Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 17, 2013

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District Stories
 School board meeting Tuesday, May 21
- 6:30 p.m.

- District Office (364 S. Park St.)

- Meeting open to the public


 School End-of-Year Celebrations
Lincoln High School Graduation

• Thursday, June 6 @ 6 p.m. - WW Fairgrounds

Walla Walla High School Commencement

• Friday, June 7 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Commons area

(gym if raining)

Pioneer Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Tuesday, June 11 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym

Homelink 8th Grade Graduation: Tuesday, June 11 @ 6:30 p.m. - Wa-Hi Auditorium

Garrison Middle School 8th Grade Recognition: Wednesday, June 12 @ 7 p.m. - Wa-Hi Gym


 District Names Graduates of Distinction Honorees for 2013
Walla Walla Public Schools names this year’s honorees for the Graduates of Distinction program. They are: Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D.; Class of 1962: Daniel J. Reid, Class of 1974; and Craig Nelson, Class of 1981.

These individuals have distinguished themselves in their communities, professions, or careers and continue to bring honor to the district. Celebrate alongside these distinguished alumni at a reception in their honor on Tuesday, June 4 (details listed below). Listen to their stories and hear who helped shape their lives during their school years.

RECEPTION DETAILS

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time: 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Place: Walla Walla School District Board Room

HONOREES

Carol Minnick Santa, Ph.D.

Carol is currently Educational Director and owner of Montana Academy which provides education and support for troubled youth. She also created Project CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies). Her nominator was classmate Judy Chamberlain Holloway. Her most inspirational staff members were Donald Kamp (Math), Robert Schweger (Drama) and Elizabeth Kirkman (Latin/Grammar).

Daniel J. Reid

Dan has worked for Opp & Seibold General Construction Inc. in Walla Walla for 22 years and currently is the General Manager. He has been very involved in local civic, athletic and non-profit organizations from 1991 to the present. His nominator was his sister-in-law Hali R. Myers. Dan’s most inspirational staff member was his high school English/Literature teacher Richard "Dick" Poole.

Craig Nelson

Craig and his brother Reid are co-presidents of Nelson Irrigation Corporation in Walla Walla. He has been very involved in local athletic and non-profit organizations, and he spearheaded a campaign in 2004 to renovate the Garrison Middle School track. His nominators were his wife, Mindy, and children: Luke, Bailey and Madison Nelson. Craig’s most inspirational staff members were wrestling coach/ math teacher Al Sievertsen and track coach/math teacher Ron Huntington.


 Retirement Celebrations 2012-2013 (remaining)
District Office

- Pat Johnston

Thursday, June 6 / 3-5 p.m. / Board Room

Green Park

- 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

Lincoln High School

- Jesse Briones

- Thursday, May 23

- 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Special Programs

Special Education/Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

- Eileen Greenwalt

- Wednesday, May 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room

Special Education/Assistive Technology Assistant

- Marcia Clausen

- Thursday, June 6, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Pam Hundley's home

Special Education/School Psychologist

- Peggy Tierney

- Monday, June 10, 3 to 4:30 p.m., District Office Board Room


 Walla Walla High School junior wins Walla High School Culinary Competition
 Walla Walla High School junior Ian Davidson won the culinary competition in Walla Walla as part of "The Cutting Edge Tour – Seeking America’s Top Teen Chef" competition. The event was judged and filmed by Food Network Chopped Judge Chef Maneet Chauhan.

Davidson will now be competing against teenagers from 17 high schools throughout the United States for "Top Teen Chef" honors. Walla Walla High School Culinary Arts teacher Barbara Buttice is Davidson’s teacher. He was mentored by Chef Chris Teal of Public House 124 in Walla Walla. Zachary Newby (Mentor: Chef Jairo Regal from Whitehouse Crawford) and Brandon Williams, 17 (Mentor: Chef Antonio Campolio from The Marc) were the other Wa-Hi competitors.

The competition included a 40-minute cooking challenge. Davidson won a deluxe knife set and is now be eligible to win a trip to Washington DC. The Washington DC trip includes cooking with one of the featured chefs of the White House Chef Tour. The national winner of the high school competitions will be announced at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Saturday, May 18.


 Garrison Middle School National Honor Society Induction
This week 49 Garrison Middle School students were inducted into its National Junior Honor Society. Each of these 7th graders has shown excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character since the beginning of 6th grade," said Advisor Jami Eggart. "The current 8th grade NJHS officers (Jordan Olivares, Selina Atkinson, Samm Scott and Tara Krivoshein), along with several current 8th grade members, helped induct the new members."
 Wa-Hi JROTC rifle team captain invited to nationals
The Walla Walla High School JROTC rifle team captain Cadet Caitlyn Lasseigne received an invitation to the prestigious 23d American Legion national championships. The event will be in Colorado Springs in August.

