Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 4, 2022

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This month Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith congratulates Walla Walla Public Schools board members for being named Board of the Year for medium-sized school districts. They will be recognized at the WSSDA conference later this month.

Superintendent Smith announced the development of the new consolidated Family Involvement website which makes it easier for families to find important information on curriculum adoptions, how library books are selected, state required sexual health curriculum lessons and much more.

He also announced November is Native American Heritage Month and the district is partnering with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) for a special performance in Walla Walla Nov. 17. During this event, all district 4th and 7th grade students will travel to Cordiner Hall on the campus of Whitman College to learn more about Native American culture and heritage.

And finally, Superintendent Smith salutes all veterans this month in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

No School Days – November 2022

• Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
• Nov. 24 & 25 (Thanksgiving Break)
• NOTE: Early Dismissals – Nov. 4 and Nov. 23

November Is Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month where the country recognizes the contributions, achievements and sacrifices of Native American people, the first inhabitants of the United States.
• 2022 Theme: We will defend Tribal sovereignty, self-government, self-determination, and the homelands of Tribal Nations.

National Native American Heritage Month is also a time to celebrate this rich and vibrant culture. This month is a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions Native American communities make today and have made throughout history.

To Learn More about Native American Heritage Month, visit:
Library of Congress   

Walla Public Schools Foundation formed to support local schools

The Walla Walla Public Schools Foundation is a new organization striving to enrich and enhance the educational experiences of WWPS students. The schools foundation is working to raise funds for out-of-classroom experiences for district students like field trips and off-campus outdoor educational experiences—among other initiatives. If you’d like to learn more, please sign up for the e-newsletter, follow the schools foundation on Facebook or Instagram, or visit the website.

Nov. 1, 2022 school board study meeting recap

Click on the links below for a recap on the Nov. 1, 2022 school board study meeting.
10-10 Staff Newsletter (ParentSquare link for staff)
BoardBook link (for parents & general public)

Personnel Report (from Nov. 1, 2022 school board meeting)

Shawn Mayo, Technology Specialist, Technology Department
Robert Riley, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Jeffery Sasser, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Gary Schneidmiller, Grounds Worker, Facilities and Operations

Ginger Gatewood, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary School, 4 years

District office staff supports Realtors Care & Share food drive

Walla Walla Public Schools district office staff members displayed their big hearts by generously donating food for the annual Realtors Care & Share food drive. The donation event was connected to the district office annual fall potluck luncheon.

All donations went to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank to help community members in need. Collection barrels were in all district schools the month of October to support the food drive. Thanks to the entire Walla Walla Public Schools family for giving generously to this important annual cause.

Career fair stop helps recruit educators to Walla Walla

Walla Walla Public School lead Speech Language Pathologist Holly Anderson and Special Education Director Barb Casey met with Eastern Washington University and Washington State University Speech Pathology graduate students to recruit them for employment options in Walla Walla. The career fair event was held on the WSU Spokane campus. Anderson and Casey met with 60 students during their visit.

School Stories
Trunk or Treat back bigger than ever

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, Wa-Hi’s Trunk or Treat Halloween spectacular returned bigger and better than ever. Hundreds of ghouls and goblins, donned in their best Halloween attire, flooded the Wa-Hi campus in search of candy and treats.

Dozens of clubs decorated their vehicles to welcome the area’s children to campus for a safe Halloween experience. There was even a haunted barn attraction to add to the festivities. Guests brought canned food items for the food bank as well.

Thanks to the Wa-Hi ASB for sponsoring the event and all of the students, advisors and staff for volunteering to make this year’s Trunk or Treat one to remember.

Pioneer Middle School’s new sign highlights renovation project

A beautiful, new metal sign was recently installed at Pioneer Middle School by local business owner and Wa-Hi graduate John Sasser as part of the bond project. The sign is mounted on the school’s main gym off Bridge St. This represents another of the finishing touches on the school’s extensive renovation happening this fall.

Thanks again to Walla Walla community members for their ongoing support of the district’s successful bond program.

