||New Strategic Plan focuses on student success
Tuesday night, School Board members finalized a year-long journey by approving the 2017-2022 long-range Strategic Plan. Strategic Plan Focus Areas include: High Quality Instruction, Aligned and Coherent Systems, Social and Emotional Needs and a Safe and Engaging Environment. Superintendent Wade Smith facilitated this inclusive process which involved multiple layers of dialogue with students, staff, parents and community members.
The Strategic Planning process resulted in new Vision, Mission and Belief statements for the school district as well as measurable goals and detailed initiatives to support today’s learning needs. The new plan serves as a framework for focusing efforts, allocating resources, and prioritizing initiatives in the years to come.
“Our new Strategic Plan is a direct reflection and outcome of what we heard from staff, parents, students and community stakeholders over the past year during this extensive adoption process,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “Our time, energy and resources over the next five years will now be directly connected to these new goals and strategies in support of our vision of “Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates.”
Earlier this spring, the School Board authorized increased funding in curriculum, technology, safety, behavioral support, student engagement and Latino student and family outreach. The Board of Directors directed Superintendent Wade Smith to strategically spend down about 1% of the district’s ending fund balance reserve to target programs, activities, and enhancements next school year and beyond. These strategic investments were a direct result of the feedback from staff, parents, students and stakeholders during the near-six-month listening campaign that helped inform the strategic direction and plan.
The Strategic Plan will utilize several success indicators to measure progress, monitor trends and guide decisions. Success Indicator examples include:
· Perception survey data
· Assessment results
· Graduation rates
· Postsecondary enrollment and remediation rates
· Healthy Youth data
· Absenteeism rates
· Student participation statistics in extra and co-curricular and club activities
Strategic Plan Goal Summaries
Goal 1: Supporting a districtwide culture where all instructional staff reflect on their practice, collaborate with their peers, and incorporate best-practice teaching strategies to ensure high levels of learning for all students.
Goal 2: Ensuring articulated programs and systems to support a comprehensive, consistent, and responsive learning environment for all students.
Goal 3: Implementing high-quality behavioral models and interventions to support the social and emotional needs of all students.
Goal 4: Ensuring all students are engaged and connected to their school, peers, and community in a safe and secure educational setting.
Developing Washington’s Most Sought-After Graduates
Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social and emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment.
Belief Statement - We believe:
· in challenging and supporting all students
· quality instruction is critical to student success
· in investing in staff to ensure excellence
· in maximizing the impact of our resources
· in collaborative and transparent operation
· in the importance of family and community
· diversity is a strength
Link to adopted Strategic Plan:
||District inducts 2017 Graduates of Distinction
Walla Walla Public Schools honored Bruce Hunt – Class of 1974, Dr. Richard Simon - Class of 1968 and Jeanne Eggart Helfer - Class of 1977 as Graduates of Distinction for the 2016-2017 school year. Superintendent Wade Smith served as Master of Ceremonies during the June 6 Induction Ceremony. Congratulations to our new recipients!
Richard “Dick” Simon, Jr., MD is passionate about family, community, music and medicine. He moved to Walla Walla in sixth grade before graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1968. Dr. Simon earned a Chemistry degree from Whitman College, then was accepted into the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. After moving back to Walla Walla, he founded the Kathryn Severyns Sleep Disorders Center in 1994 to honor the mother of his mentor and friend, Dr. William Dement. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in addition to his duties at Providence Medical Center. Dr. Simon is a talented musician who has been involved in countless summer musicals and enjoys playing in jazz groups. He served on the Walla Walla Symphony Board of Directors for many years. His nomination was coordinated by Larry Siegel, with help from Jim McCarthy and Dan Hess. Dr. Simon named Wa-Hi Band Director Russell Larson his Most Inspirational Staff Member
Bruce Hunt is a self-described “Historian of science.” After graduating in 1974 from Walla Walla High School, Hunt earned bachelor’s degrees in both History and Physics from the University of Washington. He attended Johns Hopkins University and received his Ph.D. in 1984. Mr. Hunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas. He has published several books and numerous scholarly articles. Hunt is also a founding member of the longstanding Lone Star History of Science Group, a statewide organization meeting annually to bring together historians of science, technology and medicine. In recognition of his study of electromagnetism in the 19th century, Bruce was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical (Physics) Society. This honor is given to less than one percent of Society members. His nomination was coordinated by Joanne Dimock, with help from Connie Bosley, Richard Neher, Lynn Waldron and Kathy Covey. Hunt named Tom Barbour, Junior High history teacher and High School psychology teacher, his Most Inspirational Staff Member:
Jeanne Eggart Helfer has been a “pioneer” in creating more opportunities for women in athletics. She helped lead Walla Walla High School’s girls’ basketball team to a 56-6 record over three years while she also competed in javelin and had a record throw in her senior year. She received the first female athletic scholarship at Washington State University and was an all-American in basketball and track. She coached the Mead High School girls’ basketball program from 1983 to 1997. Under her leadership, Mead went to state seven times with a combined 24-4 record and won the state title three times. She is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame as a student-athlete and coach. Jeanne still teaches high school physical education and uses her “pioneering” skills to positively influence the lives of countless students. Jeanne’s nomination was coordinated by her brother Don, with help from Bill Bieloh, Judy Holloway and Rod Commons. Jeanne named Harvey Wellington, teacher, Young Life leader, mentor and friend, her Most Inspirational Staff Member.
