Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 12, 2013

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District Stories
 School board meeting Tuesday, April 16
- 6:30 p.m.

- District board room: 364 S. Park St.

- Meeting open to the public

 Walla Walla schools receive Washington Achievement Awards
Walla Walla Public Schools received notice Walla Walla High School, Blue Ridge Elementary and Prospect Point Elementary have been named recipients of 2012 Washington Achievement Awards. This is the third consecutive year Walla Walla High School has received this award.

- Walla Walla High School, Extended Graduation Rate

- Blue Ridge Elementary, Science

- Prospect Point Elementary, Science

"It is so encouraging to see the efforts of students and staff at Prospect Point, Blue Ridge and Walla Walla High School recognized by the state of Washington, said Superintendent Mick Miller. "So many positive initiatives are occurring within in Walla Walla Public Schools and I continue to be so proud of the students and staff throughout our district."

Washington Achievement Award winners are selected using the Washington Accountability Index and criteria in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver. The award is given to elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools in seven categories: overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, closing achievement gaps and high progress.

2012 Washington Achievement Award Statistics:

87.5 percent – Prospect Point 5th grade science pass rate

87 percent - Blue Ridge 5th grade science pass rate

(Regional and State Comparisons)

66.3 percent – Washington state 5th grade science

77.2 percent – Richland 5

thgrade science scores82.7 percent – Bellevue 5

thgrade science scores90.3 percent - Mercer Island 5

thgrade science scores

91.7 percent – Walla Walla High School extended graduation rate

(Regional and State Comparisons)

78.3 percent – Washington state extended graduation rate

85.4 percent - Richland High School extended graduation rate

91.9 percent - Bellevue High School extended graduation rate

95.8 percent - Mercer Island High School extended graduation rate

Visit OSPI’s

website to learn more about the Washington Achievement Awards, including details on the Washington Achievement Index and the criteria for selection.

 School board travels to San Diego for national conference
School board members and Superintendent Mick Miller will travel to San Diego this weekend to attend the National School Board Association Annual Conference & Exposition. This national event brings together education leaders to discuss domestic policies and global trends which impact the future of public education. The lineup features more than 200 sessions for the more than 5,000 board members, superintendents, and education leaders from across the country and around the globe who will be in attendance. The conference is focused on five key areas – leadership, advocacy, technology plus learning, urban school issues, and school law.
 Kindergarten and Open Enrollment Registration dates April 22-May 3
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.

School Stories
 Bye, Bye Birdie tickets go on sale Monday
Don’t miss this spring’s Wa-Hi Musical "Bye, Bye, Birdie." Tickets go on sale Monday April 15. Box office hours are weekdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to shows. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students.

Bye, Bye, Birdie Show dates: (box office - 526-8613)

- May 2 @ 7 p.m.

- May 3 @ 7 p.m.

- May 4 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

- May 9 @ 7 p.m.

- May 10 @ 7 p.m.

- May 11 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

 The Key Club is sponsoring the Red Cross Blood Drive
- Date: April 22

- Time: 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

- Where: Wa-Hi Small Gym

Staff are encouraged to participate if possible. Staff will be given priority status to help accommodate their schedules. No pre-sign up is needed -- just come to the small gym at Wa-Hi. The Red Cross reports the need for blood is critical.

For more information, contact Key Club Advisor Shelley Mann at: smann@wwps.org

 Wa-Hi National Honor Society plans fundraiser to support veterans
The Walla Walla High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a fundraiser called "Walk a Mile for a Veteran" Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event begins at the Walla Walla Community College parking lot. Proceeds will be donated to a newly created fund for veterans attending WWCC. Veterans may use the money to purchase books and supplies.

"Anyone can participate and walk a half mile up Mill Creek and receive a food ticket that can be cashed in at the end of the walk for a hamburger, an apple and a drink," said NHS Advisor Peggy Payne. "Corporate, local businesses and individual sponsors will make a donation per number of people who walk, or they will give a flat donation."

Thanks to the Walla Walla Union Bulletin for donating a free ad. Tyson meats donated the hamburger meat, Franz is donating a 40 percent discount on the buns and Zwire is providing soda. Broetje donated apples and Columbia REA is donating $2 per walker up to $500.

