Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - February 17, 2017

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No School February 20 – Presidents Day Holiday

There is no school Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents Day. Classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 21.


Bilingual Committee survey open until Monday, Feb. 20

The Bilingual Education Recommendation Committee is seeking input on two models being proposed for the district bilingual program, which school will be named, the speed of the roll out, and proposed enrollment plans for incoming kindergarteners. The survey is available in English and Spanish and is posted on the district web through Monday, Feb. 20. Four parent meetings were held this week to provide additional information and answer questions. A draft recommendation will be presented to the school board on February 28 with an anticipated decision made at the March 7 school board meeting.

English survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P35FLHJ

The primary reasons for reviewing the program and why changes are needed:
1. Increase academic performance for non-English speaking students (presently being out performed by Hispanics across the state)
2. Improve problematic “traditional” classrooms in dual language schools.
3. Increasing number of Hispanic students entering kindergarten with limited Spanish skills.
4. Some students in English-side of dual struggling academically.
5. Lack of program alignment.


ThoughtExchange sharing phase open through Feb. 26 

Share your input on facilities needs
Walla Walla Public Schools has once again partnered with ThoughtExchange on a community engagement process to learn more about facility needs in support of developing a long-range Facilities Improvement plan. Parents received an email from ThoughtExchange Feb. 13 with the engagement link. The link is active through Feb. 26. Please take time to share your thoughts (complete one survey for each school your children attend.) ThoughtExchange results will be shared with the public in May.
Link: https://tsu009.thoughtexchange.net/wwps/TS/app/signup?to=7ae21bece962411e89c6a40a457a1249


Garrison Middle School counselor named Washington School Counselor of the Year

Washington School Counselor Association named Garrison Middle School Counselor Angela Gardea the School Counselor of the Year for 2016. Each year school counselors are nominated by their peers based on their high standards of personal conduct, their demonstrated leadership, advocacy and collaboration, according to award criteria on the Washington School Counselor Association webpage.

“I am so honored to be nominated and selected for this award,” Gardea said. “I truly feel lucky to love what I do. Everything I have been able to accomplish during my 18 years with the Walla Walla Public Schools has been due to the support I have received from my family as well as from the staff, community members and families in the Walla Walla Valley.”

WSCA’s School Counselor of the Year program honors the best of the best in Washington State, according to Brianne LaVerdiere, who oversees the award program. She said the program is seeking to recognize school counselors who are running a top-notch, comprehensive school counseling program at either the elementary, middle or high school level. The winner will be nominated by the state association for consideration in the ASCA School Counselor of the Year program.

“Angela Gardea has demonstrated consistent and reliable contributions in all areas of service, scholarship and teaching throughout her career,” said LaVerdiere. “We are excited to spread the word about this amazing accomplishment.”

Gardea began her career with Walla Walla Public Schools in 1999 as teacher at Pioneer Middle School. She transitioned to school counselor in 2007, first at Pioneer Middle School and most recently at Garrison Middle School. She has also held a Learning Specialist position at Berney Elementary and coordinated the Pioneer Middle School Learning Assistance Program at Pioneer Middle during her 18 year tenure with the school district. Gardea is also the district’s Crisis Recovery and Threat Assessment Coordinator and serves on the district’s Safe and Civil Schools Committee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Teaching Certificate from Eastern Washington University. She has a Masters in Education and Counseling Certificate from Walla Walla University and a continuing Counseling Certificate from Whitworth University.

“Mrs. Gardea’s incredible efforts, both at Garrison Middle School as well as her critical leadership role in district-wide suicide prevention and response, has positively influenced countless students and families across our district,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “I cannot think of a more dedicated, passionate, and deserving person to receive such incredible recognition.”

Garrison Middle School Principal Robert Elizondo says Gardea is a valued leader at Garrison Middle School with students, staff and parents. He praises her strong verbal and written skills and ability to organize multiple projects with a keen attention to detail.

“She has invested countless hours with students, families, WWPS and our community,” said Elizondo. “She is selfless, accommodating and always takes the opportunity to help others.”

Angela will be recognized at the WSCA annual conference in March.


