Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 13, 2015

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School board meetings Tuesday, March 17

EXECUTIVE SESSION - 5:15 p.m. - The Board of Directors has scheduled an executive session on March 17 at 5:15 p.m. to review the performance of a public employee. The executive session is expected to conclude by 6 p.m. Any decision or action regarding the discussion will be made in an open public meeting. The session will be held in the WWSD Administration Building Superintendent’s Conference Room, 364 S. Park St. and is not open to the public.

PUBLIC WORK SESSION - 6 p.m. - The Board of Directors will conduct a work session on March 17 at 6 p.m. to review high school math. The work session is open to the public and will be held in the WWSD Administration Building/Board Room.

REGULAR BOARD MEETING - 6:30 p.m. The regular school board meeting is open to the public and will be held in the WWSD Administration Building/Board Room.

Classified Employees Week

Classified Public School Employee Week is March 9-13. This statewide tradition was started in 1975 to recognize the contributions of educational support professionals in the public school system. Staff in the Personnel Department delivered treats to all the schools and departments as a thank you to all the classified staff for their professionalism and support. Thank you for all you do for our staff and students!

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers impressed with SEA-TECH

Students and staff at the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) had a special guest Wednesday as Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers toured the new facility. High school students taking classes at the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems and Health Sciences. McMorris Rodgers said she was impressed with the hands-on learning approach and engagement from staff and students. SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District’s Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and all the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

School board and administrators tour College Place High School

Construction continues at the new College Place High School. Walla Walla school board members and district administrators donned their hardhats this week for an up-close look at the new building under construction. College Place Superintendent Tim Payne and School Board Chair Doug Case facilitated the tour. The entire project is expected to be completed by December 2015 or January/February 2016. The high school portion will be open this fall for freshmen and sophomore students. A new grade level of students will be added each year until all four grades are represented.

“This will be a wonderful facility for learning for College Place students and staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “The College Place community can be proud of all the hard work and thought which has gone into making this school a 21st Century center for learning.”

Volunteer of the Year nominations deadline extended

Walla Walla Public Schools has extended the deadline to Friday, March 20 for 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.

Return nomination packets to Mark Higgins (mhiggins@wwps.org / 364 S. Park St.) in the Communications Department by March 20. The nomination process is simple. Complete the fillable PDF form available on the district’s website under volunteering -- www.wwps.org. Include up to three letters of support. Packets can be emailed, delivered in person or mailed.

School Stories
New SEA-TECH video - Your Pathway to a Career

High school students taking classes at the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) located on the campus of Walla Walla Community College are immersed in the latest technology and trends in the world of Digital Media, Manufacturing and Welding, Sustainable Energy Technology specializing in Electrical Systems and Health Sciences. Click on the link below to learn more about this amazing program and facility.

Lincoln High School yard sale success leads to another event

Last weekend’s Lincoln High School yard sale netted more than $1000 to support school programs. The event was so successful the school is planning another one April 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school. The school is accepting donations for the April 4 event. Community members may drop off items at Lincoln High School Friday, April 3 until 6 p.m.

“Thanks to all of you who came out and supported the Lincoln Yard Sale or donated to our cause,” said teacher Lori Finn. “This makes a good dent to help our kids!”

District music competition results

Vocal Solo & Ensemble Results
Congratulations to the following singers, who were named as winners or alternates in their categories for the CBMEA
Regional Vocal Solo & Ensemble Contest. The winners will represent Wa-Hi and the region at the State Solo & Ensemble
Contest in April. Go Blue Devils!

