Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 6, 2014

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Superintendent Miller to take ESD 101 position in Spokane

Interim superintendent to lead district next year

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller is resigning his position effective June 30 to accept an assistant superintendent position with Northeast Washington Educational Service District 101 in Spokane. Miller is in his fourth school year with Walla Walla Public Schools. Miller’s last working day with the district will be Friday, June 20.

The school board will seek an interim superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year. The position is posted on the district web site (www.wwps.org) and all applications must be returned by 4 p.m. Friday, June 13. The interim superintendent employment posting is available on the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) and Washington Association of School Administrators’ (WASA) websites. Applications will be reviewed in executive session by the school board Tuesday, June 17. Interviews will be scheduled following the school board review of the candidates.

“We thank Superintendent Miller for his four years of service and wish him well in his next career move,” said School Board President Anne Golden, “Our focus now is finding a highly qualified interim superintendent to continue to lead our outstanding school district during this leadership transition.”

Miller was the superintendent of the Deer Park School District in Deer Park WA for six years prior to coming to Walla Walla Public Schools.

I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with students and staff in Walla Walla Public Schools,” Miller said. “This is a wonderful community and we have so much of which to be proud in our district. However, I believe the district will be better served with a different superintendent to move us forward. I know the best days of the district are in its future.”

District honors Graduates of Distinction

Tuesday night the district celebrated 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.

Thomas L. Copeland
- Decorated WWII Veteran
- 16th Legislative District representative
- Farmer and ag innovator
- Inspirational staff: Harold Mazony

Daniel J. Hess
- Founding partner of Hess Law Office
- Active in local organizations
- School board member
- Inspirational staff: Dave Klicker

Paul H. Schneidmiller
- Owner of World Wide Travel Service
- Port of Walla Walla Commissioner
- Exchange Club leader
- Inspirational staff: Eleanor Burgess

David Wagner
- Wheelchair tennis player ranked #1
- Tennis youth camp coordinator
- Inspirational speaker
- Inspirational staff: Gary Peasley

Walla Walla School District 2014 Summer School Programs

Blue Ridge:
Targeted program for 3/4 graders in the Talent Program
Dates: June 23 – July 31, Monday through Thursday, 8:05 a.m. to 1 p.m.

YMCA all-day program open to any K-5 student (fee-reduced)
Dates: June 23 – Aug. 29. Monday through Friday, 8:05 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Free breakfast and lunch)

June 18 – August 13: Open library hours Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Prospect Point:
Summer Reading Program
Dates: June 23, 25, 27 and 30; July 2, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
and August 1 (Times TBD)

Reading and Math for incoming 3-4 grade students
Dates: Aug. 4 to 22, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch will be offered (free) from 11:30 am. to Noon

Film Camp (held at Wa-Hi): July 7 – 10; Drones, Multi-Copters and Unmanned Aircraft: July 14 – 17; LEGO Robotics: July 21 – 24; Bridge Busters: July 28 – 31 (All sponsored by 21st Century)

Improv. Acting Camp (held at Wa-Hi Commons): July 7 – 10; Healthy Living Camp: July 14 – 17; Drones, Multi-Copters and Unmanned Aircraft Creating Buzz: July 21 – 31; 49er Summer Reading Program (library): July 10 – 31 (Thursday only) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (All sponsored by 21st Century)

Credit Retrieval options June 16 – July 3, 9 to 11 a.m., for credit deficient students only

“The LIFT” summer programming, June 16 – July 31; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free lunch and snacks) June 16 – July 3: LHS Summer!!; July 7 – 10: Film Camp; July 14-17: Quad-Copters at Garrison; July 21-24: Minecraft/Archery at Wa-Hi; and July 28 – 31: Magic.

Credit Retrieval options for seniors, juniors, sophomores, respectively. Dates: June 16-July 24, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Leadership Camp: June 16-19; Medieval Engineering Camp: June 23 – 26; Gamemaker Camp: June 30 – July 2 (All sponsored by 21st Century)

*Please contact individual schools for more information.

