Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 27, 2013

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Elementary Early dismissal Friday, Oct. 4 
Please remember elementary students at all school will be dismissed early Friday, Oct. 4 to allow time for teachers to prepare for conferences. Check with your child’s school for the dismissal times.

Camp Fire Walla Walla will provide half day child care on Friday, October 4 at Sharpstein Elementary School. The cost is $13 and parents will need to call the Camp Fire Walla Walla office in advance to register as space is limited to 30 children. Transportation to Sharpstein is not provided so parents will need to make arrangements for their child. Questions? Call the Camp Fire Walla Walla office at 525-3180.

School Board Meeting - Tuesday, Oct. 1 
Meeting time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
Meeting open to public

Facilities Task Force to develop long-range plan options 
Group to also look at scenarios for phasing Wa-Hi bond
The district has reconvened the Community Facilities Task Force, co-chaired by Dan Reid and Ted Cohan, to look at options for moving forward with a bond to improve Walla Walla High School. The group begins meeting next month. The Community Facilities Task Force has been tasked with developing a detailed long-range facilities improvement plan, which will include options for improving Walla Walla High School.

The district must decide whether to run a similar bond to the Feb. 12, 2013 measure, which failed to meet the 60 percent supermajority requirement, or complete the project in phases over time. A recommendation from the Community Facilities Task Force is expected later this fall.

Superintendent Miller invites public to participate in Patron Tour 
Superintendent Mick Miller invites you to join him for a behind the scenes look at Walla Walla Public Schools. The Superintendent’s Patron Tour program is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the district, ask questions, tour local schools and enjoy lunch together.

- Wednesday, November 13
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
- Tour sites: Berney Elementary, Wa-Hi, Lincoln HS
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or mhiggins@wwps.org.

Diversity group addresses cultural competency 
This year the Diversity Committee, chaired by Sergio Hernandez, is focusing on cultural competency. According to Hernandez, the district will use Dr. Okokon Udo’s definition of cultural competency. Udo stresses a deep respect for cultural differences and a willingness to learn and accept. Hernandez says the district’s goal is to encourage every WWPS student and staff member to become a culturally competent person.

If you are interested in learning more about the WWPS Diversity Committee or joining the group, contact Hernandez at: 527-3000 or shernandez@wwps.org

Fall 2013 – Parent/Teacher Fall Conference Schedules (No School Oct. 10 & 11) 
Berney Elementary
Wednesday, October 9 -Until 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Fall CAST Meetings and Conferences)

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, October 7- 3 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 8 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. – noon; 12:30 to 7 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, October 9 - 2 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Tuesday, October 8 - 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, October 8 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Arena conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. (Scheduled/Drop in conferences)

Pioneer Middle School
Monday, October 7 - 4 to 7:30 p.m. (Drop in conferences)
Wednesday, October 9 - 4 to 7:30 p.m. (Drop in conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (Scheduled conferences)

Lincoln Alternative High School
Monday, October 7 - 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 9 - 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Tuesday, October 8 - 4 to 8 p.m. (Arena conferences)
Thursday, October 10 - 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Scheduled conferences) and 3 to 6 p.m. (Phone and e-mail progress reports)

School Stories
Wa-Hi teacher named national AVID trainer and developer 
Walla Walla High School math teacher Mike Gobel has expanded his role with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Gobel taught the senior AVID class at Walla Walla High School last year and is now working for the program on a national level.

Gobel serves as a Western Division (WA, OR, ID, CO, NM, NV, NE, MT, HI, AK, AZ) AVID Consultant. He teaches AVID elective teacher workshops in the fall and spring. These workshops bring the newest, latest, most up to date AVID curriculum to AVID elective teachers, according to Gobel. Last spring, he conducted two regional trainings in Eastern Washington (Pasco and Spokane). He is also scheduled this fall to lead two trainings in Eastern Washington.

“I am a believer in the impact and life changes that AVID gives its students,” Gobel said. “This new role is a chance to impact more students and I believe new challenges keep people young.”

Last spring, Gobel applied for and was selected to be a Summer Institute Staff Developer. Gobel attended a train-the-trainer three day workshop in San Diego. He was trained in AVID high school implementation.

“This is a class for teachers who were scheduled and are currently teaching AVID at the high school level for the first time this school year,” Gobel said. “This summer I was in San Diego and Sacramento preparing for, teaching, and finalizing the curriculum.”

Gobel plans to continue working as a trainer and developer for AVID.

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID supports students by providing them with skills necessary to be successful in college. AVID students are expected to access rigorous curriculum. The AVID elective class is an avenue for students to acquire skills in communication, critical thinking, note-taking, peer-tutoring, organization, time-management and more. Students become a family by staying together for four years with the same group of peers and teachers. This is where the deep relationships are nurtured.

Explorer Program parent meeting planned
Date: Sunday, Sept. 29 / 6 to 7 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Middle School
*NOTE: Students are welcome to attend

Agenda: Parents and children in the Explorer Program are invited to a welcome back informational meeting. All Explorer teachers will provide a brief overview of their major projects. Parents will discuss upcoming events, election of officers, and new opportunities to get involved. Attendees are asked to bring their ideas and membership dues.

Cardio Strength Bootcamp participants donate school supplies 
Members at Cardio Strength Bootcamp, led by Wa-Hi teachers Marc Yonts and Scott Tibbling, donated school supplies for Walla Walla students in lieu of paying a fee for their workouts this past week.

Yonts said 60 to 70 percents of the members are teachers and understand the importance of supporting children and their education.

“This is something we have done the past few years and it just continues to grow,” said Yonts. “People are very generous in supporting schools in this community so it was a way to give back in partnership with the school district.”

Cardio Strength Bootcamp provides simple, fast, and effective workouts for all ages & ability levels. No prior experience is necessary. Learn more at: www.cardiostrengthbootcamp.com

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