|| School Board meeting Tuesday, May 7
- 6:30 p.m.
- District Office (364 S. Park St.)
- Meeting open to the public
|| Garrison Middle School principal positions posted
The Garrison Middle School Principal and Assistant Principal positions are now posted on the district web site -- www.wwps.org. These positions will remain open until May 20. Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma reports she hopes to have the positions filled by the end of the school year.
|| Jameson named new College Place High School principal
Walla Walla Public Schools Technology and Career and Technical Education Director Kirk Jameson was named principal of the new College Place High School Tuesday, April 30 during a special session of the College Place Board of Directors. The assignment will be finalized following the negotiated contract.
Jameson will begin his new position July 1. He has served in his current position since 2011 and spent eight years as an Assistant Principal and Vocational Director at Walla Walla High School prior to moving to the central office.
"I appreciate the 10 years I had working with fantastic staff, parents and students in Walla Walla Public Schools," Jameson said. "My years of experience here have provided the knowledge I will need in this new position."
|| Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013 (remaining)
- Pat Johnston
Thursday, June 6 / 3-5 p.m. / Board Room
- Bob Gregoire
Tuesday, May 28 / 4 p.m. / Library
- Mike Lambert
Friday, May 31 / 4 p.m. / Gym
Head Start/ECEAP Preschool @ Blue Ridge
- Marilyn Day
- Sandy McCoy
Wednesday, June 5 / 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. / Blue Ridge Cafeteria
Walla Walla High School
Wednesday - June 12 / 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. / Wa-Hi Commons
Wa-Hi Staff to be honored:
- Jim Briggs
- Craig Buchanan
- Karen Dazell
- Carol Franklin
- Shelley Mann
- Pamela McBride
|| Students "Wear Blue" for Juvenile Arthritis cause
Students in schools throughout the district dressed in blue today as part of "Wear Blue Day" activities. Garrison Middle School sixth grade student Allison Wanichek organized the event to raise awareness about Juvenile Arthritis. Allison was diagnosed with the disease and has dedicated her youth to making a difference.
Wear Blue posters were on display at all the schools and many students and staff donned blue bracelets in support of the cause. Allison also distributed information to schools detailing information about juvenile arthritis.
|| Walla Walla High School choral students earn first and second place at state
Walla Walla High School students Hirut Senter, Mary Beth Jones and Liya Senter took first place in the Women’s Small Ensemble category at the state competition on April 26. Their trio, The Nutella Girls, performed "O Had I Jubal’s Lyre," and a setting of "Ave Maria." They are coached by Walla Walla Community College Vocal Instructor Julie Jones.
Soprano soloist, junior Daisy Schoen, took second place in her category. Her outstanding performance included "The Laughing Song" from the Opera "Die Fledermaus" by Strauss. Daisy studies privately with Walla Walla University Vocal Instructor Christine Janis.
"These are two of the most competitive categories at State," Wa-Hi Choral Director Norb Rossi said. "It is especially difficult to place or win in these areas. All of our students did an outstanding job on their performances. They have worked hard and deserve being recognized for their high level of work."
The 2013 WMEA/WIAA State Music Competition was held on the Central Washington University campus on April 26 and 27. Walla Walla High School choral students earned slots in several categories by performing in Marcha at the Columbia Basin Music Educators Association Solo-Ensemble Contest. There were four ensembles and six soloists taking part from Walla Walla High School representing the Columbia Basin Music Region. Students at state compete against the best in each category from the 22 music regions across the state. Each entry must sing for three adjudicators.
A men’s duet, The Basstie Boys (Nathan Loomer and Caleb Leitch), earned an Excellent rating, according to Rossi. They performed "Homeward Bound" and "Down the Ohio."
The Women’s Large Ensemble "Belles Voix" did an outstanding job singing three songs: "On the Beach at Night Alone," "Le Sommeil de L’Enfant Jesus," and "Per la Gloria D’Ardorarvi." They earned a "Superior" rating.
TWD ("Those Who Dared") gave a stellar performance and earned a "Superior" rating in the Large Mixed Ensemble category. They sang "My Old Kentucky Home" and "Il est bel et bon." They were praised for a "superb performance" by one of their judges.
Soloists performed on Saturday, April 27. Senior Courtney Griggs performed in the Mezzo Soprano category. She earned a "Superior rating for her performance. Courtney studies with College Place Music Educator ReNae Davis. Courtney overcame illness to come up with an outstanding performance, according to Rossi.
