||School board meeting Tuesday
- Tuesday, Sept. 1
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public
||Staff Achievement grant recipients recognized by peers
Congratulations to this year’s Staff Achievement Grant recipients. Staff Achievement Grant recipients are nominated and chosen by teachers and support staff for superior performance; innovation; exemplary leadership; and exceptional service. Staff Achievement Grant recipients receive a $1,500 stipend and five days of paid release time for professional growth activities.
2015 Staff Achievement Recipients
Vivian Glaeser (Math Teacher – Walla Walla High School)
- Nominators: Mike Gobel, Kathy Pritcher and student Ariel Bermudez.
Lisa Davis (Secretary - Berney Elementary)
- Nominators: Berney LAP staff, Illana James, Milissa Gierman and Twyla Swanson
Karen Bumgarner (Science Teacher – Pioneer Middle School)
- Nominators: Shannon Jones, Shannon Ahrens, Cheryl Herr
Barbara Thatcher (Intervention Specialist – Green Park Elementary)
- Nominators: Elizabeth Razo, Missy Johnson, Gayle Harwood, and Donna McCaw
Tom Porter (Teacher – Opportunity Program)
- Nominators: Mireya Vargas, Kelsee Anderson and Josh Wheatley
||Special Education teacher takes on new role to help empower students with challenging behaviors
Barbara Casey has been a special education teacher for 15 years and will now use her vast classroom experience to help support colleagues districtwide to better serve students with challenging behaviors. As the district’s new Behavior Specialist in the Special Education Department, Casey will work collaboratively with school teams to empower and energize staff in supporting students both in general and special education.
“The students I’ll work to support are those who have not been successful in gaining social competency in our Tier 1 & 2 programs,” said Casey. “They are the kids that require us to put our heads and hearts together, and to really get creative in designing interventions for addressing the root issues contributing to a child’s behavioral deficits so they have more opportunities for school success.”
Casey grew up in Huntington, Oregon, which is located near the Snake River in eastern Oregon. She went on to graduate from Gonzaga University with a degree in Special Education, and from the University of Washington Tacoma with a master’s degree in At-Risk Learners. Her teaching career began in Puyallup School District. She and her husband, Brian, who is also a teacher, have three sons. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, spending time with family, and following Gonzaga basketball.
“I have an unbreakable belief that every child can succeed, regardless of what their skills are when we first meet them,” said Casey.
||District welcomes new substitute coordinator
The district welcomes Shari Strickland as its new Substitute Coordinator. Shari was a longtime district substitute teacher before accepting this position. If you are interested in serving as a substitute teacher or in a support staff position, please contact Strickland for additional information on the application process. There are many positions available throughout the school year.
- (509) 526-6743
||Pedroza named to support Bilingual Education program
Longtime Sharpstein Elementary dual language teacher Angélica Pedroza has a heart for helping students acquire English and be successful academically. As the district’s new Bilingual Coordinator, she will have a greater role in helping close the achievement gap of English Language Learning (ELL) students. Her primary responsibility is monitoring the progress of ELL students and guiding educators in implementing the best teaching strategies.
“I have been involved with district bilingual literacy projects and enjoyed working with teachers and improving our instruction,” Pedroza said. “This position allows me to impact the learning of more students by working with teachers and administrators.”
Pedroza was born in Mexico and moved to Touchet when she was four-years-old. After graduating from Touchet High School, she attended Whitman College where she majored in Spanish and received her teaching certification. She has three sons and enjoys spending time with her family.
||New administrators now call Walla Walla home
The district welcomes two new administrators to its leadership team. Libby Thompson is the new Special Education Director. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, she was the Assistant Special Education Director in the North Thurston School District. Thompson has been married to her husband, Gene, for 33 years. They were high school sweethearts who have four grown children. Thompson and her husband love to travel and have named Cabo San Lucus as their favorite place. When she is not working, she loves to knit, read, and spend time with her family and two dogs.
