Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 11, 2013

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District Stories
 School Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 15
- 6:30 p.m.

- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public

 No School January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
There will be no school Monday, January 21 in observation of Martin Lurther King, Jr. Day. Classes resume Tuesday, January 22.
 Local farmers tour Wa-Hi to learn more about bond proposal
 Area farmers visited Walla Walla High School recently to learn more about the February 12 bond proposal. Wa-Hi Principal Pete Peterson presented a factual overview of the project and then provided a tour of the campus. The group spent 90 minutes on campus during the overview and tour. Tour Attendees : Dan Grant, Eric Cochran, Gary Bergevin, Mike Monahan, Hank Worden, Robert Bergevin and Harold Cochran.
 Superintendent Miller sets first meeting for Lincoln High School Facilities Improvement Plan
Superintendent Mick Miller is forming a broad-based committee to study two main issues facing a Lincoln High School facilities improvement plan. The group will meet for the first time Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Lincoln High School.

The first issue the committee will study is to determine whether to remain at the current campus location or find a new home. If the determination is to remain at the 3rd Ave. location, then the committee will make a recommendation to build new or renovate the existing 1927 school. Miller will seek a third party expert to study the condition of the existing building.

Lincoln High School is the district’s next priority following the Wa-Hi bond election. Miller plans to bring a recommendation from the committee to the school board in June.

 Wa-Hi Principal offers public tours of school to learn about bond proposal
 Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson is organizing public tours of Wa-Hi to educate the community on the school’s facility needs. Please help share this information with parents and community members. We need people to come on campus to learn more about its needs. There are many opportunities to participate. Below is the tour schedule. Ballots mail out to voters Jan. 25 and must be postmarked by Feb. 12.

Wa-Hi Bond Tours

Saturday Tours
- January 12, 19 and 26
- 1 to 3 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Commons (tours begin)

Drop-in Tour
- January 25
- 9 to 10 a.m.
- Wa-Hi Main Office (tours begin)

Tours Prior to Wa-Hi Basketball games
- January 12, 15, 26
- 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Main Gym Lobby (tours begin)

 Winter weather school closure and delay procedures
At Walla Walla Public Schools, we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Announcements include:

- Media release (radio, tv, newspaper)

- Telephone automated message (staff and parents)

- Web posting (www.wwps.org)

- Staff e-mail

- E-news message (sign up on the district web site: www.wwps.org)

- Twitter message (twitter.com/wwschools)

- Facebook page message

- Orange signs posted in front of schools

 Leadership Walla Walla participants tour valley schools as part of Education Day
Wednesday members of Leadership Walla Walla spent the day learning more about educational opportunities in the Walla Walla Valley. Participants toured Lincoln Alternative High School, Walla Walla High School, Walla Walla Valley Academy and DeSales High School.

Leadership Walla Walla, cosponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Walla Walla Community College, is aimed at all qualified men and women who actively participate in community roles and have a desire to increase their community involvement in order to assume present and future leadership roles. Leadership Walla Walla builds civic awareness and leadership skills beginning with an opening work session in September, followed by a series of eight all-day monthly sessions, one each in October through May. The program is managed by Sandi Madsen, Director of eLearning and Leadership Walla Walla at WWCC.

Leadership Walla Walla Participants:

Stephanie Angotti

Melissa Buckley

Jennifer Casper

Christopher Garratt

Ruthann Haider

Melissa Harrison

Abel Hernandez-Ruiz

Denise Hickerson

Adam Keatts

Nancy Metro

TJ Middlesworth

Deborah Peters

Pete Peterson

Nick Velluzzi

 Superintendent’s Patron Tour program will take community members to Blue Ridge, Wa-Hi and Lincoln HS
Superintendent Mick Miller is continuing his Superintendent’s Patron Tour program Wednesday, January 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Guests will visit Blue Ridge Elementary, Walla Walla and Lincoln High Schools as part of the program.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Wa-Hi bond proposal and see the needs first-hand. Patron Tour guests will meet with Superintendent Miller, tour schools and conclude with lunch and a debriefing. If you are interested in participating in a Patron Tour, contact Communications Director Mark Higgins: 509.526.6716 or by email: mhiggins@wwps.org.

