|| Wa-Hi survey findings now available for public view
81 percent of respondents support either a complete modernization or a phased approach to fixing Wa-Hi
Walla Walla Public Schools partnered with Washington State University Social and Economic Sciences Research Center to conduct a telephone survey to determine opinions about facility improvement priorities for Walla Walla High School.
These results are now posted on the district web site: www.wwps.org. WSU representatives made calls in June and connected with 308 community members as part of this scientific survey process. The district also conducted an online survey in June to obtain additional community input.
The February 12, 2013 bond proposal to modernize Walla Walla High School failed garnering a 53.30 percent YES vote. The proposal required a 60 percent "Supermajority" for approval. The bond proposal was for $48 million. The total project cost was $69.6 million.
|| Superintendent Miller praises Max Carrera’s school board service
Superintendent Mick Miller presented School Board member Max Carrera with a Golden Apple during Tuesday’s board meeting for his service on the school board since 2008. The school board will now appoint a member to fill the remainder of Carrera’s term.
School Board Application Process
• Applications will be accepted Thursday, August 2 through Friday, August 16, 4 p.m.
• Executive session at 3 p.m. prior to regular board meeting to screen applications
• Regular board meeting at 4 p.m. to announces finalists
• Special board meeting/9:30 to noon (*tentative) to interview finalists and select new board member
• Regular board meeting/6:30 p.m. - New board member sworn in fills remainder of the term through Nov. 2015
|| General Fund Budget Update
The school board held a public work session Tuesday afternoon to review the district’s preliminary 2013-14 General Fund budget. The $66 million budget maintains a 10 percent fund balance reserve. The budget is based on enrollment of 6117 K-12 FTE students. This number is up from last year since the state is funding a full FTE for all day kindergarten at Edison and Sharpstein this year.
Superintendent Miller reported the recently approved state budget impacts education. He said increases in funding for schools did occur.
"Additional money for materials and supplies was included, as well as dollars for all-day kindergarten at Sharpstein and Edison," Miller said. "The budget also included K-1 class size reduction dollars at Berney, Blue Ridge, Edison and Green Park, and a sizable increase in K-4 Learning Assistance Program funds. We did not see the increase in transportation funding we had anticipated."
The district’s 2013-2014 preliminary budget now moves to the state level for review. School board members will take action on the budget during the August 20 school board meeting.
|| Meal prices increase five cents
Tuesday the school board approved a five cent increase for school meals. The district will subsidize $2,362 to the Nutrition Services program to minimize the increase for families. School board president Anne Golden said it is always a difficult decision to raise meal prices since it impacts the finances of district families. She said the board’s action limited the pinch on families while still meeting legal requirements.
The action was taken at the recommendation of Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson to meet federal requirements as they pertain to the district’s free or reduced-price meal program.
|| District helps fund Orchard Street lighting project
School board members unanimously voted to fund $10,000 to Walla Walla County for street lights as part of the Orchard Street improvement project.
The district funds will help pay for nine LED street lights. School Board president Anne Golden said the Orchard St. project is operating on a tight budget and funds were not available for the street light phase.
School board members said the safety of students getting to and from school justified the expenditure. The district has a long-standing partnership with the City of Walla Walla and Walla Walla County on school zone safety projects. The Orchard St. project will be completed in August.
|| Area law enforcement officers allowed access to school security cameras
Walla Walla Public Schools has teamed with Walla Walla Electric to provide area law officers access to school security cameras. This access was granted to improve crisis management procedures and emergency response efforts.
Walla Walla Electric, in collaboration with the district Technology Department, created a virtual "Master Server" for law enforcement access. Walla Walla Electric is also organizing training sessions for law enforcement officers. This training will be completed prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
"We rely heavily on law enforcement officers to help keep our schools safe," Superintendent Mick Miller said. "Access to this technology provides law enforcement officers with another tool to use during emergency situations. School safety is a top priority for the school district and in today’s world we need to maximize our partnerships to keep everyone safe."
|| Personnel Report (from July 16 school board meeting)
Bethany Brown, Third/Fourth grade, Blue Ridge Elementary
E. Claire James, Second/Third Grade, Sharpstein
Christen Davidson-Juhnke, Occupational/Physical Therapist, Special Programs
Stephanie Kytola, Language Arts/Social Studies .5 Temp, Pioneer Middle School
Amy Reed, Title I, .5 FTE, Blue Ridge Elementary
(Classified) Vanessa Ruiz, Para-Educator, Blue Ridge Community Preschool
(Certificated) Janis Barton, Library Media Specialist, Pioneer Middle School, 16 years
Silvia Rascon, Bilingual Fourth Grade, Edison Elementary
(Classified) Guadalupe Mendez, Kitchen Assistant, Blue Ridge Elementary, 4 months
Melanie Richards, Para-Educator, Green Park Elementary, 5 years
Leave of Absence
(Classified) Carrie Presler, Para-Educator, Walla Walla High School, 4 years (for the 2013-14 school year)
|| District Office Summer Hours
- 8 a.m. to 12 noon & 1 to 4 p.m. p.m.
