Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - April 11, 2014

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Ballots for Wa-Hi bond due back April 22

Walla Walla registered voters received their ballots April 4. Ballots are due back April 22. Please remember to vote.

Key points of the bond based on feedback from the community over the past 13 months:
- Focus on greatest need: Science facilities (current facilities are 50-years-old, too small and lack required technology and equipment)
- Phase the Wa-Hi project: To allow community more time to improve the 50-year-old school
- Lower the cost: This bond project is $10.2 million, $59.4 million less than the 2013 Wa-Hi proposal

Why build a new building?
- Complex science lab new construction is more efficient than remodeling and allows more design options
- Taxpayers will save money by avoiding temporary housing costs during construction
- Allows the district to be ready to implement the legislation that increases the lab science graduation requirements for this year’s 7th graders from two to three years
- Minimizes impact on student learning during this project since students remain in their current science facilities until the new building is operational

Why do you need 25,000 sq. ft. of additional learning space?
- Wa-Hi has 16 portable classrooms
- More than 400 students take classes daily in portables
- The long-range plan is to remove all portables
- Existing (1963) classrooms are too small and need to be enlarged in the future
- Future growth: Walla Walla continues to grow approximately 1.5 percent annually

Cost to taxpayers:
- 30 cents per $1000 of assessed value
- $5 per month or $60 per year increase on a home valued at $200,000
- Edison bond paid in full December 2018

Academic Impact:
- Current facility limits science lab opportunities
- Three teachers are in classrooms with no labs and must use restrooms to access water and for lab clean-up
- All science teachers lack the necessary space, equipment, technology, ventilation and lab set-up needed for today’s learning
- Science education classes, especially Advanced Placement science courses, are linked to higher SAT scores

Bond information online: www.wwps.org
- Bond calculator
- Video
- Photos
- Costs
- Drawings and photos

Information Source: BLRB Architects

School board meeting April 15

- 6:30 p.m.
- 364 S. Park Street
- Meeting open to the public

Kindergarten registration and elementary open enrollment 

Kindergarten and open enrollment 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 Open Enrollment Hours:
- Monday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- April 22 to May 2 from 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 14; 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.

School Stories
Wa-Hi Agriculture Program plans annual Farm Day event

- Farm Day 2014
- Walla Walla first grade students will visit the Wa-Hi farm Thursday, April 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Community Farm Day Event: Friday, April 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (public encouraged to attend)

Whitman Teaches the Movement shifts focus to Cesar Chavez

The Whitman Teaches the Movement program extended this spring to focus on Cesar Chavez lessons at Walla Walla High School and Lincoln HS. The Whitman Teaches the Movement program features Whitman College students working with high school students to increase the knowledge of civil rights issues.

The Cesar Chavez program was a continuation of January’s event which focused on Martin Luther King, Jr. Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers union (UFW). Thanks to the following Whitman College students for volunteering: Maggie Ayau, Allison Bolgiano, Eliza Vistica, Claire Martini, Jonathan Luo, and Arden Robinette.

Farm-to-School program features lentils this month

April Harvest of the Month on Thursday, April 17 will feature lentils from the Palouse region where they hold the annual National Lentil Festival. Nutrition Services staff will be cooking them into something delicious and samples will be available at tasting tables.

Spring Garden Club is starting this week at Sharpstein, Green Park and Prospect Point for those who registered before spring break. You can check out the schedule at the Farm-to-School web page on the district's website. http://www.wwps.org/programs/farm-to-school-program

Also on the website, is curriculum three district teachers helped create and link to learning standards. Thank you to Danae Darby, Lucy Gregoire and Rebecca Keene for working on this project.

21st Century program offers music studio class

The 21st Century Program is bringing in a top notch studio engineer to teach a six week class in which students will learn how to write, record, and edit music using high-end equipment and computer programs. Only five students from Wa-Hi will be able to attend, and it is free of charge so sign up today.

Music Studio Program:
Start date: April 15
Meets: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (six week program)
Location: Meets at CCY at the Armory (then continues at City of Walla Walla Library)
If transportation is needed, we will have pick up and drop off locations at Garrison or Pioneer middle schools.

