Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Nov. 15, 2013

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School board continues Wa-Hi improvements discussion during work session

Tuesday evening the Board of Directors conducted a public work session to continue a community dialog regarding the facility improvements at Walla Walla High School. All board members and Superintendent Mick Miller were present. Approximately 21 people, including district staff and community members, were in attendance. President Golden and Superintendent Miller facilitated the work session. The purpose of the work session was to discuss and review facility improvement options for Walla Walla High School and when or if a bond election would be presented to the voters this school year.

Survey results indicate community members believe facility improvements are needed at WWHS. However, there are various opinions as to how and when to address these needs. Superintendent Miller reported the district is committed to working with the community to develop a plan that best meets community and district needs. Golden thanked those who attended for their interest, thoughtful comments and open responses. The board will further review options and encouraged anyone to contact board members with comments or suggestions. No decisions were made during the work session.

School board Executive Session and Regular Board Meeting: Tuesday, November 19

- Executive Session: 5:30 to 6:25 p.m. (school board only)
- Purpose of the Executive Session: To review the performance of a public employee. No decisions will be made.
- Regular Board Meeting: 6:30 p.m. (open to the public)
- Both meetings at WWPS Administration Building, 364 S. Park Street

OSPI: Statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn on Washington’s impressive 2013 NAEP scores

November 13, 2013 — On Thursday, November 7, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released impressive results from the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn about the phone call he received from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan celebrating this success.

Despite an underfunded education system, our state continues to outperform most other states on national assessments. Year after year. Our students’ high performance on the 2013 NAEP caught the attention of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He called me, personally, to congratulate our hardworking teachers and principals on a job well done. And it’s not just NAEP scores. We also beat the national average in SAT scores and ACT scores. We must celebrate this success and acknowledge the good work being done in our schools. We need to make sure this news gets the attention it deserves.

And when our schools receive adequate resources to support basic education, the news will be even better.

- Washington is one of the fastest improving states in the country.
- We improved in every category.
- We have made remarkable progress.

Arne Duncan’s audio clip: http://bit.ly/1bscc2w
November 7 OSPI press release: http://bit.ly/1hPUdWM

Patron Tour guests get up-close look at district schools

Superintendent Mick Miller conducted his first Patron Tour of the year on Wednesday. Community members toured Berney, Walla Walla High School and Lincoln High School.

“This is a fantastic school district,” said guest Rhonda McNett. “The teachers and staff are passionate and so empathetic to the students as they develop our country’s next generation of leaders. But, the infrastructure needs to be there to help them and it’s been delayed way too long.”

Retired educator and longtime community leader Dick Cook also joined the tour.

“I’ve have always been a Lincoln fan and continue to be amazed by Lincoln’s significant improvements in student outcomes,” Cook said. “The warm, friendly environment at Berney, starting at the front office and visible in the staff, students, classroom environment, also made a big impression on me.”

The next Patron Tour is Wednesday, January 22. Guests will tour Prospect Point, Wa-Hi and Lincoln High School. Contact Mark Higgins to sign-up: mhiggins@wwps.org / 526-6716.

Patron Tour Guests
Bev Allen
Norma Areceo
Jeannine Bennett
Holley Bryant
Dick Cook
Dondi Cortinas
Denise Dunzweiler
Roger Esparza
Tricia Harding
Mark Hess
Gabe Joseph
Ed Karlow
Marina Marin
Jim McNett
Rhonda McNett
Don Roser
Margaret Roser
Ed Schneider
Cindy Stewart
Clifford Taylor
Ada Taylor
Connie Taylor-Randall
Areceli Vasquez-Facio
Maureen Walsh
Kendra Wenzel

School Stories
Wa-Hi Debate Team starts year strong - By Coach Jean Tobin

The Wa-Hi Debate Team has been meeting since the first week of school and we just finished our first two competitions. Although we have a smaller team this year, as we graduated 8 seniors in June, we still have many talented competitors and had a great showing at both tournaments.

Our first tournament was in Yakima, at Eisenhower High School on November 1 and 2. Due to conflicts with other activities and illness, only 13 students competed from Wa-Hi, but we still placed first in Individual Events as a team and first overall as a team! This was despite the fact that University High School from the Spokane area traveled down to compete at the tournament even though it was a District 5/6 Tournament. The other schools competing were: Othello, Ephrata, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Eisenhower, Southridge, Pasco and Chiawana.

At the Whitman College Tournament (November 7-9), we continued to struggle with team illness but 18 students did compete. The official sweepstakes results have not been released, but I believe we may have placed in the top ten teams competing based on the number of trophies our team collected. This is a prestigious tournament and over 30 teams from around the Pacific Northwest competed.

Our next tournament is Saturday, November 16 in Pasco at Chiawana High School. Contact Jean Tobin for a complete recap of team and individual results.

Wa-Hi Drama presents Flowers for Algernon

- Show dates: Nov. 15-16 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 are on sale in the Wa-Hi 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.

Lincoln High School students help Blue Ridge students develop math skills
Lincoln High School Kids involved in the afterschool  "LIFT" program are teaming up with Blue Ridge students Nov. 15,  Dec. 13 and Dec 20 to teach circumference and hula hoop building. The Blue Ridge students will receive the hula hoop they build.
Books for Babes bulb sale in bloom

The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary that provides a bag of books for all newborns in Walla Walla, is conducting its annual Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the program.

These adorably wrapped cans with a narcissus bulb inside makes a nice holiday gift. They are $5 each. Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 13. Send orders via email by Monday, December 2. Email: bargabk@charter.net

Make payment by check to Books for Babes. Send checks/orders to Edison via inter-district mail or by US Postal Services to 1315 E. Alder.

Community Stories
Camp Fire collects winter clothing for Helpline -By Peggy Needham

Camp Fire Walla Walla kids and families collected 187 warm winter clothing items and blankets for Helpline. Sharpstein Elementary kids led the way with a total of 82 items donated. Each school site cut and tied fleece blankets for those cold winter nights ahead. Camp Fire Walla Walla kids want to make a difference in our community by helping others. Way to go Camp Fire!

To learn more about Camp Fire, contact:
Peggy Needham
Communications Coordinator
Camp Fire Walla Walla

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