Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 1, 2020

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State confirms Last Day of School for Students and Seniors

On April 29 the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) adopted temporary rules related to school instructional days during the 2019-20 school year as a result of the impact of COVID-19 campus closures. Based on guidance released to school districts on April 30, the last day for Walla Walla Public School students will be pushed back five days from Friday, June 12 to Friday, June 19. Graduation dates remain the same for high school students.

As part of the state's new order, all school districts must add five instructional days to their school year to make up for lost learning time. In order to maintain graduation dates, seniors will be provided five additional days of learning experience the week following graduation. A focus on college, career, and post-high school planning will be the focus of instruction as seniors partner with counselors, advisors and other staff in order to ensure a successful launch beyond high school.

While OSPI expects most districts across the state will also need to apply for an instructional day waiver, despite the added five days, Walla Walla will not. One of few districts across the state, Walla Walla was able to quickly convert to a distance learning program following the Tuesday, March 17 school closure order by Governor Inslee. Requiring only five days to convert and prepare for the transition, Walla Walla's distance learning program officially began on Tuesday, March 24 after learning materials, Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots were delivered to families on Monday.

"I am so proud of our staff who rose to the call so quickly ensuring minimal loss of instruction for students was realized during this unprecedented closure," stated Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. "In mere days, customized learning packets were created, secondary instruction was converted to Google Classroom, and communication and coordination with families was implemented."

As the district approaches the end of the school year additional communication will be shared with students and families regarding technology check in and other end of year processes. Families are encouraged to visit the district's Distance Learning webpage regularly at https://www.wwps.org/distancelearning or contact their school if they have any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4-8, 2020

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week and a time to thank our teachers as they change the lives of thousands of Walla Walla children every day. The unprecedented and abrupt COVID-19 physical closure to our school campuses challenged our teachers to do even more to continue education with virtual classrooms and paper learning packets for at home lessons. It's in these challenging times that we truly recognize and appreciate how Walla Walla educators play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives—inspiring a lifelong love of learning and discovery and making a difference in their well-being and long-term success. Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

School Board Regular Study Meeting Tuesday, May 5

Pursuant to the Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28, school board meetings during the COVID-19 disease outbreak must not take place in-person, but occur remotely. Members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting via telephone may do so. The call in number is 1-301-715-8592. An access code is required and can be obtained ahead of time by contacting Susie Golden at 509-526-6715 or sgolden@wwps.org.

District establishes Equity Outreach Telephone Hotline to better serve families

Equity and Dual Programs Director Dr. Julie Perron announces her department will begin staffing a telephone hotline in Spanish beginning Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to support student learning during the COVID-19 campus closure period. Families will also be able to leave messages after hours. Bilingual staff will provide families with information, school resources and appropriate school contacts as needed. The hotline number is 509.526-6787. 

Kindergarten sign ups and registration for families new to district begins Monday

Registration for kindergarten, families new to Walla Walla Public Schools, and Open Enrollment for students who reside outside of our school district, will begin Monday, May 4. This year the process will be online. The registration link is located the district’s home webpage – www.wwps.org.

If you are unable to register online, please contact the district office or your child’s attendance area school for a paper registration form. Forms are available in Spanish and English. If you are registering a kindergarten student, and are interested in dual programming, please contact the Equity and Dual Programs department at 509-526-6784.

If you are a current K-4 parent whose child is open enrolled within the district, you will receive an open enrollment form in the Monday, May 4 learning packet. If you have a current fifth grader you want to open enroll for middle school, you should have received the open enrollment form in the Monday, April 20 learning packet. If you do not/did not receive a form in the Monday packet, please contact your child’s current school.

Public invited to listen to Social Studies Adoption

Walla Walla Public Schools is updating its grades 6-12 Social Studies curriculum as part of the district’s ongoing adoption cycle. The adoption process started last spring and is expected to go before the school board for adoption on May 19. The Instructional Materials Committee is meeting virtually via Zoom Thursday, May 7 from 3 to 4 p.m. to finalize the process by reviewing the feedback from local educators. This Zoom meeting is open to the public, for listen-only, to hear about the process and learn more about the materials being recommended for adoption. Guests will also be allowed to ask questions and review the materials online. Contact Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis to get access information for the meeting: ckrutulis@wwps.org / 509.526.6733.