School Stories
 Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame names Class of 2013
Walla Walla High School Athletic Hall of Fame is inducting five new members Saturday, January 12 during the Kennewick basketball game. The ceremony will be held between the girls’ and boys’ double header basketball games at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Eric O’Flaherty - Class of 2003, Phil Reser - Class of 1965, Bill Till - Class of 1952, Randy McDougall - Class of 1968 and Dick Turner - Class of 1952.

"In1992, the men who had played football for Coach Felix Fletcher raised over $200,000 to help build, finish and furnish the Felix Fletcher Team Room and establish the Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame in memory of their coach," said Bill Bieloh, Athletic Hall of Fame Chair. "Since that time, the room and the Hall of Fame have been, and continues to be supported by donations from Wa-Hi alumni."

These five outstanding Wa-Hi athletes will join the 43 outstanding athletes and citizens who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. A reception will follow the induction ceremony in the Fletcher Athletic Team Room for the new inductees, former inductees, family, friends and Big Blue Boosters.

 Whitman Professor presents science lessons to Berney students
This week Whitman College Professor Kirsten Nicolaysen and some of her Whitman students visited kindergarten classes at Berney Elementary to make liquid nitrogen ice cream. Kirsten has been very involved in the schools this year and will also be leading soil-based activities for the second graders at both Berney and Sharpstein Elementary Schools. She will be doing the soils activities in the spring.
 Lincoln High School play next weekend at WWCC
Lincoln High School will present a short play "Bobby Wilson Can Eat His Own Face" by Don Zolidis Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the China Pavilion at WWCC. This is the largest Lincoln High School cast with 18 students performing, and a set built by Lincoln students, according to Director Riki Wauchek. Come support Lincoln and the arts. Donations will be accepted.


Bobby Wilson has a tough life. His mom doesn't trust him, his little sister is pure evil, and his school life is a disaster. After getting in trouble at school (through no fault of his own) for both sexual harassment and terrorist threats, he decides to do the only thing he can: run away and join a circus freak show.

Directed by Riki Wauchek and AmeriCorps support staff Emma Swanson and Matthew Manley.

 Garrison receives Traffic Safety Award
Garrison Middle School will receive an award at the 13th annual "Celebrate the Stars" Awards and Recognition Luncheon, sponsored by the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Task Force. The luncheon is January 17. Garrison Middle School is being recognized for its efforts to educate students, staff and parents about school zone safety.

"It's such an honor to have the work we've done around getting kids to and from school safely recognized by our community!," said Principal Gina Yonts. "We have worked to have our drop off areas clearly marked before and after school, school staff supervision in all traffic areas, crossing guard present, used our GNN school news broadcasts to reteach expected front of school drop off and pick up procedures and worked with our parent community as well. Our parents and students have done the lion share of the work, without their cooperation we wouldn't be recognized!"

 Walla Walla High School Scholarship Fair
 Walla Walla High School announces its first annual Scholarship Fair to be held on January 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Wa-Hi Commons. The purpose of the Fair is to provide an opportunity for local scholarship sponsors to meet Wa-Hi students and share application forms and eligibility requirements for their scholarships. Scholarships are available for a wide variety of post high school education programs, including specific skill training, community college, and university programs.

All local clubs and organizations that offer a high school scholarship are encouraged to be part of this event. Contact the Wa-Hi Career Center at 509-526-8680 to reserve a table at the Fair or to obtain further information regarding this event.

