Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 18, 2016

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Thanksgiving Holiday break schedule

- Early dismissal: Wednesday, Nov. 23
- No school: Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
- Have a safe and restful Thanksgiving Holiday break!

‘Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates’ new vision of school district

School board members are focused on the end game of the public school experience with its proposed new vision statement linked to producing well prepared graduates. Following months of listening, data collecting and discussion as part of the district’s Strategic Planning initiative, school board members unveiled their new proposed vision statement “Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates” during Tuesday’s public special meeting.

School board members drafted the new vision statement during their recent retreat following this fall’s public survey, five listening sessions, comprehensive review of quantitative and qualitative data, book studies and review of summary statements from Superintendent Wade Smith’s more than 200 meetings with district stakeholders. The school board also drafted new mission and belief statements as a result of this exhaustive process aimed at providing the foundation, focus, and inputs necessary to deliver on the vision.

The school board is planning to take action on the new statements during the December 13 school board meeting. The Strategic Planning process will shift in January to the development of strategic initiatives aligned with the new vision, mission and beliefs statements. Broad-based Strategic Planning teams will be formed to develop operational plans for the initiatives. Staff, parent, student and community involvement and input will again be critical to the process. These plans will be approved in May with the school board taking action on the final comprehensive, five-year Strategic Plan in June 2017.

Proposed Statements
Developing Washington’s most sought-after graduates

Walla Walla Public Schools ensures all students receive high quality instruction in an aligned and coherent system while addressing their social/emotional needs in a safe and engaging environment.

Beliefs Statement
We believe,
· in challenging and supporting all students
· that quality instruction is critical to student success
· in investing in staff to ensure excellence
· in maximizing the impact of our resources
· in collaborative and transparent operation
· in the importance of family and community
· that diversity is a strength

If you have any input regarding these statements you would like to share with the School Board, please email Communications Director Mark Higgins at mhiggins@wwps.org, who will collate and present to the Board prior to adoption of the statements in December.

Superintendent Smith entry plan update

Superintendent Wade Smith reported to school board members Tuesday night he is in the final phase of his entry plan. He will focus on engagement and planning now through the end of December. Thus far, he has met with 237 stakeholders, joined Rotary Club, met with all student leadership groups and participated in a variety of community outreach including C2C and service clubs.

Dr. Hampson elected School Board President, Sarley named Vice President

Dr. David Hampson has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013 and served as Vice President for the past year. He is a physician at the Urgent Care Clinic, Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He and his wife Theresa have three grown children, all graduates of Walla Walla High School. He is assigned to Garrison Middle School, the Opportunity Program and Sharpstein Elementary through the school board’s Adopt-A-School program.

Derek Sarley has been named Vice President of the school board. Sarley was elected to the board in 2015. He is a communications consultant who for 20 years has worked with clients in many industries, including education. He and his wife Erin, a professor in Psychology at Whitman College, have two young daughters. He is assigned to Edison and Green Park Elementary schools through the school board’s Adopt-A-School program.

School board seeks stakeholder input on track name options

School board members were presented with two options to consider regarding the naming of the new Walla Walla High School track. The nomination process began this spring following the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new track and continued through October.

Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson facilitated the nomination process. A total of eight nominations were presented to Principal Peterson and the reviewing committee. The list was narrowed to two options for consideration. A brief survey is now open through Dec. 2 to share your input regarding the name options.

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

Stakeholder Survey
• Please visit the district webpage to take the brief survey.
• Direct survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CK9FQV

Personnel Report (from Nov. 15, 2016 school board meeting)

Sherri Dotson, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary School
Lizeth España, Para-Educator (temporary), Edison Elementary School
Randy Ginter, Electrician, Facilities and Operations
Sonia Hantke, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School
Jamie Olson, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School

Ana Aguilar, Family Advocate, Blue Ridge Preschool, 4 years
Monica Simmons, Para-Educator, Pioneer Middle School, 1.5 years

Dyan Nelson, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Education, 1 year
For the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year

Highly Capable Referral Period scheduled for November 28, 2016 through January 6, 2017

Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable Program Services provide students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills.

Information on the Highly Capable Program referral period is currently available on the district’s website. Referral forms will be available in all district schools and on the district website no later than November 28, 2016. Parents will be able to contact their child’s teacher or school learning specialist/counselor for more information.

