Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Feb. 1, 2013

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District Stories
 No School Feb. 7 & 8
- Friday, Feb. 1 - Early dismissal for students in grades K-5 (report card preparation time)

- Thursday, Feb. 7 & 8 - NO SCHOOL (Parent Teacher Conferences)


 Winter 2013 – Parent/Teacher Fall Conference Schedules
Berney Elementary

Wednesday, February 6 - 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary

Tuesday, February 5 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary

Wednesday, February 6 - 2:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Green Park Elementary

Wednesday, February 6 - 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary

Wednesday, February 6 - 3:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary

Tuesday, February 5 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, February 6 - 3:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School

Wednesday, February 6 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

May 2013 (date TBD) - Student portfolios

Pioneer Middle School

Wednesday, March 13 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 - 4:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Lincoln High School

Thursday, February 7 - 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 11 - 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12 - 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Walla Walla High School

Conferences in March – Date TBD


 School board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5
- 6:30 p.m.

- District Office Board Room (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public


 Ballots for Wa-Hi bond proposal due February 12
Ballots for the Wa-Hi bond election have been mailed out to voters. The ballots must be completed and postmarked by Tuesday, February 12. This bond is focused on providing a modern high school facility to meet today’s teaching and learning needs.

This proposal calls for modernizing all of the 1963 buildings. Existing roof systems and concrete slabs will be re-used to keep costs down. The plan includes larger classrooms and labs, modern technology, improved heating systems, air conditioning, drama support, security enhancements, a new all-weather track and music facility. All state matching dollars will be used on the Wa-Hi project.

Any excess funds from the project, including state matching dollars, will be returned to the taxpayers. Visit the school district website - www.wwps.org - for more information or contact Wa-Hi Principal Pete Peterson for a school tour.


School Stories
 Walla Walla music students begin annual Citrus Sale
Walla Walla Band, Orchestra and Choir students will be taking orders for oranges, grapefruit and tangelos, as part of the 4th Annual Music Boosters Citrus Sale. Fruit is sold by the 20 lbs. or 40 lbs. box at a cost of $20 and $ 35 respectively. The Citrus Sale will run from February 4 to 19. Fruit will be delivered the week of March 18.

"This is the Music Boosters only fundraiser and helps provide the extras that make our Music Program a success," said District Music Coordinator Roger Garcia. "It is a great way to support our students participating in Orchestra, Band, Choir and Music at every level."

For more information you can contact the Walla Walla Public Schools Music Program at 509-526-1916.


 Area students encouraged to submit films to local youth film festival
Walla Walla Public Schools is sponsoring a youth film festival Saturday, June 1 at the Walla Walla High School Auditorium from 5 to 9 p.m. SPIFFY, Student Produced Independent Films For Youth, is accepting films from all local and regional students under the age of 19. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2013.

"This festival, the only one in the region, will give students a chance to showcase their video talents. When you put a kid behind a camera, amazing things happen," said Dan Calzaretta, coordinator for the festival and teacher at Pioneer Middle School.

Films can be submitted in the following categories:

- Drama/suspense

- Comedy

- Animation

- Documentary

- Music video

- Experimental

Students interested in the SPIFFY, are encouraged to visit: https://sites.google.com/site/pioneerexplorers/

Information:

- Dan Calzaretta: dcalzaretta@wwps.org / 509.527.3050


 Walla Walla High School Weekend Athletics schedule
Friday, February 1

Girls and Boys Basketball at Chiawana

- Varsity Girls: 5:45 p.m.

- JV Girls: 7:30 p.m.

- Varsity Boys: 7:30 p.m.

- JV Boys: 5:45 p.m.

Swimming at CWU (Ellensburg)

- District 4A Swimming

- Swimming starts @ 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, February 2

4A District Wrestling at Walla Walla High School

- Gates open @ 9 a.m.

- Wrestling starts @ 10 a.m. (approximate completion time: 5 p.m.)

