Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 25, 2015

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ThoughtExchange: “Join the Conversation” this fall to focus on quality education

more about views on quality education. The ThoughtExchange process is driven by the thoughts and opinions of the community to help shape the direction and priorities of the district over the next three years.

Parents, staff, students and community members will have an opportunity to “Join the Conversation” via this online learning process beginning Oct. 6 through Oct. 16. Parents, staff and those who sign up for Enews will receive an email inviting them to engage. Community members and students will have the opportunity to self-register by visiting the district website (www.wwps.org) and clicking on the ThoughtExchange logo. This process is available in English and Spanish.

Fall 2015 ThoughtExchange questions
Question 1: What are some examples of experiences your child or a child you know has had at Walla Walla Public Schools that illustrates what quality education means to you?

Question 2: What are some opportunities you feel would contribute to quality education that are not available for students right now?

ThroughtExchange Process:
- It is a three-step process. Stakeholders begin by sharing their thoughts online. Then each participant has the opportunity to review and star the thoughts of other ThoughtExchange contributors. The benefit of the process is discovering what the community values.
- The process is confidential. The names and email addresses of participants will never be publicly associated with a thought or response. However, participants will see each other’s thoughts.
- If the school district has your email address (parents, staff, Enews recipients), you will receive a customized invitation. If you don’t receive an invitation, you can visit the Walla Walla Public Schools home page at www.wwps.org to self-register.
- Results of the process will be shared with the public in late November.


District revises 2015-16 calendar – No school Friday, Oct. 2

The district has revised its 2015-2016 school year calendar. The changes include moving the May 13 Teacher Professional Day to Friday, October 2. As a result, there will be no school Friday, Oct. 2 to allow for a Teacher Professional Day. School will be in session Friday, May 13. The kindergarten through fifth grade early dismissal scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 has been moved to Friday, April 1. All students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be dismissed early Friday, April 1 to allow for teacher academic planning. The revised calendar is posted within the calendar section of the district’s website (www.wwps.org) and hard copies are available at schools and the district office.


District joins area Realtors for “Care and Share” Food Drive

- Food Drive Weekend Dates: Oct. 16-18
- Collection barrels at all district schools and the district office throughout the month of October

Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with area realtors to help those in need through the “Care and Share” annual food drive. There are many ways for parents, students and staff to get involved. All donations help the Blue Mountain Action Council Food Bank. Demand remains high. Peter Swant is the project coordinator: peterswant@windermere.com

Here’s how you can help:
- “Fill the Bus” drive at area grocery stores: Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Pick a section of town to distribute bags to area homes and then collect them the following day (Oct. 16 & 18)
- Donate food at all district schools and the district office (collection barrels at all these sites)


NO SCHOOL Oct. 2, 8 and 9

There will be no school Oct. 2 (Fall Professional Day) and Oct. 8 and 9 (Parent/Teacher Conferences). 


Parent/teacher goal-setting fall conference schedule

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, Oct. 5: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:00- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 6: 3:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 2:15– 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 6: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 6: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 6 (Arena): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 (Drop In): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 (Drop In): 7:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Tuesday, Oct. 6 (Drop In): 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 (Drop In): 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 (Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Monday, Oct. 5 (Appt.): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 (Appt.): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 (Appt.): 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Wednesday, Oct. 7 (Drop In-Arena): 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8 (Classrooms): 7:30 a.m. – Noon
Thursday, Oct. 8 (Phone, e-mail progress reports): 12:45 – 6:15 p.m.

SEA-TECH (Southeast Washington Area Skills Center)
Wednesday, Oct. 7: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 8: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.



Blue Mountain Community Foundation grants several awards to Walla Walla Public Schools

Thanks to the Blue Mountain Community Foundation for its generous support of district programs through its annual grant program. A total of $7650 in funds were granted to the district to help ensure students have access to additional services and quality programs.

