Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 25, 2013

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 Ballots for Wa-Hi bond proposal mail out today
Ballots for the Wa-Hi bond election mail out to voters today. The ballots must be completed and postmarked by Tuesday, February 12. This bond is focused on providing a modern high school facility to meet today’s teaching and learning needs.

This proposal calls for modernizing all of the 1963 buildings. Existing roof systems and concrete slabs will be re-used to keep costs down. The plan includes larger classrooms and labs, modern technology, improved heating systems, air conditioning, drama support, security enhancements, a new all weather track and music facility. All state matching dollars will be used on the Wa-Hi project.

Any excess funds from the project, including state matching dollars, will be returned to the taxpayers. Visit the school district website —

www.wwps.org — for more information or contact Wa-Hi Principal Pete Peterson for a school tour.

 Walla Walla Citizens for Schools plans walking rally to educate community on Wa-Hi bond
- Saturday, Jan. 26

- 10 a.m.

- District Office Parking Lot (364 S. Park St.)

- Open to the public

- Information: Craig Sievertsen (301.5205) or Shannon Bergevin (301.1449)

 Wa-Hi Principal to offer school tours tomorrow
Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson is organizing public tours of Wa-Hi to educate the community on the school’s facility needs. Area wheat farmer Harold Cochran has attended two tours to learn more about the bond proposal.

"I would recommend you take a tour," Cochran said. "They are offering one on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. or you can visit the district website and watch a video tour and then judge for yourself. I think is critical though we continue to educate our young people as they are our future."

Saturday Afternoon Tour
- Saturday, Jan. 26
- 1 to 3 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Commons (tours begin)

Tours Prior to Wa-Hi Basketball game vs. Kamiakin
- January 26 @ 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Main Gym Lobby (tours begin)

 District teachers and staff impress Patron Tour guests
Wednesday Superintendent Mick Miller conducted a Patron Tour. Guests visited Blue Ridge Elementary, Wa-Hi and Lincoln High School. Superintendent Miller also briefed them on district projects and the Wa-Hi bond proposal.

"I was most struck by the staff," said guest Linda Herbert. "Everywhere we went it seemed like we were looking at the cream of the crop and then I realized they were all cream. Truly these teachers are all so passionate about their jobs and to step inside their classrooms and see them work it was obvious they were giving 110 percent."

Patron Tour Guest List:

Sarah McClure, Cynthia Yegge, Harold Cochran, Doug Bickerstaff, Doug Hayes, Dick Moeller, Juliann Moeller, Glen Houk, Jan Houk, Linda Herbert

 Parent/Teacher conference schedule
- Friday, Feb. 1 - Early dismissal for students in grades K-5 (report card preparation time)

- Thursday, Feb. 7 & 8 - NO SCHOOL

- Contact school and teachers directly for specific conference details at each school

 Picture Lab brings Chihuly to schools
By Augusta Farnum

Carnegie Picture Lab, with support from the Walla Walla Foundry, will partner with Chihuly Studio and the new "Chihuly Garden and Glass" project to present Family Art Nights from January to May 2013.

"I’m honored to be included in the Carnegie Picture Lab Family Fun Nights community events," said Dale Chihuly. "I believe its mission to bring art to every child in every classroom in Walla Walla is an admirable one."

Dale and Team Chihuly believe arts education should be available for every student and support communities in ongoing efforts to teach children the importance of the arts.

Carnegie Picture Lab serves 10 schools: Rogers, Assumption, Meadowbrook, Davis, Prospect Point, Berney, Sharpstein, Green Park, Blue Ridge, and Edison. Each child will receive a book courtesy of Chihuly Studio.

These evenings are based on the Title I Family Fun Night programs. Designed as educational events, they bring families together in the evening to explore, learn and have fun. Working with the school’s PTA, the Americorps of Walla Walla provides the work force to run the events.

Carnegie Picture Lab has designed hands-on activities to explore different elements of Chihuly’s work whether it’s color, shape or form. Chihuly Garden and Glass, Dale and Team Chihuly have been extremely supportive of this educational program and are sending materials such as posters, books, prizes and tickets to the new exhibition in Seattle.

Please join the Carnegie Picture Lab is celebrating Dale Chihuly’s work with hands-on activities and exploration. There will be a kick off event for the Family Art Night programs Saturday, January 26 at the Walla Walla Public Library.

School Stories
 Pioneer Middle School mails paper crane mobile to Sandy Hook Elementary
Today, Pioneer Middle School principal Mira Gobel mailed a beautiful handmade mobile of paper cranes to the staff and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Pioneer students and staff, with the leadership and support of Gobel, recently folded 3000 origami paper cranes. The Sandy Hook mobile, which has 1000 cranes carefully strung together, is being sent to help heal their broken hearts. The gift will be a surprise as Gobel as not notified anyone at Sandy Hook the mobile is one its way.

Gobel says she was devasted upon hearing the news of the tragic school shooting and wanted to do something. She also knew the news would impact her staff, students and families. She says the crane idea just popped into her mind and she knew it was the right project.

"In ancient Japanese legend, the crane is considered one of the mystical creatures and is believed to live for a thousand years," Goble said. "According to the legend, if you make one thousand origami cranes -- one for each year of the crane’s life -- and make a wish, the crane will grant the wish. Now the cranes just keep showing up as students are folding them at home too. Everytime I come back to may office there are more cranes."

