Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Oct. 11, 2013

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District Stories
School board Skills Center tour and regularly scheduled meeting - Tuesday, Oct. 15 
- 5 p.m.: The Southeast Washington Area Technical Skills Center construction site tour (Open to public, WWCC campus)
- 6:30 p.m.: Regularly scheduled meeting (District Board Room - 364 S. Park St.)
- Both meetings open to the public

Food barrels at district schools for “Care and Share” Food Drive
- Food Drive Dates: Oct. 18-20

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area realtors to help those in need through the “Care and Share” annual food drive. There are many ways for parents, students and staff to get involved. All donations help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Demand remains high. Peter Swant is the project coordinator: pswant@cbfr.biz

Here’s how you can help:
- “Fill the Bus” drive at area grocery stores: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pick a section of town to distribute bags to area homes and then collect them the following day (Oct. 19 & 20)
- Donate food at all district schools (collection barrels are now in place)

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

Carrots featured for Harvest of the Month activities
Harvest of the Month is Tuesday October 15. All school cafeterias will have tasting tables featuring local fresh carrots grown by Welcome Table Farm, prepared by Nutrition Services and served by volunteers.  The tasting tables will also display interesting facts about carrots.  Many students in the district have visited Welcome Table Farm and have grown carrots at their school. 
School Stories
Wa-Hi JROTC programs names Cadet of the Month
This month’s Cadet of the Month winner was Cadet Private Adam Grau. He excelled in both his uniform appearance and his knowledge answers, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Senior Army Instructor for the Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Grau was promoted immediately to Cadet Private First Class for his achievement.  

The other nominees were Cadet Private Tom Paul from Bravo Company, and Cadet Private Alex Dean from Charlie Company. The top cadet was selected from the candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets. Each cadet went through a uniform inspection and a question-and-answer panel in front of the three company first sergeants and the battalion's command sergeant major.

“After the board tallied the points and the winner was clear, we held a ceremony to promote the winning cadet one rank higher, to recognize him for his hard work and personal success,” said Bialozor.

Wa-Hi JROTC Cadets participate in the program to develop leadership skills and to strive to be better citizens in society. Many cadets compete with drill, marksmanship, and physical training teams as well as attend the class. These cadets get to travel to and compete in drill meets at 16 other schools in the Cascade Division that include Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy Cadet programs.

Big Blue Weekend Salute: By Coordinators Kristina Duncan, Mindy Meyer, Carina Stillman
The Big Blue Weekend Leadership Team: Chris Blackman, Lindsey Butcher, Bill Calhoun, Julie Cox, Keith Crain, Tara Crain, Kayla Crain , Michelle Higgins, Jane Kaminsky, Lauren Llewellyn, Jose Mendoza, Melito Ramirez, Nicole Redman, Bernardo Saucedo, Denise Shives, Dan Solis, Sarah Stone, Mireya Vargas—for support with fundraising, publicity and volunteer recruitment

Our Fearless Chaperones: Gretchen Baker, AJ Blumel, Lynne Burnham, Jody Busby, Lindsey Butcher, Allison Calhoun, Bill Calhoun, Kristy Corbin, Julie Cox, Christy Druffel, Kyle Eggers, Ryan Engel, Robin Fonger, Krista Garcia, Kristin Glaeser, Vivian Glaeser, Babett Harp, Rachel Hicks, Michelle Higgins, Mark Higgins Kate Keyes, Bob Meyer, Peggy Payne, Shelly Peterson, Shane Prudente, Refugio Reyes, Carl Robanske, Anne Schulz, Sarah Stone, Keith Swanson, Jennifer Tinker, Heather Usko, Caleb Willard, Bob Young, Matt Zimmerman—for hands on support in small groups and in general

Our Dedicated Work Crew: Chris Blackman, Antonio Barbosa, Barry Blackman, Tim Bow, Eileen Bow, Linda Clark, Keith Crain, Tara Crain, Katy Crestol, Bill Erickson, Alan Feistner, Nicole Gryler, Peter Harvey, Cheryl Heller, Stan Heller, Cougar Henderson, Jennifer Hopkins, Darla Joy, Jane Kaminsky, Michelle Kelley, Kim Kelsay, Ruth Ladderud, John Ladderud, JT Lieuallen, Scott Morasch, Scott Peters, Kaylie Piver, Margo Piver, Josh Powell, Nicole Redman, Anna Sandness, Katrina Schaub, Patricia Schulte, Jessica Shatkin, Kathleen Small, Dan Solis, Jody Stillman , Matt Stillman, Brad Tompkins, Jackie Tompkins, Kanet Turner, Beth Watson—for the sweat (and tears?)

