Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 24, 2013

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District Stories
 No School Monday - Memorial Day Holiday
There is no school Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day. Classes resume Tuesday, May 28.
 Last Day of School Thursday, June 13
Students at all schools will be released on the early dismissal schedule Thursday, June 13. The first day of school for the 2013-14 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 3. Check with your school to learn about summer programs.
 School End-of-Year Celebrations
- Lincoln High School Graduation: Thursday, June 6 @ 6 p.m. - WW Fairgrounds

- Walla Walla High School Commencement: Friday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Commons area (gym if raining)

- Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Tuesday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

- Homelink 8th Grade Graduation: Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:30 p.m. - Wa-Hi Auditorium

- Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Wednesday, June 12 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

 High School Skills Center to offer Digital Media Technology program
Walla Walla Public Schools announces the Southeast Washington Technical Skills Center will offer a Digital Media Technology program when the facility opens in September 2014. Construction Technology will not be offered as originally planned. The decision to add Digital Media Technology was made by the SEA-Tech Partner Board, consisting of the superintendents of the six districts along with consultation from the Community College.

"Walla Walla Community College is considering the reinstatement of its Construction Technology Program in 2014 if the job market improves so high school students who are interested in this career field might be able enroll directly into the WWCC program," Superintendent Mick Miller said. "The demand for digital media skills continues to grow and we want to offer area high school students the opportunity to compete for these jobs in the new creative economy."

It is expected the Digital Media Technology program will be offered in the morning session when the Southeast Washington Technical Center opens for business. It could expand to an afternoon session as demand warrants. Walla Walla Public Schools will conduct a survey of students in the partner districts in the fall of 2013 to determine the level of interest for planning and scheduling purposes.

Digital Media Technology class description:

Develop skills careers in: 3D Modeling / 3D Animation / Media Production / Lighting / Studio Production / Gaming / Gaming Production / Simulation / 3D Printing / Advertising / Forensics / Prototyping / Conceptual Design / Special Effects / Architecture / Entertainment / Fashion Design / Character Design / Videography

Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to seek employment or further education in Digital Media Technology fields. Students will learn to work in 3D space and to manipulate visual content to produce a wide range of visual products for various markets.


The Southeast Area Technical Skills Center will offer high school courses in digital media technology, welding, renewable resources and health occupation programs. The

Southeast Washington Technical Skills Center will be a branch campus of the Kennewick School District’s Tri-Tech Skills Center.Walla Walla Public Schools anticipates the Skills Center will serve 60 Full-Time Equivalent students when it opens and grow to 160 FTE in future years. High school students will attend for a three period block in either the morning or afternoon. Career and Technical Education courses at Walla Walla High School will still be offered. Partnering districts include: Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott, College Place and possibly local private schools.

 School board plans special board meeting today to consider administration hires
 - Friday, May 24

- Agenda: Hiring of Executive Director of Business Services and Garrison Middle School Principal

- 4 p.m.

- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public

 Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013 (remaining)
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

Special Programs

Special Education/Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

- Eileen Greenwalt

- Wednesday, May 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room

Special Education/Assistive Technology Assistant

- Marcia Clausen

- Thursday, June 6, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Pam Hundley's home

Special Education/School Psychologist

- Peggy Tierney

- Monday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room

 Personnel Report (from May 21, 2013 school board meeting)


Christina Leonetti, Head Start/ECEAP, Blue Ridge

Gina McDonnell, Bilingual second grade, Sharpstein

Josh Wheatley, Math/Science Credit Retrieval (temp.), Wa-Hi



Kirk Jameson, Director of CTE & Technology, District Office, (10 years)


Brandy Martinez, Third Grade, Sharpstein, (3 years)

Saul Martinez, Art, Pioneer Middle School, 2 years


Timothy Palmer, Assistant Custodian, Edison Elementary, (7 years)

Martha Reyes, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Elementary, (5 years)

Leave of Absence


Audrey Schmid, Speech Language Pathologist

* Audrey will be on a .5FTE leave of absence 2013-2014 school year

School Stories
 End-of-Year Dessert Celebration for Explorer Families
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2013

Place: Pioneer Cafeteria (450 Bridge St.)

