Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 12, 2014

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School Board meeting Tuesday

- Tuesday, Sept. 16
- 6:30 p.m.
- 364 S. Park St.
- Meeting open to the public


Walla Walla school zone flashing signs to operate during peak travel periods
This fall, motorists will notice that the school zone flashers alerting them to the 20 mph speed limit will only be operating before school, during lunch and after school. In the past, school zone flashers operated from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This change was made by the City of Walla Walla following a recommendation from the district’s School Zone Safety Team.

“Our research revealed running flashers all day results in diminishing effectiveness,” said Ki Bealey, City of Walla Walla Public Works Director. “Also, solar powered school zone flashers are generally not suitable to operate nine hours a day, especially during the winter months.”

Several other cities and school districts around the state have adopted similar strategies. Targeting times for school zone flashing signs is also endorsed by the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission.

“The goal of this recommendation is to provide the greatest clarity to drivers and thereby attain the highest level of compliance at the most crucial travel periods for kids to and from school,” Bealey said.

Flashing Signs Operation Times - 20 mph Speed Limit:
• Flasher operation in the morning – 30 minutes prior to start (bell) until 10 minutes after start (bell)
• Flasher operation during lunch – 30 minutes prior to start of lunch until 10 minutes after lunch
• Flasher operation in the afternoon – 10 minutes prior to release until 30 minutes after release
(The same standards apply for early release times)

School Zone Signage
• If no flashing signs are present, then school zones shall be signed, “When Children are Present,” in accordance with WAC 46895335. The 20 mile per hour speed limit is in force under any of the following conditions:
1. School children are occupying or walking within the marked crosswalk
2. School children are waiting at the curb or the shoulder of the roadway by the marked crosswalk
3. School children are present walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or, in the absence of sidewalks, on the shoulder within the posted speed limit

• If flashing signs are present, then the school zones shall be signed, “When Flashing.”

Superintendent Bill Jordan discusses strategic goals in new Pulse video

The September Pulse video is now posted on the district website -- www.wwps.org. Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan reminds motorists to slow down in school zones, reviews the district’s strategic plan goals and outlines his process for administrative support.


SEA-TECH Skills Center Public Dedication

- Thursday, Sept. 18
- 9:30 to 10 a.m. (Program)
- 10 to 11 a.m. (Tours)
- SEA-TECH Skills Center (525 Campus Loop -- WWCC)
- Event open to the public


Walla Walla Public Schools and Shakespeare Walla Walla  present "Fiestas Patrias" concert

Walla Walla Public Schools and Shakespeare Walla Walla are collaborating to present a “Fiestas Patrias” benefit concert on Saturday, September 20, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Gesa Power House Theatre. Proceeds ($10 Admission) will benefit the Shakespeare Walla Walla education program and the Walla Walla School District’s Ballet Folklorico, an after school program for students at Garrison Middle School and Pioneer Middle School.

Tri-Cities band Fino, featuring Garrison Middle School Principal Robert Elizondo, will headline the event. Other performers will include Salvador Hernandez, Laura Angulo e Hijas, Walla Walla Ballet Folklorico, Nidia Coria, Armando Rubio, and Gerardo Solis "El Buki".

“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and support for the district’s Ballet Folklorico program,” says District Equity and Access Coordinator Sergio Hernandez. “We’re enthusiastic about giving the kids the opportunity to participate in an exciting community activity.”

Fiestas Patrias is a collective name for the independence days of eight Latin American countries which celebrate between September 15 and 21: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.

This is the first of two collaborations between Walla Walla Public Schools and Shakespeare Walla Walla. In October, these two organizations, along with Whitman College, ArtWalla, and other local businesses and community partners, will organize the Second Annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival, a two-day community festival, on October 24 and 25. Last year's festival drew more than 1500 attendees.

For the latest information on these and other events visit: www.shakespearewallawalla.org or www.phtww.com.



Take a stance against bullying!

• Report all instances: Forms - www.wwps.org
• LiveTip Alert Tipline: 1-866.LIVE.TIP ext. 570


Public invited to learn more about Common Core aligned assessments through online review

Common Core standards and the assessments aligned to test student learning have received a lot of attention in recent months. Walla Walla community members have an opportunity to learn about the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium and the Common Core Standards as part of an online panel.

Participants may select a time convenient for their schedule during the open window period of October 6-17. Panelists can complete the activity at any time during the two-day window they selected, in one sitting or in multiple sittings. All registrations must be submitted by September 19, 2014.

This unique opportunity will allow thousands of K-12 educators, higher education faculty, parents, and other interested parties to participate virtually in recommending a score for grade-level proficiency. This activity will also provide input and ensure that the results from these Common Core-aligned assessments are based on challenging, yet fair expectations for students.

Participating in the Online Panel will take up to three hours to complete an orientation, review test questions, and recommend a score. The Online Panel requires the use of a personal or office computer or tablet.