Personnel Report (from June 3, 2014 school board meeting)

Julianne Anderson, Learning Specialist (.5 FTE), Sharpstein Elementary
Lacey Nerdig, Special Education Teacher, Edison Elementary
Lindsay Rondeau, Elementary teacher, Sharpstein Elementary

Jennifer Matson, Intervention Specialist, Sharpstein Elementary

Chris Ferenz, Head Girls’ Basketball, Walla Walla High School
Ashley Georgia, Dance Coach, Walla Walla High School

Mick Miller, Superintendent, District Office

Georgi Delgadillo, Homelink Teacher, Homelink Program, 3 years
• Georgi was on a leave of absence for the 2013-2014 school year. She is resigning .1 FTE of her position and will continue as a .5 FTE Homelink Teacher.
Cindy Palmer, Homelink Teacher, Homelink Program, 9 years
• Cindy was on a leave of absence for the 2013-2014 school year

Leave of Absence
Casey Monahan, English teacher, Walla Walla High School, 10 years
• Casey will serve as K-12 ELA/Tier II Coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year

Cesar Hernandez, Para-Educator, Garrison Middle School, 3 years
• For the 2014-2015 school year

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 (remaining)

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
Celebration of Life planned for Wa-Hi students

Athena Bentley
- Saturday, June 7
- 11 a.m.
- Pioneer Park (near pond)

Uziel Bermoy
- Sunday, June 8
- 2 p.m.
- Rooks Park

Aiden Boede’s service was Saturday.

MCC Announces the Spring NECA/IBEW Award Winners

The Mid Columbia Conference recently announced its spring winners of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Mid Columbia Conference Award. These students demonstrate a superior balance in academics, athletics and community involvement.

The Walla Walla High School NECA/IBEW 2014 spring MCC Athletes are:
- Kat Tohndavong, Track
- Rob Thonney, Track

Wa-Hi’s Molitor Awarded MCC Scholarship

The Mid-Columbia Athletic Conference (MCC) announced Walla Walla High School senior Kiana Molitor was selected as the recipient for the Female Scholar-Athlete scholarship. Each year this $1000 scholarship is awarded to one of the female athletes nominated from each of the eight MCC schools. The selection is based on academics, athletic participation and other school and community involvement. Molitor was selected from a group of outstanding female student-athletes from the MCC.

Molitor participated in basketball and soccer for the Blue Devils. She was one of the team captains for the 2014 girls basketball team. She is a 4.0 student and is one of the Class of 2014 valedictorians. She has received numerous academic awards while at Wa-Hi and has been involved in all aspects of student life at Wa-Hi. She was the Wa-Hi ASB president this year, a member of the National Honor Society, Treble Ensemble, FFA, Key Club and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Team. She also served as sophomore class president and junior class president. Next year Molitor will attend University of Redlands and study Business and International Relations.

Opportunity program honors seniors

Opportunity Program seniors were recognized Monday evening during their 2014 Senior Celebration. Congratulations to these seniors for earning a high school diploma. Thanks to the Opportunity program staff, parents and students for a job well done this school year. Click on the link below to watch a video highlighting the event.


Hundreds flock to fairgrounds for Lincoln High School graduation

Congratulations to the Lincoln High School Class of 2014. Thursday night they held graduation at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Building. This year 46 seniors earned their diplomas. Principal Marci Knauft reports the class earned nearly $60,000 in scholarships and approximately 75 percent plan to attend college in the fall.

Click on the link below to watch a video highlighting the graduation ceremony.

Walla Walla High School Commencement tonight

- 7 p.m. @ Wa-Hi Commons area
- 430 graduates
- $5,578,412 approximately in scholarships
- Music: Take on Me - arranged by A-Ha (Band) / I'll Follow the Sun - by the Beatles (Choir)
- Valedictorians (Jacob Leinweber, Lilymarie McKeirnan, Kiana Molitor, Elli Rassbach, Katelyn Rickords, Justin David Seymour)
- Salutatorians (Madelyne Aichele, Robert Thonney)

Latino Club presents scholarships - By Bill Erickson, club advisor

Walla Walla High School seniors Maria Fuentes and Laura Olmos received 2014 Wa-Hi Latino Club “ADELANTARSE” scholarships of $750 each which will be designated to a college of their choice to defray tuition expenses. Proceeds for this award are gained through fundraising programs of Exploring Post 311.

