Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 7, 2016

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Principals provide school board goals progress report

Tuesday night, Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea and district principals presented to school board members a progress report on 2016-2017 goals centered on literacy, math and high school retention rates. Site-based initiatives are in place at all schools to help make gains in the 2016-2017 Student Performance Target areas. Principals discussed the identified focus strategies, measurement tools being used and techniques for monitoring and providing support. Clearly defined and measurable performance goals for student achievement, with a level of autonomy for schools to meet the targets, was a theme heard at the meeting. Another progress report to the school board is scheduled this winter.

“I am excited to watch our buildings prosper this year and look forward to supporting each of the campuses as we make progress on these site-based initiatives,” said Superintendent Wade Smith.

2016-2017 Student Performance Targets
· Increase Elementary and Middle School Literacy and Math Achievement
· Improve High School Retention Rates

District plans community outreach sessions and survey to gain input for Strategic Plan development

Walla Walla Public Schools is planning a series of community and staff outreach sessions in English and Spanish to get input to inform a long-range Strategic Planning initiative currently underway. These engagement sessions are designed to help the school board and administration gain insight on the district’s strengths as well as opportunities for growth. Two school board members and the superintendent will be leading each of the sessions.

The district has launched an online survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XH89859) open through Oct. 21, in English and Spanish, also aimed at gathering input on these critical issues. The survey input and feedback from the outreach sessions, in addition to recent listening sessions, data and engagements, will be used in the development of a new Vision, Mission and Values statement for the school district. The data will also be included in discussions as the district develops measurable goals and detailed initiatives to support today’s learning needs as part of the five-year strategic plan. The new Strategic Plan is expected to be completed by June 2017.

Strategic Plan Community Outreach Series (remaining):
· Staff Session: Tuesday, Oct. 18: 3:30 to 4:30: Walla Walla High School Library
· Staff Session: Wednesday, Oct. 19: 3:45 to 4:45: Berney Elementary Library
· Parent/Community Session (English): Monday, Oct. 24: 6 to 7 p.m.: District Office Anne Golden Boardroom
· Staff Session: Thursday, Oct. 27, 3:30 to 4:30: Garrison Middle School Library

Strategic Plan Survey
- Survey is open now to Oct. 21
- Link will be available on district website: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XH89859
- Survey is in English and Spanish

Enrollment slightly above projections

Executive Director of Business Services Ted Cohan reported the 2015-2016 Budget is expected to be officially closed later this month following a review from ESD123. He expects the ending fund balance to be at or above projections. The October enrollment count was captured earlier this week. Cohan said the district is slightly above budgeted projections to begin the year.

Personnel Report (from Oct. 4, 2016 School Board meeting)

Richard Eagon, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Angelia Ewell, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Gary LeValley, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op
Itandehui Trejo, Intervention Specialist, Prospect Point Elementary School

Catherine Blethen, Health Room Assistant, Pioneer Middle School, 5 months
Rocio De La Torre, Intervention Specialist, Berney Elementary School, 1 month
Becky Miller, Bus Driver, SE Washington Transportation Co-Op, 27 years
Sergio Orozco, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School, 7 months

District names 2016 Gillespie Golden Onion award recipients

Kate VanCleve (Prospect Point Elementary 5th grade teacher), Angie Gardea (Garrison Middle School counselor) and Aaron Martin (Walla Walla High School teacher) were named recipients of the 2015-2016 Gillespie Golden. Each recipient will receive $500 for use in their classroom or to better their teaching skills.

Longtime Walla Walla resident and one-time teacher Sue Gillespie and her husband Mike established the “Golden Onion Award” to provide school supplies, equipment and professional development funds to Walla Walla educators. The “Golden Onion Award” is presented annually to three district teachers representing elementary, middle school and high school grade levels. The Gillespie Teacher Development Fund is a component fund of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation.

