Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 28, 2014

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District Stories
School board work session - Wa-Hi facilities improvement discussion

- Monday, March 3
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public

School Board meeting at Prospect Point

- Tuesday, March 4
- 6:30 p.m.
- Prospect Point Library
- Meeting open to the public

Volunteer of the Year nominations due March 15

Nominations for the Art Regier Volunteer of the Year award program are now being accepted. Send or email completed forms to Mark Higgins by March 15. The district will recognize our Volunteers of the Year at the April 15 school board meeting. The form is located in the Staff or Parent sections of the district website: www.wwps.org
- Mark Higgins - mhiggins@wwps.org / District Office: 364 S. Park St. / 526.6716
- Volunteer of the Year forms online: http://www.wwps.org/images/parents/Art_Regier_Nomination_Fillable_Form.pdf

School Stories
Walla Walla Music Program Update

We just had several students return from participating in this year’s Washington Music Educator’s All State Music Groups. These groups are audition only groups that draw students from all across the state of Washington. These students are truly some of the best student musicians in the state!

Elena Janis: Symphonic Choir - Soprano 1
Matthew Bowler: Symphonic Choir - Tenor 1
Piper Titus: Symphonic Choir - Alto 2
Katelyn Rickords: Symphonic Choir - Alto 1
Job Diaz: Symphonic Choir - Tenor 2
Anna Apostolidis: Treble Choir - Soprano 1
Kallan McClure: Symphonic Choir - Alto 1
Kyli Humphreys: Wind Ensemble - French Horn
Hannah Cabasco: Concert Band - Clarinet
Jennifer Cho: Orchestra - Violin

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is happening this week!
This is a pretty famous event that draws groups and artist from all over both in the United States & internationally (mostly artist). We are fortunate to have this festival in our back yard, and able to send all three jazz groups from Walla Walla! Garrison Middle School Jazz Band and Pioneer Middle School Jazz Band performed on Thursday and did extremely well! Walla Walla High School Jazz Band will perform on Saturday and I am confident that they will do outstanding!

Intelochen Arts Camp Student!
Hannah Cabasco, a Walla Walla High School Freshman, was just accepted into the Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer of 2014 as a clarinetist. Interlochen was founded in 1928 and is located on the northern end of Michigan. It draws young musicians from all 50 states and foreign countries each summer for a six (6) week term. Hannah will have the opportunity to collaborate with students that will become the next generations’ musical leaders around the world. She will also have the opportunity to hear world class artist as they come to perform at Interlochen in the summer. Past artist include Benny Goodman, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo Yo Ma, Van Cliburn and its completion winners. Congratulations Hannah!

Edison plans Multicultural Magic event

Edison Elementary is planning a culminating event, Multicultural Magic, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. This event will include singing, dancing and music from many different countries. The students will display projects created at home with their families to reflect our multicultural diversity.  Refreshments will include cookies from many different countries.  The event is open to the public.

Community Stories
Registration for Walla Walla Parks & Recreation's Winter-Spring programs now available online

- Creating with Clay (5-12 yr.)
- The Mighty Ukulele - lessons (12 yr. & up)
- Guitar - Lessons (4 yr. & up)
- Imagination Yoga (3-12 yr.)
- Warrior Soccer Academy (5 - 11 yr.)
- First Kicks Challenger Soccer (2-5 yr.)
- Blue Mountain Girls Softball (5 - 12 yr.)
- Track & Field Camp (4 - 12 yr.)
- Mommy & Me Tea Cup Pottery Painting (7yr. & up)
- All-Comers Track & Field Meet (12 yr. & under)
- Pottery Painting Studio (All ages)

- Beginning & Intermediate/Adv. Watercolor Painting (16 yr. & up)
- Guitar- lessons (4 yr. & up)
- The Mighty Ukulele- lessons (12 yr. & up)
- Nia fitness classes (12 yr. & up)
- Adult Co-Ed Soccer League (18 & up)
- Adult Men's & Co-Ed Softball League (16 yr. & up)
- Pottery Painting Studio (All ages)

Scholarships are available upon request.

Walla Walla Parks & Recreation
Phone: 527-4527
website: www.wwpr.us

Citizenship event planned March 8
Become a Citizen: Do you need help applying for citizenship?  Volunteer immigration attorneys, paralegals and interpreters offer FREE assistance with citizenship applications. When: Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.; Where: Inspire Development Centers, 213 Farmland Rd., Walla Walla (former Labor Camp Rd.).  Call 1-877-926-3924 or email wna@weareoneamerica.org to register for an appointment.  Sponsored by One America, Washington New Americans, and AILA Washington State Chapter. 
DR. SEUSS DAY   at the Walla Walla Public Library

- Saturday, March 1
- 1 p.m.
Reading, writing, and Seuss themed activities, fun for all ages! Every family goes home with a gift book to read together. Sign up for the Dr. Seuss Read-a-Thon, set a reading goal for March and raise money for kids books and programs at the Walla Walla Public Library! Sponsored By Whitman College's Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and Friends of the Library. A READ ACROSS AMERICA event.

College Rodeo supports child prevention programs

- March 7-9
- Walla Walla Fairgrounds
- Proceeds help support local child abuse prevention programs
- Tickets on sale now at various outlets

Whitman College hosts expert on parental involvement and childhood education

Should parents be involved in their children's education? Is there a connection between parental involvement and improved student performance? Are there differences in involvement between parents of different socioeconomic classes and ethnic groups? Dr. Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, has addressed these questions in the most thorough scientific investigation to date of how parents across socioeconomic and ethnic groups contribute to the academic performance of K-12 children. Dr. Robinson’s study challenges notions that parental involvement occurs in only one way, and that it is always beneficial to children's academic success.

The Whitman College Department of Sociology, with funds from the Visiting Educator Program, is hosting Dr. Robinson on Monday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. in Maxey Auditorium on the Whitman College campus. He will present a talk based on his book (co-written by Angel Harris) The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement With Children's Education. The talk will be titled "Parental Involvement and Academic Outcomes: What Works...and What Doesn't."

Keith Robinson's other research focuses on the determinants and implications of test score (achievement) inequality in K-12 education. His presentation will prove useful to parents and education professionals alike.

Questions about the event can be addressed to Professor Michelle Janning, Whitman College Sociology Department, at janninmy@whitman.edu.

District students to compete in Lillie Rice Chocolate Festival baking competition

The Lillie Rice Center Annual Walla Walla Chocolate Festival, A Baking Competition for Professionals, Amateurs and Juniors will be held on Saturday, March 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Ballroom.

Chocolate baked goods are entered for judging in seven categories: Restaurant, Bakery, Professional/Chef, Amateur, Showpiece, Junior Baker-kids ages 8-14 and Junior Showpiece- kids ages 8-14. Winners are announced and recognized at the event. The public is invited to come taste the entries, as well as chocolates from area chocolatiers. Tasting tickets are sold for .50 each, admission to the event is $2. This family fun tasting event is a chocolate lovers paradise.

Raffles on Saturday will be a bicycle, wine items and more surprises. Raffle tickets are $5.

All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival will support Lillie Rice Center Inc, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing employment, training and support services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Information and entry forms are available on the Lillie Rice Center website, www.lilliericecenter.org, and find them on Facebook.

Local Shelter Teaches Superpowers

Join Blue Mountain Humane Society for Superhero Skills 101, a free interactive event for children ages 7-12, on Sunday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Whitman College’s Glover Alston Center. 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 February 27 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

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