Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 25, 2019

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Grant funds scholarships to encourage careers in Bilingual Education  
A $30,000 grant from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction is continuing to fund a scholarship program to help Walla Walla Public Schools’ classified staff and high school seniors pursue careers in Bilingual Education. The district will award three to four $1500 scholarships to current Walla Walla Public Schools para-professionals who plan on becoming teachers and two, $1500 non-renewable scholarships to current seniors attending Walla Walla Public Schools who plan on becoming teachers. The remaining funds will be used for professional development, recruitment of bilingual educators and parent engagement activities.

"We are elated to have an opportunity to extend our support of students and staff in our district,” said Dr. Julie Perron, Director of Equity and Dual Programs. “This grant furthers our ability to focus on creating and sustaining a learning experience that is bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Grants such as these allow us to embrace language as a true resource. The scholarship and professional development funds help continue our message of hope for future teachers, and our commitment to equitable practices."

Applications for district staff are now available at the Walla Walla Public Schools Human Resources office and on the WWPS Equity and Dual Programs website. They are due Dec. 6, 2019. Recipients will be notified by Dec. 18, 2019. Applications for students are available at high school counseling offices and on the WWPS Equity and Dual Programs website.

For additional information, contact Sergio Hernandez in the Equity and Dual Programs Department at (509) 526-6748 or sahernandez@wwps.org.

AMVETS retire weathered flag

This week AMVET volunteers Richard Bardsley, Sunnie Hedstrom and Arnil Hoffarth retired the district office’s weathered American flag. Richard’s sister, auxiliary member Roberta Bardsley, sang the National Anthem and read I Am the Flag. The veterans raised a brand new flag as District Office employees watched. Thanks to the AMVETs for helping the district properly retire its flag. 

Graduates of Distinction nominations now accepted

Walla Walla Public Schools’ Graduates of Distinction program provides an avenue for recognizing high school graduates of Walla Walla Public Schools. These outstanding graduates have distinguished themselves in their communities and professions. This award also provides a platform to honor Walla Walla Public Schools’ staff members who were the most inspirational in their lives.

The Walla Walla Public Schools’ Graduates of Distinction selection committee encourages you to consider nominating a Walla Walla Public Schools graduate for this prestigious award. This program is the highest honor for district graduates. More information is available on the district’s website: http://www.wwps.org/programs/graduates-of-distinction including nomination packet forms that may be typed and printed. Nominations are due March 15, 2020.

Should you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact Walla Walla Public Schools Director of Communications and Program Chair Mark Higgins at 509-526-6716 / mhiggins@wwps.org or Susie Golden at 509-526-6715 / sgolden@wwps.org.

Graduates of Distinction Selection Committee
Mark Higgins, Chair
Doug Bayne
Tera Davis
Roger Esparza
Myrna Anderson
Ron Higgins
Terri Trick
Mary Jo Geidl
Susie Golden
Sergio Hernandez
Susan Prudente

School Stories
Unity Day supports Goal 3 of Strategic Plan

Goal Three of the district’s Strategic Plan focuses on providing social and emotional support for students. One strategy the district sponsors to support this initiative is Unity Day. The district conducted Unity Day October 23 at district schools to promote anti-bullying programs. Staff and students donned orange clothing to send a message of hope and support that no child should ever experience bullying. Students at schools across the district made posters promoting the event. Students participated in lessons with information about how to curb bullying and report it if it occurs. Walla Walla Public Schools believes learning happens best in a safe and supportive environment.

Elementary wrestling program wraps up fourth season

This week, 60 elementary boys and girls competed in their final match of the 4th annual Walla Walla Public Schools Elementary School (4th & 5th Grade) Wrestling Program. Students practiced two or three times a week during the three week program.

“We believe in providing positive opportunities for our community youth and appreciate our coaches for sacrificing their time for others,” said Coach Jacob Butenhoff. “This support ensured every 4th and 5th grade student had an opportunity to enhance their overall educational and life experience. It was impressive seeing so many people in the stands.”

Butenhoff is also involved in the Walla Walla Wrestling Club for boys and girls ages 5-15. The club competes in the Oregon Wrestling Association for Youth. The experience includes multiple practices each week and Saturday tournaments. To learn more, contact Butenhoff at 509.521.0068 or jabutenhoff@wwps.org.

Red Ribbon Week promotes healthy youth

This week Garrison Middle School participated in Red Ribbon Week activities. Counselor Angie Gardea and Library Media Tech Kara Schulke have recruited students in the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program to help raise awareness about the importance of saying no to drugs, violence and bullying. Red Ribbon Week focuses on nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.
Red Ribbon Week website

Wa-Hi Trunk or Treat Halloween night

• No tricks it’s all treats for this FREE annual community event.
• October 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.
• Partnership event with Walla Walla High School Key Club and the local Kiwanis Club. This event is open to all our community goblins. Bring your child and a can of food to participate in this event. Wa-Hi service clubs will each display a car and will be dressed up in a matching theme handing out candy to children. Cars and club decor will be judged by the participants and the winning club will win a pizza party.
• Walla Walla High School ‘Science’ parking lot (off Abbott Rd)
• Admission: One can of food that will be donated to the Blue Mountain Food Bank at the end of the evening.

Community Stories
Amahl and the Night Visitors

• Featuring Sharpstein 5th grade student Logan Goss as Amahl
• Friday, Nov. 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 2 @ 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 3 @ 2 p.m.
• Walla Walla University Village Hall (207 S. College Ave., College Place, WA)
• Presented by Walla Walla University Department of Music

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday

The Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club is hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at Garrison Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local and regional boys and girls teams will be competing. The games are open to the public. Daily cost is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

“We are excited to begin our second season as a club and encourage our community to come out and support these dedicated athletes and coaches,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “This competitive brand of basketball is fun to watch so come cheer on our players.”

There are 20 Walla2Hoops teams, boys and girls, consisting of youth grades 2-8 set to compete this season. A total of 31 coaches are volunteering to lead teams. Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Waitsburg School District, Weston School District, St. Basil Academy and homeschool students.

Walla2Hoops is a 501C3 Non-Profit basketball club which operates under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Walla2Hoops provides an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals.

For more information about the club or to provide donations for the scholarship program, contact: walla2hoops@gmail.com.

Isaacs Ave Preconstruction Meeting Open House

• The Isaacs Avenue contractor will be finishing work through the Roosevelt intersection in about a month. The City of Walla Walla is planning an open house for Isaacs Avenue construction before work starts on the east side of Roosevelt.
• Tuesday, October 29
• 4-6 pm
• Green Park Elementary (Library)
• Information: Adam Schmidtgall, P.E. 509-529-9260 office

City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• 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.
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays starting in October. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Saturdays starting in October. Equipment provided.
• Youth Art Class (taught in Spanish) for ages 5-13. Cost is $20. Mondays from 5pm – 7:30pm.
• Youth Indoor Soccer League – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• 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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