Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 22, 2020

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Celebrating the Class of 2020 – Commencement details set

Walla Walla Public Schools salutes seniors from the Class of 2020 who have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 school campus closure. Graduation ceremonies, spring sports, musicals and end-of-year activities often serve as capstone experiences for seniors and their families. Although these seniors will miss out on some of these rich opportunities, we want them to know how much they are appreciated!

Walla Walla Public Schools has finalized plans for Class of 2020 commencement ceremonies impacted by the COVID-19 campus closures.

Walla Walla High School
Virtual Video Ceremony
• Friday, June 5, 7 p.m.
• WWPS Facebook & Spectrum cable channel 191. Special thanks to the City of Walla Walla for allowing us use of their cable channel.

Drive-Through Diplomas and Photos
• Friday Afternoon, June 5]
• Wa-Hi - Students have a socially distanced option of a drive-through diploma pickup and photo the day of graduation.

Family Drive-In Showing
• Tues & Wed June 9-10, 8:45 p.m.
• M-F Drive-In Theater - Private showing of the commencement video for students and families.

Lincoln High School
• Thursday, June 4, dusk
• M-F Drive-In Theater - Private event for students and families.

Opportunity Program
• Friday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
• Virtual (video link on wwps.org)


Memorial Day Holiday Schedule

Monday, May 25 is the Memorial Day Holiday. There is no school, no meal service, no childcare and no elementary learning packet pick up. Monday’s meal will be provided during the Friday, May 22 meal pick up. Distance Learning, meal services and childcare resume Tuesday, May 26. Have a safe Memorial Day Holiday. 


New Social Studies curriculum aligned to state standards

Tuesday night school board members unanimously adopted new social studies materials for grades 6-12. The approved materials are aligned with the state’s newly adopted standards and helps ensure students and teachers have access to the best materials to meet these standards, according to Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christry Krutulis. The process for adopting materials started in the Spring of 2019 and included the identification of WWPS essential social studies standards and a narrowing of materials to pilot to two sets. District teachers unanimously recommended Gibbs Smith materials for Washington State History and McGraw Hill materials for all other classes.

“Teachers were in the middle of piloting materials when schools closed. Their commitment to finishing the pilot and making a final recommendation while moving their instruction online was impressive,” said Krutulis.


May 2020 Bond Program Update

Walla Walla High School
• Jackson Contractor Group’s framers completed the majority of the framing of the interior walls and ceilings in the new Science Building.
• Insulation was installed on the interior walls.
• Electrical & mechanical systems largely completed.
• The interior walls had drywall finishes installed and the exterior fascia was completed.
• The infrastructure package was started with new sewer lines being installed.
• New electrical service trenches were dug, the conduit was installed and trenches were backfilled.
• The design team and contractor successfully worked through several on-site issues arising from old sewer/water/irrigation piping being abandoned in place and not having been recorded.

Pioneer Middle School
• The Temporary Modular and Temporary Multipurpose projects were put out to bid to several contractors on the district’s small works roster and bids were accepted April 30. Both were local Walla Walla firms (Nelson and Royce)
• Architects West and their design team continued working towards a permit set of construction documents.

Blue Ridge Elementary
• Wellens General Contractors (formerly Wellens Farwell) and local subcontractor Allan Key completed removing the dirt and insulation from the roof.
• Wine Country(roofer) mobilized on site. They prepared and cleaned the existing roof and began to install the new insulation.

COVID-19 Update
• Throughout April, Wenaha Group and the school district worked with our construction and design partners to ensure health and safety of all while continuing to perform essential work as responsible custodians of public funds. At every interval the team met or exceeded governmental requirements for health and safety.
• The team is dedicated to continually evaluate the situation and balance work and health requirements.


