Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 10, 2023

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Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup April 12

Save the Date! Walla Walla Public Schools will host the Kindergarten & Early Learning Roundup at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds, April 12 between 3:30 to 6 p.m. If you have a child entering kindergarten or an early learning program like Transitional Kindergarten, Headstart and ECEAP this fall then this event is for you.
• Wednesday, April 12
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• 3:30 to 6 p.m.
• Meet principals, teachers and staff from your child’s new school
• Learn how and when to register for school
• Learn about Birth-to-5 options and resources for your child
• Visit community and school booths for information and resources
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• Event Information: Pam Clayton: pclayton@wwps.org / (509) 526-6781

2023-2024 Kindergarten Dual Language Program Applications now accepted

Walla Walla Public Schools is now accepting applications for the Kindergarten Dual Language Program for the 2023-24 school year. The Dual Language programs are offered at Edison and Green Park Elementary Schools. Sign up HERE    

The goal of the program is to ensure that all students who participate achieve proficiency in both Spanish and English. Please consider the following as you decide if dual language is the right choice for your child:
• Your child is comfortable in a variety of educational settings;
• Your child has already expressed an interest in different people, places and things;
• As a family, you will support learning a second language through school attendance, participation in school events and practice of both languages in your home.

Submit your application by dropping it off at the district office, email, mail or online. The Equity and Dual Programs Department will add the completed application to its list of applicants. Staff will verify the student’s registration with district kindergarten registration, and communicate important information to families Please note that you must complete the district kindergarten registration, as well as the dual language application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Equity and Dual Programs Department at 509-526-6791 or email Yolanda Herrera at: yherrera@wwps.org

School Social Work Week – March 5-11, 2023

The School Social Work Association of America is proud to promote National School Social Work Week, held the first full calendar week of March (Sunday - Saturday).

The theme for National School Social Work Week 2023 is “We Rise.” School Social Workers rise up - supporting their students, families, and school communities. School Social Workers rise to share hope. They rise to listen and understand. They rise to challenge inequities. Thanks to all our amazing Walla Walla Public Schools staff who rise to support all students.

#WeRise2023 #SSWWeek2023

Superintendent Smith guest teacher appearance at Pioneer MS

Pioneer Middle School students in Dakotah Fryatt’s math class had a surprise visit Wednesday from Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. He stepped in to serve as their guest teacher as part of his outreach plan to hear student voice. Superintendent Smith plans on serving as a guest teacher at least once a month throughout the remainder of the school year. Superintendent Smith is a former high school science teacher with a degree in chemistry. Next week he travels to Berney Elementary to work with kindergarten students.

School Stories
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation traditional dance and drum performance

Wednesday all district 4th and 5th grade students were treated to a Native American dance and drum performance by members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). This event was originally scheduled for November but was postponed due to poor weather conditions. Students also learned more about Native American history and culture during the one-hour performance. Several students were also invited to the stage to join in a friendship circle dance to close out the performance.

Walla Walla Public Schools is working with CTUIR to further enhance opportunities for students to explore the heritage, culture and experience of Indigenous peoples both historically and in American life today.

Blue Devils Winter Sports Wrap up by Athletic Director Chris Ferenz

The Walla Walla High School Athletic Department would like to begin by thanking many individuals across the community for a successful and enjoyable winter sports season here at Walla Walla High School. The attendance and enthusiasm at home contests this winter was inspiring for our student-athletes and coaches as they stepped on to the court, mat, and in the pool. In addition, a special expression of gratitude to the many individuals who stepped in to provide the necessary game worker support to run our athletic events smoothly.

Our student body and ASB leadership showed up in large numbers and expressed their Blue Devil spirit in a respectful and enthusiastic manner. Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches for their successes.

