||Local Law Enforcement leaders provide campus safety recommendations to Community Facilities Task Force
Superintendent Wade Smith briefed school board members on highlights of a recent district-wide safety and security review conducted by Sheriff John Turner and Chief of Police Scott Bieber. The study was commissioned by the Community Facilities Task Force, chaired by local businessman and Graduate of Distinction recipient Paul Schneidmiller. This local review supports a comprehensive safety audit the district conducted in the spring. Sheriff Turner and Chief Bieber offered practical solutions to safety concerns including better signage, standardized visitor check-in systems, cameras, tinted glass, improved communications systems and staff training. Superintendent Smith said the report will be helpful as the Task Force proceeds.
“These recommendations include physical and non-physical improvements based on current open campus designs,” said Smith. “The Facilities Task Force and its site-based committees are heeding this local guidance as they consider pragmatic physical improvements to campuses to ensure student, staff and visitor safety as they work towards capital recommendations for board and community input and feedback starting in late fall of 2017 in preparation for a potential November 2018 bond measure.”
Task Force members will continue their work in July by studying bond financing options and continuing to look at design solutions.
Safety and Security Recommendations at a glance:
(complete report online: http://www.wwps.org/fp/facilities-planning-overview)
- Improved signage
- Ability for teachers to communicate quickly with office and support staff in case of an emergency
- Enhanced cameras
- Install tinted ("one way") safety glass when replacing aged Wa-Hi windows
- Establish district-wide visitor check in procedures
- Additional training for staff and students on prevention and detection
- Vestibule entrances when remodel or capital improvements are being considered
Task Force Membership
Paul Schneidmiller (Chair)
• Derek Sarley, School Board
• Ruth Ladderud, School Board
• Wade Smith Superintendent
• Mark Higgins, Communications Director
||District waives middle school sports and activities fees to increase participation
The district took a bold step to increase student engagement in school activities by waiving all middle school sports and activities fees. The decision follows the recent adoption of a new strategic plan which calls for increased student participation and engagement as a strategy for improved student achievement and success. Last spring, school board members approved a focused spending plan which directed significant resources to support the new Strategic Plan goals centered on high quality instruction, aligned and coherent systems, social and emotional well-being, safety and student engagement.
“We need to remove barriers to participation, especially for our students living in poverty,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “We believe student engagement in positive school activities leads to improved academic outcomes and enhances the overall school experience.”
||District Office Summer Hours
Walla Walla Public Schools District Office Summer Hours:
• 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (closed for the lunch hour)
• 1 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
District Office closed July 3 and 4 for holiday
The District Office will be closed July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day. The office will open again July 5.
||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.
Summer Sports Camps Schedule and Registration:
||City Parks & Recreation community update
UPlay - Ages 7-12 - FREE
Summer Meals - Ages 1-18 - FREE - See website for food site locations
Youth Golf Lessons - Ages 7-16 - $50
Youth Tennis Lessons - Ages 7-17 - $35 - $45
Youth Fencing Lessons - Ages 9-17 - $40 - $48
Flag Football - Grades 2-8 - $55
Fall Youth Soccer - Ages - 5-14 - $50
UK International Soccer - Ages 4-14 - $92 - $194
Youth Track & Field - Ages 4-12 - $30
I Love Cheerleading Camp - Grades K-5 - $45
Camp Jump Start - Ages 7-12 - $46
Lacrosse Fundamentals Clinic - Grades 1-4 - $65
Little Kicks Soccer Camp - Ages 3-5 - $46
Hatha Outdoor Yoga - Ages 12+ - $40 - $76
Buti Yoga - Ages 12+ - $79
Dance Nia - Ages 16+ - $40 - $125
Bellydance - Ages 12+ - $65
Pickleball - Ages 16+ - $45
Sea Monkey Swim Team - $77
Swimming Lessons - Ages 0-99 - $35 - $100
Aqua Zumba - Ages 12+ - $60
Sweat & Swim Boot Camp - Ages 12+ - $40 - $76
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us or like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr
||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.