Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 6, 2022

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2022 and a great time to thank our extraordinary Walla Walla educators who have worked tirelessly with students and families to keep things moving forward, despite such an unpredictable year. Teachers put their whole heart into teaching and developing every child in their classroom. As they continue to go beyond the call of duty, we want them to know that we see all of their efforts and appreciate everything they do. Teacher Appreciation Week is a national holiday celebrated in the United States of America which takes place the first full week of May.

#ThankATeacher


Informational meeting planned for K-5 Science and TK-12 SEL curriculum adoption

Walla Walla Public Schools is updating its K-5 Science curriculum and adopting SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum as part of the district’s ongoing adoption cycle The adoption process started in the winter and the proposed materials will go before the school board for adoption June 21. Staff in the Teaching and Learning Department are hosting an informational meeting Monday, May 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Anne Golden Boardroom at the district office. This meeting is open to the public and a great opportunity to learn more about the materials being recommended for adoption. There will be time to ask questions, view materials and provide input about the proposed curriculum programs. Materials will also be available to view from Thursday, May 5 through Thursday, May 13 at the district office and online.

Links to view resources online:
K-5 Science 
TK-12 SEL 

Contact Curriculum Coordinator Casey Monahan with any questions. cmonahan@wwps.org


May Pulse Video

May Pulse Video

Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith released the May 2022 Pulse Video, where he shares information about Summer Sol registration, Kindergarten enrollment and upcoming end of year celebrations. Superintendent Smith also interviews School Board Vice President Terri Trick. Thank you for taking a few minutes to watch this month’s Pulse video.


District takes first step to going green with bus fleet

Walla Walla Public Schools received an award from the Department of Ecology for its "Air Quality Clean Diesel Electric School Bus Grant." The district applied and received funding for three electric buses and charging stations. The district is waiting on final acceptance details and is expected to receive the buses by June 30, 2023. Walla Walla Public Schools has partnered with Columbia Rural Electric Association to provide power for the charging stations.


College Place Public Schools joins transportation cooperative

Walla Walla Public Schools welcomes College Place Public Schools to the Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative effective July 1. College Place Public Schools joins regional districts Touchet, Prescott and Dixie in the transportation cooperative, managed by Walla Walla Public Schools, to provide discounted school bus maintenance and repair service. College Place Public Schools has 13 school buses and four support vehicles which will receive service in the cooperative.

“We are so happy to have them join us in keeping kids safe,” said Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative Director John Griffith. “We will provide them with all maintenance protocols necessary to ensure school bus safety and extend the school bus operational life.”

The Southeast Washington Transportation Cooperative also provides school bus inspection support, bus driver professional development, school bus preventative maintenance and record keeping services. Griffith says the partnership benefits both schools districts.

“College Place will enjoy being a part of this Co-Op as we will have four mechanics who have dedicated their professional careers specializing in school bus maintenance,” said Griffith. “College Place will also have the benefit of lower labor shop rates per hour and no mark-up on parts.”


School Stories
Meet Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates Video Series

Walla Walla Public Schools is producing a video series this spring featuring seniors from across the school district. This series – Meet Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates – aims to showcase how prepared these soon-to-be graduates are for life after high school. New videos will be released each week leading up to graduation ceremonies in June. Please take a few minutes to watch these videos and see why these amazing students are great representatives of the district’s vision statement of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.

Abigail Lopez, Walla Walla High School

Nathanael Bennett, Walla Walla High School & SEATech


Vernon named Prospect Point Interim Principal

Current Prospect Point Assistant Principal Justin Vernon has been selected to serve as interim principal at Prospect Point Elementary next school. Feedback from staff, parents and community members indicated Mr. Vernon's skills, experience and continuity of leadership for the school community was the ideal path forward in this transition year. Current 5th grade teacher Bailey Hayes, who earned her administrative endorsement in 2019, will assume interim assistant principal duties next year. 


Battle of the Books challenges students to test their knowledge; Prospect Point takes title

Recently fourth and fifth grade teams from each elementary school came together at the Sharpstein gym to compete in this year's Battle of the Books (BOB). BOB is an all-district competition where students compete to see who can provide the most correct answers surrounding the 20 Washington State Children's Choice Award nominees from this year.

This is an ambitious project, which occurs over the period of a few months, where students are divided into teams and after weeks of research, answer trivia questions much like a game show. If they advance from their class competition, they compete at a school level. If they win the school round they compete against other teams which represent their schools at the all-city battle.

Prospect Point fought hard and brought home the trophy this year. The students were excited to participate as the pandemic had put a two-year hiatus to this project. Next year's fourth and fifth grade students are eager to carry on this tradition.


Wa-Hi Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Movie Night  

The Walla Walla High School Latino Club is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday, May 6 for all Wa-Hi students in the Walla Walla High School Commons from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The festival will feature games, music, prizes, karaoke, and the showing of the movie “The Book of Life.”

The Latino Club will also host a food truck from Mi Pueblito and will provide a meal of 2 tacos with rice and beans for the first 175 students who picked up their tickets from the ASB office by May 3.