"I'm honored to receive the invitation and will apply the tools I've learned at six other national matches that I've competed in," said Lasseigne. "It’s a little bit nerve wracking to know there will be Olympic athletes and coaches watching me shoot,"

The match is five days. Each year, the American Legion hosts a national competition for junior shooting athletes throughout the U.S. Once sponsored, shooters from that team may enter the event and this year 147 post sponsored precision teams entered this event. The American Legion covers the cost of this match for the 15 shooters who qualify, including airfare, hotel and meals for both the competitor and the coach.

"This is a big match," said Mark Mebes, an Army Instructor in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Wa-Hi. "More than 1,500 athletes compete in the preliminary round and only the top 15 competitors make it to the final. Caitlyn is sitting in the number eight spot nationally and is only eight points off the top score. She has turned in some really spectacular scores this year, which helped her earn the invitation."


School Stories
 Walla Walla High School junior wins Walla High School Culinary Competition
Walla Walla High School junior Ian Davidson won the culinary competition in Walla Walla as part of "The Cutting Edge Tour – Seeking America’s Top Teen Chef" competition. The event was judged and filmed by Food Network Chopped Judge Chef Maneet Chauhan.

Davidson will now be competing against teenagers from 17 high schools throughout the United States for "Top Teen Chef" honors. Walla Walla High School Culinary Arts teacher Barbara Buttice is Davidson’s teacher. He was mentored by Chef Chris Teal of Public House 124 in Walla Walla. Zachary Newby (Mentor: Chef Jairo Regal from Whitehouse Crawford) and Brandon Williams, 17 (Mentor: Chef Antonio Campolio from The Marc) were the other Wa-Hi competitors.

The competition included a 40-minute cooking challenge. Davidson won a deluxe knife set and is now be eligible to win a trip to Washington DC. The Washington DC trip includes cooking with one of the featured chefs of the White House Chef Tour. The national winner of the high school competitions will be announced at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, Saturday, May 18.


 Garrison Middle School National Honor Society Induction
This week 49 Garrison Middle School students were inducted into its National Junior Honor Society. Each of these 7th graders has shown excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character since the beginning of 6th grade," said Advisor Jami Eggart. "The current 8th grade NJHS officers (Jordan Olivares, Selina Atkinson, Samm Scott and Tara Krivoshein), along with several current 8th grade members, helped induct the new members."
 Wa-Hi JROTC rifle team captain invited to nationals
The Walla Walla High School JROTC rifle team captain Cadet Caitlyn Lasseigne received an invitation to the prestigious 23d American Legion national championships. The event will be in Colorado Springs in August.

"I'm honored to receive the invitation and will apply the tools I've learned at six other national matches that I've competed in," said Lasseigne. "It’s a little bit nerve wracking to know there will be Olympic athletes and coaches watching me shoot,"

The match is five days. Each year, the American Legion hosts a national competition for junior shooting athletes throughout the U.S. Once sponsored, shooters from that team may enter the event and this year 147 post sponsored precision teams entered this event. The American Legion covers the cost of this match for the 15 shooters who qualify, including airfare, hotel and meals for both the competitor and the coach.

"This is a big match," said Mark Mebes, an Army Instructor in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Wa-Hi. "More than 1,500 athletes compete in the preliminary round and only the top 15 competitors make it to the final. Caitlyn is sitting in the number eight spot nationally and is only eight points off the top score. She has turned in some really spectacular scores this year, which helped her earn the invitation."


 Asparagus - May Harvest of the Month
On Friday, May 24, as part of the Farm-to-School program, district Nutrition Services in all schools will be serving oven roasted asparagus, locally grown by Locati Farms. Lincoln High School will be participating Thursday, May 23. "Every student will have the opportunity to taste asparagus and vote their opinion at a tasting table in the cafeteria," said Beth Thiel, district Farm-to-School coordinator. "Staff and students will also receive fact sheets about asparagus in an effort to inform them about local agriculture and to encourage everyone to eat delicious, seasonal, nutritious foods for good health."
 Henderson earns Mr. Wa-Hi honors
 Walla Walla High School senior Zane Henderson was named Mr. Wa-Hi this week at the school’s annual event. Nik Miner was runner up with Wayne Powers rounding out the top three. Zach Gilvey was fourth runner up. Henderson used his juggling skills, dance moves and humor to win over the judges (Marc Yonts, Peggy Payne, Ron Higgins, and Chris Ferenz). Thanks to Advisor Arch McHie and the senior class officers for organizing the event.

