Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 27, 2015

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District Stories
Special school board meeting Monday, March 30

- Agenda: Personnel report, board meeting minutes and temporary waiver from high school graduation requirements
- 12 noon
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

High school students ace Collection of Evidence standards

Walla Walla School District has received scores for students who submitted Collections of Evidence in Reading, Writing, Math and Biology. This graduation alternative allows students to submit collections of their work to demonstrate they have met standard as an alternative to passing tests. WWPS students and teachers have historically had great success with this graduation alternative, and this year is no exception. Ninety-one percent of the collections submitted met standard, with 100% of the Reading and Writing passing.

"This is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our teachers and students,” said District Assessment Coordinator Maria Garcia. “Our high schools work very hard to support students to graduation, whatever it takes."

Public invited to SEA-TECH Open House

Members of the community are invited to the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH) for a public open house Monday, April 20 from 12 noon to 6 p.m. This is a drop-in event so people are welcome to attend whenever it is convenient during the six hour block designated for the open house.

High school students taking classes at 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.

SEA-TECH is a branch campus of the Kennewick School District’s Tri-Tech Skills Center. Students from Walla Walla and the partner districts consisting of Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place attend a three hour morning or afternoon block schedule at SEA-TECH.

SEA-TECH Public Open House
- Monday, April 20
- 12 noon to 6 p.m. (drop-in when convenient)
- 525 Campus Loop (on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Information: Erin Roach, (509) 526-2000 / eroach@wwps.org
- SEA-TECH video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hr3xVtHxqE
- SEA-TECH – Your Pathway to a Career

City plans public meeting to discuss Isaacs Avenue road construction project

- Isaacs Avenue Corridor Study
- Public Open House #1: Explore the Alternatives
- Tuesday, April 14, 4 to 6 p.m.
- Location: Green Park Elementary School - Library, 1105 E Isaacs Ave
- Project information: gowallawalla.us

Do you drive, walk, bike, take the bus, live or shop on Isaacs Avenue? If so, please consider attending the first major public event on the project. The meeting will discuss project goals and explore alternatives for future improvements to the design and condition of Isaacs Avenue between Rose Street and Wilbur Avenue. If you have questions or are interested in joining the email list, please contact Monte Puymon with the City’s Engineering Division at mpuymon@wallawallawa.gov or at 509-527-4537.

Spring Break Schedule

• April 6 to 10 (NO SCHOOL)
• Classes resume Monday, April 13

School Stories
Walla Walla High School sophomore national JROTC rifle champ

Walla Walla High School Sophomore Cadet Sergeant Daniel Enger became the 2015 National JROTC Rifle Champion at the JROTC All Service National Championship in Camp Perry, Ohio. Wa-Hi’s Precision Rifle Team took second place in the team category. The team consists of Cadet Major Nathan Brewer, Cadet First Sergeant Sabrina Keenan, Cadet Sergeant Justin Mebes and Enger. The National JROTC Championship consists of two days of competition

“That was the most nervous I have ever been in a match” said Enger. “After I shot the first 9 tens in a row on my first target, I couldn’t get my heart to calm down.”

Enger’s individual national championship is Wa-Hi’s is best individual placement since 2007 when Cadet Captain Amber Criss won the JROTC National Match. Wa-Hi’s team silver medal performance marks their highest team placement at this match since 1928.

The JROTC rifle team will continue shooting against civilian clubs and organizations in their bid for Junior Olympic and Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) national honors. Next month, the team will spend its spring break in Salt Lake City, Utah shooting the CMP’s Western Regional Championship in an effort to qualify for the national championship in Alabama this summer. The team won a $3500 award for our endowment fund and $2000 check for travel purposes. That will help fund the Junior Olympics trips.

Wa-Hi Latino Club Car Wash – Saturday, March 28

The Walla Walla High School Latino Club is having a car wash Saturday, March 28, at O'Reilly Auto Parts, 9th and Poplar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

The Walla Walla High School Latino Club is dedicated to promoting higher education, community service and leadership experience for its student membership. The club’s students are dedicated to serving the Walla Walla community and looking towards the future by developing plans to continue their educations after high school.

Fundraiser allows Berney students to attend regional Junior Achievement event

The Berney PTA and staff are coordinating a fundraising effort in collaboration with Big Cheese Pizza to fund a trip for 5th grade students to attend BizTown in Yakima. This is the fifth year Berney students will attend this program sponsored by Junior Achievement.

