Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 15, 2020

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School board regular business meeting Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 p.m.

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.

Applications now being accepted for early learning programs

Are you looking for a high-quality early learning program for your preschool age child? Walla Walla Public Schools is now accepting applications for the early learning programs located at the new Walla Walla Center for Children & Families. If your child will be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, they may qualify for FREE preschool.

For more information call 509-526-1774 or visit www.wwps.org/ccf

Kindergarten sign ups and registration for families new to district now open

Registration for kindergarten, families new to Walla Walla Public Schools, and Open Enrollment for students who reside outside of our school district is underway. This year the process is online. The registration link is located on 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 should have received 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 did not receive a form in the learning packet, please contact your child’s current school.

Elementary/Preschool Learning Packet Pick-up Schedule

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

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, WWPS 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
Wa-Hi FBLA students qualify for national competition

Business Law teacher Bernard Ma reports the following Walla Walla students have qualified for the national FBLA competition.
• Sydney Weston: 1st in Hospitality Management

• Joceyln Parker: 10th in Business Law, 5th in Introduction to FBLA and 8th in Intro Parliamentary Procedure

• Magnus Frederickson: 3rd in Help Desk and 4th in Electronic Career Portfolio

• Edward Ellingford: 6th in Computer Problem Solving

Blue Devil Strength and Conditioning program to begin online workouts Monday

The 2020 summer Blue Devil Strength and Conditioning program begins Monday, May 18 for boys and girls grades 6-12. Due to COVID-19 school campus closures, phase one of the program will begin virtually via Google Classroom. This year’s coaches are Greg Lupfer, Marqui Shields and Scott Shields. There is no cost to participate and all participants will receive jump ropes and strength development bands.

BDSC 2020 Phase One
• Start Date: Monday, May 18
• Students will work out at home with no person-to-person contact per state guidelines
• Program will feature occasional Google Meet opportunities
• Participants will check in on Google Classroom via their Student ID. Google Classroom code: wwrwgkk
• Participants will receive written workouts on a week-by-week basis to do on their own
• Participants will use bands and jump ropes provided at no cost by WWHS

Coach Lupfer and his team have plans in place to open the program to in-person sessions once state guidelines permit. Each Phase will be in conjunction with the state of Washington’s Health and Safety COVID-19 guidelines Governor Inslee has set forth.

For more information, contact:
Coach Greg Lupfer – glupfer@wwps.org

End-of-year reading challenge #PieChallengeYou off to a strong start 

Pioneer Middle School readers are competing against Garrison Middle School readers in this epic challenge. Students of the school who read the most between now and June 9 will earn the extreme privilege of throwing a pie in their principal’s face. From a socially distanced pie thrower of course. The event will be captured on video for later viewing.

“The Garrison vs. Pioneer reading challenge, #piechallengeyou, has started off strong,” said Garrison Librarian Jami Eggart.

In the first week, the 64 participants logged over 16000 minutes (over 11 hours) of reading. Garrison is the current leader at the end of the first week of the competition.

“All four middle school principals have been great sports and were all eager to participate,” said Eggart. “Even though we can’t be together at school, it’s nice to still feel connected with a common goal (to pie the principal) and give motivation to continue reading.”

It’s easy to participate:

• Join the Google Classroom (code ru2v7u6).
• Read anything (books, magazines, online articles, graphic novels, audiobooks, etc.) and keep track of your minutes.
• Daily or weekly complete the Reading Log (Classwork in the Google Classroom).
• Weekly Bonus Points: Take a photo of your book or of you reading. Tag your school on Facebook. Use #piechallengeyou so we can count your post for bonus points.

Stats will be tallied every Tuesday. Make sure your reading minutes are recorded by Monday night.

Need access to books? Here are some options:
• Pioneer’s Destiny Discover ebooks and audiobooks
• Walla Walla Public Library is now doing Home Delivery. Check out how to get books from the public library
• Sync Audiobooks has new free audiobooks for the next 13 weeks.

Students can contact either of their school librarians for more information on the challenge or on how to access digital reading material.

Community Stories
Art Kits from Carnegie Picture Lab 

To continue its support of the Walla Walla School District during the pandemic closures, Carnegie Picture Lab has produced 2,500 take home art kits for all elementary school children. Blue Ridge students received their art kits on May 11, and all other students will receive them on May 18. Picture Lab’s online bilingual art education lessons (A Daily/Weekly Dose of ART) are still available on their website.

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. Please visit their website for more information and to find out how you can support their efforts (https://carnegiepicturelab.com).

American Association of University Women – Walla Walla Branch honors senior high school females

The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch honored three Juniors from area high schools for their work in Technology and Mathematics this spring. Sarah Meeks from Walla Walla High School was recognized for her great work in Technology. Audrey Reeves (Mathematics) and Madilyn Neil (Technology) from College Place High School were nominated by their teachers. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, AAUW postponed this year’s reception until next spring.

AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. The Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921, and we currently has 219 members. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two-year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

According to AAUW Walla Walla Branch Scholarships Chairperson Michelle Higgins, “We are proud to honor these outstanding high school students and we look forward to meeting them next spring. We hope they will pursue degree programs in STEM during college. Women are underrepresented in STEM career fields and AAUW is working to support young women as they pursue their educational goals.”

City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation update

All Walla Walla Parks & Recreation programs and facility reservations are cancelled or delayed through May 31. 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.

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