||Informational levy video features staff
Ballots for the proposed Replacement Education Levy are out and must be postmarked by Feb. 11. Wa-Hi Wrestling coach Jacob Butenhoff and Drama teacher Kristin Hessler and Sharpstein Music teacher Lori Parnicky are featured in a new informational video.
Replacement Levy Facts
Q: When is the election?
A: Ballots must be postmarked by election day (February 11).
Q: Didn't we just pass a levy last November?
A: No. That was a school construction bond. Remember that bonds are for buildings, and levies are for learning. Bonds can only pay for school facility improvements. Levies must be renewed every 4 years by law, and pay for educational and program opportunities the state's basic education program doesn't provide.
Q: What will this learning levy do to my tax rates?
A: Tax rates will not go up. This is a replacement levy. The $2.50/$1,000 proposed rate replaces the expiring 2016 levy, and maintains the current tax rate we are paying now, through 2024.
Q: What does the levy pay for?
A: Levies pay for programs and learning opportunities the state basic education program doesn't fund. In Walla Walla, this funds about 1 in every 5 employees. For example, the levy pays for every Honors/AP teacher, in addition to music, fine arts, drama, PE, and many other elective teachers the state prototypical model does not fund. It provides for approximately 13 school health clinicians, 16 intervention specialists, 13 classroom/kindergarten assistants, 11 custodians, 6 school safety officers, additional front office staff, 6 technology staff, and 10 facilities/maintenance employees. In addition, it pays for our entire extra-curricular program, supplementary pay for staff, employee professional development, additional classroom supplies, the bulk of our classroom technology, and additional special education programs/staff.
Q: How long has Walla Walla maintained this "learning levy"?
A: This "learning levy" has been in place for over 50 consecutive years in Walla Walla.
Q: Do most districts have levies?
A: Levies are in place in over 290 of the 295 school districts in Washington. While many other districts also maintain technology, maintenance, and transportation levies, the Walla Walla Board of Directors is only proposing to replace the expiring four-year "learning levy" (2017-2020), with a new 4-year levy (2021-2024). Walla Walla Public Schools maintains one of the region's lowest overall education tax rates.
Q: Where can I learn more about this levy?
A: Visit our website at: https://www.wwps.org/levy
A: Watch our brief levy video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGhba3445D4
A: Contact Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith (email@example.com / 509.526.6715) or Communications Director Mark Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org / 509.526.6716)
||February Parent/Teacher Goal Setting Conferences
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:00 - 6:35 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 2:20 - 6:35 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:10 - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:10 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 8:00 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:10 - 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:10 - 6:55 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:10 - 6:55 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 7:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 - 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13 - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 11 - 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. (arena-style in both gyms)
Thursday, February 13 - 8:15 - 11:30 a.m. (arena-style in both gyms), 12:30 - 3:45 p.m. (drop-in, in classrooms)
Tuesday, February 11 - 3:45 - 7:15 p.m. (drop-in, in classrooms)
Thursday, February 13 - 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (by appointment, in classrooms)
Home visits by appointment
Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, February 11, 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. (drop-in, large gym)
Thursday, February 13, 7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. (by appointment, in classrooms, with a lunch break from 11:30- 12:00)
Tuesday, February 11, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. (drop-in, in classrooms
Thursday, February 13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (by appointment)
||Early Dismissal and No School Days in February
Friday, Feb. 7: EARLY DISMISSAL K-5 (Conference Prep)
Thursday, Feb. 13 and Friday, Feb. 14: NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
Monday, Feb. 17: NO SCHOOL (Presidents Day)
||District offers free Love & Logic parenting classes
Love & Logic parenting classes: A free parenting course providing practical tools that help parents and caregivers achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children. Register online at http://bit.ly/wwloveandlogic or call 509.526.6781.
Saturday Mini-Workshops (take one or both)
Dates: February 29: Ages 0-12 Focus
March 7: Teenage Focus
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: WWPS District Office, 364 S. Park St.