||Staff Achievement grant recipients named
Walla Walla Public Schools has named its 2016-2017 Staff Achievement Grant recipients. The program started in 1988 to recognize teachers and support staff for superior performance, innovation, exemplary leadership and exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients, who are nominated and chosen by their peers, receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.
2016-2017 Staff Achievement Recipients
Amy Hartford (5th Grade Teacher – Green Park Elementary School)
- Nominators: Tina Holbrook, Jim Lux, Cyndy Knight, Laura Reiter and Corey Hobbs
Jerry Poirier (Trades Assistant – Support Services)
- Nominators: Sarah Zipf, Kelly Gabel and Anna Sandness
Bryan Eggart (PE Teacher – Blue Ridge Elementary)
- Nominators: Amber Ferraro, Janifer Sams and Keven Peck
Arturo Alonso (Custodian – Walla Walla High School)
- Nominators: Kim Cassetto, John Golden and Peggy Payne
Tina Holbrook (Learning Specialist – Green Park Elementary School)
- Nominators: Laura Reiter, Tensie Lovejoy, Brenda Crumpacker and Amy Hartford
Amy is a 15 year veteran teacher who always puts kids first. She teaches 5th grade. Amy’s perseverance and training in preparing for marathons and triathlons finds its way into the classroom. She has a tremendous work ethic, is persistent, calm and always present in helping all kids to be their best.
Jerry is the delivery person for Support Services. Each year he delivers thousands of boxes of printing, food, supplies and other goods from the warehouse to schools. No matter the task, he always has a positive attitude and an ability to put the needs of others first.
Bryan is the Physical Education teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary. He has an incredible thirst for life and his energy levels push everyone he comes in contact with to do their best. He loves kids and makes each one feel important and valued. Communication is a strength and he always finds creative ways to make exercise, even for grown-ups, a fun experience.
Arturo is a custodian at Walla Walla High School. He has spent the past 21 years dedicated to supporting Wa-Hi staff and students across the campus. Arturo’s top priority is to ensure Wa-Hi always looks presentable to both the community-at-large and everyday campus patrons. His attention to detail ensures visitors always have a good impression of the school.
Tina is the Learning Specialist at Green Park Elementary. She is known for having a way of lifting the spirits of everyone she comes in contact with. Tina takes the time to learn about the background of each child and observe them in learning and social settings to help provide the support they need to be successful. She’ll use her strong intuitive nature, compassion and empathy to guide decisions utilizing research and data throughout the process.
||Personnel Report (June 6, 2017 School Board Meeting)
Brittany Anderson, English (.4 FTE), Walla Walla High School
Keith Angotti, Special Education Behavior Room, Prospect Point Elementary School
Kellie Humbert, ELL Coordinator (.6 FTE), Sharpstein Elementary School
Anne Marie Jones, Kindergarten, Green Park Elementary School
Lacey Mendoza, Fourth Grade, Sharpstein Elementary School
Jazmin Ornelas, First Grade (temporary), Edison Elementary School
Lola Ramos Vergara, First Grade, Edison Elementary School
Carina Stillman, K-12 ELA/Ed Tech TOSA, District Office
Erin Bren, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary School
Sylvia Esparza, Assistant Secretary, Pioneer Middle School
Chavis (CeeJay) Harris, Campus Security Assistant, Lincoln High School
LeAnn Nelson, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School
Yolanda Herrera-Sanchez, Assistant Secretary, Walla Walla High School
Amy Seymer, Para-Educator, Special Education
Gay Buissink, Business, Walla Walla High School, 13 years
John Buissink, Math, Garrison Middle School, 36 years
Rebecca Keene, Kindergarten, Edison Elementary School, 8 years
Christopher Plucker, Social Studies, Pioneer Middle School, 10 years
Brittney Kubik, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 3 years
Bahia Parrish, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool, 1 year
Iris Salazar, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool, 1 year
Henry Samson, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 1 year
Olga Tkachev, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 7 years
Last day of school June 14
The last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, June 14. This day is an early dismissal for all students. Check with your child’s school for specific early dismissal times. The 2017-2018 school year begins Tuesday, August 29. Have a safe and fun summer break!
||Big Fish performance at 5th Avenue awards show Live Stream June 12
Walla Walla High School Drama students involved in the Spring Musical Big Fish have been invited to perform at the 5th Avenue High School Musical Awards show in Seattle Monday, June 12. Drama Director Kristin Glaeser will be escorting cast members to participate in this amazing opportunity. Family and friends who are not able to attend in person, may attend a Live Stream showing of the event at the Walla Walla High School Auditorium June 12 at 7 p.m.
