Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 31, 2014

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School Board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4

- Location: Edison Elementary (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE)
- 6:30 p.m.
- Meeting open to the public

Unique civil rights teaching program Whitman Teaches the Movement begins its third year

Whitman College, in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center and Walla Walla Public Schools, is coordinating the Whitman Teaches the Movement initiative to enhance civil rights education for Walla Walla students. Now in its third year, Whitman Teaches the Movement brings undergraduates from Whitman to local public school classrooms, where they lead lessons on the Civil Rights Movement.

During the first two weeks of February, Whitman students will visit Walla Walla classrooms across the district, primarily the 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th grades. Working in pairs or groups of three, Whitman College students will deliver lessons about the Greensboro Sit-ins, Jackie Robinson, female activists in the movement, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

“Walla Walla Public Schools has a long history of partnering with local colleges, including Whitman. Whitman students are committed to our community,” said Dr. Linda Boggs, Walla Walla Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. “The project was a match for several reasons; the concepts taught in grades 2,5,7, and high school are part of our standard curriculum, teachers often invite outside guests to speak to class and add perspective, and having college age students interacting with our K-12 students is a way to introduce the “concept of college,” as many of our students have had little exposure to college.”

This year features new elements to the core structure of the program. Whitman College will host 20 visitors from nine other colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. They come to learn how they could start a program similar to WTTM at their institutions. The aim of the event is to show partner institutions both the impact WTTM has in the community as well as the learning outcomes it has had for over 160 student volunteers.

National speakers keynote College and Career Readiness event in Walla Walla

GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow
February 1 at Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Public Schools, College Place Public Schools, Walla Walla Community College and WSU GEAR UP are hosting a day of College and Career Readiness for students and families in grades 8th through 12th.

This robust event features national speakers; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired, Consuelo Kickbusch and Roy Juarez Jr with a lunch keynote by Dr. Keith Woo-Young, WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor. Students and the parents will have the opportunity to rotate through four different workshops with information about college scholarships, financial aid requirements, college savings, career exploration, college options in high school, high school success, and much more!

GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow kicks off at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee. Keynote Presentations begin at 9:00 AM and GEAR UP will sponsor a catered lunch served through the culinary program at Walla Walla Community College.

Washington State University GEAR UP involves a variety of innovative partnerships and initiatives to support students in college and career readiness skills.

For more information contact the GEAR UP office located at Walla Walla High School
Becky Waggoner-Schwartz
509-526-8621 / bschwartz@wwps.org

Secondary open enrollment period begins next week

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.

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: 526-6716 or mhiggins@wwps.org

Richland educators visit Sharpstein to learn about AVID program

The Richland School District is considering developing an AVID program at all its elementary schools. The study process led them to Walla Walla this week to visit Sharpstein Elementary’s AVID program. Richland sent a team of seven, which included central office administrators, building principals and teachers, for the three hour visit. Currently Sharpstein Elementary is the only elementary school in Walla Walla which has this program.

“They were impressed with how far along we were in the process,” said Sharpstein Principal Matt Bona. “They had a lot of good questions and would like to continue a relationship with us as they go through this process.”

AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

School Stories

Wa-Hi grad wins Australian Open in wheelchair division

Walla Walla High School Class of 1993 graduate David Wagner recently won the Australian Open in the quad wheelchair singles division. Wagner defeated South Africa’s Lucas Sithole. Sithole won the first set 6-3, but Wagner came back and claimed the second and third sets 7-5 and 6-3 respectively, to to take the title. Wagner is ranked number one in his division.

Thompson meets with Wa-Hi AVID classes to discuss bullying

District Risk Management Consultant Mark Thompson is meeting Friday with Walla Walla High School students in the AVID program. Thompson will discuss strategies students may use to address bullying in schools and in their private lives. He will also help them develop tools for assisting others who may be targets of bullying. Thompson will review the definition of bullying, state laws and district policies. He will also remind students how to file a report if an incident occurs.

Blue Ridge Lego Robotic team wins professionalism award

The Blue Ridge Lego Robotic Girls Team “The Wave Crashers” won the Trophy Award Tri-Cities Regional Gracious Professionalism Award at the Washington FIRST Robotics Official Qualifying Tournament. The event was held in Richland January 24.

