Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 2, 2022

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District Stories
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

School Board Regular Study Meeting 

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)
5:30 p.m. – Regular Study Meeting (open to the public, in-person)
Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Recordings: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997

Back to School checklist 


Reminder - 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 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.

September Pulse Video


Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith shares his Back to School message in the September Pulse video. Dr. Smith reminds all parents to complete the online Back to School checklist before school starts. He also invites the community to celebrate the Bond Program success by attending this fall’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies and School Tours at Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School. He also reports on a new mental health support program for students (Hazel Health), the importance of attending school regularly and supporting all school safety measures. Dr. Smith is excited for a great school year and is anxious to see everyone at school.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrations & School Tours

The district continues to deliver on its bond promises with the announcement of ribbon cutting ceremonies and campus tours of all three major renovation projects. Please mark these dates on your calendar and celebrate with the school district on these historic accomplishments.

Walla Walla High School
• Wednesday, Sept. 21 / 4 to 6 p.m.
• Ribbon Cutting, BBQ, Tour & Dick Neher Plaza Commemoration

Pioneer Middle School
• Wednesday, Sept. 28 / 4 to 6 p.m.
• Ribbon Cutting & Tour

Lincoln High School
• Wednesday, Oct. 5 / 4 to 6 p.m.
• Ribbon Cutting & Tour

See you at the Fair! 

Walla Walla Public Schools is well represented at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days now through Sept. 4. The Education Building will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the fair. The district will have its informational booth in front of the Education Building today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of swag giveaways including children’s books, water bottles, grocery totes, sports schedules, calendars and much more. There will also be free face painting today and tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. We look forward to a great school year and are excited show off all the student projects at this year’s fair.

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.

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Boosters donation helps fund 1990 “big gym” floor logo design

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to make preventative maintenance a priority with the resurfacing of gym floors at several schools over the summer to preserve the life of the hardwood and improve safety.

Walla Walla High School Big Blue Boosters supported this maintenance initiative by providing a generous donation to the district to help fund the painted graphics of the 32-year-old Walla Walla High School gym floor. The new floor design features the traditional Blue Devil logos, new center court image and block letters of the school name on the main court.

“The hardwood is in excellent shape, but it needed to be sanded and completely resurfaced after three decades of use,” said Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay. “The Big Blue Boosters are an amazing partner and we appreciate the Boosters for allocating funds from their annual Silent Auction Fundraiser to help add some exciting logo and center court improvements to the finished product.”

Blue Devil football on radio

Catch all the exciting Blue Devil varsity football action on KGDC 92.9 FM radio. The Blue Devils travel to Yakima tonight to face West Valley High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. See complete schedule HERE 

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.

Community Stories
United Way of the Blue Mountains announces upcoming Education Summit

One focus area of United Way of the Blue Mountains is education. Elevate, a program in Walla Walla and Columbia counties and the Milton-Freewater area, powered by United Way, helps students find more educational and career success. The Education Summit is an opportunity for parents to participate and let their voices be heard. It’s a chance for community members to come together to support student success.

“We hope to engage residents in a conversation about what we can do better to support students, their families and our schools,” said Amanda Mount, Community Results Coordinator, for Elevate and United Way of the Blue Mountains. “We will share some data that measures student achievement and well-being and host conversations to hear community members’ concerns and ideas. The insights and learnings will inform strategies that we can use to make sure all students in our region have access to educational opportunities that meet their needs.”

Join in to talk about education and post high school opportunities for students in your community. You can expect impactful discussion and a complimentary dinner. Everyone is welcome and there will be an onsite supervised children’s activity center. The event will be held from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the following locations.

Dates and venues:
• Dayton, Fairgrounds, 9/27
• Touchet, Touchet HS, 9/28
• Waitsburg, Lions Club, 9/29
• Milton Freewater, Community Bldg, 10/12
• College Place, Lions Club, 10/13
• Walla Walla, Fairgrounds, 10/19

For more information:
Amanda Mount, Community Results Coordinator
United Way of the Blue Mountains

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 - https://www.carnegiepicturelab.com/events

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club tryouts and parent meetings 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. Parent meetings will coincide with the tryouts schedule.

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. (also a parent meeting at this time)
• Grades 5-6 (boys and girls) – 2 to 3:30 p.m. (also a parent meeting at this time)
• Grades 7-8 (boys and girls) - 4 to 6 p.m. (also a parent meeting at this time)

Tryout Requirements:
• Have a current AAU number - https://aausports.org/Join-AAU
• Be registered with Walla2Hoops on SportsEngine https://w2hoops.sportngin.com/register/form/554894636
• Cost for an AAU number is $14 per player and needs to be renewed annually
• There is no cost to register with W2Hoops 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. The club consist of approximately 21 teams and nearly 200 athletes. Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Pendleton, 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

Parks and Recreation Update

• Adult Golf Lessons – 16 years and over - $50
• Fencing – 8 years and over - $20-$75
• All Comers Track Meet – 1-12 years - $3 ($5 On Site Registration)

Do you have the 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

For more information or to register, please visit our website at www.wwpr.us. 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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