Elementary Recipient
Kate VanCleve – Prospect Point Elementary 5th grade teacher
· Nominator: David Parodi
· Kate is known on campus as someone always eager to improve instruction and encourage professional learning
· She started the One Book, One School program at Prospect Point
· She coordinates the PALS program for peer leadership support to enhance the school climate
· Kate ensures new families are welcomed to the school and connects 5th graders with new students
· Kate is also a board member for Little Theater and point person for Missoula Children’s Theater

Middle School Recipient
Angie Gardea – Garrison Middle School counselor
· Nominator: Catherine Blethen
· Angie is a go to person for nearly all aspects of school operations at Garrison Middle School
· She provides academic and whole child support for all Garrison Middle School students
· Angie helps coordinate testing, special events and the school’s Closet program which provides student clothing
· She works closely with teachers and parents to support all aspects of student services and involvement
· Angie also serves as the districtwide Crisis Recovery and Prevention specialist

High School Recipient
Aaron Martin – Walla Walla High School World Languages teacher
· Nominator: Refugio Reyes
· Aaron is head of the World Languages Department and is known as a great listener and colleague
· He advocates for department funding, encourages professional development and seeks new ideas
· Aaron is organizing a trip to Costa Rica to help students enhance their learning and experiences
· He created a Skype project so Wa-Hi students could interact with peers in other countries
· Aaron is a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing his National Board Certification

Parent/Teacher Goal-Setting Conference Schedule (NO SCHOOL Oct. 13-14)

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:00- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 2:15– 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 11: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Arena): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Drop In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Drop In): 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In): 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Drop In): 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, Oct. 4: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In-Arena): 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Classrooms): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEA-TECH Skills Center
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Scheduled): 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 (Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

School board president discusses strategic plan in new Pulse video

Superintendent Wade Smith interviews School Board President Cindy Meyer regarding the strategic planning process in the Pulse video for the month of October. Superintendent Smith also shares important updates on committee work, outreach efforts and school activities. Please take a few minutes to watch this video and stay informed.

School Board approves Highly Capable Program Recommendation Committee membership

Tuesday night, the school board officially approved the membership of the Highly Capable Program Recommendation Committee (HCC). Last week, Assistant Superintendent Chris Gardea conducted the group’s first meeting. This committee is comprised of parents, teachers, principals, a School Board Member (non-voting), the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning, Assistant Superintendent and the Superintendent. The committee is tasked with providing a kindergarten through twelfth grade program recommendation to the Board of Directors on May 2, 2017, to be considered for implementation beginning the 2017-18 school year. Visit the Highly Capable/Explorer program page on the district website for updates and reports from the committee’s work.

Highly Capable Program Recommendation Committee (HCC):
Joy Bader (Parent Representative – Berney Elementary)
Shannon Bergevin (Parent Representative – Garrison Middle School, Prospect Point and Berney Elementary)
Megan Blair-Cabasco (MS Teacher – Pioneer Middle School)
Mary Burt (HS Teacher – Walla Walla High School)
Mary Cortinas (Elementary Teacher – Sharpstein Elementary)
Kim Doepker (Elementary Principal – Blue Ridge Elementary)
Bruce Dumser (Parent Representative – Prospect Point)
Robert Elizondo (Middle School Principal – Garrison Middle School)
Cheryl Heller (Thrive – Various schools)
Holly Howard (Parent Representative – Pioneer Middle School)
Tim Justice (Parent Representative – Prospect Point, Garrison Middle School)
Barbara Mosher (Parent Representative – Berney Elementary)
Erica Munsey (Parent Representative – Pioneer Middle School)
Erin Pahlke (Parent Representative – Green Park Elementary)
Pete Peterson (High School Principal – Walla Walla High School)
Suzanne Sullivan (Parent Representative – Sharpstein Elementary, Garrison Middle School)
Becky Waggoner-Schwartz (Parent Representative – Pioneer Middle School, Walla Walla High School)
Sam Wells (Board of Directors)
Wade Smith (Superintendent)
Chris Gardea (Assistant Superintendent)
Christy Krutulis (Executive Director of Teaching and Learning)
Kay Schisler (Administrative Support)
Susie Golden (Administrative Support)

Meet the superintendent and visit area schools during Superintendent’s Patron Tour program 

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a behind the scenes look at district schools. He will also provide an update on critical issues facing the school district and ask for feedback in support of the Strategic Planning process. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the new superintendent and learn more about your local schools.

