Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 8, 2015

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Prospect Point Elementary student death

It is with heavy hearts, Walla Walla Public Schools reports a Prospect Point Elementary student passed away at his home last night. The cause of the death is unknown at this time. The school’s GriefBusters team has been activated to help staff and students through the grieving process. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the Prospect Point staff and students. 

Walla Walla Public Schools invites you to “Join the Conversation” through community engagement process

Walla Walla Public Schools is partnering with ThoughtExchange to offer a dynamic community engagement process aimed at helping the district learn what it is doing well, where it can improve and what might be missing. This new and innovative process is driven by the thoughts and opinions of the community to help shape the direction and priorities of the district over the next three years.

ThoughtExchange uses open-ended questions to gather a broad range of perspectives. Parents, staff, students and community members will have an opportunity to “Join the Conversation” via this online learning process beginning May 11 through May 20. Parents, staff and those who sign up for Enews will receive an email inviting them to engage. Community members and students will have the opportunity to self-register by visiting the district website (www.wwps.org) and clicking on the ThoughtExchange logo. This process is available in English and Spanish. Currently 20 school districts in the state of Washington are using ThoughtExchange (www.thoughtexchange.com) as a platform for learning, decision-making and project implementation.

“We believe by understanding the priorities and experiences of our stakeholders, we will be able to improve our education system and better serve the needs of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “We also understand people are busy and find it increasingly more difficult to attend our meetings and respond to other more traditional forms of communications, so we are taking the process to them.”

ThroughtExchange Process:
- It is a three-step process. Stakeholders begin by sharing their thoughts online. Then each participant has the opportunity to review and star the thoughts of other ThoughtExchange contributors. The benefit of the process is discovering what the community values.
- The process is confidential. The names and email addresses of participants will never be publicly associated with a thought or response. However, participants will see each other’s thoughts.
- If the school district has your email address (parents, staff, Enews recipients), you will receive a customized invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation, you can visit the Walla Walla Public Schools home page at www.wwps.org to self-register.

All the results of the process will be shared with the public. The first phase of this round of engagement is expected to be completed by mid-June. Results from the spring 2015 “Community Engagement” will result in an issue specific ThoughtExchange engagement in the fall.

“It is important for people to share their thoughts so we can make informed decisions,” Jordan said. Informed decision-making will enhance the overall performance of our district, and increase stakeholder trust. It is only by understanding all perspectives that we can best serve the needs of our students.”

For more information about ThoughtExchange or to learn more about how you can “Join the Conversation”, contact Mark Higgins at mhiggins@wwps.org or (509) 526-6716.

Class of 1990 plans vigil for fallen officer

Walla Walla High School graduates from the Class of 1990 are planning a public vigil to honor former classmate Sgt. Greg Moore who was killed in the line of duty as police officer for the City of Coeur d’Alene. The vigil is Saturday, May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School Commons area.

“Officer Moore was a hero and our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends,” said Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson. “He was a role model for all students past and present.”

KEPR TV Story on Sgt. Moore: http://www.keprtv.com/news/local/Walla-Walla-community-mourns-for-fallen-Sergeant-302853721.html

Big Blue Boosters to present check to district for new Walla Walla High School track

Walla Walla High School is currently the only 4A school in the state to have a cinder track for physical education classes and track and field competitions, but this will soon change as the Big Blue Boosters will present a $650,000 check to the district Wednesday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. to help fund a new all-weather track. Big Blue Booster member and Class of 1983 graduate Scott Krivoshein has organized the successful fundraising effort. The project is expected to go out to bid this spring with construction slated for this summer and completion in the fall.

“We are extremely thankful to the Big Blue Boosters and all those who contributed to this long over due project,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “This new track will serve our physical education students and track athletes for years to come and will be a destination for community members seeking to improve their health and wellness.”