District and Wa-Hi Administration: including Board of Directors, Mick Miller, Laure Quaresma, Ted Cohen, Pete Peterson, Mark Pickel, Stacy Estes, and Ron Higgins for continued support of the program

Special Thanks to:
Stu Cabe, speaker and Big Blue friend extraordinaire
Bill Calhoun, sound and program support—our 7th and 8th hands
Ron Higgins, spreadsheet master
Carl Robanske, Shane Prudente, and Kyle Eggers—for being Bruce Norris, Chuck Willis and their Canadian companion
Vickie Rogers, back home medical support
Kati Allessio, Ken Mulkey, and Mike Templeton, at camp medical support
Erin Bryner, Todd Sherrell and the Washington Family Ranch Staff, for top-notch accommodations
Mark Higgins, publicity support
Barbara Brown, ASB and spreadsheet support
Pam Jacobson and TAs, very important deliveries and other miscellaneous tasks
Ginger Heiser, volunteer paperwork
Gabby Salazar, scholarship and registration follow through
Carolyn Crouthamel, holy name tag!

Bus dismissal: Bunny Baker, Chris Blackman, John Butenhoff, Claircy Clizer, Carolyn Crouthamel, John Fleming, Kristin Glaeser, Eva Hanson, Lauren Hemenway, Spencer Iacolucci, Pam Jacobson, Kathy Lamb, Casey Monahan, Pete Peterson, Refugio Reyes, Matt Shaw, and Ben Ugaldea,

7th period coverage: Josh Ertl, Marlo Logan, Arch McHie, Keven Peck, Jason Postlewait, Kathy Pritcher, Curtis Schafer, Karen Scott, and Terry Willcuts,

Foundations and Trusts: Mary Garner Esary Trust ($5,000), Bonnie and Clifford Braden Foundation ($5,000), Morasch Family Fund ($1,000), Welch Trust ($1000), Anonymous ($2,500)—Wow!

Sweatshirt Sponsors: Richardson Excavation, Hess Law Firm, Smith Brothers Lawn Care and Landscaping, Columbia REA, Pocket iNet, and Boise Cascade—Yeehaw!

Donors: Doyal Electric, Rotary

Scholarship Donors Bunny Baker, Alison and Dan Calzaretta, Tiffani Erdman, Sarah Gibbs, Missy Johnson, Kathy Lamb, Jackie Lewis, Terry and Sherry McConn, Mindy Meyer, Bob and Judy Meyer, Phil and Carol Morgan, Kathy Pritcher, Gayle See, AAUW , Blue Mountain Community Foundation, Latino Club, Ovation Company and Special Education funding

Student leaders: Sadie Adams, Elizabeth Alonso, Brenna Barnett, Elizabeth Barrientos-Gomez, Alison Braddock, Kaitlyn Calhoun, Neida Campa, Kiauna Canada, Janette Castro, Kristen Chavre, Kathy Colin, Kayla Crain, Mikaela Dejesus, Jazmin Duran, Maria Fuentes, Yamile Gutierrez-Bernal, Karly Hedine, Alondra Hernandez, Brelynn Hess, Kelly Holebrook, Amber Hubsky, Katrina James, Emma Jenkins, Jessica Jones, Eric Klicker, Jennifer Lara, Lucas Larreau, Hailey Lewis, Lauren Llewellyn, George Lopez-Vargas, Raul Magana, Joseph McKeirnan, Kaitlyn Meyer, Adriana Meyers, Cynthia Mora-Pulido, Veronica Ocampo, Liz Ortiz, Arianna Parker, Alexis Pasillas-Alvarado, Alexandria Peters, Jaime Quaresma, Yasmin Ramos, Tessa Reininger, Taylor Richardson, Cristian Rivera, Ivan Rivera, Brandon Rohde, Tansy Schroeder, Liya Senter, Paige Sept, Trevor Spence, Madaline Stevens, Victoria Van Mierlo, Colby Watilo, Kassidy Willard, Juan Zamora, Luis Zarate Diaz and Quinn McHie (sound).

