Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 13, 2023

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District Stories
School board to propose lower cost Outdoor Athletic and Activity facility improvements option 

Sensitive to taxpayers and current economic conditions, School Board members favored the lower-cost approach following three months of outreach, which would cost about $3 per month for every $100,000 of assessed value. For a home assessed at $300,000 the annual cost would be approximately $114 per year or $9.50 per month through the six-year Capital Levy time frame.

The school board will finalize the Capital Levy resolution Oct. 24, which will pave the way to put the measure on the ballot February 13, 2024.

THE PROPOSED 38 CENT SHORT-TERM CAPITAL LEVY WILL:
• Replace the 60-year-old original tennis courts at Wa-Hi
• Install an all-weather track at Pioneer MS for athlete, school and community use
• Repair the 43-year-old Garrison tennis courts (Chubb Courts) and resurface the 20-year-old track
• Consistent with all league schools, install high-quality artificial turf playing surfaces and field lighting (low spill/low glare) in order to maximize utilization, participation and post-season play at both the Klicker and Hayner fields at Wa-Hi
• Install outdoor lighting (low spill/low glare) in order to minimize instructional loss and maximize family participation for baseball and softball players
• Install elevated bleachers with ADA access at the Klicker Track and Field site for soccer, football and track and field spectators
• Provide adequate access to restrooms and changing rooms for high school athletes
• Construct a JROTC "Raider Obstacle Course" for student, first responder and community use


Remember to Vote - November 7, 2023

Ballots for the November 7, 2023 General Election mail out this month. Please remember to vote.

Voter Information:
• 315 W. Main St (Room 203)
• (509) 524-2530
elections@co.walla-walla.wa.us


Americold donates school supplies

Thanks to Americold for donating school supplies to the district. The generous donation includes pens, highlighters, pencils, 3-ring binders and backpacks for our middle and high school students.  The supplies were delivered to Pioneer Middle School, Garrison Middle School and Lincoln High School.


District partners with local realtors for annual food drive

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with the Walla Walla Association of Realtors for the annual Care and Share Food Drive October 19-22. All food donations go to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank to support those in need. Look for food barrels in schools to make a donation throughout the month of October. Contact Peter Swant at Remax Sweet Valley for volunteer opportunities distributing collection bags. Thank you for supporting the 42nd Annual “Care & Share” Food Drive. You are making a difference for our community!

• Peter Swant: pswant@remax.net / (509) 520-1120


School Stories
WWPS Foundation breakfast fundraiser draws big crowd

Thursday morning community leaders packed the Pioneer Middle School cafeteria to raise funds for the Walla Walla Public Schools Foundation. The “All in for Schools” breakfast event included a delicious breakfast and an opportunity to hear from district leaders and WWPS students about the positive impact the WWPS Foundation is having in schools across the district. All proceeds this morning will go to help support the Foundation’s mission to fund a field trip for every K-8 student, as well as outdoor, overnight experiences for students at both high schools.

The WWPS Foundation is realizing its goal this school year by providing educational field trips for every student kindergarten through 8th grade. The Foundation also funded this fall’s Into the Blue overnight adventure at Camp Wooten for all Wa-Hi freshmen. Lincoln High School students have also benefited from generous donations to support its overnight Lincoln High School Leadership Academy at Camp Wooten for 10th and 11th grade students.

“The Walla Walla Public Schools Foundation serves as a catalyst to raise funds that enrich and enhance the educational experiences of Walla Walla Public Schools students,” said WWPS Executive Director Elsa Watson.

Thanks to Executive Director Elsa Watson and her group of dedicated volunteer board advocates for today’s successful event. To learn more about the WWPS Foundation, or to make a donation, visit - https://www.wwpsfoundation.org/


Pioneer Middle School Sources of Strength leaders plan suicide prevention campaign

This week 49 Pioneer Middle School students participated in Sources of Strength Peer Leader Training at SEATech. The training included four adult advisors and five Sources of Strength Leaders from Walla Walla High School.

Pioneer Middle School Sources of Strength is planning a suicide prevention campaign called "getting the word out" to help all Pioneer MS students and staff know what Sources of Strength is and why it is important to the school and community. Students will plan activities during lunch and advisory periods.

Sources of Strength is a best practice youth mental health promotion and suicide prevention program designed to harness the power of peer social networks to create healthy norms and culture, ultimately preventing suicide, violence, bullying, and substance misuse. The mission of Sources of Strength is to prevent adverse outcomes by increasing wellbeing, help-seeking, resiliency, healthy coping, and belonging. Website: https://sourcesofstrength.org/


Science teachers meet to build on last spring’s success

Walla Walla High School Science teacher Clayton Hudiburg recently hosted a data analysis session for district 6-12 science teachers. In the session, teachers strengthened connections and collaboration between educators of science at all grade levels and across all science subjects taught. They analyzed Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) data and shared observations about that data. Last spring, high school science scores soared as 64 percent of Wa-Hi 11th grade high school students met the standard compared to just 35 percent for the state.


Library Material Review Window: Oct. 6-20, 2023

Pursuant to Procedure 2021, the following resources are being recommended by Walla Walla Public Schools for high school libraries.

