Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 24, 2017

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Spring Break schedule

- No school Monday, April 3 to Friday, April 7
- Classes resume Monday, April 10


District eyes improved Latino outreach and student equity and access with new director position

The district’s Bilingual Education program is transitioning from a coordinator supported model to a cabinet level director to further enhance equity and access and academic success for Latino students. The newly posted Director of Bilingual Education and Latino Outreach position is an outcome of the recently completed Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee study and soon to be finalized strategic plan which both call for better aligned systems, effective instructional practices and additional layers of student engagement.

This 260-day contract position is a direct report to the superintendent. Applicants are required to have a valid state administrator certificate and a minimum of five years teaching experience with an emphasis on bilingual classroom instruction. Bilingual/biliterate in English and Spanish is strongly preferred. The position closes April 19 with the new director reporting July 1.

“This position replaces the current coordinator role, adding year-around duties and increased responsibilities to not only ensure we offer the best possible support for our teachers and students in our various English-Language Learner programming, but is also charged with improving equity and access for our entire Latino population,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “I am so proud of our School Board for heeding the overwhelming input received from our staff and community during our strategic planning listening sessions, and prioritizing English language acquisition and learning outcome success for our Latino population, now comprising nearly 40 percent of our student body.”


Deadline for District Elementary Dual Language Program applications March 29

Walla Walla Public Schools is now accepting applications for kindergarten dual language programming for the 2017-18 school year. Applications to apply for this exciting opportunity at Edison Elementary School are available on the district website under the Bilingual Education tab, at neighborhood elementary schools or the district office (364 S. Park St.).

Completed applications must be returned by Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Applications may be delivered to the district office; e-mailed to kschisler@wwps.org; or mailed to: Walla Walla Public Schools, 364 South Park Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Once an application is received, parents will be contacted by the Teaching and Learning Department to set up a specific time for students to be tested and screened. A lottery system for enrollment may be activated based on the number of students who qualify for this program.

The goal of the program is to ensure that all students who participate achieve proficiency in both Spanish and English. Considerations for application:
· Children should be developmentally on target in his/her native language; and
· The child has already expressed an interest in different people, places and things; and
· The child desires to become fluent in Spanish and English; and
· As a family, there is support for learning a second language through school attendance, participation in school
events and practice of both languages in your home.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Teaching and Learning Department at 526-6735.


Personnel Report (from March 21, 2017 School Board meeting)

EMPLOYMENT
Certificated:
Amanda Archer, Special Education (.5 FTE), Garrison Middle School
Jaimee Rossi, Special Education, Pioneer Middle School

Classified:
Jorge Abundis, Custodian, Green Park/Prospect Point/Sharpstein Elementary Schools

RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT

Certificated:
Alita Chamberlain, Kindergarten, Edison Elementary School, 1 year

Jerry Quaresma, Opportunity Program, Walla Walla High School, 19 years
· Resigning .4 FTE – will continue as a .6 FTE Opportunity Program teacher

Classified:
Karla Garza, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School, 7 months
Jennifer Ordos, Health Clinician, Garrison Middle School, 2 years
Kevin Raver, Temporary Grounds, Facilities and Operations, 7 months
Mickey Weber, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 9 years
· Mickey will complete the 2016-2017 school year

Coaching:
Dallas Jones, Head Wrestling, Walla Walla High School, 5 years

LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Certificated:
Rob Ahrens, Science, Walla Walla High School, 19 years
· To serve as .4 FTE TOSA Science Coordinator for the 2017-2018 school year, will continue as .6 FTE science teacher

Monica Nelson, Math, Walla Walla High School, 13 years
· To serve as .4 FTE TOSA Math Coordinator for the 2017-2018 school year, will continue as .6 FTE math teacher


Lincoln High School staff on Facilities Improvement team tour Sharpstein Elementary 

Wednesday, Lincoln High School staff on the school’s Facilities Improvement team toured Sharpstein Elementary to learn more about how historic schools can be restored to meet today’s learning needs. Sharpstein was originally built in 1898 and was completely modernized in 2000. Lincoln High School was built in 1927 and recently scored the lowest on the district’s Facilities Condition Report to the state. The district is currently embarked on a Long-range Facilities Improvement Planning process and is currently in the needs assessment and research phase. Once needs are identified, potential solutions will be drafted for further discussion and review by the Community Facilities Task Force chaired by local businessman and Graduate of Distinction Paul Schneidmiller. Superintendent Wade Smith has listed November 2018 as a potential date for a bond measure. 