Event Details
Event: Big Blue Boosters present track donation check to WWPS
Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 10:30 a.m. (4th period) – approximately a 15 minute event
Location: Walla Walla High School Track and Field area

District names Graduates of Distinction honorees for 2015

Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Judy Chamberlain Holloway, Class of 1962; Richard “Dick” Moeller, Class of 1963; and Carol M. Barker, Class of 1974.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor Tuesday, June 2 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room


Judy Chamberlain Holloway
In 1969, Judy was hired as the first elementary school physical education teacher in the history of Walla Walla Public Schools. Since retiring in 1999, she has been active in many organizations, and has volunteered countless hours in many capacities for College Place Presbyterian Church. She also is an avid cheerleader and reunion chair for her 1962 graduating class. Her nominators were Bev Allen and Pam Ray. Her most inspirational staff member is former Prospect Point custodian Toss Benefiel.

Richard “Dick” Moeller
While in high school, Dick took a carpentry class and discovered his life’s passion. After owning a successful construction company for years, he retired in 2001 only to begin a new phase of his life: volunteering. As a longtime board member for Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days, his contributions include rebuilding the Pavilion and its cupola; and he has been active in the Carpentry Program at Walla Walla Community College. His nominator was Cory Hewitt and his most inspirational staff member is Dick Neher, his physical education teacher at Wa-Hi.

Carol M. Barker
A varsity athlete and student leader, Carol attended Whitman College following her 1974 graduation. One short year later, she suffered a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed in body, but not spirit. She completed her Whitman education, graduating magna cum laude, then taught school locally for several years before heading to Salem to pursue a law degree at Willamette University. She has now practiced law in the Salem area since the mid 1990’s, in addition to partnering with her Salem Alliance Church pastor to lead bible studies for more than 25 years and co-author nearly 40 Bible study guides. Carol was nominated by her high school physical education teacher Charlotte Worth. She has named Charlotte and Jolynn (McBee) Woods, Wa-Hi’s Dean of Girls in the 1970’s, as her most inspirational staff members.

District names Partners of the Year

Walla Walla Public Schools is proud to announce GESA Power House Theatre, Legacy of Walla Walla, Kiwanis Club of Walla Walla, Carnegie Picture Lab and Nelson Irrigation as the 2014-2015 Partners of the Year.

Walla Walla School District established Partners in Learning Month in May 2010. This month the district sent more than 130 proclamations and letters of recognition to our Partners in Learning.

“We so appreciate the businesses, organizations and agencies who partner with the district throughout the year to support our students,” said Sam Wells, School board president.

GESA Power House Theatre
- Arts in education

Legacy of Walla Walla
- Holiday Toy/Meal Drive

Kiwanis of Walla Walla
- Key Club

Carnegie Picture Lab
- Elementary Art instruction

Nelson Irrigation
- AVID and Athletics

Personnel Report (from May 5, 2015 School Board Meeting)

Jeanette Alvarez, First Grade Dual Language, Sharpstein Elementary, 2 years
Georgi Delgadillo, Homelink Teacher, Homelink Program, 5 years
(Georgi was on a leave of absence for the 2014-2015 school year)
Bethany Kelley, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 2 years
Greg May, Third Grade, Blue Ridge Elementary, 1 year
Jennifer Morasch, Bilingual Kindergarten, Blue Ridge Elementary, 1 year
Katie Redar, Special Education, Garrison Middle School, 2 years
Karen Scott, Special Education, Walla Walla High School, 26 years
Mary Lynn Thompson, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 24 years

Julian Ocanaz, Kitchen Assistant, Blue Ridge Elementary, 2 years
Patricia Ramos, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School, 1 year
Nicole Redman, Assistant Secretary, Homelink Program, 2 years
Amanda Perez, Intervention Specialist, Prospect Point Elementary, 10 years
Christian Zink, Custodian, Blue Ridge Elementary, 4 years

Certificated: Chris Neese-Blackman, Special Education, Walla Walla High School, 11 years
(For the 2015-2016 school year)
Anne Swant, Learning Specialist, Berney Elementary, 23 years
(Anne will continue as a Science teacher at Wa-Hi for the 2015-2016 school year)

Monahan presents at national Common Core State Standards conference

Teacher on Special Assignment Casey Monahan is joining teachers from across the country who have received training on Common Core State Standards from Student Achievement Partners. Monahan presented in a session called "Collaborating to get great instructional materials” where she was part of a panel discussion sharing experiences reviewing instructional materials.

