Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 13, 2015

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School board public work session and meeting - Tuesday, Nov. 17

- 6:00 p.m. - Public Work Session: School board members will discuss the 2016 replacement levy
- 6:30 p.m. - Regularly scheduled meeting
- Location: WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.)
- Both meetings open to the public

Public invited to reception to honor School Board member Anne Golden

Tuesday night is the last school board meeting for Anne Golden after 28 years of service. The district is planning a public reception in her honor immediately following the regularly scheduled board meeting at approximately 7 p.m. Please join us in thanking Anne Golden for nearly three decades of service to the staff and students of Walla Walla Public Schools.

District plans second community meeting to discuss sleep study

Walla Walla Public Schools is conducting a sleep study to determine if Walla Walla High School should start later based on adolescent sleep pattern research. The study consideration is for first period to start at 8:30 a.m. instead of the current 7:30 a.m. start time. The new schedule would have 7th period begin at 3 p.m. with school getting out at 4 p.m. Business Services Executive Director Ted Cohan and Dr. Richard Simon are planning a second public meeting on this topic Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School Commons. Approximately 40 people attended a public meeting on the study Tuesday at the Garrison Middle School library. Dr. Simon discusses the research linked to chronic sleep loss in teens and some of the potential benefits to starting school later at Walla Walla High School. Cohan explains the committee’s process, some of the challenges associated to changing the schedule and how a recommendation could potentially move forward. The district will also launch a community-wide survey soon to get additional input. No decisions have been made. For more information on the Sleep Study, contact Ted Cohan at (509) 526-6717 or tcohan@wwps.org.

School board president provides superintendent search update in new Pulse video

Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan interviews School Board President Sam Wells in this month’s Pulse video. The search process for a new superintendent is underway. The position closes January 28 with interviews beginning in February. The new superintendent is expected to be named in March and start July 1. Click on the link to view the November Pulse video:

Thanksgiving Holiday break schedule

- Early Dismissal: Wednesday, Nov. 25
- No School: Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27
- Classes resume Monday, Nov. 30

Local Public School Employees elects new officers

Current Public School Employees (PSE) President David Locken is stepping down effective next month. Blue Ridge Head Custodian John Kiefel was elected to be the new president and the vice president is BJ Colvin. The new secretary is Catherine Fine and the treasurer is Marianne O’Leary. Thanks to David Locken for his service to Walla Walla Public Schools staff and students. 

Free showing of Paper Tigers documentary at Cordiner Hall

The Health Center, Whitman College Student Engagement Center and Walla Walla Public Schools have teamed to bring a free public showing of Paper Tigers to Cordiner Hall Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The Paper Tigers documentary follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students. This film explores how Walla Walla's own Lincoln High school and The Health Center have become promising models for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and health disparities that affect families. Join us in celebrating this film, and the success of Lincoln High School.
Event details
- Paper Tigers Documentary showing
- Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall, Whitman College (46 S. Park St.)
- Free to the public
- Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-screening-tickets-18890587255

School Stories
Wa-Hi Fall Drama: A Long Bridge Over Deep Water

“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” is 10 vignettes woven together in documentary fashion and explores themes of tolerance, diversity, acceptance, and religion. The play’s opening night is Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” Performance Schedule (remaining):
Friday, Nov. 13 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 2 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 7 p.m.
*All performances are at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium

- Adults $12, Students and Seniors $6
- Drama donors are seated prior to seating of the general public (It’s all general admission with no reserved seating)
- Purchase tickets online by visiting the Walla Walla High School web site: Online payments section - https://intouch.wwps.org
- Tickets may also be purchased at the ASB office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in person)
- Box office opens one hour prior to performance if tickets are available

21st Century Garrison Garden/Cooking Club supports local food distribution center

Nine members of Garrison's Garden Cooking Club took a field trip to the BMAC Food Distribution Center after school on Tuesday, November 10 to learn about Walla Walla's food bank and help sort donated food. Together they sorted about 2,500 pounds of food, and donated 110 pounds of squash they harvested from Garrison's own garden.

“We are very proud of our students' contribution to fighting food insecurity and hope to collaborate with the food bank more in the future,” said 21st Century Coordinator William Hammond.

City of Walla Walla proclaims November 9 in honor of Prospect Point teacher

Mayor Jerry Cummins visited Prospect Point Elementary Monday to proclaim November 9, 2015 as David Parodi Day in Walla Walla. Parodi was named a recipient of the prestigious City of Walla Walla’s Civic Award. Parodi is a 5th grade teacher and has been employed by the district since 1992. Cummins honored Parodi during an all school assembly. His wife Denise, a second grade teacher at Berney Elementary, and his daughters Denali and Daria were present during the surprise announcement.

