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road. Proof of residence and an application form are required.

For more information contact:
Barbara Brown

Community Stories
Walla2Hoops plans AAU basketball player tryouts Sunday

Walla2Hoops Basketball Club will have player tryouts for the 2018-2019 season Sunday, September 16 at Walla Walla High School from 12 to 7 p.m. All participants will need to have a current AAU Membership and sign up at http://w2hoops.com/

The 2018-2019 AAU basketball season runs from October 2018 to March 2019. Walla2Hoops recently received its 501C3 Non-Profit club status under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Walla2Hoops is open to Walla Walla valley boys and girls grades 2 to 8 to provide an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals. Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington says coaches will learn more about the organization and have an opportunity to ask questions.

2018-2019 Walla2Hoops AAU Tryout Schedule – Sunday, Sept. 16 at Walla Walla High School
• Boys and Girls Grades 2-4: 12 to 2 p.m.
• Boys and Girls Grades 5-6: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
• Boys and Girls Grades 7-8: 5 to 7 p.m
• ALTERNATIVE TRYOUT DATE: There is an alternative tryout date for those who can’t make the September 16 date. It will be Tuesday, September 18 at DeSales High School from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for boys and girls grades 2-5 girls and 7 to 8:30 p.m. for girls and boys grades 6-8.

• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington – 509.956.9695

Community Council to begin New Study on Affordable Housing

Community Council is preparing to launch a new citizen-driven study on affordable housing. This will be the eighth community study the organization has facilitated since it was created ten years ago. Community Council studies are community-driven investigations that result in actions to improve the quality of life in our region, which includes Columbia and Walla Walla counties and the Milton-Freewater area. The study process is an intensive 26-week process that is free and open to the public. Study committee members meet weekly for an hour and a half to learn about the issue from a variety of resource speakers, generate findings, derive conclusions, and create recommendations.

The end product is a published study report and a series of practical recommendations for making positive change. This year’s study committee will address the question: “How can the region meet the need for safe and affordable housing?” The study will clarify the meaning of “safe and affordable housing”, explore the dynamics of economic growth in our region that impact wages and housing costs, investigate the production and consumption of housing, consider affordable housing from various perspectives, and learn about current efforts and successful models. Meagan Anderson-Pira, Community Director at Children’s Home Society of Washington in Walla Walla, will chair the study committee. The study committee will meet on Tuesdays, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the YWCA. The first meeting will be on September 25, 2018. Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Kirkman House celebrates Adam West

The Kirkman House Museum will be joining the local celebration of Adam West Day on Wednesday, September 19, with the grand opening of the Adam West Exhibit. The exhibit will celebrate the life of the TV hero, as well as the Walla Walla hometown boy.  The Museum will be open extended hours (from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.) with free admission.

District Director of Bilingual Programs featured in AAUW Big Idea Talk Series 

The Walla Walla Public Library and the local branch of the American Association of University Women will host a free public program, “The Value of Bilingual Education,” on Thurs., September 27, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Library, 238 E. Alder.

Victor Vergara, Ph.D., Director of Bilingual Education and Latino Outreach, Walla Walla Public Schools, will lead the session. Using a panel format – which will include students, parents and staff – the group will discuss the changing demographics of the school district and community and the value of being bilingual, plus share the key elements of WWPS bilingual program.

Dr. Vergara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Geography from University of Bio-Bio in Chile, a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Portland State University, a Master’s in Education, Policy and Administration from Portland State, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from PSU.

His career in education began as a bilingual teacher in elementary schools in Portland and Woodburn, Ore. Then he became the Assistant Principal for Valor Middle School in Woodburn. In 2007, he was named Principal of Valor Middle, one of the only secondary schools in the nation that offers content classes in Russian, Spanish and English. In 2012, he became Principal of Woodburn High School.

Dr. Vergara was recognized as 2012 Oregon Middle School Principal of the Year and 2016 Latino Principal of the Year for Oregon. He is married to Lola Ramos Vergara, first-grade bilingual teacher at Edison Elementary School.

For more information, contact Twila Johnson-Tate, Walla Walla Public Library, (509) 524-4443; or Marilyn Hawkins, AAUW, (509) 876-8202.

Tickets still available for Kate & The Crocodiles concert Saturday to benefit The Health Center 

Kate & The Crocodiles will perform a concert at Gesa Power House Theatre on Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit The Health Center. The Health Center delivers primary health and behavioral health care for all students at Lincoln High School, Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, Blue Ridge Elementary, and HeadStart/ECEAP Preschool. Their mission is to advance the success of students by addressing their physical, emotional, and social needs.

Kate & The Crocodiles are a Portland-based quartet who perform indie rock originals and covers, early jazz and jazz standards, reinventions of ‘70s and ’80s rock as ballads, and classical art songs mixed with rock.

“Living in Walla Walla for 23 years, I worked with several nonprofit organizations,” Kate Morrison said. “During that time, I helped build the Trilogy Recovery Community programs with the support of The Health Center when both programs were in their early stages. Naturally, the mission of The Health Center and the people who support it have a special place in my heart.”

Sponsors for the event include Baker Boyer Bank, Whitman College, Key Technology, Hernandez Immigration Law, Andy’s Market, Jim and Jayne McCarthy, Preferred Properties, Sotheby’s, and Walla Walla University School of Sociology.

Reserved seating tickets ($35) are available online or by calling the box office at 509-529-6500. A small number of VIP tables (for four people) are also available for $175 (includes stage-side seating).

City Parks & Rec Update

Youth Fall Soccer Referees – Paid position. $10-$18 per hour.
Need volunteer hours? Volunteer to be a Youth Fall Soccer Referee!

Art Lessons taught in Spanish – Ages 5-13 - $35-$40
Guitar – Ages 14 & Up – $80
Ukulele – Ages 14 & Up - $80

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us.
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