|2018-2019 High School Performance Review
Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea shared the 2018-2019 High School Performance review with school board members Tuesday night during their monthly regular study meeting. The report was part of the regular communications and outreach linked to the district’s five-year Strategic Plan.
Gardea’s report focused on attendance targets, ninth grade success, student participation in activities and student behavior. He reported new strategies were implemented last year to help improve performance and more programs are in place this year to further promote success.
High School Performance Indicators: 2021-22 Targets
• Reach 90% regular attendance
Ninth Grade On Track
• 85% pass all their courses
• Student Participation & Behavior
Lincoln High School and Walla Walla High School showed improvement in regular attendance rates over the prior year, but not enough to meet the target goal for the year. Last year, both schools monitored attendance weekly, mailed attendance letters, coordinated student support teams, administered assessments after five unexcused absences and reviewed petitions with court services. This year, once a week Wa-Hi’s Flex period will focus on specific needs of each student and Lincoln HS has implemented an Alternative Learning Experience program featuring written learning plans and project based learning.
Ninth grade performance is being closely monitored at Wa-Hi and Lincoln to ensure students remain on track to graduating. Lincoln HS made significant gains from last year in the percentage of 9th grade students passing all their classes. Wa-Hi had a slight dip from last year. Both schools fell short of meeting the target goal for the year. This year Wa-Hi will expand its Flex period and implement the “Hire Me First” program to reinforce basic skills like punctuality and follow through.
High school participation in extracurricular activities continues to increase. Elimination of participation fees, reduced ASB fees and expanded program offerings are linked to this growth. This year an activities bus is being added to further eliminate barriers to participation.
Student behavior and discipline are also areas of focus in the district’s Strategic Plan. The district has implemented districtwide staff training from representatives of the Community Resilience Initiative. Equity training is being introduced this year to enhance social and emotional support.
|What is the difference between a LEVY and a BOND?
Walla Walla Public Schools will seek renewal of its Replacement Education Levy in February. Levies are different than bonds.
Levies pay for educational programs and opportunities for students the state does not fund. Levies support school programs like music, art, honors courses, athletics, and a variety of experiences that Walla Walla parents and stakeholders have supported at the ballot for half a century.
Bonds are used for the construction of new schools, major building remodels or major facility upgrades. Walla Walla Public Schools voters approved a replacement bond in November 2018 to address such facility improvements.
Below is additional information explaining the differences between a levy and bond.
Levies = Learning
• Levy funds are used to support student programs and opportunities that are not paid for by state and federal funding.
• Levies are implemented in over 95% of Washington School Districts.
• Levy funds are generally collected over a 4-year period and must be renewed every 4 years.
Bonds = Buildings
• Bond funds are generally repaid over a 15-20 year period.
• Bond funds cannot be used for program or instructional purposes.
• Bonds can only be used for construction, renovation of buildings, major repairs and other facility/property related purposes
|Elementary Consolidation and Early Learning Study meeting Sept. 16
A public meeting is planned to share findings of the Elementary Consolidation and Early Learning Study. School Board President Ruth Ladderud will lead the presentation and answer questions.
• Monday, Sept. 16
• Blue Ridge Elementary
• English meeting @ 5:30 p.m. / Spanish meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
• Daycare provided
• Learn more about the study HERE: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/elementary-consolidation-review-and-early-learning-expansion
Facilities and Operations Director shares bond update in new video
Click on the link below to watch Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay provide an update on summer bond projects. This summer the district completed approximately $6M in bond projects, including $3M at Berney Elementary for a new roof and heating and cooling system. Green Park Elementary also received a new roof. Safety and security was also a focus this summer as access control systems are being installed at schools across the district. Additional security fencing will also be constructed this fall at Garrison Middle School and Prospect Point Elementary.
