Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 28, 2018

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District Stories
School board Regular Study Meeting Oct. 2

• Oct. 2 - School board regular study meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)

Bond informational videos featuring Terry McConn and Wa-Hi Renovation proposal

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 through the district’s informational video series.

Wa-Hi Project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZi3EG6tmUI
Terry McConn – Bond Oversight Committee member: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiSis6uIhz0

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)

District continues to support Care and Share Food Drive

Walla Walla Public Schools has once again partnered with the Walla Walla Association of Realtors in support of the annual Care and Share Food Drive. This campaign helps fill the shelves of the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Collection barrels will be at all schools and the district office throughout October. The district is also organizing the “Fill the Bus” collection event Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SuperOne, Plaza Safeway and Albertsons. Staff and students will also distribute and collect bags Oct. 18-21. This year’s Care and Share Food Drive goal is 45,000 lbs.

School Stories
Longtime patrol deputy named Walla Walla High School School Resource Officer

Walla Walla High School graduate Ian Edwards has been named the new School Resource Officer at his alma mater. He replaces Deputy Allan Thonney who accepted a promotion at the Sheriff’s Department.

“I am a very social person and I strongly believe in the concept of community policing,” said Deputy Edwards. “I have the chance to be a role model for these students by developing positive relationships.”

Edwards has been employed by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years, which includes two as a jailer and the last 13 as a Patrol Deputy. He has taught the DARE program to 5th grade and 8th grade students for the past nine years. Edwards graduated from Walla Walla High School 1999 before attending Whitman College and graduating with a Major in Sociology and minor in Education. Edwards has his Basic Law Enforcement Academy credentials, is a graduate of the Nevada DARE Officer’s Academy and is a certified School Resource Officer.

“I’m committed to enhance the overall safety of students and staff,” said Edwards. This position is a perfect fit.”

Edwards is married to Kayla and they have three school-aged children. He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.

Neighborhood Family Fun Night at Edison

WWPS 21st CCLC is planning a Neighborhood Family Fun Night Oct. 3 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.at Edison Elementary School These events are family oriented, and feature hands on technology for students and parents. The goal is for families to come together and have fun playing video games, experiencing virtual reality and working with robots.

SEATech Health Sciences Career students pitch in to support GRAN FONDO

For the 5th consecutive year, SEATech students in the Health Sciences program volunteered to support the annual Providence GRAN FONDO September 22. This year 50 students participated. Students were responsible for taking Blood Pressure and staffing the First Aid station.

“Students really enjoyed themselves and once again it was a success,” said Instructor Sandy Thomas.

Area businesses invited to Walla Walla High School College and Career Fair

Walla Walla Valley businesses are invited to participate in the Walla Walla High School Career and College Fair Friday, Oct. 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the large gym. Area business leaders will interact with students to explain their business and discuss pathways for becoming a business owner.

“You may be networking with your future employees and your knowledge and representation of your industry is always greatly appreciated,” said College and Career Coordinator Katharine Curles. “We would love to link up with more local businesses and industries in order to diversify our resources and connections as we help students prepare for their transition from high school to their future plans including the military, industry, apprenticeships, technical college, 2-year college, 4-year college, a mission gap year, or wherever life may take them.”

If interested, email wacareercenter@wwps.org

Pioneer’s Feats of Strength fundraiser a huge success

Congratulations to Pioneer Middle School students and staff for raising more than $18,000 during their Feats of Strength fundraiser. The event organized by the school’s Leadership class. It was developed to build a positive school culture through fun activities like dunk tank, races, dancing and slip ‘n slide.

“It was a smashing success with all proceeds returning to the Pioneer Middle School ASB to be used directly support students activities,” said Assistant Principal Rob Ahrens.

International Food Truck Day returns to Wa-Hi

The World Language Department is planning and International Food Truck Lunch at Wa-Hi Oct. 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. These events are organized in the Fall and Spring to bring the student body together and celebrate the different international foods available in Walla Walla. 

Community Stories

October is Resilience Month in Walla Walla! 

Please join the Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) at a series of FREE community events during October, EVERYONE is welcome to attend!  Events will include a “Resilience Treasure Hunt a la London,” a Film Series, an Art Extravaganza, and more!  Visit www.criresilient.org/october for the full event schedule and details. Got Resilience?

Bring a Friend to Ballet Day event planned

The Dance Center of Walla Walla is hosting “Bring a Friend to Ballet Day” on October 3 and October 4. Budding dancers age 7 through adult are invited to join an age appropriate class. For more information, contact The Dance Center at 509-525-0815.
• Wednesday October 3 – 4 p.m. – Ballet 1 (ages 7-8); 5 p.m. – Ballet 2 (ages 8-9); 6-7:30 p.m. – Adult (18 and older)
• Thursday October 4 – 4 to 5:30 p.m. – Ballet 3 (ages 10-11); 5:30-7 p.m. – Ballet 4 – (ages 12-13); 7-9 p.m. – Ballet 5 (ages 14-18)

Blue Zones Community Presentation

The public is invited to join a discussion regarding health in Walla Walla and best practices that can improve overall health, well-being, and longevity.
- October 4
- 3 to 5 p.m.
- Young Ballroom, Whitman College
- Presentation from Tony Buettner of Blue Zones, LLC
- Please RSVP at bluezonesprojectww.eventbrite.com

THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT is a community-wide well -being initiative designed to make healthy choices easier. We encourage sustainable changes in our built environment and social networks, of ten suggesting systems- level changes in key settings such as worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores, faith-based communities, and neighborhoods.

City Parks & Rec Update 

Art Lessons taught in Spanish – Ages 5-13 - $35-$40

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