Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 29, 2019

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District Stories

School Stories

Community Stories

District Stories
Spring Break Schedule

• Early dismissal for K-5 March 29 (Academic Planning)
• No School April 1-5 (Spring Break)


Curriculum adoption materials on public display; community information nights planned

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis reports the district is on target to adopt new High School Science and High School Algebra Geometry Algebra II curriculum later this spring. There will not be traditional textbooks for the science adoption. These materials will be digital to use on personal devices like Chromebooks. Math will use a textbook. Materials will be on display and public informational meetings are set April 9 (Math) and April 18 (Science). The Adoption Committee is planning to bring a recommendation to the school board in May for consideration and implementation in the fall of 2019. A consistent cycle of adoption of new materials aligns with Goal 2 in our Strategic Plan: Aligned and Coherent Systems. Our school board has prioritized updating materials each year to ensure teachers have rigorous and standards-aligned materials that support students in developing towards career, college, and civic readiness.

Materials on Public Display
High School Math (Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II)
• April 8-12 (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)
• Community Information Night Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

High School Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)
• April 15-19 (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)
• Community Information Night Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

Contact: Casey Monahan, Curriculum Coordinator – cmonahan@wwps.org / 509.526.6783


District teams with Fort Walla Walla Museum for FREE Day of the Child event

• Saturday, April 13
• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Fort Walla Walla Museum (755 Myra Road)
• Free food for the first 500 guests
• Community agencies in attendance to share information
• Games, bouncy houses, face painting
• Live local music: Salvador Hernandez, Robert Elizondo, Ballet Folklorico (Norma Arceo) and Laura Angulo
• Free entrance to Fort Walla Walla Museum


WWPS FREE Kindergarten Resource Fair

• Wednesday, April 10
• 6 to 7 p.m.
• Community Center, Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• FREE and future kindergarten students are encouraged to attend.

There will be kindergarten registration packets and information important to families with children entering kindergarten. Ask questions, learn about support services, student activities and meet WWPS staff. Students are encouraged to attend.

Resource Fair Participants:
• Berney, Blue Ridge, Edison, Green Park, Prospect Point, and Sharpstein
• WWPS Nutritional Services
• WWPS Special Education
• WWPS Transportation
• WWPS Bilingual Department
• WWPS Kindergarten Readiness & Family Engagement
• WWPS Pre-School/Head Start
• Walla Walla Public Library
• CampFire
• YMCA
• City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation
• Family Medical Center/WIC
• Walla Walla Pediatric Dentistry
• Early Life Speech
• Children’s Home Society
• The Health Center WW
• ESD 123: Migrant Education
• Fostering Washington
• Girl Scouts
• Cub Scouts


Better Together Series - Speech Language Pathologist Karen Foreman

- Better Together Learning Opportunity in partnership with WW Valley Disability Network
- Monday, April 8
- 5 p.m. (FREE dinner) / 5:30 p.m. (program begins)
- FREE childcare and Spanish translation will be available
- Walla Walla Public Schools, District Office Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)
- Topic: Speech Language Pathologist Karen Foreman will be presenting on augmentative communication strategies and technology to promote successful communication at home. She has been a Speech Language Pathologist for 34 years. She currently works for Chehalis School District as a Speech Language Pathologist. Augmentative communication Specialist and assistive technology Coordinator, and at the Special Education Technology Center in Ellensburg as an augmentative communication Specialist. She has specialized in working with students with severe communication difficulties and has worked in the field of augmentative communication since 1984.

The Better Together Learning Series is for both parents and educators, and brings the latest research to Walla Walla, ultimately helping our children and students in special education reach their highest potential. We look forward to seeing you and value your input. To RSVP and to learn more, visit the WW Valley Disability Network website: wwvdn.org

We are better together. Come and learn with us!



Open Enrollment, Choice Transfer and Kindergarten Registration

Open Enrollment for students living within the WWPS boundary:
Parents/Guardians who live in the Walla Walla Public Schools district boundary and wish to open enroll their child to a different WWPS school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school starting Monday, April 8. All applications and forms will be accepted at Walla Walla schools starting Monday, April 15.

Choice Transfer for students living outside of the WWPS boundary:
Parents/Guardians who live outside the Walla Walla Public Schools boundary and wish to Choice Transfer/request enrollment into the WWPS boundary will need to obtain a release form from their current school district office. All applications and forms will be accepted at Walla Walla schools starting Monday, April 15.

Open enrollment and Choice Transfer requests for Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy & Procedure 3130.
• Policy 3130: http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies/series-3000/4224-board-policy-no-3130
• Procedure 3130: http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/procedures/series-3000/5174-3130-district-attendance-areas,-open-enrollment,-and-employees-student-placement

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 S. Park St, and online at www.wwps.org.

Kindergarten Registration:
Walla Walla Public Schools’ kindergarten registration period will be April 15-26, 2019, and will take place at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Families wishing to enroll their kindergarten student in the Dual Language Program must call the Bilingual Education Department, (509) 526-6784.

If you have a kindergarten student starting in the fall of 2019, please join us at our Kindergarten Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds.

Elementary Hours:
• April 15, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• April 16-26, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Middle and High School Hours:
• April 15-26, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


School Stories

Hudiburg awarded environmental scholarship

Walla Walla High School freshman Kian Hudiburg has been awarded a Lowenstine Honors Scholarship to attend Conserve School in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin for the spring of 2020. This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, character, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. Kian will join a group of sixty high school students from around the globe who share a love of the outdoors and an interest in studying and conserving the environment. Conserve School’s mission is to inspire young adults to environmental stewardship. The school has been nationally recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School. Kian will return to Walla Walla High School after his semester at Conserve School. You can learn more about Conserve School at ConserveSchool.org.