|Personnel Report (from September 3, 2019 School Board Meeting)
Eva Katsel, Kindergarten, Green Park Elementary School
Heidi Wilson, Kindergarten (temporary), Sharpstein Elementary School
Sasha Austin, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School
Quiara Avalos, Para-Educator (temporary), Garrison Middle School
Stephanie Huse, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School
Rosalva Vazquez, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Elementary School
|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
|Lincoln HS students build award winning float for Baker Boyer Bank
Congratulations to Lincoln High School for designing and building the Baker Boyer Bank 150th Anniversary float which won Best of Show in the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days parade. Baker Boyer tapped the students of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla to collaborate with them on a showcase project to help commemorate the Bank’s Sesquicentennial.
The collaboration began in late 2018 when a committee of Baker Boyer employees began meeting to develop a few “signature events” for its 150th Anniversary year. As Events Coordinator Victoria Weeks recalls, “As the presenting sponsor for the Frontier Days Parade, we thought it would be great to “go big” with a float this year. We’ve admired the incredible work the Lincoln High students have done for many years in the holiday electric light parade, so we reached out to Jeremy (Gradwohl) and Marci (Knauft) to see if there would be interest in helping us out.”
After the first meeting with the Baker Boyer team, Knauft (Lincoln’s principal) and Gradwohl (program director, 21st Century Community Learning Center) quickly agreed to take on the project. “I knew the students would be honored and thrilled that Baker Boyer recognized their prior work on parade floats and entrusted them with this project,” said Gradwohl.
Starting in February, the Baker Boyer float became a 21st Century afterschool program project lead by Gradwohl. Fourteen students have been involved, with many of them committing six hours or more each day during the summer to complete the project. The students are: Lupe Espana, Sarai Gomez, James Jacob, Kenyon Adams, Brayden Wager, Noah Koeller, Dakota Gallloway, Leticia Gonzales, Peyton Knauft, Mason Olsen, Jacob Valencia, Florinda Betancourt, Sasha Richardson, Lexington Knauft.
Teachers and volunteers involved include: Jeremy Gradwohl (program director, 21st Century Community Learning Center), Tim Schroeder (Counselor at The Health Center), Terry Klinefelter (Lincoln History Teacher), Mark Raddatz (Friend of Lincoln and construction consultant), and Ita Trejo (Behavior Intervention Specialist at Prospect Point).
Fully funded by Baker Boyer, the float design, material selection, and construction was completed by the Lincoln team of students, staff, and volunteers. Made primarily out of wood and painted canvas, the focal point of the float was a massive, triple-layer birthday cake over 13 feet tall and 15 feet wide. It was topped off with colorful four-foot tall birthday candles, an explosion of bubbles, and a disco ball. The float featured six-foot tall numbers celebrating the 150th anniversary of Baker Boyer along with a variety of design elements created to emphasize the relationship between Baker Boyer Bank and the local community. These design elements included: an operational replica of the “Rawhide Rail” train commissioned by Dr. Dorsey S. Baker in the late 1800s and hand-painted art depicting mid-19th century Walla Walla and a sampling of agricultural products that symbolize the Walla Walla Valley. The 48-foot flatbed trailer on which the float was built was donated by Mountain Hi Truck and Equipment in Walla Walla. The float was built in the parking lot at Lincoln High School.
The project had a setback in August when all the project’s power tools – over $1500 worth—were stolen from a locked van in the Lincoln High School parking lot. The theft was documented on video and law enforcement continues to work to apprehend the criminals. In the meantime, Baker Boyer employees loaned the team the necessary tools to finish the project.
“We are so proud and appreciative of the creativity and hard work from the Lincoln High students, staff, and volunteers,” explained Jim Wilson, Marketing Director. “This float will be a wonderful way to celebrate Baker Boyer’s 150th Anniversary with the families and businesses of the Walla Walla Valley.”
|Walla Walla FFA Chapter 2019 Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days
Chapter Members had over 1500 entries in the fair - including posters, skill boards, fruits, vegetables, wool, flowers and animals. There were 63 members exhibiting animals - 58 that participated in the Junior Livestock Auction.
