Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 30, 2014

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School Board Executive Session - Monday, June 2

- Monday, June 2
- 9 to 11 a.m.
- District office (364 S. Park St.)
- Agenda: To review performance of public employee - not open to public

School Board Meeting and Executive Session - Tuesday, June 3

- Tuesday, June 3
- 6:30 p.m. (Regular School Board meeting - open to the public)
- Executive Session
(Immediately following regular meeting. Agenda: To review performance of public employee - not open to public)
- Location: District Office (364 S. Park St.)

District to honor Graduates of Distinction Honorees June 3
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; 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
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.
Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

Thomas L. Copeland
Thomas retired in 1994, but spent the majority of his career in public service and leadership, including 16 years as a Washington State Representative from the 16th Legislative District. He was nominated by his wife, Donna, and children, Tim Copeland and Brooke Copeland Saindon. His most inspirational staff member was his high school ROTC teacher Harold Mazony.

Daniel J. Hess
Dan is currently a founding partner of Hess Law Office and has served as a lawyer in Walla Walla for more than 30 years. He has been very active in local civic, educational and non-profit organizations such as the Walla Walla Mental Health Center and Goodwill Industries. He was nominated by his brother, Mark, and children, Peter Hess and Jennifer Mouat. His most inspirational staff member was his sixth grade teacher and coach Dave Klicker.

Paul H. Schneidmiller
Paul is currently the owner of World Wide Travel Service, Inc. and completed two terms (12 years) as Port of Walla Walla Commissioner in December 2013. He has been very involved in local non-profit organizations, including helping the Exchange Club establish a local child abuse council. He was nominated by Jim Kuntz. His most inspirational staff member was his high school chemistry teacher Eleanor Burgess.

David Wagner
David is a wheelchair tennis player ranked #1 in the World in both Quad singles and doubles based on International Tennis Federation rankings. He is a full time tennis player, wheelchair tennis camp volunteer and national speaker who encourages people to reach for their dreams. He was nominated by Earl Blackaby. His most inspirational staff member was his high school teacher and coach Gary Peasley.

Farm-to-School program update - By Coordinator Beth Thiel

Spring is a busy time for the Farm-to-School Program which aims to deepen the communities relationship with local food and agriculture. The program has sponsored seven farm field trips for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. Students learn about the importance of strong soil, experience farm work, and see how some of the food in their cafeterias is grown.

With the help of four garden coordinators (Eleanor Ellis-Americorps, Suzanne Sullivan, Becci Lund and Sara Sisk) hundreds of students have been planting and tasting a variety of garden produce and flowers in their school gardens. The coordinators worked with teachers to choose garden lessons that enhance classroom curriculum. Parents are currently signing up for a week of garden time over the summer. If your elementary school has a garden, please check with the coordinator to help maintain the garden over the summer.

Nutrition Services staff received many recipe requests for the spring Harvest of the Month (HOM) tastings that they created. Although it is a difficult time of year to find fresh produce, we live in an area with plentiful dried legumes. The March garbanzo bean soup was fantastic and those wanting to see the recipe can visit the website at http://www.wwps.org/programs/farm-to-school-program. Many thanks to the HOM - Moms who provided students with nine tastings of farm fresh food! I’m also grateful to the wonderful teachers who were able to incorporate the provided HOM farmer and product information into their classroom activities. Linking the classroom to the cafeteria encourages students to make healthy choices. See you at the Farmer's Market.

Elementary early dismissal Friday, June 6

All elementary schools will release students on the early dismissal schedule Friday, June 6. This time will be used by teachers for report card preparation. Check with your child’s school or online for the early dismissal times.

Last day of School Thursday, June 12

- All schools will be on an early dismissal schedule
- School resumes for the 2014-15 school year Tuesday, Sept. 2

End-of-Year Celebrations

Lincoln High School Graduation
- Thursday, June 5 @ 6 p.m.
- WW Fairgrounds

Wa-Hi Commencement
- Friday, June 6 @ 7 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Commons area (gym if raining)

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Tuesday, June 10 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition
- Wednesday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

School Stories

Sheriff Turner names Berney student Chief for a Day

Congratulations to Berney Elementary 5th grade student Madison Page for being named winner of the Chief for a Day program for the Walla Walla County Sheriff Department. Sheriff John Turner presented Page the award Thursday during an all school assembly. Each law enforcement agency, emergency services and the Washington State Penitentiary award this honor to one student annually. The formal presentations will be made in August at the national Night Out celebration. Madison is in Debbie Schade’s class. 

