District launches Replacement Bond Proposal webpage
Visit the district’s new webpage featuring comprehensive information on the 2018 Replacement Bond Proposal. Project summaries, site maps detailing proposed improvements, costs and other information is available. The election date for this No Tax Rate Increase proposal is Nov. 6, 2018.
No School Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday
There is no school Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Classes resume Tuesday, May 29.
||Peterson named Kiona-Benton Superintendent
Walla Walla Public Schools’ Director of Assessment and Student Services Pete Peterson has been named the new Kiona-Benton City School District Superintendent. He begins his tenure July 1, 2018. Peterson has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools since 2010. He was the principal of Walla Walla High School for seven years before assuming his latest role in 2017. He has a total of 19 years of school administration experience.
“The past eight years in Walla Walla have been the best in my educational career,” said Peterson. “I want to thank the staff, parents and students who supported me during my time at Walla Walla High School and the past year at the district office.
Peterson was one of four finalists identified by the Kiona-Benton City School Board for their superintendent position. According to Julie Rheinschmidt, Kiona-Benton City School Board Chair, “Mr. Peterson's student centered vision and approachable caring nature are attributes our staff and community indicated they desired in our next superintendent. We are excited to welcome him to our KiBe family.”
Peterson says the timing was right to take this next step in his professional career.
“I believe that the Kiona-Benton City School District is the perfect place for my wife and me right now,” says Peterson. “As the next superintendent, I look forward to joining a community that supports its kids and schools tremendously, and that pride is evident anytime I speak to a community or staff member. In meeting with staff, there is a genuine excitement about the work to be done, and I am humbled and honored to be chosen to lead with them."
||Special Board meeting and Executive Session
Board Meeting Details
Tuesday, May 29 / 10:30 a.m.
Special Board meeting: HeadStart Grant Application and interview candidates for Board of Directors (open to public)
Executive Session: Evaluate qualifications of a candidate for appointment to the board (not open to the public)
Both meetings at Blue Ridge Elementary School
||2018 Graduates of Distinction reception June 5
Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Terry Atchison, Class of 1966; Dr. Randall Barton, Class of 1971; and Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald, Class of 1995.
These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 5 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 3:45 to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Office (Anne Golden Boardroom)
||HeadStart/ECEAP program taking applications for next school year
• Program serves children ages 3,4 and 5
• Lunch and snacks provided
• Transportation is available
• AM and PM sessions
• High quality education and support for kindergarten readiness.
Families may obtain an application at:
Blue Ridge Elementary
1150 W. Chestnut
Walla Walla Wa, 99362
OR download from the District Website – www.wwps.org (available in English and Spanish)
Mid-Columbia Spring Sports Players/Coaches of the Year and All-Conference teams
Congratulations to our Wa-Hi student-athletes and coaches for receiving Mid-Columbia Conference honors. Selections
||Garrison Middle School students host Business Convention
On Thursday, May 31, the 7th and 8th grade Honor and 8th grade AVID students will be hosting a business convention. The students have been working hard to learn economics all year and this is the culmination of their unit on Entrepreneurship.
The public is encouraged to stop by the big gym at Garrison Middle School between 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All guests who stop by will be given 10 fake dollar bills; these guests are asked to act as potential investors by placing the bills on the tables with the strongest business plans.
After the convention, awards will be given for:
a) Strongest online business
b) Best use of local resources
c) Best business plan (this will be based on who gets the most dollar bills from potential investors)
d) Most creative business idea
Garrison Middle School teachers Beth Clearman, Conor Fish and Agnes Wooters showcasing the hard work of our students and their innovative ideas for businesses in Walla Walla.
Community invited to Garrison Middle School Drama Club play
On Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m., the Garrison Drama Club will be performing a short play called, “The Day Skinny Jeans Saved the Universe” starring Clara Sharon, Luke Bona and Gerardo Soto, among other rising young stars.This play is free and open to all WWPS staff and family members, as well as to the community at large. It will be performed in the large gym.
||WWHS JROTC 2018-2019 cadets hold military ball, upcoming promotions announced, cadet awards presented
The cadets of the Walla Walla High School JROTC program recently held their annual military ball. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of awards earned and the slate of cadet promotions for next year.
* Senior Army Instructor Leadership Award: LET 1 – Makayla Schille; LET 2 - Luke Matlock; LET 3 - Kail Lynn; LET 4 - Cameron McFetridge.
* JROTC Distinguished Service Award: LET 1 – Amu Maxwell; LET 2 – Jarek Hamm; LET 4 – Shane Schoessler.
* Washington Army National Guard Award: Noah Butler.
* Reserve Officers Association JROTC Achievement Award: Cara West.
* Non-Commissioned Officers Association Award: Benjamin Bialozor (who has also received an Army ROTC Scholarship).
* Association of the United States Army: Alex Young.
