Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - October 24, 2014

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School Board plans public work session to discuss strategic plan 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Whitman College/Reid Campus Center/Room 240
280 Boyer Avenue, Walla Walla, WA

Public Work Session: On October 28 at 5:30 p.m. the Board of Directors will conduct a public work session to review the WWSD Strategic Plan – goals and strategies. The work session is expected to conclude by 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Whitman College/Reid Campus Center/Room 240. No decisions or action will be taken at the work session.

Remember to Vote

Ballots for the November 4, 2014 General Election have been mailed out to registered voters. For more information contact the Walla Walla County Auditor’s Office. Please remember to vote!

Dr. Jordan to discuss Education economic development during Chamber luncheon

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan will be a panelist during the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce Quarterly luncheon Wednesday, Oct. 29. The topic of the discussion is "Education and its Role in a Community's Economic Development Strategy.” Jordan will discuss the role for K-12 education in local economic development and business climate. He will also address the new Common Core standards, state assessments and programs which expose students to the business world.

- Wednesday, October 29
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Walla Walla Community College (Conference Room 185 ABC)
- Tickets are $25 for Chamber Members or $35 for non-Chamber Members
- Reserve your tickets by contacting the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce at 509-525-0850.

Panelists include:
Amy Johnson, Association of Washington Business
Dr. Steve Van Ausdle, Walla Walla Community College
Dr. Bill Jordan, Walla Walla School District
Tim Payne, College Place School District
Dennis Matson, South Eastern Washington Skills Technology Center

Special Education Director says good-bye

Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Dr. Karen Lehman, Director of Special Education. Lehman was hired in July 2011. Dr. Tracy Williams will succeed Lehman as the interim director for the 2014-15 school year.

“It has been a privilege to serve the students with identified disabilities and their families these past 3.5 years,” said Lehman.

Williams has been in education for 32 years, including 20 years in various teaching and leadership positions for Walla Walla Public Schools. Williams spent six years as Director of Special Programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Spokane Public School District, two years as Director of Curriculum for ESD 123 and four years as Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Curriculum and Instruction at Seattle Pacific University.

Williams earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Washington State University, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Northwest Nazarene College and Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth College.

Williams’ current district project of developing an online clearinghouse for curriculum to support the new rigorous Common Core learning standards in Math and English/Language will continue under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and Technology Director Forrest Baker.

“We are fortunate to have a talented leader like Tracy Williams available to step in and guide this important department,” said Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan. “She has many connections in the district from her previous experience and has built her reputation based on trust through sound leadership.”

Fill the Bus activity hauls in a load of food

Last Saturday’s Fill the Bus activity at area grocery stores in support of the Realtors Care and Share Food drive was a huge success. The effort netted 3537 pounds of food for the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Special thanks to event Coordinator Lori Finn, Lincoln HS teacher. Also thanks to the school bus drivers, Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society,  and students and teachers from Berney, Blue Ridge, Green Park and Lincoln High School.  Also thanks to the Americorps staff.

Thompson offers strategies to curb bullying

Longtime anti-bullying expert Mark Thompson reported to school board members during the public work session Tuesday night on his efforts to educate administrators, staff and students on laws and policies related to harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Thompson also met with all principals this week to review laws, reporting procedures and investigation techniques.

Thompson’s trainings are comprehensive but his message is simple — this behavior is not tolerated in Walla Walla schools. Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma is the district’s primary contact for bullying and harassment issues and works closely with Thompson on these issues. Under their leadership, the district has developed the following Steps to Stop Bullying/Harassment:
1. Review policy and procedures annually
2. Encourage students to report incidents
3. Staff consistently intervene and report
4. Investigate reports
5. Protect the complainant
6. Keep appropriate records
7. Raise awareness of seriousness
8. Recruit student leaders for prevention
9. Develop a positive school culture

• WA State Law: RCW 28A.300.285
• WWPS Bullying Policy: No. 3207
• Bullying Reporting forms at all district schools and online at: www.wwps.org

Personnel Report (from October 20, 2014 school board meeting)

Lucero Castillo, Bilingual Para-Educator (temporary), Edison Elementary
Hilda Morales, Bilingual Para-Educator, Edison Elementary

Jason Postlewait, Girls’ Bowling Coach, Walla Walla High School

Dr. Karen Lehman, Director of Special Education, District Office, 3.5 years

Karin Bowman, Kitchen Manager, Sharpstein Elementary, 23 years
(For the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year)
Magali Hernandez-Ruiz, Family Advocate, Blue Ridge Preschool Program, 14 years
(Magali will serve as an Intervention Specialist at Sharpstein Elementary for 2014-2015)

School Stories
Lincoln High School teams with Red Cross for ZOMBIE Blood Drive

Lincoln High School is hosting a Red Cross ZOMBIE Blood Drive. You donate.. you get your Zombie on. Make-up provided by local theater make-up department. District employees are invited to call and make an appointment with Karen Neher (526-8509) to have their make-up applied.