Gobel says the Pioneer students and staff have made a wish that such a tragedy would never happen again. Pioneer Middle School students and staff also plan to make crane mobiles for Green Park, Edison, Berney, Blue Ridge, Prospect Point, and Sharpstein Elementary Schools, as well as for their own school.

 Dance Team Kids Camp Saturday, Jan. 26
The Walla Walla High School dance team would like to invite all students Kindergarten through 6th grade to attend their annual dance camp on Saturday January 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. All participants will get the opportunity to learn a dance routine choreographed by the dance team to perform at the Wa-Hi boy’s basketball game that evening vs. Kamiakin High School.


When: Saturday, January 26

Time: 3 to 5 p.m.

Registration: Begins at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Walla Walla High School Commons

Cost: $20 – This includes a dance camp T-shirt and free game admission pass for dancer. Cash and checks are both accepted at registration on the day of the camp. Please make checks payable to WWHS Dance Team.

Parents, you are invited to watch the youth camp dancers perform during halftime of the boy’s varsity basketball game that evening at 7:30 p.m. vs. Kamiakin. All dancers get in FREE, parents at regular price.

 Wa-Hi Speech and Debate team travels to Moses Lake to compete with area schools - By Coach Jean Tobin
Wa-Hi's Speech and Debate team traveled to Moses Lake on Saturday, January 19 with a small team (almost half our normal size), due to Finals. Because of our small size, I did not anticipate doing well as a team, however Walla Walla High School still earned 2nd place overall! Thirteen teams competed in the tournament including Chiawana, Pasco, Eisenhower, Othello, Ephrata, Cascade, Moses Lake, Southridge, University High School, Wenatchee, Liberty Bell and Eastmont.

Some of the highlights:

EVERY Wa-Hi Public Forum team was in the final pairings, competing for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place, including 2 teams (Bryan Preston and Sean Hamilton (seniors) and Kendall Dunovant (jr) and Marisol Beck (sr)) who only prepared to compete in Public Forum this week because they had all competed in other forms of debate last week at the UPS tournament. Bryan and Sean and Kera Parsons and Julia Cosma (seniors) completed the tournament with 3-1 records! Malcolm Gabbard and Emily Prull (sophomores) placed 2nd overall in Open Public Forum, losing to University (a non-district team from Spokane) in Finals.

In Open Lincoln-Douglas debate, I begged Calvin Brigham (senior) to enter. Calvin has been competing this year in Public Forum but he has gone to State two times in Lincoln-Douglas debate. He very kindly agreed to compete in L-D, although he had only a week to prepare (and study for finals). He then proceeded to take 2nd place!

In Junior Congress, Jordyn Englander and Simone Tiulaepa (freshman) got into the team spirit and Jordyn was elected Presiding Officer and they both made it to Super Congress!

In Individual Events:

Anna Apostolidis-Morefield (sophomore), was 1st in Open Humerous Interpretation and 3rd in Expository (We thought she should have been higher in expository - one of her judges said her speech was the best expos he'd heard in 10 years and gave it a perfect score!)

Gerrod Peck (sophomore), 1st in Novice Humorous Interpretation.

Calvin Brigham (senior), 1st in Open Editorial Commentary.

Emily Prull (sophomore): 1st in Impromptu and Extemp.

Our next tournament is in Spokane February 8-10. We will be competing in the Thomas Foley Invitational.

Community Stories
 P. L. A. Y. -- Picture Lab Art & You
Celebrate Chihuly - Art Family Fun Nights for the Walla Walla Valley

- Walla Walla Public Library

- Children of All Ages Welcome

- 1 to 3 p.m. Kick-Off January 26

This spring, Carnegie Picture Lab offers an evening called PLAY - to celebrate Chihuly at participating elementary schools. Based off theTitle I program Family Fun Night, Carnegie Picture Lab, a volunteer-based nonprofit, partners with participating schools, Americorps, the Walla Walla Foundry, Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Garden and Glass to provide these events.

The Carnegie Picture Lab mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley.


509.526.6921 www.carnegiepicturelab.com

 Whitman College event offers area families Financial Aid application support
The Whitman College Office of Financial Aid will host College Goal Sunday at Walla Walla High School, Sunday, Jan. 27 in the library from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., a free program designed to help families apply for college financial aid.

Financial aid professionals will assist families who need to complete their FAFSAs or CSS Profiles. The families need to bring last year’s taxes or their W-2s.

"We are happy to assist families with completing these critical documents in the financial aid process," said Marilyn Ponti, Whitman’s director of financial aid services. "It can be a little overwhelming, but we are well prepared to help and answer questions that families may have about applying for financial aid at colleges across the country."

Contact: Marilyn Ponti, Whitman College director of financial aid services



 Camp Fire Afterschool program Green Park site director job posting
Camp Fire USA announces an opening at Green Park for a Site Director. Candiates must enjoy working with children, have a positive and caring attitude and possess professional skills.

See more online at: http://www.wwcampfire.org/page6/index.html

For additional questions or to submit an application please contact:

Kaitlin Kirk

Communications Coordinator

Camp Fire USA, Walla Walla



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