Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 15, 2023

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District Stories
School Board Regular Business Meeting 

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023
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

Students across the district to participate in Constitution Day studies

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, September 17, commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. It’s a day to reflect on our nation’s foundational document, the principles it upholds, and the rights it guarantees to every citizen. To celebrate this important day, students in Walla Walla engage in learning and discussion about democracy, citizenship and the responsibilities that come with living in a free society.

Early dismissal Sept. 15 (TK-12)

Attention families! Friday, Sept. 15 - Early Dismissal for Students (TK-12)

Early Dismissal Times:
• 11:45 a.m. - Transitional kindergarten students at the Walla Walla Center for Children and Families
• 11:40 a.m. - Elementary students (K-5)
• 12:25 p.m. - Middle and high school students (6-12) – Note: SEATech dismisses at 12:15 p.m.
• Lincoln High and Lincoln Open Doors will have classes until 12:30 p.m., but will not have afternoon classes

Early dismissal days are an opportunity for staff to participate in professional development opportunities to support student learning.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration – By Equity and Dual Programs Director Dr. Julie Perron

Hispanic Heritage Month is about celebrating and honoring the experiences and achievements, both individually and collectively, of the individuals and communities who identify as Hispanic/Latino in our midst. While we recognize that acknowledging our Hispanic/Latino community is more than a monthly event, we are glad we have September 15- October 15 to intentionally recognize the amazing accomplishments of our diverse culture.

September is Attendance Awareness Month - Showing up Together

Addressing chronic absence is a key component of improving graduation rates, increasing academic achievement and giving young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Building strong, trusting relationships that promote a feeling of belonging is fundamental to improving student attendance & engagement.

This awareness campaign supports our Vision 2030 Strategic Plan to ensure a culture of equity and belonging, where every student achieves ambitious levels of learning through relevant and rigorous educational experiences.

#showinguptogether #Vision2030

School Stories
AInto the Blue overnight adventure at Camp Wooten

More than 300 Walla Walla High School freshmen made the two-hour trek to Camp Wooten this week for an overnight adventure as part of the inaugural Into the Blue event Sept. 12-15. All freshmen have been invited to participate in the event at no cost thanks to the generous financial support of the Walla Walla Public Schools Foundation. This event is part of the district’s new strategic plan Vision 2030 to engage students in school and support a positive transition to high school.

Students participated in fun games, connected with student leaders and spent a night in a cabin in the heart of this majestic Blue Mountains recreational getaway. Sessions included service projects, hiking, canoeing, fishing, art, games, dancing, archery, rope bridge and more.

“As a school district and community, we have been looking for ways to ease the transition to high school for our incoming freshmen,” said Assistant Principal Carina Stillman, who helped organize the event. “This is a great opportunity for students to connect with each other, as well as time to learn about school and community programs and efforts.”

Nearly 40 adults, mostly staff, volunteered to provide supervision and lead activities. Several underclassmen are also volunteering to serve as mentors and camp support. Groups of students were divided into thirds to have the space to accommodate the entire class of freshmen over three nights. The focus of the event is service, connection and fun, with high expectations for appropriate school behavior and rule following. Thanks to everyone involved for making this memorable experience possible for the newest Blue Devils.

FFA students impressive at this year’s fair

Below is a summary from the Wa-Hi FFA Advisors for this year’s Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days.

• Total sale of market animals from the Youth Livestock Sale: $80,576 for 33 animals sold
• Eight species of animals exhibited by FFA members

• Every Walla Walla FFA hog received a blue ribbon in the market classes
• 6 of 7 hogs in the FFA market champion drive were raised by Walla Walla FFA members
• Grand Champion Market Hog and FFA Champion Market hog was raised by Natalia Horn-Quintero
• FFA Reserve Champion Market hog was raised by Allison Eakins
• Three of the four showman in the final FFA advanced showmanship champion drive were Walla Walla FFA members
• Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showman and FFA Advanced Reserve Champion Showman - Ashley Lane
• Two of the four showman in the final FFA novice showmanship champion drive were Walla Walla FFA members
• Reserve Champion Novice FFA Showman - Allison Eakins

Goats - All awards earned by Kenny Gabel
• FFA Champion Market Goat
• FFA Advanced Champion Showman
• Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showman
• Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Doe
• Reserve FFA Champion Breeding Doe

• Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showman and FFA Advanced Reserve Champion Showman - Jaycee Cox
• 2 Walla Walla FFA members competed in the showmanship championship drive

• Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb raised by Owen Hand
• Reserve Grand Champion FFA Showman and FFA Advanced Reserve Champion Showman - Kendra Kelly
• Reserve Champion Novice FFA Showman - Teegan Timmons

Rabbits - All awards earned by Alexa Kemp
• Grand Champion FFA Showman
• Best of Opposite Breeds

Chickens - All awards earned by Mica Hartman
• FFA Best in Show Poultry Breed
• FFA Champion English Breed
• FFA Champion Novice Showman

Livestock Judging
• 1st Individual @ Pre-Fair Livestock Judging Contest - Hanna Wright
• 1st Individual @ Fair Livestock Judging Contest - Jaycee Cox

Horse Judging
• 1st Individual - Hanna Wright
• 2nd Individual - Teegan Timmons

Tractor Driving
• 1st Place Team - Sheldon Coburn, Wyatt Aycock, Rem McBride

FFA Herdsmanship awards by species won by Walla Walla FFA
• Chickens
• Rabbits
• Sheep
• Goats
• Hogs

Over 400 entries from FFA members in Agriculture Education classes including various educational posters, Ag mechanics projects, photography, sewing, arts and crafts

Prospect Point Walking School bus event planned this month sponsored by Blue Zones

The Prospect Point Walking School Bus event is being held Friday September 29 at 7:30 a.m. Students and families are invited to meet at the "bus stop" near the Walla Walla High School track at the corner of Fern and Reser Road. Volunteers, local law enforcement and emergency services, Blue Zones Project staff and families will begin walking to school around 7:35 a.m. This Walking School Bus serves as a demonstration for students and families of the enhancement to the learning experience a short walk to school can add. Prospect Point follows in the footsteps of Berney, Sharpstein and Edison who have all participated in the program.

Community Stories
City Public Library Update

Reading is powerful, and the new library cards available at Walla Walla Public Library let kids & families unlock the power of learning and exploration, every day, for free! The new library card design is a fun tribute to the power of reading and Walla Walla's connection to actor Adam West, and all things Batman. Kids can replace an old or lost card for free; adults are asked to pay a $1 card replacement fee (or replace for free at your regular bi-annual renewal). Visit the library at 238 E. Alder Street, Monday-Friday 10am-7pm or Saturday 10am-3pm, to see the new card design and get yours while they last.

La lectura es poderosa y las nuevas tarjetas de biblioteca disponibles en la Biblioteca Pública de Walla Walla permiten a los niños y las familias desbloquear el poder del aprendizaje y la exploración, todos los días, ¡de forma gratuita! El nuevo diseño de la tarjeta de la biblioteca es un divertido tributo al poder de la lectura y la conexión de Walla Walla con el actor Adam West y todo lo relacionado con Batman. Los niños pueden reemplazar una tarjeta vieja o perdida de forma gratuita; a los adultos se les solicita pagar una tarifa de reemplazo de tarjeta de $1 (o reemplazarla gratis en su renovación bianual regular). Visite la biblioteca en 238 E. Alder Street, de lunes a viernes de 10 a. m. a 7 p. m. o sábados de 10 a. m. a 3 p. m., para ver el nuevo diseño de tarjetas y consigue la tuya.

Spring Break 2024 Panama Tour parent meeting

Spring Break 2024 Tour - Surfing, ziplining, and whitewater rafting all in one trip. Traversing hanging bridges atop jungle canopies. Mud hut building with your own two hands. Prepare to get your hands dirty—and your sneakers, and your T-shirt—as you explore Panama, a country of natural beauty (emphasis on natural), rich culture, and of course, thrilling adventure.
• Monday, Sept. 25
• 6:30 p.m.
• Wa-Hi Science Bldg. Room S-104
• Event contacts: Kathryn Southwick Hess and Clayton Hudiburg
• RSVP at the link - https://bit.ly/488JViS
• NOTE: This event is not sponsored by Walla Walla Public Schools

Walla Walla Superhero Run 2023

It is nearing time for the annual Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Superhero Run 2023! This year runners and walkers will converge at WWCC by the Millcreek Walking Path, some in their favorite Superhero costume, to help raise funds to support programs of the Traffic Safety Coalition on Sunday, October 15. Those registered by September 22 will receive a 2023 Superhero t-shirt. Register HERE 

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