||No school Monday, May 25
- Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 25 (No School)
- Classes resume Tuesday, May 26
School board names Superintendent Search consultant
School board members unanimously approved hiring Dr. Dennis Ray of Northwest Leadership Associates to conduct the district’s Superintendent Search. Dr. Ray was Superintendent in Walla Walla from 1980 to 1990 and will serve as the lead person conducting the search. He said the process will begin in October with a new superintendent hired in March. He said the process will be transparent with plenty of opportunities for input from staff and the community. Current Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan will lead the district next school year. The new superintendent will assume the duties July 1, 2016.
||Personnel Report (from May 19, 2015 school board meeting)
Libby Thompson, Director of Special Education, District Office
Heidi Cohan, Language Arts, Garrison Middle School
Cesar Hernandez, Fifth Grade (temporary), Edison Elementary
Jennifer Matson, Learning Specialist (.5 FTE), Sharpstein Elementary
Nathan McClure, English, Walla Walla High School
Kathleen Tiffany, English (temporary), Walla Walla High School
Laura Duncan, Music Department Secretary, Garrison Middle School
Libby Arnosti, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 1 year
Gregory Baker, Bus Driver, SE Transportation Co-Op, 31 years
Kimberly Gutierrez, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Elementary, 1 year
Jacqueline Scholl, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary, 9 years
Alejandra Trejo, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary, 10 years
Rebecca Williams, Bus Assistant, SE Transportation Co-Op, 2 months
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Daniel Calzaretta, Explorers, Pioneer Middle School, 8 years
- For the 2015-2016 school year
||Early dismissal for elementary students June 5
- Friday, June 5: Early dismissal for elementary students
- This time is used by elementary teachers for report card preparation
- Students in grades 6-12 are on a regular schedule
- The last day of school is Friday, 12 (early dismissal for all students)
||District retirement Celebrations (remaining)
WWPS District Office
Friday, May 29
3 to 5 p.m.
Pioneer Middle School
Judy Anderson and Yvon Barber
Tuesday, June 9
3 to 4:30
Pioneer Multipurpose room
Kathy Emmert, Carolyn Smith and Kate Venneri
Friday, June 5
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Sharpstein atrium (lobby)
Walla Walla High School
Terry Willcuts, Ivonne Gainza and Gretchen Baker
Wednesday, June 10
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
||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
||Lincoln High School plans drama production next weekend
Lincoln High School Drama Presents “Glimpses of the Moon” Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium. “Glimpses of the Moon” is a romantic Jazz Musical set in the 1920’s. Nick (Etiene Vela) and Susy (Anna May) are poor individuals who are trying to marry someone wealthy. They make a plan to marry each other in hopes of meeting other rich people to marry in the future. Little did they know that their plan would backfire. Ticket prices are by donation so that all can attend, according to Director Riki Wauchek.
“Join us for this amazing production,” said Wauchek. “The students worked hard at fundraising to earn the money in order to buy the rights to perform the play.”
||AVID Senior Celebration marks end of high school experience
The AVID Senior Celebration is Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Auditorium. The events begins with dessert provided by the Culinary Arts class at 6:15 p.m. in the Commons. The event moves to the Wa-Hi Auditorium at 7 p.m. The following AVID seniors will be honored during the ceremony. Join us in honoring these outstanding students. Vivian Glaeser and Carina Stillman are the senior AVID teachers.
