Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 4, 2021

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Graduates of Distinction program returns with in-person ceremony

Following a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district is resuming its prestigious Graduates of Distinction program with an in-person ceremony at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Monday, June 7 at 4 p.m. This year's honorees are: Elizabeth “Libby” Frazier, Class of 1973; Judith Ann Huntington, Class of 1964; Garth Lindsey, Class of 1962; Mike Monahan; Class of 1960, Allison Bingham, PhD; Class of 1977, and Kathy Covey; Class of 1973. This is the highest honor bestowed by the district.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities and careers, and they continue to bring honor to the district. Due to COVID restrictions, seating is limited. If you are interested in attending, contact Susie Golden – sgolden@wwps.org / (509) 526-6715

District ramps up for second round of school vaccine clinics

Health Services Director Amy Ruff announces Walla Walla Public Schools is hosting four, 2nd shot clinics over the next two weeks at district schools.

Walla Walla High School
• June 4
• 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / Large gym

Lincoln High School
• June 6
• 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon / Gym

Pioneer Middle School
• June 11
• 9 to 11 a.m. / Big Tent

Garrison Middle School
• June 11
• 1 to 3 p.m. / Gym

• All students MUST have a signed parent consent form unless 18-years-old
• Pre-registration is encouraged using the QR code for your school, but is not required
• Students who did not receive the first shot are welcome to start the series
• Students 12 years + are eligible for the 2 shot Pfizer vaccine
• Family or community members interested in being vaccinated are welcome to walk-in

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds site of graduation ceremonies

Thanks so much to the Walla Walla County Commissioners and Fairgrounds officials for partnering with Walla Walla Public Schools to hold this year’s graduation ceremonies at the fairgrounds. The Walla Walla County Fairgrounds provides a safe, outdoor venue with the capacity to meet the needs of these important ceremonies, said Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay who is overseeing logistics and operations for these events.

Lincoln High School Graduation
• Thursday, June 10
• 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (Southwest grass lot near three large trees west of VIP building)
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/lincoln
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• Principal Marci Knauft – mknauft@wwps.org

Walla Walla High School Commencement & Fireworks Show
• Friday, June 11
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Fireworks show at conclusion of the ceremony – approximately 9 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Grandstands
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• Use Tietan St. entrance and parking lot
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/wahi
• Principal Ron Higgins – rhiggins@wwps.org

Opportunity Program Graduation
• Tuesday, June 15
• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (Pepsi Stage)
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/opportunity
• Director Tom Porter – tporter@wwps.org

NOTE: All ceremonies will be LIVE Streamed by Blue Devil Northwest

Personnel Report from June 1, 2021 School Board Meeting

• Jennifer Aceves, Third Grade Dual Language Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Edison Elementary School
• Robin Brown, Math Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Garrison Middle School
• Itsel Corona Madrigal, Counselor (2021-22 School Year), TBD
• David Cress Solis, Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Berney Elementary School
• Rachel Eng, Preschool Special Education Teacher (2021-22 School Year), WWCCF
• Dakotah Fryatt, Math Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Pioneer Middle School
• Brendan King, CTE Skilled and Technical Services/STEM Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Walla Walla High School
• Amanda Meyer, Math Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Walla Walla high School
• Katie Mirkovich, Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Green Park Elementary School
• Brandell (Brandy) Ross, LAP Teacher (2021-22 School Year), Edison Elementary School

• Lizeth Espana, Head Start Associate Teacher (2021-22 School Year), WWCCF
• Helen Freer, Head Start Associate Teacher (2021-22 School Year), WWCCF

• Kimberly Butenhoff, Psychologist, Special Education, 29 years
• Anne Schulz, Math Teacher, Walla Walla High School, 9 years

• Stephanie Huse, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School, 2 years
• Melito Ramirez, Intervention Specialist, Walla Walla High School, 22 years
• Danelly Salgado, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary School, 5 years

Summer Sol offers BEST SUMMER (Job) EVER!

We are looking for high school, college, and community members interested in working with elementary or middle school students this summer as part of our Summer Sol program. You will have the opportunity to participate in engaging activities and have fun facilitating hands-on projects, while also developing important relationships with our students. The work runs from June 21 - August 13, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To apply, follow the job posting link below:


For more information, contact Becca O’Connor, roconnor@wwps.org. There are many positions to be filled. Apply today.

District leaders dive into annual survey data

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith led a discussion on results from this year’s Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Students in grades 4-12 took the survey earlier this year. Building-level staff also took the survey. This anonymous survey tool is used annually to help the district better serve parents, students and faculty. The pandemic pushed the traditional fall release date of the survey to the spring time, making it nearly 18 months between administrations.

Despite the pandemic, student input on topics like clear and shared focus, high standards and expectations, parent and community involvement and supportive learning environments improved this year. Superintendent Smith noted the data suggests approximately 20 percent of students have struggled during the pandemic and need additional support. He said the district’s Pandemic Recovery Plan addresses these needs and the district will use the annual survey data to continue to better support its students.

