Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 30, 2018

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District receives unanimous approval from state to proceed with alternative construction delivery method

Thursday, Nov. 28, Washington State’s Project Review Committee (PRC) unanimously approved a request from Walla Walla Public Schools to utilize the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) delivery method for the Walla Walla High School bond-related capital improvements. Superintendent Wade Smith, accompanied by members of the district’s design and management team, presented plans to the independent committee as part of the approval process.

General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM), often referred to as a “collaborative delivery model,” permits the district to hire the general contractor early on in the design phase, capitalizing on their ability to participate and partner through the pre-construction and design programming, rather than bringing on the firm after the design work is complete. According to Smith, who has successfully implemented a similar delivery model in Oregon for many capital improvement projects, the benefits are many.

“This procurement method allows the district to be much more involved in the selection of the general contractor, permitting us the opportunity to interview prospective firms, take into consideration their location, their outreach and willingness to include smaller businesses/subcontractors in the work, and past performance on similar projects,” said Smith.

Walla Walla High School will be the first project to break ground in the recent voter-approved $65.6M replacement bond that passed at a remarkable 73%. Smith says the proposed Wa-Hi plans overwhelmingly support the alternative delivery model.

“A project that includes complex phasing, construction at an occupied campus, specialized preservation work, safety and security considerations, and tricky environmental site issues with Yellowhawk Creek bisecting the campus, the GC/CM model is well poised to ensure a successful project,” said Smith.

“This not only allows the general contractor to provide cost-saving suggestions and constructability services early on, it also permits them to be actively involved with staff, scheduling, and devising prudent safety plans well in advance of the construction process,” said Smith.

With the early involvement of the contractor in the process, ongoing cost estimates and budget monitoring are also enhanced to ensure project plans stay within budget. In addition, the GC/CM process supports improved public transparency in subcontractor selection, allowing better oversight and involvement from the district’s independent Bond Oversight Committee.

For more information about the bond program, visit the bond website at www.wwpsbond.org or follow progress updates on Twitter @bondwwps

Annual parent survey open through Dec. 14

Parent Survey Link 
Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking parent feedback through the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) as an extension of the Board of Director’s strategic planning process. The district will use the data to track progress towards its goals and initiatives. The deadline to complete the survey is Dec. 14.

How to take survey:
• Survey posted on district webpage - www.wwps.org
• Use your own electronic device 
• Hard copies available in schools and the district office
• Survey is completely anonymous
• Available in both English and Spanish
• Please take a separate survey for each child’s school

Survey Topics:
• School Leadership
• Teaching and Learning
• Communication
• Safety and Security
• School Culture and Climate

Winter Concert Schedule 2018-2019

December 4 Wa-Hi gift concert, Wa-Hi Auditorium 7:00 PM
December 5 Pioneer 6th grade band/choir/orchestra, Pioneer 7:00 PM
December 5 Garrison 6th grade band/choir/orchestra concert, Garrison 7:00 PM
December 6 Green Park holiday program, k-1 9:30 am; 2-3 2:00 pm
December 10 Green Park holiday program, 4-5 1:30 pm
December 11 Edison program, 2-3 9:00am K-1 10:15am 4-5 1:00 pm
December 12 Garrison 7th & 8th grade concert, Garrison 7:00 pm
December 13 Pioneer 7th & 8th grade concert, Wa-Hi auditorium 7:00 PM
December 17 Wa-Hi band concert, Wa-Hi auditorium 7:00 PM
December 18 Prospect Point program, K-1 9:15 am; 2-3 10:30 am; 4-5 1:00 pm
December 18 Sharpstein program, k-1 10:15 am; 2-3 9:00 am; 4-5 1:00 pm
December 18 Wa-Hi choir concert, Wa-Hi auditorium 7:00 PM
December 19 Wa-Hi orchestra concert, Wa-Hi auditorium 7:00 PM
December 20 Berney Holiday program, k-2 12:45 pm; 3-5 1:30 pm
December 21 Pioneer music assembly – 9 AM
December 21 Blue Ridge winter program K-2 10:00 am, 3-5 1:00 PM

District names 2018 Golden Onion award recipients

Edison Elementary Dual Language teacher Carey Knifong and Pioneer Middle School Library-Media Specialist Sara Strickland have been named recipients of the 2018 Golden Onion grant award. Each recipient receives $500 for use to support their program or to better their teaching skills.

Longtime Walla Walla resident and one-time teacher Sue Gillespie and her husband Mike established the “Golden Onion Award” to annually provide school supplies, equipment and professional development funds to Walla Walla educators. The Gillespie Teacher Development Fund is a component fund of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation.

Carey Knifong
Edison Elementary 4th grade Dual Language teacher
• Nominator: Sara Van Donge
• Carey will use the funds to buy a class set of Rubik’s cubes to teach all the 4th grade students how to solve the cube using mathematical patterns.