Manny Aguilar - WWCC
Brenda Andrade - WWCC
Martin Barrera - WWCC
Brittney Beuck - WWCC
Neida Campa - WWCC
Jacob Christopher - WWCC
Yadira Cornejo - WWCC
Kayla Crain - WSU online
Esmeralda Cruz - WWCC
Kevin De Santiago Cisneros - WWCC
Mikaela Dejesus - WWCC
Eva Diaz - WWCC
Noemi Diaz - WWCC
Halie Fisk - WWCC
Erick Garcia - WWCC
Gerardo Gomez - WWCC
Jovita Guardado - WWCC
Alondra Hernandez - Western WU
Erika Ibarra Perez - WSU
Esteban Ibarra Diaz - WWCC
Michael Ibarra - WSU
Katrina James - Western WU
Andrea Lamadrid - Gonzaga
Jennifer Lara - UW
Alejandra Lopez - WWCC
Dijae Lynch - WWCC
Raul Magana - WWCC
Trenton Mangarero - WWCC
Adriana Meyers - WWCC
Veronica Ocampo - UW
Esteban Ojeda - EWU
Patricia Oribio - WWCC
Beatriz Ramirez - WWCC
Yasmin Ramos - WWCC
Stephanie Reyes - LCSC
Justin Rittenhouse - WWCC
Selina Ruiz - Seattle Central CC
Astrid Salgado - U of I
Fabiola Salgado - WWCC
Jerome Samson Minster - US Army
Paige Sept - WWCC
Maria Trujillo - WWCC
Jesus Valladares - WSU
Mikaela Waterland - College of Western Idaho
Novavilla Whitney - WWCC
||Walla Walla High School named to US News and World Reports top high schools list
US News and World Report named Walla Walla High School a Silver Medal Award winner for the second consecutive year. Walla Walla High School ranks in the top 15 percent of all 458 Washington high schools and #2395 in the nation.
“We are the only school from the Mid-Columbia Conference that made the ranking,” said Principal Pete Peterson. “I am very proud of all of our hard work and what we are doing for students.”
US News and World Report rankings list:
||SEA-TECH Health Sciences students clear important program hurdle
Tuesday night, 33 students in the Southeast Technical Skills Center Health Sciences program were pinned in recognition of finishing the required clinicals and class time to sit for the State Examination which was held Thursday and Friday. Students are now qualified to work as a Nursing Assistant Registar (NAR). Once they pass this week’s State Examination, they will be Certified Nursing Assistants. Currently 10 SEA-TECH students have been hired to work in Long Term Care Facilities and Home Care. Park Manor Rehab and Odd Fellows are offering $500 for a sign-on bonus and $1000 scholarships to attend the Walla Walla Community College nursing program.
“My students felt the moment and it really meant something to them,” Instructor Sandy Thomas said. “I have only heard positive comments from the parents who are proud of their young adults.”
The Pinning Ceremony began with the students walking in holding a candle in honor of Florence Nightingale as Thomas explained how Nightingale was the Founder of Modern Nursing. Students Daniel Hussey, Vanessa Crosbie, Patricia Oribio, Fabiola Salagado and Jade Cramer gave speeches during the ceremony. Results of the State Examination are expected to be in soon.
Seattle Film festival premieres documentary featuring Lincoln High School
The long awaited premiere of Paper Tigers is May 28 and 30 at the Seattle International Film Festival. Award-Winning Director James Redford and Executive Producer Karen Pritzker created this documentary which explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on struggling teens. Lincoln High School students and staff are featured in the film. The majority of the film footage was captured during the 2012-2013 school year. The film company which has purchased the rights to show the film has not scheduled a public viewing in Walla Walla at this time.
||Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools offer $10 sports physicals
Area students in grades 6-11 will be able to get sports physicals for $10 in the Walla Walla High School Main Gym May 29 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation Department, Providence Medical Group and the Walla Walla Public Schools are partnering to provide inexpensive exams at a convenient location for student athletes and their parents. Proceeds will be donated to the Walla Walla High School Athletic Department for athletic training supplies. The event is open to all area students.
The exams will include height and weight, a vision test, blood pressure, musculoskeletal exam, and a physical. They will be conducted by family practitioners in concert with physical therapists, athletic trainers, physician assistants and therapy assistants.
To receive a sports physical, all student athletes under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian or bring a release and health history form signed by a parent or legal guardian. No appointments are necessary. For more information, call 509-526-8403.
||Wa-Hi French teacher organizes fundraiser for non-school sponsored student trip to Europe
Support Walla Walla French students as they embark on a two week non-school sanctioned educational tour through France and Italy in June 2016. A fundraiser is planned to help defer the costs for students.
