Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 21, 2014

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Access to water in classroom impacts Walla Walla High School science teacher

Jennifer Tinker - Wa-Hi Science Teacher: “The biggest challenge in my classroom is water. I don’t teach in a regular science classroom, so not only do I not have sinks, but I don’t have access to water. A lot of biology labs require the use of water, whether it is part of the lab or to wash materials when you are done.

Every time we do a lab, the students have to trek across the hall to the restrooms and fill up their beakers with water. At the end of the lab they have to go back there and clean up. It is also not a pleasant environment for those using the bathroom while other students are trying to clean up from their lab work. In addition to having no water in my classroom, there is also a lack of electrical outlets for using microscopes. We don’t have the science tables or the space needed to be advancing science skills in this day and age.”

Visit www.wwps.org to learn more about the April 22 bond proposal to build a new science building at Wa-Hi.

Personnel Report (approved by school board March 18, 2014)

Blaine Barlow, Carpenter, Facilities and Operations
Yahaira Cruz, Para-Educator (Temp), Green Park Head Start/ECEAP Program

Chris Eastep, Sports Medicine/Athletic Trainer, Wa-Hi, 13 years

Barbara Kenny, Bus Driver, SE Transportation Co-Op, 4 years
David Morales, Head Custodian, Lincoln High School, 22 years

Leave of Absence
Angela Butler, Science, Pioneer Middle School, 8 years
• Angie is requesting a .4FTE leave of absence and will continue at .6 FTE

Tour Garrison, 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, March 26
- 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided)
- Tour sites: Garrison Middle School, Walla Walla High School, Lincoln HS (tour begins at district office - 364 S. Park) St.)
- RSVP by contacting Mark Higgins at: 526-6726 or mhiggins@wwps.org

District plans Wa-Hi Science Building Open Houses

Community members are encouraged to visit the Walla Walla High Science building during two open house events to learn more about the April 22 bond proposal. Wa-Hi Science teachers will be in attendance to provide guided tours of the 50-year-old facility. District administrators and school board members will also be present to answer questions. Learn more about the bond proposal on the district website: www.wwps.org.
Open House Details:
- Thursday, March 27
- Monday, March 31
- 6 to 8 p.m. (both evenings)

Wa-Hi earns Top AFS School award

Tuesday night during the school board meeting, local AFS Intercultural Programs Coordinator Linnea Keatts presented Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson with a Top AFS School Award for 2014.

Keatts reported there were only two schools in the state of Washington to receive this award. She said this award is given in recognition of dedication to global education and increasing intercultural learning in the school and in the community. Wa-Hi has facilitated more than 70 AFS placements in the past 16 years. This year there are four AFS students at Wa-Hi.

Legislature Passes Graduation Requirements, Course Equivalencies, and Summer Learning Loss Bills

Release Source: State Board of Education

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Legislature passed bills on three of the State Board of Education’s 2014 legislative priorities: Authorization of a 24-credit career and college ready graduation requirement framework, expansion of math and science course equivalencies for vocational programs, and extended learning opportunities to combat summer learning loss.

SB 6552 authorizes the 24-credit graduation requirement framework developed by the SBE, provides flexibility to school districts in meeting the instructional hour requirement, and expands math and science course equivalencies for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

“The career and college ready diploma is a big win for kids,” said Board Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer. “Establishing a meaningful high school diploma that prepares students for their next step in life, whatever that might be, has been a top priority for the board for nearly a decade.”

This bill embraces a multiple pathway approach providing more student choice in math and science course-taking decisions, seven combined credits of electives and Personalized Pathway Requirements that allow students to explore or focus on a range of fields of knowledge that interest them, and increased opportunities to earn course equivalency credits in CTE courses.

While the framework increases the credits needed to graduate from 20 to 24, SB 6552 also makes the culminating project voluntary, somewhat offsetting the change. In addition, the bill provides school districts the opportunity to request a waiver of up to two years to fully implement the new requirements, and the ability to waive up to two of the 24 credits for individual students in unusual circumstances. Finally, the bill directs the Office of the Education Ombuds to convene a task force to review barriers to the 24-credit diploma for students with special needs.

“The new framework is rigorous and flexible,” explained Executive Director Ben Rarick. “It sets high graduation standards for all students, yet is sensitive to those who many need extra help to get there.”

SB 6163 creates the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council (membership includes the SBE), and directs the council to look at, among other things, a modified calendar and an action plan for a pilot program for an extended school year. Summer learning loss is a real problem for many students, and can be detrimental to those already lagging behind. A more balanced academic calendar will help combat summer learning loss and close the educational opportunity gap.

