Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 25, 2022

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New principal named for Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla Public Schools announces John Schumacher has been named the new principal for Walla Walla High School following an extensive applicant screening process from a vast pool of qualified candidates. The selection process included community meet and greet sessions, classroom observations, and a formal interview from WWPS staff, student, board and parent representatives.

“I am excited about this opportunity to lead a building that places student achievement at the forefront, and I look forward to getting to know the students, staff and community,” said Schumacher. “I want all students to achieve at high levels, feel that they are valued and part of the school community and are exposed to a variety of opportunities that will help them succeed in whatever they choose to pursue after high school.”

Schumacher is in his sixth year as Assistant Principal at Glacier Middle School in the White River School District, a one-thousand student campus in Buckley, WA. He also has over 10 years of experience as a high school advanced math and AP statistics teacher. He began teaching at South Medford High School and has also taught at Sherwood High School, Washington High School and White River School District. Schumacher also coached high school football for 17 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Eastern Oregon University, a Master of Science and Math Education from Oregon State University and an Administrative Certificate from Concordia University. He said Walla Walla is an excellent fit for him and his family.

“Walla Walla High School is located in a small town that values its schools and utilizes the Professional Learning Community process to ensure high levels of learning for each student,” said Schumacher. “I plan to build relationships through building a family-like culture at Wa-Hi. We are going to value, honor and celebrate one another.”

John Schumacher is married to Christine, a Career and Technical Education teacher, and they have a son who is in the third grade. Schumacher enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, golfing and traveling to new places. Current Principal Ron Higgins is retiring following a 37 year career with the school district. He will report to his new position July 1, 2022.


School Board Regular Study Meeting

Tuesday, March 1 (Regular Study Meeting)
5:30 p.m.
Location: WWPS District Office - 364 S. Park St.
Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Remote Viewing Access: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997


Middle School & High School Parent/Teacher conferences March 7-11; Grades 6-12 NO SCHOOL Days – March 10 and 11

Middle School and High School parent/teacher conferences are March 7-11. Conferences will be held virtually again this year via ZOOM. Parents will be able to schedule a ZOOM conference using the web scheduler beginning Monday, Feb. 28.

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

No School Days
- Thursday, March 10 (NO SCHOOL Grades 6-12- Parent Conferences)
- Friday, March 11 (NO SCHOOL Grades 6-12- Parent Conferences)


School Stories
Wa-Hi JROTC cadet’s essay ranks in top three

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School JROTC Cadet Benjamin Nelson for ranking in the top 3 of the 8th Brigade 2021-2022 Essay Contest. This year’s topic was "Selfless Service and Ethics During a Pandemic.”

There were 117 essays submitted. The top 3 will move forward to Cadet Command for final evaluation against 1700 JROTC programs with over 300,000 cadets. Nelson will receive a commendation medal, $50 gift card and certificate from 8th Brigade during the May 21 Military Ball.


Garrison Middle School Sources of Strength Kindness Week

Garrison Middle School organized a variety of events for Sources of Strength Kindness (SOS) Week. Students greeted fellow students in the entry way to let them write positive notes to a friend or staff member. PE classes had games focused on supporting others and students talked about SOS during school announcements. Students also hosted activities during lunch, including a fun photo booth.



Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club hosts “Tournament of Hoops” Feb. 26-27 

Walla2Hoops welcomes teams from across the Northwest to Walla Walla for its “Tournament of Hoops” AAU Basketball Tournament Feb. 26-27 for boys and girls grades 4-8. Games will be played at Walla Walla High School, Garrison Middle School, Pioneer Middle School and DeSales High School during the two-day event. On Saturday, the first game tipoff is at 11 a.m., except for 10 a.m. in the Garrison Main Gym, and last games tipoff at 7 p.m., except 5 p.m. at Garrison’s Gyms. On Sunday, games begin at 8:30 am at three sites: DeSales, Garrison MS and Pioneer MS.

“We’re so excited to host our local tournament after a year hiatus due to COVID,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “This is a great opportunity for our community to come out to the gyms and support our athletes. Several of our teams have already qualified for state and the games promise to be exciting and competitive.”

Sunday Championship Games Schedule:
• 3rd/4th Grade Girls - 11:30 a.m. – DeSales HS
• 5th Grade Girls - 12:30 p.m. – DeSales HS
• 6th Grade Girls - 12:30 p.m. - Pioneer MS Main Gym
• 6th Grade Boys - 2:30 p.m. - Pioneer MS Main Gym
• 7th Grade Boys - 2:30 p.m. – DeSales HS
• 8th Grade Boys - 3:30 p.m. – Pioneer MS Main Gym

Follow Local W2Hoops Teams:
• 3rd Grade Girls Tompkins – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. (all in Garrison Small Gym)
• 4th Grade Girls Bicknell – 11 a.m. (Garrison Small), 2 p.m. (WaHi Small), 4 p.m. (Garrison Main)
• 5th Grade Girls McNeil – 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m. (all in Garrison Main Gym)
• 6th Grade Girls Ocanaz - 12 p.m. (WaHi Main), 2 p.m. (Garrison Main), 6 p.m. (PiHi Auxiliary)
• 5th Grade Boys Ashley – 11 a.m. (WaHi Small), 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (both in PiHi Auxiliary)
• 6th Grade Boys Hutchens – 11 a.m. (WaHi Small), 2 p.m. (PiHi Auxiliary), 4 p.m. (WaHi Main)
• 6th Grade Boys Kulberg – 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (both in WaHi Main)
• 7th Grade Boys Kulberg – 11 a.m. (WaHi Main), 1 p.m. (PiHi Main), 5 p.m. (WaHi Small)
• 7th Grade Boys McCollaugh - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (both at PiHi Main), 7 p.m. (WaHi Small)
• 8th Grade Boys Dumser - 1 p.m. (WaHi Main Gym), 7 p.m. (PiHi Main Gym)

All day admission costs $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors. A full tournament schedule can be found online at TourneyMachine.com or download the app.

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 tournament, contact: walla2hoops@gmail.com.


Parks & Rec Update

• Father-Daughter Ball March 5. Open to all ages. Cost is $20 per father.
• St Paddy’s Day Dash March 20. 5k, 10k, and 1k routes. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $15-$25.
• 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.
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball. Open to grades K-6. Cost is $40-$50.
• Pre Tee Ball. Open to boys and girls ages 3-5. Cost is $35.
• Blue Mountain Boys Baseball. Open to grades 6-10. Cost is $60.
• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic. Open to boys and girls ages 5-10. Cost is $65.
• 2022 Season Pool Passes are on sale. Prices increase on March 1.
• 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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