Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 26, 2018

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February 2018 – Parent/Teacher Goal-Setting Conference Schedules

Berney Elementary
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, Feb. 12: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 2:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Monday, Feb. 12: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Drop-In): 7:45 – 11:30 a.m., 12:00 – 2:30 p.m., 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Monday, Feb. 12 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, Feb. 13: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Arena Drop-In): 4:00 -8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEATech Skills Center
Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Classroom Drop-In): 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 15 (Classroom Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


February No School dates

- Early dismissal for K-5 (conference prep) - Friday, Feb. 9:
- No School (conferences) – Thursday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 16
- No School (Presidents Day) – Monday, Feb. 19


Virtual tours now available for schools proposed for improvement 
Visit the district’s 2018 Bond Planning Information webpage and take virtual tours of the schools being proposed for improvement. Visit Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School classrooms, cafeterias, libraries and more on these amazing virtual tours. Thanks to Brent Cummings and his team of staff and students in the 21st Century Afterschool program for producing these informational tools.  

Walla Walla High School Virual Tour
Pioneer Middle School Virtual Tour
Lincoln High School Virtual Tour

Superintendent’s Patron Tour March 14 – Visit Wa-Hi, Pioneer MS and Lincoln HS

Join Superintendent Wade Smith for a tour of three schools and an update on the district’s 2018 Bond Planning work. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Superintendent Smith and learn more about Walla Walla Public Schools.

• Wednesday, March 14 / 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
• RSVP by Friday, March 9 -- sgolden@wwps.org / (509) 526-6715

Tour Sites:
• Pioneer Middle School
• Walla Walla High School
• Lincoln High School


Bilingual Programs director joins noon Rotary

Bilingual Education Programs Director Dr. Victor Vergara was recently inducted into the noon Walla Walla Rotary Club. Dr. Vergara was sponsored into the club by Technology Director Forrest Baker. Rotary President Pam Cress lead the membership induction program during the January 11 meeting.
Dr. Vergara is originally from Chile, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in history and geography. He received a Master’s in Education from Portland State University and a Doctoral degree in educational leadership from PSU. Victor began his career in education as an elementary bilingual teacher in Portland and Woodburn, Oregon. His service in Woodburn earned him recognition as the Oregon Middle School Principal of the year for his work there.



Survey now open to share input on 2018 bond proposal options

Renovations of Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School and Lincoln High School included in both options
Survey Link 

Walla Walla Public Schools Community Facilities Task Force has launched a survey to get input on two bond package options prepared by the committee. Survey results, as well as feedback from community presentations, school tours and public meetings will help the Task Force form a recommendation to the School Board in April. The school board will make a final decision in May as to which bond option will be placed on the November 2018 ballot.


Applications for Secondary Open Enrollment for the 2018-19 School Year accepted in February

Walla Walla Public Schools will hold secondary open enrollment for middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year during February. The middle and high schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. February 1 through the end of the month to complete the open enrollment process.

Secondary parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to a school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school or a release form from their current school district office during normal business hours beginning January 22. However, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Thursday, February 1.


Highly Capable Referral Period scheduled for February 1 through March 2, 2018

Walla Walla School District’s Highly Capable Program provides students of high academic and intellectual ability with designated time to explore concepts in greater depth. The goal of the Highly Capable Program is to encourage the development of higher level thinking skills. Information on Highly Capable Program services and the 2018 referral process is currently available on the district’s website. Referral forms will be available in all district schools and on the district website no later than February 1, 2018.

The annual selection process for in-district students takes place in late winter/early spring, with referral packets due back to schools by March 2, 2018 for grades K-8. Following the testing and selection process, all parents will be notified in writing of the results of the process. A child not selected one year may be referred again in subsequent years.

Kindergarten
Parent permission forms for kindergarten cognitive abilities screening are available at district schools and screening will take place in late January/early February. Parents will be notified of screening results and full referral forms will be distributed at conferences. Referred students will take the remainder of the cognitive abilities test and be reviewed for selection by the end of March so they may begin services at their home schools after Spring Break.

Universal screening for students in grades 2 and 5
Students in second and fifth grade will take the cognitive abilities screener following winter break and results of the screening process, along with other data points, will be used to determine which students will be recommended at conference time to participate in the remainder of the cognitive abilities test.

