Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 2, 2018

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Replacement Bond ballots due November 6 

Ballots for the November 6 No Tax Rate Increase Replacement Bond proposal must be postmarked by Nov. 6. Voters are asked to decide on a $65.6M replacement bond measure to renovate Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School and fund specific district-wide health, safety, educational and infrastructure improvements. The school renovation projects are eligible for an estimated $52.6M in State Match funds. All State Match funds will be applied only to the voter-approved projects. Any excess dollars remaining following the completion of these projects will be used to pay down debt to reduce the rate for taxpayers. More information - http://www.wwps.org/2018bond


Cold and Flu Prevention tips by Director Amy Ruff

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are some ways to stay healthy!
• Wash your hands. Studies show that this is the BEST way to prevent the spread of infection.
• Get a flu shot. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine annually.
• Avoid people who are sick! If you are sick, stay home from school or work until fever free for 24 hours.

Pertussis has been reported in our community.
• Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes a severe cough.
• Pertussis infections are most dangerous to babies less than one year, pregnant women and those who have not been vaccinated. Unimmunized children could require exclusion from school due to Pertussis.
• Pertussis starts as a mild upper respiratory infection. See your doctor if symptoms occur. Pertussis can be more easily treated if caught early.

Immunizations
• Having the proper immunizations prevents disease, and are required by law for all students.
• Talk to your school nurse if you are having trouble obtaining vaccinations. We can help!


Special Education Staff Members of the Month

Special Education Director Libby Thompson announces a new program to recognize staff members in her department. Staff are selected based on nominations from their colleagues and are honored in front of their peers.

October 2018 Winners

Holly Anderson, SLP
Holly was nominated by Audrey Schmid. She had these words to say about Holly: Holly is extremely knowledgeable and has always been willing to teach her knowledge to me and countless others. She is a leader on our team. She inspires all of us with her expertise, multiple skills, and positive, hardworking attitude.

Trudy Morris, Para-Educator
Trudy was nominated by Dave Larson. He had these words to say about Trudy. Trudy has faithfully served WWPS for over 20 years. She has served students with special needs at Wa-Hi for years with fidelity and humility. She often spends her own money to buy food items or clothing for students. She often takes break time and lunch times to support students. Trudy has outstanding dedication to meet the individualized needs of our students with love and compassion.


School board Regular Study Meeting Nov. 6

• Nov. 6 - School board regularly scheduled study meeting @ 5:30 p.m. (open to the public)
• Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)


School Stories
Wa-Hi Drama Presents - Hamlet

• Show Dates Nov 8-10, 15-17 @ 7 p.m. and Nov 10 & 17 @ 2 p.m.
• Tickets are available at the Wa-Hi ASB office, online at intouch.wwps.org and one hour prior to curtain.
• Tickets are $12 adults/ $6 students

The Wa-Hi Drama program has put a modern, punk rock spin on the classic tale of Shakespeare’s Hamlet complete with an original music score played by Wa-Hi students. The production is approximately two hours including intermission.


JROTC welcomes area veterans to annual Veterans Day Assembly

The Walla Walla High School JROTC 2018-2019 “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion and the Associated Student Bodies will host an assembly to honor veterans on Friday, Nov. 9 in the Main Gym.

The ASB and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets have an extensive ceremony planned which includes: a fallen comrades ceremony, a distinguished guest speaker, and a meet-and-greet, as well as other activities. Veterans from all branches... Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, all their components-active, reserve, guard, and retired will be recognized for their service to the United States of America.

Veterans and their guests are invited to arrive at 9 a.m. The official ceremonies will begin at 9:20. Special parking has been arranged and assistance will be available for those with limited mobility between the small gym and the tennis courts. There will be coffee before the event and light refreshments provided immediately following the assembly.

This event is free and open to veterans, their families, survivors, friends of veterans, and the general public. Everyone is welcome.

Blue Devil Cadets and ASB leaders welcome opportunities for interviews to visit with print and broadcast media outlets in advance of the event, or following conclusion of ceremonies on the day of event. For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.


SEATech Health Sciences students continue to shine

SEATech Health Sciences students volunteered to work at the Christian Aid Center this week. The students made a spaghetti dinner and served over 90 for dinner. Tuesday, SEATech Health Sciences students hosted an all day competition. Students competed in activities aimed to help them be successful in the state written exam and performed skills with second year nursing students from Walla Walla Community College.

“I am so impressed with these students,” said Instructor Sandy Thomas, RN. “It is a great group of students with dedication and enthusiasm.”


Community Stories
Walla2Hoops AAU basketball club hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday

The Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club is hosting 3 Cities Hoops league games Saturday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at Garrison Middle School from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local and regional boys and girls teams will be competing. The games are open to the public. Daily cost is $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens and students.

“Our players and coaches are working hard and are excited to get the season started,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “This is a great opportunity for our community to come out and support our youth and witness the next generation of basketball in our Walla Walla valley.”

There are 21 Walla2Hoops teams set to compete this season, 13 boys and 8 girls teams, consisting of youth grades 2-8. A total of 31 coaches are volunteering to lead teams. Players represent Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Assumption Catholic School, Touchet School District, Rogers Adventist School, Dayton School District, Waitsburg School District, Weston School District, St. Basil Academy and homeschool students.

Walla2Hoops is a 501C3 Non-Profit basketball club which operates under the umbrella of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Walla2Hoops provides an enriched basketball environment with a mission to create a positive competitive culture focused on developing character and basketball fundamentals.

For more information about the club or to provide donations for the scholarship program, contact: walla2hoops@gmail.com.


Public invited to participate in W2 for Drug Free Youth Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Survey

The 2018 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Annual Survey in now open through December 31. Community members, especially parents of students in grades 6-12, are encouraged to take this brief anonymous survey. Data will help identify adult concerns for youth around the areas of anxiety, depression, substance use and suicide. Results from the survey are used in conjunction with the results of the 2018 Healthy Youth Survey conducted in October of this year. The information is used to help secure future grants and other necessary funding to support programs such as Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention (Garrison, WWHS, and Lincoln High School), Parenting Wisely and Blue Devil Strong at Walla Walla High School.

English Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAWAWAWAEN2018
Spanish Link: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WAWAWAWASP2018

Questions?
• Contact Peggy Needham, Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coordinator at Walla Walla County Department of Community Health: pneedham@co.walla-walla.wa.us / 509.524.2684


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