|| No School Friday, Feb. 8
- Friday, Feb. 8 - NO SCHOOL (Parent Teacher Conferences)
|| 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.
• Larger classrooms w/ today’s technology
• Improved science labs
• Air conditioning and efficient heating
• New music and drama spaces
• All weather track and fitness center
• Modern library and spacious Commons
Visit the school district website - www.wwps.org - for more information or contact Wa-Hi Principal Pete Peterson for a school tour.
|| Position announcement for Green Park Principal now posted
Walla Walla Public Schools is seeking an exceptional Principal for Green Park Elementary School. This position is now posted on the district website Job Posting section -- www.wwps.org. The application deadline is March 31.
|| District accepts construction bid for High School Skills Center
Walla Walla Public Schools accepted the nearly $8.3 million bid from Leone and Keeble, Inc. of Spokane, WA to construct the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center on the campus of Walla Walla Community College. Leone and Keeble, Inc. presented the lowest bid for the project slated to begin in early April 2013. The bid acceptance recommendation now moves to the State of Washington for final approval.
Two of the project’s major subcontractors are from Walla Walla: Walla Walla Electric and Cutting Edge Plumbing & Mechanical. The project is expected to be completed during the summer of 2014 with classes beginning September 2014. Earlier this fall the district rejected all bids for the project due to a funding shortfall of $1.2 million.
"Leone and Keeble, Inc. is an outstanding contractor and have done a number of projects in Walla Walla," Superintendent Mick Miller said. "This project will help stimulate the local economy. We are most excited about the fact this fully state funded project will be built primarily by local people as two of the major subcontractors are from Walla Walla."
In the spring of 2012, the Washington State Legislature allocated $10.3 million to fund construction and equipment for the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center in Walla Walla. The Skills Center will serve regional high school students and be located at Walla Walla Community College on Isaacs Avenue.
The Southeast Area Technical Skills Center will offer high school courses in construction trades, welding, renewable resources and health occupation programs. The Walla Walla Skills Center will be a branch campus of the Kennewick School District’s Tri-Tech Skills Center.
Walla Walla Public Schools anticipates the Skills Center will serve 60 Full-Time Equivalent students when it opens and grow to 160 FTE in future years. High school students will attend for a three period block in either the morning or afternoon. Career and Technical Education courses at Walla Walla High School will still be offered.
Partnering districts include:
Dayton, Waitsburg, Touchet, Prescott, College Place and possibly local private schools.(An agreement could also be reached with the Milton- Freewater School District.)
|| Art Regier Volunteers of the Year nominations accepted
It's time to recognize those who help support our school district. Nominations are now being accepted for the Art Regier Volunteer of the Year awards. Details are listed below. Please take the time to honor those who give so much to our school district.
Art Regier Volunteer of the Year nominations
Nominations are being accepted through Friday, March 22 for the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Award. Recipients will be recognized at the April 16 school board meeting. Nomination forms are available at all Walla Walla Public Schools and the district office.
Criteria for selection may include the following:
1. Exceptional service or contributions to the children of Walla Walla Public Schools
2. Unusual dedication
3. Demonstration of care, compassion and empathy
Recipients of the Art Regier Outstanding Volunteer Award will be honored with a plaque to display at their home or place of business, and their name will be permanently affixed to a memorial plaque in the school district’s board room at 364 South Park Street. For more information, please call Communications Director Mark Higgins (509) 526-6716.
|| School Board Committee Assignments
• Safe Schools
• Career/Technical Education
• Classified Negotiations (w/Cindy Meyer)
• Head Start Policy Council
• Community Facilities Task Force
• Extra-Curricular Supervisors Negotiations
• Administrative Negotiations
• School-Based Health Clinic
• Curriculum Advisory/Instructional Materials
• Certificated Negotiations (w/Ruth Ladderud)
• Legislative Representative
• District Calendar (alternate)
• WWVEA Liaison
• WIAA Liaison
• Certificated Negotiations (w/Anne Golden)
• District Calendar
• WWVEA Liaison
• Explorer Advisory Committee
• AVID Liaison
• Parent Advisory
• Classified Negotiations (w/Max Carrera)
• Citizens for Schools Liaison
|| National School Board names legislative priorities
School board president Anne Golden recently returned from Washington DC where she went to Capitol Hill on behalf of the National School Board Association’s Board of Directors to outline the organization’s legislative priorities.
