Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 1, 2022

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April 2022 Pulse Video

April 2022 Pulse Video

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith recorded the April 2022 Pulse Video on the campus of Walla Walla High School. He shares information about the district’s new communications tool, ParentSquare. He encourages parents with children who are ready for preschool and kindergarten to attend the Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup April 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Superintendent Smith also interviews School Board President Mrs. Ruth Ladderud. Thank you for taking a few minutes to watch this month’s Pulse video.

District shifts to ParentSquare for communications tool

Walla Walla Public Schools is excited to announce the district is transitioning to ParentSquare as its primary platform for text, email and phone communications with our families and staff. ParentSquare will replace SchoolMessenger robo calls and messages following Spring Break.

REGISTER: Sign in to ParentSquare 
• Note: Please use the email address you received with this communication.

ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents/guardians to:
• Communicate school closures and emergency notices
• Send and receive school and class activities and information
• Share pictures and files
• See calendar items
• Sign up to volunteer
• and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

All school/grade level and classroom information will now be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text or you can download the FREE App 

Learn More on the Getting Started Website 

Contact your school if you have questions or need additional support.

Grant supports district’s 1:1 technology initiative

Walla Walla Public Schools is set to receive an approximately $1.0M Digital Equity and Inclusion technology grant to continue enhancing its 1:1 device program, bolster staff support and expand existing technology infrastructure to allow for the deployment of this program. This state-funded grant, driven by House Bill 1365, will also provide adaptive technology such as equipment and technology services for students with special needs and English language Learners. Of the $19.6M in available funding statewide, WWPS reaped a significant share of the state's allocation.

The State's Digital Equity and Inclusion Grant focuses on districts with high readiness to benefit. Among other determining factors, Walla Walla Public Schools was able to demonstrate their capacity to support enhanced technology in the classroom, provide training necessary to support successful integration, and focused attention towards underrepresented student populations.

“HB 1365 recognizes that access to the internet and learning devices during remote instruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic was inequitable statewide,” said Technology Director Keith Ross. “The grant helps bolster access and support for students and families, especially those in more rural and remote settings like Walla Walla.”

How funds will be used in Walla Walla Public Schools:
• 500 Chromebooks and headsets to support the district's 1:1 student device initiative
• 450 C-Pen Reader Pens to enhance ELL and SPED access and learning
• 150 Classroom Audio Amplification systems
• 1 FTE technology instructional coach dedicated to developing a framework of integrating technology into curriculum and leading the professional development to support that framework
• Analytics support to enhance data collection and access to improve teacher efficacy and student learning

“These are the tools and resources needed to ensure the success and longevity of our district's strategic efforts,” said Ross. “The access and outcomes resulting from this grant helps continue our promise of delivering a world-class education for the students of Walla Walla.”

Spring Break – April 4-8

• NO SCHOOL April 4-8 (Spring Break)
• Classes resume Monday, April 11

Motorists use caution near school buses

Spring weather is here and a great time remind motorists to be safe near school buses. More children are walking and riding their bikes this time of the year so be sure to slow down in school zones and use caution. Together we can keep everyone safe!

Informational School Bus Safety Video 

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. Click HERE to learn more. 
• 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

School Stories

ASB Candidate Assembly video

Voting is now open for Wa-Hi ASB positions. Click HERE to listen to the candidates. 

Wa-Hi Bands earn honors at Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Large Group Band Festival

Congratulations to the Wa-Hi Wind Ensemble and Concert Band classes for receiving Superior and Excellent ratings respectively at the recent Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Large Group Band Festival on March 17 at Kennewick High School.

SEATech opens 22-23 School Year Enrollment 

Registration is open for SEATech Skills Center programs for the 22-23 school year. All programs are open to juniors and seniors, including Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology, Careers in Media & Entertainment, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice, and Health Science Careers visit https://myseatech.org/enroll. Priority registration is from February 24 through May 7th. Please contact your high school counselor or SEATech Skills Center for more information at 509.526.2000 or abiagi@wwps.org

SEATech announces summer program offerings

SEATech will be offering summer school programs from June 21 - July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for 0.5 (point-five) high school credit to current 8th-11th grade students. Don’t miss your opportunity to sign up for Filmmakers Boot Camp, Crime Scene to Courtroom, Health, or Introduction to Manufacturing visit https://myseatech.org/enroll. Priority registration is from March 16 through May 7th. Please contact your school counselor or SEATech Skills Center for more information at 509.526.2000 or abiagi@wwps.org

Free workshop series focuses on strengthening emotional wellbeing

WWPS Family and Community Engagement, WWCC Parenting Education, Early Learning Coalition and the Community Resilience Initiative have partnered to offer two workshops and a resource fair for families, child care providers, early learning professionals and educators. The series is called “From Chaos to Calm: Finding Balance.”

