Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 4, 2016

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Remember to Vote - November 8 General Election

Ballots have been mailed to registered voters for the November 8 General Election. Ballots are due Tuesday, Nov. 8. Please remember to vote. Contact the Walla Walla County Elections Office for additional information – (509) 524-2530.

Set clocks back one hour Saturday night

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night during the transition to Standard Time. 

School board members begin developing new district mission statement 

School board members conducted a special meeting Tuesday night in support of the Strategic Planning process. Board members stated their views on the district’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This activity mirrored recent similar staff, parent and community listening sessions. School board input largely aligned with other feedback the district has received. Results of this fall’s SWOT feedback is listed on the district webpage by clicking on the Strategic Plan graphic on the homepage and scrolling to the November timeline section. School board members conducted a retreat Thursday to further review data and begin drafting a new district Mission Statement. The new, five-year Strategic Plan is expected to be completed by June.

Personnel Report (from Nov. 1, 2016 School Board Meeting)

Allyson Baker, Para-Educator (temporary), Blue Ridge Preschool
Oscar Brito-Salgado, Health Room Assistant, Pioneer Middle School
Melissa Gardner, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park Elementary School
Aleah Gibb, Para-Educator (temporary), Edison Elementary School
Suzanne Hyde, Kitchen Assistant, Walla Walla High School
Erika Ingersoll, Kitchen Assistant, Walla Walla High School
Christy Kinney, Para-Educator, Lincoln High School

Jose Cedeno, Head Boys’ Soccer Coach, Walla Walla High School

Walla Walla Public Schools and C2C plan community forum Nov. 10 at Blue Ridge

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with C2C for a community engagement event Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Elementary School library. The conversation will include what is working well in our schools, what needs improvement and how we can best work together. There will be food and beverages and plenty of friendly faces. We would like to get your input and develop relationships so we can make our schools even better. We hope to see you there!

Superintendent Smith drafts resolution for Willow Charter School relationship

Superintendent Wade Smith provided a sample recommendation during Tuesday night’s school board meeting for future partnerships with Willow Charter School per school board direction. Superintendent Smith drafted a Resolution of Understanding for an Inter-Agency Relationship with Willow Charter School. The resolution directs the superintendent to cooperate with the proposed Willow Charter School in the same manner it has historically partnered with regional school districts. Willow Charter School is set to open next August. No board action was taken. See the draft resolution on the School Board tab (Meeting Agendas) on the district webpage.

Middle School Math Pilot addresses new standards

Tuesday night Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Christy Krutulis provided an update on the district’s Middle School Math Pilot — Math Ready. This 14 week pilot is the district’s second math curriculum review. A decision is expected to be made in January regarding the adoption of Math Ready. Teacher on Special Assignment for districtwide math support Monica Nelson, Garrison Middle School math teacher Kyle Eggers and Pioneer Middle School math teacher Kim Gradwohl also contributed during the report. Nelson said the curriculum being piloted better aligns with the state’s new learning standards. She said the current curriculum only addresses 20 to 25 percent of the standards where Math Ready is aligned to more than 90 percent. Eggers and Gradwohl said the new curriculum is challenging staff and students. It is more rigorous and uses a different approach. It also has an online component which is new.

Community Facilities Task Force reviewing building conditions

Community Facilities Task Force Chair Paul Schneidmiller provided his quarterly report to the school board Tuesday night. The group is currently reviewing the physical condition of each school and studied the district’s bond history from the past 30 years. The group will review safety and security, growth projections, capacity and energy efficiencies next. Superintendent Smith will also work with Schneidmiller to form district site-based teams which will begin in January.

Task Force Membership
Paul Schneidmiller (Chair)
Tony Cabasco
Jim Dumont
Roger Esparza
Darcy Fugman-Small
Chris Garratt
Don Holbrook
Dean Lodmell
Linda Newcomb
Jim Peterson
Phil Shivell
Craig Sievertsen
Casey Waddell
Jerry Zahl
Keith Swanson
John Kiefel
Peter Swant
Randy Glaeser
Dick Moeller
Kara Schulke

Non-Voting Members
• Derek Sarley, School Board
• Ruth Ladderud, School Board
• Wade Smith Superintendent
• Mark Higgins, Communications Director

Limited number of slots still available in preschool program – Sign up today!

The Walla Walla Public Schools Head Start/ECEAP preschool program is continuing to accept applications for the 2016-2017 school year. There are only a limited number of slots available so sign up today to ensure your child’s space in a high quality learning environment. This free half-day program is for qualifying children 3 or 4 years old. Food service is provided. Applications are available at Blue Ridge Elementary and on the Walla Walla Public Schools website. Call Ginger Calvario at (509) 526-1781 for more information. 

Principal of the Year nomination deadline draws near

The Association of Washington School Principals is accepting nominations for the 2016-2017 Principal of the Year through the end of November. Each year AWSP honors three principals from across the state.
Nomination Form Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-POY

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Track naming process update

Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson submitted two options for the school board to consider regarding naming of the school’s new track.

Track Name Options:
• David Klicker Memorial Track & Field
• Blue Devil Track & Field

Peterson chaired the naming process which began in the spring and ended last month. School board members will consult with Superintendent Wade Smith regarding next steps. No action was taken Tuesday night.

Jazz Band honored at WSU festival

Congratulations to the Wa-Hi Jazz Band for being named an Outstanding Band for the fourth consecutive year at the WSU Jazz Festival. Band Director Andrew Ueckert reports there were 15 bands performing and only three awards presented. 

