Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Jan. 9, 2015

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District Stories
School board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 20

- 6:30 p.m. meeting time
- 364 S. Park St.
- Meeting open to the public


No School January 19 

- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
- Classes resume Jan. 20


State Superintendent addresses McCleary Decision

Superintendent Dr. Bill Jordan discusses the budget development process and keys to this year's legislative session in the new Pulse video. He also talks about how College Place High School will impact the budget as students transition to their new school. Click on the link below to view this month’s Pulse video. It is also posted on the district website - www.wwps.org.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3tKJpw3me4


Open enrollment and kindergarten registration dates set for the 2015-16 school year

There will be two open enrollment registration periods for enrollment in Walla Walla Public Schools during the 2015-16 school year.

Open enrollment for secondary (middle and high) schools will be February 2 through 27, 2015. The schools will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, February 2, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the month.

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 26; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, February 2.

Fall 2015 open enrollment for elementary schools and kindergarten registration is Monday, April 20 to Friday, May 1, 2015. Schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first registration day, April 20, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 1.

Kindergarten registration forms will be available at the schools beginning April 13. Parents/guardians who wish to open enroll their child to an elementary school outside of their attendance area may pick up an Open Enrollment application at their attendance area school during normal business hours beginning April 13; however, forms will not be accepted in the receiving school until Monday, April 20.

Open enrollment requests at Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy No. 3130 which will be used to determine movement of a student. School Board Policy manuals are available for public viewing at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the Administration Office. School Board policies are also online at http://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/policies.

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 South Park Street, and online at www.wwps.org. Click on the District A to Z link and then click on Boundary Map.


School Stories
Wa-Hi Assistant Principal guest on new radio show

Walla Walla High School Assistant Principal Connie Taylor Randall will be a special guest on the new Capps broadcasting radio show on ESPN 1490 AM. Wallaolics "Addicted to Walla" airs each Wednesday at 6 p.m. Broadcaster Tim Hallowell is the show's host.

Hallowell was a former student of Connie Taylor Randall and will have her on as a guest for the Jan. 21 show. He will talk about his time in her class at Pioneer Middle School, recap Connie's career and have her provide tips for today's educators and parents.


Former Digital Media Technology student volunteers to support SEA-TECH students

Digital Media Technology instructor Dennis DeBroeck organized “Week of Code” to help students learn about processes and basic computer coding. Former Walla Walla High School student Nick Ferraro, who is now with SalesForce in the Portland branch, volunteered to work with students for a week at the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center in support of the program. The event was designed to give students a chance to get an inside look at a career in coding and find out what it takes to develop the skills and knowledge to be successful.

“Students found motivation in the areas of coding and software engineering, by having an industry software engineer in the classroom for a week,” said DeBroeck. “As they explored coding assignments and challenges, they were not only able to “ask the engineer” technical questions but, also the important “what do you do?” questions. Nick is very accomplished in his career and he is the “Technology” equivalent of a professional sports athlete coming back to inspire students.”

According to DeBroeck the event was a tremendous success.

“Many students started by thinking they would never be able to code and did not think of it as a career option,” said DeBroeck. “After the “Week of Code” experience, many students now have that barricade removed and have decided to investigate.”

Nick Ferraro was presented with a copy of the promotional poster on the last day of the event. The poster was signed and personalized with “Success can come from breaking down the walls of the unknown and beginning the process of knowing.”


Cheer team takes first place in regional competition
The Walla Walla High School Cheer team took first place in its first ever cheer competition during winter break. The team competed against squads from around the region at Selah High School. 
Local grants fund dental services to district students

Lincoln High School students will have free dental care at their school from the mobile dental team and other district elementary students will receive dental services and education through Blue Mountain Dental Clinic thanks to grants from the Bald and Garner Esary Trusts. Walla Walla Public Schools received $4000 to fund the project. Lincoln High School students will benefit from four days of dental services utilizing the dental van through “Medical Teams International”.