Personnel Report (from May 19, 2020 school board meeting)

EMPLOYMENT
Administrative: Samantha Bowen, Director of Early Learning and Family Engagement, Walla Walla Center for Children and Families (WWCCF)

Certificated:
Gonzalo Fernandez Pinillos, Spanish, Garrison Middle School
Anthony Marrero, JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Walla Walla High School
Jose Maya De Jesus, Fourth Grade Dual, Green Park Elementary School
Marilyn Melgoza, Student Equity and Engagement Specialist, District Office/Walla Walla High School
Samuel Mirkovich, Art, Garrison Middle School

RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT/NON-RENEWAL
Certificated: Brittany Anderson, English, Walla Walla High School, 3 years

Classified: Deborah Douglas, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary School, 23 years
Elizabeth Osborn, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary School, 3 years



Applications now being accepted for early learning programs

Are you looking for a high-quality early learning program for your preschool age child? Walla Walla Public Schools is now accepting applications for the early learning programs located at the new Walla Walla Center for Children & Families. If your child will be 3 or 4 years old by August 31, they may qualify for FREE preschool.
For more information call 509-526-1774 or visit www.wwps.org/ccf


Kindergarten sign ups and registration for families new to district now open

Registration for kindergarten, families new to Walla Walla Public Schools, and Open Enrollment for students who reside outside of our school district is underway. This year the process is online. The registration link is located on the district’s home webpage – www.wwps.org.

If you are unable to register online, please contact the district office or your child’s attendance area school for a paper registration form. Forms are available in Spanish and English. If you are registering a kindergarten student, and are interested in dual programming, please contact the Equity and Dual Programs department at 509-526-6784.

If you are a current K-4 parent whose child is open enrolled within the district, you should have received an open enrollment form in the Monday, May 4 learning packet. If you have a current fifth grader you want to open enroll for middle school, you should have received the open enrollment form in the Monday, April 20 learning packet. If you did not receive a form in the learning packet, please contact your child’s current school.


Elementary/Preschool Learning Packet Pick-up Schedule

7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Every Monday (except holidays)

Monday, May 25 (Holiday, No Pickup on the 25th)
Monday, June 1
Monday, June 8
Monday, June 15 (Technology drop off for 3rd-5th who checked out Chromebooks and internet Hot Spots)
Friday, June 19 is the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year.

Supplementary Educational Resources for 3rd-5th
In addition to the weekly learning packet, WWPS is offering 3rd-5th grade students optional supplementary learning for families that can be accomplished online (e.g. i-Ready and other online resources many students are already familiar with). The district has announced additional Chromebook and hot spot connectivity deployments for students in grades 3-5 who lack access at home. This supplementary component will not modify the individualized learning packets for all elementary school students every Monday, but ensures all students have the ability to explore additional optional learning resources during the extended campus closure.

We have updated each school’s Google landing page so that students and parents have easy access to district-reviewed and approved supplementary resources (e.g. iReady, OSPI’s list of online learning sites, and other vetted online learning opportunities). Again, these online resources are optional for students/families who wish additional learning/experience above the work provided and returned every Monday. It is important to point out that the learning packet process is the only method that guarantees equity, access, feedback, specialist involvement, and ability to provide supplemental materials and other individualized resourcing.

From your own personal computer:
Click Here https://sites.google.com/a/wwps.org/staff/ to log into our District’s Google landing page and select the appropriate school.

From a district-issued Chromebook:
Power up the device and log in using the unique username and password (supplied to you).
For technical support click here. https://www.wwps.org/distancelearning/technical-support


Meals available to all students

Walla Walla Public Schools offers free meals to all children age 1-18, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The daily meals include a USDA approved sack lunch and breakfast for each child. Pick up meals at whichever site is most convenient. Parents may also pick up meals for their students without students being present. Delivery services will be available on a case-by-case basis as needed.

Meal Service Pick Up Locations
• Sharpstein Elementary (Howard St side)
• Blue Ridge Elementary (South side entrance – back of school)
• Garrison Middle School (front of school)
• Prospect Point Elementary (near bus loop along Howard)
• Berney Elementary (near staff parking along School Ave)
• Edison Elementary (front of school)
• Green Park Elementary (near gym entrance)
• Lincoln (4th St side)
• Vista Terrace Park
• Washington Park
• Veteran’s Memorial Park

Meal Service and Delivery Questions:
Pamela Milleson, Nutrition Services Director
(509) 527-3016 / pmilleson@wwps.org


School Stories
SEATech registration now open

Registration for SEATech’s award winning programs is now underway and spots are going quickly. Don’t wait. Sign up today and secure your seat and watch your skills and career opportunities grow.