Group Yard Sale & Bake Sale Event Fundraiser
Saturday, May 23
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
811 Fern Avenue, Walla Walla
Information: Kerri Tucker - firstname.lastname@example.org
About the 2016 trip to France and Italy:
Kerri Tucker is taking 25 French students on a culturally-charged non-school district sponsored educational tour from Paris, France to Rome, Italy for two weeks in June 2016. Arriving in Paris, some activities will include: visiting Notre Dame Cathedral, travel the Seine River on the Batobus, ascend to the top of the Eiffel Tower, visit the Catacombes, navigate the Parisian Metro, and tour the Opéra Garnier for starters. From Paris the group will travel via TGV (train grand vitesse – the FAST train) to Lyon, the 3rd largest city in France known for its fine cuisine and the silk industry. Then to the Alps, Chamonix (where the 1st Winter Olympics were held in 1924), a visit to the tallest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc, a glacier, and an ice cave. After driving through the 11.6 kilometer Courmayeur Tunnel through the Alps, the group will head to the Italian Riviera on the Ligurian Sea to visit the 5 cliff side towns of Cinque Terre. After spending time in Florence, Assisi, and Rome, the group will head to the sea again, staying in Sorrento – located in the Bay of Naples under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. They’ll take a Hydrofoil to the island of Capri, then a private boat cruise around the island and up to the top via the Funiculare. After a day in Capri, the group will travel to Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The last day of the trip will be spent touring the ruins of Pompeii, and then back to Rome for the flight home.
Sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides will take place in Paris, Florence, Rome by Night, Ancient Rome, Capri, and Pompeii. Entrances to the following sites included in the trip: Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Batobus on the Seine in Paris, Notre Dame de Fourvière in Lyon, Mer de Glace ice cave on Mont Blanc, Cinque Terre visit in Italy, Bike Rental in Lucca, Boboli Gardens in Florence, Basilica in Assisi, Roman Forum and Colosseum, Capri minicruise, Pompeii Roman Ruins.
||Wa-Hi Spring Sports Playoff Update
District and Regional Champions will play Moses Lake @ 10 a.m. - 5/23 in Yakima - State Baseball Playoffs Yakima County Stadium, $8 adults $6 students (8 players recognized as All-Conference or Honorable Mention)
District Champions, will play University High Sat. 5/23 @ Richland HS at noon.
Winner to state. $6 Adults $4 Students (7 players recognized as All Conference 1st or 2nd team)
League Champions, Mike Patterson Coach of the Year
(4 Athletes recognized as all conference)
Boys (Tyler Morrison and Peter Aguilar) to state next week (Spokane)
Boys & Girls Track
Boys League Champions, Eric Hisaw Coach of the Year.
Boys and Girls Track qualified 58 athletes to Regional's in Spokane (S.F.C.C.) 5/22 and 5/23
(27 Athletes recognized as either All-Conference or Honorable Mention)
Boys Tennis - Brian Eggart Coach of the Year
Co Champions of the M.C.C. conference.
Jenny Bautista and Jazmin Duran qualify for Regionals 5/23 at Richland High School
||Varsity girls soccer and girls basketball coaches hired
Recently Dana Evans was hired as the Walla Walla High School varsity girls soccer coach. Garrison Middle School Socials Studies teacher and longtime assistant girls basketball coach Conor Fish was named the Wa-Hi girls basketball varsity head coach.
Evans played four years of varsity soccer at East Valley High School in Yakima. Her high school teams were league champions, district champions, and won a state tournament. Throughout her high school career, Evans won all-conference honors and received several team awards.
In college, Evans played varsity soccer for four years at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, ND. She was an academic All-American, received all-conference honors, and several team awards. Her college team won a league and a regional championship as well as competed at the national tournament. Evans graduated from Jamestown Cum Laude with a dual major in English and History / Political Science with a minor in Philosophy.
After college, she obtained her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She graduated Cum Laude and obtained a Juris Doctor specializing in litigation. While obtaining her law degree, she was an Instructional Director for an indoor soccer facility for three years. Since arriving in Walla Walla, she has officiated for Walla Walla Parks and Recreation and coached for Walla Walla United Soccer Club.
Fish is a Walla Walla High School 1996 graduate. He played varsity basketball under Jim Thacker and varsity baseball for Scott Tibbling. Fish has coached at every level, from 6th grade to varsity, in the district for the past 15 years in support of the basketball, football, and baseball programs. He has bee associated with the Wa-Hi basketball program since 2005 as Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity Assistant Coach.
