Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 5, 2021

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District teams with Department of Health for on-site voluntary vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-old students

The recent announcement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 has prompted Walla Walla Public Schools to partner with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health to offer voluntary vaccine clinics in schools to district students.

These clinics are tentative until final approval from the Washington State Department of Health. Students ages 5-11 are typically in grades kindergarten to 6. Parent/guardian permission forms are required for all students. Due to different dosing levels, students 12 and older are not eligible for this opportunity, but may access one of the many opportunities available through the Department of Community Health which can be accessed here: https://www.covidwwc.com/clinics

Students in grades K-5 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the school while vaccines are administered. Sixth grade students may get vaccinated with written parent consent only. Parent permission forms were sent home with students and must be turned in at the time of vaccination. Additional paper copies are available at schools and the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. Students ages 5-11 may receive vaccines at any of these locations listed below to make it more convenient for families.

Parent Consent Forms: Are available at schools

• Families are asked to preregister their child to speed up the vaccination process. Visit the Walla Walla Public Schools website to PREREGISTER 
NOTE: Appointment times are not correct in PrepMod. Just select any time available to reserve your slot.
• The Pfizer vaccine requires a second shot approximately one month after the first shot.

School Clinic Schedule
NOTE: Appointment times are not correct in PrepMod. Just select any time available to reserve your slot.

Tuesday, Nov 9 (first shot)
• Garrison Middle School – 9 to 10:30 a.m.
• Prospect Point Elementary - 2:45 to 5:30 p.m.
• Sharpstein Elementary - 2:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov 10 (first shot)
• Pioneer Middle School - 9 to 10:30 a.m.
• Green Park and Edison - 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov 17 (first shot)
• Berney Elementary - 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec 8 (second shot)
• Garrison Middle School – 9 to 10:30 a.m.
• Prospect Point Elementary - 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.
• Sharpstein Elementary - 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec 10 (second shot)
• Pioneer Middle School - 9 to 10:30 a.m.
• Green Park and Edison - 11:45 to 1:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec 15 (second shot)
• Berney Elementary - 1:45 to 3:45 p.m.

For more information:
Amy Ruff, WWPS Health Services Director

Upcoming Important Calendar Dates

• Thursday, November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)
• Wednesday, November 24 - Half-Day - Early Dismissal (Thanksgiving holiday)
• Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26 - NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving holiday)

November Pulse Video


Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith shares information on iReady data results from recent assessments in math and reading. He honors veterans for Veterans Day, announces American Education Week and congratulates school board members for receiving the prestigious state Board of Distinction award for the fourth consecutive year. See this and more in the November Pulse video.

iReady fall data performance exceeds national results

Tuesday night Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith and Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea provided an overview of Fall iReady diagnostic assessment data during this month's study meeting. They discussed how district students fared against the nation in reading and math performance to help understand how well WWPS students did during the pandemic compared to nationwide results. Similarly, they compared pre and post pandemic fall performance to gauge the impact locally.

"We have learned students who were performing on grade level prior to the pandemic typically maintained or improved post-pandemic,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “Students who were behind tended to dip even further."

Additionally, these district leaders also disaggregated results by race and poverty subgroups to learn more about how the COVID disruption may have impacted their learning. Garrison Middle School Principal Kim Doepker and Green Park Principal Rick Kline also joined the discussion to provide perspective from the school-level. Below is a snapshot of the results from this fall's assessments.

Pre-to-Post Pandemic Conclusions

• In math, students on-grade level or above maintained or improved from 2019-20 results in grades 1-6.
• In math, students on-grade level or above met or exceeded national data in grades 1-8 and showed improvement across the board 1-6.
• In reading, students on-grade level or above maintained or improved from 2019-20 results in grades 2-5 and 8.
• In reading, students on-grade level or above met or exceeded national data in grades 2-8.
• In both reading and math, students either maintained or improved their standing on all grade levels and measures compared to national results.

