Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 30, 2016

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School board work session and regular meeting – Tuesday, Oct. 4

Tuesday, Oct. 4
5:00 p.m.: Special meeting/work session – qualitative data review and book study discussion to support strategic planning
6:30 p.m.: Regular meeting
Both meetings open to the public
WWPS District Office Anne Golden Boardroom


District plans community outreach sessions and survey to gain input for Strategic Plan development

Walla Walla Public Schools is planning a series of community and staff outreach sessions in English and Spanish to get input to inform a long-range Strategic Planning initiative currently underway. These engagement sessions are designed to help the school board and administration gain insight on the district’s strengths as well as opportunities for growth. Two school board members and the superintendent will be leading each of the sessions.

The district is launching an online survey Oct. 5 to 21, in English and Spanish, also aimed at gathering input on these critical issues. The survey input and feedback from the outreach sessions, in addition to recent listening sessions, data and engagements, will be used in the development of a new Vision, Mission and Values statement for the school district. The data will also be included in discussions as the district develops measurable goals and detailed initiatives to support today’s learning needs as part of the five-year strategic plan. The new Strategic Plan is expected to be completed by June 2017.

Strategic Plan Community Outreach Series:
· Parent/Community Session (Spanish): Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Carrie Center (711 Carrie Ave.)
· Staff Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18: 3:30 to 4:30: Walla Walla High School Library
· Staff Session: Wednesday, Oct. 19: 3:30 to 4:30: Berney Elementary Library
· Parent/Community Session (English): Monday, Oct. 24: 6 to 7 p.m.: District Office Anne Golden Boardroom
· Staff Session: Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:30 to 4:30: Garrison Middle School Library

Strategic Plan Survey
· Survey is open Oct. 5 to 21
· Link will be available on district website: www.wwps.org
· Survey is in English and Spanish


Student leadership opportunities highlight Equity and Access Committee reports

This week Equity and Access Coordinator Sergio Hernandez conducted the first committee meeting of the school year which featured reports from Walla Walla High School students on their experiences in the La Cima Latino student leadership program and the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, or LEAP. Students reported the confidence and leadership skills they are learning through these programs and how these experiences are being shared at Walla Walla High School. The primary goal of La Cima Leadership is to ensure Latino students graduate and maximize opportunities available in their schools and communities. Wa-Hi students participated in a leadership camp this summer aimed at helping them develop self-identity, a sense of empowerment and leadership skills to better serve their schools and communities. The LEAP Ambassador program is a year-long leadership development program that seeks to cultivate young leaders who remain engaged in the civic process as change-agents and community advocates throughout their lives. The next meeting will be in October to help develop goals for the year and funding requirements.


Parent/Teacher Goal-Setting Conference Schedule

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:00- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 2:15– 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Arena): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Drop In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Drop In): 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In): 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Drop In): 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, Oct. 4: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In-Arena): 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Classrooms): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEA-TECH Skills Center
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Scheduled): 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Highly Capable Committee meets for first time to begin study 

This week, Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea conducted the first meeting of School Board directed “Highly Capable Program Recommendation Committee (HCC). This group is comprised of parents, teachers, principals, a School Board Member (non-voting), the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning, Assistant Superintendent and the Superintendent. The committee is tasked with providing a kindergarten through twelfth grade program recommendation to the Board of Directors on May 2, 2017, to be considered for implementation beginning the 2017-18 school year.

The group will review the history of the Highly Capable Program in WWPS and study applicable state and federal laws, requirements, and mandates associated with highly capable programs. They will also review the current model being offered in Walla Walla Public Schools and reflect on outcomes, findings, and recommendations from the 2015-16 outside consultant and committee work. The committee’s recommendation must be financially sustainable and programmatically feasible, be research-based to best support the needs of highly capable students and provide a scaffold program, supporting kindergarten through grade 12 alignment. Visit the Highly Capable/Explorer program page on the district website for updates and reports from the committee’s work. For questions, contact Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea at 509.526-6712 or via email at cgardea@wwps.org.



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 to meet the new superintendent and learn more about your local schools.

• Wednesday, Oct. 19 / 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 Stories

2nd Annual International Food Truck Day celebrates diversity

Walla Walla High School students were treated to a special lunch experience during the 2nd Annual International Food Truck event on campus. This year six trucks participated offering a variety of ethnic foods. Organizers from the World Languages Department established the event to promote diversity and cultural awareness. 


October is Financial Aid month 

Every senior should fill out a FAFSA or a WASFA during the month of October. Wa-Hi, GEAR UP and College Goal Washington staff will be available three nights to help you and your family complete the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID.

Federal Student Aid Application sign up nights:
- October 3, 12, 25
- 5 to 7 p.m. (Spanish-speaking staff will be available all three nights)
- Wa-Hi Library
- Information: www.yourcollegeandcareer.org


Kiwanis supports Safety Bench project at Pioneer Middle School

Kiwanis Club of Walla Walla donated $800 for a new “Safety Bench” at Pioneer Middle School. Kiwanis President Sharon Gerbino partnered with Physical Education teacher Donna Morris on the project. The bench is located near the gym off of Bridge St. in a lighted, covered area. Morris said the area is ideal for students to sit in a safe, dry area while waiting for rides. Students at SEA-TECH built the sturdy, powder-coated bench. Gerbino says Kiwanis is proud to support area students and promote safety. 


Wa-Hi Latino Club Highlights – By Advisor Bill Erickson


Camp Baker Experience July 5-9
Camp Baker, located just south of Florence, Oregon, was the destination for 17 students. The camp, operated by the Oregon Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America, offered a unique experience for five days for high school young men and women from July 5-9. Besides the traditional camp activities such as campfires, s’mores, archery, canoeing, .22 rifle shooting, and swimming, the camp also provided high adventure activities such as climbing, COPE, shotgun, pistol, large bore rifle shooting, and tubing.

Those who made the trip to the Oregon Coast consisted of students from the Walla Walla High School Latino Club and Prescott students who live at Vista Hermosa in northern Walla Walla County. The experience was supported by a Blue Mountain Community Foundation’s First Fruits grant from the Vista Hermosa Foundation, Walla Walla Noon Rotary, Columbia REA, College Place Presbyterian Church, the Vista Hermosa Foundation, and fundraising efforts by Exploring Post 311. The highlight of the five day program was the climbing and a “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience” or COPE program. COPE provides initiative games or trust events and then a high-ropes course. As participants in the program, campers climb, swing, balance, jump, rappel, and devise group solutions to a variety of problems.

Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days
Walla Walla High School Latino Club for the eleventh year, helped prepare the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds for the Walla Walla County Fair and Frontier Days. Beginning in mid-August, club members spent several days and evenings performing the initial cleaning of the pavilion area and fair grounds by sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning glass cabinets. Besides cleaning, club members helped set up some of the display areas in the pavilion.

The Club also participated in the Saturday Fair Parade with Mariachi Huenachi, earning second place in the Youth Band/Drill team category. Latino Club hosted Mariachi Huenachi for its fifth year at the fair. Students assisted with Exploring Post 311’s concession stand and sold food and Coke products in the grandstand during the concert, demolition derby, and three nights of the rodeo to raise funds to support Latino Club activities during the school year. Overall, 60 plus club members and friends were involved by working over 575 hours during the fair.

Sharpstein Carnival
On Sept. 22, 2016, 15-20 Wa-Hi Latino Club Members volunteered and assisted with the Sharpstien Carnival. Club members helped with serving food and booth activities at the carnival.


Hair stylists volunteer to cut hair at Sharpstein

This week, Walla Walla hair stylists Alejandro and Maria Garcia kicked off a new project of donating their time to cut hair for Sharpstein students. The project is to help students in financial need get free haircuts. The Garcia’s have students at Edison, Pioneer, and Wa-Hi and are excited to help support area children. Sharpstein Principal Maria Garcia said this project helps the students feel good about themselves and understand how many people care about them. She thanked the Garcia’s for their generosity and enthusiasm.  


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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resilience-the-science-of-hope-tickets-27390282071


Community Stories
October is Resilience Month

Several FREE events are planned in support of Resilience Month. Teri Barila is coordinating the activities.

- Sept. 28: Walla Walla City Council proclaims October as Resilience Awareness month.
- Oct. 5: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Wa-Hi Fine Arts Auditorium - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope - Documentary. Learn more and register at: http://www.resiliencetrumpsaces.org
- Oct. 18: 7 to 8 p.m. at YWCA - Join Rick Griffin for a self-discovery, high energy event. Learn more and register at: http://www.resiliencetrumpsaces.org
- Oct. 17 thru 31 - Watch for the banner above South Second St.
- Entire month - Watch for all ten HEARTS trump ACES flags on Main Street.
- Entire month - Grand Cinema is playing the 15 second ad before each movie.


Coaches needed for Sweets Volleyball Club

Sweets Volleyball Club is in need of coaches and assistant coaches, according to program volunteer Cassie Rothstrom. Sweets Volleyball Club is committed to providing young female athletes in the Walla Walla Valley with the opportunity to learn and play the game of volleyball. Programs are offered for girls ages 6 to 18.

“Depending on the team coached, there is Saturday and Sunday travel to as many as five regional tournaments a year,” said Rothstrom. “We compensate our coaching staff with a salary plus travel and expenses for all tournaments and a Nike Team Jacket.”

If you have a volleyball background and want to give back to the youth in this area, please contact Angie Potts at anjeanette_potts@yahoo.com, or you can text/call her at 509-629-1060.


Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary announces annual fund-raiser to provide clothes for children

The 43rd annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary spaghetti luncheon, style show and silent auction will be held Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Assumption Parish. Proceeds from this event fund Dress A Living Doll. This organization provides store-purchased outfits, pajamas, underwear and socks for each child referred by local schools. This gift of clothes also extends to all younger siblings ages birth-five.  Tickets may be purchased at the door - adults $7 and children $3.50.


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