Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 12, 2019

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Survey open to weigh-in on Wa-Hi window options

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFFC7P5

Walla Walla Public Schools has opened a survey seeking community input on the types of glass and paneling for the Walla Walla High School renovation. The district will be replacing the original windows throughout the campus to improve energy efficiency and safety. Safety experts recommended tinting the top panels and incorporating non-transparent bottom panels to improve safety. The district has assembled a demonstration mock-up featuring four different top window options, with varying levels of tinting. In addition, four different bottom panels are also included for input. The survey is available on the district’s website and closes May 3.

NOTE: It is recommended survey-takers visit the window mock-up located near the Walla Walla High School main entrance on Abbott Road, in person prior to taking the survey, as pictures/images in the survey do not accurately reflect the window options.

School board Regular Business Meeting April 16

• April 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.)

New Pulse Video for April

Click HERE to view the April Pulse Video. Superintendent Wade Smith provides timely updates on bond projects. He also discusses the new start and stop times set for next school year and he interviews School Board President Ruth Ladderud about the Elementary Consolidation Review and Early Learning Expansion study currently underway.

Walla Walla Valley Day of Champions event time for special needs students to shine 

Students with special needs from Walla Walla, College Place, Prescott, Milton Freewater, Athena Weston and Dayton school districts will participate in the 2nd Annual Walla Walla Valley Day of Champions May 9 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Walla Walla High School’s Dave Klicker Track.

This fun and inspiring event hosted by the Walla Walla Public Schools’ Special Education Department provides students the opportunity to compete in a variety of events with the support of Wa-Hi ASB Leadership students, cheerleaders and other Wa-Hi students serving as “peer buddies.” District office staff will be on campus supporting the event in a variety of roles. Kiwanis members will be volunteering their time as well.

Area firefighters from Local Union 404 will be on campus with a fire truck, which will serve as a backdrop for a photo station to capture special moments during the event. Parent and community leader Lawson Knight is volunteering as the event announcer and Sweet Lou from the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball team will be on campus to join in the fun. Lunch time is sure to be fun with Janet Byerley of Jazzercise. Awards will be given to the Most Inspirational Athlete and the Most Involved Peer Mentor. All participants will receive medals of achievement and t-shirts.

“This event is an opportunity to showcase the abilities of our students,” said WWPS Special Education Director Libby Thompson. “By giving them a day to shine while having fun, all students, staff and families are empowered.”

For more information, contact the district’s Special Education Department at (509) 526-6724.

Curriculum adoption materials on public display; community information night planned

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis reports the district is on target to adopt new High School Science and High School Algebra Geometry Algebra II curriculum later this spring.

Materials on Public Display
High School Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
• April 15-19 (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)
• Community Information Night Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

Contact: Casey Monahan, Curriculum Coordinator – cmonahan@wwps.org / 509.526.6783

Day of the Child postponed to May 10

Mother Nature is forcing the district to postpone its Day of the Child event to Friday, May 10. The event coordinated by the district’s Bilingual Education Department was originally planned for this Saturday, but rainy weather predictions are prompting the change. See details about the May 10 event.

District teams with Fort Walla Walla Museum for FREE Day of the Child event
• Friday, May 10
• 4 to 8 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 Laura Angula
• Free entrance to Fort Walla Walla Museum

Kindergarten Fair attendance up as families plan for next year

The annual Kindergarten Fair was a huge success as a record number of families attended. This year 146 families made the trek to the fairgrounds to learn about kindergarten programs for next year. This is up 20 from last year and three times as many from the first year.

“Families were able to meet, ask questions, and get resources from each of our elementary schools and various community agencies,” said Pam Clayton, Family Engagement Coordinator. “Our newest students were able to meet with teachers, practiced going through a lunch line to pick out fruit from a school salad bar, practiced getting on/off a school bus, and received materials and books to use at home while they wait for September 9th to arrive.”

Great job Pam Clayton for coordinating this event. Contact your neighborhood elementary school for more information about kindergarten and support programs.

Wa-Hi Graduate named to ESD 123 board

Walla Walla High School graduate Mark Thompson has been named to the Educational Service District 123 Board of Directors. Thompson is a national expert in Bullying Prevention programs and assists the district on its Safe and Civil Schools Committee. He is a former Walla Walla High School assistant football coach and has assisted on numerous district committees and served in several volunteer roles over the years. 

Open Enrollment, Choice Transfer and Kindergarten Registration – April 15-26

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 now. 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 and Choice Transfer 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.

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.