• In math, students starting the year one or more grade levels below increased in grades 2 and 6-8.
• In reading, students starting the year one or more grade levels below increased in grades 1-4, 6 and 7.
• Hispanic/Latino and economically disadvantaged students remain less likely to be on track in both math and reading.

Personnel Report (from Nov. 2, 2021 school board meeting)

Judith Allison, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, WWCCF

Meghan Cantrell, Secretary, Opportunity
Kimberly Condie, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School
Morgan Kincaid, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School

Kary Boyer Phillips, Kitchen Assistant, Garrison Middle School, 15 years

Irene Viramontes, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 2 years

School Stories
Wa-Hi grad Cristina McHie awarded the American FFA Degree during the 2021 National FFA Convention

Each year, the National FFA honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is awarded to less than one percent of FFA members, making it one of the organization’s highest honors.

To be eligible to receive the American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, members must be an active student member and meet the following requirements:
1. Received the State FFA Degree
2. Have satisfactorily completed 540 hours of systematic instruction in an agricultural education program
3. Have graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention
4. Have in operation and have maintained records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which the member has exhibited comprehensive planning and managerial and financial expertise.
5. A student after entering agricultural education must have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500
6. Recipients must also complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement through completion of a long list of FFA and community activities.

Cristina started her FFA journey in 2017. Having grown up on a small farm raising cattle, she had an immediate connection to the animal science and veterinary assistance classes that are part of the agricultural education program at Walla Walla High School. Her beef production supervised agriculture experience project earned her a silver award at the 2020 Washington State FFA convention and was the basis for her American FFA Degree in 2021. Her success in the beef showing is the result of many hours of hard work and paying attention to the details. One of her proudest accomplishments is the champion market steers she showed at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days in 2017, 2019 and 2021 were all bred and raised on her small farm in Walla Walla.

Cristina is currently a sophomore at Walla Walla Community College studying animal science and playing softball for the Warriors.

Dia de Los Muertos celebration at Edison

Edison Elementary students in Andrea Valencia Garcia’s class decorated sugar skulls this week in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. Thanks to Bill Erickson for supplying the materials. The students showed off their creativity and art skills with their amazing designs.

Dia de Los Muertos History 

Wa-Hi parking lot paving underway, weightroom flooring next week

Contractors paved the Walla Walla High School gym parking lot Monday, Nov. 1. The parking lot is expected to be in use before Thanksgiving break. Flooring for the new Fitness/Weightroom will be installed next week. All bond projects remain on budget and on schedule. Thank you voters for the support!

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

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Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday

The Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club is hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday, Nov. 6 at Garrison Middle School and Berney Elementary School. Games start at 9 a.m. with the last game tipping off at 5 p.m. Local and regional boys and girls teams will be competing against athletes from throughout the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. The games are open to the public. Masks are required. Daily cost is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

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.

Walla2Hoops Board
Matthew Price-Huntington, President
Mark Higgins, Vice President
Michelle Green, Secretary
Joey Vargas, Treasurer
Stephen Garnett, Program Director
Erik McCollaugh, Equipment Director
Tina Dumser, District Liaison

For more information about the club or to provide donations for the scholarship program, contact: walla2hoops@gmail.com

Washington State Penitentiary staff add to Halloween fun

Thanks to the Washington State Penitentiary staff for delivering free Halloween pumpkins to district students. This annual tradition is a big hit with staff and students alike. This year penitentiary staff delivered 3,440 pumpkins to the kids in the Walla Walla and College Place Community. From everyone at Walla Walla Public Schools, thanks again to the Washington State Penitentiary for this amazing partnership. 

City of Walla Walla Parks and Rec Update

• Indoor Soccer – Grades K-8. Cost is $50 until 11/21/21 then increases to $60.
• Open Arts and Crafts Studio Time (Spanish and English) – Ages 8 and up. Cost is $14-$20.
• 2022 Season Pool Passes go on sale on Black Friday, November 26. Cheapest price of the season!
• Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony – Saturday December 4th at Heritage Square before the Holiday Parade of Lights.

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 

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