||New Visitor Entry System helps improve school safety
New visitor entry systems were installed at five schools across the district this summer as part of the bond program to improve district safety and security. These new access control systems will keep the front doors of schools locked while school is in session to help prevent unauthorized visitors from entering the building.
Beginning Monday, October 14, the front doors of these campuses will be locked during instructional hours until dismissal, and all visitors must enter the school using the new visitor entry system. Using the system is easy. Visitors will press the intercom button next to the front door and school staff will respond. Visitors will be asked to confirm their identity and purpose for visit. The front doors will be unlocked by school staff, allowing visitors to enter through the main entry. Guests will continue to sign in and sign out of the main office as part of the usual visitor procedures.
“Safety was a top priority of voters in the successful bond election and these improvements to our visitor procedures will greatly improve security,” said Facilities and Operations Director Mike Kay. “This is the first phase of our safety and security program. Eventually all doors at these schools will be equipped with swipe card devices to further promote campus safety. Next summer we will complete the improvements at Blue Ridge and Prospect Point. Pioneer Middle School, Lincoln High School and Walla Walla High School will be phased in as part of their major renovations.”
Schools with new Visitor Entry Systems:
● Berney Elementary
● Edison Elementary
● Green Park Elementary
● Sharpstein Elementary
● Garrison Middle School
NOTE: Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School and Pioneer Middle School visitor entry systems will be installed as part of their bond project renovations. The remaining district campuses will receive new systems next summer.
||Educational Effectiveness Parent Survey remains open
Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking feedback from key stakeholder groups through the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES) as an extension of the Board of Director’s Strategic Plan. This survey tool is used annually to help the district better serve students.
Last week the district launched the survey to parents. Parents have an opportunity to complete the survey using their own electronic devices. They had the opportunity to take the survey when they arrived for conferences at their respective schools. Paper copies have also been mailed home. The following survey link is posted on the Walla Walla Public Schools webpage. The survey closes Oct. 25.
Parent Survey Link - https://www.research.net/r/wwps-parent
Later this month students and staff will receive the survey. In addition, a community telephone survey is being conducted this fall to garner feedback about the quality of education offered in Walla Walla Public Schools. The district will use the data to track progress towards its goals and initiatives.
The survey is completely anonymous and available in both English and Spanish. Survey questions were developed by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, a Washington-based educational research firm, in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State. This survey has been used with over 750,000 educational stakeholders in the Western U.S. and provides a powerful tool for district staff to benchmark current school perceptions with high-performing schools across the nation.
October Pulse Video – Superintendent Smith updates
Watch the Superintendent’s Pulse video for the month of October. Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith shares information on the Wa-Hi Science building groundbreaking, Jeannette C. Hayner Park ribbon cutting ceremony and results from state testing. Visit the district website to watch the video.
||School Board Meeting Oct. 15
• School Board Regular Business meeting
• 5:30 p.m.
• Anne Golden Boardroom (WWPS District Office – 364 S. Park St.)
||Staples donation to boost access to technology at Berney Elementary
Berney Elementary is the recipient of a $25,000 technology gift of Dell personal computers thanks to a generous donation from the Walla Walla Staples store and Intel. The donation will fund 53 Dell laptop computers to support learning activities.
“This generous donation will help us focus on improving student learning, enhancing family communications and helping us achieve our goal of ensuring all children learn at high levels,” said Berney Principal Michelle Carpenter.
In 2019, the Walla Walla Staples store competed in a competition called Score with Intel® Core™. As a part of this competition, electronics retailers from across the country competed head-to-head. Store sales representatives were asked to expand their knowledge about Intel® technology and the devices they sell. The winning stores then selected a local school to receive a donation from Intel on their behalf, which is how Berney Elementary was selected. Berney Elementary held an all school assembly October 9 for the check presentation ceremony.
“This is a great way to give back to the community by providing students access to this modern technology,” said Staples General Manager Michael Vine. “The kids were great and very well behaved and we are excited to help support their learning.”
||KAPP/KVEW TV features Lori Parnicky
KAPP/KVEW TV visited Walla Walla Monday to feature Sharpstein Elementary music teacher Lori Parnicky for being named Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Music Teacher of the Year. Thank you Lori for your amazing work with our students!
Walla Walla Latino Alliance (WWLA) fundraiser supports graduation event
On Sunday, October 13, the local organization Walla Walla Latino Alliance (WWLA) will be having a fundraiser at Las Chiquillas Mexican House (428 Ash St) all day to raise funding for their organization and the graduation events that celebrate the accomplishments of our local students. For every plate that is sold at Las Chiquillas Mexican House, 25% of the profit will be donated to the Walla Walla Latino Alliance. WWLA’s mission statement: WWLA strives for equity and empowerment via unity, education, and civic engagement.
||City Parks & Rec Weekly Update
• Lacrosse Stick Night – Free Drop-In for ages 8-16. Mondays & Thursdays 5:30pm to 7pm at Vista Terrace Park. No experience necessary. Equipment provided.
• Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays. Equipment provided
• Pumpkin Carving Contest - Free for ages 3-12. Thursday, October 24th 5:30pm to 7:15pm at Super 1 Foods. Pumpkins provided by Super 1 Foods. Pre-registration is available, but not required.
• 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:
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