Award Highlights
- Lincoln High School: $3000 to provide additional college experiences to Lincoln High School students.
- Lincoln High School: $2000 to provide additional in-class support to Lincoln High School students.
- Lincoln High School: $650 to support Lincoln High School’s student incentive programs.
- Blue Ridge Elementary: $2000 for the purchase of Google Chromebooks for classroom and individual student use.


”Pitch It” informational meeting Sept. 30 (Shark Tank - Walla Walla style) 

The district has teamed with Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, College Place School District, Junior Achievement and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce to plan the Pitch It! Competition presented by Baker Boyer Bank. Inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, “Pitch It” provides an opportunity for students of all ages to design and develop innovative business, products and services concepts. The Pitch It! Competition will challenge students to create a realistic business model for their entrepreneurial idea.

Students will compete in grade brackets, K-8, 9-12 and 13+ and is open to all students at all schools in the Walla Walla Valley. In addition, there will be workshops leading up to the events, volunteer mentors will be assigned to students and a community-wide entrepreneurial panel will judge the final event.

The preliminary competition for all students is Wednesday, November 4 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Walla Walla Community College. The winners from each grade bracket at this event will move forward to compete in the final event on November 18 at the Gesa Powerhouse Theater. The first place winner will receive a $500 cash prize from Baker Boyer Bank and three coaching sessions on the fundamentals of building a successful business.

Pitch It! Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 30 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
- Kick-Off and Informational meeting Location: Port of Walla Walla Conference Room, Walla Walla Airport

Wednesday, Oct. 7 - 6:30-8 p.m.
- Instructional Workshop “Brainstorm your Business” Location: Port of Walla Walla Conference Room, Walla Walla Airport. Activities involve games to creatively consider new business or social enterprise opportunities and product concepts.

- Wednesday, Oct. 21 6:30-8 p.m.
- Instructional Workshop “Build your Pitch” Location: Reid Center, Room G-02, Whitman College. Instructional and practice activities to focus on crucial points of the pitch.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - 5:30-8 p.m.
- Preliminary Competition Location: Walla Walla Community College, Main Building. Three community-wide events by grade-bracket, top 2 winners from each age bracket advance to final round.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Final Event Location: Gesa Powerhouse Theater. Top 2 finishers at each preliminary event compete for the final award.

To learn more visit:
www.pitch-it.info / www.gew.co/ / http://startup.choosewashingtonstate.com/


School Stories
Gear Up support helps summer school students excel

Gear Up did its part to increase the number of students who received services in summer programs. Gear Up serviced 123 Walla Walla High School students at four offsite college campus academic camps as part of its robust summer program. It also conducted one geometry readiness program on the campus of Wa-Hi.

“That's just over $60,000 Gear Up spent in full-ride scholarships to Walla Walla Valley youth to attend full-service summer academic programs all over Washington State,” said Gear Up Program Coordinator Becky Waggoner-Schwartz.


Wa-Hi AVID students share passion for program with Exchange Club members 

Monday Walla Walla High School juniors Yasmeen Flores and Hunter Swopes reported to club members on their experiences in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. AVID accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change. This program prepares students for college eligibility, develops strong peer groups, connects students to their community, improves academic achievement and is recognized nationally for excellence. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Exchange Club President Bryan Ponti was impressed with what he heard.

“I feel the program for our students and community is priceless,” Ponti said. “These students, many who are first generation college bound, have this program to wrap around their academics and encourage them to go to college. This is what we need in the community and in our schools.”


Seattle University and George Fox University representatives plan Walla Walla High School visits 

Seniors and Juniors, don't miss this opportunity to connect with Admissions Officers in-person regarding applications, costs and scholarships. Sign-in at the event to be excused from class. Let your teacher know you plan to attend. Contact Claircy Clizer, cclizer@wwps.org or 509-526-8680 with questions. All college visits take place in the Career Center located in the Library.
- Seattle University - Sept. 28, 2 p.m.
- George Fox University - Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.


