Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 12, 2015

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District Stories
School board public work session and meeting - Tuesday, June 16

- 3 p.m.: Public Work Session - Budget development
- 4 p.m.: Regular school board meeting
- Location: 364 S. Park St.
- Both meetings are open to the public

Class of 2015 by the numbers

- 393 Walla Walla High School
- 46 Lincoln High School
- 31 Opportunity Program

Running Start
- 17 seniors earned their AA Degrees from Walla Walla Community College

- Nearly $7 million

- 14 seniors are joining a U.S. military branch (one on a full scholarship to West Point)

District Office Summer Hours

- Summer schedule: June 15 to August 14
- Open Monday to Friday
- 8 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 to 4 p.m. (closed 12 noon to 1 p.m. for lunch)

Dean Lodmell receives prestigious community leadership award

Longtime engineer, construction manager and community volunteer Dean Lodmell received the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership award June 11 at the organization’s annual banquet in Richland.

“Dean’s career in engineering and construction management has benefited the staff and students of Walla Walla Public Schools and the Walla Walla community for decades,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “

Lodmell grew up in Walla Walla and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1952. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla before moving on to Columbia University to continue his education in civil and structural engineering. As a young man and recent college graduate, he was hired to help manage construction of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. He worked on several dam projects in the 1960s and eventually landed in Pakistan to construct highways and bridges. He also worked for seven years in New York City during the 1970s building tunnels. Lodmell’s influence on local construction is also vast. He was the construction manager for the Walla Walla Regional Airport Terminal, Key Tech Facility, Penrose Library at Whitman, and Walla Walla College Administration Building.

For years, Lodmell has served on the Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force. This group assists in the development of long-range facility improvement plans, provides recommendations to the district for facility improvements and serves as a key communicator during bond campaigns to inform the public about projects on the ballot.

In the early 2000s, Lodmell served as the district’s construction project manager for the Sharpstein Elementary modernization. He would conduct onsite reviews, study plans, meet with the contractor and sub-contractors and provide progress reports to the superintendent on all aspects of the project. Modernizing a 100-year-old community treasure was no easy task and Lodmell’s insight and expertise was critical to ensuring a quality project for the staff, students and community. The building remains one of the more popular architectural attractions in Walla Walla.

In recent years, Lodmell has assisted with the review of building designs for Walla Walla High School as part of the district bond preparation process. For the past year, he has assisted with the development of a new all-weather track for Walla Walla High School. The project is expected to break ground this summer and be completed in the fall.

Lodmell has been married to Betty since 1986. Betty owns and operates Betty’s Preschool. She has been in business in Walla Walla since 1962 and has helped more than 3200 students get ready for kindergarten.

Superintendent Jordan thanks everyone for a great school year in Pulse video series

Superintendent Dr, Bill Jordan puts out his final message of the school year with this month's Pulse video. Click on the link below as Dr. Jordan thanks everyone for a great school year and wishes them well over the summer.


Elementary and Secondary Term dates for 2015-2016 school year

Secondary schools
- 8/26/15 to 10/30/15 (First Quarter)
- 10/31/15 to 1/22/16 (Second Quarter, First Semester)
- 1/23/16 to 3/25/16 (Third Quarter)
- 3/26/16 to 6/8/16 (Fourth Quarter, Second Semester)

Elementary schools
- 8/26/15 to 2/19/16 (Term 1)
- 2/20/16 to 4/22/16 (Term 2)
- 4/23/16 to 6/8/16 (Term 3)

No early release on first day of school

The 2015-2016 school year begins Wednesday, August 26. There will be no early release on the first day of school. The district Calendar Committee agreed to make this a full day of school when the two-year calendar was adopted Nov. 18, 2013. Thank you for your attention to this calendar detail. 

School Stories
2015 Summer School Programs

- Targeted Summer School for Third Grade students from all elementary schools
- Dates: July 13 through Aug. 6, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge:
- Summer activities for Blue Ridge students, sponsored by the Talent Program
- Dates: June 22 through July 30, Monday through Thursday, 8:05 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- For more information, contact Ruben Hernandez: rhernandez@wwps.org

Garrison Middle School:
- Summer Program offered by 21st Century After School Program for students from Garrison, Pioneer, Lincoln and Wa-Hi
- Dates: June 15 through July 23, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- For more information, contact one of the district 21st Century Coordinators or text #free_lunch

Lincoln High School:
- Credit Retrieval program offered the weeks of June 15, 22 and 29. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
- Credit Retrieval program for specific students.
- Dates: June 15 through July 24, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. No school the week of June 29

- Introduction to Manufacturing and Health classes offered June 15 through July 2. Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

* Please contact individual schools for more information.

Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) begins this month

- Athletic strength development and conditioning
- June 30 to August 6
- Grades 9-12 time options are 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
- Grades 5-8 time is 9 to 10 a.m.
- Cost: $30 per person
- Register with FamilyID on wahibluedevils.org or in the ASB office
- Information: Contact Eric or Amy Hisaw - ehisaw@wwps.org / ahisaw@wwps.org

Community Stories
Carnegie Picture Lab update -- employee wanted and release of annual report

Carnegie Picture Lab is seeking a part-time Studio Assistant. The ideal candidate would have a background in art, education, and child development. Duties include teaching, studio management and outreach development. For more information visit http://carnegiepicturelab.com/get-involved/employment-opportunities.

Did you know that the nonprofit organization Carnegie Picture Lab brings art history and art projects into the Walla Walla Public Schools' elementary classrooms three times every year? And that they do this with trained volunteers and quality art materials? What do owl pellets and red-tailed hawks have to do with art? Find out by reading Picture Lab's Annual Report at http://carnegiepicturelab.com/annual-report-2014-15

Commitment to Community (C2C) annual Children's Day/Dia del Nino celebration Sunday

- Sunday, June 14
- Washington Park
- 12:30 to 4 p.m.
- Plenty of activities and fun for the entire family, including the new splash pad

City Summer FREE Meals in Park locations set 

The City of Walla Walla is preparing for its annual FREE Summer Meals in the Park program. Free meals are available at several schools and parks during the summer months. Visit the City Parks and Recreation website for specific times, locations, or to register (www.wwpr.us).  Like on facebook! www.facebook.com

Valley Transit offers Fare-Free summer

Ride free on Valley Transit buses now through Sept. 7. This is an outstanding opportunity to check out popular Walla Walla destinations at no cost. For more information about Fare-Free summer opportunities, visit Valley Transit online at www.valleytransit.com or by calling (509) 525-9140. 

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