Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 15, 2017

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District Stories
School Board meeting Tuesday

- Tuesday, Sept. 19
- 5:30 p.m.
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (District Office – 364 S. Park St.)


GEAR UP program supports Strategic Plan goals focused on college enrollment and ACT scores

The following are statistics for graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 (A total of 862 students)

DISTRICT STRATEGIC GOAL: Reduce College remediation and Increase College enrollment

1. AP course completion - 306 students have completed one or more AP classes
2. 2 years math completion beyond Algebra 1 - 493 students have completed 2 years of math beyond Algebra 1! (great news for college readiness and the district's goal around college remediation courses)
3. 300 students are in advance math and/or advance ELA programs. That is 35% of our cohort participating and passing advance math and English with another 217 students participating and passing advance science courses.

These numbers are all great indicators of future post-secondary success. Thank you to GEAR UP for its continued support

DISTRICT STRATEGIC GOAL: Increase ACT Scores to 22 (composite score)

Last Saturday, GEAR UP started an ACT test prep course in partnership with Sage College Prep Services. This class was completely full as the desire for students to get prep services around college entrance and standardize testing is on the rise. The two sessions over four Saturdays were limited to 60 students total. A waiting list exists which will lead to more conversations about how to support student success in college admissions testing. Increasing ACT scores is a great goal and GEAR UP is helping students access the tools to help them be successful.


Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Locally, the Walla Walla County Commissioners signed a proclamation Sept. 5 declaring September Suicide Prevention Month for the county. Several activities are planned this month in Walla Walla County to share resources and information on the topic of suicide.

WWPS Suicide Prevention webpage: http://www.wwps.org/programs/suicide-prevention

safeTALK suicide prevention training
Tuesday, September 26
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
College Place High School.
This training is free and open to all adults from Walla Walla, College Place and surrounding areas. A great opportunity for parents and community members. The link to register is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walla-walla-safetalk-training-tickets-37129014883?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox.

New Awareness Campaign Reach Out
Campaign a partnership with Tangent Media
- New website and Facebook page: http://reachoutww.org/ https://www.facebook.com/reachoutww/.
- The goals of these sites are to share resources, encourage people who are struggling with suicidal thoughts to reach out for help, and encourage others to reach out to anyone they think may be struggling. The work group wants to break down the stigma of mental health illness and mental health challenges. The workgroup’s goal is to gather partners throughout the region and to combat suicide as a community.

Suicide Prevention Work Group
- Meets on the second Friday of each month at 9 a.m.
- Meetings are held in the training room upstairs at 314 W. Main Street
- Anyone who is interested in participating can contact Jessalyn Waring for further information - jwaring@co.walla-walla.wa.us


Family and Community Engagement program Facebook page great resource for parents

Walla Walla Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement program is committed to engaging and partnering with families to build relationships that support and improve the learning, development, and health of children at home, in school, and in the community. Ready for Kindergarten classes, Love and Logic, and Conscious Discipline information is at your fingertips.

Facebook: http://bit.ly/wwfamiliesandschools

The Family and Community Engagement program also has an excellent webpage:
http://www.wwps.org/departments/curriculum/family-engagement


School Stories
The Health Center announces Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate Walla Walla High School expansion 

The Health Center Board of Directors is planning a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the new Walla Walla High School clinic Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. Tours of the facility will follow the brief ceremony. The new Walla Walla High School student-based health center opened the first day of school with a focus on mental health services. 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 $400,000 county allocation ensures services are in place at Walla Walla High School for at least the next five years.

The Health Center clinics provide no cost 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.

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 2016.

“The Health Center services directly support the district’s new Strategic Plan as we further address the social and emotional needs of our students,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “Issues like chronic absenteeism, mental health and lack of access to quality health care are embedded in the mission these school-based health centers.”

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 the support of the Walla Walla County Commissioners and are excited to provide quality services in support of these well documented mental health needs,” The Health Center Executive Director Stan Ledington said. “We know quality health care supports academic achievement and student success.”


Stu Cabe featured speaker at Wa-Hi Big Blue Weekend 

Walla Walla High School is bringing back a school favorite as Big Blue Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 28-29. Juniors and seniors have the first opportunity for spots. After today, the event is open to all grade levels. Donations are being accepted for scholarships to pay for students in need. Send money to Wa-Hi ASB.

Quick facts about the BBW event
- October 28-29, 2017
- 11th and 12th graders given first opportunity for tickets; after September 15 registration is open to all grades
- Capacity: 250 students
- Location: Camp Mivoden, Hayden Lake, ID
- Cost: $110/person. Includes transportation, housing, 3 meals, programming, speaker, sweatshirt. You also need an ASB Card which is $10
- Speaker: Stu Cabe
- Activities: Camp fire on the beach, canoeing, 3 main speaking sessions, trust building activities, beach volleyball, cornhole, swimming, indoor and outdoor games, music, and free time.


