Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Oct. 5, 2018

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No School Oct. 5, 11 and 12

There is no school Friday, Oct. 5 for Fall Staff Collaboration Day. Also, there is no school Oct. 11 and 12 for Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences. Check with you child’s school for specific conference information.

Fall Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule

Berney - October 9: 3:15-7:00; 10: 3:15-7:00; 11: 8:00-3:00
Blue Ridge - October 9: 3:15-7:00; 10: 3:15-7:00; 11: 8:00-3:00
Edison - October 10: 3:15 -7:00; 11: 8:00-7:00
Green Park - October 9: 3:15-7:00; 10: 8:00-7:00
Prospect Point - October 8: 3:30-7:15; 10: 3:30-7:15; 11: 8:00-3:30
Sharpstein - October 9: 3:15-7:00; 10: 3:15-7:00; 11: 8:00-3:00
Garrison - October 10: Drop in Conferences 3:30-7:00; 11: Drop in Conferences 7:45-3:15
Pioneer - October 10: Drop in Conferences 3:30-7:00; Scheduled Conferences 11: 8:00-3:30
WaHi - October 11: Scheduled Conferences 7:45-3:15; 17: Drop in Conferences 4:15-7:30
Lincoln - October 9: Drop in Conferences 3:30-7:00; 10: Drop in Conferences 3:00-7:00
SEATech - October 10: Drop in Conferences 3:45-7:30; 11: Scheduled Conferences 7:30-3:00

Superintendent Smith explains McCleary Decision tax implications

Click on the link below to watch a brief video from Superintendent Wade Smith explaining the tax implications of the McCleary Decision. This historic legislation, centered on how the state funds basic education, significantly lowers local school property taxes. This issue has come up during Superintendent Smith’s outreach efforts so he produced a short video to explain the process.

Bond informational video features Facilities Task Force member Peter Swant

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.

Peter Swant – Community Facilities Task Force member: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAwGF4heVOY

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)

Performance Indicator Targets reveal mainly positive trends across district

Tuesday night, School Board members received a 2017-2018 progress monitoring report from elementary and middle school principals. The update is part of the accountability component of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan which is focused on improved student performance.

Schools are using a monitoring tool referred to as a “dashboard” to log and track data linked to the Student Performance Success Targets. The district is witnessing growth in five of the six targeted areas, with only dips in attendance goals.

“Five of our six performance indicators are showing improvement. Although district index scores in English Language Arts and Math missed district targets, they did exceed state growth percentages significantly. The hard work from staff is paying off as we are headed in the right direction,” said Wade Smith, Superintendent.

The district has taken several proactive steps this fall to curb this attendance trend. Highly visible daily attendance signs are posted at school entrances to bring awareness to absenteeism. In addition, parent meetings are scheduled for an elementary child who has 10 absences in a year or five in a month. Data reports are showing the Dual Language program is resulting in positive outcomes for students. Staff professional development has been key. Special Education is seeing improvements through more access to core instruction. Middle school activity participation is up. Waiving pay to play fees and expanding offerings, including competitive soccer, has helped. Behavior referrals are down. Resilency training and additional district level support are tied to this trend.

2021-2022 Targets
- Maintain 90% attendance

Smarter Balanced Assessment (3-8)
- 2.5% index improvement annually

Special Education
- 2.5% index improvement annually

English Language Learners
- 20% exit proficiency on English Language Proficiency Assessment

Monitor Performance
- Participation and Behavior

Personnel Report (from Oct. 2, 2018 School Board meeting)

Shannon Hohosh, Special Education (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary School

Chelsey Davidson, Para-Educator, Special Education
Guadalupe Mendoza, Family Advocate (temporary), Blue Ridge Pre-school Program

Ana Diaz, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 2 years
- January through March 2019 to complete student teaching practicum

District continues to support Care and Share Food Drive

Walla Walla Public Schools is once again partnering 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
Wa-Hi students hone leadership skills 

Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School students for taking the initiative to participate in leadership opportunities across the state.

Karen Maldonado: She has been accepted to the Young Executives of Color (YEOC) Program. YEOC is a nine-month college pipeline program hosted by the University of Washington Foster School of Business.

Elena Simon-Salas: She was accepted to the Project H.O.P.E. Internship (Health Occupations Preparatory Experience) program through EWU last summer. It was a four-week, paid summer internship program offered to high school students at health care facilities within the student’s local community. Students who are first-generation college bound, from rural areas, or from populations that are under-represented in the health professions, are encouraged to apply. Link: https://sites.ewu.edu/ewahec/programs/students/project-hope/

Aissa Avalos: She applied and received a paid internship to work with the club, Borders as Method (BAM) at Whitman College. “Borders as Method” is a club committed to educating our communities about immigration issues, and challenging traditional notions through a focus on intersectionality”
Link: https://www.whitman.edu/student-life/student-clubs-and-organizations/borders-as-method-(bam)

Pioneer Latino Club Car Wash Saturday
The Pioneer Middle School Latino Club is planning a car wash Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Pioneer Middle School. The cost is $10. Proceeds support club activities. 

SEATech Health Science students volunteer to support community event

Thanks to the SEATech Health Science Careers/Pre-Nursing students in Sandy Thomas’ class for participating in the WALK FOR KIDNEYS event last Sunday. Students volunteered to take blood pressures in support of the event.

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

Community Stories
Nearly 200 boys and girls join Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club

Teams and rosters have been set for the newly formed Walla2Hoops Basketball Club for the 2018-2019 season. There are 21 teams, 13 boys teams and 8 girls teams, consisting of youth grades 2-8 set to compete this season. Nearly 200 athletes tried out for teams in the first year of operation. A total of 31 coaches are volunteering to lead teams.

“I’ve been amazed at the outpouring of support from our local businesses, community basketball programs, volunteers and families to make this opportunity become a reality for our youth,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “Our focus from the outset has been the development of character through a positive and competitive basketball program.”

Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Waitsburg School District, Weston School District, St. Basil Academy and homeschool students.

Walla2Hoops is hosting AAU league games at Garrison Middle School Nov. 3 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walla2Hoops is also partnering with the YMCA to host a regional AAU tournament Feb. 23-24. These events are open to the public.

“We are excited to work in partnership with the YMCA to expand the scope of basketball experiences available to youth in the Walla Walla Valley,” said Price-Huntington. “The YMCA has been a foundation for youth basketball in our community and working together will benefit the quality of basketball in our area.”

Walla2Hoops is a 501C3 Non-Profit basketball club which operates under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Walla2Hoops provides an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals.

For more information about the club or to provide donations for the scholarship program, contact:

Kirkman House features Sheep to Shawl

- Sheep to Shawl event
- Saturday, October 6
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Kirkman House Museum (214 Colville Street)
This is annual family event. Children will enjoy seeing the sheep and have an opportunity to dye a t-shirt between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors will enjoy demonstrations of spinning, weaving, and lace making. Homemade items from local and regional vendors will be available for purchase.

October is Resilience Month in Walla Walla

Please join the Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) at a series of free community events during October. 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. 

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