|| District honors 2013 Graduates of Distinction recipients
Tuesday evening Walla Walla Public Schools honored this year’s Graduates of Distinction: Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D., Class of 1962; Daniel J. Reid, Class of 1974; and Craig Nelson, Class of 1981. Superintendent Mick Miller served as Master of Ceremonies during the event which featured a large crowd of family, friends and supporters.
"This recognition marks the highest honor the district bestows upon its alumni," Miller said. "Our Graduates of Distinction will serve as positive role models for current and future students."
Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D.
Carol is currently Educational Director and owner of Montana Academy which provides education and support for troubled youth. She also created Project CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies). Her nominator was classmate Judy Chamberlain Holloway. Her most inspirational staff members were Donald Kamp (Math), Robert Schweger (Drama) and Elizabeth Kirkman (Latin/Grammar).
Daniel J. Reid
Dan has worked for Opp & Seibold General Construction Inc. in Walla Walla for 22 years and currently is the General Manager. He has been very involved in local civic, athletic and non-profit organizations from 1991 to the present. His nominator was his sister-in-law Hali R. Myers. Dan’s most inspirational staff member was his high school English/Literature teacher Richard "Dick" Poole.
Craig and his brother Reid are Co-Presidents of Nelson Irrigation Corporation in Walla Walla. He has been very involved in local athletic and non-profit organizations, and he spearheaded a campaign in 2004 to renovate the Garrison Middle School track. His nominators were his wife, Mindy, and children: Luke, Bailey and Madison Nelson. Craig’s most inspirational staff members were wrestling coach/math teacher Al Sievertsen and track coach/math teacher Ron Huntington.
|| Walla Walla High School Facilities Survey
The February 12, 2013 bond proposal to modernize Walla Walla High School failed garnering a 53.30 percent YES vote. The proposal required a 60 percent "Supermajority" for approval. The bond proposal was for $48 million. The total project cost was $69.6 million.
The district is now conducting a survey to determine opinions about facility improvement priorities for Walla Walla High School. Visit the district web site to take the survey: www.wwps.org.
The district will publish the final results from the survey. The school board and administration need community feedback as to how the district should move forward.
|| Personnel Report (from June 4, 2013 school board meeting)
Kristen Graber, Assistant Principal, Garrison Middle School(Certificated)
Holly Anderson, Speech Language Pathologist, Special Programs
Stefanie Crumpacker-Flerchinger, Music, Blue Ridge and Homelink
Spencer Iacolucci, Counselor, Walla Walla High School
Lisa Merrill, Special Education Preschool, Blue Ridge Elementary
Keven Peck, Head Girls’ Soccer Coach, Walla Walla High School
(Certificated) Gayle Kinman, Art, Garrison Middle School, (24 years)
(Classified) Janette Polley, Health Clinician, Edison Elementary, (4 years)
|| Committee recommends new Lincoln High School facility
After four months of study, the Lincoln High School Community Facility Study Committee is recommending the district build a new school at its current 4th Street location, according to a report during the June 4 school board from co-chairs Max Carrera and Lori Finn.
The committee stated in its recommendation a new building would be less expensive, offer more flexibility and have the least impact on students during construction. The current school was built in 1927 for elementary students. Committee members said the current location best suits the school with its proximity to social services, and Valley Transit bus lines. Many students also live within walking distance of the campus.
These recommendations fall in line with MGT of America’s report following an independent study of the facility in 2004. The committee also recommends the district establish an Alternative Education Advisory Committee, "institutionalize" the school’s culture and create a public awareness campaign of the school’s recent successes. The school board is expected to consider the recommendations for approval during the June 18 school board meeting.
Max Carrera, Co-Chair, Lori Finn, Co-Chair, Katherine Boehm, Eric Gordon, Mark Higgins, Holly Howard, Pat Johnston, Lawson Knight, Ruth Ladderud, Julia Leavitt, Tim Meliah, Mick Miller, Steve Moss, Cindy Widmer, Charlotte Bouta, Steve Burdick, Dick Cook, Alex Demambro, Dan Hess, Dan Johnson, Dean Lodmell, Jim Sporleder, and Mari Tupper.
|| School End-of-Year Celebrations (remaining)
- 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
|| 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.
|| Daughters of American Revolution essay contest winners
Walla Walla High School junior Lilly Marie McKeirnan and Homelink 6th grade student Mary Clare McKeirnan received local, state, Northwest District awards for their outstanding essays in the Daughters of American Revolution contest. Community member Sarita McCaw presented the awards. Pioneer/Homelink 7th grader Lauren Bergman also won awards for these categories but was not available for the presentation.
|| District reviews emergency plans in wake of Sandy Hook
District Safe Schools Committee Chair Mark Higgins reported to school board members Tuesday night the district has met state emergency procedures standards for six consecutive years. State requirements include completing drills, reviewing emergency plans and updating Rapid Responder for use during crisis situations. Higgins said all district schools reviewed emergency plans following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, which included school visits from law enforcement.