1. No sequestration
2. Support bill for more local control
3. Reauthorize ESEA
4. Safety in Schools measures
|| Personnel Report - from Feb. 5, 2013 school board meeting
Employment - NONE TO REPORT
Karen Dazell, Business Education, Walla Walla High School, 19 years
Shelley Mann, American Sign Language, Walla Walla High School, 13 years
|| Revised elementary report cards now used
During Tuesday’s school board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Boggs shared the revised elementary standards-based gradebook and report card used by teachers and families for the first-time during this week’s parent/teacher conferences. According to Boggs, teaching, assessing, and reporting based on standards has been a practice at the elementary level for several years.
"The new report card was written specifically for Walla Walla," Boggs said. "The local K-12 Standards-Based Grading and Reporting Committee and elementary stakeholders at each grade level developed the final version."
During the presentation, Boggs demonstrated how the gradebook interacts with Skyward. She said this is a valuable tool for teachers. She said she encourages feedback on the new standards-based report card and gradebook. She said this new process will provide parents a more accurate account of their child’s academic skills and progress.
|| Pioneer Middle School paper crane mobile on display at Sandy Hook
The district received word from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut that the paper crane mobile made by Pioneer Middle School students is prominently hung in their display room to serve as a reminder of how much the people of Walla Walla are thinking of them as they recover from their school tragedy.
Principal Mira Gobel says she was devastated upon hearing the news. She also knew the incident would impact her staff, students and families. She says the crane idea just popped into her mind and she knew it was the right project.
"In ancient Japanese legend, the crane is considered one of the mystical creatures and is believed to live for a thousand years," Goble said. "According to the legend, if you make one thousand origami cranes — one for each year of the crane’s life — and make a wish, the crane will grant the wish."
Gobel says the Pioneer students and staff made a wish that such a tragedy would never happen again.
|| AVID Club plans Best Dance Crew Contest Saturday
- AVID Club is hosting Wa-Hi’s Best Dance Crew Contest
- Saturday, February 9 @ 7 p.m.
- $6 at the door
- Wa-Hi Auditorium
The performance includes several student crews and some special dance performances. The earnings from this event will go directly into the club’s Blue Devil College Cup Scholarship fund, which will be dispersed to three worthy college-bound Wa-Hi graduating seniors this spring.
|| Walla Walla High School student receives highest award in Scholastic writing competition
Sonia Calzaretta, a junior at Wa-Hi, received a "gold key" (highest award) and three honorable mentions in the 2013 Scholastic Arts and Writing awards. Sonia submitted four pieces of creative writing. Her gold key story, "Facets", now goes on to the national level competition.
The Scholastic Arts and Writing awards is in its 90th year. Since 1923, the Awards have recognized the exceptional vision of the nation’s youth. Each year, increasing numbers of creative teens submit their work in writing, art, photography and filmmaking. In the past 5 years there have been over 700,000 submissions to the Awards. Past winners include artists like Andy Warhol, Philip Pearlstein, and Cy Twombly, writers Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, and Joyce Carol Oates, photographer Richard Avedon, actors Frances Farmer, Robert Redford, Alan Arkin, and John Lithgow, filmmakers Stan Brakhage, Ken Burns, and Ned Vizzini, and many more. Sonia is looking to major in creative writing in college.
|| Future Business Leaders of America students compete in regional competition
Walla Walla High School’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed on February 5 at the Southeast Region Winter Leadership Conference in Kennewick. The competition included over 40 events, with approximately 150 competitors representing 12 area schools. The Blue Devils were represented by 15 chapter members who had prepared several months for this event.
"To say that this was the best regional performance I have ever seen would be an understatement", said Wa-Hi FBLA adviser Scott Reardon. "These kids were better prepared than any group I have ever had. We have been conducting Sunday afternoon work sessions for weeks, but you never know of the payoff until the results come back. Russell Wilson, the Seahawk’s rookie quarterback, likes to say ‘the separation is in the preparation’, and I can’t think of a better way to describe today’s results. I am so proud of all of our chapter members for the effort they have put forth to be successful".