Referrals for all other students
Parents of students at other elementary and middle school grade levels should be in contact with their child’s teacher(s) to determine if Highly Capable testing is recommended. Students in grades one through eight selected for Highly Capable programming will begin services at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. For more information, please contact the Walla Walla School District Teaching and Learning office: 526-6735.


School Stories

Wa-Hi Every 15 Minutes DUI Prevention program earns county Super Star award

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Every 15 Minutes program for receiving the Youth Initiative award at the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety/DUI Task Force annual awards luncheon Tuesday at the Masonic Center. Wa-Hi Every 15 Minutes Committee is part of the school’s Leadership Class under the guidance of teacher Arch McHie. Senior Kiran Maini has chaired the program the past three years. This year marks the 21st year the Every 15 Minutes Program has been in place at Wa-Hi educating seniors on the dangers of drinking and driving. The student committee promotes the program by email messages to each senior, promotional videos for Wake Up Wa-Hi, posters and social media. The message is clear to students -- never ever drink and drive.  Wa-Hi’s 2018 program is March 15 and 16.


U.S. Army Cadet Command official to honor Walla Walla High School Jr. ROTC program for 100 years of service

Walla Walla High School’s Junior ROTC program celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year as one of the nation’s first five original cadet programs. A key official from the U.S. Army command that oversees all cadet training programs at the high school and college levels will visit the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps department at Walla Walla High School’s main gym, at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Cashman will present the United States Army Cadet Command Certificate to recognize the program’s 100th anniversary of service to the community and the nation by developing good citizens and future leaders. The award will be presented in a ceremony to be held in the Fletcher Room, upstairs at the WWHS large gymnasium.

Cashman is the 8th Training Brigade’s key enlisted advisor from Fort Lewis, Washington. His area of responsibility ranges westward from the Rocky Mountains and across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. This is the largest geographic area of any brigade and directs 157 JROTC programs in its service area. While in Walla Walla, Cashman will present the award to Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Wade Smith and WWHS Principal Ron Higgins. The JROTC team hosting the visit includes: Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor; Sgt. 1st Class Mark Mebes, Army Instructor and rifle team coach; Cadet Lt. Col. Melinda Locke, commander of the Blue Devil Battalion (Class of 2018); and Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Bialozor.


Walla Walla High School Cheer team qualifies for state championships

Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Cheer team for qualifying for the WIAA State Cheerleading Championships.

“This year all of our teams qualified for the first time in school history!,” said Cheer Coach Carrie Lujan. “This is a big accomplishment so please congratulate them!”

Cheer Team Members
Mayci Applegate
Brennan Filan
Holly Gannon
Sage Kline
Mikayla Lara
Kiran Maini
Lauren Mendoza
Kamille Philavanh
Mya Osborn
Jordyn Thrall
Teagan Wilke
Chloe Williams
Kassidy Barberich
Jovita Boatner
Kaelyn Conant
Courtney Gaines
Alex Gogl
Gabriella Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Haley Lore
Desteny Marks
Casandra Martinez
Grace McAlvey
Lauren McBride
Fatima Rodriguez
Yaritza Rodriguez


Wa-Hi girls Bowling Team wins the District title and advances to State

Congratulations to the Wa-Hi girls bowling team for winning the 4A Mid-Columbia Conference District Bowling Championship! Kayla Davis placed first in the singles championship and Cecilia Chantel placed second. Next week the Bowling team heads to state.


District seeks historic Pioneer yearbooks

Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking a copy of the 1962-1963 and 1963-1964 yearbooks for Pioneer Junior High School. District staff will scan the books to add to the school’s digital library. If you have either of these yearbooks, please contact Susie Golden at 509-526-6715 or sgolden@wwps.org.  


Middle school Jazz Bands to join San Francisco Jazz live stream concert

The Garrison and Pioneer Jazz Bands will represent the state in participating in a two-way concert broadcast Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. sponsored by the San Francisco Jazz. SFJAZZ (San Francisco Jazz) Exchanges from the Stage program is limiting the participation to a total of eight schools for this event; four from California, two from Arizona, and two from Washington State. SFJAZZ is a non-profit performing arts center.


