Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - January 6, 2017

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District Stories
District mourns the loss of high school student

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to mourn the loss of Walla Walla High School and SEA-TECH Junior Trevett Sandberg who passed away Wednesday morning at his home in College Place. The district extends its deepest sympathy to the family. Grief rooms have been active at Walla Walla High School and SEA-TECH per the district’s Crisis Response plan. Details regarding funeral services will be released once available. Click on the link below to view a comprehensive resource on grief recovery.

National Association of School Psychologists
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/addressing-grief/when-grief/loss-hits-close-to-home-tips-for-caregivers


Report It! SafeSchools Alerts system allows anonymous reporting of bullying, safety concerns and more 

Safety is one of the district’s top priorities and to help safeguard our school community, Walla Walla Public Schools uses SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service for students, staff, and parents to submit safety concerns to the administration four different ways:
1. Phone: 1-855-4ALERT1, ext. 1057
2. Text: Text #1057 @tip + your tip to ALERT1 (253781)
3. Email: 1057@alert1.us
4. Web: http://1057.alert1.us
Report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism, personal safety or any safety issue you’re concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. When you submit a tip, be sure to use our district’s identification code: 1057 in your communication. Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and the administration is notified so they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer. Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn!


School board meetings Tuesday, Jan. 17

Tuesday, January 17 meetings
- 5 p.m.: Special School Board Meeting/Work Session
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting
- Both meetings open to the public
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St. – Both meetings open to the public)


No School January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17 meetings
- 5 p.m.: Special School Board Meeting/Work Session
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting
- Both meetings open to the public
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St. – Both meetings open to the public)


Join us! Superintendent’s Patron Tour – Feb. 1, 2017

• Wednesday, February 1 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, January 27 — sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• Blue Ridge Elementary, Lincoln High School and Garrison Middle School

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 share the district’s new Vision, Mission and Belief statements. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the new superintendent and learn more about your local schools.



School to begin week of the fair

School Board members recently approved the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school year calendars. The decision comes after feedback from staff and stakeholders. Feedback supported starting school the last week in August and ending the year prior to June 15. Both calendars represent this input.
Calendars posted online: http://www.wwps.org/district/calendars/school-year-calendar


School Stories
Free Youth People’s Concert

- The Orchestra Sings (Free Family Concert and Foodraiser)
- Sunday, January 22
- 3 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)
- Free admission with a non-perishable food item donation


Students win Microsoft Office state competition – By Wa-Hi Journal

Two Microsoft Office Applications students won their respective categories in the state competition and fall qualifier for the National Championship. Both participants also have qualified for the 2017 National Championship in Orlando, Florida. Sophomore Wren Chapin placed first in Word 2013 and sophomore Marissa Manny placed first in Excel 2013. The champion of the national competition will be given the opportunity to participate in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship.


Walla Walla High School student receives national technology honor

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School student Maryclare McKeirnan for being named a 2017 National Honorable Mention recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. McKeirnan is in Business Education teacher Gay Buissink’s class.

Aspirations in Computing is a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) designed to increase women’s meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.


Walla Walla High School to hold Scholarship Fair

Walla Walla High School will host a valley-wide Scholarship Fair on Jan. 11, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Commons. The fair helps connect students with local scholarship sponsors, learn how to apply for scholarships and finance their education after high school. Juniors and Seniors from Walla Walla High School, Lincoln, Touchet, Waitsburg, Prescott, College Place, Milton-Freewater, DeSales and Walla Walla Valley Academy are all invited to attend.

Approximately 30 organizations will host information tables at the arena style fair. Participants include local clubs and organizations who give scholarships, all local and regional 2 and 4 year colleges, state foundations, military representatives on ROTC scholarships for college and other degree options. A representative from Washington State Apprenticeship Programs will talk with students on earning a living wage while they attend classes and receive training for jobs in trade industries.

WSU GEAR UP is offering a scholarship application workshop that will run simultaneously with the fair. The workshop will be held in the library until 7 p.m.

This year United Way of Walla Walla is giving away two $200 scholarships through a drawing held at the fair. Wa-Hi is grateful to United Way for encouraging student attendance at the fair with their generous support.

Contact fair organizer, Claircy Clizer, Career Center Specialist at Wa-Hi, at cclizer@wwps.org or 509-526-8680 for more information or if you are a scholarship sponsor and would like to host an information table at the fair.


Community Stories
Walla Walla-Columbia School Retirees Association offers scholarships

Available:
Three $1200 scholarships
Scholarships are given to prospective teachers (student teaching/intern)
Applications online – Blue Mountain Community Foundation Website – Scholarship tab (Available Jan. 1, 2017 – due March 1, 2017)
Must be a graduate of high school in Walla Walla or Columbia County
Student teach/Intern between September 2017 and June 2018
Information: Mardel Bierwagen – 509.525.6117 / gbierwagen6117@charter.net


City Parks & Recreation community update

Veteran’s Memorial Pool Passes On Sale NOW
Early Bird Discount until January 31
Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran and Family passes available

Lifeguards wanted for summer - New Veteran’s Memorial Pool
Paid position - 15 years and up
To apply online go to http://www.wallawallawa.gov/images/depts/humanresources/PDF_FILLABLE_APPLICATION.pdf

Indoor Youth Soccer League Referee’s wanted - Games on Saturdays
15 years and up paid position
14 years and under volunteer position
Game locations are held in WWPS Gymnasiums
Soccer playing experience and basic knowledge of rules required, officiating experience recommended but not required

Indoor Soccer Registration - As space is available
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
$60 with late fee

Whitman Winter Tennis Camp - January 9th - 13th
4 years - 18 years
$30 - $75

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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