Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 1, 2013

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District Stories
 School board listens to input on failed Wa-Hi bond
Walla Walla Public Schools Board of Directors conducted a public work session Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to discuss the February 12 failed Walla Walla High School bond proposal. Approximately 80 people were in attendance.

School Board President Anne Golden opened the meeting by encouraging those in attendance to provide input. All notes and comments from the meeting will be posted on the district website soon and be available at the District Office (364 S. Park St.).

Golden concluded the meeting by thanking the group for their thoughtful and open responses. She said the school board would continue to seek input on this issue and conduct future meetings. No decisions were made during the public work session.


 School board meeting - Tuesday, March 5
- Meeting time: 6:30 p.m.

- Location: District Office (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public


 Diversity Committee leaders meet with area business owner
This week Superintendent Mick Miller, Diversity Committee Chair Sergio Hernandez and Communications Director Mark Higgins met with Manuel Escalante of Chon Insulation and Drywall as part of a new outreach initiative. Escalante has operated the business in Walla Walla for nearly 20 years. He is active in the valley’s youth soccer program and has children in the Walla Walla Public Schools. The Diversity Committee improve communication with parents, students and community members and build relationships for enhanced partnerships.
 No School Friday, March 15
Schools are closed Friday, March 15 for Staff Professional Day. Classes will resume Monday, March 18.
School Stories
 Blue Devil Softball Camp Saturday, March 2
- Saturday, March 2

- Wa-Hi gym

- Register at the door

- Morning Session: Grades 1-5 Registration begins at 8:30 and the session goes from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

- Afternoon Session: Grades 6 - 9 Registration begins at 12:30 and the session goes from 1 to 4 p.m.

- Pitching/Catching Session: All grades Registration begins at 11:30 and the session goes from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

- Equipment: Glove, Bat, Gym Shoes, Comfortable Clothes

- ALL players will receive a Blue Devil Softball Camp T-shirt

- For more information please contact Kate Keyes at 509.200.6900 or kkeyes@wwps.org


 Berney hosts Chef in the School Program
This week Chef Heidi Peterson, owner of Red Reina Cuisine,

collaborated withBerney Elementary Nutrition Services staff as part of the Chef in the School Program. They served a main dish pasta salad with a creamy basil vinaigrette to students during lunch on Thursday.

The Chef in the school program brings together local chefs with the district nutrition services staff to develop new recipes that utilize local fruits and vegetables. During the process, Heidi shared culinary skills and also learned about producing large amounts of food in a short amount of time and on a budget.


 Garrison Middle School Explorer students take field trip to Whitman College
Beth Clearman's 6th grade Explorers class from Garrison Middle School traveled to Whitman College for a presentation by renowned storyteller Kathya Alexander. Alexander performed "With Hope and With Morning: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement" as the third installment of Whitman's Intercultural Center Storyteller Series.

Modern day versions of the Civil Rights Movements are often limited to Martin Luther King’s speeches and assassination. But the success of the Civil Rights Movement was due to thousands of heroic acts done by ordinary people. Based on her experiences growing up in the segregated South, Alexander makes this important time in history come alive for local students.

Kathya Alexander brings heightened awareness and understanding of the Civil Rights Movement through personal narrative and self-reflection.


Community Stories
 College Rodeo comes to Walla Walla March 8-10
Walla Walla Community College Rodeo, in partnership with the Exchange of Walla Walla and the Walla Walla Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse, is March 8-10 at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds. Tickets are available at several Walla Walla business outlets. For a complete schedule of events, visit the WWCC Athletic Department website: http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=1715
 BMAC AmeriCorps schedules Unplugged open mic
BMAC AmeriCorps Walla Walla would like to announce the second Unplugged acoustic open mic night for youth under 21. The event is Friday, March 15. The drug/alcohol free event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at Birch Place, 19 East Birch Street, with an admission charge of $1. For booking, please contact wallawallaunplugged@gmail.com.
 Exchange Club waives joining fee as part of Spring 2013 Membership Drive
The Exchange Club of Walla Walla is conducting its Spring 2013 Membership Drive. The Exchange Club is waiving its $60 joining fee for new members through April 15. The sponsoring member receives a $50 credit to his or her Exchange Club account.

Exchange, America’s Service Club, is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities, and its national project, the prevention of child abuse.

The Exchange Club meets each Monday at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center from 12 noon to 1 p.m. The weekly meeting includes and an informative program linked to the Walla Walla Valley. The Exchange Club is also an excellent networking tool for business leaders and those new to the community, according to President Brian Dohe.

"The Walla Walla Exchange Club is a unique segment of Walla Walla’s existing and emerging leadership: dynamic and gifted people who serve their community in direct and tangible ways, and who are also honing their leadership skills and forming new friendships at the same time," Dohe said. "I encourage people to join us for lunch and learn more about becoming an Exchange Club member."

Contact Information:

Chris Drake - Vice President, Club Membership

- chris.drake@wallawalla.edu

Website: http://wwexchangeclub.org


 Students encouraged to register for Whitman College Science Fair
Registration for the Whitman College science fair is due by Friday, March 1. Registration forms are online at www.whitman.edu/sciencefair or you can e-mail the information to Mary Burt, Whitman College Science Outreach Coordinator, at burtmb@whitman.edu. The fair is open to area students in grades 6-12. The science fair will be on Saturday, March 9 at Cordiner Hall from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
 Grandmothers Round Table plans forum to showcase resources available to families
 The Grandmothers Round Table will present a forum entitled: "Are We Preparing Our Children for the Changing World? What Resources Are Available in our Community to Help Our Children and Families?". The Forum will be held Monday, March 4, 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

Panel members include: Meagan Anderson-Pira, Director of the Children's Home Society; Connie Taylor-Randall, Walla Walla Public Schools, Brooke Bouchey, Intervention Specialist at Lincoln Alternative School, and Mike Bates, Director of the Walla Walla Juvenile Justice Center.

The Grandmothers Round Table is a non-partisan organization focusing on educating the public on issues of interest in the Walla Walla Valley. The Grandmothers Round Table Forums welcome all ages, genders, and political views.

For more information, contact Pat Yenney at (509) 529-6574 or Linda Moats at bmoats@q.com.


 Time to Register for Great Explorations
On Saturday, March 23, the Walla Walla branch of the American Association of University Women will present Great Explorations, a science, technology, engineering and math adventure for 5th through 8th grade girls, at Whitman College, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The highlight of this year’s event will be the appearance of real-life CSI investigator, Jody Wolf, Assistant Crime Lab Administrator for the Phoenix Police Department, who will be the keynote speaker at noon in Maxey Hall.

Before Jody’s presentation, girls will have the opportunity to attend three exciting workshops offering informal, hands-on experience with careers that utilize science, technology, engineering and math.

Now is the time to send in registrations, to be more likely to be in workshops with friends, and to get first choice of workshops. The fee to attend is $5 and scholarships are available. For more information on registration, scholarships or questions on any of the events, please contact Carol Morgan,

pcmorgan@charter.net, 525-3531, visit the AAUW website at www.aauw-wallawalla.org, or find us on Facebook.


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