Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 20, 2015

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Longtime board member to retire in November

After serving nearly 30 years on the Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors, Anne Golden announced Tuesday night she will not seek re-election. Her term ends in November. She is a former member of the Foundation Board of Governors for Walla Walla Community College and is a past National Chair of the American Heart Association. Golden was past president of the Washington State School Directors Association and in 2004, was elected Chair National School Boards Association 10-state Pacific Region.

Golden said she wanted to make her announcement early so potential candidates would have adequate time to research the position and determine if serving on the school board was a good fit.

Golden’s Committee Assignments:
- Curriculum Advisory Committee
- Instructional Materials Committee
- Certificated Negotiations Committee
- District Calendar
- WWVEA Liaison

Boosters make final fundraising push for Wa-Hi track

Big Blue Boosters, led by Class of 1983 graduate Scott Krivoshein, is organizing a fundraising effort to help build a new track at Walla Walla High School. Tuesday night, Krivoshein and members of the Boosters updated the school board on the project. The current 50-year-old cinder Wa-Hi track is no longer suitable for physical education classes or the school’s successful Track & Field program. Currently, Track & Field practice and events are held at the aging Martin Field facility at the Borleske Stadium site.

Krivoshein said the plan is for funds to come from private donors, local trusts, Walla Walla Public Schools and the Big Blue Boosters. He said the long-range plan for this multiple-phase project includes relocating all athletic activities from Borleske Stadium/Martin Field to the Walla Walla High School campus, but this vision has a longer timeline and is not the immediate focus.

“We are focused on funding for Phase One of the project which calls for the construction of a new all-weather track,” Krivoshein said. “The goal is to break ground this summer and be completed this fall.”

Funding for the new track (Phase One) is estimated at $850,000. Currently, the project is approximately $100,000 shy of the anticipated construction costs. Krivoshein requested $150,000 from the district’s reserve for the project and another $100,000 in a contingency fund. The school board did not take action Tuesday night. Big Blue Boosters is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible. For information, contact Scott Krivoshein at 509.301.6620.

Mail your tax deductible donation to:
Big Blue Booster Track Fund
6 E. Alder, Suite 307
Walla Walla, WA 99362

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 (mhiggins@wwps.org / 364 S. Park St.) in the Communications Department by March 15. The nomination process is simple. Complete the fillable PDF form available on the district’s website under volunteers -- www.wwps.org. Include up to three letters of support. Packets can be emailed, delivered in person or mailed.

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 in School Stories section)

Assistant Superintendent resigns position

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors during the Feb. 17, 2015 school board meeting accepted the request of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs for a medical leave through June 30, 2015. Boggs will resign her position effective June 30, 2015. Boggs has been employed by Walla Walla Public Schools since 1990 as teacher, principal and central office administrator. She most recently directed the district’s Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department.

School Board President Sam Wells thanked Boggs for her 25 years of service. Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan is developing a plan for the management of the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department in Boggs’ absence. A search for a permanent replacement will begin soon.

Personnel Report (from Feb. 17, 2015 school board meeting)

Administrative: Dr. Linda Boggs, Assistant Superintendent, District Office, 25 years
- Effective June 30, 2015

Certificated: Judy Anderson, Counselor, Pioneer Middle School, 37 years
- Effective June 12, 2015

Classified: Monica Avila, Head Secretary, SE Transportation Co-Op, 5 months
- Effective March 6, 2015

Administrative: Dr. Linda Boggs, Assistant Superintendent, District Office, 25 years
- For medical leave for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year

Certificated: Margo Piver, Library Media Specialist, Pioneer Middle School, 20 years
- For the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years to serve as WWVEA president. Margo will continue as a .5 FTE Library Media Specialist

All three of Dorn's bills move forward

All three bills requested by State Superintendent Randy Dorn have passed out of the House Education Committee as of this morning and continue to make their way through the Legislature.

- House Bill 1785 eliminates the requirement for students to pass exit exams to be eligible to graduate from high school. Instead, 11th graders who do not meet standard on the new Smarter Balanced tests must take and pass courses in their senior year that align with their college or career goals, including high school transition courses.

