Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 1, 2013

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School board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5 

-Tuesday, Nov. 5
- 6:30 p.m.
- Regularly scheduled meeting
- WWPS District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

School board public work session: Tuesday, November 12 - Topic: Wa-Hi facility improvement

- Board of Directors Public Work Session
- 6:30 to 8 p.m.
- WWPS Board Room/Administration Building/364 S. Park Street

The Walla Walla School District Board of Directors has scheduled a work session on Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 p.m., at the WWSD Administration Building/Board Room, 364 S. Park Street. The purpose of the work session is to discuss a long-range facilities improvement plan, including options for improving Walla Walla High School.

No decisions will be made. The work session is open to the public.

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 (Tour starts at the district office - 364 S. Park St.)
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or mhiggins@wwps.org

Remember to vote in the General Election

- Ballots have been mailed to all registered voters
- Ballots must be postmarked Nov. 5, 2013

Superintendent’s Pulse video series features Laure Quaresma

 Superintendent Mick Miller interviewed Laure Quaresma as part of this month’s Pulse video series. Topics include the new teacher and principal evaluation model, union relations and department responsibilities. Visit the district’s YouTube page or website at www.wwps.org and scroll to the recent videos section on the homepage to view the video. 

School Stories
Wa-Hi JROTC to host national rifle qualifying match

The Walla Walla High School JROTC program is hosting the United States Army National Air Rifle Championship local qualifying match Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The match will be held at Wa-Hi shooting range. The Walla Walla teams will be joined by teams from Oregon City and Spokane to compete for a trip to the national championship hosted at Fort Benning, GA.

“The visibility of hosting a qualifying match, coupled with the successes of our teams over the past two years, is a good return on our investment,” said Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor. “Our quality facilities and current, relevant curriculum fosters student success and opens the doors to possible scholarship opportunities.”

Wa-Hi Girls Varsity Cross Country team earns Washington’s top academic honors for 4th consecutive year

The Walla Walla High School Girls Varsity Cross Country team maintained a team Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.956 to take the 4A Cross Country State Academic championship for the fourth consecutive year. The award is presented by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). To learn more about the award selection process, visit the WIAA website at: http://www.wiaa.com

“This accomplishment is unheard of in any sport,” said Don Wilkins, district athletic director. “These outstanding student-athletes excel on the field and in the classroom. Two of the girls have been members of all four teams and others have been members of several of the four teams.”

Wa-Hi Girls Cross Country Team Members:
- Emily Atkinson
- Courtney Cox
- Lea Davidson
- Catherine Feistner
- Hannah Hampson
- Emily Leinweber
- Erika Leinweber
- Talyah Nelson
- Jennifer Wall

New Homelink informational video on district’s YouTube page

Homelink Principal Connie Taylor Randall discusses the Homelink Program in a new informational video. This five minute video can be seen on the district Facebook page or click on the link below.

Connie explains how the program works and how homeschool parents can enhance their child’s education through this supplemental alternative education program. Check it out.


Free showing of Grease at Milton Freewater drive-in supports Lincoln HS drama program

- Saturday, Nov. 2
- Gates open at 6:30 p.m. / Movie starts at 7 p.m.
- Free: Donations accepted to help fund Lincoln Drama Program
- Lincoln HS Drama will perform Grease at the Gesa Power House Theatre in January

Spanish classes offered at Garrison Night School

Beginning Spanish: Instructor Aaron Martin
- Mondays and Wednesdays / 6 to 8 p.m.
- November 18 to February 27
- Cost: $150

Advanced Beginning Spanish: Instructor Carol Franklin
- Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6 to 8 p.m.
- November 19 to February 27
- Cost: $150

Register at the Walla Walla School District Business Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Clock hours are available for Walla Walla Public Schools employees. Call Melito Ramirez at 526-8638 or 629-1560 if you have any questions.

Wa-Hi Drama presents Flowers for Algernon

- Show dates: Nov. 14-16 and 21-23 at 7 p.m. & Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
- Ticket prices: Adults $12 / Students $6 (18 and under)
- Tickets go on sale November 4 in the WaHi Main Office (ASB) Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Purchase tickets online at www.wahibluedevils.org/arts/drama.
- For ticketing information call 526-8613 (message only)
- General seating (limited to 140 in the round seats per performance)
- Science fiction: A mentally disabled janitor is granted extreme intelligence only to lose it again. Based on the short story by Daniel Keyes published in 1959.

Wa-Hi students featured in Pink Glove Dance Video Competition

Walla Walla High School students are featured in the 2013 Pink Glove Dance Competition. Community members are encouraged to watch the video and vote to win $25,000 for local breast cancer patients. The Walla Walla Police Department and JUGS have entered a pink glove dance video into a contest to win $25,000 for breast cancer patients at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. The winning video is chosen by popular vote through Nov. 8. Watch the video and vote daily at: http://tinyurl.com/mdz09ht to win for Walla Walla.

Community Stories
Camp Fire collecting winter clothing for Helpline

Camp Fire After School Camp kids have been learning about “Making a Difference” in their own community. Camp Fire is partnering with Helpline to collect coats, gloves, hats, boots, blankets and other cold weather items for local individuals or families in need living in the Walla Walla Valley.

If you have gently used (or new) items that you would be willing to donate, please bring them to your Camp Fire After School Camp location. We will collect items until Friday, November 8, 2013.
Questions? Contact your Camp Fire School Site
Director or call our office at 525-3180.

Milton Freewater Rotary brings Harlem Ambassadors basketball show to town

The fun begins at 7 p.m. on November 14 when the internationally acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors take on your local Rotarians in a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of basketball showmanship featuring high-flying slam dunks, ball-handling tricks, and hilarious comedy routines at the Mac-Hi gym in Milton Freewater. Bring the whole family to this event and experience laugh-out-loud comedy basketball for a good cause.

There will be an opportunity to win an autographed basketball, purchase Harlem Ambassadors souvenirs, meet the Harlem Ambassadors during a free post-game autograph session, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, which supports the Milton Freewater Rotary Club, so get yours today! The MF Rotarians includes teachers, coaches, firefighters, police officers, and other local leaders.

Music, laughter, interactive games with the kids, prizes, hoops, hijinks, and more!

Advance tickets are on sale now: only $5-7. Tickets are available at Walla Walla Ace Hardware, the Milton Freewater Chamber of Commerce, the Milton Freewater US Bank, or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/476847

Call 509-526-1490 for more information.

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