Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 13, 2022

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School Board Regular Business Meeting 

Tuesday, May 17
Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)
5:30 p.m. – Regular Business Meeting (open to the public, in-person)
Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Remote Viewing Access: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997

ThoughtExchange Survey closes Friday, May 20 

As the district wraps up a successful 2017-22 Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors is seeking broad stakeholder input as they prepare for the future. Beginning this spring and throughout next school year, the district will engage parents, staff, students and community members as they seek input towards the development of their next strategic plan.

The district recently launched a ThoughtExchange survey for all stakeholders, kicking off their extensive outreach and input process. The survey closes Friday, May 20.

Question: As we work towards achieving our vision of Developing Washington's Most Sought-After Graduates, what are the most important skills and attributes our graduates must gain in school in order to prepare them for success after graduation?

Please click HERE to join the exchange and share your input. https://my.thoughtexchange.com/scroll/746697467/welcome

Learn more about ThoughtExchange HERE 

Día del Niño / Day of the Child Celebration June 3

Join Walla Walla Public Schools in a community celebration of our most valuable asset...our children! Through a partnership with Fort Walla Walla, Community Bank, and Friends of Children of Walla Walla we are excited to bring games, music, food, and fun to families Friday, June 3 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Fort Walla Walla Museum. Admission is free to the event and the museum. A fajita dinner is also being provided free to the first 500 people.

COVID cases tick up: Recommendations to keep everyone safe

The Walla Walla community is seeing increased COVID activity related to the Omicron BA.2 variant. While cases have been mostly mild without an increase in the need for hospitalization, it is still contagious, even for those who have been vaccinated and boosted.

Safety recommendations still include:
• Wash your hands frequently throughout the day.
• Avoid people with known COVID or with symptoms consistent with COVID
• If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you should wear a mask for 10 days and test yourself for COVID using a rapid home test after 3-5 days
• If you develop symptoms of illness, stay at home until your symptoms have improved and you test negative using a rapid home test
• If you test positive, stay home and isolate until the 6th day following symptom onset. When you return, you should either have a negative test or continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional 5 days.

You can obtain home tests from any school clinic...just ask!

2021-2022 Retirement Ceremonies 

Berney Elementary
Thursday, June 2
3:00 p.m.
• Joe Gribnau
• Lisa Braddock.

Green Park Elementary
• Wednesday, June 8
• 2:30 to 4 p.m.
• Loretta Wright, Tensie Lovejoy, Ingrid Olsen, and Heraclio Torres
• Green Park Library

Garrison MS
Wedneday, June 8
2:45-3:45 p.m.
Garrison Commons
• Mike Braddock
• Mary Erdman

Pioneer MS
• June 14
• Pioneer Commons
• 3:45pm-4:45pm
• Honoring:
• Laurie Bohnet
• Pam Spence

• June 1
• 3 to 4 p.m.
• SEATech
• Jeffrey Townsend

Walla Walla High School
Wednesday, June 8
Location- Walla Walla High School Commons
Time- 3:00pm
Names of retirees being honored- Lori Dohe, Robert Dutton, Pattie Eagon, Peder Fretheim, John Golden, Spencer Iacolucci, Dave Larson

School Nurse Day celebrated this week

2022 Theme: School Nurses: Bridging Healthcare and Education

May 11, 2022 - Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside to recognize school nurses. National School Nurse Day was established to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

"The WWPS Health Services staff is amazing! The past year has been extremely challenging for everyone, but through it all, they have kept their cool and been the onsite experts for COVID-19. They have supported testing, tracking and tracing. Health Services staff often share advice and have remained stalwart in their commitment to serving all of the district's students and staff." Amy Ruff, Health Services Director
WWPS Health Services staff members include:

• Amy Ruff, RN Health Services Director
• Vickie Rogers, RN at Wa-Hi, Lincoln, SEATech and Opportunity
• Lynn Porter Bingham, RN at Edison and Green Park
• Amanda Hinrichs, RN at Prospect Point, Sharpstein
• Brooke Cramer, RN at Pioneer & Garrison MS
• Sandy Thomas, RN (instructor at SEATech)
• Sonia Soto, HRA at Wa-Hi
• Sara Huxoll, HRA at Garrison MS
• Edgar Salgado, HRA at Pioneer MS
• Stephanie Edwards, HRA at Prospect Point
• Lori Grimes, HRA at Sharpstein
• Giessell Martinez, HRA at WWCCF
• Fabiola Salgado, HRA at Edison
• Ana Brito Salgado, HRA at Green Park
• Dakota Buman, HRA at Berney

School Stories
Wa-Hi Drama Spring musical: Cinderella

May 12-14 & 19-21 @ 7 p.m.
May 14 & 21 @ 2 p.m.
Admission is free

Walla Walla High School Drama presents its Spring Musical Cinderella. Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella has more singing and dancing and much more character development for roles like the step-sisters, the prince and the fairy godmother. Director Kristin Hessler and vocal director Colleen Hatch have assembled an outstanding cast that will perform once again with a live orchestra, under the direction of Julia Woods. The Drama Department is also working in collaboration with a talented choreographer, Caleb Leitch.

