Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 28, 2020

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District Provides Information to Families Regarding Coronavirus

As global attention continues to rise regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Walla Walla Public Schools wanted to share its preparedness, prevention and information plans with students, staff, and families. Although the Washington State Department of Health confirms that there is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading in Washington at this time, and that the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is considered to be low, the district believes that proactive communication and community education is warranted.

The Department of Health advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:
• Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
• Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
• If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
• Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
• Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional handwashing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.

In addition, the district’s custodial and maintenance programs continue to emphasize and implement best practices cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods.
District officials convened with Walla Walla County Health Officials this week to review safety response plans should COVID-19 arise locally. If this were to occur, the district’s emergency response plan includes following the direction and guidance of local and state health officials and will immediately communicate our response plan with parents and the greater community. Needless to say, we are blessed to have an outstanding county health department and local health partners who are well poised and prepared should COVID-19 cases be detected in our region.

More information about COVID-19 can be accessed at the links below, by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127, or our local Walla Walla Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650.
Washington State Department of Health

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Conceptual designs featured in new Pioneer Bond project video

Click HERE to watch a brief video on the Pioneer MS bond project. Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith discusses the project timeline and steps being taken to ensure safety and program support during construction. The video also features conceptual drawings of this exciting project which is set to break ground this fall.

Visit the Bond Webpage on the district’s website to learn more about this project:


Mentoring in district elementary schools strengthened by community engagement with Friends of Children of Walla Walla and Whitman College

Walla Walla Public Schools elementary students who would benefit from having a college student mentor consistently come to their schools to have lunch and play during recess will have greater access to this opportunity thanks to a newly signed mutual agreement between Whitman College, Friends of Children of Walla Walla and the school district. Beginning next fall, 20 to 25 elementary students will be identified from all five schools to be part of the new Whitman Friends Program. The Whitman College Student Engagement Center will streamline recruitment, training, background screening and nomination processes to ensure a safe and efficient system. This program pairs student volunteers who serve as positive role models with local elementary students who need additional social and emotional support. All of the engagements occur at school during regular school hours.

“This agreement aims to ensure program sustainability for this critical outreach program,” said Susan Prudente, Assistant Director of Community Engagement. “Children participating in this program are more likely to develop greater resilience and experience more academic and social progress.”


School Board meeting Tuesday

Tuesday, March 3
5:30 p.m. - Regular Study Meeting - open to the public
Location: Walla Walla Public Schools District Office (364 S. Park St.)


School Stories
Winter Sports Mid-Columbia Conference All Conference selections

Boys Basketball
Michael Cornia, First Team, Forward; Defensive Team, Forward
Dylan Ashbeck, Second Team, Guard

Girls Basketball
Rian Clear, First Team, Forward
Emmalynn Ogden, Defensive Team, Forward

Boys Swim
Nancy Rose, Coach of the Year
Collin Gabriel, 1st team, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly
Brennan Creason, 1st team, 100 breaststroke.

Boys Wrestling
Jake Humphrey, Second Team, 106lbs

Girls Wrestling
Annelise Whitaker, First Team, 140lbs
Nayeli Flores, Second Team, 100lbs


Kindergarten Dual Language Program Informational Nights

Families interested in having their child learn English and Spanish are encouraged to attend one of the district’s Kindergarten Dual Language Program Informational Nights. This is a great opportunity to learn about the application process and ask questions.

Meeting Date Options:
Monday, March 2
• Green Park Elementary (1105 E. Isaacs Ave)
• 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
• Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder St)
• 6 to 7 p.m.