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

- Families are asked to bring one dozen cupcakes, your choice of flavor.

- EPO will provide napkins, ice cream cups, and beverages!

Questions? Becky Waggoner – Schwartz (509-526-8621 / bwaggoner@wwps.org)

 Garrison students record music for newborns - By Kathleen Obenland, Providence St. Mary Medical Center
Music played by Garrison Middle School students is now ushering newborn babies into the world at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Late last year, Providence St. Mary issued a challenge for local music students to come up with a short piece of music that would be played overhead in the hospital every time a baby is born. The Garrison percussion students rose to the challenge under the guidance of Walla Walla Public Schools District Music Coordinator Roger Garcia. Students Simon Derby, Taylor Hamada, Anthony Morales, Tyler Neissl, Sage Nelson and Addie Snow performed "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".

May 22, the students visited the Providence St. Mary Family Birth Center to present the music and play it live for the staff. It’s now the first music that will be heard by nearly 600 babies born at the hospital every year and a beautiful memory for their parents.

 Walla Walla High School students meet with elected officials
Walla Walla High School sophomores Madyson Gabriel and Emily Pryor participated in the 66th Washington Youth Legislature May 1-4 in Olympia. They met with elected officials and learned about the legislative process. Students from Dayton and Waitsburg also participated.
 Public invited to Walla Walla High School AVID Senior Recognition
The 3rd Annual Senior AVID Recognition is Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the WWHS Commons.

All 23 senior AVID seniors have applied to at least one four year university or college. Twenty-one of 23 were accepted to at least one four year university or college. Next fall 17 of the 23 graduating Wa-Hi AVID seniors will be attending a four year university or college. Another seven will attend Walla Walla Community College and one is entering the Air Force.

AVID Students and their plans for next year:

Jose Albarran - CWU

Vanesa Alvardo-Rivas - WWCC

Cruz Arellano - WWCC

Daniel Camacho - WSU-Pullman

Jose Carrasco - WWCC

Viviana Castillo - University of Washington-Seattle

Christopher Esquivel - WSU-Pullman

Nallely Facio - EWU

Stephanie Garcia - WWCC

Brittany Gibbar - WWCC

Michelle Hudon - Walla Walla University

Carlos Ibarra - WSU-Pullman

Fabiola Lara - Walla Walla University

Bertha Madrigal - WSU-Pullman

Sarah Martin - WSU-Pullman

Marilyn Melgoza - Gonzaga University

Nik Miner - United States Air Force

Melanie Mottern - EWU

Matthew Pauley - WSU-Pullman

Felipe Salazar - Whitman College

Ricardo Saldana - WWCC

Jose Santacruz - WWCC

Nikki Sheldon - Southern Oregon University

 Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) Summer Program
Dates: Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, August 7

Incoming 9-12 grades: 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.

Incoming 5-8 grades: 9-10 a.m.


- $30 pre-register (postmarked by June 21)

- $35 registering at the door

Registration form to be on Wa-Hi Website soon.


Eric Hisaw: ehisaw@wwps.org

Amy Hisaw: ahisaw@wwps.org

 Walla Walla High School honors academic excellence

Quinn Anderson, Ashley Cornia, Dominique Cox, Madison Elmenhurst, Michaela Hope, Jaslyn LaCome, Rachel Schueller and Groover Snell / Salutatorian: Zane Henderson

Fine Arts:

- Band: National Arion Band Award: Sam Gentzler- John Philip Sousa Award: Rachel Schueller

- Choir: Russ Larsen Scholarship: Christina Swanson, Courtney Griggs

- Drama: Marshall/Alexander Award: Best Actor: Nathan Loomer / Best Actress: Marybeth Jones

- Drawing and Painting Award: Dylan Newman

- Pottery and Sculpture Award: Anthony Arellano

- Fine Arts Department Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Olivia Hemenway

Career and Technical Education:

- AAUW Outstanding Female Scholar for Technology: Kristina Savelesky- Business Student of the Year: Melissa Nelsen

- Thompson & Kreitzberg Business Scholar: Mattie Smyth

- CTE Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Quinn Anderson


- Outstanding English Scholar Awards: Groover Snell- Excellence in English Awards: Quinn Anderson