Follow on Instagram and Facebook (@wahidramaproductions) to see the behind the scenes journey through closing night.

Wa-Hi Spring sports playoff picture

Girls Fastpitch Softball
• District 8 tournament at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14 vs. Cheney High School
• Murr Field in Walla Walla
• Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students (our students are free with student ID).

• Wa-Hi won the first two games of their District 8 tournament
• The team qualified for the state tournament and play for the District 8 Championship vs Kennewick on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pasco High School
• Regionals Saturday, May 21 (game details TBD)

Boys and Girls Tennis
• District 8 Tournament Saturday, May 14 & Monday, May 16
• Girls play at Southridge HS
• Boys play at Kennewick HS

Track and Field
• MCC Champion Boys & Girls Track & Field teams travel to Hermiston Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 for the District 8 Track Meet.

Boys and Girls Golf
• The golf teams travel to Spokane (Liberty Lake Golf Course) to compete Monday and Tuesday as they begin their quest to extend their seasons.

Wa-Hi student qualifies for equestrian state tournament

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School student Abigail Blethen for qualifying for the Washington state High School Equestrian state tournament in seven events. Abigail rides for the Touchet Equestrian Team.

State Qualifier Events:
• Gold-showmanship
• Silver-working pairs
• Silver-stock seat equitation
• Bronze- hunt over fences
• Gold- hunt seat equitation
• Bronze-freestyle 4s
• Silver- Bi-wrangle

SEATech construction students take skills on location to Pioneer Middle School

SEATech Construction Technology instructor Eric Matson is taking his classroom on the road this month as students frame a new storage building at Pioneer Middle School. Students in both of his classes, approximately 50 in all, will spend four weeks at Pioneer Middle School completing the structural framing, setting trusses and sheeting the roof on the building located next to the school’s track. The building will be used to store physical education equipment and maintenance supplies.

“This project has been two years in the making,” said Matson, who has also had students construct Habitat for Humanity homes in Walla Walla in the past. “The shop will have two large 10’ bay doors and two man doors so they will be able to use it for equipment and anything they want to store in it.”

All of the students were required to take an extensive construction safety class from project partner Jackson Contractor Group prior to beginning work. All students must wear safety glasses, hard hats, highly visible vests and work boots as part of the strict safety protocols in place. Matson says this amazing hands-on experience is difficult to simulate in the classroom.

“My students can actually experience real world construction to help them decide if they want to go into the industry,” said Matson. “Students in this class can earn math credit, learn how to read blueprints and other important skills of the trade.”

Construction jobs are in high demand, according to Matson. He says Jackson Contractor Group has hired some of his students and he believes this trend will continue. Students say they enjoy the fast-paced environment on the job site.

“It’s a lot more fun and we can apply all the skills we are learning in the classroom,” said senior Anthoney Betzold. “It’s also nice to do something good for the school district.”

Matson says he has other connections in the community and is constantly looking for construction projects to get his students on-the-job training. Learn more about Matson’s Construction Technology program and aother amazing programs at SEATech at: https://myseatech.org/

National Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day at Berney

• Friday, May 20 is the National Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day with a "Walking School Bus"
• Location: Berney Elementary
• This event is in partnership with Berney Title/Lap, Communities in Schools and Blue Zone's Project
• Local law enforcement, city officials, and other community partners will also be involved
• Immediately following the Walking School Bus, all Berney students and families will be invited to breakfast

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.

Xander Scott Lincoln HS & SEATech 
Grace Evans WW Online 
Symone Leal – Opportunity Program & SEATech 

To see the entire series, click HERE 

Garrison’s Girls on the Run program helps girls find inner strength

This school year Garrison Middle School formed the Girls on the Run club to help girls learn more about themselves and accept who they are. Club coaches are Garrison staff members Yaneth Hernandez and Becky Jo Gifford and Dr. Christina Kahulman. The club meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5 p.m. Girls on the Run lessons aim to inspire girls of all abilities to recognize and embrace their inner strength. The lessons emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health. Girls work on setting goals through exercises and discussions. Girls on the Run program started March 16, 2022 and ends with a non-competitive 5k run on May 21 in the Tri-Cities. There are 15 girls in the program.

Senior party planned following graduation
The Class of 2022 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: https://givebutter.com/Classof2022party
Community Stories
Is your child wanting to play soccer at a more competitive level?

Walla Walla United Soccer Club is holding tryouts the first two weeks of June to form teams for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. All teams will start training during the summer. The soccer is age appropriate and fun, but it is competitive soccer and involves trying out for a team, travel, and a higher level of competition.

Boys born between 2004 and 2014 and girls born between 2009 and 2014 are eligible to try out. For age specific try out dates and times and to pre-register for tryouts (required by May 30th) visit: www.wwusc.com

Parks & Rec Update  

Summer program registration is open!

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.
• Spring Cemetery Tour open to ages 12 years and over. Cost is FREE.
• 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. SPACE IS LIMITED.

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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Senior party planned following graduation