Graduates of Distinction nominations now accepted

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious Graduates of Distinction Program. Packets are due March 15. Recipients will be honored prior to the June 6 school board meeting.
- Consider nominating someone, the process is not difficult
- Honor our distinguished graduates who have made a positive difference in our world
- Nomination forms online - http://www.wwps.org/programs/graduates-of-distinction



Spring 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conference Schedules

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, March 1: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Tuesday, February 28: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Preschool
Wednesday, March 1: 3:50 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:50 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, March 1: 3:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, March 1: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Wednesday, March 1: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Wednesday, March 1: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 2: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, March 1 (arena): 3:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 2 (drop-ins/teachers’ classrooms): 3:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Friday, March 3 (drop-ins/teachers’ classrooms): 7:45 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Friday, March 3 (by appointment in teachers’ classrooms): 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, March 6 (drop-ins/teachers’ classrooms): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 (drop-ins/teachers’ classrooms): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, February 28 (drop-ins): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3 (by appt/drop-in): 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8 (drop-ins): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Thursday, March 2 (arena large/small gyms): 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 3 (by appt in teachers’ classrooms): 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 (by appt in teachers’ classrooms and/or phone and e-mail): 2:00 – 6:30 p.m. approx.

SEA-Tech
Thursday, March 2 (drop-in/phone conferences): 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3 (drop-in/phone conferences): 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7 (drop-in/phone conferences): 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Art Regier Volunteer of the Year nominations now accepted

The Award: The Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award was instituted in 1991 as a memorial to “Grandpa Art” Regier. Regier, a retiree who devoted years of service to elementary schools in Walla Walla, epitomized the spirit of volunteerism in education. His tireless dedication and concern for the students he served are the inspiration for this award.

Criteria for selection may include the following:
1. Exceptional service or contributions to the children of Walla Walla Public Schools
2. Unusual dedication
3. Demonstration of care, compassion and empathy

Nominations due March 15:
Forms online: http://www.wwps.org/parents/more-parent-resources/volunteering
· Email completed packets to: Mark Higgins, Director of Communications
· mhiggins@wwps.org / (509) 526-6716


School Stories

Grant funding to bring national trainers to Walla Walla in support of Sources of Strength

Walla Walla and Lincoln High School students and staff will have an opportunity to participate the Sources of Strength national prevention program this spring.  W2 for Drug Free Youth and Walla Walla County Department of Community Health secured funding to bring national trainers into Walla Walla to provide training and support to both high schools. Sources of Strengths mission is to provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting, and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength. To learn more about this program please visit the Sources of Strength website at https://sourcesofstrength.org/


Wa-Hi Instrumental Program strong performance at regional competition

Walla Walla High School students in the Instrumental Music Program traveled to Pasco and competed in the Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest last Saturday. The winners will travel to Ellensburg at the end of April to compete statewide.

The Regional High School Vocal Solo & Ensemble will occur on Saturday February 25 at Garrison Middle School. Stay tuned for more results!

Regional Solo & Ensemble Standouts:

Piano Solo
- Winner: Blake Averett
- 2nd Alternate: Jacob Averett

Cello Solo
- Winner: Eunice Ra

Clarinet Solo
- Winner: Hannah Cabasco
- 1st Alternate: Keeli McKern

Small String Ensemble
- Winner: Eunice Ra / Bryson Jacobs Duet
- 2nd Alternate: WWHS String Quartet (Bryson Jacob, Jerry Ladderud, Peter Hoffman, & Eunice Ra)

Small Woodwind Ensemble
- Winner: Hannah Cabasco/ Keeli McKern clarinet duet

Flute Solo
- 1st Alternate: Thomas Kaminsky

Viola Solo
- 1st Alternate: Peter Hoffman

String Bass Solo
- 1st Alternate: Taya Lovejoy


Garrison Middle School students surprise classmates for Valentine’s Day

Garrison Middle School students Clara Berens and Sariah Hepworth created a “Heart Attack” for Garrison Middle School this week in celebration of Valentine’s Day. These young ladies worked throughout the weekend to surprise their fellow students by making hundreds of hearts with positive phrases and then hung them throughout the school. There were plenty of smiles on campus as students and staff arrived at school for Valentine’s Day.


Speech and Debate team competes in state qualifying tournament

The Walla Walla High School Speech and Debate team competed Friday and Saturday at the region’s State Qualifying Tournament in Kennewick.

