Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 7, 2019

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District honors Graduates of Distinction

Dr. Tony Billingsley (1993), Peggy Blize Needham (1982), Scott Krivoshein (1983) and Mary Lux Stumph (1983) were inducted into the prestigious Graduates of Distinction program Tuesday evening. Educators James Chubb (Needham), Dick Neher (Krivoshein), Johnnie Dennis (Billingsley) and Martha Lehnen (Stumph) were named Inspirational Staff members for having a significant influence in their lives. Needham is a risk prevention specialist and networker who always puts others first. Krivoshein is a financial business leader who dedicates his life to better the community. Stumph is a medical sales professional who values hard work and helping others. Billingsley is a medical caregiver who bases his career and service on relationships.

Staff Achievement grant recipients named

Walla Walla Public Schools has named its 2018-2019 Staff Achievement Grant recipients. The program started in 1988 to recognize teachers and support staff for superior performance, innovation, exemplary leadership and exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients, who are nominated and chosen by their peers, receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.

2018-2019 Staff Achievement Recipients

Refugio Reyes (World Languages Teacher – Walla Walla High School)
- Nominators: Kerri Tucker, Julie Cox, Aaron Martin and Curtis Schafer

Sara Strickland (Library Media Specialist – Pioneer Middle School)
- Nominators: Tracy Gerbino and Julie Perron

John Kiefel (Custodian – Sharpstein Elementary School)
- Nominators: Shannon Swanson-Harvey and Lori Parnicky

Gracie Cortez (Secretary – Blue Ridge Elementary)
- Nominators: Amy Kasenga and Ivonne Salas Frayre

Anne Bickelhaupt (Social Studies Teacher – Walla Walla High School)
- Nominators: Kim Cassetto, John Golden and Keith Michels

Closer review shows high percentage of open enrolled elementary students

Tuesday night Superintendent Wade Smith reviewed historical boundary changes and reviewed current student attendance per school as part of the school board’s Elementary Consolidation Review and Early Learning Expansion study. The report included data on the total attendance at district elementary schools. It also included the number of open enrolled students and the number of students who walk to school. This close examination of attendance revealed nearly 40 percent of students at district elementary schools are open enrolled and most schools don’t have high percentages of students walking to school.

“Current attendence data reveals only a small percentage of elementary students are within walking distance to their school. Many choose to open enroll or are transported,” said Superintendent Smith.

Superintendent Smith is utilizing new software now in place in the Transportation Department for establishing bus routes to pinpoint student household locations. He said this software will be critical for providing data if boundaries are adjusted.

School board members also reviewed two scenarios to highlight the capacity implications of repurposing one of the district’s elementary schools into an Early Learning Center. One option looked at converting one of the district’s largest schools. This scenario would allow for seven general education classrooms for future growth. Converting one of the district’s smallest elementary schools would leave 11 classrooms for growth.

Healthy Youth Survey results 

Walla Walla Public Schools has received results from the Healthy Youth Survey completed last fall by students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12. Tuesday night Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis reported on the results. She said the district continues to focus on the social and emotional needs of students as part of Goal 3 of the district’s five-year Strategic Plan.

The Healthy Youth Survey data revealed mental health, depression and suicidal thoughts remain prevalent in our society. Krutulis said the district’s approach to addressing these issues is to provide support programs and trusting adults to connect with students. She highlighted the Sources of Strength program, Blue Devil Strong Club and Walla Walla County Reach Out program as examples of programs in place to support students. She said the district will ramp up mental health counseling and support.

Commencements and End of Year Celebrations (remaining)

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

Personnel Report (from June 4, 2019 school board meeting)

Debora Ambler, Fifth Grade, Green Park Elementary School
Joel Chavez, Interim Principal, Edison Elementary School
Gregory Lupfer, Business Education, Walla Walla High School

Mark Pickel, Assistant Principal, Garrison Middle School, 8 years

Jerry Failing, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op, 12.5 years
Suzanne Lougy, Kitchen Assistant, Berney Elementary School, 1 year

Monica Nelson, Mathematics, Walla Walla High School, 15 years
• for the 2019-2020 school year
Morgan Jo Poynor, Mathematics, Pioneer Middle School, 5 years
• for the 2019-2020 school year

School Stories
Registration now open for all new Blue Devil Strength and Conditioning (BDSC) program 

• Register on FamilyID (Walla Walla High School Programs)
• There is no cost to participate.
• Students must attend Walla Walla High School or Pioneer/Garrison Middle Schools.
• A current sports physical and insurance is required for approval on FamilyID.
• The BDSC coaches this year are Greg Lupfer and Marqui Shields. Greg can be contacted at glupfer@wwps.org, and Marqui can be contacted at mshields@wwps.org.
• Dates: June 24- August 1, 2019
• Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday each week (except 4th of July).
• Other programs offered by the high school for incoming 6th grade- incoming 8th graders can be found at Summer Kids Camps 2019 - https://www.wahibluedevils.org/athletics/athletics-info/summer-kids-camps

Garrison’s Robotics Team wins regionals

Congratulations to Garrison’s Robotics Team, the Codebreakers, for winning the regional (Eastern Washington) ANGLeS challenge Saturday at CWU. As a result, the team was selected to compete at the statewide challenge at the University of Washington this summer.   

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

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!

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