I am a past, present and future parent of Walla Walla High School students.
Wa-Hi students start behind in college science.
My college daughter took several AP science classes from excellent teachers while at the Wa-Hi. She got to her first college science class where she found she was completely lacking in lab experience in comparison to her peers.
I’ve not encouraged our current Wa-Hi student to take biology or chemistry because I believe these subjects are truly based on sound lab experiences, which aren’t available at Wa-Hi.
This is discouraging because I believe we have outstanding educators for these subjects. My eighth-grader is about to move up to Wa-Hi and, once again, we are discussing the best approach to her science education given the restraints at Wa-Hi due to essentially absent lab facilities.
We have spent a good deal of our own time providing outside science education for our children because essential lab experiments are not available at Wa-Hi.
The science department is staffed with talented and creative educators. We see this every day in what they are able to do for our kids with acutely limited resources. We live in an age of increasing technology and the ever growing need for our students to have hands-on skills to solve tomorrow’s complicated problems in medicine, engineering and environmental issues.
Our brightest science students are not leaving Wa-Hi with the experience needed to be ready for demanding science courses in college, while other students simply leave without a basic understanding of how laboratory science fits into their daily lives. Some students only become excited and engaged in science because they love the labs. We completely lose these students in the current facilities.
This proposed bond is smaller, it is focused on the greatest need, it is part of a phased-in approach to improve the facilities. It is what the community has been asking for.
Ask yourself, “Do I want to have well-trained medical professionals, engineers, architects or the chemists who find the next promising drug that saves lives in the future? Will I ever need one of these people to make my life better?”
If your answer is “Yes,” then you have to support their education with all the necessary tools from the minute they walk into a Wa-Hi science class. Please support this important bond, which will then support the highest level of science education for our students.