Information: Contact Marilyn Melgoza at 509.526.6784 or mmelgoza@wwps.org


FFA Alumni Dinner

• 6th Annual Pot of Blue and Gold presented by the FFA alumni
• Saturday, March 21, doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m.
• Community Center at the Fairgrounds
• Catered dinner and auction, live music by the Froghollow band starting around 8 p.m.
• Tickets $30 each
• To purchase tickets, visit this website: http://wallawallaffaalumni.weebly.com/tickets.html
• Information: Contact Staci Humphreys - (509) 386-3484


Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup

• Wednesday, April 1
• 6 to 7:30 p.m.
• Walla Walla Fairgrounds
• Pick up the 2020 Kindergarten registration packet
• Learn about Early Learning options and resources
• Meet principals and teachers
• Visit community and school informational booths
• Information: Call Pam Clayton - 509.526.6785 or pclayton@wwps.org


Community Stories
Walla2Hoops Tournament of Hoops brings in players from throughout the region

Walla2Hoops AAU Basketball Club held its 2nd Annual Tournament of Hoops Feb. 22-23 featuring 84 teams, including 17 from Walla Walla and College Place and 67 from throughout the region. A total of 144 local boys and girls grades 3-8 competed in the tournament which logged 195 games over the two days.

“We had teams from Tonasket and Enterprise make the trek all the way to Walla Walla to play in our only local AAU basketball tournament,” said Walla2Hoops Club President Matthew Price-Huntington. “The feedback we heard from our guests was terrific as everyone we talked to loved coming to the Walla Walla valley.”

The Walla2Hoops 5th grade boys team, coached by Bryan Eggart, was the only local team to win a championship. The 5th graders finished the tournament 4-0 and defeated the Yakima Warriors 34-29 in the championship game. The Tournament of Hoops marks the end of the season for many of the Walla2Hoops teams, but five will advance to the State Championships in Spokane March 13-15.

“It was a great weekend for Walla Walla basketball and exciting action for the fans as 12,863 points were scored,” said Price-Huntington. “We appreciate the community support helping make our tournament a huge success. We plan to continue investing in the skill development of our players and support their love for the game of basketball.”

Division Winners and 2nd place finishers:
• 4B: Champion: 509 Ballerz; 2nd Place: W2 Warriors coached by Kellen Clemens & Austin Roberson
• 4G: Champion: Hermiston Fierce; 2nd Place: W2Hoops coached by Luis Ocanaz
• 5B: Champion: W2Hoops Rebels coached by Bryan Eggart; 2nd Place: Yakima Warriors
• 5G: Champion: Yakima Wildcats; 2nd Place: Grandview Hounds
• 6B: Champion: TCB 6.0; 2nd Place: Generals Basketball
• 6G: Champion: Hermiston Hustlers; 2nd Place: Selah Vikings
• 7B: Champion: Hermiston Heat; 2nd Place: Hanford Flight
• 7G: Champion: Little Bantams; 2nd Place: W2Hoops Blues coached by Bryan Eggart
• 8B: Champion: North Idaho Elite; 2nd Place: AC Tarheels
• 8G: Champion: Kennewick Crush Black; 2nd Place: Warden


Walla Walla’s Got Talent auditions

Help support this fundraiser for Walla Walla Child Advocates by competing in Walla Walla’s Got Talent. Auditions are  Saturday March 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cordiner Hall. The event is April 11 and is hosted by Kappa Alpha Theta of Whitman College. Contact Phyllis Pawa for additional information: 617-388-4830 | pawapb@whitman.edu


Behavior Health Town Hall Meeting

The Walla Walla County Behavioral Health Council will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on March 2 to discuss priorities related to the one-tenth of one percent (.001) sales tax that provides funding for local behavioral health services in Walla Walla County.

There will be an opportunity to review data, ask questions and weigh in on the top three priorities being considered for future behavioral health funding. If you have any questions, please contact Walla Walla County Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650 or email Nikki Sharp or Peggy Needham.
Poll Everywhere Link will be activated the night of the Town Hall Meeting: Poll Everywhere Link
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/walla-walla-county-behavioral-health-council-town-hall-meeting-tickets-94877357731


City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• 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. Shirts included.
• Spring Softball Skills Clinic (in partnership with Blue Devil Softball) – Ages 7-14 – March 28 – $35 - Pitching and catching clinic - $15
• Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Grades K-6 - $40 - $55
• Blue Mountain Baseball League – Ages 12-16 - $75
• Adult Soccer League Ages 16 and up. Cost is $400 per team.
• NEW Blue Mountain Pre Tee Ball League – Open to boys and girls ages 3 &4 (age as of 3/30/20) - $40
• 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.
• 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. For information contact the Parks & Recreation office at 509-527-4527.

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to:
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