"I'm very excited to start as head girl's basketball coach at Wa-Hi,” said Fish. “I have been a Blue Devil as both a player and coach and want nothing more than to bring success to my alma-mater."
||Whitman College field trip showcases Hanford nuclear program impact
On Wednesday, May 20, Walla Walla High School Modern World History students studying the Cold War in Michelle Higgins' 6th period class attended and filmed a talk about Hanford's history during a field trip to Whitman College. The students learned about Hanford’s impact on local inhabitants, including farmers, Native Americans and residents of the Tri-Cities area. The presentation was given by Whitman Anthropologist Jason Pribilsky. Students also explored and filmed the exhibit "Particles on the Wall" that shares the impact of Hanford's nuclear program on Humans and the Environment. Parent Kathryn Southwick-Hess served as a chaperone.
"This was a great way to apply concepts students are learning to real world problems people face as a result of nuclear energy,” said Higgins. “We are extremely grateful for Jason Pribilsky's collaboration on this project. His knowledge and enthusiasm inspired my students. They are starting to explore the idea of attending college after high school and Jason made a valuable connection with them."
Students volunteered for roles like director, assistant director, screenwriter, narrator, lead interviewer, videographers, producer, and key grip (sound). Andrew Sayers, Wa-Hi's 21st Century Grant Site coordinator, helped students use video cameras and will assist them as they edit their footage for the class film project. Sayers develops after school programs and activities that help students stay engaged with their school community.
"Andrew's hard work and willingness to work with staff and students is important,” Higgins said. “He doesn't put up barriers; he asks people how he can help them accomplish their goals."
||Exchange Club names Youth of the Year students
Congratulations to DeSales High School senior Hannah Leahy and Waitsburg School senior Hannah Grant for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Awards for the 2014-2015 school year. These students each receive a beautiful Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award plaque and a $1,000 college scholarship. 2014-15 Youth of the Year Theme was “INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITIES: MAKING THE COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE!”
- Mark Higgins, Chair
- Tera Davis
- Linda Felipez
- Casey Waddell
- Kim McDaniels
Hannah Leahy - DeSales High School - GPA: 4.038
Parents: Ed and Carrine Leahy
Hannah has been an active scholar-athlete throughout high school. She was team captain on the varsity volleyball and basketball team. She is an active member of the Girls League Service Club and the National Honor Society. She also serves on the ASB cabinet as a leader and has been involved with a number of service-oriented projects in support of her school and community. Hannah’s goal is to enter the medical profession as a nurse and plans to obtain her BSN at the University of Portland.
Hannah Grant - Waitsburg High School - GPA 4.0
Parents: Mark and Miriam Grant
Hannah is school ASB president, a member of the National Honor Society and active in FFA, YoungLife, softball and basketball. She was scholar athlete for three years and the 2014 Prom Queen. Hannah has participated in parliamentary procedure, livestock judging, fundraising, community service and many other activities. After high school, she plans to attend Washington State University to study Bioengineering and one day attend Veterinary School.
||Moms Network plans Friends, Family, Neighbor Community Dinner
The Moms’ Network and Child Care Aware are teaming up to provide an educational community dinner for Friends, Family, Neighbor (FFN) care givers. These are local individuals who care for a friend or neighbor’s child or an individual that cares for a niece, nephew, grandchild or other relative’s child while the parent works.
The Community Dinner is May 28 at the Salvation Army Kitchen (827 W. Alder Street) and begins at 6 p.m.
Guest speaker and author Marika Tompkins will provide a hands-on cooking class and lecture to local care givers and their families. The evening will include a discussion on nutrition, wellness (taking care of yourself and the children in your care), organizing and producing healthy meals and snacks everyone will enjoy.
Each care-giver will receive a copy of the cook/health book “Balance for Busy Moms”. Also included is an Educational Play take home kid to provide interactive and quiet play for the children during mal prep times. Each care-giver will also receive a one year membership to the Moms’ Network of Walla Walla.
The event is free and open to all FFN care-givers. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by contacting Beth Swanson at email@example.com and 509-301-7471.
