Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 11, 2015

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School board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15

- Regularly scheduled meeting
- Tuesday, Sept. 15
- 6:30 p.m.
- Location: District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

Education Building and Exhibit wins prestigious state fair award

On Saturday, September 5, 2015, Washington State Fair Commissioner James Beck announced the coveted Black and White Award winner to the Educational Building and Exhibit at the Walla Walla County Fair. This special award is given by the Commissioner for an area within the fair that exhibited notable exceptional excellence as rated among other fairs within the state. The award is optional solely at the discretion of the State Fair Commissioner and is considered an honor to be received.

Commissioner Beck was particularly impressed with the partnership of the Walla Walla educational system with the Walla Walla Fair. He noted exceptional educational value in the exhibits displayed by area students as well as the partnership with the fair that allowed for many student to participate in the fair’s “Educational Day” by busing area students to the fair with an organized educational tour of the grounds.

Accepting this special award was Mark Higgins, Communications Director and Bill Jordan, Superintendent, both with the Walla Walla Public Schools, Margo Piver, Superintendent of the Walla Walla Fair Educational Building, and Daryl Hopson, Interim Manager of the Walla Walla Fair.

District breaks ground on new Walla Walla High School track

Tuesday, Sept. 8, Walla Walla Public Schools broke ground on 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. The new blue track will have nine lanes and eliminate the need for the track program to use Martin Field at Borleske Stadium. Currently the district spends $8000 annually to transport students to and from Martin Field for track practices and 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 supports 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

2016 End of Year Celebrations

Opportunity Program Graduation
- Thursday, June 2 / During school day / Opportunity Program (1917 E. Isaacs Ave.)

Lincoln High School Graduation
- Thursday, June 2 / 6 p.m. / Marcus Whitman Hotel

Walla Walla High School Commencement
- Friday, June 3 / 7 p.m. / Commons Grounds

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Monday, June 6 / 7 p.m. / Walla Walla High School Gym

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

Shark Tank - Walla Walla style

The district has teamed with Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, College Place School District, Junior Achievement and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce to plan the Pitch It! Competition presented by Baker Boyer Bank. Inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, “Pitch It” provides an opportunity for students of all ages to design and develop innovative business, products and services concepts. The Pitch It! Competition will challenge students to create a realistic business model for their entrepreneurial idea.

Students will compete in grade brackets, K-8, 9-12 and 13+ and is open to all students at all schools in the Walla Walla Valley. In addition, there will be workshops leading up to the events, volunteer mentors will be assigned to students and a community-wide entrepreneurial panel will judge the final event.

The preliminary competition for all students is Wednesday, November 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College. The winners from each grade bracket at this event will move forward to compete in the final event on November 18 at the Gesa Powerhouse Theater. The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize from Baker Boyer Bank and three coaching sessions on the fundamentals of building a successful business.

Pitch It! Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 30 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Kick-Off and Informational meeting Location: Port of Walla Walla Conference Room, Walla Walla Airport

Wednesday, Oct. 7 - 6:30-8 p.m.
- Instructional Workshop “Brainstorm your Business” Location: Port of Walla Walla Conference Room, Walla Walla Airport. Activities involve games to creatively consider new business or social enterprise opportunities and product concepts.

- Wednesday, Oct. 21 6:30-8 p.m.
- Instructional Workshop “Build your Pitch” Location: Reid Center, Room G-02, Whitman College. Instructional and practice activities to focus on crucial points of the pitch.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - 5:30-8 p.m.
- Preliminary Competition Location: Walla Walla Community College, Main Building. Three community-wide events by grade-bracket, top 2 winners from each age bracket advance to final round.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Final Event Location: Gesa Powerhouse Theater. Top 2 finishers at each preliminary event compete for the final award

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School Stories
Thompson encourages elementary students to make good choices

This week Bullying Prevention Specialist Mark Thompson met with fourth and fifth grade students at Berney and Sharpstein Elementary to talk about treating people kindly and making good choices. His discussion focused on character development, self regulation, self reflection and thinking before you speak or act.

“The message this year is to see fellow students as ice bergs,” Thompson said. “You only see 10 percent of who someone is and it is what is below the surface that is important.”

Thompson has 20 years experience in risk management and bullying prevention. He speaks nationally on the topic with large organizations, including NFL teams and NCAA athletic programs. Thompson’s presence in schools is part of the district’s risk management program in partnership with the Safe and Civil Schools Committee. Thompson plans to visit numerous schools this school year. He will also meet with staff on these issues. Earlier this summer, Thompson provided a training to all district administrators.

