Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 1, 2019

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WWPS Health Services Director addresses measles outbreak in Washington State – By Amy Ruff, RN

• Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of Emergency for all counties in Washington State in response to a measles outbreak. There have been 36 confirmed cases in Clark and King Co.
• Measles is a highly contagious virus, spread before people know that they are sick. There have been no reported cases in Walla Walla, but potential for a local outbreak is elevated.
• Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, red, watery eyes and a rash 3-5 days later.
• In the event that measles occur in our community, the Health Department could mandate that ALL students who are unimmunized or have vaccination exemptions be excluded from school.
• The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective in preventing illness.
• If you have not been vaccinated, or are unsure, call your doctor. If you are ill with measles symptoms, CALL BEFORE presenting to the clinic, Emergency Department or Urgent care/Express Care clinics.
• If you have any questions regarding measles or where to obtain vaccinations, call Amy Ruff at (707) 397-5588

School board Regular Study Meeting Feb. 5

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

Superintendent Smith reaches out to community to provide bond progress reports

Superintendent Wade Smith is going back out to the community to inform them about bond progress following the successful November 6 election. Smith is meeting with service clubs, focus groups, business leaders and other stakeholders as part of his post-bond outreach plan. He reports $4 million in school infrastructure projects will be completed this summer, including roofing projects at Berney and Blue Ridge Elementary Schools. The district will break ground on the new Walla Walla High School science addition next fall.

The district has developed a bond webpage with detailed information about each project, as well as a Twitter page for regular updates. Superintendent Smith says he is committed to “Delivering on Our Promise” of transparency and effective management made to voters regarding all bond-related activities.

Learn more at:
Bond Webpage: http://www.wwps.org/bond
Twitter: @bondwwps

Graduates of Distinction nominations now accepted

Nominations are now open for the district’s prestigious Graduates of Distinction program. Nominations for this year’s recipients will be accepted through March 15. Please consider nominating an outstanding graduate or encouraging someone you know to submit a nomination. Recipients will be honored prior to the June 4 School Board meeting.

Purpose of the Award
The purpose of the Walla Walla Public Schools Graduates of Distinction program is to provide an avenue for recognizing high school graduates of Walla Walla Public Schools who have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers; and to honor the Walla Walla Public Schools staff members who were the most inspirational in the lives of those individuals.

Who may nominate?
Anyone interested in Walla Walla Public Schools.

Eligibility for nomination
• Must have graduated from high school in the Walla Walla Public Schools at least 10 years prior to nomination.
• Need not be a current resident of Walla Walla.
• Need not be present to accept the award, but will make a concerted effort to be present or send a representative to accept the award.

How to nominate?
Forms: Fillable PDF nomination and supporting letters forms are available online at: www.wwps.org (Graduates of Distinction page) or in hard copy at the District Office, 364 S. Park St. - Walla Walla, WA 99362. Mail or hand deliver the completed hard copy nomination form and three supporting letters by March 15 to:

Walla Walla Public Schools
Attn: Mark Higgins, Director of Communications
364 S. Park Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Winter Parent Conferences Scheduled

Tuesday, February 12 from 3:30-7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 from 3:30-7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am -3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13 from 3:15 -7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am -7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13 from 3:15 -7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am -7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 from 3:30-7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 from 3:30-7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am -3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 from 8:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 - Arena style conferences in both gyms from 3:45-7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 – Classroom drop-in conferences from 7:45 am-3:15 p.m. (lunch break from 11:30 – 12:00)

Wednesday, February 13 - Classroom drop-in conferences from 3:30 pm-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 - Scheduled conferences from 7:45 am - 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12 - Classroom drop-in conferences from 3:15-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 - Classroom drop-in conferences from 3:15-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 - Classroom drop-in conferences from 3:15-7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13 - Drop-in conferences in the gyms from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 - Scheduled conferences and GRCs from 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (lunch break from 11:30-12:00)

Wednesday, February 13 – Drop-in conferences from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 - Scheduled conferences from 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. (lunch break 11:30-12:00)

School Stories
Walla Walla students receive Youth Imitative Awards from Traffic Safety Coalition

Congratulations to Allison and Jack Wanichek for receiving the Youth Initiative Award at the annual Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Coalition Award banquet. This school year, Jack, an 8th grader at Garrison Middle School, and his sister Allison, a senior at Wa-Hi, are serving as student ambassadors for the district’s School Safety Awareness campaign. They have recorded radio public service announcements, designed posters and created videos to encourage everyone to report safety concerns. They have also used social media and automated message systems to help educate the community about school safety.

During National School Safety Week in October, Jack and Allison helped plan several activities to raise awareness about this important topic. Schools shared information during morning announcements, conducted emergency drills and welcomed area first responders to have lunch with students. This fall Jack created a video utilizing local students to remind youth 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 recruited students to be in the video and kept everyone on schedule. Allison designed eye-catching posters in both English and Spanish to reinforce the message. These posters are on display at all district schools. While much of their work has been centered around more traditional school safety concerns, their Hear Something, See Something, Say Something theme also applies to drinking and driving, reckless driving and distracted driving.

