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

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District Stories
Winter Break Holiday Schedule

- No School Dec. 22 to Jan. 2
- Classes resume Monday, Jan. 5

School Board work session and regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16

- 5:30 p.m.: Public Work Session - School board will discuss goals for 2015
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular school board meeting
- Meeting agenda and supporting materials available online prior to the meeting
- Both meetings open to the public
- Meeting location: 364 S. Park St. (Board Room)

Walla Walla High School student to support district communications 

Walla Walla High School Junior Tyler Morrison will be volunteering as an intern in the district’s Communications Department. Morrison will be supporting school websites and social media pages. He is an excellent writer, photographer and videographer, according to Communications Director Mark Higgins. Tyler's mother Stacy is a first grade teacher at Berney.

“Tyler is a talented and dedicated young man with a bright future in the field of Communications,” said Higgins. “He will be a tremendous asset to our district.”

School Stories
Whitman Science Outreach program makes learning science fun

Sharpstein Elementary had a fabulous Science Night Dec. 4 thanks to a collaborative project with Whitman College. Whitman College is partnering with the local elementary schools to encourage the exploration of science. Each school has scheduled a Family Science Night where there are many fun filled science lessons to investigate.

“From floating a paper clip on water to designing and building a tower, we are having fun with science,” said Whitman Science Outreach Coordinator Heidi Chapin. “We are making ice cream, doing chemistry experiments, making fossils and exploring the properties of water.”
Below is the remaining schedule for the year:
January 13 - Edison
January 29 - Prospect Point
March 4 - Davis
March 10 - Green Park
April 16 - Blue Ridge

Proceeds from Prospect Point Used Book Sale to support ailing educator

- Tuesday, December 16: 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, December 17: 8 to 8:30 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
- Location: Prospect Point School (Portable behind the office building)
- Used Book Sale is open to the public

Prospect Point Elementary is planning a used book sale to raise funds for school para-educator Tracy Longmire who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently in the process of treatment. All of the hundreds of books will be $2 and under.

“Please bring a bag or two to carry home some great reading materials as we support Mrs. Longmire,” said Volunteer Organizer Kara Schulke. “All proceeds collected from this sale will be donated to the Longmire Family to help alleviate financial strains as she goes through this journey to get well.”

“To Your Health Nutrition” donates coats to students in need

Stevie Johnson of “To Your Health Nutrition” followed up on her fall shoe drive with a coat drive for students in need. Johnson delivered several coats and sweat shirts to the district recently for distribution to students. Her fall shoe drive netted 30 pairs of shoes. Johnson is a fitness and health expert. She said she didn’t want to see kids cold as we enter the winter season. Her goal is to make sure all students have a warm coat so they can stay active even if the weather outside is cool. 

Annual Lincoln Art Show showcases student talent
Lincoln High School held its annual Art Show Thursday evening. Students from Career and Technical Education Art, Art, and Pottery classes displayed and sold their artwork. Music was performed by the Lift Choir, as well as individual student musicians. Thanks to Lincoln High School Art Teacher Jayne Eacker for organizing the event. Former teacher Jessie Briones donated Mexican Food from Las Chiquillas to add to the festivities.
The Moms Network session trains Head Start preschool moms the art of couponing

The Moms Network organized a morning Moms Group at Head Start this week as part of their ongoing series. The agenda included a presentation on couponing. . Each of the 10 preschool moms in attendance received a coupon organizer, scissors, calculator, notepad and pen.

“The discussion was outstanding and we included meal planning, using WIC/Food stamps, and budgeting,” said Beth Swanson, The Moms Network founder. “It was a very empowering day and I am very grateful of the partnership between HS and TMN.”

Former Digital Media Technology students to work with SEA-TECH students

Digital Media Technology instructor Dennis DeBroeck is planning “Week of Code” next week to help students to learn about processes and basic computer coding. DeBroeck’s “Week of Code” is linked to the global "Hour of Code" event. According to its website, the “Hour of Code” is a movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180 plus countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

“We will have former students who are now leading Software Engineers coming in to work with students towards developing code and answer questions about the industry and its potential,” DeBroeck said. “We have always had a very high success rate of training students to go into IT and Digital Media careers.”