Stay Connected!
- Website: https://www.wwps.org/bond
- Twitter: @bondwwps

Walla Walla Public Schools Bond Program – Delivering on Our Promise

Only two SEATech benches remain available for pre-purchase

Each year the Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology class builds benches to help students apply their welding skills through real, hands-on projects. There are only two left for pre-purchase.

The students learn a lot about quality assurance and other manufacturing topics with this project, said Advanced Manufacturing Instructor James Polson. “We then sell these benches at cost so we can build other things in the future.”

Community members have an opportunity to pre-purchase a bench for $350. A $125 deposit is required to hold the reservation. The bench is either a park bench or wood seat style. The theme on the backrest can be customized with a variety of art designs available.

“The student teams will work with the customer to develop their bench theme,” said Polson. “These benches should be ready for pickup by April 1 and are made from 14 gauge steel and painted with enamel paint.”

To reserve your bench please email me at jpolson@wwps.org. Your deposit will need to be received by December 2, 2022. We accept cash, check or credit cards at our SEATech office (509-526-2000).

Wa-Hi JROTC hosts regional rifle match

Last weekend the Walla Walla High School JROTC program hosted the US Army Junior Air Rifle Championship State Sectional.

"It was great being able to host this match again after a two-year hiatus due to COVID restrictions," said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Mebes, WWHS JROTC rifle team coach. "You could feel the energy and excitement in the range from the traveling athletes as well as our own shooters. The whole team agreed the match was an overwhelmingly positive experience."

Total Shooters: 44
• Precision Class Shooters: 22
• Sporter Class Shooters: 22

Communities Represented:
• Walla Walla High School Army JROTC
• University High School Army JROTC - Spokane Valley
• Spokane Junior Rifle Club - Spokane, WA and Northern ID
• Boise Shooting Club, Boise, ID

SEATech student wins regional nursing skills competition

Recently SEATech students in the Health Sciences Careers program hosted a skills competition for students from SEATech and Tri-Tech in Kennewick who are involved in the Pre-Nursing program. The competition involved a hands-on testing portion evaluated by the second-year nursing students from Walla Walla Community College. Students also sat for a written exam of 85 questions.

“SEATech once again proved their professionalism and work ethic paid off,” said Instructor Sandy Thomas. “Kaitlyn Flinders of SEATech took first while classmate Blake Jones finished second and Emma Crabtree of Tri-Tech came in third place. SEATech also won the overall competition.”

Wa-Hi plans Veterans Day Assembly – All veterans invited to attend

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion and the Associated Student Body (ASB) will host an assembly to honor all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 in the Main Gym.

"The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets have an extensive program planned to include presentation of all the Military Services honoring our Veterans, Color Guard presentation, and Fallen Comrades’ ceremony. Veterans and their guests are invited to arrive at 9:30 a.m., meet in the Wa-Hi Wrestling Room with ceremonies to begin at 10:26 a.m.," said cadet Lt. Col. Kaden Kerr, the battalion commander. "Veterans of all periods and conflicts (including the Cold War) from all branches ... Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and all their components ... active, reserve, guard, and retired will be recognized for their service to the nation."

Special parking has been arranged and assistance will be available for those with limited mobility between the small gym and the tennis courts, according to a battalion official. There will be coffee before the event and light refreshments provided immediately following the assembly.

"This event is free and open to veterans, their families, survivors, friends of veterans, and the general public. All are welcome to attend. Please share this with every veteran you know in our community," said Kerr.

For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to -- wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

National Bison Day part of Native American Heritage Month

Walla Walla Public Schools will serve Bison tacos for lunch at school cafeterias across the district Monday November 7. The event is connected to November’s National Native American Heritage Month. Students will learn the following about bison.