• Wednesday, Oct. 19 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14 — sgolden@wwps.org / 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• SEA-TECH Skills Center
• Pioneer Middle School
• Sharpstein Elementary

School Stories
Homecoming tailgate party and game tonight

· 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.: Tailgate party at Martin Field
· 7 p.m.: Varsity football vs. Pasco High School (halftime Homecoming Court event)
· Saturday, Oct. 8 – Homecoming Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Wa-Hi gyms

Free Wrestling Clinic for grades 4-6

No Experience Needed
Learn the basics; learn the rules; build confidence; build character

Work with Wa-Hi wrestlers and coaches at your school.
October 10 to 27: **Bring your sign-up sheet to the first day of practice**
Week 1: Practice MTW—Thursday is optional due to conferences—Wrestlers will meet for a game @ Elementary
Week 2: Practice M/T/W Wrestle Match ups against another school on Thursday, Oct. 20.
*WWPS provides transportation to host schools. Wrestlers get own transportation after event.
Week 3: Practice M/T/W. Thursday, Oct. 27 Tournament at Wa-Hi.
- T-Shirts provided to all participants. WWPS provides transportation to host schools.
- Jake Butenhoff @ 509-521-0068 jabutenhoff@wwps.org
- John Butenhoff @ 509-520-7987 jbutenhoff@wwps.org

Blue Devil JROTC Cadets Announce Cadet & Athlete of the Month for September 2016 – By JROTC Public Affairs

The “Blue Devils” of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Walla Walla High School have selected their September 2016 Cadet of the Month and Athlete of the Month.

Cadet/PFC “Z” Kincheloe, Co. B, received an on-the-spot promotion to his current rank for his selection from among candidates from each of the six companies in the cadet battalion. He won the honor by scoring 501 points of a possible 606. After high school, Kincheloe plans on attending a four-year college and intends to enroll in the police academy after college graduation. He says he joined the Blue Devil Battalion due to the influences of his father and cousin. He said he is driven to be the best JROTC cadet and feels the support of the other cadets.

In second place was c/Pvt. Joel Jameson of Co. D, who earned 440 points, and c/Pvt. Bryan Garcia of Co. F was third with 427 points.

Cadets from each company compete each month to test their military knowledge and bearing in front of the six Cadet First Sergeants and the Cadet Command Sergeant Major after a uniform inspection. The cadet with the highest score is immediately promoted and awarded the Cadet of the Month ribbon.

The Cadet of the Month competition allows new cadets a chance to prove how much they’ve learned and improved as members of Wa-Hi’s JROTC Program. For achieving first place in the Athlete of the Month competition, c/PFC Luke Matlock of Co. D also received immediate promotion to his current rank for his winning score of 270 points. He completed 32 push-ups, 72 sit-ups, and a time of 5 minutes and 22 seconds for a one-mile run. Matlock was born in Pleasanton, Calif., and moved to Walla Walla at the age of three. He swims and is a cross-country and track athlete, as well, as a pianist. In second place was c/Pvt. Dakota Buman, Co. B, who scored 265, and in third place was c/Sgt. Kenneth Schultz, Co. A, with 245. Six Wa-Hi JROTC cadets competed in Athlete of the Month to test their strength, endurance, and self-discipline.

“Athlete of the Month gives every cadet in the Battalion physical fitness goals to strive for, and helps to improve fitness and self-discipline as a whole,” said cadet Capt. Michael Walters, Battalion Fitness Officer.

