Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Dec. 6, 2013

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Winter weather is here! School closure and delay procedures 

At Walla Walla Public Schools, we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Announcements include:
- Regional media release
- Telephone automated message
- Web posting
- Staff e-mail
- E-news message (sign up on the district web site: www.wwps.org)
- Twitter message
- Facebook page message
- Orange signs posted in front of schools

Area districts visit Walla Walla to learn more about Skills Center

Wednesday Superintendent Mick Miller welcomed representatives from the partner districts of the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center. Representatives learned about program offerings, the project timeline and how the enrollment process will work. They also took a tour of the facility. Construction began in spring 2013 and classes will start in fall 2014. The project is on schedule and remains within budget. The project cost is approximately $11 million. The state funded this project through school construction match dollars. WWCC is leasing the land to Walla Walla Public Schools for $1 per year. The district’s matching portion of the project cost is the value of the lease over 30 years. There was no local bond taxes used to fund the project.

Programs Offered:
Digital Media Technology (teacher Dennis DeBroeck), Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology, Sustainable Energy Technology and Health Science Careers (teacher Sandra Thomas).

Partnering Districts:
Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott and College Place (possibly Milton Freewater)

School Board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17

- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship fund nears $50,000

Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship Fund creator Jerry Zahl recently reported the scholarship endowment fund went past $43,000. The Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship,(WWPHS SF) is set up as a component of The Blue Mountain Community Foundation, in Walla Walla.
“The growth in the fund is largely due to continued and very generous support from the class members of 1962 and 1963, as well as the matching contributions from Garth and Mary Lindsey, plus a personal gift from them as well,” Zahl said. “We must share a very sincere thanks to all who are supporting this goal of making education a little easier for those who do want to continue their education beyond high school.”

Zahl says a gift to the scholarship fund is an excellent holiday gift.

“A gift honoring a friend or relative can be made,” Zahl said. “A tax deductible receipt will be mailed to the donor, and a card of tribute will be mailed to the honoree.”

Gifts are always welcome at WWPHS SF, c/o Blue Mountain Community Foundation, P O Box 603, WW WA 99362

Superintendent’s Pulse video series features Dan Johnson

Superintendent Mick Miller interviewed Dan Johnson as part of this month’s Pulse video series. Topics include the district’s maintenance plan, capital projects and other department responsibilities. Miller also discusses the recently approved calendars, winter weather closure procedures and the planning for facility improvements at Walla Walla High School. Visit the district website at www.wwps.org and scroll to the recent videos section on the homepage to view the video.

Pulse YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKTbdO-7JsQ

School Stories

Wa-Hi ASB to donate Christmas trees to families in need

The Walla Walla High School ASB organized a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest to celebrate the holiday season. School clubs, classroom teachers and others participated in the program created by the Freshmen Class.  Judges will award prizes to the winning entries. All the trees will be donated to families in need through the school’s Winter Wish Program and through other connections in the community. Thanks to Klicker’s for providing the trees at a discounted price.

Trunk or Treat donation timely for the holidays

Final tallies are now in for the annual Key Club Trunk or Treat Halloween event. A total of 720 pounds of canned food was donated to the BMAC Food Bank. This donation was especially timely with the holiday season now upon us.

“BMAC was so appreciative of the massive donation,” said Key Club Co-Advisor Stacy Morrison. “It is so good to see young people taking initiative when they know there is a need in the community.”

Green Park students top Math-a-Thon goal

Green Park Principal Gina Yonts danced in a turkey costume after students surpassed their goal for the annual Math-a-Thon PTA fundraiser. Green Park students raised $13,208.64, topping their goal of $12,500. Yonts agreed to the challenge in support of the PTA’s only major fundraiser of the year.

Students take a math test and community members sponsor them either by point or a flat donation. Math-a-thon funds support Green Park in many ways including classroom supplies, the library, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Reflections art contest, science fair, miles club, the garden, and Cinco de Mayo.