Bison Facts:
• Largest Land Mammal in North America
• Healthy Food Source (better then beef, chicken, or salmon)
• Low Fat and Calories. Good Source of Iron, Protein, and B-12
• Males weigh up to 2,000 pounds and are 6ft tall
• Bison can run 35 miles per hour
• Bison are NOT friendly
• In the 1800s, 60 million bison were killed, Today there about 30,000 left in the wild

Bison central to the livelihood of Native Americans
"Critical to their survival, bison not only provided American Indians with food, shelter and tools, but a model on how to live. To American Indians, bison also represent their spirit and remind them of how their lives were once lived, free and in harmony with nature. From beard to the tail, American Indian nations used every part of the bison. Because the bison provided many gifts—from tipis and clothing made from hides to soap from fat and tools made from bones—they were honored as relatives and paid tribute to through songs, dance and prayers."

Community Stories
Audubon Society offers tips to view turkeys in the wild

It’s Turkey Time -- Blue Mountain Audubon Society is reaching out to schools to encourage families to get outside and discover the joys of birding. Check out their website at https://blumtn.org/ for what’s happening in Walla Walla. The theme this month is Turkeys…the wild feathered kind.

Here are some fun suggestions for kids of all ages:
• Take family Turkey Trot: Drive the outskirts of Walla Walla to find turkeys. They’re everywhere!
• Create a Quiz for Turkey Day: Kahoot is a free app https://kahoot.com Using any device, a whole family (or classroom) can play at once. For fun facts, here’s a link to Cornell University’s info on turkeys. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wild_Turkey/overview
• Or print your own, here’s one example https://www.beano.com/posts/ultimate-turkey-trivia-quiz

Have some family fun and Gobble Gobble!

Walla2Hoops AAU basketball teams qualify for state tournament

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club had three teams qualify for the State Basketball Championships in Spokane in March during the Mid-Columbia Hoops Ball-O-Ween tournament in the Tri-Cities Oct. 29 and 30. Congratulations to the Walla2Hoops 8th grade boys, 7th grade boys and 4th grade boys teams for finishing second in the tournament to earn berths to state.

8th grade
Coaches: Stephen Garnett, Javon Handcox and Marshall Lynch
• Simon Unck
• Micah Eggart
• Evan Gies
• Kenroy Brown
• Nate Allen
• Gabe Davenport
• Colton McCollaugh
• Derrick Bingham
• Alfredo Avalos
• Truman Bullington
• Luke Higgins
• Cole Suaze

7th Grade
Coach: Stephen Garnett
• Collin McCollaugh
• Lincoln Heinrich
• Jake Warwick
• Felix Liese
• Mateo Jimenez
• Bryson Smith
• Gabe Swanson
• Aylen Garnett
• Carson Hayes
• Brayden Shivell
• Brock Ashley
• Kalama Roberson.
• Cyrus Dumser

4th Grade Team
Coach: Matt Weseman
• Arian Hernandez
• Mateo Angeles
• Dylan Johnson
• Hudson Wolford
• Jackson Anderson
• Ben Kimble
• Broox Laughery
• Colin Hayes
• Jeremiah Ponds
• Kendall Weseman
• Sebastian Lopez

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.

To learn more about Walla2Hoops, contact:
• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington

COPS AND KIDS program looking for children to support 

COPS AND KIDS, a program that pairs local underprivileged children and law enforcement officers together to create a memorable holiday experience, is seeking children ages 5-12 to support this holiday season.

Officers and the children selected for the COPS AND KIDS program will go on a shopping trip to Walmart where the child gets to pick out and purchase gifts for their families. During this event, the officers secretly select gifts for the nominated child that are then wrapped and given to the child at the end of the shopping trip.

Families selected for the program also receive “needs” boxes that the officers’ shop for prior to the event that include essential items such as dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, conditioner, paper towels, socks and more.

If you know of a child that might benefit from this program, please complete the nomination form.
The goal this year is to help 20-25 families.

Nomination Link: https://bit.ly/CopsAndKidsNomination

Parks and Recreation Update

• Indoor Soccer registration is open. Grades K-8. This league is co-ed. Cost is $50 (early registration ends November 18).
• Breakfast with Santa December 10. Open to all ages. Cost - 2 and under FREE, Ages 3-12 $8, Ages 13+ $10.
• Fencing - 8 years and over. Cost is $20-$75.
• Beginning Ukulele – 10 years and over. Cost is $

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 

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