Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Oct. 3, 2014

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Superintendent Jordan discusses SEA-TECH in new Pulse video

Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan is featured in the October Pulse video discussing the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEA-TECH), Common Core standards and parent conferences. Visit the district web page at www.wwps.org and click on The Pulse video. These informative videos are created to keep stakeholders up-to-date on district issues.

District joins area Realtors for “Care and Share” Food Drive

- Food Drive Dates: Oct. 17-19

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area realtors to help those in need through the “Care and Share” annual food drive. There are many ways for parents, students and staff to get involved. All donations help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Demand remains high. Peter Swant is the project coordinator: pswant@cbfr.biz

Here’s how you can help:
- “Fill the Bus” drive at area grocery stores: Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pick a section of town to distribute bags to area homes and then collect them the following day (Oct. 17-19)
- Donate food at all district schools (collection barrels are now in place throughout the month of October)

Parent/Teacher Conferences next week

- No School Oct. 9 and 10 (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
- Early dismissal for elementary students only Oct. 3 (report card preparation)
- Check with school/teachers for specific conference information

School Board meeting Oct. 7

- Tuesday, Oct. 7
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office (364 S. Park S)
- Meeting open to the public

CenturyLink to connect teachers with technology by offering more than $100,000 in grants

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program opened its application process Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.

Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink residential service areas are eligible to apply. Visit http://fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkgrant to apply for a grant. The maximum grant awarded will be $5,000, and the deadline for applications is Jan. 2, 2015.Grant winners will be announced between April 1 - May 15, 2015.

Last year, more than 100 teachers applied for grants throughout the state of Washington with 21 winners selected by the review committee. Six of those winners were in eastern Washington. The winning teachers’ schools each received a grant to be used to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom. For example:

Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls received $5,000 to purchase a classroom set of Wizcom Tech Reading Pens and an iPad with Apple TV to assist struggling readers to overcome barriers when tackling challenging text.

Odessa High School received $3,944 to purchase five iPads, applications and accessories to enhance art education with digital media by bringing mobile technology into the Art and Career and Technical Education classrooms.

School Stories
Garrison Middle School students to launch weather balloons

- Lights on Afterschool
- Weather Balloon Launch
- Garrison Middle School: Athletic Fields
- Thursday, Oct. 23
- 4 to 5 p.m.
- Open to the public

The Lights on Afterschool event in Walla Walla, hosted by Walla Walla Public Schools 21st CCLC sites, will feature five simultaneous high altitude weather balloon launches at the athletic fields at Garrison Middle School. The balloons will reach heights of 100,000+ feet, 19 miles up in the air. The students will utilize popular digital mediums like Facebook, Tweeting, and YouTube to engage their peer group, while also connecting with many of our local businesses and community organizations.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) components of WWPS' event, will push the learning envelope for all in attendance, according to 21st CCLC Coordinator Brent Cummings.

“Each weather balloon should enter the stratosphere, an area of interest for scientific study, military surveillance, and emerging commercial applications,” Cummings said. “Moreover, witnessing the launch of 5 simultaneous high altitude weather balloons by our 21st CCLC afterschool program students will be awe-inspiring.”

College Fair attracts Northwest schools

Tuesday, more than 20 institutions from throughout the Northwest participated in the Walla Walla High School College and Technical Schools fair. Representatives from four year colleges, two-year community colleges, technical schools and the military were in attendance.

Career Center Specialist Claircy Clizer organized the event which drew hundreds of Walla Walla High School students to the small gym. She said the event was a great way to assist students in planning for life after high school and to let them see how much is available outside of Walla Walla.

College Fair Participants:
Perrry Technical
Big Bend Community College
Blue Mountain Community College
Spokane Community College
Walla Walla Community College
Central Washington University
Eastern Oregon University
Eastern Washington University
Lewis and Clark State College
University of Idaho
University of Washington
Walla Walla University
Washington State University (Pullman and Tri-Cities)
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Air Force
Army National Guard

Wa-Hi ASB announces Homecoming Week schedule

Monday, October 13 - Class Color Day, Royalty Assembly and Buff Puff
Tuesday, October 14 - Tourist Day
Wednesday, October 15 - Wacky Wednesday, Powder Puff 7 p.m. @ Borleske
Thursday, October 16 - Twin Day
Friday, October 17 - Blue and White Day, Homecoming Game, Halftime Royalty Ceremony
Saturday, October 18 - Homecoming Dance @ Wa-Hi 8 p.m. -11 p.m.

Gently used clothing needed for Garrison Middle School “The Closet”
Garrison Middle Schools “The Closet” clothing store is in need of boys clothing size 10-16,  girls clothing size 12-16 and ladies/juniors clothing size 0-5.  Counselor Angie Gardea said other sizes would be accepted, but these sizes are in the greatest need. Contact Gardea at 526-1907 or agardea@wwps.org to make a donation.
Walla Walla High School plans PINK events to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research 

The Walla Walla High School Volleyball program is sponsoring DIG PINK the week of October 3 to 9. This year multiple athletic teams will be supporting PINK, and hosting events to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

Kicking off the week, football, cheer and volleyball will host a PINK bake sale at the home football game, October 3 as the Blue Devils take on the Richland Bombers. Next, on Wednesday, October 8, Garrison and Pioneer volleyball will be wearing PINK as they take a stand against cancer. Games begin at 4 p.m. at both Garrison and Pioneer.

Finally, on Thursday, October 9, the Blue Devil Volleyball team takes on the Chiawana Riverhawks. Freshman, C and Junior Varsity teams play at 5:30 p.m. and the Blue Devil varsity begin at 7 p.m. PINK items such as beads, pins, pom poms and more will be sold at the game. There will also be a raffle and other fun prizes to win. Help the girls pack the gym in PINK. All proceeds will go to Providence St. Mary Medical Center Breast Cancer Special Needs Fund.

Community Stories
United Way fundraiser helps students look great for Homecoming

City-wide-hairstylists will be donating their time and talent to offer HAIRCUTS and UPDO’s for $25. All are welcome and 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to United Way of Walla Walla County.

- Saturday, October 18
- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- College Style Salon at WWCC (500 Tausick Way)
- For more information: Impress Salon 529.3534

When School is Out – The YMCA is In!

During upcoming school closure days, October 9 and 10, the YMCA is open with full-day or half-day child care options for ages 5 to 12-years-old.

The camp includes a fun packed day of rock climbing, arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor recreation, sports and much more. Space is limited so please call the YMCA at 525-8863 to register or register on line at www.wwymca.org.

You do not have to be a YMCA member to take advantage of this fun safe option for your children.

Community Resilience Treasure Hunt

- Saturday, October 11
- Land Title Plaza (starting point)
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- This event is in support of Children’s Resilience Month (October)
- Fun prizes, educational opportunities, family event
- CRI is a local grassroots organization that strives to foster resilience by buffering the negative health outcomes of childhood traumas

October is Children’s Resilency Month
- September 24– City Council Proclamation at 7 p.m.
- September 29- Exchange Club Presentation
- Farmers Market Resilience Community Booth– every Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Oct. 8– Head Start Director evening event WWCC Room 185, 6 to 8 p.m. (details still being shaped)
- Oct. 9- Head Start Program Director Avis Smith– 8:30-12:30 / Airport Conference Room
- Oct. 11– SPECIAL EVENT- Resilience Treasure Hunt / Start at Land Title Plaza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Family Fun Night (TBA)
- October 16- Rotary Club Presentation
- Oct. 25– Resilience Activities at Day of the Dead event

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