Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - December 3, 2021

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Winter Break Holiday Schedule

NO SCHOOL – Dec. 20 to 31
• Classes resume Monday, Jan. 3, 2022
• Have a safe and happy winter break

Early Dismissal – Friday, Dec. 10

Students in grades TK-12 will have an early dismissal Friday, Dec. 10. Please check with your child’s school for specific dismissal times.

December Pulse Video


Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith wishes everyone a Happy Holiday season in the December Pulse video. He also reviews the district's curriculum adoption process and encourages everyone to attend sports, music and drama events for FREE this school year.

On-site voluntary second shot vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-old students scheduled next week

Second shot school clinics for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 are scheduled next week. Walla Walla Public Schools is partnering with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health to offer voluntary vaccine clinics in schools to district students.

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 the locations listed below to make it more convenient for families.

Preregistration Process:
• Families are asked to preregister their child to speed up the vaccination process. Visit the Walla Walla Public Schools website to preregister for these clinics or click on the links below.

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

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

Former administrators and school board members tour Walla Walla Center for Children & Families

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith and Walla Walla Center for Children & Families (WWCCF) Director Samantha Bowen led a tour of the new early learning center Friday to former district administrators and school board members. Walla Walla Center for Children & Families is in its second year of operation at the former Blue Ridge Elementary school. WWCCF serves approximately 250 students ages 3 to 5. Transitional kindergarten, Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are the primary programs at WWCCF. Community organizations including the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network, Camp Fire and the Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition and others also have a presence at WWCCF.

Tour guests:
Jerry Cummins
Mary Jo Geidl
Dan Hess
Judy Mulkerin
Donna Painter
Toni Rudnick
Connie Taylor Randall
Dr. Ellen Wolf
Dr. Joanne Martin

School Stories
SEATech and Lincoln HS enter floats in Holiday Parade of Lights

Walla Walla Public Schools will be well represented in Saturday’s Holiday Parade of Lights in downtown Walla Walla. SEATech Construction Technology teacher Eric Matson and his students have created a masterpiece float. With its castle theme, the float features a mechanical dragon, colorful lights and computer synchronized music. The students have been working on the float for about three weeks and are anxious to show it off to the community.

Lincoln High School students and staff have joined together to create a fun and entertaining float theme. Join Mike Wazowski, Sully, Boo and Roz in showcasing and celebrating student artwork.


Middle school libraries partner for Winter Reading Challenge

Garrison and Pioneer Middle School libraries are hosting a Winter Reading Challenge for students and staff from December 1 through January 14.  The WRC promotes reading and friendly competition between both middle schools, individual classes, and between students and staff.  Participants can stop by the library at either middle school to pick up a snowflake sheet to record their entry for each book read during the challenge.  Book format may include ebooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, etc.  The top five readers at each school win prizes and everyone (staff included) who reads at least one book is entered into a drawing for prizes too. This year the schools have partnered with Pine Cone Creamery to offer some tasty and amazing prizes. The grand prize student who reads the most books between both middle schools gets to name a new ice cream flavor at Pine Cone Creamery. 

Rebelukag receives Rob Schmidt Memorial Award

Erick Rebelukag is the recipient of the annual $1000 Rob Schmidt memorial award. The award is given annually to a football player that demonstrates hard work in the classroom as well as on the football field.

Community Stories
Exchange Club Toy Drive

The Exchange Club of Walla Walla is hosting a toy drive for local children (ages birth to 6). Gift ideas include books, educational toys, toys that encourage parent and child floor play, coloring books/crayons, colored pencils, and so on. The gifts should not be wrapped.

Donated gifts may be dropped off at the following locations before Tuesday, December 14:
• State Farm, Mike Stensrude's office (1616 Plaza Way, Walla Walla)
• Walla Walla Center for Children & Families (1150 W Chestnut, Walla Walla)

Gifts for children ages birth to 3 will be distributed to the Children’s Home Society and gifts for children ages 4 to 6 will go to students at the Walla Walla Center for Children & Families.

Kirkman House annual open house

The annual Christmas Open House will be held this Saturday, December 4, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Kirkman House Museum, 214 N Colville St, Walla Walla. Photo opportunities are available during Santa’s visit between noon and 2 p.m.  Drop by and enjoy the seasonal displays, holiday music and treats. Free admission. Masks are required.

GEAR UP employment opportunity

Are you passionate about helping middle school students succeed academically while learning about their many options for life after high school? If so, WSU GEAR UP is seeking a full time Academic Specialist at Garrison Middle School.

This position guides students in career exploration, mapping out their education pathways, understanding financial aid, applying for college/trade school, and preparing for life after graduation. Additional responsibilities include providing leadership for students, collaborative planning with educators, directing GEAR UP tutors, and handling administrative tasks. Services include academic support in classrooms, afterschool programs, campus visits, educational field trips, family events, and college and career exploration.

JOB DESCRIPTION WSU is an EO/AA educator and employer. Apply by December 8, 2021.

Reach Out Walla Walla annual community survey

Reach Out Walla Walla is in the process of implementing their annual community survey. This survey is developed by the Washington State Health Care Authority and implemented in every county. This survey focuses on adult perceptions and concerns facing the youth in our community. This anonymous survey can be completed online using the links below.



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