* 82d Airborne Division Award: Adam Justice.
* Daughters of the American Revolution: Katherine Thompson.
* Sons of the American Revolution: Shaun Marek.
* Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Ramone Lopez.
* AMVETS - Taylor Carlile.
* American Legion: Scholastic excellence - Bret Ferguson; Military Excellence - Landon Grimm; Marksmanship - Kyle Martin.
* Veterans of Foreign Wars: KaiRhea Gordon.
* Military Order of the Purple Heart: Z Kinchloe.
* Military Order of the World Wars: Chris Davin.
* Scottish Rite of Freemasonry JROTC Achievement Award: Brock Betzler.
* Mike Dunham Distinguished Leadership Award - Melinda Locke and Alex Young
* Commander’s Commendation Medal: Jazmyn Paul, Seth White, and Annie Young.
* Distinguished Cadet Award: Grace Anderson
* Superior Cadet Award (each LET level recipient also earned certificates of achievement from the Military Order of the World Wars): LET 1 - Hazel Wilburn, LET 2 - Dakota Buman, LET 3 - Madeline Steinle, LET 4 - Melinda Locke.
Next year’s leaders in the Blue Devil chain of command will be:
Executive Officer - c/MAJ Cara West. She will oversee the battalion staff comprised of:
S1 (personnel) - c/Capt. Cody Dobbins
S2 (security and intelligence) - c/Capt. Katherine Thompson
S3 (operations and training) - c/Capt. Bret Ferguson
S4 (logistics and supply) - c/Capt. Isolda Sept, and she will be assisted by c/1st Lt. Ethan Thompson, Assistant S4, c/Master Sgt. Austin Brood, Logistics NCO
S5 (Public Affairs, responsible for public information and cadet battalion newsletter) - c/Capt. Gabby Neagle
S6 (Technology) - c/Capt. Thomas Brashear
S8 (Battalion Activities) - c/Capt. Kendra Coers
S9 (Fitness) - c/Capt. Nancy Aquirre
S10 (Information and Promotion) - c/Capt. Sonia Soto.
The next Blue Devils Rifle Team Captain will be c/Capt. Madeline Steinle.
The new company commanders, who will be promoted to cadet 1st Lt., are: Grace Anderson, KaiRhea Gordon, Jarek Hamm, Josh Hunter, Z Kinchloe, and Luke Matlock. The new company First Sergeants will be: Hunter Ansorge, Dakota Buman, Austin Clifton, Bryan Garcia, and Josh Grau.
SEATech Health Sciences annual pinning ceremony draws large crowd
SEATech Health Sciences Instructor Sandy Thomas organized the program’s annual Pinning Ceremony Monday in front of a crowd of more than 200 friends and family. This ceremony recognizes pre-Nursing students for completing the SEATech Health Sciences program. The next step for these students is to sit for their National Council of State Boards of Nursing to become certified nurse aides. During the exam they will perform five of the 22 skills they have learned. Thomas says she is hopeful for a 100 percent result.
||Wa-Hi students rank nationally in WordWright Challenge
Three teams of students representing Walla Walla High School recently won highest honors in year-end standings of this year’s WordWright Challenge, a national competition for high school students requiring close reading and analysis of many different kinds of prose and poetiy. Participating with 640 high school teams from all across the country, the school’s ninth graders placed fourteenth in the nation in the cumulative standings at the end of the four meets held this year. At the same time, the school’s tenth graders placed thirteenth in the nation, and its twelfth graders finished twelfth in the nation (after placing seventh in the year’s final meet). The teams were supervised by Lori Dohe.
Four of the school’s students won highest honors for year-long individual achievement as well: Freshman Shaunia Marek was one of the six highest-ranked ninth graders in the entire country in the year-end cumulative standings, while her teammates Sam Tacheny and Colleen McKibben placed, respectively, among the 12 highest- and the 21 highest-ranked students at this grade level nationwide. Senior Vienna Mumm was one of the seven highest-ranked twelfth graders at the same time.
Students at the school who excelled in the year’s final meet, held in April, included freshmen Noah Butler and Lucien Petit, sophomore Cassandra Pascual, juniors Jerry Ladderud, Nathan LaPier, and Rachel Prull, and seniors Trevor Kytola, Vienna Mumm, and Alexander Norris. The premise behind the WordWright Challenge is that attentive reading and sensitivity to language are among the most important skills students acquire in school.
||FFA program celebrates year of success
Future Farmers of America members and guests gathered to celebrate their year of success Wednesday during the FFA End of Year Ceremony. Students were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and outside the school setting.
This year the Walla Walla FFA Chapter had 34 Greenhand Degree recipients. These students participated in more events to benefit the community, traveled around Washington state and some attended Nationals in Indianapolis. The new officer team for the 2018-2019 school year was elected: Mila Flowers, Historian; Daniel Girardin, Sentinel; Mackenzie Davis, Reporter; Skyler Bettencourt, Treasurer; Kinsey Nelson, Secretary; Alyssa Drader, Vice President; and Hannah Pettyjohn, President.
