Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 13, 2019

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Walla Walla Public Schools graduation rates hit all-time high

Latino/a graduation rates soar past state average
More Walla Walla Public Schools students are graduating on time than ever before in modern history according to data released from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Class of 2019. Last year's on-time graduation rate jumped to 90.3%, which is 9.4% above the state average.

The district is also closing the gap between student ethnic populations as the Hispanic/Latino graduation rate has grown 16% in recent years, to 89.3%.

"This now mirrors the rate of our non-Hispanic/Latino students," said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. "This rate is 13.6% above the state Latino graduation rate and our Hispanic/Latino dropout rate is now lower than our district's average at 6%, 9% below the Hispanic/Latino rate statewide."

The state's annual data release also had more good news for the district as dropout rates continue to decline, now more than 4% below the state average for an all-time low of 7%.

Students receiving Special Education services are also performing well above the state average.

"A huge shoutout to our special education staff, where 88.1% of our special education students graduated on time marking a 28% increase over the last six years and more than 25% above the state average," said Smith.

Smith credits the district's strategic plan, dedicated staff, and deliberate efforts in keeping students connected and engaged to their school in this historic data release.

2019 Holiday Concert Series (remaining)

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

Bond program enhances security at Garrison Middle School 

Owner Tyler McFeron of Priority One Fence of Walla Walla is installing new safety fencing at Garrison Middle School this week to limit access to the school grounds. This bond funded project includes 1000 feet of fencing and gates at both bridges to Jefferson Park. McFeron is a Wa-Hi graduate and has children in the school district.

School Board meetings Dec. 17

• Dec. 17: Regular Business Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
• Open to the public
• The Board of Directors has scheduled an executive session on December 17 at the conclusion/prior to adjournment of the regular board meeting, approximately 7:30 p.m., to review the performance of a public employee for the purposes of beginning the annual superintendent evaluation process. The executive session is not open to the public and is expected to conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. No final action will be taken at this meeting.

School Stories
Mid-Columbia All Conference Honors (Fall Sports)

Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School fall sports athletes for earning Mid-Columbia All Conference Honors.

• Player of the Year: Senior Hannah Hair
• All-MCC First Team: Hannah Hair
• Honorable Mention: Monica Miller and Mya Wood

Girls Cross Country
• Runner of the Year: Senior Ella Nelson
• All-MCC First Team: Ella Nelson and Sophomore Sariah Hepworth

Boys Cross Country
• All-MCC First Team Cooper Cortinas and Cannon Angotti
• Honorable Mention: Isaac Fraser and Braden Hisaw

Girls Soccer
• MCC Coach of the Year: Dana Evans
• All-MCC First Team: Forward Taylor McGill, Midfielder Emmalyn Ogden and Defender Jessalee Wilks
• Second Team: Forward Katelyn Hassler and defender Eliana Coburn

• All-MCC First Team: Punter Seamus Hall
• Second Team: Cole Schmidt as both a defensive and offensive lineman, and Dylan Ashbeck at wide receiver
• Honorable Mention: Hunter Polley, Omar Cruz, Jackson Owen, Jakob Humphrey and Josiah Wik

Girls Swim Team
• All-MCC First Team: Laurel Skorina in the 100 backstroke, and Second Team in the 100 freestyle. Skorina also joined Alana Miller, Hallee Yaw and Rylee Hale as a quartet named all-conference in three different events. The 200 medley relay made All-MCC Second Team, while both the 200 freestyle and the 400 free earned honorable mentions. Miller also added an honorable mention in the 100 backstroke.

Girls Slow Pitch Softball
• All-MCC First Team: Senior infielder Cristina McHie
• Second Team: Infielder Kylie Kemp

Wa-Hi to honor 1979 girls state championship basketball team 

It’s been 40 years since the 1979 Walla Walla High School girls basketball team cut down the nets following its state championship. Walla Walla High School will welcome the team back Jan. 10 at the conclusion of the girls varsity game against Hermiston at approximately 7 p.m. to honor the team. Most of the team is expected to be in attendance. The Fletcher room will also be open before and after the game to visit with the former players. 

Blue Mountain Community Foundation donation supports students in need

This month Walla Walla Public Schools received a $3500 donation from the Blue Mountain Community Foundation’s Phoenix Fund Walla Walla to support students and families in need. Berney, Sharpstein, Green Park, Blue Ridge Elementary Schools, Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools and Walla Walla High School will each receive $500.

Community Stories
Walla2Hoops 7th grade boys AAU basketball team qualifies for State Championships

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 7th grade boys team qualified for the State Basketball Championships at the 10th Annual Hermiston Holiday Hoops Classic Dec. 8. The W2Hoops 7th grade boys team lost 32-30 to the Hermiston Heat in the championship game to earn a berth to state in Spokane in March.

W2Hoops 7th Grade Boys
Coach: Mark Coram
Phoenix Arevalo
Gabe Coram
Spencer Hansen
Thad Krumbah
Cole McCauley
Trey McKinney
Cooper Mings
Jordan Ocanaz
Bridger Sedwick
Kooper Shields
Carter Shivell

“The hard work our teams are putting in is paying off,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “It is exciting to see our teams compete with teams throughout the Northwest and have this level of success. Congratulations to the 7th grade boys team for this tremendous accomplishment.”

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.

City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• Youth Indoor Soccer League – Grades K-8. Cost is $60.
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays 8:50 – 9:50 and 10 – 11 a.m. 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 5 – 7:30 p.m.
• 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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