Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 17, 2019

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Taylor named School Business Official of the Year

Walla Walla Public Schools Director of Fiscal Services Nancy Taylor has been named School Business Official of the Year by the Washington Association of School Business Officials. Taylor oversees the district’s budget operations, accounts payable, payroll and numerous compliance regulatory functions linked to district business procedures. The award includes a trip to the National School Business Official's conference in Maryland.

"There are so many talented School Business Officials across the state that I consider it an honor to be considered among them,” said Taylor. “I appreciate my team and others for nominating me."

Taylor was nominated by Business Office employees Melinda Gee and DeeDee Delaney. Her application packet included letters of recommendation from Superintendent Wade Smith, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis and Administrative Assistant Kim Locken. Taylor was honored at the Washington Association of School Business Officials awards ceremony May 9.

"Nancy works diligently on her own tasks, but she does not hesitate to drop what she's doing to help others and put them first,” said Gee. “She is committed to her duties and is dedicated to the staff. Her extensive knowledge on all aspects about Washington State school finance makes her an outstanding leader."

The Washington Schools Business Officials Association coordinates monthly fiscal user group meetings, trainings, certification programs and an annual professional development workshop and awards program.

School board Regular Business Meeting May 21

• May 21 - 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.)

District names Graduates of Distinction

Walla Walla Public Schools names this year's honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Peggy Needham, Class of 1982; Scott Krivoshein, Class of 1983; Mary Lux Stumph, Class of 1983; and Dr. Tony Billingsley, Class of 1993.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities and careers, and they continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these accomplished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 4 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: 3:45 to 5 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Office (Anne Golden Boardroom)

For more information, please contact Mark Higgins, 526-6716, mhiggins@wwps.org

Day of the Child event brings community together

More than 1000 people flocked to Fort Walla Walla Museum last Friday for the Day of the Child community event. Walla Walla Public Schools partnered with Fort Walla Walla Museum and Community Bank to put on this day of celebration for the children of the Walla Walla valley. Free dinner, bouncy castles, community information and plenty of kids activities highlighted the celebration. Thanks to the district’s Bilingual Education Department for coordinating the event.

Large crowds at Reach Out Walk

Hundreds walked the Walla Walla High School track last Friday to raise awareness for suicide prevention as part of the Reach Out walk event. Students in the Blue Devil Strong program, with support from adviser Andrew Sayers and volunteer Peggy Needham, coordinated the community gathering. Music filled the air, informational booths lined the track and moving speeches inspired those in attendance to Reach Out for help when times get tough. Click HERE to learn more about the Walla Walla Public Schools’ Suicide Prevention program.

Strickland honored for substitute coordination excellence

District Substitute Coordinator Shari Strickland was honored by STEDI.org for this May’s Sub Appreciation Week. Every year STEDI.org sends an email out to guest teachers to officially show appreciation for the hard work as part of the week’s celebration. The message includes entry into a drawing to win fun prizes. This year’s prize was an Apple Watch.

This year STEDI also asked guest teachers to recognize their supervisors who do all the work behind the scenes to coordinate substitute assignments. Shari Strickland was nominated and received a special Certificate of Recognition for her professionalism and quality work.

“Our substitutes play a critical role in providing a quality education for our students,” said Strickland. “It was nice to be recognized and supported by all of these amazing professionals we have in our substitute pool.”

May Pulse video

Click HERE to view the May Pulse video. Superintendent Wade Smith provides timely updates on district operations. Please take a few minutes to watch this brief video and stay connected to district issues.

School Stories
JROTC Announces annual review, change of command ceremonies May 22

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion will hold its annual review and change of command ceremony on Wednesday morning, May 22.

Events will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the small gym with the “drill down” competition and will feature performances by the armed and unarmed drill teams, color guard and individual armed exhibition drill. The rest of the day’s events will follow outdoors on the soccer field. This free event is open to the public and families of Cadets are especially welcome to attend.

The highlight of the day’s events will be the change of command ceremony in which the departing seniors pass leadership of the battalion to next year’s class. The WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, will preside over the ceremony.

The mission of JROTC is to help Cadets learn to be better citizens. They learn military history, precision drill and ceremonies, marksmanship and leadership skills. The Wa-Hi “Blue Devil” Cadet Battalion competes in drill competitions and marksmanship events around the region.

Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools offer free sports physicals May 21

Walla Walla High School Big Gym. No appointments are needed.

The exams will be performed by Providence Medical Group providers. The Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation Department, Providence Medical Group, Providence St. Mary Foundation and the Walla Walla Public Schools are partnering to provide the free exams. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or come with the release and health history forms signed by a parent or legal guardian. The forms can be downloaded at www.providence.org/stmaryfoundation

For more information, call Britt Adkins at 509-526-8633.

Spring sports post-season play

Visit the Walla Walla High School Athletics webpage to follow spring sports teams’ post-season play. Also, follow all the action on Twitter.
• Web: http://wahibluedevils.org/athletics/athletics-info
• Twitter: @WaHi_Athletics

Community invited to youth film festival Saturday

Garrison and Pioneer Middle School 7th and 8th grade honor students are hosting a SPIFFY film festival (student produced independent films for youth) which is a showcase of films and documentaries that are written, filmed and edited by students. Kids also made PSA’s that will be shown.