Students in floral program support Medal of Honor ceremony

Thanks to the following Walla Walla High School students in the Floral program who helped make all of the flowers used in the Medal of Honor Ceremony that took place last Friday at the Washington State Penitentiary.

“It was quite an honor to be asked to be a part of the ceremony,” said teacher Arch McHie. “I know the students were very pleased with their efforts and then to see all of their hard work show up on the news was a bonus.”

Floral student participants:
Carolina Bruno
Brittney Partlow
Madison Pester
Abby Stocke
Sedona Willis
Taylor Talich
Elsa Pena
Jeanette Arellano
Sarah Gibbs

See more at: http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/30067582/three-fallen-prison-guards-honored-for-their-service-in-walla-walla


Senior reaches National Merit Scholarship semifinals - By Wa-Hi Journal

The 2016 semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program were announced on Sept. 9, including senior Ryan Manny. Manny achieved the semifinals by virtue of his PSAT score, which exceeded the cutoff for Washington State, 220.

“I’m very happy that I’ve made it this far, but there is still a long road ahead of me if I want to reach the finals,” Manny said. The approximately 16,000 semifinalists will compete in the next level of the program in order to advance to the finals and earn one of the 7,400 National Merit Scholarships being offered, as well as to become eligible for scholarships from various colleges.

The PSAT is a College Board test, along with the SAT and AP, but it is managed in part by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Scores from the 11th grade PSAT qualify students for the National Merit Scholarship Program, though advancement past the semifinals is based on other qualifications—an essay, a recommendation from a principal and a list of achievements, among others.

“I know that many people think taking the PSAT their junior year won’t make a difference, but that isn’t true,” Manny said. “I encourage everyone at the school to take it.”



New Career Technical Education (CTE) courses support business and entrepreneur educational opportunities

Walla Walla High School offered five new elective courses this fall as options for students to choose from. These classes were added to allow students the opportunity take additional courses outside the required curriculum as exploratory or preparatory classes for a Career Pathway.

Entrepreneurship:
Entrepreneurship education prepares students to carry out the entrepreneurial process and experience the entrepreneurial spirit. Developing an innovative idea and writing a business plan are only the first steps of a successful business. The entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow’s competitive marketplace must also understand production, marketing, finance, human resources, global competition, and social, environmental, and legal issues. Just as critical are communication skills, initiative, creativity, flexibility, and problem solving techniques.

Marketing:
An Introductory course designed for students interested in the understanding and skills of marketing: channel management, marketing information management, market planning, pricing, product/service management, promotion, and selling. Students will also acquire an understanding and appreciation of marketing functions as it relates to ethical and legal issues.

Agribusiness
Agribusiness informs students about the business aspects of farming. The economics of agriculture, farm finance and international trade are just a few topics covered in agribusiness. This course is designed to develop student knowledge and skills in the area of agribusiness operations and management. Instructional units include organization and functions of agriculture business, agricultural business math, agriculture business procedures including microcomputer applications and human relations skills, as well as sales related duties.

Agricultural Communications
The curriculum prepares students to use numerous methods of media to promote and educate our strong agricultural industry in Washington and the United States. Students will have the opportunity to use hands-on experiences to prepare written materials for journalistic writings, business writing, and public presentations such as demonstrations and speeches.

Career Outreach
This course is a student based enterprise designed to simulate a business environment. School­based enterprises are effective educational tools in helping to prepare students for the transition from school to work or college. For many students, they provide the first work experience; for others, they provide an opportunity to build management, supervision and leadership skills.


"Dig Pink" Breast Cancer awareness events continue - Dig Pink Match Oct. 13

The Walla Walla High School Volleyball Program continues to offer activities and events to raise awareness of Breast Cancer through its Dig Pink campaign. Several fundraisers are also planned. Funds raised will be donated to the Providence St Mary Breast Cancer Special Needs or the Lifesaver Fund. For more information, contact organizer Cassie Rothstrom: (509) 520-7186 / cassie@wwenvironmental.com.