Chapter members earned just over $67,000 at the auction. Thanks to the FFA advisors for their time and hard work.
Grand Champion Market Steer (Born and Raised from her herd) - Cristina McHie
Reserve Champion Senior Showman - Sheldon Coburn
Chapter Herdsmanship Winner
Reserve Senior Showman and Reserve Overall Showman - Hannah Ruth Pettyjohn
Novice Champion Showman - Lauryn Bergevin
Novice Reserve Champion Showman - McKenzie Davis
Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb - Morgan Alexander
Champion Senior and Champion Overall Showman - Drew Humphrey
Reserve Senior and Reserve Overall Showman - Graycie Gonzales
Champion Novice Showman - Amali Gutierrez
Reserve Champion Novice Showman - Megan Nicholson
Chapter Herdsmanship Winner
Reserve Champion Market Goat - Adriana Ortiz
Novice Champion Showman - Eden Clark
Reserve Champion Novice Showman - Adriana Ortiz
Market Goat Rate of Gain Champion - Adriana Ortiz
Chapter Herdsmanship Winner
Grand Champion Rabbit Showman - Nathanael Bennett
Grand Champion Poultry Showman - Nathanael Bennett
Chapter Winner Rabbit Herdsmanship
Chapter Winner Poultry Herdsmanship
|Wa-Hi Football radio broadcasts
Listen to exciting Blue Devil Football all season long on KGDC 1320 AM and 92.9 FM. Go Big Blue!
Wa-Hi Fall Sports Schedule
|Meet new football coach Greg Lupfer
Check out the video featuring new Wa-Hi Football Coach Greg Lupfer. Lupfer has extensive collegiate coaching experience, including coaching positions at Boise State, Portland State, University of Toledo, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Colorado State University. Last year he was the Defensive Coordinator at Grand Prairie High School in Texas. Lupfer is a graduate of Portland State University. Coach Lupfer has been busy working to get ready for the upcoming season.
Coach Lupfer Video
|2019-2020 Open House Schedule (Remaining)
• Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m
Walla Walla High School
• Tuesday, September 10, 5-7 p.m.
Kiwanis donates school supplies to Blue Ridge
Kiwanis President Rose Kinney delivered a cart full of school supplies to Blue Ridge Elementary Principal Justin Vernon this week for distribution to students in need. Kinney says Kiwanis members continue to demonstrate their support for area children through their generous donations. Vernon and his team will get the supplies to students soon.
|Big Blue Boosters teams with AmazonSmile
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|Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club tryouts to be held September 7
Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club is a newly formed organization that will provide travel baseball, including American Legion teams, for those ages 13-18. WWVBC is assuming administration of the three legion teams that have existed for nearly twenty years in the Walla Walla Valley. The Club will also provide a competitive baseball program for those in the 13 and 14 year old age group. See below for tryout details.
When: Saturday, September 7
Time: Ages 12-14, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Ages 15-18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Murr Field at Wa-Hi, corner of Abbott & Fern
Note: tryout ages are as of September 7, 2019. The program is open to anyone born between 12/31/01 & 9/1/07
Questions: send to email@example.com
|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
• 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
|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.
• Email: email@example.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington – 509.956.9695
|City Parks & Rec Weekly Update
• Lacrosse Stick Night – Free Drop-In for ages 8-16. Starting September 5th, Mondays & Thursdays 5:30pm to 7pm at Vista Terrace Park. No experience necessary. Equipment provided.
• Pumpkin Carving Contest - Free for ages 3-12. Thursday, October 24th 5:30pm to 7:15pm at Super 1 Foods. Pumpkins provided by Super 1 Foods. Pre-registration is available, but not required.
• 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:
• Web: www.wwpr.us
• Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/wallawallapr
• Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wallawallapr/