Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - January 17, 2014

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No School Monday, Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

- No school Monday, Jan. 20
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 21

District sets two open enrollment periods for the 2014-15 School Year

College Place 9th grade students wishing to open enroll to Walla Walla need completed release form

There will be two registration periods this year for enrollment in Walla Walla Public Schools during the 2014-15 school year.

The first will be for secondary (middle and high) schools. It will run from February 3 through 28, 2014. The schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, February 3, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the month.

Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours beginning January 27; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, February 3.

College Place High School is opening for 9th grade students only in the fall of 2014. College Place 9th grade students who would like to attend Walla Walla High School or Lincoln High School need a completed release form from College Place Public Schools as part of the open enrollment process.

The second period for Kindergarten and Fall Registration for elementary schools will be from Monday, April 21 to Friday, May 2, 2014. Kindergarten registration will be conducted at the student’s attendance area elementary school. Parents wishing to pick up the kindergarten registration information may do so at their child’s school beginning April 14. However, the completed registration forms will not be accepted until April 21.

Kindergarten/Elementary Registration Hours:
- Monday, April 21 / 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- April 22 — May 2 / 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up Open Enrollment application or release forms at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 16; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 21.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board policies are online at: www.wwps.org.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org . Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.

Butenhoff helps district use less electricity, water and natural gas

Despite more infrastructure demands through additional computers, after hours building usage, technology initiatives and air conditioning, the district used 12 percent less in electricity, 36 percent less in natural gas and 15 percent less in water. Energy Management Program Coordinator John Butenhoff reports the program saved the district more than $367,000 or 23 percent on utility costs.

“WWPS spent over $1.2 million on utilities last year, but it would have been significantly more if not for this program,” said Butenhoff. “The district is in year 14 of our energy management program. This program focuses on turning off equipment and systems when they are not in use.”

School Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21

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

Nutrition Services teams with Walla Walla County Health Department to survey parents

Do you have an opinion about school health, nutrition, or physical activity? Take this survey to voice your opinion and be entered to win a $50 Safeway gift card! This multiple-choice survey will take about four minutes to complete, and your responses will help WWPS Nutrition Services and the Walla Walla County Health Department learn how to improve the health of your student.

Survey Links
English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwpsenglish
Spanish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wwpsespanol

For more information:
Katy Sanlis
Walla Walla County Health Department
(509) 524-2665

Opportunity Program to move out of district office

The Opportunity Program is now serving 110 full-time high school students and has outgrown the district office. This contract-based program -- which offers a flexible schedule, one-on-one instruction and credit retrieval -- has operated in the basement of the district office the past two school years.

In February, Opportunity will move to 1917 E. Isaacs Ave. which is the former location of Real Deals Home Decor. The leased location features 5000 sq.ft. of learning space to adequately meet the needs of the Opportunity Program.

Tour Prospect Point, Wa-Hi and Lincoln High School during Superintendent’s 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, Feb. 12
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
- Tour sites: Prospect Point Elementary, Wa-Hi, Lincoln HS (tour begins at district office - 364 S. Park) St.)
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or mhiggins@wwps.org

Workshop planned to help students plan for college

WHAT: GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow
WHERE: Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla WA
*WHEN: Saturday February 1, 2014 / 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.*

This event is part of a robust day featuring national speakers; LTC Consuelo Kickbusch and Roy Juarez Jr and a lunch keynote with Dr. Keith Woo-Young, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor. Students and parents will have the opportunity to visit four different workshops with information about college scholarships, financial aid requirements, college savings, career exploration, FAFSA registration, high school success, first generation college students success and much more.

School Stories
Opportunity Program plans graduation celebration

- Opportunity Program Graduation/Reception
- Tuesday, Jan. 21
- 5:30 p.m. (prior to the 6:30 p.m. regularly scheduled school board meeting)
Students graduating from the Walla Walla School District Opportunity Program at mid-year will be recognized for achieving the credits and requirements for a high school diploma. A reception will follow the recognition. The graduation/reception will be held in the district board room, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until shortly before the regular board meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend and congratulate the honorees, and refreshments will be served.