Suicide Prevention – Blue Devil Strong hosts Parent Awareness Night

Topic: What we can learn from the popular culture of suicide?
- Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.
- Wa-Hi Library
- Student leaders will discuss the truth buried in the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”, and how this knowledge could help your teen


2018 GEAR UP Career Day at Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University GEAR UP along with Walla Walla Community College will host a morning of career exploration March 26 for approximately 650 area 8th graders. Pioneer, Garrison and Sager Middle School students will join Prescott, Touchet and Dayton middle schoolers to explore careers, educational pathways and vocational education with area business leaders.

Students will rotate through 3 unique presentations chosen for them based on their personal career interest surveys that each student completed at their home school. The event will kick off with opening remarks from Walla Walla High School Principal, Ron Higgins.

WSU is excited to partner with Walla Walla Community College, a national leader among community colleges, to help students develop their own career track and pathway to success. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant program that partners with area middle schools and high schools to support college and career readiness opportunities in our region, state and across the country.

Community members are encouraged to participate in the day’s activities and can volunteer by reaching out to event coordinator, Becky Waggoner-Schwartz.


Community Stories
Whitman college students to raise funds in support of CASA 

The Whitman College Kappa Alpha Theta’s announce their annual fundraising event for the Walla Walla Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, Walla Walla’s Got Talent! This event is on Friday, March at 7:00 p.m. in Cordiner Hall, on the Whitman College campus.

The CASA program provides direct advocacy to local children who have suffered from abuse and/or neglect and have been placed into foster or kinship care by utilizing specially trained community volunteers as advocates. This community event raises critical funds that are used to provide the volunteer advocates with their 30-hours of pre-service training and 12-hours of yearly continuing education. Volunteers are also given the opportunity to attend the annual Washington State CASA Conference with all travel and registration fees covered by scholarship from the Theta’s fundraising.

Auditions will take place on Thursday, February 8 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm and Friday, February 9 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in Cordiner Hall. The purpose of auditions is to ensure that the performance fits under the approved guidelines and to allow performers the opportunity to be on the performance stage.

Those interested in participating in Walla Walla’s Got Talent will need to fill out the Walla Walla’s Got Talent Application. The application includes all of the important information regarding the auditions and rehearsals. If any groups have questions or concerns, they may contact Nikki Delgado at delgadnm@whitman.edu.


Farm-to-School program Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 

Walla Walla Valley Farm-to-School invites the community to its 3rd annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Thursday, February 8 between 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Maple Counter Café. No need to buy a ticket or make reservations. Just bring your family to enjoy an outstanding meal lovingly prepared by Maple Counter with Frog Hollow Farm tomatoes and peppers and Hayshaker Farm beets and carrots, ground beef provided by Blue Valley Meats and other generously contributed ingredients.
- $15 per person, $8 kids (12 and under)
- All proceeds to benefit Walla Walla Valley Farm to School in support of school gardens where students connect with real food while learning about science and the environment in an outdoor living classroom.


The Walla Walla Dance Company presents its winter show - SPINDERELLAS

• Jan 27 at 7:30 p.m.
• Cordiner Hall
• Tickets are on sale at Earthlight books and at the door. $15 general $20 reserved

This year’s production is SPINDERELLAS an original show written and produced by Nancy Wells with choreography by Nancy and her daughters Jennifer and Justine Clark with contributions from Chloe Pease and Grace Danielson. SPINDERELLAS is a wonderfully entertaining and heartwarming story of six lovely dancers who have had a hard knock life but find joy in everything they do. They have friends, adorable pets and the gift of dance. Join them on their journey as they go from outcasts at the royal ball to dancing queens at the Disco and finally their dream job as back up dancers for a famous pop star.


Holocaust Survivor documentary “Big Sonia” showing at Powerhouse Theater

- Big Sonia - Holocaust survivor’s documentary
- Saturday, January 27 (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)
- 7 p.m.
- Seating is reserved and is $10 for students / $15 for adults
- Tickets should be available at the door as well
- Big Sonia’s website: https://bigsonia.com/
- Powerhouse Theater’s site: https://phtww.com/show/documentary-film-big-sonia/


City Parks and Recreation Update

Mother/Son Superhero Bash – February 10 – All Ages - $15
Father/Daughter Valentines Ball – February 24 - All Ages - $15
Adult First Aid/CPR – Ages 12 & Up - $70 includes materials
Blue Mountain Girls Softball – Ages 5-12 - $40/$55
Girls Softball Clinic – Ages 5-13 - $35 Pitching/Catching - $15

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
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