Author Margaret Stohl encourages Pioneer Middle School students to lift each other up

American novelist Margaret Stohl visited Pioneer Middle School Friday, March 22 as part of a Cavalcade & Marvel event. Stohl works in the writing, movie, video game, and comic book business. Stohl’s newest novel is Cats vs. Robots. Her novel Beautiful Creatures became a movie available on Netflix. Marvel signed her on to write the Captain Marvel comics, including The Life of Captain Marvel. After her talk to the 150 Pioneer Middle School students, Stohl took time to meet with every student who wanted an autograph or photo.

“She urged the students to lift each other up, in person and especially online,” said Pioneer Middle School Library Media-Specialist Sara Strickland. I can’t begin to express how excited the students and staff were to have Stohl visit our school.”


JROTC donations from Boosters and HAPO

Walla Walla High School JROTC Booster President Gene Gossett recently presented a $4000 check to the JROTC program to enhance program offerings. The funds were raised at the JROTC Booster’s Annual Benefit Dinner. HAPO Credit Union also donated $2000 to the JROTC to support the program. HAPO also provided JROTC Cadets financial literacy classes. 


Garrison Middle School student wins Cavalcade of Authors writing contest

Pioneer Middle School had 56 students, Garrison Middle School had 22 and Wa-Hi had five students attend the Cavalcade of Authors writing contest Saturday at Enterprise Middle School in Richland. Students from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas also participated in the event. Congratulations to Garrison 6th grader Avari Yane for taking 1st place in the Short-Story Writing Contest sponsored through the Cavalcade of Authors Workshop. Pioneer 8th grader Mila Petit took 2nd place.

Avari received a $60 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, a signed book of her choice from this year’s authors, lunch with the authors during the Cavalcade and a series of books donated by one of the authors. Mila received a $40 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, a signed book of her choice from this year’s authors and lunch with the authors during the Cavalcade.


Wa-Hi Speech and Debate team 

Wa-Hi’s 2018-19 Speech & Debate season wrapped up this past weekend at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. Congratulations to students Josh Rose, Jacob Rose, Dominick Bayer, and Eleah Dalgleish who qualified for state in speech. Jose and Jacob Rose also qualified for state in debate.

“This was highlighted by the previous week’s 4th place finish for Josh in Impromptu and Saturday’s 3rd place finish for Josh in Congressional Debate -- capping off a 4-year career where he finished 17th, 19th, 12th, and now 3rd at state,” said Debate Coach Keith Swanson. “Josh also took 1st in Congress at Foley last month in Spokane and finished 2nd for the prestigious Foley Award. Josh has been a great leader for the program and is our only senior.”



“Spring Bash” Spring Break Opportunity at Pioneer Middle School Open to All WWPS Students

All WWPS students are welcome to attend the “Spring Bash” hang out at Pioneer Middle School during spring break hosted by 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC). Pioneer will be open to students from 9AM to 12PM Monday through Friday. Activities include: indoor soccer, Minecraft, games on the Nintendo Switch, board games, and arts and crafts. Family members do not need to be present, but must provide transportation or students can walk/bike. Please contact Roger Contreras with questions at (541) 249-5636.


Community Stories
Trauma Informed Care and Art Workshops Coming to Walla Walla

Mindful Art founder, Brigette Phillips, and trauma coach, Shasta Meyers are teaming up with Community Resilience Initiative to bring trauma informed art workshops to Walla Walla.

Education, prevention, identification, intervention, and effective trauma treatment are all necessary to break the cycle of negative behaviors, including violence and addiction and replace them with healing and resiliency. There are four sessions being offered bi-weekly starting on April 8. The workshops will all be held at the Carrie Center in Walla Walla and are $15 per person. Additional information about these events can be found on Mindful Arts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mindfulart2016, by emailing Mindfulart2016@gmail.com, or by calling/texting 509-378-4661.


Spring Break at the City of Walla Walla Public Library

Monday, April 1
• Block ‘n’ Roll 10:00am - 4:00pm Blocks and Bricks for all ages.

Tuesday April 2
• Baby Zone 10:00 - 11:30 am
• Crafternoon 12:00 - 3:00pm Get creative at the Library.

Wednesday, April 3
• Games Unplugged 10:00am - 4:00pm From...Candyland to Monopoly.

Thursday, April 4
• Storytime at 10:15
• Crafternoon 12:00 - 3:00pm Get creative at the Library.

Friday, April 5
• Eric Herman and Puppy Dogs 11:00am Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll kid style!

Saturday, April 6
• Block ‘n’ Roll 10:00am - 1:00pm Blocks and Bricks for all ages.

Walla Walla Public Library
238 East Alder Street
Walla Walla, Washington 99362 | 509-527-4550
https://wallawallapubliclibrary.org/


City Parks & Rec Update

• Free Lacrosse Drop-Ins – April 15, 22, 29 at 5:30pm
• Free Fishing Derby – April 6 from 8-11am
• Blue Mountain Baseball League (formerly known as Babe Ruth) – Ages 13-16 - $75
• Warrior Soccer Academy – April 15 - May 9 - Ages 5-11 - $48
• Youth and Adult Art Classes taught in Spanish - $12 - $80
• All Comers Track & Field Meet – May 5 – Ages 12 & under - $3/$5 onsite registration
• Lacrosse Class/Camp - Grades 1 – 8 - $40 - $60
• 2019 Veterans Memorial Pool Passes are on sale!
• Scholarships available for youth programs. To apply stop by the Parks and Recreation office at 55 E Moore St.

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us.
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