Programs:
- Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology
- Audio & Video Production
- Construction Technology
- Criminal Justice
- Health Sciences (Pre-Nursing)

“Our instructors are committed to providing the best learning experience possible, regardless of what phase of re-opening we are in when school kicks off in the fall of 2020,” said SEATech Director Jerry Maher.

Students in partner schools and districts (College Place, Dayton, Prescott, Touchet, Waitsburg, Walla Walla Public Schools) are using our online form to hold a spot. If you’re a current sophomore or junior and interested in signing up for one of the following programs for the 2020-21 school year, click here: https://myseatech.org/enroll

For more information, please feel free to visit myseatech.org or call 509.526.2000.


Community Stories
American Association of University Women-Walla Walla Branch awards six $2500 scholarships

The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch awarded six $2500 scholarships to women this spring. They include: Erica Burmood, Lindsay Tebeck, Esmerelda Reynoso, Michelle Brooks, Cynthia Montalvo and Nicole Hamada.

AAUW’s branch scholarship is awarded to women who are attending college or university and who experienced an interruption during their education. The STEM Horizons scholarship--awarded to Montalvo and Hamada this spring--is given to women who are declared STEM majors.

AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. The Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921, and we currently have 219 members. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

AAUW Walla Walla branch scholarships chairperson Michelle Higgins said, “we’re excited to help these college students pursue their educational goals and relieve some of the financial burdens that women experience on top of their worries as first-generation students, single-moms, parents, caregivers, current employees or countless other roles and responsibilities that they’re dealing with while taking classes at colleges and universities. Support for women helps them obtain their degrees and have less education debt as they begin their careers. Our branch devotes countless hours to raising money for these scholarships through fundraisers like the annual Kitchen Tour in October and the AAUW Book Sale in February. We’re fortunate to live in a wonderful and supportive community like Walla Walla.”

Science at Home through Science Outreach
Whitman College Science Outreach program coordinator Heidi Chapin announces the release of a new website resource called “Science at Home.” Whitman students are helping support the website by creating quick science experiments that can be done with things you can find around the house. These short fun experiment videos can be found here in the site’s new video gallery: https://www.whitman.edu/academics/community-outreach/science-outreach/science-at-home

“Our goal of Science at Home is to promote science education in our local community through hands-on experiences created to inspire,” said Chapin. “By investigating the world through inquiry and exploration, our experiments are designed to encourage outside the box thinking and scientific discovery.”

New content is added each week, including content specific videos like Meet a Snake (coming soon) with the goal of sharing some of the great resources usually shared through science night, classroom programs and field trips to Whitman Hall of Science.


Science at Home through Science Outreach 

Whitman College Science Outreach program coordinator Heidi Chapin announces the release of a new website resource called "Science at Home." Whitman students are helping support the website by creating quick science experiments that can be done with things you can find around the house. These short fun experiment videos can be found here in the site’s new video gallery: https://www.whitman.edu/academics/community-outreach/science-outreach/science-at-home

“Our goal of Science at Home is to promote science education in our local community through hands-on experiences created to inspire,” said Chapin. “By investigating the world through inquiry and exploration, our experiments are designed to encourage outside the box thinking and scientific discovery.”

New content is added each week, including content specific videos like Meet a Snake (coming soon) with the goal of sharing some of the great resources usually shared through science night, classroom programs and field trips to Whitman Hall of Science.

City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation update

All Walla Walla Parks & Recreation programs and facility reservations are cancelled or delayed through May 31. If possible, it is our intention to resume the following programs when health authorities advise it is safe to do so; Blue Mountain Girls Softball, Blue Mtn Pre-Tee ball, Blue Mountain Baseball League, Warrior Soccer Academy, Adult Co-ed Soccer. The Parks and Recreation office and Carnegie, including the Pottery Studio, are closed to the public.

Please visit our website at www.wwpr.us for updated information regarding recreation programs as it becomes available. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 509-527-4527.

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