Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 20, 2023

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District Stories
School Board Regular Business Meeting 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 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


Early dismissal Nov. 3 (TK-12)

Attention families! Friday, Nov. 3 - 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.


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


Highly Capable Universal Screening Process - 2nd and 5th-Grade Students  

Walla Walla School District's Highly Capable Program provides students of high academic and intellectual ability with opportunities to learn content and concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher-level thinking skills.

Information on Highly Capable Program services and the 2024 referral process is available on the district website. Referral forms are available in all district schools and on the district website. https://www.wwps.org/programs/explorers

In Walla Walla Public Schools, all 2nd and 5th grade students are screened using the Naglieri General Ability Test (NGAT) to ensure equitable access to highly capable programming. Information about the NGAT can be found at https://naglierigiftedtests.com/test-prep.

This year all 2nd and 5th grade students will be screened the week of November 12 - 17. Families should look for communication from their school to find out which days their student will be testing.

Results of the screening process, along with other data points, will be used to determine which students will be recommended to participate in the next steps of the identification process. Families will be notified of NGAT scores in early December via Skyward.

Families of students in K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade should talk with their child's teacher(s) at conference time in February (elementary) and March (middle school) to determine if Highly Capable testing is recommended.

After this year's process, students selected for Highly Capable programming will begin services at the beginning of the 2024-25 school year.

For more information, please contact Casey Monahan at cmonahan@wwps.org or (509) 526-6783.


District partners with local realtors for annual food drive this weekend

Students across the district are teaming with the Walla Walla Association of Realtors for the annual Care and Share Food Drive this weekend. They will be distributing food bags in neighborhoods today and tomorrow and collecting them on Sunday. 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 if you have questions. 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
Ribbon cutting ceremony and tours planned for new downtown Carnegie Education Center

Community members are invited to celebrate with Walla Walla Public Schools during the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the Carnegie Education Center Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. in beautiful downtown Walla Walla at 109 S Palouse St. The Carnegie Education Center is the home of the Opportunity Program, Walla Walla Online and Homelink. The transition to the Carnegie Education Center from the previous Eastgate location was made possible thanks to a low-cost lease from the City of Walla Walla.

“We appreciate the City of Walla Walla for this amazing partnership in support of children and families,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “We value our relationship with the city on this venture and all the other partnerships we maintain as we work collectively to make our city a great place to raise families.”

Tours of the historic facility will be available immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Elementary flag football season underway

This week games kicked off for the inaugural elementary flag football season. This free new co-ed flag football program, for 4th and 5th grade students, is made possible thanks to the school district’s levy funds and grant support from the district’s 21st Century Afterschool Program. The goal of the program is to provide a positive afterschool activity where students can enhance their football skills, learn to play as a team and develop good sportsmanship.


Lincoln High School students visit Camp Wooten for Leadership Academy

Last week approximately 30 Lincoln High School 10th and 11th graders traveled to Camp Wooten in the beautiful Blue Mountains for a two-night leadership retreat. This experience was made possible thanks to funding from the Walla Walla Public Schools Foundation.

Students took part in group-building activities, went on hikes, made art projects, played games and talked around a campfire. Social-emotional learning and self-esteem building were a primary focus. Student work in this area included talking circles, goal setting, trust games, and exercises in self-expression and leadership building. This Camp Wooten adventure helped strengthen their relationships with one another and with Lincoln HS staff.


Hidden in Plain Sight parent event

Walla Walla Public Schools and Walla Walla for Drug Free Youth want to invite all parents and guardians to participate in the "Hidden in Plain Sight" event. We all need to know what our children are saying about their experiences, support systems they may or may not have, health/mental wellness issues, and the situations they can find themselves in as they move through adolescence. This free event will provide you with information and things to look for that may indicate your child is participating in risky behavior.

This is an adult only presentation and you must be at least 21 to be admitted.

Childcare and a light meal are provided.
When: Thursday, October 26
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Walla Walla High School, Commons; 800 Abbott Rd
Registration: https://bit.ly/wwpshidden


Wa-Hi to host Trunk or Treat on Halloween

Walla Walla High School invites the community to its Trunk or Treat Halloween event Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wa-Hi ASB is hosting the event which will be held in the Vocational/Blue Devil building parking lot off Abbott Rd.

