Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 15, 2013

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District Stories
 Wa-Hi bond fails; Area districts pass bonds
The bond proposal to modernize Walla Walla High School failed Tuesday night garnering a 53.30 percent YES vote. The proposal required a 60 percent "Supermajority" for approval. The district will now review concerns and comments to determine its next move. No decisions have been made regarding a future Wa-Hi bond proposal.

Meanwhile, several school districts in the area passed construction bonds: Touchet School District passed a $6.5 million bond; Pasco School district passed a $46.8 million bond; Richland School District passed a $98 million bond.

 School Board Executive Meeting and Public Meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19
- Executive Session: 5 p.m. (Discuss performance of a district employee - not open to public)

- Public Board Meeting: 6:30 p.m.

- Location: District Office - 364 S. Park Street

 Position announcements for Berney and Green Park Principal openings now posted
Walla Walla Public Schools has posted Principal position openings for Berney and Green Park Elementary Schools. These positions are now posted on the district website Job Posting section -- www.wwps.org. The application deadline is March 31.
 School board member shares life experiences with Whitman College students
WWPS Board Member, Ruth Ladderud, made herself available to Whitman students interested in hearing and learning how their liberal arts education can and will prepare them for a future of significant, community leadership and impact. As a Whitman Biology major, current Whitman staff member and expansive community leader, Ladderud had much to share about interests, passions, gifts, mentors and her journey of growing in capacity, leadership and impact at the local level. The lunch capacity in Memorial 324 was 20 students and it was full.

"Ruth made herself available to students for further discussion around Civic Engagement through email, a coffee chat, etc. which is fantastic," said Susan Prudente, Outreach Coordinator for the Whitman College Student Engagement Center. "I know that this will not be the last time the Student Engagement Center invites Ruth to share with students. She is a gem and we all know that the Walla Walla community is stronger because of her local leadership through a variety of organizations over the past 20 years."

 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year nominations accepted
 It's time to recognize those who help support our school district. Nominations are now being accepted for the Art Regier Volunteer of the Year awards. Details are listed below. Please take the time to honor those who give so much to our school district.

Art Regier Volunteer of the Year nominations

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, March 22 for the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Award. Recipients will be recognized at the April 16 school board meeting. Nomination forms are available at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the district office.

Criteria for selection may include the following:

1. Exceptional service or contributions to the children of Walla Walla Public Schools

2. Unusual dedication

3. Demonstration of care, compassion and empathy

Recipients of the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award will be honored with a plaque to display at their home or place of business, and their name will be permanently affixed to a memorial plaque in the school district’s board room at 364 South Park Street. For more information, please call Communications Director Mark Higgins (509) 526-6716.

School Stories
 Wa-Hi teams and athletes continue in post-season competition this weekend

Logan Reardon will be wrestling in the 220 pound weight classification in the 4A State Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome and Zane Henderson will attend as alternate in the 170 pound weight class. Logan’s first match will be at 1:10 p.m. on Friday against an opponent from Snohomish H.S. Visit wiaa.org to check progress.


Wa-Hi boys swimmers are competing in the 4A State Championships this Friday and Saturday in Federal Way. The athletes making the trip are Josh Bumgarner, Patrick Giedeman, Tyler Jones, Branden Kimball, Russell Skorina and Jayden Wallace. Geideman and Kimball are DeSales athletes who are allowed to compete on our team since DeSales does not have swimming.


Both Wa-Hi girls and boys teams will play at home tonight (Friday, Feb. 15) in the first round of the Regional tournament. Both teams will play Gonzaga Prep from the GSL. The girls game will start at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7:15 p.m. These are loser out games and the winners will play again on Saturday night. If the girls win they will play the loser of the Mead-Chiawna game at their place and the winner will advance to the regional round of the State Tournament. If the boys win they will play the loser of the Richland-Central Valley game at their place and the winner will advance to the regional round of the State Tournament. I have attached the Regional bracket.

This is a MCC/GSL Regional contest and the only passes accepted are the WSCA passes.

 Wa-Hi athletes selected for Mid-Columbia Conference All-Conference Teams (corrected from last week)

Logan Reardon - 1st Team

Will Babbitt - 2nd Team

Noe Gonzales - Honorable Mention

Girls Basketball

Mikayla Ferenz - 1st Team

Torri Crawford - 2nd Team

Madi Doepker - 2nd Team

Kate Ferenz - Honorable Mention

Boys Basketball

Tanner Cranor - 1st Team

Gabe Porter - Honorable Mention

 Stu Cabe continues his "Be Nice" message
Relationship expert Stu Cabe returned to Walla Walla to continue working with staff and students on his "Be Nice" campaign. This visit centered on working with student leaders at Garrison Middle School and Walla Walla High School. Cabe trained students to visit classrooms and share research-based curriculum on building a positive school climate.