“I was invited to the Core Advocated National Convening Core Advocates this spring because of my work with Student Achievement partners on a project called Instructional Materials Taskforce,” said Monahan. “This task force consists of six districts from across the country and our work is to review instructional materials using the Instructional Materials Evaluation Toolkit (IMET), both for literacy and for math, to assess to degree to which they are aligned to Common Core.”

Monahan is using her national training back home in Walla Walla. Currently she is working with Marit Nierman and eight elementary teachers from across the district as well as three teachers at Walla Walla High School to collaborate in reviewing literacy materials. She reports she has a deeper understanding of how the instructional shifts called for in the CCSS literacy standards can help teachers close the achievement gap and support English Language Learners acquire academic language. She attended several sessions led by other teachers, administrators and researchers from across the country where she made connections with educators from Connecticut, Nevada, Hawaii and Kentucky.

“Because CCSS is a set of national standards, teachers can create national networks for collaboration,” Monahan said. “I return to the district with a deeper understanding of how the instructional shifts called for in the CCSS literacy standards can help teachers close the achievement gap and support English Language Learners acquire academic language.”

Mark Your Calendars! End of Year Celebrations

Opportunity Program Graduation
- Thursday, June 4 / During school day / Opportunity Program (1917 E. Isaacs Ave.)

Lincoln High School Graduation
- Thursday, June 4 / 6 p.m. / Marcus Whitman Hotel

Walla Walla High School Commencement
- Friday, June 5 / 7 p.m. / Commons Grounds

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Wednesday, June 10 / 7 p.m. / Walla Walla High School Gym

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Thursday, June 11 / 7 p.m. / Walla Walla High School Gym

School Stories
2015 Spring Musical:Drama Guys and Dolls

May 8, 14 & 15 - 7 p.m.
May 9 & 16 - 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Tickets on sale now:
- Adults - $12 Students (18 & under) - $6
- For ticketing information call (509) 526-8613
- Tickets available in the Wa-Hi ASB office Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Tickets available online starting and one hour prior to curtain

Why I Teach video series spotlights Lincoln High School educator

Lincoln High School teacher Genie Huntemann is featured in the “Why I Teach” video series. Genie has also taught at Edison Elementary and coached soccer at Walla Walla High School. Visit the district website and click on the Why I Teach video link on the homepage -- www.wwps.org.

Area youth team with GESA Power House Theatre for international student film festival

May 9, 2015
1 to 7 p.m.
GESA Power House Theatre
Free 14 and under

Approximately 40 films from throughout the world made by filmmakers under 21 years of age, including several from Walla Walla students, will be shown during the SPIFFY (Student Produced Independent Films For Youth) festival Saturday, May 9 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the GESA Power House Theatre. Cost is $12 and those 14 and under are in for free. Pioneer Middle School teacher Dan Calzaretta is the festival director.

“It is the only student film festival in Eastern Washington,” said Calzaretta. “One of the most important skills they learn is how to manage a long-term project with many moving parts. These skills will follow them to high school, college and a career.”

A local committee of parents and students screened the films to narrow the field from 80 selections to 40 for public viewing. Each genre will receive an award based on audience participation via electronic voting via text on their cell phones. Many of the local students collaborated with CREW SPACE at the City of Walla Walla Public Library to produce their films. Food vendors will be at the festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a variety of local foods.

“We have had a lot of support from GESA Power House Director Ron Williams and the entire Power House staff.” Calzaretta said. “They have been behind SPIFFY from the first minute it was talked about.”
Event Information:
- Dan Calzaretta
- dcalzaretta@wwps.org
- 509.527.3050

Walla Walla High School Cinco de mayo Celebration tonight

- Friday, May 8, 2015
- Walla Walla High School Commons
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tonight the Walla Walla High School Latino Club is sponsoring a Cinco de mayo celebration in the Walla Walla High School Commons area. The festival will feature a career and activity fair as part of the celebration. The expected fair will include many community partners, colleges, universities, and school clubs.

Dinner will be provided by “Dora’s Deli” for the first 400 people who come to the event. Music will feature Mariachi Huenachi and also performances by local groups and school programs.