He was born in Peru in 1969, moving at the age of 4 to Pueblo, Colorado where he completed his basic public education and began his lifelong pursuit of public service. Parodi graduated in 1992 from Linfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree and later from Eastern Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Education. While attending Linfield College, he participated in pep concert and jazz bands as well as the orchestra program. David has played and coached both basketball and soccer, and currently coaches his daughter’s soccer team. Parodi has organized Prospect Point’s “Make a Difference Day” activities for several years, where students have volunteered at the Blue Mountain Humane Society and at the local municipal cemetery for various community service projects. He has volunteered many hours at Amazing Grace Nazarene Church, helping or leading youth programs; has been a key factor at Berney Elementary School’s annual Carnival and Talent Show. Parodi served as patrol supervisor at Prospect Point for over 20 years; and has also been a court monitor for the YMCA Peach Basketball Classic for many years.

“He has been observed removing weeds which puncture bicycle tires, including goat heads and other noxious weeds, from public roadways and rights-of-way without notoriety or need for recognition, but basically desiring only to make our community a better place to live and work,” said Cummins. “He received this award because of his unselfish contributions to the citizens of Walla Walla in volunteer and civic affairs.”

Wa-Hi graduate receives FFA degree at national convention

Congratulations to Class of 2013 graduate Andy Zahl for receiving The American Farmer Degree at the National FFA Convention, in Louisville, Kentucky in October. After graduating from Walla Walla High School two years ago, Zahl traveled  across Washington state many times as a Washington State FFA Officer. He also visited several states, South Africa and Washington D.C. Zahl is currently attending Oklahoma State University where he is on the Dean’s Honor roll as an International Agribusiness and Spanish major. He also serves on the Executive Council of AGR Fraternity, and is a student member of the Oklahoma State Alumni Board.

WWHS JROTC Cadet of the month earns 'on-the-spot' promotion - By Wa-Hi JROTC

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion recently selected its "Cadet of the Month" for October and rewarded her achievement with an immediate promotion. Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Sonja Steinle, 17, a first-year Cadet in Company D of the battalion, was promoted to this new rank after winning the top spot, according to the presiding official on the board.

“The top Cadet was selected among candidates from six Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps companies who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of advanced Cadets” according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Senior Army Instructor for the Walla Walla High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Steinle said she joined the program soon after moving to Walla Walla. She befriended most of the precision shooters, who compete as members of the Walla Walla High School Precision Air Rifle Team. After High School, she Plans to help her family in the Dominican Republic with their orphanage then train to become a forensic specialist or earn a degree in linguistics for Bible translations.

"Her strongest competitive category was an outstanding military bearing answering all questions presented to her by the board with complete composure" said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Danielle DeSalvo, president of the selection board. "Her peers also did extremely well. With Charlie Company's Cadet a close second place."

The candidates from the other companies were: Cadet PVT. Sam Shirmer, Co. A; c/PVT Isolda Sept, Co. B; c/PFC. Dane Armstrong, Co. C; c/PVT.Wren Chapin, Co. E; and, c/PFC. Carson Hammer, Co. F. Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society. Many Cadets compete on drill, marksmanship and physical training teams and get to travel to and compete at meets that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy Cadet programs from the 16 schools in the Cascade Division.

Washington state Poet Laureate visits local students

Thursday Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen visited Walla Walla High School to meet with students in Keith Swanson and Lori Dohe’s English classes. The Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry, including the state’s legacy of poetry, through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.

Austen is the author of a collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011), and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010). She produces literary programming for KUOW radio, a Seattle NPR affiliate, and is a communications specialist and educator at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The appointed poet laureate serves a two-year term. Austen was impressed with the quality of education Walla Walla students were receiving.

“Walla Walla students are being taught to read closely and think analytically about what they are doing,” Austen said. “My role is to reaffirm poems are relevant to how we live our lives. Poems are not a math problem to solve, but rather to help us connect to our own humanity and the humanity of others.”

In April 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that recognized the value of poetry to the culture and heritage of the state by establishing the Washington State Poet Laureate. Washington joined several other states in appointing an official state poet laureate position. The poet laureate is sponsored by Humanities Washington and ArtsWA, with the support of Gov. Jay Inslee.

College application campaign connects students to college representatives

This week, Wa-Hi participated in the College Application Campaign. All senior English classes had college representatives attend classes one day this week to help them apply to college and research scholarships and career options. Representatives from Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, and Whitman College participated. A follow-up is scheduled for January to help students apply for financial aid.