Registration Instructions:
- Log on the Smarter Balanced home page at www.smarterbalanced.org
- Click on the Register Now – Online Panel October 6-17, 2014
- Follow the registration instructions and complete the online sign-up form

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Casey Monahan in the WWPS Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department:
- cmonahan@wwps.org
- 509.526.6783


School Stories
Link Crew Ice Cream social helps freshmen bond with classmates 

Wa-Hi's Link Crew is sponsoring an Ice Cream Social on Friday, September 12 for Freshmen in the Wa-Hi Commons. Freshmen are invited to attend after 6th or 7th period, depending on their last class, so they do not miss any instructional time. This is a great way for Link Crew leaders to connect with their Freshmen and check-in with them. This school year, the Link Crew Commissioners met in August to begin organizing Link Crew events including Freshmen Orientation and created a Mission Statement: "To guide freshmen in the transition to becoming Blue Devils and to create a happy, healthy Wa-Hi.

"The ice cream social is part of this mission and an important part of the Link Crew program,” said Kayla Crain, a Wa-Hi Senior and Link Crew leader and commissioner. “The ice cream social gives us time to bond with our Freshmen outside of class. Freshmen feel rewarded for being Freshmen and that helps build relationships that they are comfortable with here at Wa-Hi.”


Area fitness expert organizes tennis shoe drive

Stevie Johnson of “To Your Health Nutrition” organized a shoe drive to provide tennis shoes for students in need. The shoe drive netted 30 pairs of shoes. Johnson’s sons Jackson (5th grade at Prospect Point) and Graham (2nd grade at Prospect Point) helped her deliver the shoes.

Johnson is a fitness expert. She said she feels it’s important to give back to the community and she said she couldn’t think of a better way than donating tennis shoes to students to help them stay fit and active.


Walla Walla High School plans PINK events to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research

The Walla Walla High School Volleyball program is sponsoring DIG PINK the week of October 3 to 9. This year multiple athletic teams will be supporting PINK, and hosting events to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Kicking off the week, football, cheer and volleyball will host a PINK bake sale at the home football game, October 3 as the Blue Devils take on the Richland Bombers. Next, on Wednesday, October 8, Garrison and Pioneer volleyball will be wearing PINK as they take a stand against cancer. Games begin at 4 p.m. at both Garrison and Pioneer.

Finally, on Thursday, October 9, the Blue Devil Volleyball team takes on the Chiawana Riverhawks. Freshman, C and Junior Varsity teams play at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue Devil varsity begin at 7 p.m. PINK items such as beads, pins, pom poms and more will be sold at the game. There will also be a raffle and other fun prizes to win. Help the girls pack the gym in PINK. All proceeds will go to Providence St. Mary Medical Center Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund.

The volleyball teams are selling PINK "I can fight cancer" shirts. These can be purchased from your favorite volleyball player, from any school office and from the Walla Walla School District website, through the ONLINE PAYMENTS link. Shirts are $10.


Walla Walla High School and Washington State University GEAR UP host College and Technical School Fair

Walla Walla High School and WSU GEAR UP are hosting local and regional college representatives from community colleges, universities and technical colleges Tuesday, Sept. 30. Representatives will be meeting with students during their school day (7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) talking about their own admission policies, scholarships and attendance cost, along with answering specific questions from students. The fair will also feature an open session where families, parents and community members are encouraged to attend and bring their questions. The open session is after school from 2:30-4 p.m.. All activities for the day will take place at the Walla Walla High School ‘small gym’ located at 800 Abbott Rd in Walla Walla.

Washington State University GEAR UP, which is located on campus at Walla Walla High School, involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.

For more information contact Claircy Clizer in the Walla Walla High School Career Center, cclizer@wwps.org.


Washington State penitentiary employees donate school supplies
Thanks so much to the employees of the Washington State Penitentiary for donating school supplies to Walla Walla children. This week they donated boxes of supplies for students in need. The supplies are delivered to district schools for distribution. We appreciate this generous donation.

2014 Open Houses and Welcome Back Socials (remaining dates)

Berney Elementary: September 24
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Preschool: September 25
- 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary: September 18
- 5:30 p.m. (potluck dinner for parents, staff and students)
- 6 to 7 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary (Curriculum Night): September 18
- 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Welcome Back to School Night: September 18
6:40-8 p.m.

Garrison Middle School: September 23
- 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School: September 15
- 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Walla Walla High School: September 22
- 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Wa-Hi Football on ESPN radio 1490 AM

- Listen to all the exciting Wa-Hi football action on ESPN radio - 1490 AM
- Tonight Wa-Hi plays Davis in Yakima. Pregame is at 6:30 p.m. with the kick-off at 7 p.m.


Community Stories
City Parks and Recreation Fall Program guide coming soon
View and register for new Parks and Recreation programs starting  Monday, September 15.  To view programs, please go to www.wwpr.usor visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/wallawallapr
Carnegie Picture Lab seeks volunteers to work with area students

Kids love art! Do you? Become a Carnegie Picture Lab volunteer and bring art history and art creation lessons to Walla Walla Public School elementary students. This year's artists include Georgia O'Keeffe, Diego Rivera and Vincent Van Gogh. You choose your time commitment -- volunteer opportunities include: teaching in the classroom, helping with events, chaperoning field trips and much more.

Fall Volunteer Training dates:
- Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 18 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
- Carnege Picture Lab Studio at 55 E. Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.

For more information, visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com, or visit us on Facebook


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