Junior Piper Titus performed in the Alto category. Her performance earned an "excellent" rating. This was Piper’s first trip to state. Caleb Leitch, junior, sang in the Bass solo category. His performance included "Deep River." Caleb delivered a strong performance and earned an "Excellent" rating. Senior John Gossett sang in the Baritone category. He earned a Superior rating for a program that included a Schubert Lieder. Senior Cougar Henderson performed in the Tenor category, earning a "Superior" rating with his performance of an Italian aria and Henry Purcell’s "I Attempt from Love’s Sickness to Fly."
"We could not have done this without the help of our parents, voice teachers and accompanists. Melissa Cadieux, Gary Hemenway, Carson Schmidt and Karen Kelly were great support as piano accompanists for our students," Rossi said.
|| Tickets available for Big Blue Weekend Fundraiser
-Thursday, May 23
- Jacobi's Restaurant
- 6 p.m. (Appetizers, silent auction, and music by Gary Winston)
- 6:45 p.m. - Dinner (Spaghetti & Meatballs, salads, and garlic bread), program & live auction
- Tickets: $30 per adult
- Contact Chris Blackman @ 520-2158 / firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets
|| Walla Walla High School orchestra students earn superior ratings at state
The Walla Walla High School Trio of Jennifer Cho, (violin); Kurt Funk (cello); and Calvin Brigham (piano) performed in the Small Strings Ensemble category at the 2013 Washington Music Educators Association State Music competition. They received a "Superior" rating for their performance. Kelsey Gabel, viola, also performed in the Viola Category. He also received a Superior rating from the judges, according to Orchestra teacher Julia Woods.
|| Berney takes top honors at annual Walla Walla Valley Math Contest
Area 4th and 5th grade students came to Edison Elementary Saturday, April 13 to compete in the Walla Walla Valley Math Contest. Berney student, Ryan Moore, took first place in the individual category, and Berney Elementary also earned top team honors.
With the help of more than 20 volunteers, including teachers, parents and community members, these students were given the chance to compete in Addition/Subtraction, Multiplication/Division, Spatial Relations/Patterns, and Problem Solving contests, according to Math Contest Coordinator Laura Schueller.
The tests were scored while the students enjoyed a pizza lunch, and the awards were presented in front of many proud parents and family members. Special thanks to the Edison faculty and staff for the use of their classrooms, library, and other facilities.Thanks so much to Laura Schueller for her outstanding job coordinating this event.
Although there were numerous individual and team victories, the top overall individual and teams were:
1. Ryan Moore (Berney)
2. Ethan Haugen (Assumption)
3. Tommy Kaminsky (Assumption)
1. Berney Elementary
2. Edison Elementary
3. Prospect Point Elementary
|| Walla Walla High School students have strong showing at Elite Dance competition
Walla Walla High School students Bridget Hernandez and Hillary Mehn competed with the Eastern Washington Elite Dance Team. The team’s home base is the Tri-Cities. The Hip Hop team Bridget competes on recently won the World Championship. The team finished:
- 1st Nationals in Las Vegas
- 1st Nationals in Los Angeles
- 1st in every local competition (Portland OR)
- 1st in Worlds Orlando Fl. (WORLD Champion)
Hillary's Jazz Team finished 5th in Las Vegas and 4th in Los Angeles and first in all local competitions (Portland OR). KVEW TV reported on the team’s success.
See the story at: http://www.kvewtv.com/article/2013/apr/29/2013-world-champions/
|| 2013 Walla Walla Balloon Stampede School Launch Sites
- Friday, May 10
- 6:30 a.m. (approximate time)
Walla Walla Public Schools
- Pioneer Middle School
- Garrison Middle School
- Green Park Elementary
- Prospect Point Elementary
- Lincoln High School
- Sharpstein Elementary School
- Walla Walla High School
- Berney Elementary School
- Soccer Field
Walla Walla Catholic Schools
- Assumption Elementary
College Place Public Schools
- Meadowbrook Middle School
- Davis Elementary
Walla Walla Private Schools
- Liberty Christian
College Place Adventist Schools
- Walla Walla Valley Academy
|| AVID Club plans Staff vs. Students soccer match
The Walla Walla High School AVID Club invites the community to the Blue Devil College Cup Staff vs. Student Soccer Game Wednesday, May 15 at 5 p.m. The game is a club fundraiser. The proceeds support the AVID Club's Blue Devil College Cup Scholarship. Three Wa-Hi seniors will be awarded the scholarship during the game's half-time.
