||New school board president named
Congratulations to Ruth Ladderud for being elected School Board President. Dr. David Hampson was elected Vice President. Thank you for your professionalism and dedicated service to Walla Walla Public Schools.
Click HERE to learn more about Mrs. Ladderud and Dr. Hampson.
||Performance Reports now available for public view
School Annual Performance Reports are on the district webpage for public view. These reports include demographics, enrollment, goals, highlights and links to test scores and other performance-related information.
||Winter Break Holiday Schedule
- No School: Dec. 24 to Jan. 4
- Classes resume Monday, Jan. 7
||2019-2020 School Year Calendar approved
Tuesday night school board members approved the 2019-2020 school year calendar.
Child Find program helps determine special needs
If you suspect your child ages Birth-to-21 may have a disability, please contact the Special Education Department at (509) 526-6724 or contact the school psychologist or learning specialist at your child’s school. A screening or review of all your child’s data, including outside records, will be completed and the results shared with you. If the screening indicates a need for further testing, a comprehensive evaluation will be done with your consent. Upon qualification for special education services, you will be a part of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) drafted for your child. Extra services will be available through an IEP.
||Personnel Report (from Dec. 18, 2018 school board meeting)
Kay Cosgrove, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op
Lashenae Steagall, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op
Liliia Zinnerova, Para-Educator, Bilingual Education
Candance Anderson, Head Start/ECEAP, Blue Ridge Preschool Programs, 36 years
Kathy Kellie, First Grade, Berney Elementary School, 26 years
Cheryl Peters, Special Education, Walla Walla High School, 12 years
Kathy Pritcher, Mathematics, Walla Walla High School, 43 years
Linda Seibold, Library Media Specialist, Sharpstein Elementary School, 35 years
Richelle Vandiver, English/Language Arts, Pioneer Middle School, 13 years
Mary Ellen Farr, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool Programs, 26 years
William Fullen, Campus Security, Garrison Middle School, 23 years
Auralee Grubb, Administrative Assistant, Business Office, 2.5 years
Jorge Gutierrez, Assistant Head Custodian, Edison Elementary School, 5 years
Susan Jauhiainen, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 26 years
Gail Serven, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 23 years
Linda Schaub, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 17 years
||Walla Walla High School to hold Scholarship Fair
Walla Walla High School will host a valley-wide Scholarship Fair on January 17, 2019, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Commons. The fair helps connect students with local scholarship sponsors, learn how to apply for scholarships and finance their education after high school. Juniors and Seniors from Walla Walla High School, Lincoln, Touchet, Waitsburg, Prescott, College Place, Milton-Freewater, DeSales and Walla Walla Valley Academy are all invited to attend.
Approximately 30 organizations will host information tables at the fair. Participants include local clubs and organizations who give scholarships. Local and regional two and four year colleges, state foundations and military representatives offering ROTC scholarships for college and other degree options.
Contact fair organizer Katharine Curles, Career Center Specialist at Wa-Hi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 526-8680 if you are a scholarship sponsor and would like to host an information table at the fair or for general information.
||Wa-Hi student produces documentary on Blue Devil volleyball team
Walla Walla High School student Pedro Lizardi recently produced the video documentary Lady Blue which captures the girl’s varsity volleyball team’s post season run. Lizardi is in the 21st Century Afterschool video program coordinated by Andrew Sayers.
“It’s an amazing film,” said Sayers. “I am super proud of Pedro’s work!”
The video took about two months to produce. Sayers said his goal is to help more students release similar videos showcasing Walla Walla High School programs and activities.
Lady Blue Documentary Link
||1999 State basketball championship team returns to Wa-Hi
The Walla Walla High School Hall of Fame Association will be recognizing the 1999 State Boys Basketball Champions Saturday, Jan. 5 during halftime of the boys game that night versus Kennewick. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Coach Jim Thacker and several members of the championship team will be in attendance.