Dr. Geoff Stuart and Dr. Robert Ruiz from Blue Mountain Dental Care will provide free dental services for several children in February through the program. .

“Many of the students who qualify for this program have not seen a dentist for years or have a dental need,” said Jennifer Douglas, district Health Services director. “This generous donation enables the school district to continue to provide and extend these needed dental services to many students. We are also grateful to our dental partners for donating these services to our children.”


Community Stories
AAUW announces date for Great Explorations

Mark your calendars for March 14, that’s 3.14 15, or “Pi Day” for American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Great Explorations, a day of science adventures for girls grades 5-8 at Whitman College.

“Just like the number Pi, the possibilities for science investigations are infinite,” said Sue Parrish, AAUW organizer. “Over two dozen hands on science adventures are scheduled: everything from 3-D printing, to Robotics, to investigations with the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum from McMinnville Oregon.”

All workshops are led by women scientists, and support STEM educational principles. An informational flyer will be mailed home in February, and information will be presented in area classrooms.


Calling on Lip Sync Talent for Moms’ Network fundraiser

The Moms’ Network Comedy Night Fundraiser sponsored by Columbia REA is looking for local talent to participate in the opening act Lip Sync Contest.

On March 7 at the Powerhouse Theatre, top American Female Comedian Maryellen Hooper will be performing in a fundraiser to benefit the Moms’ Network. The opening act will be local contestants performing in a two song Lip Sync Sing-Off competition similar to the style late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon has created on his show.

Sour Grape has donated the $100 cash prize for the top performer. Each performer will lip sync two songs and the winner will be voted on by the crowd in attendance at the Comedy Night. Deadline to sign up is February 17.

Applications are available at Sour Grape or by contacting Beth Swanson at beth@themomsnetworkww.com or 509-301-7471.


New Parks and Recreation program guides available

The Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring Program Guide will be available on Monday, January 12. To view our new programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like us on facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr


The Moms’ Network sponsors a Free Day at the Walla Walla Children’s Museum

Need a little break during this cold and rainy season or looking for a fun way to keep your kids busy? Courtesy of the Moms’ Network of Walla Walla on Saturday January 17 the Children’s Museum is open and free to all families in the Walla Walla community.

The museum has fun interactive early learning opportunities for kids of all ages. “The Moms’ Network believes in supporting the Children’s Museum. By sponsoring a free community day we are providing families of our area a fun, safe, educational place to play.” states Beth Swanson, President of The Moms’ Network.

The Children’s Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. The Moms’ Network will also have available information about a wide variety of local resources in the community. For more information about the promotion or about the Moms’ Network contact Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com


Carnegie Picture Lab seeks volunteers to work with elementary students

Volunteer with Carnegie Picture Lab. Teach art history and art creation lessons in Walla Walla Public elementary schools this winter. Volunteer training sessions take place Wednesday, January 14 from 5:30-7:00 p.m or Thursday, January 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. For more information visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com

Free Carnegie Picture Lab Family Night: Carnegie Picture Lab presents the 2015 Family Fun Night Premiere event Saturday, January 17 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.. A live drawing demonstration from local artist Todd Telander begins at noon at the Walla Walla Public Library, with live birds from the Blue Mountain Wildlife Center - including a peregrine falcon, a great-horned owl and a red-tailed hawk. Children's art activities take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. This event introduces the activities featured at Carnegie Picture Lab's free Family Fun Nights, which the nonprofit organization brings to each Walla Walla Valley elementary school.

For additional information, contact Program Director Tracy Thompson:
- (509) 526-6921
- www.carnegiepicturelab.com



Kids to Parks Day National School Contest underway

The Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is now open to all schools grades, pre-K through 12 to help fund their very own Kids to Parks Day event. Students can win scholarships up to $1,000 for a park trip that encompasses park stewardship, health and wellness, and outdoor education. Find out more information at parktrust.org.

For additional information, contact Natural Resources Specialist Chris Alford:
- Desk: 509.527.7165
- Cell: 509.520.2501
- www.facebook.com/millcreekdam


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