|| No School Friday, March 15
Schools are closed Friday, March 15 for Staff Professional Day. Classes will resume Monday, March 18.
|| School Board meeting Tuesday, March 19
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public
|| School Zone Law Enforcement emphasis to begin after spring break
City and County law enforcement officers will conduct a School Zone Law Enforcement Emphasis beginning Monday, April 8. Officers will be issuing tickets for infractions. This effort is to remind community members to use caution in school zones, especially as the weather improves and more youth bike and walk to school.
|| Kindergarten and Open Enrollment Registration dates set for 2013-14 School Year
Walla Walla Public Schools Kindergarten and Open Enrollment registration period is Monday, April 22 to Friday, May 3. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 15. However, the completed registration forms will not be accepted until April 22.
Open Enrollment and Kindergarten Registration Hours:
- Monday, April 22: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- April 23 to May 3: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up Open Enrollment application forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 15; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 22.
If there is space available to accommodate open enrollment requests, then priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/leadership/board.htm#11.
Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.
|| Walla Walla High School Big Blue Booster Club donates $10,000 to athletic programs
Walla Walla High School Booster Club President Phil Oberg recently released the 2012 contributions list to the school’s athletic programs. Big Blue Boosters donated $10,182 in 2012. Thanks to the Big Blue Boosters for their continued support!
Big Blue Boosters 2012 Funding Summary:
- Athletics (Hudl membership video sharing software): $2,800
- Football (Training Zone Chute): $2,949
- Girls Basketball (ipad): $400
- Cheerleaders (pom poms): $684
- Dance Team (Help with Choreography): $1,000
- Track (Spinning Bike): $1,000
- Cross Country (Spinning Bike): $1,000
- Baseball (Tanner Hitting Tees): $349
|| Sharpstein Elementary student wins College Rodeo Coloring Contest
Congratulations to Sharpstein Elementary 4
th grade student Maria Contreras-Soto for winning the 2012-13 College Rodeo Coloring Contest. Maria is in the 4th Grade Dual Language Program. Her teachers are Luz Phillips and Terri Gilbert. The Walla Walla Community College Rodeo is an amazing community event. The flyers colored by students are posted throughout the rodeo grounds and are used as placemats for the Cowboy Breakfast. Half of the rodeo proceeds help support the Walla Walla Child Abuse Prevention Council. Great job Maria!
|| Lincoln High School and Alternative Education Program students receive Exchange Club awards
Congratulations to Lincoln High School seniors
Doreen Aguayo and Nathanial "Nathan" Paine and Alternative Education Program at Walla Walla Community College seniors Clare Reese and Maxwell Failing for receiving Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Month Awards for March.
These students will also be eligible to compete for the Exchange Club of Walla Walla Youth of the Year Award and a special $1,000 college scholarship. 2012-2013 Youth of the Year Theme: "Youth Volunteerism: Working Magic in Our Communities." Mark Higgins is the Youth of the Month program coordinator.
|| Walla Walla High School 2013 - 2014 ASB Officers elected
- Kiana Molitor - President
- Samantha Oberg - Vice President
- Jaime Quaresma - Secretary
- Blake Morasch - Treasurer
|| Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society students support area food bank
Pioneer Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society recently donated $875.75 to the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank to help tackle hunger in the Walla Walla valley. The students collected pledges and donations through its "Souper Bowl of Caring Bowl-A-Thon" in February. National Junior Honor Society challenges its members to organize community service projects as part of the program.
