Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 2, 2017

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Finalists named for Walla Walla High School Principal position

Walla Walla Public Schools announced Dr. Kenneth Renner-Singer and Justin Lieuallen have been named finalists for the Walla Walla High School Principal position following an extensive applicant screening process. Parents, staff and students are encouraged to meet candidates Wednesday, June 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Walla Walla High School Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present for both candidate sessions, starting at 4:00 and 4:45 p.m.

Dr. Kenneth Renner-Singer maintains 16 years in the field of public education. He began his career as a middle school teacher at Pioneer Middle School in Walla Walla before assuming a principal role at Icicle River Middle School in Leavenworth, WA. During his five year middle school principal tenure, Icicle River earned the OSPI Distinguished School Award twice, was the Washington Achievement Award recipient three consecutive years, and achieved the Great School Award recognition from Washington State’s Phi Delta Kappa. As a result of his leadership, Dr. Renner-Singer was awarded the Washington State Middle Level Principal of the Year Award in 2012. Following his middle school principal tenure, Dr. Renner-Singer was promoted to principal of Osborn Elementary while also serving on the Superintendent’s cabinet team as Director for Cascade School District’s Title 1/LAP Programs. During his impressive tenure he has lead the district’s collective bargaining process, managed the design of a new $15M elementary school, fostered college-going initiatives through his leadership as College Access Coordinator, and received the North Central Washington Elementary Principal of the Year Award in 2014. Among his other skills, attributes, and experiences, Dr. Renner-Singer is heavily involved in community service, served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Earl Blumenaur prior to his educational career, and is a graduate of Whitman College.
Mr. Justin Lieuallen, a native to the Walla Walla Valley region, maintains 22 years in the education field. Before graduating with his Master’s in Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, Mr. Lieuallen served two years as a special education assistant. After receiving his teaching license he spent six years as a secondary science teacher and head wrestling coach at Westview High School, a large 6A-level high school in the Beaverton School District. After receiving his educational administrative degree from Lewis and Clark College, he spent 13 years as assistant principal at McNary High School, a 2,100 student school in the Salem Keizer School District. During his tenure, he was heavily involved in the AVID program, supported the English Language development programs, and highly involved in curriculum development and professional learning community work. Most recently, he assumed the principal role at Silverton High School, a 1,300 student high school near Salem, OR, helping lead STEM initiatives and initiating their first-ever Latino Club. As stated in his letter of application, “…my wife, kids and I look forward to the possibility of returning to the Walla Walla Valley to help the district achieve its vision of Developing Washington’s Most Sought-after Graduates.”
The successful candidate will replace current principal Pete Peterson who has been promoted to serve as Director of Assessment and Student Services after the resignation of current Director Kerri Coffman.
Wednesday, June 7 - Meet and Greet Sessions (Location: Walla Walla High School Library):
- 4 p.m. Candidate Justin Lieuallen
- 4:45 p.m. Candidate Dr. Kenneth Renner-Singer

Graduates of Distinction Ceremony Tuesday

- Graduates of Distinction Ceremony
- Tuesday, June 6
- 5 p.m.
- Anne Golden Boardroom (WWPS District office – 364 S. Park St.)
- Honorees: Bruce Hunt (Class of 1974); Jeanne Eggart Helfer (Class of 1977); and Dr. Richard Simon, Jr. (Class of 1968)

School Board meeting Tuesday

- Tuesday, June 6
- 6:30 p.m.
- Anne Golden Boardroom (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

Last day of school June 14

The last day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is Wednesday, June 14. This day is an early dismissal for all students. Check with your child’s school for specific early dismissal times. The 2017-2018 school year begins Tuesday, August 29. Have a safe and fun summer break!

School Stories

Watch Wa-Hi Commencement on Facebook

Watch the Wa-Hi Commencement LIVE June 2 at 7 p.m. on Facebook. Visit the  Audio & Video Production at SEATech Facebook page to watch and listen: https://tinyurl.com/wahigrad2017

Garrison vs. Pioneer in epic eBooks reading contest

Garrison and Pioneer Middle School 6th and 7th graders are challenging themselves to read as many of this year’s new eBooks collection through a fun reading contest. The students representing their schools who read the most will earn a trophy and school party for participants. There will also be individual prizes for the top readers from each school.  Although school libraries are closed for the summer, eBooks allow students to access reading materials during the break.  Sara Strickland, the librarian at Pioneer Middle School, developed this competition. Current 6th or 7th grader may sign up for the challenge online:  https://tinyurl.com/lvdbg5u

SEA-TECH Health Sciences students ace exams

It’s been another successful year for students in the Health Sciences program at SEA-TECH, as students took the State Examination, National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP). A total of 93% of the students taking the exam passed the written and 90% on skills portion. The NNAAP is the largest nurse aide certification exam program in the U.S. with over 200,000 paper and practical exams administered annually. SEA-TECH has 25 Certified Nursing Assistants this year.