Kirkman House features World War II exhibit
The Kirkman House is a historical home of a prominent Walla Walla family located at 214 N. Colville. It is furnished with many original family owned items. The house is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested. Kirkman House supports local educators. Teachers are encouraged to bring classes to the museum at other times at no charge. The current World War II exhibit is on display through Labor Day (September 7, 2015). To learn more about the Kirkman House, call 529-4373 or visit online at: kirkmanhousemuseum.org
Local group teams with mobile food bank to give away food
Former Edison Elementary teacher Kay Barga is helping coordinate a Social Concerns Committee partnership with the 2nd Harvest Mobile Food Bank to provide free produce, nutritious perishable products, other groceries and beef to all in need. The food give away event is Tuesday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Assumption Church, 2098 E. Alder. The give away requires no appointment or documentation and will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Kay Barga at 529-3527.
||Registration is open for City Parks and Rec Summer Programs
- 2nd Half of Season: Adult Softball League Men's & Women's (Ages 16 & up) June 1
- UPlay - Free Summer Day Camp (Ages 7 - 12) June 15
- Free Summer Meals - Schedule TBD (Ages 1 - 18) June 15
- Youth Tennis Lessons (Ages 6 - 18) June 15
- Swim Team (Ages 16 & under) June 15
- Youth Golf Lessons (Ages 16 & under) June 16
- Adult Nia Fitness (Ages 12 & up) June 21
- Swimming Lessons (Ages 0 - 10) June 22
- Bas Relief Clay Tile (Ages 8 - 15) June 23
- Youth NFL Flag Football League(Grades 2 - 8) July 6
- Whitman Volleyball Kids Camp (Ages 7 -14) July 6
- Youth Fencing Lessons (Ages 9 - 17) July 8
- Imagination Yoga (Ages 3 -12) July 8
- Women's Self Defense Getting the Upper Hand (Ages 12 & up) July 12
- Camp Jump Start (Ages 7 - 12) July 13
- British Soccer Camps (Ages 3 - 18) July 13 register at www.challengersports.com<http://www.challengersports.com>
- Brazilian Soccer Camps (Ages 8 - 18) July 13 register at www.challengersports.com<http://www.challengersports.com>
- Little Kicks Soccer (Ages 3 - 5) July 14
- I Love Cheerleading Camp (Grades K - 5) July 29
- Youth Fall Soccer League (Ages 5 - 14) June 30 Registration Deadline
- Whitman Soccer Kids Camps (Ages 4 - 12) August 10
- Youth Track & Field Camp (Ages 4 - 12)<https://secure.rec1.com/WA/walla_walla/> August 26
- Youth Circus Lessons (Ages 8 - 13) September 3
* Scholarships are available upon request.
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on facebook! www.facebook.com
||Local students to perform in “A Celebration of Dance”
The Walla Walla Dance Company under the direction of Nancy Wells presents Spring Finale 2015 “ A Celebration of Dance” Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall. All new choreography in Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Lyrical with 125 of the most talented and exciting dancers in the area.
We are proud to include up and coming young choreographers, as well as our talented resident artists. A new piece featuring teachers/dancers: Justine Clark, Jennifer Clark, and Chloe Danielson will be premiered. Come share the magic and delight that is our celebration of spring and dance in Walla Walla! Tickets on sale at Earthlight Books starting May 14 and at the door on the night of the performance.
||Wa-Hi student choreographs local ballet production
- A Midsummer Nights Dream and More
- Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall, Whitman College Campus
- Tickets available at Earthlight Books and at the door ($15 Reserve; $12 General; $10 Student/Senior Citizen)
- Producer/Director: Idalee Hutson-Fish: The Dance Center
The Dance Center of Walla Walla presents its annual all studio recital directed by Idalee Hutson-Fish. Featuring the famous Shakespeare story of A Midsummer Nights Dream with music by Mendolsshon. Including guest artists Danielle Tolmie and Mark Tucker from Eugene Ballet Company as Tatania and Oberon and with Ashley Akacich as the mischievous Puck. Local dancers, Lisi Dobson (Junior), Sophia Rolph (Junior), Caleb Leitch (Senior) and James Innes (Senior) will be dancing the roles of Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Dimitris. Charles Gordon (Class of 2012) will be dancing the role of Bottom along with eighty five dancers from The Dance Center as sprites, fairy and Athenians. Also on the program will be Five Hebrew Love Songs choreographed by WaHi senior, Caleb Leitch and sung by the Walla Walla High School Chamber Singers. Included on the program will be a new Untitled work choreographed by director Idalee Hutson-Fish.