Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 24, 2020

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District Communicates Distance Learning Grading Guidance

Late evening Tuesday, April 21, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) issued guidance to all school districts across the state related to the grading of students during the extended school closure time period.

Consistent with the district’s established Distance Learning Guiding Principles, and OSPI’s recently-released Grading Guidance Publication, Walla Walla Public School’s grading framework ensures equity, access, and individual student/family circumstances are considered when assigning final grades. This approach ensures all students remain engaged and progressing with their learning during campus closures, while accommodating for barriers that may inhibit some students from participating fully in their learning.

For high school courses, students will continue to be graded on an A through D scale. However, in accordance with direction from the State, failing grades (F’s) must be replaced with an incomplete (INC), allowing students to recover credit at a later date. Pass/Fail, No Credit and other non-customary grading schemas will not be allowed pursuant to OSPI directive stemming from concerns around the long term post-secondary impacts. Concerns that alternative approaches may negatively impact scholarships, military recruiting, college athletics, and access to some colleges and universities drove this guidance.

For students in grade PK-8, districts retain complete decision-making related to grading and reporting. As already communicated to preschool and elementary parents, the district has transitioned to two, narrative-based reports that will be provided to parents in early May and at the end of the school year. These reports will address individual student learning, growth and accomplishments during the distance learning program.

Similar to high school grading criteria, WWPS middle school students will continue to receive traditional grades (A-D). After equity implications are considered, students may be assigned summer school or additional fall learning experiences if their distance learning engagement is not satisfactory.

According to Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith, Walla Walla’s approach to grades during this unprecedented time honors student commitment, while ensuring equity-related factors for each student and family are addressed.

“We expect students to remain engaged through the end of the year and our staff will do everything in their power to ensure our students remain on track for graduation, continue to earn credits and are ready to progress to the next grade,” said Smith.

April Pulse video with Superintendent Smith

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith shares updates, pointers and suggestions for students and families during the extended school campus closure in his April Pulse video.
Click HERE to watch the video.

New state School Recognition Program honors four Walla Walla schools  

The State Board of Education recognized Blue Ridge Elementary, Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School and Edison Elementary for improved academic achievement and positive systems changes in 2018-2019.

The honor is part of the state’s School Recognition Program aimed to recognize gains in closing opportunity gaps for specific student groups, including Hispanic students, and making systems changes to improve outcomes for all students. The recognition program also honors schools for academic attainment growth progress one year to the next and schools with high academic performance in many measures, including English Language Arts (ELA), math state test scores and graduation rates.

“While we saw academic and graduation gains across our entire district last year, the State’s recognition is icing on the cake,” noted Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “Our laser-like focus on the high-yield strategies embedded in our strategic plan continue to pay dividends in increased outcomes and learning for all of our students.”

The Washington School Recognition Program is a collaborative project with the State Board of Education (SBE) along with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC).

Elementary/Preschool Learning Packet Pick-up Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Every Monday (except holidays)

Monday, April 27
Monday, May 4
Monday, May 11
Monday, May 18 (2 weeks of materials)
Monday, May 25 (Holiday, No Pickup on the 25th)
Monday, June 1
Monday, June 8
Monday, June 15 (Technology drop off for 3rd-5th who checked out Chromebooks and internet Hot Spots)
Friday, June 19 is the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year.

Supplementary Educational Resources for 3rd-5th
In addition to the weekly learning packet, we are offering 3rd-5th grade students optional supplementary learning for families that can be accomplished online (e.g. i-Ready and other online resources many students are already familiar with). The district has announced additional Chromebook and hot spot connectivity deployments for students in grades 3-5 who lack access at home. This supplementary component will not modify the individualized learning packets for all elementary school students every Monday, but ensures all students have the ability to explore additional optional learning resources during the extended campus closure.

We have updated each school’s Google landing page so that students and parents have easy access to district-reviewed and approved supplementary resources (e.g. iReady, OSPI’s list of online learning sites, and other vetted online learning opportunities). Again, these online resources are optional for students/families who wish additional learning/experience above the work provided and returned every Monday. It is important to point out that the learning packet process is the only method that guarantees equity, access, feedback, specialist involvement, and ability to provide supplemental materials and other individualized resourcing.

From your own personal computer:
Click Here https://sites.google.com/a/wwps.org/staff/ to log into our District’s Google landing page and select the appropriate school.

From a district-issued Chromebook:
Power up the device and log in using the unique username and password (supplied to you).
For technical support click here. https://www.wwps.org/distancelearning/technical-support

Return 5th to 6th Grade Registration and Open Enrollment forms Monday
This this week’s elementary learning packet there was information regarding 6th grade registration. Parents are asked to please review this information, complete the registration form, place it back in their child’s learning packet and return it to their elementary school Monday, April 27. Middle School principals will pick up the completed registration forms to begin the middle school registration process.

Middle School Open Enrollment Procedures: For families seeking to open enroll to the other middle school, they will indicate this as an option on the bottom of the middle school registration form. This notes they wish to attend their non-resident middle school. Instructions will also be provided to complete the open enrollment form which will also be included in the forms going home on April 20. Families will be notified May 18 if their request has been approved.

Out of District:  For families that want to open enroll to one of WWPS middle schools from out of district will contact the district office of their home district to request a Choice Transfer Request.  An electronic Choice Transfer Request will be submitted to the proposed open enrollment school. Families will receive an email notification if the Choice Transfer request is approved or denied.

Meals available to all students

Walla Walla Public Schools offers free meals to all students Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The daily meals include a USDA approved sack lunch and breakfast for each child. Students individually, or accompanied by a parent/guardian, may pick up meals at whichever site is most convenient. Delivery services will be available on a case-by-case basis as needed.

Meal Service Pick Up Locations
• Sharpstein Elementary (Howard St side)
• Blue Ridge Elementary (South side entrance – back of school)
• Garrison Middle School (front of school)
• Prospect Point Elementary (near bus loop along Howard)
• Berney Elementary (near staff parking along School Ave)
• Edison Elementary (front of school)
• Green Park Elementary (near gym entrance)
• Lincoln (4th St side)
• Vista Terrace Park
• Washington Park
• Veteran’s Memorial Park

Meal Service and Delivery Questions:
Pamela Milleson, Nutrition Services Director
(509) 527-3016 / pmilleson@wwps.org

School Stories

Senior Pride downtown banners

Walla Walla Public Schools collaborated with the Walla Walla Downtown Foundation and the City of Walla Walla to place 100 banners in downtown Walla Walla honoring the Class of 2020. Local business Integrity Design, owned and operated by Wa-Hi graduate John Sasser, designed and printed the banners. The City of Walla Walla Parks and Rec Department staff, under the direction of Andy Coleman, installed the banners. Walla Walla Public Schools salutes the seniors of the Class of 2020 at Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 school campus closure.

Community Stories
City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation update

All Walla Walla Parks & Recreation programs and facility reservations are cancelled or delayed through May 4. If possible, it is our intention to resume the following programs when health authorities advise it is safe to do so; Blue Mountain Girls Softball, Blue Mtn Pre-Tee ball, Blue Mountain Baseball League, Warrior Soccer Academy, Adult Co-ed Soccer. The Parks and Recreation office and Carnegie, including the Pottery Studio, are closed to the public.

Please visit our website at www.wwpr.us for updated information regarding recreation programs as it becomes available. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 509-527-4527.

recreation@wallawallawa.gov or parks@wallawallawa.gov.

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