College representatives plan Walla Walla High School visits 

Seniors and Juniors, don't miss this opportunity to connect with Admissions Officers in-person regarding applications, costs and scholarships. Sign-in at the event to be excused from class. Let your teacher know you plan to attend. Contact Claircy Clizer, cclizer@wwps.org or 509-526-8680 with questions. All college visits take place in the Career Center located in the Library.
- Evergreen State College - Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m. Career Center
- Lewis Clark State College - Sept.14, 10:30 a.m. Career Center
- Seattle University - Sept. 28, 2 p.m.
- George Fox University - Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.

National Guard to fire cannon during Wa-Hi football game

Residents living near Borleske Stadium should not be alarmed Friday night if they hear a loud boom during the Walla Walla High School football game against the Davis Pirates. It simply means the Blue Devils are doing well. Members of the the National Guard plan to be in attendance and fire their cannon after all Walla Walla High School scores. Good luck Blue Devils.

Volleyball program to “Dig Pink” to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer programs

Students and parents involved in the Walla Walla High School Volleyball Program are organizing a series of activities and events to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. Several fundraisers are also planned. Funds raised will be donated to the Providence St Mary Breast Cancer Special Needs or the Lifesaver Fund. Note, the due date for ordering t-shirts and light-up bracelets is September 21. Order forms are available at volleyball games and at Walla Walla High School. Those interested can also contact organizer Cassie Rothstrom for forms and additional information: (509) 520-7186 / cassie@wwenvironmental.com.

Dig Pink Events:
- Now through September 21: T-shirts and light up bracelets for Dig Pink
- September 25: Wa-Hi Volleyball will be at the Homecoming game selling homemade baked goods
- October 5: Garrison vs. Pioneer, Dig Pink Volleyball Match
- October 13: Dig Pink Game at Wa-Hi

October 13: Dig Pink Game Schedule of Events
- Pizza By the Slice – will be sold during Frosh, Sophomore, JV, and Varsity Games - $2/slice
- Dig Pink T-Shirts will be available for purchase – limited quantity though, so please place your order in advance - $15/shirt
- Wa-Hi Cheerleaders will be onsite doing face painting - $1
- Light-up Dig Pink Bracelets - $5 each
- There will be some “mystery items” to bid on at the event
- Onsite raffle for some cool themed baskets
- There will be someone on site selling make up – with nearly 50 percent of the profits to the fundraising project
- 30 second black out during the Varsity Game break to remember those impacted by cancer. Bracelets will be turned on during this time to light up the gym with a Moment of Silence following.
- “Serve for a Cure” - $1/serve (tickets purchased at game)

Cardio Strength Bootcamp clients donate school supplies

Walla Walla High School teachers Marc Yonts and Scott Tibbling of The Cardio Strength Bootcamp program recently organized their "Push Ups for Pencils" promotion to collect school supplies for students in need. This is the fourth year the 60 clients in the program have had the opportunity to donate school supplies.

“It is a way to give back to the community,” Tibbling said. “The district and community have been so good to us and we like to pay back for their generosity.”

Community Stories
YCCY announces 2015 Youth & Government Program

The YMCA Community Center for Youth is now registering for the 2015 Youth & Government program for student’s 8th-12th grade. Youth & Government is a nationally recognized YMCA program that began in 1947 and has been taught all over the United States through YMCA youth departments.

Youth & Government will give local teens the opportunity to gain practical insight on how a democracy works by using a set curriculum, local guest speakers and by observing local governmental meetings. “This is an exciting program for us,” states Teen Director Kerstin Fenton. “Our participants will be writing and debating their own bills on important issues that face the community and nation.” In the spring the local Youth & Government class will visit the Capital Building in Olympia and deliberate their bills with hundreds of other participants from around the state.

Youth & Government begins in November and will meet the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the YMCA. The program is open to local high school students. For more details, contact Teen Director Kerstin Fenton at 509-525-8863 or kfenton@wwymca.org

Crime Watch program brings free bike safety program to area schools

Crime Watch is launching a new program this fall called Back on the Road to promote bicycle safety. This free activity is coming to district elementary schools this fall on Saturdays to repair flat tires, perform bicycle maintenance and give away bike helmets. “Eric Hisaw has committed his football players to help out with flat repair and helmet fitting,” said organizer Kay Barga. “Local bike shops will send mechanics to determine if the child's bike is fit to ride.”

Bikes determined not fit to ride will be exchanged through a bike exchange with the penitentiary. Old bikes are rebuilt and then donated back to the community.

September 2015
Sept. 12 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Green Park
Sept. 19 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Sharpstein
Sept. 26 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Berney

October 2015
Oct. 3 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Blue Ridge
Oct. 10 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Edison
Oct. 17 (from 10 a.m. to 12 noon) - Prospect Point

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.

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!

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