Below are the results:
- Wafa Abedin: Duo Interp. (w/Amelia Mott) + 1st Place in Lincoln Douglas
- Amelia Mott: Due Interp. (w/Wafa Abedin) + 2nd Place in Lincoln Douglas + 3rd Place in Interpretive Reading
- Josh Rose: 2nd Place in Congressional Debate + 3rd Place in Extemp. Speaking + 5th Place in Imprompu Speaking
- Seamus Duffy: 4th Place in Extemp. Speaking
- Emma Case: Congressional Debate
- Courtney Brown: 5th Place in Congressional Debate
- Serena Thompson: Competed in Expository Speaking and narrowly missed qualifying for State

The state tournaments are held in Tacoma at University of Puget Sound March 11 (Speech) and March 17-18 (Debate)


FBLA students shine at regional competition – By Wa-Hi Journal

Snow, ice and school cancellations didn’t seem to stop the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) from excelling on Feb. 10 in the Tri-Cities at the Winter Conference. Several members placed in the top six and are now advancing to State in the following events.

Accounting 1: Hannah Peha, 2nd place
Advertising: Lauren Bergman, 1st place
Agribusiness: Katie Leinweber, 3rd place
Business Calculations: Andrew Dutton, 6th place
Business Communications: Katie Leinweber, 1st place; Celina Kidby, 3rd place
Business Ethics: Lauren Bergman & Katie Leinweber, 1st place; Ashleigh Anderson
& Sadie Wegner, 4th place
Business Law: Yordy Garcia, 4th place; Mitchell Wilwand, 5th place
Client Service: Yordy Garcia, 3rd place; Lizbeth Llanes, 6th place
Computer Applications: Grace McKiernan, 1st place; Marissa Manny, 4th place
Cyber Security: Claire McKeirnan, 4th place
Database Applications: Andrew Dutton, 1st place
Emerging Business Issues: Josh Rose, 2nd place
Health Care Administration: Lavinia Tang, 4th place
Help Desk: Josh Rose, 2nd place; Lavinia Tang, 4th place, Nianzu Yan, 6th place
Intro to Business Communications: Clare McKeirnan, 1st place; Ellie Sievertsen, 2nd place
Intro to Parliamentary Procedures: Emily Soto, 5th place
Job Interview: Hannah Peha, 4th place
Marketing: Ellie Sievertsen & Hannah Peha, 1st place; Lauren Bergman & Katie
Leinweber, 4th place; Max Titus and Nianzu Yan, 5th place
Sales Presentation: Max Titus, 5th place
Spreadsheet Applications: Grace McKeirnan, 1st place; Natalie Manny 2nd place; Emily Johnson, 3rd place
Word Processing: Lizbeth Llanes, 4th place

FBLA members prepare by first choosing an event that they either want to learn more about or one that they have already acquired skills and knowledge from having taken a business class. Wa-Hi’s School of Business offers a variety of business and computer classes. Over the course of a few short months, usually without the interruptions from school closures, FBLA members research and fine tune presentation materials and speeches, hone production skills, and practice. Events can include speaking and presentations, presentations along with online objective exams, production tests and online objective exams or just objective exams.

The State competition will be held in Spokane in April. “I am really proud of our FBLA chapter here at Wa-Hi. Through this experience, they have the opportunity to see firsthand how important business is for their future success” adviser Bernard Ma said.



Whitman supports Green Park Box Top program

Thanks to students from Whitman College for donating 423 Box Tops to Green Park Elementary in support of its Box Tops for Education program. Schools can use the money generated from collecting box tops to purchase a variety of items, including computers, books, and playground equipment. 


Lincoln High School plans Drama program Hot Cakes fundraiser

- Hot Cakes Fundraiser (in support of Spring Drama Production – Little Shop of Horrors)
- Saturday, Feb. 18
- 8 to 10 a.m.
- $10 per plate
- Applebees
- Tickets: (509) 526-8514


Walla Walla High School to host Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Parent Night

- Monday, February 27
- 5:45 p.m. (free pizza dinner @ Wa-Hi Commons)
- 6 to 7:45 p.m. (Presentation and discussion – Wa-Hi Commons)
- Parents will learn about the classroom presentations on suicide prevention being used as part of the school’s Healthy and Safe Initiative. They will be able to engage in a discussion about how to recognize and respond to depression and suicide ideation.
- Community support organizations will be present to answer questions and provide support.


