Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 4, 2015

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No School September 4 and 7

- No school Friday, Sept. 4 (Kids Day at the Fair) and Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day Holiday)
- Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 8

District programs on display at Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days

Walla Walla Public Schools Fair Superintendent Margo Piver has been busy organizing the student work set to be featured at this year’s Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days through Sunday, Sept. 6 at the fairgrounds. District schools will be represented in the Education Building near the Orchard St. main entrance. The district will also have an information station set-up in front of the Education Building featuring Walla Walla Public Schools publications. We look forward to seeing everyone at the fair!

Personnel Report (from Sept. 1, 2015 school board meeting)

Karen Hanson, Multi-Age (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary
Tasha Mayne, Special Education, Edison/Berney Elementary
Sara Strickland, Library Media Specialist .5 FTE (temporary), Pioneer Middle School
Catherine Wolpert, Head Start/ECEAP Ed Coordinator, Blue Ridge Preschool

Brianne Bechtel, Para-Educator (temporary), Lincoln High School
Ana Campos, Head Start/ECEAP Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool
Cynthia Casseday, Kitchen Assistant, Walla Walla High School
Robert Dutton, Campus Security Assistant, Walla Walla High School
David Ferraro, Kitchen Assistant, Walla Walla High School
Mark Franklin, Transportation Coordinator, SE Transportation Co-Op
Stacey Hart, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Brisa Maya, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Jaclyn Melton, Para-Educator, Sharpstein Elementary
Janice Nunez, Assistant Secretary, Green Park Elementary
Edgar Salgado, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Jenny Swagger, Kitchen Assistant, Garrison Middle School
Yesenia Trujillo, Para-Educator (temporary), Blue Ridge Elementary
Juan Villegas, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary

Karen Carlile, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary, 2.5 years
Federico Diaz, Intervention Specialist, Walla Walla High School, 2 years

Cindy Daves, Special Education, Berney Elementary, 8 years
- For the 2015-2016 school year

Sara Strickland, Library Tech, Pioneer Middle School, 4 years
- Half-time leave to serve as half-time Library Media Specialist
Kimberly Tomczek, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 5 years
- August to December 2015

District to break ground on new Walla Walla High School track

Walla Walla Public Schools is planning a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. to kick-off construction of a new all-weather track at Walla Walla High School. The $875,000 project will take approximately 90 to 110 days to complete, weather permitting. 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. Two-thirds of the funding for this project was raised privately by the Big Blue Boosters under the leadership of Scott Krivoshein. 

Dr. Williams to lead community conversation about Common Core State Standards

Community members are invited to learn more about the new Washington State Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards) during a public conversation Thursday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the district board room. Dr. Tracy Williams and members of her Curriculum team will lead the discussion. The K-12 standards in math and English language arts were fully implemented in Washington classrooms in the 2013-14 school year. In 2014-15, new high-quality assessments (Smarter Balanced) aligned with Common Core were used to measure the skills and knowledge students need to be successful after high school. The district recently received results from this first round of state assessments and now have a baseline to measure academic achievement growth. Before Common Core, all 50 states had different sets of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Common Core provides a consistent set of learning standards and expectations for all students, no matter where they live.

Dr. Williams will discuss why Walla Walla Public Schools is focused on college and career readiness which support the new standards and findings from a 2013 Washington Roundtable report. Please join Dr. Williams and learn more about this important topic.

Washington Roundtable Report Highlights:
- 50,000: Projected number of unfilled jobs in Washington for highly skilled workers by 2017
- 80: Percentage of new jobs created in Washington that will be STEM and health care by 2017
- 70: Percentage of jobs in Washington that will require a college degree or certificate by 2018

Academic term dates

Secondary terms (grades 6-12)
- First Quarter: 8/26/15 to 10/30/15
- Second Quarter: 10/31/15 - 1/22/16 (Semester 1)
- Third Quarter: 1/23/16 - 3/25/16
- Fourth Quarter: 3/26/16 - 6/8/16 (Semester 2)

Elementary terms (grades K-5)
- First Quarter: 8/26/15 - 11/27/15
- Second Quarter: 11/28/15 - 2/19/16
- Third Quarter: 2/20/16 - 4/22/16
- Fourth Quarter: 4/23/16 - 6/8/16

School Stories
Free screenings of Paper Tigers documentary tonight

What: Premiere of Paper Tigers
Where: Gesa Power House (Address: 111 N 6th Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362 -- 509.529.6500)
When: September 4
Time: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary Admission
Documentary Information: www.papertigersmovie.com

KPJR Films will host a screening of Paper Tigers, a documentary directed by James Redford that focuses on adverse childhood experiences and follows select students at Lincoln High School. Paper Tigers is a relevant and timely documentary that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on teens while their teachers are armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their students’ lives for the better. Paper Tigers will be screened on September 4 at the Gesa Power House at 5 and 8:30 p.m. The screening is open to the general public and is free of charge. Doors to the theater open at 4 p.m. Reserve tickets at www.phtww.com.