- State Nominee - Kaity Calhoun
- First Alternates - Sydney Butcher and Emma Maxwell

- State Nominee - Gina Lincoln
- First Alternate - Sarah Gibbs
- Second Alternate - Anna Apostolidis

- State Nominee - Talia Grandstaff

- First Alternate - Stewart Rowley

- Second Alternate - James Innes

- First Alternate - Elden Griggs

- State Nominee - “P.I.C.”, members Gina Lincoln and Kylee Wagner

State Nominee - “The S.Q.U.A.D.”, members Rachel Adams, Hallyn Boggs, Olivia Buob, Sydney Butcher, Caitlin
Christen, Kaysie Clayton, Emily Coleman, Katie Jo Cooke, Alandra Dalan, Kailee Hudson, Erika Leinweber, Cady Luxton,
Malyn Osborn, Katy Payne, Tea Steelman, and Sophia Gregoire
Second Alternate - “Belles Voix”, members Alandra Dalan, Sydney Butcher, Annalise Juergensen, Emma Maxwell, Kailee
Hudson, Hallyn Boggs, Ali Beigh, Olivia Buob, Adelyn Chamberlain, Lydia Gogl, Erika Leinweber, Kaysie Clayton, Jessica
Newberry, Katy Payne, and Kelsey Wagner

First Alternate - “Forza”, members Austin Chamberlain, Madison Garrett, Sarah Gibbs, Elden Griggs, James Innes, Gina
Lincoln, Stewart Rowley, and Kylee Wagner

Walla Walla School Jazz Band Perform at Lionel Hampton in Moscow
Congratulations to the Wa-Hi, Garrison and Pioneer Jazz Bands for performing in the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival February 25 - 28. They performed and had the opportunity to listen to adjudicators from all around the world and performers from all around the country. In addition to their adjudicated ratings - Nate Miller, a 7th Grader in the Garrison Middle School Jazz Band, was awarded “A Noteworthy Solo Performance” award from the festival. This was his second year in a row winning this honor.

Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest

The Walla Walla Valley Elementary School Math Contest took place March 7 at Blue Ridge Elementary. This annual event sponsored by the Walla Walla School District and organized by volunteer Laura Schueller included a series of four 25-minute problem sets that test the mathematical thinking of our 4th and 5th graders. Assumption, Berney, Blue Ridge, Davis, Green Park, Prospect Point, and Sharpstein elementary schools each sent a team of 12 students.

There were a total of 83 students in this year's contest. The overall winner in the team competition was the Assumption Elementary team: Mary Elizabeth Balof, Hadley Beechinor, Sophie Borth, Ryan Chase, Andres Dankel, Peter Didelius, Seamus Doohan, Sam Haugen, Camden McCollaugh, Simon Scheel, Maddie Wahl, and Christopher Williams and coached by Jill Montgomery and Carrine Leahy. Second place went to Green Park, third to Sharpstein.

The top-four overall in the individual competition were: 1st Place: Sam Haugen, Assumption; 2nd Place (3-way tie): Peter Didelius, Assumption; Aaron Christopherson, Green Park; Gem Kruger, Green Park.

Lincoln High School students receive Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month awards

Congratulations to Lincoln High School seniors Hunter Degerness and Adrianna “Anna” May for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards this for March. Alternative Education Program (WWCC) seniors John Reese and Rex Owens also received the same honors.

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.


Hunter Degerness – Lincoln High School
Hunter Degerness transferred to Lincoln sophomore year after struggling at Wa-Hi. He is a talented musician who has his own band, “For What May Come” that plays at local venues in Walla Walla. He is the lead guitarist. The band has a recorded album that is available at www.bandcamp.com. His other hobbies include freerunning , long boarding and gaming.

Hunter excels in Math and English at Lincoln and is currently in Running Start at Walla Walla Community College. He plans to attend WWCC next year to complete a transfer degree and then move on to pursue a bachelor’s degree. He is undecided on his major but will probably be something that involves math and science.

Adrianna “Anna” May – Lincoln High School
Adrianna “Anna” May transferred to Lincoln her sophomore year and has really flourished. Anna is an accomplished artist and has won several awards for her art. Most recently she won four awards at the 42nd Annual Educational Service District 123 Art Show; the Judge’s Choice award, Superintendent’s Choice award, honorable mention, and a $1,000 scholarship from Central Washington University. Her art called “The Places We Go” will now move on to the state level at OSPI.

Anna has been very involved in both drama and The Lift programs at Lincoln. She has performed in several productions including Grease – The Musical in 2014. She plans to continue her art, attending Walla Walla Community College next year and then transferring to Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her hope is to someday open her own gallery.