Local contractor begins Garrison roof project

Local contractor S&K Mountain Construction started the roofing project at Garrison Middle School as part of the district’s ongoing maintenance program. Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to preserving its schools and maximizing the opportunity for local contractor involvement. 

Abbott Road near Wa-Hi closed for school project

Progress continues on the Wa-Hi bond renovation project as Premier Excavation completes critical infrastructure improvements on the north-side of campus. Abbott Road in front of Wa-Hi will be closed periodically through May 11 to complete the infrastructure phase of the project.

Elementary/Preschool Learning Packet Pick-up Schedule

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

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, is 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

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 may pick up meals at whichever site is most convenient. Parents may also pick up meals for their students without students being present. 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
Walla Walla High School Student Awarded Prestigious National Honor Society Scholarship 

Eleah Dalgleish is one of 575 semifinalists receiving a $3,200 NHS scholarship

Walla Walla, WA – The National Honor Society (NHS) announced that Eleah Dalgleish, a high school senior at Walla Walla High School and member of the NHS, has been selected as an NHS Scholarship semifinalist. Dalgelish was chosen from nearly 7,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education.

For nearly 100 years, NHS members have been making a difference in their schools and communities and the NHS Scholarship is NASSP’s way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Walla Walla High School NHS chapter adviser Kim Cassetto describes Dalgleish as a student committed to challenging herself. She participates in a wide variety of clubs, athletics, and community organizations; she seamlessly navigates courses at both Wa-Hi and Running Start classes at WWCC. This is not easily achievable as our secondary and collegiate systems operate on different academic calendars and daily class schedules. She also earned College Board’s AP Scholar status by taking 5 AP exams and scoring a 3 or higher.

At Walla Walla High School, Dalgleish has been captain of cross-country and track teams, been active in Key Club, speech and debate team and orchestra. This year, Dagleish is our NHS chapter vice-president. She has also dedicated numerous volunteer hours for her church and WWCC’s children summer theatre programs. This fall, she will attend Brigham Young University (BYU) Provo to double major in neuroscience and studio art.

Cassetto explains how Dagleish’s unique combination of educational pathways is a perfect example of how “she knows who she is and she knows how to bring balance to her life to develop her whole self rather than narrowly defining herself to any one thing.”

Since 1946, more than $17 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

For more information about the NHS, the scholarship, and the 2020 recipients, visit www.nhs.us.

Local cycling enthusiast brings hope and optimism to Sharpstein

Families in the Sharpstein neighborhood were treated to a musical parade Monday morning as Charles Stanger and his sound machine bike trailer led a group of staff and students on a trek through Walla Walla’s side streets to bring joy during the COVID-19 school closure. Sharpstein PTA Co-President Abby Juhasz helped organize the event. Principal Maria Garcia rode on the trailer’s tag-a-long bike waving a “We Are Family” sign to students and families throughout the ride. Stanger’s trailer is equipped with massive speakers to fill the air with hit music.

District students featured in Sources of Strength video

Students from Wa-Hi, Lincoln HS, Garrison MS and Pioneer MS share their Sources of Strength in a new video airing on cable television. The video was made possible from a grant secured by Peggy Needham of the Walla Walla County Health Department. Needham teamed with Andrew Sayers to produce the video. Sources of strength is an international suicide prevention program. Several Walla Walla Public Schools have teamed with Needham to introduce Sources of Strength strategies and activities in their schools.
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8itdGAzgvI

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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Census 2020  – Be counted today!

The CENSUS affects everyone in many ways, but it affects our children in BIG ways! This count, taken every 10 years, impacts the federal funds our community receives each year for programs and services critical for our 6,000+ students and their families: Special Education; Head Start; classroom technology; Title I education for disadvantaged students; food assistance for breakfast and lunch; children’s health programs; and much more.

How to get counted
• Go to http://www.my2020census.gov to respond with or without an ID number provided by the census bureau to your home
• Call 1-844-330-2020 (which will also direct you to other numbers in 11 languages or to request a paper form to be mailed)
• Complete and return a paper form you may have received in the mail.

For more information go to www.bmccc2020.org or jaun2@bmacww.org

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