The referral deadline is January 6, 2017 to avoid assessment schedule conflicts that typically occur in late February and early March. All referred students will be screened using norm-referenced standardized tests and teacher/classroom assessments and recommendations. Those who qualify for further testing will participate in cognitive abilities testing at their home schools. In all cases, parents will be notified of the results of the process, and a child not selected one year may be referred again in subsequent years.

Walla Walla School District Highly Capable Program Services focus on two domains: 1) general intellectual growth and exploration and 2) specific academic content areas. The specific academic focus areas are Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies.

Highly Capable students are currently offered the following services, although programming is currently under review and updated information for 2017-18 and beyond will be available in early June:

Students in kindergarten through second grade, identified as Highly Capable, are served through the Response to Intervention (RtI) model in their home schools. The elementary principal or designee will work with classroom teachers to provide appropriate accelerated/enhanced learning opportunities. K-2 classroom/program options could include, but not be limited to: alternative activities, enrichment activities, flexible group learning, independent projects, advanced lessons, online or supplemental instruction.

For grades three through five, Highly Capable students can be served by Explorers, a pull-out program focusing on enriched Science and Mathematics academic experiences. Students may also be served under the RtI model at their home schools.
The middle school Highly Capable Services focus on the subject areas of English, Language Arts and Social Studies. Middle school services are incorporated into the school day through specific classes. Students are involved in inquiry- based lessons, group problem-solving settings, independent investigations and group discussions. Middle school Highly Capable students have an opportunity to take different levels of mathematics classes, based on their ability, test scores and recommendations from teachers. This same opportunity is extended to all students in grades six through eight at both middle schools.

Students previously identified as Highly Capable and transitioning to ninth grade will meet with high school counselors (or principal’s designee) for the purpose of course selection and access to advanced instruction. Teachers of high school Highly Capable students will know who has been identified and will be provided with professional development and/or instructional suggestions through the high school RtI team. Services for high school students can include, but are not limited to, honors or Advanced Placement classes, Running Start, independent study or online classes.

For more information, please contact the Walla Walla School District Teaching and Learning office: 526-6735.

School board approves resolution for Willow Charter School relationship

School board members approved 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 Director Dan Calzaretta reported in October the school is set to open next August with an enrollment target of 120, 6th and 7th grade students in its first year. Calzaretta said he expects Willow to grow to 220 students by year five once fully enrolled with grades 6-8. The potential financial impact to WWPS is approximately $2 million annually if 220 FTE district students enroll at Willow Charter School.

Bilingual committee plans parent meeting 

The Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee (BERC) invites Walla Walla Public Schools parents to join them Wednesday, November 30 from 5 to 7:15 p.m. in the Sharpstein Elementary Library for a brief update. The update will include a review of district bilingual programming and an opportunity to gather parent input. The 5 to 6 p.m. presentation will be in English and the 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. presentation will be in Spanish.  If you are not able to join us you will be able to provide input in writing. Input forms will be available in each school and on the district website from December 1 to 8. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Middle School parents invited to Ready Math Family Night 

You may have noticed that your middle school student is not bringing home a math textbook like they might have in the past. That is because Walla Walla middle school math teachers are piloting new math materials that are designed to support middle school students in meeting college and career ready math standards. Please join us for an interactive discussion focused on these new materials: Ready Math and i-Ready.

You will come away from this session with answers to these questions:
· How were Ready Math materials designed to support my student in learning math?
· What is the i-Ready assessment and online instruction?
· How can I support my student at home with math?

Event details:
- Who: Middle school students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade math and their families
- When: Monday, November 28 from 7 to 8 p.m. (refreshments served)
- Where: Walla Walla High School Commons
- Information: Casey Monahan (cmonahan@wwps.org / 526-6783)

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. 

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Drama presents The Great Gatsby – Last weekend for shows!

Come see F. Scott 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. This production contains mature themes and is not recommended for younger viewers.
- Final Show dates: November 18 and 19 at 7 p.m, November 19 at 2 p.m.
- 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

Volleyball team donates money to Providence St. Mary Foundation to support breast cancer fund

This week Walla Walla High School volleyball captains Tara Krivoshein and Riley Wilcox presented a check for $3,316.86 to the Providence St Mary Medical Center Foundation on behalf of the school’s volleyball teams Pink Night program. The proceeds earned during Pink Night resulted from t-shirt sales, a raffle drawing, dinner auction and pizza and bake sale.