The boys basketball team ended their season with a second-round state loss at Arlington High School. Making a second 600+ mile round-trip over Snoqualmie Pass in 5 days, the Blue Devils dropped a game to the Eagles by a score of 68-57 on Saturday, February 25th. The loss capped a run of four loser-out contests which saw the hoopsters fend off Ferris at home, Kennewick in the TriCities, and Mount Vernon at Mount Vernon. The spirit and resolve of the team was on display as the team and coaches laced up their sneakers and played aggressive, confident team basketball.

In addition to many programs having team success, a number of individual student-athletes and coaches received recognition by the Mid-Columbia Conference coaches for outstanding performances throughout the season. Congratulations to the following MCC All-Conference Award winners.

• Zachary Evans (Sr) - Second Team
• Emmett James (Sr) - Honorable Mention
• Jamie Coburn - Coach of the Year

• Hayes Hendley (Fr), Noah Stillman (Fr), Kai Lincoln (Jr), Zach Juhnke (Sr) - 2nd Team, 200 Freestyle Relay
• Zach Juhnke (Sr) - 100 Freestyle
• Eli Bona (Fr) - 500 Freestyle
• Noah Stillman (Fr), Jerry Yao (So), Eli Bona (Fr), Zach Juhnke (Sr) - Honorable Mention, 200 Medley Relay
• Jerroy Yao (So), Noah Stillman (Fr), Eli Bona (Fr), Zach Juhnke (Sr) - Honorable Mention, 400 Freestyle Relay
• Nancy Rose - Coach of the Year

Girls Wrestling:
• Kylie Whitaker (Fr) - First Team
• Emilie Lawrence (Sr) - Second Team
• Aexa Kemp (So) - Honorable Mention

Boys Wrestling:
• Mateo Caso (Sr) - First Team, Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year
• Carter O-Dell (Jr) – Second Team
• Ethan Kregger (Jr) - Second Team

Girls Bowling:
• Morgan Perrion (Jr) - Second Team

Girls Basketball:
• Cami Martin (Jr) - Second Team
• Madison Riebel (Jr) - Honorable Mention, Defensive Team

Boys Basketball:
• Dane Gardea (Jr) - Second Team

Walla Walla Public Schools teams with Chevrolet of Walla Walla to offer elementary soccer

Thanks to Jaime Tiscareno from Chevrolet of Walla Walla, this spring elementary students across the school district will have an opportunity to compete against each other in soccer. The new program was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Chevrolet of Walla Walla, the school district’s levy funds and grant support from the district’s 21st Century Afterschool Program.

This free new co-ed soccer program, for 4th and 5th grade students, begins April 10 and continues through May 18. Program management will fall under the umbrella of the district’s 21st Century Afterschool program, and equipment and program associated costs will be funded by the donation. The goal of the program is to provide a positive afterschool activity where students can enhance their soccer skills, learn to play as a team and develop good sportsmanship.

“We wanted to have a direct impact on our children and give back to the community,” said Jaime Tiscareno of Chevrolet of Walla Walla. “We didn’t have a soccer program in our elementary schools when I was a kid and I want to make sure today’s students have this opportunity. We look forward to seeing the students compete and have fun representing their schools.”

Practices will be held after school from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. with games being held on Mondays and Thursdays after school. There are no practices or games on Wednesdays. Schools will play each other twice during the season. Transportation will be provided from the school to the game sites for all players. Parents are encouraged to pick up their children after all practices and following the games at the hosting schools. However, school transportation home is available if needed.

Registration Open now through March 22: To register for this exciting new program, please complete the following forms and return them to your child’s classroom teacher. Hard copy packets are also available at the school’s main office.


Elementary Soccer Parent Packet
o Request for Waiver of School Accident Plan Coverage
o Walla Walla Public Schools Medical Release for Athletics
o Walla Walla Public Schools Concussion Training Sign-off Form
o Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Form

Please contact your child's school if you have any additional questions. We look forward to seeing our students compete and have fun representing their schools!

