Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Dec. 6, 2019

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Walla Walla native Hernandez named Green Park assistant principal

Edison Elementary 4th grade dual language teacher Cesar Hernandez has been promoted to assistant principal at Green Park Elementary School beginning next school year.

Hernandez was born and raised in Walla Walla where he attended Sharpstein and Green Park Elementary schools, Garrison Middle School and Walla Walla High School. He received an Associates of Art’s degree from Walla Walla Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Washington State University and a Master’s in Education from Eastern Washington University. Hernandez has been employed with Walla Walla Public Schools for eight years, including five years as a dual language teacher at Edison Elementary.

“Mr. Hernandez has a solid reputation for being an advocate for students and student learning,” said Green Park Principal Rick Kline. “Not only does he possess the bilingual language skills which are integral as Green Park Elementary transitions to a dual language school, he will provide a cornerstone for outreach to parents and the community as we continue to build relationships with our students and families.”

Hernandez is a volunteer wrestling coach for Edison Elementary and soccer coach at Pioneer Middle School. He enjoys restoring classic cars. He and his wife Lizbeydi have a daughter Kendra and son Cesar Jr.

“I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity and to be part of the amazing team at Green Park,” said Hernandez. “I am excited to work with the Green Park staff and continue to strengthen the dual program. As the assistant principal, I want to continue to work on building relationships with students and staff, raising cultural awareness, continue implementing social emotional strategies, and advocate equity for all.”

Hernandez will assume his new role July 1, 2020.

Wa-Hi Science Building video update

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith provides a bond update on the new Wa-Hi Science building. The new science building will open for students to use next school year.

Video Link 
Science Building webpage 

December Pulse video 

Click HERE to watch the December Pulse video. Superintendent Smith provides timely updates on district operations and programs. Please take a few minutes to watch this informative video.

Glove & Sock Drive: Odd Fellows residents have big hearts for local children 

Retired school teacher Shirley Ruble has dedicated her life to helping children thrive. These days her passion is helping her fellow Odd Fellows women residents collect gloves, socks and hats for local children in need through the Narcissa Rebekah Glove and Sock Drive. This week Shirley met with district intervention specialists to deliver 131 pairs of gloves, 382 pairs of socks and several hats.

Shirley Ruble has enjoyed living at the Washington Odd Fellows Home for the past eight years. Her favorite activity is belonging to Narcissa Rebekah Lodge No. 2. It is the women’s branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They have supported local non-profit organizations since they were founded in 1885. This year members lended their support to nursing students at Walla Walla Community College, the Teen Center at Lincoln High School and Tabitha’s Closet.

“The partnership between the Narcissa Rebekah lodge and Walla Walla Public Schools is imperative to reaching out to students experiencing homelessness,” Shirley said. “Not only do we want to supply intervention specialists in each school with the students’ basic needs, we want to ensure students have a positive attitude and desire to finish their classes, confidence and open minds. We want them to see their potential as we do: Prepared to meet the challenges of the world with work and happy lives right here in the Valley.”

2019 Holiday Concert Series (remaining)

Dec. 9 Green Park Holiday Program, Grades 4-5: 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 Prospect Pt. Holiday Program, K-1: 8:45 a.m.; Gr: 2-3: 10 a.m.; Gr: 4-5: 12:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 Garrison MS 7th & 8th grade Band/Choir/Orchestra Concert, Garrison MS 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 Wa-Hi Orchestra Concert, Wa-Hi Auditorium at 7 p.m.*
Dec. 13 Edison Holiday Program, K-1: 9 a.m.; Grades 2-3: 10:15 a.m.; Grades 4-5: 1 p.m.
Dec. 13 Blue Ridge Winter Program - K-5: 1 p.m.
Dec. 16 Wa-Hi Band Concert, Wa-Hi Auditorium at 7 p.m.*
Dec. 17 Wa-Hi Gift Concert, Wa-Hi Auditorium at 7 p.m.*
Dec. 17 Pioneer MS Music Assembly, 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 18 Wa-Hi Musical Theater Showcase, Wa-Hi Auditorium at 7 p.m.*
Dec. 19 Sharpstein Holiday Program, K-1: 9 a.m.; Grades 2-3: 10 a.m.; Grades 4-5: 1 p.m.
Dec. 19 Berney Holiday Program - k-2: 12:45 p.m.; Grades 3-5: 1:30 p.m.

* Wa-Hi Concerts: Suggested donation $5 per family, $2 per adult and $1 per student

Winter Holiday Break

• NO SCHOOL: Monday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Jan. 3
• Classes resume Monday, Jan. 6
• Have a safe and happy holiday break

School Stories

Students teaching students via Picture Lab

This week students from Wa-Hi’s Art Club, under the direction of teacher Julie Laufenberg, taught the Picture Lab Photography lesson to students at Edison Elementary School.  The Art Club students were at Edison all day and did a fabulous job of bringing this innovative lesson to five classes, said Susan Greene, Carnegie Picture Lab Executive Director. 

Walla Walla Valley Farm-to-School Food Focus and Healthy Living Event

All Sharpstein Elementary families are invited to join Walla Walla Valley Farm-to-School, our amazing Whitman Community Fellow, Cleo Corliss-Gremillion, Sharpstein parent and chef, Chris Capps, and community partners for its Food Focus event December 10. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and activities follow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The event starts with a delicious Taco Bar sourced with local ingredients and prepared by our volunteer Chef Capps and a brief presentation by Cleo and Chef Capps. Afterwards, participants will transition to fun activities that highlight healthier behaviors and food choices.