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you will possibly run away in horror and confusion but, regardless, the audience will be voting after each session for the winning PSA and movie,” said Teacher Beth Clearman. “Come support these talented filmmakers.”

Film festival details:
• Wa-Hi Auditorium
• Free and open to the public (appropriate for all ages)
• Saturday, May 18
• 12:30-4 p.m.

Link to Trailer: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GD85WIQJkShX1hFnTaoqDMOMkxSBWpCU

Blue Ridge invited to state recognition event for academic improvement

Blue Ridge Elementary School will be recognized by the State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) June 6 in Spokane.

Blue Ridge is being recognized for narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups. SBE, OSPI, and EOGOAC are recognizing schools who have demonstrated performance along a continuum of improvement, closing opportunity gaps in the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. Measures for the first year include both academic indicators (proficiency, growth, graduation rate, English language progress) as well as school quality and student success measures (dual credit participation, regular attendance, and ninth grade on track rates).

Big Blue Boosters Prime Rib Dinner and Auction Saturday

Big Blue Boosters is beginning a new tradition with its inaugural Silent and Live Auction fundraiser Saturday, May 18 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion from 5 to 9 p.m. Auction packages include outdoor adventures, tickets to Seattle sporting events and gift certificates to local businesses. Tickets are $40 per person, which include a catered prime rib dinner, side dishes and beverage. Table and sponsor packages are also available.

Proceeds benefit Walla Walla High School athletics to ensure local coaches and athletes have the support necessary to field competitive teams and provide a quality experience for student-athletes. Funds will be used to purchase sports equipment, technology for coaches and other necessary projects for the athletic program.

“Our goal is to reduce the amount of individual fundraising currently being done by coaches and student-athletes,” said Big Blue Boosters President Steve Wanichek. “We would like this event to become the main fundraiser of the year for Wa-Hi athletics.”

Silent and Live Auction Items:
• Reserved parking spots at home contest
• Pheasant hunts
• Fishing trips
• Fair, Round-up, and Farm City Pro Rodeo passes
• Weekend stay at Cameo Heights
• Gift certificates to local merchants
• Tickets to Seattle sporting events
• Box tickets and bus ride to a WSU event
• House cleaning
• Dump run
• Assistant coach for your favorite Blue Devil team
• Tennis lessons from Wa-Hi coaches
• Pickleball paddles, balls, and lessons
• And many more items

To purchase tickets, visit the Big Blue Booster website: www.bigblueboosters.org/

Contact: Steve Wanichek: gobigblue999@gmail.com

Community Stories

Ducky Derby Family Festival and Race Saturday

The Exchange Club of Walla Walla’s annual Ducky Derby Family Festival and Race is Saturday from 11 to 4 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College. The Duck Race begins at 2 p.m. The Family Festival features information booths, children’s activities, games and more. All proceeds stay local to support child abuse prevention programs, youth activities and programs for families. 

W2Hoops Partners with Whitman Basketball

W2Hoops has partnered with hometown Whitman Basketball programs to bring more opportunities for skills development.

“The Whitman coaches and players are very supportive of our club and our mission to provide an enriched basketball environment for the youth of the WW Valley,” said W2Hoops President Matthew Price-Huntington.

For Girls:
The Hoopstars Girls’ Basketball Camp is June 17-20 for girls grades 2-6.
• W2Hoops players get into camp for FREE

For Boys:
The Men’s program will be hosting camps throughout the summer, beginning June 24-27 for boys ages 7-14 of all skill levels.
Online registration: http://athletics.whitman.edu/sb_output.aspx?form=13&path=mbball
Questions? Contact coombecg@whitman.edu
Registration Cost: *FREE, thanks to local sponsor Key Technology

Walla Walla Valley Youth Football League and Cheer

• Tackle football for grades 3-8 (7th and 8th is a Travel Team) ($80 if you sign up by June 1 or $110 after June 1)
• Flag football for grades 1-2 ($40)
• Cheer for grades K-8.
• Teams from throughout the Walla Walla Valley
• Information: wwvyouthfootball@gmail.com
• Jon Wright – (775) 455-1336

City Parks & Rec Update

• Lacrosse Class/Camp - Grades 1 – 8 - $40 - $60
• NFL Flag Football July 1 – August 8 – Grades 2-8 - $55
• Youth Fall Soccer – Ages 5-14 - $50 until June 30
• Pickleball for All – 16 and up - $45
• Little Kicks Soccer – Ages 3-5yrs - $46
• Youth Golf Lessons – Ages 7-16yrs - $46
• Youth Art Classes – Ages 5-13yrs - $20
• Free Youth Track and Field Clinic – Grades K – 6
• Gentle Yoga – Ages 12 & up - $44+
• Parent-Little Yoga – 0-4mths $44
• CJoy Yoga in the Park – 12 and up - $40+
• Swim Lessons 3mths and up - $35
• Sea Monkeys Swim Team - $77
• Hatha Yoga – Ages 12 & up - $40+
• Free All Comers Swim Meet – All Ages – August 10
• Sweat & Swim Boot Camp – Ages 12 & up - $40+
• Adaptive Swim – All Ages - $2 per session
• 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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