Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 23, 2013

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School board finalists named 
The WWPS Board of Directors named all three applicants for Max Carrera’s vacant school board position as finalists. School board members will publicly interview Todd Brandenburg, David Hampson and Pamela McBride Tuesday, August 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the district office. Brandenburg is President of PocketiNet Communications, Inc. Hampson is a physician at the Urgent Care Clinic, Providence St. Mary Medical Center and McBride is a retired Walla Walla High School science teacher.

The new board member is expected to be named after the interviews on August 27 and sworn in Sept. 3. The new board member will stand for election in November 2015.

School Board approves budget
School board members approved the district’s 2013-2014 General Fund budget Tuesday evening. The General Fund budget is based on revenues of $65,378,848 and expenditures of $65,299,820.

The General Fund budget maintains a $6.5 million total fund balance reserve or 10%. The district received approximately $4.5 million in additional revenue as a result of legislative action spurred by the McCleary Decision. All but approximately $100,000 of this funding is targeted for specific areas.

Walla Walla Public Schools hires new Technology Director
Walla Walla Public Schools has named Forrest Baker as the district’s new Technology Department Director. Baker replaces Kirk Jameson who recently accepted the principal position for the new College Place High School.

Baker has worked the past 16 years at Walla Walla Community College in various technology related positions, including the past four years as Assistant Director of Technology Services. Baker will lead the district in developing a new technology plan and assist with developing strategies to improve technology in classroom settings.

“I’m excited about serving as the Director of Technology for the Walla Walla Public Schools where I am committed to the overall success of the district’s academic & administrative technology and supporting the future of our children through our vision of Excellence in Every Classroom,” Baker said.

Baker and his wife Kristi have three children. He and his wife are actively involved in the schools and community organizations. He currently serves on the Camp Fire USA Board of Trustees.

Calendar change approved
School board members approved revising the 2013-14 school year calendar to adjust the February conference dates. Conference dates are now Feb. 27 and 28 (original dates were Feb. 13 and 14). The Elementary report card preparation date is now Feb. 21 (original date was Feb. 7). WWVEA leadership and district administrators believe these changes will better support teachers, students and parents.

First day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3
Visit school websites for more details regarding the start of school. Please slow down in school zones and obey all traffic laws. Contact Communications Director Mark Higgins for additional information: 509.526.6716 or mhiggins@wwps.org

All Staff Back-to-School Meeting
- Thursday, August 29
- 7:30 a.m. (treats and visiting) / 8 a.m. (program begins)
- Wa-Hi Main Gym

See you at the Fair!
School displays, student work, FFA, 4-H, animals, information and more!
• August 28 through Labor Day Weekend

Personnel Report (from August 20, 2013 school board meeting)
(Administrator) Forrest Baker, Director of Technology, Technology Department

(Certificated) Lynne Burnham, Art (.2 FTE), Homelink
Mary Burt, Science, Walla Walla High School
Jody Busby, Special Education (.5FTE), Blue Ridge Preschool Program and
American Sign Language (temp. .5 FTE), Wa-Hi
Brian Casey, Math/Science, Garrison Middle School
Nicole Duncan, Math/LAP, Pioneer Middle School
Kyle Eggers, Math (.667 FTE), Garrison Middle School
Hollis Erikson, Language Arts, Pioneer Middle School
Robert Graham, School Psychologist, Special Program
Jeffrey Irland, Library Media Specialist (.5FTE), Prospect Point Elementary
Malinda Magnaghi, Math/Science (temp. .5FTE), Homelink Program
Kimberlee Ramsey, English/Language Arts/ESL, Garrison Middle School
Elissa Tinder, Special Education (temp.), Pioneer Middle School
Ronni Tobin, Special Education, Lincoln High School

(Classified) Jacqueline Alonso, Para-Educator (temp), Pioneer Middle School
Jonathan Arthur, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Carrie Brown, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool Program
Christopher Bryant, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School
Tomas Cortez, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Preschool Program
Andrea Continas, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary
Federico Diaz, Elementary Intervention Specialist, Walla Walla Public Schools
Jazmin Gonzalez, Assistant Secretary, Blue Ridge Elementary
Yesenia Guevara, Elementary Intervention Specialist, Walla Walla Public Schools
Michelle Gwinn, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary
Ruben Hernandez, Intervention Specialist, Blue Ridge Elementary
Elizabeth Hopkins, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary
Julio Jimenez, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary
Gail Lutton, Health Clinician, Edison Elementary
Felix Marquez, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Elementary
Tina McCrae, Health Clinician, Blue Ridge Elementary
Alexandra Murillo, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Head Start/ECEAP Program
Lacey Nerdig, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary
Analizeth Pesqueira, Elementary Intervention Specialist, WWPS
Kaylie Piver, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School
Laurie Schuetze, Para-Educator, Prospect Point Elementary
Barbara Thatcher, Intervention Specialist, Green Park Elementary
Monica Torres, Para-Educator, Edison Elementary