- Admission: $7 Adults / $5 Students w/ASB and Seniors

- **no passes accepted

Swimming at CWU (Ellensburg)

- District 4A Swimming

- Swimming starts @ 12:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball

If Wa-Hi Girls defeat Chiawana on Friday night it will result in a tie for first place. Wa-Hi will host a 7 p.m. playoff game with Chiawana at Walla Walla High School for the #1 seed to the District Tournament.

- Gates open: 6:15 p.m.

- Admission: $6 Adults / $4 Students w/ASB and Seniors

- **no passes accepted


 Pioneer Middle School students plan Bowl-A-Thon to support area food bank
Pioneer Middle School National Junior Honor Society members will participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring Bowl-A-Thon Saturday, Feb. 2 at Bowlaway Lanes in Walla Walla.

Pioneer’s NJHS members have been soliciting pledges from friends and family and plan to give 100 percent of donations to the BMAC Food Bank to help TACKLE hunger in our community.

Pioneer’s NJHS will be collecting non-perishable food, cash/check contributions to donate to BMAC to tackle hunger in our community until February 3. Please bring your contributions to Pioneer’s Main Office. Your contributions are tax deductible. For more information, contact Alba Biagi at 509.527.3050.


 Prospect Point student receives free membership to YMCA
 Business woman and community volunteer Tera Davis of Academy Mortgage presented Prospect Point 5th grade student Griffen Robinson with a one-year membership to the YMCA. Davis represents Academy Mortgage which has committed to providing an annual scholarship to the YMCA to a different student each quarter. Robinson is in David Parodi’s class. Griffen thanked Davis for the YMCA membership, which included a framed certificate and t-shirt. He said he is excited to swim and play basketball.

 Wa-Hi Microsoft Office Apps students earn Microsoft certification
As of Jan. 31, Walla Walla High School students in Microsoft Office Applications classes have earned a total of 168 Microsoft certificates by passing Microsoft’s rigorous certification exams. According to Microsoft, Wa-Hi currently sits in 5th place overall among Washington state high schools for the total number of certifications passed.

During finals week, most students attempted the Microsoft Word Specialist exam, but some students also had the opportunity to test in OneNote, Outlook, and Word Expert. The Word Specialist exam consists of a 50-minute online exam with 20 questions, and some questions include multiple, unrelated tasks. The exam tests critical thinking skills, reading skills and deep understanding of how to accomplish various tasks in Word.

"Although students have thoroughly prepared for the exam, the wording of the exam questions can be very difficult to decipher," business teacher Gay Buissink said. "Learning reading strategies and test-taking strategies are all part a successful candidate’s preparation."

Currently, 18 students have passed the Word Expert exam and are on their way to achieving Master Level certification. These students accelerated their learning by taking the Word Specialist exam earlier in the semester and then attempted the Word Expert exam during finals.

"A successful candidate for the Word Expert exam must be able to utilize skills and techniques from the other 50 percent of the Word software that most people are not even aware of," business teacher Scott Reardon said. "It is an extremely difficult exam which tests the student’s knowledge in all phases of Word."

If Wa-Hi again qualifies as one of the top 15 schools in the state for the ratio of Microsoft certifications to student population, a $1,000 check will be awarded to a Wa-Hi Microsoft Office Applications student. Junior Madeline Brooks was the inaugural winner among last year’s Wa-Hi students and received the cash award at a school board meeting earlier this fall.


