Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 7, 2022

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District Stories
January Calendar Notes

• Friday, Jan. 14 - Early Dismissal (TK-12)
• Monday, Jan. 17 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr Day)


Pulse Video - January 2022

January 2022 Pulse Video
Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith shares bond project updates, winter weather procedures information and safety measures the district is taking to keep schools safe as COVID numbers increase in the community.


School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month. School districts nationwide have marked January as the month to celebrate school board members and their service. Our five publicly elected volunteers serve our community with passion, conviction, and accountability, adopting lofty goals and allocating the resources necessary to ensure all Walla Walla students receive a high-quality education and experience.

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors:
Mrs. Ruth Ladderud – President
Mrs. Terri Trick – Vice President
Ms. Kathy Mulkerin
Mr. Eric Rindal
Mr. Derek Sarley

“School board members play a critical role in our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “Much more than just setting policy and approving the budget, they work closely with me to ensure the district is on track to meet the goals and initiatives linked to the strategic plan.”

School board members serve four-year terms and volunteer hundreds of hours during their tenure. Washington state has 1,477 school board members, plus those who serve on the nine educational service district boards. Together, they form the core of Washington’s public education governance system.

“The pandemic and current political landscape have made it challenging in recent times to serve on the school board,” said Superintendent Smith. “Now more than ever it is important to let these dedicated public servants know how much they are appreciated. Please join me in recognizing our school board members throughout the month of January.”


Wa-Hi Alum gives Commons new look

Local businessman and Class of 1982 graduate John Sasser created and installed a giant Blue Devil logo for the renovated and expanded Wa-Hi Commons building. Sasser is the owner of Integrity Design in Walla Walla and has spent more than 30 years in the printing business.

“It was neat to go back to the place I used to eat lunch and give something back to today’s generation of students,” said Sasser. “Wa-Hi has meant so much me in my life and I’m proud to be able to help out with the renovation project.”

Students are starting to use the Commons on a limited basis. It is expected to be in full use soon.

A priority for the district’s bond program from day one has been supporting local businesses. Click on the link to see a complete list of local businesses working on bond projects: https://www.wwps.org/bond/contractors-and-vendors

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


Substitute employees needed. Join our team today!

Substitute Coordinator Shari Strickland reminds everyone there are excellent opportunities to earn extra money as a certificated and classified substitute. The sign up process is simple and you can start working as soon as soon as possible! Contact Coordinator Shari Strickland today to learn more about joining our team.

Apply HERE for Substitute Para-Educator, Substitute Teacher, Emergency Substitute Teacher (BA/BS required in any subject to be an Emergency Substitute).

Contact Shari Strickland with questions (sastrickland@wwps.org) / (509) 526-6743



School Stories
Schulke receives prestigious Chamber of Commerce award

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School Junior Emerson Schulke for receiving the 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as part of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Showcase. The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an individual 25 years of age or younger who has displayed the necessary drive and determination to make their business or project a success.

Emerson is a very talented, hard-working young woman. She is involved in school government leadership roles, soccer, basketball, softball and the FFA program. Her Sudbury Sunflowers and More business features fresh cut sunflower bouquets and arrangements. She manages all operations including sales, marketing and production. This amazing young lady also helps manage Cooper's Pumpkins every year in memory of her brother, where all proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Cooper's memory.

Check out the award video to learn more about Emerson Schulke.
Award Video   

Learn more about Emerson and Sudbury Sunflowers and more at:
Instagram @sudburysunflowers
Facebook – Sudbury Sunflowers and More
Walla Walla Union Bulletin Article 


Pioneer MS students begin using new facilities

WWPS Bond Program - Delivering on Our Promise
Monday Pioneer Middle School staff welcomed students into the recently completed Phase One bond projects. Staff took students on a tour of the 1950's gym, new locker rooms, new auxiliary gym/fitness center, new entry addition, new cafeteria and renovated 1950's wing and classroom addition.

Phase Two projects at Pioneer, which include additions to the main building for science and art classrooms, begin this winter and will be completed by the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

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


Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU 8th basketball team wins Lewiston championship; qualifies for state 

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 8th grade boys team won the Drop the Ball Battle for Basketball championship in Lewiston, ID Jan. 1-2. The team also qualified for the State Basketball Championships in Spokane in March with the win.

8th Grade Boys:
Coaches: Bruce Dumser, Jon Claridge, Phil Green
Basil Reed
Colt Pemberton
Jacob Griffith
Jaxon McGhan-Kezele
Korbin Claridge
Nile Dumser
Spencer Green
Tristan Parrish
Yuhan Marin

The Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 7th grade boys team finished second in the Lewiston tournament to also punch its ticket to the state championships.

7th Grade Boys:
Coaches: Stephen Garnett, Erik McCollaugh, Ryan Davenport, Bryan Eggart
Nate Allen
Derrick Bingham
Kenroy Brown
Gabe Davenport
Micah Eggart
Cooper Hansen
Luke Higgins
Colton McCollaugh
Simon Unck

“Congratulations to the 8th grade team for taking the title in Lewiston and earning a spot to represent our club at the state championships,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “Our coaches and players have a great work ethic, are outstanding citizens and love to compete.”

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


Parks & Rec Update

• Fencing for Youth and Adults. $20-$75. Ages 8 and up.
• 2022 Season Pool Passes are on sale. Prices will increase again on February 1
• The Pottery Painting Studio is open for the New Year! Hours are Thursday and Friday 4pm-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm.

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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