- Friday, October 31
- Lincoln High School Gym
- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walla Walla High School student to represent school through state leadership program

Walla Walla High School Junior Christian Moreno was selected to serve on the Washington State Leaders in Education Ambassador Program (LEAP) in Olympia. As a LEAP Ambassador, Moreno will bring issues of interest to the group to discuss. They also help guide the conference and interact with our area’s legislative team in the Capitol building. One issue Moreno wants to bring more attention to is getting more Latino students involved in high school athletics. Moreno participated in the LEAP conference last year. He is president of the Latino Club and an AVID student.

“It is extremely rare that an underclassmen, or any student from Eastern Washington for that matter, get this opportunity,” said Intervention Specialist Melito Ramirez. “This is the first time a junior in high school as been selected to be an ambassador. It’s a very strict selection process as most of the students are in college and live on the west-side of the state.”

Moreno will commit to this program for one year and must satisfy the assigned requirements at his local high school and community.

Wa-Hi Veterans Day Assembly November 10

Walla Walla High School is planning its annual Veterans Day Assembly Monday, Nov. 10 at 9:20 a.m. in the large gym. Veterans of all branches of service, and their spouses and relatives, are encouraged to attend. This year’s theme: “Veterans helping Veterans.” Programs including “Wounded Warriors”, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion will be featured and recognized.

Retired Air Force service member Don Schack is the event’s keynote speaker. All veterans are invited to the Wa-Hi Commons immediately following the assembly for coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls. For more information, contact Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor at 527-3020 ext. 3035 or bbialozor@wwps.org.

Band students selected to prestigious band clinic

Congratulations to the following Wa-Hi band students for being selected by “mp3” audition to perform at the annual Western international Band Clinic November 21-24 in Seattle.

“WIBC is an honor band festival of four bands of approximately 165 students each,” said Band Director Andrew Ueckert. “Over 900 students from all over the Northwest and Canada auditioned for spots.”

- James Bogley: Junior, trumpet (1st time)
- Hanna Cabasco: Sophomore, clarinet (2nd time)
- Seth Chapman: Senior, trumpet (1st time)
- Michael Dandrea: Senior, trombone (2nd time)
- Stella Gryler: Sophomore, trombone (1st time)
- Ben Northam: Junior, french horn (1st time)
- Corina Vernon: Junior, flute (1st time)

Berney students cash in on Read-a-Thon earnings

Congratulations to Berney Elementary students Ali Fewell and Kort Holbrook for winning the grand prize of the Berney PTA Read-a-Thon fundraiser.  Ali and Kort were the Top Earning Boy and Girl in their school. Their prize included free breakfast at Mr. Ed’s and a ride in the City of Walla Walla’s classic firetruck driven by Firefighter Chris MacDonald. Special thanks to IAFF Local #404 fire fighters and Mr. Ed’s for supporting literacy at Berney Elementary. 

Walla Walla High School JROTC hosting Army junior championship match

The Walla Walla High School JROTC rifle team kicks off the 2014/2015 season this weekend by hosting the U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle Championship Qualifier match.

Competition starts at Wa-Hi Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m. in the small gymnasium and will wrap up around 4 p.m. Event organizers expect 40-50 shooters from across eastern Washington and northern Idaho who will compete for trophies and a chance to attend the U.S. Army National Junior Air Rifle Championship at Fort Benning, Georgia in April.

Walla Walla is one of two Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps host-sites in Washington this year. This event is open to the public at no charge. For more information, contact WWHS JROTC at 509-527-3035 or email wwhs_rotc@wwps.org.

Wa-Hi JROTC member selected as September 2014 Cadet of the Month

The Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps has announced the September Cadet of the Month winner. The winning competitor is Cadet Pvt. 1st Class Spencer Carlyle of "Foxtrot Company."

Cadet Lt. Col. Mattie Bialozor, the battalion commander said: "Carlyle performed exceedingly well in evaluated areas including uniform inspection, a series of questions by the company first sergeants, and an oral interview. The other competitors were strong but he outperformed his peers to walk away with these honors."

Cadets of all companies participate in an inspection of uniform detail and correctness then are interviewed by the most senior noncommissioned officers in the cadet battalion. Carlyle's performance at the monthly competition earned him a spot promotion to his new rank. He is in his first year of the program and joined to participate in the rifle marksmanship program and to learn what JROTC is like. He is driven by wanting to become the best and contribute to the battalion.

Wa-Hi Cross Country teams take district titles

Led by Isaac Mata and Courtney Cox, both placing second, the Wa-Hi Boys and Girls Cross Country teams won district titles at the meet in Richland. The girls team earlier this fall won the Mid-Columbia Conference title. Coach Michael Locati reports this is the second year in a row the girls team won both the league and district title.