Kindergarten Resource Fair April 12

- Wednesday, April 12
- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla Fairgrounds
- Community and school informational booths on site
- Pick up kindergarten registration packets and meet principals and staff


Reykdal: President’s Budget Proposal Will Harm Students, Educators – By OSPI Communications Department

On Thursday, President Donald Trump released his initial proposal for the federal budget. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Chris Reykdal on the proposal.
OLYMPIA—MARCH 17, 2017—President Trump’s proposed federal budget will hurt Washington students and educators. It is that simple. Students who need academic help beyond the normal school day have used 21stCentury Community Learning Centers for more than a decade. The program is incredibly helpful for students who attend high-poverty schools. In 2016-17, Washington state received $17 million for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The President’s proposed budget eliminates this funding. Additionally, teachers would be less likely to receive growth opportunities in their profession. Title II, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act provides funding to improve teacher and principal quality. The funding is used to provide learning opportunities for educators and help districts find and keep the best educators for their students, among other things.
In 2016-17, Washington state received $36.7 million for the program. The President’s proposed budget eliminates this funding as well.
Besides those programs, at least 20 other federal programs would face either cuts or outright elimination. Those include, with nationwide reductions in parentheses:
· Striving Readers ($190 million),
· Impact Aid ($66.8 million),
· Teacher Quality Partnership ($43.1 million), and
· International Education ($65 million).
President Trump’s proposed budget would deny low-income students access to services – even though these students often need extra help the most. The proposal would deny growth opportunities for teachers – even though we have a massive teacher shortage.
The irony is that the two Washingtons are going in different directions. Washington state legislators are working hard to increase funding and meet our state’s constitutional mandate. Washington D.C., however, believes that the best way to help public education is to decrease funding. Our students and educators deserve better.


State Board of Education to visit Walla Walla for public forum on Multicultural Perspectives on Career Readiness

The State Board of Education will be conducting a public forum on increasing career readiness for students of color May 9 at Walla Walla Community College from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The forum, Multicultural Perspectives on Career Readiness, is intended for diverse participants to give input on high school educational policies designed to increase career readiness. The Board is interested in examining state policies through a racial equity lens,” says Linda Drake, Director of Career and College-Ready Initiatives for the Washington State Board of Education. “We would like to invite representatives of community organizations, as well as parents and students, particularly parents and students of color.” 


School Stories

Every 15 Minutes program aims to eliminate drunk driving

This week, Walla Walla High School seniors participated in the Every 15 Minutes program coordinated by Target Zero Manager Nancy McClenny-Walters of the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force. The Task Force coordinates this county-wide program aimed at reducing underage drinking and driving. Area first responders and community members volunteer to tell compelling impact stories of what it is like to be impacted by a DUI fatality. A Grim Reaper, stage crash scene, mock death notifications and the reading of obituaries completes the day and a half experience for seniors.


Middle school electives, enrichment, and support classes greatly expanded beginning next school year

Walla Walla Public Schools is focused on expanding learning opportunities at both middle schools by adding new class and program enhancements beginning next school year, including World Language Spanish and competitive boys and girls soccer. Students in grades 6 to 8 will have twice the number of elective opportunities currently offered, according to Superintendent Wade Smith.

“These new class and program enhancements will help ensure a more engaging, challenging, and stimulating middle school experience,” said Smith. “Our students are counting on us to provide them opportunities for growth and success as we work collaboratively to realize a vision of Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates.”

The following list is a brief review of new and exciting programs that are under consideration at both Garrison and Pioneer Middle Schools for the 2017-18 school year:

· All 6-8th grade students will have twice the number of elective opportunities as before. This will permit students to explore their passions with increased access to fine arts, challenge their learning and critical thinking with additional rigorous exploratory classes, and discover new fields of interest in disciplines such as coding and technical education.
· Spanish world language will be offered for the first time, allowing all students interested in mastering a foreign language a head start in middle school. This early start, with the possibility of earning high school credit, will provide students an opportunity to earn the “Seal of Biliteracy” when graduating from WaHi.
· For those students who participated in dual programming during their elementary years, an opportunity to continue their comprehensive dual language programming at both middle schools through Spanish literacy.
· For students identified as highly capable, additional opportunities and unique learning experiences to support their skills and competencies.
· The current array of advanced and honors classes will continue to be offered students to ensure stimulating curriculum is available to challenge student learners.
· Additional targeted courses will be developed to offer strategic support for students who may need additional time and instruction to ensure they are prepared for the rigorous work of high school.
· Competitive middle school soccer and other enhancements to our athletic programs to expose more students to co-curricular programming.