Blue Devil Football on ESPN 1490 AM

Walla Walla High School Football team has its season opener tonight against Skyview at 5 p.m. in Vancouver. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN 1490 AM. Visit the Wa-Hi Athletics Department webpage for a complete listing of all fall sports. Printed paper schedules are also available at the school and locations around town. Go Big Blue!

Community Stories
Books for Babes Anniversary Celebration A Success

The Walla Walla Community joined Books for Babes this summer downtown on Main Street to celebrate the past 10 years. Over 400 cupcakes were given out to celebrate the fact that Books for Babes have given out 7,000 bags of books to newborns and their parents at Providence St. Mary and General Hospital. Each newborn received a bag containing soft books, hard books and a homemade book from local students at Edison Elementary. With over $750 donated from the community and a donation from the Moms’ Network 124 new soft books were purchased from Book & Game for the new babies born this fall.

“Thank you Walla Walla and the Moms’ Network for all the support” states Kay Barga, co-founder of Books for Babes. “It was so fun to be downtown promoting Books for Babes and celebrating in the community. I feel our community and organizations like the Mom's Network are firm believers in early literacy as they have shown and continue to show their support for Books for Babes. It takes a village and Walla Walla is that special village.”

For more information on Books for Babes visit www.booksforbabes.org and for more information on the Moms’ Network visit www.themomsnetworkww.com

Trilogy plans fun run fundraiser to support local recovery programs

Trilogy Recovery Center invites the community to run, jog, or walk on September 12 to help raise awareness about the reality of addiction and celebrate those who live in recovery. The 5th Annual 5k Run also serves as Trilogy Recovery Community's main fundraiser which allows them to carry out their mission in providing recovery support services free of charge to anyone in need.

Race Details
- The race will start at the Trilogy house at 515 W. Poplar St. and finish at Pioneer Park.
- Register now at Eventbrite or go to the Trilogy Recovery Community Facebook page and click on “Find Tickets
- Adults (18+): Early registration: $15 or $25 on race day
- Youth (6-18): Early registration: $10.00 or $15.00 on race day
- Kids (5 and Under): FREE
- Peers FREE or by donation
- Early registration is now until September 11
- Registered/paid participants will receive a free Run for Recovery T-Shirt
- If you have any questions, call (509) 876-4525 and ask for Megan

Carnegie Picture Lab plans volunteer workshops

Looking for a fun way to get involved in your child’s classroom? Volunteer for Carnegie Picture Lab. Help teach an art history lesson or art project, or help behind the scenes -- you choose your level of time commitment.

Volunteer Training Workshops:
- Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Workshops are located at the Carnegie Picture Lab Studio, 515 E. Main Street, downtown Walla Walla. Questions? Email: info@carnegiepicturelab.com, or visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com, or call (509) 526-6921. Carnegie Picture Lab is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley.

United Way of Walla Walla County 2015 Campaign Kickoff – Tailgate for United Way

Wear your favorite football jersey or team color and join in to “Tailgate for United Way” at the fun and casual football-themed 2015 United Way of Walla Walla County campaign kickoff event. Enjoy an evening full of tailgate grub and festive attire. Also, the top 12 works of art from the United Way Be The ONE art contest will be displayed for you to judge. This event is free to the community. Football attire is encouraged, but not required.

United Way Hall of Fame: Featuring 14 partner agencies, covering the two following topics:
1. Touch Downs for our Community – Their agency success stories.
2. Tackling Community Issues – Their agency projects and/or programs that are making a lasting impact in our community.

When: Monday, September 14, 2015
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Land Title Plaza courtyard, 1st and Main Street, Walla Walla, WA
This event is free to the community!

City Parks & Rec Update

Registration is open for the following Programs:
Youth Circus Lessons (Ages 8 - 13) September 3 - Cost $60
The Body's Way (Ages 3 - 6) Cost $120
Fencing (Ages 9 - 17) Cost $38 beginning $48 Intermediate
Guitar (Ages 12 & up) September 21 - Cost $40
Ukulele (Ages 12& up) September 21 - Cost $40

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

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