Coaches- Jim Thacker (Head Coach)- Earl Streufert (Assistant Coach)- John Golden (Assistant/JV Coach)
Team Members- Kyle Bankhead- Jeff Bennett- Jon DeWolfe- Bryan Erlebach- Jeremy Harper- Matt Hamlin- Thomas Kelati- Pat Kjack- Pat McConn- Shawn Reese- Andy Thompson- Joe Wilkins
||Pioneer National Honor Society students spread holiday joy to families in need
Pioneer Middle School National Honor Society students teamed with the Salvation Army to adopt a family for Christmas. Students organized fundraisers and earned $1600 for the project.
“It’s a privilege to give back to the community and we look forward to this project every year,” said Advisor Alba Biagi. “I loved seeing the joy in their faces as they thoughtfully shopped for the three families we adopted.”
Utschinski earns football All State Honors; Mangarero Honorable Mention
Congratulations to Walla Walla High School senior Patrick Utschinski for being named to the Associated Press 2018 First Team All State roster as an offensive lineman. Utschinski has committed to play football at Washington State University. He is also a standout track and field athlete. Senior Jahmal Mangarero received Honorable Mention for the linebacker position.
Garrison’s National Junior Honor Society students make special connections with Blue Ridge 5th graders
Thursday morning, 35 Garrision NJHS students paired up with a 5th grade “buddy” from Blue Ridge Elementary school in Mrs. Kasenga’s and Ms. Mahan’s classes. NJHS students gifted each 5th grader with a book of their own and spent time getting to know each other, sharing about what middle school is like, and reading together. The group enjoyed some hot cocoa and time together. NJHS advisers are Jami Eggart and Sue Schulz. Two of the pillars of NJHS are service and character. This opportunity allowed students to give back to those students younger than them and also share in positive communication skills.
||Professional Development offered to support School Garden program
Area K-5 teachers are invited to join a professional development series about using school gardens. Each session focuses on a Crosscutting Concept of Next Generation Science Standards.
**Walla Walla Public Schools STEM clock hours available **
(All area teachers are welcome - $2/clock hour earned charged for out of district teachers)
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School Professional Development Series:
• January 15 – Crosscutting Concept – Cause and Effect
• February 19 – Crosscutting Concept – Systems and System Models
• March 19 – Crosscutting Concept – Energy and Matter
• April 23 - Crosscutting Concept – Structures and Function
• All sessions are from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Participation in all workshops is not required, but participation in at least two is required to receive the minimum three clock hours.
Registration required - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080545A4AC22A1F58-teacher1
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||WWPD Law Enforcement Citizens Academy Accepting Registrations
The Walla Walla Police Department (WWPD) is pleased to announce its next Law Enforcement Citizen’s Academy, which will be January 23 thru April 17; 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will spend about 3 hours in a classroom once a week for 13 weeks. Registration deadline is January 12, 2019, and it is limited to 30 participants. Registration is available online by visiting the City of Walla Walla website or by obtaining a brochure at the WWPD. Space is limited.
The goal of the Citizens Academy is to provide our community an understanding of how law enforcement agencies and the judicial system work for you. This task is accomplished through several evenings of classroom education and interaction with members of law enforcement and the judicial community.
• meet and have conversations with the men and women of the Walla Walla Police Department
• get an insider’s view of what police do
• ask direct questions of officers who are front line service providers
• learn about the tools the police use and understand when and why they would be deployed
Questions? Contact the WWPD Crime Prevention Coordinator, Vicki Ruley, 524-4409
||City Parks and Recreation Update
• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.
• Youth and Adult Art Classes taught in Spanish - $12 - $80
• Father Daughter Ball - Ages 3 years and up - February 2 - $15 per Father – Space is limited
• Mother Son Super Hero Bash – Ages 3 years and up – February 9 - $15 per Mother - Space is limited
• 2019 Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale!
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
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