 Walla Walla High School Spring Sports Tournament Update – By Athletic Director Don Wilkins
Here is an update on the post-season progress of our spring sports teams:

Softball

Last Saturday our Softball defeated Chiawana and Richland to claim the 4A District title and the #1 seed to the Regional Tournament which will be held at Richland H.S. this Saturday. The Blue Devils will play Central Valley (#1 seed from the GSL) at noon. If we defeat Central Valley we will be the #1 Seed from our Region to the State Tournament the following weekend. If we are defeated by Central Valley, at 2:00 PM we will play the winner of the Richland vs. Mead game for the second seed to State.

Track

Our teams had an excellent day at the District track meet last Saturday in Richland. They qualified 29 girls and 25 boys for the Regional meet which is at Spokane Falls C.C. this Friday and Saturday. On Friday events start at 3:30 PM and on Saturday they start at 10:30 AM. The top two in each event qualify for the State meet the following weekend which is held at Mt. Tahoma HS in Tacoma.

Tennis

The District tennis tournament was held last Friday and Saturday in Pasco and our girls won the 4A District title with victories in the #1 singles and the #1 doubles competition. Winning the singles competition was Danielle Thongdy and the winning doubles was the team of Allison Mehn and Rachel Schueller.

These players will advance to the Regional Tournament this Saturday at Richland HS vs. the #1 finishers from the GSL with the top two individuals and teams from this competition advancing to the State Tournament next weekend. The State competition will also be held at Richland HS. Matches start at 1:00 PM.

Golf

The Girls and Boys District Golf tournament was held this Monday and Tuesday. Earlier this week at Sun Willows in Pasco was the final round of the tournament for both the girls and boys teams. For the girls Jessica Huntsman qualified for State with a 4th place finish and Kendall Dunovant finished as the first alternate. On the boys side Dean Atkinson tied for second and qualified for the State Tournament. The State golf tournament will be held in Vancouver/Camas on May 21 and 22.

ALSO

We will be hosting the first round of 2B State Baseball this weekend at Murr Field. Games are at 10 AM, 1 PM and 4 PM. DeSales is one of the teams involved. Being able to host this event is great for our community and a tribute to the fantastic job John Pemeberton has done developing and maintaining the field.


 Blue Devil Athletic Development (BDAD) Summer Program
Dates: Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, August 7

Incoming 9-12 grades: 8-9 a.m. or 10-11 a.m.

Incoming 5-8 grades: 9-10 a.m.

Cost:

- $30 pre-register (postmarked by June 21)

- $35 registering at the door

Registration form to be on Wa-Hi Website soon.

Questions:

Eric Hisaw: ehisaw@wwps.org

Amy Hisaw: ahisaw@wwps.org


 Walla Walla Future Farmers of America students shine at state convention
Members of the Walla Walla FFA Chapter had a strong showing at the 83

rdWashington State FFA Convention held May 9-11, at Washington State University. This event determines the teams and individuals who will represent Washington at the National FFA Convention and Expo in October for Career Development Events, Proficiency Awards and American Star Awards. There are also leadership workshops and educational seminars for students on the WSU campus.

With 29 members attending the convention, the Walla Walla FFA was well represented boasting seven Career Development Event teams and two state officer candidates," said FFA Advisor Jessica Johnson. "Career Development Events challenge students to use their knowledge and skills related to specific agriculture careers, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. These events engage students to think critically, problem solve, communicate with others and present leadership skills through a series of knowledge exams, hands-on practical experiences, team activities and formal presentation."

Agriculture Communications - 6

th OverallSadee Long (1

stIndividual), Trista Drumheller, Allison Juergensen

Agricultural Sales - 8

th OverallAndy Zahl, Kayla Stewart, Gina Maiuri, Adelin Chapman

Agricultural Issues - 3

rd OverallTyler Morgan, Summer Carlton-Gantz, Natalie Hartford, Anna Pettyjohn

Lexi Swenson, Melissa Magnaghi

Food Science and Technology - 4

th OverallMegan Evans (1

st Individual), Alison Braddock (10thIndividual)Alexis Hughes, Kassidy Kralman, Makayla Heird

Veterinary Science and Technology - 4

th OverallRochelle Kralman, Natalyn Chlipala, Mikayla Heird, Brooke Landwehr,

Faleesha Smith-Price

Milk Quality and Products - 12

th OverallJohn Mihelitch, Stephanie Zier, Heather Ball and Sha-lynne Stewart, Luke Flippo

F.A.R.M. - 9

th OverallJohn Mihelitch, Stephanie Zier, Heather Ball, Sha-lynne Stewart


 Zahl elected to State FFA officer position
Walla Walla High School senior Andy Zahl was elected to serve on the 2013-2014 Washington State Future Farmers of America state officer team. Zahl, son of Jerry and Kathy Zahl, will serve as an ambassador for Washington agriculture and promote Future Farmers of America programs and issues. He will also be a member of the Washington FFA Executive Board and attend legislative functions to enhance awareness of Agriculture Education.