Green Park top student winners:
- 1st Mary Kennedy
- 2nd Charlie Gonzalez
- 3rd Jacob Coram
- 4th Lilliana Namauu

Top winning classes:
- Justin James
- Brad and Siomara Hobbs
- Brenda Kirk

All teachers whose classes raised more than $600 had a pie tossed in their face. Each classroom set their own goals with everything from no homework, to extra recess, to pizza parties, to shaving their beard!

“Green Park PTA wants to thank all of the teachers, staff, family members, and community members for supporting Green Park,” said Becky Kennedy, Green Park PTA. “We are so proud to be a part of this community and sincerely appreciate your donations!”

Walla Walla High School Scholarship Fair January 15

The Walla Walla High School second annual Scholarship Fair is January 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the school’s Commons. The purpose of the Scholarship Fair is to provide an opportunity for local scholarship sponsors to meet students and share application forms and eligibility requirements.

“Our hope is to connect as many students as possible with our local scholarship sponsors,” said Claircy Boggess.

Opportunity Program students learn how to make holiday dinner from scratch

Opportunity Program Parenting Class teacher Catherine Wolpert recently taught the students how to make an old-fashioned Thanksgiving meal as part of the class curriculum. Wolpert is also a professor in the parent education program at Walla Walla Community College. Opportunity Program students in the parenting class are also learning personal finance, infant CPR, child development and more. 

JROTC cadets earn honors at regional meet 

Cadets from the Walla Walla High School JROTC program recently traveled to Redmond, Ore., to compete at a drill and marksmanship meet and returned home with several team and individual honors.

The dual unarmed exhibition drill team of cadet Maj. Sara Beko and c/1st Lt. Mattie Bialozor won 1st place; c/1st Lt. Paige Jones and c/1st Lt. Kristen Chavre took 3rd. Color guard team #2 commander, c/Capt. Allison Shrouf, captured an indivual 1st place. The armed drill team took 5th overall and Bialozor, their commander took an individual 4th. C/Sgt. Evan Lockwood finished 3rd in unarmed drill down, while Command Sgt. Maj. Kurtis Crump brought home 5th place for individual armed exhibition drill, and the unarmed drill team led by Beko finished 6th.

In the marksmanship category, the precision team came in 1st, with four teams competing, and sporter team finished 3rd out of 16. Individual awards went to c/Master Sgt. Sarah Jameson, precision, 1st place, c/Master Sgt. Makenna French, sporter team sharpshooter category, 3rd place, and c/Cpl Chandra Kelley brought home 1st in the sporter team marksman category.

"We had a really good first competition trip out and now we're looking forward to more upcoming opportunities to demonstrate our teams' abilities and talents," said c/Lt. Col. Zach Chlipala, the Blue Devils cadet battalion commander.

Community Stories
City library features holiday fun Saturday with the Dragon Theater

- Saturday, Dec. 7
- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- City of Walla Walla Library
- The Reindeer and The Dreidel is an enchanting tale about a little girl named Rachael who is on her way to celebrate Hanukkah. Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer collides with her and they begin to teach each other about their holiday traditions. *Voted winner of a 2013 “Best of Portland” award
- The library will be collecting new and gently used blankets for the Salvation Army to keep everyone warm

Public invited to German Christmas Sing-a-longs

- Saturday, December 7
- Saturday, December 14
- 10 a.m.
- Walla Walla University Fine Arts Center Room 208
- There will also be munchies and people from Deutschland!
- Questions? Email Curt Schafer or call 527-3116

The Moms’ Network sponsors the Holiday Reading Room

The Moms’ Network is excited to once again sponsor the Holiday Reading Room. As we all scurry to get our holiday shopping done, the Moms’ Network is excited to provide a little family time at the Walla Walla City Library. On Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon the children’s area of the library will be filled with holiday cheer and reading. Come enjoy treats, hot chocolate, coffee, and holiday stories. Every child will also receive a new book. There are books for all ages.

Because of the support of the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Starbucks, City of Walla Walla, Book & Game and the Moms’ Network we have an excuse to take a moment with our family at the Walla Walla City Library this holiday season. For more details please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com.

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