Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 28, 2021

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NO SCHOOL – Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)

There is No School Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. Classes resume Tuesday, June 1. Walla Walla Public Schools’ remembers the nation's military brave fallen men and women who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Their uniformed service to this country is the greatest gift of all.

School Board Regular Study Meeting

• Tuesday, June 1
• 5:30 p.m.
• WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.)
IMPORTANT MEETING NOTICE: The board of directors will be meeting in person for its scheduled regular meetings per the Governor's Phase 3 guidance. Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting may utilize the following methods:
• - In Person: Pre-registration is required. Please visit the district's website for registration details: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule
• - Watch: https://www.youtube.com/user/wwpublicschools
• Spanish Agenda / Agenda Español: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Walla Walla County Fairgrounds site of graduation ceremonies

Thanks so much to the Walla Walla County Commissioners and Fairgrounds officials for partnering with Walla Walla Public Schools to hold this year’s graduation ceremonies at the fairgrounds.

The Walla Walla County Fairgrounds provides a safe, outdoor venue with the capacity to meet the needs of these important ceremonies, said Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay who is overseeing logistics and operations for these events.

Lincoln High School Graduation
• Thursday, June 10
• 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (Southwest grass lot near three large trees west of VIP building)
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/lincoln
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• Principal Marci Knauft – mknauft@wwps.org

Walla Walla High School Commencement & Fireworks Show
• Friday, June 11
• 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Fireworks show at conclusion of the ceremony – approximately 9 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Grandstands
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• Use Tietan St. entrance and parking lot
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/wahi
• Principal Ron Higgins – rhiggins@wwps.org

Opportunity Program Graduation
• Tuesday, June 15
• 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla County Fairgrounds (Pepsi Stage)
• Families/Students – Communicate with school officials regarding tickets to the ceremony
• LIVE STREAM LINK - http://bdnw.live/opportunity
• Director Tom Porter – tporter@wwps.org

NOTE: All ceremonies will be LIVE Streamed by Blue Devil Northwest

Superintendent’s May Pulse video

Click HERE to view the May Pulse video. Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith announces this year’s Partners of the Year, shares updates on Summer Sol and provides details on the district’s Pandemic Recovery Plan.

WW Dept. of Health Weekly COVID Dashboard Report

COVID Activity Report timeline: May 8, 2021 to May 21, 2021

Every Monday, Walla Walla Public Schools posts the Walla Walla Department of Community Health’s COVID-19 Activity Report. This report, provided weekly to regional school districts, is what the Walla Walla Board of Directors has used to guide school reopening.

This week’s report reveals local COVID rates increased slightly from the previous reporting period. There are 58 cases combined between Walla Walla and College Place over the last two weeks. There were 55 cases combined during the last reporting period. Washington DOH reports the Positivity Rate for the previous 7 days is .09%.

Summer Sol registration Now Open

Summer Sol registration is now open for summer programming. Summer Sol is Walla Walla Public Schools’ FREE summer program open to all WWPS students, grades K-12. The program provides access to additional learning opportunities, fun and engaging hands-on projects and activities, and free access to select community partner programs. Transportation and meals provided. To register for the program, go to:


Paper copies of the registration form will also be available in the main office of your child’s school. For more information on the program, visit summersol.org or call (509) 526-6787.

Summer Sol – “It’s a VIBE!”

School Stories
Mid-Columbia Conference Spring Sports All-Conference Selections
Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School student-athletes for their Spring Sports All-Conference selections. Visit the Mid-Columbia Conference WEBSITE for a complete listing of all the Spring Sports All-Conference selections.