"I am looking forward to my year of service to an organization that has helped me become who I am", said Zahl after being elected.

The process for state officer candidates was a busy three days of knowledge exams, writing prompts, group and individual interviews as well as speeches, according to FFA Advisor Jessica Johnson.

"Andy has been an active member of the Walla Walla FFA since his sophomore year," Johnson said. "During his time as a member he has served as a chapter and district officer, participated as a chapter delegate and courtesy corps member at State Convention, raised a market lamb and owned an APHA mare for his Supervised Agriculture Experience project."


Wa-Hi senior aces Excel exam
Walla Walla High School senior Quinn Anderson passed the Excel Expert with score of 900. A passing score is 700. This accomplishment qualifies Anderson for the Master Level.

"Last year there were only 12 in the state," said Teacher Gay Buissink. "She is our first of this year to qualify."

To qualify for the Master Level, a student must pass Word Specialist, Word Expert, Excel Specialist, Excel Expert, PowerPoint and one elective.


 Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps plan annual review
The cadets of the Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program will hold their annual review on Wednesday, May 22, on the campus soccer field.

Events begin at 8:30 a.m. in the small gym with the "drill down" competition. The rest of the day's events will follow outdoors on the soccer field. This will be the final formal JROTC "Blue Devils Battalion" cadet event for the seniors participating. The highlight of the day's events will be the change of command ceremony in which the departing seniors pass leadership of the battalion to next year's seniors. The WWHS JROTC Senior Army Instructor, Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor, presides over the ceremony. After the change of command is complete, the battalion will pass in review in a final parade.

Several school board and Wa-Hi officials will be on hand to present awards. The reviewing officer will be Commander Jim Wood, a retired Navy officer in the community. This public event is free.


 Students and staff battle in classic soccer match
The Walla Walla High School students edged the staff 7-4 during this week’s The AVID Club "College Cup" staff vs. students soccer match. The event raises funds and awareness about the school’s AVID program. This program is designed to help students develop skills in high school to successfully enroll in college. Thanks to advisor Kim Kelsay for helping coordinate the event. Learn more about AVID at: http://yourcollegeandcareer.org/avid
Community Stories
 The Moms’ Network announces a new support group - Parenting Teens Together
The goal of Parenting Teens Together is to provide a safe place for parents of teens to share experiences, obtain knowledge and access local resources: espousing the belief that "it takes a village to raise a child". The group’s core values consist of Confidentiality, Respect, Empathy and Grace.

The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month and invites guest speakers to address topics of special interest. Meetings are lecture-based with an emphasis on discussion, Q & A and open sharing. The meetings are not limited to the main topic and local resources will be available for all parents who attend. The next meeting is May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Green Park Elementary School Library. Guest speakers are Mark and Mary Lynn Thompson. Mark Thompson is a Crisis and Bullying Prevention Specialist and travels nationwide teaching civility. More importantly, Mark and Mary Lynn have survived the raising of five teenagers.

"We are thrilled that Mark and Mary Lynn have accepted our invitation to share their insight into parenting teens," says Amber Broel, parent and Moms’ Network member.

Parenting Teens Together was founded by local parents in conjunction with The Moms’ Network. For more details visit www.themomsnetworkww.com or contact Amber Broel at broelae@gmail.com


 Acroknights bring Dr. Seuss books to life
The Walla Walla Valley Academy AcroKnights team will bring Dr. Seuss books to life during their 15th annual Home Show on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, at Walla Walla University. In keeping with the Seuss theme, the team will perform daring and mischievous acrobatic stunts from ‘A to Z.’

The entire gym will be transformed into Seusville with a colossal fish bowl, fluffy thneed trees, and a giant Seuss hat. Everybody’s favorite feline, the Cat in the Hat, will narrate the evening and characters such as the Grinch and the playful Thing One and Thing Two will make appearances.

The shows are May 18 at 9 p.m. and the 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at: WWVA (509-525-1050), Book and Game, The Chamber of Commerce, and Walla Walla University Bookstore. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ($10 and $5 at the door).


 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 until 12 noon on Saturday. 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 as part of 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-1-Mile, 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, 5/10K 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 stephanieb@chs-wa.org; debia@chs-wa.org


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