Listed below are the students who placed in the top five of their event, with places and notation of team events in parenthesis:
- Emily Atkinson: Business Ethics (1
st–Team), Emerging Business Issues (3rd-Team), Introduction to Business (5th)- Sarah Berglin: Management Decision Making (4
th-Team), Business Presentation (5th-Team)- Kayla Crain: Client Service (1
st)- Esmeralda Cruz: Creed (4
th)- Lea Davidson: Public Speaking II (1
st), Emerging Business Issues (1st-Team), Client Service (2nd), Business Ethics (2nd-Team)- Tanya Esquivel: Public Speaking I (2
nd), Business Law (5th)- Catherine Feistner: Business Ethics (1
st-Team), Emerging Business Issues (3rd-Team), Personal Finance (3rd), Business Calculations (3rd)- Hannah Hampson: Business Law (1
st), Emerging Business Issues (1st-Team), Business Ethics (2nd-Team)- Jennifer Lara: Public Speaking I (3
rd), Client Service (5th)- Brenda Lopez: Business Ethics (2
nd-Team), Help Desk (5th), Public Speaking II (5th) Veronica Ocampo- Eleanor Rassbach: Emerging Business Issues (1st-Team), Economics (1
st), Personal Finance (1st), Business Calculations (4th)- Russell Skorina: Business Ethics (1st-Team), Business Math (4
th)- Travis Stinebaugh: Computer Problem Solving (1
st), Technology Concepts (1st), Business Calculations (2nd), Management Decision Making (4th-Team)- Perla Villegas: Emerging Business Issues (3
rd-Team), Management Decision Making (4th-Team), Business Presentation (5th-Team), Word Processing II (5th)
The FBLA members will next compete in the State Leadership Conference April 25-27 in Spokane. "Special thanks to Linda Schaub from Wa-Hi, Rory McClellan from Banner Bank, and Brent Dunn from Valley Vision for assisting in student preparation."Our appreciation also goes to event judges Deanna Summerhill, Dave Reardon, Tim Reardon, Claircy Clizer, and Allen Yu for donating their time.
|| Wa-Hi athletes selected for Mid-Columbia Conference All-Conference Teams
Logan Reardon - 1st Team
Will Babbitt - 2nd Team
Noe Gonzales - Honorable Mention
Mikayla Ferenz - 1st Team
Tori Crawford - 2nd Team
Kate Ferenz - 2nd Team
Madi Doepker - Honorable Mention
Tanner Cranor - 1st Team
Gabe Porter - Honorable Mention
|| Public invited to AVID Academic Recognition Night & Dinner
Students enrolled in the
Walla Walla High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program are inviting community members, parents, staff and students to attend the 4thAnnual AVID Academic Recognition and Family Night Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m. at the Wa-Hi Commons. Free dinner will be served to all in attendance. AVID students will be recognized for academic achievement and performance.
AVID Recognition & Family Night
• Wednesday, February 20
• 6 p.m. (free dinner) / 6:30 p.m. (program begins)
• Walla Walla High School Commons
• Keynote speaker: Dr. Steven VanAusdle, President – Walla Walla Community College
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, 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.
AVID targets students in the academic middle - B, C, and even D students - who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families.
AVID program supports students by providing them with skills necessary to be successful in college. AVID students are expected to access rigorous curriculum. The AVID elective class is an avenue for students to acquire the skills in communication, critical thinking, note-taking, peer-tutoring, organization, time-management etc. In addition, AVID elective class members become a family. Students stay together for four years with the same group of peers and teachers. This is where the deep relationships are nurtured.
WWPS AVID Grade Levels Served:
• Sharpstein Elementary: Grades 4 & 5
• Pioneer Middle School: Grades 7 & 8
• Garrison Middle School: Grade 7 & 8
• Walla Walla High School: Grades 9 – 12
Learn more online at: http://yourcollegeandcareer.org/school-contacts/wwhs
|| Wa-Hi students compete in Bonneville Power Administration Science Bowl over weekend
Five Walla Walla High School students competed with students on more than 65 teams from around the region in the 22nd Annual Bonneville Power Administration Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, February 2nd, in Portland Oregon. The students attending the event included Teresa Olivos, Paola Flores, Nadia Serria, Bertha Madrigal, and Marilyn Mendoza.
The Science Bowl is a quiz-style question-and-answer competition that challenges students on math and science concepts. The Bonneville Power Regional Science Bowl event is the largest event of its kind in the United States.
