Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 15, 2019

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Preliminary schematic designs for new Walla Walla High School science building released

Preliminary schematic designs released this week for the new Walla Walla High School science building provide a sneak peak to the significant facility improvements that are right around the corner for students and faculty. Approved by voters in the November 2018 bond program, the new science building will feature eight, 1400 sq. ft, lab classrooms fully equipped to support all disciplines of science offered at Walla Walla High School. The new science building design conforms to best practice recommendations for laboratory sciences, allotting nearly 50 sq. ft, per student, with state of the art amenities and fully equipped lab spaces.

“This is a major milestone for the school district following months of research, including site visits to various high school campuses,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “Since the bond passed in November, we’ve conducted multiple meetings with science faculty, architects and consultants to develop these proposed plans.”

New Science Project Summary Facts:
• Groundbreaking - Fall 2019 / Project Completion - Summer 2020
• 18,000 sq. ft, facility includes:
- 8 identical fully-functional laboratory classrooms
- 1 general education science classroom
- 4 science prep rooms
- Flexible seating and classroom arrangements to accommodate the various disciplines and teacher preferences
- Student lobby
- Fully ADA accessible site
- Built-in display casework
- Architecture to match existing campus
- Energy efficient heating/cooling systems
- 10 foot ceiling height
- Natural light considerations

“Our students will have the modern learning spaces they need to gain the skills necessary to meet state graduation standards and post high school requirements,” said Smith. “We heard loud and clear from our community science education is a priority, and we have developed a facility to deliver on this promise.”

More online: http://www.wwps.org/bond/projects/walla-walla-high-school-renovation/new-science-addition

Pioneer Middle School teachers tour regional schools as part of bond planning process

Friday, March 8, Pioneer Middle School staff serving on the Educational Specifications Bond Construction Planning Team toured Armand Larive Middle School (Hermiston) and Chinook Middle School (Kennewick) to review current educational designs and best practices. Representatives from Architects West and Wenaha Group construction management firm also participated. These tours were an opportunity to generate ideas and begin a discussion about potential design decisions for the Pioneer Middle School remodel. Construction on the Pioneer Middle School remodel project is expected to begin Fall 2020.

School board Regular Business Meeting March 19

• Tuesday, March 19 - 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.)

Berney Elementary roofing and HVAC project released for public bid

This week Walla Walla Public Schools reached a major milestone following its successful November 2018 bond election by releasing the first major project for public bid for infrastructure improvements at Berney Elementary. The $3.5 million project includes a heating and cooling system upgrade and new roof, replacing the aged 41-year-old systems. Construction will begin this summer. Bids are due back to the school district April 2.

“This is the first of several projects slated for this summer to be released for public bid in the coming weeks,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “Once we determine the successful contractor, we will be finalizing construction schedules and working closely with staff and parents to coordinate and communicate proactive safety measures.”

Considerable time and effort was put into the bid package, instructions, and detailed scope of work to ensure that the district communicated their level of expected craftsmanship. In addition, a third party commissioning agent and roof consultant has also been involved to ensure the district maximizes roof longevity and heating/cooling efficiencies.

According to Smith, “we spent considerable time investigating roofing and HVAC systems to maximize our community’s investment in Berney. We were able to stretch the current roof and HVAC system out for four decades and are striving to reach that same level of longevity with these improvements as well.”

Open Enrollment, Choice Transfer and Kindergarten Registration

Open Enrollment for students living within the WWPS boundary:
Parents/Guardians who live in the Walla Walla Public Schools district boundary and wish to open enroll their child to a different WWPS school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school starting Monday, April 8. All applications and forms will be accepted at Walla Walla schools starting Monday, April 15.

Choice Transfer for students living outside of the WWPS boundary:
Parents/Guardians who live outside the Walla Walla Public Schools boundary and wish to Choice Transfer/request enrollment into the WWPS boundary will need to obtain a release form from their current school district office. All applications and forms will be accepted at Walla Walla schools starting Monday, April 15.

Open enrollment requests for Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy & Procedure 3130.
• Policy 3130: http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies/series-3000/4224-board-policy-no-3130
• Procedure 3130: http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/procedures/series-3000/5174-3130-district-attendance-areas,-open-enrollment,-and-employees-student-placement

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 S. Park St, and online at www.wwps.org.

Kindergarten Registration:
Walla Walla Public Schools’ kindergarten registration period will be April 15-26, 2019, and will take place at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Families wishing to enroll their kindergarten student in the Dual Language Program must call the Bilingual Education Department, (509) 526-6784.

