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Walla Walla School District Placed on the College Board's 8th Annual AP(R) District Honor Roll - 12/06/17

447 School Districts Across the U.S. and Canada are Honored for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 8th Annual AP(R) District Honor Roll. To be included on the 8th Annual Honor Roll, Walla Walla Public Schools had to, since 2015, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. Reaching these goals shows Walla Walla Public Schools is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.

"Walla Walla Public Schools is able to offer a robust Advanced Placement program thanks to our community's overwhelming support of our local levy," said Superintendent Wade Smith. "Students who take Advanced Placement courses demonstrate they have the skill level to take the most rigorous courses the high school has to offer."

National data from 2017 shows that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access. Courses must be made available, gatekeeping must stop, and doors must be equitably opened. Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

"Congratulations to all the educators and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed in AP," said Trevor Packer, head of AP and Instruction. "These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed."

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:
* Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts; Walla Walla High School increased student participation by 51 students from 2015 to 2017.
* Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
* Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher. Wa-Hi students scoring 3 or higher jumped by 25 students from 2015 to 2017.

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Walla Walla and Prescott High School students receive Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month awards (Photo) - 11/28/17

WALLA WALLA - Congratulations to Prescott High School seniors Katie Sanchez Gutierrez and Jocelyn Granados and Walla Walla High School seniors Estela Gonzalez and Alexander Johanson for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards this month. These students will also be eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship. 2017-18 Youth of the Month Theme: "Strengthening America through socially responsible communities."

Mark Higgins is the program coordinator.

Prescott High School senior Katie Sanchez Gutierrez is also attending Running Start at Walla Walla Community College. She will graduate this spring with an Associate Degree in Arts from WWCC. She is the oldest of four children and lives at Vista Hermosa. She volunteers as a mentor for middle school girls through the Mariposa program. She will be the first in her family to pursue higher education.

Prescott High School senior Jocelyn Granados maintains a 3.87 GPA and has been an honor roll student throughout high school. She is involved in the FFA program and a member of the Knowledge Bowl team. She is an active volunteer for the local food bank and is involved with service projects at Vista Hermosa. She plans to attend Whitworth University and major in neuroscience.

Walla Walla High School senior Estela Gonzalez maintains a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in the La Cima Bilingual Leadership Camp and is a member of Latino Club. Estela mentors freshmen in the Link Crew program and is a GEAR UP Ambassador and AVID tutor. She plays soccer and participates in track and field. She also enjoys Folklorico dancing. She plans to attend college next fall.

Walla Walla High School senior Alexander Johanson maintains a 3.82 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is active in Boys Federation, Key Club and Knowledge Bowl. Alex participates in cross country and golf. He plans to attend Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, next fall.

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Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: November 21, 2017 - 11/17/17

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Regular Business Meeting: November 21, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 18, 2017 - 11/15/17

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 18, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 17, 2017 - 11/15/17

Walla Walla School District Board of Directors Special Meeting: November 17, 2017

Supporting documents are available via the following link: https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicHome.aspx?ak=1001835

WAHI Music Students Selected for All-State Honor Groups - 11/14/17

WA-HI Students chosen to Perform at All-State
Congratulations to these WA-HI Music Students selected to perform at the 2018 Washington Music Educators All-State Honor Groups next February in Yakima:

WA-HI Band
Keeli McKern -- Clarinet -- All-State Wind Ensemble
Nate Miller -- Trumpet -- All- State Jazz Band
Tommy Kaminsky -- Flute -- All-State Concert Band

WA-Hi Orchestra
Bryson Jacob -- Violin -- All-State Symphonic Orchestra

WA-HI Choir
All-State Symphonic Choir
Peter Hoffman
Hannah Peha

All-State Treble Choir
Caroline Blethen


Way to go Wa-Hi students!!