“We just became ‘empty-nesters’ with my youngest child graduating from high school and joining the Navy,” Thompson said. “I am really happy to be here in Walla Walla,” Thompson said. “Everyone has been friendly and supportive, and I look forward to many years here.”
Dana Chandler is the new principal at Prospect Point Elementary. Prior to coming to Walla Walla, she was principal of The Sullivans School in Japan as part of the Department of Defense school system. Chandler loves to read, quilt, and spend time with family. She is married to Brian and has four grown daughters and two sons-in-laws.
“I’m very happy to be in Walla Walla and Prospect Point,” Chandler said. “The people here are so welcoming and helpful which has made our transition from overseas so much easier. The teaching staff at Prospect Point have been incredible and it’s obvious that they are very dedicated to the students here.”
||Local educators invited to National Board informational meeting
- National Board Certification informational meeting
- Wednesday, Sept. 2
- 4 p.m. at Green Park Elementary (3rd floor in the common area)
- Questions: Email Barb Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Carpenter (email@example.com)
||District programs on display at Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days
Walla Walla Public Schools Fair Superintendent Margo Piver has been busy organizing the student work set to be featured at this year’s Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 6 at the fairgrounds. District schools will be represented in the Education Building near the Orchard St. main entrance. The district will also have an information station set-up in front of the Education Building featuring Walla Walla Public Schools publications. We look forward to seeing everyone at the fair!
||No School September 4 and 7
- No school Friday, Sept. 4 (Kids Day at the Fair) and Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day Holiday)
- Classes resume Tuesday, Sept. 8
||Free screenings of Paper Tigers documentary scheduled
What: Premiere of Paper Tigers
Where: Gesa Power House (Address: 111 N 6th Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362 -- 509.529.6500)
When: September 4
Time: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Complimentary Admission
Documentary Information: www.papertigersmovie.com
KPJR Films will host a screening of Paper Tigers, a documentary directed by James Redford that focuses on adverse childhood experiences and follows select students at Lincoln High School. Paper Tigers is a relevant and timely documentary that explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences on teens while their teachers are armed with new science and fresh approaches that are changing their students’ lives for the better. Paper Tigers will be screened on September 4 at the Gesa Power House at 5 and 8:30 p.m. The screening is open to the general public and is free of charge. Doors to the theater open at 4 p.m. Reserve tickets at www.phtww.com.
||Walla Walla High School JROTC cadet leaders, staff named for year
Cadets in the Junior ROTC program at Walla Walla High School are charging into the academic year with a new command and staff group to lead them through the agenda of academic and competitive activities.
The Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets who will pick up the mantle of leadership for the 2015-2016 school year, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, are: Cadet Lt. Col. Alexis Nordman, battalion commander, and c/Command Sgt. Maj. Danielle DeSalvo.
"The Blue Devil Cadet Battalion command team is led by those two individuals, the senior officer and non-commissioned officer, who together represent the entire command and are responsible for everything the organization does or fails to do," said Bialozor, the WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor.
The other key personnel making up the battalion leadership, staff, company leadership, and team captains are:
- c/Maj. Zachary Cobb, executive officer (he will also command Color Guard #1), special teams captains oversight
- c/Capt. Evan Jameson, S1, personnel actions;
- c/Capt. Makayla Heird, S2, security and intelligence;
- c/Maj. Maddie Erikson, S3, responsible for operations and training;
- c/Capt. Autumn Lewis, Assistant S3 for operations;
- c/Sgt. Maj. Dominick Mullins, S3 operations sergeant major;
- c/Capt. Scott Doyle, S4, logistics and supply;
- c/1st Lt. Evan Lockwood, Assistant S4 for logistics automation;
- c/Capt. Andrea Miller, S5, public affairs, directing newsletter production, media coordination and community relations;
- c/Capt. Bethany Roulston, S6, technology;
- c/Capt. Kennedy Leitch, S7, battalion finance officer;
- c/Capt. Justyn Filan, S8, activities officer;
- c/Capt. Mason Christopher, S9, battalion fitness officer (he will also command CG#2);
The new company commanders, all cadet first lieutenants, include: Adam Grau, Brigh Ferguson, Justin Mebes, Hayden Scott, and Spencer Carlyle. The company cadet first sergeants are: Eve Jensen, David Garza, Samantha Scott, and Jeffery Warner.
