Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 28, 2016

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Remember to Vote - November 8 General Election

Ballots have been mailed to registered voters for the November 8 General Election. Ballots are due Tuesday, Nov. 8. Please remember to vote. Contact the Walla Walla County Elections Office for additional information – (509) 524-2530.


School board meetings Tuesday, Nov. 1

· Tuesday, Nov. 1
· 4:30 p.m.: Special Meeting – School board to discuss strategic planning efforts
· 6:30 p.m.: Regularly scheduled meeting
· Location: Walla Walla Public Schools Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)
· Both meetings are open to the public


Isaacs Avenue Phase I Project Public Open House

A public open house to review the 75 percent complete plans on Phase I of the Isaacs Avenue project will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. at Green Park Elementary Library, located at 1105 E. Isaacs Avenue. Phase I of the project is to occur in 2017 and includes a complete reconstruction of Isaacs Avenue from Rose Street to Division Street.

Please join us to learn more about the project and to discuss construction sequencing, scheduling, detour routes and impacts to local residents and businesses. For project updates and road closure information, please visit the GoWallaWalla.us website.


2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Calendar Survey

The district is in the beginning stages of developing calendars for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. Calendar priorities have been established in the past and are part of the district’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Please participate in a brief survey to share your input on these priorities and the process. The survey will close on Friday, November 4. The district’s goal is to develop a calendar which best meets the needs of the district and community.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3LF65DV


District meets state emergency preparedness requirements

Walla Walla High School School Resource Officer Allan Thonney, who oversees district Crisis Management responsibilities, reports the district has met the state’s annual emergency preparedness requirements. The state requires the online Rapid Responder system to be updated with current emergency plans and safety teams. Schools are also required to complete and log lockdown, evacuation and shelter-in-place drills throughout the school year and principals must complete Incident Command Systems training.


Walla Walla Public Schools and C2C team to make community connections

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with C2C for a community engagement event Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Elementary School library. The conversation will include what is working well in our schools, what needs improvement and how we can best work together.

There will be food and beverages and plenty of friendly faces. We would like to get your input and develop relationships so we can make our schools even better. We hope to see you there!


School Stories

Wa-Hi hosts U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championship Meet - By Blue Devils JROTC Public Affairs

The Walla Walla High School, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Rifle team is hosting the U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championship Meet Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Wa-Hi Small Gym and Rifle Range. This is a match to qualify teams and individuals to compete in the U.S. Army Rifle Championship Meet to be held this winter at Fort Benning, Georgia.


Football team supports Coach-to-Cure at tonight’s home game

The Walla Walla High School varsity football team is playing Chiawana at Borleske Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. Tonight the team is supporting the Coach-to-Cure Muscular Dystrophy foundation. Coach-to-Cure has partnered with the NCAA in trying to find a cure for Duchenne MD.

“This is Wa-Hi Football’s 6th year supporting this cause and we have three young boys that have become a huge part of our program,” said Coach Eric Hisaw. “Yesterday they all came and “Scored a Touchdown” during practice with our team and they will be honorary captains tonight.”

The link below will give you more information on the foundation and how to use the text option to donate $5 from your provider bill. The team will also be selling “white out” shirts in the Wa-Hi business office for $1. http://coachtocuremd.org/

“Every single penny goes straight to Coach to Cure MD to help find a cause,” Hisaw said.


Walla Walla High School Drama presents The Great Gatsby – Tickets on sale now!

Come see F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s famous work come to life on the Wa-Hi stage. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.

- Show dates: November 10-12 and 17-19 at 7 pm, November 12 and 19 at 2 pm.
- Tickets: In person from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School ASB Office, 800 Abbott Road
- At the box office located in the Wa-Hi auditorium foyer one hour prior to curtain, or Online at https://intouch.wwps.org
- Questions/Information: info@wahidrama.org


Berney Student Council goes to City Council

Wednesday, Berney Elementary Student Council representatives traveled to City Hall to participate in the City Council meeting. Students were introduced by the City Council and then conducted the Flag Salute portion of the meeting.

Berney Student Council Representatives:
· President - Scarlette Barton (Mrs. Schade’s class)
· Class Representative - Scarlette Figgins (Mrs. Baker’s class)
· Class Representative - Caleb Milligan (Mrs. James’ Class)
· Class Representative - Tansen Branscum (Mrs. Schade’s class)
· Becky Jo Gifford – Advisor


Wa-Hi to honor local veterans during Veterans Day assembly - Blue Devils JROTC Public Affairs

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion and the Associated Student Bodies (ASB) will host an assembly to honor all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Big Gym at Wa-Hi. The ASB and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets have an extensive ceremony planned including an audiovisual presentation, remembrance of the fallen, and other activities. Veterans and their guests are asked to arrive by 9 a.m., with ceremonies to begin at 9:20 a.m.

Veterans of all periods and conflicts (including Cold War) from all branches ... Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and all their components ... active, reserve, guard, and retired are invited to attend and will be recognized for their service to our Nation. The JROTC program invites veterans to email a photo of themselves in uniform to: wwhs_jrotc@wwps.org to be included in the presentation. Veterans and their families are also invited to the Commons Cafeteria immediately following the assembly for refreshments. This event is free and open to veterans, their families, and the general public. Please share this with every veteran you know in our community. Blue Devil Cadet and ASB leaders will be available for interviews with print and broadcast media outlets in advance of the event, or following conclusion of ceremonies on the day of event. For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.