“The FFA Chapter has left a huge impact on my life and I hope I was able to help create an impact for the new officers that were elected for the 2018-2019 school year,” said Naddile Widner, 2017-2018 FFA President.
||Walla Walla High School 2018 Summer School Programs
Session 1: June 14-29
- Schedule A: 8 to 10:30 a.m.
- Schedule B: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 9-24
- Schedule A: 8 to 10:30 a.m.
- Schedule B: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Summer school is a FREE opportunity to:
- Retrieve credits for previously failed course(s)
- Earn new credits to meet graduation requirements
- Students may participate in both sessions
- Incoming freshmen are encouraged to participate
Contact your student’s counselor for further information:
- Carrie Lujan: firstname.lastname@example.org - 526-8663 / A-C, 2019 & 2022 AVID
- Nicole Hudson: email@example.com - 526-8652 / D-H
- Spencer Iacolucci: firstname.lastname@example.org - 526-8664 / I-P
- Alison Kimball: email@example.com - 526-8693 / R-Z, 2021 & 2022 AVID
Note: CTE summer programs are held at SEATech June 14 to July 3: Filmmakers Boot Camp, Health, Intro to Manufacturing. See your counselor for details and registration forms.
||Registration now open for BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development)
Walla Walla High School is teaming with the YMCA again this year for the BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development) summer strength, conditioning and injury prevention program for 2018-2019 students in grades 6 to 12. The High School program is being taught by Walla Walla High School staff members Eric and Amy Hisaw. The middle school program will be coordinated by trained YMCA staff, 21st Century staff and high school students. The BDAD program is located on the Wa-Hi Campus and only open to Walla Walla Public Schools students.
• Dates: Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, August 9
• Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
• 9-12 grade sessions: 8 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. (no charge)
• 6 (incoming) to 8 grade sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m. ($10 fee to cover the cost of the t-shirt)
• Location: Walla Walla High School (Starting location for all BDAD participants is the Wa-Hi track shed)
• The BDAD program is only available to WWPS students
• Registration - High School Program: Register on FamilyID.com (program activities located at Wa-Hi)
• Registration - Middle School Program: Register at YMCA (program activities located at Wa-Hi)
NOTE: There is a registration cut-off again this year. Your child’s registration must be received no later than Friday, June 22 at 2 p.m.
||Walla Walla High School Baccalaureate Service
- Wednesday, June 6*
- 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla Presbyterian Church (325 S. 1st Ave.)
- *Note: This date is different than previously planned
- For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- This event is not sponsored by Walla Walla Public Schools
||City plans public neighborhood Block Party at Prospect Point
- Thursday, June 14
- 5:30 p.m.
- Prospect Point Elementary
- Free and open to the public
- Free pizza
- Free Dairy Queen ice cream
- Live music by Eddie Manzanares
- Win emergency supply kits
- Bring your bikes for the bicycle rodeo
- Play cornhole
- This event is not sponsored by Walla Walla Public Schools
||City Parks and Recreation Update
Veterans Memorial Pool opens this Friday, May 25!
Admission will be FREE on Friday only. Open swim will be from 4pm to 6:30pm.
To see Memorial Day weekend hours please visit www.wwpr.us.
Veterans Memorial Pool Programs
Sea Monkeys Swim Team - $77
Swimming Lessons - $35 – 3 months and up
Aqua Zumba - $60 – Ages 12 and up
Sweat and Swim Boot Camp - $12/$76 – Ages 12 and up
Adaptive Swim - $2 – All Ages
Hatha Outdoor Yoga - $12/$76 – Ages 12 and up
Summer Parkways & Children’s Day – FREE – All Ages - June 3, 1pm to 5pm Alder Street closed from Colville to Pioneer Park for human-powered transportation
Summer Recreation Programs
UPlay – Free – June 18 to August 10
Youth Summer Meals – Free – June 18 to August 10
Little Kicks Soccer - $46 – Ages 3 to 5 years
Lacrosse Fundamentals Clinic - $15/$45 – Grades 1-9
Youth Golf Lessons - $46 – Ages 7 to 16 years
Youth Track and Field Clinic - $10 – Ages 4 to 12 years
UK International Soccer - $94/$177 – Ages 4 to 14 years
Flag Football - $55 – Grades 2 to 8
Fall Youth Soccer - $50 – Ages 5 to 14 years (Registration deadline June 29)
Buti Yoga - $10/$99 – Ages 12 & up
CJoy Yoga in the Park - $11/$189 – Ages 12 & up
First Aid/CPR/AED - $70 – Ages 12 and up
Pickleball for All - $48 – Ages 16 and up
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us.
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