“Wear a cool costume, get some candy, meet some clubs and sports teams, and have lots of fun,” said Wa-Hi ASB Officers. “There will also be a Canned Food drive, so please bring something if you can! We hope to see you there!”



Wa-Hi music student selected to honor band festival

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School music student Micah Vawter for being selected to the annual Western International Band Clinic honor band festival. The event is held the weekend before Thanksgiving at the Sea-Tac DoubleTree Inn.

“WIBC is like an All-State music festival that is by mp3 audition but it is for bands only,” said Band Director Andrew Ueckert “This is Micah's second year in a row going on Alto Saxophone!”

WIBC is made up of four bands of about 130-150 students each from all over the Northwest and Canada.



Stranger danger incident at Daisy Lane near Pine Street Wednesday (Oct. 18, 2023)

On Wednesday an 11-year-old boy was approached by an older white male in a red SUV while waiting for his school bus at Daisy Lane near Pine Street. The man asked the boy if he wanted a ride to school. The boy denied the request, called his parents and walked back home. The student and his family reported the incident to school officials per the See Something, Hear Something, Say Something procedures. School officials immediately reported the incident to the Walla Walla Police Department. A police report has been filed and law enforcement are aware of the incident. The student did a great job informing the school about this incident. If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the City of Walla Walla Police Department at (509) 527-1960.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN GIVE YOUR CHILDREN REGARDING STRANGERS:
• Always tell your parents where you are going.
• Try not to walk anywhere alone. Walk with a friend.
• Don’t take shortcuts through the woods, a back street or empty lot.
• Bad people do not always look mean or scary.
• Do not get close to strangers. Make sure you have room to run.
• Don’t tell your name or address to a stranger.
• Never go with a stranger to help look for a lost pet or play a game.
• Never get into a car with anyone you don’t know.
• If a stranger bothers you, run away and ask an adult for help.
• Know safe places you can go – a police or fire station, the library, a store or a friend’s house.
• If a stranger follows you or grabs for you, yell loud! Shout, “I don’t know you!” Fight back and make as much noise as you can.
• If anyone touches you in a bad way, say, “NO!” Get away and tell an adult you trust. Keep telling until someone listens.
• Tell your parents about places you don’t feel safe.
• Talk to your parents and come up with a secret code word. Never go with anyone unless they know the secret code word.

IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO STAY ALONE, BE SURE TO TELL THEM TO:
• Know how and when to call 911.
• Never open the door to a stranger.
• Never tell anyone on the phone you are home alone.
• Never tell any callers your name, number or address.
• Hang up right away if you do not like what someone is saying on the phone.

PARENT TIP
• Always have an updated photo of your child. On the back put important information such as, name, date of birth, height, weight, and hair and eye color


Garrison Middle School students to learn about career possibilities

Garrison Middle School is planning an event Friday, Nov. 3 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to help 8th grade students learn about career options, interviewing and work place expectations. The Career Fair portion features about 20 local employers and non-profits. Students will rotate among stations to conduct mock interviews before wrapping up with “Ted Talks” about workplace expectations. Each station is 30 minutes.

This event aligns with the following WWPS VIP program goals:
• Enrich the curriculum
• Enrich student’s learning opportunities
• Provide opportunities for meaningful service
• Assist teachers and staff
• Establish a school and community partnership for quality education
• Enhance all aspects of the educational process


Wa-Hi dedicates grand piano during Choir Concert Oct. 23

Community members and former district employees Lowell and Ginny Schneider will be honored at the Walla Walla High School Choir Concert Monday, Oct. 23 for their large donation to help purchase a grand piano for the music program. The donation was made in memory of their son Jeffrey.

Wa-Hi senior Sofia Glaus will perform a solo on the Steinway B grand piano. The Steinway is housed in a special cabinet on the stage of the auditorium for the Wa-Hi Choir and other performances.


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 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


W2Hoops 2nd Tryout for Grades 2 – 4 Sunday

W2Hoops 2nd Tryout for Grades 2 – 4 Sunday
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.


City Parks & Rec Update 
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• 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.
• Fencing – Ages 8 years and up. Cost is $20-$75.
• M.E.L.T Fitness – Ages 12 years and up. Cost is $12-$40
• The Reindeer Races December 9 – All Ages. 1K - $20/5K - $35.
• Indoor Soccer - Grades K-8. Cost is $50 ($60 after 11/19).

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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