Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 16, 2023

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District office summer hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 20, the Walla Walla Public Schools district office will switch to its summer hours schedule:
• 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (closed for the lunch hour)
• 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Juneteenth Holiday June 19 – Walla Walla Public Schools Closed

Walla Walla Public Schools will be closed Monday, June 19 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday. In 2021, Congress passed a resolution establishing June 19 (Juneteenth) as a national holiday for federal employees in recognition of this critical date in our nation's fight against slavery. Following Federal action, in March of 2022 the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1617, establishing Juneteenth as a State holiday effective July, 2022, where schools and other State institutions will formally recognize June 19th as a holiday beginning in June 2023.

What is Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, news finally reached Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved persons were now released from the bondage of slavery. This news arrived two and one-half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War. Juneteenth honors and celebrates this momentous day in history.

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History Channel 

Staff Achievement grant recipients named

Walla Walla Public Schools has named its 2022-2023 Staff Achievement Grant recipients. The program started in 1988 to recognize teachers and support staff for superior performance, innovation, exemplary leadership and exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients, who are nominated and chosen by their peers, receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.

2022-2023 Staff Achievement Recipients
Shannon Hand (Reading Specialist/Lap Teacher – Berney Elementary)
Nominators: Marit Rasmussen, JoEllen Riley and Denise Parodi.

Tara Jasper (Elementary Library Technician)
Nominators - Martin Telstad, Janifer Sams and Michelle Shaul.

Mary Burt (Science Teacher & Academic Advisor – Walla Walla Online)
Nominators - Sarah Foster and Tressa Baker

Yaneth Hernandez (Home Visitor/Intervention Specialist – Garrison Middle School)
Nominators - Becky Jo Gifford, Addison Fairbanks and Kim Doepker (letter of support)

Kim Cassetto (Library Media-Specialist – Walla Walla High School)
Nominators - Anne Bickelhaupt, student Arin Iverson and Chris Ferenz (letter of support)

These outstanding staff members were honored in front of their peers June 14 at the district’s All Staff End of Year celebration at the Wa-Hi Commons.

School Board Regular Business Meeting 

Tuesday, June 20
Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)
5:30 p.m. – Regular Business Meeting
Board Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Recordings: https://meetings.boardbook.org/Public/Organization/997

More than 60 graduates earn Seal of Biliteracy

Walla Walla Public Schools announces more than 60 seniors from the Class of 2023 received the highly acclaimed Washington state Seal of Biliteracy. This Seal recognizes public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. These students received special medals, as well as notations on their high school diplomas and high school transcripts indicating they have earned the Seal.

"Not only is the Seal of Biliteracy a prestigious recognition of our students' abilities in more than one language, it is a true game changer” said Director of Equity and Dual Programs Dr. Julie Perrón. “The Seal of Biliteracy opens doors, creates connections and offers our students multiple opportunities to engage with the world and be successful in post-secondary pursuits."

The students who received this special recognition are:

Walla Walla High School
Jackson Adams
Dariana Adorno Ramirez
Jasmine Argueta-Saldaña
Scarlete Arreola
Noah Bruce
Hayleigh Burke
Kimberly Camargo
Jakob Clearman
Gerardo Cordova
Sebastian Cruz Chavarria
Ashley Duran
Rudy Entrikin
Abraham Escobedo De La Cruz
Daniel Esquivel
Lucia Faba
Luisa Fierro
Emily Flores Roque
Christopher Garcia-Jimenez
Emily Garcia-Sanchez
Joshua David Garcia
Lesley Garcia
Abigail Gonzalez Pedroza
Kelly Gonzalez Alamo
Heidi Guzman
Paige Harvey
Javi Hernandez Pedroza
Jake Hisaw
Kaitlyn King
Ava Kirtley
Christian Luna
Silvia Maldonado
Andrea Mata-Cuellar
Anthony Meza
Edgar Meza Landa
Caren Miranda
Madeline Morehead
Diana Moreno
Ava Nelson
Jacob Nielson
Ruben Ornelas
Lorena Osorio
Andrea Ramos
Yailin Reyes Gonzalez
Luke Sachs
Danielle Schmode
Kai Sinnott
Gerardo Soto
Zoe Taylor
Heidi Urena
Jefte Vargas
Esmeralda Villagomez
Angelina Zavala Pence

Opportunity Program
Emily Avelino
Anita Cholico-Carvajal
Eduardo Robles-Jorge
Jovanny Flores
Jose Flores-Diaz
Eduardo Rodriguez Meraz

Lincoln High School
Diego Garcia
Noe Montes
Leonel Romero
Jonathan Castelo-Serreno

Hazel Mental Health Services Continue this summer

Walla Walla Public Schools will continue offering Hazel Mental Health services throughout the summer and the 2023-2024 school year. Hazel Mental Health services are always in consultation with parents/guardians. Families can sign their child up with Hazel Health, where students have access to a licensed therapist from school or at home.