Walla Walla High School All-Conference Selections:

Boys Track and Field
First Team Selection
• Dash Sirmon, Junior (Javelin)

Second Team Selection
• Braden Hisaw, Senior (800M)
• Brody Hartley, Sophomore (1600M, 3200M)
• Grady Lemma, Senior (110M Hurdles, 300M Hurdles, 4x100 relay)
• Dash Sirmon, Junior (4x100 relay, pole vault)
• Brad Kinney (4x100 relay)
• Cyrus Wearstler (4x100 relay)
• Michael Cornia, Senior (Javelin)

Honorable Mention
• Brody Hartey, Sophomore (800M)
• Braden Hisaw, Senior (4x400 relay)
• Grady Lemma, Senior (4x400 relay)
• Brad Kinney (4x400 relay)
• Cyrus Wearstler (4x400 relay)
• Logan Ashbeck, Junior (high jump)

Coach of the Year
• Eric Hisaw

Girls Track and Field
First Team Selection
• Ella Nelson, Senior (1600M)
• Eliana Coburn, Senior (110M hurdles, 300M hurdles)
• Taryn Bohanan, Senior (Javelin)

Second Team Selection
• Ella Nelson, Senior (400M, 800M, 4x400 relay)
• Sariah Hepworth (4x400M relay)
• Ava Nelson (4x400 relay)
• Talia Billingsley (4x400 relay)
• Taryn Bohanan, Senior (high jump)
• Elian Coburn, Senior (high jump)
• Madeline Jacobson, Senior (triple jump)

Honorable Mention
• Talia Billingsley, Junior (110M hurdles, 300M hurdles, 4x200 relay)
• Ashlyn Nelson (4x200 relay)
• Jennifer Huntsman (4x200 relay)
• Ella Nelson (4x200 relay)
• Sydney Patton, Senior (long jump)

Track Athlete of the Year
• Ella Nelson

Coach of the Year
• Eric Hisaw

Fast Pitch Softball
First Team Selection
• Kaitline Chapman, Junior (1st base)
• Kylie Kemp, Junior (2nd base)
• Taylor McGill, Senior (3rd base)
• Neliah Williams, Senior (outfield)
• Alizaeya Salcedo, Junior (outfield)
• Logan Hamm, Sophomore (utility)
• Tallulah Sickels, Junior (pitcher)
• Raquelle Justice, Sophomore (catcher)

Second Team Selection
• Sarah Justice, Freshman (outfield)

Player of the Year
• Tallulah Sickels, Junior

Coach of the Year
• Arch McHie

Boys Soccer
• Juan Segovia-Cruz, Senior (Forward)
• Edgar Meza, Sophomore (Midfield)
• Juan Perez-Cuellar Senior (Defender)

First Team Selection
• Will Kytola, Junior (Utility)

Second Team Selection
• Andrew Hall, Sophomore (3rd base)

Honorable Mention
• Will Kytola, Junior (Pitcher)
• Ian Kopf, Senior (1st base)
• Casey Swanson, Senior (Shortstop)

Boys Golf
Honorable Mention
• Sam Lastoskie, Junior

Boys Tennis
Second Team Selection
• Sam Tacheny, Senior

Honorable Mention
• Ken Higgins, Freshman

Garrison Middle School students release salmon into Garrison Creek

Garrison Middle School 7th grade students in teacher Donnetta Elsasser’s classes released their fingerling salmon into Garrison Creek Monday, May 24. They have raised their salmon since the egg stage as part of the “Salmon in Schools” program hosted by Tri-State Steelheaders. Alex Lau, Education Coordinator for Tri-State Steelheaders, has provided guest lessons to Mrs. Elsasser’s students each month since September. Mrs. Elsasser integrated these lessons into the curriculum for Washington State history and government. She stated, “It would be impossible to talk about Washington State history and not include salmon. They are a ‘First Nation’ food, holding sacred cultural significance for thousands of years. Further, they are a keystone species in our region, and a major part of our state’s commercial fishing industry.”

Garrison elected to participate in the Salmon in Schools program this year and developed an adaptation of the program that was unique compared to the other 10 schools in Walla Walla County who participated. Elsasser explained that most schools in the program use the salmon project to teach about science. At Garrison, Mrs. Elsasser believes that science intersects with social studies through topics such as geographic settlement patterns, sustainability, environmental stewardship, and civics-- including historic court case decisions.

Elsasser remarked, “watching our salmon grow has been fun for the whole school, and provided a perfect hands-on learning experience for my students.”

