Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 12, 2017

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District names Graduates of Distinction; Recognition event Tuesday, June 6

Bruce Hunt, Class of 1974; Jeanne Eggart Helfer, Class of 1977; and Richard “Dick” Simon, Jr., MD, Class of 1968 have been named this year’s Walla Walla Public Schools Graduates of Distinction. Community members are invited to a public recognition ceremony Tuesday, June 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.). Hunt is a long-time professor at the University of Texas, Austin. Eggart Helfer is a pioneer in women’s athletics and beloved teacher and coach in the Mead School District in Spokane. Dr. Simon is a tireless advocate for health care who specializes in sleep medicine. Graduates of Distinction recipients will share stories about their school years, reveal the educators who had the greatest impact on their lives and reflect on their careers and community service.

Walla Walla High School Principal accepts Director of Assessment and Student Services position

Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson is transitioning to the district office after accepting the Director of Assessment and Student Services position. Current Director Kerri Coffman recently resigned her position after accepting a position in her hometown school district of Athena-Weston.

“It has been my honor to lead the staff and students at Wa-Hi for the past seven years, and I will always consider myself a Blue Devil,” Peterson said. “While I will miss the staff and students immensely, I am excited to work with our district leadership team at a systems level to support all students in Walla Walla Public Schools.”

Peterson will manage and assess student testing data, local and state testing cycles, and associated professional development in support of districtwide assessment needs. His student services responsibilities include managing the district’s homeless student program, district level discipline, drop-out prevention and post high school transitions.

“Pete Peterson brings extensive experience in secondary leadership and coordination with regional higher education partners,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “This central office role provides an opportunity for him to grow professionally and utilize his skill-set in a critical area of district operations.”

Peterson has been principal at Walla Walla High School for seven years. He will assume his new duties July 1. The job posting for a new Walla Walla High School principal is now available on the district website. The position closes May 29. An extensive selection process, including interviews, school walk through visits, and public “Meet and Greet” sessions, is tentatively set to begin the week of June 5. The new principal will begin July 1.

Superintendent Smith tells state school board positive relationships key to school success

Superintendent Wade Smith addressed the Washington State School Board of Education Wednesday during its meeting in Walla Walla. Smith joined Dr. Marleen Ramsey, Vice President of Instruction/CIO, Walla Walla Community College and Tim Payne, Superintendent, College Place School District in a panel discussion on Creating Seamless Transitions between Secondary and Post-Secondary Educational Systems. Smith mentioned the Blue Devil to Warrior program which is breaking down barriers for seniors transitioning to Walla Walla Community College and other partnerships with regional higher education institutions. He noted positive relationships between students and educators as the key to creating opportunities for post-secondary success.

Principals raise funds for Healthy Kids; Donations support The Health Center in Walla Walla

Principals Kim Doepker (Blue Ridge), Michelle Carpenter (Berney) and Maria Garcia (Sharpstein) are participating in the Coeur d’Alene Half Marathon May 28 to raise funds for The Health Center in Walla Walla. Currently The Health Center has clinics at Blue Ridge Elementary, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School. The Health Center will expand to Walla Walla High School next school year and is considering Garrison Middle School in the future. The trio has already exceeded its goal of $2000 and is looking to raise more. Click on the link to make a donation.

“We are three elementary principals who are passionate about making sure every child learns at the highest levels possible,” said Doepker. “For some students, lack of access to health care makes it hard for them to reach their learning potential.”

National Association of School Psychologists responds to Netflix Series called “13 Reasons Why”

Walla Walla Public Schools continues to work with staff, parents and community partners to prevent suicide. The district has launched initiatives, held conversations, developed supports, and organized trainings to help prevent these tragedies. Examples of the prevention program include: The Sources of Strength Program, Cheri Lovre training, Mark Lee’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program, and involvement in the community-based WW Suicide Prevention Workgroup. In addition, a comprehensive website has been developed to serve as a resource to faculty, students, and parents.

Recently, the National Association of School Psychologists has responded to the Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why.” This popular series has resulted in a number of hallway, classroom and teacher-student conversations. The National Association of School Psychologists’ document provides information related to the series and some of the concerns associated with the fictional basis surrounding the main character. This document is posted on the district’s Suicide Prevention webpage: http://www.wwps.org/programs/suicide-prevention

School board meetings Tuesday, May 16

Tuesday, May 16 meetings:
- 5 p.m.: Special School Board Meeting/Work Session (Strategic Plan Indictor Development) – open to public
- 6:30 p.m.: Regular School Board Meeting (open to public)
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)

Providence and Walla Walla Public Schools offer free sports physicals May 19

Sports physicals will be offered to students in grades 6 to 11 in all area schools May 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Walla Walla High School Big Gym. No appointments are needed. The exams will be performed by Providence Medical Group physicians. The Providence St. Mary Rehabilitation Department, Providence Medical Group, Providence St. Mary Foundation and the Walla Walla Public Schools are partnering to provide the free exams.  Students under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or come with the release and health history forms signed by a parent or legal guardian. The forms can be downloaded at www.providence.org/stmaryfoundation. For more information, call Britt Adkins at 509-526-8633.