Health Center expands to Walla Walla High School to focus on mental health support

The Health Center Board unanimously approved the expansion of services to Walla Walla High School beginning in the 2017-2018 school year with a focus on mental health services.

“The data from our research along with recent tragic events in our community have made it abundantly clear there is a need to expand our services to more area high school students,” said Ted Koehler, Health Center Board President. “Following this year’s successful expansion at Pioneer Middle School, we felt confident the timing was right for further expansion to Walla Walla High School.”

Significant funding for the expansion was made available through Walla Walla County. Funds were allocated from the county’s one-tenth of one percent of sales tax revenue which specifically called for the expansion of mental health services in the area.

The Health Center clinics provide primary care, care coordination and behavioral health services focusing on mental health support. The Health Center clinics started operations in Walla Walla Public Schools in 2009 at Lincoln High School. Expansion continued at Blue Ridge Elementary in 2012. Pioneer Middle School is the organization’s most recent expansion in 2016.

“We provide social connection, concrete support and the skills and opportunity for experiences that build resilience,” said Stan Ledington, Executive Director of The Health Center. “The earlier we can get to students who are struggling, the more positive impact we can have on their lives and their ability to learn.”

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to emphasize the importance of social and emotional well-being, a key component of its new strategic plan. Superintendent Wade Smith has advocated for this expansion since assuming his duties in July.

“The Health Center has a proven track record in our district of delivering on these critical services which help address our state’s chronic absenteeism concerns in support of academic achievement,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with The Health Center as we get even more serious about helping support student mental health needs in our schools.”

Planning for operations implementation is currently underway. Staffing and other logistical details are being addressed in anticipation of opening the clinic on the first day of school.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but we’re all motivated by this opportunity to meet the needs of our high school students,” said Renee Harms, Director of Clinic Operations for The Health Center. “We are meeting with Principal Pete Peterson and his staff as well as The Health Center staff to identify needs and define our expansion plan.”

The Executive Director and The Health Center Board extends its heartfelt gratitude to Walla Walla County Commissioners Jim Johnson, Jim Duncan and Todd Kimball for recognizing the organization’s work and making it possible to reach even more students with these funds.

“We appreciate this vote of confidence from the commissioners and will do our part to provide quality services in support of these well documented mental health needs,” Ledington said. “We will need additional funds for this significant expansion and we know Walla Walla community members will step up to support our growing organization.”

About the Health Center:
Since 2009, The Health Center has improved the academic and life success of nearly 1500 students across three campuses by providing on-site, no-cost, holistic physical and mental health care services. The Health Center was the first school-based health center to open in Eastern Washington and it remains the only one that operates as a non-profit organization. The Health Center’s innovative model combines accessible physical care and mental health care as part of resilience-based, wrap-around services offered in concert with partner schools. This strategy is producing documented improvements in the academic and life success of participating students. To learn more about The Health Center or to DONATE, visit www.thehealthcenterww.org


Edison Elementary Principal changing roles to help develop new middle school Spanish program

This week, Edison Elementary Principal Jennifer Cowgill announced she is beginning a new adventure in her career next school year as she transitions to classroom teaching in the district’s recently formed middle school World Language Spanish program. Cowgill is fluent in Spanish and has extensive classroom teaching experience. She has been principal at Edison Elementary for the past three years and says her time at Edison will always be cherished.

“I admire the staff and teachers of Edison wholeheartedly and am proud of what we’ve accomplished together during the past three years,” Cowgill said. It has been an honor working with Edison’s families and children. I’m excited about my new teaching role and helping to grow this new and exciting program.”

This week the district posted the position announcement for a new Edison Elementary principal. The position closes April 19. The new principal will report to the district July 1.


Area businesses lend support for Dave Klicker Track memorial sign project

Today, the Opp and Seibold General Construction crane operating team lifted and set the massive six ton rock being used for the Dave Klicker Track memorial sign at Walla Walla High School. Opp and Seibold donated its crane services fee, Central Washington Asphalt donated the rock, and Wylie Monument donated the concrete footing and preparation labor. Thanks so much to these amazing community partners for weathering heavy rains in support of this project.