Sara Strickland
Pioneer Middle School Library Media Specialist
• Nominator: Pam Spence
• Sara will use the funds to support her Cavalcade of Authors student registrations fund

Comprehensive Nondiscrimination statement 

Walla Walla Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Coordinator & Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator
Liz Campeau, Director of Human Resources
364 S. Park Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 527-3000

Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Libby Thompson, Director of Special Education
364 S. Park Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 527-3000

Walla Walla Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all requirements of the ADA.

District to showcase schools in annual Parade of Lights

Walla Walla Public Schools will be well represented in the annual Parade of Lights downtown Saturday evening. Lincoln High School’s theme is thanking the community for its support of the Nov. 6 Replacement Bond Proposal. Look for a lighted school bus and thank you video. Walla Walla High School FFA members have been building an airplane for its “Wings Over Walla Walla” theme float. The airplane will be suspended high above its trailer and covered in lights. SEATech is entering with Enchanted Winter Palace. This float features spectacular castles and lights. The Wa-Hi Latino Club also has an entry to help the community get in the holiday spirit. Thanks to everyone for supporting Walla Walla Public Schools. 

Winter Break Holiday Schedule

- No School: Dec. 24 to Jan. 4
- Classes resume Monday, Jan. 7

School Stories
Police activity prompts schools to activate Secure Building Procedures

This morning Walla Walla High School and Prospect Point were operating in Secure Building Procedures following police activity near the school. Police contacted the schools at 10 a.m. to report it was safe to lift the Secure Building procedures.

Everyone was safe throughout this situation. As part of the emergency procedures, security officers and maintenance personnel were stationed on the perimeter of the schools. Police were in contact with the school district throughout the situation. We’re proud of how our staff and students followed the established safety procedures to ensure everyone’s safety. School safety remains the district’s highest priority.

Hisaw steps away from Walla Walla High School football program

Walla Walla High School Head Football Coach Eric Hisaw has resigned his position after eight seasons as the Blue Devil gridiron leader. Hisaw has two teenage boys who will both be at Wa-Hi next year and says he is planning to spend more time supporting their activities.

“My oldest son will be on a very talented cross country team and my youngest will be playing 9th grade football,” said Hisaw. “I want to be at everything they do, and have missed too many of their events while being head football coach.”

Hisaw says his time as head football coach has been a highlight of his educational career. He says he will miss his time with the student-athletes, game and practice preparation and life-changing opportunities to positively impact the lives of young people.

“It has always been a dream of mine to be a head football coach, and I will hold these years dear to my heart forever,” said Hisaw. “I wish the Blue Devil Football program the very best in the future.”

Hisaw said he wanted to make his announcement at this time to allow ample time to hire a new coach and ensure the off-season tasks would not be interrupted. District Athletic Director Dirk Hansen appreciates Hisaw’s leadership, professionalism and passion for Wa-Hi football.

“I would like to thank Coach Eric Hisaw for his service as Head Football Coach for Walla Walla High School,” said Hansen. “Coach Hisaw has a strong desire to spend more time with his family and is excited to follow his two boys as they participate in athletics at Wa-Hi.”
A job posting for a new head football coach is being prepared and will be made public soon.

Charlie Brown Movie Night at Wa-Hi supports Orchestra program

• Charlie Brown Christmas specials
• Friday, Nov. 30
• 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
• Wa-Hi Auditorium
• A suggested donation of $2/person is requested
• Proceeds support Wa-Hi Orchestra trips and activities

Prospect Point Food Drive Celebration

During the 2018 Care and Share Food Drive, Prospect Point students brought in 2,644 items of food; a total donation of 1,709 lbs for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. This was the highest grossing amount of pounds brought in by any one location district-wide. To motivate students and inspire a school-wide competition, six staff members volunteered to take a pie in the face at an all school assembly if the school goals were met. Six students were randomly selected during the assembly to throw a pie at the following staff members: Keith Reardon, Julie Wiley, David Parodi, Ita Trejo, Greg Pegel, and Principal Dana Chandler.

JROTC competes at Bend drill and marksmanship meet

Cadets from the Walla Walla High School “Blue Devil” Junior Reserve Officer
Training Corps Battalion competed at a drill and marksmanship meet in Bend, Ore., Nov. 16-18. More than 350 cadets from 13 schools around Washington and Oregon matched skills in displays of various drill and marksmanship marksmanship categories.

On Saturday, Blue Devil cadets won several prestigious awards. Armed and unarmed drill teams placed in the top five, with the unarmed team taking third place and the armed team taking fourth place overall. The color guard Team One took seventh, while color guard Team Two took sixth place. Cadet 1st Lt. Jarek Hamm earned second place in the individual armed exhibition drill competition.

Wa-Hi competitors in the marksmanship categories performed well, according to Cadet Lt. Col. Brock Betzler, the battalion commander.

“The Precision Team earned first place overall at this meet. Cadet Sgt. Jazmyn Paul won a bronze medal in the open class with a 489 out of the max score of 600. Cadet 1st Sgt. Dakota Buman captured gold in the marksman class with a score of 491,” Betzler said.