School Stories
Area students to showcase talents during Spring Art Show
Walla Walla Public Schools presents the 4th Annual Spring Art Show May 11-14 at SEA-TECH featuring art from Walla Walla High and Lincoln High Schools, Pioneer and Garrison Middle Schools and College Place High School students. A variety of art, including digital displays, will be featured during the show. Please drop in and support the talents of these amazing young artists. This is a free, public show. Special thanks to ArtWalla for sponsoring the event.

Art Show Remaining Schedule
- Friday, May 12 – 4 to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, May 13 – 12 to 2 p.m.
- Sunday, May 14 – 12 to 2 p.m.
- Location: SEA-TECH (525 Campus Loop on the campus of Walla Walla Community College)
- Free, public show

- Julie Laufenburg, Art Teacher
- jlaufenburg@wwps.org
Last weekend for BIG FISH the Musical!

Big Fish follows a relationship between a father and son who don’t always see eye to eye. Dad is known for telling tales of his youth that are too big to be true- some of which come to life onstage. However, with the father fighting cancer, the two must find a way to reconcile before it’s too late. The musical is family friendly and includes giants and witches and mermaids, oh my! This production goes above and beyond and includes more than 90 students. The pit orchestra, under the direction of Band Director Andrew Ueckert, sounds incredible and the cast is singing and dancing better than ever before.

Remaining Dates/Times: May 12, 13 @ 7 p.m. and a Matinee on May 13 @ 2 p.m.
Location: Wa-Hi Auditorium
Tickets available at the Wa-Hi ASB office, online at intouch.wwps.org, or at the door if available.
Price: $12 adults/$6 students

Farmer’s Market Flower and plant sale supports Lincoln High School Drama Program

A local volunteer is hosting a flower and plant sale at the Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27. There are many beautiful baskets and flower pots available to purchase for Mother’s Day gifts.  There are also many vegetable starters.  All proceeds will support the Lincoln High School Drama program.

AVID Senior Recognition Night

- Friday, May 19
- 6:30 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Commons
- Hear from seniors involved in the AVID program during this public celebration event.
- Next year, 22 students plan to attend a four year university, 26 students plan to attend a community college, one student plans to attend a language school, and one student plans to join the Army.

WWHS JROTC names April Cadet & Athlete of the Month

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion has selected the April 2017 Cadet of the Month and Athlete of the Month. Cadet Corporal William Powers, Co. A, received an on-the-spot promotion to this new rank for his selection among the candidates each from the six companies in the battalion. His winning total was 420 points of a possible 606 total.

Powers is a bowler and is proud of his academic achievements, his GPA and performance in his honora classes. After graduation, Powers plans to enlist in the Washington Army National Guard and later transfer into the Wisconsin ARNG to use his education benefits to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Wildlife Biology. He says he aspires to “help his fellow Americans when he is called upon.”

The winner of the Athlete of the Month competition was c/PFC Kyle Martin from Co. D, who earned 245 out of 300 possible points. One of Martin’s proudest accomplishments is getting nominated to travel to Washington D.C. due to his leadership skills. Martin’s plans after high school include going into the military for four years and then attending college to major in criminal justice. After that, he plans to apply to the FBI. Martin joined the JROTC Program to understand more about the military and one of his goals in the program is to gain more leadership skills.

Public invited to WWHS Pass in Review Parade May 24

The Walla Walla High School JROTC “Blue Devils” Cadet Battalion will hold its annual review and change of command ceremony on Wednesday morning, May 24.

Events will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the small gym with the “drill down” competition and will feature performances by the armed and unarmed drill teams, color guard and individual armed exhibition drill. The rest of the day’s events will follow outdoors on the soccer field. This is the final formal Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet event for the senior class of 2017. This event is open to the public and families of Cadets are especially welcome to attend.

The highlight of the day’s events will be the change of command ceremony in which the departing seniors pass leadership of the battalion to next year’s class. The WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor will preside over the ceremony. After the change of command is complete, the battalion will be inspected by the reviewing officer and will then hold a formal “pass in review” in a final parade. Several school officials will be on hand to present awards and to announce the winner of the Erdman JROTC Scholarship.