Walla Walla School District is making these services available so that all families have access to mental health services, without a long wait time to see a therapist.

Hazel services include:
• Short-term therapy visits: Therapy sessions can help students cope with everyday issues such as anxiety, bullying, withdrawal, grief, peer and family relationships, depression, not enjoying things they used to enjoy, or simply not feeling like themselves.
• Care coordination: Family Resource Managers from Hazel work closely with families to coordinate their child’s care. If your child needs additional services outside of what Hazel can offer, Hazel will help families connect with great local providers.
• Therapists who care: Hazel therapists know how to connect with children and teens. Their multilingual team practices culturally competent care for all students.

Sign Up HERE   

District offers Free Summer Meal Program

Walla Walla Public Schools will offer a FREE Summer Meal program for children 1-18 years of age. Meals must be eaten on site.

Meal locations, dates and times:

Sharpstein Elementary, 410 S Howard
• June 26-Aug 4, Mon-Thurs, Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., Lunch 11-11:30 a.m.

Garrison Middle School, 906 Chase Ave
• June 26-Aug 4, Mon-Thurs, Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., Lunch 11-11:30 a.m.

Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road
• June 26-Aug 4, Mon-Thurs, Breakfast 8:45-9 a.m., Lunch 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Lincoln High School, 614 S 3rd Ave
• June 26-June 30, July 10-21, Mon-Fri, Lunch 11:30-12 p.m.

Opportunity, 1917 E Isaacs Ave
• June 26- July 13, Mon-Thurs, Lunch 9:55 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Sea-Tech Skills Center, 252 Campus Loop
• June 26-July 14, Mon-Fri, Breakfast 9:40-9:55 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Valle Lindo Homes, 343 Farmland Rd
• June 26-Aug 18, Mon-Fri, Breakfast 8-8:30 a.m., Lunch 11:30-12 p.m.

YMCA, 340 S Park
June 26-Aug 18, Mon-Fri, Breakfast 7:45-8:15 a.m., Lunch 11-11:30 a.m.

Green Park Elementary, 1105 Isaacs Ave
• June 26-Aug 18, Mon-Fri, Breakfast 8:30-9 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Washington Park, 700 W Cherry Street
• June 26-Aug 11, Mon-Fri, Lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

For additional information, contact Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson: (509) 526-1870 / pmilleson@wwps.org

School Stories
First responder training at Prospect Point June 20 and 27

Please be aware there will be police cars and fire engines at Prospect Point Elementary School Tuesday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 27 for Regional Emergency Preparedness Training.

First responders representing multiple agencies will utilize Prospect Point Elementary School for this hands-on learning opportunity. First responders will be at Prospect Point from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both training days.

There will be signs posted around the school informing community members about the training activities so everyone knows it is not a real incident. School is out for summer break on both of these days and there will not be students or staff present.

Contact the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Department for more information on this regional first responder training activity.

Walla Walla High School Summer Youth Sports Camps

• $40
• June 20 & 22 (Tuesday & Thursday)
• 1-3 p.m.
• Wa-Hi football field
• Incoming 3rd through 8th grade

Boys Basketball
• $40
• June 26-28
• 12-2 p.m.
• Wa-Hi Large Gym
• Incoming 4th through 8th grade

• $40
• July 10-12
• 11 a.m.
• Pioneer Middle School
• Incoming 1st through 5th grade

• $40
• July 11-13
• 12-2 p.m. (For 4-6 grades ONLY)
• 2:30-5 p.m. (For 7 & 8 grade ONLY)
• Wa-Hi Large Gym
• Incoming 4th through 8th grade

Look for a girls basketball youth camp coming in August.

