Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 13, 2015

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District Stories
School board executive session and board meeting

- 6 p.m.: Executive Session: Review performance of a public employee (not open to the public)
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular Board meeting (open to the public)
- WWPS Board Room, 364 S. Park St.

Former coach and athletic director receives state leadership award

Longtime Walla Walla High School coach, teacher and administrator Bill Bieloh recently received the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Gareth Giles’ Memorial Recognition Award for his dedication and service to the state organization. Bieloh coached basketball and baseball in the 60s and 70s at Walla Walla High School before serving as the school’s athletic director for 18 years. He retired from the school district in 2004 as the district’s Executive Director of Personnel. In 2003, Bieloh was elected to the Washington Secondary Schools Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. Bieloh is one of only two athletic directors from the state of Washington to serve on the National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association Executive board. Bieloh credits former Walla Walla High School coach and Athletic Director Felix Fletcher as his mentor.

“I was very fortunate to sign on with a district that allowed me a lot of latitude to develop a great program,” Bieloh said. “Athletics is all I knew so I was passionate about helping others be successful.”

Volunteer of the Year nominations now accepted

Walla Walla Public Schools is now accepting nominations for this year’s Art Regier Volunteer of the Year recipients. Each year hundreds of amazing volunteers support educational programs and activities. Art Regier Volunteers of the Year will be recognized at the April 21 school board meeting.

Nomination packets must be returned to Mark Higgins (mhggins@wwps.org / 364 S. Park St.) in the Communications Department by March 15. The nomination process is simple. Complete the fillable PDF form and include up to three letters of support. Packets can be emailed, delivered in person or mailed.

No School February 16 - Presidents Day

There is no school Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of Presidents Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Parent Conferences - No School

- Parent Conferences: No School Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27
- Check with your child’s school for a conference schedule (see master schedule below)

New Pulse Video - Superintendent Jordan district update

The new Pulse video is now posted on the district website at www.wwps.org. Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan discusses the closure of the Homelink program, the 2015 Legislative Conference, the move back to a Special Programs model and the recent school board work session.

Highly Capable Nomination Period scheduled for February 17 to March 6

Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable Program Services provide students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth.  The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills.  Information on the Highly Capable Program nomination period is currently available on the district website. Nomination forms will be available in all district schools and on the district website no later than February 17. Parents will be able to contact their child’s teacher or school learning specialist/counselor for more information. For more information, please contact the Walla Walla School District Curriculum and Instruction office: 509- 526-6739 or 526-6735.

SHAC seeking subcommittee members for the mental health module

The School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is beginning work on the School Health Index Module 6: School Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services. Committee leaders are actively recruiting passionate and interested individuals to serve on this very important subcommittee. The details of this subcommittee will be discussed at the next SHAC meeting, Wednesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edison Elementary Library.

If you are unable to attend the SHAC meeting on March 25 and are interested in joining the sub-committee, please send your contact information and availability for upcoming sub-committee meetings to Lindsay Engh at lengh@co.walla-walla.wa.us or 509-524-2653.

School Stories
February 2015 – Parent/Teacher Conference Schedules

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, February 25: 2 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, February 23: 3 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25: 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 to 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, February 25: 2:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 27: 8 to 7 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, February 25: 2 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Monday, February 23: 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25: 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, February 24: 3 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25: 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, February 25 (Drop in, Classrooms): 3:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, February 26 (Arena): 4 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: Staff Professional Development Day

Pioneer Middle School
Monday, February 23: 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25: 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: Staff Professional Development Day

Lincoln High School
Monday, February 23: 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 25: 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, February 24 (Drop In-Arena): 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 26 (Classroom): 7:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
Thursday, February 26 (Phone, e-mail progress reports): 12:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 24, Scheduled Conferences: 4 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, Scheduled Conferences: 7:30 a.m. to 12 Noon
Thursday, February 26 (Phone, e-mail progress reports): 12:45 to 6:15 p.m.

Blue Ridge Preschool
Wednesday, February 25: 3:45 to 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 26: 8:15 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Walla Walla High School Conspiracy of Hope Concert

- Thursday, Feb. 19 and Friday, Feb. 20
- Wa-Hi Auditorium
- 7 p.m.
- Admission: $5
- All proceeds support the ASB Winter Wish Program and the Dave Meyer Foundation.

Lincoln High School students team with Walla Walla Roastery for new cafe

Lincoln High School students in the special education program have teamed up with Walla Walla Roastery in support of the school’s recently opened cafe. The cafe specializes in a variety of drinks including coffee, lattes, and mochas. All drinks meet the new nutritional standards established by the federal government.