Dig Pink Events:
- September 25: Wa-Hi Volleyball will be at the Homecoming game selling homemade baked goods
- October 5: Garrison vs. Pioneer, Dig Pink Volleyball Match
- October 13: Dig Pink Game at Wa-Hi

October 13: Dig Pink Game Schedule of Events
- Pizza By the Slice – will be sold during Frosh, Sophomore, JV, and Varsity Games - $2/slice
- Wa-Hi Cheerleaders will be onsite doing face painting - $1
- There will be “mystery items” to bid on at the event
- Onsite raffle for cool themed baskets
- 30 second black out during the Varsity Game break to remember those impacted by cancer. Bracelets will be turned on during this time to light up the gym with a Moment of Silence following.
- “Serve for a Cure” - $1/serve (tickets purchased at game)


Wa-Hi Homecoming game tonight

- Wa-Hi vs. Pasco
- 7 p.m. kick-off
- Borleske Stadium
- Half-Time Homecoming Royalty program
- Coach for a Cure fund-raising event

Homecoming itself is Saturday. Tickets are on sale in the ASB office for $15, reduced from last year's price of $20.


Volleyball team volunteers to help Salvation Army Food Bank - By Wa-Hi Journal

The Wa-Hi Varsity Volleyball team volunteered at the Salvation Army over the September 19 weekend. The girls showed off their strong work ethic and painting skills by painting the sanctuary attached to the Salvation Army's food bank. The team also had the chance to learn about the impact the Salvation Army has in the valley and across the nation.

“I am very proud of my team's ability to sacrifice their weekend, and show their commitment to others in our community,” said coach Kim McDaniels. “These girls really did a great job and seemed to have fun doing it.”


Community Stories
City plans Prescription Take Back WEEKEND 

Help reduce youth access to drugs. Plus protect your identity by shredding documents!
- Saturday, September 26
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Convenient locations: Walla Walla Police Department (54 E. Moore) and Walla Walla General Hospital (1111 S. 2nd) and College Place Police Department (625 W. College Ave.)

Walla Walla Police Department (54 E. Moore): WW TAKING BACK PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; TAKING BACK OLD BIKES – PARTS FOR RECONDITIONING; TAKING BACK CELL PHONES; TAKING BACK COMPUTERS/ELECTRONIC DEVICES; SHRED TRUCK ON SITE. Crime Watch will be accepting donations at the Shred Truck.

College Place Police Department (625 W. College Ave): TAKING BACK PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; locked SHRED BINS WILL BE PROVIDED courtesy of ACCU-SHRED–Crime Watch will be accepting donations at the Shred Bins.
Sunday, September 27, 2015 , 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walla Walla General Hospital (1111 S. 2nd): WILL BE TAKING BACK PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; TAKING BACK OLD BIKES – PARTS FOR RECONDITIONING; TAKING BACK CELL PHONES; TAKING BACK COMPUTERS/ELECTRONIC DEVICES; SHRED TRUCK ON SITE –Crime Watch will be accepting donations at the Shred Truck. Flu Vaccinations will be available. This Take Back Weekend is sponsored by General Hospital, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, ACCU SHRED, Baker Boyer Bank, and Price Computers.

If you have questions, please call Vicki at 524-4409.


City Parks & Rec Update

Registration is open for the following Programs:
- Youth Indoor Soccer League (Grades K-8) $50
- Pumpkin Carving Contest (Ages 3-12) Free
- The Body's Way (Ages 3 - 6) $160.00
- Fencing (Ages 9 - 17) $38 beginning $48 Intermediate
- Guitar (Ages 12 & up) $40
- Ukulele (Ages 12 & up) $40
- Water Color Painting (Ages 16 & up) $81 beginning
- Nia (Ages 12 & up) $40

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


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