Summer Sol registration 

Summer Sol registration is now open. Summer Sol is Walla Walla Public Schools’ FREE summer program. The program is available for all Walla Walla Public Schools students, grades incoming-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The high quality summer program will focus on enrichment, experiential, and hands-on activities at all grade levels. This year Summer Sol is going to be one session.

“We hope that everyone comes for the whole duration,” said Director of Accelerated Learning and Support Brent Cummings. “It is a 4 ½ week program, June 27-July 29 with a lot of really cool enrichment projects, including Carnegie Picture Lab, Walla Walla Valley Farm to School and Shakespeare Walla Walla.”

To register for the program, go to:

SUMMERSOL.ORG 

Paper copies of the registration form will also be available in the main office of each school.



Senior party planned following graduation

The Walla Walla High School Senior Party will be held at the Walla Walla YMCA Friday, June 10 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. following the Graduation Ceremony. The theme is "Your Future is Bright" and the decorations will be filled with neon colors. There will be free food, plenty of activities, and many prizes.

Please consider donating to fund the fun, food, and prizes for our seniors! A donation of $50 covers the costs for a student, but any amount will help. This event is not funded or organized by the school district, so your donations really help. To donate please go to our easy donation site at https://givebutter.com/Classof2022party.

The Class of 2022 Senior Party Committee:
Heather Ashbeck and Michelle Janning, co-chairs


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:

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


Community Stories

STEM event planned for middle school girls

Local 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to participate in the 2022 Great Explorations. This is a FREE STEM event at Walla Walla High School Saturday, May 14.  Dr. Julie Perron will provide the welcome address, followed by two hands-on Science, Engineering and Math workshops. Lunch is also included.  For more information and to register, please go to https://gewallawalla.com/#/


Whitman Youth Summer Soccer Camps

Come kick it at the Whitman Summer Soccer Camps. To accomodate for the snow day/extra day our morning youth camp will now be held 6/21-6/23. The afternoon high school camp will still run from 6/20-6/23. Both camps will be coached by Whitman women's soccer staff Georgia Cloepfil and Michelle Voiland and will be focused on fun and development. Sign up here: https://womens.whitmansoccercamps.com/ and email cloepfig@whitman.edu with any questions.


Class of 2022 Baccalaureate

Save the date for the Class of 2022 Baccalaureate on Monday June 6 from 7-8 pm at Blue Mountain Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave. Traditionally, this is a faith-based celebration of the high school experience and a send-off to what the graduates are doing next. Senior students share reflections on their lived experiences as some seniors share their musical talent. All parents, family members and friends of graduates are welcome. An informal reception with cookies will conclude the evening. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Prudente at (425) 503-2879.


Walla Walla Public Library plans Children’s Book Day event Saturday

Walla Walla Public Library invites all community youth to El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) also known simply as “Día,” Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the library at 238 E. Alder Street in Walla Walla. This celebration of children and literacy, a national initiative of the American Library Association, will feature craft projects, guest readers, book giveaways, and delicious food.

The Walla Walla Public Library celebration will emphasize Mexican culture in our community, including art and craft projects inspired by artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, paper flower making, music, and Amate bark painting. Tamales and fruit will be served on the Alder Street lawn from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Guest readers will perform read-alouds at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Door prize book giveaways will continue throughout the event, every half hour from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
• Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of illness.
• Visit the library calendar at https://www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org/calendar for more community programs, follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WWPL99362/ , or call 509-527-4550.
• Questions? Contact Liz George, Young People’s Librarian, at egeorge@wallawallawa.gov, or 509-524-4431.


Parks & Rec Update 

Summer program registration starts Monday, May 9 at 8am
Recreation Programs
• Blue Mountain Boys Baseball. Open to grades 6-10. Cost is $60.
• Fall Youth Soccer open to boys and girls grades K-8th. Cost is $50 ($60 after July 1).
• Fencing open to ages 8 and up. Cost is $10-$56.25
• Golf Lessons open ages 7 years and over. Cost is $48.
• NFL Flag Football open to boys and girls grades K–8th. Cost is $50.
• Pickleball Skills & Drills Day Clinic open to all ages. Cost is $20.
• Swim, Play, Discover Camp open to ages 5-10 years. Free to those who qualify for our scholarship program or free or reduced lunch.
• Symbol Quest open to all ages. Cost is $15-$35.
• UPlay open to ages 7-12 years. Lunch is included. Cost is FREE.
• Youth Sports Camps and more!

Aquatic Programs
• Dive Camp open to ages 10-18 years. Cost is $35. No experience required.
• Hatha Yoga open to all ages. Cost is $12-$180.
• Lifeguard Training open to ages 15 and over. June 6-10. Cost is $190. Lifeguards who complete 400 hours of work for the City of Walla Walla throughout the 2022 pool season will be refunded a portion of their training.
• Sea Monkeys open to ages 6-16. Cost is $45.
• Stretch and Move open to all ages. Cost is $14-$80.
• SUP Yoga open to ages 15 and up. Cost is $25-$35.
• Sweat & Swim Boot Camp is open to ages 16 and over. Cost is $14-$76.
• Swim Lessons, Session I June 21-30 open to all ages. Cost is $31.

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 up.

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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