Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 4, 2022

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District Stories
Virtual School Board Regular Study Meeting (ZOOM), Virtual Executive Session & Virtual Special Meeting (ZOOM)

Tuesday, Feb. 8
• 5:30 p.m. Virtual Regular Study Meeting (Open to the public – ZOOM)
• Watch Live: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/98824580192
• Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID: 988 2458 0192
• Virtual Executive Session to follow Regular Study Meeting (not open to the public)

Wednesday, Feb. 9
• 5:30 p.m. Virtual Special Meeting - Library Materials Committee: Board Appeal Review and Determination (ZOOM - open to the public)
• Watch Live: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/92423524824
• Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID: 924 2352 4824

Black History Month

Walla Walla Public Schools joins countries across the globe in recognizing February as Black History Month. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, including birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths and herbalists throughout the African Diaspora.

Learn more on:

Wake Up Wa-Hi (featuring a message from Assistant Principal Stacy Estes)

The White House Proclamation by President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The History Channel

National Geographic

National Geographic Kids

February 2022 Pulse Video


Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith interviews Walla Walla High School Principal Ron Higgins during this month’s Pulse video. Principal Higgins recently announced he will wrap up his 37-year career with the school district at the end of the school year. He has been principal at Walla Walla High School since the 2017-2018 school year. Principal Higgins has an extensive professional background at Walla Walla High School dating back to 1985 when he began his career as a math and computer science teacher. He has also served as Assistant Principal at Pioneer Middle School, Assistant Principal at Walla Walla High School as well as the district's Director of Assessment and Technology during his nearly four decade tenure for Walla Walla Public Schools.

February NO SCHOOL Dates

• Feb. 10-11 – NO SCHOOL (Grades TK-5) – Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
• Feb. 21 – NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

School Stories
Elementary Parent/Teacher conferences Feb. 7-10; TK-5 NO SCHOOL Days – Feb. 10 and 11

Elementary parent/teacher conferences are Feb. 7-10. Conferences will be held virtually again this year via ZOOM due to COVID safety protocols. Please schedule a ZOOM conference using the web scheduler: https://www.wwps.org/conferences

Contact your child’s school secretary for assistance with scheduling a conference.

How to Schedule Conference VIDEO 

No School Days
- Thursday, Feb. 10 (NO SCHOOL TK-5 - Parent Conferences)
- Friday, Feb. 11 (NO SCHOOL TK-5 - Parent Conferences)

Wa-Hi cheer teams advance to state 

Walla Walla High School Blue and White Cheer Teams qualified for state and will compete in the Washington State Cheer Competition Feb. 4-5 at Battleground High School. The Blue Team qualified for state during its second competition this school year. The White Team made it to state during its third competition. There are 10 cheerleaders per team.

“It was a big goal of mine to get White Team to go because White Team hasn’t qualified for state in four years,” said Wa-Hi Cheer Coach Morgan Arreola. “Blue Team’s state qualifying score is the highest we’ve ever had.”

Blue Team will compete in the advanced skills bracket and perform the highest level of tumbling. The White Team is in the intermediate skill level and does not perform tumbling routines.

“Cheerleading forms a good foundation for the girls and they become a family,” said Arreola. “It’s like a sisterly sibling love that they form over the years. They bring so much excitement, which gets the crowd involved. Our cheerleaders bring another level of excitement to everything we do.”

Walla Walla High School musicians qualify for state competition

Walla Walla High School students recently competed in the Columbia Basin Music Education Association Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival at Hermiston High School. Congratulations to the following students on their success.

This year’s winners are:
* Mixed Large Ensemble - State Qualifier
Suzanne Nicault--Clarinet
Marcus Klem--trumpet
Nicholas Newton--Alto Sax
Andrew Bowen--trumpet
Aaron Christopherson--Alto Sax
Noah Diaz--Tenor Sax
Cooper Loney--Bari Sax
* Large String Ensemble State Qualifier - Symphony Orchestra Principals
Caleb Goin & Sophia Jenes, violins; Mozea Havens, viola; Ember Richardson, cello & Ava Kirtley, double bass
* Alto Saxophone - State Qualifier. Micah Vawter
* Trombone - 1st alternate. Aviella Wilson
* Viola, 2nd alternate Mozea Havens
* Cello, 1st alternate Ember Richardson
* Piano. 1st alternate - Eden Glaus & 2nd alternate Sophia Glaus
* Woodwind Small Ensemble, 1st Alternate - Aaron Christopherson & Micah Vawter

The State Solo & Ensemble Festival will be held at Central Washington University April 29-30.

Wa-Hi football players sign college letters of intent

This week the following Walla Walla High School football players committed to play college football during a National Signing Day event in Coach Greg Lupfer’s classroom. Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes.

Jake Humphrey – University of Montana Western
Aaren Lindsey - Western Oregon University
Kamron Shields - Undecided - Final trip to Lewis and Clark this weekend
Logan Ashbeck - Undecided - Final trip to Eastern Oregon this weekend
Aden Goodwin - Western Oregon University

“Everything we build our program on is based on discipline, toughness and character,” said Coach Lupfer. “I hope they will take this away from our program and use these skills throughout the rest of their lives.”

Community Stories
Soccer Referee Training and Job Opportunity

There is a severe shortage of trained soccer referees in the Walla Walla Valley. If you or someone you know is looking for a way to earn some extra money, consider becoming certified as a soccer referee. Referees can earn from $30-$80 a game. To become certified you must be 14 or older, complete a background check (18 and older) and online training modules as well as attend a local in-person training one afternoon in early March. There is a fee to become certified, but once you referee at least two games for the Walla Walla United Soccer Club you will be reimbursed those fees.

If you have questions or if you sign up please contact Anne Abbey at aea818@gmail.com so that we know you are interested and can work on scheduling the in-person training. To start the certification process visit: https://www.wareferees.org/Registration/HowToBecomeAReferee.aspx

AAUW announces annual book sale – Feb. 18-20

The 57th Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Book Sale will be held February 18 - 20 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Sale hours will be Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm; and Sunday, 9 am – 4 pm. Approximately 40,000 high-quality books, CDs and DVDs, sorted into 40 categories. Paperbacks $2.50. Hardbacks $4. Each child receives a free book from the picture or chapter book sections. Rare and collectible section priced individually. Proceeds fund scholarships for local women returning to college, and educational projects and events.

Parks & Rec Update

• Mother-Son Superhero Bash February 12. Open to all ages. Cost is $20 per mother.
• Youth Volleyball Clinic. Open to boys and girls grades 4-8. Cost is $50.
• Father-Daughter Ball March 5. Open to all ages. Cost is $20 per father.
• Pee Wee Multisport Series. Open to boys and girls ages 3-5. Cost is $50.
• Spring Soccer League. Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• Spring NFL Flag Football. Open to boys and girls grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic. Open to boys and girls ages 5-10. Cost is $65.
• Fencing for Youth and Adults. Cost is $20-$75. Ages 8 and up.
• 2022 Season Pool Passes are on sale.
• The Pottery Painting Studio 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

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