Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 26, 2013

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 School board listens to more input on Wa-Hi bond proposal
The school board conducted a public work session Tuesday evening to receive additional input from the community regarding the February 12, 2013 Walla Walla High School bond proposal. The proposal received a 53 percent yes vote, falling short of the 60 percent supermajority requirement.

School Board President Anne Golden facilitated the meeting attended by nine community members. Superintendent Mick Miller shared ideas for future bond proposals to improve facilities at Walla Walla High School. Superintendent Miller stressed to the audience all costs associated with the ideas were estimates and based on community input from the February 26, 2013 school board public work session.

No decisions have been made regarding a future bond proposal at Walla Walla High School. Superintendent Mick Miller did report the district would be coming back to the community at some point. Upcoming election date options: August 2013, November 2013, February 2014, and April 2014.

School Board President Anne Golden said the board will plan another public work session in May to continue the facility improvement planning process.

 New Berney and Green Park Elementary Principals named
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors during a special board meeting Thursday approved the hiring of Christy Krutulis as principal of Berney Elementary and Gina Yonts as principal of Green Park Elementary.

Krutulis will succeed current Berney Principal Donna Painter who is retiring from the district at the end of the school year. Yonts will succeed current Green Park Principal Mike Lambert who is retiring from the district at the end of the school year. Krutulis and Yonts will assume their new duties July 1, 2013. They were selected from a vast pool of qualified principal candidates through a rigorous interview and selection process. Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma will meet with Garrison Middle School staff members Monday to begin the principal and assistant principal selection process. Quaresma reports she expects a new administrative team to be in place by the end of the school year.

Christy Krutulis

Krutulis, a Whitman College graduate, is currently the principal of Clyde Hill Elementary in Bellevue, WA. She served as principal at Stevenson Elementary in Bellevue from 2007 to 2011. Her educational experience also includes one year as a Literacy Facilitator at Lake Hills Elementary in Bellevue and 12 years as an elementary classroom teacher.

Krutulis received a Bachelors of Arts in History from Whitman College and her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound. She earned her Principal Certificate from the University of Washington and is a National Board Certified teacher.

Gina Yonts

Yonts has served as the principal of Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla for the past six years. She was Assistant Principal at Garrison Middle School for four years prior to her principal assignment. She spent three years as the Walla Walla Public Schools Truancy Coordinator and 12 years as a classroom teacher at Berney Elementary School in Walla Walla.

Yonts received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Nazarene College. She received her Administrative Credential from WSU - Tri-Cities. Yonts is a regional representative of the Association of Washington Middle Level Principals and a board member for the Community Center for Youth in Walla Walla.

 Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013
Berney Elementary

- Principal Donna Painter

- Wednesday, May 1 / 3:30-5 p.m. / Berney Library

District Office

- Pat Johnston

Thursday, June 6 / 3-5 p.m. / Board Room

Green Park

- Bob Gregoire

Tuesday, May 28 / 4 p.m. / Library

- Mike Lambert

Friday, May 31 / 4 p.m. / Gym

Head Start/ECEAP Preschool @ Blue Ridge

- Marilyn Day

- Sandy McCoy

Wednesday, June 5 / 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. / Blue Ridge Cafeteria

Walla Walla High School

Wednesday - June 12 / 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. / Wa-Hi Commons

Wa-Hi Staff to be honored:

- Jim Briggs

- Craig Buchanan

- Karen Dazell

- Carol Franklin

- Shelley Mann

- Pamela McBride

School Stories
 Blood drive provides much needed boost to Red Cross supplies
The Walla Walla High School Key Club Blood Drive netted 50 units for the local American Red Cross chapter. Advisor Shelley Mann reports more than 100 people, including staff and students, came through the lines to donate blood. Mann says the Red Cross representatives were grateful.
 Garrison Middle School student wears blue for Juvenile Arthritis cause
Garrison Middle School sixth grade student Allison Wanichek is organizing "Wear Blue Day" Friday, May 3 at all schools to raise awareness about Juvenile Arthritis. Allison was diagnosed with the disease and has dedicated her youth to making a difference.

Her most recent activity is challenging staff and students to wear blue for the cause. She is designing posters for all the schools, handing out blue bracelets for some of the students and staff to wear and plans to distribute information. Allison has also organized fundraisers in the past to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.

 Area college students volunteer at Prospect Point garden
Last Sunday, eight college students from Whitman College and Walla Walla University volunteered to work at the Prospect Point garden to assist with rototilling and cleaning of the site. The event was part of the Tri-College work day program.

"This area was established as a functioning garden in 2008 through Seed Grant money from the Department of Ecology," said Principal Chris Gardea. "It has been inactive the last couple of years but is being revitalized this spring."

Garden plantings will include pumpkins, peas, kale, tomatoes, peppers, corn, green beans, carrots, and squash, along with sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, and hollyhocks. Bringing the garden to life and fruition is the effort of many, according to Gardea.

"Beth Thiel, our PALS students, Wa-Hi FFA students, and our PTA are assisting with the preparation and clean-up of the grounds at the garden site, and construction of garden boxes," Gardea said. "All Prospect Point students in grades K-5 will be involved in plantings later in the spring."