Note: Personalized Pathway Requirements are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, that may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.

About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.

Board approves Asset Preservation Plan

Tuesday night, school board members unanimously approved the district’s Asset Preservation annual review presented by Facilities and Operations Director Dan Johnson.

Johnson reported this state required plan serves as a tool to help prioritize maintenance efforts. He said his department strives to help maintain safe and effective learning environments for staff and students. Johnson praised his staff for their professionalism and commitment to a quality education for all.

School Stories
Grant-Herriot takes state title in Original Oratory

The Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate team captured another state individual title as Junior Maggie Grant-Herriot won in the category of Original Oratory. Grant-Herriot wrote and presented a speech on American culture's obsession with celebrities. This is her first time competing in the state finals. Her sister, Hope Grant-Herriot (Class of 2013) was also State Champion in Oratory. Walla Walla High School has had three state champions in Individual Events categories in the three years. The State Individual Events Tournament was held at the University of Puget Sound.

Students from Walla Walla High School competed in five of eight events: Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, Original Oratory, Expository and Interpretive Reading.

“Students from Wa-Hi made it to finals in every event we competed in,” said Coach Jean Tobin. “This is a first for our team and a significant accomplishment. At least 70 students competed in each event from schools all over the State. Approximately 500 students attended the tournament.”

Competing in Expository, Junior Emma Gregorie made it to finals for the first time. Her speech was on the scientific and medical uses of cadavers. She placed fifth overall.

In Interpretive Reading (IR), Junior Anna Apostolidis-Morefield presented selections addressing the theme of modern day slavery. Anna placed sixth in Interpretive Reading. She has been in finals at State every year since she was a freshman. Last year ,she was State Champion in Expository. This is her first time making it to finals at State in Interpretive Reading and the first time Wa-Hi has had a student in IR State finals.

Senior Kendall Dunovant advanced to the finals in both Extemp and Impromptu. She placed 4th in Extemporaneous speaking, discussing the GOP chances of taking over the Senate in 2014. She placed third in Impromptu with a speech on wisdom. This was her first time in finals at State and the first time a Walla Walla student made it to finals in either event.

Wa-Hi also placed 5th in the State Overall in Sweepstakes for the second time in a row.

“I am very, very proud of these students,” Tobin said. “They worked very hard to achieve this success and devoted a lot of time and energy to competition.”

Tobin also thanked volunteers Annie Capestany and Jim Hanson for devoting many hours to the team. The season concludes this weekend at the University of Puget Sound with the State Debate Tournament. Seven students will be competing in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Congressional Debate and Policy Debate.

Edison plans The Little Red Hen musical

Edison Elementary presents the musical “The Little Red Hen.” The play is Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m.in the Edison gym. A donation for admission supports the Books for Babes program. This year 4th and 5th graders are working on scenery and props as well as writing advertisements. The students have been working on this production since October.

Pioneer students win national medals in Scholastic Art and Writing program

The film "Piece of You," created by Pioneer Middle School 8th graders Kyndal Locati and Hally Ruff, was awarded a Gold Medal in the Film and Animation category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. These Pioneer students competed with approximately 23,000 other regional gold key winners for a Silver or Gold medal. At the national level, there were approximately 1300 Silver Medals and 650 Gold Medals awarded.

In addition, this film was also awarded "Best in Grade." There were only 24 Best in Grade awards given nationally, and Locati and Ruff received the only one in the Film and Animation category. There were only 24 medal recipients from Washington state.

“As far as I can determine, this is the only time students from Walla Walla have won at the national level,” said Pioneer Explorer Program teacher Dan Calzaretta. “This year there were over 255,000 submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards from around the country. It is truly an honor that Kyndal and Hally's film received the highest national recognition possible.”

Locati, Ruff and Calzaretta have been invited to the national celebration events and recognition ceremony in New York City in June.

Pacific Science Center “Science on Wheels” to visit Prospect Point 

On Friday, March 28, Prospect Point students will spend the day learning all about the inner workings of their bodies with a visit from the Pacific Science Center’s “Science on Wheels.” The “Blood and Guts” program will provide an exploration of arteries, muscles, nerves, organs, and everything else that keeps our bodies moving from the skeleton down to the smallest muscles in the eyes.

The day will begin with an all-school assembly in the morning from 8:45-9:15 a.m. in the gymnasium. Students will participate in a science show with a model skeleton and props that will examine the skeletal system, plot the path of red blood cells through the circulatory system and discuss how messages travel through the nervous system. This will be followed by grade level classroom lessons, and hands-on exhibits with experiments and activities for students throughout
the day that will include real organs from both humans and animals.