Community Stories
Walla Walla Columbia County School Retirees Association presents 11th annual Teddy Bear Tea and Show

- Saturday February 25
- 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
- St. Francis Social Hall (722 W. Alder - Walla Walla, Washington 99362)
- Admission $6
- Enjoy a high tea, exhibits, store, photographer, coloring table, story corner, silent auction, and some special guest dolls. There will be a drawing for two bears, handmade by two of our members.
- The proceeds support scholarships for future teachers and related education personnel.
- Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Details: Jacquie Clark 509 322 2187 or email 985jacquieclark@gmail.com


Kirkman House featuring local history

The Kirkman House is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop by and enjoy a tour and learn about Walla Walla history during the 1880s.


District choirs to join area musicians for Cordiner Hall concert

Wa-Hi Chamber Singers and Belles Voix choirs will join WW Choral society and WW Valley Bands for a FREE concert to raise food for the food bank.  The concert is Sunday, Feb 26 at 3 p.m. in Cordner Hall. Everyone is asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food item(s). The concert theme is “Songs of Youth and Joy.”


Junior Club of Walla Walla announces three scholarship opportunities for local women 

Junior Club of Walla Walla will be awarding three $2,000 scholarships to local women: one to a student enrolled in a local nursing-degree program and two to students pursuing any college-level field of study. These funds are for tuition only and will be paid directly to the recipient’s educational institution. Applicants must be female, 24 years or older, and a resident of Walla Walla County or the city of Milton-Freewater for at least two years. To request an application or more information, visit our website www.juniorclubww.com. Questions may be directed to juniorclubww@gmail.com . Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before April 30, 2017. In addition to providing scholarships to local women, Junior Club of Walla Walla also serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations including Books for Babes, Walla Walla Community Hospice, Salvation Army, Children’s Home Society, and the Blue Mountain Humane Society.


AAUW plans annual book sale next weekend

The 42nd Annual AAUW (American Association of University Women) Book Sale is at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Friday, Feb 24, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m; Saturday, Feb 25, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Children (14 and younger) each receive one free book from the extensive children’s section.  The Book Sale’s approximately 40,000 books are divided into more than 40 categories.  Prices range from $.50 to $4 for most titles.  A Collectible Books section features rare collectible books which are priced individually. Credit and debit cards will be accepted, along with checks and cash.  Proceeds from the sale fund local scholarships for women returning to college, and local educational projects and events. 


Registration for Great Explorations now open

On Saturday, March 11, Great Explorations in Education will present I AM STEMPOWERED, a science, technology, engineering and math adventure for 5th through 8th grade girls, at Whitman College, 8:20 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The highlight of this year’s event will be the appearance of Dr. Meagan Pollock, Director of Professional Development for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, who will be the keynote speaker at 9:15 am in Cordiner Hall. Before Dr. Pollock’s presentation, girls will have the opportunity to attend three exciting workshops offering informal, hands-on experience with careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math. A pizza lunch is included in the event fee.

Brochures with registration forms have been mailed. Now is the time to send in registrations so girls are more likely to be in workshops with their friends, and to get their first choice of workshops. The fee to attend is $5 and scholarships are available. For more information on registration, scholarships or questions, please contact Carol Morgan, pcmorgan@charter.net or 520-9977. Visit the AAUW (American Association of University Women) website at www.wallawalla-wa.aauw.net, or find us on Facebook, AAUW Great Explorations Science Adventure. Everyone is encouraged to “Like” us on Facebook and share. This helps spread the word about this exciting event.


City Parks & Recreation community update

Father/Daughter Ball - February 25 - $15
Warrior Soccer Academy - $48
Adult Co-Ed Soccer - 16 & Over
Adult Co-Ed Softball - 16 & Over
Men’s Softball - 16 & Over
Watercolor - Beginning/Advanced - $81/$104
Guitar Lessons - Beginning/Advanced - $40
Ukulele Lessons - Beginning/Advanced - $40
Nia - 12 & over
Bellydancing - 12 & over

Blue Mountain Girls Softball registration is open NOW
6U (T-Ball) 5-6yrs - $40
8U (Coach Pitch) 7-8yrs - $55
10U (Modified Pitch) 9-10yrs - $55
12U (Standard Pitch) 11-12yrs - $55

Veteran’s Memorial Pool Passes On Sale NOW
Youth, Adult, Senior, Veteran and Family passes available

Lifeguards wanted for summer - New Veteran’s Memorial Pool
Paid position - 15 yrs and up
To apply online go to http://www.wallawallawa.gov/images/depts/humanresources/PDF_FILLABLE_APPLICATION.pdf

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to: http://www.wwpr.us or like us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/wallawallapr


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