Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 17, 2021

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School board regular Business Meeting and Executive Session – Sept. 21

Tuesday, Sept. 21
• Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)
• Regular Business Meeting – 5:30 p.m. (Meeting open to the public)
• Executive Session: Approximately 7 p.m. (Meeting not open to the public)
• Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997
• Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule
• Per State of Washington Department of Health guidance, every person must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth.
• Watch Live - https://www.youtube.com/user/wwpublicschools

Friday, Sept. 17 - Early Dismissal for Students

Early Dismissal Times:
• 11:45 a.m. - Preschool and transitional kindergarten students at the Walla Walla Center for Children & Families
• 11:40 a.m. - Elementary students (K-5)
• 12:25 p.m. - Middle and high school students (6-12) – Note: SEATech dismisses at 12:15 p.m.
• Note: Lincoln High School students utilize a different schedule and will not have an early dismissal September 17.

Early dismissal days are an opportunity for staff to participate in professional development opportunities to support student learning.

Monthly bond report and budget dashboard

Construction continues at Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School and Pioneer Middle School following the successful 2018 bond election. Each month the district publishes a Projects Update Report and Master Budget Dashboard. These reports are part of the Bond Oversight Committee’s work to ensure accountability and fiscal transparency.

August Bond Report  

Sept. 1, 2021 Master Budget Dashboard   

To learn more about the Bond Oversight Committee, click HERE  

Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death for children and adolescents. Rates of ideation, hospitalization and deaths by suicide remain alarming.

The district will be teaching students age-appropriate lessons in healthy and unhealthy communication, healthy coping skills, how to help a friend, and when to seek a trusted adult for support.

This year WWPS is able to expand the Sources of Strength Program to Garrison, Pioneer, Wa-Hi, and Lincoln. Sources of Strength is a program that promotes seeking help and developing coping strategies.

If you or a loved one need support REACH OUT! The local Crisis Hotline is (509) 524-2999, the National LifeLine is (800) 273-TALK (8255), or you can text HOME to 741741. Staff and students can also reach out to their school counselor for additional supports and resources.

School Stories

District welcomes Preschool and Kindergarten students back to school

Monday district preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students started the 2021-2022 school year. The Walla Walla Center for Children & Families was buzzing with activity as the district’s youngest learners met their teachers and classmates for the first time. The district’s five elementary schools opened their doors for kindergarten students as summer break officially came to an end for these five-year-olds.

We look forward to an exciting year with these amazing children. Visit the district’s Promise Standards website to learn more about what kindergarten students will be learning this school year. 

School bond projects video update coming soon

Wednesday Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith recorded a video featuring a comprehensive update on district bond projects. He provides walking tours of Lincoln High School, Pioneer Middle School and Walla Walla High School. Superintendent Smith also checks in with Bond Oversight Committee members Dick Moeller and Tony Wenham. Look for this exciting new video later this month!

Stay Connected!
- Website: https://www.wwps.org/bond
- Twitter: @bondwwps

Community Stories
American Dream Academy helps families prepare for college

Walla Walla Community College is hosting FREE American Dream Academy workshops this fall to help prepare families for the transition from high school to college. Sessions are available in both English and Spanish and childcare is provided. Walla Walla Public Schools is a community partner in this series. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/593174061854692/?active_tab=discussion

Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club hosts fall camp 

Youth in the Walla Walla Valley, from ages 10 to 18 years old, interested in improving and learning baseball skills and playing scrimmage games, have an opportunity this fall with three free training sessions.

The Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club, which oversees the Bears, Bruins, Griz and travel baseball programs down to age 10, is hosting the fall camp on three consecutive Sundays — Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10. Those from 14 to 18 years of age will go from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and those 10 to 13 will go from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Both groups will be at Murr Sports Park at Abbott Road and Fern Avenue. Registration for the camp opens Monday, Sept. 13, at clubs.bluesombrero.com/wwvwabaseballclub.

These clinics aim to serve a wide variety of experience levels — those with extensive baseball training to those with limited exposure to the game. Skills will be taught by coaches with college, high school and club ball experience. Those attending the camps will have an opportunity to learn more about the Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club teams for athletes ages 10 – 19 competing in 2022 along with the club’s indoor winter training programs. The Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club is a strong supporter of the Walla Walla Valley and Pacific Little League programs.

The efforts of the WWVBC are not intended to replace or compete with the Little League experience, but to provide additional travel opportunities for players to continue developing in the game. Along with skill building, players will have an opportunity to play with and against their friends in controlled scrimmages. Those with further questions can contact WWVBC President Corey Braunel at walla2baseball@gmail.com.

Experience Hip Hop culture at Whitman College 

The Mellon-funded 5th Element Project presents free workshops in Bboying/Bgirling, Graffiti, Music Production, Popping, and more on Saturday October 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Whitman College's Reid Campus Center. Join guest artists for a panel discussion on Hip Hop culture from 2 to 3 p.m., then return for Break into Summer, a 2 v. 2 Bboy/Bgirl crew battle, from 4 to 9 p.m. Guests from across the U.S. and Canada will be there to teach, perform, and share their knowledge. In accord with Whitman College policy, proof of full vaccination will be required to enter. Please see our event page for details, and email Peter de Grasse at degraspg@whitman.edu or Eric Hamilton hamiltew@whitman.edu to sign up for a workshop.


City of Walla Walla Parks and Rec Update

Pottery Studio has NEW hours! Thursday/Friday 4pm-7pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am-3pm.

• All Comers Track Meet – September 25th - Ages 1-12 years. Cost is $3 (pre-register) or $5 (onsite registration)
• CJoy – Ages 12 and up. Cost is $11-$95.

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.

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

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club tryouts for 2021-2022 season this Sunday

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club is opening tryouts for boys and girls in grades 2-8 from throughout the Walla Walla valley to make a team for the 2021-2022 season. Tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School main gym. Coaches are needed for the 2021-2022 season.

All players must have a current AAU card and tryout. No spots are guaranteed or held over from a previous season. All players must register online before tryouts. Visit www.w2hoops.com and click on "Join W2Hoops" to register.

2021-2022 Walla2Hoops AAU Tryout Schedule – Sunday, Sept. 19 at Walla Walla High School
• Grades 2-4 (boys and girls) – 12 to 1 p.m.
• Grades 5-6 (boys and girls) – 1:30 to 3 p.m.
• Grades 7-8 (boys and girls) - 3:30 to 5 p.m.
• Coaches needed

The 2021-2022 AAU basketball season runs from October 2021 to March 2022. The club consists of approximately 21 teams and nearly 200 athletes. Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Waitsburg School District, Weston School District, St. Basil Academy and homeschool students. Now in its fourth year, Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington expects a lot of excitement following the COVID shutdown.

“We are anxious to get our athletes back on the court and competing is the sport they love,” said Price-Huntington. “We have safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy as we work through the pandemic.”

Walla2Hoops is a 501C3 Non-Profit basketball club which operates under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Walla2Hoops provides an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals.

• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington – 509.956.9695

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