“Given the great amount of concern over social emotional wellbeing that we have heard from families, child care providers, and educators, we wanted to do something about it,” said Family Engagement Coordinator Pam Clayton.

Workshop Series Schedule:
“Resilience: Building Strategies for Children and Adults.”
• Saturday, April 23, 10-11:30 am at Walla Walla Community College.
• (English & Spanish / virtual & in-person)

Strengthening Connections and Finding Shared Joy.”
• Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 am at Walla Walla Community College.
• ( English only / virtual & in-person)

Activity and Community Resource Fair
• Sunday, May 22, 9 am-noon at the WW Center for Children & Families
• (English & Spanish / in-person only)

“To help you and your family strengthen its social and emotional balance again, we've brought together a collection of community organizations for a morning of fun and support,” said Clayton. “We'll have activities, resources, tips, and strategies to share that will help us all breathe a little easier and smile a little wider.”

Register at: www.bit.ly/supportingww

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
Nominations now accepted for Chief for the Day

Chief for a Day is hosted by Walla Walla Area Crime Watch. It is an event that is all about celebrating the lives of children who have been diagnosed with a disability or life-threatening or chronic medical condition. It is the mission of Chief for a Day to help these children and their families to forget about any challenges they may be dealing with, even if only for one day.

Selected students will receive an emergency service's uniform, attend a swearing in ceremony, take a group picture and on July 31 be introduced at a Sweets Game. * Each Chief will receive a Chief for a Day plaque. Participating this year are: the Walla Walla Police Department, College Place Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla Fire District 4, Walla Walla County Sheriff, Walla Walla City Fire Department and College Place Fire Department.

Nomination Form: https://bit.ly/3qsQdW9

Walla Walla Public Library plans spring break activities for area youth

Walla Walla Public Library has crafts and workshops, activities, themed play times, Dungeons & Dragons games, board games for checkout, Learning Skills Lab, Garden-In-A-Bag, Community Spanish and more for Spring Break April 1-9. Visit our calendar HERE for a complete list of events and times.

Annie Yetmez
• 509.524.4704

Strengthening Families Workshop for Families and Youth

• Ages 10-14
• Starting April 20
Named the #1 prevention program with long term positive effects by the World Health Organization, led by three certified course facilitators from Commitment to Community. Each week of the seven week series begins with a shared dinner, followed by small group learning, with youth and adults reunited during the end of class to reflect and share. Benefits of attending?

Strengthen communication skills and build empathy withing the family, earn how to navigate topics such as peer pressure, talking about substance use, family expectations and clear communication. These classes are free! Register in advance by contacting AmandaTP@BMACWW.org or calling 509-520-0887.

Brought to you by Reach Out Walla Walla, Blue Mountain Action Council, and the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Class of 1972 50th Reunion this summer

The Walla Walla High School Class of 1972 is celebrating its 50th Reunion this summer.
• Dates: July 15, 16 & 17
• Classmates from 1970 and 1971 are invited to join Class of 1972 graduates at Quirk Brewing Friday, July 15 at 5 p.m. for a no-host get together.
• Visit the Class of ’72 Facebook page to learn more.
• Information: Contact Linda Byerley at (509) 540-0206 or lindabyerley@gmail.com

Whitman Baseball Little League Camp – FREE

• Whitman Baseball Little League Camp – FREE
• April 5-7
• 9-11 a.m.
• Borleske Stadium
• All campers receive a t-shirt
• Questions: Colby Watilo – watiloc@whitman.edu
• Register: Visit the “Camps/Clinics” tab at: athletics.whitman.edu/sports/baseball

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, Recreation, and Aquatics. Positions available for those 15 years of age and over.
• Blue Mountain Boys Baseball. Open to grades 6-10. Cost is $60.
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball. Open to grades K-6. Cost is $40-$50.
• 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.

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 or parks@wallawallawa.gov.

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