Community Stories
Ballet Week comes to Walla Walla

Danza Classic Ballet Foundation (DCBF) is inviting students to experience “Ballet Week” at The Dance Center of Walla Walla, October 2-4. DCBF is a nonprofit organization created to promote the art of ballet, particularly youth ballet, through the WW Valley. All students with an interest in ballet are invited to join an age appropriate class at the Dance Center. Class times, days, and age levels are as follows:

Monday 4-5pm – Pre-ballet, ages 4-6
Monday 5-6pm – Ballet 2, ages 8-10
Tuesday 4-5pm – Ballet 3, ages 10-12
Wednesday 4-5pm – Ballet 1, ages 6-8
Wednesday 5-6pm – Ballet 2, ages 8-10

On Saturday, October 7, it’s Dancing with Dad from 1-3pm where you and dad can enjoy ballet together.

Classes take place at The Dance Center, 129 E. Alder, Suite B, Walla Walla.
Questions: Christine Janis, 525-8586


Free Sheep to Shawl event September 30 at Kirkman House

- SHEEP TO SHAWL
- Saturday, September 30
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Don’t miss this annual event which is held at the Kirkman House Museum, 214 N Colville Street, Walla Walla.
- Admission for the entire family is free and includes self-guided tours of the museum.
- You’ll enjoy meeting the sheep dogs and watching sheep being sheared.
- Demonstrations include wool carding, felting, spinning and weaving.
- Enjoy hands-on activities including: Wheat Weaving
- “Accidental Color” ice dyeing (from 10:00 to 1:00)


Car seat checkup September 23

National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 17 - September 23.  The Traffic Safety Task Force will be hosting a car seat checkup event on Saturday, Sept. 23 at WW Fire District 4 Station on south Howard.  Information: Nancy McClenny-Walters. Coordinator, WW County Traffic Safety Task Force, (509) 524-4425 office


2017 Ability Walk and Roll September 30

The Walla Walla Valley Disability Network presents the 2017 Ability Walk and Roll Saturday, Sept. 30 at Eastgate Lyons Park form 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join individuals with special needs and/or disabilities and those who love them during this walk and roll along Mill Creek to Tausick Way and back (approximately 1 mile). Lunch, medal and activities are included as part of the registration fee of $10 per person. Children under the age of three are free. For more information and registration forms, visit: www.wwvdn.org.


Picture Lab volunteer workshops scheduled

“Looking for a fun way to become involved in your child’s classroom? Become a Carnegie Picture Lab volunteer and help bring art history and art creation lessons to Walla Walla’s elementary schools. This nonprofit organization schedules a visit to each classroom three times a year.

If you would like to become one of our volunteer teachers or assistants, please plan to attend ONE of the following volunteer training sessions:
• Wednesday September 20 from 10 -11:30 a.m., or 5:30-7:00 p.m. or
• Thursday, September 21 from 10 – 11:30 a.m.

*Held at the Carnegie Picture Lab Studio at 515 E. Main Street, downtown Walla Walla
Interested?
Visit us at www.carnegiepicturelab.com
Write: info@carnegiepicturelab.com, or call: (509) 526-6921



Dress a Living Doll event October 14

• Dress a Living Doll, now known as Clothes for Kids, annual Spaghetti Feed and Style Show
• October 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Assumption Church
• Information: Kay Barga - bargabk@charter.net


City Parks and Recreation Update

Youth Fall Soccer Referees - Paid position. $10-$18 per hour. You choose your schedule. Also accepting volunteers.
Pencil Portraits - Ages 14 & Up - $30
Mat Cutting - Ages 14 & Up - $30
Nia - Ages 12 & Up - $40 & Up
Pumpkin Carving Contest - October 27 - Ages 3-12 years - Free

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
Like us on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr


Walla Walla to honor Batman actor Adam West September 19

Walla Walla is honoring legendary actor Adam West Tuesday, Sept. 19. The Adam West Day event includes a showing of West documentary “Starring Adam West”, a Q&A panel, music, food, contests, an official lighting of the Bat Signal, activities for kids, and much more.

The Adam West Day schedule of events:
● Q&A panel at The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla with Ruben Procopio, an American animation and comic book artist, animator, and sculptor, who West once called his personal sculptor.
● A showing of the documentary “Starring Adam West” at the Gesa Power House Theatre in downtown Walla Walla.
● Official lighting of the Bat Signal in the evening.
● Live music and kids activities in the downtown Walla Walla Plaza.
● The Adam West Experience, a joint effort of downtown Walla Walla businesses. Each participating business will display a bat sticker that indicates its involvement, which could include a special, a giveaway, or a drink or food item named in West’s honor. An award will be given to the three downtown businesses with the best decorations.

For more information on planning a trip to Walla Walla, go to visitwallawalla.com. For more details on Adam West Day, visit: https://www.facebook.com/adamwestday/.


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