- WWPS District Office: 364 S. Park St.
|| Walla Walla High School JROTC Rifle Team wins Junior Olympics National Championship
The Walla Walla High School JROTC
Rifle Team topped 37 teams from around the country to win the Junior Olympic Three Position Air Rifle National Title. The Walla Walla High School team of Cadet Captain Caitlyn Lasseigne, Cadet Staff Sergeant Sarah Jameson, Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Juergensen and Cadet Staff Sergeant Andrew Jenkins defeated last year’s national championship team Sutter Union High School of California in the competition’s final round. The event was held in Anniston, AL.
"This was the pinnacle of our team shooting this season," said Wa-Hi JROTC Rifle Coach Sergeant First Class Mark Mebes. "This event featured the best teams we have ever competed against, including a lot of nationally ranked shooters."
Walla Walla High School’s winning score of 2330 out of 2400 clinched the national title by three points over the next closest team. The team performance Saturday included personal best scores for three of the team’s shooters, including the team high score set by Cadet Staff Sergeant Sarah Jameson shooting a 591 out of 600.
"A year ago, I didn’t think a 591 was possible." said Jameson. "I think we all learned that we are capable of much more than we thought."
Wa-Hi beat teams who have 40-60 precision shooters vying for the top four team spots. Jameson’s score placed her 5th individually in the match, earning her an individual medal as well. Walla Walla High School last claimed a national championship rifle title in 1928.
Cadet Captain Lasseigne and Cadet Staff Sergeant Allison Juergensen became the second and third shooters in Wa-Hi history to earn the National Junior Distinguished Shooter’s Badge, an honor that has been bestowed on less than 600 shooters nationwide in the 25 years that the program has been in existence.
"That National Championship Plaque still hangs in our rifle range today," said Mebes "These kids look up at it every time they sit in my classroom, they learn about the names on it, we even have a copy of an old newspaper clipping from when they won it. I told my shooters today that someday, cadets will be memorizing your names."
|| Wa-Hi Football Camps July 24-26
* Registration forms on the Wa-Hi Athletics Department webpage: www.wahibluedevils.org
- For all incoming 7-12 grade students
- Dates: July 24-26
- Time: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
- Place: Wa-Hi practice football fields
- Cost: Free
- It is a NON-CONTACT camp
- For all incoming 3-6 grade students
- Dates: July 24-26
- Time: 10:30 to Noon
- Place: Wa-Hi practice football fields
- Cost: $30 per athlete
- This is a NON-CONTACT camp
Please contact Eric Hisaw with questions:
|| Children’s Rock Band "Recess Monkey" coming to Walla Walla
Poised to launch a delicious bouillabaisse of aquatic adventures the celebrated independent children’s recording group Recess Monkey is coming to Walla Walla to promote their 9th studio CD Deep Sea Diver on Friday August 2.
Through a partnership with The Moms’ Network, the YMCA, the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, the Walla Walla City Library, Bright’s Candies, Sweet Basil Pizzeria, Book & Game, Salumiere Cesario, Brasserie Four, Capps Broadcasting and Olive Marketplace & Cafe Recess Monkey will be playing 3 free concerts for kids of all ages in Walla Walla.
Recess Monkey is the nationally acclaimed trio of elementary school teachers who make music for kids and families that truly rocks. All summer long they have been traveling around the United States performing for families. The new CD is filled with a boatload of over-the-top, super zany, clever and high-energy songs but also except them to play some favorites from their past 8 albums. The first concert will be 11 a.m. at the Walla Walla City Library and the second concert is 3 p.m.outside on the grass at the YMCA.
For the final concert, Recess Monkey, will close down Main Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenue) for a 7:30 p.m. Family Street Dance. Main Street will be closed at 5 p.m. with the stage in front of Bright’s Candies. Downtown merchants Salumiere Cesario, Sweet Basil, Bright’s Candies and Brasserie Four will be serving great family dinners and Olive Marketplace & Café will be celebrating with the concerts with a "Recess Monkey Menu" all day long.
Three free chances to enjoy summer fun with your family, friends and Recess Monkey. You can also talk to the band live on Sirius XM – Kid’s Place Live with their new show Live from the Monkey House Monday-Thursday 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Recess Monkey: www.recessmonkeytown.com
For more information about the local concerts contact Beth Swanson, The Moms’ Network at 509-301-7471 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|| Camp Fire hiring for After School Camps
Camp Fire is accepting applications for the following positions in our after school program. After School Camp operates on-site at five elementary schools in Walla Walla throughout the school year. Every weekday after school's dismissal until 5:30 p.m., elementary age children can participate in: sports and games, math and science projects, arts and crafts, reading and homework time, life skills development and much more. We are seeking responsible, positive, caring, thoughtful, and organized individuals who are excited to actively engage elementary-aged youth. For application and more information visit the Camp Fire Website or call (509) 525-3180.
Site Director: Leads school site, implements activities and oversees other site staff. Must be 21+, starting pay is $11 per hour.
After School Counselor: Assists in implementation of activities, works with staff team to create a positive afterschool environment. Starting pay is $9.19 per hour
Joshua Gonzales, Executive Director
Camp Fire Walla Walla
Office  525-3180
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/wallawallacampfire