Elementary Wresting program ends with All Kids Tournament

More than 80, 4th, 5th and 6th graders participated in Walla Walla High School Wrestling’s First Annual Elementary Kids Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon at Wa-Hi. The Wa-Hi wrestlers and coaches have been at elementary/middle schools coaching this fall.

“This is a great volunteer activity Walla Walla High School wrestlers have committed to and this program shines a nice light on Wa-Hi wrestling and the elementary schools activities,” said Assistant Coach Jacob Butenhoff, who has teamed with his father John to coordinate the program. “Our high school wrestlers coached and organized practices at their elementary alma mater. This has been an incredible experience for our community’s youth.”

Butenhoff thanked Wa-Hi’s Athletic Director Mr. Dirk Hanson, Assistant Superintendent Mr. Chris Gardea, and all the Elementary Schools Principals and teachers for the incredible amount of support in making this such a huge success. He says he can’t wait to do it again next year!


Whitman College soccer coach to lead Wa-Hi boys soccer program

Congratulations to Jose Cedeno for being named Walla Walla High School boys soccer coach. Cedeno is also the Head Soccer coach at Whitman College. Cedeno played soccer at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. He also played Division I Amateur League for Istria Soccer Club in New York and internationally in Croatia. He was the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Belmont United Soccer Club in Belmont California and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages (Spanish) and a Master’s degree in Sports Management.

“We are very excited about this hire,” said Athletic Director Dirk Hansen. “Jose brings a wealth of head coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level.”


Elementary Explorer students raise funds to protect Snow Leopards

The Elementary Explorer classes are selling unique, handmade and high quality Snow Leopard Trust items to raise funds to protect the habitat of the Snow Leopard. The Snow Leopard Trust is an organization based in Seattle that promotes wildlife protection and habitat preservation. They partner with rural communities in the mountains of Asia to design conservation programs and provide a market for sustainable & hand crafted products. Funds will also help purchase a second bench for the bus waiting area at Sharpstein.

The sale will be held in the Sharpstein Foyer.
- Now through Thursday, November 3
- 7:45 to 8:10 a.m. and 2:30 to 4 p.m.
- Items include: Note cards, books, felt ornaments, skeins of yarn, and woven goods
- No credit or debit cards. Cash and checks only


Annual Trunk-or-Treat event offers public a safe Halloween experience

The Walla Walla High School Key Club is hosting the annual Truck-or-Treat Halloween event and canned food drive on Monday, October 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Walla Walla High School. School clubs decorate their cars and hand out candy to trick or treaters. The public is invited to join the fun. Please donate a can of food in support of the event. 


Halloween Dance supports Youth and Government Program

Several students involved with the Youth and Government program are organizing a Halloween Costume Dance Party fundraiser on Halloween evening from 6:30 - 10:30, held at Foundry Vineyards, 1111 Abadie Street. Disco lights, a DJ playing great music, Good friends, Cash prizes, Only 200 tickets - You know it’s going to be fun! We’ll have cash and other prizes for three separate contests judging best costumes, best makeup and best carved pumpkin (please bring your pumpkin already carved).

Both tickets ($10) and tokens (12/$10) can be purchased in advance at a discount at wallawallaparty.com. If tickets are still available on the night of Halloween, the price at the door will be $13 for tickets and tokens will be 10/$10. All money raised supports the trips in the spring to Washington, D.C. and Olympia where the students will participate in a mock legislative session presenting the bills they have written. This will be a fun and safe evening for high school students. Please come and bring your friends. There will be parent chaperones. If you have any questions about the event, contact Milan Mumm, event organizer: milan@wallawallaparty.com or 509-540-7512.

If you have questions about joining the Youth and Government program, contact Martin Fortney, mfortney@wwps.org or Kerstin Fenton, kfenton@wwymca.org. This is not a Walla Walla Public Schools sponsored event.


Community Stories
GIRLS COUNCIL plans “Girls Night In” event

- Friday, November 4 from 6 - 8 p.m.
- 401 W. Main Street, Walla Walla
- Event is titled ‘Time to Shine’, * Relax * Create * Sparkle * Enjoy *, and is appropriate fun for all area girls from 4th grade through high school.
- FUN - FOOD - PRIZES for girls only, of course! ‘Girls Night In’ will be held every other Friday from November 4 through December 30.
- Call GIRLS COUNCIL at 509-524-8845 to learn more about it.


Green Park Principal keynote speaker at Camp Fire Fall Luncheon

Please join Camp Fire for their Fall Luncheon, a fundraiser to benefit Camp Fire of Walla Walla. The keynote speaker is Gina Yonts, Green Park Elementary Principal.
The Luncheon will be held November 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Reid Campus Center Ballroom, 280 Boyer Ave. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.wwcampfire.org. For more information contact Lacey Cole at 509-525-3180 or lacey@wwcampfire.org


Whitman College students to discuss enriching high school experiences

Whitman College students are hosting a free public deliberation November 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Walla Walla High School. The event is a forum to discuss how high school education should prepare students for their futures.


D.A.R.E. Spaghetti Feed on Oct. 31st, Halloween Evening

· Bacon & Eggs downtown Walla Walla
· 4 to 7 p.m.
· $5/plate or $20/ family of five
· Funds help raise money for the D.A.R.E. program in the Walla Walla Valley
· Questions or information: www.ww-sf.org or call 629-1436

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an international education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. D.A.R.E., which has expanded globally since its founding in 1983, is a demand-side drug control strategy of the American War on Drugs. Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are taught by Deputy Edwards about the dangers of drug use through an interactive in-school curriculum which lasts several weeks. The D.A.R.E. program is currently in WW County Schools, but is in need of ongoing funding.


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