Walla Walla High School volleyball team sponsors Pink Night to support Breast Cancer Awareness
Walla Walla High School volleyball team is sponsoring PINK NIGHT Tuesday, October 22 as they take on the Richland Bombers and raise money for breast cancer awareness. Freshmen, sophomore and junior varsity teams all play at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue Devil varsity begin at 7 p.m. 

PINK items, such as beads, pins, pompoms and more will be sold at the game. Volleyball players are currently selling PINK shirts to support Breast Cancer awareness.

“Find your favorite player and help support the cause by purchasing a shirt from them,” said Parent Volunteer Karen Carman. T-shirts may also be purchased from the Wa-Hi ASB office and a limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the game. All proceeds from the event go to St Mary Medical Center Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund.

“And don’t forget to WEAR PINK,” said Carman. “Let’s dig PINK for a cure together!”

Wa-Hi JROTC cadets seeking veteran photos
Calling all VETERANS! The Walla Walla High School Junior ROTC cadets are looking for you, and your photos.

"We want to reach out to all veterans in our community," said cadet Lt. Col. Zach Chlipala, Blue Devil cadet battalion commander. "We hope they and their families will attend our annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday morning, Nov. 8. This year we're trying to expand the way we recognize and honor our veterans. We'd love to get photos from area veterans to use in our video that will run during the ceremonies."

The Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets, along with the ASB staff are already hard at work organizing the event to honor those who have served in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, whether active, reserve, national guard or retired, according to the Senior Army Instructor at Wa-Hi.

"Our cadets this year are working hard to gather photos of veterans, any photo would be a great start, but we're hoping to get 'then and now' images of every veteran, back when they were in the service and another more recent photo, too. We can accept images by email, or hard copy prints that we can scan and return immediately to the veterans or their families," said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, WWHS JROTC SAI.

Further information for attendees and veterans intending to participate will be announced closer to the event. For more information about submitting photos, call the Senior Army Instructor at 509-527-3035 or email wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

Community Stories
Parenting Teens Together meeting planned
Parenting Teens Together, a confidential support group for parents of teens, is meeting this Thursday October 17 at Green Park Elementary School. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the topic being general sharing and resource information.The discussion will encourage sharing struggles, successes, and experiences with local resources that involve teenagers.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month and invites guest speakers to address topics of special interest. Meetings are 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 meetings are at Green Park School and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Parenting Teens Together was founded by local parents in conjunction with The Moms’ Network. They can be found on Facebook. For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Amber Broel at broelae@gmail.com

D.A.R.E. Halloween Spaghetti Fundraiser
What: D.A.R.E. Halloween Spaghetti Fundraiser
Where: WW Elks Lodge, 351 E. Rose, Walla Walla
When: October 31 - 4 to 7 p.m.
Cost: $5 each or $20 for family of 6 - To Go Orders for $5 each
Menu: Scary Marinara Sauce, Frankenstein Meat Sauce, Spooky Salad, Creepy Bread, and Orange Witches Brew
Throughout the evening we will be including a parade of costumes with prizes.

Prescription Take Back Day October 26
Date: Saturday, October 26 
Tiime: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Walla Walla Police Department
- No needles, sharps, or syringes
- No mercury thermometers
- No oxygen containers
- No chemotherapy/radioactive substances

Crime Prevention Coordinator/Crime Victim Advocate
Walla Walla Police Department
54 Moore Steet
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Camp Fire program takes stand against bullying
Camp Fire Walla Walla afterschool program campers wrote, designed and presented a puppet show to stand up against bullying.  This was part of Unity Day on October 9th sponsored by Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.  Kids at After School Camps took the “Kids Against Bullying” pledge which states:

I am a Kid Against Bullying!
And I will:
When I see bullying
To others who are bullied
Whenever I see bullying

Parents can learn more about bullying prevention at pacer.org/bullying. To sign up or for more information on our programs visit www.wwcampfire.org.

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