Green Park Elementary Carnival & Auction

Thursday, June 5
4 to 8 p.m.

Green Park Carnival is the longest running Carnival in Walla Walla. Twenty booths including Kid Wash, Plinko, Cotton Candy, Cookie Walk, Hair Salon, Face Painting, and Feed the Elephant are run by teachers and parents. Pizza, hot dogs, and salad are for sale in the cafeteria, as well as a large Silent Auction with plenty to choose and bid on from local businesses. Ticket prices are $.25 ea. All proceeds benefit Green Park PTA which supports classroom supplies, Library, Reflections Art Competition, AR, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Positive Celebrations and so much more. With Batman and Drew Bledsoe as alumni, Green Park is proud of its heritage and the future of its students. Come and enjoy with your family!

Co-Chairs Cyndy Knight @ 525-2861 or Stephanie Groom @ 522-3184

Student Produced Independent Films for Youth Festival May 30

- 4th annual SPIFFY film festival. SPIFFY (Student Produced Independent Films for Youth)
- Friday, May 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Free (donations accepted to support filmmaking program and travel costs to New York for award winning students)
- Walla Walla High School Auditorium
- Information: Pioneer Explorer Teacher Dan Calzaretta - dcalzaretta@wwps.org

“We have some amazing films this year, including two that were accepted into the National Film Festival for Talented Youth and one that was awarded a Gold Medal at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards,” Calzaretta said. “Treat yourself to an evening of great student films. You will be astounded by these young filmmakers!”

Berney student state winner in history essay contest

Thursday Sarita McCaw presented Berney Elementary 5th grade student Carolyn Bergman with an award for writing the winning essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution's contest. She also won at the regional level. McCaw said Bergman wrote clearly, on topic and was clever with her approach to this topic. McCaw said Carolyn told a wonderful story about children during the time of the Revolutionary War. McCaw has coordinated this program for the past 35 years. 

Zahl presents scholarship funds to Wa-Hi students

Thursday, Walla Walla Public High Schools Scholarship Fund founder Jerry Zahl presented scholarship funds to Walla Walla High School seniors Ana Andrade and Phong Pham. Former Wa-Hi student Christina Swanson also received a scholarship. The students each received $377 to apply toward higher education.

“Because of the goodness of Wa-Hi grads and the Walla Walla community, our fund amount has exceeded $50,000 in just two years from start-up,” Zahl said. “It is a pleasure to see the assistance being provided to such earnest students for such a worthy purpose. We hope this fund continues to grow so we can offer more funds in the future.”

Community Stories
Carnegie Picture Lab teams with Walla Walla Public Library for public art show

Come view artwork created by local elementary school students as a part of the 2013-2014 Picture Lab lessons. Artwork will be on display during regular hours at the Walla Walla Public Library on May 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to join us for art projects and family fun at the Walla Walla Public Library on May 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Carnegie Picture Lab is a volunteer run non-profit organization. The Carnegie Picture Lab Mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley. To learn more about Carnegie Picture Lab visit us at www.carnegiepicturelab.com

City Parks and Recreation summer schedule

Spend your summer with Walla Walla Parks & Recreation. Summer program information and registration is available on our website at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us>. Some of our summer programs include...

- Summer swim team at Walla Walla University Pool
- Swimming lessons at Jefferson Pool (Parent/tot & level I only)
- NFL Youth Flag Football League
- Youth tennis lessons
- UPlay summer recreation program, including free lunches
- Open swimming at Jefferson Pool for ages 10 and under
- British Soccer Camp - register at www.challengersports.com<http://www.challengersports.com>
- Many other sports camps, including track and field, cheerleading and more
- Youth and adult fitness classes
- Art classes

Fall Youth Soccer registration is taking place now too! Be part of the largest youth sports program in the Walla Walla Valley. Cost is $50 per child and registration is taking place now through June 30. The program begins the week of August 11. For more information visit our website at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us>.

Carnegie Picture Lab offering part-time summer employment

Carnegie Picture Lab is looking for part time curriculum and volunteer materials prep and administrative and communication support from July 1 to September 15. For a more information on our organization, a full job description and how to apply, go to: www.carnegiepicturelab.com

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