Sign up on Family ID: https://www.familyid.com/organizations/walla-walla-high-school

Free 21st Century high school summer programs

The 21st Century Afterschool program is offering a variety of FREE activities this summer at Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School for all incoming 9th-12th grade students. The programs start June 26 and continue through August 3. Students don't have to register and can just show up for all programs that don't have an asterisk. They can attend at either school, regardless of where they are enrolled. There are no programs July 3 and 4 due to the holiday. Email Grace Fritzke gfritzke@wwps.org with any questions.

Summer Program Schedule:
• Art, Mondays, 9-11a.m., Wa-Hi L104
• *Baking, full
• *Circuit Creations, field trip, email Grace to sign up
• Dungeons and Dragons, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wa-Hi A119
• eSports (intensive), Mondays-Thursdays, 1-3 p.m., Lincoln eSports Room
• Game Play (casual eSports and outdoor games), Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., Wa-Hi A119
• Graffiti, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1-3pm, Lincoln
• *The Refinery, field trip, email Grace to sign up
• Soccer, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m., Murr Sports Park soccer field
• *Water Center collab, alternating Mondays and Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m., Wa-Hi A119, includes field trips, email Grace to sign up

SEATech teacher Eric Matson interviewed on KNDU TV

This week SEATech Construction Technology teacher Eric Matson was interviewed on the KNDU TV morning show by anchor Laynie Erickson. Matson was recently named Regional Teacher of the Year by ESD 123. He will advance to the state competition against nine fellow educators from across the state for State Teacher of the Year honors. Matson has been teaching for eight years and has 30 years of experience in construction.


Wa-Hi receives literacy grant for author visit

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School Library Media Specialist Kim Cassetto for receiving a Literacy Connection Grant. Walla Walla High School will receive a grant for $2000 to host an author visit during the 2023-2024 school year. In the early 1990’s, The Literacy Connection was organized to facilitate author visits to elementary schools in this region. As The Literacy Connection dissolves their organization, they are giving six schools in the Lower Columbia region a one-time opportunity to apply for this grant, which can only be used to host an author to a school(s) in the 2023-24 school year.

“We were impressed with the plan for your school and the idea to extend the visit to the public library and families,” said The Literacy Connection President Carol Berry. “We look forward to seeing your success with this author visit.”

Wa-Hi students raise funds to provide clean water to children in Vietnam

Thanks to the generous support of Walla Walla High School students and staff, 249 students, ages 2-5, in Bắc Hà Vietman now have unfettered access to clean water for drinking and washing hands. In the fall, clubs all across the Wa-Hi campus pulled together to raise over $2800 so that children from a small rural school could have access to clean water. The students not only raised what was necessary to fund the water system, but exceeded the goal by $300.

“We are so grateful to all the help our student population gave to help this project come to life,” said Wa-Hi Science Teacher Clayton Hudiburg. “The willingness to help, without expecting anything in return, is a trait I am proud our Wa-Hi Student Body possesses.”

Check out the video showcasing the new Gravity Water system:

Community Stories

City Library Update

School's out, but the library's gearing up for a summer of reading and activities for the whole family—All Together Now! Join us TODAY Friday June 16th at 1:00 p.m. for School's Out!: a FREE Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival featuring Emerging Artist Fellows masso, with ice cream treats. Did you know there's such a thing as a saxophone quartet? Come see them in person at the library! For more information, visit the library's website at www.wallawallapubliclibrary.org, or the the WWCMF website at www.wwcmf.org, or call the library at 509-527-4550.

COCOA Juneteenth Jubilee Saturday

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).

City Parks & Rec Update

Summer Program Registration is now open.

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.
• Little Sluggers – Ages 3-5 years. Cost is $50.
• NFL Youth Flag Football – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• Pickleball – Ages 9 years and up. Cost is $30-$60.
• Symbol Quest – All ages. Cost is $15.
• 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
• Lifeguard Training – Ages 15 years and up. Cost is $190.
• All Levels 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.
• Sea Monkeys – Ages 16-16 years. Cost is $45.
• SUP Paddle Board Yoga – Ages 15 and up. Cost is $35.
• Swimming Lessons – Ages 3 months and up. Cost is $31-$35. Session 2 registration opens June 23.
• Total Body Aqua Aerobics – Ages 16 and up. Cost is $15-$85.
• 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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