Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 26, 2022

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One week left to complete Back to School checklist before school starts


Parents are asked to complete the new online Back to School Checklist by the first day of school for each child in school. An important part of the packet allows parents to verify if their student and family information is correct. It is critical WWPS has accurate contact information so the district can communicate important school announcements and reach parents in case of an emergency.

NOTE: Parents who use the Skyward mobile app to complete the checklist are asked to uninstall and reinstall the app to activate the most up-to-date version.

If you have questions about completing this annual update, please contact your child’s school secretary.

First Day of School

• First day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 6 (Grades 1-12)
• Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten start Sept. 9
• Head Start & ECEAP start Sept. 12
• Please slowdown in school zones and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks

Walla Walla Public Schools completes bond-related Abbott Road improvements - County set to begin their phase of sidewalk and stormwater improvements this month

Walla Walla Public Schools is pleased to announce it has delivered on another bond promise by recently completing bulb outs on the north side of Abbott Road with ADA compliant ramps at new crossing locations for improved safety measures. Walla Walla County Public Works is set to begin its phase of improvements by installing a new sidewalk along the north side of Abbott Road between Scarpelli Street and Fern Avenue thanks to a grant the county secured from the Transportation Improvement Board.

“We continue to deliver on our bond promise to improve safety and traffic flow on Abbott Road in front of Walla Walla High School,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “We appreciate Walla Walla County Public Works as they make improvements to the north side of Abbott Road that complements the district’s safety enhancements.”

Seth Walker, P.E., Walla Walla County Chief Engineer says the new grant-funded sidewalk on the north side of Abbott Road will tie these two projects together and fill in the sidewalk gap that currently exists, to improve pedestrian connectivity to Walla Walla High School. The project will also include stormwater improvements by eliminating a direct drainage outflow into Yellowhawk Creek and installing stormwater infiltration structures under the roadway, according to Walker.

Walla Walla County Public Works is expected to begin soon. The section of Abbott Road from Scarpelli Street to Fern Avenue will be closed through September 2. Abbott Road will be open to through traffic when school begins with single lane closures as needed for construction. The project is expected to be completed by October 3.

“If it is possible for you to avoid the area until completion, we would appreciate it,” said Walker. “Walla Walla County thanks you for your patience during construction.”

For questions related to the County’s improvements, please contact them at (509) 524-2710.

Walla Walla Public Schools qualifies for free meals program for all students

This week Walla Walla Public Schools received confirmation from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, it qualifies to offer free meals this year for all students and families under the Federal Community Eligibility Provision program.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) permits all enrolled children in school districts to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge once a district’s free lunch population exceeds 40%. Walla Walla Public Schools’ free rate is nearly 45%.

“The Community Eligibility Provision benefits all of our students by improving access and removing barriers to healthy and nutritious meals for all students,” said Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson.

Last year, Congress approved a waiver to provide free meals for every student in U.S. public schools, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That waiver expired June 30. Washington State responded with a solution. The legislature passed House Bill 1878, providing support to ensure the program would continue for all districts whose free lunch percentage exceeds 40%.

For more information, contact Nutrition Services at (509) 527-3016 or by email: nsdept@wwps.org

Make sure to register your ParentSquare account

Walla Walla Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school, and classroom communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian by using their email address and/or phone number (use the email and phone number that you have provided to your school and is in the WWPS Skyward Student Information System).

Click HERE to register your account 

Once registered:
• Go to My Account and confirm/set your notification settings
• If you select Digest Mode, messages will arrive at 6 p.m. If you select Instant, you will receive messages right away
• Be sure to click on Text message button so you receive text messages
• Install the FREE ParentSquare app on your smartphone
• Contact your child’s school secretary if you need additional support.

Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days – August 31 to September 4

Stop by the district’s Information Booth at the Education Building during the fair. Pick up a free book for your child and all your back-to-school information. The information station is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Education Building is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. See you at the fair!

School Stories

Staff attend training on Suicide Prevention program

Staff from Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, Garrison Middle School and Pioneer Middle School recently participated in Sources of Strength Adult Advisor training. Peer Leader training will be scheduled later this fall for all schools. This year’s kick off for the program will include the What Helps Me Campaign. Click HERE to learn more about Sources of Strength. 

District Continues to Provide Most School Supplies for Families

Most school and classroom supplies will continue to be provided for all Walla Walla Public Schools students and families throughout the 2022-23 school year. For elementary-aged students there is no expectation that families procure specific school supplies, cleaning/hygiene products, or other classroom materials for their child. Middle and high school students are asked to only bring a limited set of individual supplies with them to campus.

