Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 20, 2019

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School year calendar approved

Tuesday night school board members approved the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school year calendars. These calendars are posted on the district’s website. Print copies will be available at schools after winter break.

Calendar webpage

Board members officially sworn into office

Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann administered the Oath of Office to board members Ruth Ladderud, Terri Trick, Derek Sarley and Eric Rindal who were elected into office during the November 5 General Election. January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank you school board members for your service.

School board officers elected

School Board Director Sam Wells was elected President and Director Derek Sarley was named Vice President. These unanimously elected board officer positions expire in December 2020. 

School board continues to invest in curriculum adoptions

Tuesday night Teaching and Learning Executive Director Christy Krutulis reported the district continues to invest in curriculum adoptions in support of its strategic plan. This year this district is in the process of adopting new curriculum materials for K-5 Mathematics and 6-12 Social Studies.

The process for both curriculum adoptions, which occur over a 12 month span, includes materials review, standards alignment to state requirements, piloting of materials, parent input and final review by the Instruction Materials Committee before going to the school board for final consideration. The K-5 Math adoption recommendation is scheduled for February and 6-12 Social Studies will be presented to the school board for consideration in May.

District parents and community members are invited to learn more about the K-5 Math materials before they are proposed for district adoption. The meeting is Tuesday, January 7 from 6-7 p.m. in the Anne Golden Boardroom at the district office.

Bond Update: Science building concrete slab scheduled for pouring

Superintendent Smith reported at Tuesday’s school board meeting local contractor Nelson Construction, Inc. is planning to pour the concrete slab for the new Walla Walla High School science building Monday, Dec. 23. Structural steel and walls are expected to go up in January.

High School Representative school board update

Jaden Bergevin, the Walla Walla High School student representative to the school board, reported 350 students attended the recent Winter Ball dance. She says attendance at school dances is up this year from previous years. Students are continuing to plan for the Winter Wish program. They are also working with Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Coalition Target Zero Manager Nancy McClenny-Walters on the Every 15 Minutes anti-drinking and driving program scheduled for Feb. 28. This year prom will be held on April 18. 

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
Power 99.1 FM brings joy to Pioneer Middle School student

Pioneer Middle School Custodian Yvonne Huff regularly listens to 99.1 FM radio station. Every year she hears about the station’s A Christmas Wish program where they provide gifts to a limited group of people who are nominated. Gifts this year included a Game Boy electronic gaming system, gaming chair, candy and clothing. Thanks to Huff’s thoughtful nomination packet, Pioneer Middle School student Brayden Dewey won.

“As I was listening to the radio station DJs talk about A Christmas Wish, I thought about Brayden who is my lunchroom helper and knew I had to nominate him,” said Huff. “My wish for Brayden was just simply wanting him to have a very good Christmas this year. He is a neat young man.”

Today representatives from the radio station and sponsors from HAPO Credit Union and Northwest Motorsport came to Pioneer MS to surprise Brayden with his gifts.

“I was very surprised to hear that the radio station chose the person I nominated,” said Huff. “I was very happy and quite humbled to get the chance to do something good for someone.”

Pioneer National Junior Honor Society students make Christmas extra special for six families

Pioneer MS National Junior Honor Society students partnered with The Salvation Army to raise more than $1,000 to buy Christmas presents for six families in financial need. Adviser Stephanie Kytola says she is proud of the students for giving back to the community.

Blue Ridge students spread Holiday joy

Blue Ridge Elementary Choir students, under the direction of music teacher Stefanie Crumpacker, recently toured downtown businesses to sing holiday carols.  Students visited Macy’s, the Marcus Whitman Hotel and the Whitman Place retirement facility. Students also enjoyed complimentary hot chocolate from Coffee Perk. 

Friendly holiday outfit competition

Pioneer Middle School Principal Kristina Duncan and Berney Elementary Principal Michelle Carpenter challenged each other to a friendly holiday outfit contest. Each day this month they have dressed in holiday attire and posted photos to their social media pages. The outpouring of positive feedback is adding to the holiday cheer. Duncan and Carpenter say the students and staff love seeing the new outfits each day and are proud to make the holiday season even more special.

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. 

Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU basketball teams win championships at Pendleton tournament

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 5th grade boys basketball team coached by Bryan Eggart won the 6th Grade Division Championship at the Blue Mountain Shootout in Pendleton, OR on December 15. The 5th grade boys team coached by Ryan Davenport won the 5th Grade Division Championship at the same tournament.

“Our boys and girls teams had strong representation and won a lot of games at the Blue Mountain Shootout,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “Congratulations to both our 5th grade boys teams for winning it all while demonstrating great sportsmanship on behalf of our program.”

5th Grade Boys: Head Coach Bryan Eggart (6th Grade Division Champion)
Kenroy Brown
Micah Eggart
Cooper Hansen
Luke Higgins
Braeden McCauley
Trey McCauley
Colton McCollaugh
Cohen Wood

5th Grade Boys: Head Coach: Ryan Davenport (5th Grade Division Champion)
Nate Allen
Gabe Davenport
Evan Gies
Parker Hand
Richard Kulberg
Mavrec Mills
Malachi Raymond
Boyer Robinson
Zachary Smith-Phillips
Mitchell Vu
Jack Zanger

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. Space is not guaranteed so register ASAP. Final deadline is December 30
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale! Purchase your pass at the lowest price of the season
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays 8:50 – 9:50 and 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
• Mother/Son Superhero Bash – Ages 3 and up. Cost is $15. Saturday, February 8 at 6pm
• Father/Daughter Ball – Ages 3 and up. Cost is $15. Saturday, February 29 at 7pm
• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.

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