“It was the largest check we’ve been able to give to them thus far and it’s used for breast cancer special needs fund,” said parent Renee Krivoshein who served as the event chair. “Grocery Outlet sponsored us this year to keep down costs and Integrity Design donated the over-sized check for us.”

Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom

The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary that 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 makes a nice holiday gift for just about anyone - teacher, co-worker, party host, etc., while doing some good. They are $5 each.

Send orders by Monday, November 28
- 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 9

Global Entrepreneurship Week serves as platform to kick off 2017 Pitch It Competition

This week organizers of the 2017 Pitch It competition staged a Shark Hunt on Land Title Plaza in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Pitchy the Shark was hauled out of Mill Creek by the group’s fearless fisherman while all visitors in the downtown area were served toasty beverages. The event also served as the kick off to the 2017 Pitch It competition which supports youth entrepreneurship and business skill development. There are two youth divisions: K-8 and High School/College. Learn more at: www.pitchitww.com

Mark your calendars for these important dates:
Free Workshops (to help students develop their plans and prepare for competition)
January 24 at 6:30 p.m. (Business Plans and Marketing)
- Reid Center G-02, Whitman College

January 26 at 6:30 p.m. (Business Plans and Marketing)
- Columbia REA Boardroom, Dayton, WA

January 31 at 6:30 p.m. (Financing – presented by Baker Boyer Bank)
- Reid Center G-02, Whitman College

Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (Perfecting Your Pitch)
- Reid Center G-02, Whitman College

February 23, Time TBD (Preliminary Round)
- Walla Walla Community College, William A Grant Water & Environmental Center

March 7, Time TBD (Final Event)
- Gesa Power House Theater (111 N. 6th Ave.)

Band students earn All-Northwest honors

Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School band students for being selected to the 2017 All-Northwest Honor groups which will meet and perform President’s Day Weekend in Bellevue at the All-Northwest Music Convention:
- Hannah Cabasco, Clarinet (All-Northwest Band)
- Keeli McKern, Clarinet (All-Northwest Band)
- Nate Miller, Trumpet (All-Northwest Jazz Band)

“All-Northwest consists of the best students by MP3 audition from the states of Alaska; Washington; Oregon; Idaho; Montana and Wyoming,” said Band Director Andrew Ueckert. “These are really big accomplishments, particularly for Nate since there are only five trumpets in the Jazz Band.”

Community Stories
W2 for Drug Free Youth survey seeks community input

W2 for Drug Free Youth needs your help! Are you concerned about alcohol and other drugs among youth? This survey asks adults their perceptions of drug and alcohol use, depression and other health issues for youth in our community. All responses are anonymous and survey data will be used to identify and fund programs for students/families to stay safe and healthy.

Some of the programs funded this year include Parenting Wisely (Spanish and English), Red Ribbon Week (water bottles for Garrison students), training for the Restorative Justice program at Pioneer Middle School, and the “Talk. They Hear You” underage drinking campaign.

In conjunction with this survey, Washington State youth in 6, 8, 10 and 12th grades will be participating in the statewide Healthy Youth Survey which asks youth their opinions about alcohol and other drug use, depression and other health issues among youth, similar to the W2 for Drug Free Youth Community Survey.

Please take five minutes of your day to complete the following online survey, your opinion really does matter!

English Community Survey
- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WAWAON2016

Spanish Community Survey
- https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WAWASP2016

EF Scandinavia 2017 group launches pizza fundraiser

EF Scandinavia 2017 group launches pizza fundraiser
Kathryn Southwick Hess and Dan Calzaretta are planning an EF Scandinavia 2017 trip with area youth and are selling Big Cheese Pizza Coupons in December to raise funds.
- The group is taking pre-orders now
- $10 coupon buys a large gourmet pizza (value at $18)
- $3 from each coupon sold goes to the group
- Pre-sale ends December 2nd, so get those orders in now!
- Information at mrstravelmama@gmail.com
- NOTE: This is not a Walla Walla Public Schools sponsored activity

GIRLS COUNCIL “Girls Night In” November 18

GIRLS COUNCIL announces our next ‘Girls Night In’ for Friday November 18 - “Dream Catchers”. Join us for this interesting and creative evening together with other girls in the community from 6 - 8 p.m. Call to sign-up, share this information with friends and family and become part of the ‘sisterhood’ of GIRLS COUNCIL.

City Parks & Recreation community update

Indoor Soccer Registration has been extended to Friday, Nov. 25
Kindergarten - 8th Grade
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us
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