January is School Board Appreciation Month
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors were honored Tuesday night as part of School Board Appreciation Month. School board members volunteer significant time each year in support of providing a quality educational experience for all students. School board members are responsible for hiring and evaluating the superintendent, adopting policy and approving budgets. They also serve on a variety of committees and represent the public. Thank you for your service and dedication!
||Virtual tours now available for schools proposed for improvement
Visit the district’s 2018 Bond Planning Information webpage and take virtual tours of the schools being proposed for improvement. Visit Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School classrooms, cafeterias, libraries and more on these amazing virtual tours. Thanks to Brent Cummings and his team of staff and students in the 21st Century Afterschool program for producing these informational tools.
• Wa-Hi Virtual Tour
• Pioneer MS Virtual Tour
• Lincoln HS Virtual Tour
||Superintendent’s Patron Tour March 14 – Visit Wa-Hi, Pioneer MS and Lincoln HS
Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a tour of three schools and an update on the district’s 2018 Bond Planning work. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Superintendent Smith and learn more about Walla Walla Public Schools.
• Wednesday, March 14 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, March 9 -- email@example.com / (509) 526-6715
• Pioneer Middle School
• Walla Walla High School
• Lincoln High School
||Survey now open to share input on 2018 bond proposal options
Renovations of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School included in both options
Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force has launched a survey to get input on two bond package options prepared by the committee. Survey results, as well as feedback from community presentations, school tours and public meetings will help the Task Force form a recommendation to the School Board in April. The school board will make a final decision in May as to which bond option will be placed on the November 2018 ballot.
||Applications for Secondary Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year accepted in February
Walla Walla Public Schools will hold secondary open enrollment for middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year during February. 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 22. However, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Thursday, February 1.
||School board approves new Health curriculum
Following nearly a one year process, school board members approved new K-12 Health curriculum and materials to align with the state’s new Health standards which were adopted in 2016. The curriculum and materials address six core areas to provide a well-rounded health education.
“Our students will have access to the most current information to help them make healthy lifelong decisions,” said Christy Krutulis, Executive Director, Teaching & Learning.
The new high school textbook will be ordered this week and put in place starting second semester. Fifth grade and middle school students will also have access to new lessons and materials this school year. A broad-based curriculum review committee consisting of teachers, administrators and social services researched and selected the materials approved by the school board. As part of the selection process, parents and community members had the opportunity to provide input on the materials. This adoption is part of the district’s five-year curriculum adoption cycle. The school board has committed $500,000 annually to support the curriculum adoption plan.
||Personnel Report (from January 16, 2018 School Board Meeting)
Lindsey Dean, Para-Educator (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary School
Richard Garrison, Bus Assistant, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Shannon Ginter, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School
M. Mireya Vargas, Intervention Specialist, Middle School Opportunity Program
Emily Ward, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School
Jade Cramer, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Developmental Preschool, 2.5 years
||Suicide Prevention Parent Meeting
• Monday, Jan. 22
• 6 - 7:30 p.m.
• Wa-Hi Library
||Highly Capable Referral Period scheduled for February 1 through March 2, 2018
Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable Program provides students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills. Information on Highly Capable Program services and the 2018 referral process is currently available on the district’s website. Referral forms will be available in all district schools and on the district website no later than February 1, 2018.
The annual selection process for in-district students takes place in late winter/early spring, with referral packets due back to schools by March 2, 2018 for grades K-8. Following the testing and selection process, all parents will be notified in writing of the results of the process. A child not selected one year may be referred again in subsequent years.
Parent permission forms for kindergarten cognitive abilities screening are available at district schools and screening will take place in late January/early February. Parents will be notified of screening results and full referral forms will be distributed at conferences. Referred students will take the remainder of the cognitive abilities test and be reviewed for selection by the end of March so they may begin services at their home schools after Spring Break.
Universal screening for students in grades 2 and 5
Students in second and fifth grade will take the cognitive abilities screener following winter break and results of the screening process, along with other data points, will be used to determine which students will be recommended at conference time to participate in the remainder of the cognitive abilities test.
Referrals for all other students
Parents of students at other elementary and middle school grade levels should be in contact with their child’s teacher(s) to determine if Highly Capable testing is recommended. Students in grades one through eight selected for Highly Capable programming will begin services at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. For more information, please contact the Walla Walla School District Teaching and Learning office: 526-6735.
||2018 GEAR UP Career Day at Walla Walla Community College
Washington State University GEAR UP along with Walla Walla Community College will host a morning of career exploration March 26 for approximately 650 area 8th graders. Pioneer, Garrison and Sager Middle School students will join Prescott, Touchet and Dayton middle schoolers to explore careers, educational pathways and vocational education with area business leaders.
Students will rotate through 3 unique presentations chosen for them based on their personal career interest surveys that each student completed at their home school. The event will kick off with opening remarks from Walla Walla High School Principal, Ron Higgins.
WSU is excited to partner with Walla Walla Community College, a national leader among community colleges, to help students develop their own career track and pathway to success. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant program that partners with area middle schools and high schools to support college and career readiness opportunities in our region, state and across the country.
