Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 31, 2019

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School board Regular Study Meeting June 4

• June 4 - School board regularly scheduled study meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)

Public invited to Graduates of Distinction reception

Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Peggy Blize 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)

Commencements and End of Year Celebrations

Lincoln High School Graduation
• Thursday, June 6
• 6 p.m.
• Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)

Walla Walla High School Commencement
• Friday, June 7
• 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla High School (grounds near Commons area)
• Watch Facebook Live Stream on the WWPS Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/wwschools
(Thanks to SEATech Instructor Jeffrey Townsend and students in his Audio & Video Production program for producing the Live Stream)

Pioneer Middle School 8th grade Recognition
• Monday, June 10
• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Walla Walla High School Main Gym

Garrison Middle School 8th grade Recognition
• Tuesday, June 11
• 7 to 9 p.m.
• Walla Walla High School Main Gym

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Wednesday, June 12. This is an early dismissal for all students. 

State approves new exclusion law for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

• Washington state experienced a measles outbreak in 2019 with 81 confirmed cases.
• Based on this crisis, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a change to the exemption law for the MMR vaccine.
• Personal exemptions to the requirement for two doses of MMR for all students will no longer be accepted as of July 28, 2019. There is NO grandfathering clause.
• Medical or religious exemptions are still granted for MMR.
• Personal exemptions are still granted for all other vaccine requirements.
• All WWPS students must have a passing Certificate of Immunization document, or a valid exemption form, signed by a physician, PRIOR to the first day of school or risk exclusion.

Amy Ruff, BSN, MSN
Director, Health Services

School Stories
Wa-Hi boys track team wins state 

Congratulations Walla Walla High School for winning the 2019 WIAA 4A Boys Track and Field State Championship. This caps off what has been a dream season and one of the best ever by any Blue Devil boys track program. The Wa-Hi Girls Track team finished in 6th place. Coach Eric Hisaw organized a public celebration Thursday night to honor the athletes. See more about the teams on the links below:

Local coverage

Reaction to Being named state champions

State champion Jared Mcalvey

State champion Patrick Utschinski

Union Bulletin


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SEATech Criminal Justice students win Skills USA state championships

This spring three teams of SEATech’s first year of Criminal Justice students made the journey to the state competition in Yakima, Washington, to compete in the Crime Scene Investigation state championships. SEATech students finished in first, second, and fourth place. The first place team of Nancy Aguirre, Eva Martinez and Brandon Walters will compete at nationals in Louisville, KY in June.

1st Place Gold Medal Team: Nancy Aguirre, Eva Martinez and Brandon Walters
2nd Place Silver Medal Team: Rylan Miller, Corryn Dutton and Katherine Thompson
4th Place Team: Sadie Flores, Jaquelin Saldana and Makayla Thomas

Coding with Robotics summer program

Walla Walla Public Schools is pleased to offer “Coding With Robots” summer camp for Middle School Students June 24-28. This camp is a free summer enrichment program that engages students using a hands-on and fun way of teaching children important concepts like math and science. Throughout the week, participants will work in teams to plan, create, build and program robots. The robotics program is open to all Walla Walla Public Schools students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Students will engage in hands-on activities as they work cooperatively to problem solve. Please send your completed permission slips to Kerry Delfino at Wa-Hi. Space is limited to the first 30 applicants.  

Advanced Placement biology students visit Whitman College 

This week, Walla Walla High School Science teacher Mary Burt reported how Whitman College has supported her Advanced Placement Biology class. Students visited Whitman College to use state-of-the-art microscopy equipment as well as to learn more about how the Scanning Electron Microscope and Confocal microscope works, thanks to Heidi Chapin and the science techs.

In addition, Burt’s students have benefited from numerous guest speakers to extend their understanding of biology topics this year:
• Dr. Tom Knight and Dr. Leena Knight presented information on Neurobiology
• Dr. Tim Parker presented on Research Topics and publishing in Biology
• Dr. Kirsten Nicolaysen presented on local issues in Global Climate Change
• Dr. Doug Juers presented on X-Ray crystallography and imaging of biomolecules

GEAR UP announces summer offerings

GEAR UP is partnering with Walla Walla Public Schools this summer to offer a number of summer programming opportunities for the classes of 2022-2023 (current 8th and 9th graders.) Camps are filling up fast so sign up soon to reserve your student’s spot. Summer program kick off is Monday June 24.
• June 24-28 Sports Science Camp - with a trip to the WSU Sport Science Department, a campus tour of WSU Pullman and lunch on campus
• July 8-12 Powered by Math - with a trip to Ice Harbor Dam and a sub lunch at Firehouse Subs in Burbank
• July 22-26 CSI Walla Walla - with a trip to WW County Courthouse and the Pendleton Crime Lab and a lunch at Big John’s in Pendleton
• August 5-9 Fly Away with Math - with a trip to the WW Airport and Air Traffic Control Center. Includes a Subway lunch
• August 5-23 Algebra Readiness Camp .5 Elective Credit available to all students
• August 19-23 Brain Games - daily lunch included

Community Stories
Summer of Wonder reading kick off event at the Library

• Saturday, June 8
• Walla Walla City Library
• 10 a.m.
Start your day at 10 a.m. with the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival as they present Showing Some Pluck. Discover the wonder of timeless music chosen for all ages. Start your summer off with this world class concert.

After the concert:
• Sign up for the Summer of Wonder!
• Get your yard sign!
• Pick up your game card to track your reading!

Summer Parkways event planned June 2

Summer Parkways, also known as Open Streets, are popular events that are happening in many US cities because they promote physical activity, build community, and support the local economy. By closing streets to motor vehicles, they become places where people of all ages, abilities, income levels and backgrounds can come out and improve their health in a fun and engaging way.
• Summer Parkways event - June 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.
• Alder Street, from Park St. to Roosevelt St. will be closed to vehicles
• Local businesses and organizations, SPWW volunteers and the WW Parks & Recreation Dept. will offer a wide variety of family friendly movement-centric activities, a bicycle safety event, free healthy snacks and fun.

City offers free summer lunch program

The City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department invites area youth for the FREE summer lunch program June 17 to August 23. Summer lunches are for youth ages 1-18. The Summer Meals program is sponsored by the USDA. Text “food” to 877877 to locate a food site near you or visit www.wwpr.us

Betty Lodmell community celebration June 2

In partnership with the WWPS, there will be a free community event to celebrate over 60 years of teaching and operating a local preschool for Betty Lodmell of Betty’s Preschool. All ages are welcome to attend the celebration Sunday, June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Commons. There will be treats, stories and photos to share. Stop by and say hi to Betty and her family, to say thank you or share a story. For more information contact bethswanson@charter.net or 509-301-7471

Dance Center presents Evening of Impressionism

The annual end of year, all studio ballet recital of The Dance Center will be on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Cordiner Hall. For this “Evening of Impressionism”, Idalee Hutson-Fish, Phyllis Rothwell, Ashley Akacich and Brooke Perkins have created classical ballet pieces based on a piece of art from the Impressionistic era. They have been inspired by the art of such greats as Degas, Monet and Van Gogh. The tiniest of 3 year olds to graduating seniors will be represented on stage. The Danza Classica Ballet Company will also present several works including a piece choreographed for them by guest artist Kevin Jenkins. Tickets are available at Earthlight Books and at the door. $20 reserved seating, $15 General admission.

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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State approves new exclusion law for MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)