Mr. Whitman fundraiser supports Health Center and Lincoln High School students

Eight men will vie for the title of Mr. Whitman 2016 this fall in the 15th annual fundraising contest organized by the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Of the eight contestants, half are nominated by their respective fraternities, while half are independently nominated by Kappa Kappa Gamma’s philanthropy committee.

Since its inception in 2002, the tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant—which serves as a fundraiser for charitable causes in Walla Walla and around the world—has raised almost a quarter million dollars.

This year’s beneficiary is The Health Center which operates clinics at Lincoln High School, Pioneer Middle School and Blue Ridge Elementary.

Schedule of Events
October 15 & 16: Lincoln High School students’ art work will be displayed at the Farmer’s Market for a “vote with your dollar” event. Proceeds will go to the Lincoln Health Center. The art is focused on a theme of “Resilience.”

October 17: Lincoln High School Juniors and Seniors travel to Whitman campus for college readiness event sponsored by the Mr. Whitman crew from 1 to 2 p.m.

October 22: Whitman College Parents Weekend. A free showing of the movie Paper Tigers. Following the movie, another “vote with your dollar” and silent action event with Lincoln student artwork is planned. Proceeds to go to the Lincoln Health Center.

Whitman college students will also be participating in after school activities at Lincoln throughout the month to get to know students, leading up to the Mr. Whitman event at the end of the month.

Lincoln High School students team with drive-in to support drama

The Milton Freewater Drive-In is showing “Little Shop of Horrors” Saturday, October 22. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lincoln High School in support of the school’s spring play.

Dogs get to play at National Honor Society fundraiser

The Walla Walla High School National Honor Society (NHS) is organizing a student donation drive for the Christian Aid Center the week of Oct. 17 to 21. The homeroom which collects the most donations will win prizes. NHS is also teaming with the Blue Mountain Humane Society October 22. Students will set up an obstacle course for dogs and invite the community to bring their pet to walk through the obstacle course.  Participants are asked to donate money or items to meet the needs of the Blue Mountain Humane Society. 

Fund Run nets thousands for Blue Ridge Elementary playground equipment

Monday, Blue Ridge Elementary students, staff, volunteers and parents raised more than $5000 in the first annual Blue Ridge Fund Run. The event featured a 20 minute run/walk to promote fitness and positive school culture. Physical Education Teacher Bryan Eggart organized the event which included securing donations from more than 30 businesses for prizes. Students collected money from family, friends and neighbors. All the proceeds from this event will be used to purchase new playground equipment and supplies.

“The students love their school and enjoyed giving back to make Blue Ridge a better place to learn,” Eggart said. “The best aspect of this event is everyone wins.”

The 5th grade class raised the most funds and will get an ice cream party and extended recess next week. The top fundraiser collected nearly $500. Thursday, the top 10 student fundraisers were treated to lunch, a climbing wall experience at Whitman College and a special treat. This was the first fundraiser of the newly formed Blue Ridge PTA providing staffing for the event and collected funds.

“We appreciate our local businesses for their kind donations of prizes for top earners,” said Principal Kim Doepker. “Our school community came together in support of this event and it will make a difference for all Blue Ridge students.”

Downtown window display highlights National 4H Week

A window display celebrating the work of the Barnyard Champs 4H program is downtown in the Drumheller building on 2nd Avenue and Alder Street. School Board member and longtime 4H volunteer Ruth Ladderud helped coordinate the display in honor of National 4H Week.

The Barnyard Champs 4-H Club in Walla Walla helps promote literacy in the Walla Walla Valley by donating books to the Head Start/ECEAP Preschool program. Since beginning this project in 2003, more than 3000 book bags have been sewn by 4H members totaling more than 1000 hours of community service. Head Start / ECEAP Programs provide comprehensive education, health and social services to children ages 3 - 5 and their families. Head Start preschool is funded by the federal government and ECEAP (Early Childhood Education Assistance Program) is funded by Washington State. Besides sewing, Barnyard Champs 4-H members raise sheep and pigs to show and sell at the Walla Walla County Fair.

