Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - August 30, 2013

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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

School board appoints new member to Board of Directors 
Tuesday during a special school board meeting, the Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Dr. David Hampson to serve the remainder of Max Carrera’s term. Carrera resigned from the school board August 1, 2013.

Hampson will be officially sworn in during the Tuesday, Sept. 3 regularly scheduled school board meeting. He will stand for election in November 2015.

Hampson is a physician at the Urgent Care Clinic, Providence St. Mary Medical Center. He and his wife Theresa have two grown children and one who will be a senior at Walla Walla High School this school year. He has been active as a leader in youth activities and as a school volunteer since moving to the community in 1990. He said most of his spare time over the past two decades has been dedicated to his family and youth in the community.

“My hope and desire is to make a positive impact on the school board,” Hampson said. “I want this to carry over and have a positive impact on the district, the kids and our community.”

School board members also thanked Todd Brandenburg and Pamela McBride for applying for the vacant position.

Staff Achievement grant recipients recognized by peers 
Congratulations to this year’s Staff Achievement Grant recipients. Staff Achievement Grant recipients are nominated and chosen by teachers and support staff for superior performance; innovation; exemplary leadership; exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.

2012-2013 Staff Achievement Recipients
- Susie Golden, Business Office
- Julia Woods, Orchestra Teacher
- Cindy Nass, Special Education Coordinator
- Brenda Crumpacker, Green Park Title One Coordinator
- Joanna Gogl, Edison Elementary 3rd grade teacher

Gillespie Golden Onion recipients named 
Blue Ridge Elementary teacher Tina Brennan, Garrison Middle School teacher Marcia Follett, and Lincoln High School teacher Marci Knauft recently received 2012-2013 Gillespie Golden Onion awards as recognition for their outstanding service to Walla Walla students. These recipients received $500 each for use in their classroom.

Longtime Walla Walla residents Dr. Mike Gillespie and his wife Sue established the “Golden Onion Award” to
provide school supplies, equipment and professional development funds to Walla Walla educators.

School board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3 
- Regularly scheduled meeting
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

High School test scores trump state averages 
Walla Walla Public Schools received results from the Spring 2013 state testing cycle Monday, August 26 from State Superintendent Randy Dorn during his annual news conference. District results were provided for the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) for students in grades 3-8, the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) for students 10-12, and mathematics and biology End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The district also received on-time graduation rates for the Class of 2012, and extended (five-year) graduation rates for the class of 2011.

Walla Walla Public Schools high school Reading, Writing, Algebra and Biology scores were above state averages. District High School Reading scores were 84% (83.5% state), Writing 88.4% (84.9% state), Algebra 82.8% (80.7% state), and Biology 85.9% (81.7% state).

The Class of 2013 was the first to be required to meet standard on either an Algebra or Geometry test in order to graduate. Seniors were allowed to submit a Collection of Evidence in the area of math to demonstrate proficiency if they had not yet passed one of the end of course exams. Across the state, about 78% of students submitting Collections of Evidence met standard. In Walla Walla, 100% of students passed.

“Walla Walla Public Schools continues to focus on providing supports for all students who need them using Response to Intervention, as well as initiatives like AVID and GEAR UP,” said Maria Garcia, District Assessment Coordinator. “We have very hard working students and teachers who have a lot to be proud of.”

Lincoln High School witnessed significant growth over last year’s scores in all tested areas. Lincoln High School, with its new high-tech science lab and curriculum, improved the pass rate for Biology from 21.2% (2012) to almost 57% (2013). Reading improved from 64.7% (2012) to 80.9% (2013), Writing 65.6% (2012) to 89.4% (2013) and Algebra from 24.7% (2012) to 51.7% (2013). Many Lincoln High School students exceeded standard in Reading and Writing, according to Assessment Coordinator Maria Garcia.

Walla Walla High School also improved in all tested areas.
- 10th Grade Reading 88.7% (2013) / 85.7% (2012)
- 10th Grade Writing: 93% (2013) / 90.4% (2012)
- End of Course Exam Math Year One (Algebra): 88.5%(2013) / 77% (2012)
- End of Course Exam Math Year Two (Geometry): 91.4% (2013) / 74.8% (2012)
- End of Course ExamBiology: 88.4% (2013) / 73.3% (2012)

Walla Walla graduation rates, both on-time and extended, continue to be above the state average. In Walla Walla, 78.3% of the Class of 2012 completed all graduation requirements within four years, as compared to the state average of 77.2%. For the Class of 2011, 85.1% of WWPS students completed graduation requirements in five years, compared to the state average of 78.9.