Language: Spanish and English
Tuesday Evening Sessions (5 class series)
Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Teenage Focus
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pioneer Middle School, 450 Bridge St.
||University of Washington shines spotlight on district’s Technology Department
The University of Washington Information Technology Department featured Walla Walla Public Schools Technology Director Forrest Baker and his efforts to support access to technology in district classrooms through the K-20 Education Network partnership.
||Social Studies Promise Standards now available online
As part of the district’s five-year strategic plan, social studies teachers from each of our secondary schools worked together to develop vertically aligned Promise Standards for social studies representing five disciplines: Social Studies Skills, Civics, Economics, Geography and History. As teachers collaborated to select these 8-14 standards from the long list established by Washington state, they sought to identify the skills and knowledge that our students will need to graduate from Walla Walla Public Schools college, career and civic ready. Teachers are now focused on selecting instructional materials aligned to these standards that are engaging, representative of multiple perspectives and inclusive of lessons and stories highlighting tribal sovereignty. These Promise Standards are now available on the district website. SOCIAL STUDIES PROMISE STANDARDS
||Highly Capable referral period scheduled February 3 through February 28, 2020
Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable programming provides students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills.
Information on Highly Capable Program services and the 2020 referral process is currently available on the district’s website. Referral forms are available in all district schools and on the district’s website. wwps.org/programs/explorers
The annual selection process for in-district students takes place in late winter/early spring, with referral packets due back to schools by February 28, 2020 for grades K-8. Following the testing and selection process, all parents will be notified in writing of the results of the process. A child not selected one year may be referred again in subsequent years.
Kindergarten cognitive abilities screening took place in January. Parents will be notified of screening results and full referral forms will be distributed at conferences in February. Referred students will take the remainder of the cognitive abilities test and be reviewed for selection by the end of March so differentiated programming can be reviewed and planned for at their home schools in the spring.
Students in 2nd and 5th grade took the cognitive abilities screener in January and results of the screening process, along with other data points, will be used to determine which students will be recommended at conference time to participate in the remainder of the cognitive abilities test. Parents will be notified of screening results and full referral forms will be distributed at conferences in February. Referred students will take the remainder of the cognitive abilities test and be reviewed for selection by the end of March so differentiated programming can be reviewed and planned for at their home schools in the spring.
Parents/guardians of students in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th grade should be in contact with their child’s teacher(s) at conference time to determine if Highly Capable testing is recommended.
Students in grades one through eight selected for Highly Capable programming will begin services at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
For more information, please contact Christy Krutulis, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. email@example.com or 526-6733.
||School Board meetings Tuesday
Tuesday, Feb. 4
5:30 p.m. - Regular Study Meeting - open to the public
7 p.m. - Executive Session - not open to the public
The Board of Directors has scheduled an executive session on February 4 at the conclusion/prior to adjournment of the regular study meeting, approximately 7 p.m., to review the performance of a public employee. The executive session is not open to the public and is expected to conclude at approximately 7:45 p.m.
Wa-Hi AVID partners to present Mother-Son Superhero Bash
The WaHi AVID classes are partnering with the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation to put on the Annual Mother-Son Superhero Bash. This is a casual event meant for mom’s and son’s to spend time together and have fun. Obstacle courses, games, lego building, crafts, face painting and more. The event is Saturday, Feb 8 at Garrison Middle School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Ages 3 and up. $15 per mom. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be given for best costumes. Register online at www.wwpr.us
||Volunteers needed to serve on Walla Walla High School Senior Culminating Project Panel
Reserve your spot now to serve on the Walla Walla High School Senior Culminating project panel to hear the stories and accomplishments from the Class of 2020. This hands-on project provides seniors a formal opportunity to demonstrate in a variety of ways their learning competencies. Students will showcase their abilities to think analytically, logically and creatively. They will also feature the importance of work and how performance, effort and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities.
This is a graduation requirement. Volunteers will serve on a review panel to score the presentations.
• March 12
• March 19
• April 21
• April 22
Presentation Times: 3:15 to 7 p.m.
Location: Wa-Hi Library (dinner provided)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in serving on the Senior Project Panel or if you need additional information.
||We Are Wa-Hi – Planning Your Future
• Tuesday, Feb. 25
• 5 to 7 p.m.