The Lincoln High School Drama Department presents Grease at the Gesa Power House Theater

- Show dates: January 31 and February 1
- 7 p.m.
- Tickets are by donation at the door
- Gesa Power House Theater

Jeremy Gradwahl reports for the past few months Lincoln students have been working on the biggest play production in the school’s history. The cast of 20+ students have been working on acting, dancing, and singing with the help of director Riki Wauchek, choreographer Rhonda Copeland, music director Margaret Yount and the Lift, according to Gradwahl. He encourages everyone to come out and support the Lincoln students who have worked so hard to bring this production to our school and community.

Community Stories
Why The Movement Matters: Learning from America's Civil Rights Struggles

- Date: January 27, 2014 to January 27, 2014
- Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Location: Reid Campus Center-Young Ballroom (Whitman College)
- Kate Shuster, Ph.D.

Why The Movement Matters: Learning from America's Civil Rights Struggles - Dr. Kate Shuster

As part of the kick-off of Whitman Teaches The Movement, we are honored to be able to learn from Dr. Kate Shuster, one of the country's leading researchers and innovators on matters of K-12 education reform.

Kate Shuster, Ph.D., is the president of Shuster Consulting, Inc. Her firm conducts educational research, program evaluation and project management for national and international clients. She is the author of Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2011 and its forthcoming revision for 2014. She is currently working with the Southern Poverty Law Center supervising the launch of Perspectives for a Diverse America, a common-core aligned K-12 curriculum tied to anti-bias education. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Shuster’s talk is possible thanks to generous support from the Groseclose Endowed Lectureship.

Whitman Teaches The Movement is an initiative of the Student Engagement Center. For more information about this unique partnership among Whitman, Walla Walla Public Schools and the Southern Poverty Law Center please see: http://whitmanteachesthemovement.net/

Camp Fire afterschool camp features science projects

Camp Fire Kids have been working on science projects this week at After School Camp. Students created Oobleck (Quicksand Goo) in which a cornstarch and water mixture acts like a solid sometimes and a liquid at other times. This concoction is an example of a suspension - a mixture of two substances, one of which is finely divided and dispersed in the other. In the case of the cornstarch quicksand, it's a solid dispersed in a liquid.

The second experiment was creating a bouncy ball using, glue, water, borax and cornstarch. The bouncing ball in this activity is made from a polymer. Polymers are molecules made up of repeating chemical units. Glue contains the polymer polyvinyl acetate (PVA), which cross-links to itself when reacted with borax.

“Kids are learning and experimenting at Camp Fire Walla Walla,” said Peggy Needham, Camp Fire communications coordinator.

Library plans adult Winter Reading Program

Walla Walla Public Library invites you to participate in the 2014 winter reading program, Big Idea Talks: The Female Villain. The theme focuses on memorable female literary villains from different eras, presented by three outstanding local college instructors. Read the book, join the discussion!

Thursday, January 23 at 7 p.m.
Jan Kruper, Instructor of Psychology at Walla Walla Community College, will present Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Published in the 1930s, this classic novel of suspense is told through the eyes of the young and unsophisticated second Mrs. de Winter. She is the new mistress of Manderley after Rebecca, the first wife of Maxim de Winter, dies. Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, maintains an intense devotion to Rebecca that makes her a sinister presence in the life of the new Mrs. de Winter.

Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Christopher Leise, Assistant Professor of English at Whitman College, will present One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Chief, a patient who pretends to be a deaf mute, narrates this 1960s novel set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital. Chief focuses on the antics of newcomer McMurphy and his frequent power struggles with Nurse Ratched, who maintains rigid control of patients and staff alike. Their conflict escalates and holds serious consequences for those around them.

Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m.
Erin Pahlke, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Whitman College, will present Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This contemporary thriller, published in 2012, follows out-of-work writers Nick and Amy Dunne. They successfully conceal their marital troubles from those close to them until Amy's sudden disappearance opens Nick to scrutiny. Flashbacks from Amy's diary are interspersed throughout the narrative. Suspicion of Nick's involvement intensifies until the chilling end.

Programs are at Walla Walla Public Library, 238 East Alder Street, and are free and open to the public. The Library has multiple copies of the featured books to loan. For more information, please contact Alexis Rodegerdts, Support Services Librarian, at 509-524-4609 or arodegerdts@wallawallawa.gov<mailto:arodegerdts@wallawallawa.gov>.

Whitman College plans spring Science Fair

Looking forward to sharing the excitement of scientific discovery, Whitman College is hosting a Science Fair on March 8 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Reid Campus Center Ballroom. This opportunity is open to all Walla Walla Valley 6th-9th grade students. Whitman has mentors available and some funding for project supplies. Visit the Science Outreach website to get started: www.whitman.edu/sciencefair. 

January is National Mentoring Month

In honor of this, The Walla Walla Mentoring Coalition (members include Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Trilogy Recovery Center, Whitman College Mentors for K-5 elementary public school students, Children Home Society Academic Mentoring, YoungLives for teen moms and their children and START Mentoring at the Juvenile Justice Center) will be hosting a free mentor training event for the general public on Wednesday, January 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Kimball Theater on the Whitman College Campus.  Pamela Grant of the Washington State Mentors organization will be the keynote speaker. Refreshments will be provided.

SweetHearts for Kids Benefit Luncheon

- Wednesday, February 26
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Silent auction begins at 11 a.m.
- Doors to luncheon open at 11:30 a.m.
- Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
- For more information, call (509) 529-2130 or email debia@chs-wa.org

Retired educators offer scholarships to prospective teachers

Walla Walla Columbia School Retirees Association has two $1,200 scholarship grants available. Scholarship grants are given to prospective teachers and/or candidates in other school-related fields who will student teach or do internship experience in an educational setting.

* Graduate of a high school in Walla Walla or Columbia County
*Student teach or Internship between September 2014 and June 2015
Contact: Mardel Bierwagen @ 525-6117 or gbierwagen6117@charter.net
Applications are available now. Applications are due April 1, 2014.

Blue Mountain Humane Society celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with free fun kids program

Blue Mountain Humane Society will sponsor Superhero Skills 101, an interactive event for children grades 2-5, on Monday, January 20 from 2-4 p.m. at Whitman College’s Glover Alston Center. In honor of MLK Day, kids will train in the following superhero skills: empathy, compassion, cooperation and creativity. Kids are encouraged to wear their best superhero costumes! Snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP by January 15 by phone at (509) 529-5188 or via email at humaneeducation@bluemountainhumane.org.

Blue Mountain Humane Society strives to “prevent cruelty and promote kindness” with its Band of Mercy kids club. Each month, Humane Education Coordinator Elaina Avery plans an event that gives Band of Mercy kids the opportunity to act on this mission. While events are planned with Band of Mercy kids in mind, all children with an interest in the club’s mission are welcome to attend. Contact: Elaina Avery at (509) 529-5188 or humaneeducation@bluemountainhumane.org

Carnegie Picture Lab (CPL) teams with public library to offer free kids activities

Carnegie Picture Lab presents Family Fun Night in the daytime. This is an afternoon featuring fun art projects for the whole family. This event is Saturday, January 18 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla Public Library, 238 E. Alder Street.

With a theme of Exploring Gardens, students will create pictures using leaf rubbings, paint batik flags and use their sense of smell to identify garden elements. CPL is excited to partner with the Walla Walla Farm-to-School Program, and will receive volunteer help from the area’s many AmeriCorps volunteers.

Carnegie Picture Lab is an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley. Each year, over 4,000 elementary students receive three art history and art creation lessons from CPL’s cadre of volunteer teachers. To support CPL as a volunteer or with a donation, visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com.

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