Future Problem Solving teams qualify for state - Story by Wa-Hi Journal

Three teams of Future Problem Solving members have qualified for the State Bowl competition in April at Stanwood, Washington. The team of sophomores Stella Gryler, Renee Heller, Erika Leinweber and Madison Pester ranked the highest of Wa-Hi teams. The all-senior team of Seth Chapman, Jennifer Cho, Madyson Gabriel and Emily Pryor, who have competed together in previous years, also qualified with the second highest rank for Wa-Hi teams. The final team to make the cut consisted of juniors Eric Cho, Andrew Feistner and Simone Tuilaepa and sophomore Cameron Peters.

During the state competition these teams will compete in the written competition as well as perform a skit based on their final solution. Junior Ryan Manny will be presented with a second place award for the scenario competition, which has already been judged at the state level. His scenario has moved to the international level of competition and will be judged against world-wide competitors in April.

The Future Problem Solving teams are coached by Garrison teacher John Buissink. "Future Problem Solving has been in existence since 1980, and Walla Walla has been represented by strong, competent students every year we have sent teams," Buissink said. "These three teams are no exception, as they demonstrate academic excellence in creativity and critical thinking."

Wa-Hi Girls’ basketball team shines at state tournament

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Girls’ Basketball team for its 4th place finish at state. The girls downed Bellarmine Prep 63-49 to take the fourth place spot. The girls finished 2-1 in Tacoma. This is the first time in 25 years the girls team advanced to the state tournament. Congratulations to Coach Chris Ferenz, his staff and the girls for an amazing season!

Community Stories
YMCA offers free swim lessons

The YMCA is once again offering Learn-To Swim week during public school spring break. The classes are available for ages 5 to 12 years old and you do not have to be a YMCA member to take advantage of the lessons.

The free swim lessons will be everyday April 6 to 10 with different time options available. Registration opens on March 9 and space is limited. To register, visit www.wwymca.org, stop by the YMCA or call 509-525-8863. The YMCA is located at 340 S. Park Street.

Fundraiser organized to purchase 3D printers

At the Great Exploration Pi day (March 14 - pi day - 3.14.15) STEM event Saturday, a collaboration of community sponsors working with AAUW and Brent Cummings have organized a 3D printer workshop. To build on this excitement, AAUW has donated the 3D printer used in the workshop to the WWPS 21st Century grant after-school program.

“One printer is simply inadequate for a program that is in five locations and serves 500 kids,” said AAUW member and event helper Ruth Ladderud. “So Brent Cummings, with the support of the Great Exploration program, launched a crowd-source funding campaign to spread the word about this exciting opportunity and to fund at the very least one more 3D printer.”

Ladderud says it was a collaborative effort to choose a funding "platform" that works with not-for-profit groups to minimize the overhead expenses. The fundraising tool will deposit the donations directly to WWPS for this program.

How to Donate: Welcome from the indiegogo website is as follows:

I'm writing to let you know about 'Print Our Future: Engage Underserved Kids in STEM'. We are funding 3D printer(s) for the Walla Walla School District 21st Century after-school program.

Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo and also share it with your friends. All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make 'Print Our Future: Engage Underserved Kids in STEM' happen!


Dance ballet on stage at the GESA Powerhouse - next Saturday!

Boys and girls are invited to these fun classes for an introduction to ballet on stage at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre next Saturday afternoon, March 21.  Magical Ballerina class for ages 4-7 is 2 to 3 p.m.  Crown Decorating is 3 to 3:30 p.m.  Ballet Classica class for ages 8-12 begin at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Cost is $25 per child. Classes filled quickly last year - so call / text to reserve your child's spot now:  525-0815 / hutsoni@hotmail.com

City Parks and Recreation Update

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 on facebook! www.facebook.com

No Smoking in the Parks Community Meetings - Open to the Public
- Informational meeting with the community to receive feedback
- All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 7 - Walla Walla School District - Board Meeting Room, 364 South Park Street
- Tuesday, April 21 - Berney Elementary Gymnasium, 1718 Pleasant St

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