Save the date! Dave Klicker Track Dedication April 22
ALUMNUS, COACH, GENTLEMAN
Honoring a lifetime of athletic and educational excellence in support of Walla Walla students and athletes.
· Saturday, April 22
· 10:30 a.m.
· Klicker Track complex (campus of Walla Walla High School – 800 Abbott Road)
· Wa-Hi Track meet to follow dedication ceremony

Mr. Dave Klicker - Class of 1953
· Wa-Hi track hurdles state champion
· Wa-Hi Athletic Hall of Fame charter member
· Whitman College hurdles national champion
· U.S. Navy Veteran
· Teacher, mentor and friend
· 43 years of community service



Free showing of McFarland USA movie, dinner and discussion April 13

Wa-Hi Link Crew, Latino Club and Whitman College co-sponsor community event at Whitman College

Walla Walla High School’s Link Crew and Latino Club along with Whitman College will co-sponsor a community event in Olin Hall 138 on Thursday, April 13 at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Students and community members will watch McFarland USA at 3:30 p.m., with a pizza dinner served afterwards, followed by a discussion about how students can discover their potential and help their local community. Admission is free for this event.

McFarland USA is an inspiring movie about cross-country coach Jim White, played by Kevin Costner in the movie, who taught at a high school in McFarland, California and led his cross-country team to earn 11 state titles beginning in 1987. Some of his runners returned to their hometown and worked in their local school district after graduating from college with degrees in Education.

“McFarland USA is a true story that demonstrates how powerful a caring adult relationship can be in the lives of young adults,” says WWPS Access and Equity Coordinator Sergio Hernandez. “The movie shows how trust, hard work and tenacity can pay off and help any youth overcome whatever adversity or challenge they might face.”


Lincoln student honored by Exchange Club Youth of the Month

Congratulations to Lincoln High School senior Kaelynn Ashby for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Award this month. Kaelynn is now eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship. 2016-17 Youth of the Month Theme: “Inspiring Communities to become a Better Place”

Kaelynn has attended school at Lincoln all four years of her high school experience. She has excelled in school academically, maintaining a GPA above 3.5 each quarter, and has near perfect attendance all four years in high school. In addition to attending school at Lincoln, Kaelynn has also attended school at SEA-TECH in the digital media program her Junior and Senior year. She is also taking classes at WWCC in the Running Start Program this year. In her free time, Kaelynn enjoys drawing and creating digital art. Her future plans involve taking art and computer science classes at WWCC.


Orchestra students earn regional honors

Congratulations to both Walla Walla High School Orchestras on earning Superior ratings at the Columbia Basin Music Educator’s Association’s Large-Group Festival

“Students performed a challenging program and their hard work paid off,” said Instructor Julia Woods.


State grant funds International Sources of Strength program to promote the power of connection and hope

W2 for Drug Free Youth secured a $20,000 state grant to fund high school student and staff training, follow-on support and awareness campaigns through the internationally acclaimed Sources of Strength program. Sources of Strength features 450 school teams in five countries, 26 U.S. states, three Canadian Provinces and 12 First Nation communities.

The mission of Sources of Strength is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. W2 for Drug Free Youth coordinator and long-time community activist Peggy Needham wrote and secured the grant with support from Walla Walla Public Schools and Education Service District 123.

“We want this experience to be one of hope, help and strength,” said Needham. “Our community has suffered many tragic losses in the past few years. The Sources of Strength program provides a platform to bring our community together to focus on increasing communication and breaking the codes of silence. It promotes communication both peer to peer and adult to peer.”

Video Links:
https://sourcesofstrength.org/peer-leaders/videos/?id=78

https://sourcesofstrength.org/adult-advisors/videos/?id=23

Student/Staff Training Schedule:
Monday, March 27 – Lincoln HS staff and partners (Health Center and Afterschool programs) – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lincoln Terrace)
Tuesday, March 28 – Lincoln HS student peer leaders and adult advisors - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Lincoln Terrace)
Wednesday, March 29 – Wa-Hi HS staff and partners – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 – Wa-Hi HS student peer leaders and adult advisors

Free Sources of Strength Public Event
Thursday, March 30
6:30 p.m. (doors open)
7 p.m. (program begins)
Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)
Lincoln and Walla Walla High School students will discuss the awareness campaigns they plan to implement, including:
· Sources of Strength Awareness
· I Am Stronger Campaign
· Trusted Adult Display
· What Helps Me Campaign
· Sources of Strength Week
· A Strength a Month
· Passive messaging: posters, videos, PSA’s, social media
· Active messaging: one-to-one, presentation to class, staff, and community

“Sources of Strength is an ongoing peer driven, adult guided process to promote hope, help and strength on our campuses and communities through youth and adult connectedness,” said Needham. Come to Cordiner Hall on March 30th to learn more about this program and support our local youth as they introduce this program to our community.


