||District names Art Regier Volunteers of the Year
In celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Superintendent Mick Miller is proud to announce Karri Bruce, Troi Coram, Bunny Aragone, Rachel McCauley, and Jim Hanson as the district’s 2013-2014 Art Regier Volunteers of the Year.
Bunny Aragone – Blue Ridge Elementary
Nominators: Liza Jacobson and Corey Hobbs
Nominator Corey Hobbs said: “Affectionately called Miss Bunny, students lavish her with hugs and high fives. Her presence is such an inviting and welcome occurrence that students are enthusiastic about getting the chance to work one-on-one, or in a small group with her.”
Karri Bruce – Sharpstein Elementary
Nominators – Terri Gilbert, Matt Bona, Jodi Weber and Ruthell Martinez, Terry Morgan
Nominator Terri Gilbert said: “Karri believes all children deserve a chance and the opportunity to be provided for and to learn. Karri can be found at school early in the morning and late at night. There isn’t a job I have seen her delegate to others without doing it first. She seems to have an endless supply of positive energy and always has a smile on her face.”
Jim Hanson – Walla Walla High School Debate program
Nominators: Jean Tobin, Kendall Dunovant, and Malcolm Gabbard
Nominator Jean Tobin said: “Since our Wa-Hi Debate program began in the Fall of 2009, he has personally donated thousands of dollars and debate materials, provided free registration to the Whitman tournament, given scholarships to Whitman debate camp to Wa-Hi debaters and provided members of Whitman’s Debate team to help coach, mentor and judge our team.
Troi Coram – Green Park Elementary
Nominators: Brenda Kirk, Gina Yonts, Colleen Chamberlain-Biddle
Nominator Brenda Kirk said: “Troi is unfailing patient and kind with the students, always providing encouragement. She has played an essential role in the success of our immersion first grade, new this year at Green Park. Not only did she enroll her own son in the program, but she volunteers two mornings per week during reading and math instruction.”
Rachel McCauley – Berney Elementary
Nominators: Christy Krutulis, Annette Matlock, Stacy Morrison
Nominator Stacy Morrison said: “The students love her humor, creativity, patience and time. She comes in each Friday and does whatever it is that needs to be done in our classroom. She works hard to make all of our school wide events organized, fun and well attended.
District Names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2014
Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Thomas L. Copeland - Class of 1942; Daniel J. Hess - Class of 1968; Paul H. Schneidmiller - Class of 1970; and David Wagner, Class of 1993.
These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 3 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room
Public encouraged to attend!
For more information, please contact Mark Higgins, 526-6716, email@example.com
||Ballots for Wa-Hi bond due back April 22
Walla Walla Public Schools will seek 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 and associated site work. Ballots are due April 22. Please remember to vote.
The scope of the work is as follows:
• 10 new science classrooms and labs
• 1500 sq. ft classrooms/labs (currently 1000 sq. ft)
• Modern science equipment and proper ventilation
• 25,000 sq. ft. building located in science parking lot
• Shared teacher prep rooms and science storage
• Student and staff restrooms
This project is not eligible for state matching dollars. State matching dollars are available for future Wa-Hi improvements. Should there be any excess funds, they will be returned to Walla Walla taxpayers by paying down the bond debt. No additional improvements will be made to Wa-Hi at this time. The existing 1963 Science/Math building will continue to be used during and after construction.
The cost is an increase of 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or $60 per year ($5 per month) on a $200,000 home. This measure requires a 60 percent supermajority for approval.
Bond information online: www.wwps.org
- Bond calculator
- Drawings and photos
Information Source: BLRB Architects
||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.
||District to study 1:1 Technology options
Initiative focuses personal devices for students
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs and Technology Director Forrest Baker reported to school board members Tuesday night on planning efforts to develop a WWPS 1:1 Technology Initiative which hinges on personal electronic devices for students and curriculum delivered electronically.
Boggs and Baker visited the Vail School District in Tucson, AZ during the winter to learn how its schools have embraced this concept. The process in Walla Walla will start with the establishment of an internal Technology Task Force. This group will help develop a vision for the project.
Boggs and Baker revealed a Top 10 list of areas to address in order for this initiative to gain traction. Funding, professional development and content management of curriculum are critical elements of this list, according to Tuesday night’s report.