Community Stories
YMCA plans event to honor former director Ned Shafer

- Sunday, April 27
- 2:30 p.m.
- Main gym at YMCA

Tour of Walla Walla Kids’ Races and Bike Rodeo

- Saturday, April 19
- Downtown Main Street
- Registration: 9:45-10:55 a.m.
- Bike Rodeo: 10 a.m. to 12 noon (Learn rules of the road, bike handling skills and free helmets to first 200 participants)

Race Times & ages:
10 a.m. - 3 years and under
10:15 a.m. - 4 to 5
10:30 a.m. - 6 to 7
10:45 a.m. - 8 to 9
11 a.m. - 10 to 12

Prizes for the first three winners in each racer. All participants receive a handmade medal and race number. There will also be a bike raffle for all participants.

Exchange Club plans annual Easter Egg Hunt April 19

The Walla Walla Exchange Club is holding its 55th Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park. This year’s Easter Egg hunt features 21 prizes, including three bicycles, which will be awarded in categories, ages 1-3, 4-6, 7-10 and special-needs. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is a long standing community event that was started by the Walla Walla Exchange Club in 1959. The hunt was held in Wildwood Park until 1999 when the location was changed to Pioneer Park. There are approximately 40,500 individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs weighing in at 480 pounds for the hunt. The prize collection takes up approximately five shopping carts.

Thanks to: Special thanks to sponsor Alexandria Communications and volunteer Master of Ceremonies Jim Bock. Also thanks to the men of Beta Theta Pi from Whitman College, the City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Main Street Starbucks, Walmart, and the Walla Walla Fire Department.

About the Exchange Club: The Walla Walla Exchange Club started on Saturday, March 26, 1949, in the Georgian Ballroom of the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The club sponsors a variety of activities that support and draw attention to our central mission, which is the prevention of child abuse here in the Walla Walla Valley. The Exchange Club’s main fundraiser to help the children in our community is the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby coming up on May 17, 2014.

For more information call Tina Bradbury at 509-876-2777.

Providence St Mary plans World Fair Trade Day sale and sampling

- Thursday, May 8 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
- Saturday, May 10 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- These events aim to help reduce poverty in the developing world
- Pre-order by April 18 to choose from a full selection of crafts and food items from 30 countries
- Those placing pre-orders will receive a complimentary book about Fair Trade
- Pre-order forms are available at the gift shop at St. Mary’s Hospital
- Or place a pre-order from Judy at wwpinneys@gmail.com or 301.0105

Parent Teens together meeting focuses on Girls and Body image

Parenting Teens Together, a confidential support group for parents of teens, is meeting Thursday April 17 at the YMCA in the board room. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the topic being “Girls and Body Image.” Parents are invited to bring their teen daughters to hear stories from young women who have struggled with body image issues and where they are now. The discussion will encourage sharing struggles, successes, and experiences with local resources that involve teenagers.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month and invites guest speakers to address topics of special interest. Meetings are lecture-based with an emphasis on discussion, Q & A and open sharing. The meetings are not limited to the main topic and local resources will be available for all parents who attend. The meetings are at the YMCA and begin at 7:30 p.m.

Parenting Teens Together was founded by local parents in conjunction with The Moms’ Network. For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Amber Broel at broelae@gmail.com

The Moms’ Network Kicks Off the 4th Annual Diaper Drive to benefit families in the community

Beginning April 1 through April 30, The Moms’ Network will be collecting diapers for Catholic Charities of Walla Walla, Helpline and Sonbridge Community Center for distribution to needy families in the community.

Since 2010, with the assistance of the Walla Walla community, the Moms’ Network has donated over 25,000 diapers to area service organizations. Amy Reed, a Moms Network member, recalls “last year our generous community doubled the amount of diapers donated from the previous year. I know that this can be done again.” Just drop off any new, unused diapers, pull-ups or swim diapers, even open packages are accepted. The biggest demand is for diapers in the 3, 4, and 5 size range. With the diapers, there is also a need for baby wipes.

Drop off locations include: Harvest Foods, Ace Hardware, Walla Walla Public Library, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, Assumption Catholic School, the YMCA or Junior Club.

This year you can also make a monetary donation so the Moms’ Network can purchase diapers in bulk at a discount. Please visit the website to donate using Paypal. For more information about the Diaper Drive please contact Amy Reed at amyashreed@charter.net or visit www.themomsnetworkww.com

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