Community Stories
Books for Babes bulb sale continues while supplies last

Looking for a great holiday gift that does some good at the same time? The Books for Babes program is continuing its popular flower bulb sale. Each gift box includes a vintage-style jar and decorative rocks so you can watch your fragrant hyacinth bulb grow right on your window sill.

At just $5 each, this makes a nice gift for just about anyone; teacher, co-worker, party host, neighbor, friend or you! Sharpstein students help assemble the gifts and proceeds provide bags of books for newborns in Walla Walla.

You can now order online while supplies last at www.booksforbabes.org or by emailing bargabk@charter.net, indicating the amount you are ordering and an address for delivery. Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 13.

Alternative Gift Fair supports local non-profit organizations

Please join Sustainable Living Center, Blue Mountain Community Foundation and 30 additional local nonprofits for the 5th annual Walla Walla Alternative Gift Fair. Attend the fair to learn about the many gift donations that are available and see how your support helps local non-profit organizations provide critical services in the community.
• December 7
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Young Ballroom of Reid Center, Whitman Campus, 280 Boyer Ave.
• For more information: www.slcww.org or call (509) 524-5218.

Clearing the Air about Vaping – A FREE Parent Education Night

• Monday, Dec. 9
• 6:30 to 8 p.m. (presentation begins at 7 p.m.)
• Providence St. Mary Southgate Auditorium (1111 S. 2nd Ave.)
• Presenters: Timothy A. Davidson, M.D. (Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonology Providence St. Mary Medical Center; Amy Osterman (Regional Youth Marijuana and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, WW County Health Dept.); Matthew Joscelyn (Tobacco Cessation Life Safety Instructor, Providence St. Mary Medical Center)
• For more information and to register (FREE): www.cleartheairww.eventbrite.com

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball teams qualify for State Championships

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 4th grade girls and 5th grade boys teams qualified for the State Basketball Championships at the 13th Annual Hermiston Autumn Kickoff Classic Nov. 24. Both teams finished second in the Hermiston tournament to earn berths to state in Spokane in March.

4th Grade Girls: Luis Ocanaz (Head Coach)
Oneisha Brown
Libby Burt
Olivia Carlile
Audrey Davenport
Rehema Durand
Kamryn Hand
Laney Hand
Teresa Kay Holtzinger
Opal Huffey
Harper Hutchison
Emma Jackson
Julissa Martinez Bailon
Elyse Ocanaz
Mikaila Schreibeis

5th Grade Boys: Bryan Eggart (Head Coach) / Travis McCauley (Asst. Coach), Eric Wood (Asst. Coach)
Kenroy Brown
Micah Eggart
Cooper Hansen
Luke Higgins
Braeden McCauley
Trey McCauley
Colton McCollaugh
Cohen Wood

“We are proud to have these teams represent our club at state,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “It is early in the season so we are hoping more teams will be rewarded for their hard work by qualifying for state.”

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.

Wa-Hi and Waitsburg seniors receive Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month awards

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School seniors Emmalee Johnson and Elizabeth Moore and Waitsburg High School seniors Amy Farley and Kailyn Lewis for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards this month. These students will also be eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship.

2019-20 Youth of the Month Essay Theme: “We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” - George H.W. Bush; How do you intend to serve as an example, now and in the future, of a responsible American citizen? Mark Higgins is the program coordinator.

Student recipients complete a comprehensive award application form, write an essay and speak in front of Exchange Club members as part of the award program.

Walla Walla High School

Emmalee Johnson
Parents: Brandon and Sarah Johnson
3.993 GPA, #7 out of 422 classmates
Emmalee plans to attend a four year university to study health sciences and pre-medicine. She is actively involved in Link Crew, Green Club, Girl’s League, Drama, National Honor Society and Girls swimming.

Elizabeth Moore
Parents: Frederick and Sara Moore
3.934 GPA, #26 out of 422 in class
Elizabeth, who goes by Daisy, plans to attend a four year university to study Environmental Science/Energy Technology. She is actively involved in the Outdoor Club, Chemistry Club, Buddy Club, Girls’ League, Green Club, Key Club, Knowledge Bowl, Arts in the Community Club, Drama Club and Key Club. She also participates in varsity Cross Country, varsity Track and is a Black Belt in karate.

Waitsburg High School

Amy Farley is a senior at Waitsburg High School and also attends classes at Walla Walla Community College. She has been recognized on the WWCC Presidents List for academic achievement. Amy is a National Honor Society member with a 3.81 GPA, she is a member of the WHS FFA, and an active member of the Wilson Hollow Wranglers 4H Club. Amy is a student athlete and has participated in volleyball throughout her high school career. She is a member of the Mission Ridge Ski Team and has been a member of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association Championship Team. Amy plans to attend a 4 year college upon graduation and is exploring various campus and sports program options.

Kailyn Lewis is a senior at Waitsburg High School and also attends classes at Walla Walla Community College. She has been recognized on the WWCC Presidents list for academic achievement. Kailyn is a National Honor Society member with a 3.98 GPA. Kailyn has been a past member of the WHS FFA and has served as a co-captain for volleyball and basketball. Kailyn plans to attend a 4 year college upon graduation and is interested in a nursing career. Her goal the past two years has been to graduate in June 2020 with both a Waitsburg High School diploma and an Associates degree from WWCC.

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 10am – 11am. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Saturdays 11:10 – 12:10. Equipment provided.
• Youth Art Class (taught in Spanish) for ages 5-13. Cost is $20. Mondays 5pm – 7:30pm.
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale. Purchase your pass at the lowest price of the season.
• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.

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