Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - January 20, 2017

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Preventative maintenance and safety focus of Community Facilities Task Force meeting 

The Community Facilities Task Force met Thursday evening to continue its Long Range Facilities Planning efforts to ensure every student has adequate learning spaces to receive the highest quality education possible. Below is a summary of the agenda items from the three hour meeting. Also, check out the new Facilities Planning website: http://www.wwps.org/fp/facilities-planning-overview

Preventative Maintenance report summary:
- The district annually invests nearly $6 million or 8 percent of the General Fund budget on facilities and operations
- These funds cover capital projects, preventative maintenance, salaries and benefits, supplies, materials, contractual services and utilities
- Maintenance and facilities improvement highlights in 2016: new Wa-Hi track; LED lighting for Wa-Hi small gym; water double check installations; new dishwasher at Wa-Hi; new boiler for Wa-Hi small gym; safety handrails for Wa-Hi main gym; HVAC controls at Pioneer MS; remodeled bathrooms at Garrison MS; remodeled bathrooms at Prospect Point; HVAC cooling tower at Green Park; new glass vestibule at Green Park to enhance safety; new district office roof; and new carpet in Pioneer Library.
- The Long-range Facilities Planning process is currently focused on gathering input and analysis
- Next year, the focus is on community outreach and refinement with a potential November 2018 election

Safety & Security Audit summary:
- Comprehensive district-wide School Safety Evaluation and Audit by Sprigeo – Spring 2016
- WW Police Chief Scott Bieber and WW County Sheriff John Turner reviewed the Sprigeo audit and shared input
- Limit entry points to schools, single entry recommended
- Lock exterior doors during school hours
- Signage for visitors to check in at main office and train staff to recognize people without visitor badges
- Standardize emergency procedures
- Improve cameras and camera coverage
- Balance building a fortress and having a free-flowing school

Preliminary Tax rate summary:
- Edison Elementary bond debt is paid in full December 2018, bringing the district bond debt to zero

Next meeting: February 16 – Agenda highlights include energy audit, school committee updates, tax rate discussion


Snow make-up days approved

School board members approved a revision to the 2016-2017 calendar to make up for three of the five canceled days due to this winter’s extreme weather conditions. Students will now attend school March 2, May 12 and a half day June 9. No decision has been made regarding the fourth and fifth canceled days. The district will wait another few weeks to see if additional cancellations this winter will further complicate the 2016-2017 calendar.

http://www.wwps.org/images/district_info/calendars/Approved_Revised_2016-17_calendar_011717.pdf


Bilingual Program Committee studies consolidation options – Parent meeting Tuesday, Jan. 24

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis provided the school board a progress report Tuesday night from the Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee. The group is looking at consolidation options from the current four school Bilingual program models to maximize available resources, enhance learning opportunities for English learners and improve academic performance.

Krutulis reported the committee is also reviewing options for introducing cultural and language acquisition options for students who aren’t in a dual language program. She said this expansion of services would provide lifelong benefits. There is a push to offer Spanish exploratory classes in middle school for students seeking to learn a World Language at a younger age. The group is planning to take a recommendation to the board in March. Several more meetings are planned. No decisions were made Tuesday night.

Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee plans parent meeting
- Tuesday, January 24 in the Anne Golden Boardroom
- Share input on options for bilingual program changes
- 5-6 p.m. presentation (English)
- 6:15-7:15 p.m. presentation (Spanish)
- Child care will be provided for ages 2 and older
- Those not able to attend will be able to provide input by paper
- Input forms will be available on the district’s website from January 25-January 31

Learn more about the Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee online: http://www.wwps.org/programs/bilingual/bilingual-education-recommendation-committee


JROTC and Peggy Needham honored at annual Traffic Safety Awards program

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School JROTC program and community activist Peggy Needham for receiving awards at the annual Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Awards program Thursday afternoon at the Masonic Center.

The Walla Walla High School JROTC program received the Youth Initiative award for its awareness program to educate their peers on distracted driving and driving under the influence. Students Dan Enger, Rifle Team Captain and Samantha Scott, Rifle Team Executive Officer accepted the award on behalf of the program. Wa-Hi’s JROTC program has participated in this project for the past three years involving more than 60 students. They made more than 50 anti-drunk driving and anti- distracted driving posters, spent over six hours holding up banners in high traffic areas for passing motorists, created flyers explaining the dangers of drunk and distracted driving and surveyed students on these subjects. They also collected over 500 signatures on anti-drunk and distracted driving pledges. Thanks to JROTC Instructors Bill Bialozor and Mark Mebes for their leadership and support of this project.

Longtime community activist Peggy Needham received the Educational Outreach award. As Program Coordinator for W2 for Drug Free Youth, Peggy Needham plays a critical role in our community as it relates to educating youth and parents about the dangers of drinking and using drugs while operating a motor vehicle. Peggy organized the local version of the “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking Prevention program. This National Media Campaign empowers parents and caregivers to talk with children early about the dangers of alcohol. Peggy has also helped promote a Marijuana Talk Kit for Parents. Peggy supported Red Ribbon Week activities in Walla Walla Schools. This program stresses the risks of alcohol and drug use and the dangers of driving under the influence. Research is critical for school districts and results of the W2 for Drug Free Youth Community Surveys shed valuable light on issues centered on youth drug and alcohol use in our community. Peggy coordinated Parenting Wisely classes at Sharpstein Elementary in English and Spanish. These classes promote healthy lifestyles and raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Peggy Needham is also an advocate for concussion awareness in youth sports, a member of the WWPS Safe and Civil Schools committee, Vice Chair for the Traffic Safety Task Force and a longtime youth baseball volunteer and advocate. Prevention education and helping others be safe has been not only a job, but a passion for Peggy for a long time.


