Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 11, 2023

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Vision 2030 Strategic Plan charts promising future for Walla Walla Public Schools 

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors approved the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan after nearly one year of substantial community, staff, student and stakeholder engagement. Vision 2030 focuses on ambitious levels of learning for all, relevant and rigorous learning experiences, a culture of belonging and family and community partnerships.

“The Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors defined a clear and affirming direction for the future of our school system based on extensive engagement with stakeholders,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “This is an exciting time for students, staff, and the community of Walla Walla as we build upon our vision of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.”

Walla Walla Public Schools inclusive six-phase strategic planning development process started last spring involving multiple layers of outreach, including ThoughtExchange electronic discussions, multiple surveys, 50 face-to-face listening sessions, and 21 separate focus group meetings in English and Spanish and a Strategic Planning Community Summit.

“We are committed to ensuring Walla Walla Public Schools students graduate prepared for today’s competitive world, whether college or career bound,” said Superintendent Smith. “Vision 2030 affirms the community’s collective expectation for a world-class education for all students.”

Below are the goals statements for Vision 2030. Each goal has detailed strategies to ensure goal outcome targets are met.

Goal #1: Ambitious Learning for All
• WWPS prioritizes a districtwide culture where staff collaborate with their peers to ensure high quality instruction, analyze and respond to student learning needs and maintain a collective sense of urgency around high achievement for all.

Goal #2: Relevant and Rigorous Experience
• WWPS commits to ensuring all students will receive a relevant and rigorous educational experience, where every senior graduates with 21st century-skills and a post-secondary plan to enroll, enlist or attain gainful employment after high school.

Goal #3: Culture of Equity and Belonging
• WWPS ensures an equitable educational experience where all students feel a sense of belonging and voice as they develop connections with peers and adults in a safe, supportive, inclusive and culturally responsive learning environment.

Goal #4: Partnership with Family and Community
• WWPS leverages family, community and business partnerships in order to enhance student learning and their educational experience.

“These strategic initiatives will result in increased student performance, rigorous course offerings for all students, a districtwide culture of belonging and additional opportunities to engage families in the school experience,” said Superintendent Smith. “As the district begins to implement the four goals of its new Vision 2030 strategic plan, students, staff and community will begin to take notice of the collective improvement efforts.”


NO SCHOOL Friday, May 12

There is NO SCHOOL Friday, May 12 for all students. This was a possible snow day built into the calendar that was not used.

May 2023 Pulse Video


Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith released the May 2023 Pulse video, where he shares information about the district’s new Strategic Plan - Vision 2030. Vision 2030 focuses on ambitious levels of learning for all, relevant and rigorous learning experiences, a culture of belonging, and family and community partnerships.

Superintendent Smith also notes this month’s state testing, end of year celebrations coming up this spring and the numerous student activities planned for May. Thank you for taking a few minutes to watch this month’s Pulse video.

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 8-12

Teachers Go Above & Beyond for Students

Thank you to all the Walla Walla Public Schools teachers who play a critical role in driving the success of our children’s education and lives. These dedicated educators are the ones who inspire and guide our kids to become future leaders, innovators and problem solvers.

Please join us this Teacher Appreciation Week as we honor the amazing Walla Walla educators who help develop the future leaders of tomorrow! Let's show our support for our children’s educators and tell them how much their commitment and dedication to our children is so appreciated.

#ThankATeacher #wwpsteachers #teacherappreciationweek

School board regular business meeting May 16

The Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors next regular business meeting is May 16, 2023. The meeting will be held at the Walla Walla Public Schools Administration Building, 364 S Park Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362 and is open to the public.  Board of Directors Meeting Schedule & Information:  https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

School Nurse Day 

2023 Theme - Thanks for all you do!

Wednesday was National School Nurse Day! Protecting and promoting student, community, and public health today and every day. 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. School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week.