The activity fair will include information tables and activities that families or children would enjoy. Those activities will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About Mariachi Huenachi
Mariachi Huenachi is the advanced mariachi class at Wenatchee High School, part of the Golden Apple Award winning Wenatchee School District’s Mariachi Music Program, which was also featured Nationally on FOX and ABC Networks, & on the CBS Evening News. Mariachi Huenachi has earned a reputation as the best high school mariachi in the State of Washington, performing annually at dozens of events and festivals in and out of state such as Seahawks, Mariners, and Chivas de Guadalajara games, Washington State University, University of Idaho, Orcas Island, Folklife Festival, EMP, and before Government Leaders at the State Capitol. Mariachi Huenachi has shared the stage with Mexican icons, Los Tigres Del Norte, and has opened for international names such as Mariachi Vargas, Joan Sebastian, Gloria Trevi, and comedian George Lopez.

Green Park wins 2015 All-City-Battle of the Books! 

Green Park was the team to beat this year!  The Panthers edged out the competition in both the practice round, which included a team of all star elementary principals, and the final round.  Battle of the Books is a program that 4th and 5th grade students participate in during library class that is chock full of CCSS activities. Student teams read 20 books and answer questions in a game show format. This year' s competition was held at the Sharpstein Gym, April 22.

Walla Walla High School student places at state Future Problem Solving competition - By Wa-Hi Journal

Junior Ryan Manny placed ninth in the Future Problem Solving International Scenario Writing Competition with his 1,500-word short story on the topic of social media. By placing second at the State competition, Manny qualified to enter the International Competition with the same scenario.

Writers create a scenario involving characters in a futuristic setting, facing potential problems.“I wrote most of my scenario in a dark room, illuminated by nothing but the monitor that I was hunched over,” Manny said. “I wrote the rest of it on my couch. It was a very exciting and enlightening writing experience. It’s interesting to deal with deadlines while writing fiction, since I’ve never really dealt with that before.”

Manny spent a significant portion of his winter break writing and rewriting the scenario. After each revision, he shared his work with his coach Garrison teacher John Buissink to further perfect the piece.

Students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Korea, Turkey, Singapore and Portugal competed at the International Scenario Writing Competition. First through third place winners from their respective states, 35 states in all, also competed in the International Competition.

SEA-TECH offers free summer courses

Health Summer Program
- June 15 to July 2
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday
- Nutrition and wellness for life, personal and family health, CPR and First Aid, Health Careers
- Satisfies the .5 high school graduation requirement for health
- Instructor: Victoria Reardon

Introduction to Manufacturing Summer Program
- June 15 to July 2
- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday
- Exploratory course in the area of manufacturing: drafting/CAD, welding, CNC plasma cutting, shop safety, career options
- Manufacturing summer course satisfies the .5 FTE CTE or elective credit
- Instructor: James Polson

SEA-TECH Summer School Parent Information Night, Tuesday, April 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. @ SEA-TECH (525 Campus Loop)

Music students represent district at state competition

Walla Walla High School musicians recently traveled to Central Washington University to perform in the 2014-2015 State Solo & Ensemble Contest. These students are some of the top High School Musicians in the state of Washington.

Hannah Cabasco - Clarinet
Kurt Funk - Cello
Lucas Larreau - .Bass

Kaity Calhoun - SOPRANO
Gina Lincoln - MEZZO SOPRANO
Talia Grandstaff - ALTO

"P.I.C.", members Gina Lincoln and Kylee Wagner - WOMENS' SMALL ENSEMBLES

"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, - WOMENS' LARGE ENSEMBLES

Lincoln High School car wash Saturday

- Saturday, May 9 / 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- O'Reilly's Auto on 9th Street
- Cost by donation only
- Proceeds support student activities at Lincoln HS

Digital Media Technology Students Selected in Congressional Art Competition

Two Digital Media Technology students from SEA-TECH were selected 1st and 3rd runner-up in the Congressional Art Competition. Students submitted artwork they created using the latest digital media techniques. They modeled work through geometry and dynamics using points and polygons as a type of “digital clay” as the medium.