Peggy Payne and Crystal Holmes (NHS Advisors)

Groover Snell (NHS President)

Katelyn Elmenhurst (NHS VP)

Madison Elmenhurst (NHS Secretary)

Mattie Smyth (NHS Treasurer)

 Wa-Hi club to offer free, community-wide screening of Bully
The Walla Walla High School Gay-Straight Alliance Club Members invite the Walla Walla community to join them in viewing Bully, a critically-acclaimed documentary portraying the nation-wide issue of bullying occurring in schools. The film is rated PG-13. This event is taking place in conjunction with Day of Silence, a national youth movement bringing attention to the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their allies.

Event Information:

- Community-wide screening of Bully

-Friday, April 19

- 7 p.m.

- Walla Walla High School Auditorium

- Free

Critical acclamation:

- "A movie your kid must see" –Richard Corliss, Time Magazine

- Powerful" –Alynda Wheat, People Magazine

- "The most important film of the year" –Mario Thomas, Huffington Post

For more information, please contact Casey Monahan at Walla Walla High School at cmonahan@wwps.org.

 Wa-Hi Key Club elects new officers for 2013-2014
President: Tyler Morgan

Vice Pres: Hannah Moeller

Secretary: Sam Oberg

Treasurer: Blake Morasch

Newsletter Editors: Michael Anderson and Maddy Aichele

 Prospect Point plans April bike rodeo
The 2nd annual Bike Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Prospect Point parking lot. This event, open to students and their families, promotes bicycle and road safety, and physical fitness. There will be eight activity stations for students, including: helmet fittings, bicycle tune-ups; rules of the road, and an obstacle course. Once students have completed every station, names will be put into a drawing to win two new bicycles. Event sponsor: Bicycle Barn.
 Walla Walla High School Athletic Secretary recognized for lifetime achievement
Walla Walla High School athletic secretary Karen Hermeston recently received

a Meritorious Service Award from the Yakima Valley Interscholastic Activities Association, District 5 of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. Hermeston received a special plaque and YVIAA lifetime pass. Her selection was based on her professionalism and many years of dedicated service to the student-athletes of Walla Walla High School, Big Nine, Mid-Columbia Conference, YVIAA and the WIAA.

"It is very distinguished and well deserved award," said District Athletic Director Don Wilkins. "She received many letters of support from district coaches, athletic directors and coaches for other regional school districts."

Hermeston has been the Wa-Hi athletic secretary since 1994. She said she loves working with the student-athletes and coaches.

"It is an honor to receive this award," Hermeston said. "It was extra special to read the letters our coaches submitted for the award on my behalf."

 City teams with Edison students for Arbor Day celebration
Wednesday, the City of Walla Walla’s Parks, Recreation and Urban Forestry Advisory Board donated a maple tree to Edison Elementary as part of its annual Arbor Day Celebration. Students also received seedlings to take home and plant. School board member Cindy Meyer, Superintendent Mick Miller, Mayor Jim Barrow and City Manager Nabiel Shawa joined Edison students in the tree planting ceremony.
 Families encouraged to attend Walla Walla High School Farm Days Saturday
Walla Walla FFA is hosting its Annual Farm Day April 13 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and learn about the daily lives of bees, farm animals, how to handle animals and more!

"We will be accepting donations for the Blue Mountain Humane Society at the gates," says Wa-Hi Agriculture teacher Lindsey Butcher. "All donation information can be found on the Blue Mountain Humane Society’s website and on flyers around town!"

Walla Walla High School students also played host to district elementary students at the school’s farm this week. Butcher says the activity is a great way for the high school students to showcase their program and mentor the younger students.

Wa-Hi Ag Issues team drawing regional interest in Alkali Bee presentationThis week the Wa-Hi FFA Ag Issues team met with members of the Washington State Department of Transportation to showcase this year’s presentation addressing how improvement to Highway 12 will impacting farming and the local alkali bee populations. The students received praise from the state transportation officials for offering a balanced look at the issue. The team will be presenting to the Walla Walla County Commissioners on Monday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the commission chambers.

"The team has come a long way since October when we started researching the Alkali Bee and the new highway location," said Advisor Arch McHie.

The Wa-Hi Ag Issues team has been asked to present to Washington State University’s Entomology Department, April 24. The team will also present to the Exchange Club this spring.

"The amount of attention this team has received has been impressive," McHie said. "The three major entities involved in the issue (Alfalfa Seed Growers, WSDOT and WSU) will now have all seen and heard the presentation."