Last weekend for Lincoln High School Drama:  Little Shop of Horrors

Saturday March 25 show time, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday March 26, 2 p.m.

All shows are at The Village Hall Theatre at Walla Walla University 204 S. College Ave. in College Place, WA. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Seymour- Senior Skyler Billman
Audrey- Junior Pelagia Wauchek
Orin the Dentist- Junior Peter Janis
Mushnik- Junior Kaiden Reser
Ronnette- Sophomore Cira Shoemake
Crystal- Senior Makenzie Remus
Chiffon- Junior Alex Peterson
Holly- Sophomore Kendra Jones

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi rock musical about a nerdy florist name Seymour Krelborn who finds a new breed of plant that he names Audrey II. The Audrey II brings him fame, fortune, and love all at the cost blood and murder. At first the plant is cute and harmless, but it soon grows into an out of control carnivore that takes away everything that Seymour loves. The characters are zany and memorable. Audrey, Seymour’s love interest, is an insecure bombshell who puts up with her abusive boyfriend Orin Scrivello D.D.S. Mr. Mushik, Seymour’s boss, is only interested in becoming rich. The play is narrated by four girls who live on Skid Row.

Lincoln High School drama teacher Riki Wauchek directs this amazing Lincoln cast. Misha Guderian, new choir teacher at Lincoln, is the music director. Finally, Rhonda Copeland is the choreographer. Although the play is about a man-eating plant, it is appropriate for children who can understand the plant is not real.

For more information contact Riki Wauchek at 509-527-3083 or ewauchek@wwps.org


Walla Walla Valley Farm to School program showcases healthy eating during Edison Family Fun Night

Walla Walla Valley Farm to School is partnering with Edison Elementary staff and community volunteers to host a Family Fun Night Wednesday March 29 highlighting good health through gardens, cooking, buying food locally. Chefs Zoe Shaw and Heidi McFarley will create a locally sourced meal to share with donated merlot beans grown by Walla Walla Organics.  There will be informational tables with materials on gardening, composting, diabetes prevention, the Farmer’s Market and healthy living. The Acro Knights will perform and there will be other activities and giveaways for kids. 


Nights of Dance, A Citywide Performance

- March 30 & 31
- 7 p.m.
- $10 (Tickets can be purchased at intouch.wwps.org or at the door)
- Wa-Hi Auditorium
The Walla Walla High School Dance Team will be providing two wonderful evenings of dance for the public. Patrons will see styles of dance including hip-hop, popping, jazz, musical theater, ballet, & pom. Berney Elementary’s Dance Crew, directed by Elizabeth Jagelski, will be there as will Walla Walla Dance Company, directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish, and the Walla Walla Dance Company, directed by Nancy Wells. Finally, Walla Walla High School’s Dance Team, coached by Emma Eskil & Merrit Morris, will present numerous routines including their state competition dance routine, River. Senior dancers will be recognized and there will be a tribute to past dance teams.


Police and firefighters team to conduct drug and alcohol awareness parent meeting 

Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Walla Walla High School Commons

City of Walla Walla police officers and firefighters/paramedics will lead a parent discussion about communicating with children about drugs and alcohol use. These local experts will offer strategies for holding children accountable for their actions, how to spot indicators the child is using alcohol or drugs and what drugs are currently trending on the streets of Walla Walla. All the presenters are currently working the streets of Walla Walla and see firsthand how drugs and alcohol are negatively impacting the community and homes.


Walla Walla students build tiny homeless shelter 

Local team selected for statewide competition that demonstrates real-world learning

High school and college students from across Washington are busy building tiny homeless shelters this month as part of a statewide competition that demonstrates the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) through real-world, hands-on learning that culminates in a construction contest in Olympia on March 27 and the creation of needed homeless housing.