DeBroeck said he will have his students work on coding much more than one hour in Digital Media Technology as they build momentum for the "Week of Code" classroom event.

Lincoln High wins parade contest

Lincoln High School earned top honors for the sixth consecutive year in Saturday's Parade of Lights. Jeremy Gradwohl, Jane Eacker, Americorp staff, and students created a Magical Muppets Holiday. 

2014 Holiday Concert Series (remaining concerts)

December 15: Sharpstein program, K-1 10 a.m.; 2-3 12 p.m.
December 15: Edison K-1 program, 1 p.m.
December 15: Wa-Hi band concert, Wa-Hi Auditorium 7 p.m.
December 16: Edison 2-3 holiday concert, 2-3 10 a.m.; 4-5 1 p.m.
December 17: Edison holiday tour, around town
December 17: Wa-Hi choir concert, Wa-Hi auditorium 7 p.m.
December 18: Wa-Hi band holiday tour
December 18: Berney K-2 program, 12:30 p.m.; 3-5 1:45 p.m.
December 18: Blue Ridge Program, Pre School 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
December 19: Berney holiday tour, around town
December 19: Blue Ridge Holiday Program, 1 p.m. Blue Ridge
December 19: Pioneer music assembly, 9 a.m. Pioneer
December 19: Wa-Hi choir at St. Mary’s Hospital, 12 p.m.

Wake Up Wa-Hi welcomes Dr. Jordan

Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan was interviewed by Wa-Hi students for the Wake Up Wa-Hi weekly video news program. The show aired today. Click on the link below to watch.


Wa-Hi cheerleaders perform on national stage

Walla Walla High School cheerleaders Kati Simcock and Hope Snyder were selected by the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) to perform in the Christmas Extravaganza, an annual parade held at the Walt Disney World Resort. Simcock and Synder performed with 839 cheerleaders during the Dec. 4 to 7 taping in Orlando, FL. Simcock and Snyder were scouted at a cheer camp in June as All-American Cheerleaders. Footage of the performance will air on ABC Christmas Day.

The Wa-Hi Speech and Debate Team had a busy but wonderful week! By Coach Jean Tobin 

On Thursday, December 4, the Debate Team hosted a community presentation at the Wa-Hi Auditorium. The students gave powerful, informative performances and the audience really enjoyed the show. Based on audience vote, we will not be going to war with ISIS, thanks in large part to Kailey Busch's powerful final speech in our Congressional Debate. I was very proud of the students for participating and I know many family members appreciated the opportunity to finally see what their children do every weekend!

On December 6 , we attended the Ephrata Debate Tournament. Eight schools attended (including Wa-Hi): Pasco, Chiawana, Eastmont (Wenatchee), Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Quincy. We had our most successful district showing ever! Walla Walla High School placed 1st in Individual Events, 1st in Debate and 1st Overall. Additionally, for the first time, Wa-Hi placed 1st in Open Lincoln Douglas, 1st in Open Public Forum and 1st in Open Congress! Every member of the team placed in at least one of their events!

Community Stories
When School Is Out – The YMCA Is In!

The YMCA is now registering for winter camps while school is closed for the Christmas season. There are full-day or half-day child care options for children ages 5 years old to 12 years old.

Camps sessions:
- Dec 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 31 and Jan. 2

The camp includes a fun packed day of rock climbing, arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor recreation, sports and much more. Space is limited. Call the YMCA at 525-8863 to register or register on line at www.wwymca.org.

You do not have to be a YMCA member to take advantage of this fun safe option for your children.

City Parks and Recreation Department Youth Indoor Soccer and Winter Tennis camp registrations accepted

Indoor Youth Soccer
- Late registrations still accepted
- Cost is $60
- Sign up today while space is still available.

Winter Tennis Camp
- January 5 to 8 or 12 to 16
- Camps available for ages 4 to 18
- Space is limited.

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

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