Community Stories
Walla2Hoops elects officers and announces Summer 2021 programming

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club elected officers for the 2021-2022 season during its May 24 regular board meeting.

“I’m so proud to continue serving as President of W2Hoops as we strive to provide an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals,” said President Matthew Price-Huntington. “We have a passionate and caring board that always puts what is best for kids first in every decision it makes.”

2021-2022 Executive Board of Directors
• President – Matthew Price-Huntington
• Vice President – Mark Higgins
• Secretary – Michelle Green
• Treasurer – David J. Vargas
• Program Development and Tryout Director– Stephen Garnett
• Registrar/Uniform and Equipment Director – Erik McCollaugh
• District Liaison – Tina Dumser

If you are interested in serving on the W2Hoops board in the future, please email us at: walla2hoops@gmail.com

Walla2Hoops also released its Summer 2021 schedule and other important dates for the upcoming 2021-2022 calendar.

Sunday Shooting Clinics with Matthew Price-Huntington
• July 11 to August 15
• 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Walla Walla High School main gym

Summer Skills & Scrimmage Sessions
• Tuesday & Thursday evenings (July 13 to August 19)
• 5 to 8:30 p.m. (Locations TBD)

W2Hoops Junior K-2 Camp
• August 2-5
• 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Location TBD)

W2Hoops Tryout Prep Camp
• August 23-26
• 4 to 7:30 p.m. (Location TBD)

W2Hoops Tryouts
• Sunday, Sept. 19
• Walla Walla High School main gym (Times TBD)

W2 Hoops “Tournament of Hoops”
• Feb. 26-27, 2022
• Locations and Times TBD

Walla2Hoops is a 501C3 Non-Profit basketball club which operates under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

• Email: walla2hoops@gmail.com
• Facebook: walla2hoops
• Mail: PO Box 3383 – Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Club Contact: President Matthew Price-Huntington

Walla Walla United Soccer Club Tryouts

Is your child interested in playing soccer at a more competitive level?  Walla Walla United Soccer Club is holding tryouts for the Fall 2021 season during the week of June 7th for kids currently in Grade 2 and higher.  For more information and to register for tryouts visit  www.wwusc.com  You must pre-register for tryouts by June 4th.  The club is also looking for parents who are interested in coaching.  Training and other incentives are provided.  For more information contact club president Doug Hayes at wwusc.president@gmail.com 

FREE airplane rides for youth 8-17

• Young Eagles Flight Day
• FREE flights for youth 8-17
• Saturday, June 5
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• 219 Martin Field Lane - Walla Walla, WA 99362
• Event also includes toy airplanes, static displays and food trucks
• Masks required
• Online registration at https://yeday.org/ or Day-of registration in-person beginning at 8 a.m.

YMCA Youth Program Offerings

June 21-25 Rookie Soccer Ages 4-6 $40.00 9-10 AM Youth Soccer Ages
7-10 $65.00 9-11 AM
YMCA Basketball Courts June 28-July 2 Rookie Basketball Ages 4-6
$40.00 9-10 AM Youth Basketball Ages 7-10 $65.00 9-11 AM
July 6-9 T-Ball Ages 4-6 $32.00 9-10 AM Youth Baseball Ages 7-10 $52.00 9-11 AM
July 12-16 Rookie Multi-Sport Camp Ages 4-6 $70.00 9-11 AM
Youth Multi-Sport Camp Ages 7-10 $70.00 9-11 AM

Open Indoor Soccer- Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-8 PM- July 6th- August 5-6
PM Grades 6-12 6-8 PM Open Ages Gym 2
Open Dodgeball Fridays- Month of June/Starting June 18 5-8 PM Grades K-12
Dodgeball Tournament- July 2nd 5-8 PM

Y CREW for 6-12 graders. Monday- Thursday 6-8 PM year round

Summer Art Camps in Walla Walla Valley

Calling all creative kids: Join “Make For Joy” Summer Art Camps, running from June 21 to August 27 for ages 6-14, at Lions Park in College Place. Sign up for weekly sessions including Painting, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Ceramics Clay, and more! Try all kinds of professional art materials, learn about history and cultural art styles, and explore new ways to apply your creativity! Every camper gets a free “Make For Joy” t-shirt with their registration. Early Bird Discount through May 31. Learn more at: wheatartco.com/makeforjoy. See you this summer!

Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley Launches with June Kickoff Events 

Blue Zones Project in the Walla Walla Valley launched this week. Blue Zones Project is a first-of-its-kind population health initiative that helps transform the well-being of entire communities by optimizing public policy, social connections, and the places and spaces where people spend the most time. A series of in-person and virtual community kickoff events will take place throughout June.

All kickoff events are free for participants but require advanced registration to maintain safety COVID precautions. To learn more about the kickoff events and to register visit wwvalley.bluezonesproject.com/kickoff. For registration in Spanish visit wwvalley.bluezonesproject.com/es/events.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project Walla Walla Valley visit wwvalley.bluezonesproject.com

Walla Walla Symphony and String Orchestras Spring Concert at Wa-Hi Auditorium

The Wa-Hi Symphony & String Orchestras will be presenting their spring concert Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Auditorium. This is their only concert of the year. In addition to celebrating the return of live music, they will also be recognizing the 2020-21 award winners and honoring the orchestra seniors: Reid Tyler & Eriel Cruz, violins; Guiovana Avalos, viola; Lucien Petit, cello; & Haeli Johnson, double bass. The Orchestra is directed by Julia Woods. Audience members will be wearing masks and socially distancing in household groups. 

Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Update

Veterans Memorial Pool opens this Friday, May 28. FREE ADMISSION FRIDAY (May 28 ONLY). Open swim from 4pm – 6:30pm. Phase 3 allows for the pool to operate as normal while maintaining social distancing. THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE OPEN SWIM
Pool pass prices Youth/Senior/Veteran $75 Adult $88 Family $180.

Registration for summer programs are open!

Recreation Programs
• NFL Flag Football – Grades K-8. Cost is $50.
• T’ai Chi – Classes open to Ages 12 and up. Cost is $48.
• Symbol Quest – Interactive journey for all ages to discover the stories etched in stone throughout Mt View Cemetery – Cost is $20-$30 (customer hoodie included).
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 8-18. Cost is $60. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Equipment provided.
• Ukulele Class - Ages 12 and up. Cost is $65.
• Fall Youth Soccer League – Grades K-8. Cost is $60.
• Hatha Yoga – All ages. Cost is $60.
• Pickleball For Youth – Ages 10-16 years. Cost is $60.
• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic – Ages 5-10 years. Cost is $30-$50.
• UPlay Summer Camp – 10am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. Free for ages 7-12 years.
• Cornhole Throwdown Tournament – July 24 Ages 12 and up. Cost is $50/team.
• All Comers Track Meet – Ages 1-12 years. Cost is $3.
• CJoy Yoga in the park – Ages 12 and up. Cost is $11-$100.
• Little Kicks Soccer – Ages 3-5 years. Cost is $70.
• Youth Track Clinic – Grades 1-5. Cost is $35.

Pool Programs
• Swimming Lessons – Ages 3 months and up. Session II opens on June 21Cost is $35.
• Sea Monkeys Swim Team – Ages 6-16 years. Cost is $85.
• Discover Scuba – Ages 12 and up. Cost is $60.
• Lap Swim 101 – Ages 17 and up. Cost is $35.
• Sweat & Swim Boot Camp – Ages 16 and up. Cost is $40.
• SUP Yoga – Ages 15 and up. Cost is $35. (Paddleboard included)

In need of financial assistance to help with youth program costs? We have simplified the youth scholarship application process for 2021, thanks to private community donations we are able to help with 75% of the program cost! Call 527-4527 or email recreation@wallawallawa.gov us to request a scholarship for your child(ren). The only requirement is that you establish an online account so that we have a place to apply the scholarship.

NEW – 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
Pottery Studio is OPEN! Thursday/Friday 2pm-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-12:30pm.

Please visit our website at www.wwpr.us for updated information regarding recreation programs as it becomes available. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 509-527-4527

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