Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Dec. 11, 2020

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District Stories
Winter Break Holiday Schedule

• No school Monday, Dec. 21 to Friday, Jan. 1
• Classes resume Monday, Jan. 4 (all students remain in Distance Learning – Red Stage)

School Board Executive Session and Regular Business Meeting

• Tuesday, Dec. 15
• 4 p.m. (Executive Session – not open to the public)
• 5:30 p.m.(Regular Business Meeting – open to the public)
• IMPORTANT MEETING NOTICE: 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 are invited to attend by utilizing the following methods:
• Watch: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/99484940396
• Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID:994 8494 0396
• Spanish Access: Subtítulos en español: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/99484940396 (Seleccione "Live Translation" en el menú inferior)

Deadline today to sign up for FREE meals for winter break 

Walla Walla Public Schools is providing free meals during Winter Break to all children ages 1-18. Each child will receive a meal box with 10 breakfasts and 10 lunches. Pre-order by clicking on the link below. Must Pre-order by 4 p.m. today. Late forms will not be accepted due to the district’s food order deadline.

Online Pre-Order Form    

Pick up for pre-ordered meals is Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Support Services Building, 1174 Entley St. in Walla Walla. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 509-527-3016.

Click on the link below to watch a brief video with more information on the meal program.
• ENGLISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS-QhkF-2fU
• SPANISH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_wW7e9QazU&t=1s

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate Team takes 1st Place in virtual tournament

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate team for placing 1st overall in last weekend’s December Dash Speech and Debate Virtual Tournament. Wa-Hi’s team of nine students competed against nine teams from across the region during the District 5/6 tournament. Speech events were pre-recorded and loaded on YouTube for judging. The Debate portion of the event was held Friday evening featuring three rounds utilizing the Lincoln/Douglas platform. Wa-Hi’s team is coached by Keith Swanson and will compete in six regular season tournaments. State qualifying events are in February with the state tournament in March. The team will compete in the Chiawana Tournament this weekend against several teams from across the state.

December Dash Individual Results Summary:
• Novice 1st place in Lincoln Douglas: Alexis Wooters
• Open 3rd place in Lincoln Douglas: Megan Hua (10th grade)
• Open Congress: 1st: Jacob Rose (12th grade), 3rd: Dominic Bayer (11th grade)
• Open Editorial Commentary: 1st: Jocelyn Parker (11th grade)
• Open Oratory Speech: 1st: Jacob Rose (12th grade)
• Open Oral Interpretation Speech: 1st: Megan Hua (10th grade)
• Open Extemporaneous Speaking: 2nd: Dominic Bayer (11th grade)
• Open Impromptu Speaking: 2nd: Jacob Rose (12th grade)
• Additional Wa-Hi Competitors: Sasha Soto, Samir Ashford, Tess Bottoms, David Lopez-Garcia,

Whitman College and Walla Walla University fund tutors for Wa-Hi 9th and 12th graders

Walla Walla High School is partnering with Whitman College, Walla Walla University and the United Way of Walla Walla to provide additional tutoring services to students. College students are serving as tutors funded by their higher education institutions, and the United Way of Walla Walla is providing guidance and support for the program.

“We had a huge need for tutors for grade 9 because that class doesn’t have the GEAR UP grant and now we have 30-40 hours of tutors available and student requests are flowing in,” said Katharine Curles, Wa-Hi/SEATech College and Career Center adviser. “It’s a win-win because college students who needed jobs are now getting employment and paid through the colleges while our students are receiving the help they need.”

Curles said the program is now expanded to include middle school students. Families can sign up HERE

All School Read-a-thon announced for winter break

WWPS librarians are teaming up with the Walla Walla Public Library as the city’s library hosts a grade-level reading contest over winter break. Winners will be determined by which school has the grade level with the most logged reading time (i.e. which school has the 1st graders with the most time? 2nd graders? etc.). Additionally, school librarians are helping to promote the contest where a single student winner at each school will be determined by the most reading time total over the break. Students register and create accounts for the contest on the library’s beanstack website 

Community Stories
McCurley Toyota seeks donations for Holiday Toy Drive 

McCurley Toyota is partnering with Walla Walla Public Schools to bring toys to children in the Walla Walla community.


“We have already started the process of filling the Sienna with toys,” said Linda Luisi of McCurley Toyota. “We are inviting the community to help us by bringing in an unwrapped toy to the dealership by December 20.”

McCurley Toyota staff recently filled four shopping carts with toys to kick start the Toy Drive. District staff will distribute the toys to Walla Walla Public Schools’ families before the holiday.

Department of Children, Youth, and Families Seeks Comments on Statewide Early Learning Coordination Plan

You’re invited to participate in an important and brief survey regarding the future of young children and families in Washington State. For the past year many parents, providers, caregivers, teachers, and others have been working to identify draft goals and strategies that will meet the needs of children and families across our state for the next five years. They have developed a draft list of ideas to include in an early learning coordination plan.  We would like your reactions to these ideas.  You can use this LINK to access information about the draft plan, and to take a survey to provide your reactions. The materials are available in Spanish, Somali, and English. Please forward this information along to as many of your friends, families or colleagues as you can. Comments and reactions will be collected until January 31, 2020. 

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