“Overall for first time test takers we were at 83% overall,” said Instructor Sandy Thomas. “This is fabulous for this State Examination. I am very happy with our results.”

WWHS JROTC selects Cadet, Athlete of Year

By: c/Capt. Elizabeth Baez, Blue Devils Public Affairs (S5)

The cadets of the Wa-Hi JROTC program held their final competitive selections earlier this week and have announced the Cadet of the Year (COY) and Athlete of the Year. The COY winner, c/Sgt. Z Kincheloe [sic.), from Co. B, received an on-the-spot promotion to his current rank for his selection from the six companies. He scored 550 points out of a possible 606. After high school, he plans to enlist in the U.S. Army, and after his service he plans to enter into the police academy. He joined the JROTC Program in hopes of becoming a better cadet than his father and cousin, who were formerly in the program. He also hopes to gain lifelong leadership skills.

The Athlete of the Year is c/Sgt. Luke Matlock, Co. D, who earned an immediate promotion to this new rank after scoring 273 out of 300 possible points. He is a cross-country and track athlete and a swimmer. After high school, he hopes to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and plans to become a commercial airline pilot someday. He joined the JROTC Program to develop more military knowledge and discipline.

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets are taught to develop strong leadership traits and become good citizens in their school, community, country, and the world.

Walla Walla students win AMVETS Americanism poster awards

Congratulations to Berney Elementary kindergarten student Brayden Shivell for taking 1st place in the AMVETS Americanism Contest for the kindergarten division. Sharpstein first grade student Pedro Gonzales took 1st place in the 1st grade division. Both students colored the American Flag as part of a poster contest and will each receive a $75 prize. 

2017 Graduation Events (remaining)

Walla Walla High School
Friday, June 2
7 p.m.
Walla Walla High School Commons area (800 Abbott Road)

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
Monday, June 12
7 p.m.
Walla Walla High School Large Gym (800 Abbott Road)

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
Tuesday, June 13
7 p.m.
Walla Walla High School Large Gym (800 Abbott Road)

Yard and bake sale to support son of Berney teacher

Benefit Yard Sale/Bake Sale Help Support a Local Family - ALL proceeds donated to the Kearbey family!
· Saturday, June 10
· 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Berney Elementary Gym
· Kearbey Go Fund Me Page: https://www.gofundme.com/rzmzk-miles-kearbey-leukemia-fund

Berney and Rogers Elementary school teachers Mike and Kim Kearbey’s son has been diagnosed with leukemia. Join our school family in helping their family. Please help by donating what you can (items, baked goods, time, etc…). All donated items need to be delivered to the Berney gym by Friday, June 9th at 3:30 p.m. Any items that are unsold will be donated to charity. Want to help the day of the sale? Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084caeae2ba2fe3-benefit

Questions? Contact:
Berney Elementary Office Staff 509-527-3060
Chrissty Cason, ccason1044@hotmail.com (509) 520-2626
Sharon Carter, (509) 386-8649

Graduation Balloon Bouquets help fund national FBLA trip

Graduation balloon bouquets are available at the Devil’s Den at Walla Walla High School. The store will be open from 3 to 6:45 for snacks, beverages, and spirit gear on June 2 prior to graduation. The funds raised will help to send FBLA students to Nationals in Anaheim, CA this summer.

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.
- Boys Basketball
- Football
- Tennis
- Wrestling
- And more to be announced…

Summer Sports Camps Schedule and Registration:

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.

Community Stories
Friends ABC program offers free summer events

Parents with children in the Friends ABC program are encouraged to learn more about the program’s free summer events. For more information, contact Friends or visit their office:

Jim Byrnes, MBA
Executive Director, Friends of Children of Walla Walla
120 E Birch Street Suite 10
Walla Walla WA 99362

Free event focuses on strength-based strategies to improve youth outcomes

The Children’s Resilience Initiative has invited Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg to Walla Walla for a free public event Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Cordiner Hall (Whitman College) to discuss how strength-based strategies build resilience in children and improve youth outcomes. Spanish translation and free child care is provided. Visit the event Facebook page to learn more.


City Parks & Recreation community update

Registration for all summer programs is now open.

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

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