• American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
• Avocado Anxiety: And Other Stories About Where Your Food Comes From by Louise Gray
• Beyond the Story: 10-year Record of BTS by Myong-sok Kang
• Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation That Saved the Soul of the NBA by Theresa Runstedtler
• Black Cake: A Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson
• Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer
• Children of Time (book series) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
• The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg
• Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski by Ian O’Connor
• Conflict The Evolution of Warfare from 1945 to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine by David Petraeus
• The Covenant of Water: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
• A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
• Deaf Utopia: A Memoir–and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco
• Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini
• Hello Beautiful: A Novel by Ann Napolitano
• How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel by Sequoia Nagamatsu
• How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix
• I Have Some Questions for You by Rebecca Makkai
• Invisibility: The History and Science of How Not to Be Seen by Greg Gbur
• Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison
• The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama
• Lone Women: A Novel by Victor LaValle
• Mott Street: A Chinese American Family’s Story of Exclusion and Homecoming by Ava Chin
• The Naked Tree by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
• Nuclear Family: A Novel by Joseph Han
• Outlive: the Science & Art of Longevity by Peter Attia
• Poverty by America by Matthew Desmond
• The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
• Rise: A Pop History of Asian America From the Nineties to Now by Jeff Yang
• Seven Games: A Human HIstory by Oliver Roeder
• The Shadow of What was Lost (Licanius Triliogy) byJames Islington
• Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic by Daniel Stone
• The Strange by Nathan Ballingrud
• Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story by Bono
• Thieves by Lucie Bryon
• Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor by DK/Penguin Random House
• Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah
• Wise Gals: The Spies Who Built the CIA and Changed the Future of Espionage by Nathalia Holt
• Yellowface: A Novel by R.F. Kuang

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. The librarian can be reached at 509-526-8609.


Hot air balloon visit supports science lesson

Local hot air balloon pilot, Sherry White, and her crew recently brought the world of chemistry to life for students at Wa-Hi. This special visit marked the culmination of chemistry classes' in-depth study of the gas laws, providing students with a hands-on understanding of the science they had been learning in the classroom. Having recently engineered their own hot air balloons out of garbage bags and candles in the classroom, they were able to step outside onto the field and witness the colorful balloon fill with air particles and then turn upright as heat from the propane burners was applied.

This enabled them to experience firsthand how pressure, temperature, volume, and the number of gas particles interplay to govern the behavior of gases. Between alternating  blasts of heat, Sherry shared engaging stories from various balloon flights and explained how pilots must consider wind and other weather when deciding to fly as well as how to choose a landing location and the preparation that goes into becoming certified as a pilot.

Students were then treated to the process of deflating and landing the balloon. This engaging and unforgettable experience left the students with a newfound appreciation for the power of scientific principles in our everyday lives and a memory they'll cherish for years to come.


Community Stories
Camp Fire Fundraiser supports afterschool program

The community is invited to the Camp Fire fundraiser Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Quirk.
• Funds raised will go towards scholarships for children to be part of Camp Fire Afterschool Program
• Tickets are only $20. Kids under 18 years old get in free
• There will be live music by Shanks Pony, Stand-up comedy by Greg Kettner, Silent Auction, Halloween Costume Contest for adults and children, bonfire, lawn games and first beverage included in your ticket purchase
• Tickets may be purchased online or in person


The American Buffalo: A Screening and Conversation

Northwest Public Broadcasting, together with Whitman College, presents a special preview of the latest Ken Burns documentary, The American Buffalo. This screening will feature a conversation with guests of honor Althea, Jeremy and Aiden Wolf ’26, of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This event is free and open to the public.
• Saturday, October 14 at 7-8:30 p.m.
• Maxey Hall, Maxey Auditorium
• 173 Stanton, Walla Walla WA
• Any questions or accommodation requests can be emailed to Jeanine Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Outreach, at gordonj@whitman.edu.


W2Hoops 2nd Tryout for Grades 2 - 4

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club will be holding a second tryout for boys and girls grades 2 - 4 to fill teams in those grades still looking for additional players, and to encourage younger athletes to form teams during the late Fall and Winter season.

2nd Tryout for Grades 2-4
• Sunday, Oct. 22
• 12 to 1:30 p.m.
• Wa-Hi Large Gym

Please pass along this information to other families with young athletes!

In order to tryout, your athlete must:
• Have a current AAU number - https://aausports.org/Join-AAU
• Cost for an AAU number is $22 per player and needs to be renewed annually Club Code = RSFFE7T4
• Register with Walla2Hoops on SportsEngine to electronically sign concussion and liability forms - https://w2hoops.sportngin.com/register/form/556329821 (or go to W2Hoops.com and click "Join W2Hoops")
• The only cost to tryout is the $22 AAU yearly membership fee. Club fees will be billed once teams are formed and begin practicing. Please email us with questions or issues at walla2hoops@gmail.com.


First Annual Airport District Harvest Festival October 14

The Walla Walla Airport District Retail Association and the Port of Walla Walla present the 1st Annual Airport District Harvest Festival on B Street at Walla Walla Regional Airport Oct 14 live music, carriage rides, face painting, food trucks and more.

The Airport District Harvest Festival will be an annual celebration of all things fall and the Airport District. Taking place on B Street between Boeing and Curtis from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., the festival is a family friendly event free of charge. Activities include a tractor display from Walla Walla Community College, carriage rides, face painting, a wine barrel maze, artist studio tours, pop-up retail, food trucks, live music, lawn games, and much more. Contact Craig Wollam for more information - cbwollam@gmail.com


City Parks & Rec Update 

• Fencing – Ages 8 years and up. Cost is $20-$75.
• M.E.L.T Fitness – Ages 12 years and up. Cost is $12-$40
• Purpose Workshop – Thursday October 12. Ages 12 and up. Cost is FREE.
• Indoor Soccer Registration Opens October 16. Grades K-8. Cost is $50 ($60 after 11/19).
• Pumpkin Carving – Friday October 27. Ages 3-12 years. Cost is FREE.
• Family Movie in the Park Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Friday October 27. All Ages. Cost is FREE.

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.


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