Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 14, 2014

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District Stories
School Board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18

- Tuesday, Nov. 18
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public
- Agenda and meeting information available online: www.wwps.org (School Board section)

Winter weather school closure and delay procedures 

At Walla Walla Public Schools, we make every effort to post up-to-the-minute school closure information due to inclement weather or any circumstance that would delay or cancel the normal school schedule. Decisions to delay or close school usually are made by 5:30 a.m. or earlier. This triggers the district’s comprehensive school closure/delay announcement plan. The district makes every effort to begin announcements by 6 a.m.

Announcements include:
- Regional media release
- Telephone automated message
- Web posting
- Staff e-mail
- E-news message (sign up on the district web site: www.wwps.org)
- Twitter message
- Facebook page message
- Orange signs posted in front of schools

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

- Early dismissal (All Schools) Wednesday, Nov. 26
- No School Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28

School Stories
Walla Walla High School Fall Drama Production: Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Brian Senter & Kristin Glaeser
November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 @ 7 p.m.
15 & 22 – 2 p.m.

Tickets on sale now!
Tickets available in the Wa-Hi ASB office Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., online at https://intouch.wwps.org and one hour prior to curtain. Whether tickets are purchased in the ASB office (located in the main office on the WaHi campus) or online, please keep your receipt. This will be your ticket! TIcket and show information is also available by calling 526-8613.
Adults - $12 Students (18 and under) - $6 General Seating Only

Widely considered Shakespeare's finest comedy, this version is set in World War 1 America. As the title of this play suggests, there’s a lot of fuss over nothing! Claudio and Hero fall in love and plan to get married, but the villainous Don John slanders Hero with false evidence. The wedding is ruined and Hero faints. Her family soon suspect slander and decide to pretend that Hero died from shock. Don John’s evil plan is soon revealed and Claudio mourns Hero’s death. Eventually, Hero is revealed to be alive and the marriage goes ahead as planned. In the play’s closing moments, it is reported that Don John has been captured for his crime.

Don't miss the fabulous work of Wa-Hi's own students performing this hilarious piece in an intimate "in the round" space. Original music composition for this play will be performed live by Kristin Vining for each performance. Get your tickets early! Seating is limited.

Orchestra students on to state
Congratulations to Ye Ji (Jennifer) Cho, violin and Lucas Larreau, double bass on their acceptance into the 2015 All-State Orchestra. Orchestra Teacher Julia Woods says they'll join hundreds of other music students in Spokane on President's Day weekend.
Longtime community supporters donate Buddy Bench to Prospect Point

Many thanks to Prospect Point grandparents, Tish and Tye Watts, whose generous donation of a Buddy Bench on the 3rd and 5th grade playground is helping to foster student friendships. The Buddy Bench concept provides a special place where students can sit if they are feeling bored or lonely. Other students can then go to the bench and ask them if they would like to play or talk.

Fifth grade PALS (Peer and Leadership Support) students, under the direction of 5th grade teacher Kate VanCleve, are planning presentations for students in grades 3-5 on the use of the Buddy Bench, and what they hope to see happen.

“The bench is a wonderful addition to our campus and reinforces the Star Pledge our students recite daily that promotes respect and taking care of each other,” said Principal Chris Gardea.

The engraved message on the Buddy Bench reads: “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you always know they are there.” Tish and Tye have two grandchildren currently attending Prospect Point and two more to follow in the coming years.

“In today’s world there can be a lot of issues many kids have to deal with, “ said Tish. “I felt if they had a safe place to go if they were troubled and then have someone come be their friend and helper, it would relieve some of their stress. Also, if just friends wanted to sit and talk or rest, I felt it would be used by many! I appreciate all the teachers and staff at Prospect Point.”

P.A.L.S. Program Goals:
- Welcome new students to Prospect Point
- Establish good work habits
- Set Goals
- Ask for extra help
- Understand what it means to be a Shining Star

Former Rose Bowl quarterback says struggles as a child developed his character

Former Washington State University Rose Bowl quarterback and current WSU radio broadcaster Jason Gesser told Garrison Middle School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students in Conor Fish’s class to follow their passions during a speech Thursday morning.

The former Heisman Trophy candidate grew up in poverty in Hawaii where he was a standout high school athlete and state champion quarterback. He talked of the struggles his family went through after his mother left when he was six-years-old leaving him and his sister to be raised by his single father. He often would ride a city bus for more than two hours after school to get home and was bullied and harassed in his younger days. He said these experiences only helped develop his character and make him the person he is today. Gesser began playing football in the 8th grade and said he knew immediately it would become a major part of his life. His father told him in the 9th grade if he wanted to attend college it would be up to him to finance it, so he set in place a goal to earn a football scholarship. Gesser was overlooked by many major college football programs because coaches felt he was too small to play Division I football. He proved them wrong by leading the Cougars to two consecutive 10 win seasons including a Rose Bowl berth in 2003. He said selecting and playing for WSU was the best decision he ever made.

As a professional, Gesser played for the Utah Blaze of the Arena Football League, the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, and the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He has also coached at Eastside Catholic High School, the University of Idaho and the University of Wyoming. Gesser is the grandson of Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame member Joseph “Red” Dunn.

Gesser challenged the Garrison students to make their own way by setting goals and persistently following them. He encouraged students to not be swayed by peer pressure but rather make their own positive decisions based on their passions. Students asked him several questions and took photos after his speech. Gesser also signed autographs for a number of students.

AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom

The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary that provides a bag of books for all newborns in Walla Walla, is conducting its annual Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the program.

The product is a quart-size can with a bulb inside and wrapped with adorable labels created by Edison 2nd graders. It makes a nice small gift for just about anyone - teacher, co-worker, party host, etc, while doing some good. They are $5 each and this year they'll contain a different flower - a fragrant hyacinth bulb!

Send orders via email by Monday, December 1.
Email: bargabk@charter.net
Make payment by check to: Books for Babes, c/o Kay Barga, 810 Clay Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 12.

Journal students perform strong at national convention - By Wa-Hi Journal Staff

Journalists Madyson Gabriel, Ryan Manny and Hannah Mitchell and Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Makayla Wagner traveled to Washington D.C. from Nov. 6-11 for the Fall 2014 National Journalism Convention.

The event was organized by the Journalism Education Association, which is dedicated to improving the nation’s journalism curriculums. JEA hosts semiannual Journalism conventions throughout the country.

The students attended sessions presented by prominent advisers of student publications, as well as others associated with other journalistic media. The Journal staff previously submitted issues of The Wa-Hi Journal to an evaluator who critiqued the paper and relayed his findings at the event.

All four students also competed in national competitions at the convention. Manny placed Second in the News Editing/Headline Writing competition. Mitchell took a Third place ranking in the News Writing competition. Gabriel submitted an entry to the Infographic Design event and Wagner entered the Yearbook Layout: Inside Pages competition.

Garrison Night School registration period Nov. 18-20

Walla Walla Public Schools in partnership with Walla Walla Community College will again offer Garrison Night School for adults. Garrison Night School will offer several levels of ESL classes, a computer class, and GED preparation from November 24 to March 3. Beginning and Beginning Advanced Spanish class will also be offered.

Registration for the ESL classes is November 18,19, and 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. Classes start Monday, November 24. Class sessions run from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, computer class takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our Spanish class program runs from November 24 until March 3. Beginning Spanish class meets Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Advanced Beginning class on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration for the Spanish classes will takes place at the District office starting on November 3 and clock hours are available for staff. Cost for either program is $25 for the whole period. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melito Ramirez at 509-526-8638 or 509-386-5408.

Lincoln High School to benefit from Hunger and Homelessness campaign

The Walla Walla Hunger and Homeless Coalition is planning a forum Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Campbell Hall to learn more and hear “Stories from Heritage Park.” The coalition is also selling wrist bands to help raise awareness and provide support to those in need. Lincoln High School will receive half of the proceeds. Contact Lincoln High School Intervention Specialist Shelly Phipps to learn more about the donation: sphipps@wwps.or / 509.527.3083.

Blue Devils sign college Letters of Intent

Four Walla Walla High School student-athletes signed college Letters of Intent Wednesday afternoon in the Fletcher Room.

- Reece Carman: Boise State University (volleyball)
- Maddie Doepker: Eastern Washington University (track)
- Mikayla Ferenz: University of Idaho (basketball)
- Lauren Likes: Weber State University (softball)

“These ladies are not only great student-athletes, they are great people,” said Athletic Director Jack Mehn. “We are so proud of how they have represented the Athletic Department and their school and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

All Conference selections announced

Congratulations to the following Walla Walla High School student-athletes for earning Mid-Columbia Conference All Conference selections.

Cross Country
Girls First Team: Courtney Cox and Erika Leinweber
Girls Second Team: Talyah Nelson and Emily Leinweber
Girls Honorable Mention: Alicia Ojeda
Boys First Team: Isaac Mata
Boys Second Team: Samuel Callan
Boys Honorable Mention: Andrew Feistner, Micah Wilwand and C Reid Reinninger

Girls Soccer
Honorable Mention: Mikayla Ferenz

Second Team: Reece Carman

First Team Defense: Mitch Huffman (DB) Willie Hayes (LB), Daniel Gilmore (DL)
First Team Offense: Seth Guttromson (OL), Mitch Huffman (WR), Trevor Coronado (QB)
Second Team Defense: Gerardo Gomez (LB)
Second Team Offense: Gerado Gomez (TE)
Honorable Mention Defense: Ryan Rogel (DL)
Honorable Mention Offense: Kurt Blackman (OL), Ethan Gardner (P)
Outstanding Defensive Player: Willie Hayes
Coach of the Year: Eric Hisaw

Community Stories
The Moms’ Network Parent Workshop with W2 Drug Free Youth

On Wednesday, November 19, Sager Middle School will host its second Parent Workshop of the year with the Moms’ Network. Peggy Needham of W2 Drug Free Youth will discuss what drugs are in our community and how parents can prevent drug use with their teens. The event is part of the 2014 Moms’ Network Parent Workshops that provide educational information to strengthen families in the Walla Walla Valley.

Peggy will provide valuable information on current drug packaging, what is coming in the future and tips to having a discussion at home about drugs. Local resources will also be distributed.

The workshop at Sager Middle School is free, open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. with a family dinner from Sweet Basil. The presentation with Peggy Needham 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.

Deadline draws near for City Parks and Recreation Indoor Soccer

Indoor Youth Soccer - The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 19.  Cost is $50 until the deadline.  After the deadline, registration will be $60. To view or register for programs, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr

YMCA announces positional volleyball clinics for local girls

Under the leadership of Rachel Todorovich and Audra Cummings, the YMCA will be offering positional volleyball clinics in the month of December. The clinics are for girls ranging in age of 12 to 18. There are seven clinics to choose from and attendees can choose one or all to attend. YMCA membership is not required.

The clinics will be competitive and specific. Clinics are listed as:
Dec 14 – Setting 12 to 2 p.m., Passing 2:30-4:30 p.m., Hitting 5 to 7 p.m.
Dec 15 – Setters & Passers 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Dec 16 – Setters and OH/RS – 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Dec 17 – Setters and Middles 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Dec 18 – Servers and Serve Receive 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited and each session is $20. Register online at www.wwymca.org or call 509-525-8863. For details please contact Rachel Todorovich at 509-525-8863 ext 103.

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