 Wa-Hi Agricultural Issues advances to state contest
The 2013 Agricultural Issues team placed first at the District 6 contest this week and is now preparing for the state contest in May. Advisor Arch McHie reported the team is seeking to make community presentations in preparation for the state contest. This year’s topic: "To Bee or not to Bee" -- A study on the impact the new highway will have on the local alkali bee population. Contact Arch McHie at 527-3020 or amchie@wwps.org for more information or to schedule a presentation.
 Wa-Hi JROTC Cadet of the Month earns on-the-spot promotion - By Cadet Capt. Uriel Bermoy, Wa-Hi JROTC
The Walla Walla High School JROTC "Blue Devils" Cadet Battalion has selected its "Cadet of the Month" for January 201 and rewarded her achievement with an immediate promotion. Cadet Cpl. Alexis Nordman, a 15-year-old freshman, was promoted to this new rank after she won the top spot with a total score of 71 points, according to the presiding official on the board.

The top cadet was selected from three candidates who were inspected and examined in oral interviews by a board of four advanced cadets, according to Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, Senior Army Instructor for the Walla Walla High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Nordman said that she joined JROTC because she intends to enter the Navy after college. She plans to attend a four year university before joining the military. She enjoys reading, writing and listening to music.

"Her strongest competitive category was her self confidence and attitude," said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Brandon Webster. "This Cadet of the Month was a close match, since the cadets’ performances were outstanding."

First runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st. Cl. Michael Johnson, a 15-year-old freshman, whose strongest suit was his engagement of the board. He came in second with 68 points. Second runner up was Cadet Pvt. 1st. Cl. Scott Doyle, a 14-year-old freshman, whose strongest suit was his military custom and courtesy. He came in third with 56 points.

"After the board tallied the points and the winner was clear, we held a ceremony to promote the winning Cadet one rank higher, to recognize her for her hard work and personal success," said Bialozor.


 Wa-Hi hosts successful regional drill and rifle meet - By cadet Capt. Uriel Bermoy, Wa-Hi JROTC PAO
Cadets from Walla Walla High School hosted a drill meet on January 18-20. Over 300 Cadets from 11 schools around Washington and Oregon competed in displays of rifle manipulation, drill and Marksmanship.

On January 19, Walla Walla students received multiple prestigious awards. Both of the "Blue Devil" Color Guard teams placed in the top three, with the Color Guard Team 1 taking 3rd and Color Guard Team 2 taking 1st.

Within the Marksmanship categories, the "Blue Devil’s" precision team claimed 1st place with 18-year-old senior Cadet Cpt. Lasseigne taking the individuals 1st place and 16 year old junior, Cadet S. Sgt. Sarah Jameson taking 3rd.

In the Sporter Rifle categories 16-year-old junior, Cadet Cpl. McKenna French took 2nd place in the Master class rankings.

The "Blue Devil’s" 17-year-old senior, Cadet 1Lt. Chris French took 1st place in the Individual Armed Exhibition Drill competition.

JROTC Cadets learn military history, precision drill and ceremonies, marksmanship and leadership skills. The Wa-Hi "Blue Devil" Cadet Battalion competes in drill, ceremony and marksmanship events around the region.and Navy cadet programs.


Community Stories
 TED x coming to Whitman College
"Walla Walla and Beyond" - Do you have a topic about which you are passionate? Are you ready to help change the world? Are you looking for a captive audience? Apply now to be a presenter. Application deadline is Feb. 1. The event date is April 27. Contact Julie Dunn at dunnjl@whitman.edu.
 Junior Club of Walla Walla announces scholarship opportunities for local women
For the first time in years, Junior Club of Walla Walla will be awarding not two, but THREE $2,000 scholarships to local women: one to a student enrolled in a local nursing-degree program and two to students pursuing any college-level field of study. These funds are for tuition only and will be paid directly to the recipient’s educational institution. In past years, the club had provided TWO scholarships of varying amounts.

Applicants must be female, 24 years or older, and a resident of Walla Walla County for at least two years. To request an application, email juniorclubww@gmail.com. Applications must be completed and postmarked no later than March 30, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before April 30, 2013.

Junior Club of Walla Walla serves the needs of several local non-profit organizations such as Blue Mountain Humane Society, Books for Babes, Campfire, Walla Walla Community Hospice, and YWCA, and provides scholarships for deserving local women.


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