Parent Night for Incoming 9th Grade Families

Please join us to learn more about high school credits, graduation requirements and the registration process. See firsthand the amazing opportunities for your child in our high school programs. Our goal is to work together with families to help all students find success along their educational journey.
• Monday, March 13
• 6 to 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla High School Commons

Library Material Review Window: March 9-22

Pursuant to Procedure 2021, the following resources are being recommended by Walla Walla Public Schools for high school libraries. As outlined in Procedure 2021, community members with questions or concerns about the proposed resources should contact the school librarian within the next two weeks.
Click HERE to view the list.

Wa-Hi student named 2023 Carsen Scholar

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School junior Turner Van Slyke for being named a 2023 Carsen Scholar. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship award that will be invested for his college education. In addition to the scholarship money, Turner will receive a medal and a certificate. Walla Walla High School will also receive a trophy in honor of Turner’s accomplishments. Turner was chosen because he demonstrated the highest standards of academic achievement, integrity, civic and social responsibility.

Tickets on sale now for FFA Blue and Gold Shindig

Walla Walla FFA Alumni and Friends announce tickets for this year's Blue and Gold Shindig are now on sale! Join us for a night full of fun!
• Saturday, April 29
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center
• Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
• Single Dinner Tickets - $30
• Reserve a table for your family (8 tickets included) - $250
• Buy Tickets Here: https://buytickets.at/wallawallaffaalumni/852065
• All proceeds support the local FFA Chapter
• For more information: http://wallawallaffaalumni.weebly.com
• Call Staci if you have questions: (509) 386-3484

Tickets on sale now for Big Blue Boosters Annual Fundraiser

Attention Big Blue Supporters! Tickets are now available for the 3rd Annual Big Blue Boosters Fundraising Dinner & Auction on April 22, 2023. The event will take place at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion, with doors and silent auction opening at 5 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased here: https://bigblueboosters.ejoinme.org/tickets

The Big Blue Boosters of Walla Walla has spent tens of thousands of dollars in the past year to support its athletes. This includes providing basketball shooting machines, gym flooring graphics, bowling lockers, jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, warm-up gear, coach apparel, team meals, sports equipment, sports photography and so much more.

“The goal of Big Blue is to improve the athletic experience for our Wa-Hi student-athletes and coaches,” said Big Blue Boosters Secretary Colby Burke. “We raise funds only through our annual auction and dinner, gym sponsorship programs, and generous donations. We do not ask our student athletes to be responsible for fundraising. As the Walla Walla School District no longer charges admission to regular season sporting events, our mission to generate funds for our athletic programs is more important than ever.”

The Big Blue Boosters is a 501c3 organization, and sponsorships and donations may be claimed as a charitable donation for tax purposes. Donations are accepted throughout the year to support our athletes. We thank you for your support!

Wa-Hi parents invited to senior party planning meeting

Attention ALL Wa=Hi parents of seniors! It's already March, and time to meet again for updates on the post-graduation senior party! Next meeting date is Monday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wa-Hi library. Get involved in planning activities, prizes, food, and communication to create a fun, safe gathering place for our seniors following graduation on June 9. There will be a short general meeting followed by committee breakouts. Any questions? Email laura.norris1119@gmail.com or khubbard@wwps.org. See you soon! This activity is not sponsored by WWPS.

Community Stories
Five Walla2Hoops teams to compete at state

Walla Walla will be well represented at the 10th Annual State Championship tournament in Spokane this month. Girls compete this weekend and boys travel north next weekend. with two divisions (Club and School). Six Walla2Hoops AAU basketball teams qualified this year and five are making the trip to compete against the more than 500 teams expected play this year. To qualify, Walla2Hoops teams finished first or second in a State Qualifier tournament during the season.

“This is an exciting way to end the season for our teams,” said Walla2Hoops President Mathew Price-Huntington. “This is the most teams to ever qualify from our club and shows the hard work is paying off for these outstanding young athletes.”