“If our youth can have the courage to say something, we can also,” said Nancy McClenny-Walters, who heads the Traffic Safety Coalition. “Let’s all have the courage to tell our friends and family to not drive impaired, slow down, buckle up and not drive distracted.”

Garrison Middle School students Mix it Up to promote school unity

Garrison Middle School students found themselves eating lunch and getting to know different students through this week’s Sources of Strength Mix It Up activity. During lunch, students randomly selected gumballs handed out by Sources of Strength program student helpers. The students then sat at tables with the same color. Students asked each other questions through ice-breaker activities and talked about their personal interests. Many students commented on how much they had in common with classmates at their new tables. The activity is aligned to a school-wide campaign to help students get out of their comfort zones to make friends and stay connected to their school. Sources of Strength is a suicide prevention program focused on helping students identify people in their lives they can turn to for strength when times get tough.

National speaker challenges Pioneer Middle School students to keep their word

Alex Sheen, founder of “because I said I would” addressed Pioneer Middle School students during an all school assembly Thursday morning. Sheen, a national speaker, shared an amazing message of promises made and kept. “Because I said I would” is a social movement and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept.

“We created the Promise Card to inspire others to keep their promises, but the movement has grown into something far greater than its origin,” said Sheen.

Learn more about Sheen’s message: https://becauseisaidiwould.com/alexsheen/

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets earn top honors

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Corporal Brandan Weaver for earning January Athlete of the Month honors. Cadet Private First Class Nicole Hunter was named December 2018 Marksman of the Month for recording a score of 253 of a possible 300 points.

Weaver created his very own workout strategy, pushups and flutter kicks that have proved vital in his success. Hunter has found her passion in competitive air rifle marksmanship.

“The program is a big part of who I am now,” said Hunter. “I hope to someday work my way onto the precision rifle team and compete at the national level.”

Sergeant First Class Mark Mebes, Army Instructor and rifle team coach says Hunter’s score is the highest in recent memory.

“I think it has been several years since a first-year marksman broken 250 in this competition,” said Sgt. Mebes. “She is well on her way to becoming a standout in the sport.”

Wa-Hi Choir plans Silent Auction fundraiser

Wa-Hi Choir is holding our annual silent auction fundraiser.
• February 2 @ 6 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Commons
• Dessert and entertainment provided
• Tickets will be sold at the door

Volunteers needed to serve on Senior Culminating Project presentations panel

Wa-Hi graduating seniors each year are required to complete a culminating project as a graduation requirement. In order for students to complete this important and mandatory assignment, Wa-Hi relies on the support of community members to serve on culminating project panels as judges to score the presentations.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see what our students’ school year experiences have been and what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

The presentation dates are:
• Tuesday, March 12
• Wednesday, March 13
• Wednesday, April 17
• Thursday, April 18
• All Presentations: 3:15-7:30 p.m.

Please contact Jennifer Davis at 526-8649 / jdavis@wwps.org or call Walla Walla High School if you are interested.

Community Stories
Blue Mountain Youth Football announces sign-ups open for Junior Blue Devil 7-on-7 league

• Register now for Junior Blue Devil 7-on-7 football for students in grades 1-11
• Click here to sign your child up: wallawallayouthfootball.com
• Practice will start the first week of March
• Cost is $50 per player
• Teams compete in the 7-on-7 passing league. All games are played in the Tri-Cities

Tickets for annual Children’s Home Society SweetHearts Luncheon now on sale

Give your heart to support children and their families in the Walla Walla community during the SweetHearts for Kids benefit luncheon.
• Wednesday, February 20
• Noon -1 p.m. (Doors to luncheon open 11:30 a.m.)
• Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center (6 W. Rose St., Walla Walla)
• Tickets are $40 per person
• Register online: https://www.childrenshomesociety.org/wallawallasweethearts/
• For more information contact Candi Walmsley at 509-529-2130 ext. 8126 or Candice.Walmsley@chs-wa.org

Carnegie Picture Lab teams with library for puppet show
•	Carnegie Picture Lab presents the World of Shadow Puppetry
• Saturday, February 2
• Walla Walla Public Library
• 10:15 a.m.
• Event is followed by art making and performing opportunities until 1 p.m.
• Create your own shadow puppets from templates or your imagination, create a portable shadow puppet theatre, and perform with your puppets. All ages welcome.

City Parks & Rec Update

Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.
Mother Son Super Hero Bash – Ages 3 years and up – February 9 - $15 per Mother - Space is limited
Walla Walla Shootout Soccer Friendlies (9v9) – Birth Year 2007 – 2010 - $300 per team
Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5 – 12 (age as of 12/31/18) - $40 - $55
Spring Softball Skills Clinic – Ages 5 – 13 - Sunday, March 23rd – see website for times - $35 - Pitching and catching clinic - $15
St Paddy’s Day Dash 5k/10k - Sunday, March 17 @ 10am - $12
Youth and Adult Art Classes taught in Spanish - $12 - $80
2019 Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale!

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