Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 15, 2019

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District Stories
Casey named permanent principal at Prospect Point Elementary 

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith announced Wednesday Barb Casey will serve as permanent principal at Prospect Point Elementary. Casey was serving as interim principal this school year.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with Mrs. Casey’s leadership skills and ability to connect with students, staff, and parents,” said Smith. “Recent survey data revealed she had earned the confidence of Prospect Point parents and staff who expressed overwhelming support for her performance.”

Casey has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools for 11 years. She has served the district’s Lead Behavior Specialist during her tenure. She also has experience as a special education teacher for Walla Walla Public Schools. Casey began her career in education in the Puyallup School District as a special education teacher. She received a Bachelor’s of Education from Gonzaga University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington, Tacoma. Casey obtained her administrative certificate from Gonzaga University. Casey’s husband, Brian, is a science teacher at Garrison Middle School. They have three children.

School Board Meeting Nov. 19

• School Board Regular Business meeting
• 5:30 p.m. (meeting open to the public)
• Anne Golden Boardroom (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

Thanksgiving Holiday Break

• Early Dismissal – Wednesday, Nov. 27 (check your child’s school for the specific dismissal time)
• NO SCHOOL – Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29
• Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Drama presents Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker”

This hilarious farce is the play on which the musical Hello Dolly was based. Set in the late 1880’s in Yonkers and New York City, the wealthy and stuffy widower Horace Vandergelder employs his late wife’s best friend to find him a new bride. Mrs. Dolly Gallagher-Levi, also widowed, accepts the task, though with a much more admirable agenda. The story lines end up being a comedy of errors where love blossoms in the hilarity of a few meet-cute encounters skillfully facilitated by Mrs. Dolly Levi. It’s a fun show with lots of laughs, warm feelings and a nice message about enjoying the adventures of life.

Show dates are November 14-16 and 21-23 @ 7pm and Nov 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Adults are $12 and Students/Seniors are $6. Tickets are available at the Wa Hi ASB office during business hours, online at intouch.wwps.org, and one hour prior to curtain.

Walla Walla Youth Speaks event 

Today more than 100 Garrison and Pioneer Middle School students traveled to Walla Walla Community College to participate in Walla Walla Youth Speaks. Students researched a variety of timely and interesting topics to share with their classmates. Click on link to watch the presentations:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFs5HTqGUf4&feature=youtu.be

Native American Heritage Month

Sharpstein Elementary students celebrated Native American Heritage Month this week. A group representing the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla came to present drumming, dancing and singing as part of Wonderful Wuzical Wednesday. Students learned several social dances during this rich cultural experience.

Community Stories
Several local W2Hoops AAU basketball teams competing at Garrison Middle School Saturday

The Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club is hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games 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.

Local Walla2Hoops teams competing Saturday at Garrison Middle School include 2nd Grade boys (Coach Bridgeland); 4th grade boys (Coach Clemens); 4th grade boys (Coach McCollaugh); 6th grade boys (Coach Dumser); 6th grade girls (Coach Weaver); and 8th grade girls (Coach Billingsley). See entire schedule at: www.3citieshoops.com

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.

Picture Lab teams with Symphony

The Walla Walla Symphony and Carnegie Picture Lab invite students and their families to discover the magic of Harry Potter!  This event – Expecto Patronum – will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Library.  Experience musical examples from the motion pictures, explore symphony instruments and create your own Patronus.  Artwork created at this event will be showcased at the Walla Walla Symphony’s “Hogwarts for the Holidays” concert on December 7.  This activity is free and open to the entire community.

EF Stories of Scotland-Student/Family Educational Adventure

Around every loch, moor and castle a Scottish story is waiting to be told. Whether it’s from the mouth of a skilled storyteller, from the calloused hands of a hardworking Glaswegian, or from the well-worn cobbles of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile you can expect a vibrant story bursting with life. Go beyond seeing Scottish landmarks and experience the kingdom of the north through the stories of the Scots. Students can earn High School and College credit. Teachers can earn Professional & Graduate credits.

Open to Middle/High School students & their families, teachers & other educators.
This is a parent lead tour & not a program of WWPS. Please contact Kathryn Southwick-Hess, Group Leader and ARNP for more information - mrstravelmama@gmail.com

Information Meeting
Date: Saturday, November 23
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Crew Space Room at Walla Walla Public Library
RSVP here: https://rsvp.eftours.com/d9j2gsw
RSVP by: November 22

Local High School scholarship fund continues to grow

The Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship Fund founder Jerry Zahl reports the local fund is nearing $130,000 since being established seven years ago.

“Graduates and friends of the Walla Walla Public High Schools have given a good late summer push, with a nice boost from the Graduating Class of 1964, celebrating their 55th reunion,” said Zahl. “A strong fall and end of year boost could easily place the fund over $130,000.00 by year-end.”

Zahl says scholarship award amounts are based on the amount in the fund on June 1 of the preceding year. To date, more than $12,000 has been awarded. Gifts to the fund may be made to Blue Mountain Community Foundation (noted for: Walla Walla Scholarship), P O Box 603, Walla Walla , WA 99362, or online giving is an opportunity at bluemountainfoundation.org

City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• Youth Indoor Soccer League – Grades K-8. Cost is $50
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Saturdays 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Equipment provided.
• Youth Art Class (taught in Spanish) for ages 5-13. Cost is $20. Mondays 5 to 7:30 p.m.
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes go on sale on BLACK FRIDAY!

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