Team members:
- Courtney Cox
- Erika Leinweber
- Talyah Nelson
- Emily Leinweber
- Alicia Ojeda
- Sky Druffel
- Emily Atkinson

- Isaac Mata
- Hayden Scott
- Alex Iben
- Sam Callan
- Micah Wilwand
- Andrew Feistner
- Reid Reninger

Wa-Hi Trunk-or-Treat fun for the entire family

- Annual Trunk-or-Treat event
- Thursday, Oct. 30 (moved to Thursday due to Friday night’s football game)
- Wa-Hi Science parking lot
- 4 to 7 p.m.
- Bring a can of food to support the Food Drive

Community Stories
Dia de los Muertos Festival (Day of the Dead) at Gesa Powerhouse Theater

Gesa Credit Union and Shakespeare Walla Walla, along with Walla Walla Public Schools, Whitman College, Artwalla, and other local organizations present the Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 24 and 25 at the Gesa Power House Theatre. This two-day family-friendly community festival celebrates the Mexican “Day of the Dead” holiday and will include free activities, live music and dance, art demonstrations, food vendors, and more.

“Last year we had such incredible support from the local school district, our wonderfully vibrant Latino community, leaders in the business community, even our friends from the Tri-Cities,” says Ron Williams, Executive Director of Shakespeare Walla Walla. “We are excited to work with many of these community partners again this year, and are inviting groups throughout Eastern Washington to participate.”

For the latest information on these and other events visit: www.shakespearewallawalla.org or www.phtww.com.

City Parks & Recreation taking youth Indoor Soccer registrations

Indoor Youth Soccer - Registration is open for Indoor Soccer. Grades K-8. The deadline to register is Wednesday, November 19. Cost is $50. until the deadline. After the deadline, registration will be $60.

Women's Self Defense - The Basic Women's Self -Defense class will provide students with tools that will enable them to protect themselves in a variety of scenarios and situations. Ages 14 years and over. Cost is $50. Registration is required.

To view or register for programs, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr.

Community Pride Walla Walla encourages community to complete online survey

Community Pride Walla Walla invites people in the LGBTQI spectrum who live and/or work in the Walla Walla area to participate in our online needs assessment survey. This is the first survey of its kind for Walla Walla.

The survey asks questions about general demographics, housing, employment, and experiences with mental health and health care professionals. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete. All responses are completely anonymous; no personal information is collected. There is a $50 sweepstakes for anyone who submits an email address at the end of the survey, but this email will not be attached to the survey data, or used for any other purpose. We encourage as many people as possible to respond to the survey because we will use the results to set priorities for advocacy and activities.

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The Moms’ Network Parent Workshop at Pioneer Middle School

On Tuesday October 28 at Pioneer Middle School, Elisa Hope, Individual & Family Counselor, will be speaking on creating a positive body image in our children and eating disorders. She will also provide tools and local resources for parents.

The event is part of the 2014 Moms’ Network Parent Workshops that provide educational information to strengthen families in the Walla Walla Valley.

The workshop at Pioneer Middle School is free, open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. with a family dinner. The presentation with Elisa Hope will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Child care and Spanish translation is available during the presentation.

For more information about the Parent Workshop or about the Moms’ Network contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com

The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla is a grassroots organization that provides an opportunity for parents to communicate, receive and exchange valuable community and parenting information, network with each other and be actively involved in the community. Since inception the Moms’ Network has advocated for families, provided support for early learning, supported volunteerism, and provided educational opportunities for parents. Visit us at www.themomsnetworkww.com or follow up on Facebook.

YCCY Haunted House and Halloween Dance

On Friday, October 24, YCCY, the YMCA Community Center for Youth, will be hosting a teen Halloween dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Armory located at 113 S. Colville Street. Costumes are encouraged.

Included in the dance is a Haunted House organized by the Army National Guard stationed at the Armory.

“We have been planning this dance for a month. YCCY member D.J. Chico will be coordinating the music and other YCCY members have been working on the decorations,” stated Kerstin Fenton YCCY Youth Director. “This has been a real team effort and having the Army National Guard coordinate efforts with us has been an enriching experience for our teens.”

Admission to the dance and haunted house is $3 but free if you are a YCCY member. YCCY is free and open to all Walla Walla Valley students 12 to 18-years-old. YCCY is located at the Armory and open Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, 6 to 9 p.m. For more details about YCCY contact Kerstin Fenton at kfenton@wwymca.org or 509-525-8863.

YMCA Spooktacular bigger and scarier this year

Spooktacular, the free community festival at the YMCA, promises to be bigger, better and scarier this year! On October 31, the YMCA opens to ghosts and goblins of all ages from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be gourmet food trucks in the parking lot with the festival inside the building.

There will be big fun in each gym with games, prizes, inflatable structures, photos and the Zombie Haunted House. Not into Zombies? Do not worry, the preschool room is set up with age appropriate games and costumes. Also in the parking lot is the Americorp sponsored Trunk or Treat.

The YMCA will also be collecting canned food for the Realtors Care & Share Can Food Drive at Spooktacular. So bring your princesses, Power Rangers and little pumpkins on Halloween to the Y for safe fun and great goodies. For more details call the YMCA at 509-525-8863.

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