(Certificated) Kristen Harvey, Math, Garrison Middle School, 21 years

(Classified) Alex Andary, Para-Educator, Edison, 2 years
Lorena Garcia, Assistant Secretary, Blue Ridge, 3 years
Bridget Jacobson, Assistant Secretary, Wa-Hi, 3 years
Megan Odom, Para-Educator, Berney Elementary, 4 years
Amity Priore, Para-Educator, Edison, 1 year
John Underwood, Custodian, District Office/Garrison Middle School, 11 years
Rebecca Wilson, Para-Educator, Green Park Head Start/ECEAP, 18 years

Leave of Absence
(Certificated) Karan Jamieson, Special Ed. Garrison, 5 years (For 2013-14 school year)

Connie Hernandez, Intervention Specialist, Pioneer Middle School, 2 years (For 2013-14 school year)
Javier Hernandez, Para-Educator, Pioneer , 5 years (Javier will serve as Intervention Specialist for 2013-14 school year)
Gregory May, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge, 2 years (Sept. through Nov. 2013 to complete co-teaching internship)
Vanessa Prull, Para-Educator, Green Park, 6 years (For the 2013-14 school year)

District joins state in implementing Common Core Standards
What is College and Career Ready Common Core?
Common Core is a set of high learning standards in math and English language arts that are designed to better prepare K-12 students for success in college, work and life. The standards, which set learning expectations for students at every grade level, have been developed and voluntarily adopted by 46 states — unprecedented cooperation in our nation’s history.

Until now, every state has had different learning standards. Common Core fixes that and raises the bar for learning. The K-12 standards in math and English language arts will be fully implemented in Washington classrooms in the 2014-15 school year. The standards focus on helping students build the skills and knowledge they need after high school.

Top 3 things you should know about Common Core:
Before Common Core, all 50 states had different sets of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Common Core provides a consistent set of learning standards and expectations for all students, no matter where they live.

Common Core goes deeper into fewer topics and focuses on developing students’ deeper understanding of key concepts. The standards build on one another, allowing students to apply the skills and knowledge they learned in the previous grade to real-life situations.

Right now, Washington has 25,000 unfilled jobs for highly-skilled workers and that number is projected to double by 2017. Common Core focuses on building and applying real-world skills students need to be ready for college and work so they can be more competitive in the new global economy.

School Stories
Wa-Hi Sports schedules online
Visit the Walla Walla High School web site (Athletics Department page) for the Fall 2013 sports schedule. Games begin soon! Go Big Blue.

Community Stories
Rotary Club donates school supplies
The Rotary Club of Walla Walla (noon club) organized a School Supplies Round-Up to assist students who might otherwise not have the funds to purchase school supplies. This is the fourth consecutive year the Rotary Club has donated school supplies.

The Rotary Club worked with the school district to identify the most needed articles. Backpacks were the most needed supply. The Rotary Club also assisted the Walla Walla Catholic Schools and Seventh Day Adventist schools. Donated funds came from Rotary Club members, Boise Cascade and WalMart. Special thanks to Linda Hardy for coordinating the Rotary Club School Supplies Round-Up.

Dr. Ginsburg presents: “Our Kids are Not Broken: The Importance of Resilience in Overcoming Adversity”
This talk will focus on applying core principles of positive youth development and resilience to support youth to be better prepared to thrive through good and challenging times.
- Monday, August 26
- 9 to 10:30 a.m.
- Whitman College: Reid Campus Center Ballroom

This event is in conjunction with a documentary film production by James Redford which highlights Lincoln High School. Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. M.S. Ed , is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

For more information please visit http://www.bluemountainfoundation.org/ginsburg or www.fosteringresilience.com.

Sports concussion clinic to provide latest information on assessment and treatment
- Target audience: coaches, administrators, school nurses and interested parents
- Tuesday, Sept. 10
- 5 to 8 p.m.
- Providence Room (Providence St. Mary Medical Center)
- Educators earn three free WIAA Clock Hours
- Free dinner courtesy of Safe Kids Blue Mountain
- Increase your knowledge of Sports Concussions
- Gain confidence in On-Field Management of Head Injuries
- Registration & information: Susan Anfinson, 525-8863 or susana@wwymca.org to register.

Glyn E.A. Marsh, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, will discuss the latest information on concussion assessment and treatment for young athletes.

Timothy J. Conley, PT, ATC, will present the ImPACT Neurocognitive Testing Protocol for Sports Concussions for Pre-Participation and Post-Concussion testing. He will also cover how to assess the athlete on the field and how to access appropriate testing and treatment.

Cindy Brown, MA, CCC-SLP, will talk about post injury testing and what she looks for in the ImPACT (concussion management model) and other testing and treatment, as well as return to play protocols.

Participants will have an opportunity to take the ImPACT Test and get a feel for what the test is like.

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