We honor all school nurses making a difference in the lives of children today and every day! School nurses lead the way to support health and ensure that students are healthy, safe, and ready to learn. School nurses are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop to their full potential today and every day. #schoolnurses

Graduations and End of Year Celebrations

Opportunity and Walla Walla Online Graduation
• Wednesday, June 7
• 6:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Lincoln High School Graduation
• Thursday, June 8
• 6 to 8 p.m.
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Walla Walla High School Commencement
• Friday, June 9
• 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla Online 8th Grade Recognition
• Tuesday, June 13
• 6 p.m.
• SEATech Multipurpose Room

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
• Tuesday, June 13
• 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
• Wednesday, June 14
• 7 p.m.
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds

School Stories
Wa-Hi National Decision Day

Wednesday Walla Walla High School hosted Decision Day for seniors. The event featured music, college information booths and fun activities. National College Decision Day is a time when college applicants make their decision about which school they will attend in the summer/fall. This day offers high school seniors the opportunity to decide where they would like to go for higher education. For many, it is a big decision as it can impact their college experience as well as their future job opportunities. National College Decision Day seems to have been nationally recognized since 2014 as an important date for future college freshmen.

Registration open for Wa-Hi summer sports programs

Registration for Wa-Hi Summer sports programs is now open. Please make sure physicals are up-to-date. Contact coaches directly for more information regarding schedules and program details.
Sign up on Family ID: https://www.wwps.org/resources/parents/familyid

• Boys Basketball - Adam Berg: wabbasketball@wwps.org
• Girls Basketball - Tresa Reibel: treibel@wwps.org
• Football - Greg Lupfer: glupfer@wwps.org
• Volleyball - Christina Dove: wavolleyball@wwps.org
• Girls Soccer - Dana Evans: wagsoccer@wwps.org
• BDSC (Blue Devils Strength and Conditioning) - Greg Lupfer: glupfer@wwps.org

NOTE: Incoming freshmen are eligible for their preferred sports program and incoming 6th grades are eligible for BDSC and Co-Ed Tennis. If you are in need of assistance, contact the Athletic Office at (509) 526-8633 or at khammond@wwps.org.

Spring Art Show next week

Middle and High School artists are showcasing their work in a show May 16-19 in the Walla Walla High School Black Box Theatre.
• Opening reception Tuesday May 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
• Public welcome, Wednesday-Friday, 3:30-7:30 p.m.

SEATech Health Sciences Graduation Pinning Ceremony

• Public invited to the Graduation Pinning for the Pre-nursing Class of 2023
• Wednesday, May 17
• 6 p.m.
• SEATech (525 Campus Loop – on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)

Wa-Hi Drama Presents - 2023 Spring Show: Dreamland 

Synopsis of show: An over-the-top, B-movie-style musical comedy with a score that blends contemporary musical theatre pop with the smooth sounds of the 1950’s, Dreamland is a musical riff on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set during the declassification of Area 51.

Tickets are FREE and available at the door 30 minutes before curtain.
Location: Wa-Hi Auditorium

Remaining Show Dates:
May 12- 7 p.m.
May 13-2 p.m.

Donations are accepted and go to Wa-Hi Drama for future productions! Questions? Email khessler@wwps.org

Gear Up presents parent workshop on staying connected to your teen

• The transition to college can be a daunting and overwhelming experience.
• GEAR UP has organized an event May 16, 6-7 pm, Wa-Hi room A131 to provide support and resources to families navigating this process.
• The event will feature guest speakers Heather Robinson, Love and Logic, facilitator, and dinner will be provided.
• Please RSVP using the following link: https://forms.gle/Se3fu1odozsMP917A

Community Stories
COCOA announces Juneteenth Jubilee

COCOA would like to invite everyone in our community, especially families with children, to come to the Juneteenth Jubilee on Saturday, June 17, 2023. The event will take place in Washington Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our celebration of joy and the end of enslavement in America is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME. We will have FREE food, beverages, games, music, crafts, and more. We hope you join us! Follow us on Instagram (wwjuneteenth) and Facebook (cocoawwv).

2023 Suicide Prevention Walk – Together we can STOP Suicide in Walla Walla

• Wednesday, May 24
• 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Macy’s Parking Lot (119 E. Alder St.)
• 35+ organizations
• All are welcome
• Event information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suicide-prevention-walk-tickets-621069986047

26th Annual Ducky Derby Saturday

Duck Race and Family Festival to Support Local Youth and the Prevention of Child Abuse

The 26th annual Community Bank Ducky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 13, at Mill Creek on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. The duck race will begin at 2 p.m. during the Family Fun Festival that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last year’s Fun Fest was cancelled due to inclement weather, but the committee is committed to holding the event this year.

