Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 12, 2018

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District Stories
School board Regular Business Meeting October 16

• Oct. 16 - 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.)

Bond informational video series features community members

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 below:

Cyndy Knight 
Dick Moeller 
Yolanda Esquivel 

Remember to vote – November 6

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 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. 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
Football team continues partnership with Coach to Cure MD program

Walla Walla High School is participating in the Coach To Cure Muscular Dystrophy program as part of Homecoming Week activities. This is the 8th year the football program has supported this cause. During Friday’s Homecoming football game fans will see Wa-Hi football players with special honorary captains impacted by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood. A progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence, Duchenne affects approximately one out of every 3,500 boys and 20,000 babies born each year worldwide.

The honorary captains spent Wednesday with the team. They were in the huddle, ran plays and even scored touchdowns.

“To my knowledge we are the only high school in Washington State to take part in this nation-wide program,” said Wa-Hi Head Football Coach Eric Hisaw. “Our staff and kids take great pride in being partners with Coach To Cure.”

Homecoming activities

It’s Homecoming Week at Walla Walla High School. Let’s show our spirit and support the Blue Devils. Remaining events:

Friday, Oct. 12
- Homecoming Football game vs. Kennewick at 7 p.m. at Borleske Stadium

Saturday Oct. 13
- Home MCC swim meet at 12:30 p.m. at Whitman College

- Homecoming Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Wa-Hi small gym

Go Big Blue!

Volleyball team supports local Cancer Center

Congratulations to the Wa-Hi volleyball team for raising nearly $3700 for the Providence St Mary Regional Cancer Center. These funds help support patients who are receiving cancer treatment to help pay for their lodging, gas and other basic needs.  

Elementary wrestling program continues to grow

This fall approximately 70 fourth and fifth grade boys and girls are participating in the district’s Elementary Wrestling program coordinated by Walla Walla High School Head Wrestling coach Jacob Butenhoff. Now in its third season, all six elementary schools are participating and numbers continue to grow.

“I’m thankful our school district has allowed us to build an elementary wrestling program that is free to our students,” said Butenhoff. “This program provides more opportunities for students to be involved in a positive activity and directly supports Goal 4 of the Strategic Plan which calls for enhanced opportunities for school engagement.”

The season is three weeks and participants practice two days a week. There are two wrestling meets during the season. There is no cost to participate. All elementary school wrestlers travel to Walla Walla High School on the final day of the program to have a districtwide match.

“In the past we had sixth graders participate in the elementary program and this year we are offering it at the middle schools as a grades 6-8 program,” said Butenhoff. “We’re attempting to expose our students to wrestling at a younger age so they can experience the important life lessons wrestling has to offer.”

Non-profit wrestling camps and club wrestling programs are also available in Walla Walla under the leadership of Butenhoff.

ASB fundraiser features blue and white ornaments

- Wa-Hi ASB Fundraiser
- $12 each or two for $20
- Available at the Homecoming game and the ASB office

Community Stories
City Parks & Rec Update

- Indoor Soccer registration is now open. Grades K- 8. Cost is $50

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