Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 16, 2016

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District Stories
Meet the superintendent and visit area schools during Superintendent’s Patron Tour program

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a behind the scenes look at district schools. He will also provide an update on critical issues facing the school district and ask for feedback in support of the Strategic Planning process. This is an excellent opportunity meet the new superintendent and learn more about your local schools.

• Wednesday, Oct. 18 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14 — sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• SEA-TECH Skills Center
• Pioneer Middle School
• Sharpstein Elementary


School Board work session and regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20

5 p.m. – Special meeting/work session: Review data profile to inform Strategic Planning Process
6:30 p.m. – Regular school board meeting
Meetings location: Anne Golden Boardroom / 364 S. Park St.
Both meetings are open to the public


Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee meets to lay ground work for study

Wednesday Superintendent Wade Smith, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning Christy Krutulis and Coordinator of Bilingual Programs Angelica Pedroza facilitated a discussion with the Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee. Presentations and supporting materials from committee meetings will be posted on the district webpage under the Bilingual Programs tab.

The following items were also provided to committee members. 1) list of Bilingual Program Terms, 2) Norms of Collaboration reference sheet and 3) reading material “Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Program.” The school board has asked the committee to provide recommendations by February 2017.


Kindergarten preparedness classes and support now scheduled

Family Involvement and Learning Assistance Coordinator Pam Clayton is proud to announce this year’s kindergarten preparation classes and support. There are numerous opportunities for families with children birth to five to get involved. Clayton reports the program will help develop literacy and math skills as well as strategies for social and emotional support.

Visit the district website to view this year’s Kindergarten Preparedness offerings:
1. www.wwps.org
2. Click on Teaching and Learning page (http://www.wwps.org/departments/curriculum)
3. Click on Family and Community Involvement page (http://www.wwps.org/departments/curriculum/family-engagement)
4. Click on Family Activities and Events Calendar


September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 

This month is an excellent opportunity to promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. It is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable.

Some common warning signs exhibited by students may be;
- Changes in school performance
- Poor choices about safety
- Depression
- Change in peer group
- Self-mutilation
- Sudden cheerfulness after depression
- Radical change in personality
- Talking about funerals and death
- Closure of friendships, relationships
- Increased risk taking
If someone notices potential risk signs and/or behaviors with students, district officials ask for the immediate notification to the principal, school counselor or health clinician at the student’s campus. They will then take the appropriate steps to promptly evaluate the student and/or their situation.



School Stories
Walla Walla High School science teacher to present on green chemistry at national convention

Walla Walla High School science teacher Mary Burt has been asked to present at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Portland in November. The Department of Ecology is funding this opportunity for three science teachers in Washington state. Burt made a connection with the national leaders following a two-week professional development opportunity for high school science teachers at Baylor University last summer where she focused on research and integrating the principles of Green Chemistry into existing science curriculum. Burt’s role in the presentation at the national convention is to introduce the principles of green chemistry to other teachers and facilitate a discussion about how to integrate them into existing curriculum and the new science standards (NGSS). Her group will also be sharing resources available to teachers and sharing a “green chemistry” investigation developed by co-presenters that can be adapted into different types of science classrooms (Chemistry, Biology or Environmental Science). This is Burt’s first opportunity to attend a NSTA Conference.

“I think it is important to model for my students that I am always learning and trying to become a better teacher,” Burt said. “One of the focus areas for the conference is on the NGSS and shifting our teaching strategies to address all three dimensions of the standards: science practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.

The district’s Teaching and Learning Department is also providing funds for a few high school science teachers to attend the national conference. Walla Walla educators will have the opportunity to spend conference days together attending sessions and learning how to shift instruction collaboratively in advance of reviewing new curriculum adoptions locally.


Homecoming schedule announced

The Wa-Hi ASB will be holding a Tailgate function at Friday, Oct. 7 from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Music, pizza and games will take place on Martin Field next to Borleske Stadium. All students with Wa-Hi ID cards will get in the game for free.

Homecoming Schedule
10/3 Royalty Assembly - HC Theme revealed
10/3 Buff Puff
10/5 Powder Puff
10/7 Homecoming Tailgate function
10/7 Homecoming Game vs Pasco
10/7 Halftime Royalty Coronation
10/8 Homecoming Dance


Resilience: The Science of Hope Documentary free showing at Wa-Hi Auditorium

Resilience: The Science of Hope is a new one hour documentary that delves into the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Following the release of Paper Tigers, the Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) is pleased to bring Jamie Redford’s latest documentary to the Walla Walla community. Following the screening, a panel of local CRI members will share their perspective on the importance of resilience.
· Showing date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (FREE)
· Location: WaHi Performing Arts Center - 800 Abbott Rd, Walla Walla, Washington 99362
· Sign Up: Click on the link below to sign up.
· https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-the-science-of-hope-tickets-27390282071


Community Stories
Community Council invites public to join conversation about ideas for the future

Please join us to set priorities for our region! We gathered ideas for the future at our Community Conversation workshops from May through August. Now it is time for community members to prioritize the ideas for our region’s future! Please plan to attend one of the three prioritizing workshops, which will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.:
· Monday, September 19, Walla Walla: County Fairgrounds Community Building, 363 Orchard Street;
· Tuesday, September 20, Milton-Freewater: Community Building, 109 NE 5th Street;
· Wednesday, September 21, Dayton: Columbia County Fairgrounds, Youth Pavilion, N. Pine Street.

Refreshments, child care, and Spanish translation will be provided at all three workshops.
RSVP appreciated: director@wwcommunitycouncil.org or 509-540-6720.

Thank you to our collaborators: United Way of Walla Walla County, Sherwood Trust, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, and Pomegranate Center.


Volunteers needed for graffiti cleanup

Volunteers are needed to assist in removing and painting over graffiti in Walla Walla. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Fire Station 1, 200 S. 12th Avenue. The cleanup will finish at noon. Some areas need to be painted over, and some areas need to be cleaned and scrubbed. Volunteers can bring their own painting supplies or use supplies that will be provided. The community graffiti cleanup is a collaboration with the Walla Walla Police Department, Walla Walla Area Crime Watch and Commitment to Community. For further information, please call Crime Prevention Coordinator Vicki Ruley at 520-3735.


Parent group plans EF Educational Tours trip to Scandinavia in July 2017

Parents Kathryn Southwick Hess and Dan Calzaretta are planning a trip for middle and high school students to visit Norway, Denmark and Sweden in July 2017. This is not a school district sponsored trip. Kathryn reports they have six spots remaining for this tour. They are planning a group meeting with those already signed up and would like to invite potential travelers to learn more about EF Educational Tours and the itinerary.
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla Community College, Room 209
Information: mrstravelmama@gmail.com


Class of 1966 plans 50th Reunion

Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24
Contact Janis Barton for details – janisbarton@gmail.com


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