Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 13, 2020

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Levy vote approval one of highest percentages in state

Walla Walla voters sent a strong message of support for Walla Walla Public Schools on election night as 71 percent voted YES on the 2020 Replacement Levy. The levy approval ensures the continuation of programs and learning opportunities, for students. Tuesday night’s approval rating was the highest in 26 years in Walla Walla and one of the highest percentages in the entire state. Thank you Walla Walla for your vote of confidence as we work together to realize our vision of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.

Bond Oversight Committee tours new Wa-Hi Science Building project

Tuesday Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith took the Bond Oversight Committee members on a tour of the new Walla Walla High School Science Building. Comprised of 11 community members, this committee’s core purpose is to carefully monitor the delivery of the proposed bond program to ensure accountability, fiscal transparency, and community trust. Superintendent Smith serves as the direct liaison to the group.

Progress continues on the new Wa-Hi Science Building. Local contractor Jackson Construction Group is framing the building in preparation for Walla Walla’s own Elsom Roofing who will be installing the roof system soon. Visit the district’s website and click on Bond Updates to see more information, including a project camera showcasing this exciting project set to open next school year.

Bond Oversight Committee Membership:
Committee Chair: Scott Morasch (Business, Business Owner/Operator, Financial, Facility/Construction, Parent)
Committee Vice Chair: Mark Hess (Financial)
Bonnie Bowton (Business)
Yolanda Esquivel (Parent)
Lawson Knight (Business Owner/Operator, Financial, Parent)
Kim McDaniels (Business Owner/Operator, Financial)
Terry McConn (At Large)
Jennifer Mouat (Financial, Parent)
Dick Moeller (Business Owner/Operator, Facility/Construction, Community Facilities Task Force)
Ken Seibold (Business, Business Owner/Operator, Facility/Construction)
Tony Wenham (Business, Business Owner/Operator)

Bond Oversight Committee webpage: https://www.wwps.org/bond/bond-oversight-committee

February No School Days

Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14: NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Monday, Feb. 17: NO SCHOOL (Presidents Day)

School Board meeting Feb. 18

• Tuesday, Feb. 18
• Regular School Board meeting
• 5:30 p.m. @ WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.)
• Meeting open to the public

School Stories
Winter 2020 Post-Season Athletics update

Boys Basketball
• Wa-Hi at Central Valley High School
• Saturday, February 15
• Time: TBD
• Location: Central Valley High School (Spokane, WA)
• Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students, $5 senior citizens and children
• Cash or check only
• (Note: No passes or staff badges accepted for post-season)
• Boys Basketball 4A District 8 Regional Bracket
o http://www.mid-columbiaconference.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3195&sport=3

Girls Basketball
• Wa-Hi at Chiawana
• Saturday, February 15
• 5 p.m.
• Location: Chiawana High School (Pasco, WA)
• Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students, $5 senior citizens and children
• Cash or check only
• (Note: No passes or staff badges accepted for post-season)
• Girls Basketball 4a District 8 Regional Bracket
o http://www.mid-columbiaconference.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=3196&sport=12

Boys Wrestling
• Nine Wa-Hi Wrestlers qualified for Regionals. The boys team place 4th at Districts. Ruben Lozano is ranked 10th at 113lbs in state and Jake Humphrey is ranked 4th at 160lbs.
• Boys Wrestling Regionals Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15
• Location: Mead HS (Spokane, WA)

Girls Wrestling
• Annelise Whitaker placed first at Districts to become the school’s first district champion in Girls Wrestling and advances to Regionals. Nayeli Flores placed 2nd at District and Emilie Lawrence placed 6th and both advance to Regionals
• Girls Wrestling Regionals Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15
• Location: Othello High School

Boys Swimming
• Eight Wa-Hi swimmers have advanced to State.after qualifying at Districts in Kelso
• State Swim Meet: Feb. 22 in Federal Way, WA

• Wa-Hi’s Tumbling Team placed 4th at state recently. The team placed first in all four of its regular season competitions to qualify for state. The teams now advances to the USA Nationals in Anaheim, CA Feb. 14
• Wa-Hi’s Non-Tumbling team also qualified for state and placed 7th. The team had two first place finishes during the regular season. The team’s game day routine also qualified for state and finished 8th.

Girls Bowling
• Morgan Sucharda won the 4A District Championship and qualified for state.

Latino Club Parent Night focused on scholarships and careers

Wa-Hi’s Latino Club hosted its first Latino Parent Night to provide an opportunity for parents and students to learn information about scholarships, Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), college and careers.

“The parent meeting was a total success,” said Latino Club Media Coordinator Jimena Espana Silva. “We felt very good about the attendance and we plan to continue to have more events throughout the school year. We would also like to credit the wonderful leadership of Mr. Melito Ramirez for his support in this endeavor.”

Wa-Hi Debate team students gear up for state

Congratulations to the following Debate Team students for their excellent work this season and success last weekend in Pasco. These students now prepare for the state debate tournament on March 13-14 and state speech on March 21. Both events will be held at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
• Megan Hua (9): Interpreting Reading Performance
• Samir Ashford (10): Original Oratory Performance
• Iris Hernandez (12): Extemporaneous Speaking
• Hayden Shupe (12): Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking
• Jacob Rose (11): Congressional Debate, Impromptu Speaking
• Dominic Bayer(10): Congressional Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking
• Ishan Ashford (12): Congressional Debate (An unfortunate state rule caps the number of congressional debaters from the same school to three. Ishan did qualify for state, but he finished 4th on our team, so he is currently listed as an alternate.)