Fuentes has been active in Hispanic Youth Exploring Engineering and Sciences Camp at Walla Walla University, Garrison Night School Estrellita pre-literacy program, Wa-Hi Link Crew, Wa-Hi Latino Club, and has been a Walla Walla Union Bulletin Latino Voices feature author. She was the Latino Club president this year. She plans to attend Washington State University in the fall. In 2013, she earned the Learning for Life Leadership Award for persistent efforts to advocate and be a leader and example to other students. This year she received the “Young American Award,” which is a National Scouting youth award sponsored by the Blue Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America. As a Latino Club member, Maria contributed more than 96 hours of community service during the 2013-2014 school year.

Olmos is active in Latino Club, the Garrison Night School Pre-literacy program, Wa-Hi Link Crew, Advancement Via Individual Determination program, Wa-Hi Latino Club, and has been a Walla Walla Union Bulletin Latino Voices feature author. This year she also earned the Learning for Life “Young American Award.” She plans to attend Walla Walla Community College this fall. Maria and Laura have been extraordinary participants as Latino Club Members and as Garrison Night School tutors where they serve as positive role models, motivators, and student mentors.

Community Stories
The Health Center hires new executive director

The Board of Directors of the Health Center is pleased to name Stan Ledington, Dr.PH, as its new Executive Director. Dr. Ledington will lead the organization in its continuing efforts to promote the success of local students by providing for their physical, emotional, and social well-being. He replaces Holly Howard who founded the organization and recently resigned her position after six years of service. Dr. Ledington was a founding board member for The Health Center serving from 2008 through 2014. He also served as the board chair.

“We are thrilled to have him! Stan cares deeply for our students, has always been an incredible advocate for the organization, and also happens to be an excellent professional fit as we continue to grow our successful programs,” said Susan Newton, The Health Center board chair. “We also want to thank Holly for her vision, leadership and commitment as the founding Executive Director. Because of her untiring work, the organization is poised to succeed far into the future.”

Dr. Ledington was the Administrative Director of Imaging, Cardiology Rehab and Wellness at Walla Walla General Hospital for 14 years prior to accepting The Health Center director position. He was also director of Health Sciences programs and an associate professor of Health and Physical education at Walla Walla University from 1992 to 1999. Dr. Ledington begins his tenure June 16.

The Health Center is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to provide medical and counseling services to at-risk youth. It does not receive direct financial support from Walla Walla Public Schools. The Health Center operates school-based health clinics at Blue Ridge Elementary and Lincoln High School to deliver primary health and mental health care and substance abuse counseling for all students. The Health Center’s mission is to promote the success of students by providing for their physical, emotional, and social well-being.

Learn more about The Health Center at: http://thehealthcenterww.org/

Wild Things art camps at Carnegie

Wild Things are paper and cloth mache' sculptures inspired by Seattle artist, Dan Reeder. You will learn to build a goof-proof, easy, and fun creature from your own imagination. Step-by-step instruction will give you everything you need to know to make your own Wild Thing.
- Materials included in class fee
- Program for youth ages 11-17 years
- 11-13 years (two weeks starting July 7-11, 14-18 M-F, 3 to 5 p.m. / Registration Closes July 9 - $85)
- 14-17 years (two weeks starting Aug 4-8, 11-15 M-F, 3 to 5 p.m. / Registration Closes Aug 6)

City Parks and Rec soccer registration

Register now for Fall Soccer! To avoid late registration - register by  June 30 for $50. Registration can be done online at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us> or the Parks & Recreation's office at 55 E Moore St.

Whitman school-based science outreach newsletter features district schools

Whitman College recently released its spring school-based newsletter highlighting its partnership with district schools. Several schools are featured in this colorful and informative publication. Thanks to Whitman College Outreach Coordinator Susan Prudente and Science Outreach Coordinator Heidi Chapin for helping organize these activities.

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