Green Park parenting classes offer proven strategies

This school year Green Park Elementary is hosting two five week Conscious Discipline Parenting classes. The session offered September/October is full as well as the January/February course. The program has parents per session signed up with 20 plus students in the childcare area. Green Park teachers Yazmin Bahena and Laura Reiter are the instructors.

“These offerings have been met with an overwhelming response,” said Principal Gina Yonts. “Parents are learning the basics of Conscious Discipline philosophy, the importance of connectedness in parenting and strategies teachers are using in our classrooms to create student engagement and cooperation for learning.”

Light meals are provided to all participants. Students in the daycare portion create tools that they can use at home to reinforce learning for parents and families. The Childhood Resiliency Initiative has also purchased “Shubert’s Classroom” books for families that complete the course to further help them implement these strategies at home.

Facilities staff begin installing air conditioners at Walla Walla High School

Facilities and Operations Trades Assistant Chris Young is installing wall unit air conditioners at Walla Walla High School. In August, the school board unanimously voted to allocate approximately $150,000 to install window air conditioning units in the school’s Academic and Science buildings as a short-term fix to improve classroom learning environments. Young has fabricated special mounting brackets for the 48 air conditioning units set to be in place before the warm weather returns next spring. Walla Walla Electric is upgrading the electrical system to the units per code requirements. The anticipated useful life of the wall units ranges from five to seven years.

Community Stories
Free event allows area baseball and softball players to meet Lewis-Clark State College baseball coach

The Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball & Softball Organization is bringing Jeremiah Robbins, head coach of the NAIA National Champion Lewis-Clark State College Warrior baseball team, to talk with local baseball and softball players. Robbins will talk to players at the softball field at Walla Walla Community College at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15. The event is free and open to all baseball and softball players, although Robbins talk will be focused more toward those in high school and middle school. If the weather does not cooperate, the event will be moved inside to the dining area at WWCC. Players will have an opportunity to meet Robbins and hear him talk about what it takes to play baseball and softball at the college level and improve as a player. Local coaches are also invited to the event.

Since taking over the L-C State program for the 2013 season, he has led the Warriors to the final game of the Avista-NAIA World Series each year. The Warriors have won the national title the past two seasons, making that a total of 18 titles for the storied program since 1984. The meeting with Robbins is sponsored in conjunction with the 33rd Annual WWVYB&S Dinner-Auction, which begins at 5 p.m. that night at the Titus Creek Cafe at WWCC. Robbins will be the featured speaker at the dinner-auction event. Tickets are $40 each and include dinner. Tickets are still available, although seating is limited to 200. Tickets at the Walla Walla Visitors Center, 26 E. Main St., or by contacting Board President Rick Eskil at 509-520-4390, Board Treasurer Zach Armijo at 509-200-1265 or Board member Andy Coleman at 509-520-1937. If tickets are still available at the day of the event they can be purchased at Robbins’ talk with players and at the door.

City Parks & Recreation community update

Whittie Lacrosse Camp - Grades 4-9
October 22 & 23 - $40
Beginning and Intermediate sessions available

Fencing - Ages 10-17
September 4 - 28 - $38
Beginning and Intermediate sessions available

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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Shaun King to headline free public Civil Rights lecture at Whitman College

- Thursday, October 13
- 7 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall (Whitman College)

Shaun King is the Senior Justice Writer for the New York Daily News. The lecture is free and open to the public. All parents, families, and students are invited. The event is recommended for ages 13 and older.

October is Resilience Month

Several FREE events are planned in support of Resilience Month. Teri Barila is coordinating the activities

· Oct. 18: 7 to 8 p.m. at YWCA - Join Rick Griffin for a self-discovery, high energy event. Learn more and register at: http://www.resiliencetrumpsaces.org
· Oct. 17 thru 31 - Watch for the banner above South Second St.
· Entire month - Watch for all ten HEARTS trump ACES flags on Main Street.
· Entire month - Grand Cinema is playing the 15 second ad before each movie.

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