No school Nov. 11 - Veterans Day
Walla Walla Public Schools thanks all the veterans past and present. In honor of our veterans, there will be no school Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Classes resume Thursday, Nov. 12. Students in schools across the district will be honoring veterans next week during school assemblies and concerts.
||District plans community meetings to discuss sleep study
Walla Walla Public Schools is conducting a sleep study to determine if Walla Walla High School should start later based on adolescent sleep pattern research. Business Services Executive Director Ted Cohan and Dr. Richard Simon are planning two community meetings to discuss the topic. The first meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Garrison Middle School Library. The second meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walla Walla High School Commons.
Dr. Simon will discuss the research linked to chronic sleep loss in teens and some of the potential benefits to starting school later at Walla Walla High School. Cohan will explain the committee’s process and detail how a recommendation could potentially move forward.
The district will also launch a community-wide survey later this month to get additional input. For more information on the Sleep Study, contact Ted Cohan at (509) 526-6717 or email@example.com.
||Personnel Report (from November 3, 2015 – School Board Meeting)
Classified: Monica Jimenez, Family Advocate, Blue Ridge Preschool
Sandy Leos, Family Advocate, Blue Ridge Preschool
John Pemberton, Custodial Supervisor, Facilities and Operations
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Certificated: Pam Clayton, Third-Grade, Berney Elementary, 12 years
(For the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year to serve as Family Involvement Coordinator for Walla Walla Public Schools)
Carrie Givens, Special Education Behavior Room, Prospect Point Elementary, 6 years
(For the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year)
||Enrollment jumps 42 students in one month
Executive Director of Business Services Ted Cohan reported good news to the school board Tuesday night regarding enrollment.
The November count is up 42 students from October. The district is now approximately 200 students above beginning year
budget targets. The 2015-2016 school year budget target is 5710 FTE. Enrollment currently sits at 5912 FTE.
Facilities Committee making progress
Community Facilities Task Force co-chair Paul Schneidmiller provided a progress report to the school board Tuesday night. The committee is in the process of identifying priorities and the associated costs for improvements. Thus far, the committee has identified Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, the preschool at Blue Ridge Elementary and Pioneer Middle School as the highest priorities for facility improvements. The committee plans to meet the third Thursday of each month. Schneidmiller promised opportunities for staff and community members to weigh in on financing and design options before any recommendations are made to the school board or public.
||Free showing of Paper Tigers documentary at Cordiner Hall
The Health Center, Whitman College Student Engagement Center and Walla Walla Public Schools have teamed to bring a free public showing of Paper Tigers to Cordiner Hall Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The Paper Tigers documentary follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students. This film explores how Walla Walla's own Lincoln High school and The Health Center have become promising models for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and health disparities that affect families. Join us in celebrating this film, and the success of Lincoln High School.
- Paper Tigers Documentary showing
- Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
- Cordiner Hall, Whitman College (46 S. Park St.)
- Free to the public
- Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-screening-tickets-18890587255
||Seven out of 10 bonds failing across the state in General Election
The 60 percent supermajority hurdle to pass a construction bond in Washington state continues to prove to be too steep for most school district’s across the state. Preliminary results tallied from the Nov. 3 general election reveal seven out of 10 bond proposals are failing. Washington state bond elections the past seven years indicate a similar low approval rate trend.