Walla Walla Roastery has created a unique blend of roasted coffee aptly named The "Rising Phoenix. " Teacher Ronni Tobin says the coffee was selected just for Lincoln High School as a strong and bold blend to reflect our students. It is comprised of 75% Sumatra Mandehling Dark (French) Roast, and 25% Guatemala Antigua Acate Light Roast (Full City). A senior who works in the cafe helped to design the label to make it unique to Lincoln. The cafe is open during first period (8:45 to 9:45 a.m.) and during lunch (11:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.).

“This has been a great success,” Tobin said. “It not only has shown students responsibility, they have also gained confidence and now have something to add to their resume.”

The Rising Phoenix 12 ounce bag is available for purchase for $10 for whole bean and $10.25 for ground. The proceeds support the purchase of supplies and additional program needs.

“This helps pay for things like Washington State IDs, Food Handlers Cards, clothing, and any other supplies the students can't afford to get on their own,” Tobin said.

Latino Club students win engineering contest - By Bill Erickson

Nine Walla Walla High School students representing Exploring Post 311 competed with students from 70 high school teams from around the region in the 24th annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, February 7 in Portland, Oregon. The students attending the event were Andy Flores, Erika Ibarra Perez, Jazmin Duran, Zoe Hernandez, Emely Olivos, Arthur Lopez, Clarissa Cortez, Yaritza Garcia, and Christian Moreno

The Science Bowl is a quiz-style question-and-answer competition that challenges students on math and science concepts. The Bonneville Power Regional Science Bowl event is the largest event of its kind in the United States.

For the second year in a row, BPA invited Science Bowl teams to produce 90 second videos that showcase their science acumen and creativity. Winning teams included an entry from Exploring Post 311 which is sponsored by the College Place Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast group. The SciClips video contest was sponsored by Google. Winning teams received a $200 gift certificate for their sponsoring school’s science program.

A sub team of Walla Walla students won the Engineering Contest during the afternoon portion of the event which was sponsored by Vemier. The contest required them to design and build an airplane out of styrofoam, rubber bands, balsa wood, and a propeller. After testing the plane, contestants made modifications and then competed in a contest that required the plane to fly for accuracy trying to land on a mock aircraft carrier, flying for distance, and flying for time in the air. The winners of the competition were Walla Walla team members Ibarra-Perez, Cortez, Hernandez, and Moreno.

Wa-Hi music students advance to state competitions

Walla Walla High School music students were well represented at this year's CBMEA Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival last weekend at Richland High School. Congratulations to the following students who were named winners of their respective categories and will move on to perform at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival at the end of April:
- Hannah Cabasco: Clarinet
- Kurt Funk: Cello
- Lucas Larreau: Bass
- Violin-cello duet of Jennifer Cho & Kurt Funk were 1st alternate in their category.
- Lucas Larreau also received the 2nd alternate in piano as did the Wa-Hi Large String Ensemble in their category

AVID students honored for academic achievement

The 6th Annual AVID (Advancement Via Individual Achievement) Academic Recognition and Family Night was Thursday night at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Approximately 135 AVID students representing all grade levels received certificates for academic achievement. Jerome Minster served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. Micah Aguilar (Freshmen), Andy Flores (Sophomore), Ethan Rasmussen (Junior), and Katrina James were the class speakers. Wa-Hi Culinary students, under the direction of teacher Barbara Buttice, provided an assortment of delicious desserts prior to the ceremony. Senior class teachers Carina Stillman and Vivian Glaeser were honored for their support and guidance of this year’s graduates.  AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Walla Walla music students selling citrus

Walla Walla Public Schools participating in band, orchestra and choir are taking orders for navel oranges, grapefruit, juice oranges and tangelos, as part of the 5th Annual Music Boosters Citrus Sale. There are 20 lbs and 40 lbs. boxes available at a cost of $25 and $40 respectively. The Citrus Sale will run from February 2 to 19. Fruit will be delivered the week of March 23.

This is the Music Boosters only fundraiser and helps provide the extras that make the District Music Program a success. Purchasing fruit is great and it is a great way to support our students participating in Orchestra, Band, Choir and Music at every level. For more information, contact the Walla Walla Public Schools Music Program at 509-526-1916.

Portland Cello Group performs for Pioneer Middle School orchestra students

Musicians from the Portland Cello Group took time while in Walla Walla to visit Pioneer Middle School and play a concert for the Pioneer Middle School orchestra students. District Orchestra teacher Julia Woods coordinated the event. The Portland Cello Group was in town to perform a concert at Main Street Studios.

According to its website, the group formed in 2007 and has performed for audiences all over the country. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. The Portland Cello Project also focuses on educational outreach.

“I wanted our students to see there are many alternatives to playing classical music and several ways to earn a living as a musician,” Woods said.

Walla Walla High School graduate joins C2C to support Blue Ridge families

Walla Walla High School Class of 2009 graduate Lizbette “Liz” Morin recently earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho and has returned to her home town to join ranks with Commitment to Community in support of Walla Walla families. Morin will serve as a Blue Ridge Neighborhood Outreach Organizer for Commitment to Community which is a department within Blue Mountain Action Council.