Community members are encouraged to participate in the day’s activities and can volunteer by reaching out to event coordinator, Becky Waggoner-Schwartz.
||Whitman College adds English and writing to its Advanced Studies Enrichment Tutoring program
Walla Walla High School students taking Advanced Placement courses are invited to participate in the Whitman College Advanced Studies Enrichment Tutoring program. Whitman College students serve as tutors. Recently, the program added English and writing support. Tutoring services are also available for math and science.
Advanced Studies Enrichment schedule
• NEW! - English and Writing Tutor on Monday and Wednesdays
• Free tutoring for AP and CP Math, Science and English Students.
• Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings.
• Whitman College Hall of Science Room 142
• Contact: Heidi Chapin | firstname.lastname@example.org | 509.522.4441
||Carnegie Picture Show features student artwork
“Don’t miss the Carnegie Picture Show, an exhibition of student artwork from Carnegie Picture Lab’s classroom lessons. The artwork is on display now, through January 31 and there is a free public event this Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Library.
The program will include a live drawing demonstration at 11 a,m. by local artist Lindsay Tebeck, who will demonstrate her dynamic pen and digital ink illustration style. Art activities suitable for children of all ages will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
||The Walla Walla Dance Company presents its winter show - SPINDERELLAS
• Jan 27 at 7:30 p.m.
• Cordiner Hall
• Tickets are on sale at Earthlight books and at the door. $15 general $20 reserved
This year’s production is SPINDERELLAS an original show written and produced by Nancy Wells with choreography by Nancy and her daughters Jennifer and Justine Clark with contributions from Chloe Pease and Grace Danielson. SPINDERELLAS is a wonderfully entertaining and heartwarming story of six lovely dancers who have had a hard knock life but find joy in everything they do. They have friends, adorable pets and the gift of dance. Join them on their journey as they go from outcasts at the royal ball to dancing queens at the Disco and finally their dream job as back up dancers for a famous pop star.
||BLUE MOUNTAIN REGION TRAILS PUBLIC MEETING
Public invited to celebrate the plan completion for non-motorized trails and transportation network
After three rounds of public outreach, project leaders are set to release the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan to the public on Jan. 22, 2018. The celebration starts with a brief presentation of the plan’s findings and recommendations at 5:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Building with food and Spanish interpretation provided.
The public is cordially invited to celebrate the completion of the Blue Mountain Region Trails Plan, which spans Columbia, Walla Walla, and northeastern Umatilla counties and the cities within. The plan is the result of a year-long initiative between Blue Mountain Region cities, counties, health departments, ports, state and federal resource agencies, and additional entities to develop a regionwide non-motorized trails and transportation plan. The goal of the plan is to enhance community connections, create better networks within built-up areas, and develop routes to the region’s natural treasures.
During the first round of project outreach, almost 1,000 ideas regarding potential connections throughout the region were gathered. These ideas were combined with technical input from local jurisdictions to create a potential regionwide network. At the second round of public workshops, the public ranked the individual regional connections in order of preference, and also prioritized various needs to determine key connections within towns. The goal of the second phase was to refine the network into what is broadly feasible and publicly desired.
During the third round of outreach that was conducted online, a draft blueprint of the Blue Mountain Region Trails network was presented to the public to review street-level and regional connections and to share their knowledge in route- and location-specific insights, locations for future use and general insights about the BMRT project.
For additional information about the Blue Mountain Region Trails – Ridges, Towns, and Rivers project, please visit bluezonetrails.org.
||Holocaust Survivor documentary “Big Sonia” showing at Powerhouse Theater
- Big Sonia - Holocaust survivor’s documentary
- Saturday, January 27 (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)
- 7 p.m.
- Seating is reserved and is $10 for students / $15 for adults
- Tickets should be available at the door as well
- Big Sonia’s website: https://bigsonia.com/
- Powerhouse Theater’s site: https://phtww.com/show/documentary-film-big-sonia/
||Free college admission workshop Sunday
The Moms’ Network in partnership with Marie Morris, founder of Beyond 18, is offering a free college admission workshop on Sunday, January 21 at 1:30pm at the Courtyard by Marriott. The workshop will review the application process and funding options while discussing unique needs that your child may have concerning their academic, financial and social requirements. Parents and students who will be attending college in the next 2-3 years are encouraged to attend. As a professional educational consultant and founder of Beyond 18, Marie Morris works one-on-one with your child, helping to identify colleges and universities that offer the best matches for their unique needs, and keeping the student on track through every phase of the college application process.
“The college process can be stressful for families with all the talk of acceptances and financial aid. At Beyond 18, our goal is to eliminate that stress by finding right fit schools: those that match the student academically, financially and socially” states Marie Morris. “I am excited to come to Walla Walla and share my expertise by partnering with the Moms’ Network.”
For more information contact Beth Swanson at email@example.com or visit www.beyond18.com
||St Patty’s Day Dash 5K & 10K
• Saturday, March 17
• Ages 10 & Up
• Cost - $12-$25
• Fort Walla Walla Park
• All paid/registered participants will receive an event shirt
• Volunteers needed
• For more information or to register please visit www.wwpr.us.
• Contact Michael Bumgardner at 509-527-4527 for event/volunteer information.
||City Parks and Recreation Update
Mother/Son Superhero Bash – February 10 – All Ages - $15
Father/Daughter Valentines Ball – February 24 - All Ages - $15
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5-12 - $40/$55
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
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