- English Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Quinn Anderson ($250) and Groover Snell ($250)

English as a Second Language Award:

Outstanding ELL Student of $500: Berenice Banales-Sanchez

Foreign Language:

- Spanish: Rachel Schueller- German: Groover Snell

- French: Madison Elmenhurst

- ASL: Melissa Nelson

- Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Julia Cosma


- AAUW Outstanding Female Scholar for Mathematics: Ashley Cornia- Delta Y Award for Courage and Success in Mathematics: Armando Torres

- Pride in Excellence Scholarship or $500: Laura Hewitt-Adams ($250) and Alexander Pickel ($250)

Physical Education:

Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Zane Henderson


- AAUW Outstanding Female Scholar for Science: Jaslyn LaCome- Outstanding Student in Science: Groover Snell, Rachel Schueller, Anna Pettyjohn

- Science Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Kelsy Gabel

Social Studies:

Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Madison Elmenhurst


Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500; Viviana Castillo ($250) and Marilyn Melgoza ($250)

Achievement Award:

Pride in Excellence Scholarship of $500: Zach Siebel ($250) and Marthella Ybarra ($250)

Athletics Recognition:

- Brown Award: Logan Reardon, Zane Henderson- Lawrence Jacky Award: Andrea Golden

- Lehnen Award: Dominique Cox, Torri Crawford

- 12 Season Award Winners: Zachary Anderson, Dean Atkinson, Paul Gilmore, Zachary Gilvey, Rachel Nelson, Quinn Piver, Logan Reardon

Washington Scholar:

Samantha Case

 Berney student wins annual Relay for Hope 5K
Berney Elementary 5th grade student Daria Parodi finished in first place during the annual Relay for Hope 5K. Her time of

22:59 was impressive. Her dad, Prospect Point Teacher David Parodi, was right behind her in the fight against child abuse. Daria’s mother Denise is a second grade teacher at Berney.

Prospect Point students in the PALS program and a team of Lincoln High School students also participated in last weekend’s Relay for Hope event. Proceeds support the Home Team program and other child abuse prevention programs.

Lincoln High School senior Eternity Biegel organized a team at Lincoln High School, helped raise awareness for the Relay for Hope and Child Abuse Prevention, as well as volunteered countless hours helping at the Relay for Hope and Ducky Derby Family Festival.

"We had numerous other schools and students involved in the Relay for hope as well," said event coordinator Stephanie Biegel, MSW. "We appreciate the continued support and commitment to put an end to child abuse."

 Current and former Meadow Brook students invited to say good-bye to school at BBQ Fun Night
Since the year is drawing to a close and with the new configuration of our district, this will be Meadow Brook’s last year. We want to celebrate all the great times we have had at Meadow Brook with current and past students, families, staff and community. Come one, come all! Free food, entertainment, and games with prizes! Thursday, June 6, 6 to 7:30 on the playground. Hope to see you there!
Community Stories
 The Health Center plans Chocolate Journey to benefit students
Saturday, June 8 is the Health Center 2nd annual CHOCOLATE JOURNEY Benefit for Kids! A party with a purpose! This unique event is a FUNdraiser to support high-need children served by The Health Center’s medical and mental health programs at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary.We look forward to sharing this fabulous evening of chocolate, wine, and MORE CHOCOLATE with you, our friends. Bring your appetite and expect to discover the proverbial HIDDEN TREASURE in our silent auction as you sample a variety of sweet and savory, chocolate small plates while sipping some of our fantastic Walla Walla wines. There’s sure to be something for everyone!

Date: Saturday, June 8

Time: 7-10 p.m.

Location: The Pavilion at the Walla Walla Fair Grounds


- $60 per person, includes chocolate-themed tapas, desserts, three glasses of wine, silent auction access

- Order online: http://thehealthcenterww.org/

- Phone: call Deborah at (509) 529-5432

- Mail: Send payment to The Health Center/534 South 3rd Ave., Ste. 16/Walla Walla, WA/99362

Questions: Call Deborah at (509) 529-5432 or email Deborah@TheHealthCenterWW.org

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