Cabe is the annual keynote speaker at Wa-Hi's Big Blue Weekend. His work is linked to the district's anti-bullying program. He uses humor, music and drama to connect with students.

 Public invited to AVID Academic Recognition Night
Students enrolled in the

Walla Walla High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program are inviting community members, parents, staff and students to attend the 4thAnnual AVID Academic Recognition and Family Night Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Commons. AVID students will be recognized for academic achievement and performance.

AVID Recognition & Family Night

• Wednesday, February 20

• 6:30 p.m. (program begins)

• Walla Walla High School Commons

• Keynote speaker: Dr. Steven VanAusdle, President – Walla Walla Community College

About AVID

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.

AVID program supports students by providing them with skills necessary to be successful in college. AVID students are expected to access rigorous curriculum. The AVID elective class is an avenue for students to acquire the skills in communication, critical thinking, note-taking, peer-tutoring, organization, time-management etc. In addition, AVID elective class members become a family. Students stay together for four years with the same group of peers and teachers.

WWPS AVID Grade Levels Served:

• Sharpstein Elementary: Grades 4 & 5

• Pioneer Middle School: Grades 7 & 8

• Garrison Middle School: Grade 7 & 8

• Walla Walla High School: Grades 9 – 12

The AVID project is a collaborative effort between Washington State University GEAR UP, Walla Walla Public Schools, and our community. Learn more online at: http://yourcollegeandcareer.org/school-contacts/wwhs

Community Stories
 Area dentists offer free clinics in recognition of National Dental Health Month
February is National Dental Health Month. District Health Services Director Jennifer Douglas is scheduling the free dental clinic for students not covered by dental insurance or who have not see a dentist in the last year.

Dr. Geoff Stuart and Dr. Ron Will, local dentists, located at 1545 Business Circle One, are offering free dental services to Walla Walla School District elementary students on February 22, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Transportation to and from the dentist’s office will be provided by the district. Parents are welcome to attend the dental visit.

Parents are encouraged to contact Jennifer Douglas to schedule an appointment for their child: 520-4844 / jdouglas@wwps.org

 Teddy Bear Tea and Doll Show Saturday, February 23
The Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association is having its 7th annual Teddy Bear Show and Tea with visiting doll exhibits. Saturday, February 23 at St. Francis Social Hall, 722 West Alder. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This event features a Gala Tea, Story Corner, Photographer, Raffle, Silent Auction, Doll & Bear exhibits, Teddy Bear Store selling Bearapheralia and more.

This event is the primary fund raiser for this association. Two annual scholarships of $1,000 each are provided each year.

Admission is $ 5 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets are available at the door.

 Grandmothers Round Table plans forum to showcase resources available to families
The Grandmothers Round Table will present a forum entitled: "Are We Preparing Our Children for the Changing World? What Resources Are Available in our Community to Help Our Children and Families?". The Forum will be held Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

Panel members include: Meagan Anderson-Pira, Director of the Children's Home Society; Connie Taylor-Randall, Walla Walla Public Schools, Brooke Bouchey, Intervention Specialist at Lincoln Alternative School, and Mike Bates, Director of the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center.

The Grandmothers Round Table is a non-partisan organization focusing on educating the public on issues of interest in the Walla Walla Valley. The Grandmothers Round Table Forums welcome all ages, genders, and political views.

For more information, contact Pat Yenney at (509) 529-6574 or Linda Moats at bmoats@q.com.

 YMCA Corporate Cup – April 8 - 20, 2013
Registrations are currently being taken for this year’s Corporate Cup Challenge at the YMCA. Since the district can’t pay for team sponsorship, it would be up to individual employees/spouses to form their own team. Events include basketball, bench press, bowling, pickleball, pool relays, volleyball, wiffleball, a 5K run/walk and others. The cost is $525 per team for registrations received by March 1 and $650 after this deadline. For more information, please see the following link: http://www.wwymca.org/about-events/event-rules. You may also contact Shauna Coleman at scoleman@wwymca.org.
 HomeTeam looking for volunteers to work with families
 Do you want to help in a very real way to prevent child abuse and neglect and build healthy families? Sign up for HomeTeam’s orientation on March 6 from 4-5 p.m. and learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child. Becoming a Parent Aide provides volunteers the opportunity to share themselves and their life experiences with parents to better the life of a child.

There’s an immediate need for Volunteer Parent Aides. Call Stephanie today at (509) 529-2130 and find out how you can build a supportive community one family at a time!

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