Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Oct. 26, 2018

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Replacement Bond Informational videos 

Ballots for the November 6 No Tax Rate Increase Replacement Bond proposal must be postmarked by Nov. 6. Voters are asked 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. Click on the links below to learn more information about the Replacement Bond proposal.

Bond Oversight Committee Member Ken Seibold video 
Pioneer Middle School Principal Kristina Duncan video 
Community Facilities Task Force Member Dean Lodmell video 
Bond Oversight Committee Member Lawson Knight video 
Bond Oversight Committee Member Bonnie Bowton video 
Bond Oversight Committee Member Jennifer Mouat video 

Student produced video kicks off National School Safety Week

It is National School Safety Week and the district coordinated several activities this week to raise awareness about this important topic. Schools have been sharing information during morning announcements, conducting drills and welcoming area first-responders to have lunch with students.

Garrison Middle School 8th grade student Jack Wanichek and his sister Allison, a senior at Wa-Hi, are serving as student ambassadors for the awareness campaign. Jack created a video to remind students about the important message: Hear Something, See Something -- Say Something. SEATech Instructor Jeffrey Townsend and several of his students captured the video for Jack to edit and produce. Allison helped get students to be in the video and kept everyone on schedule. Thanks to everyone for helping keep students safe!

School Safety Video 

Graham named Washington State School Psychologist of the Year

Sharpstein Elementary and Garrison School Psychologist Rob Graham was named the Washington State School Psychologist of the Year during the association’s annual conference Oct. 19 in Seattle.

“I am extremely humbled by this entire experience and more importantly by my colleagues and administrators’ words of admiration,” said Graham. “I am proud to bring this accolade back to Walla Walla Public Schools and look forward to continuing to grow professionally while striving to be the best educator, father, son and husband that I can be.”

Graham started his career in the Cheney School District as an emergency certified school psychologist where he worked from January - June 2013. He was hired by Walla Walla Public Schools in August of 2013. Graham attended Eastern Washington University where he received his Bachelor in Science Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology and his Master of Science in School Psychology Educational Specialist.

According to Director of Special Education Libby Thompson, Graham was selected for this award because of his ability to see the whole child and his belief that all students are capable of high learning no matter their circumstances. She says he goes above and beyond to make sure students get what they need in all areas. He works with parents to ensure they know they are an important part of the team.

An example of his work is the Lunch Bunch group he runs at Sharpstein Elementary. Students receive extra attention and practice with social skills, have lunch with him and are able to “practice” with Graham as a mentor.

“Rob is one of the best school psychologists I have worked with in my entire career in education,” said Thompson. “His integrity, compassion and knowledge combine to make him extremely successful in working with students, parents, and staff. He is always willing to take on any task, and he is usually the first person I bring in to help solve issues that may arise.”

School Stories
Wa-Hi Drama Presents - Hamlet

• Show Dates Nov 8-10, 15-17 @ 7 p.m. and Nov 10 & 17 @ 2 p.m.
• Tickets available Monday, Oct 29 and may be purchased at the Wa-Hi ASB office, online at intouch.wwps.org and one hour prior to curtain.
• Tickets are $12 adults/ $6 students

The Wa-Hi Drama program has put a modern, punk rock spin on the classic tale of Shakespeare’s Hamlet complete with an original music score played by Wa-Hi students. The production is approximately two hours including intermission.

Area businesses support Walla Walla High School College and Career Fair

Last week several Walla Walla Valley businesses and agencies participated in the Walla Walla High School Career and College Fair. These community leaders interacted with students to explain their business and discuss pathways for becoming a business owner.

College and Career Coordinator Katharine Curles organized the event. She says it’s important to link students with more business and industry leaders. This provides opportunities for students to make connections as they transition from high school to their future plans, including the military, industry, apprenticeships and college.

Villalobos Brothers to perform with students

The Villalobos Brothers are a musical group of “high octane Mexican fiddling” that will be in Walla Walla this weekend through Tuesday. These amazing musicians plan to collaborate with Walla Walla Public Schools students thanks to Orchestra teacher Julia Woods coordination.

Highlights Include:
• Monday, Oct. 29 - Wa-Hi Orchestra students in clinic at Cordiner Hall; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
• Monday, Oct. 29 - Villalobos Brothers visit Pioneer Middle School from 1:15-2:10 p.m. to perform for students in orchestra, Latino Club, & 6th period Spanish classes.

The Walla Walla Symphony is sponsoring these events for WWPS students.

Also, the Pioneer Latino Club will be volunteering for the Walla Walla Symphony at two additional concerts:
• Sunday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at The Dacres (formerly) Main Street Studio
• Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at Whitman College Cordiner Hall

“We’re looking forward to this outreach,” said Woods. “It’s such a great opportunity for our students to meet and work with world-class musicians.”

Whitman Science Night at Berney video

Whitman College recently produced a video to look inside the annual Science Night at Berney Elementary School. The October 18 event was hosted by Whitman College’s Science Outreach Department. Science Night is an opportunity for Whitman students to connect with families in the community and teach them a little bit about science.

Science Night Video

SEATech students to help build Habitat for Humanity home

Today SEATech students in Eric Matson’s Construction Technology class participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Habitat for Humanity home being built on Carrie Ave. SEATech students will be involved in most all aspects of construction from start to finish.

Students in the SEATech Construction Technology course learn blueprint reading, carpentry, electrical systems, masonry and plumbing. Students also research and design both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Students in the program are eligible to earn college credits and/or industry certification.

Trunk-or-Treat Halloween night

No tricks it’s all treats for this event! Annual Key Club Trunk-or-Treat event open to the community.

WHAT: Partnership event with Walla Walla High School Key Club and our local Kiwanis Club. This event is open to all our community goblins! Bring your child and a can of food to participate in this annual event! Wa-Hi service clubs will each display a car and will be dressed up in a matching theme handing out candy to community children. Cars and club decor will judged by Wa-Hi teachers and administrators.
WHEN: October 31, 5 to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Walla Walla High School ‘Science’ parking lot (off Abbott Rd)
ADMISSION: One can of food that will be donated to the Blue Mountain Food Bank at the end of the evening.

Questions?: Ask Key Club advisor Becky Waggoner-Schwartz - bschwartz@wwps.org.

Community Stories
Public invited to participate in W2 for Drug Free Youth Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Survey

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Annual Survey in now open through December 31. Community members, especially parents of students in grades 6-12, are encouraged to take this brief anonymous survey. Data will help identify adult concerns for youth around the areas of anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide. Results from the survey are used in conjunction with the results of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey conducted in October of this year. The information is used to help secure future grants and other necessary funding to support programs such as Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention (Garrison, WWHS, and Lincoln High School), Parenting Wisely and Blue Devil Strong at Walla Walla High School.

English Survey Link   
Spanish Survey Link   

• Contact Peggy Needham, Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coordinator at Walla Walla County Department of Community Health: pneedham@co.walla-walla.wa.us / 509.524.2684

The Bald Futurist coming to Whitman College - FREE Public Event

What impact will robots, algorithms, drones, and Artificial Intelligence have on workplaces, and work itself? Whitman College is hosting Steve Brown, the Bald Futurist, to help everyone better understand how changes in technology will shape jobs, careers and our very identities in the coming years.
• Thursday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
• Olin Hall, 138, Whitman Campus
• 920 E Isaacs Ave
• Free and open to the community

The Bald Futurist’s visit is made possible thanks to generous support from the Hubbard Family Endowment, the President’s Office, the Student Engagement Center, and the Sherwood Trust.

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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