Recent statewide bond approval rates:
- 2008 - 23%
- 2009 - 45%
- 2010 - 47%
- 2011 - 15%
- 2012 - 67%
- 2013 - 48%
- 2014 - 35%
(Source: DA Davidson via OSPI)
Nov. 3 General Election results (as of Nov. 4 tallies)
- Sequim School District: $49,300,000 - 57.24% (Failing)
- Warden School District: $9,311,000 - 42.93% (Failing)
- Lake Quinault School: $7,375,000 - 45.31% (Failing)
- Elma School District: $6,900,000 - 51.41% (Failing)
- Adna School District: $8,183,000 - 63.52% (Passing)
- Puyallup School District: $292,515,000 - 68.26% (Passing)
- Liberty School District: $12,900,000 - 55.46% (Failing)
- East Valley School District: $52,900,000 - 60.89% (Passing)
- Toppenish School: $17,100,000 - 48.37% (Failing)
- Zillah School District: $10,500,000 - 40.66% (Failing)
||Wa-Hi Fall Drama: A Long Bridge Over Deep Water
“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” is 10 vignettes woven together in documentary fashion and explores themes of tolerance, diversity, acceptance, and religion. A full dress rehearsal is planned for Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium. The play’s opening night is Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium.
“A Long Bridge Over Deep Water” Performance Schedule:
Thursday, Nov. 12 (public viewing of dress rehearsal – donations accepted) – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 13 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19 - 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 2 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, Nov. 21 – 7 p.m.
*All performances are at the Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium
- Adults $12, Students and Seniors $6
- Drama donors are seated prior to seating of the general public (It’s all general admission with no reserved seating)
- Purchase tickets online by visiting the Walla Walla High School web site: Online payments section - https://intouch.wwps.org
- Tickets may also be purchased at the ASB office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in person)
- Box office opens one hour prior to performance if tickets are available
||Baker Boyer Bank Pitch IT competitors advance to final event
Baker Boyer Bank Pitch IT! Finals Competition
- Wednesday, November 18
- 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Gesa Powerhouse Theater
- The event is FREE and open to the community
Wednesday night Heather Nygaard, WWCC, Haute Stuff Catering Co., Lindsey Shearer & Melanie Morales, Walla Walla University, Untapped: Unleashing your Closets, Daniel Ochoarrarte, College Place High School, Staging Spain, Paris Orchard & Jaedyn Sellers College Place High School, VT Bow Co., Marcus Huenergardt, College Place High School, Art of the Farmer, Abby Rolfe, Prospect Point Elementary, Angle Animals Cookie Society, and Harry Shaul, Weston Middle School, Pro Shifter impressed the panel of local judges with their business concepts to advance to the final round of the Baker Boyer Bank Pitch It competition.
Twenty-six students, from seven schools participated in three different grade brackets in the preliminary competition at Walla Walla Community College. “Pitch IT!” - inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, provides a vehicle for students of all ages to design and develop innovative business, products and services concepts. The Final Community-Wide Competition is November 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the GESA Powerhouse Theater. The winner receives a $500 cash prize from Baker Boyer Bank to support their business.
The Baker Boyer Bank Pitch It competition is in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-22, 2015. This week was created to recognize the power of entrepreneurship.
Special thanks to the Preliminary Competition judges:
• Casey Waddell – Baker Boyer Bank
• Jim Kuntz – Port of Walla Walla
• Craig Sievertson– Banner Bank
• Ted Cohan – Walla Walla Public Schools
• Mark Thompson – BMT Risk Management
• Todd Brandenburg – PocketiNet Communications
• Brandi Hammon – Hapo Credit Union
• Nanqi You – Walla Walla Web Weavers
• Ron Dunning – Business Owner and County Commissioner
• Lawson Knight – Intermountain Impact Investments
• Brad McMasters – Port of Columbia
• David Lindstrom – Walla Walla University
• Marlene Ramsey – Walla Walla Community College
• Alice Freyer – Work Source Walla Walla
The GEW Committee is made up of members from Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, College Place School District, Walla Walla Public Schools, Junior Achievement and the WWV Chamber of Commerce.