See below for a summary of district-provided and family-provided items:

Preschool/Head Start
• Head Start provides all school supplies (e.g. pens, pencils, markers/crayons, glue, tissue, or other classroom supplies)

• WWPS provides all school supplies (e.g. pens, pencils, markers/crayons, glue, tissue, or other classroom supplies)
• Families provide: Backpacks

Middle School/High School
• WWPS provides composition notebooks.
• Families provide: 3-ring binder with loose paper, writing utensils (pencils/pens) and a backpack

NOTE: If families need support with purchasing items, please contact your child’s school and ask for the intervention specialist.

Free admission to all Wa-Hi home games and drama productions
Attention Blue Devil fans! All Walla Walla High School home games and drama productions are free for everyone to attend.

Senior citizens no longer need their Gold Cards to get into games. Anyone wishing to attend home athletic contests for free simply needs to show up. Parents/guardians must accompany all middle and elementary aged children while in attendance. Some theatrical events, like drama productions and musicals, will require pre-registration to ensure seating capacities are not exceeded.

Visit the Walla Walla High School Athletic Department’s website for game schedules and information. https://wallawallaathletics.com/ or our Fine and Performing Arts Events Calendar at: https://wahibluedevils.org/c-p/courses/fine-performing-arts/events-calendar

Back to School Vaccine Clinic

• Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder)
• Thursday, Sept. 1
• 2-4 p.m.
• Open to ALL WWPS students needing required immunizations for school. Optional COVID vaccines will also be available for ages 5 and up.

School Open House Events scheduled next week

Berney Elementary
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Edison Elementary
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Green Park Elementary
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Prospect Point Elementary
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Sharpstein Elementary
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Garrison Middle School
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pioneer Middle School
• Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

• Freshman/New Student Orientation- Tuesday, August 30, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lincoln High School
• Wednesday, August 31, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

• Tuesday, September 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Community Stories
National Arts Education Week Programs - September 12 – 17, 2022

In celebration of National Arts Education Week, Carnegie Picture Lab will be presenting a series of artmaking opportunities in its newly redesigned Makerspace located at 515 East Main Street, Walla Walla. Carnegie Picture Lab, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been serving youth in the Walla Walla Valley since 2010 through dynamic and innovative school and community-based art programs. National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is designated to bring attention to how arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity.

Carnegie Picture Lab will be presenting the following programs during National Arts in Education Week:
Tuesday, September 13, 4:00-6:00pm: Wild Silk Workshop I
Using wild silk materials from Madagascar, workshop participants will craft unique and creative art projects while learning about the farmers in Madagascar who raise native silkworms and sew beautiful textiles from the silk. Designed for children ages 9-11. Workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Wednesday, September 14, 4:00-6:00pm: Wild Silk Workshop II
This second wild silk workshop will lead a maximum of 16 participants through a second art project. Designed for ages 9 – 11. Workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Thursday, September 15, 4:00-6:00pm: Storybook Art – The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
September 15 is International Dot Day. The Dot lesson utilizes an artful thinking exercise on George Seurat, storytelling/reading of the book, and art making where kids will create their own Dot book using a variety of dot monoprints. Designed for ages 6 – 8, with a maximum of 16 participants.

Friday, September 16, 7:00-9:00pm: Adult Art Chopped Fundraiser
First appearing last March as a family event for Walla Walla elementary schools, we now present “Art Chopped” for adults is a fundraiser for Carnegie Picture Lab. Teams of two are given a mystery box of art “ingredients” and invited to create a masterpiece! $40.00 ticket also includes a glass of wine from Isenhower Cellars. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Only 16 seats are available.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Visit the Carnegie Picture Lab website for more information. 

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club tryouts and parent meeting for 2022-2023 season 

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club will conduct tryouts for boys and girls in grades 2-8 for the 2022-2023 season Sunday, Sept. 18 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School main gym.

2022-2023 Walla2Hoops AAU Tryout Schedule – Sunday, Sept. 18 at Walla Walla High School
• Grades 2-4 (boys and girls) – 12 to 1:30 p.m.
• Grades 5-6 (boys and girls) – 2 to 3:30 p.m.
• Grades 7-8 (boys and girls) - 4 to 6 p.m.

Tryout Requirements:
• Have a current AAU number - https://aausports.org/Join-AAU
• Be registered with Walla2Hoops on SportsEngine - http://w2hoops.com/ and click on "Join W2Hoops"
• Cost for an AAU number is $15 per player and needs to be renewed annually
• There is no cost to register with Walla2Hoops on SportsEngine to tryout; club fees will be billed once teams are formed
• Please email us with questions or issues at walla2hoops@gmail.com

The 2022-2023 AAU basketball season runs from October 2022 to March 2023. Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Waitsburg School District, Weston School District, St. Basil Academy and homeschool students.

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.

• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington

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