This annual community event is generously sponsored by Community Bank and organized by the Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundation. Proceeds from this event go toward child abuse prevention and support many programs that benefit youth in the Walla Walla Valley and surrounding areas.

The highlight of the event is the race of approximately 20,000 little yellow plastic ducks down a stretch of Mill Creek. Community members are encouraged to purchase Ducky Derby tickets (one duck for $5 or five ducks for $20) for a chance to win one of approximately 20 prizes generously donated by local businesses. Prizes will be awarded to the individuals who hold tickets with numbers matching those of the first ducks to cross the finish line.

Over $60,000 in guaranteed prizes will be awarded, with the featured prize being a $10,000 cash prize donated by Walla Walla Valley Honda. Regardless of whether you win a prize or not, each ticket is a winner in that a $5 ticket stub is good for a free ice cream at Baskin & Robbins and a $20 ticket stub is good for a free small Blizzard at Dairy Queen.

Ducky Derby tickets are available to purchase from any Exchange Club member, at community events such as the Spring Fling and Downtown Farmer's Market, and at designated ticket outlets: Any Exchange Member, Albertsons, Blue Palm Frozen Yogurt, Community Bank, Downtown on Alder, Community Bank, Hwy 125, Falkenberg Jewelers, L&G Ranch Supply, PFI Mart - Isaacs Ave, Super One, Walla Walla Daily Grind, Walla Walla Valley Honda, or wherever you can find Matt Mahan!

Last-minute tickets may be purchased before the race at the Family Fun Festival at Walla Walla Community College on May 13.

Return to the River Salmon Festival Saturday

• Come celebrate our natural resources
• Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• WWCC (by the ballfields along Tausick Way)
• Salmon releases at noon, 1 & 2 p.m.
• Lamprey and native fish on display
• Hands-on activities like fish printing, relay races, obstacle course, demonstrations, free face painting and more

Camp Fire Afterschool Program Update

Our theme for the week of 5/15 - 5/19 is Wild West Week. We are having a book sale to support our Summer Camp fundraiser today (Friday, 5/12) from 2 to 5 in our office (414 S Park St).

Support Summer Camp or even sponsor a camper through our GoFundMe at https://gofund.me/3e39a156 or send a check to the Camp Fire office: 414 S Park St. Any contribution, no matter the size, is appreciated! Donations go directly toward lowering the tuition cost for families.

Summer Camp registration is open! We'll be announcing the themes for all 10 of our program weeks on Instagram starting today If your child has a special interest relating to one of our themes, or if they just need an opportunity to broaden their horizons and make new friends this summer, consider signing them up for even 1 week of camp. Register online at https://www.wwcampfire.org/summer

We are hiring a new Executive Director. Job description and application instructions can be found here: https://www.wwcampfire.org/employment

We are also looking for guest presenters for Summer Camp. Email natalie@wwcampfire.org if you're interested.

City Parks & Rec Update

Summer Program Registration opens on Monday, May 15 at 8 a.m.

Recreation Programs
• Fall Youth Soccer – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• Fencing - 8 years and up. Cost is $20-$75.
• Golf Lessons – 7 years and up. Cost is $48-$50.
• Little Kicks Soccer – Ages 3-5 years. Cost is $70.
• Pickleball – Ages 9 years and up. Cost is $30-$60.
• NFL Youth Flag Football – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• Toddler Dance Party - Ages 6 months-10 years. Cost is $10.
• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic – Ages 7-11. Cost is $60.

Veterans Memorial Pool Programs
• Hatha Yoga – All Ages – Cost is $12-$180.
• Aqua Splash – Ages 16 years and up. Cost is $15-$130.
• Discover Scuba – Ages 10 and up. Cost is $75.
• SUP Paddle Board Yoga – Ages 15 and up. Cost is $35.
• Swimming Lessons – Ages 3 months and up. Cost is $31-$35.
• Water Walking – All Ages. Cost is $25.

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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