Community Stories
 The Walla Walla Dance Company under the direction of Nancy Wells presents: "SPINDERELLAS"
Another original and delightful production featuring over 100 local dancers ages 3 and up performing Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop and Break-dance. This story is very loosely based on the classic Cinderella story but with more flavor and pizzazz for the whole family to enjoy. The Spinderellas work hard to make the best of their life with the " Wicked Stomp Mama" and the spoiled "Steppin Bros" as well as their beautiful "Irish Step Sister"

Their fairy Godmothers enlist the help of stylists, "The 3 Blonde Mice", to help the six girls get ready for the ball. No waltzing here....Prince is hosting a full on Disco. Lots of sparkle with lots of great music and dance. A fun story and of course, a happy ending.

Spinderellas are: Ella Nelson, Sadie Robinson, Aanika Swant, Colleen McKibben, Mimi Filan and Emmie Ogden. These girls have been dancing together with Nancy since they were 3 and 4 years old. They are now 9-11 yrs old, are extremely talented and a joy to watch.

SPINDERELLAS Saturday Jan 12th 7:30 pm at Cordiner Hall

Tickets are : $10 senior/student $12 general $15 reserved and are available at Earthlight Bookstore and at the door

 Whitman College hosts youth Science Fair
Whitman College will be hosting a science fair on Saturday, March 9 and would like to invite students in grades 6-12 grade to submit projects. Funds are available to help offset costs of project materials and we can help connect you to mentors if you are interested. More information and registration forms are available at www.whitman.edu/sciencefair Or, you can contact Mary Burt, Science Outreach Coordinator, at burtmb@whitman.edu with questions or help getting started.

Prizes are available for top-projects, including a new iPad mini.

 Walla Walla Winter Chamber Music Festival offers free children’s concert featuring New York’s Sybarite5
Award winning classical quintet Sybarite5 will perform at the Walla Walla Winter Chamber Music Festival, January 17 through 20.

Free Children’s Concert

- Thursday, Jan. 17

- 3:30 p.m.

- Walla Walla City Library

"Their rock star status in the classical crossover world is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience..." That is how The Sarasota Herald Tribune described Sybarite5, the first string quintet ever selected as winners of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in its 60 year history. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, Sybarte5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival features a whirlwind of eight events over four days.

The first concert for 2013 features Seattle area violinist Maria Sampen in a new series called, Portrait of an Artist. This interactive series will introduce audiences to a single musician with an interview and recital. The inaugural event will be held on Thursday, January 17 at the Sinclair Estate Vineyard Tasting Room.

The Festival also features two concerts in the Tasting Music series, set in Walla Walla area wineries. Tasting Music pairs an opportunity to sample Walla Walla wines with an informative pre-concert talk.

On Friday, January 18, Sybarite5 will perform at the Charles Smith Wines Tasting Room. The Washington Post says they "excelled at the exquisite ... [playing] with relish, a sense of comfort, and a frisson of missionary zeal." Known for mining connections between the music of our place and time and the music of the past, Sybarite5 will play everything from Bach to Radiohead.

On Saturday, January 19, Sybarite5 will be joined by Timothy Christie, violin; Ben Gish, cello; Julia Salerno, violin and Maria Sampen, violin, to perform selections from Bach's well known Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major at Walla Walla’s Foundry Vineyards.

On Sunday, January 20, the 2013 Festival comes to a close with a program of tremendous variety. The show again uses all nine musicians and begins with J.S. Bach who is perhaps the most prolific composer of all time. His Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 weaves together nine independent melodic lines with seamless continuity. Some 270 years later, Argentine composer, Osvaldo Golijov, deployed nine musicians recreating the passion of the tango in his work The Last Round.

Tying the whole program together, renowned ensemble Sybarite5 fresh from their Carnegie Hall debut, will take the stage for a set of multi-genre chamber music. From Mozart to Led Zeppelin, Sybarite5 brings freshness and virtuosity to the stage.

The festival also offers a trio of free events featuring Sybarite5 including a children’s concert, a master class and an open rehearsal. A complete schedule of events, artist bios, music and video clips are available at the Festival website, wwcmf.org.

Tickets to the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival range from $8 to $20 and are available at wwcmf.org.

Contact: David Mumm



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