Specials thanks to:
• Mark Thompson - Bullying Prevention Specialist
• Deputy Scott Brashear - Emergency Management Specialist
• Angie Gardea - GriefBusters Specialist
• Katie Christianson & Kathryn Southwick Hess - School Zone Safety Specialists
|| Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013 (remaining)
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
Pioneer Middle School: Jo Anne Poulson
Monday, June 10 / 3:30 to 5 p.m. / library
Special Education/School Psychologist
- Peggy Tierney
- Monday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room
|| Walla Walla High School Latino Club Elects New Officers for the 2013-2014 School Year
The newly elected officers are:
- President – Maria Fuentes
- Vice President – Veronica Ocampo
- Secretary – Liz Ortiz
- Treasurer – Ana Andrade
The purpose of the Walla Walla Latino Club is:
- to promote education and cultural support, and represent the Latino community at Walla Walla High School;
- to develop and implement activities to develop relationships and understanding of all students in the high school community;
- to mentor and provide information to increase the educational and career opportunities of Latino students;
- to provide opportunities for club members to serve Walla Walla through community service.
|| Lincoln High School graduation
Thursday night Principal Jim Sporleder and staff at Lincoln High School conducted the 2013 Graduation Ceremony. Forty-two students participated in the ceremony. The Class of 2013 garnered more than $30,000 in college scholarships.
|| Blue Ridge receives E-Rate funding for technology upgrades
Blue Ridge Elementary School has been awarded an $85,827 E-Rate grant to provide modern technology network equipment to the school which serves 309 elementary students and 217 preschool students. The upgrades include a wireless environment throughout the building with limited outdoor coverage. The grant covers 90 percent of the cost of the project. The district will fund the remaining 10 percent, which is approximately $10,000.
"This project will be moved forward as quickly as possible," said district Network Engineer Rick Pummel. "We hope to have it completed by the end of the summer."
Blue Ridge qualified for the E-rate grant based on its high percentage of students receiving free or reduced payment meal benefits which range in the area of 90 percent. The district applied for E-rate funding for five schools, but the other four were denied due to lower free and reduced price meal count percentages. The news of the Blue Ridge grant award has administrators and staff excited for the technology advancements.
"This is fabulous news and will make life much easier for preschool data entry," said Head Start/ECEAP Director Kerri Coffman.
Superintendent Mick Miller is also appreciative of the grant and to those who made it become a reality.
"Thank you to Technology Director Kirk Jameson and the tech crew for their work putting the application together," Miller said. "We are thrilled to have wireless at Blue Ridge next fall!"
E-Rate Program: Source – U.S. Department of Education
Discounted Telecommunications Services: Non-profit private schools — along with public schools, and libraries — can receive discounted telecommunications services through the E-rate program.
The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). The program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Up to $2.25 billion annually is available to provide eligible schools and libraries with discounts under the E-rate program for authorized services.
|| Edison Elementary plans memorial dedication to honor the late Missy Peterson
Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder)
Edison Elementary staff and students are planning a dedication ceremony to honor the late Missy Orrick Peterson Monday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. at Edison Elementary (1315 E. Alder). The Missy Orrick Peterson Memorial will include the unveiling of a new bench in Missy’s honor located at the front entrance of the school. The event will also feature a butterfly release as a tribute to Peterson and her lasting spirit.
Peterson was a longtime school volunteer and co-founder of the Books for Babes program. She was actively involved in the Explorer Gifted Learning program and a leader in the Parent Teacher Association.
|| 2013 Summer Programs
Target 4th graders’ academic skills in Math, Reading, Spelling and Writing
Dates: June 17-20 and 24-26: August 5-8, 12-15, 21-22, 26-29
Target 1st graders in Reading, providing both Spanish and English interventions, 2nd graders in Math, and Vocabulary and possibly 3rd graders using a GLAD literacy component
Dates: August 5-22, Monday through Thursday.
Offering Read Naturally (AR) Summer Lab for students
Dates: June 17 – August 2, (with the exception of the week of July 1st – 5th), Monday, Wednesday, Friday for 2 hours each day
Offering two sessions of Reading and Math for incoming 3rd – 5th grade students
Dates: June 11-28; August 6-23, Monday through Thursday from 10:45–1:40.
Garrison Middle School
Leadership Camp – June 17-20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hawk Point Ropes Course – June 21; Art Camp – June 24-28
Healthy Living Camp – July 8-12
Incoming 8th Graders’ Jumpstart – August 19-23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pioneer Middle School
Incoming 8th graders: Math Boot Camp – August 12-15, 19-22
Leadership Camp – June 17-20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hawk Point Ropes Course – June 21
Lincoln High School
Credit Retrieval options June 17 – July 5, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All students in need of credit will be invited to attend.