“The hard work is paying off and we see the results continually improving as students move through our school system,” said Superintendent Mick Miller. “This reflects Walla Walla Public Schools commitment to providing students with whatever it takes to get to graduation.”

MSP Writing: District writing scores at the elementary and middle school levels are slightly lower than last year’s scores. When compared to the state, 4th and 7th grade writing scores are below state average.
MSP Reading: District reading scores are up or held steady in all but 5th and 8th grades, which were down somewhat from the prior year. Reading in grades 3-8 across the district was lower than the state average.
MSP Math: Math scores in grades 4 and 7 increased over 2012, with 7th grade jumping almost 10 percentage points. However, results in all grade levels remain below state averages.
MSP Science: Science is tested in 5th and 8th. Results for 5th and 8th grade represented slight drops for the district over the prior year and are below state averages.

For a complete listing of district and state MSP scores, visit: reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us

School Stories
Fall 2013-14 Open House Dates 
Berney Elementary
September 18
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
August 29
10 a.m to Noon

Edison Elementary
August 28
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
September 10
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Ice cream

Prospect Point Elementary
September 19
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
September 12
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
September 24
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
September 16
6 – 8 p.m.

Lincoln High School
August 29
5 – 6:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
September 23
6 - 8 p.m.

Lincoln High School Principal on non-life threatening medical leave of absence
Lincoln High School Principal Jim Sporleder is on leave of absence for a non-life threatening medical condition. There is no timetable for Sporleder’s return, but he is hopeful to resume his duties this school year. Lincoln High School Special Education teacher Marci Knauft, who has a State of Washington administrative credential, is serving as the acting principal in Sporleder’s absence.

Sporleder and district administrators have collaborated with Knauft to ensure a successful transition of leadership. Knauft was already planning to assist with the implementation of the new teacher evaluation tool (TPEP) this school year. Lincoln High School staff members have been notified and students will be briefed on the situation on the first day of school.

Walla Walla High School seniors earn Microsoft Office master level certifications 
During the 2012-2013 school year, 17 Walla Walla High School students earned the prestigious Microsoft Office 2010 Master Level certification. To earn this distinction, these students had to pass the extremely rigorous Word and Excel Expert exams, PowerPoint Specialist, and one other elective Specialist exam (such as OneNote or Outlook). According to Microsoft support staff, this was the highest total of any high school in the state, with Deer Park finishing 2nd with 12.

As part of the Microsoft Office Applications course at Wa-Hi, and in conjunction with a statewide cooperative between Microsoft and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, students are able to complete the Microsoft Office certification exams at no cost. Ordinarily, these exams would cost at least $85 apiece at a professional testing center. During the past school year, Wa-Hi students completed 971 exams, with a total of 340 certifications passed. Instructors involved in the Microsoft Office Applications course were Kathi DeBroeck, Gay Buissink, and Scott Reardon.

The following students completed the Master Level Certification:
Quinn Anderson
James Bogley
Lauren Clark
Michael Dandrea
Kevin De Santiago
Francis Eacker-Rude
Aaron Enriquez
Megan Evans
Garrett French
Micah Gordon
Loreen Herrera
Keralyn Parsons
Sydney Randall
Bethany Roulston
Danelly Salgado
Tessa Hankins-Snider
Jackson Turner

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.

5th Grade Orchestra Parent Information Night 
- 5th Grade Beginning Orchestra Parent Information Night
- Thursday, September 12
- 5th grade students have the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, cello, & bass by participating in the 5th grade beginning orchestra.
- Orchestra meets before school at either Garrison Middle School or Pioneer Middle School
- Come & hear what orchestra is all about!

Garrison Middle School: 7 p.m.; Band Room, Nichole Riggs, director; for students from Prospect Point, Sharpstein, & Blue Ridge

Pioneer Middle School: 7 p.m.; Band Room; Julia Woods, director; for students from Berney, Edison, & Green Park

Contact Information:
Nichole Riggs: nriggs@wwps.org; 527-3040
Julia Woods: jwoods@wwps.org; 527-3050

Community Stories
Helpline donates school supplies to district schools 
Tuesday Helpline Executive Director Liz McDevitt and volunteers Sheila Kelly, Drew Kelly, Patrick Kelly and Leo Lapke delivered donated school supplies to the district. Paper, pens, backpacks and much more were stacked into the district warehouse for distribution to schools.

School supplies continue to be in high demand throughout the district, said Communications Director Mark Higgins.

“In the past few years we have seen an increase in the need for backpacks,” said Higgins. “We appreciate this generous donation from Helpline as students get ready to the new school year.”

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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