Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 18, 2022

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Board of Directors Special Meeting

Special Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
March 22, 2022
WWPS Administration Building - 364 S Park St, Walla Walla, WA 99362

The Board of Directors has scheduled a special meeting on March 22 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss legislative priorities. The special meeting is expected to conclude at approximately 6:30 p.m. No public testimony or school board final action is planned. The meeting is open to the public.

*The Board of Directors anticipates attending this meeting remotely over Zoom. Members of the public may watch this meeting remotely or may view the virtual meeting at the following location: 364 S. Park Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

- Watch Live: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/96468247628
- Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID: 964 6824 7628
Spanish Agenda / Agenda Español: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule


Thank you classified staff

The Human Resources team of Judy Hui, Nora Badillo, Veronica Esparza and Liz Campeau delivered customized water bottles on Monday to classified staff in recognition of Education Support Professionals Week – March 14 to 18. They let their creativity shine as well, with a fun and colorful note attached to each bottle – “We can’t Keep It Bottled Up, We Just have to Say Thank You!”

Join the district in saying thank you to our nearly 400 classified staff members who work to maintain school buildings and grounds, provide administrative support, prepare and serve meals, provide safe transportation, keep school facilities clean and safe, assist in the classrooms, provide information technology and media services and more.



District seeks student nominations for new Building Belonging Recognition Award

Walla Walla Public Schools has launched a new student recognition program aligned to the "We All Belong Here" unity message promoting a civil, safe and compassionate learning environment. The new "Building Belonging" Recognition Award recognizes students who promote activities that create and sustain a sense of belonging, fairness, and justice for all students. Students recognized for this award also develop opportunities for students to have a voice in their school community, support a project that is focused on improving the experiences for historically underrepresented students, give of oneself by way of dedicating efforts to be a resource and a source of strength to fellow students and/or practice respect while applying an equity lens - finding ways to ensure all are included.

“Our district is recognizing students who help "build belonging" for others,” said Director of Equity and Dual Programs Dr. Julie Perron. “If you know of a student or group of students who we should recognize, please take time to fill out the nomination form so they can be honored through this special School Board level recognition.”

If you know a student or group of students worthy of this recognition, please take time to fill out the nomination form and send it to jperron@wwps.org.

Nomination Form 


New Wa-Hi kitchen opens for meal service

Walla Walla Public Schools’ bond program reached another significant milestone Monday with the opening of the new kitchen at Walla Walla High School in the fully remodeled and expanded Commons. Staff and students were treated to more than a dozen entrees for lunch, free ice cream and giveaway items. Music filled the air as students enjoyed their time together with their classmates eating nutritious meals. Thank you Walla Walla voters for making this new facility a reality.
Stay Connected!
- Website: https://www.wwps.org/bond
- Twitter: @bondwwps

Walla Walla Public Schools Bond Program – Delivering on Our Promise


Strategic investments having positive impact on social emotional learning

Tuesday night Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis, Mental Health Specialist Kristen Duede, Lead Behavior Specialist Jennifer Matson and Prospect Point Elementary Counselor Hannah Webber provided school board members an annual update on Goal 3 of the Strategic Plan.

They also reported how the district is targeting a significant portion of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds to help students recover from the pandemic. Krutulis says the focus of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is establishing a process through which students learn skills to develop self-awareness, emotional regulation, responsible decision making and relationships.

Goal 3 of the district's Strategic Plan addresses meeting the social and emotional needs of students by implementing high quality behavior models and interventions to support these needs. This need was clearly articulated by staff during the outreach phase of developing the strategic plan. School board members approved investing additional resources to bolster Social Emotional Learning Teams by expanding behavior and mental health support at the district and school levels. A key component of the district's pandemic recovery plan was adding certified counselors at all elementary schools. Counselors visit classrooms to deliver SEL curriculum and provide other student supports. Another pandemic recovery strategy implemented this year is expanding Sources of Strength suicide prevention programming.

Annual survey data shows students feel they belong on campus and staff and parents feel more supported.

"We have intentionally focused on social emotional learning through district and building SEL teams, school counselors and Sources of Strength,” said Krutulis.. “Our success in providing this focus is reflected in this year's survey data and a strong increase in our students' sense of belonging.”


March 2022 Bond Update

Tuesday night Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith provided an update on the district's bond program. Contractors are roofing the Wa-Hi academic building and framing the new entrance off Abbott Road. The original music building is well on its way to being the school's new drama facility. Excavators are moving dirt for the new parking lot near the track and all the portables have been sold and will be removed in June. At Pioneer MS, look for the exterior of the gym to get finished next and the grounds to be cleaned up and landscaped. Progress continues at the historic Lincoln HS as the project remains on schedule to open this fall.


Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup returns in person

Save the Date! Walla Walla Public Schools is excited to announce the return of the Kindergarten & Early Learning Roundup to an in-person format at the WW Fairgrounds, April 12 between 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you have a child entering kindergarten or an early learning program like TK, Headstart and ECEAP this fall then this event is for you. Learn more at wwps.org/kindergartenroundup
• Tuesday, April 12
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• 4 to 7 p.m.
• Meet principals, teachers and staff from your child’s new school
• Learn how and when to register for school
• Learn about Birth-to-5 options and resources for your child
• Visit community and school booths for information and resources
• Event Information: Pam Clayton: pclayton@wwps.org / (509) 526-6781


Personnel Report (from March 15, 2022 school board meeting)

EMPLOYMENT

Certificated:
Angela Johnston, Special Education (2022-23), Walla Walla High School

Classified:
Norma Arceo, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary School
Itzel Salazar, 21st Century Site Coordinator (Temporary), Green Park Elementary School

RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT

Administrative:
Liz Campeau, Director of Human Resources, District Office, 16 years

Certificated:
Jeffrey Townsend, Audio & Video Production Instructor, SEATech Skills Center, 7 years

Classified:
Sasha Austin, Para-Educator, WWCCF, 3 years
Kaitlyn Toomey, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 1 year
Heraclio Torres, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School, 12 years


School Stories
Top three in state/national recognition

Tuesday, March 15, outstanding students and school teams that have placed in the top three in state/national championships this winter were recognized at the school board meeting. These students, coaches and advisors support the WWPS mission and model the district's vision of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.

3A Boys Wrestling (Jacob Butenhoff, Coach)
• Mateo Caso (3rd Place - 145lbs)
• Jake Humphrey (2nd Place - 170lbs)

3A Girls Bowling (Jason Postlewait, Coach)
• Kaitlynn Beuck (3rd Place with a score of 760)

3A Cheerleading (Morgan Arreola, Coach) (3rd Place)
• Lauren Ewoniuk
• Lola Ewoniuk
• Gabi Reyna-Marie
• Bianca Olmos
• Sophia Walters
• Marisa Fullen
• Grace Miller
• Kendra Kelly
• Ally Beuck
• Tazie Betzler

JROTC (SFC Mark Mebes, Rifle Team Coach)
Cassidy Hanson
• 1st Place JROTC Western Regional Rifle Championship

Tristan Scott
• 1st Place Junior Olympic Men’s Air Rifle
• 1st Place Junior Olympic Men’s Three Position Air Rifle

Music (Roger Garcia, District Music Director)
All-State
• Caleb Wagner
• Sofia Groff
• Ember Richardson

Western International Band Clinic
• Suzanne Nicault
• Aaron Christopherson


Tickets on sale for Big Blue Boosters Fundraising Dinner & Auction

Attention Big Blue Supporters! Tickets are now available for the Annual Big Blue Boosters Fundraising Dinner & Auction on April 23, 2022. The event will take place at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion, with doors and Silent Auction opening at 5:00 pm, dinner served at 6:00 pm, followed by a Live Auction. Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased here: https://bigblueboosters.ejoinme.org/tickets

The Big Blue Boosters of Walla Walla is a non-profit organization which provides funds for projects and equipment at Walla Walla High School. From swim caps for the swim team to new iPads for coaches, the goal is to help our student athletes and coaches by enhancing the quality of their athletic experience. Big Blue Boosters makes this happen through its annual fundraising auction and dinner, gym sponsorship programs, and generous donations. The Big Blue Boosters of Walla Walla is a 501c3. Memberships and donations may be claimed as a charitable donation for tax purposes. Donations are accepted at any time during the year to help support athletes.


Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU 3rd grade basketball team wins Lewiston championship

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 3rd grade boys team won the Battle for Basketball championship in Lewiston, ID March 12-13.

Coaches: Matt Weseman, Michael Laughery
Arian Hernandez
Jeremiah Ponds
Ledger Oakland
Dylan Johnson
Broox Laughery
Kendall Weseman
Colin Hayes
Ben Kimble
Jackson Anderson

“Congratulations to the 3rd grade team for taking the title in Lewiston and playing their best at the end of the season,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “Our skill development program, access to local gyms for practices and dedicated coaches are helping our teams have success.”

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

We are hiring! Parks & Recreation is looking for those interested in seasonal, part-time or full-time employment. Positions open in Park Maintenance and Recreation. Positions available for those 15 years of age and over.
• St Paddy’s Day Dash March 20. 5k, 10k, and 1k routes. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $15-$25. On-site registration is available.
• Open Arts & Crafts Studio Time. Teen and adult times available. Cost is $14-$20.
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball. Open to grades K-6. Cost is $40-$50.
• Pre Teeball. Open to boys and girls ages 3-5. Cost is $35.
• Blue Mountain Boys Baseball. Open to grades 6-10. Cost is $60.
• Pickleball for all – Adult beginning lessons. Open to ages 16 and up. Cost is $45.
• Registration is open for the Adult Softball League (Men’s and Co-Ed). Cost is $920 per team.
• Warrior Soccer Academy – Open to boys and girls ages 5-11. Cost is $50.
• The Pottery Painting Studio is looking for painters! Thanks to a donation from Academy Mortgage and Coffee Communications, we have over 100 SoupPort Bowls available to paint for FREE March 17-20.
• Painted bowls will be given to helpline for the SoupPort fundraiser. Registration is not required.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 RecParks 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 or parks@wallawallawa.gov.


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