- House Bill 1492 requires students to show their proficiency by passing a technology literacy and fluency test, or by completing a culminating project "or other substantively equivalent methods."

- House Bill 1864 provides intensive, evidence-based supports to struggling students, including those with substance abuse and mental health issues, to help them stay in school and graduate.

"I'm pleased the House Education Committee agrees with my policy proposals," Dorn said. "These three bills put kids first and I'm optimistic about their chances as they continue to move forward."

School Stories
Wa-Hi Girls basketball team battles tonight for state berth

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Girls Basketball team for winning the Mid-Columbia Conference title and earning the number one seed for regional play. Tonight the girls battle number one ranked Gonzaga Prep in regionals for a berth to the state tournament. A win is an automatic bid to state. If the girls team loses tonight, they will play Saturday at Wa-Hi at 7 p.m. for the second regional seed to state.
- Friday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Main Gym
- Wa-Hi Girls Basketball vs. Gonzaga Prep

Lincoln High School plans garage sale fundraiser

- Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon
- Donations are being accepted
- Drop off donation items at Lincoln on Friday, March 6
- Proceeds to support Lincoln High School activities
- Information: Contact ASB Advisor Lori Finn - lfinn@wwps.org

Orders for Wa-Hi yearbooks due soon

Walla Walla High School yearbooks are on sale through February 27. Orders may be placed at the ASB Office or online at jostens.com. The cost is $65 each.

Walla Walla High School teacher’s article on Whitman Teaches the Movement posted on national blog

Southern Poverty Law Center blog: http://www.splconcampus.org/blog/

Teaching The Movement: A Teacher's Perspective
Story by Michelle Higgins, Social Studies teacher at Walla Walla High School, photos by Matt Banderas (Whitman College)
Volunteers, students and teachers work together to bring Civil Rights’ Education into classrooms. It seems like a large task in the beginning, but when people work ahead of time, the finished product is successful. This program provides college student volunteers with the opportunity to work inside classrooms and present new ideas to younger students. It also provides children and youths with the opportunity to work with college students who are pursuing their post-high school education and serve as mentors and role models.

In my high school classroom, students work together to share their thoughts and ideas after reading Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” In the beginning, they hesitate to read passages and share their ideas with others because they do not consider themselves to be great scholars or experts. However, after a few minutes, they dive deeper into each passage and begin to hear the voice King uses to describe inequality, segregation and hatred towards African-Americans. They wrestle with the challenging text—there are many words that are not a part of their daily or academic vocabulary. However, this does not prevent them from participating and developing a better understanding of King’s purpose and point of view.

Does it take some work and effort to make this happen? Yes, it does. Can it be done by nearly any college or university? Absolutely! Is it worth stepping outside of our comfort zones as educators to invite a group of college students into our classrooms to share lessons with our students? Yes, yes, yes!

Last night for Walla Walla High School Conspiracy of Hope Concert

- Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
- Tickets $5
- Wa-Hi Auditorium
- All proceeds support the ASB Winter Wish Program and the Dave Meyer Foundation

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.

Women in the Trades Career presentation

Thursday 40 female Walla Walla High School students in grades 9-12 attended the Women in Trades Career presentation at the school’s library. Career Information Specialist Claircy Clizer organized the event.

“Goal of the event was to encourage female students to explore careers in the trade industries,” Clizer said. Females are in high demand in these well-paying careers.”

Clizer said the focus was having female students attend, males were also welcome. Presenters were asked to answer the following questions:
- How did you get a start in your job and what are your job duties?
- What education and training did you receive to do your job?
- Why is it a good job/career for women?
- What advice/encouragement would you give high school women to pursue these careers?

“The information shared by the presenters emphasized the personal characteristics and qualities that will help women succeed in these careers,” Clizer said.

