Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 7, 2014

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Board of Directors votes to place Walla Walla High School science building on April ballot

Project $59.4 million dollars less than 2013 proposal
Thursday during a special school board meeting, the Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4 to 1 to place a $10.2 million bond on the April 22, 2014 Special Election to fund a new, stand alone, science building at Walla Walla High School. Director Dr. David Hampson voted against the measure.

This proposed project is $59.4 million less than last February’s proposal to modernize Walla Walla High School which generated a nearly 54 percent yes vote. The cost for this proposal is an increase of .30 per $1,000 of assessed value or $60 per year ($5 per month) on a home valued at $200,000. This measure requires a 60 percent supermajority for approval.

No additional improvements would be made to the current Walla Walla High School at this time, per the proposal. The science building project would add 10 new science classrooms/labs. The new learning spaces would be 1500 sq. ft. each compared to the current 1000 sq. ft. classrooms/labs. The new science facility being proposed is 25,000 sq. ft. and would be located in the parking lot between the existing science and Career and Technical Education buildings. In addition to increased learning space, the improvements would feature modern science equipment, proper ventilation, shared teacher prep rooms and adequate science storage.

This project is not eligible for State Matching dollars. Should there be any excess funds, they would be returned to Walla Walla taxpayers by paying down the bond debt.

“This $10.2 million project will address the greatest need identified through community and school-based surveys,” said Superintendent Mick Miller. “Passage of this measure will meet the immediate need and give the district time to develop a more formalized plan for the rest of the Wa-Hi campus.”

Proposed Project Timeline
• Spring 2014: Design/Engineering
• Winter 2015: Contractor bids
• Spring 2015: Project begins
• Winter 2016: Project completed

Personnel Report (approved during the March 4, 2014 school board meeting)

Caroline Lujan, High School Cheer Coach, Walla Walla High School
Kim McDaniels, Head Volleyball Coach, Walla Walla High School

Donna Austin, Title I/Bilingual Coordinator, Sharpstein, 22 years
Ambra Bryant, English, Wa-Hi, 2 years
Maria Fondahn, 3rd Grade, Berney, 26 years
Luke Hamada, Science, Garrison Middle School, 7 years
Karan Jamieson, Special Education, Garrison Middle School, 6 years
Scott Reardon, Business Education, Wa-Hi, 9 years
Gayle See, Physical Education, Wa-Hi, 33 years
Margaret Yount, Music & PE, Lincoln High School, 38 years

Karen Hermeston, District Athletic Secretary, Wa-Hi, 27 years
Connie Hernandez, Intervention Specialist, Pioneer Middle School, 3 years

No School Friday, March 14

- Spring Professional Day
- Classes resume Monday, March 17

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
Garrison Night School Extended Day Learning Program holds Pinewood Derby

The 10-week Garrison Night School Extended Day Learning Program had a 19-car Pinewood Derby sponsored by Exploring Post 311 and the night school. The event was for Kindergarten- to Seventh-graders who participated in the extended learning program held during the school program.

The students raced cars they made during the weeks prior to the February 19 race with assistance from Walla Walla High School Latino Club volunteers. It is the seventh year the race was held at Garrison Night School and is a partnership between the Walla Walla School District, Walla Walla Community College, Wa-Hi Latino Club, and Exploring Post 311.

Forty Latino Club members provided more than 388 hours of service to the learning program during the four-nights-per-week, 10-week program. Reading and math support and oral language development was provided to the children of parents who attended the night school. Over the years, Latino Club volunteers have been a significant part of the program. The pre-school and grade-school students in the program are not only getting individual tutoring each night, they are also being mentored by role models.

People of all ages throughout our community benefit from the instruction and activities that Garrison Night School offers. The parents serve as role models of lifelong learners for their students, and they learn valuable skills that will serve them well in their jobs and with their families.

Walla Walla High School varsity volleyball and cheer coaches named

Kim McDaniels has been named the Walla Walla High School varsity volleyball coach. McDaniels, a Walla Walla High School graduate, served as an assistant volleyball coach last year. Carrie Lujan was hired as the varsity cheer coach. Lujan is also a counselor at Walla Walla High School and was a college gymnast. 

Edison staff plan McTeacher night to raise funds

Edison Elementary will participate in McTeacher Night at the Isaacs St. McDonald's from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 10. Proceeds will go to benefit the school’s ASB funds.

Wa-Hi grad joins Dream Act state celebration

On February 25, 2014, Ana Andrade, a Walla Walla Community College student and Walla Walla High School Graduate in 2012 attended the ceremony in Olympia where Governor Inslee signed the Real Hope Act, also known as the Dream Act.  She attended the ceremony as a student representative of WWCC. Ana is also an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) tutor at Walla Walla High School.  The Real Hope Act gives undocumented college students in Washington State access to state financial aid. This fall, Ana will be transferring to Washington State University to work towards a degree in communications, sociology and criminology.

Pioneer student produced films selected for National Film Festival for Talented Youth

Pioneer Middle School Explorer teacher Dan Calzaretta announced two student produced films from his class were selected to be part of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. The first film is “Queen of the Rink.” This film is a documentary about roller derby in Walla Walla. The filmmakers are Hana Bobrow-Strain (7th grade) and Iman Bruner (8th grade).

The second film is "Ice Cream with Einstein." This film was made by Pioneer 8th grader Vienna Mumm.

Calzaretta reported this is the fourth consecutive year Pioneer has had at least one film selected by NFFTY.

The festival is the largest youth film festival in the world. Each year about 800 films are submitted, and about 200 are accepted. Hana and Iman will be among the youngest filmmakers at the festival as most films are by college and film school students, according to Calzaretta.

“This is an amazing festival,” said Calzaretta. “I wish all Explorer students could attend. The experience can be life-changing!”

Community Stories
Grandmother’s Roundtable plans forum on tax breaks
Grandmother's Roundtable Presents: Are Tax Breaks Breaking Us?  Monday, March 17, WWCC, Room 185, 7 to 9 p.m.  Forum Speakers: Nabiel Shawa, WW City Manager; Pat Reay, College Place City Administrator; Debra Antes, WW County Assessor; Susan Palmer, Moderator. 
Registration open for City Parks and Rec programs: Girls Softball / Creating Clay

Youth Girls Softball Program
The BMGSA league is a girls softball program for those ages 5-18.
The divisions include:
- 6U: 5 & 6 Year Olds - T-Ball $40
- 8U: 7 & 8 Year Olds - Coach Pitch $55
- 10U: 9 & 10 Year Olds - Modified Fastpitch $55
- 12U: 11 & 12 Year Olds - Standard Fastpitch $55

Note: $10 per third child and any additional child. Scholarships are available through Parks & Recreation upon request.
Mini-camps: March 15 and 22 at Pioneer Park. 10U from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 12U from 1:30 to 3:30.
*All players must attend the mini-camp for their age group - Players who wish to move up must attend the mini camp for their age group and the mini camp for the age division that they wish to play in.
Jamboree: April 19th/10U & 12U Tournament: June 2-7

Creating with Clay - 5 to 12 years
These classes will introduce children to working and creating fabulous forms with clay. The use of the hand-building methods such as pinch and coil will be taught. Children will have an opportunity to complete a clay piece that will be bisque fired and ceramic glazed. Projects can be picked up at a later date.
Cost: $20
Location: Carnegie

Information: Jamie Van Ausdle: 509-527-4527 / jvanausdle@wallawallawa.gov

College Rodeo supports child abuse prevention programs

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

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