The mission of JROTC is to help Cadets learn to be better citizens. They learn military history, precision drill and ceremonies, marksmanship and leadership skills. The Wa-Hi “Blue Devil” Cadet Battalion competes in drill competitions and marksmanship events around the region.

Blue Devil Cadet and JROTC leaders will be available to visit with media outlets for interviews. The Battalion Public Affairs staff will be on hand to support those requests. For more information call the WWHS JROTC department at 509-527-3035, or email to wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

Summer Kids Sports Camps

Walla Walla High School coaches are supporting numerous youth camps this summer to help students improve their skills. This is an excellent opportunity for kids to have fun this summer, play sports, and support Wa-Hi Athletics.

Summer Sports Camps Schedule:

Senior activities planned at Wa-Hi

May 23rd, 9:20-10:20: Senior Signing Day ALL SCHOOL ASSEMBLY celebrating Walla Walla High School’s class of 2018 successes and their post-high school plans! Parents and families are invited to attend, the assembly will take place during 2nd period 9:20-10:20.

May 25th, 8:30-10:30; AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) along with GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is hosting community members across Walla Walla to participate in mock interviews for Wa-Hi seniors.
For community members that would like to participate and be interviewers during this event, contact: Becky Waggoner-Schwartz email bschwartz@wwps.org or call the GEAR UP offices 509-526-8621.

BDAD (Blue Devil Athletic Development 2017)

· June 26 to August 3, 2017
· Weekly (Monday- Thursday)
· 9-12 graders: 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.
· 5-8 graders: 9-10 a.m.
· $40 per person
· ONE WAY TO REGISTER- TWO WAYS TO PAY: Register on FamilyID and pay online via InTouch (intouch.wwps.org), or pay in the ASB Office.
· Please note: There is a registration cut-off this year. Registration and payment must be received no later than June 23, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Local film festival showcases Student Produced Independent Films for Youth entries Saturday

The public is invited to celebrate young filmmakers in the community at the 5th annual SPIFFY Film Festival (Student Produced Independent Films for Youth) Saturday, May 13, 3:30-5 p.m. This year’s festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Whitman College Film and Media Studies Program and will take place at Kimball Auditorium in Hunter Conservatory at the corner of Boyer and Park. Students district-wide were invited to submit films in the categories of Creative Short, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Horror, and Stop-Motion/Animation.

SPIFFY Trailer: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-uu1ScvVt9tZnNSQzhNVWoxOTA

For more information, please contact Beth Clearman (bclearman@wwps.org) or Megan Cabasco (mcabasco@wwps.org).

Public showing of ScreenAgers, Growing Up in a Digital Age

Mark your calendars for a community viewing of ScreenAgers, Growing Up in a Digital Age. Community panel discussion to follow after viewing. Presented in English and Spanish. Free childcare and refreshments. Open to Walla Walla and College Place residents.
Thursday, May 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Walla Walla High School, Auditorium
800 Abbott Road

Community Stories
Beyond Paper Tigers free community event featuring Dr. Ginsburg June 28

The buzz phrase “youth mental health” is growing in popularity across the country. It’s no surprise then that the 2017 trauma-informed care conference, “Beyond Paper Tigers,” maxed out its registration numbers nearly two months before the June 28-29 event. Now parents, educators, mental health workers and law enforcement are clamoring to add their names to a growing waiting list for next year’s conference.

While the 2017 Beyond Paper Tigers conference registration is now full, the Children’s Resilience Initiative is proud to offer a free community event on the first evening of the conference. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, this year’s conference keynote, will also present on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:30-8 PM at Cordiner Hall in Walla Walla. This public offering will provide strength-based strategies to build resilience and improve youth outcomes. Doors open at 6 PM, and Spanish translation and child care services will be provided for those in attendance.

Beyond Paper Tigers follows the renewed interest in chronic stress and trauma on childhood development after the success of the 2015 documentary “Paper Tigers,” which was filmed in Walla Walla. Even with the continued attention on this national topic, those working with youth still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way which they can impact.

“Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them,” notes Dr. Ginsburg. “They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative.”

For questions, contact Rick Griffin at 509.749.2103 or rickg@jlacademy.org.

The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch honor high school females

The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch honored 18 juniors from area high schools for their work in Science, Technology, and Mathematics at the Walla Walla Public Schools’ Boardroom on Monday, April, 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. Dr. Peggy Payne, a science and AVID teacher at Walla Walla High School, spoke about her educational and work experiences, and she encouraged the scholars to investigate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses during college and find mentors to guide their educational and professional pursuits. Dr. Payne credits a college professor with inspiring her to pursue science and advanced degrees.