Finals Competition judges; Megan Clubb, Baker Boyer Bank, Andre Bopp, Andrea’s Kitchen, Shannon Bergevin, Express Personnel, Hank Worden, Edward Jones Investments, and Zachery Frazier of the Walla Walla Sweets Baseball Club.
||Meet the Garrison Principal for Coffee
The Moms’ Network is excited to host a new monthly program at Garrison Middle School with Principal Robert Elizondo. Parents are invited to join the principal for coffee and danishes to learn more about the school and the resources and programs available to students and parents. All parents and guardians are invited to participate including 5th grade parents of students who will be attending Garrison in the fall of 2016. For more information or to suggest a topic please contact Armida Contreras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, November 18 @ 8 a.m. in Room 171 (English)
- Tuesday, Nov. 24 @ 8 a.m. in Room 171 (Spanish)
(NOTE: Please check in at the main office)
||Washington State Social Studies Cadre of Educators
Two Walla Walla Public Schools educators have been selected to join the state Social Studies Cadre. The Social Studies Cadre, established in 2010, consists of approximately 35 educators (a minimum of three per ESD) who have both teaching experience and expertise in social studies education. The Social Studies Cadre of Washington state has thirteen new members who began their three-year terms of service on October 1, 2015.
ESD 101 – Beth Dunbar (Selkirk), Robin Placzek (Mead), William Reese (Spokane)
ESD 112 – Carolyn Clark-Bennett (Stevenson-Carson), Kelly Jacobsen (Ocean Beach), Amy Johnson (Longview)
ESD 113 – Mary Ziegert (North Thurston)
ESD 114 – Wyndi Anderson (Port Angeles), Shannon Lowrie (North Mason), Meghan Rubman (North Kitsap)
ESD 121 – Barry Hoonan (Bainbridge Island)
ESD 123 – Brad Ludwig (Walla Walla), Jean Tobin (Walla Walla)
||Walla Walla High School students named to All-State Music Honor Groups
Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School students who have been selected to 2016 Washington All-State Honor Music Groups. Outstanding fifth through twelfth grade students from across Washington have received top honors by being selected to participate in our annual WMEA All-State and Junior All-State bands, choirs and orchestra. The Wa-Hi students will join other musicians from around for a performance in Yakima over President's Day Weekend.
- Hannah Cabasco: Clarinet, All-State Symphony Orchestra
- Keeli McKern: Clarinet, All-State Concert Band
- Ben Northam: French Horn, All-State Wind Ensemble
- Brisa Reyes: Treble Choir, Alto 1
- Hallyn Boggs: Treble Choir, Soprano 2
- Evelyn Tkachev: Treble Choir, Soprano 2
- Annalise Juergensen: Treble Choir, Soprano 1
- Kelsey Wagner: Treble Choir, Soprano 2
- Alandra Dalan: Treble Choir, Soprano 1
- Katy Payne: Treble Choir, Alto 2
- Malyn Osborn: Treble Choir, Alto 1
- Bailee Butler: Treble Choir, Soprano 1
- Sydney Butcher: Symphonic Choir, Soprano 1
Garrison Middle School Orchestra
- Hannali Berglin: Junior All-State Orchestra, Violin
Jazz Band honored at WSU festival
Congratulations to the Walla Walla High School Jazz Band for being named an outstanding band for the third straight year at the Washington State University Jazz Festival. Thanks to Band Teacher Andrew Ueckert for all his hard work preparing the students.
||Group raises awareness of traffic safety concerns on Palouse Street
A group of neighbors and Sharpstein parents have been concerned about the safety of walkers crossing Palouse Street, particularly for students who cross it twice daily for school.
“This is a major walking zone for the school but there are no lined crosswalks or stop signs to slow the traffic on Palouse Street and alert drivers to walkers,” said Organizer Karri Bruce. “Cars frequently speed down the road and over the years (with growth south of town and changes to the YMCA parking lot), the road has increasingly become a busy thoroughfare.”