As the Blue Ridge Community Organizer, she will be establishing a partnership with the Blue Ridge Elementary School.

“I have a passion and drive to empower parents to take initiative and be involved in their students’ education, as well as, to build a parent network within the Blue Ridge Elementary community,” Morin said. “I am motivated and excited to work with Blue Ridge students to help them build a strong support system between classmates, families, and their communities.”

Morin was born in McAllen, TX, but raised in the Washington Park community in Walla Walla. She attended Green Park Elementary and Garrison Middle School before graduating from Walla Walla High School. During her years at Walla Walla High School, she was involved in the Latino Club, French Club, National Honor Society, DECA, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Morin majored in accounting, management and human resources. As a Vandal at the University of Idaho, she volunteered, worked, and was a member for multiple organizations within campus and the community. Her college involvement included Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority, Unity, Hispanic Business Student Association, Multicultural Greek Council, Associated Students of the University of Idaho, Residence Hall Association, Disability Act Center, and Family Promise of the Palouse.

“I decided to continue my path in working with underprivileged communities and moved back to my wonderful hometown of Walla Walla,” Morin said. “I strongly believe that tomorrow’s community environment begins with today’s actions. I look forward to partnering with the Blue Ridge Elementary so that today’s students can get involved in their communities, ultimately graduate from high school and onto higher education, and one day give back to our community!”

SEA-TECH students selling decorative benches

SEA-TECH students in the Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology class are selling decorative benches they created as class projects for $300 each. These durable, powder-coated benches are a perfect fit for your patio, yard or business. All proceeds help cover the material costs to create the benches and will be used to further support the SEA-TECH program. For more information, call 526.2000 or email teacher James Polson at: jpolson@wwps.org.  

Community Stories
Time to Register for Great Explorations

On Saturday, March 14, Great Explorations in Education will present a science, technology, engineering and math adventure for 5th through 8th grade girls, at Whitman College, 8:20 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.

The highlight of this year’s event will be the appearance of Whitman College Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Leena Knight, who will be the keynote speaker at 1:10 p.m. in Cordiner Hall.

Before Dr. Knight’s presentation, girls will have the opportunity to attend three exciting workshops offering informal, hands-on experience with careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math. A pizza lunch is included in the event fee.

Brochures with registration forms were mailed Feb. 9 to 11. Now is the time to send in registrations so girls are more likely to be in workshops with their friends, and so they get their first choice of workshops. The fee to attend is $5 and scholarships are available. For more information on registration, scholarships or questions, please contact Carol Morgan, pcmorgan@charter.net, 525-3531, visit the AAUW website at www.aauw-wallawalla.org, or find us on Facebook, AAUW Great Explorations Science Adventure. Everyone is encouraged to “Like” us on Facebook and share. This helps spread the word about this exciting event.

City Parks and Recreation Update

Father & Daughter Valentine Ball
- Saturday, February 21
- 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- Garrison Middle School
- Cost is $15 per Father (Daughter(s) included)
- Pictures are from 6 to 7 p.m.

Mother & Son Bowl-A-Rama
- Saturday, February 28
- 2 to 4 p.m
- Bowl Away Lanes
- Cost is $21 for a Mother/Son Couple
- Each additional son is $13
- Don't forget to wear your neon and white clothing so that you will glow while you bowl

Blue Mountain Girls Softball
- Registration is now open for girls 5-12
- Cost is $40 for 6U and $55 for 8U to 12U.
- Mini-Camps start March 14
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com

Junior Club offers scholarships for local women

Junior Club of Walla Walla will award three $2,000 scholarships to local women: one to a student enrolled in a local nursing-degree program and two to students pursuing any college-level field of study. These funds are for tuition only and will be paid directly to the recipient’s educational institution. Applicants must be female, 24 years or older, and a resident of Walla Walla County or the city of Milton-Freewater for at least two years. To request an application, email juniorclubww@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before April 30, 2015.

In addition to providing scholarships to local women, Junior Club of Walla Walla also serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations including Books for Babes, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Salvation Army, Children’s Home Society, and the Blue Mountain Humane Society.

AAUW Book Sale this month

Don’t miss the 40th annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Book Sale at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Friday, Feb 20, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb 21, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please note the new earlier start time on Friday. Children (14 and younger) each receive one free book from the extensive children’s section.  The book sale’s approximately 35,000 books are divided into more than 40 categories. Prices range from $.50 to $4 for most titles.  A special books section featuring rare, collectible books are priced individually. Credit and debit cards will be accepted this year, along with checks and cash. Proceeds from the sale fund local scholarships for women returning to college, and local educational projects and events.

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