 2013 Walla Walla Balloon Stampede School Launch Sites
- Friday, May 10

- 6:30 a.m. (approximate time)

Walla Walla Public Schools

- Pioneer Middle School

- Garrison Middle School

- Prospect Point Elementary

- Lincoln High School

- Sharpstein Elementary School

- Walla Walla High School

- Berney Elementary School

Pioneer Park

- Soccer Field

Walla Walla Catholic Schools

- Assumption Elementary

College Place Public Schools

- Meadowbrook Middle School

- Davis Elementary

Walla Walla Private Schools

- Liberty Christian

College Place Adventist Schools

- Walla Walla Valley Academy

 Edison plans its 6th annual bike rodeo
 - Saturday, May 4

- 10 a.m. to 12 noon

The Whitman Cycling Team will be helping again this year with many parent and teacher volunteers! As usual, free helmets to all who need them, bike tune-up and repair, seven safety centers and a raffle for two new bikes will end the event!

 Bye, Bye Birdie tickets go on sale now
Don’t miss this spring’s Wa-Hi Musical "Bye, Bye, Birdie." Tickets are on sale now. 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.

 Wa-Hi Cadet of the Month earns on-the-spot promotion
The Walla Walla High School JROTC "Blue Devils" Cadet Battalion has selected its "Cadet of the Month" for April 2013 and rewarded his achievement with an immediate promotion. Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Michael Reser, a 16-year-old sophomore, was promoted to this new rank after he won the top spot with a total score of 73 points, according to the presiding official on the board.

The top Cadet was selected from three candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced Cadets, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Senior Army Instructor for the Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

Reser said that he joined JROTC because he wanted to build his confidence and gather experience for when he joins the military after high school. He enjoys hacky sack, riding bikes, skateboarding.

"His strongest competitive category was engagement of the board," said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Webster. "This Cadet of the Month was a close match, since the Cadets’ performances were outstanding."

First runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Hunter Lynn, a 15-year-old freshman, whose strongest suit was his reporting in procedure. He came in second with 71 points. Second runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Rebecca Bailey, a 16-year-old junior, whose strongest suit was personal appearance. She came in third with 56 points.

"After the board tallied the points and the winner was clear, we held a ceremony to promote the winning Cadet one rank higher, to recognize him for his hard work and personal success," said Bialozor.

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society. Many Cadets compete with drill, marksmanship, and physical training teams as well as attend the class. These Cadets get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy Cadet programs.

 Sharpstein offers new Saturday program
Sharpstein Elementary 4

th and 5thgrade students have a new opportunity to participate in fun and positive activities once a month as part of the school’s new Stomper Hangouts program. Students meet for two hours once a month on a Saturday. In March, the students played dodge ball at the YMCA. This month the students went to the Sweet Putt Mini Golf course.

"I know a lot of students are not able to do out of school activities like bowling or mini golf," said Ruthell Martinez, Sharpstein Intervention Specialist. "A couple of businesses have donated their space for our Stomper kids. We appreciate their support."

 Green Park wins Battle of the Book competition
The team from Green Park Elementary won the districtwide Battle of the Books Competition and Edison Elementary finished in 2nd place. Student teams read 20 books and were asked questions about comprehension, genre, setting, characters, and elements of plot. At every school, all 4th and 5th graders participated in the competition. A team winner from each class was selected as well as a school winner. The culminating event was a district championship with the winning teams from each school competing for a district winner. Thanks to Edison Library Media Specialist Carrie LaRoy for coordinating the event.
Walla Walla High School student scores perfect on Microsoft certification exam
A Microsoft Office Application student scored the first perfect score from Walla Walla High School on a Microsoft certification exam on April 24. Senior Quinn Anderson scored the perfect 1000 on the Excel Specialist certification exam, taking the exam in only 30 minutes and 20 seconds. The exam is a timed 50-minute test administered through Microsoft’s testing portal, Certiport.

"When I got my score back, I was confused," Anderson said. "I saw the 1000 and thought ‘that’s weird, where is my score?’ When I realized that the 1000 was my score I could hardly believe it. I feel very accomplished."

Anderson was the first student this year to attempt the Excel certification. She is on an accelerated independent study path in CTE teacher Gay Buissink’s class. "Quinn always approaches learning with a serious attitude," Buissink said. "She also took the test over a week prior to the scheduled date."

All students in the Microsoft Office Application classes took the Excel certification exam last year as their final exam. Students this year will do the same.

 Wa-Hi Choir singers take first place at prestigious festival
Walla Walla High School’s Chamber Singers and Treble Ensemble earned first place divisional honors at the Columbia Basin College Choral Festival. Choirs from across the Northwest participate in this event every year, according to Choral Director Norb Rossi.

"A handful of choirs are selected by the adjudicators each year to perform in the Honors Showcase Concert that evening," said Rossi. "Both groups were asked to perform in that event for the second year in a row. They were lauded for their expressive performances."