Staff noted in their responses the pandemic greatly impacted their access to professional development. Superintendent Smith reported the district’s Pandemic Recovery Plan also includes a variety of professional development opportunities for staff, and professional growth of staff remains a high priority for the school district.

June 11 Early Dismissal for K-5 / Last Day of School (Early Dismissal - June 18)

Elementary students will dismiss early Friday, June 11 to allow time for report card preparation. The last day of school is June 18 (Early Dismissal for all students).

Budget planning addresses COVID impact on finances

Tuesday night Superintendent Smith and Director of Fiscal Services Nancy Taylor provided school board members an update on the development of the $88.9M 2021-2022 General Fund Budget.

This year’s dip in enrollment, which follows a statewide trend related to COVID, is creating about a $1.6M revenue shortfall for the coming school year. Currently the district is basing the budget on 5575 FTE students which represents a “roll up” of students enrolled this year.

Superintendent Smith said he is recommending using federal COVID recovery dollars to backfill the budget shortfall for 2021-2022. He said he is hopeful some of the students who didn’t show up this year will return in the fall to also help ease the deficit. Superintendent Smith reported the district is also carefully researching where students who didn’t attend this school year are at now as part of an outreach plan.

The 2021-2022 budget will maintain a fund balance within the board mandated range of 6 to 8 percent. Board members will approve the budget in August.

School Stories
Blue Devil Strength and Development program sets summer dates for in-person sessions

The 2021 summer Blue Devil Strength and Conditioning program for boys and girls grades 6-12 begins Monday, June 21 and continues through July 30. There will be two in-person sessions offered this summer at no cost for participants.

Session One
• 7 to 8:15 a.m.
• Monday-Thursday
• June 21 to July 30
• Wa-Hi Track & Field area and Track Shed

Session Two
• 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.
• Monday-Thursday
• June 21 to July 30
• Wa-Hi Track & Field area and Track Shed

Register on Family ID:

Head Football Coach Greg Lupfer and PE teacher Marqui Shields will lead the program this year and are excited to resume in-person strength and development sessions to enhance athletic skills and success.

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

Community Stories
Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Update

Veterans Memorial Pool is open! Open swim is from 4pm – 6:30pm Monday through Friday and 11am – 6:30 on Saturday and Sunday. Phase 3 allows for the pool to operate as normal while maintaining social distancing. Pool pass prices Youth/Senior/Veteran $75 Adult $88 Family $180.

Registration for summer programs are open!

Recreation Programs
• NFL Flag Football – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• T’ai Chi – Classes open to Ages 12 and up. Cost is $48.
• Symbol Quest – Late registration is open until June 13. Interactive journey for all ages to discover the stories etched in stone throughout Mt View Cemetery – Cost is $20-$30 (customer hoodie included).
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 8-18. Cost is $60. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Equipment provided.
• Ukulele Class - Ages 12 and up. Cost is $65.
• Fall Youth Soccer League – Grades K-8. Cost is $60.
• Hatha Yoga – All ages. Cost is $60.
• Pickleball For Youth – Ages 10-16 years. Cost is $60.
• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic – Ages 5-10 years. Cost is $30-$50.
• UPlay Summer Camp – 10am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. Free for ages 7-12 years.
• Cornhole Throwdown Tournament – July 24 Ages 12 and up. Cost is $50/team.
• All Comers Track Meet – Ages 1-12 years. Cost is $3.
• CJoy Yoga in the park – Ages 12 and up. Cost is $11-$100.
• Little Kicks Soccer – Ages 3-5 years. Cost is $70.
• Youth Track Clinic – Grades 1-5. Cost is $35.

Pool Programs
• Swimming Lessons – Ages 3 months and up. Session II is open. Cost is $35.
• Sea Monkeys Swim Team – Ages 6-16 years. Cost is $85.
• Discover Scuba – Ages 12 and up. Cost is $60.
• Lap Swim 101 – Ages 17 and up. Cost is $35.
• Sweat & Swim Boot Camp – Ages 16 and up. Cost is $40.
• SUP Yoga – Ages 15 and up. Cost is $35. (Paddleboard included)
In need of financial assistance to help with youth program costs? We have simplified the youth scholarship application process for 2021, thanks to private community donations we are able to help with 75% of the program cost! Call 527-4527 or email recreation@wallawallawa.gov us to request a scholarship for your child(ren). The only requirement is that you establish an online account so that we have a place to apply the scholarship.
NEW – Parks and Recreation App! Easy access to game schedules, program registration and more! Download it from your App Store/Google Play Store - Walla Walla Parks and Rec
Pottery Studio is OPEN! Thursday/Friday 2pm-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-12:30pm.

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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