The Sporter Team, consisting of Zakery Gray, Jazmyn Paul, Addison Taylor, and Emily Jerald, scored 1961 points out of 2400, taking third place.

JROTC Cadets learn military history, precision drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, and leadership skills. The special teams compete in events for these skills around the region.

Link Crew seeking donations for The Health Center

Walla Walla High School Link Crew members are collecting donations December 3-7 in support of The Health Center.
• 1 Toaster for Wa-Hi
• 10 Cases of Cup of Soup
• 10 boxes of Granola bars--any variety
• Bags or boxes of chips--like Smart chips, or popcorn--the healthier varieties
• 1 Keurig for Lincoln (for hot drinks and Cup of Soup)

Send items to Michelle Higgins at Wa-Hi – mihiggins@wwps.org

Fundraiser Success at Prospect Point

Prospect Point’s PTA and student body coordinated their annual school-wide fundraiser in October.  Students obtained pledges from family members and friends with 100% percent of all proceeds going to the PTA to fund school activities and programs such as:  Miles Club, Accelerated Reader, Pacific Science Center and Oregon Coast Aquarium visits, computer equipment purchases, Thanksgiving meals for families, and much more.  This year, students brought in a record-breaking $13,100. Celebrations to acknowledge this success culminated in an all-school staff and student Fun Run, popcorn parties, Lunch with the Principal, students selected as Principal and Assistant Principal for a Day, and a Family Movie Night.

Exchange Club honors local students

Congratulations to Prescott High School seniors Briseida Ayala and Jose Gonzalez and Walla Walla High School seniors Caroline Blethen and Fatima Rodriguez Perez for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards this month. These students will also be eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship. 2018-19 Youth of the Month Essay Theme: “How I am a catalysis in my Community.” Mark Higgins is the program coordinator.

November 2018 Recipients:

Briseida Ayala
Briseida Ayala is a senior at Prescott High School. She is a three sport athlete and has been captain in all three sports. She is currently the Associated Student Body President and National Honor Society President. She also volunteers in her community.

Jose Gonzalez
Parents: Yarel and Everardo Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez is a senior at Prescott High School. He has a cumulative GPA of 3.7. Jose is a three sport athlete. He plays soccer, basketball and track. He was named 1st team All-State for soccer three of his four years in high school.

Caroline Blethen
Parents: Catherine & Robert Blethen
Caroline is a senior at Walla Walla High School. She has a GPA of 4.0. She is currently choir President and an All State choir member. She has been involved in every drama show since she has been in High School. She says her favorite production has been Hamlet. She is undecided about which college to attend next year, and plans to pursue a medical career.

Fatima Rodriguez Perez
Parents: Griselda Perez Diaz & Antonio Rodriguez Moreno
Fatima is a senior at Walla Walla High School, with a GPA of 3.548. She is involved in Latino Club, AVID and Art Club. She is a state LEAP Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year. She is a varsity competitive cheerleader. Fatima is undecided about which college to attend next year, and plans to pursue a career as a radiologist.

Community Stories
Seattle Children’s Hospital is planning parent listening session in Walla Walla

Lisa Schmitt MD, a second year pediatric resident at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is working with the Community Benefit and Advocacy Office on a 2016-2019 Community Health Assessment. She is planning a listening session with approximately 15 Walla Walla parents Tuesday December 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sharpstein Elementary. All participants will receive $25 gift cards to Walmart and free dinners.

Listening Session Goals:
1) get to know the communities throughout the region
2) hear stories that make up the family experience
3) learn how patient families are supported
4) understand the whole child and family and the communities they live in.

To sign up, contact Lisa Schmitt:
- 208.278.268
- Lisa.schmitt@seattlechildrens.org

Sustainable Living Center to Host Fourth Annual Alternative Gift Fair

• The Sustainable Living Center once again teams with local non-profits to offer a unique alternative to traditional holiday gifting
• Saturday, December 1
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Whitman College Reid Center Young Ballroom
• For questions, contact Erendira Cruz at director@slcww.org or call (509) 524-5228

Books for Babes bulb sale order deadline Sunday

Looking for a great holiday gift that does some good at the same time? The Books for Babes program is continuing its flower bulb sale. Each gift box now includes a vintage-style jar and decorative rocks so you can watch your fragrant hyacinth bulb grow right in your window sill.

At just $5 each, this makes a nice gift for just about anyone....teacher, co-worker, party host, neighbor, friend or you! Edison Elementary students help assemble the gifts and proceeds provide bags of books for newborns in Walla Walla.

Order deadline is Sunday, December 2
Email bargabk@charter.net or call 529-3527 with the number of bulb boxes in your order and your con-tact information for delivery. Bulbs will be delivered by Monday, December 10.

City Parks and Recreation Update

• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.
• Indoor Soccer - Grades K- 8 - Cost is $50 - Registration deadline is Friday, December 7
• We are hiring Indoor Soccer Referees! Paid position or volunteer. Contact WW Parks & Recreation, Clay Lindsey clindsey@wallawallawa.gov or 509-526-4527.
• 2019 Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale!

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