Walla Walla High School
Credit Retrieval options for seniors, juniors, sophomores, respectively. Dates: June 17-July 25, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Four Gear Up options also available:
Hawk Point Ropes Course – June 21 for incoming 9th graders
Algebra Readiness (.5 Credit & possible test out of Algebra Support Class)
Dates: June 17-July 11, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
AP Summer Academy - Date TBD & target students TBD
|| End-of-Year Dessert Celebration for Explorer Families
Date: Sunday, June 9
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
|| New Garrison Assistant Principal hired
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved the hiring of Kristen Graber as assistant principal of Garrison Middle School. Graber replaces current Garrison Middle School assistant principal Brett Cox who earlier this spring was named superintendent of the Prescott School District.
: Graber is currently the school counselor at Garrison Middle School in Walla Walla. She has held this position for two years. She also is an Adjunct Psychology Professor at Blue Mountain Community College. Graber also has administrative experience. She served as principal (grades 6-12) at the North Powder School District from 2009 to 2011 and principal (K-8) at the Elgin School district from 2006 to 2009. She also taught classes and worked in other leadership capacities at these districts.
Graber was vice principal, school counselor, teacher, junior class advisor at Pilot Rock Jr./Sr. High School from 2000 to 2006. Prior to her years in public education, Graber was employed by the Homestead Youth Lodge where her positions ranged from therapeutic foster parent, treatment counselor and shelter evaluation director and resource coordinator.
Graber earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Eastern Oregon University and her Master’s of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Walla Walla College. She received her administrative license from Lewis and Clark College in Forest Grove, OR and she is a graduate of Pendleton High School.
|| Walla Walla High School ASB Officers/Commissioners/Class Officers for 2013-2014
ASB Executive Council
- Kiana Molitor ASB President
- Samantha Oberg ASB Vice President
- Blake Morasch ASB Treasurer
- Jaime Quaresma ASB Secretary
- Yamile Bernal ASB Historian Commissioner
- Cassidy Meliah ASB Club Relations Commissioner
- Natalie Hartford ASB Publicity Commissioner
- Carly Owens ASB Positive Relations
- Simone Tuilaepa ASB Student Orientation Commissioner
- Tyler Jones ASB Community Service Commissioner
- Victor Lopez ASB Music/Technology Commissioner
Senior Class Officers
- Summer Catlton-Gantz Senior Class President
- Jennifer Olivos Senior Class Vice President
- Mason Ahrens Senior Class Secretary
- Ruben Avalos Senior Class Treasurer
Junior Class Officers
- Frnakee Cannone Junior Class President
- Allie Peters Junior Class Vice President
- Emma Jenkins Junior Class Treasurer
- Zach Crum Junior Class Secretary
Sophomore Class Officers
- Karli Plucker Sophomore Class President
- Lauren Clark Sophomore Class Vice President
- Braelen Maiden Sophomore Class Treasurer
- Janie Gannon Sophomore Class Secretary
|| Orchestra Officers named
The 2013-2014 Orchestra Officers are:
- President: Jennifer Cho
- Secretary: Jordon Crewse
- Equipment Manager: Garrett Farrelly
- Librarian: Velia Saldiva
|| The Moms’ Network - Parenting Teens Together Support Group Launches on Facebook
The goal of Parenting Teens Together is to provide a safe place for the parents of teens to share experiences, obtain knowledge and access local resources; serving as a reminder that we are not alone on this journey. The groups’ core values consist of confidentiality, respect, empathy and grace.
In addition to meetings, now the parent support group has a Facebook page that lists resources, announcements and upcoming meetings. Visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parenting-Teens-Together to learn more.
The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month and invites guest speakers to address topics of special interest. Meetings are typically lecture-based with an emphasis on discussion, Q & A and open sharing. The meetings are not limited to the main topic and local resources will be available for all parents who attend. The next meeting is Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA in the boardroom. A parent panel, facilitated by Kathy Ketcham of Trilogy Recovery Community, will discuss teens using alcohol and other drugs.
Parenting Teens Together
was founded by local parents in conjunction with The Moms’ Network.
For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Amber Broel at email@example.com
|| Join The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla for a fundraiser benefiting Books for Babes
On Saturday, June 8 The Moms’ Network will host a celebration to honor Books for Babes and give the community a chance to participate and support this important community organization. The event is at Book & Game in downtown Walla Walla from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy treats, crafts and story times while learning more about The Moms’ Network and Books for Babes.
Books for Babes puts new books into the hands of families of newborns in the Walla Walla Valley to encourage early literacy. Each newborn receives a bag containing soft books, hard books and a homemade book from local children. From June 8 to June 30 anyone in the community can purchase the soft book at Book & Game and donate it directly to the book bags for newborns.
The books cost $6.75 each and on June 8 any soft book that is purchased, the Moms’ Network will match the purchase with an additional book. You can also purchase the soft book at the Moms’ Network website www.themomsnetworkww.com throughout the promotion.
"This is a wonderful partnership for us" says Karri Bruce, Books for Babes board member. "With the support of the Moms’ Network and the community we can continue to provide early learning opportunities for the children of Walla Walla. The event on Saturday the 8 is also a great way to learn more about both organizations and have fun with your family."
The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla provides opportunities to local parents to communicate receive and exchange information, network with each other and be involved in the community. To learn about the event or The Moms’ Network, please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or firstname.lastname@example.org