Walla Walla High School’s Big Fish Nominations:
- OUTSTANDING OVERALL MUSICAL
- OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
- OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION- Honorable Mention
- OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
- OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA
- OUTSTANDING SCENIC DESIGN
- OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN- Honorable Mention
- OUTSTANDING STAGE CREW- Honorable Mention
- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Ensemble Role: KATY PAYNE - The Witch
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Featured Ensemble Role: PETER HOFFMAN - Ensemble
- OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CHORUS
||Explorer Program End of Year Celebration
- Sunday, June 11
- 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Commons
- Treats will be served
- Student presentations and program information
- Superintendent Wade Smith to address group
||WWHS JROTC announces marksman of year – By WWHS JROTC Blue Devils Public Affairs
The cadets of the Wa-Hi JROTC program held a final competitive rifle match earlier this week and have announced the 2017 Battalion Marksman of the Year. Cadet Sgt. Kyle Martin, from Co. D, won an on-the-spot promotion to his current rank for his selection from seven competitive shooters. Martin is a recent enrollee at Walla Walla High School and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, transferring from Waitsburg High School midway through his junior year.
“JROTC and rifle marksmanship were among the deciding factors in my enrollment at Wa-Hi,” said Martin. “I had heard a lot about the program here and friends of mine convinced me to give it a try and I’m really glad I did.”
||GEAR UP plans summer Focus Leadership Camp
Monday, June 19
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walla Walla High School
Free (includes Pizza lunch)
This summer GEAR UP will be working with the national leadership group - FOCUS. This group has worked with high schools and colleges across the country for over 25 years building strong student leaders and mentors.This is a dynamic day of training, full of games, activities, team building, and learning opportunities. Students will experience a high energy day with college aged trainers specially trained to inspire and excite students to be leaders in their school and community. Monday, June 19 will be a full day of activities centered on College and Career Readiness and Student Leadership. Juniors are highly encouraged to attend. RSVP online: https://goo.gl/forms/tqFrzY48Jgo8lo3A2
||Middle School Recognition Nights
Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
Monday, June 12
Walla Walla High School Large Gym (800 Abbott Road)
Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
Tuesday, June 13
Walla Walla High School Large Gym (800 Abbott Road)
||Yard and bake sale to support son of Berney teacher
Benefit Yard Sale/Bake Sale Help Support a Local Family - ALL proceeds donated to the Kearbey family!
· Saturday, June 10
· 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Berney Elementary Gym
· Kearbey Go Fund Me Page: https://www.gofundme.com/rzmzk-miles-kearbey-leukemia-fund
Berney and Rogers Elementary school teachers Mike and Kim Kearbey’s son has been diagnosed with leukemia. Join our school family in helping their family. Please help by donating what you can (items, baked goods, time, etc…). All donated items need to be delivered to the Berney gym by Friday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. Any items that are unsold will be donated to charity. Want to help the day of the sale? Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084caeae2ba2fe3-benefit
Berney Elementary Office Staff 509-527-3060
Chrissty Cason, firstname.lastname@example.org (509) 520-2626
Sharon Carter, (509) 386-8649
||Summer Kids Sports Camps
Walla Walla High School coaches are supporting numerous youth camps this summer to help students improve their skills. This is an excellent opportunity for kids to have fun this summer, play sports, and support Wa-Hi Athletics.
- Boys Basketball
- And more to be announced…
Summer Sports Camps Schedule and Registration:
||BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development) 2017
· June 26 to August 3, 2017
· Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
· 9-12 graders: 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.
· 5-8 graders: 9-10 a.m.
· $40 per person
· ONE WAY TO REGISTER- TWO WAYS TO PAY: Register on FamilyID and pay online via InTouch (intouch.wwps.org), or pay in the ASB Office.
· Please note: There is a registration cut-off this year. Registration and payment must be received no later than June 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.
||City plans 12 & Poplar crosswalk celebration
The City of Walla Walla’s Community Development Block Grant program funded a sidewalk and ADA ramp project at 12th and Poplar St. A crosswalk and rapid flashing safety beacon are featured in the project located at this busy intersection near Blue Ridge Elementary. A Community celebration marking the completion of the project is scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at 10 a.m.
Jennifer Beckmeyer, Community Development Block Grant Coordinator
||Free event focuses on strength-based strategies to improve youth outcomes
The Children’s Resilience Initiative has invited Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to Walla Walla for a free public event Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall (Whitman College) to discuss how strength-based strategies build resilience in children and improve youth outcomes. Spanish translation and free child care is provided. Visit the event Facebook page to learn more.