High Schools in our branch area include: Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, College Place, Prescott, Touchet, WWVA and De Sales. The following young women were honored on April 24 at the reception: Maddy Thomas, Mary Ann Holtzinger, Neriah Cortez, Katia Sanchez, Hannah Kromm, Cora Jo Borgens, Katie Skramstad, Miriam Gogl, Karissa Stubblefield, Natalie Parsons, Cleo Castaldo, Dharma Mendoza, Pelagia Wauchek, Katie Leinweber, Christiana Zaugg, MacKenzie Harting, Alicia Pacheco-Espana and Angie Brizuela

AAUW was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. The Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921, and currently has more than 135 members. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

The AAUW Scholar Recognition program recognized outstanding Junior female high school students in the areas of Science, Technology, and Mathematics. These are areas where women are traditionally underrepresented and AAUW is working to encourage young women to explore these fields, including Engineering, as viable options for their future careers. AAUW President Gretchen Hormel welcomed the packed room filled with scholars, their families and their inspirational teachers. Hormel encouraged them to learn more about AAUW and its mission supporting women since 1881.

Sweets to open season with exhibition game against high school players

The Walla Walla Sweets will open play this summer with a showcase game against local high school players, including those from Walla Walla High School. The future stars of the Walla Walla Valley who have excelled in their high school career will have the opportunity to showcase their talent against the current collegiate baseball stars getting prepared for their West Coast League season.

Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball & Softball and the Walla Walla Sweets have teamed to produce a showcase event for talented valley-wide high school baseball players for the 2017 season. This event will be hosted at Borleske Stadium on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 with first pitch being thrown at 7:05 PM.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Sweets in bringing this opportunity for local high school athletes to showcase their baseball skills while also raising funds to support American Legion Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Blue Mountain Girls Softball and travel teams,” said Rick Eskil, president of Walla Walla Valley Youth Baseball & Softball. “This is yet another example of how the Sweets continue to invest in our community and its youth programs.”

The roster for the showcase team will feature 15 players. Each player will wear his high school uniform, with custom hats for the event and a personalized wood bat being provided for each player as a commemorative memento. Tickets for the game are being sold by the teams and organizations that will benefit from this game (American Legion Baseball, Babe Ruth Baseball, Black Sox Baseball and Blue Mountain Girls Softball Association). Tickets will also be available at the Borleske Stadium Box Office on the day of the game, with the Box Office opening at 4:30 PM, and prior to the event online at http://bit.ly/2pRZNAm

Free passes to national parks for fourth graders

Keep your eyes out for the Every Kid in a Park program! Every Kid in a Park is a federally funded program that works to help 4th graders build an understanding of the environment and encourages families to spend time outside in nature. It provides FREE PASSES for 4th graders and their families to visit a National Park or Public Land for free, during September-August when they are in 4th grade. Explore the Every Kid website:www.everykidinapark.gov and share it with anyone else who has a 4th grader or incoming 4th grader.This is a truly amazing program that provides 4th graders with the opportunity to connect with nature at a time in their life when it is most impact. Information: matzjb@whitman.edu

Walla Walla United Soccer Club tryouts

Is your child wanting to play soccer at a more competitive level? Walla Walla United Soccer Club is holding tryouts May 22-25 and will form teams for fall 2017 and spring 2018. All teams will start training during the summer. Most older teams (U15 and up) will train year round with a break during their high school season. The soccer is age appropriate and fun, but it does involve trying out for a team as well as a higher level of competition. All practices and home games are played in Walla Walla. Most of the away games are played in Eastern Washington. Please register for tryouts at wwusc.com or visit the site for more tryout information.

City Parks & Recreation community update

Registration for all summer programs including swimming lessons and water exercise classes to be held at the New Veterans Memorial Pool will be open for registration on Sunday, May 14

Registration is now open for:
Youth Fall Soccer - Ages 5-14 - $50 - Registration deadline is June 30
Youth Flag Football - Grades 2nd - 8th - $55

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us or like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

GIRLS COUNCIL Girls Night In tonight

GIRLS COUNCIL announces our next ‘Girls Night In’ for Friday May 12, “Feuds, Followers, & Fairness”. Girls from 4th grade through high school are invited to join us for a fun and creative evening together from 6 - 8  p.m. Come meet with us, bring a friend and  become part of the ‘sisterhood’ of GIRLS COUNCIL.

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