Garrison teacher featured in Why I Teach video series

Garrison Middle School teacher Beth Clearman is featured in the Why I Teach video series. Clearman grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and has strong family ties to education. Click on the link below to view this brief video.
Beth Clearman video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faHmwnjNLfo

Walla Walla High School Drama presents The Great Gatsby – Tickets on sale now!

Come see F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s famous work come to life on the Wa-Hi stage. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.

- Show dates: November 10-12 and 17-19 at 7 pm, November 12 and 19 at 2 pm.
- Tickets: In person from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School ASB Office, 800 Abbott Road
- At the box office located in the Wa-Hi auditorium foyer one hour prior to curtain, or Online at https://intouch.wwps.org
- Questions/Information: info@wahidrama.org

Blue Ridge students name principal and secretary their heroes

Blue Ridge students celebrated October’s Spirit Day by dressing as their favorite Superheroes. Adriel and Ismael Segovia chose to dress as principal, Kim Doepker and Head Secretary, Gracie Cortez. Adriel and Ismael consider Mrs. Doepker and Mrs. Cortez their superheroes. 

Wa-Hi to honor local veterans during Veterans Day assembly - Blue Devils JROTC Public Affairs

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion and the Associated Student Bodies (ASB) will host an assembly to honor all veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Big Gym at Wa-Hi. The ASB and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets have an extensive ceremony planned including an audiovisual presentation, remembrance of the fallen, and other activities. Veterans and their guests are asked to arrive by 9 a.m., with ceremonies to begin at 9:20 a.m.

Veterans of all periods and conflicts (including Cold War) from all branches ... Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and all their components ... active, reserve, guard, and retired are invited to attend and will be recognized for their service to our Nation. The JROTC program invites veterans to email a photo of themselves in uniform to: wwhs_jrotc@wwps.org to be included in the presentation. Veterans and their families are also invited to the Commons Cafeteria immediately following the assembly for refreshments. This event is free and open to veterans, their families, and the general public. Please share this with every veteran you know in our community. Blue Devil Cadet and ASB leaders will be available for interviews with print and broadcast media outlets in advance of the event, or following conclusion of ceremonies on the day of event. For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

Community Stories
Garrison Night School registration underway – Spanish classes offered

- Beginning Spanish (Monday & Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. – beginning Nov. 21)
- Advanced Spanish (Tuesday & Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. – beginning Nov. 22)
- Classes held at Garrison Middle School (906 Chase Ave.)
- Register at WWPS District Office (364 S. Park St.) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
- $25 fee (clock hours for WWPS staff)
- Extended day program for children three to 12
- Information: Melito Ramirez

Teen Center groundbreaking ceremony marks start of exciting project

Today community leaders representing agencies for the new Teen Center next to Lincoln High School gathered with gold shovels in hand to break ground on the new building project. The Teen Center will feature a homeless teen shelter, childcare center and The Health Center administrative office and Lincoln Health Center. The project is slated to be completed this spring. Tim Meliah, Director of Catholic Charities of Walla Walla, reports $56,000 is still needed to complete the project. Contact Meliah for more information about making a donation: 525-0572  /  tmeliah@ccspokane.org.

Mr. Whitman contest raises $50,000 for local school health centers

Thanks so much to the seven men who competed for the title of Mr. Whitman 2016 last month during the 15th annual fundraising contest organized by the women of Kappa Kappa Gamma. This year’s beneficiary of the $50,000 grand total is The Health Center which operates clinics at Lincoln High School, Pioneer Middle School and Blue Ridge Elementary. 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.

Event co-chairs Meghan and Claire of Kappa Kappa Gamma organized art shows, a free showing of the documentary Paper Tigers, silent auctions and more as part of this year’s fundraiser. A check will be presented to The Health Center Director Stan Ledington Friday afternoon.

Community input needed for Veterans Home Logo

The Walla Walla Veterans Home is looking for community help to design the new Veterans Home logo. What logo elements do you feel best represent our community as we care for American heroes when they need it the most? The Walla Walla Veterans Home opens in early 2017, and will care for 80 veterans, widows, spouses and Gold Star Parents in one of eight ten-bedroom houses, including private rooms and bathrooms.

Find out more about submitting your logo design by December 5, 2016 at http://www.dva.wa.gov/node/123. The winner will be announced December 15 and invited for a private tour with the Veterans Home Superintendent!

GIRLS COUNCIL plans “Girls Night In” event

- Friday, November 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. (401 W. Main Street, Walla Walla)
- Event is titled ‘Time to Shine’, * Relax * Create * Sparkle * Enjoy *, and is appropriate fun for all area girls from 4th grade through high school.
- FUN - FOOD - PRIZES for girls only, of course! ‘Girls Night In’ will be held every other Friday from November 4 through December 30.
- Call GIRLS COUNCIL at 509-524-8845 to learn more.

Green Park Principal keynote speaker at Camp Fire Fall Luncheon

Please join Camp Fire for their Fall Luncheon, a fundraiser to benefit Camp Fire of Walla Walla. The keynote speaker is Gina Yonts, Green Park Elementary Principal. The Luncheon will be held November 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Reid Campus Center Ballroom, 280 Boyer Ave. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.wwcampfire.org. For more information contact Lacey Cole at 509-525-3180 or lacey@wwcampfire.org

City Parks & Recreation community update

Indoor Soccer Registration
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
$50 - Registration Deadline is Thursday, November 17
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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