"We paired this event with our mid-year celebration and the kids had a great time bowling," said Advisor Alba Biagi. "I’m so proud of our NJHS kids for all their hard work with this event. We have some really great kids that really care about their
|| 2013 Walla Walla High School results from CBMEA Regional Solo-Ensemble Contest
- State Nominee: Daisy Schoen, Walla Walla High School
- 2nd Alternate: Elena Janis – Walla Walla High School
MEZZO SOPRANO VOICE
- State Nominee: Courtney Griggs, Walla Walla High School
- 1st Alternate: Mary Beth Jones, Walla Walla High School
- 2nd Alternate: Hirut Senter, Walla Walla High School
- State Nominee: Piper Titus, Walla Walla High School
- 1st Alternate: Jaime Quaresma, Walla Walla High School
- 1st Alternate: Cougar Henderson, Walla Walla High School
- State Nominee: John Gossett, Walla Walla High School
- State Nominee: Caleb Leitch, Walla Walla High School
- 1st Alternate: Nathan Loomer, Walla Walla High School
WOMEN’S VOCAL ENSEMBLE – SMALL
- State Nominee: Nutella Trio, Walla Walla HS (Hirut Senter, Liya Senter, Mary Beth Jones)
- 2nd Alternate: Madison Garrett/Sarah Gibbs Duet – Walla Walla HS
WOMEN’S VOCAL ENSEMBLE – LARGE
- State Nominee: Belles Voix – Walla Walla HS (Delaney Bloomquist, Chantel Brannan, Julia Cosma, Katelyn Elmenhurst, Annissa Escobar, Shelby Gordon, Gina Lincoln, Kally McClure, Ariel Pope, Katelyn Rickords, Angel Saldana, Tansy Schroeder, Lexi Swenson, Bethany Voss, Kayla Witt)
MEN’S VOCAL ENSEMBLE – SMALL
- State Nominee: Basstie Boys – Walla Walla HS (Nathan Loomer/Caleb Leitch)
MIXED VOCAL ENSEMBLE – LARGE
- State Nominee: TWD – Walla Walla HS (Mary Beth Jones, Christina Swanson, Hirut Senter, Courtney Griggs, Piper Titus, Cougar Henderson, Connor Christensen, Nathan Loomer, Isaiah Stodola, John Gossett)
|| Berney first grader reads one million words
Congratulations to Berney Elementary first grade student Finn Mosher for meeting his personal Accelerated Reader goal. He set a goal of reading one million words by the end of the year. He’s already reached that goal and it is only March. Finn is in Stacy Morrison’s class. Stacy challenges her students to set goals and links academic rigor to her teaching and learning. Finn’s parents are Barbara and Jason Mosher. Keep up the great work Finn!
|| Garrison Middle School student takes grand prize at Whitman College Youth Science Fair
Garrison Middle School seventh grade student Macy Quinn-Sears won the grand prize at the Whitman College 2nd Annual Youth Science Fair. Quinn-Sears won an iPad mini with case for her winning project. Her project was an investigation to determine which hairspray would best power a homemade potato launcher. Macy is in Luke Hamada’s class.
Fellow Garrison Middle School seventh grade student Paige Gardner took home first place honors and won a microscope. Her project was an investigation measuring the pH levels of different types of soda and connections between drinking pop and heart/GERD problems. Paige is in Luke Hamada’s class.
Garrison Middle School 7th grader Campbell Schulke earned a third place prize. He won a gift certificate to the Whitman College Book Store. He is a Type One diabetic. His project was an investigation of different blood glucose testing sites. He was trying to find alternative areas to get his blood sugar and see how the measurements vary.
Pioneer Middle School 8th grade student Paul Wallace investigated how slime molds and how they can travel through mazes to search for food. Wallace is in Dennis Bennett’s class.
Another 7th grader from Garrison Middle School, Hannah Gardner, was not in prize category, however she did an awesome project studying if traits are expressed differently in identical twins. Garrison Middle School 6th grade student Mattie Kapocia also entered a project which tested which type of potato absorbed the most milk when made into mashed potatoes.
There were also students from College Place Public Schools and Milton Freewater participating in the Science Fair. All participants received a certificate of participation signed by President George Bridges and selected a smaller prize donated by Whitman's biology and chemistry departments. Thanks to Mary Burt for organizing this wonderful event.
|| Walla Walla Kids Read features two of America’s most beloved children’s authors
In its sixth year, Walla Walla Kids Read 2013 will host Patrick Carman and Matthew Holm, two of America’s most beloved children’s authors. Carman and Holm will entertain and educate over 3500 local students and an estimated 20,000 via live webcast. Dates for the event are Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, 2013. The event will be held on the Whitman College campus at Cordiner Hall.