The Chamber Singers performed a varied program of literature which included "All Ye Who Music Love," "Two Love Songs," "A Boy and a Girl" by Eric Whitacre, and "Ain-a that Good News." They were competing in the Mixed Choir Division. Members of the group include: Michael Anderson, Matt Bowler, Connor Christensen, Gabriel Cruz, John Gossett, Courtney Griggs, Olivia Hemenway, Cougar Henderson, Elena Janis, Mary Beth Jones, Nathan Loomer, Jaime Quaresma, Doug Rowley, Daisy Schoen, Hirut Senter, Isaiah Stodola, Christina Swanson, Belle Taylor, Piper Titus,

Lauren Wardwell.

The Treble Ensemble took first place in the Non-Mixed Division for the third year in a row. They performed "How Can I Keep from Singing," "Nigra Sum" by Pablo Casals, and "All the Little Rivers of Canada" by Canadian composer Larry Nickel. Members of Treble include Anna Apostolidis, Maggie Buob, Bailee Butler, Kaitlin Calhoun, Addy Clark, Alandra Dalan, Romey Drabek, Madison Garrett, Sarah Gibbs, Talia Grandstaff, Lauren Hall, Amelia Hemenway, Brelynn Hess, Sabrina Keenan, Rochelle Kralman, Cady Luxton, Hannah Mitchell, Malyn Osborn, Liya Senter, Aubrey Sinden, Kylee Wagner, Katie Wenzel.

 AVID Club's Yard Sale Saturday
AVID Club will be hosting a yard sale in the WWHS science parking lot Saturday, April 27. The purpose of the yard sale is to raise money for both scholarship and club funds.

AVID Club Yard Sale

- April 27, 2013

- 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

- Wa-Hi Science Parking Lot

 Latino Club plans festive Cinco de Mayo celebration
On Saturday, May 4, the Walla Walla High School Latino Club, AVID and WSU Gear Up are sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Walla Walla High School Commons area. The festival will feature a career and activity fair as part of the celebration. The fair will include many community partners, colleges, universities, and school clubs.

Dinner will be provided by El Sombrero for the first 500 people who attend the event. Music will be provided by local groups and school programs with additional music provided by Luz y Sonido Elegante. The activity fair will include information tables and activities that families or children would enjoy. Those activities will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Community Stories
 Exchange Club and Starbucks team to support
Visit the downtown Walla Walla Starbucks Monday, April 29 and you will receive a free tall coffee by purchasing a $5 Baker Boyer Ducky Derby ticket. Coffee lovers will receive a free tall latte by purchasing a $20 ticket. This program is part of the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Achieva Marketing Group’s monthly TweetUp #WallaTalk. This program is held the last Monday of the month at the downtown Starbucks to promote a non-profit group.
 Community volleyball camps offer opportunities to improve skills
Whitman Volleyball Camp

- June 17 to 20

- Location – Main Gym Whitman College

Whitman’s volleyball skills camp is designed for girls entering grades 6-12. Participants will be evaluated and grouped by skill level. The camp will focus on basic skills for beginners as well as advanced skills & systems for experienced players. A mini tournament will take place on the final day of camp. Each child will receive a t-shirt & a personal evaluation from the camp coach.

Individual Skills Camp

- July 22 to 25

- Location – Walla Walla Community College (Dietrich Dome)

This middle school volleyball camp is designed for girls entering grades 6-8. Participants will receive instruction and enhancement on the fundamental skills of volleyball for all positions and levels of players. All skills will be taught utilizing up-to-date techniques.

Whitman Volleyball Camp

- August 9 to 12

- Location – Main Gym Whitman College

Whitman’s volleyball skills camp is designed for girls entering grades 6-12. Participants will be evaluated and grouped by skill level. The camp will focus on basic skills for beginners as well as advanced skills & systems for experienced players. A mini tournament will take place on the final day of camp. Each child will receive a t-shirt & a personal evaluation from the camp coach.

 Girls in the Walla Walla Valley Waiting to Join Girl Scout Troops
Adult volunteers needed to help form troops for summer and fall 2013

From marching in the local parade to making hula hoops at Carnegie Center, local Girl Scouts have a long history in the Walla Walla Valley. There are more than 50 active Girl Scouts and 23 adult volunteers in the Valley, but there are more than 80 girls waiting to join a troop.

Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho is seeking adult volunteers to work with Girl Scout troops in the Valley for troops forming in the summer and fall of 2013. More than 20 adult volunteers are needed to fill the gap for forming troops. Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade can join Girl Scouts in a traditional troop at any point during the year as long as there are five girls and two leaders in the troop.

A Volunteer Information Social will be held Tuesday, April 30 from 5:15 -6:15 p.m., in the second floor meeting room at the downtown Walla Walla branch of AmericanWest Bank, located at 30 W. Main Street. The meeting is for adults (18 years or older) who are interested in learning more about volunteering with Girl Scouts and working with girls or troop activities in the Walla Walla Valley. Local volunteers and GSEWNI staff will be present to discuss volunteer opportunities, how to work as a team or "adopt a troop" as a company or organization and the tremendous gratification that comes with volunteering with Girl Scouts. No RSVP is required. Questions may be directed to Jennifer Monroe, jmonroe@gsewni.org or (800) 827-9478, ext. 415.

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