 The Moms Network teams with district schools for annual Diaper Drive
District schools are supporting The Moms Network Diaper Drive April 15-19. The Diaper Drive collects new diapers that are donated to Sonbridge Community Center, Helpline and Catholic Charities of Walla Walla. These service organizations then distribute them to low-income families in the Walla Walla Valley. All size diapers and pull ups are needed. The most requested sizes are 3, 4, and 5. Any money donated will be used to purchase diapers.
Community Stories
 It’s $5 from Friends at Health Center April 8-14
From now until Sunday, April 14 GIVE $5 or more to The Health Center and YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED by The Health Center’s new Stakeholders’ Challenge Fund*. This fund was created by The Health Center’s directors and executives to express the passion they feel about helping children become well enough to learn. It is intended to incent you - our friends - to join our Health Center family by offering a rare opportunity to do DOUBLE THE GOOD with your donation.

Won’t you help with a $5 gift? Follow the link to donate securely on-line, or mail your gift to: 534 South 3rd Ave., Suite 16, Walla Walla, WA 99362. http://thehealthcenterww.org/?page_id=9

 Carnegie Picture Lab brings Chihuly art activity to city library
The Carnegie Picture Lab is teaming with the City of Walla Walla library to present a free lecture and art activities featuring Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition. The event is at the Walla Walla Public Library April 13 at 1 p.m.
 AAUW Walla Walla Branch to honor high school senior females
The American Association of University Women—Walla Walla Branch will honor senior high school females in the areas of Science, Technology, and Mathematics in the Walla Walla Public Schools’ Board Room on Monday, April, 29 at 7 p.m. Moira Gresham, a Physics professor and researcher at Whitman College will be the featured speaker.

AAUW is The American Association of University Women. It was founded in 1881 to promote education and equity for women. The Walla Walla Branch was chartered in 1921. Membership is open to men and women who hold a two year degree or higher from an accredited college or university. We currently have over 135 members. Our branch won the prestigious AAUW 21st Century Recognition Platinum Award for 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

The AAUW Scholar recognition program recognizes outstanding senior female high school students in the areas of Science, Technology, and Mathematics. These are areas where women are traditionally under-represented and we are working to encourage young women to explore these fields, including Engineering, as viable options for their future careers.

High schools in the branch area include: Walla Walla High School, Prescott, Touchet, WWVA and DeSales. The following young women will be honored on April 29 at the reception: Ashley Cornia, Jaslyn Lacome, Kristina Savelesky, Alison Zander, Cheyenne Schoen, Esther Gow-Lee, Vanessa Flores, and Eternity Biegel.

"These young women were nominated by staff at their high schools. We are excited to honor them for their accomplishments. We also want to inspire them to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as possible career fields," said Michelle Higgins, AAUW Scholar Recognition Chairperson.

 Learn from an expert how to recognize and stop alcohol and drug abuse
Event: Tall Cop Says Stop (Idaho Law Enforcement Officer Jermaine Galloway)

Topic: Learn from an expert how to recognize and stop alcohol and drug abuse

Date: Monday, April 22

Three Free Sessions:

11:20 a.m. to 12:15 (students); 1:30 to 4 p.m. (educators & community professionals); 6 to 8 p.m. (parents and families)

Location: Walla Walla Valley Academy Auditorium

Information: Tricia Lofthouse - 509.525.1050 ext. 226


 Junior Club of Walla Walla plans annual Bunco Fundraiser
Shake those dice and let them go. Get three of a kind and it’s a Bunco! Junior Club’s annual Bunco Fundraiser is Friday, April 26 at the Assumption Parish Hall (2098 E. Alder). Doors will open at 6:30 pm and play will begin at 7 p.m. Junior Club of Walla Walla serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations such as Books for Babes, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Fire, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Herring House, and provides scholarships for deserving local women.

For more information, call Sara Wutzke at (503) 830-0088.

 Plantlife Compost Fundraiser Saturday
If you are getting your garden started soon and looking to add some goodness to your soil, please consider stopping by Trinity Baptist Church (across from Wa-Hi red barn), Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, for your compost needs. We will be selling beautiful, organically certified compost for $40/yard (bring your own pick-up/trailer) or $2 a bag. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be forwarded to local and international groups that specifically address poverty relief and development. Delivery is also available - $30 for up to 6 yards of compost. Call 200-1160 if you would like a delivery. More info at www.plantlifecompost.org. 
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