2012 Back To School - Walla Walla Public Schools

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The Walla Walla School District serves more than 6,000 students throughout the city and county.

District boundaries determine what elementary and middle school a child attends, based on where a family resides. Parents who want to send their children to a different school may open-enroll during the district's registration and open-enrollment period in March.

District staff meet once a week for collaboration time during most of the school year. This is a time for teachers and administrators to gauge student performance and review curriculum. Students in K-12 grades leave school an hour early on Wednesdays to allow for collaboration time.

Walla Walla School Board

The board meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, in the district's board room at 364 S. Park St. Members are: Max Carrera, Jim Lehmann, Anne Golden, Cindy Meyer and Dan Hess.

Public preschool - Head Start/ECEAP

Director: Kerri Coffman

Info: 527-3066

The Head Start and Early Childhood Education Assistance Program offers public preschool primarily at Blue Ridge Elementary, with a smaller program at Green Park Elementary. Families who meet income eligibility guidelines and whose children will be 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31 are eligible. Classes are also available for children with special needs regardless of income. To apply, parents will need to provide the child's birth record, immunization record and proof of family income for the past 12 months.

Homelink and Walla Walla Homelink Virtual School

Principal: Connie Taylor-Randall

Lead teachers: Pam Clayton and Valerie Gentzler

Info: 527-3010

Enrollment: About 165 (including online option).

Children who are home-schooled can receive support from Walla Walla Public Schools through the Homelink program. Based out of Berney Elementary, the program offers curriculum and opens classes to students in kindergarten through eighth grades who mainly learn from home. The students maintain home-school status, but may attend two days of school a week in exchange for curriculum. Participation also requires putting together a student learning plan.

The Walla Walla Homelink Virtual School Program is a tuition-free online school that offers students in grades K-8 a chance to learn from home with support from the local district. Curriculum is provided by K12. Courses are aligned with state standards.

WWCC Running Start and AEP

High school students seeking alternatives to learning can participate in the Running Start of Alternative Education Program through Walla Walla Community College. Running Start is designed for juniors and seniors who are looking to earn college credits while also completing high school courses required to graduate.

The Alternative Education Program, or AEP, offers a path to earning a Walla Walla High School diploma that offers high school courses at the college, through scheduling that is more flexible for students who may have jobs, families or other obligations.

For more information on either program, contact High School Programs Director Kim Cassetto at 527-4324 or 527-4262.

Food Services - Meal prices

1174 Entley St.

527-3016

Director: Pam Milleson

Walla Walla Pubic Schools provides thousands of meals daily at all its schools through the National School Lunch Program.

Prices for meals are based on U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines and may change. Families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income. Applications will be sent home to all families and are also available through District offices.

Breakfast

  • Elementary: $1.25
  • Middle and high school: $1.30
  • Adults: $1.80
  • Reduced: Free

Lunch

  • Elementary: $2.35
  • Middle and high school: $2.60
  • Adults: $3.25
  • Reduced: Free for K-3rd grade students; 40 cents for 4th-12th graders.
  • Milk (all schools): 50 cents

District MSP/HSPE scores

Percent in district that met the state standards exam for 2010-11 school year:

Fourth grade

  • Reading: 62 percent
  • Writing: 57 percent
  • Math: 49 percent

Seventh grade

  • Reading: 49 percent
  • Writing: 67 percent
  • Math: 49 percent

10th grade

  • Reading: 75 percent
  • Writing: 80 percent
  • Science: 45 percent

End-of-Course Exams (all grades)

  • Math year 1: 65 percent
  • Math year 2: 70 percent

Wa-Hi athletics

Athletics Director: Don Wilkins

Athletic packets are available at the school's main office for students participating in fall sports. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in five classes and must have passed classes the previous semester. Current physicals are required, and physicals are good for two years.

Aug. 7 -- Fall sports registration from 5-6:30 p.m. for football, trainer, cheer and dance, volleyball, cross country, girls soccer and girls swimming. Registration will be held in the Wa-Hi Commons. Student ASB Card and sport fees can be purchased in the Wa-Hi office prior to registration.

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