If you have a kindergarten student starting in the fall of 2019, please join us at our Kindergarten Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

Elementary Hours:
• April 15, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• April 16-26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middle and High School Hours:
• April 15-26, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

District teams with Fort Walla Walla Museum for FREE Day of the Child event

• Saturday, April 13
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Fort Walla Walla Museum (755 Myra Road)
• Free food for the first 500 guests
• Community agencies in attendance to share information
• Games, bouncy houses, face painting
• Live local music: Salvador Hernandez, Robert Elizondo, Ballet Folklorico (Norma Arceo) and hopefully more acts
• Free entrance to Fort Walla Walla Museum

Math Counts: 4th and 5th Grade Math Competition Saturday at Garrison

The annual Math Counts competition comes to Garrison Middle School Saturday (March 16) as approximately 170 4th and 5th graders test their skills. The Kick-Off assembly begins at 9 a.m, followed by the individual task. The team task starts 10:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony at noon. Coaches at each elementary have spent weeks working through practice problems and a variety of team tasks in preparation for the competition.

“The goal this year was to include as many students as possible, and adapt the format to be more inclusive of all levels of math proficiency,” said Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis. “It was important to teachers that any student who wanted to participate had the option and we revised the format this year to allow this to happen.”

Walla Walla High School students receive Teachers of the Future scholarships

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School students Anahi Carrillo and Jaquelin Saldaña  for receiving $1500 each through the district’s Teachers of the Future scholarship program. Carrillo is interested in becoming an elementary teacher. Saldaña would like to teach at the middle school level. Both students are planning to attend Walla Walla Community College and focus on becoming a bilingual teacher. A $34,000 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is funding this new scholarship program to help Walla Walla Public Schools’ high school seniors pursue careers in Bilingual Education.

Education Support Professionals Week

Governor Jay Inslee declared March 11-15, 2019 Education Support Professionals Week to specifically recognize the contributions of educational support staff in public schools.  Please join us in thanking all classified employees for their hard work and dedication to Walla Walla Public Schools.

School Stories

Blue Ridge students Share the Love for local animals 

Congratulations to Blue Ridge Elementary students for raising $664.11 through their Share the Love project in support of the Blue Mountain Humane Society. The Blue Ridge Student Leadership Cadre sponsored and organized the event again this year. During the first two weeks of February students brought in change to add to the collection. The winners will receive a visit from a Humane Society rescue dog. Blue Ridge Elementary students have raised more than.$3000 over the past five years.                      

Lincoln High School Drama Presents Mutually Assured Destruction: 10 plays about Brothers and Sisters

• March 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla Community College China Pavilion
• Cost: By Donation
• A century’s worth of sibling squabbles is boiled down into ten vignettes in this era-hopping tribute to family. Each short play explores a distinct facet of brother and sisterhood relationships.

Author Margaret Stohl to visit Pioneer Middle School

American novelist Margaret Stohl is visiting Pioneer Middle School Friday, March 22 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. as part of a Cavalcade & Marvel event. She will share how she started working in the writing, movie, video game, and comic book industries. Stohl will detail her educational background and discuss the challenges and rewards of the industry.

“Her newest novel, Cats vs. Robots will be a great hit with 4-7th grade students,” said Pioneer Middle School Library Media-Specialist Sara Strickland. “Her own cats may be featured in this story.”

Stohl’s novel, Beautiful Creatures, became a movie available on Netflix. She also works in the video game industry, and she wrote a Black Widow novel duology for Marvel. After that, Marvel signed her on to write the Captain Marvel comics, including the newest, the origin story, The Life of Captain Marvel.

“With the Captain Marvel movie out, Stohl’s visit is a perfect time to get students excited about reading the comic books and her novels,” said Strickland. “To celebrate Stohl’s visit Pioneer is having a Marvel dress up day so there will be heroes and villains throughout the school.”

Hidden In Plain Sight parent event Saturday

Walla Walla Public Schools’ 5th -8th grade parents have been invited to participate in Hidden in Plain Sight; a hands on demonstration allowing families an opportunity to look at a mock teen bedroom with 70+ items that could indicate risky behavior in a teen’s life. This event is a culminating activity of a series following events by the Walla Walla Police Department on Technology Safety & Drug Awareness at Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools.

Who: Adults. You must be 18+ to participate
When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Middle School
Questions: Call 527-3050

Local parent named to represent preschool statewide

Parent Whitney Johnson has been selected to be a 2019 Washington State Association of Head Start/ECEAP Parent Ambassador. Johnson is the third parent from the Walla Walla Public Schools’ program to be selected and one of 20 named from across the state this year from the numerous applications received.

The Washington State Association of Head Start/ECEAP (WSA) is a statewide organization composed of representatives from Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant Head Start, Native American Head Start and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). The association has been in existence since the late 1960’s and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986.

The WSA Parent Ambassador Program, established in 2009, is made possible with support from WSA as well as advocacy partners at MomsRising, Child Care Aware of Washington, Save the Children Action Network, Thrive Washington and the Children’s Alliance. The parents selected for this program participate in a yearlong parent advocacy and leadership training program. They receive training on communications, leadership, legislative advocacy and grassroots organizing, and are responsible for training parents in their local programs and participating in advocacy efforts on both the state and federal level.