School Stories
Local Hispanic professionals discuss career opportunities with Wa-Hi students

Area business Hispanic professionals participated in a panel discussion with Walla Walla High School students today to talk about career opportunities. Guests shared their personal journey story that has taken them to where they are today. They discussed the biggest obstacles they have had to overcome and reflected on those people in their lives who have helped along the way. Panelists also described an average workday and shared words of wisdom to help motivate the students.

“Our goal is to reach as many students as possible with the idea there are many career opportunities available to them if they work hard and apply themselves,” said Dr. Victor Vergara, Director of Bilingual Education and Latina/o Outreach.

Business Professionals Panel:
• Dr. Jose Miguel Alanis, Emergency Room Doctor
• Saul Reyna - WW Police Department
• Tobi Salazar - Business Owner (barber shop)
• Sandra Graham - Nurse – WWCC
• Roger Esparza - Real Estate Agent
• Bertha Clayton – Attorney
• Norma Hernandez - CEO Blue Mt Credit Union

Blue Devil Strong plans suicide prevention walk

Blue Devil Strong, Reach Out Walla Walla and WW County Department of Community Health are proud to announce the second annual suicide prevention walk to be held at the Walla Walla High School, Dave Klicker Track on May 10, 2019 starting at 7 p.m.

Community partners include students from Walla Walla Community College, Garrison Middle School, NAMI, Comprehensive Health Care, Catholic Charities, VA Medical Center, Triple Point, Providence St. Mary Medical Center. The event is designed to promote hope, help and strength. Informational booths will be set up by 6:30 p.m. and will provide local information and resources to youth and families.

Together we can stop suicide in Walla Walla! Register here at Evenbrite for this free event:

For more information contact Jessalyn Waring Bruce jwaring@co.walla-walla.wa.us or Peggy Needham pneedham@co.walla-walla.wa.us at Walla Walla County Department of Community Health 509.524.2684.

Band students receive high marks at regional festival

Recently the Wa-Hi Band classes participated in the regional Large Group Band Festival at Kennewick High School for adjudication. The Concert Band received an Excellent rating while the top group, the Wind Ensemble, received a Superior rating. Great job band students.

Wa-Hi JROTC Precision Rifle Team scores top Army marks in the country  

Walla Walla High School JROTC’s Precision Rifle Team emerged from the JROTC National Air Rifle Championship as the highest scoring Army team in the nation. The two-day match, held at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s southern location in Anniston, Alabama was attended by the top high school ROTC rifle teams in the United States from each of the four services. The Blue Devil team consists of Cadet Major Madeline Steinle, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Brock Betzler, Cadet Lieutenant Katherine Thompson and Cadet Sergeant Ramon Lopez-Gutierrez. 

Edison first graders visit Whitman College for engaging art lesson

Today 80 first graders from Edison Elementary traveled to the Whitman College Foust Center for the Arts to engage in monoprintmaking with Professor Nicole Pietrantoni and several Whitman students. This hands-on activity allowed students to use an acrylic plate for painting on their image, as well as stencils and ribbons for adding textures. Every student left with one or two prints of their own design. This activity is an excellent example of community engaged learning and partnership between WWPS and Whitman college faculty and students to assist the WWPS artists. Thanks to Professor Nicole Pietrantoni and Bilingual Education and Latina/o Outreach Director Dr. Victor Vergara for working together to make this possible.  

Community Stories

Tutus and Tapas ballet gala Saturday

Tutus and Tapas, a gala celebration of ballet will take place tomorrow, Saturday, April 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Performing Arts Building. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the door. One beverage and tasty tapas created by WWCC culinary students are included. Join us for an evening celebrating youth ballet.

Group Yard Sale for youth traveling to France & Italy

Kerri Tucker’s youth travel group is hosting a yard sale 4/27 & 4/28 at 1832 Snitily Lane (across from Scarpelli, off Tietan) to raise funds for their trip to France and Italy in June.  This is not a WWPS sponsored trip. Youth will also be selling baked goods, and accepting donations.  If you have any items you’d like to donate for sale, please contact Kerri Tucker at ktucker@wwps.org.

City Parks & Rec Update

• Free Lacrosse Drop-Ins – April 15, 22, 29 at 5:30pm
• Blue Mountain Baseball League (formerly known as Babe Ruth) – Ages 13-16 - $75
• Warrior Soccer Academy – April 15 - May 9 - Ages 5-11 - $48
• Youth and Adult Art Classes taught in Spanish - $12 - $80
• 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!
• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.

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