Women in the Trades Presenters:
- Stephanie Hanson, Apollo Inc. - Construction Foreman
- Joanna Henry, City of Walla Walla, Water Department Technician
- Maureen Hall, Total Comfort Solutions Business Owner, HVAC Installation, Repair, Commercial and Residential
- Tanyl Tinhoff, Pacific Power, Electrical Substation Manager
- Michael Thurman, Wash. State L&I Apprenticeship Programs
- Shelby Scott, WWCC student in Welding Program
- Angel Morton, WWCC student in Welding Program
- Lori Lloyd, WWCC student in Welding Program
- Samantha Libby, WWCC student in Auto Tech Program
- Destiny Arms, WWCC Wind Energy Technology Program
- Brandi Price, WWCC Electrical Technology Program
- Angelica Martinez, WWCC Collision Repair Program

Walla Walla High School JROTC Rifle Teams post strong performances at national events

Walla Walla High School’s JROTC Rifle Teams traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio last weekend for the Army JROTC Regional Rifle Championship to compete against 234 shooters from across the northern region of the country. The event was held at the Gary Anderson National Shooting Complex for the two day match that pitted the top shooters from each service against each other vying for honors and an invitation to the All Service JROTC National Championship in March.

Walla Walla swept the precision category in the competition, taking the three top spots individually, as well as the first place team trophy. The precision team of Cadet Major Nathan Brewer, Cadet First Sergeant Sabrina Keenan, Cadet Sergeant Daniel Enger, Cadet Sergeant Justin Mebes and Cadet Staff Sergeant Danielle DeSalvo topped the next closest precision team by 33 points with a two day total of 4653 out of 4800.

“We had our entire scoring team make the final,” said Wa-Hi Rifle Coach Mark Mebes. “Four out of the top six spots were Walla Walla shooters.”

In the Sporter Class competition, Wa-Hi’s team, including Cadet Sergeant Benjamin Thompson, Cadet Staff Sergeant Madeline Erikson, Cadet PFC Amelia Schwartzkopf and Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Mattie Bialozor, battled for placement in a tight match that left them a single point out of 3rd place at the end of the second day.

Walla Walla High School’s precision team’s placement in the match earned them an invitation to the All Service JROTC National Championship, in Camp Perry, Ohio next month. Mebes reported this is Wa-Hi’s 3rd JROTC Regional Championship victory in the last four years and will be their 4th consecutive appearance at the JROTC National Championships.

Community Stories
Whitman lecture features discussion on education reform

Dr. Brent Maddin, Provost of Relay Graduate School of Education (http://www.relay.edu/), will be visiting Whitman College Thursday, Feb. 26 to present a public lecture “The Next Sputnik: What is the next focusing event for American public education?” discussing how recent education reforms and potential future innovations can re-align what has become a broken system that is failing the most vulnerable students..

The lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Hunter (Kimball Auditorium). Dr. Maddin has made a career of innovating on teacher education in order to better serve the most vulnerable students. Relay is a non-profit non-traditional graduate program with satellite campuses around the country and a focus on evidence-based practices. Before Relay, Dr. Maddin earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy from Harvard and prior to that was a Teach For America corps member.

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

Registration for Great Explorations due by March 7

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.

Registration forms should be mailed by March 7. The sooner the registration form is sent in, the more likely it is that girls can be in workshops with their friends. Also, early registrations are more likely to get first choice of workshops.

Girls will have the opportunity to attend three workshops offering informal, hands-on experience with careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math. These workshops will give the girls an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with women in these exciting careers. There will be 24 workshops to chose from, with intriguing titles such as Neigh, Moooo, Ruff, Meow; Snakes for Supper?; What’s Shakin’?; The Telltale Heart; Bugs-R-Us and Getting Cheeky. Topics include ocean chemistry, forensic biology, robotics, 3-D printing, geology, astronomy, veterinary medicine, neurobiology, pharmacy, architecture and many more.

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. The fee to attend is $5, which includes a pizza lunch, and scholarships are available. For more information on registration, scholarships or questions, please contact Carol Morgan,
pcmorgan@charter.net, 520-9977.

AAUW Book Sale this weekend

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.

Children’s author shares passion for literacy at public library event

The Walla Walla Public Library welcomes 2015 Caldecott Honoree, Yuyi Morales, children’s author and artist. Yuyi will share her story and her art, highlighting a passion for literacy and a belief in the power of education to change the future.
- Walla Walla Public Library (238 E Alder / www.wallawallapubliclibrary.com)
- Tuesday, February 24
- 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Walla Walla Public Library

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