Garrison Middle School Sources of Strength student leaders thank maintenance staff

Thursday district maintenance staff received a surprise gift from Garrison Middle School as student leaders in the Sources of Strength program made thank you posters for all the snow removal support the past several weeks. Titled, “Through the Snow, Ice and Sleet, you keep our school safe and neat.” The display had a St. Patrick’s Day theme featuring shamrocks and pots of gold. The students signed a posterboard reading ‘You’re worth more than Gold.’ The Sources of Strength’s mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.

Community Stories
Families needed to host Yamate Japanese Exchange students

• Japanese High School students will visit Walla Walla April 12-26
• Students will attend Wa-Hi and participate in a host of events
• Host families are still needed
• Contact Ron Ahrens for details: rahren@wwps.org

FFA Alumni announces annual fundraiser March 16

• FFA Alumni and Friends 5th Annual Fundaiser
• Pot O’ Blue and Gold Dinner and Auction
• Saturday, March 16
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• Doors open at 5 p.m. and Dinner at 6 p.m.
• Tickets $25 person
• Entertainment: Whiskey Creek Band
• Information: (509) 386-3484
• Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/343251129594405/?ti=ia
• Event Information Link: wallawallaffaalumni@gmail.com

Interested in going to Japan? Sasayama Japan Sister City Exchange Program

Sasayama Japan Sister City Exchange Program is Recruiting for: Japanese Student Host Families (March 2019) &
Student Home Stay in Japan (October 2019). The Walla Walla - Sasayama Sister City Association is recruiting students and host families for our 2019 Sister City exchanges. We are looking for students interested in participating in a home stay in Sasayama, Japan in October 2019 as well as host families for March 2019. Home stay includes: Room & board in a Japanese home, inclusion in family events, touring historical sites and attending cultural events and activities during weekdays.

We are looking for students who:
• have a certain amount of personal independence and maturity
• have an interest in international travel
• are willing to host a Japanese student in their home in March this coming year
• are willing to try different foods and experience living with a Japanese family\
• are willing to adjust themselves to the culture & habits of their Japanese hosts
• will act as good ambassadors for your school, your city, and your country

The cost of the trip is about $1,800 and monthly installments can be made. A deposit of $500 will be due upon committing to the program, then a monthly payment is due at each orientation meeting. We will have monthly meetings to discuss Japanese language, customs, culture, and also international travel etiquette and procedures.

As mentioned, we are also looking for families willing to host students from Japan during a two-week homestay in March. Hosting includes: evening and weekend activities (weekday activities are pre-scheduled), breakfast and dinners for the students, teaching the students about life in America and our culture, and of course making new friends. If you are interesting in hosting a student or would like more information concerning the student exchange, please contact:
Dustin Palmer, Chairman of The Sasayama Sister City Committee.

Telephone: 509-240-6400
Email: wwsistercity@gmail.com

The Walla Walla School District does not sponsor or endorse this event/information and the district assumes no responsibility for it.

CAMP INVENTION returns to Walla Walla for a 3rd year

Camp Invention is an elementary summer enrichment experience with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus for children in our community, July 8-12 at Edison Elementary. Local certificated educators lead a week of hands-on activities that fuel children’s confidence in their natural ability to dream and create. Save $25 on registration before March 22 with code INNOVATE25.

Visit invent.org/camp to sign up. Limited scholarships are available. Contact Jen Stone, Camp Director, at jennifer.stone@wwcc.edu for more information.

Registration for youth track club announced

The Blue Mountain Storm Youth Track Club is a local organization that provides fair and open competitive track and field events for youth ages 5-12 from the surrounding area. BMS is designed to encourage maximum participation at low cost, provide a positive experience, and have fun while developing track and field talents.

The cost is $50 per athlete and includes insurance and a t-shirt. The maximum family max fee is $100 for families with three or more children participating in the BMS program.

First practice is March 18 at Wa-Hi’s Dave Klicker Track from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Make checks payable to: BIG BLUE BOOSTERS

Information: https://wwstormclub.wixsite.com/bmstorm

City Parks & Rec Update

• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.
• St Paddy’s Day Dash 5k/10k - Sunday, March 17 @ 10am - $12
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5 – 12 (age as of 12/31/18) - $50 - $65
• Spring Softball Skills Clinic – Ages 5 – 13 - Sunday, March 23 - see website for times - $35 - Pitching and catching clinic - $15
• Blue Mountain Baseball League (formerly known as Babe Ruth) – Ages 13-16 - $75
• Youth and Adult Art Classes taught in Spanish - $12 - $80
• Warrior Soccer Academy – April 15 - May 9 - Ages 5-11 - $48
• All Comers Track & Field Meet – May 5 – Ages 12 & under - $3/$5 onsite registration
• Lacrosse Class/Camp - Grades 1 – 8 - $40 - $60
• 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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