“Big thanks to Amy Myers who runs our Robotic Club and Girls Scouts in our Talent After School Program,” said Ruben Hernandez, 21st Century Afterschool Program Site Coordinator. “Amy and her mother are the instructors of the Lego Robotic Club. I'm super proud of our seven 5th grade students who represented us.”

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

5th Annual AVID Academic Recognition & Family Night - Guest speaker Whitman Professor Dr. Julie Charlip

- Tuesday, February 4
- 7 to 8:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Commons & Auditorium
- Catered Dessert served at 7 p.m. in Commons
- Program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium
- This event is co-Sponsored by GEAR UP
- Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Julie A. Charlip, Professor of History, Whitman College and Author, Latin America: An Interpretive History

Dr. Julie Charlip
Julie Charlip came to Whitman College in 1995, and works on the social and political history of Latin America. She published her first book, Cultivating Coffee: The Farmers of Carazo, Nicaragua, 1880-1930, with Ohio University Press in 2003. Since 2002, she has been responsible for the revised editions (editions 7-10) of E. Bradford Burns and Julie A. Charlip, Latin America: An Interpretive History, published by Pearson/Prentice Hall. She became the primary author of that text with the 9th edition in 2011.

She has published articles in journals such as Latin American Perspectives and collections including the Blackwell Companion to Latin American History. Her sourcebook Consider the Source: Documents in Latin American History appeared in its second edition in 2011. She is currently working on Costa Rica’s military in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. At Whitman, she teaches general courses on Latin American History, as well as the religious, social and environmental history of the region, and a comparative course on Cuba and Nicaragua. In addition, she has won numerous Perry and Abshire Research Grants to conduct research with Whitman undergraduates. In 2011, Whitman presented Professor Charlip with the Suzanne L. Martin Award for Excellence in Mentoring.

Skills Center nears completion: Teachers hired to lead programs

Progress continues on the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center. Construction will be completed in March with classes beginning in the Fall of 2014. Dennis DeBroeck has been hired as the Digital Media Technology teacher and Sandra Thomas as Health Science Careers teacher. The district expects to hire a Skills Center director soon. Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology and Sustainable Energy Technology teachers will also come on board in the coming weeks.

Learn more at: myseatech.org

Community Stories
Animal Shelter does dessert

Join Blue Mountain Humane Society for Just Desserts, a free event for children ages 7-10, on Wednesday, February 12 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at YWCA of Walla Walla. In honor of Valentine’s Day, kids will dish out “just desserts” by decorating cookies and making crafts for the women and children served by the YWCA of Walla Walla. RSVP by February 7 by phone at (509) 529-5188 or via email at humaneeducation@bluemountainhumane.org.

Several Whitman College student groups will participate by volunteering for Just Desserts or delivering their own homemade desserts to local shelters on Valentine’s Day. Whitman College’s Challah for Hunger, Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment, Better Together and Community Service House will participate in the effort.

Contact: Elaina Avery at (509) 529-5188 or humaneeducation@bluemountainhumane.org

Mark Thompson teams with The Moms Network to discuss bullying issues

- Tuesday, February 4
- 6:30 p.m.
- Pioneer Middle School
- Topic: Parent strategies for addressing bullying issues

Pioneer Middle School and Parenting Teens Together, a local parent support group, are partnering to host parent education evenings at Pioneer Middle School. The Pioneer Parent Night will begin Tuesday, February 4 and continue monthly to provide information to parents on a wide range of topics and will always include dinner and child care.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner from Sweet Basil for the entire family. Supervised child care by Campfire of Walla Walla will be available after dinner so parents can gather to hear from Principal Mira Gobel and guest speaker Risk Management Specialist Mark Thompson. Principal Gobel and Thompson will share valuable information for parents on how best to deal with crisis situations when dealing with teens and will clarify bullying. After the event, informational booths will be available, including Academic Clubs, GEAR UP, Campfire, Parenting Teens Together and afterschool programs.

“We have been wanting to provide an informational evening for parents and by partnering with the Moms’ Network and Parenting Teens Together we can combine resources to include dinner, child care, information and a guest speaker” said Gobel. “Pioneer Parent Nights will strengthen the partnership between teachers, administrators and parents at our school.”

The event is free and open to all families at Pioneer Middle School. Parenting Teens Together is a confidential support group for parents of teens, founded by local parents in conjunctions with the Moms’ Network. The group meets the third Thursday of each month alternating guest speakers and open discussions. Parenting Teens Together can be found on Facebook or contact beth@themomsnetworkww.com

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