The competitive team captains are:
- c/Master Sgt. Kendall Knight, physical fitness;
- c/Sgt. Maj. Savannah Brown, armed team, and will also command the honor guard;
- c/Capt. Meagan Dodd, unarmed drill team, and will also serve as the battalion drill and ceremonies officer;
"Our Army National Champion rifle team will be led by accomplished returning cadets who were also important contributors to our success last year," said Sgt. 1st Class Mark Mebes, Army Instructor and rifle team coach. "These are: c/Maj. Sabrina Keenan, rifle team captain, and c/Sgt. Maj. Michael Shuster, range operations sergeant major."
Fifth grade orchestra begins
Fifth grade beginning orchestra begins September 14 and 15. Green Park, Edison, and Berney students meet at Pioneer Middle School in Room B-23. Sharpstein, Prospect Point, and Blue Ridge students meet at Garrison Middle School in Room 150. An information meeting for parents and students will be Tuesday, September 1 at 7 p.m. at both schools. For more information, please contact Julia Woods (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Green Park, Edison, and Berney students or Caleb Condie (email@example.com) for Sharpstein, Prospect Point, and Blue Ridge students.
||Free Gold Cards allow senior citizens access to school games and activities
Walla Walla School District residents and Walla Walla School District retirees 60 and older are invited to attend most school events at no charge. Get a complimentary Gold Card and see outstanding concerts, plays, musical productions, art shows, athletic events (except playoff games governed by YVIAA or WIAA regulations) and more as our guest. It's a small way to acknowledge the ongoing support and many contributions our seniors make to the community.
Gold Cards will be issued from the ASB office at Walla Walla High School, 800 Abbott Road. Proof of residence will be required. Take advantage of the benefits of a Gold Card, and personally witness comprehensive education – including student entertainment, athletics and art – at its finest.
For more information contact:
||Trilogy plans fun run fundraiser to support local recovery programs
Trilogy Recovery Center invites the community to run, jog, or walk on September 12 to help raise awareness about the reality of addiction and celebrate those who live in recovery. The 5th Annual 5k Run also serves as Trilogy Recovery Community's main fundraiser which allows them to carry out their mission in providing recovery support services free of charge to anyone in need.
- The race will start at the Trilogy house at 515 W. Poplar St. and finish at Pioneer Park.
- Register now at Eventbrite or go to the Trilogy Recovery Community Facebook page and click on “Find Tickets
- Adults (18+)= Early registration: $15 or $25 on race day
- Youth (6-18): Early registration: $10.00 or $15.00 on race day
- Kids (5 and Under): FREE
- Peers FREE or by donation
- Early registration is now until September 11
- Registered/paid participants will receive a free Run for Recovery T-Shirt
- If you have any questions, call (509) 876-4525 and ask for Megan
||Carnegie Picture Lab plans volunteer workshops
Looking for a fun way to get involved in your child’s classroom? Volunteer for Carnegie Picture Lab. Help teach an art history lesson or art project, or help behind the scenes -- you choose your level of time commitment.
Volunteer Training Workshops:
- Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30-7 p.m.
- Thursday, September 17 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Workshops are located at the Carnegie Picture Lab Studio, 515 E. Main Street, downtown Walla Walla. Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.carnegiepicturelab.com, or call (509) 526-6921. Carnegie Picture Lab is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley.
||City Parks & Rec Update
Registration is open for the following Programs:
- Youth Circus Lessons (Ages 8 - 13) September 3 - Cost $60
- The Body's Way (Ages 3 - 6) Cost $120
- Fencing (Ages 9 - 17) Cost $38 beginning $48 Intermediate
- Guitar (Ages 12 & up) September 21 - Cost $40
- Ukulele (Ages 12 & up) September 21 - Cost $40
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr