Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - November 21, 2014

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2015 School Board officers elected

School Board members elected Director Sam Wells to serve as president. Cindy Meyer will continue as vice president.

Sam Wells was elected to the WWSD Board of Directors in November 2013. Mr. Wells has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 2004. He has three children who attend Walla Walla Public Schools. He has served on the board of the Blue Mountain Humane Society and was board president from 2009-2011. He also has been active with Junior Achievement and the Walla Walla noon Rotary Club.

Longtime district volunteer and fourth generation school board member, Cindy Meyer was elected to the school board in 2005. Meyer has a B.A. in Geology from Oregon State University. Her husband, Joe Meyer, is a hospitalist at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. They have two grown daughters, both graduates of Walla Walla High School. Meyer has been a frequent volunteer in the schools and at the district level. Meyer currently serves on the nominating committee for the Washington State School Directors’ Association and on the Innovative Schools Task Force.

Personnel Report - November 18, 2014 School Board Meeting

Classified: Mary Aguilar, Para-Educator (temporary), Lincoln High School
Nichole Alvarado, Para-Educator (temporary), Green Park Elementary
Jennifer Busch, Health Clinician, Edison Elementary
Judy Pinney, Para-Educator (temporary), Prospect Point Elementary

Certificated: Susan Bauer, Language Arts/Reading, Garrison Middle School, 23 years

New school board meeting format encourages public discussions

School board members launched their new meeting format at the Nov. 18 school board meeting. This new format is aimed at providing more opportunities for in-depth discussions. During the second school board meeting of the month, directors will adjourn the meeting following the business portion of the agenda. They will relocate from their school board podium and reconvene at the public tables to discuss a variety of issues.

Adopt-a-School: Last night the school board discussed beginning a new Adopt-a-School program to get them in buildings more often. This program is part of a new outreach plan school board members have developed. The Adopt-a-School program will allow directors to develop deeper and closer relationships. They may attend activities and receive briefings on their adopted schools.

Receive text messages for school delays and closures

Parents and staff members have the option of receiving text messages for school closures, delays and other district information. To Opt-In, Text the word alert to 22300.

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

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

New York educator encourages stresses the value of making connections with students

New York City Department of Education Instructional Coach Vicki Madden recently met with district administrators to discuss strategies for working with struggling students. Madden was in town to speak at Whitman College about preparing low income students for college. Madden discussed recent ideas from her hard-hitting New York Times column on first generation college students. Madden grew up in Western Washington and has been teaching in New York City since 1985. She was a child of poverty and domestic violence who found her way to Columbia University. She was impressed with programs and strategies WWPS is using to make connections with students. Thanks to Whitman College for making time for Madden to meet with the district leadership team.

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

School Stories

Lincoln High School opens pantry for hungry students

Lincoln High School has opened its own food pantry to provide groceries for students in need. Intervention Specialist Shelly Phipps reports the needs continue to grow at her school. She has reached out to area stores for donations. She is also teaming with the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank for support. Lincoln High School students manage the district’s recycling collection program. Phipps says food collection bins will be added next to the recycling bins for more ways for staff and parents to contribute. To make a donation or for more information, contact Shelly Phipps: sphipps@wwps.org.

Wa-Hi swimmers earn All Conference honors

Congratulations to  Mackenzie Hale (500 Free and 100 Back), Hally Ruff (200 Free and 100 Free), Paige Gardner (100 Free) and our 400 Freestyle Relay (Hale, Ruff, Gardner and  Lacey Klem) for earning Mid-Columbia All Conference swimming honors.

Wa-Hi students top area students to win Pitch-It competition

Walla Walla High School students Madyson Gabriel and Jennifer Cho took First Place in the Pitch-It competition in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 17-23. This year, themed “Pitch It!” and inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, the competition provided a vehicle for students to design and develop innovative business concepts. The Pitch It! competition required students to create a realistic business model for their entrepreneurial idea. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The Wa-Hi students beat teams from Walla Walla University, Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College and College Place High School to take top honors. Thanks to the teachers, advisors and parent volunteers who worked with the students to prepare them for competition.

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 will 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.

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

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

Tickets available in the Wa-Hi ASB office 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 Wa-Hi 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.

Wa-Hi students win International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers athlete awards

Congratulations to Daisy Nateras and Isaac Mata for winning the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) MCC Fall Student Athlete Award for Walla Walla High School.

According to Coach Keven Peck, Daisy was the motor that kept the soccer team competitive in all of its games. Her hard work and energy set the tone for the entire team, according to Peck. Daisy is also 3.75 GPA student.

Isaac was an All-Conference First Team selection for Cross Country during his second season at WWHS. Isaac maintains a 3.47 GPA. According to Coach Michael Locati, Isaac could flat compete when the gun when off!

Wa-Hi music students selected to perform at All-Northwest and All-State

Congratulations to Walla Walla High School Music students for being selected to perform in next February’s All-Northwest/All-State honor groups. All-Northwest is an every other year event and includes students from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The groups will perform in Spokane during Presidents Day weekend.

Hannah Cabasco: Clarinet, All-Northwest Band
Corina Vernon: Flute, All-State Band

ALL-NW Mixed Choir
Gina Lincoln
All-NW Treble Choir
Yadira Cornejo
Brisa Reyes

All-State Symphonic Choir
Sarah Gibbs
Kylee Wagner
Annalise Juergensen
James Innes
Sydney Butcher

Wa-Hi Orchestra
Ye Ji (Jennifer) Cho, Violin
Lucas Larreau, Double bass

Community Stories
Walla Walla Dental Group plans Holiday Care Package Drive to Support Troops Serving Overseas

The three practices of Walla Walla Dental Group are once again holding a holiday care package drive to benefit U.S. military members serving overseas, now through the first week of December. Recently the group held it’s annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back to collect sweets from local youth, which will become a part of the care packages sent overseas. This year the group collected nearly 200 pounds of candy from community members. These sweets will now be paired with toiletries, snack items, gift cards, books and games, phone cards, winter hats and more. The offices have teamed up with local Cub Scout Troop 306 in Walla Walla to help package and ship the goodies abroad this December.

“As a former service member myself, I love to be able to support our active duty members whenever possible. Things as minor as these care packages really can make a huge difference in a persons day and their morale,” said Dr. Dan Laizure.

The offices will be accepting donations from the public for items to include in the packages as well as cash donations to help cover shipping costs. All cash donations will be matched by the practices to help cover the costs of shipping.

The three practices composing Walla Walla Dental Group (Enhanced Dental Care, Stone Creek Dental Care, and Walla Walla Dental Care) are located at 2014 S. Howard Street in Walla Walla across from Howard-Tietan Park.

For more information please call their offices at (509) 525-9111 visit the Facebook pages of the Walla Walla Dental Group offices:

- Stone Creek Dental Care: https://www.facebook.com/StoneCreekDentalCare

- Walla Walla Dental Care: https://www.facebook.com/WWDENTAL

- Enhanced Dental Care: https://www.facebook.com/EnhancedDental

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