The 1st place artwork was from a student in Spokane, two of the three runners-up were students at SEA-TECH. Each participating student will receive a letter from the Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and the runners-up will have their artwork on display in the Congresswoman’s Spokane, Colville, and Walla Walla offices. Damien Hepker’s artwork was chosen as first runner-up, and his piece will be displayed in the Congresswoman’s Spokane office (10 North Post Street, Suite 625). Steven Lewis’ artwork was chosen as third runner-up, and his/her piece will be on display here at the Congresswoman’s Walla Walla office (26 East Main Street, Suite #2).

“Congratulations to these students who created the artwork through hours of focus and creativity but also showed they could follow through with the application and submission process of their work,” said Instructor Dennis DeBroeck.

Learn more about SEA-TECH online: myseatech.org

Community Stories
American Association of University Women honor area high school students

The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch recently honored 10 area high school students for their work in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Dr. Marion Götz, an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Whitman College spoke about her educational experiences, and she encouraged students to investigate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses during college and find mentors.

High Schools in our branch area include: Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, Prescott, Touchet, WWVA and De Sales. The following young women were honored: Cara Hall, Josie Anhorn, Amy Elmenhurst, Jaqueline Velazco, Rachel Miller, Autumn Rea, Rachel Carson, Amelia Schwartzkopf, Madison Garrett and Bethany Roulston.

Dr. Götz talked about the struggle women face in STEM—according to a study by the National Science Foundation, less than 30 percent of doctoral degrees in Physical Sciences were awarded to women in 2012. Götz discussed the hidden biases that can prevent women from pursuing STEM degrees and encouraged young women to pursue courses of study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Her advice included: find a mentor, be critical and assertive, get involved in research, don’t underestimate yourself, don’t let criticism get to you, and have fun.

AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. The Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921, and we currently have over 145 members. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university. AAUW Co-President Cecile Ervin thanked the families and inspirational teachers for supporting the young scholars as they pursued their education. Ervin also encouraged them to learn more about AAUW and all of the ways it supports women and scholars. Walla Walla High School Social Studies teacher Michelle Higgins is the AAUW High School Scholars program chair.

Exchange Club strengthens America by honoring Old Glory

When was the last time you displayed the American flag? The Exchange Club of Walla Walla honored Jerry and Pam Gardner with the Proudly We Hail Award during its May 4 at the Exchange club meeting at Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center. They were honored with a special plaque as a result of their patriotic display of the American flag.

The Proudly We Hail Award is an Exchange Club program that honors Americans who display the nation’s banner properly and regularly. It attempts to encourage all Americans to proudly fly the American flag outside their homes or businesses as evidence of their love and respect for this nation. Exchange, America’s Premier Service Club, working to make our communities better places to live. Meetings are held every Monday at noon, at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

High School scholarship fund continues to grow

Walla Walla Public High Schools Fund founder Jerry Zahl reports the scholarship fund has grown to nearly $60,000. The Walla Walla Public High Schools Fund, which began as a 50th Reunion Project for the class of 1962, was established by Zahl three years ago.

“High School alumni of other graduation years have strongly participated in supporting this fund, as well as community members at large,” said Zahl. “The fund is under the custody of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, and four c83kenlukeollege tuition assists have been granted, with more to come this year.”

Donations should be directed to the Blue Mountain Community Foundation , P O Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362, or online at bluemountainfoundation.org Checks should be noted WWPHS SF. For additional information, contact Zahl at (509) 522-0259 or jkazahl@charter.net

Walla Walla Kids’ Races and Bike Rodeo

- Saturday, May 16
- 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- Pioneer Park
- Registration: 9:45—-10:55
- Bike Rodeo: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
- Learn rules of the road, bike handling skills, mountain bike course
- Free helmets to first 200 participants

City Parks and Recreation Update

Registration for Summer Programs will be available on Monday, May 11

Fall Soccer - Registration is now open for youth ages 5-14
- Cost - $50
- Registration deadline - June 30
- Registration after June 30 will be subject to a $10 late fee

No Smoking in the Parks Community Meeting May 12- Open to the Public
- Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
- Edison Elementary Library (upstairs) - 1315 East Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362

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

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