Twenty-two teams of students were selected to compete in the first ever CTE Showcase of Skills Homeless Shelter Project, including a team from Walla Walla High School and SEA-TECH. The state’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (Workforce Board) is coordinating the one-day competition that brings together students from both the high school and college level to demonstrate their technical skills as they build portable, energy efficient, homeless shelters. Finished shelters will then be transported to Seattle where they will provide transitional homeless housing.

“When students tackle hands-on, relevant projects, they learn better and more deeply. That’s at the heart of CTE and why we wanted to showcase this in front of both policymakers and the public,” said Workforce Board Executive Director Eleni Papadakis, noting that the demonstration project is within walking distance of the Legislature, and legislators are expected to drop by and encourage the students as they put finishing touches on their shelters.

“This is truly a real-world opportunity for CTE students from across the state to show what they can do, while making a real difference in the lives of homeless people,” Papadakis said.

The proposed line up of speakers at the March 27 event includes Gov. Inslee and his wife Trudi, as well as Chris Reykdal, the state’s newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle will be on hand at the event, and the organization will bring a homeless person to talk about the challenges faced by those who have no housing.

Students are busy working on their shelters right now within their CTE classes. They will ship their nearly completed shelters to Olympia in the days leading up to the competition, where they will add finishing touches such as hanging doors or painting trim. Each team is made up of five students and each was provided with a $2,500 stipend to pay for supplies.

The shelters will measure 8-by-12 feet and each will include a door and at least one window. Solar panels will be installed on one shelter as a demonstration project. Winners will be announced on the afternoon of the competition and recognized for their accomplishments.


21st Century After School indoor soccer event brings out the best of Pioneer and Garrison students

By Martin Fortney, the 21st Century Site Director at Pioneer Middle School
On Wednesday, March 22, Pioneer and Garrison Middle School’s 21st Century After School Programs had the first of two Annual Millennials Indoor Soccer Crossover Events at Pioneer Middle School. Each spring, roughly 80 Millennials Soccer players from each middle school (160 in total) come together to play games.

“The Crossover Games are just so much fun. Each game is fast, intense and usually down to the wire. From the music coming out of the speakers to the cheers from the bleachers full of students, parents, staff members, past players, and fans from both schools... the gym at Pioneer gets absolutely rocking. You just do not get to see many sporting events like this, let alone at the middle school level,” said a very hoarse Martin Fortney, the 21st Century Site Director at Pioneer Middle School.

William Hammond, the 21st Century Site Director at Garrison, had more praise for the event. “This is the event the kids look forward to all year. The kids get super into these games and these were the best, most competitive games we’ve ever had! I’m really proud of all the kids. The kids play so hard and it is just awesome to have so many people come out to watch and support them. We look forward to hosting the Pioneer students in April.”

The Millennial Soccer League at each school has 8 teams made up of students from all grades and skill levels. During the season, each school plays a round robin schedule. At the Crossover Events, teams face off against a random team from the other middle school. The result of the game counts towards the standings in each school’s popular Indoor Soccer League. At the end of April, each school will hold a tournament to crown a school champion. The top four teams from each school’s tournament will play in a special tournament at the YMCA to crown a city champion!

The next Millennials Crossover Event will be April 12th at Garrison Middle School.

To add to the event, Pioneer students made and hung banners all over the gym during lunchtime leading up to the event to create a home court atmosphere and cheer on their classmates.



Community Stories
Camp Fire Walla Walla offers Spring Break Day Camps April 3-7

Camp Fire’s Spring Break Camp will keep your child active and entertained through Spring Break. They will have fun with arts & crafts projects, team building and games, science projects, and will spend time outdoors exerting their energy! A morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.

$30/Day - Located at Sharpstein Elementary (entrance off Newell Street).
For more information or to pre-register, visit www.wwcampfire.org or call 509-525-3180.


Ballet classes available for area youth

Ballet Immersion Classes will be given as part of this year’s Tutus and Tapas fundraising event for the Danza Classica Ballet Foundation. The classes will be held on stage at the Gesa PowerHouse Theatre on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The class for 4 and 5 year old boys and girls will be at 1 p.m. and the class for 6-8 year olds will be at 2:30 p.m. Reservations for the classes can be made by calling The Dance Center at 509-525-0815 - please leave your name, child’s name and age, and phone number. Cost - $25 per child.


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