Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 12, 2021

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District Stories
School Board regular business meeting

• Tuesday, Nov. 16 (meeting open to the public)
• 5:30 p.m.
• WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.)
• IMPORTANT MEETING NOTICE: Per State of Washington Department of Health guidance, every person must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth.
• Citizens' Comments: The school board provides a period during regular business meetings when visitors may address the board.
• Watch Live: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/95520284008
• Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the
• Webinar ID: 955 2028 4008

November Is Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month where the country recognizes the contributions, achievements and sacrifices of Native American people, the first inhabitants of the United States. It's also a time to celebrate their rich and vibrant culture. This month is a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions Native American communities make today and have made throughout history.

To Learn More about Native American Heritage Month, visit:
Library of Congress 
Native American Heritage Month 

District salutes Veterans

This week students and staff across the district saluted veterans in recognition of Veterans Day. Walla Walla Public Schools thanks all veterans for their service and sacrifice. Thank you to all members of our military, in all branches, past and present.

Wa-Hi Veterans Day Assembly 

American Education Week

The week of November 15 to November 19 is American Education Week. Next week Walla Walla Public Schools will feature several staff members in honor of American Education Week.

The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921. Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.

The conventions of both organizations subsequently adopted resolutions of support for a national effort to raise public awareness of the importance of education. In 1921, the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for designation of one week each year to spotlight education. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week ... observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."

The first observance of American Education Week occurred December 4-10, 1921, with the NEA and American Legion as the co-sponsors. A year later, the then U.S. Office of Education joined the effort as a co-sponsor, and the PTA followed in 1938. Other co-sponsors are the U.S. Department of Education and numerous national education organizations.

American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The week-long celebration across the nation will spotlight distinguished individuals who are critical in building great public schools for the nation's 50 million K-12 students.

Upcoming Important November Calendar Dates

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

School Stories
Wa-Hi Fall Drama Production - A Wrinkle in Time

The Walla Walla High School fall drama “A Wrinkle in Time” was adapted for the stage by James Sie from the book by Madeleine L'Engle.

Performances are:
• Nov 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7 p.m.
• Nov 13 & 20 @ 2 p.m.
• No intermission. The show runs approx. 90 minutes.
• Walla Walla High School Auditorium

Tickets are FREE!
It is first come, first serve.

COVID Protocols include masking indoors and seating family groups six feet apart.

Cool Drool Dog Treats: Order Now

Special education students in the Walla Walla High School REACH program are continuing their business selling “Cool Drool” dog treats. Students started this business during the pandemic as a way to learn skills for adult life including community access, job exploration and life skills. Students make, sell and deliver (non-contact) organic dog treats. Click on the link to learn more and place an order: COOL DROOLDOG TREATS

Washington Music Education Association All-State students 

Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School music students for being named All-State.
• Ember Richardson, All-State Symphony Orchestra-Cello
• Caleb Wager- Bass 1 All-State Symphonic Choir
• Sofia Groff- Sop 2 All-State Symphonic Choir

Fall sports playoffs and awards
Visit the Walla Walla High School athletics department website for fall playoff schedules and player/team recognitions. 

Whitman College symphony visits Sharpstein

This week the Whitman College Symphony visited Sharpstein Elementary to perform live. This was their first-ever live music performance since the pandemic began. Sharpstein Principal Maria Garcia says this is another sign the school activities are getting back to normal. 

Wa-Hi gym parking lot to open Monday

Contractors are putting the finishing touches on the Walla Walla High School gym parking lot. The lot will open to students and staff Monday, Nov. 15. The new entry to the main gym will also be open for the first time. Promises made, Promises kept!

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

Walla Walla Public Schools - Delivering on our Promise

Community Stories
Inclusion Benefits Everyone presentation

Through a collaboration with ESD 123, DCYF Birth-Three, Childcare Aware, CSHCN, and the Early Learning Coalition, Walla Walla Valley Disability Network and the University of Washington Haring Center for Inclusive Education bring you:
• Virtual Listening Session – Community members welcome (Spanish and English)
• Friday, Nov. 12
• 6:30 – 8 p.m.
• This presentation focuses on the importance of inclusion for children with disabilities, and why inclusive early learning spaces benefit all learners. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to create classrooms in which all children and families feel that they truly belong.
• Register HERE 
• Presenters: Julie Lockhart, M.Ed and Kristin Ainslie, M.Ed are Inclusion Specialists with The Haring Center for Inclusive Education at the University of Washington. They support teachers, administrators and schools with inclusion and individualization. Julie is a Spanish speaker and she and Kristin are pleased to offer these training sessions in both Spanish and English.

Input needed for Reach Out Walla Walla survey 

Reach Out Walla Walla would like to hear from parents and adults about their concerns for youth. The 2021 Community Survey is anonymous, and will give us input on topics that you are concerned about that our facing our youth in Walla Walla. Are you concerned about student depression, marijuana use or stress/anxiety?

Please complete this brief online survey to help us bring programming such as Sources of Strength to our schools. Questions? Contact Peggy Needham, Reach Out coordinator at Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. pneedham@co.walla-walla.wa.us or 509.524.2650.



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