"Our young readers are going to love hearing from Matthew Holm, the illustrator of the wildly popular Babymouse series," says Founder and Chair, Patrick Carman. "First, second, and third graders are going to flip for Matthew! And I finally get to present to 4th and 5th graders for the first time in the six year history of Walla Walla Kids Read. I couldn’t be more excited!"
As part of the 2013 program, Mr. Carman will also visit each Walla Walla elementary school and speak with all public school kindergartners. WWKR is dedicated to nurturing and encouraging young readers and supporting local and national educators in creating lifelong readers. Our author selections are designed to inspire, educate, and encourage students to pursue reading and writing. The primary goal is to provide a nationally known author presentation to every K-5th grade student in the Walla Walla valley every year. Walla Walla Kids Read includes large scale events at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College Campus, along with a community event on the evening of March 26 and four opportunities for schools outside the area to tap into live webcasts.
All costs associated with our events are funded by Walla Walla Kids Read, including author fees, webcast fees, facility use, and transportation for Walla Walla Public Schools. School kits with information, activities, and books are also supported by Walla Walla Kids Read.
For a full list of books, the complete schedule, and all the details, please visit: www.wallawallakidsread.com.
For more information on this year’s writers, visit their websites:
|| Exchange Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 30
The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 5
4th Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year’s Easter Egg hunt features 26 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, 1-3 years old, 4-6 years, 7-10 years and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was changed to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighing in at about 480 pounds.
About the Exchange Club:
The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. Our main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 18, 2013.
Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to the men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College
,the women of Kappa Alpha Theta from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, and the Walla Walla Fire Department.
For more information call Tina Bradbury at
|| Exchange Club of Walla Walla honors District 4 firefighter
The Exchange Club of Walla Walla presented District 4 Firefighter Wade Hicks its Officer of the Year Award. Hicks was nominated by District 4 Fire Chief Rocky Eastman. Hicks’ has excelled in his ability to learn the role of a Firefighter/EMT to the point where he is a valuable asset to the training officer during the Fall academy recruitment, according to Eastman.
"Over the course of 2012 Wade Hicks completed 270 hours of training and did not miss a scheduled training," Eastman said. "Hicks has been a resident firefighter for the last two years and most recently he has started his new position as a full-time employee with Fire District 4."
Exchange Club member Kim McDaniels is the Officer of the Year program coordinator.
|| Registration for Great Explorations Due by March 18
On Saturday, March 23, the Walla Walla branch of the American Association of University Women will present Great Explorations, a science, technology, engineering and math adventure for 5th through 8th grade girls, at Whitman College, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration forms should be mailed by March 18. The sooner the registration form is sent in, the more likely it is that girls can be in workshops with their friends. Also, early registrations are more likely to get first choice of workshops.
Girls will have the opportunity to attend three workshops offering informal, hands-on experience with careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math. These workshops will give the girls an opportunity to meet and form personal contacts with women in these exciting careers. There will be 24 workshops to choose from, with intriguing titles such as Neigh, Moooo, Ruff, Meow; Snakes for Supper?; Sealed with a Kiss; The Telltale Heart; Yum! Gum!; and Fun with Geo-Goo. Topics include ecology, geology, engineering, neurobiology, math, chemistry, astronomy, genetics, nursing and many more.
The highlight of this year’s event will be the appearance of real-life CSI investigator, Jody Wolf, Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the Phoenix Police Department, who will be the keynote speaker at noon in Maxey Hall. Jody will also lead one of the workshops on how DNA helps solve mysteries.
The fee to attend is $5 and scholarships are available. For more information on registration, scholarships or questions on any of the events, please contact Carol Morgan,