“Big Cheese Pizza is always so supportive of schools and this year they gave us 500 pizza tickets to sell and in less than two weeks we are almost out of them,” said Berney 5th grade teacher Ilana James. “We are so proud of our kids and amazed by how hard they have worked to be able to take this amazing educational trip.”

BizTown Overview: Source Junior Achievement
Imagine a city where young consumers rush to the bank to deposit their paychecks, sales clerks create merchandise displays and reporters interview local business leaders to get the most up-to-date story. Across the way the restaurant prepares lunch for the onslaught of the lunch hour and the mayor meets with business managers to get an understanding of current economic trends. This could be any city in the country, but it is this image that perfectly describes a day at JA World.

JA World is an indoor center that contains a mini city with up to 20 public and private businesses. Each business within the center is sponsored by a real local business and displays the authentic logo and the actual marketplace appearance of the sponsor bringing the Village to life for the students. Before visiting JA World, students complete a pre-visit curriculum program where they learn basic economic principles such as how to manage their personal bank account. They also participate in job interviews, learn about their new workplace and the job they will perform. Jobs range from retail sales professionals, accountants, business managers, medical professionals to TV and newspaper reporters. There is even a mayor!

Debate team posts best state finish in program history
This past weekend members of the Walla Walla High School Debate team traveled to Tacoma to compete in the State Debate Tournament. Wa-Hi had its strongest showing ever at the tournament, placing 4th overall as a team in Lincoln-Douglas debate, according to Coach Jean Tobin.

“Malcolm Gabbard tied for 3rd, losing in semi-finals to a debater from Gonzaga Prep who ultimately won the tournament and Russell Skorina placed 11th in the State in Congressional Debate,” said Tobin. “These are the highest rankings Wa-Hi students have ever received in those events!”

Buttons needed for Garrison Middle School special education program

A button project is being organized for students in the Garrison Middle School Special Education program. The project requires a lot of buttons, big, small and any color. Donated buttons may be dropped off at the Garrison Middle School main office. 

District musicians perform in front of regional music educators 

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School, Garrison and Pioneer Middle School Bands who performed in the Columbia Basin Music Educators’ Association Regional Band Contest. Wa-Hi Concert & Wind Ensemble performed March 11 and Garrison and Pioneer Middle School bands performed March 18.

The Columbia Basin Music Educators’ Association sponsors the Band Festival each year for all the middle and high school bands in the region. This includes Walla Walla, Pasco. Kennewick, Richland, Kiona Benton, Othello, Mattawa, and Finley. This year the festivals were held at Richland High School for middle school bands and Hanford High School for high school bands. The Band Festival gives all middle school and high school bands in the area a chance to prepare and perform three pieces of music. A panel of three adjudicators critiques the performance, and provides suggestions for becoming a better band.

The bands are not competing with one another, but are instead rated according to a standard with one of the following ratings awarded to each band: I - Superior, II - Excellent, III - Good, IV - Fair, V - Poor.

- Both the Wa-Hi Concert Band and Wind Ensemble: Superior Ratings.
- Garrison Middle School Band: Superior Ratings
- Pioneer Middle School Band: Superior Ratings

Community Stories
Fundraiser organized to purchase 3D printers

Building on the momentum of last weekend’s Great Exploration Pi day STEM event, the push continues to raise funds for new 3D printers for use in the WWPS 21st Century grant afterschool program.

AAUW has donated one printer but others are needed to support the afterschool program which is in five locations and serves 500 students.

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!


City Parks and Recreation Update

Warrior Soccer Academy
- Registration is now open for youth ages 5-11
- Cost - $48
- Dates: April 20 to May 21
- Location - Walla Walla Community College

No Smoking in the Parks Community Meetings - Open to the Public
- Join us for this informational meeting. We would appreciate feedback from the community on this topic.
- 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

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

Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt April 4

The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 56th Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year’s Easter Egg hunt features 26 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, 1-3 years old, 4-6 years, 7-10 years and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was change to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighting in at about 480 pounds which make up the hunt. The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to The men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, Poplar Donuts and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

About the Exchange Club:
The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. Our main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 16, 2015.

For more information call Kim McDaniels at 509-200-0983.

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