Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 30, 2019

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District Stories
First Day of School

• First day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3
• All schools are now open for business

Slow down in school zones

School starts Tuesday, Sept. 3. Please slow down in school zones and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. School safety remains the district’s top priority. We need your help: See Something, Hear Something, Say Something.

Anonymously report bullying, harassment, threats of violence, suicide, drugs, weapons and other safety concerns in the following 4 easy ways:
1. PHONE - 855.976.8772
2. TEXT - 855.976.8772
3. EMAIL - 1057@ALERT1.US
4. WEB - 1057.ALERT1.US

For additional school safety information visit: www.wwps.org

Pay raises across the board for substitutes

Walla Walla Public Schools values its substitute employees and to reflect this belief has increased pay rates for all positions. Guest teachers now earn $189 per day, up $59 from last year. Classified substitutes, including custodians, groundsworkers and secretaries, have seen raises from $1.50 to nearly $2 per hour. Contact Substitute Coordinator Shari Strickland to learn more about substitute positions – sastrickland@wwps.org / 509.526.6743. 

Jeannette C. Hayner Park Ribbon cutting ceremony

• Come celebrate the opening of Jeannette C. Hayner Park featuring the world’s largest London Plane tree.
• Wednesday, Sept. 25 @ 10 a.m.
• Walla Walla High School (Park is located on the southwest corner of the campus on Reser Road).
• Jeannette Hayner (1919-2010) was a former influential school board member and Washington State Representative and Senator.

Walla Walla High School Science Building groundbreaking

• Please join us as we break ground on our new Science Building. This amazing 18,000 sq. ft. facility features eight fully-functional laboratory classrooms to enhance learning for generations to come.
• Wednesday, October 2 at 10 a.m.
• 800 Abbott Road (Wa-Hi Campus)
• Your Bond Dollars at Work #deliveringonourpromise
• Bond Information: wwpsbond.org
• Follow Us on Twitter @bondwwps

Immunizations and student health plans 

It is a Washington law that students be fully immunized in order to attend school. Every parent should check with their child’s doctor to make sure that all requirements have been met. Immunization exemptions are possible, but laws have changed regarding this. Contact your doctor’s office for more information. By law, students who do not have the required vaccines or signed exemptions can be sent home.

If your child will require medication at school, a current doctor’s order signed by the doctor and the parent is required. Even if your child will self-carry their medication, an order authorizing this is mandatory. Even over-the counter medications require authorization.

Health Services staff are available at each school to answer questions, collect forms and medications. We are here to help your students have a safe and happy school year.

Amy Ruff, BSN, MSN
Director, Health Services

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days

Stop by the district’s Information Booth at the Education Building. Friday and Saturday features face painting from 4 to 7 p.m. Pick up a free book for your child and all your back-to-school information. The information station is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Education Building is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. See you at the fair!

School Stories
2019-2020 Open House Schedule (Remaining)
Berney Elementary• Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m
Walla Walla High School• Tuesday, September 10, 5-7 p.m.
SEATech• Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
City offers pointers for students crossing the roadways at Tietan Avenue and Third Avenue

With the new mini-roundabout now in operation at Tietan and Third Avenue, the City of Walla Walla has provided information for students who cross at this intersection.
• Cross only in the marked crosswalks. Never walk in the roundabout or on the center island.
• Cross one lane at a time, stopping in the splitter island. These splitter islands are there to provide a safe place to wait before you cross the next lane.
• When crossing an entry lane, watch for traffic coming at you down the entry lane. You have the right of way when you’re in the crosswalk, but be careful — make sure drivers can see you and stop for you.
• When crossing an exit lane, watch for cars leaving the roundabout. Some vehicles will use their right-turn signal, but some won’t. You have the right of way, but be careful.
• If you are riding a bicycle, you can get through the roundabout two ways: Ride around it like a car, or get off your bike and go through a crosswalk like a pedestrian. Getting off your bike and going through the crosswalk is a safer choice. If you do decide to ride around it like a car, here are some guidelines to follow:
• Before entering the roundabout, look around to check the flow of traffic. The direction of travel in a round- about is counter-clockwise (to the right); yield to vehicles coming from the left.
• If vehicles or pedestrians are approaching or traffic is backed up, wait at the entrance of the roundabout until it is clear, then enter.
• Ride slowly, and do not stop in the roundabout. Stay in the middle of the lane. When the road you want to exit onto approaches on your right, signal for a right-hand turn. Before you exit, make sure nobody is walking in the crosswalk ahead of you.

