Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 20, 2019

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WWPS Statement on student arrest

A Walla Walla High School student was arrested for allegedly making a threat against the school. This is an ongoing investigation under the direction of the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department. Walla Walla Public Schools is cooperating with local law enforcement. Safety is the district’s top priority and Walla Walla Public Schools maintains robust policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and visitors to district campuses. Queries related to this investigation should be directed to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department.

School Safety First! 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

No School Days in October

• No School – Friday, Oct 4 (Teacher In-Service Day)
• No School – Thursday, Oct. 10 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
• No School – Friday, Oct. 11 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)

Promise Standards = Promising Futures

This summer, 50 Walla Walla Public Schools teachers came together to identify the most critical skills students need in math and language arts at all grade levels. The district is calling these essentials standards the WWPS Promise Standards. Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis and team took the lead on this project.

Walla Walla Public Schools continues efforts to communicate the incredible work of the district’s collaborative teams and their efforts to identify these essential standards. Please take a few minutes to watch the latest video featuring the new Promise Standards and visit a new page on the Teaching & Learning website.


Perron discusses Equity and Access

Dr. Julie Perron, Director of Equity and Dual Programs, briefed school board members at the Sept. 17 school board meeting on the outreach program she has implemented this school year for staff. This fall, Perron is visiting each school and department to raise awareness on issues around equity.

“Our focus is removing obstacles so all students have access to a quality education,” said Perron. “It is important for our staff to seek to understand and discover what our students are experiencing.”

Perron, a dynamic and high energy speaker, uses a variety of easy to understand metaphors and stories from her vast experiences in education to address equity and inclusiveness issues.

Perron spent many years of her career in high poverty areas of Southern California. She also worked for Spokane Public Schools in mostly inner city settings. She said these experiences have taught her if you want to bring families to the table, you have to become the table. She recounted how she would regularly walk students home to learn more about their families and home life. She said it is critical to have high expectations for students everyday, every time.

Next for Perron and her team is to continue these conversations with staff and plan for another round of in-service sessions. She plans to incorporate an emphasis on inclusiveness with the Equity and Access Committee. Perron is exploring ways to further empower the Latino Club, and developing more partnerships with other inclusive groups in the community. She also has her eye on developing an equity policy that serves as an equity lens for the strategic plan. Perron said she is excited to be in her new role and is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Elementary Consolidation Review and Early Learning Expansion study update

School board members continue deliberation of their comprehensive study focusing on potential elementary reconfiguration and the possibility of repurposing an elementary school into a community-wide early learning center hub. Though no final decision has been made, the board has settled on a preliminary determination to move forward with plans to repurpose Blue Ridge Elementary as the new Early Learning Center. This change would take place at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

This week, the school board has further engaged the community and staff about the study process to seek any final factors which could sway their decision. Absent any surprise findings between now and October 15, the decision is expected to move forward. The Board’s next step will be to begin a comprehensive process over the winter and spring months to review and modify school boundaries to reflect efficiency efforts, while maintaining current class sizes. No action was taken Tuesday night.
• Learn more about the study HERE

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

Personnel Report (from September 17, 2019 School Board Meeting)

Sergio Orozco, 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Sharpstein Elementary School
Dulce Perez, Kitchen Assistant, Prospect Point Elementary School

Salvador Hernandez, Intervention Specialist, Garrison Middle School, 25.5 years

School Stories
FFA students shine at fair

Tuesday night, FFA students Nathanael Bennett, Graycie Gonzales, Cristina McHie and Kinsey Nelson reported on their success at this year’s 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. Many of the animals featured in the fair were born and raised on the Walla Walla High School farm.

FFA Advisor Arch McHie said the school’s barn serves as the ideal lab to support FFA activities and high levels of learning through hands-on experiences.

Blue Devil Football game on YouTube

If you can’t come in person to cheer on the Wa-Hi Blue Devil football team tonight as they face Chiawana at Borleske Stadium at 7 p.m., then you can also watch it live on YouTube. Football game link: http://bit.ly/wwfbn

Thanks to Andrew Sayers and students in the 21st Century afterschool program for taking on this exciting new project.

Community Stories
Blue Mountain Land Trust plans free Nature Kids event

• Saturday, September 21
• Walla Walla Public Library
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Theme: “Flying Critters”
• Blue Mountain Wildlife will provide a raptor presentation and demonstration from 10-11 a.m., followed by several drop-in/drop-out hands-on activity stations until 2 p.m.
• Free and open to the public

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 Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• Lacrosse Stick Night – Free Drop-In for ages 8-16. Mondays & Thursdays 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vista Terrace Park. No experience necessary. Equipment provided.
• Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays starting in October. Equipment provided.
• Pumpkin Carving Contest - Free for ages 3-12. Thursday, October 24 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. 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
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