Walla Walla High School student advances in world language competition

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School sophomore Benjamin Bialozor for advancing to the second round of the International German Olympics sponsored by the Goethe Institute, which promotes the study of the German language worldwide. Bialozor is one of only seven U.S. high school students who have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago in December for the second round. The two winners in Chicago will win a trip to Berlin next summer where they will compete against students from all over the world who are studying German. Bialozor is a student in Curtis Schäfer’s German class. 

Baker Boyer Bank Pitch IT final event Wednesday

Baker Boyer Bank Pitch IT! Finals Competition
- Wednesday, November 18
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Gesa Powerhouse Theatre
- The event is FREE and open to the community
- www.pitch-it.info
- Catering by Walla Walla High School Culinary Arts Program (Barbara Buttice, teacher)

Heather Nygaard, WWCC, Haute Stuff Catering Co., Lindsey Shearer & Melanie Morales, Walla Walla University, Untapped: Unleashing your Closets, Daniel Ochoarrarte, College Place High School, Staging Spain, Paris Orchard & Jaedyn Sellers College Place High School, VT Bow Co., Marcus Huenergardt, College Place High School, Art of the Farmer, Abby Rolfe, Prospect Point Elementary, Angle Animals Cookie Society, and Harry Shaul, Weston Middle School, Pro Shifter will compete in the final round of the Baker Boyer Bank Pitch It competition Wednesday night at the Gesa Powerhouse Theatre.

“Pitch IT!” - inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, provides a vehicle for students of all ages to design and develop innovative business, products and services concepts. The Final Community-Wide Competition is November 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the GESA Powerhouse Theater. The winner receives a $500 cash prize from Baker Boyer Bank to support their business. The Baker Boyer Bank Pitch It competition is in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-22, 2015. The GEW Committee is made up of members from Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, College Place School District, Walla Walla Public Schools, Junior Achievement and the WWV Chamber of Commerce. Finals Competition judges; Megan Clubb, Baker Boyer Bank, Andre Bopp, Andrea’s Kitchen, Shannon Bergevin, Express Personnel, Hank Worden, Edward Jones Investments, and Zachery Frazier of the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Club.

Middle School Explorer Program students attend Youth and Justice Program

Pioneer and Garrison 7th and 8th grade Explorer students from Beth Clearman and Megan Cabasco's classes attended the 13th Annual Youth and Justice Program at Columbia Basin Community College Friday, November 6. Each student completed a project based on the theme "Liberty and justice for all..."

“We had an absolutely phenomenal time,” said Pioneer Middle School Explorer teacher Megan Cabasco. “The event was very well organized and put the students in direct contact with judges, lawyers, and law students from all across the state.”

Students had the opportunity to meet with professionals from all levels of law enforcement, including police officers, an FBI agent, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the U.S. Justice Department, and state and federal judges, including Justice Mary Yu of the Washington State Supreme Court. Students received hands-on experience analyzing cases in small-group studies guided by law students from Gonzaga, Seattle University, and the University of Washington. The Youth and Justice Forum is an annual event and was open to all WWPS students and teachers. Garrison Middle School 8th grader Jena Peiterson won a Kindle Fire as the grand prize winner for her collage about Justice.

"Perhaps the best aspect of the forum was the experience our students had networking with these professionals during a scavenger hunt,” Cabasco said. “Beth and I were impressed with the sophistication of our students' questions and their level of engagement."

Walla Walla High School Fall 2015 Athletic All Conference selections

Cross Country
- Erika Leinweber, 11th grade, First Team All Conference
- Alex Iben, 11th grade, First Team All Conference
- James Grayson Gillin, 11th grade, Second Team All Conference
- Andrew Feistner, 12th grade, Second Team All Conference
- Hannah Cabasco, 11th grade, Honorable Mention
- John Cameron Peters, 11th grade, Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer
- Nancy Marquez, 12th grade, Honorable Mention
- Ana Gabriela Bertran, 12th grade, Honorable Mention

- Tara Krivoshein, 11th grade, Honorable Mention

Girls Swim
- Paige Gardner, 10th grade, First Team All Conference: 100-Yard Freestyle & 100-Yard Backstroke; Second Team All Conference: 200-Yard Medley Relay; Honorable Mention: 200-Yard Freestyle Relay & 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
- Mackenzie Hale, 11th grade, Second Team All Conference: 200-Yard Individual Medley, 500-Yard Freestyle & 200-Yard Medley Relay; Honorable Mention: 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
- Hally Ruff, 10th grade, Second Team All Conference: 50-Yard Freestyle & 200-Yard Medley Relay; Honorable Mention: 100-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, and 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
- Hannah Gardner, 10th grade, Second Team All Conference: 200-Yard Medley Relay
- Lacey Klem, 11th grade, Honorable Mention: 200-Yard Freestyle Relay & 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
- Alana Budden, 10th grade, Honorable Mention: 200-Yard Freestyle Relay