Community Stories
Trilogy Educates invites community to hear from recovery expert Greg Williams

• Trilogy’s Educates event Friday, September 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Maxey Hall on Whitman Campus.
• Event features keynote speaker Greg Williams
• Greg Williams is a person in long-term recovery and an award-winning filmmaker who has worked for over a decade on addiction issues with nonprofits and government agencies. Greg helped create the national non-profit “Facing Addiction” and produced the launch of the first-ever Surgeon’s General Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. A strategic health policy consultant, Greg is a passionate recovery advocate working to increase access to quality health care and recovery support for the more than 20 million Americans who are struggling with addiction.
• Learn more about Greg Williams: https://speakersforchange.squarespace.com/greg-williams

Zero Suicide Community Roundtable

• Join us for this free roundtable for students and community members with Dr. Justin Coffey, national expert on the prevention of suicide
• Friday, Sept. 27
• 9 to 11 a.m. (breakfast at 8:30 a.m.)
• Young Ballroom Reid Center (Whitman College)
• Register: www.zerosuicide.eventbright.com

City of Walla Walla Neighborhood Party for the South Ward

• Thursday, Sept. 12 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Howard-Tietan Park
• This is the City’s fourth and final neighborhood party of the summer. If you live in the South Ward or want to meet the City Council candidates, you are invited for free food, drinks, live music from Eddie Manzanares, games, and more family fun.
• The people running for City Council will be on hand to talk about their plans for Walla Walla if elected, and current Council member Jerry Cummins will inflate his hot-air balloon if the weather cooperates.
• The party will be held in the southwest corner of the park, just north of the City Church.
• Information: Brenden Koch, Communications Manager: 509-524-4436 / bkoch@wallawallawa.gov

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club tryouts for 2019-2020 season 

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club invites boys and girls from throughout the Walla Walla valley in grades 2-8 to tryout to make a team for the 2019-2020 season. Tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School main gym. All players must have a current AAU card and tryout. No spots are guaranteed or held over from a previous season. All players must register online before tryouts. Visit www.w2hoops.com and click on “Join W2Hoops” to register.

2019-2020 Walla2Hoops AAU Tryout Schedule – Sunday, Sept. 8 at Walla Walla High School
• Grades 2-4 (boys and girls) – 12 to 1 p.m.
• Grades 5-6 (boys and girls) – 1:30 to 3 p.m.
• Grades 7-8 (boys and girls) - 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The 2019-2020 AAU basketball season runs from October 2019 to March 2020.

Walla2Hoops is planning a parents meeting Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wa-Hi gym. A coaches meeting will immediately follow.

• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington – 509.956.9695

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School merger

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School (WWVF2S) has merged with Sustainable Living Center creating a stronger foundation, fresh approaches and new energy and connections for both organizations.

The organization also was successful in receiving a USDA Farm to School grant to help support a variety of WWVF2S programming including supporting use of school gardens where learning comes to life in a dynamic environment.

Thanks to funding from this USDA grant, WWVF2S is hiring Garden Education Managers (GEMs). A GEM is key to unlocking the potential for a thriving school garden program that offers multiple opportunities for students to experience science in the natural world and to learn about growing and cooking healthy foods. Visit the Sustainable Living Center job posting at Work Source Walla Walla and search the word “garden” to learn more about becoming a Garden Education Manager.

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2019-2020 Open House Schedule (Remaining)