School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Appreciation Month and a time to recognize the critical role our board members have providing a quality education for all Walla Walla students. Tuesday night, School board members Sam Wells, Ruth Ladderud, Dr. David Hampson, Cindy Meyer and Derek Sarley received tokens of appreciation, posters and cards from students and staff. Thank you school board members!


Personnel Report for January 17, 2017 School Board Meeting

EMPLOYMENT
Classified:
Itzel Cuevas Vasquez, Para-Educator Head Start/ECEAP, Blue Ridge Preschool
Stephanie Edwards, Health Room Assistant, Prospect Point Elementary
Henry Samson, Bilingual Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School

RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT
Certificated:
Sandra Bushnell, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 13 years
- Retirement is effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year
Debra Field, Math/Social Studies Teacher, Pioneer Middle School, 31 years
- Retirement is effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year
Marcia Follett, ELA/Reading/Social Studies Teacher, Garrison Middle School, 16 years
- Retirement is effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year
Monica Frank, Special Education Teacher, Garrison Middle School, 1 year
- Effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year
Melanie Richardson, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 1.5 years
- Effective January 20, 2017
Patricia Weeks, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 21 years
- Retirement is effective at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Classified:
Anne Marie Jones, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 1 year
Hilda Morales, Bilingual Para-Educator, Edison Elementary, 2 years

LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Certificated:
Erin Moreno, First Grade Teacher, Edison Elementary
- For the 2017-2018 school year


District offers numerous choices for high school students

School board members held a public work session Tuesday night to review secondary school options. The focus of the meeting was to detail the numerous options Walla Walla Public Schools offers high school students based on their individual needs.

Superintendent Wade Smith and Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea facilitated the discussion. Superintendent Smith reported the district has two high school options for district students. Walla Walla High School is a large comprehensive high school with vast academic program offerings, numerous electives and afterschool activities. Lincoln High School is a small high school with fewer program offerings, but a heightened awareness of Trauma Smart practices, onsite childcare and direct connections to social services agencies.

High school program options include the Opportunity Program and the district’s new Re Engagement program. Both of these programs are located at 1917 E. Isaacs Ave. These are off-site alternative learning programs created to offer area high school students more choices for earning credits en route to graduation. SEA-TECH is located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. It was established to provide advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs in technology, welding, construction and health sciences. The Alternative Education Program is at WWCC for another alternative choice.


Kindergarten registration and open enrollment dates set for 2017-2018 School Year

Secondary Open Enrollment
Walla Walla Public Schools will hold secondary open enrollment for middle and high school students enrolling for the 2017-2018 school February 1 through 28, 2017. The middle and high schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 1 through the end of the month to complete the open enrollment process.

Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours beginning January 23; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Wednesday, February 1.

Kindergarten Registration and Elementary Open Enrollment
The Kindergarten registration and elementary open enrollment period is Monday, April 17 to Friday, April 28, 2017. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 10. However, the completed registration forms will not be accepted until April 17.

Kindergarten/Elementary Open Enrollment Registration Hours:
Monday, April 17 - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 18 – April 28 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 10; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 17.

Open enrollment requests within Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 S. Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.


School Stories
School Performance Reports now available

School Performance Reports for the 2016-17 school year have been completed and are now available online — http://www.wwps.org/schools/information/performance-reports

The School Performance Reports are also available in limited quantities at all schools. Each district is required to provide these reports annually to give parents and community members easily understandable information on educational programs and assessment results. Each report includes a brief statement of the mission of the school, enrollment statistics, expenditures per student for the school year, student attendance, historical information on the school building and an invitation to all parents and citizens to participate in school activities. They also list district and building goals as well as highlights from the previous school year.

Each report also specifically directs the reader to the appropriate pages of the Washington State Report Card website which shows current and historical state and national assessment scores, teacher information and much more specific student demographics.


Free Youth People’s Concert Sunday

- 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


Walla Walla High School to hold Scholarship Fair January 24

Walla Walla High School will host a valley-wide Scholarship Fair on Jan. 24, 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.


Walla Walla High School to hold Scholarship Fair January 24

Walla Walla High School will host a valley-wide Scholarship Fair on Jan. 24, 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 Dance Company production – “The Adventures of Alice”

- “The Adventures of Alice” presented by Nancy Wells and The Walla Walla Dance Company
- Saturday, February 4 / 7:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)
- New choreography in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop & Contemporary performed by Walla Walla’s finest dancers
- Tickets available at Earthlight Books starting Friday, January 20
- General $15 / Reserved $20


City Parks & Recreation community update

Blue Mountain Girls Softball registration is open NOW
6U (T-Ball) 5-6yrs - $40
8U (Coach Pitch) 7-8yrs - $55
10U (Modified Pitch) 9-10yrs - $55
12U (Standard Pitch) 11-12yrs - $55

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

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

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