The Pacific Science Center began as the U.S. Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Following the Fair, the Pavilion was repurposed as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. The Science on Wheels programs are aligned with the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements for Science and Mathematics. The cost of this event is being shared by Prospect Point’s ASB and PTA.

Community Stories
Walla Walla Public Library CrewSpace headlines Parenting Teens session at Pioneer Middle School

Pioneer Middle School and Parenting Teens Together, a local parent support group, are partnering to host parent education evenings at Pioneer Middle School. The second Pioneer Parent Night will be Tuesday, March 25 and will 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 Principal Mira Gobel and guest speaker Jeffrey Townsend of the Walla Walla Public Library CrewSpace. Principal Gobel and Jeffrey Townsend will share valuable information to parents on the positives and negatives of technology and teens. After the event, informational booths will be set up including Academic Clubs, Gear Up, Campfire, Parenting Teens Together and after school programs.

“We are looking forward to our second Pioneer Parent Night” said Mira Gobel. “Our goal is to continue to 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

Walla Walla Police Department sponsors free bicycle safety demonstration

What: Free Bike safety demonstration and licensing
Where: Walla Walla Fairgrounds Pavilion
When: Friday, March 21 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Why: Learn the rules of the road and get your bike licensed. If it is ever lost or stolen this will help you get it back
* Affiliated with the Walla Walla Home and Outdoor Show.

Officer Huxoll of the Walla Walla Police Department will lead a bike safety demonstration for kids of all ages. Children will also see and learn about his patrol bike. This is an opportunity for the kids of Walla Walls to learn all of the rules of the road. Further, if you are a Walla Walla resident you are required by law to register your bikes. He will be licensing bikes as well. The cost of registration is $5. If they don't bring the bike with them, have them bring the serial number, color and model to register the bike.

Violence Prevention topics discussed during annual conference

- Walla Walla Violence Prevention Conference
- Thursday, March 27
- Whitman College
- Full schedule of dynamic and informative sessions
- http://www.wwviolenceprevention.com/schedule.html#t1030
- Information: Chalese Rabidue, MSW - Domestic Violence Services Officer, WW Police Department / 509.524.4400

Sasayama students greeted by host families

Fifteen students from Sasayama Japan were greeted by their host families and other members of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Affiliation Committee Saturday night at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.  The students along with two chaperones will be staying in Walla Walla until April 3.  The “two week” home stay program began in 1994 to  provide an opportunity for students from the respective sister cities to visit one another.  Since the inception of the home stay program there have been over 500 students  who have participated in the program.   During the home stay experience the students will have opportunities to learn about the local history and cultural diversity.  Thanks to Robert Keatts for coordinating this program.

City Parks and Recreation Spring Program offerings

Spring Break Rope Challenge Courses
Must pre-register
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Hawk Point Challenge Course
Ages: 10 & up

Up on the Catwalk - April 8 - $50
Taking a Leap - April 9- $50
Zip-Along for the Ride - April 10 - $50
Must pre-register
Poi is a Maori spinning tradition used to tell stories through words and movement. We will learn Poi while spinning fire lights! Beginning with the basics we will expand into confidence and challenging techniques together.

Date: Fridays starting April 18 - May 23 (no class on April 25)
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Carnegie, 109 S Palouse St
Ages: 7 & Up
Cost: $70
Dog Training
Must pre-register
Saturdays starting April 5 - May 10
Puppy classes (8 months & under) 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Behavior classes (8 months and over) Noon - 1 p.m.
6 weeks for $125
Space is limited.

Circus Arts
Must pre-register!!
Just because your child can't run off and "Join the Circus" doesn't mean you can't let them pretend to! Students will be introduced to a range of Circus-related activities, including juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics, balancing, and clowning. Circus Arts offers children a fun and unique way to express themselves, as well as improve strength, balance, flexibility, focus, and coordination. This is a space for children to build confidence, form bonds of trust, and develop new talents, all in a safe and supportive environment.

Date: Wednesdays starting April 2 - 23 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Carnegie, 109 S Palouse
Ages: 8-13
Cost: $40
Creating with Clay
Must pre-register!!
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.

Date: Thursdays April 17 & April 24
Cost: $20
Location: Carnegie, 109 S Palouse
Ages: 5 - 12 years

For more information on these activities or to register please visit our website at www.wwpr.us. Scholarships are available upon request. Phone: 527-4527

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