Baker said the Technology Task Force will serve in an advisory role. He expects approximately nine to 14 meetings within a year, meeting monthly. He said some sub-committees may meet outside of this schedule.
For more information, contact Baker at: firstname.lastname@example.org / 509.526.6744.
||School Board meeting dates - July to December 2014
Tuesday, July 15 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, September 2 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 16 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18 - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16 - 6:30 p.m.
||Personnel Report (from 4/15/14 school board meeting)
Miguel Calvario, Custodian, Walla Walla High School
Marsha Fleming Jacobsen, Kitchen Asst., Prospect Point
Resa Hayward, Kitchen Asst., Wa-Hi
Jeffrey Ratliff, Custodian, Wa-Hi
Norb Rossi, Choral Director, Wa-Hi, 14 years
Gail Lutton, Health Clinician, 1 year
Leave of Absence
Susan Bauer, Language Arts/Reading, Garrison Middle School, 23 years
- 2014-15 school year
Audra Cummings, Physical Education/Language Arts, Garrison Middle School, 10 years
- 2014-15 school year
Jeremy Hubbard, Third Grade, Blue Ridge Elementary, 13 years
- Jeremy will continue as Math Coach at Blue Ridge for the 2014-15 school year
Sara Van Donge, Language Arts/Reading, Garrison Middle School, 14 years
- 2014-15 school year
||Walla Walla High School earns another state achievement award for academic progress
Walla Walla High School has been named a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award for the “High Progress” category. Walla Walla High School has earned a Washington Achievement Award three of the past four years.
Washington Achievement Award winners are selected using the Washington Achievement Index and criteria in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, 5-year graduation rate and English Language Acquisition.
To qualify for this award, Walla Walla High School landed in the top 10 percent of all schools in Washington State for increasing math and reading achievement overall. Achievement trends were analyzed over three school years in making the determination, and two factors were considered:
1. Overall pass rates for the reading portion of the High School Proficiency Exam and the Math End Of Course exams, and;
2. Individual student progress in reading and math when compared to their 8th grade performance.
“Walla Walla High School teachers and students can be very proud of this accomplishment,” said district Assessment Coordinator Maria Garcia. "This award is also a testament to the elementary and middle school teachers, who lay the strong foundation for Walla Walla's students."
||Key Club plans American Red Cross Blood Drive
- Tuesday, April 22
- 10 to 3 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School small gym (800 Abbott Road)
- To schedule your appointment or for more information, contact 509.527.3020
||Applications now accepted for Head Start preschool program
Walla Walla Public Schools Head Start/ECEAP preschool invites families to apply for the 2014-2015 school year. If your child will be 3 or 4-years-old by August 31, he/she may have the opportunity to have fun while learning and preparing for kindergarten, at no cost to you.
Classes are held 3 ¼ hours, four days a week, with meals provided. We focus on school readiness in all areas of development and provide comprehensive family support. Special education, counseling and limited busing services are available to qualified families. Space is limited and acceptance is based on eligibility. Visit www.wwps.org/programs/head-start-eceap or call (509) 527-3066 for more information. Applications always available and accepted at Blue Ridge.
||Wear Blue Day brings awareness to Juvenile Arthritis
- Students and staff are encouraged to Wear Blue May 2 in support of this cause
- Friday, May 2
- May is Juvenile Arthritis Month
- 300,000 children have Juvenile Arthritis
- Garrison Middle School student Allison Wanichek is the project coordinator
||Wa-Hi Agriculture Program Farm Day community event
- Community Farm Day Event: Friday, April 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School farm area (Public encouraged to attend)
||Wa-Hi plans Cinco de Mayo Celebration
- Friday, May 2
- 5:30 to 10 p.m.
- Walla Walla High School Commons
- Free dinner served by El Sombrero (first 400 people)
- Music by Mariachi Huenachi & DJ Scorpion
- Activity fair for children and families (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
||Blue Ridge recycles markers in support of Earth Day
In support of Earth Day, Blue Ridge students will be collecting, sorting, tallying and preparing Crayola markers now until the end of the school year to ship back to the Crayola Company. Once the markers are delivered to Crayola, they are melted down and refined into fuel. Used markers stay out of the landfill and are recycled into something useful, according to Project Coordinator Tara Jasper, who serves as a para-educator at Blue Ridge. Second grade students in Cheryl Thonney and Cory Hobbs' classes are helping organize the project.
Jasper encourages others to visit the Crayola website recycling web page to join in this campaign. For more information on this program, contact Tara Jasper - email@example.com.
||Students visiting from Germany visit district schools
Visiting students from Germany representing Walla Walla High School’s partner school in Reutlingen, presented various aspects of German culture to district middle and elementary students this week as part of this cultural exchange program. The German students taught Walla Walla students words in German, sang children’s folk songs and answered questions. The German students spent nearly one month in Walla Walla. They are planning a good-bye party at Pioneer Park on Friday, April 18. The students fly back on Saturday, April 19. Special thanks to Walla Walla High School German teacher Curt Schafer for coordinating the visit.
||FFA Plant Sale next week
- Thursday, April 24 to Saturday, April 26
- Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Saturday will see significant discounts
- Walla Walla High School
Rwandan Holocaust survivor to speak at Whitman College
"Left to Tell" - a lecture by Rwandan Genocide Survivor and best-selling author, Imaculee Ilibagiza, is free and open to the public on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College Campus. Imaculee, regarded as one of the world's leading motivational speakers on peace, faith and forgiveness is visiting Walla Walla as a guest of Whitman College in accordance with the 20th year of remembrance of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.
||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 race. All participants receive a handmade medal and race number. There will also be a bike raffle for all participants.
||YMCA plans event to honor former director Ned Shafer
- Sunday, April 27
- 2:30 p.m.
- Main gym at YMCA
||Tickets on sale now for 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby
The 17th Annual Baker Boyer Ducky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 17. Tickets are on sale now! Below are the event details. This event is presented by the Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundation. The grand prize is a 2014 Toyota Tacoma 4x2 pick-up from McCurley Integrity Toyota and Walla Walla Exchange Club Foundations or $10,000.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will stay in this community, funding Exchange Club efforts to enhance the lives of children and young people. At least 50 percent of the net proceeds from this event go directly to child abuse prevention efforts.
- Saturday, May 17, 2014
- Walla Walla Community College on Mill Creek
Schedule of Events:
Relay for Hope Walk & 5K – 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Kid’s Olympics – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Columbia REA Family Fun Festival – 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Duck Race Begins – 2 p.m.
||Carnegie Picture Lab plans annual art show at city library
Carnegie Picture Lab is planning its 2nd Annual CPL Art Show featuring artwork created by students at elementary schools around Walla Walla. The artwork will be featured at the Walla Walla Public Library May 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carnegie Picture Lab will also be facilitating family friendly art projects for the public at the Walla Walla Public Library May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
See more about this event online:
CPL Website: http://carnegiepicturelab.com/2nd-annual-carnegie-picture-lab-art-show-date-announcement/
For more information, contact Joanne Heppert at 526-6921.
||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.
||Battle of the Badge tickets now on sale
- Firefighters vs. Law Enforcement charity baseball game
- Saturday, May 31
- 7:05 p.m.
- Borleske Stadium
- $12 General Admission Ticket
- $20 Ticket + T-shirt
- Ticket purchase: Amy Harris (524.4557) or The Sweets Shoppe (522.2255)
Fire Department is playing for: Girl's Council
Girl's Council is a non-profit organization that has been in the Walla Walla Valley since 2006. Their mission is a commitment to "empower girls to become strong women" through researched based, gender-specific programming and a residential placement project. The funds awarded to Girl's Council would impact the Walla Walla Valley by enabling girls to develop the skills necessary to grow into healthy, active, contributing members for the future of our area.
Law Enforcement is playing for: Impact! Life Transitions Program
Impact! Life Transitions Program is a one-of-a-kind program providing life-changing skills for positive growth in a safe, supportive environment. They offer hope to people who need to start their lives over because of a loss or a debilitating circumstance. In addition to advocacy, they offer referrals and connections to community resources. They give individuals the confidence and communication tools necessary for returning to school, or for seeking employment, that they would not otherwise have identified for themselves. They encourage and empower people who are at the end of their ropes, giving them an opportunity to get in touch with their dreams and discover new possibilities for creating a successful life.
||City Parks & Recreation summer programs registration
- May 12 view and register for Parks & Recreation's Summer Programs