Bruce and her group are asking the city to consider some changes to make Palouse Street safer, including adding one or more stop signs and crosswalks to alert drivers to pedestrians. They are encouraging concerned citizens to sign a petition in support of these changes: https://www.change.org/p/walla-walla-city-council-members-city-manager-and-director-of-public-works-let-s-make-a-safe-walking-corridor-for-pedestrians-in-the-sharpstein-school-zone
“We will be collecting signatures through December 6 and are hoping to show the city that there is broad support for making a change on Palouse Street,” said Bruce.
||Books for Babes bulb sale in full bloom
The Books for Babes program, a service project of Edison Elementary which provides a bag of books for all newborns in Walla Walla, is conducting its annual Bulb-In-A-Can fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the program. These adorably wrapped cans with a hyacinth bulb inside make a nice holiday gift. The bulb cans are $5 each.
- Send orders by Monday, November 30
- Email email@example.com or call 529-3527 with number of cans and your contact information for delivery
- Make payment by check to: Books for Babes, c/o Kay Barga, 810 Clay Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362
- Bulbs will be delivered by Friday, December 11
||The Moms’ Network to offer Art & Play at the Children’s Museum
On Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, the Moms’ Network, in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition, will offer an Art & Play morning at the Children’s Museum from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be several Patriotic art activities set up for children to create under the guidance of Moms’ Network volunteers. The Children’s Museum is also open during Art & Play. This is a free community event and siblings are welcome to attend.
“The Moms’ Network is excited to offer this community program again” states Sara Moran, Moms’ Network Board Member. “Art & Play is a fabulous way for children to explore and learn with their parents. We provide art activities that are fun, educational and a little messy. ”
The Moms’ Network of Walla Walla is a grassroots organization that provides an opportunity for parents to communicate, receive and exchange valuable community and parenting information, network with each other and be actively involved in the community. For more information visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
||City Parks & Rec Update
Registration is open for the following programs:
Fencing - November 11 - December 13, 2016
Beginning (Ages 9 - 17) Cost - $38
Intermediate (Ages 9-17) Cost - $48
Winter Tennis Camp - January 11-15, 2016
Beginning - Advanced (Ages 10-18) Cost - $75
Quickstart (Ages 4-10) Cost - $55
For more information on these programs or to register, please go to www.wwpr.us. Like on Facebook! www.facebook.com/wallawallapr
Education First trip Kettle Corn fundraiser this weekend in support of Belize trip
Gladys Coley is organizing a Kettle Korn sale at Walmart Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This fundraiser is in support of students traveling to Belize in 2016 on an Education First trip. The sale funds will help support their bus fare to Portland and back and gratuity for when they are in Belize. The Kettle Korn will be $5 a bag. The EF trip to Belize is private and not sponsored by Walla Walla Public Schools.
||AAUW accepting scholarship applications
Applications are now being accepted for the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Scholarships, established to provide assistance to women who have completed a minimum of one year of college (30 semester or 45 quarter credits) and have a desire to complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education. Please note that there must be a break of at least one year at some time during the applicant’s college education.
Applications will be accepted from women who meet the following requirements:
1. provide transcripts from at least one year of college, followed by an interruption (time lapse) in education
2. submit completed application with essay and two letters of recommendation, each written by someone familiar with applicant’s educational background and goals
3. provide a copy of the confirmation page of your completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that includes the Expected Family Contribution to help determine financial need
4. must be resident of Walla Walla, Columbia, or Umatilla County
The scholarship committee is seeking women who demonstrate a desire to continue their education by completing or adding to their degree. While past academic performance will be considered, improvement in grades since returning to college will be even more important. Individual financial need of the applicants will also be considered in making the awards. The scholarship funds will be directed to the college of the recipient’s choice to be used as needed for educational expenses.
Up to three scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded. Funds for these scholarships are raised at the AAUW Kitchen Tour and at the Book Sale. Our appreciation to AAUW volunteers who make these scholarships possible. You will find additional information and the scholarship application at the AAUW web site: http://wallawalla-wa.aauw.net or Michelle Higgins at email@example.com or contact Claire James at firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed applications must be received by November 20, 2015. Award recipients will be notified by the second week of December and introduced at the AAUW annual Winter Social.