Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - June 13, 2014

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School Board Meetings June 17

- Tuesday, June 17, 2014
- Public Work Session, 2 p.m.
- Regular Board Meeting, 4 p.m.
- Executive Session, 5 p.m. (approximate time)

Public Work Session: At 2 p.m., the Board of Directors will conduct a public work session to review and discuss 1) the preliminary 2014-15 budget; and 2) trauma informed education.

Regular Board Meeting: During the regular board meeting at 4 p.m., the school board will be asked to approve or authorize as appropriate a: personnel report; out of state travel; June 17 accounts payable; May financial report; June 2, 2014 executive session minutes; June 3 board meeting minutes; June 3 executive session minutes; dairy bid award; surplus equipment & materials; request to issue administrative contacts; Homelink annual report; wireless technology proposal.

The Walla Walla-Columbia School Retiree’s Association will share a communication. Reports will be given by the Board of Directors and the Superintendent. The work session and regular board meeting will be held in the WWSD Administration Building/Board Room, 364 S. Park. Both meetings are open to the public.

Executive Session: The Board of Directors will recess to executive session on Tuesday, June 17, immediately following the regular board meeting at approximately 5 p.m. Purpose of the executive session is to review Interim Superintendent applications. Any decision or action regarding the discussion will be made in an open public meeting. The executive session is expected to conclude within 90 minutes of its beginning. Following the executive session, the regular meeting will reconvene and a potential vote for an Interim Superintendent may be presented to the Board of Directors.

The executive session will be in the WWSD Administration Building/Superintendent’s Conference Room, 364 S. Park Street and is not open to the public.

District Office summer hours

- 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Closed 12 noon to 1 p.m. for lunch

Alumni Spotlight series features Class of 1996 graduate

Visit the district website (www.wwps.org) to view the most recent addition to the Alumni Spotlight series. Class of 1996 graduate Andrea Unck is featured online. Andrea was active in athletics and clubs during her school years. She in an educator with Walla Walla Community College in the Early Learning program. Andrea and her husband Eddie have two school-aged children. 

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.

School Stories
Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) begins this month

- June 30 to August 6
- Grades 9-12 time options are 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m.
- Grades 5-8 time is 9 to 10 a.m.

Garrison students show off remote control flying skills

This week, Garrison Middle School 7th and 8th grade students in the 21st Century Program held their Unmanned Aircraft Expo. For the past four weeks, 12 girls have been working with quad copters as part of the afterschool program. This is a new and exciting program. Students demonstrated their flying skills of these aircraft in front of an audience in the Garrison gym. Thanks to William Hammond and the entire 21 Century Program team for organizing this fun and dynamic program.

Community Stories
New members join The Health Center board

The Health Center is pleased to announce that it will welcome five new board members this summer: Melani Mangum, RN (Providence St. Mary Medical Center), Karen Bayne, Linda Brown, Ted Koehler (BMAC), and Sharon Hopwood (Saviah Cellars) will help the organization continue to provide school-based medical and counseling services to at-risk youth at Blue Ridge Elementary and Lincoln High School. The new volunteers, who collectively bring a wealth of experience and a long history of community advocacy, will replace several founding board members of The Health Center as their final board terms come to an end.

“We want to thank Dr. Alison Kirby (who will continue to serve as Ex Officio Medical Director), Steve Moss (BMAC), Kathy Oreb (Providence St. Mary Medical Center), and Les Stahlnecker (Educational Service District 123) for their service, hard work, and passion for the organization's mission,” said Board President Susan Newton. “Because of their support and leadership, 100 percent of graduating Lincoln High School seniors received medical care at The Health Center and 50 percent were seen for mental health care during their time at school. This year, we doubled the number of visits and students seen at the Blue Ridge.”

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/

City Parks & Rec offers free Summer Meals starting Monday, June 16

Summer meals are sponsored by Walla Walla Parks & Recreation which is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  Free meals are available starting Monday, June 16 to all children 18 and younger.  Just call 527-4527 or visit our website at www.wwpr.us<http://www.wwpr.us> to find a site near you.

Join The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla for a fundraiser benefiting Books for Babes

On Saturday June 21, The Moms’ Network will host a celebration to honor Books for Babes and give the community a chance to participate and support this important community organization. The event is at the Moms’ Network Booth at the Sweet Onion Festival in downtown Walla Walla from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be fun activities for children and information on Books for Babes.

The Moms’ Network will be selling a soft book that is donated to the Books for Babes book bag and on June 21 any soft book that is purchased for Books for Babes, the Moms’ Network will match the purchase with an additional book. The book is $7.50 and can be purchased at Book & Game, Sweet Basil Pizzeria, Sour Grape Yogurt and the YMCA. The books can also be purchased at the Moms’ Network website www.themomsnetworkww.com throughout the promotion.

Books for Babes puts new books into the hands of families of newborns in the Walla Walla Valley to encourage early literacy. Each newborn receives a bag containing soft books, hard books and a homemade book from local children. From June 21 to June 30, anyone in the community can purchase the soft book at Book & Game and donate it directly to the book bags for newborns.

“This is a wonderful partnership for us” says Karri Bruce, Books for Babes board member. “With the support of the Moms’ Network and the community we can continue to provide early learning opportunities for the children of Walla Walla. The June 21 event is also a great way to learn more about both organizations and have fun with your family.”

The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla provides opportunities to local parents to communicate receive and exchange information, network with each other and be involved in the community. To learn about the event or the Moms’ Network please contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com

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