- Sam Hoe, 11th grade, Second Team All Conference: Defensive Back & Returner
- Ryan Rogel, 12th grade, Second Team All Conference: Defensive Line
- Lucas Rassbach, 12th grade, Second Team All Conference: Defensive Line
- Noah Porter, 12th grade, Second Team All Conference: Linebacker
- Reed Bond, 11th grade, Honorable Mention: Offensive Line
- Mitch Lesmeister, 11th grade, Honorable Mention: Quarterback

Meet the Garrison Principal for Coffee Wednesday morning

The Moms’ Network is excited to host a new monthly program at Garrison Middle School with Principal Robert Elizondo. Parents are invited to join the principal for coffee and danishes to learn more about the school and the resources and programs available to students and parents. All parents and guardians are invited to participate including 5th grade parents of students who will be attending Garrison in the fall of 2016. For more information or to suggest a topic please contact Armida Contreras at acontreras@wwps.org.

Meeting dates:
- Wednesday, November 18 @ 8 a.m. in Room 171 (English)
- Tuesday, Nov. 24 @ 8 a.m. in Room 171 (Spanish)
(NOTE: Please check in at the main office)

Community Stories
W2 for Drug Free Youth Survey

Would you be willing to give up 5 minutes of your time to fill out a survey that will help community leaders develop effective prevention programs addressing youth substance use, depression and suicide? This survey, created by the Division of Behavior Health and Recovery and being implemented by W2 for Drug Free Youth, focuses on adult concerns about substance use, depression and suicide among youth in our community.

This survey is anonymous. That means you will not be asked for your name or address. This survey is voluntary. That means that you can refuse to answer any question or stop the survey at any time. The survey will take 5 minutes to complete.

Survey results will be released in the spring of 2016.

Here are the direct links to the surveys:
ONLINE SURVEY ENGLISH: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWWWON2015
ONLINE SURVEY SPANISH: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WWWWSP2015

For more information:
Peggy Needham, Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Coordinator
Trilogy Recovery Community
515 West Poplar
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 876-4525

Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom

The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary which provides a bag of books for all newborns in Walla Walla, is conducting its annual Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the program. These adorably wrapped cans with a hyacinth bulb inside make a nice holiday gift. The bulb cans are $5 each.

Order Information”
- Send orders by Monday, November 30
- Email bargabk@charter.net or call 529-3527 with number of cans and your contact information for delivery
- Make payment by check to: Books for Babes, c/o Kay Barga, 810 Clay Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
- Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 11

City Parks & Rec Update

Registration is open for the following programs:
Winter Tennis Camp - January 11-15, 2016
- Beginning - Advanced (Ages 10-18) Cost - $75
- Quickstart (Ages 4-10) Cost - $55

Youth Indoor Soccer League
- January 9-March 12 (Grades K-8), $50

The Body’s Way (Ages 3-6)
- Cost - $160

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

AAUW accepting scholarship applications

Applications are now being accepted for the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Scholarships, established to provide assistance to women who have completed a minimum of one year of college (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and have a desire to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education. Please note that there must be a break of at least one year at some time during the applicant’s college education.

Applications will be accepted from women who meet the following requirements:
1. provide transcripts from at least one year of college, followed by an interruption (time lapse) in education
2. submit completed application with essay and two letters of recommendation, each written by someone familiar with applicant’s educational background and goals
3. provide a copy of the confirmation page of your completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that includes the Expected Family Contribution to help determine financial need
4. must be resident of Walla Walla, Columbia, or Umatilla County

The scholarship committee is seeking women who demonstrate a desire to continue their education by completing or adding to their degree. While past academic performance will be considered, improvement in grades since returning to college will be even more important. Individual financial need of the applicants will also be considered in making the awards. The scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient’s choice to be used as needed for educational expenses.

Up to three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. Funds for these scholarships are raised at the AAUW Kitchen Tour and at the Book Sale. Our appreciation to AAUW volunteers who make these scholarships possible. You will find additional information and the scholarship application at the AAUW web site: http://wallawalla-wa.aauw.net or Michelle Higgins at mihiggins@wwps.org or contact Claire James at ejames@wwps.org. Completed applications must be received by November 20, 2015. Award recipients will be notified by the second week of December and introduced at the AAUW annual Winter Social.

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