“These debate and speech qualifiers represent the most success this team has had since the golden years of Jean Tobin’s 2014-15 squad led by notable debaters such as Macolm Gabbard, Cora Cole, Russell Skorina, Anna Apostolidis, Noah Deitrick, Wafa Abadin, Amelia Mott, and Maggie Heron,” said Debate Coach Keith Swanson. “These kids are working hard and really doing a great job.”

We Are Wa-Hi – Planning Your Future

• Tuesday, Feb. 25
• 5 to 7 p.m.
• Wa-Hi gym
• Students and families of current 8th-11th grade students are encouraged to attend

Join us to learn about the many opportunities and pathways available to students. This event features an academics/course fair, information sessions and clubs and sports fair. Childcare is provided.

Community Stories
Walla2Hoops hosts AAU Tournament of Hoops Feb. 22-23

Walla2Hoops is hosting its annual AAU Tournament of Hoops February 22-23. Nearly 200 Walla Walla valley boys and girls, ranging from 3rd to 8th grades, will be competing in the two-day basketball tournament. Games will be played at several Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place High School, DeSales High School, Walla Walla YMCA and Whitman College. Game schedules will be available to view on the Tourney Machine app.

“We are expecting about 80 teams to compete in the tournament,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “This is an excellent opportunity to come out and cheer for our future high school basketball players.”

The following local Walla2Hoops teams are registered to play in the tournament:
3B Blue Eagles (Ashley Reavis)
3B W2Hoops (Erik McCollaugh)
4B Little Devils (Ricky Kulberg)
4B W2 Warriors (Kellen Clemens, Austin Roberson)
4G W2Hoops (Luis Ocanaz)
5B W2Hoops (Ryan Davenport)
5B Rebels (Bryan Eggart)
5G Sparks (Catelyn Webber, Jordan Mintz)
6B W2Hoops (Bruce Dumser)
6G Vision 6 (Donny & Polli Jo Weaver)
6G Team BC (Brie Bridgeland, Annie Boyd)
7B Walla2Hoops-Coram (Mark Coram)
7B W2Hoops Ocanaz (Luis Ocanaz)
7G W2 Vision 7 (Donny & Polli Jo Weaver)
7G W2Hoops Blues (Bryan Eggart)
8B W2Hoops Carrara/Unck (Nate Carrara, Eddie Unck)
8B W2Hoops Gardea (Chris Gardea)
8G W2Hoops Rebels (Tony Billingsley)

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.

Storybook Art with Carnegie Picture Lab

The second session of Carnegie Picture Lab’s Storybook Art series will be presented on Wednesday, February 19 at the Walla Walla Public Library. Designed for elementary age children, the featured book will be Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. The lesson begins at 2:30 p.m. and will include storytelling, Artful Thinking and a drawing with wire art project.

The mission of Carnegie Picture Lab is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla valley. Currently delivering art education/art making lessons in 13 area elementary schools, Carnegie Picture Lab also has a five-year history of partnering with the library to present creative and innovative events for youth in our community.

Pacific Little League at the Veterans Medical Center sign-ups

“So Kids Can Play” - Baseball for Girls & Boys
• New Division AREA WIDE Intermediate 50/70 for Ages 11-13 ($75.00)*
• Note: You have choices at cheaper fees, 7 innings, stealing bases & leading off.
• Challenger Baseball for the physically or emotionally challenged ages 5-20 ($30.00)
• Majors Division ages 9-12 ($75.00)
• Minor Player Pitch ages 7-11 ($75.00)
• Minor Coach Pitch ages 6-9 ($75.00)
• Tee Ball ages 4-7 ($60.00)

In-person at Davis Elementary in the commons February 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. & Super 1 Foods in the deli February 14 from 5:00-7:00 and February 15 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
*There will be more in person sign-ups. We will let you know when and where.

Online at Sports Connect/Blue Sombrero is not working
Email John or Karen Zodnick at jzodnick@bmi.net (no Facebook, please) for Registration Forms, Medical Release Forms and Volunteer Forms.
Four try out dates & times for ages 9-13 year olds begins March 1.

Questions? Email or Call 509-529-6589 or 509-520-8447

City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• NEW Blue Mountain Pre Tee Ball League – Open to boys and girls ages 3 &4 (age as of 3/30/20) - $40
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Grades K-6 - $40 - $55
• Spring Softball Skills Clinic – Ages 7-14 – March 28 – $35 - Pitching and catching clinic - $15
• Blue Mountain Baseball League – Ages 12-16 - $75
• St Paddy’s Day Dash – March 15 at 10am. 5k & 10k for ages 10 & up - $25. NEW Leprechaun Lap (1k) at 9:30am for ages 10 & under $15. Shirts included.
• 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.
• Ukulele Class Ages 12 and up. Cost is $65. Mondays 1:30-2:30pm or Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm.
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes – February prices Youth/Senior/Veteran $60 Adult $70 Family $150. Prices will increase on March 1.
• Adult Soccer League Ages 16 and up. Cost is $400 per team.
• Scholarships available for youth programs. For information contact the Parks & Recreation office at 509-527-4527.

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to:
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