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.
|| Edison plans its 6th annual bike rodeo
- Saturday, May 4
- 10 a.m. to 12 noon
The Whitman Cycling Team will be helping again this year with many parent and teacher volunteers! As usual, free helmets to all who need them, bike tune-up and repair, seven safety centers and a raffle for two new bikes will end the event!
||Future Business Leaders of America, STATE CHAMPIONS!
Walla Walla High School’s 12 member Future Business Leaders of America won two state championships. Lea Davidson finished first in the Client Service competition, and Travis Stinebaugh won the state title in Computer Problem Solving.
"Prior to this year, I had only had two champions in seven years -- Kristina Smith in 2008 for Public Speaking II and Amanda Hamilton in 2010 for Business Law," said FBLA Advisor Scott Reardon. "To have two in one day almost takes my breath away. Please congratulate these outstanding students on this amazing accomplishment!"
|| Spring musical Bye, Bye Birdie now playing
Don’t miss this spring’s Wa-Hi Musical "Bye, Bye, Birdie." A rock singer travels to a small Ohio town to make his "farewell" television performance and kiss his biggest fan before he is drafted. This show is full of colorful characters and fabulous dancing.
Tickets are on sale now. Box office hours are weekdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to shows. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students.
Bye, Bye, Birdie Show dates: (box office - 526-8613)
- May 3 @ 7 p.m.
- May 4 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
- May 9 @ 7 p.m.
- May 10 @ 7 p.m.
- May 11 @ 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
|| Latino Club plans festive Cinco de Mayo celebration
On Saturday, May 4, the Walla Walla High School Latino Club, AVID and WSU Gear Up are sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Walla Walla High School Commons area. The festival will feature a career and activity fair as part of the celebration. The fair will include many community partners, colleges, universities, and school clubs.
Dinner will be provided by El Sombrero for the first 500 people who attend the event. Music will be provided by local groups and school programs with additional music provided by Luz y Sonido Elegante. The activity fair will include information tables and activities that families or children would enjoy. Those activities will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
|| Sheriff’s K9 dogs at L&G Ranch Supply Saturday
L&G Ranch Supply is hosting an open house for the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s two new K9 patrol dogs "Gudy" and "Farel" Saturday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come see the newest addition to the Sheriff’s Department.
|| Carnegie Picture Lab Presents Elementary Art Show
- Art exhibition featuring the work of students from the 10 Walla Walla valley elementary schools
- Friday, May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The work featured will be drawn from art history and art exploration labs
- Walla Walla’s Die Brucke building (38 E. Main St.)
(between Macy’s department store and Macy’s shoe store).
- The Elementary Art Collective is a free, family event with art displays, hands-on art activities and entertainment
|| Walla Walla Unplugged event May 17
- Come sing, play, dance, show your art, or otherwise perform at the fourth Walla Walla Unplugged event
- A drug/alcohol-free open mic night.
- Please bring ID and $1 to get in.
- Friday, May 17
- 7 to 9 p.m.
- 19 East Birch St.
|| Baker Boyer Ducky Derby and Relay for Hope child abuse prevention event
The Baker Boyer Ducky Derby is Saturday, May 18 at Walla Walla Community College. Tickets are on sale now. This event is presented by the Exchange Club of Walla Walla. All proceeds stay local to support the HomeTeam Parent Aide program and for positive youth activities. For a second year the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby welcomes the HomeTeam’s 4th Annual Relay for Hope ‘Walk Away Child Abuse’ Run/Walk to join the festivities. Relay for Hope features a 1-Mile, 5K/10K run/walk, free Columbia REA Family Fun Festival and Kid Olympics.
May 18 Event Schedule:
- 8:30 to 11 a.m.: Relay for Hope-5K & 10K run/walk along Mill Creek Trail
- 11:15 a.m.: Kids Dash will kick-off the Baker Boyer Ducky Derby
- 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Columbia REA Free Family Fun Festival and Kid Olympics
- 2 p.m.: Baker Boyer Ducky Derby Race Begins
Registration Fee for Relay for Hope ‘Walk Away Child Abuse’ Run/Walk
- Cost: 1 mile $20, Individual w/ no shirt $25, Individual w/ shirt $35
- Register online at www.active.com or Call Children’s Home Society at (509) 529-2130
- Form a team with family, friends, and coworkers or participate as an individual
- For Registration and Sponsorship Information, contact Stephanie Biegel or Debi Allessio at Children’s Home Society of Washington, (509) 529-2130 or email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org