• Wa-Hi gym
• Registration event for students and families of current 8th-11th grade students
Join us to register for classes for next year and to learn about the many opportunities and pathways available to students. This event features an academics/course fair, information sessions and clubs and sports fair. Childcare is provided.
||Walla2Hoops AAU basketball team wins Best of the West Tournament
Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club’s 5th grade boys basketball team, coached by Bryan Eggart, won the Best of the West Tournament in Hermiston, OR Jan. 25-26. The 5th graders finished the tournament 6-0 and defeated GTS of Meridian, ID 49-48 in the championship game. The W2Hoops 5th grade team has competed in 11 straight finals dating back to last season.
The 4th grade boys team advanced to the championship game and earned a berth to the State Championships in Spokane in March with its second place finish. There were five Walla2Hoops teams competing in the tournament representing 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7G that went 21-5 on the weekend.
“Our teams play hard every possession and compete to the end in every game,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “It was a great weekend for Walla2Hoops at the Best of the West Tournament as several of our teams won a lot of games and we came away with a state qualifier and a championship.”
5th Grade Boys: Head Coach Bryan Eggart / Assistant Coaches Travis McCauley, Eric Wood and Mark Higgins
4th Grade Boys: Head Coaches Kellen Clemens and Austin Roberson
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: email@example.com.
||Become a Soccer Referee
In a rare opportunity, the USSF Soccer Referee Association is bringing a referee training clinic to Walla Walla. They are hoping to train and certify more soccer referees in our Walla Walla Valley to support the local youth Walla Walla United Soccer Club (WWUSC) as there is a serious shortage of soccer referees in our community.
When: February 15, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Murr Field in Walla Walla
Cost: $85 – However upon completion of the course and reffing three WWUSC games this amount will be refunded to you.
Who: Anyone 14 years and older. Adults must pass a background check.
Pay Rate: Refs earn between $30-$60 per game
Additional Information: Training involves some online study materials and five hours of field training (the clinic)
Questions?: Contact Claudia Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Register online: http://www.wareferees.org/Registration/HowToBecomeAReferee.aspx
For more information about the Walla Walla United Soccer Club please visit: https://www.wwusc.com/
||Whitman Summer Institute Registration: Teaching and Learning in our School Gardens
Whitman College Science Outreach, in partnership with Walla Walla Valley Farm to School and the Sustainable Living Center, will be offering a 2020 Summer Institute open to Pre-K-12 teachers. This will be a 3-day workshop focused on the many ways to teach and learn in the garden. Two of our days will be spent digging into delightful aspects of science with Whitman professors. Our other day will be filled with knowledge from an expert Santa Cruz based LifeLab garden educator. We will balance our time between our inside lab spaces and the outside world, investigating the multitude of ways you can use your school gardens to connect with your curriculum.
June 23-25, 2020
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Lunch will be provided each day
STEM Clock hours available
Sign Up here!
Heidi Chapin, Science Outreach Coordinator, Whitman College
||City Parks & Rec Weekly Update
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Grades K-6 - $40 - $55
• NEW Blue Mountain Pre Tee ball League – Open to boys and girls ages 3 &4 (age as of 3/30/20) - $40
• Spring Softball Skills Clinic – Ages 7-14 – March 28 – $35 - Pitching and catching clinic - $15
• Blue Mountain Baseball League – Registration opens February 3 – Ages 12-16 - $75
• Mother/Son Superhero Bash – Ages 3 and up. Cost is $15. Saturday, February 8 at 6pm.
• Father/Daughter Ball (Space is limited) – Ages 3 and up. Cost is $15. Saturday, February 29 at 7pm.
• St Paddy’s Day Dash – March 15 at 10am. 5k & 10k for ages 10 & up - $25. NEW Leprechaun Lap (1k) at 9:30am for ages 10 & under $15.
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 9-18. Cost is $60. Saturdays 8:50 – 9:50 and 10am – 11am. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Saturdays 11:10 – 12:10. Equipment provided.
• Youth Art Class (taught in Spanish) for ages 5-13. Cost is $20. Mondays 5pm – 7:30pm.
• Ukulele Class Ages 16 and up. Cost is $65. Mondays 1:30-2:30pm or Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm.
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes – February prices Youth/Senior/Veteran $60 Adult $70 Family $150. Prices will increase on March 1.
• 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:
• Web: www.wwpr.us
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