The weekend competition marked the tenth year a team from Wa-Hi has competed in this event with support from the First Presbyterian Church in College Place, Pacific Power, and Exploring Post 311.
This year the trip was highlighted by a visit to the Oregon Portland Zoo where the team got a chance to see the zoo’s new baby elephant Lily, who was born in November.
Exploring Post 311 is a Learning for Life program, which is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.
|| 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.
|| AAUW scholarhip applications now accepted
Applications are now being accepted for the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Educational Scholarships, established to provide assistance to women who have completed at minimum one year of college.
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. 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 eight scholarships of at least $1,500 each will be awarded. Funds for these scholarships are raised at the AAUW Kitchen Tour and at the Book Sale. Book Sale dates are February 22-24 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel ballroom. Many thanks 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 contact Jeanne at 509-525-7401, firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie at email@example.com
Completed applications must be received by April 19, 2013.
|| Exchange Club of Walla Walla honors area law enforcement officers
The Exchange Club of Walla Walla presented Washington State Patrol Trooper Joe Klundt its State Patrol Officer of the Year Award and City of Walla Walla Police Detective Miguel Sanchez its City Police Officer of the Year Award. Trooper Klundt was nominated by the Sergeants Mike Eggleston of the Washington State Patrol. Detective Sanchez was nominated by the sergeants of the Walla Walla Police Department and Chief Scott Beiber.
"Trooper Klundt consistently excels in his approach to traffic safety through dedication, education, and enforcement," Eggleston said. "Trooper Joe Klundt has been a dedicated employee of the WSP since July of 1985, and in 1991 he began working in our Walla Walla Valley."
In 2011 Trooper Klundt was awarded officer of the year for District 3, which holds 55 troopers in seven counties. Most recently Trooper Joe Kulndt has been assigned to the governor transitional protection detail in Olympia, due to his tenure and rapport with the Special Operations Division of the WSP.
"Detective Sanchez is one of the stars at the Walla Walla Police Department," Beiber said. "Miguel truly cares about the crime victims in our valley and that those who commit the crimes are held accountable by the justice system."
Detective Sanchez began his career at the WWPD in 1998 after retiring from the United States Army. Sanchez serves as a chairman for Walla Walla Community College, is a member of the Sexual Offender Registration Team, participates on the Spanish DUI Impact Panel, and is on the Child Abduction Response Team.
"First it’s truly remarkable that the Exchange Club of Walla Walla participates in the Officer of the Year program, and secondly I feel honored to be the chairperson of this program," said Kim McDaniels, Exchange Club Program Officer of the Year program chair. "Unfortunately, it’s not often the community members recognize our officers, and how much they put on the line everyday and how much heart they bring to everything they do."
|| Walla Walla Public Library Wins Grant for Tech/Media Lab
Beth Hudson, Director at the Walla Walla Public Library, has won a grant of $136,000 to create a Technology/Media Lab. The new Lab will be focused on providing gear and instruction for future teen filmmakers, photographers, and musicians.
Hudson applied to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for the grant that will help the library remodel the current Board Room to create a multipurpose space where teens can develop competencies with today’s technology. The grant was awarded on December 21, 2012.
"We’re excited to provide everything needed for teens to create with state of the art technology, to learn new skills, and to ponder possibilities in a library which is relevant to them ." says Hudson. "The whole project fits in nicely with our ‘Grow, Connect, Imagine’ slogan. The project will help young people grow their skills, connect with others who share similar interests and create imaginative work."
Remodeling of the Board Room has begun and will be fully functional later this spring. The Lab will include equipment for filming, editing and screening the finished films. The grant will also allow the library to hire a part-time instructor for the film program. The recruiting process will begin soon.
"The program will begin with a trio of projects centered on the Library and local businesses" said Hudson. For 2013, the Library will also host four Expert Workshops with guest filmmakers, photographers, animators and others with expertise in film. They will follow up with five more Expert Workshops in 2014.
The Film Technology Lab will also serve as a meeting room when the Lab is not in use with no charge to non-profits and educational groups. Workshops for all age groups are planned.
|| Unplugged open mic night planned
Do you sing; play, act, make art or write poetry? Share your talent during "Unplugged."
- Acoustic open mic night
- Friday, Feb. 15
- 7 to 9 p.m.
- Under 21
- Birch Place (19 E. Birch)
- Admission $1