4th Boys - Coach Weseman
Kendall Weseman
Jeremiah Ponds
Mateo Angeles
Broox Laughery
Colin Hayes
Dylan Johnson
Ben Kimble
Jackson Anderson
Arian Hernandez
Hudson Wolford
Sebastian Lopez

6th Grade Girls – Coach McNeil
Raelyn McNeil
Laney Hand
Molly Franklin
Julissa Martinez
Makayah Lawyer
Jayla Ortiz
Liliana Garcia
Breelynn Smith
Gracielynn Pearce
Elizabeth Burt

7th Grade Boys W2/OTT – Coach 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

8th grade Boys W2/OTT – Coach Garnett
Colton McCollough
Simon Unck
Alfredo Avalos
Luke Higgins
Micah Eggart
Derrick Bingham
Evan Gies
Cole Sazue
Kenroy Brown
Truman Bullington
Nate Allen
Gabe Davenport

8th Grade Boys – Coach Kulberg
Colby Perkins
Zachary Smith-Phillips
Richard Kulberg
Kaiden Kirschbaum
Lokaa Tso
Judah Breithaupt
Alijah Roberson
Mitchell Vu
Ezekiel Hartwell
Michael Kulberg

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.

Blue Zones teams with SonBridge Center for stay-at-home parents walking series

SonBridge Center for Better Living, in partnership with Blue Zones, is hosting a 10-week Walking Moai (group) for stay-at-home parents. Feel free to bring your kiddos in strollers or on foot. We may end up with slower-paced and faster-paced groups; but that's okay! The paved route is out and back; so, you can turn around whenever you're ready.

The group will be hosted every Tuesday at 10 a.m., April 18 - June 20 . We will meet in the parking lot next to the Fort Walla Walla Amphitheater located slightly northeast of the Museum.
Please dress for the weather outside that day, bring sunscreen, water, and wear your walking shoes!

Camp Fire Afterschool Program Update

Our theme for the week of 3/13 - 3/17 is Absolutely Incredible Kid Week. Camp Fire National HQ celebrates Absolutely Incredible Kid Day on March 16, so we are following their lead and taking the opportunity to recognize how incredible each and every one of our campers is. Staff will handwrite letters to each camper at their site about what makes that kid absolutely incredible. Join us by telling the incredible kids in your lives what makes them special!

March as-needed registration is open. Register here: https://www.wwcampfire.org/programs

We have lots of as-needed and daily registration spots open at our Pre-K Camp Fire program at the Center for Children and Families. More information here: https://www.wwcampfire.org/programs

We've started planning for Summer Camp, which will come with lots of fun volunteer opportunities. Email natalie@wwcampfire.org if interested in volunteering or joining the summer staff substitute list. If you're considering sending your child to summer camp this year, make sure you're on our email newsletter list at

City Library Update

It’s spring... are you ready to garden?! This Saturday marks the launch of the annual Seed Library at Walla Walla Public Library, with a wide variety of vegetable, herbs, and flowers available. Drop in to choose up to 5 free seed packets per family, along with biodegradable seed potting cups & row markers, and of course—lots of gardening books and printed resources! All Seed Library info and resources are also available on our website. No registration required, just stop by and check it out!

Do you have a new reader, or a student who benefits from hearing the words read aloud while following along with the text? Check out TumbleBooks, a service of the Walla Walla Public Library featuring talking & animated books. Titles include picture books, chapter books, and books in Spanish. No library card is necessary; find it on our website at https://www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org/kids-teens/resources/tumblebook-library

Parks and Recreation Update

• St Paddy’s Day Dash – Ages 5 and up. Cost is $15-$25.
• Toddler Dance Party – Ages 6 months-10 years. Cost is $10.
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Grades K-6. Cost is $40-$50.
• Beginning & Intermediate Ukulele – 10 years and up. Cost is $45-$60
• WW Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic – Ages 7-12. Cost is $65.
• Pre Teeball-League – Ages 3-5. Cost is $35.
• Adult Softball League (Men’s & Co-Ed). Ages 16 years and up. Team fee is $920.
• Fencing - 8 years and up. Cost is $20-$75.
• Veterans Memorial Pool 2023 Season Passes are on sale! Prices increase the 1st of each month until May when they are full price.

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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